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I bought this camera because of the body built qualities. I also own the 1d and a 40d but I often find myself using the old 1D more than anything. The body feels so solid and hasn't failed me even though it's over ten years old.
On the other hand, I just received the 1D M2 and the same built qualities are there, once you grip it, it gives you the same feeling of confidence its predecessor does. I just did a small portrait session of a one very active year old and set the cam to AI servo(continuous focus) with a 70-200 F4L non IS and one mono light (Calumet Genesis 200) with a Creative Light Soft Box Umbrella and the results are stunning. The colors of the camera resolution, calibrated with a Color Checker Passport for white balance and custom colors settings for post-production. I made 5 prints with an Epson R2880 on Epson's Matte Paper (rated 5 stars) and the saturation, sharpness of the lens and cam resolution really pay off once you see a live print. I know that folks often debate about pixels and all other crap about the latest BS and want to make a fashion statement while wearing the cam around their necks, but let me say this "try to be the most informed about what you want and what you want it for." I am confident that I can pull-off a 20x30 print out of this cam and tack sharp because I have done it with the 40D and both cams are not that far off. I love this cam because you can shoot at a slow pace or you can gun it and it will perform flawlessly.
The only down side if any it's just the weight...but you consider that you can take this cam in many different environments and pair it with pro glass if you'd like or just plain basic lenses. I have shot with the 1D M2 and a nifty 50, the old version with the metal attachment which they're not made anymore it's a 1.8 which probably weighs about ten times lighter than the L 1.2 version and the shaved price tag and have gotten great results. I bought this cam to shoot weddings, head shots, macro, portraits etc... Love the shutter smooth and quiet... other cams feel a bit like toys once you get a taste of the 1D line up...
Things I like: solid body, custom functions, battery power, shutter, color resolution, very ergonomic....
Dislikes: weight....that's it....love my new cam.....
I bought this camera a few weeks ago. I am a beginning photographer that does sports, events, and portrait photography. I did not have a lot of money to spend or upgrade from my current 10 megapixel Rebel and decided to go with a used Professional model. I researched the specs for several older Canon professional cameras and was not impressed at all with the specs on the 1D Mark IIn and felt that I would be downgrading if I wend to it. I searched several forums to get input for pro’s that actually have owned and used this camera as well as having newer models to compare with. To my surprise all replies to my post were to go with the 1d mark IIn over many of the other semi-pro line such as the 40d, 50d, and 7d. This response stunned me, as I was not looking at this camera being graded higher than a newer model. Needless to say I UPGRADED to the 1D Mark IIn for these very reasons below:
Some Things I did not need.
HIGH RESOLUTION LCD
ULTRA HIGH ISO
Things I did need
EXTREMELY FAST SHUTTER
GOOD STOP RANGE
LONG LASTING AND/OR QUICK CHANGE BATTERIES ACCESS
Basically if you are not printing large poster or in need of the newest technologies then this is the way too go. As one pro warned me once you go to a 1D the only way to upgrade is to a new model 1D. I guess I will just have to be 6 or so years behind the game because now I definately understand what he was talking about. I love this camera and plan on accessorizing it, the only downfall is that it is heavy. By the way if you use it for the first time on high continous shooting be prepared not to wet your pants!! :)
I bought this camera because I wanted a pro body at an inexpensive price. These cameras can be found for less than 400$ on Ebay these days. So far the pictures look pretty good despite me not having any great lenses. The camera only has 8 megapixels but that is plenty for normal pictures. This camera has tons of features and custom settings, most of which I do not know how to use yet. The camera can use sd or cf memory cards which is nice. This camera is quite large and heavy but I knew that and I don't mind. It feels and obviously is very high quality. It looks cool too. This camera is very water resistant also which is a nice bonus. As for the value I think for the bargain prices these go for now they are a great deal.
This camera has a few very minor drawbacks. This camera cannot use EF-S lenses, only standard EF lenses. It is a bit confusing at first to use. It does not have a built in flash. This is the most awesome camera I have ever owned.
1. very very fast autofocus
2. very fast start up time
3. battery is durable
4. auto sleep mode very useful when pick up and shoot, no need to turn power button
5. most of the times, could focus object
6. colour saturation and dynamic range is great
7. very detailed picture
8. easier to shoot picture with splendid result
9. well built and good design, professional outlook
10. 8.5 fps
The Canon 1D mark ii remains a stunning piece of equipment even though the model is 10 years old. This is after all a "pro" camera and has many excellent features such as save-able settings, custom color settings, histogram displays and much much more. If your looking to upgrade from a prosumer DSLR (Nikon or Canon) and can't afford some of the higher end models, you should at least explore this an one of many options.
I have been satisfied so far with my purchase. I switched from Nikon to Canon with this purchase and I must say the camera has been easy to learn thus far. The manual is fairly easy to read and has online PDFs available. Also I just recently upgraded the firmware; a step that took, at most, 5 minutes and allowed me to use all my SD cards. This basic functions are a snap to pick up, and the camera offers so many customizable shooting options you can really learn to shoot the thing on instinct alone with very little time.
The camera also seems very solidly built. Coming from my little Nikon and its finicky battery grip, this camera seems unbreakable.
The only real things I could say is not positive, not really a negative either, is the low megapixel. 8.2 and the age. This MP count is low for today's cameras (5D, 7D D90s and what not all shooting in above 14 or so) but with the right glass it doesn't really matter.
As for the age of the camera certain functions are different if you've shot one of the Rebels or other cameras. For instance you have to press the select button while rolling the scroll wheel. In the newer cameras you don't have to do this. But you get used to that very quickly. They do still make some parts for it, but many are aftermarket and I am not sure about Canon's repair policies on these older models. Just something to consider.
All in all I'd say its worth looking into. Shoot one if you can get your hands on a copy and see how it feels to you. It's weighty don't misunderstand that, but its manageable for most.
I was finally able to snag a Canon EOS-1D Mark II camera for a good price, and I am glad I have it. I bought it to use for shooting sports with its 8.5 shots per second speed, and it does not disappoint. The combination of 45 autofocus zones and 8.5 frames/second allows following the fastest sports with ease. I know the camera only has 8 megapixels, and the newest DSLR's are in the 15 to 24 megapixels. However, 8 megapixels makes great 11 x 14" prints, and everyone loves the pictures I give them.
I would love to have the Mark III or IV versions of this camera, but the price is much higher. Maybe one day when the price of them comes down, I will be able to afford one of them.
The only disadvantage of the EOS-1D series is their size and weight. They are large and heavy, but any cameras offering this kind of shooting speed are similarly large. The compensation is the large battery gives over 800 shots on a charge, and the camera is weather-sealed so rain is not a problem.
If want to shoot any subject requiring super high framing rates, this camera is a great buy!
even know this item is over a couple of years old its still provides a great shot with fast shutter speeds.
knowledge on how to use a slr is needed before purchasing one as there is no auto mode
Its a good bad when the camera knows so much more than you!! This is really one of those cameras. It makes me look so good. With my Canon 20D I had problems shooting in school programs with low lighting. When I turned on this Canon 1 Mark II N, it was like looking through your first pair of glasses that really worked, the whole scene lit up for me, I couldn't believe what I was looking at - had to look back up without the camera to see if they had turned lights on the orchestra, but no - it was still in the very dim light, the camera made all the difference and I ended up with shots that will be used in one of our publications. It is a little heavier than I thought it would be, but I will adjust to that-and it is worth it to get such Pro looking shots. I hate reading the manual - hope someone has made a dvd with lessons on how to use this awesome machine!
Although this is one of the older professional bodies in the EOS line and the megapixels are not as high as some of the lower end systems, the sensor more then makes up for this in conjunction with the 45 focusing points.
The reviews and the legend about this superior camera speak for themselves and there is not much I can add to the volumes of great things which have been written about this camera.
I shoot the Canon 1D Mark IV, The Canon 20D, the Canon 550D and a Nikon D5000 and was impressed with the 1D Mark II's picture quality and features that I wanted to add it to my collection and have never been sorry I did not.
Perhaps the only (and I mean the only) drawback is the fact that this body only uses the compact flash memory card but I purchased both a 2GB and a 32GB card (which may also be used with my 20D) and using these with the RAW setting I have more then enough storage space (even if I was only shooting with this one body and none of the others on a shoot).
If you like shooting sports and don't have the money for newer mark1V, this baby is for you, a real workhorse of a camera, a bit heavy but hey it's a pro body, put an L lens on it and rapid fire that sucker it wont dissapoint you, perfect for sports action photography. Your pictures will be worthy of a magazine cover. If you can get your hands on one don't hesitate you'll be glad you got it!!