Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II SLR Review
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Canon and 3rd-Party RAW Software
Included with the Mark II is Canon's Digital Photo Professional (DPP) program that
offers users high-speed processing of RAW images. Rivaling and even surpassing features
of expensive, stand-alone and plug-in RAW image processing programs, DPP streamlines
professional photographers' workflow, providing time and labor saving options such as
instantaneous RAW image adjustment display and support for .CR2 and RAW .TIF as well as
Exif TIFF and JPEG formats.
DPP is compatible with multiple color space
settings including sRGB, Adobe RGB and Wide Gamut RGB as well as Color Management
Settings using ICC profiles.
Among the array of processing options provided by DPP are
color channels, tone curves, exposure compensation, white balance, dynamic range,
brightness, contrast, color saturation, ICC Profile embedding and assignment of monitor
profiles. Another new feature sure to be embraced by DPP users is the program's ability
to allow continuous editing while batches of previously adjusted RAW files are rendered
and saved in the background.
Among the numerous features DPP provides is the capability
to save multiple adjustments to an image as a "recipe" that can be reloaded and used
again or applied to other images. In comparison mode, original and edited images can be
compared side by side or within a single split image.
File save options are: Exif-TIFF 8bit, TIFF 16bit or Exif-JPEG with selectable
image quality (scale of 1 to 10) and sharpness.
The upgraded EOS Viewer Utility/EOS Capture programs permit
downloading of images directly from the camera's CF or SD cards to the computer
(utilizing the supplied IEEE 1394 cable or a peripheral card reader) for use by DPP or
other programs, and the EOS Capture program in particular works together with DPP to
support tethered shooting with a full range of image adjustments in studio environments.
With the 1Ds Mark II connected to your computer via the IEEE1394 port, its Personal
Functions can be set using EOS Viewer Utility. Once loaded into the camera,
the set of Personal Functions are activated in the Personal Functions menu.
RAW images can be adjusted in DPP, and then a transfer function allows immediate editing in
Photoshop or any other imaging program. The Mark II camera's software bundle also
includes a TWAIN Driver (for Windows only) and a WIA Driver (for Windows XP only) as well
the PhotoStitch program that automatically composites multiple images into a single
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