Quote:At the time, they were the nicest DSLRs to use. But yes, things have come a long way, controls wise. I had a 350D with a similar control scheme, and was fine with it back then. When I now handle a 350D, indeed I get puzzled and frustrated with how and where to set things.Not the nicest, mind you - the 1D Mark II N was from the same generation but it was miles ahead in every respect apart from naked resolution - it was the same as the 30D and almost 4 MP less than the 5D. But so what, I was never chasing the highest pixel counts, else I would've been trudging along with a 5DS now (God forbid!)
At the time, of course, it was prohibitively expensive like every erstwhile-current 1D model is/was. Later, though, the prices came down to almost the 5D levels. These 4,5 years with the 1D Mark II N were so nice for me, even though by 2014 that camera became decidedly dated even for my applications, so I mustered a hefty sum to buy a 1D Mark IV. I expect that body to be good indefinitely for me because I don't often need sky-high ISO now (decent quality 6400 is all right by me, with 25600 as an emergency exit). I would've appreciated something like a 80D for backup though, or even a clean 1DS Mark III, but lately I've not been thinking of expanding my lineup - on the contrary, some events in my life are making me question the stuff I'm doing (even more than usual).