(re: re: re: Off topic question…) I’m still at sea, so my ability to do any research is limited. My recollection is that the 1d was 5 megapixel, and the 1ds at 11 megapixel.
You may want to check to see if there is a camera store around you that will rent a camera for a couple of days. It’s a lot of money, and nothing will tell you more than just doing some practice shots.
The $4,500 for a 1ds sounds suspiciously low. It might be right, but I’d be careful.