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Canon EOS 1D Mark II N

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Review Date: Jun 3, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $3,999.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Build quality, image quality, features, speed, ease of use and Canon customer service.
Cons:
None!

I purchased my first 1D MK II N last November. As with all pro and semi-pro DSLRs there is a learning curve. Once that hurdle has been jumped you cannot help but love this camera. I waited several years to buy my first digital, a Canon 10D. I then learned everything I could about digital. I still waited for that "perfect" digital. The 1D MK II N, for my purposes, is that camera. It is built like a tank, which has been said hundreds of times on many forums. I don't mind the weight even with a 70-200 f2.8 L IS lens and a 580EX mounted on top. I have never had to sharpen images and the picture style feature is awesome! The colors are perfect every time. Although I have Photoshop CS and CS2 I find that I do not need them for wedding and portait photography. Canon's DPP 2.01 software is easier and faster to use than photoshop. There are those who may argue this point but everything in photography seems to be somewhat subjective. If I have to make an adjustment (usually do to me and not the camera) it is easy to do. The one touch batch process to convert RAW to JPEG makes my life easy and the picture style that was used is applied to the RAW file during conversion. I love the ability to save RAW files to the CF card and the JPEGs to the SD card as a backup. Canon's ETTL 2 makes flash exposures a snap. No more worries in high contrast situations (especially black and white) and having to use the flash exposure lock. I usually use the camera in manual mode for indoor flash photography and always use aperature priority for outdoor, with or without the flash. I have since bought a second 1D MK II N with the same results. I only use Canon's f2.8 L series lenses and mainly shoot f2.8 to f5.6 and an occasional f4 or f8 depeneding of the DOF I desire. I don't forsee having to upgrade cameras for many years.