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Canon EOS 1D Mark II N

Review Date: Aug 1, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $3,600.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Incredibly fast camera both in AF speed & that shutter on Hi, OMG!! Control layout is very well thought out, buttons canít be accidentally pressed, large LCD display, custom functions you can actually use, designed and built for the pro and dirt & weather sealing.
Pictures modes are a gimmick, id rather have a depth of field shooting mode if I had my choice between the two.

Back in 1991 when I first laid hands on a EOS1 body I swore one day I would own one. The original EOS 1 camera (film) was a dream to hold, so fluid in the hands and its control layout even then was so intuitive compared to all other cameras before it. I shot with camera for close to a year and loved it. Getting back into photography four years ago I chose a Canon 10D, owned it for a year then saw the press release on the EOS 1D mk II. Everything the 10D lacked (buffer & AF sensors) the EOS 1D mk II overcame and then some. I have been shooting very heavily with this camera for the past two years and as a result just last week I have purchased the (new) EOS 1D mk II N body to replace the original mk II.

The camera is almost identical in feel, weight, and looks, really from the outside the only difference is the back of the camera, that large screen LCD screen. Coming from the mk II, the N model looks like a wide screen TV in comparison.

Once you get over the outside of the camera you will soon learn some of the real differences on the inside like the menus. What I really like is the fact that I can custom name my images in the camera by 1 letter, for me that means when I flip the counter I can rename the files so I donít get duplicated in my image database. There is a new zoom feature where when you preview you can zoom to where you chose the AF sensor making checking the focus on a image a snap. Another cool difference is that you can switch to CF or SD more easily and or shoot RAW & Jpg on the two cards at once.

I love working with this camera, with the Digic II chip it is real rare when the camera cant keep up it is that fast. When you walk into a room filled with other photogs there is no question in anyoneís mind who the pro is..It speaks for itself.