Canon EOS 1D Mark II SLR Review

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Canon EOS-1D Mark II Pro SLR

Canon EOS-1D Mark II Pro SLR Specifications

Camera Type Digital AF / AE SLR
Recording medium Type I and II CF card, SD card
Image format 28.7 x 19.1 mm
Compatible lenses Canon EF lenses (except EF-S lens)
Lens mount Canon EF lens mount
Lens focal length conversion factor Approx. 1.3 x of indicated lens focal length (*compared to 35mm format)
Imaging Element
Type High-sensitivity, high-resolution, large single-plate CMOS sensor
Pixels Effective pixels: Approx. 8.20 megapixels
Aspect ratio 3:2
Color filter system RGB primary colors
Low-pass filter Located in front of the sensor, non-removable
Recording System
Recording format DCF 2.0 (Exif 2.21): JPEG and RAW
Image format JPEG and RAW, 12-bit
RAW + JPEG simultaneous recording
Provided file size L (Large): Approx. 2.8 MB (3504 x 2336 pixels)
M1 (Medium1): Approx. 2.2 MB (3104 x 2072 pixels)
M1 (Medium2): Approx. 1.7 MB (2544 x 1696 pixels)
S (Small): Approx. 1.0 MB (1728 x 1152 pixels)
RAW: Approx. 8.3 MB (3504 x 2336 pixels)
* JPEG quality: 8
* Exact file sizes depend on the JPEG quality, subject, ISO speed, etc.
Folders Folder creation and selection possible
File numbering Consecutive numbering
Auto reset
Manual reset
Image-Processing Parameters Standard parameters plus up to three custom image processing parameter sets can be set
Color matrix Five standard types plus two types that can be registered with color matrix
Backup image recording Enabled (same image recordable on CF card and SD card)
Interface IEEE 1394 (with dedicated cable)
USB for direct printing
Video output (NTSC/PAL)
White Balance
10 Settings Auto, daylight, shade, cloudy, tungsten light, fluorescent light, flash, custom, color temperature setting, custom white balance
Auto white balance Auto white balance with the image sensor
Color temperature compensation White balance bracketing: ±3 steps in whole step increments (1 step = 5 mireds)
White balance correction: ±9 stops in full-stop increments
* Blue/amber bias or magenta/green bias possible
Type Eye-level pentaprism type with eyesight correction
Coverage 100% vertically and horizontally with respect the effective pixels
Magnification 0.72x (-1 diopter with 50mm at infinity)
Eyepoint 20 mm
Built-in dioptic correction -3.0 -- +1.0 diopter
Focusing screen Interchangeable (9 types), Standard focusing screen: Ec-CIII
Mirror Quick-return half mirror (Transmission: reflection ratio of 37:63, no mirror cut off with EF 1200mm f/5.6 or shorter lens)
Viewfinder Information AF information (AF points, focus confirmation light), exposure information (shutter, speed, aperture, manual exposure, spot metering circle, ISO speed, exposure level, exposure warning), flash information (flash ready, FP flash, FE lock, flash exposure level), white balance correction, JPEG format, number of remaining shots, memory card information
Depth-of-field preview Enabled with depth-of-field preview button
Eyepiece shutter Built-in
Type TTL-AREA-SIR with CMOS sensor
AF Frame 45 AF points (Area AF)
AF working range EV 0-18 (at ISO 100)
Focusing modes One-Shot AF
AI Servo AF
Manual focusing (MF)
AF point selection Automatic selection, manual selection, home position (switch to registered AF point)
Selected AF point display Superimposed in viewfinder and indicated on top LCD panel
AF-assist beam Emitted by the dedicated Speedlite
Exposure Control
Metering modes 21-zone TTL full aperture metering
(1) Evaluative metering (linkable to any AF point)
(2) Partial metering (approx. 13.5% of viewfinder at center)
(3) Spot metering
a. Center spot metering (approx. 3.8% of viewfinder at center)
b. AF point-linked spot metering (approx. 3.8% of viewfinder at center)
c. Multi-spot metering (Max. 8 spot metering entries)
(4) Centerweighted average metering
Metering range EV 0-20 (at 20 °C/68 °F with 50mm f/1.4 lens, ISO 100)
Exposure control systems Program AE (shiftable), shutter-priority AE, aperture-priority AE, E-TTL II autoflash, manual, flash metered manual
ISO speed range Equivalent to ISO 100-1600 (in 1/3 stop increments), ISO speed can be expanded to ISO 50 and 3200
Exposure compensation Auto exposure bracketing (AEB): +/- 3 stops in 1/3 stop increments
Bracketing methods (1) Shutter speed or aperture (2) ISO speed Manual: +/- 3 stops in 1/3 stop increments (can be combined with AEB)
AE lock Auto: Operates in One-shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus is achieved
Manual: By AE lock button in all metering modes
Type Electronically-controlled focal-plane shutter
Shutter speeds 1/8,000 to 30 sec. (1/3 stop increments), bulb, X-synch at 1/250 sec.
Shutter release Soft-touch electromagnetic release
Self-timer 10-sec. or 2-sec. delay
Remote control Remote switch N3-type terminal provided
EOS-dedicated Speedlite E-TTL II autoflash with EX-series Speedlite
PC terminal Provided
Drive System
Drive modes Single-frame, low-speed continuous, high-speed continuous, self-timer
Continuous shooting speed Low-speed continuous: 3 fps
High-speed continuous: 8.5 fps
Max. burst during continuous shooting JPEG: 40 shots in Large/Fine (JPEG quality 8)
RAW: Approx. 20 shots
LCD Monitor
Type TFT color LCD monitor
Monitor size 2.0 inches
Pixels Approx. 230,000
Coverage Approx. 100% with respect to the effective pixels
Brightness control Adjustable to one of five levels
Interface langauges Twelve
Image Playback
Image display format Single image, single image (INFO.), 4-image index, 9-image index, magnified zoom (approx. 1.5x - 10x), rotated image
Highlight alert In the single image and single image (INFO.) formats, any overexposed highlight areas will blink in the image display.
Image Protection and Erase
Protection Erase protection of one image, all images in folder, or all images in the memory card can be applied or cancelled at one time.
Erase One image, all images in folder, or all images in the memory card can be erased (except protected images) at one time
Sound Recording
Recording method The voice narration recorded with the built-in microphone is attached to the image
File format WAV
Recording time Max. 30 sec. per recording
Sound Recording
Compatible printers CP Direct, Bubble Jet Direct, and PictBridge-compatible printers
Printable images JPEG images (Print ordering enabled with DPOF v1.1)
Custom functions 21, with 67 possible settings
Personal functions 27
Camera settings saving/reading Possible
Power Source
Battery One Ni-MH Pack NP-E3
*AC power can be supplied via the AC adapter and DC coupler
Number of shots At 20 °C/68 °F: approx. 1200. At 0 °C/32 °F: approx. 800
With a fully-charged Ni-MH Pack NP-E3 battery
Battery check Automatic
Power saving Provided, Power turn off after 1, 2, 4, 8, 15, or 30 min.
Back-up battery One CR2025 lithium battery
Dimensions and Weight
Dimensions (W x H x D) 156 x 157.6 x 79.9 mm / 6.1 x 6.2 x 3.1 in.
Weight 1220 g. / 43 oz. (Body only. Battery: 335 g. / 11.8 oz.)
Working Conditions
Working temperature range 0 - 45 °C / 32 - 113 °F
Working humidity 85% or lower
Mark II Box Contents

EOS-1D Mark II Camera, Hand Strap E1, Neck strap L4, Nickel-hydride Battery Pack NP-E3, Nickel-hydride Battery Charger NC-E2 (charge time 120 minutes), DC Coupler Kit DCK-E1 (DC coupler, DC cord, AC power adapter AC100-240V, 50/60Hz), Interface cable IFC-200D6 (IEEE1394 FireWire), USB cable, Video cable, Canon Digital Photo Professional and EOS Viewer Utility/EOS Capture programs, Camera User Guide, Software Starter Guide, System Map and Warranty Card.
Mark II Optional Accessories
Numerous accessories are available for the EOS-1D MARK II, allowing users to meet additional needs. Besides a new camera strap and DVK-E2 data verification kit designed exclusively for this model, the EOS-1D MARK II is compatible with all accessories available for the EOS-1D and EOS-1Ds (except the DVK-E1, IFC-450D6, IFC-200D6). These accessories include the Ni-MH battery pack NP-E3 and Ni-MH battery charger NC-E2, DC coupler kit DCK-E1, various interface cables, a range of Speedlites, the Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2, and many more.

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