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Purchased a Canon 1ds 11.1 mp
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Oct 17, 2017 10:45:44   #
gary8803
 
I got a great deal on a 1ds 11.1mp camera only 10k shutter count. I took a quick jpg picture to just check it out to make sure everything worked. Download the manual to read to understand how the different functions work. My first adventure into full frame photography.
First picture with my new 1ds camera
First picture with my new 1ds camera...

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Oct 17, 2017 11:07:15   #
Jim Plogger
 
Gary, the Canon EOS 1DS is a great camera and I am sure you will enjoy shooting with it. I must say, however, that the flower in this image is out of focus. Learning to use the focus points should be a priority. I look forward to more of your images taken with this great camera.

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Oct 17, 2017 11:47:18   #
elee950021
 
Yes, a wonderful camera! However, you need to check out your focusing technique. The leaf at the far right is sharper than the actual flower. Besides my Nikons, I also use Canons and I have this whole full frame series: 1Ds, 1DsII and 1DsIII. The II and III bodies are now being used as my Nikon D800 is on the fritz after 210K actuations. Best wishes. Ed.

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Oct 17, 2017 12:18:14   #
jerryc41 (a regular here)
 
Good camera. Enjoy it!

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Oct 17, 2017 14:23:56   #
gary8803
 
Thank you for your input I'm reading the manual now to learn all the setting, that was just a quick snap to ensure it took a picture. I have lots to learn about this camera and proper holding technics. It should be a fun time.

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Oct 18, 2017 09:21:17   #
Notorious T.O.D.
 
The previous owner may have set it for Back Button Focus which takes the focus function away from the shutter release button and moves it to another button on the rear of the camera, often the AF button. Normally the camera would come from the factory with the shutter release focusing with a half push. The camera will also do the exposure metering during the half press of the shutter button. Fully depressing the shutter release takes the photo.

You may what to look at doing a reset of all the many camera parameters to factory defaults so that you have a known baseline to start learning the camera's features and controls. This after all is how it would be delivered new. I still have a 1D Mark III which is from a similar era and is 10mp. It is a nice camera but it doesn't get as much use as in the past. Enjoy your new camera...

Best,
Todd Ferguson

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Oct 18, 2017 13:00:04   #
gary8803
 
Thank you for the advice. This camera was my best opportunity to get in a full frame camera, I know its outdated by todays standards. I feel it will be a good learning tool. I'm retired and this is a new hobby that I can focus my time on. I also have a used 7d canon that I use for birds and wildlife. I want to use these older bodies to learn the basic technique before investing in a new modern DSLR. My new focus will be some good glass. I will set my camera to factory setting that is good advice I'm reading the manual now.

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Oct 18, 2017 13:04:36   #
Notorious T.O.D.
 
Go on Flicker and search for that 1Ds camera and you will see that it is very capable of taking some great photos. Mate it with some good Glass and it is a great learning platform. I think you have made a great choice...

Best,
Todd Ferguson

gary8803 wrote:
Thank you for the advice. This camera was my best opportunity to get in a full frame camera, I know its outdated by todays standards. I feel it will be a good learning tool. I'm retired and this is a new hobby that I can focus my time on. I also have a used 7d canon that I use for birds and wildlife. I want to use these older bodies to learn the basic technique before investing in a new modern DSLR. My new focus will be some good glass. I will set my camera to factory setting that is good advice I'm reading the manual now.
Thank you for the advice. This camera was my best... (show quote)

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Oct 18, 2017 13:25:54   #
Retired fat guy with a camera
 
Good choice. I own this camera. If you have any questions, feel free to send me a private message. I will do my best to answer them.
I found that the best way to learn is, by doing. There are also, setting suggestions for this camera on the net.
This camera, almost demands good glass. My favorite lens for this camera is, a 24-105 mm L. The 70-200 mm L is a good choice also.
Both these lenses, had been on craigs list for awhile. I think they were listed for around 500 or a little more. I offered 400 for each. The sellers agreed to the price. There are deals to be had.
And the most important thing of all, have fun, experiment. Enjoy your new camera.

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Oct 18, 2017 13:30:27   #
gary8803
 
Thanks for your input. I'm using a 50mm 2.5 macro at still time. I'll look at those lens on line to check them out do you have the 2.8 or the 4 version?

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Oct 18, 2017 14:22:50   #
SharpShooter (a regular here)
 
gary8803 wrote:
I got a great deal on a 1ds 11.1mp camera only 10k shutter count. I took a quick jpg picture to just check it out to make sure everything worked. Download the manual to read to understand how the different functions work. My first adventure into full frame photography.


Gary, I'm sure that 1D is a great camera, all of the 1D's are.
I'm gonna be the odd man out here but I personally would have looked for more mp. Now if you need a pro body, I understand, such as if you shoot a lot in the rain and need the heavy weather sealing.
But to me, 11mp are just not enough.
You never said what you paid, and assuming in was $200, it's a good way to start shooting. BUT, I've seen well used 5dmkll's in the $500 range and they have DOUBLE the mp. That's close to modern std's.
Then, if you never print, or plan to, I guess it will never matter.
I'm not talking from a point of how much fun you can have shooting with it, simply from a technical standpoint as I practice photography and with what!
Have fun and enjoy your new camera.
SS

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Oct 18, 2017 14:28:21   #
Notorious T.O.D.
 
gary8803 wrote:
Thanks for your input. I'm using a 50mm 2.5 macro at still time. I'll look at those lens on line to check them out do you have the 2.8 or the 4 version?


I have both the 24-70 f/2.8 II and 70-200 f/2.8 IS II and they are both exceptional lenses.
They are also not inexpensive lenses. You can possibly get the f/4 version for less money and I believe they will also be smaller and a little lighter in weight. The 85mm f/1.8 is also a great lens for a reasonable price. I shot a lot of sports and racing with my 1D Mark III using that before I got the 70-200 and 24-70 lenses.

Best,
Todd Ferguson

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Oct 18, 2017 16:27:40   #
Retired fat guy with a camera
 
The lenses I mentioned, are both F/4. I am retired. I take most of my shots during the day. I am not out past dark much anymore. I have a flash, and a 1.8 fifty for indoors. 2.8's are nice, but for me, not worth the extra money.

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Oct 18, 2017 17:53:12   #
Ched49 (a regular here)
 
Good camera to play around with, keep in mind...that camera cost about 8 grand 14 years ago.

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Oct 19, 2017 01:46:44   #
royb_36-cox.net
 
I had a 3 MP Olympus Point and Shoot with a big 8x zoom for a number of years that took very good 8x10 pictures. Won 2nd place a couple of years ago in my camera club competition. I used that camera until a couple of years ago when I got a Canon T5 with 18 Mp. Of course that has a sensor less than half the area of the 1D. That was a great find.

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