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Canon EOS 1D Mark III

Review Date: Oct 30, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Built like a tank. Easy to use once you know how a 1D layout works. Excellent customization options. Blazing fast AF acquisition and speed. A killer bird photography camera. Affordable now!

I dropped my 1D2n so got the insurance company to pay me the money out instead of repairing the camera. For nearly AUD2,500 I would've been nuts to repair a broken thing. And I LOVED my 1D2n, which I bought in pristine condition with 1,600 clicks just over a year earlier. I opted to get the 1DMkIII instead. The prices have dropped and to me the number of pixels is irrelevant as I am not a cropping (minimal crop is fine, but only minimal) type photographer like so many bird photographers in the universe. I like the challenge to get as close to full frame as possible. Even 8 megapixels is enough for book publications etc anyway. I bought the 1D MkIII and one thing I looked for was that the serial was not in the range of the numbers possibly affected by that AF debacle. I found one and bought it instantly. When it arrived I was astounded to see another pristine (albeit a little more used with around 40k shutter actuations) condition. It took me all of five minutes to set the CF parameters to my style of photography and had the first serious test run this morning. I am very pleased to say the least. AF is lightning fast with a bare 500mm f/4L IS USM lens and almost as fast with the EF 1.4xII TC. A little slower with the EF 2xII TC, but still fine. I can see a long love affair already with this camera body as it is just an insane piece of machinery to make sure I get the shot I want at the time I want it.

I would strongly recommend this camera, as it is a super bit of technology and now with prices at an all-time low you can pick-up a real bargain along the way. 10 megapixels are more than enough for most people I reckon anyway. It's not about the number of pixels in the end, but the quality of the pixels, the lens and the photographer's skill.

Canon EOS 1D Mark II N

Review Date: Jul 5, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Built like a tank, weather sealed, super IQ, just an awesome machine
Didn't buy one sooner.

Bought it from a pro on E-bay Australia and paid peanuts for this body. Considering it has taken only 1,600 shots with the original shutter as well, it's an absolute mint item. I doubt there would be one with less mileage anywhere. I dreamed of a 1D body for years having been an avid 30D (only ever body used, and the same one too) for around five and a half years. The 30D still works almost at the 100,000 mark (99,650 exactly) but the 1D just runs circles over any camera I have used thus far (except maybe my friends Nikon D3, but I am a Canon guy).

All I can say is that this camera has already exceeded my expectations and I cannot wait to keep using it for as long as it shall live. The menus are a breeze, custom functions are well laid out and the entire unit is easy to use for someone who has a good understanding of Canon controls in general. The image quality is incredible straight out of the camera and leaves my 30D in the ditch, really. I think I will never buy anything other than a 1D series body again.

If you pick one up and you have come from the same brigade as me (xxxxD, xxxD or xxD) then you will fall in love like I did and live a long happy 1D life.

As stated in my negative comments initially, I simply regret not buying one sooner. :-)