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Canon EOS 1D Mark II

canon_eos_1d_mk2_large.jpgAs broken yesterday today Canon announced their new Canon EOS 1D II Digital Camera. It is an 8.2 megapixel camera which is able to shoot at a staggering 8.5 frames per second. This means it can buffer 69 megabytes of data per second.

Luminous Landscape reviewed the Canon EOS 1D Mark II and rate it very highly. They write:

'The Canon 1D Mark II offers the photojournalist, wildlife and sports photographer possibly the finest shooting tool yet seen. Image quality is excellent, shooting speed is as fast as we've ever had, and ruggedness of construction and quality of materials is a given.'

Rob Galbraith Digital Photography Insights writes about the Canon EOS 1D Mark II saying: 'If all that's new in the EOS-1D Mark II�works as advertised, including the retooled E-TTL II flash system�and turbocharged 45-point Area AF, then Canon's new pro digital SLR is sure to be a hit.'

Steve's Digicams writes - 'As of the time of this review, the Canon EOS-1D Mark II is the world's fastest pro-digital SLR camera. It combines a new 8.2 million pixel CMOS sensor with Canon's DIGIC II imaging engine and captures eight-megapixel JPEG images at 8.5fps in continuous bursts of up to 40 frames and RAW images up to 20 frames. Canon took their popular 4.1 megapixel EOS-1D and doubled the resolution of the imaging sensor, doubled the size of the high speed buffer memory and reevaluated, redesigned and in some cases, actually reinvented the technology that makes the new Mark II camera the most reliable and responsive professional digital SLR on the market.'

DP Review has an in depth review of the Canon EOS 1D Mark II and writes - 'Is this the ultimate digital SLR? For now I have to say yes, it offers an amazing level of build quality and environmental sealing, superb eight megapixels of resolution, low noise at almost any sensitivity, over eight frames per second (with a forty frame buffer) and near instant performance. All this for $1,000 less than the EOS-1D cost when it was introduced.'

Photographic reviews the Canon EOS 1D Mark II and writes'Image quality was, as you'd expect from an 8.2-megapixel pro camera, terrific. We did most of our shooting at the L (8.2-megapixel JPEG) image size, at the default compression setting of 8, as a good balance between ultimate quality and number of shots�you get about 4X as many L images per card as RAW images, and viewed at 100% on-screen, it's hard to see a difference in image quality�the L images are excellent. (The SanDisk 1 GB Extreme CompactFlash card and 256 MB Extreme SD card provided with our test camera are ideal companions for the Mark II�the hardy cards can operate in temperatures from �25� to 85� C and feature a write time of 9 MB/second, easily able to handle the camera's 5.0 MB/second write rate.) The Mark II's noise-reduction technology seems to work very well�image quality at ISO 800 and even 1600 was surprisingly good.'

Steve's Digicams review the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II Pro SLR and writes - 'They say you get what you pay for, and in the case of the 1Ds Mark II you both get pay a lot. We've become accustomed to a trend of new digicams replacing their predecessors with a combination of more/better features and lower price. Make no mistake - the 1Ds Mark II is the new "ultimate digital SLR" in both features and image quality, but Canon has priced it at the same $8000 that was asked for the 1Ds when it was announced over 2 years ago. The Mark II is a good value for the pro who needs its increased resolution and improved performance, and to the extent that the Mark II enables them to earn more income, they will buy it. But to the rest of us mere mortals, justifying an $8000 camera plus the necessary upgrades in computer and memory resources is a big stretch, one not many enthusiasts and semi-pro's will make. We'll simply have to be satisfied with our 20D's, and enjoy the 1Ds Mark II's images in newspapers, magazines and advertising.'

Canon EOS 1D Mark II Firmware Update

Imaging Resource reviews the Canon EOS-1D Mark II and writes - 'The EOS-1D was an impressive digital SLR at its debut, arguably the most rugged, configurable, and fastest then available on the market. The new EOS-1D Mark II raises the bar while maintaining all that made the 1D such a successful and formidable SLR, offering the same great exposure control, but with a much higher resolution, 8.2-megapixel CMOS sensor. Its amazingly rapid shutter sound will make you enjoy each click that much more, to the point that you'll be tempted to put it in high continuous mode and squeeze a few off every once in awhile just to hear the music of the Mark II's shutter. Its heft and excellent control layout make it clear that the Mark II means business, and its image quality is second to none.'

Following is the Press Release with full details.

See more details and reviews of the Canon EOS 1D Mark II at:
- Imaging Resource - Canon EOS 1D II
- DP Review - Canon EOS 1D Mark 2
- Photography Blog - Canon EOS 1D II
- Canon EOS 1D II
- E-Fotographija - Canon EOS 1D II
- D Photo - Canon EOS 1D Mark II
- Rob Galbraith
- Imaging Resource - Canon EOS 1D II
- CNET - Canon EOS 1D II
- Q & A about the EOS 1D Mark II
- Using the Canon EOS1-D Mark II at the Super Bowl
- Canon EOS 1D Mark II Site
- < haref="">DP Now - Image Samples
- Canon EOS 1D Mark II - Picture Samples
- Canon EOS 1D Mark II Image Gallery
- ZDnet - First take of Canon EOS 1D Mark II
- Outback Photo - Canon EOS 1D Mark II - Experience Report
- Popular Photography - Canon EOS 1D Mark II

Press Release

Amstelveen, The Netherlands, 29th January, 2004. Canon, a leader in photographic and imaging technology, sets new standards in professional photography with the announcement of the EOS 1D Mark II. Combining formidable speed and exceptional resolution, the EOS 1D Mark II delivers approx. 8.5 frames per second at 8.2 Megapixels, taking over from Canon's EOS-1D as the most powerful D-SLR camera in the world.

Canon has integrated three new technologies to deliver the EOS 1D Mark II's high-speed / high-resolution combination: Canon's next generation DIGIC II processor, a new CMOS sensor, and a new extra large buffer system. These technologies work in concert to deliver 40 frame bursts at 8.5 fps in JPEG, or 20 frame bursts in RAW mode. This high level of performance can be achieved in either Single Shot AF or AI Servo AF mode.

"With commanding speed and phenomenal image quality, the EOS 1D Mark II sets a new performance benchmark for sports and news photographers,� says Mr. Komatsuzaki, Head of Canon Consumer Imaging Europe. �With nearly double the resolution of the EOS-1D, the EOS 1D Mark II also opens the digital SLR realm to the areas of fashion, nature and event photography�.

First choice of professional agencies
The EOS-1D has already secured the major share of sports and photojournalism worldwide, with the world�s leading wire agencies such as Reuters, Getty Images and AFP choosing Canon professional products for their photographers. �Our Editorial photographers are among the best in the world, whether covering international news, major sporting events or entertainment and therefore have varied and extreme performance needs. Canon is at the forefront in understanding and addressing the requirements of our photographers with its state-of-the-art equipment,� says Adrian Murrell, Vice President of Operations, News and Sport EMEA & Asia Pac for Getty Images.

New CMOS sensor
The pixels of the new 28.7mm x 19.1mm APS-H size CMOS sensor measure 8.2�m square, similar to the 8.8�m square pixels of the award winning EOS-1Ds. A new on-chip noise elimination circuit eradicates fixed pattern and random noise. A low-pass filter placed in front of the sensor reduces false colour and moir� effects, while the infrared filter suppresses red fringing caused by sensor reflections and fog.

The CMOS advantage
Going against the market trend of purchasing CCD sensors from third party manufacturers, Canon chose instead to pursue its own CMOS development program. Research and development investment has resulted in sensors with higher speed, higher resolution, lower noise and minimal power consumption when compared to competing CCD technology. The launch of the EOS 1D Mark II represents a strategic move for Canon, which now has its own CMOS sensors installed across its entire D-SLR range.

Canon considers in house manufacture of all key D-SLR components to be of significant strategic advantage. Canon is now the only manufacturer to offer a choice of digital SLRs with 3 different sensor sizes.

Second generation DIGIC
A new generation DIGIC II processor provides the processing power necessary to deliver unprecedented levels of resolution and speed. The technology combination of CMOS, DIGIC II and a new buffer system allows EOS 1D Mark II to shoot and process over 69 Megapixels of data per second. Start up time is within approximately 0.5 seconds after turning on the camera. The processor's upgraded capacity has also led to advances in the image processing algorithms to improve white balance, auto exposure and overall image quality. Photographers can choose JPEG images with four resolutions, each with ten selectable levels of compression rate. The EOS 1D Mark II supports sRGB and Adobe RGB colour spaces with user settable colour saturation and tone levels, and provides five preset and two user-definable colour matrices. White Balance (WB) bias is correctable by +/- 9 levels for both blue/amber and magenta/green bias and the camera supports WB bracketing up to +/- 3 levels.

Reliability to depend on
Shutter durability improves by 33%, to 200,000 cycles. A weather resistant magnesium-alloy casing with over 70 moisture resistant seals protects the camera.

A 'Back-Up' mode, designed for critical shooting situations, allows simultaneous recording to both CF and SD memory cards. When one card is full, it is possible to cancel the Back-Up mode and elect to shoot to the card that is not yet full.

In 'separate recording' mode, images are written either to the CF or SD card (as selected by the user). When the selected card is full, a 'Card Full' warning is displayed, giving the user the option of switching to the second card if one is inserted in the camera.

Camera settings can be saved to the card, a valuable feature for professionals that personalise their cameras and need to move preferred settings to rented or loan equipment, or for agencies that have a large number of photographers and therefore a need to standardise the camera settings or format of files produced.

Distance linked flash
EOS 1D Mark II features Canon's new E-TTL II flash system to optimise flash exposures, particularly with moving or off-centre subjects. Based on a new flash algorithm, it links distance information from the camera/lens system to the 21-zone evaluative or averaged metering readings from the pre-flash. Areas with abnormally high levels from reflections are ignored for flash calculation, thus greatly reducing the possibility for errors caused by subject reflection.

Total control
Extreme low (50 ISO) and high (3200 ISO) settings are selectable to further extend the camera's wide 100-1600 ISO speed range if needed. Metering modes draw on a possible 21 zones and include evaluative (linked to any AF point), partial, centre spot, AF point-linked spot, multi-spot, and centre-weighted average. Images can be automatically rotated and checked on the 230,000 pixel LCD for focus and composition, while a 15 step 10x zoom offers the opportunity to check specific detail. Interfaces include video out (for display in both NTSC and PAL formats), IEEE1394 (Firewire) and USB. The camera is PictBridge and Direct Print compliant for PC-less direct printing to any brand of compatible photo printer. A brightness or RGB histogram can be displayed during playback. Shutter speed range is from 1/8000 of a second to 30 seconds, with a super quick 40 ms shutter lag and noise reduction settable via Personal Function 26.

RAW processing
New Digital Photo Professional image processing software is provided for high-speed processing of lossless RAW files. Processing with Digital Photo Professional is approx. 6 times faster than the previously supplied File Viewer Utility. It allows real-time display and immediate application of adjustments to images and includes a wide array of RAW, TIFF or JPEG image editing functions, which give control over variables such as white balance, dynamic range, exposure compensation and colour tone. sRGB, Adobe RGB and Wide Gamut RGB colour spaces are supported, and an ICC (International Color Consortium) profile is automatically attached to RAW images that have been converted to TIFF of JPEG formats. This allows images to be displayed in their faithful colours in software applications that support ICC profiles, such as Adobe Photoshop. Image processing of various parameter changes can now be batched rather than carried out sequentially, vastly increasing the efficiency of applying a number of changes to the same images.

EOS Viewer Utility is also supplied, providing control over camera settings such as white balance, tone curve, colour matrix settings, JPEG image quality and personal functions.

Lens and flash compatibility

The EOS 1D Mark II is compatible with over 60 Canon EF lenses (excluding EF-S lens) and the entire EX series Speedlite flash range.

Posted by Darren in our Canon category on January 29, 2004