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CanonEOS-1V Camera Body
 
5.0

(based on 29 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (19)
  • Reliable operation (17)
  • Comfortable design (16)
  • Fast film loading (15)
  • Fingertip controls (14)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Travel (18)
  • Action shots (13)
  • Sports photography (11)
  • Photojournalism (10)
  • Home (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (9), Photo enthusiast (7), Pro photographer (7), Casual photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (18)

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

One of the best 35mm cameras of all time

By PhotoJon

from Australia

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Pros

  • Comfortable Design
  • Fast Film Loading
  • Fingertip Controls
  • Great Image Quality
  • Reliable Operation
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Action Shots
  • Home
  • Nature And Landscape
  • Office
  • Photojournalism
  • Sports Photography
  • Travel

Comments about Canon EOS-1V Camera Body:

I bought my canon eos 1V in 2009 along with the optionable PB-E2 power dive booster - (which allows 10 frames/second shooting capabilities as well as vertical shutter controls) from this very website, as I was still and am still shooting film along side my digital cameras.
When my camera arrived it came in very secure protective packaging. After opening up the packaging and handling the camera I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the camera which felt very strong and durable in the hand due to its metal construction.

After attaching the PB-E2 power drive booster to the 1V, and charging the required NP-E2 high capacity battery I went out to do some shooting. I use the canon EF 24-105 F4 L series lens and canon EX 580 II flash gun.
I havn't owned a 1 series camera before but found the 1V very easy to use. After loading the camera with fujifilm and getting a few rolls developed I was pleasantly surprised by the lovely rich, sharp images produced by my new camera. It really takes great pro quality images... I mostly shoot landscape and nature photoes and the camera performs very well.
I have since borrowed a canon EF 17-40 F4 L series lens and the images produced with the camera and this lens have been even more spectacular showing even greater sharpness , contrast and overall better image quality (as to be expected from a shorter range lens).... But I am still very happy with the performance of the EF 24-105 F4 L series lens and it is the more versatile of the two lens. Since owning and using my EOS 1V everything has worked well, the camera is very easy to use if you have some photography/camera experience and nothing has failed . The camera really is a magical metal art of engineering and design with controls falling easily to the finger tips and the confidence of long life durability. Anyone who invests in this camera will be extremely happy and rewarded by this cameras design and performance... I am so glad I made the purchase when I did as I still love shooting 35mm film... Its really great getting away from the digital camera race sometimes and enjoying the traditional way of taking photoes.
While digital cameras have come a very long way since the early days and their image quality has become very good, there is still something more appealing and about 35mm film images, they just seem so much richer, sharper and desirable to the eye and almost never require and form of manipulation to the enhance their picture quality where as even the most expensive pro digital SLR almost always requires some degree of digital enhancement to look sharp and desirable.
Learning photography on a 35mm SLR camera really has the benefit of teaching one to become a better photographer as you have to learn the real skills and art required to take great photoes rather than just simply hiding behind a digital camera, taking photoes and relying on digital manipulation to make your photoes look good.
Im not saying digital isn't any good, as it does have its place in modern society, but learning on a film SLR will teach you the technacalities of general photography.
I do also use my Canon EOS 50D and powershot G10 which both work great as well, but I get greater joy, pleasure out of my EOS 1V.

The Canon EOS would make a great companion with a EOS 5D, 1DX or any other digital EOS SLR and the EF 24-105 F4 L and EF 17-40 F4 L series lens's are great matches for the 1V.
Hopefully Canon will either re release the EOS 1V or release an all new updated model in the form of the 1Z at some point as there are many film lovers and users still out there.

I highly recommend this camera and website.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Great Workhorse

By Nick

from Surprise, AZ

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Comfortable Design
  • Fast Film Loading
  • Reliable Operation
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Action Shots
    • Photojournalism
    • Sports Photography
    • Travel

    Comments about Canon EOS-1V Camera Body:

    I love this camera, had around 12 years now and still shoots like new, the shutter is amazing 10 FPS It's even outlived my 5D. The build quality is also very good.

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    (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    great way to shoot film

    By Bad Dog Photography

    from Nevada

    Comments about Canon EOS-1V Camera Body:

    I bought mine because I'm always hearing about the quality of photos being better when shot with a modern film camera, instead of the technology of the 60's and 70's.

    I don't think the camera body matters as much as the lenses, but this is the flagship EOS, so it takes the great glass Canon makes currently.

    Pretty easy to get used to as well, since it's the same layout as the digital, without the extra controls.

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    5.0

    Fine machine

    By kwp

    from Seattle WA.

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable Design
    • Fast Film Loading
    • Fingertip Controls
    • Reliable Operation
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Action Shots
      • Home
      • Office
      • Photojournalism
      • Sports Photography
      • Travel

      Comments about Canon EOS-1V Camera Body:

      Beautiful camera, everything, I expected. Compares well, with my Contax, and Leica cameras. It truly is built like a "tank".

      All the latest lenses and equipment work, with it. Including the IS lenses. It has many great features, and modes.

      While I will continue to shoot with my Digital Canons. I do love to slow down and shoot film too.

      This camera makes it a real joy.

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      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Digital content practically can't export

      By Michael

      from Urbana, IL

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable Design
      • Reliable Operation
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Canon EOS-1V Camera Body:

          Pretty much like all other reviews, solid build, great camera, deserves the 1 title for sure. The all alloy body does come with some weight, though.

          Just want to mention one thing I didn't know until I got the camera: 1V is capable of storing the exposure info of 100 rolls (says the manual, I'm not sure how many exposures in total), which you'll need a special cable and software (EOS Link Software ES-E1) to export. Problem is the cable is long discontinued, not to mention the software was last updated about 10 years ago and only supports up to win XP. I tried to google around for that cable but all I could get was people looking for them. So practically, you can't get hands on those data unless you're lucky to get one of those cables.

          Not a big deal for me, but just a heads up to let anyone know.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Still enjoy film

          By Eagle in VT

          from Burlington, VT

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable Design
          • Fast Film Loading
          • Fingertip Controls
          • Reliable Operation
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Action Shots
            • Home
            • Photojournalism
            • Sports Photography
            • Travel

            Comments about Canon EOS-1V Camera Body:

            Solid gear for all around photographer. Weather seals provide the confidence to take to sandy, wet and snow environments. A joy to use. The grip fits the hand and the buttons are easy to use to adjust features.

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great camera.

            By annajaye

            from Portland, OR

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable Design
            • Fast Film Loading
            • Reliable Operation
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Canon EOS-1V Camera Body:

                All the good things I'd heard about this camera were true. As a 5D Mark II & 5D Mark III user I find it easy to use and am thrilled with the results. I've been wanting a film camera for quite awhile & am very pleased with my decision to go with the 1V.

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                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Truly a Flagship!

                By Woodworker51

                from Flower Mound, TX

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable Design
                • Fast Film Loading
                • Fingertip Controls
                • Reliable Operation
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Action Shots
                  • Photojournalism
                  • Sports Photography
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Canon EOS-1V Camera Body:

                  This latest Canon is a great 35mm. Solid body, excellent seals, and ergonomic feel and function. While some say "Film is Dead", I believe that as long as Canon makes a 35mm SLR of this quality, and 35mm film available, there are still some great photos just out there waiting. Would definitely buy this product again.

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                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Best investment EVER

                  By Giovanna

                  from Los Angeles, CA.

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable Design
                  • Durable
                  • Fast Film Loading
                  • Fingertip Controls
                  • Reliable Operation
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Action Shots
                    • Macro
                    • Night
                    • Photojournalism
                    • Sports Photography
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Canon EOS-1V Camera Body:

                    Everything is great about it. Its an artistic tool for film photographers. The design is great, and the possibilities endless. Its easy to use, so know the basics and let your imagination be the limit.

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                    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    A work of art

                    By 1holegrouper

                    from Cary NC

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable Design
                    • Fast Film Loading
                    • Fingertip Controls
                    • Reliable Operation
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Action Shots
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Canon EOS-1V Camera Body:

                      When shooting my first roll I was impressed with the build quality that rivals a famous German company, the ergonomics and how easy this film body is to use. When I had my first few rolls developed it blew my mind. A lot of people say that the camera doesn't matter- I believe there is a point to that argument but it is overstated. This camera body coupled with your favorite film and Canon L-Series lenses takes away any equipment excuse you might make. The camera then gets out of your way in order to focus completely on your composition and shot. For those that want customized settings, etc it is there if you need it and not in the way if you don't.

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                      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Perfect film camera

                      By sinar444

                      from Budapest - Hungary

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Pros

                      • Comfortable Design
                      • Fast Film Loading
                      • Fingertip Controls
                      • Reliable Operation
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Action Shots
                        • Photojournalism
                        • Sports Photography
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Canon EOS-1V Camera Body:

                        I went backwards in time. First I had a Canon 1DS MKII (and it works perfectly 5 years after the purchase) then I thought about a possible backup camera. It was the Canon 1V. Since then I use the film camera a bit more than the digital one because I like the film feeling better than the digital. This camera is perfect and I can use all the EOS lenses on it (including the immage stabilizatored lenses)as well as any other accessories like flashes, remote exposure unit, filters, etc. It's reliability is very good (made for pros), fast and easy to use. It's a perfect backup camera in all cases (eg wedding photography). The 10 frame/sec multiple exposure speed is more than enough for practicaly all purposes. And THIS IS A CAMERA NOT A VIDEO UNIT!!!

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                        (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        No Regrets

                        By Joe the Limper

                        from Bartlesville, OK

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Pros

                        • Comfortable Design
                        • Fast Film Loading
                        • Fingertip Controls
                        • Reliable Operation
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Canon EOS-1V Camera Body:

                          I obtained my first camera by winning it on the carnival midway at the American Indian Exposition in 1959. There've been a few cameras between then and now, but never one of this stature. I justified its cost by noting that it is the last film camera I will ever buy, and the best of the breed by any reasonable definition. It will allow me to enjoy using film (especially B&W) and it will someday belong to my daughter, who shares my interest in photography. If you think that you'll regret missing this boat when it sails, and you can afford it, just buy it. It will hold its value well if you decide to sell it later.

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                          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          A great buy

                          By Brian

                          from Los Angeles, CA

                          Verified Buyer

                          Comments about Canon EOS-1V Camera Body:

                          You can never go wrong with this camera. It will be with you forever. Only thing I am going to say is that the price is a little steep, but if you can afford it then do it. If you like film, need a camera, and have the money, you won't regret this one--so long as you like Canon.

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                          (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          The best

                          By Fellrunner

                          from Westchester, New York

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Comfortable Design
                          • Fast Film Loading
                          • Fingertip Controls
                          • Reliable Operation
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Action Shots
                            • Sports Photography
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Canon EOS-1V Camera Body:

                            If you shoot film, this is the camera to use. I'll echo the other reviews about the ruggedness, feel, etc.

                            I'm a nature photographer, mostly shooting landscapes and macro florals, selling prints at exhibits.

                            I've been using the wonderful 5d Mark II for the convenience, but when I compose an image that I might want to use professionally, I always pull out the 1V. The difference in image quality needs to be seen to be fully appreciated, particularly with L-series lenses.

                            Developing and scanning film is an effort and expense, but the investment is worth it for your best images. I print images from 35mm up to 16x24 inches and they show marvelous detail and tonal range.

                            For larger prints, I use my 4x5 view camera.

                            I purchased all my equipment at B&H. Based on my experience with them, I stopped comparison shopping a long time ago.

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                            (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            The Best Film Camera Ever

                            By Luis najera

                            from Mexico City

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Pros

                            • Comfortable Design
                            • Fast Film Loading
                            • Fingertip Controls
                            • Reliable Operation
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Action Shots
                              • Photojournalism
                              • Sports Photography
                              • Travel

                              Comments about Canon EOS-1V Camera Body:

                              Is the Best SLR Film Camera Ever

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                              • Yes

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                              (2 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Come to the future :))))))))

                              By minertt

                              from Bratislava

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Home

                                  Comments about Canon EOS-1V Camera Body:

                                  I am new user of EOS-1V. I allready have Canon 5D coples of year, but I dont know to forget for analog :))))). EOS 1V is amazing with L lenses, I love it.

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                                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Best film camera

                                  By Kanyinda

                                  from Ottawa, Ontario Canada

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Reviewer

                                  Pros

                                  • Comfortable Design
                                  • Fast Film Loading
                                  • Fingertip Controls
                                  • Reliable Operation
                                  • Strong Construction

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Action Shots
                                    • Home
                                    • Photojournalism

                                    Comments about Canon EOS-1V Camera Body:

                                    I started photography late in my life and I have been shooting digital until I was attracted by some photos of my kids that were taken with a film camera. I decided to get a good film camera. After reading reviews about this camera, I decided to buy a used one as I could not afford a new one.
                                    I can not stress this enough, this is the best camera one can hold. Its design can not be even compared to the digital gear I am using today.
                                    The pictures are stunningly sharp, the auto focus is very fast and accurate.

                                    I like this camera so much that I have not used my digital camera(Canon 7D) for months now.
                                    I will recommend this camera, it is the best film camera ever made.

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                                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    1V-HS : a dream camera

                                    By Duff

                                    from Dublin, IE

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Reviewer

                                    Pros

                                    • Fingertip Controls
                                    • Reliable Operation
                                    • Strong Construction
                                    • Ultra fast autofocus

                                    Cons

                                    • Heavy

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Action Shots
                                    • Sports Photography
                                    • Travel

                                    Comments about Canon EOS-1V Camera Body:

                                    Definitely the Best film camera you can get from Canon.
                                    The construction is incredible with its magnesium alloy body, weather proof seals on all buttons.

                                    The auto-focus is the fastest I ever got to use, and once coupled with L-series lens, you get the best combinaison body/lens possible.

                                    Even so I've got a digital body, I've kept my 1V-HS and I'm planning to go through some more films with it, because shooting with this beast is really something else!

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                                    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    The sound of the shutter alone...!

                                    By janet

                                    from OC, CA

                                    About Me Casual Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Comfortable Design
                                    • Fast Film Loading
                                    • Fingertip Controls
                                    • Reliable Operation
                                    • Strong Construction

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Travel

                                      Comments about Canon EOS-1V Camera Body:

                                      I love this camera, truthfully I'm really not familiar with Film camera, just love pictures that are taken with them.

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                                      (5 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      [...]

                                      By tom

                                      from Munich/Germany

                                      About Me Casual Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                                      • Fast Shutter Speed
                                      • Good Image Quality

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Sports/Action
                                        • Wildlife photos

                                        Comments about Canon EOS-1V Camera Body:

                                        Having a lot of L-Lenses i read some articles at kenrockwell.com about film and decided to get one of the last Canon SLR bodies - took one of his links and bougt this camera at B&H :)

                                        • Ease of Operation:
                                        • 10
                                        • Was this a gift?:
                                        • No

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