Canon EOS 1D SLR Review

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Canon EOS-1D Pro SLR

Features & Controls

The EOS-1D is fully compatible with over 50 Canon lenses thanks to its Canon-EF lens mount. Canon's lenses are known around the world for their image quality, construction and reliability. Whatever your professional needs are there is a Canon lens to cover the subject and shooting environment.

Canon EF lenses.  Photo (c) Canon USA.

Take a look at the next two new Canon EF lenses, they're perfect for the EOS-1D

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM.   Photo (c) Canon USA.

Photojournalist's Lens

EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM -- To meet the growing demand of digital SLR owners, this ultra-wide-angle zoom offers a broader view, fast aperture, and closer focusing down to 11 in. (.28m). The first EF wide-angle zoom to combine three aspherical elements and Canon's UD glass, the lens remains compact while providing superior image quality across its range. Constructed to pro standards and highly resistant to dust and moisture.

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM and Canon EF 17-35mm f/2.8L USM.   Photo (c) 2001 Fred Miranda.

Fred Miranda just posted an excellent comparison review of the new Canon EF 16-35mm zoom vs the EF 17-35mm zoom. Read about it HERE.

Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM.  Photo (c) Canon USA.

Sport Shooter's Lens

EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM -- Canon's breakthrough multi-layer diffractive optical lens technology provides photographers with superior super-telephoto performance in a smaller and lighter design with enhanced correction for chromatic aberrations. It also incorporates Canon's highly effective Image Stabilization system that gives the equivalent effect of a shutter speed two stops faster. Built to professional standards with fast AF, full-time mechanical focus and dust and water-resistant construction.

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Digital Outback's EF 400mm DO Lens Experience

Canon EOS-1D Pro SLR. Photos are (c) 2001 Steve's Digicams

The EOS-1D is fully E-TTL compatible with all of the Canon "EX" series speedlights thanks to the dedicated flash hot shoe. Shown here with the model 550EX which can wirelessly trigger other 550EX or 420EX speedlights. The EOS-1D can X-sync up to 1/500th of a second making it perfect for daylight fill or high-speed flash shots. The standard PC sync connector allows you to connect the EOS-1D to studio lighting or other external flash units regardless of polarity.

Canon EOS-1D Pro SLR. Photos are (c) 2001 Steve's Digicams

The eyelevel viewfinder on the EOS-1D offers a 100% coverage (vertically and horizontally with respect to the effective pixels), this is as good as it gets. It has a 20mm eyepoint and -3.0 -- +1.0 diopter correction. On the side shown here is the eyepiece shutter lever to block light from entering during selftimer or long shutter exposures. The diopter correction knob is on the other side.

Canon EOS-1D Pro SLR. Illustration courtesy of Canon USA.

Canon EOS-1D Pro SLR. Photos are (c) 2001 Steve's Digicams

The back of the EOS-1D is the heart of its digital side. The large and bright 2-inch color LCD lets you review your images and access the menu system. The controls are well laid out and highly functional.

Canon EOS-1D Pro SLR. Photos are (c) 2001 Steve's Digicams

Here's a closeup view of the color LCD and associated buttons. On the left from top to bottom; Protect/unprotect images and voice annotation button. Menu calls up the onscreen menu system. The Select button is held down while rotating the large Quick Control Dial on the back to make menu selections. The Display button puts the camera into playback mode. The trash can button is used for deleting images.

Canon EOS-1D Pro SLR.  Illustration courtesy of Canon USA.

The monochrome LCD shows the selected white balance option, image size and quality, folder name and file number. The "CARD" icon tells you that there is a CF card in the camera. The five icons in the upper left are used during image playback to control the display. The buttons below the data LCD are used to change the image quality, white balance and white balance bracketing. Off to the right is the Quick Control dial and its on/off switch, below that is the main power switch. Those four small holes to the left of the power switch is the microphone.

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