Jonathan Brewer , Jul 12, 2002; 05:44 p.m.
I am not qualified to critique this camera as a long time user of the 810MII, like Dave Anton and quite a few others, I can give you my impressions as someone who has just started to use the camera.
I am getting familiar with the 810MII in the studio doing portraits which I'm going to contact print w/centennial POP. The camera feels and handles like a tank, in a good sense, the machining, craftsmanship, is elegant, w/bevels, smooth curves, a lot of attention to detail, and back focus that is very smooth.
I've had some big heavy lenses on it, w/no ill effects, the camera is heavy, my guess is that you'll either get used to it or you won't, I've got mine on top of a Ries head w/a Gitzo 1500, this whole thing is heavy but so am I, so it doesn't bother me. Having said that, I don't know how many people are going to go backpacking w/this camera, when I go outside w/this camera, I don't plan on straying far from my car.