Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II SLR Review
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Digital & Camera Controls
The back of the EOS-1Ds Mark II is the heart of its digital half. 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. The color LCD gives you 100% coverage when reviewing
your images and it's now a 230,000-pixel monitor versus the 120,000-pixel display on the
Controls on the back (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 Memory card select/Magnify button is used to select the active
memory card (CF or SD) and in playback is used to enlarge the single image display.
On 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.
The monochrome LCD shows the selected white balance option, image size and quality,
CF or SD card selection, data transfer, folder name and file number. On the right
are icons to indicate blue/amber and green/magenta white balance correction.
The buttons below the data LCD are used to delete images, change image quality, white
balance and white balance bracketing.
The eyelevel viewfinder 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 to +1.0 diopter correction. On the right side
is the eyepiece shutter lever to block light from entering during selftimer or
long shutter exposures and the diopter correction knob is on the left side.
Here's the layout inside of the viewfinder. This is the standard Laser-matte focusing screen layout, there are several different focusing screens available. In the center is the the Spot metering circle, the Area AF ellipse and the 45 AF point indicators. On the right side is the Exposure level indicator, the Maximum Burst frame indicator and the JPEG icon.
Along the bottom is the status
line with "M" for Manual exposure, the "*" for AE lock / AEB in progress or
Multi-spot metering, the Flash Ready / Improper FE lock warning icon, the "H" is
for High-speed flash sync, shutter speed, aperture, exposure compensation,
White balance correction, ISO speed, shots remaining and Focus confirmation light.
The controls on top left hand side: Pressing (and holding) the AF and ISO buttons and rotating the Main Dial sets the Drive mode.
As the labels indicate, using a combination of buttons and the Main Dial lets you set the
Exposure Mode, ISO speed, AF mode, Metering mode, Flash exposure compensation and the AE
Controls on the grip side: Shutter release, FEL (flash exposure lock), the
Main Dial, +/- Exposure compensation and the LCD illumination (light bulb) button.
The large monochrome data LCD displays all major camera settings such as shutter speed
and aperture values, exposure mode, ISO speed, focus mode, metering mode, drive
mode, flash mode, exposure compensation, exposure bracketing, selftimer and battery
status. The top and back LCD displays can be illuminated by a highly visible blue
Behind the top monochrome data display along the back edge are the Assist button,
AE Lock/Reduce button and the AF point selection/Magnify button. These buttons are duplicated on the
bottom of the camera for use in conjunction with the vertical grip shutter release.
And speaking of the vertical grip, here it is, shown from the side. The On/Off switch
keeps it from accidentally tripping the shutter when it's not in use. You turn the
camera up into portrait orientation and grip it along the front bottom edge. There
is a shutter release, main command dial and FEL button on the front, the AEL, Assist
and AF frame selection buttons are on the back.
Images are stored on either CompactFlash Type I or II flash cards including IBM/Hitachi Microdrives or Secure Digital cards. The EOS-1Ds Mark II supports FAT and FAT32 file systems so any capacity card may be used. We recommend getting the largest and fastest card you can afford, a 1GB card would be a good place to start. The card slot I/O is optimized for high-speed cards like SanDisk's Extreme / Ultra and Lexar's 80x Pro Series.
Approximate File SizesL (Large): 5.5 MB (4992 x 3328 pixels)
M1 (Medium1): 3.2 MB (3600 x 2400 pixels)
M2 (Medium2): 2.6 MB (3072 x 2048 pixels)
S (Small): 1.9 MB (2496 x 1664 pixels)
RAW: 14.6 MB (4992 x 3328 pixels)
PC sync connector for external flash units.
The camera is powered by the Canon NP-E3 12v 1650mAh NiMH battery pack Canon claims the NP-E3 has power for approx. 1200 shots (at 20°C/68°F) and approx. 800 (at 0° C/32°F). The actual number of shots will vary depending on your shooting conditions and use of the color LCD.
This is the same battery as used by the EOS-1Ds but thanks to the new DIGIC II
processor, the number of shots per charge has been doubled!
The supplied Canon NC-E2 rapid charger, a 100-240V AC unit that can charge two NP-E3 packs (one at a time.) A fully discharged pack is recharged in two hours. Canon also supplies the DCK-E1 DC Coupler for powering the camera directly from a 100-240V AC power source.
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