Canon EOS 1D Mark II SLR Review

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Canon EOS-1D Mark II Pro SLR

Features & Controls

The EOS-1D Mark II is 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 EOS-1D Mark II Pro SLR.

Due to the large 28.7 x 19.1 mm image area, the focal length conversion factor is only 1.3x for the Mark II versus 1.5x or 1.6x found on other dSLRs.

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

The Mark II's E-TTL flash metering system has been completely redesigned. Though still compatible with all EX-series Speedlites, the smarter E-TTL II captures the subject as a "plane" and ensures that images containing various colors and levels of reflection are captured accurately and optimally. The system compares the ambient light with the reflected pre-flash off the subject reported in all 17 metering zones and selects the areas with a small difference to be weighted for flash exposure calculation. This system also eliminates or under weights areas with large difference recognizing them as an extremely reflective object in the background or as a highly reflective subject, smartly ensuring it by considering the distance information data provided from compatible EF lenses.

E-TTL II features high-speed sync (FP Flash) with all shutter speeds from 30 sec. to 1/8000 sec. FE (Flash Exposure) Lock on the desired part of the subject - this is the flash equivalent of AE lock. Flash exposure compensation up to +/-3 stops in 1/3-stop increments. FEB (Flash Exposure Bracketing) is the flash version of AEB, flash bracketing can be up to +/-3 stops in 1/3-stop increments. E-TTL II wireless autoflash with multiple Speedlites provides all the above features. (Only with wireless-compatible Canon Speedlites.)

Fully E-TTL compatible with all of the Canon "EX" series speedlights. Shown here with the model 550EX which can wirelessly trigger other 550EX or 420EX speedlights. The Mark II can X-sync up to 1/250th sec. with non-Canon compact flash units for daylight fill or high-speed flash shots. The standard PC sync connector allows you to connect to studio lighting with sync speeds up to 1/125th sec.

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

The eyelevel viewfinder on the Mark II 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 Mark II Pro SLR. Illustration courtesy of Canon USA.

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

The back of the 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. This is a 230,000 pixel display which is much more resolute than the 120,000 pixel LCD found on the EOS-1D.

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

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 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. The buttons below the LCD are used to delete images, change the image quality, white balance and white balance bracketing. Over 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 for recording voice annotations.

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

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.

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