Finally! Canon EOS-1D review updated for full production model!|
(Sunday, December 9, 2001 - 15:22 EST)
Oh, my aching bandwidth! As if the load from the Nikon Coolpix 5000 production photo downloads wasn't enough (see the item below), I've just uploaded a full update of my Canon EOS-1D review, based on a full production model. Besides reshoots of all my standard test images, writer/photographer Gal Friday Stephanie Boozer shot a mini-gallery of random, non-standardized shots, so our readers could see more of what the camera does with a wider variety of subjects.
Overall, I was quite pleased with the changes Canon made in the production model, relative to the last prototype I saw: My biggest complaint about both levels of prototype I tested previously was that their default tone curves produced awfully dark midtone values when the highlights were properly exposed. The production model seems to have pretty well cured this, and the color looks a bit better to my eye as well. The incredibly powerful user-configurable tone curve option is still incredibly awkward to use, but that's just a software feature, so we can hope Canon will issue a new release of their driver software, making this function more usable.
All in all, the EOS-1D production model performed very well, and is now a camera I'd consider fully worthy of the Canon heritage. Read the updated review for all the details!