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How good is 1D Mark II N?

 
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Dec 02, 2016 08:06 |  #1

A camera store in my location is selling a 1D Mark II N with price of $325. How good is this body (for wildlife, BIF, portrait)?




  
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Dec 02, 2016 22:11 |  #2

In a word: excellent.
having said that, the 1D2 technology has been superseded a number of times since it's release in 2005.
Some folks will say the user interface (what buttons you need to press to change things) isn't very intuitive.
Battery life isn't spectacular, and Canon will no longer support (repair) them as they only stock spares for a certain length of time.
I suspect you'd have trouble finding anything at $325 that would be as competent a camera though.


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Dec 02, 2016 22:16 |  #3

vietnameseamateur wrote in post #18200935 (external link)
A camera store in my location is selling a 1D Mark II N with price of $325. How good is this body (for wildlife, BIF, portrait)?

Great camera. But not at $325. The 7D at $400 used would be the better buy. The overall guts and bolts of the 1DII (the N just has a little bigger LCD, still small) are great and the ISO performance is pretty good even at ISO 1600. The resolution is ok, but you have to be ok with 8MP in terms of cropping. With a 1.3x crop sensor and 8MP, unless your glass is very long or you're very close, you will have to crop a lot of birds, and it can be something to consider. The AF system and speed is still very good, aggressive, accurate and fast. But again, all the things of the 1DII are bested by the 7D and the 7D can be had at a reasonable price. I say this as someone that went from 1D II to the 7D. I just couldn't justify keeping two 1D series anymore when the 7D bested both of them. Also worth noting is the battery type and battery charger for the 1DII, it's old, takes a long time to charge, you have to condition the batteries periodically, etc. I wouldn't buy it at $325. It's a $200 camera these days, with the charger. Again, the N adds nothing but the LCD size (wee bit bigger). The 1DII regularly goes for $200.

If you want an inexpensive action camera with great AF and speed, the 7D (used) is the way to go.

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Dec 07, 2016 01:58 |  #4

Great camera. That was my first 1D body and I shot mostly sports. Tracking and focus was very good.


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Dec 07, 2016 21:21 |  #5

Having shot a 7D head to head against the 1D MkIIn and 1Ds MkIII with a 400 f/2.8 on dancing grebes in flat lighting I passed on buying the 7D.

Nice but the AF did not hold up compared to either of the 1 series bodies. Yes the 1DsMkIII was a bit slower but the images were nicer and AF was much better on the dancing grebes running across the surface of the water.

Have posted on other topics asking about the MkIIn bodies that I have a number of friends shooting news and sports who still use the 1D MkIIn body. AF is still excellent even as newer bodies are better at higher ISO settings.

Shot film doing pro and amateur sports as well as wildlife work since the 1970's and a bit of grain is not a problem for me. Sports work it is expected and makes for images with character - not the antiseptic 'perfect' stuff we see so often now. The difference is like shooting in wet and snow on a HS grass field compared to a Pro carpet stadium. One has character in the images with dirt and mud while the other looks like it could be in your living room

The MkIIn is still a damned good camera.

If it were me I would go with the 1D MkIII as the cost is so reasonable now you get them for digital rebel prices.


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Dec 07, 2016 22:17 |  #6

Don't do it... too old.


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Dec 08, 2016 21:40 |  #7

The 1DMkIIn may be old but you can find out for yourself whether it will do what you want.

If possible get one you so you can shoot some images. Don't have to buy it, just shoot some images and compare them to what you have now. Let the image quality be the guide.

Shoot some of what you want to do if possible and compare them to other bodies you are thinking of.

Most anything out there the past 10 years will do fine. Some better in areas where others fall down. Some handle better in your hands. What I like or some reviewer likes does not matter. It is you and your images that count.

No matter what you get there will be something newer, faster, "better" coming along. Do you really need it? Most likely you don't. You need something that gives good quality the way you like it, is comfortable in use and that you have confidence in when shooting.


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