Goodness. To think my only camera as of this morning was a 35mm SLR that I'd been using with manual focus for a fine art class. Well, at about 3:45 PM on Saturday, June 30, 2007, wmmk bought a used (LNIB with a spare battery and 512MB CF card) Canon EOS 1D. Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. A real 1 series. My previous DSLR, which I sold to be able to buy the 1D, had 6 MP. I was a bit worried about going down to 4.2. Trust me, I'm not anymore. With a bit of genuine fractals, the beautiful pixels of the 1.3x crop CCD can be upsampled enough to make quite the crisp 19" x 13." That said, print size isn't really where this camera shines, but it's nice to know that it gets by. The only reason that was I avoided Canon for my first DSLR was the fact that Nikon and Pentax made consumer and prosumer models with outstanding ergonomics. Well, I've held a D2Xs, and, frankly, the 1D blows it out of the water. The vertical grip is very usable and has conveniently located controls. Most importantly, however, my hand was able rest very naturally on the very large, rubberized camera. I know that some complain about high end DSLRs having a "learning curve," but with a minute or two, I was able to figure out most of the 1D's vital features. Anyway, I didn't buy this camera for resolution, ergonomics (although this was a nice bonus), or ease of use. I bought it for speed. What kind of speed? Blazing speed. 8.3 frames per second kind of speed. Autofocus in a fraction of a second in a 2EV room kind of speed. Let it suffice to say say that is fast. Really fast. Have I mentioned how fast it is? To add to the sweetness of this deal, I picked this up for the same price of a Rebel XTi kit (with 18-55 and 2GB card). I'm really ecstatic about this incredible camera. I have a feeling it'll serve me well for quite a while.