introduced 2000

• Rugged and durable for professional use
• 45-point area autofocusing (similar to EOS 3, but with improvements)
• 21-zone evaluative metering (similar to EOS 3)
maximum continuous shooting speed of 10 frames per second
• advanced water-resistant and dust-proof body
• die-cast aluminium and polycarbonate body reinforced with rigid magnesium alloy shell
• shutter designed for up to 150,000 cycles (over 4000 36-exposure films)
• 20 Custom Functions with 63 settings
• shooting data can be recorded by the camera
• software links camera to computer for viewing and editing shooting data, and changing custom features
• user-selectable number and film ID can be printed on film leader
• reduced viewfinder blackout time (80ms)
• 100% viewfinder coverage
• compatible with infrared film

Replacement for the EOS 1N. Features include 45-point area focusing, 21-zone evaluative metering, maximum continous shutter speed of 10 frames a second, 20 Custom Functions, EOS Link software for downloading shooting daa to computer, user-selectable number and film ID printed on film leader, 100% viewfinder coverage, compatible with infrared film, advanced water resistant and dust proof body, shutter designed for up to 150,000 cycles.

EOS magazine, March 2000, page 12

35mm single-lens reflex autofocus camera with vertical travel focal plane shutter, built-in motor drive and autoexposure. 24 x 36mm picture size.
Lens mount: Canon EF. Compatible with all Canon EF lenses.
Shooting modes:
• Shutter speed priority (with safety shift option)
• Aperture priority (with safety shift option)
• Depth-of-field (non-shiftable)
• Program AE (shiftable)
• E-TTL program flash AE (21-segment flash metering)
• A-TTL program flash AE (3-segment flash metering)
• TTL program flash AE (3-segment flash metering)
• Manual
• Bulb
Shutter: Vertical-travel focal-plane shutter with all speeds electronically controlled.
• Shutter speeds: 30 seconds to 1/8000 second
• Bulb: exposure time displayed on LCD
• X-synchronisation: 1/250 second
• Release time lag: 55ms (from partially depressed shutter button position); 191ms (from unpressed button position)
• Self timer: 2 or 10 second delay (operation indicated by self-timer lamp; countdown also displayed on LCD)


• TTL-AREA-SIR with a CMOS sensor. 45 focusing points in an 8mm (vertical) by 15mm (horizontal) area.
• Seven focusing points at the centre are cross-type sensors which are sensitive to horizontal and vertical lines.
In-focus confirmation shown by flashing focusing point in viewfinder (cancellable), in-focus indicator in viewfinder readout, and electronic beeper (cancellable).
AF working range: EV 0 to 18 (at ISO 100).
• AF assist beam: provided by some Speedlites; not built into camera.
Focusing modes:
• One-shot AF (locks when focus is found)
• AI Servo AF (tracks subject movement)
• Manual (with in-focus indicator)
Focusing point selection:
• Manual (with 45, 11 or 9 active points)
• Automatic (optimum point selected in One-shot mode; centre point selected initially in AI Servo AF mode, switching to another point if the subject moves)
• Registration (any focusing point can be registered and selected instantly by pressing the Assist button)
• Expansion (two or more adjacent points can be selected to expand the focusing point range)
The active focusing point is superimposed in the viewfinder.


• SLR type with fixed eye-level pentaprism
• Interchangeable focusing screen (Laser-matte screen with Area AF ellipse, focusing points and fine spot metering circle provided as standard). Interchangeable with Ec-series screens (10 types, including standard)
• Standard dioptre: -1 dioptre (built-in adjustment from -3 to +1 dioptre)
• Eye relief: 20mm
• Picture coverage: 100% vertically and horizontally
• Magnification: 0.72x (with 50mm lens at infinity)
• Eyepiece shutter: built-in
• Accessories: Eyecup Ec-II (standard), dioptric adjustment lenses EB, Angle Finder B and C and Magnifier S attachable
Viewfinder information:
On the screen:
• Area AF ellipse
• Focusing points
• Fine spot metering circle
Below the screen:
• Shutter speed
• Aperture
• Manual exposure level
• AE Lock
• Flash ready
• High-speed sync (FP flash)
• FE Lock (FEL)
• Bulb
• Focusing point selection method
• Depth-of-field AE mode
• Exposure/flash compensation
• In-focus indicator
Right of the screen:
• Exposure level scale in 1/3 step increments
• AE exposure compensation amount
• AE Lock and real-time metering indicator
• Manual exposure level
• AEB amount
• Background exposure with flash
• Multi-spot metering
• Flash exposure comensation amount
• FEB amount
• Frame counter
• Frame countdown icon
Reflex mirror:
• Quick return half mirror (transmission reflectance of 37:63)
• Viewfinder blackout time: 80ms at shutter speeds of 1/60 second or faster
• Mirror lockup: enabled with Custom Function
• Mirror vignetting: none with EF lenses
• Depth-of-field preview: enabled with button

Exposure control
Exposure metering:
TTL maximum aperture metering with 21-zone silicon photocell sensor. Six metering modes:
• Evaluative (linked to any focusing point)
• Partial (approx. 8.5% of screen)
• Centre spot (approx 2.4% of screen)
• Multi-spot (up to 8 spot meter readings)
• Centre-weighted average metering
• Metering range: EV 0 to 20 in all modes
Exposure compensation:
• Auto exposure bracketing (AEB): three continuous exposures with up to 3 stops variation in 1/3 step increments. Bracketing sequence can be changed with Custom Function.
• Manual: up to 3 stops variation in 1/3 step increments
• Auto AE Lock: set when focus is achieved in One-shot AF mode with evaluative metering
• Manual AE Lock: set with AE lock button
Multiple exposures: Up to nine multiple exposures can be set at a time; cancelable and resettable at any time.

Film transport
Film transport:
After film is loaded, film lead positioned correctly, and the back closed, the film advances automatically to frame 1 in about 1 second (if main camera switch is on).
• Film advance system: automatic with small coreless motor dedicated to film transport. Film perforation detected with infrared photo reflector (but infrared film can be used safely)
• Film transport confirmation: with panel bars in LCD and frame counter in viewfinder
• Film rewind: automatic after 36 frames exposed, or after the DX-coded number of frames are shot, or when end of film is detected (if shorter). Midroll rewind possible
Film rewind speeds:
High speed (59dB): approx. 4.5 (8) seconds
Silent (49dB): approx 12 (18) seconds
speeds shown for 24 exposure film
(time for 35-exposure film in brackets)

Other specifications

• Flash contacts: hot shoe (with locking pin hole); PC terminal (both connections can be used simultaneously)
• Wireless flash: enabled (wireless high-speed sync (FP flash), FE Lock and automatic fill-in are also possible)
Flash exposure compensation:
• Manual: 3 stops in 1/3 step increments
• Flash exposure bracketing (FEB): with Speedlite 550EX and Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX
• FE Lock: with E-TTL Speedlites
Film ID imprinting:
• Imprinting position: frame 0 on the film leader; text height of about 1mm
• Imprinted information: user-selectable two-digit number (00 to 99) and three-digit ID number (001 to 999)
Recorded shooting data: When a picture is taken, the following items of shooting data can be recorded in the camera's built-in memory. Viewing and editing of data is only possible after download to a personal computer using EOS Link software. The recording of items 5 to 27 is optional (selection is via the EOS Link software). Data for between 50 and 200 36-exposure films can be recorded (depending on data selected).
• Selectable number (any digits from 00 to 99)
• Film ID (from 001 to 999; counts up each time a film is loaded into the camera)
• Film loaded date (year, month, day, hour, minute)
• DX-coded film speed (ISO 25-5000)
• Frame number (1 to 36)
• Lens focal length (0 to 65535mm)
• Lens maximum aperture (f1.0 to f99)
• Shutter speed used (30 to 1/8000 second)
• Aperture used (f1.0 to f99)
• Manually set film speed (ISO 6 to 6400)
• Exposure compensation (-3.0 to +3.0 stops)
• Flash exposure compensation (-3.0 to +3.0 stops)
• Flash mode (E-TTL, A-TTL, TTL, manual, OFF)
• Metering mode (evaluative, partial, spot, centre)
• Shooting mode (Shutter priority, aperture priority, depth-of-field AE, Program, manual, bulb, AEB)
• Film advance mode (S, L, H, UH, self-timer)
• AF mode (One-shot, AI Servo, manual)
• Total shutter cycles (maximum count 16777215)
• Bulb exposure time (0 to 65535 seconds)
• Metering value (BV)
• Date and time (year, month, day, hour, minute)
• Custom Function settings (CF 0 to CF 19)
• Focusing point selection (one from 45)
• Multiple exposure count (1 to 9)
• Image stabiliser mode (ON/OFF)
• Focusing points achieving focus
• Battery loaded date (year, month, day, hour, minute)
Custom Functions:
• 20 user-selectable Custom Function (CF-0 to CF-19) providing 63 settings
• 3 Personal Functions can be set, grouping together a selection of Custom Functions
• up to 30 Personal Functions can be set from a personal computer using EOS Link software
Camera back:
• Detachable
Power source:
• one 2CR5 battery (6 volts)
• battery check provided on LCD panel
Size and weight:
• 161 x 121 x 71mm
• 950g (add 40g for 2CR5 battery)

45-point autofocus
The Area AF sensor of the EOS 1V is based on the 45-point sensor of the EOS 3. However, the optics have been improved to enhance AF performance. In One Shot AF mode, the AF speed and predictive AF performance is better than that of the EOS 3.

A new feature is the AF Assist button. Pressing this switches immediately to a single pre-registered focusing point ? any one of the focusing points can be assigned by the user.

The EOS 1V offers the world's fastest AF operation. In AI Servo mode shooting at 9 fps, the camera can focus track a subject approaching at 50kph up to 8 metres away (tested with the EF 300mm f2.8L IS USM lens).

And like the EOS 3, the EOS 1V has a central cross-type sensor which allows autofocusing with Extenders EF 1.4x and EF 2x providing the effective maximum aperture of the lens/extender combination does not drop below f8.

Viewfinder information
The EOS 1V viewfinder shows 100% coverage (as in the EOS 1N). One reason eye-control focus was not included in the specification was because this would reduce the coverage.

The superimposed focusing point shown in the viewfinder is two stops brighter than that of the EOS 3, making it easier to see in bright conditions.

Exposure control
The EOS 1V provides TTL metering using a 21-zone silicon photocell. The system is similar to that found in the EOS 3, with the shutter based on the same highly reliable rotary magnet design. The flash synchronisation speed is 1/250 second (though faster speeds can be used with FP flash).

Film transport
The EOS 1V provides automatic film loading using a sprocketless system.

The camera is capable of continuous shooting at up to 10 frames per seconds. This matches the shooting speed of the EOS 1N RS, but unlike the RS the EOS 1V has a hinged reflex mirror which moves up and down between each exposure (the RS uses a fixed semi-transparent pellicle mirror).

One of the benefits of this improved performance is the reduction in viewfinder blackout time from 140 milliseconds on the EOS 1N to 80 milliseconds on the EOS 1V.

The film transport system inside the EOS 1V uses an infrared sensor to control the frame advance. This system as used on some other EOS models can fog part of the image area of the film. On the new camera, the sprocket area of one edge of the film is fogged, but a new optical system for the sensor prevents fogging of the picture area. This means that all types of infrared film can be used with the EOS 1V.

Film ID imprinting
The EOS 1V has a built-in film ID system which prints a three-digit film identification number and a two-digit user-selected number on frame 0 of the film leader. The ID number shows the order in which films were exposed, while the user number can be used as a job number, client number, or other identification. (If you use two or more EOS 1V cameras, you can set the user number to identify the camera.

Custom and Personal Functions
The EOS 1V has 20 Custom Functions (from 0 to 19) providing 63 settings (compared to 18 Custom Functions and 52 settings on the EOS 3, and 14 Custom Functions and 35 settings on the EOS 1N).

The two Custom Functions which are additional to the EOS 3 range are:
• CF-18 ? controls selection of preset focusing point
• CF-19 ? alters use of AF Stop button on super telephoto image stabilisation lenses (this function can be added to the EOS 3 with a software upgrade ? see page 7).

New to the EOS 1V are Personal Functions. PF-01, PF-02 and PF-03 can be set on the camera to group together Custom Function settings. If you use a set of Custom Functions for outdoor sports photography, and a different set for indoor flash photography, you can now switch between them in one operation, rather than having to reset each one individually.

Personal Functions become even more versatile when you use the new EOS Link software. Up to 30 Personal Functions can be set from a computer keyboard.

Accessories introduced with the EOS 1V are:
• EOS Link software, for downloading shooting data from the camera
• Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX (usable with all EOS camera, but available features will vary with the model)
• EOS 1V Standard Grip (also usable with EOS 1, EOS 1N and EOS 3)
• Laser Matte focusing screen with Area AF ellipse
• Camera strap
Many accessories from the existing EOS system are also compatible.

What's in a name?
The EOS 1V is not the 'EOS four' ? it does not use Roman numerals in the name! The camera should be referred to as the 'EOS one-vee'

What does the 'V' stand for? Canon offers several suggestions. 'V' is the Roman numeral for 'five', and the EOS 1V is Canon's fifth professional SLR camera (F-1, New F-1, EOS 1, EOS 1N, EOS 1V). 'V' also stands for 'Vertex' (highest point, or top), 'Vanguard' (leader) and 'Visionary'.

2 February 2000

Canon Introduces Top of the Range EOS 1V – The Professional Choice

Canon has confirmed its position as the leading camera manufacture with the launch of the EOS 1V – a camera that incorporates all Canon’s latest developments at the cutting edge of camera technology and replace the market leading EOS 1N.

The EOS 1V is the world’s fastest SLR camera with a shooting speed of 10fps* in one shot AF mode and 9fps in AI Servo mode. This speed is combined with both an improved high-speed focus tracking system and predictive autofocus.

The EOS 1V is Canon’s most durable and robust camera to date incorporating the popular, and now improved, 45-point area auto focus first introduced on the EOS 3, personal and custom functions, PC connectability and an exposure data management system.

All this technology comes in a camera body whose ergonomic grip, main layout and switch arrangements are based on its EOS predecessors, therefore removing the need for the majority of professionals who use Canon to learn yet another layout.

Recognising that computers are an integral part of many professional photographers’ lives, Canon has developed new software that enables the EOS 1V to be linked with a PC-EOS Link Software ES-E1, (separate release available). Supplied on CD-ROM with a dedicated cable that links the EOS 1V to the USB port of a computer.

In addition to the EOS 1V and EOS Link Software, Canon have also extended its professional photographic system by introducing a Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX, and Macro lens EF 100mm f/2.8.

High Speed Shooting

With the PB-E2 Power Drive Booster and the nickel metal hydride Battery Pack attached, the EOS 1V achieves an unrivalled high speed continuous shooting performance of 10fps in one-shot mode and 9fps in AI Servo AF mode (for subjects moving at up to 50kph as close as 8m). Even without the Power Drive, the EOS 1V can shoot at 3.5fps while still only emitting the same noise level as the EOS 1N.

This speed is achieved by employing a new Active Mirror Control system that reduces mirror bounce, resulting in a lower mirror blackout time of 87ms and at the same time reducing camera shake, which guarantees a clear sharp viewfinder image even when using the rapid continuous shooting mode.

Durable and reliable

Built using a magnesium alloy shell the EOS 1V is both light and strong, with rubber coating for firm grip. To give improved water and dust resistance all 72 major body parts are sealed with silicone rubber, the edges of the back cover are thoroughly finished and a new water-resistant rubber ring has been added to protect the lens mount.

The EOS 1V’s electronically controlled rotary magnet shutter has been designed to provide accurate, consistent and trouble free operation even after long use and severe shooting conditions. In tests, Canon has recorded over 150,000 shutter cycles. The unit performs with this accuracy at its maximum speed of 1/8000 second and has a maximum flash sync speed of 1/250 second, with the possibility of also using high-speed sync (FP sync).

Improved Wide Area AF

The wide area focus system packs 45 focusing points into a 8x15mm zone that can be manually or automatically selected to meet the shooting needs of any situation.

Following feedback, Canon has introduced a system that enables photographers to record the most often used focusing point (Home Position) and revert back to it with a simple one-touch operation with custom function 18/1.

To clearly show which points have been selected for focus, the focus point display in the viewfinder has been made two stops brighter than on the EOS 3, while still keeping the same possibilities to change the way it flashes by setting Custom Function 10.

Automatic or Manual Selection of Focus Point

At its simplest level, in One Shot AF mode, based on the subject information obtained by the Area AF focusing points, the optimum focusing point is selected automatically.

Alternatively, any one of the 45 points can be selected allowing optimal focus while maintaining composition.

By setting Custom Function 13 options 1, 2 or 3, the number of focusing points available during manual selection can be reduced from 45 to 11 or 9. This gives photographers greater control in high contrast conditions and when shooting fast moving subjects.

Area Extension

Using Custom Function 17 options 1 or 2, enables the EOS 1V to expand the number of focusing points around the actual point selected thus giving a wider AF field that makes tracking some types of movement easier, especially when using long lenses or photographing small subjects.


Up to 20 Custom Functions with 63 settings can be selected to match a wide variety of shooting styles. Most items are numbered in the same way as the EOS 1N. Selection can be performed on the camera itself or via the EOS Link Software.

In addition to the 20 Custom Functions, there are also three Custom Function Groups. Each group can contain one setting from each of the twenty separate Custom Functions. Once programmed, banks of custom functions can be activated at the touch of a button.

The EOS Link Software ES-E1 kit, that includes a cable link, has been developed solely for use with the EOS 1V to ensure fast, easy customisation and data transfer.

EOS 1V Memory allows the photographer to record and manage shooting data. Up to 25 items of shooting data, such as aperture value or shutter speed, can be recorded in the EOS 1V’s built-in memory. Using this function, the shooting data, downloaded via the cable link, can be viewed, edited and searched. Scanned images can also be acquired as thumbnails and attached to the data for each shot.

EOS 1V Remote allows the photographer to set the film ID function, initiate downloading of the shooting data and further customise the EOS 1V. Up to 30 Personal Functions (P.Fn’s) can be set using this software and then transferred via the cable link.

Metering and Exposure System

The EOS 1V incorporates the same metering system first introduced on the EOS 3, with an improved algorithm for even better performance. Metering methods compatible with the area AF system are: 21-zone evaluative metering linked to the focusing points, partial metering at the centre (8.5% of viewfinder screen), spot metering at centre (2.4% of viewfinder screen), spot metering linked to the focusing point, centreweighted and average metering, E-TTL Autoflash, A-TTL Autoflash and TTL Autoflash. Multi spot metering is possible for up to 8 points.

Shutter speed range is 30 sec to 1/8000 sec with a maximum sync speed of 1/250 sec. However, the flash can be synced up to 1/8000th of a second, using the FP flash mode.

Six exposure modes are provided for creative control; shutter speed priority, aperture priority, program AE, depth-of-field AE, manual exposure and bulb.

Viewfinder and LCD Panel

As well as the improved brightness of the focus points, the viewfinder gives 100% coverage with magnification of 0.72x. A new digital frame counter, displays the same detail as shown on the LCD panel and an FP flash icon has been added below the image area. Eye relief is 20mm and dioptric correction -3 to +1. A built in eye piece shutter prevents stray light entering the camera during long exposures.

The LCD panel on the top cover of the camera displays the camera settings at a glance. For low light conditions a built-in illumination system enhances the display.

Basic operation is very similar to the EOS 1N – most operations can be performed without taking your eye off the viewfinder or your finger off the shutter button. The same camera control layout presents no familiarity problems for EOS 1N users.

The EOS 1V also features a newly developed infrared sensor which allows the use of infrared film.

Outstanding flash photography

The EOS 1V is fully compatible with Canon’s range of EX Speedlite flash units to give both creative power and control to photographers.

With the Speedlite 550EX an AF-assist beam is linked to the area AF providing optimum exposure in standard mode. This system also offers FEB, E-TTL wireless multi-flash control and slave unit control. Flash coverage is set automatically from 24mm to 105mm, and a wide-angle panel extends the coverage to 17mm.

For E-TTL wireless (multi-flash) autoflash shots, an ST-E1 Speedlite Transmitter can be mounted on the camera’s hot shoe to control an unlimited number of Speedlites 500EX. The transmitter also has a built-in AF assist beam linked to the area AF.

The EOS 1V is available from April at an RRP of 1599.99 body only and 1799.99 for the EOS 1V HS Drive model.

* with Drive E2 and Ni-MH battery.


The Power Drive Booster PB-E2 has its own shutter button, AE lock button, FE lock/multi-spot metering button, Main Dial, focusing point selector and ON/OFF switch for the Power Drive Booster buttons.

A 12v nickel metal hydride Battery Pack, NP-E2, is dedicated for use with the EOS 1V and EOS 3 in combination with the BP-E2 Power Drive Booster. The NC-E2 charger/discharger dedicated to the NP-E2 battery pack will charge the battery pack in about 100 minutes.

Other existing accessories include:

Dateback DB-E2, a standard interchangeable camera back with Quick Control Dial and date imprinting function; Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3, with four built-in control functions: self-timer, interval timer, long-exposure timer and frame quantity setting; Remote Switch RS-80N3; Extension Cord ET-1000N3; Wireless Controller LC-4, which enables the camera to be controlled from up to 100 metres; and Remote Switch Adapter RA-N3 ensuring backward compatibility with existing EOS 1N remote accessories.

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