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Canon EOS 5D

Review Date: Oct 29, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: sharpness, easy-to-use straight forward, weight, battery

This was my 2nd love in the series of film and digital camera bodies. First one was the old Contax RTS I used for a complete decade. This piece has the potential for that as well.

I like the grip of this camera and I find every button and feature without looking at it in darkness as I did with my old RTS. I don't care of a heavy list of features. The camera usage concept is simple and I don't miss anything really.

The battery charge lasts for a very long time including viewing images. I took just one charged battery on holidays without the charger and made hundreds of pics close to 1k without any problem.

The images are very sharp. Noise isn't a problem even if shot at ISO 3200. AWB is ok for outdoor. For indoor one should cool down the colour temperature a lot.

The sound of the shutter is not very nice like that of the 1d series, but very realiable, if the battery state is o.k. If something is wrong, the battery always was the reason.

AF accuracy is quite o.k. It is fast and hits the subject, if it is located in the screens center.

The only issue is dust. I never had a camera that had a viewfinder looking so ugly with dust in it than this one. Useless to clean it which is a nightmare anyway. It will attracts the dust again within the next 20 shots. Sensor dust is not a big issue. It's o.k., when you clean it with a brush every 6 mounths and change lenses carefully in a dustfree environment.

Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II

Review Date: Oct 29, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Very good autofocus, bright viewfinder, high quality images, 2 CF Slots
display, pricing (new & for spare parts), shutter reliability could be better for 8k initial price, NiMH-Battery, heavy weight

I bought the camera as a replacement for my medium format workhorse. Image quality wise a have never been disappointed. If you shoot with a better lens (EF 1,8/85 or the 70-200L) results are as good as with MF cameras even with fine optics.

Using the 1dsMKII's AF is a joy. I got close to 100% accuracy with both AF modes. AL Servo is superb. I never got similar accurate shots with any camera before. Birds, Sports, running childs and wild pigs. The AF caught them.

O.K., there are some issues I fixed for my own needs.
To avoid post processing one should edit the camera settings to sharpness 5, saturation +1 and contrast +1. So you get a look & feel of an image shot via a amateur camera like the 5d series.
I had better results via manual entry of the color temperature. But AWB is ok für most situations.

There is one thing that made my crazy. The shutter produced dark images at speeds of 1/500 and faster. The camera was sent to repair and the issue was fixed. Not expensive. Hopefully the shutter will last a view years after the 45.000 clicks. I never had such problems with an analog camera or the 5d. It might be a good idea to buy a replacement shutter now because Canon will stop production of the shutter unit soon. I think the rest of the camera parts will work for many years longer.

At the buttom line I can understand that folks prefer the 5d series. The image quality is very close to the 1Ds Series, the IQ is much better for most people. And after a couple of years of usage you can replace the old stuff without breaking your bank account. Therefor a bought the camera in used state.