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Perhaps the best 35mm SLR there ever was,
This review is from: Canon EOS-1V Professional SLR Body (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Electronics)
It feels odd to be reviewing this camera in 2009. It represents a technology that won't be coming back -- the caliber of images from quality digital SLRs now equals 35mm film, and digital is easier to work with. For a while, some people used excuses like "Kodachrome has better archival properties than digital storage," but Kodachrome has been cancelled, and after December 2010, it won't be possible to get any remaining rolls processed. Those who use film in education are unlikely to buy a professional camera like the 1v, and those who use film cameras for their atavistic style are probably more likely to pick up a rangefinder.
The things that make the 1v great are primarily of interest to professionals -- 45 autofocus points, and very rapid autofocus even by the standards of a decade later, extraordinary quick film advance (10 images/second with the PB-E2 winder attached, and everybody who buys the 1v also buys the winder), massive customizability for a film camera (and yet, of course, nowhere near the customizability of any mid-range digital camera, where effective ISO rating and white point can be changed on the fly). There are probably some professionals out there still using their 1vs for these advantages, but I doubt anybody is buying new ones.
As a result, these camera are now widely available in the used market, often in superb condition. The 1v is a tough camera -- you could probably use one to pound nails and still sell it on eBay as "near mint".
This is a an amazing piece of engineering, a pleasure to hold and use. I use it mostly in Program or Av modes, and other than the standard caveat to adjust settings for a silhouetted subject, it makes good decisions. Ditto for the autofocus, which is materially better than the autofocus in my slightly lower-end EOS Elan 7. It shares most accessories with my EOS 5D, and of course I can use the same lenses on both of those cameras and my EOS IX. If from time to time you want to work with a 35mm SLR that has auto-focus and auto-exposure, you will never find a better one, and there is something lovely about knowing you're using the acme that a line of technological development ever produced. If your pictures don't come out, you certainly can't blame the tool.
I have only one complaint about the camera -- the shutter button is so sensitive that the camera takes a picture if I breathe on it hard. Always remember to shut the camera off before putting it in your bag.
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Initial post: Feb 27, 2014 10:30:03 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 27, 2014 10:31:18 PM PST
You are right about most of your comments except one, you didn't think people still buy these new. I did, 1 year after you posted the review I only read the amazon reviews today since I bought at Adorama. 4 years later I am doing fine with my 1v. My only real camera. No digital DSLR for me.
Posted on Sep 7, 2014 3:59:50 AM PDT
Best 35mm SLR ever? Afraid not, I dont think youve ever used the Nikon F5 which was as good as film got
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