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Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II

Review Date: Sep 6, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Build quality, image quality, menu structure and options that don't require repeated glances at the manual, makes cheap lenses look good and pricey ones look better than most of them deserve, fast, accurate AF. This is where digital officially tapped film on the shoulder and said, "I think I'll be in charge now."
Shutter tends to fail early (so a low shutter count on a new one isn't quite the positive sign we'd hope it would be), batteries and charger (even the travel size) are bulky.

When I picked up my first 20D, it a compromise to what I really wanted, the DsII. At that point, I never thought I'd own one. Having had one, I can't imagine being without it. It's younger brother is getting most of the glory these days (5 extra pixels, live view, and a self-cleaning sensor are big draws to the new body) but for what they're going for used these days, there's no better value.