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Canon EOS-1D Mark II

alaTest has collected and analyzed 354 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the build quality and focus. The image quality and usability also get good feedback, whereas opinions about the lens and shutter are mixed. Many are negative about the control panel and zoom.

performance, usability, image quality, focus, build quality

portability, zoom, control panel

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Canon EOS-1D Mark II is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Canon EOS-1D Mark II


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Combination of fast drive mode and high resolution; large buffer; highly customizable; saves custom camera setups to media; improved E-TTL II flash performance.

Noise in underexposed image areas; LCD lacks sharpness when zooming in review mode; slow image review; imperfections appear when paired with lower-quality lenses; requires fast, high-capacity memory cards to store large files.

In a league by itself, the Mark II offers professional photographers extensive customization, excellent photo quality, and market-leading speed.

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Canon EOS-1D Mark II


The new Canon EOS-1D Mark II is the successor to the CanonEOS-1D which was announced and introduced at the end of 2001. This newgeneration of digital SLR almost doubles resolution with its new eightmegapixel CMOS sensor, doubles the size of the...

Excellent resolution, not just a step change from the EOS-1D but a leap ; Switch from CCD to CMOS delivers very clean images with no pattern noise ; Maintains EOS-1D's amazing 8.3 fps and increases buffer to 40 frames (JPEG) ; Superbly well built, 'a...

Startup delay - on a camera at this level we expect no startup delay ; JPEG images appear a little soft, can be improved by increasing sharpness setting ; Control system can be a little confusing at first, menu operation different to other D-SLR's ;...

The original EOS-1D was a very important camera for Canon, their first home grown professional digital SLR built to EOS-1V standards and carrying that all important '1' label (indicating the best in their range). As such it was a camera which made its...

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Canon EOS 1D Mark II SLR


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 bu

Canon 1D Mark II CSpro is compatible with Photoshop 6, 7, and CS. Also compatible with Photoshop Elements 1 and 2.0. Both Mac and PC versions are available.


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Canon EOS 1D Mark II


The Canon EOS 1D Mark II - it is an EXCELLENT professional grade DSLR Body

was used - at 24mm and f/8

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Canon EOS-1D Mark II Digital Camera Review: Intro and Highlights


The Canon EOS-1D was a groundbreaking digicam when it was first announced in late 2001, and held its ground amazingly well against the competition in all the time since then. In January of 2004, Canon announced the EOS-1D Mark II, a radical update of...

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Canon EOS 1D Mark II Review Round-Up


The EOS-1D Mark II is obviously Canon's answer to Nikon's fast shooting D2H, it does appear however as though Canon is raising the bar with resolution. … Image quality wise there are no complaints with the EOS-1D Mark II, it's certainly no...

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Canon 1D Mark II Reviews


The Mark II is a perfect example of evolution of technology (eight megapixel, CMOS, 40 frame buffer) and also correction of function and usage.

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Canon EOS 1D mark II


Together with the EOS-1D Mark II, Canon will offer an optional dedicated accessory known as Data Verification Kit DVK-E2 for image data authentication. Utilizing a Secure Mobile data card and reader, the DVK-E2 quickly scans image files from the EOS-1D...

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Canon EOS-1D Mark-II Test Review © 2004


This is what you use to shoot sports professionally with Canon in 2004. If not, the 20D for a third the price offers 100% of the image quality and 60% of the frame rate for 33% of the price.I prefer the metering and weight of my cheap little Nikon D70...

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Canon 1D Mark II


As a semi-professional photographer, I have always been a fan of Canon cameras. The EOS line has a well deserved reputation for speed and quietness of operation that are highly valued for wildlife and action photography. While this camera may not be...

Solid construction and weight (See text) ; Extremely fast ; Large frame buffer ; Accepts all Canon (except S) EF lenses ; Comprehensive user interface

Price ; Weight (see text)

In the first week and a half, I have taken about 300 pictures with the Mark II, some just for practice or playing around with features (such as the 8.5 frames per second capture rate.) I personally like the weight and feel of the camera. Yes, there are...

Product Specifications

Representing the ultimate in responsive D-SLR photography, the EOS-1D Mark II is the undisputed first choice of the working professionals who require speed and high resolution. 8.2 Megapixel x 8.5 frames per second performance marks the beginning of a commanding, rugged and seriously featured professional camera. At the heart of the EOS-1D Mark II jaw-dropping speed sit three perfectly balanced and superbly integrated technologies: Canon's second generation DIGIC II processor, a new CMOS sensor and new buffer system. These technologies work in concert to deliver 40 frame bursts at approx. 8.5 fps in JPEG, or 20 frame bursts in RAW mode at approx. 8.5 frames per second. The new APS-H size CMOS sensor gives a 1.3x magnification advantage over 35mm. A built-in low-pass filter eliminates false color and moire effects. Extreme low (50 ISO) and high (3200 ISO) settings are selectable to push the wide 100-1600 ISO speed range. Shutter durability improves by 33%, to 200, 000 cycles. 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). Camera settings can be saved to the card, a valuable feature for professionals that need to move preferred settings to rented or loan equipment. The EOS-1D Mark II features Canon's Evaluative Through-The-Lens (E-TTL) auto-flash system, offering both evaluative and averaged metering. A new recording algorithm achieves more stable control, helping maintain correct exposure even with moving subjects. Shutter speed range is 1/8000 to 30 seconds, with a 40ms minimum shutter lag and noise reduction. Images can be checked on the 230, 000 pixel LCD for focus and composition, while a 15 step 10x zoom enlarges specific details. sRGB and Adobe RGB color spaces are supported. White Balance control includes WB bracketing (3 bracketed images per shutter release) and +/- 9 step WB compensation for both blue/amber and magenta/green. Interfaces include video out (for simultaneous monitor display in NTSC or PAL formats), IEEE1394 (FireWire) and USB.

Audio Input


Camera Flash

Type: None

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:SLR
Supported Flash Memory:CompactFlash / Microdrive / SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2in
Diagonal Size (metric):5.1cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display


Model:1D Mark II
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon EOS

Lens System

Lens for SD:Body only
Type: None



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:19.1 x 28.7mm
Optical Sensor Size (metric):19.1 x 28.7 mm
Optical Sensor Type:CMOS
Sensor Resolution:8.2Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Fixed eye-level pentaprism

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 250 / ISO 320 / ISO 3200 / ISO 360 / ISO 400 / ISO 480 / ISO 50 / ISO 500 / ISO 640 / ISO 800
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW / RAW + JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical