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Canon EOS 1D Mark II N

Review Date: Oct 28, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $4,500.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Build like a tank. Designed as a french female model. Delicate, strong, bad, black, fast, LCD is like a movie theatre. Now i know what "by photographers for photographers.
Are you kidding me ? ;-)

Ok, let me catch my breath for a sec..

Alright, lets go.. Let me see.. Started out with a EOS 300D back in December 2003. Then switched to EOS 20D in March 2004, then purchased the Mark II N, 2 days ago...

Ok, im freaking here, let me get a grib for a sec..

Right, back.. Well, i once read something bout the 1D MKII series, something like:

"Made by photographers, for photographers"

You know what ? IT IS TRUE! :D

It is amazing how this piece of equipment is designed, build and put together. Everything is where it is supposed to be, nothing has been forgotten, its all there. If you make a mistake, dont blame this camera, please blame yourself.

I received it 2 days ago, with UPS. Packed in a large cardboard box, secured with lots of soft material. I opened the package, what do i see.. A shinny black box, with the letter D on it, in grey font. I was like.. ok. this is not the usual red/white Canon box, with an image of the content..

I was actually going Pro with this purchase..

After ive examined the entire content, i charged the battery, 120 min total, then you have 1200 shots at 20 degrees celcius, or 800 shots at 9 degrees celcius, now that is impressive! The charger is awesome, able to recharge the battery first, by draining it, then make a new and fresh full charge. It has room for 2 batteries, only one charge at a time though. But thats ok.. You also get an AC adapter, so you can use the power instead of the battery, incase you work in doors, in studio. Nice feature.

After a few hours of reading the manual, it was time to plug in the new and fresh recharged battery, it slides in, locks very careful and secure. Before you do, make sure you feel the rubber on the edges, yes baby, this thing is 100% dust and moist proof.

When you hear the shutter for the first time, you go "huh?" what was that ? It is fast, it is cool, it makes you go "yeah"

LCD screen, well 2.5 inch isnt a revolution, but my god it is a revolution on a camera like this.. its bright, crisp and i love it.

The design is sweet, all the buttons are placed very intelligent. I know some have trouble adjusting from cameras like 20Ds, i have not. I had made up my mind from the beginning, this is a new camera, this is Pro, lets take it from the beginning and i did. I know the thing with holding 1 or 2 buttons to change settings or something else, takes practice, but when you understand why you have to (security, failure) you just do it.

The menu is just as easy as any other Canon D-SLR, just different looks and navigation, but not much.

The new picture styles, are actually very nice. You may not like them, then dont, but trust me, they can be very handy. Should it get you into trouble, well you still shoot in RAW, right ? :-)


If you are looking for the EOS 5D, due to the fullframe, forget it..

If you are looking for the 1D MKII, then dont, this is the improved model.

If you want to go Pro camera, but do not have the money for the 1Ds MKII, this is your thing. It may "only" be at 8.2 Megapixels, but lets be honest, it can do most jobs for a long time still. My main work is portraits, weddings, some fashion and once in a while nature/landscapes. It works like a charm.

This "baby" has so many custom functions, it can keep you awake for several nights and days. The 45 AF points, you have to see for yourself. If they become too many for you to "handle", dont worry, you can preset it to 7, 9 or 11 instead.

Short story: You want the fastest, the best the badest boy in town, you go with the EOS 1D Mark II N. Unless you need the fullframe 16.8 Megapixels, you take the big brother..

This camera forfilled my wildest dreams, im in love and i will be for a very long time.

Note: Im using the EF 17-40mm f/4.0L lens, it works great with the camera.

Now, what are you waiting for, go buy it :-)

Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM

Review Date: Sep 7, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $500.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Very sharp, great for portraits too, cheap since you actually get 2 for 1 (Macro and Portraits)
No lens hood. Should imo have been the first EF-S L lens.

At the moment, im a 20D user, though soon switching to 1D MKII N. I had the 50mm f/1.4, which i liked alot, however i wanted to play around with som macro too and while i take alot of portraits, i saw this as a good opportunity to get 2 for 1.

This lens is awesome, very clear, crisp and razor sharp. So, if youre looking for a macro and take portraits too, you should get this one..