The EOS 1V will have the same longevity as all the EOS pro-line bodies before it, the 1N, 1NRS et al. And they are much easier to service than the 1V which commands a rather ghastly pull-apart for just a basic investigation (not that it should need one!). Do you really need a camera that can munch 36 exposures in 3 seconds when all you are lining up is the old oak in the park up the road? Best of all, the old bodies, on the proviso they've been reasonably well looked after over such a long period of time, are cheap, reliable and will take any EF lens (but TS-E lenses are best used with a power drive booster due to limited clearance for shifting down). Not all flashguns will work on each particular body but it's not too difficult now to match an old EOS body with its own dedicated flashgun e.g. 540EZ for all the 1N variants. Things like custom functions have lead many a befuddled lensman/girl on the path to sheer madness: ensure that you have access to a published resource (also online) for custom functions, and set only those that are definitely useful e.g. with tele lenses mirror lock-up and 2-sec self timer.
Last edited by Poisson Du Jour; 12-21-2010 at 10:07 PM. Click to view previous post history.