It exceeds the image quality of 35mm film and compares favorably with medium format film images. All of this for a mere $8,000. The price tag of course means this is only for the well-heeled pro or well-to-do serious amateur. The rest of us will just have to drool a little longer until digital SLRs with full frame sensors become more affordable. There is good news for the rest of us in the Canon 20D and Nikon D70, two excellent digital SLRs at a fraction of the price of the 1Ds Mark II. Other good cameras are out there and in the works.