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Old May 8, 2009, 7:19 PM   #1
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Default Canon Pro SLR's hierarchy ?

I have always admired the top of the line Canon cameras...starting with the F1 of many years ago.

Back in those film days I always knew the top professional Canon camera was...the F1.

While I still like the Canon Pro digital SLR line...I find myself confused as there seem to be a couple, not just one.

What's the hierarchy, what are the top professional Canon digital SLRs and what is the difference between the top models?
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Old May 9, 2009, 12:03 PM   #2
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Canon's top of the line are their 1-series. There are 2 such cameras -
1dmkIII - aps-H sized sensor (1.3 crop), 10fps - their professional sports and wildlife camera - $4500
1dsmkIII - Full frame camera - $7000 - for wedding, portrait work.

Below that Canon has the 5dmkII - a full frame camera but without the pro-grade weather sealing and without the pro-grade focus system in the 1-series. But for many people out there those features aren't as important and the images (and video) the 5dII produces are comparable to the 1ds and Nikon's D3.

On the non-full frame side, Canon's pro-sumer model is the 50D, (xxD is their prosumer line) - the 500d (Ti1), 450d (xsi), 1000D are the entry level models.
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Old May 9, 2009, 5:02 PM   #3
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Thanks John for the clear description of the upper Canon product line.
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