Oct 11 2005
|Sensor Type||Full frame|
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Overview of the EOS-1Ds Mark II
Professional photographers demand the best tools to capture high-quality images. The Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II is a camera that fits the bill. Offering superior image quality, exceptional autofocus, and versatile connectivity features, this DSLR camera is a favorite among professionals. In this review, we'll delve into the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II's key features and capabilities. Whether you're a seasoned professional or an aspiring photographer, you'll find valuable insights that will help you make an informed decision when considering this camera. So, without further ado, let's explore what this mighty camera has to offer!
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II Pros and Cons
Now, we will look more closely at our review of the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II camera. We will see what it can do and compare it to other cameras like it. We will tell you what's good about it and what's not so good. This way, you'll know if it's the camera for you!
Build and Construction
Body and dimensions
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II
|Dimensions||156 x 158 x 80mm|
The Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II camera is equipped with environmental seals that make it resistant to weather, preventing water and dust from entering the camera. If you enjoy outdoor photography and need a camera that can handle extreme conditions, the EOS-1Ds Mark II is an excellent choice.
Design and Handling
Main design features
|View Finder||Optical (pentaprism)|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||230k dots|
|Body type||Large SLR|
This camera has a fixed type 2.00" screen, with a display resolution of 230k dots. This makes the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II not as suitable for those looking for a vlogging camera as you cannot view yourself while shooting selfies easily. Unfortunately, the camera does not have a touch screen, which may make it less user-friendly.
EOS-1Ds Mark II includes a optical (pentaprism) viewfinder with no electronic viewfinder of resolution with a coverage of 100% and a magnification of 0.7x. This feature enhances the camera's suitability for outdoor photography in bright conditions.
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II has a 17MP sized CMOS sensor. You can shoot at maximum resolution of 17 pixels. Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II has a native ISO range of 100 - 3200 which can be boosted to null - null. It can also save files in RAW format which gives you a wider room for post processing.
Oct 11 2005
100 - 3200
|Extended ISO||null - null|
|Max resolution||4992 x 3328 pixels|
DXO Sensor Scores
74 / 102
23.3 / 26.5
11.3 / 14.8
Low Light ISO
1480 / 4505
DXO mark sensor scores
The DXOmark rankings indicate that the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II camera has above average color depth performance, which refers to the number of colors the sensor can distinguish. Additionally, its dynamic range is also average, allowing it to retain low amounts of details in both bright and dark areas of a scene. The camera's low light ISO performance is poor, which is an important factor to consider if you plan to use it in dimly lit indoor environments or at night. Overall the image quality of the EOS-1Ds Mark II is average
Camera crop factor (or focal length multiplier) refers to how a camera's sensor size affects the apparent field of view of a lens. Crop factor is determined by comparing the size of a camera's sensor to that of a full-frame sensor, which is a standard reference size for camera sensors.
Crop factor calculator
Full frame equivalent
This camera: Full frame
Connectivity, storage, battery
|Storage||Compact Flash (Type I or II), SD card|
The Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II supports Compact Flash (Type I or II), SD card with 2 slots for storage. Having dual SD card slots on the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II is highly advantageous as it mitigates the risk of losing footage due to memory card malfunctions. This feature is particularly beneficial for wedding photography and other professional settings.
The Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II uses the undefined model of undefined. This is rated for undefined shots which is high. If you intend to take photos or record videos for an extended period, it might be a good idea to bring along additional batteries.
The Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II does not have a built-in flash, but it does offer a flash shoe that allows you to attach external flashes. This provides more versatility in your lighting choices.
The Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II boasts a maximum mechanical shutter speed of 1/8000s, which is ideal for shooting fast-moving subjects in bright environments, such as in sports photography. Faster shutter speeds enable you to freeze the action and capture every detail, making it easier to get the perfect shot.
With a continuous mechanical shutter speed of n/a or an electronic shutter speed of n/a, this camera is not capable of capturing the perfect moment more easily, making it not as suited for wedding, sports, and wildlife photography. Higher shutter speeds make it easier to capture fast-paced action, ensuring that you never miss the perfect shot.
The Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II includes phase detection autofocus (AF), with 45 number of focus points.
While contrast detection is generally more accurate and precise, phase detection autofocus is faster and more effective in most situations, particularly when photographing moving subjects.
Phase detection autofocus works by dividing the incoming light into pairs and then analyzing how they intersect on the camera's sensor. This method allows the camera to determine not only if a subject is in focus but also the direction and distance needed to adjust the focus to achieve perfect sharpness.
On the other hand, contrast detection autofocus works by analyzing the contrast of an image and adjusting the focus until the highest contrast is detected. While this method is very accurate, it can be slow, especially in low light conditions or when photographing moving subjects.
The Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II features a CMOS sensor
Yes the EOS-1Ds Mark II does have weather sealing.
The Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II was announced on Oct 11 2005
No the EOS-1Ds Mark II does not have in-body image stabilization that can compensate for camera shake, making it easier to shoot handheld in low light conditions.
The EOS-1Ds Mark II has a native ISO range of 100-3200, which can be expanded to ISO null-null for even greater sensitivity in low light conditions.
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