Its true. Its such a solid machine of a camera. Its crisp shutter, build like a tank, and excellent metering are just a few of the things that I love about this. I was just re-reading my manual and looking up some of the specs on Canon's website. I saw that the shutter is good for 150,000 cycles (Over 4166 36 exposure rolls of film, or 6250 rolls of 24 exposure film) and realized that this camera will never break on me. I could take this to the freezing tundras of Antarctica, or to the searing hot deserts of Iraq, and not have to give a second thought about whether or not the camera will function. The weather sealing on the body is simply amazing as well. Ive shot this body with a 16-35L in a typhoon in Okinawa, and the body took the rain and wind no problem.
The speed of the camera is amazing. Looking past the 10FPS (which I personally feel is ridiculous for a film body), the camera just sprints with everything it does. The AF speed is the fastest Ive ever used on any camera. The shutter release is absolutely instant, and viewfinder blackout time is simply not there. Cycling through AF points is a breeze and the controls respond instantly.
I personally feel Canon Gave the camera the "V" badge for "Victory" because the camera was well ahead of its time.
Just a list of the various EOS bodies Ive used of the years so you have an Idea of what I compare this camera to:
EOS 1D Mark II
EOS 1D Mark IIn
Ive shot with an EOS 1D Mark III but not extensively. It was more or less for about an hour in a photo walk situation.
I could go on and on about the high points of the camera, but I think you guys get my point .