Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II SLR Review

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Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II

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.

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II Digital SLRCanon EOS-1Ds Mark II Digital SLR

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.

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II Digital SLRCanon EOS-1Ds Mark II Digital SLR

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.

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II Digital SLR

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.

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II Digital SLR

File save options are: Exif-TIFF 8bit, TIFF 16bit or Exif-JPEG with selectable image quality (scale of 1 to 10) and sharpness.

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II Digital SLR

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.

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II Digital SLR

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 image.

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Digital Outback Photo's Canon DPP review

Third Party RAW Software

As an alternative to the supplied Canon software there are also a number of good third-party software applications that can process the 1Ds Mark II's RAW images. Needless to say one of the most used is Adobe's Photoshop CS with the Adobe Camera Raw plugin, it supports most digital SLR raw formats.

Bibble Pro

Bibble Pro 4.1 for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux operating systems. Reads Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Kodak, Olympus, Pentax *ist D (raw CCD) files as well as JPEGs and TIFFs. Batch convert to 8-bit JPEGs or 16-bit TIFFs. Now quickly browses the Canon raw files by displaying the embedded thumbnails and does not need the .thm files for processing. Support for new EOS-1Ds Mark II. Image adjustments include: One click White balance, RGB Color balance, HSV Balance, Contrast/Brightness, Hi- quality image size resampling, Image Rotation, Image Equalize and Image Autolevel. Highlight recovery tool allows users of all supported cameras to recover detail in blow highlights with one easy to use slider. Image processing filters include: Blur, Sharpen, Median Cut, Unsharp mask and Magenta Fix. Full ICC support.

BreezeBrowser Pro

BreezeBrowser Pro for Windows 98, ME, XP, NT4 and 2000 operating systems. A powerful browser for viewing and manipulating JPEG and RAW (Canon, Nikon, Pentax *ist D, Minolta, Olympus and Sony) image files quickly and efficiently. Also displays Fuji Pro and Minolta raw files with shooting info. Use the powerful HTML generator to create pages for your website or to add indexes to your CDR archives. The fast thumbnail browser makes it simple to view your images and makes batch operations such as rotation quick and easy. Features: Fast, large display of JPEGs and Raw files. Superb new thumbnail browser! Histogram display to assess exposure. Rotate JPEGs and Raw files fast with no loss of quality. EXIF data preserved when converting raw files to JPEGs (provided the .thm thumbnail file exists.) Comprehensive display of EXIF data even if the .thm thumbnail file is not present. Fast and powerful HTML page generation facility - ideal for quick preview of images and archiving to CDR. Individual or batch conversion of Raw files to JPEG (any quality) or 8-bit TIFF images (also 16-bit TIFF and TIFF-16 linear for D30 images). The number of Raw files to be converted in a batch is limited only by disk space.

PFS Image Darkroom

PFS Image Darkroom for Windows XP, Me, 2000 operating systems. PFS Image Darkroom is a program for converting Canon RAW images from EOS Digital SLRs into 16-bit and 8-bit TIF files as well as 8-bit JPEG files. PFS Image Darkroom improves digital photographer's workflow by removing the frustrating delays associated with Raw image processing. The software remains fully operational during Raw processing, enabling users to prepare the next image or set of images for processing instead of pausing whilst the processing is performed. PFS Image Darkroom provides an Instant Preview of changes to development settings, enabling the user to quickly select the best settings for each image, as well as multiple images simultaneously. The latest V1.5 added a full set of 'Post Processing' options: Levels (both automatic and manual adjustment), Hue, Saturation and Brightness, Unsharp mask, resize, 'save for web' where the output fie size in KB is entered and the software adjusts the JPEG compression to match, and borders, frames and captions can be added to the developed image.

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