Yeah, I agree the Mk II review isn't exactly what you're going to find in a traditional PC magazine but you have to realize that it has to be balanced with our readership. This isn't Pop Photo, it's Maximum PC. There so much you have to explain to a crowd that is likely used to digicams in 500 words. Our readers also understand dual proc and RAID more than Bayer interpolated sensor.
However, I still think the review is actually more valuable than what I've seen out there from mainstream computing mags. With that said, for me, weight is not an issue. I've slogged a 400 2.8 IS with a 1D around a race track for six hours on foot so I obviously don't have a problem with weight. For most people though, the 1D Mk II's weight must be highlighted. You better be ready to handle the weight. And frankly, the D2H / Li-Ion battery combo is lighter than a Mk II. I obviously didn't think the weight was enough of an issue to lower the score. While mainstream computer mags would probably complain about the $4,500 price tag we didn't as it's a pro-level, weather sealed camera. I thought that was pretty apparent in the verdict.
1. Can't change ISO settings while looking through the viewfinder - annoying
It's a fair complaint. Canon really needs to add data to the viewfinder.
2. Out of the box, color accuracy is slightly off (weak warm colors)
Sure. This one is fair, but remember the Mk II definitely (note that it is spelled correctly) tends to blow red's so maybe it's done intentionally?
3. Too many button presses (four) to activate mirror lock-up
Yeah, fair bitch if you're a mirror lock-up all the time kind of guy...I didn't find it to be a problem as things don't exactly jump out of the way when you're shooting on a tripod which is where you're likely to use mirror lock up. What I'd really like to see is a macro button that could be bound to several functions. Want mirror lock up? Press button and shoot. Want to shoot one frame in RAW and switch from one shot to AI Servo. Push button. Want to bracket in RAW in One Shot AF, push button. Nobody has that feature that I'm aware of right now.
4. No more external WB sensor, questionable accuracy of auto white balance - only an issue while shooting JPEG
Canon actually says the external white balance sensor was pretty worthless. What is that tiny little window going to do if you're shooting with a 300mm anyway right?
5. Matrix metering, measures reflected light, instead of incident light - not as accurate.
I don't see this as a fair complaint. (Matrix, btw, is a Nikon thing, Canon uses "evaluative." Yeah, it's all the same.) I would like to see the day when we get incident instead of reflective out of a camera. I guess you'd have to fire a small wireless probe out 100 meters or so. The probe would do an incident reading and transmit it back to the body? How exactly would this be done?
Besides, I haven't used my Minolta meter since I started reading the histogram. It seems easier, faster and more accurate to me.
A better complaint would be, where is the color meter? Nikon has it in their cheapo D70, why doesn't Canon? Of course, I guess Canon could probably say just use the historgram. Still, if digicams and most N cameras do, Canon should think about it.
More important to me is the Mk II's AF performance and responsiveness. The MkII is pretty tough to beat.
I agree though, the Mk II is the best damn SLR around *today* and I'd have one if I wasn't married.