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EOS-1Ds Mark II

EOS-1Ds Mark II

EOS-1Ds Mark II

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Marketed November 2004
Original Price Open price

The Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II, replacing the 11.1-megapixel EOS-1Ds, is a professional digital AF SLR camera developed primarily to meet the needs of portrait and studio photographers, who demand the highest image quality. Featuring a newly developed full-frame 35 mm CMOS sensor (36 x 24 mm) boasting 16.7 million effective pixels, the world’s highest pixel count among digital SLR cameras*, the EOS-1Ds Mark II realizes superlative image resolution, rich color gradation and a wide ISO sensitivity range (ISO 100-1,600, L:50, H: 3,200). The 35 mm sensor size also allows users to fully utilize the angles of view offered by the entire range of Canon EF lenses**, permitting unrestricted lens performance for a shooting feel on par with film SLR cameras.
The EOS-1Ds Mark II incorporates Canon’s proprietary DIGIC II image engine to maximize the performance potential of the CMOS image sensor. Performing detailed processing of large-volume data at extremely high speeds, the DIGIC II image engine realizes the ultra-fine detail and natural color reproduction demanded by professional users. Also enabling outstanding responsiveness, DIGIC II makes possible continuous shooting of high-quality (JPEG large) images at up to four frames per second for up to 32 consecutive shots, the high-speed writing of image files to the card media, and a fast startup time of just 0.3 seconds.

Canon’s EOS-1Ds Mark II professional digital SLR camera offers a range of new features, including a greater choice of image-quality settings, with four JPEG sizes and ten compression levels in addition to a RAW file setting. Additionally, two customizable color-matrix settings, in addition to five preset modes, enable image optimization according to the requirements of the subject or output device. Moreover, dedicated card slots for CompactFlash and SD memory cards enable simultaneous backup or selective recording to either card, while a video output terminal enables users to view images on a television screen. The model also incorporates a two-inch 230,000 dots LCD monitor which, nearly doubling the resolution of that offered by the previous model, enables magnification up to 10x to effectively check image focus during playback.
The EOS-1Ds Mark II offers outstanding resilience, boasting improvements such as dramatically increased shutter durability capable of withstanding 200,000 cycles. A lightweight, heavy-duty magnesium alloy exterior provides exceeding rigidity as well as electromagnetic shielding, while thorough water- and dust-resistant sealing in 70 locations, including all switches, body seams and memory-card slots, ensures users of unfailing reliability under even the most grueling conditions.
Other advanced features include a maximum shutter speed of 1/8000 second; Canon’s proprietary 45-point area autofocus, which makes photo composition quick and easy by eliminating the need to position the subject at the center of the picture; a 21-Zone Evaluative metering sensor to ensure ideal exposure performance; an advanced full-frame viewfinder; and Custom Function control, which allows users to tailor camera operations to their individual preferences. Moreover, the new EOS-1Ds Mark II features Canon’s E-TTL II flash metering system which, when used with the company’s EX-series Speedlite flashes, utilizes distance information provided through the lens for more precise and stable direct-flash exposure than ever before.

* As of September 15, 2004
** Excludes EF-S lenses

Type Digital AF/AE SLR
Recording medium Type I or II CF card, SD memory card
Image size 36 x 24 mm
Compatible lenses Canon EF lenses (except EF-S lens)
Lens mount Canon EF mount
Image Sensor
Type High-sensitivity, high-resolution, large single-plate CMOS sensor
Pixels Effective pixels: Approx. 16.7 megapixels, Total pixels: Approx. 17.2 megapixels
Aspect ratio 3:2
Color filter system RGB primary color filter
Low-pass filter Located in front of the image sensor, non-removable
Recording System
Recording format Design rule for Camera File System 2.0: JPEG and RAW
Image format JPEG, RAW (12bit)
RAW + JPEG simultaneous recording Provided
File size (1) L (Large): Approx. 5.5 MB (4992 x 3328 pixels)
(2) M1 (Medium1): Approx. 3.2 MB (3600 x 2400 pixels)
(3) M2 (Medium2): Approx. 2.6 MB (3072 x 2048 pixels)
(4) S (Small): Approx. 1.9 MB (2496 x 1664 pixels)
(5) RAW: Approx. 14.6 MB (4992 x 3328 pixels)

* JPEG quality: 8
* Exact file sizes depend on the JPEG quality, subject, ISO speed, etc.

Folders Folder creation/selection enabled
File numbering (1) Consecutive numbering (2) Auto reset (3) Manual reset
Processing parameters Standard parameters plus up to three custom processing parameters 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 memory card)
Interface IEEE1394 for personal computers
USB for direct printing
Video output(NTSC/PAL)
White Balance
Settings Auto, daylight, shade, cloudy, tungsten light, fluorescent light, flash, custom, color temperature setting, Personal white balance (Total 10 settings)
Auto white balance Auto white balance with the image sensor
Color temperature compensation White balance bracketing: ±3 stops in full-stop increments White balance correction: ±9 stops in full-stop increments
* Blue/amber bias or magenta/green bias possible
Type Eye-level pentaprism
Coverage Approx. 100 percent vertically and horizontally with respect to the effective pixels
Magnification 0.7x (–1 diopter with 50mm lens at infinity)
Eyepoint 20 mm
Built-in dioptric adjustment -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 recording, 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 a CMOS sensor
AF points 45 AF points (Area AF)
AF working range EV 0-18 (at ISO 100 at 20°C/68°F)
Focusing modes One-Shot AF (ONE SHOT)
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 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. 8.5% of viewfinder at center)
(3) Spot metering
• Center spot metering (approx. 2.4% of viewfinder at center)
• AF point-linked spot metering (approx. 2.4% of viewfinder)
• Multi-spot metering (Max. 8 spot metering entries)
(4) Center-weighted averaged 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 AEB: ±3 stops in 1/3-stop increments.
Bracketing methods:
1. Shutter speed or aperture
2. ISO speed
±3 stops in 1/3-stop increments (can be combined with AEB)
AE lock Auto: Applied 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 speed 1/8000 to 30 sec. (1/3-stop increments), bulb, X-sync at 1/250 sec.
Shutter release Soft-touch electromagnetic release
Self-timer 10-sec. or 2-sec. delay
Remote control Remote control with N3 type terminal
EOS dedicated Speedlite E-TTL autoflash with EX series Speedlite
PC terminal Provided
Drive System
Drive modes Single/Continuous
Continuous shooting speed Approx. 4 shots/sec.
Max. burst during continuous-shooting JPEG: Approx. 32 shots (Large, JPEG 8)
RAW: Approx. 11 shots
LCD Monitor
Type TFT color liquid-crystal monitor
Monitor size 2.0″
Dots Approx. 230,000 dots
Coverage 100% with respect to the effective pixels
Brightness adjustment Five levels provided
Interface languages 12
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 a folder, or all images in the memory card can be applied or canceled at one time.
Erase One image, all images in a 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
Direct Printing
Compatible printers CP Direct, Bubble Jet Direct, and PictBridge-compatible printers
Printable images JPEG images (Print ordering enabled with DPOF version 1.1)
Customization Function
Custom functions 20 Custom Functions with 65 settings
Personal functions 27
Camera settings saving/reading Possible
Power Source
Battery One Ni-MH Pack NP-E3

* AC power can be supplied via AC adapter and DC coupler

Number of possible shots At 20°C/68°F: Approx. 1200
At 0°C/32°F: Approx. 800

* The above figures apply when a fully-charged Ni-MH Pack NP-E3 is used.

Battery check Automatic
Power saving Provided. Power turns off after 1, 2, 4, 8, 15, or 30 min.
Back-up battery One CR2025 lithium battery
Dimensions and Weight
(W x H x D)
156 x 157.6 x 79.9 mm (6.1 x 6.2 x 3.1 in.)
Weight Body only: 1215 g (42.9 oz.) , Battery: 335 g (11.8 oz.)
Working Conditions
Operating temperature range 0°C – 45°C / 32°F-113°F
Operating humidity range 85% or less