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Philip Greenspun's September Preview

Due to arrive in stores in December 2001, the EOS-1D is Canon's only professional digital single-lens reflex. This machine promises to be the world's most capable where auto-focus and weather sealing are paramount concerns.

The EOS-1D shares a lot of features and design ideas from the EOS-1V film body and uses that machine's 45-point auto-focus system. This compares very favorably with the inadequate 5-sensor system on N D1x and D1H. And this auto-focus system operates at the camera's maximum speed of 8 frames per second.

With this professional camera, Canon has abandoned the CMOS sensor of its consumer D30 body. The EOS-1D sensor is a standard CCD. Canon says that it did this to achieve an 8 frames-per-second capture rate. One nice thing about the sensor is that it is huge, implying a lens focal length multiplier of only 1.3 as opposed to 1.5 or 1.6 for most other digital SLRs. The bottom line on the flash card is only 4.5 megapixels (1662x2496 pixels). This doesn't sound very competitive next to the the Nikon D1x, but the EOS-1D sensor may provide higher quality per pixel. The sensor underneath each pixel on the EOS-1D is about twice as large as its equivalent inside the D1x. This may result in lower noise and better contrast range. Everyone pays attention to the resolution numbers but it is quite possible that the EOS-1D will deliver a superior print in the end. We won't know until the bodies are in photographers' hands.

The EOS-1V has the best viewfinder of any Canon body and the EOS-1D should be very good as well. Finder coverage is 100%, which is more important in the digital world than in the film world. With film there is invariably some post-exposure cropping imposed by a slide mount or enlarger. With digital, what you capture on the flash card is what will appear on the Web, unless you want to spend your life in an image editing utility cropping each image individually. A 100% viewfinder will let you make those critical cropping decisions at the time of exposure.

Assuming Canon handled the programming sensibly, the EOS-1D should be a responsive body. The camera has enough memory to store 21 full-resolution images. So the photographer should never be waiting with a locked-up camera while an image is being written to the flash card or Microdrive.

Power to the EOS-1D is supplied by a heavy bulky NiMH battery pack. This seems like a regression from the light efficient Lith-ion battery in the Canon D30, but it is presumably necessary due to the power hunger of the CCD sensor and the need for high power during 8 frames-per-second exposure frenzies.

Like the Nikon D1x, the EOS-1D interfaces to the world of computers via IEEE 1394 FireWire.

Unusual Features

The EOS-1D can be set to store RAW and JPEG copies of each image. This burns up extra storage on the flash card but has the advantage that you can quickly upload 8-bit JPEGs to a Web server while preserving the high quality 12-bit RAW files in case you decide to invest some time in image editing and printing.

Canon added a microphone to the EOS-1D body and the ability to record voice annotations tagged to images.

One innovative feature of the Nikon D1x that is not available in the EOS-1D is a serial interface for a GPS receiver. If you don't mind lugging around a separate gizmo and cable, the Nikon body is capable of recording the latitude and longitude of every image created; the Canon body is not.

Canon seems to have followed the lead of Fuji and Nikon in providing the ability to operate the camera from a personal computer. This is especially useful for interval photography.

Conclusion

Every owner of a big EOS lens system with $5000+ to burn will want to rush out and get an EOS-1D. The only real shames are that image quality and light weight have been sacrificed to some extent in order to achieve the market-leading 8 frames-per-second exposure rate that is of little value to most photographers.

Denis Reggie's Field Report using the camera in Fiji

Back in the US from my 10 days of travel (Atlanta to LA, Honolulu, Fiji, San Francisco, then back to Atlanta..ouch.) with the new EOS-1D... I reluctantly had to hand over my test camera to the Canon rep, but not until I had 4 wedding assignments (yes, four... on October 13, 18, 20 and 21) under my belt with the 1D (along with a couple of D30's as backup). My camera was apparently one of 4 that Canon issued to working pros to shoot, one was in Afghanistan, another was being used by Doug Kirkland... Canon is looking for feedback and images for advertisements and brochures. I was thrilled to be in the bunch.

My read of the specs is a little different than Phil's. I actually thought that Canon's decision to go with a 4 megapixel camera was, well, brilliant. It seems that their camera line now handles consumers with their array of digital cameras, the prosumer/photobuff/enthusiast or photographer who works with slower moving targets -- like products, still lifes, even portraits -- with their very popular D30, and now, the 1D which seems near perfect for news and sports (two huge Canon markets) and surely to be a huge hit in the wedding photojournalism world (that's my area).

Going to 6 or more megapixels would have

  1. Been overkill for my world given my primary need of images in album print sizes;
  2. Surely have slowed the camera with a more limiting buffer for burst sequence ability
  3. It would mean far fewer images on todays CF cards.

In use, and as a regular user of EOS-1v HS (with high speed battery chamber) film cameras, I found this pro-digital camera to feel very familiar. And having used Kodak DCS 520 cameras (a 1998 era digital camera based on the EOS-1N), the LCD menu controls and built-in microphone seemed very familiar as well. The supplied Photoshop plug-in module to acquire images has virtually identical features as the software marketed under Kodak's name to accomplish the same... including a wonderful plus/minus exposure compensation slider control to tweak RAW files before creating jpegs. Below you can see how I was able to compensate afterwards using the RAW image data on the image of the hut. There is a tone curve feature as well to employ color preferences to images. Quite a nice piece of software. PF's (Personal Functions) can also be assigned to the camera via this software and a firewire cord. CF's (Custom Functions) can be set directly from the camera menu.

My initial feel for the camera was one of handling a fine instrument... somewhat Porsche-like in feel and finish. After my complete read of the manuals (one for camera, one for software), and after lengthy conversations with the Tokyo product manager for Canon and with Chuck Westfall (technical guru for Canon USA), I decided that I would choose to go with RAW images only. The books said to expect 4.8 megs per image, but most of mine were 3.3 to 3.6 megs each. I typically got 275 images per 1 gig Microdrive. (I am awaiting the Simple Technologies 1 gig CF-2 cards later this year, or even the Lexar Pro 16x half-gig CF cards which also due in November).

Before using the camera at all, we had the brand new BIOS update applied that addressed soe jpeg quality (contrast) and focus accuracy issues found in some of the few cameras built. So I shot under release 1.00.1 for some 7,000 images.

I particularly like the film emulations (called Color Matrix). There are five that include a Velvia look (very saturated colors - setting 3) and, my favorite for wedding work: setting 2 which looks like Kodak Portra NC film. Most of my flash work was done at ISO 400 at setting 2, and the skin tones were perfect.

I tried some at ISO 1600 settings, but they looked (on the LCD screen) to be noisy. I will need to test that more before I render an opinion on it. The images looked superb to me and my limited printing since Sunday (when I made it back to my office) affirmed my assessment that 4 megapixels on this camera will do just fine for my needs, and I would think most any wedding photojournalist. Superb color and no visible blooming to my eye. Impressive.

Battery life in my test camera was not impressive. I was able to get no more that 350 images from one charge (500 are suggested on the Canon website). My e-mail from Canon explained that the pre-production cameras were not nearly as efficient as the actual production models, plus batteries need to be conditioned as well. The short answer is that Canon is quite confident that 500 will be a good number, and I believe them. Having received only 2 batteries in my test gear, I brought the charge along and learned that 2 hours is needed to fully recharge a battery... low and behold, that just about how long it takes me to blow through 320 frames... so I was never without power.

Flash accuracy is a big deal in my world. The 550EX was impressive, and rendered perfect exposures (and I mean perfect) whenever I would take time to FEL on the face of the subject (Focus Exposure Lock -- a preflash to measure exposure) . Even when using the FEL feature was impractical, I was able to get fairly good results in most every situation by simply clicking away... and with the 2-stop RAW file latitude, I easily have the margin needed to get perfect results.

The AF system, being 1v based, was amazing, and quite a step from the D30 system (it's weakest feature??). And ambient metering in the 1D seemed to be a bit less dependent on the focus point (versus the D30), so exposures (in evaluative mode) were mostly right on... a bit of facial overexposure in some cases when subjects were dressed in dark clothing, etc.

One of the PF setting I made was to lower the frame rate on High mode from 8 fps to 5 fps. And, I never once had the camera bog down or say "busy." The card reader is apparently also quite fast as well. Based on my use of RAW mode, I would only imagine that in jpeg mode (news and sports shooters??) the camera would be blazing in write speed.

The camera seems to be a tad quicker to focus and advance versus the 1v... and also a quieter sound when clicking off frames. Impressive.

What was not to like? Not much. I would have enjoyed having the images properly oriented in the browser (vertical or horizontal) based on which shutter release button was used for each shot... what a time saver, and seemingly so simple to do.

I wasn't thrilled with the new FEL button placement next to the main shutter release button. My finger is usually busy holding focus in one-shot mode and now needs to make its way over to this FEL button to operate it.. I prefer the D30 method of the thumb-operated asterix button accomplishing FEL. Actually, and auto-FEL feature would rock... so that whenever you achieve focus in one-shot mode, the FEL preflash fires (if you have this "feature" turned on with a flash attached) so that the exposure is made concurrently with the focus. Wow, would that save time at wedding receptions. Just a thought. I also did get dust on the sensor once, which is probably explained by my frequent lens changes in dusty places (the beaches of Fiji, though I was careful).

Conclusion? I want my EOS-1D's tomorrow. I'll take three, please. And look for my D30's on E-bay soon (also some Hasselblads and a couple of my 1v's as well!).

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Trang Le , September 28, 2001; 04:12 P.M.

I went to Phil Askey preview page, I was quite astonished to find out that the CCD sensor size of the EOS1D is quite large (much larger than D1X). Despite the fact that the pixel count is just 4.15 mega, This means the pixel size is huge comparing to the rest of all Dig cams out there. And this give me hope.

One misconception is that high resolution is higher image quality, this's only one third of the truth (it's truer for displaying devices like LCD, monitors, or printing devices). For capturing image, the pixel is the most crucial point. In digital photography, who makes the better photon capturing pixelization, will be the winner. This will be crucial in image quality, since more photons will be absorbed much more efficiently in the bucket photo-sites (pixel), and the associated electronics around each photodiode won't be a problem hence better on fill factor for each photodiode. Hot pixel problem can be reduced significantly. And yet, I bet it will handle much better in low-light situation.

Note: It's not that smaller-size pixels can't absorb the photon rain better, it's just because current technology (for average consumer) is not there yet, deep sub-micron technology currently not good enough in quantizing the photon rain into sufficient data stream (signals). Remember CCD is just a micro chip. There are many application out there for scientific use which act as a digital camera using Intensified CCD, but these cost a fortune. High sensitivity on wide range of light wave length spectrum of CCD is still not high enough to cover the wide range of ISO. There's still a long way to go. This might be the right direction for Canon. But how good of them in doing that??? Hard to say... all i can do is to wait & see how good the EOS 1D is in capturing the ever elusive perfect digital image.

Trang Le

Gary Voth , October 03, 2001; 11:43 P.M.

Philip wrote: "The only real shames are that image quality and light weight have been sacrificed to some extent in order to achieve the market-leading 8 frames-per-second exposure rate that is of little value to most photographers."

I think this analysis misses the point that this camera is targetted to working professional mews, sports, and wedding photographers for whom image quality will be more than adequate and features such as a higher frame rate most welcome.

Personally (having no immediate professional need for the current generation of machines) I'm waiting for the big file full frame model that is sure to arrive in the next couple of years. Until then, I suspect that the EOS-1D will find plenty of adherents.

Patrick Hudepohl , October 06, 2001; 04:27 A.M.

I think this analysis misses the point that this camera is targetted to working professional mews, sports, and wedding photographers for whom image quality will be more than adequate and features such as a higher frame rate most welcome.

I think you may be right, except for wedding photographers. I've read so many times that many of them still prefer medium format for the formal shots, that I can't imagine that they'll be happy with a 3, 4 or even 6 megapixel digital. Perhaps for the "party pictures" after the official ceremony.

Rolland Elliott , October 07, 2001; 12:16 A.M.

"This machine promises to be the world's most capable where autofocus and weather sealing are paramount concerns."

Who is going to take a $5000 electronic camera into the rain? All of this weather sealing is just hype. People will be buying raincovers for their $5000 cameras.

Even lenses that are made 20 years ago have very good weather sealing. Moderate rain is not going to seep inbetween the crevices of the lens helical and reach the lens elements. By the time the rain is heavy enough to seep into the camera or lens the front of your lens is covered in rain and you can't take pictures. Canon doesn't need to put rubber gaskets on the lens mounts. It is just one more useless feature they can market. Ever hear a photojournalist complain that rain seeped inbetween the lens and the camera mount? That's because it doesn't happen.

Peace, Rolland

Cecil Walker , October 07, 2001; 12:33 A.M.

Ahhh, but where I live, the extra sealing comes in very handy in preventing dust and sand to enter as well. Taking photos in the desert and dunes can be a real pain to the camera!

David Manzi , October 12, 2001; 01:51 P.M.

Weather sealing is nice, but will the CF cards work below freezing? I would trust my shots to a hard drive alone. The CF Mfrs claim that the cards are good to freezing, but not below. Quite a drawback.

Brian Tao , October 16, 2001; 11:38 P.M.

They should work below freezing, although I can't say exactly how far below. I've personally used the IBM microdrives in -20C weather in my Olympus E-10 for hours at a time without problem. Once the drive starts spinning though, it acts as its own heat source. ;-) I would be more worried about NiMH battery technology at those temperatures (e.g., go with an external battery pack you can keep warm under your jacket).

Rajeev Surati , November 24, 2001; 06:51 A.M.

As promised as of 11/24 5 AM I have saved out the original Canon EOS-1d Tiff images as exif jpg files from the twain utility provided by Canon. You can view them as full images if you select any image in this article. Before I had mistakenly assumed interested people could view the RAW image bits to help them understand the camera. Letting you see the full jpg files gets you closer to what you want. Please comment away now on the image quality as it is now accessible to everyone. Also let me know if there is something else I should do.

David Goldfarb , November 24, 2001; 02:52 P.M.

What's up with the focus in those last three shots under "Additional Images"? The compositions are all nice, but in that beach scene it doesn't look like anything is sharp. In the second scene, it looks like the edge of what seems to be a chalkboard on the left is sharp, but the man praying isn't. DOF also looks too short or the point-of-focus is misplaced in the third scene, where the rusty shed (which I take to be the frame) is tack sharp but the awnings (which I take to be the subject) are blurred.

As positive as the review is, the images seem to tell the story: "This camera is hard to focus properly."

Lester Chan , November 25, 2001; 01:01 A.M.

Here is what I regard as a joke as I have no means to verify its content.

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1019&message=1787610&query=intend+to+do

It says on page 37 of the 1D user manual it clearly states,

'While Canon is producing 3000 of these wonderful machines a month, if you could, to avoid a big rush, and to not burden the many resellers worldwide, please post no more than 15 shots on the web, and be certain to post only out-of-focus, under-exposed shots.'

Funny?

BTW, can any 1v user say if it's something easily go wrong in controlling the 45 AF points.

David Goldfarb , November 25, 2001; 12:13 P.M.

Heh. Seems this issue has already been discussed over on the forum that Lester mentions in the previous post, complete with a response from Denis Reggie. I didn't mean to imply anything about the photographer's technique, by the way. These look like fairly typical autofocus problems (focusing on the nearest contrasty object). I suspect the focus would be right on target in manual focus mode (don't sell those Hassies yet!).

Guy Nowell , November 30, 2001; 08:35 A.M.

Weather Sealing? OF COURSE this is a great feature... especially if you are a yachting photographer. Like me. Professional/commercial photographers use their equipment a good deal harder than amateurs. We expect them to keep firing day after day, rain or shine, come hell and high water. My camera is my working equipment, not a beautiful expensive toy to be brought out and admired when the weather is right. If you regularly subject cameras and lenses to salt spray while standing in a small inflatable chasing a 40 foot racing yacht at 12-15 knots, ANY additional keep-the-muck-out-of-the-gear system is a winner. I have my old EOS-1's serviced by the Canon agent here in Hong Kong three or four times a year... and every time I walk into the Service Centre the staff all hide behind their desks. A well-sealed camera will save me a bundle in five minutes. I'm off to buy one as soon as I can.

Carl Smith , December 05, 2001; 12:49 A.M.

While I have no doubt that the 1D will draw considerable more power, I understand that the design concept for the NiMH pack is similar to that used on the EOS 3 or EOS 1V. The EOS 3 and 1V are very capable in the cold (some people say the cameras seem to like it, whatever). Many report best results when using the NiMH pack, which is also what I use. This means that they can still save trouble by using the various gears in the drive to run the mirror and shutter in the 1D and perhaps they've worked on the power draw of the camera as well.

Only time will tell.

Jimmy Rhyne , December 20, 2001; 01:34 A.M.

"The EOS-1D shares a lot of features and design ideas from the EOS-1V film body and uses that machine's 45-point auto-focus system. This compares very favorably with the inadequate 5-sensor system on N D1x and D1H. And this auto-focus system operates at the camera's maximum speed of 8 frames per second."

I cannot believe that Phil has to stoop so low as to take a shot at the Nikon D1X and D1H! This is supposed to be a review for the Canon EOS-1D and here he goes and talks about "inadequate 5-sensor system" found on Nikons. How pitiful! While Canon’s autofocus system has lots of marketing splash, in reality the latest EOS just barely catches up to the F5, D1X or D1H in autofocus speed and ability. Find a car speeding at 200mph towards you, press the shutter release on both cameras, then count the number of in focus pictures each camera produces; every test I’ve seen shows that, while the Canon can follow the car, it’ll produce fewer usable pictures in the burst than the Nikon, regardless of motor drive speeds.

Overall the review seems good. Nikon has set the world on fire with the D1, D1X and D1H. Contax has entered the race with the Digital version of the N-1 and what I read indicates that Minolta and Pentax are ready to plop down digital SLR's. I think the EOS-1D and Nikon D1H and D1X are the talk of the town and it seems that we most likely will never see another top of the line film camera from Nikon or Canon introduced. Hold on to your EOS-1v and F5.

Joe Owens , January 16, 2002; 06:14 P.M.

Regarding the comment by Jimmy Rhyne, I beg to differ bigtime!! New years day had myself & a colegue sitting on cold wet grass at the top of a frulong on a horse race course, with a 300mm lens and bot of us with our brand new toys in hand, his a pair of Nikons (one of each of the D series) and me with my Eos 1D, we had identical kit and tried out eachothers machines. We both used 400iso on a very dull day with early morning mist and one one jump along I got 22 bang on images every single one of them was perfect, pin-sharp, beautiful exposures etc etc, and my friend got 13 workable shots, I say workable because they were for press release and minor softness is acceptable on newsprint, but out of those 13 only 4 were as good as mine in terms of focus, the exposures on all of his ones were perfect. We checked our images on the same computer in the office, and he has subsequently changed over to canon from being a lifelong Nikon user. To end I will say that every situation is different and your 200mph car assignment is alot faster than my horse racing event however I think the lighting and other non controllable influences would have made up for many of the differences between fast cars and slow horses.

Leon Roda , January 23, 2002; 01:55 A.M.

Thanks for all the interesting perspectives on the 1D folks. As the owner of a relatively new D30 (October 2001), I can say that while I love the convenience of digital, and the quality is more than adequate for my needs, my D30 doesn't even come close to my 1V in terms of focus speed and reliability of exposure. Can anyone out there with both the 1V and 1D compare them please. I am seriously thinking of getting the 1D, but am concerned that the 1D is no more reliable than the D30 in terms of focus speed, and exposure metering.

Tom Just Olsen , January 28, 2002; 04:36 P.M.

It is good reason to believe that EOS1D will produce pictures with as good as, or even slightly better than Nikon's 1Dx. Faster! No little achievement! But not as good as Kodak 760 (for the Nikon system) which got such shameless treatment when tested by Phil Askey. Kodak 760 is a true 6 million pixle camera and truely the best digital SLR on the market today. The AF of of EOS1D will only be faster than Nikon F5 if reduction of number of AF points is choosen. Which is easy. What all these cameras can do is kill a man if dropped from 2 meters. Or swung by it's shoulder strap in eye-hight. Nice to know when one think of that 24 photo journalists have been killed in Afganistan in only three months. As a mean of protecting the electronics or keeping the moisture out, it is a lot more illusory. To test them to the limit might cost a fortune.

Jens Wollesen , February 08, 2002; 11:53 A.M.

I is not correct, that EOS D1 has a larger CCD. It is actualy to CCD´s put together upright. I got my D1 in december and I have used it almost everyday since then. My experience is, that it has the same focus problem as EOS 1N has. Canon did correct it costless at their servicecenter. You can easily see the two CCD´s when you lighten the photo a step. the right side will show horisontal stripes in the dark areas.

The latest firmware (1.2) makes it a great bit better. Compare EOS D1 to 520 at www.pressefoto.dk

Sorry, about my terrible english =:) Jens

J. M .Elario , March 02, 2002; 10:41 P.M.

In October 2000, I was the first kid on the block to obtain the Canon D30 , from that moment on 75% of my commercial(corporate) shooting went from Hasselblad , a system which I've shot for 25 years ( all lastest equip & a lot of it )to the D30. However my weddings ( about 60%of my income) continued to be shot with my Hasselblads, I wouldn't even consider using the D30 . On October 19th/02 I was introduced to the Canon EOS1D , myself along with two other photogs at a friends studio in Troy NY.After that brief meeting , I could not wait to get my hands on my own Canon EOS1D. When they say it feels & shoots just like the the CanonEOS1V its a bit of an understatement . . . ITS EVEN BETTER. On December 17th 02 I received my 1st Canon EOS1D (2 more on order)..now .. all my work commerical as well as weddings will be shot with this camera . I have already sold my D30, its viewing + the fact that I wear glasses & the slow focusing was just too slow ..Please don't get me wrong . . under studio conditions it was just fine, in the field . . different situation. In spite of what I found to be its faults..the savings on film & processing more than paid its cost.I understand that Canons replacement the EOS D60 has addressed & improved on what is has been a successful product.

Not being a techie - this (new 1D) camera along with its softwear will provide the info I've never really cared to keep track of - example being what Fstop/shutter speed did I shoot that image at..along with lens&lighting info & on & on .To quote wedding photog Gary Fong . ." it will tell me the exact moment they cut the cake".

Attach Canons new L 70-200 f2.8 IS .Can you handhold at a 60th of a second ..no problem. My son was shooting a fireworks display at Albany,NY's 1ST Night celebration (a working assignment) this past NewYears at midnight, not having a tripod , he rested the lens on my shoulder . The combination of the 1D's speed of focusing along with the 70-200IS provided more than enough perfect exposures , by the way . . apeture anywhere from 2.8 & smaller ,shutter speed ..on average 1/13 second. Print out 11x17 inch on an Epson 1270 . . they're every bit the quality of my Hasselblad prints . . .let me repeat . . every bit the quality of my Hasselblad prints. My lab "Millers" ( Millers Professional ...cutting edge quality & service) allows me to upload a file within moments of shooting . . two days later the AirborneX driver is delivering the finished prints to my studio. The Canon 1D & its support products are simply superb!

. . Last word on Canon quality/service . . In early November while shooting a parade my D30 with 17-35 attached fell from the reviewing stand ( about 5ft.) to the pavement ( 1G micro drive enclosed 200+images). I picked it up continued to shoot & complete the assignment w/no loss of images.In spite of the fact that there was not a visible impact mark on either camera or lens, I did the next day (Monday), send them off to Canon /CPS ,to have it checked out... that Friday. . it was back , No Damage . and Yes the new owner was informed of this incident.

JuanCarlos Torres , January 22, 2005; 11:46 A.M.

I have used the Canon 1D for the past three years for wedding work. Even when I have the Canon 1D Mark2, and the 20D I still love the speed and the image quality that I get from my Canon 1D. I simply don't have the guts to sell it. It keeps going and going.

Michelle Maor , November 12, 2007; 09:20 A.M.

I also don't think it's the equipment per se but rather the talent and vision of the photographer. A lot of the photos that I shot were with amateur equipment and clients really loved the photos.

John Andrews , November 12, 2007; 01:54 P.M.

I purchased a 1D (used on Ebay)recently, as finaly I found one in my price range. I have used 3 other Canon units (300D, 10D, 20D)and have just fell in love with this camera. it is old and worn but shoots fine noiseless shots. The most dramatic issue, for me, is the viewfinder composing, and the quickness of the AF in most cases. I test to shoot quickly and never had such a great tool in this area. Even though the 20D has many qualities that match or exceed the 1D, I carry the 1D more often now.

Angela Smith , August 14, 2008; 10:28 P.M.

I currently have the Canon 40D, but am seriously considering upgrading to the Canon 5D.

Maurice Bryant , January 25, 2011; 08:13 P.M.

Angela, this comes a bit after your post, but let your pocketbook be your guide.  I'd like a 5D, but my pocketbook says no, for the time being.  I have a Canon 1D that I'm shooting with while my 40D is in the repair shop.  Between the two cameras, full frame can wait for a bit.


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