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Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II Digital SLRs

5 star rating
                      5 / 5 (4 Reviews)
MSRP : $7999.00
Resolution : 4992 x 3328 pixels |


  • Image Sensor TypeCMOS
    Resolution17.2 Megapixel
    Camera TypeSLR/Professional
    Interchangeable LensInterchangeable Lenses
    Focus TypeAutofocus & Manual Focus
    Camera Resolution17.2 Megapixel
    Image Resolutions3072 x 2048
    Shutter Speed30 - 1/8000 sec
    White BalanceAuto • Manual • Daylight / Sunny (Preset) • Cloudy (Preset) • Fluorescent (Preset) • Tungsten (Preset) • Shade (Preset) • Flash (Preset)
    Frames Per Second4 Frames
    Memory TypeCompactFlash Card Type I • CompactFlash Card Type II • IBM Microdrive • SD Card
    Compression ModesFine • SuperFine • Normal • Uncompressed • Basic
    Compression TypeJPEG • Raw Image
    File Size (High Res.)14.6 MB (9 images on 128MB card)
    File Size (Low Res.)1.9 MB (about 67 images on 128MB card)
    ISO Speeds50 • 100 • 1600 • 3200
    Flash TypeExternal
    ViewfinderOptical (Through-the-lens)
    LCD PanelWith LCD Panel
    LCD Panel Size2 in.
    LCD Screen Resolution230,000 pixels
    LCD Protected PositionWithout LCD Protected Position
    Interface TypeUSB • FireWire
    Video InterfaceVideo Out
    Battery Life1,200 Images
    Self Timer2 Sec. • 10 Sec.
    Mp3 Built In
    Built-in MicrophoneWith Built-in Microphone
    Operating SystemApple Mac OS 9 • Apple Mac OS X • Microsoft Windows 2000 • Microsoft Windows 98 • Microsoft Windows 98SE • Microsoft Windows ME • Microsoft Windows XP
    Width6.14 in.
    Depth3.15 in.
    Height6.2 in.
    Weight2.68 lb.
    Exterior ColorBlack
    Release DateNovember, 2004
    MPNEOS-1Ds Mark II
    Product ID22822666

Product Description

The EOS-1Ds Mark II is a must have for those seeking to capture huge, beautiful images, fast. With a full frame 16.7 megapixel CMOS image sensor and Canon's blazing DIGIC II Image Processor, the EOS-1Ds Mark II captures up to 32 consecutive shots at speeds up to 4 frames-per-second.
  • 45 autofocus points
  • E-TTL II flash metering
  • Flash sync: 1/250th second
  • Frame rate: 4 fps


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    Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by nielglass a Expert

    Date Reviewed: March 13, 2008

    Strengths:    Awesome battery life. Excellent image quality out of the camera. Sharper images from the camera than the mark3 version. Excellent balance in hand. fast responsive shutter and superb images. The only area where the mark 2 is inferior to the mark three is in the rear display however the rear displays can be misleading as is illustrated in the M80 display. If you're genuinly chasing image quality and willing to get decent glass.... get the mark 2!

    Weaknesses:    It is a heavy camera and you'll notice the weight. The size does draw some attention. You need to have the sensor cleaned twice a year.... but what a sensor!

    Bottom Line:   
    Better than you could possibly expect in a camera. I am interested in absolute image quality [AIQ] and am constantly pushing the boundaries using the best possible lenses and aiming to achieve the most accurate exposure overall. Used Nikon & Kodak but when I moved to the 1ds mark 2 I found the camera that gives me the best results under all conditions. Noise is negligable and I am amazed that canon even bothered to release a mark 3 with such a marginal improvement in specifications. Use your eyes and you can see that the mark 2 produces better results. I will wait until Canon offer a lot more before considering looking at a different camera. Recently I took a picture on Sydney harbour [on a moving vessel] of the opera house with a ferry moving at speed in front of the lower wall. I was using one of my lesser lenses the 24-105L series zoom for convenience. Took the image at ISO 250 at 1/640 f13. When I blew it up to A2 and took it in for framing you should have seen the crowd looking at the image! Sharp, clear & superb tonal smoothness and colour balance. No one had seen an image as sharp with so many details. Combine it with the right lenses and you will win every time.

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    Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

    Similar Products Used:   Canon 1d mark 3 & mark 3. Canon 1ds mark 3, Nikon D2x, Nikon D100 & Kodak 14n [the most unforgiving beast anywhere!]

    Type of photography:   Fine Art


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by stenowac a Expert

    Date Reviewed: March 6, 2006

    Strengths:    Hardly any noise up till ASA 1600 and overall perfect image quality. With L-lenses you simply get lots and lots of image details - a huge plus for landscape photos. A plus for portraits too? Well, you get so many "compromising" details revealed in peoples faces that you need to do quite a bit of selective blurring in PS not to "offend" your customer!

    There is an impressing number of ways to adjust the camera's "software" to fit your various needs.

    Physically, the camera is built to last forever. I have used it in rain forests, deserts, and north of the Polar Circle. No problems at all!! And I have had the camera for nearly one year by now.


    Weaknesses:    It is VERY big and heavy, and attracts a lot of (often unwanted) attention. And when combined with Canon's 70-200 mm 2.8 L zoom, for example, the combination gets seriously heavy. From an ergonomic perspective the controls (buttons, etc.) are not as good as Canon D20 or D5. - If you don't need the extreme amount of image details and top-top-pro quality (and don't want to spend the $8000) , go for the D5 - it is more handy too.

    Some have complained about dust on the sensor. My experience too, BUT only in the beginning, that is, until I took care shutting down the camera when changing lenses (and avoiding to change lenses in dusty places).


    Bottom Line:   
    The image quality is simply fantastic! Hardly any noice at all - and lots and lots of image details. Very robust.

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    Duration Product Used:   21+ years

    Price Paid:    $8000.00

    Purchased At:   B&H New York

    Similar Products Used:   Nikon D100
    Nikon D70
    Canon D20
    Canon D5


    Type of photography:   Outdoor


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by John99 a Intermediate

    Date Reviewed: March 28, 2005

    Strengths:    Handling, Image quality, low noise, full frame sensor and clear bright viewfinder.

    Weaknesses:    Cost, weight, size, not quite as responsive as 1D Mk II. Cost again!

    Bottom Line:   
    This was bought as an addition to our 1D Mk II mainly for wedding use. Not used at any weddings yet but the limited use it has had shows it to be visibly better than the 1D II for image quality (only really noticeable at 100% though) and due to the pixel count crops are almost too easy! Image quality is very, very good with 'L' lenses attached and handling - unsurprisingly - is practically the same as the 1D II. It doesn't feel quite as 'snappy' in use as the 1D II with focus seeming slower overall. Tracking seems good and images are practically noise free at low ISO's - again very much like the 1D II.

    If you want the extra pixels and can afford / justify it I don't think you will be disappointed.

    Our first 1DS II had to go back though because of marks on the sensor (not dust/dirt) where it looked as though something had stained the material the AA filter is made of. Canon did not argue at all and a new body was ordered. The problem was getting another body! The new body though appears perfect and exhibits none of the problems that have appeared on some of the forums re lost images.

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    Price Paid:    $4770.00

    Purchased At:   Jessops

    Similar Products Used:   Eos 1D Mk II, 10D, Eos 3



    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by tdpiep a Expert

    Date Reviewed: November 22, 2004

    Strengths:    Good body build, solid feel and response. Almost noiseless photos at ISOs up to 1250. The 16 meg gives a quality presentation to the photo-- very comperable to a larger format camera such as the 2 1/4 x 2 1/4.

    Weaknesses:    None noted as yet.It is expensive.

    Bottom Line:   
    The body size and weight and controls are comperable to the D1s.There is a remarkable reduction in noise level at all ISO levels. I have taken excellent quality photos at ISO of 1250.The color processing of photos requires the canon software but other programs will be able to do so as well. Phase one C1 pro and photoshop both promise new releases to help with this situation. There is greater color control and latititude with on camera settings. I will resubmit another evaluation after I have used it for a few differnt type of shoots.

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    Price Paid:    $8000.00

    Purchased At:   La Camera, Lawrencev

    Similar Products Used:   Canon D1s - used for 2 years, Nikon D100 used for 1 year, Canon 10D used sporatically




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