Tom Reichner wrote in post #18066291
I am curious to know what you find annoying about the batteries. I had a 1D2, not the 1Ds2, but I think they take the same batteries. I never had any difficulties with my 1D2 batteries, and never had anything annoying happen with them. In fact, they are quite similar to the batteries in the 1D4 that I use now, which of course isn't annoying in any way at all. What annoyed you?
I do agree that the LCD was annoying. In fact, I rely so much on LCD precision and resolution that with an LCD that bad I would miss a lot of shots because it didn't allow me to really see extremely fine detail resolution or minute shifts in color cast. This is the main reason why I don't use my 5D Classic any more..
The 1Dc, 1D2 & the "s" & "n" models of that series all use the same batteries. What I found annoying was that the charger with two limbs, only could charge one battery at a time. The charge time was long. The refreshing of the battery and subsequent recharge was very long. That's not to say they're bad, they were great for me, but annoying because it was one of the few areas on these cameras were today the age really shows, compared to a newer lithium battery equipped camera. I shot the 1Dc & 1DII for a while and loved them, but the battery situation is very annoying to me. I also find it hyper annoying that the genuine recharger for these batteries are insanely inflated in cost, for a just-as-good-as-OEM-battery for $25 basically. But the charger, they want $150~180 used, for something that only chargers one limb at a time, with really long refresh & recharge times.
I eventually moved to a 7D for when I'm on my kayak and out in the wetlands. I eventually ran into the resolution wall for cropping, even at 600mm, on my 8MP 1DII, so I just wanted more pixels to crop. So far pretty happy with the trade, even though I really enjoyed the look of the 1D files more I think. I think my 1DII was cleaner than my 7D honestly.
I still shoot a pair of 5D classics though. One of my favorites. I would replace one of them with a 1Ds II, as I really want to, but I always stop myself due to the experience with the batteries, menu and LCD. The 5Dc's system is better for what I do with full frame than the older 1Dc & 1DII system. Every few months I shop for a 1Ds II looking for a deal. And a 1Ds III is way, way over-priced for what it is these days in my opinion, so in the spirit of this thread, cheap old full frames, it's out of the running--even though it has the newer batteries that share with the 1DIV, etc. In another 10 years, maybe I can get a used 1DX hah.