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1Ds Good and Bad


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Good -- You can retire your MF gear (up to a point)
You can easily print 48 X 36 inch prints (or bigger) and be totally amazed at the quality.

Full frame so Lenses work at the focal length they are designed for -- you can use really wide angle again -- no crop factor or multiplier.

Probably the nearest thing to digital camera heaven yet.

Bad --- Dust -- this is a problem.
Chromatic Aberration -- some shots even with the best Canon 'L' glass show signs of CA

Anything other than top glass -- this camera mercilessly exposes all faults.

If you are a sports shooter you might find the FPS rate to slow -- the 1D does 8 fps -- this camera less than half that.

Horrendously expensive. Unless you are a pro or have got 6 numbers in the lottery you would be really lucky to have this piece of kit.


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Re the question of dust problems on the 1D: Olympus's new digital-only SLR, the E-1, has a system to shake dust away.


Is Canon developing digital lenses? I would hope they are, Nikon already has D-lenses out, although selection seems to be limited still.


The D in Nikon lenses means "distance" not "digital". These lenses return focussing distance to the camera, which uses that to calculate flash.

There is no such thing as a "digital" lens. If you see it on a lens, all it means is that the manufacturer hasn't bothered about edge performance, optimizing the lens for the smaller sensor area in the middle. If you put a "digital" lens on a digital camera with a full-frame sensor, it'll be far worse in performance than a proper lens.