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Kiet A. Le

Canon 10D or Canon 1D?

Could somebody please tell me this, I would like to buy one of these Canon Digitals: 10D or 1D. What's better? On the Canon 1D it has only 4.1MP and costs about $4000.00 but the other Canon 10D has 6.3MP it's only $1,500.00 or less. Which one should I buy? (the 1D looks really nice to me).

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7/20/2003 8:54:10 PM

Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2000
  The 1D is based on the very rugged and weather-proofed 1v body, and shares its metering (21 segment evaluative) and af (45 sensor wide area af including high precision sensors for use with large aperture lenses and a center sensor useable with effective apertures down to f/8), along with professional features such as interchangable focus screens and high 1/250 traditional flash sync. The larger image sensor of the 1D allows capture of wide angle views without the cropping of the smaller sensor 10D.

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7/21/2003 8:00:56 AM

Kiet A. Le   Thanks Jon,
But the 10D has 6.3MP is it a lot better than the 1D 4.3MP?

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7/21/2003 1:43:54 PM

Chris Howarth
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/26/2002
  Size in megapixels isn't everything. The 1D is the 'better' camera, as the larger sensor reduces or removes the distortion caused by the smaller sensor in the 10D. This means that you can use the same wide angle lenses (less than 50mm) as a film SLR with the 1D and get pretty much the same results. Not the case with the 10D (but improving all the time).

The real issue is: What do you need 6.3MP or 4.3MP for? Are you a pro that needs to produce large files (50MB+) for stock? The 1D is a pro-level camera, made to be a hardworking camera for a skilled user. The 10D is a prosumer level camera, does pretty much what the 1D does and at a fraction of the cost. Also bear in mind the many 1D cameras are never separated from their tripod (they're not lightweight). Also think about carrying it around. If you're a studio photographer, go with the 1D as you won't need to carry it!

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7/23/2003 12:31:16 AM

Sharon E. Lowe
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/7/2002
  The 1D is really designed with the professional news/sports photographer in mind who needs fast frames per second (8fps compared to 3fps for the 10D). 4.4mp is plenty for them.

The 10D is as everyone else has said a prosumer model. I have heard some people having problems with the autofocus on that model but it seems like the problems have been solved.

The newest model, the 1Ds is over 11 mp, has a full frame sensor (no cropping at all unlike the 10d which is 1.6 and the 1D which is 1.3), but shoots 3fps like the 10D. It is designed for pros other than sports/news (though it can be used for that of course). The price was almost $8000 on it but I think it has dropped to around $4000-$4500 now that Kodak's pro digital is out.

You have to decide what best fits your needs and budget. Remember that the body is just one cost - you need high quality lenses to go with it.

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7/23/2003 4:37:29 AM

Artur    If you are not sports or news photographer donít buy 1D it is not worth the money. Get 10D and couple good lenses and if you shooting for money get second body for back up and wait for that 1Ds price to come down. More resolution is always better, you get more room to crop and more enlarging power.

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7/23/2003 7:24:16 AM

Michael McCullough   I would say go with the newer 10D better resolution most recent technology the 1D is considered dated at the rate of todays market and the price is so much better on the 10D.

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7/23/2003 9:25:47 AM

Jay Ckawson  
I just returned from photographing the Tour de France and used the 10D (my personal camera) as well as the 1D and 1DS. After using all 3 bodies and taking over 5,000 photos, only the 1D was capable of capturing the finish line of a bike race with accurate autofocus for every frame (up to a 21 frame burst). Even with lower framing rates the 1Ds delivered 70% accurate focusing, and the 10D maybe 30-40%. So if you photograph speed and action, the 1D is best. Otherwise, I'm happy with the 10D - it has great color accuracy, is more affordable, and has less noise at higher ISO settings.

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8/5/2003 10:16:01 AM

Jeremy D. West
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/4/2010
  Unless you need the extra speed of the 1D, the 10D is all you'll ever need - at least in printing images up to 16X20. It's color rendition is fantistic, and its auto-focusing is much improved over the D60.

So, again, unless you're shooting sports events, there is absolutely no way to justify the difference in price.

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8/15/2003 4:17:29 PM

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