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Canon EOS 1D Mark III

Review Date: Feb 6, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,200.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Professional bulid quality, Image quality, long battery life, 10fps

I shoot mostly weddings with this camera and with all the AF servo tracking issues related to this camera , is a none factor for me since i shoot one shot and no AF servo. 10mp is easier and faster to process and takes up less storage space. So upgrading to a MK4 is really not advantagious. I absolutely love this camera! i loved it so much i bought another one. I also own a 1D MKIIn, it's collecting dust now.

The images from the MK3 compared to my MK2n is night and day. Its just blows away the Mk2n. Both my MK3's are yellow and blue dot. The only problem i'm having is part of the rubber from one camera was lifting off just under the delete button, but i used some contact cement and it hasn't given me any problems since.

I expect to keep this camera/s for a long time so i'm going to be investing more into lenses now.

Canon EOS 1D Mark II N

Review Date: May 5, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $3,050.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Pro Built quality, Weather Sealed, Fast auto focusing, Large 2.5 in. monitor, 2 memory card storage with sellectable designated Raw or Jpg storage, Picture style. Great Battery life. Big Bright viewfinder, 200,000 shutter reliability, builtin vertical grip and more....
Poor AWB in artificial lighting condition. Small histogram in monitor. weight.

I've owned a D60, 10D, 20D, 30D, 5D, 1D, 1D MKII and now the 1D MKIIn, and i can honestly say this is the best camera
i have ever owned. I love the big 2.5 inch monitor. The 8.5 fps when ever i need to shoot sports and most of all the dual slot CF/SD card. I feel very confident having that feature when ever i photograph weddings...knowing if one of my cards decides to die on me i have it backed up on the other card.
The camera feels great in my hands but becomes heavy after a while when carrying it for an extended period of time. Owning the previous 1D's made it easy transitioning to this version. I thought about waiting a few months for the MKIII but for the price and small upgrades they did on the MKIII it was a simple choice. The 8MP is plenty and great for workflow. I'll wait for the MKIV before i think about upgrading again. The backup system where you can store the raw and jpeg in diffrent cards gets confusing at first but i'm learning fast. Sometimes i wished this camera had a 1.6X crop
factor for my big glass. But i use my 30D if i need extra reach.
I recommend this camera to anyone who is thinking about getting a porfessional DSLR. Its fast, responsive, builtin vertical grip. I plan to keep this camera for years to come.

Nikon D200

Review Date: Aug 17, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,000.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Build Quality, 2.5" screen, Nice menus, 5 fps, Fast responce, shutter reliability.
Adjustment buried in the menus, short battery life, pop up flash built, optional Vertical grip don't feel comfortable.

I was going to switch over to a D200 from a Canon 20D. I was impressed right away with the features the D200 had over the 20D. The bright view finder, fast 5 fps shutter, 100,000 shutter reliability, etc. I like the 1/3 stop ISO, and the 2.5" LCD. But coming from a 20D CMOS sensor i had my doubts about its noise in the 800 ISO and above. I bought my D200 from a friend. But then when i got a chance to buy a 30D here on FM i bought one. I tested both cameras in terms of images quality at higher ISO's and the 30D won hands down. I knew i can take the 30D anywhere and not be afraid to push the ISO to 3200 given the situation. The D200 is a great camera when it comes to features but the canon edge out the D200 in terms of images quality. After all its images quality is what counts. Here is my personal tests i did on 3 camera: Nikon D200, 1D, Canon 30D.

Canon EOS 1D

Review Date: Aug 17, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,400.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Fast everything! Built in vertical grip, Solid Pro feel, Sealed gaskets, 8fps, Excellent image quality for a 4.4 MP. Looks more like 6MP. 150 shutter reliability,.
No image review magnification, OEM batteries don't last as long as after market extended batteries. Much more noise above 800 ISO than the MKII/n.

I shoot mostly sports and speed is very important to me. I needed a camera that can shoot fast and can take the abuse
from a professional photographer. Spending thousands on a pro DSLR is ok, but why when all i'm going to do is shoot the hell out of it. So the 1D is perfect! 4 MP is enough for most work i do. I've seen outstanding 11x14s prints i could have sworn it was from a film camera. I don't think you can find a DSLR that can shoot 8fps, Pro built with a built in vertical grip for under $1400.00

Canon EOS 30D

Review Date: Aug 15, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,150.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Fast, Build Quality, 2.5" LCD, POP up flash, Awesome IQ! Easy to navigate through the menus compared to the D200
Canon should have boost the MP to a 10.2. But refining the 20D to get a perfect 30D. Having only 8 MP is not an issue.

There been many people and reviews saying that owners of the 20D doesn't really have a good reason to upgrade because
of the small updates in features. But to me they were significant. My eyes had a hard time looking at the smaller 1.8" screen of the 20D. Plus the 1/3 ISO stops was also important to me. The added buffer and 100,000 shutter cycles compared to the unquoted 20D made me feel better about the build quality. I think this camera will stay in my line up for a long time.