The Canon 1D Mk II was my first professional camera. It is also the only camera which – for a time – I had two identical bodies at the same time.
I completely agree with everything the author below wrote about this amazing camera. Sure, its a little long in to tooth now, but for the time I had one (two) I was simply amazed that it is nearly impossible to take a bad photo with one.
The push/shift interface appears to be an evolution of the even more inane interface of the Canon D2000/Kodak DCS-520, the first Canon digital camera with a review screen. The Kodak is an evil bear to use, and as the author stated, the interface gets better with each iteration. As the Kodak was built off of a Canon 1N from the mid 1990s, the camera controls are amazingly consistent with the rest of the 1 series cameras.
I’ve used many Canon 1 series SLRs and DSLRs at one point or another, including the 1V, 1D mk II, 1D mk III and a 1DX. They’re all clearly part of the same evolutionary path. Learn to use any one of them and the others (older or newer) will be fairly easy to pick up.
Going back a little further, all of these cameras owe something to the Canon T90. But that’s another story.