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Introduced 2004

• 16.7 MP full frame 36 x 24mm CMOS sensor
• 0.3 second start up and 4fps performance
• ISO 100 to 1600, expandable to L:50 and H:3200.
• Digital Photo Professional v1.5 RAW processing software with support for sRGB, Adobe RGB and wide gamut RGB colour spaces plus various European, North American and Japanese standard CMYK separation simulations
• Hi-Speed FireWire, & Video out interface for complete connectivity
• Dual high performance SD and CF/CF-II card slots (supports cards greater than 2GB
• Complete compatibility to all EF lenses & EX-series Speedlites
• 2.0 inch LCD screen with 230,000 pixels; 1.5-10x playback zoom
• Simultaneous RAW & JPEG shooting
• Battery life approximately 1200 shots at 20 degrees C, 800 shots at 0 degrees C - in accordance with CIPA testing standards

A replacement for the EOS 1Ds. 16.7 megapixel CMOS sensor, 4fps shooting speed, 45-point AF and the new distance-linked E-TTL II flash system.

EOS magazine, December 2004, page 64

Type
Type: Digital AF/AE full-frame single-lens reflex camera.

Image sensor
Type: 36 x 24mm CMOS
Effective pixels: approx. 16.7M
Total pixels: approx. 17.2M
Aspect ratio: 3:2
Low-pass filter: built-in/fixed
Colour filter type: primary colour

Image processor
Type: DIGIC II

Lenses
Lens mount: EF (excludes EF-S lenses)

Autofocusing
Type: TTL-AREA-SIR with a CMOS sensor
System: Area AF
Focus points: 45
Working range: EV 0 to 18 (at 20 degrees C, ISO 100)
AF modes: One Shot, AI Servo
AF point selection: automatic, manual, home position (switch to registered AF point)
Selected AF point display: superimposed in viewfinder
Predictive AF: yes
AF assist beam: emitted by an optional dedicated Speedlite
Manual focus: selected on lens

Exposure control
Metering modes: TTL full-aperture metering with 21 zone SPC
• evaluative metering (linked to any AF point)
• partial metering (approx. 8.5% of viewfinder at centre)
• centre-spot metering (approx. 2.4% viewfinder at centre)
• AF point-linked spot metering (approx. 2.4% of viewfinder)
• multi-spot metering (maximum of 8 spot metering entries)
• centre-weighted average metering
Metering Range: EV 0 to 20 (at 20 degrees C, 50mm f1.4 lens, ISO 100)
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
Exposure Compensation: +/-3 EV in 1/3-stop increments (can be combined with AEB)
Autoexposure bracketing: +/-3 EV in 1/3-stop increments (1/2-stop increments selectable with C.Fn-06-2).
Bracketing methods:
• Shutter speed or aperture
• ISO speed
ISO Speed Equivalent: 100 to 1600 (in 1/3-stop increments); ISO can be expanded to L: 50 or H: 3200 (selected on shooting menu)

Shutter
Type: electronically-controlled focal-plane shutter
Speeds: 30 seconds to 1/8000 second (1/3 stop increments); bulb
Shutter Release: soft-touch electromagnetic release

White balance
Type: auto white balance with the imaging sensor
Settings: auto, daylight, shade, cloudy, tungsten light, fluorescent light, flash, custom, colour temperature setting, personal WB
White balance compensation: (1) blue/amber +/-9; (2) magenta/green +/-9
Personal white balance: up to three personal WB settings can be registered
WB Bracketing: +/-3 stops in full stop increments with either (1) Blue/Amber or (2) Magenta/Green; three bracketed images per shutter release

Colour space
Types: sRGB (4 types), Adobe RGB; two user selectable

Viewfinder
Type: pentaprism
Coverage (vertical/horizontal): approx. 100% (for JPEG images)
Magnification: 0.7x (with 50mm lens at infinity focus, -1 dioptre)
Eyepoint: 20mm
Dioptre aorrection: adjustable from -3 to +1 dpt
Focusing Screen: interchangeable (nine types); standard focusing screen is Ec-CIII
Mirror: quick-return half mirror (reflection ratio of 37:63); no mirror cut-off with EF 1200mm f5.6 or shorter
Viewfinder information: AF information (AF points, focus confirmation light); exposure information (shutter speed, aperture, manual exposure, metering range, ISO speed, exposure level, exposure warning); flash information (flash ready, FP flash, FE lock, flash exposure level); JPEG format, number of remaining shots, CF card information, WB compensation.
Depth-of-field preview: yes
Eyepiece shutter: built-in

LCD Monitor
Type: 2.0 inch TFT; approx. 230K pixels
Coverage: approx. 100% (for JPEG images)
Brightness: adjustable to one of five levels

Flash
Modes: E-TTL II autoflash, metered manual
Connection: hot-shoe, PC Terminal
X-synchronisation: 1/250 second
Flash exposure compensation: +/-3 EV in 1/3-stop increments with EX series Speedlites
Flash exposure bracketing: yes
Flash exposure lock: yes
Second curtain synchronisation: yes
External flash: E-TTL II with EX series Speedlites wireless multi-flash support

Shooting modes
Types: program AE, shutter-priority AE, aperture-priority AE, manual
Drive: single, continuous
Continuous shooting: maximum approx. 4fps. (speed maintained for up to 32 images (JPEG), 11 images (RAW); depending on memory card speed and capacity

Recordiing pixelss/compression
Image Size:
• Large/Fine - 4992x3328
• Medium 1 - 3600x2400
• Medium 2 - 3072x2048
• Small - 2496x1664
• RAW - 4992x3328
Compression: JPEG (1-10 settings, user selectable), RAW (Canon RAW 2nd edition)

File format
Still image format: JPEG (Exif 2.21 [Exif Print] compliant), Design rule for Camera file system (2.0), Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
RAW+JPEG simultaneous recording: yes
Folders: folder creation & selection is possible
File Numbering: (1) Consecutive numbering; (2) Auto reset; (3) Manual reset
Processing parameters: 3 parameters in 3 sets
Sound files: WAVE (monaural)

Direct print
Canon printers: Canon compact photo printers and PIXMA printers supporting PictBridge
PictBridge: yes

Other features
Custom functions: 20 (65 settings)
Personal functions: 27
IPTC tag: yes
LCD panel (EL) Illumination: yes
Water/dust resistance: yes
Sound memo: up to 30 seconds per image
Intelligent orientation sensor: yes
Histogram: brightness/RGB
Playback zoom: 1.5x - 10x
Image erase protection: erase protection of one image, all images in a folder, or all images in the memory card can be applied or cancelled at one time
Image erase: single image, all in folder, all on card
Self timer: approx. 2 or 10 seconds
Menu categories:
• recording menu
• playback menu
• set-up menu
• custom/personal functions menu
Menu languages: English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Japanese
Firmware update: update possible by the user

Interface
Computer: IEEE 1394 (supplied with 4-pin dedicated cable), USB 1.1 (Mini-B, PTP)
Other: Video output (PAL/NTSC)

Memory card
Type: CompactFlash Type I/II (Microdrive compatible), compatible with all memory card capacities, including cards of 2GB and more; SD memory

Supported opperating system
PC: Windows 98 (including SE)/2000/Me/XP
Macintosh: OS 9.0-9.2, OS X v10.1/v10.2/v10.3

Software
Browsing and printing: EOS Viewer Utility, EOS Capture
Other: PhotoStitch
Drivers: TWAIN, WIA
Image Manipulation: Digital Photo Professional

Power source
Batteries: 1x Ni-MH pack NP-E3, 1x CR2025 for date & settings
Battery life: approx. 1200 at 20 C; approx. 800 at 0 degrees C (based on CIPA standard and using the batteries and memory card format supplied with the camera
Battery check: automatic
Power saving: power turns off after 1, 2, 4, 8, 15 or 30mins.
AC power supply: with power adapter DCK-E1

Accessories
Lenses: all EF lenses (excluding EF-S lenses)
Flash: Speedlites 220EX, 380EX, 420EX, 550EX, 580EX, Macro-Ring-Lite, MR-14EX, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2
Remote controller/switch: with N3 type contact
Power supply and battery chargers: DC coupler kit DCK-E1, Battery charger NC-E2

Physical specifications
Body materials: magnesium alloy
Operating environment: 0-45 degrees C, 85% or lower humidity
Dimensions: 156.0 x 157.6 x 79.9mm
Weight (body only): approx. 1215g (battery weight 335g)

New flagship camera
Canon has a new flagship camera - the EOS-1Ds Mk II Digital SLR. It is expected to appeal to professional studio and commercial photographers.

Featuring a full-frame 36 x 24mm 16.7 Megapixel CMOS sensor, the EOS-1Ds Mk II produces images with sufficient resolution to create files which convert to 50MB uncompressed TIFF at 24-bit colour depth. This is now seen as the standard acceptable size by leading international photo agencies and stock libraries.

Replacing the award winning 11.1 Megapixel EOS-1Ds, the camera is powered by Canon's second generation DIGIC II image processor and is capable of firing at 4 fps for bursts of up to 32 frames in JPEG, or 11 frames in RAW. An optional wireless adaptor delivers high speed IEEE802.11b/g wireless LAN and 100 Megabit per second wired LAN support.

Besides the inherent advantages of digital, such as immediate turn-around and elimination of film costs, it is the flexibility of the EOS 35mm SLR format which Canon expects to appeal to many studio photographers. For the first time, medium format image quality combines with access to the world's most extensive range of professional lenses, spanning 14mm to 1200mm.

"The EOS-1Ds Mk II is a tremendous achievement, it represents the pinnacle of Canon's digital camera technology," said Malcolm Hills, Head of Canon Consumer Imaging in the UK and Ireland. "With its resolution, image quality, immediacy of wireless and the power and flexibility of SLR, the EOS-1Ds Mk II offers the first real digital alternative to medium format, which has so far been the choice for mainstream commercial studio and location work."

Canon expects the camera to be adopted in areas such as fashion, car, calendar, advertising and architectural photography.

Unsurpassed image quality
The full frame 16.7 Megapixel resolution sensor has a built in low-pass filter to reduce false colour and moir effects, which can appear when shooting subjects with fine regular detail, such as textiles. The second generation DIGIC II processor delivers 0.3 sec start up time, fast continuous shooting and simultaneous RAW and JPEG recording. It also features advances in the image processing algorithms to improve white balance, auto exposure and overall image quality. Photographers can choose between four resolutions and 10 quality levels for JPEG images. Within the camera, the EOS-1Ds 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. When using the Digital Photo Professional software and RAW image files, Wide Gamut RGB is also available. White Balance (WB) bias is correctable by +/- 9 levels for both blue/amber and magenta/green bias, and the camera supports white balance bracketing up to +/- 3 levels.

Flexibility of SLR in the studio
Photographers switching to Canon's EOS system open up access to over 60 EF lenses, including tilt-shift, macro, super telephoto and image stabilizer lenses. The EOS-1Ds Mk II is compatible with the entire range of EX-Series Speedlite flash units, including two macro units and a range of wireless master/slave flash solutions. For photographers comfortable with the vertical orientation viewfinders of some medium format cameras, the camera accepts an optional Angle finder C right-angle viewfinder.

The immediacy of wireless image transfer
With the optional Wireless LAN adapter plugged into the camera's IEEE1394/Firewire connection, photographers can work untethered as huge full-frame RAW files transfer automatically to the studio LAN in seconds (depending on network speed and traffic levels) "A London publisher can now lay out a production-ready front cover of a magazine with a photograph taken literally seconds beforehand in a Milan studio," observes Hills. "Once this level of immediacy becomes commonplace, it is hard to imagine anyone accepting the risks and costs associated with the delays of film developing."

Security comes as standard
The Wireless LAN adapter supports both IEEE802.11b, IEEE802.11g wireless network standards and also includes a 100 Megabit wired ethernet connector for automatic and immediate transfer to any wide or local area network. The system supports a comprehensive range of major wireless network encryption and security features.

The CMOS advantage
The EOS-1Ds Mk II CMOS sensor offers lower noise levels and a superior dynamic range (capacity to capture subtle tonal gradations in shadow, midtone and highlight areas) to that of sensors found in other digital cameras and camera backs. Canon is the only camera manufacturer with a history of significant research and development investment into image sensors. The resulting CMOS sensor technology found in its digital SLR range is key to the company's competitive advantage. CMOS sensors have formed the basis of a long line of award winning cameras including the EOS-1Ds, EOS-1D Mark II and EOS 10D. Such is the strength of Canon's sensor development that this is the third new CMOS sensor Canon has commercialised this year. Canon's first commercialised sensor technology formed the basis of the 1987 EOS auto focus system, with CMOS technology first appearing as an image sensor in the EOS D30 four years ago.

RAW processing
Digital Photo Professional v.1.5 image processing software is provided for high-speed processing of lossless RAW files. Processing with DPP is approximately six times faster than with the File Viewer Utility supplied with the EOS-1Ds. 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.

Multiple colour spaces
RGB, Adobe RGB and Wide Gamut RGB colour spaces are supported, and an ICC (International Colour 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. The new version of Digital Photo Professional adds the ability to simulate the CMYK separation of images based on regular Japanese, European and USA printing industry practices.

Embargo 21 September 2004

Introducing the new Canon's 16.7 Megapixel SLR extends studio photographer's options

Canon, world leader in photographic and imaging technology, today announces its new flagship camera: The 35mm full frame 16.7 megapixel EOS 1Ds Mark II Digital SLR. The camera is expected to appeal to professional studio and commercial photographers.

Featuring a full frame 37x24mm 16.7 megapixel CMOS sensor, the EOS 1Ds Mark II produces images with outstanding colour rendition and dynamic range. It has sufficient resolution to produce files which convert to 50MB uncompressed TIFF at 24-bit colour depth, now considered standard acceptable size by leading international photo agencies and stock libraries.

Replacing the award winning 11.1 Megapixel EOS 1Ds, the camera is powered by Canon's second generation DIGIC II image processor and is capable of firing at 4fps for bursts of up to 32 frames in JPEG, or 11 frames in RAW. An optional wireless adaptor (also released today) delivers high speed IEEE802.11b/g wireless LAN and 100 Megabit per second wired LAN support.

Besides the inherent advantage of digital, such as immediate turn-around and elimination of film costs, it is the flexibility of the EOS 35mm SLR format which Canon expects to appeal to many studio photographers. For the first time, medium format image quality combines with access to the world's most extensive range of professional lenses, spanning from 14mm to 1200mm.

"The EOS 1Ds Mark II is a tremendous achievement, it represents the pinnacle of Canon's digital camera technology," said Malcolm Hills, head of Canon Consumer Imaging in the UK and Ireland. "With its resolution, image quality, immediacy of wireless and the power and flexibility of SLR, the EOS 1Ds Mark II offers the first real digital alternative to medium format, which has so far been the choice for mainstream commercial studio and location work."

Canon expects the camera to be adopted in areas such as fashion, car, calendar, advertising and architectural photography.

Key camera specifications include:

16.7 MP full frame 36x24mm CMOS sensor

0.3 second start up and 4fps performance

ISO 100-1600, expandable to L:50 and H:3200

Digital Photo Professional v1.5 RAW processing software with support for sRGB, Adobe RGB and wide gamut RGB colour spaces plus various European, North American and Japanese standard CMYK separation simulations

Hi-Speed FireWire, and Video out interface for complete connectivity

Dual high performance SD and CF/CF-II card slots (supports cards greater than 2GB)

Complete compatibility to all EF lenses and EX-series Speedlites

2inch LCD screen with 230,000 pixels, 1.5-10x playback zoom

Simultaneous RAW and JPEG shooting

Battery life - approximately 1200 shots @ 20C, 800 at 0C - in accordance with CIPA testing standards

Unsurpassed image quality

The full frame 16.7 megapixel resolution sensor has a built-in low pass filter to reduce false colour and Moire effects, which can appear when shooting subjects with fine regular detail, such as textiles. The second generation DIGIC II processor delivers 0.3 sec start up time, fast continuous shooting and simultaneous RAW and JPEG recording. It also features advances in the image processing algorithms to improve white balance, auto exposure and overall image quality. Photographers can choose between four resolutions and 10 quality levels for JPEG images. Within the camera, the EOS 1Ds 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. When using the Digital Photo Professional software and RAW image files, Wide gamut RGB is also available. 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.

Flexibility of SLR in the studio

Photographers switching to Canon's EOS system open up access to over 60 EF lenses, including tilt-shift, macro, super telephoto and Image Stabilizer lenses. The EOS 1Ds Mark II is compatible with the entire range of EX-series Speedlite flash units, including two macro set ups and a range of wireless master/slave flash solutions. For photographers comfortable with the vertical orientation viewfinders of some medium format cameras, the camera accepts an optional Angle finder C right-angle viewfinder.

The immediacy of wireless image transfer

With the optional Wireless LAN adapter plugged into the camera's IEEE1394/Firewire connection, photographers can work untethered as huge full frame RAW files transfer automatically to the studio LAN in seconds*. "A London publisher can now lay out a production-ready front cover of a magazine with a photograph taken literally seconds beforehand in a Milan studio," observes Hills. "Once this level of immediacy becomes commonplace, it is hard to imagine anyone accepting the risks and costs associated with the delays of film developing."

The Wireless LAN adapter supports both IEEE802.11b, IEEE802.11g wireless network standards and also includes a 100 Megabit wired ethernet connector for automatic and immediate transfer to any wide or local area network. The system supports a comprehensive range of major wireless network encryption and security features.

The CMOS advantage

The EOS 1Ds Mk II's CMOS sensor offers lower noise levels and a superior dynamic range (capacity to capture subtle tonal gradations in shadow, midtone and highlight areas) to that of sensors found in other digital cameras and camera backs. Canon is the only camera manufacturer with a history of significant research and development investment into image sensors. The resulting CMOS sensor technology found in its digital SLR range is key to the company's competitive advantage. CMOS sensors have formed the basis of a long line of award winning cameras including the EOS 1Ds, EOS 1D Mark II and EOS 10D. Such is the strength of Canon's sensor development that this is the third new CMOS sensor Canon has commercialised this year. Canon's first commercialised sensor technology formed the basis of the 1987 EOS autofocus system, with CMOS technology first appearing as an image sensor in the 2000 EOS D30.

RAW processing

Digital Photo Professional v.1.5 image processing software is provided for high-speed processing of lossless RAW files. Processing with Digital Photo Professional is approximately six times faster than the File Viewer Utility supplied with the EOS 1Ds. 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 Colour Consortium) profile is automatically attached to RAW images that have been converted to TIFF or 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. The new version of Digital Photo Professional adds the ability to simulate the CMYK separation of images based on regular Japanese, European and USA printing industry practices.

 

* Depending on network speed and traffic levels

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