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Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II 16.7 MP Digital SLR Camera - Black (Body Only)

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Built for storing your photos for you and delivering wonderful pictures, the Canon EOS 16.7 MP camera is a professional personal body only. Additional megapixels means you can enlarge and crop your photos without negatively affecting picture quality. Since this Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II features a 16.7 MP image sensor, you can deliver memorable prints as large as 12x18 inches. Always be ready to capture your special moments by taking advantage of rechargeable Ni-MH batteries on this Canon EOS digital SLR camera. The flash memory slot featured on the Canon EOS 16.7 MP camera helps you to select the quantity of storage in the camera. Be the envy of your friends with this Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II and its stylish black body. With the 2-inch LCD monitor found on this Canon EOS digital SLR camera, you can share the best moments of your life and share them with family. Excellent picture quality and outstanding performance are yours with the Canon EOS 16.7 MP camera. This Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II includes only the body and no lens. The main advantage to purchasing the camera body on its own is that you select the best interchangeable lens or lenses to get based on your photography budget resources.

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Product Identifiers
Model1Ds Mark II

Key Features
Camera TypeDigital SLR
Sensor Resolution16.7 MP
Screen Size2"

Optical Sensor
Sensor Size24 x 36mm
Sensor TypeCMOS

Lens System
Lens For SDBody Only
Focus AdjustmentAutofocus & Manual Focus
Auto Focus typeTTL phase detection

Max Shutter Speed1/8000 sec
Min Shutter Speed30 sec
Exposure compensation±3 EV range, in 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps
Exposure RangeEV 0-20 ( ISO 100 )
Exposure MeteringCenter-Weighted, Evaluative, Multi-spot, partial (8.5%), spot (2.4%), spot AF area
Exposure ModesAperture-Priority, Automatic, Bulb, E-TTL II Program Flash, Manual, Program, Shutter-Priority
Light SensitivityISO 100-1600, ISO 3200, ISO 50
Light Sensitivity Max3200

Camera Flash
Flash TypeNone

Memory / Storage
Supported Flash MemoryCompactFlash Card Type I, CompactFlash Card Type II, CompactFlash I, CompactFlash II, IBM Microdrive, Microdrive, SD Card, SD Memory Card

Viewfinder TypeOptical, Optical (Through-the-lens)
Optical Viewfinder TypeFixed eye-level pentaprism
Viewfinder - Field Coverage100%
Viewfinder Magnification0.70x
Dioptric Correction Range-3 to +1

Depth3.1 in.
Height6.2 in.
Width6.1 in.
Weight42.9 Oz.

Display TypeLCD
Display RotationBuilt-in
Screen DetailsLCD display - TFT active matrix - 2" - color
Display Size2"

Microphone TypeMicrophone - built-in - electret condenser - mono
Microphone Operation ModeMono

Connector Types1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire/i.LINK), 1 x USB, 1 x composite video output, 1 x remote control
Expansion Slot1 x CompactFlash Card - type I/II, 1 x SD Memory Card

System Requirements for PC Connection
Operating System SupportedApple Mac OS 9.0 - 9.2, Apple Mac OS X 10.1, Apple Mac OS X 10.2, Apple Mac OS X 10.3, MS Windows 2000, MS Windows 98, MS Windows 98 SE, MS Windows ME, MS Windows XP, Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows 98, Microsoft Windows 98SE, Microsoft Windows ME, Microsoft Windows XP

File Format
Still Image FormatJPEG, RAW, RAW + JPEG, Raw Image

Environmental Parameters
Min Operating Temperature0 °C
Max Operating Temperature45 °C

Other Features
Additional FeaturesAE/FE Lock, AF Lock, Anti-Aliasing Filter, Anti-Dust Technology, Audio Recording, Auto Power Save, Brightness Control, Built-In Eyepiece Shutter, DPOF Support, Depth-Of-Field Preview Button, Digital Image Rotation, Direct Print, FireWire, Histogram Display, Interchangeable Lenses, Orientation Detection, PictBridge Support, RGB Primary Color Filter, USB, Water Resistant

White BalanceAuto, Cloudy (Preset), Daylight / Sunny (Preset), Flash (Preset), Fluorescent (Preset), Manual, Shade (Preset), Tungsten (Preset)
Continuous Shooting Speed4 frames per second

eBay Product ID: EPID100102339

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CNET Editors' reviewExcellent


    Tremendous resolution; professional body; many improvements over original EOS 1Ds; superior handling; optional wireless photo transfer.


    Expensive; large and heavy; requires high-capacity memory cards.


    Canon's EOS 1Ds Mark II offers a wealth of features and the highest resolution of any small-format digital SLR, with a price to match.

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Created: 12/01/11

Recommended for Serious Photographer

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

The item I purchased was a used camera so transferring my info to another similar item may not be productive. The extent of use a machine has experienced often determines its reliability and performance.
When it was new this was the top camera in performance and price ($7500+) of its kind (35mm type digital cameras).
The body and its functions remain at the top of the heap for construction durability and reliability. The newer model (mark iii) has a better sensor which produces a cleaner file with 4 million more pixels.
There are a few negatives about this camera: It has propensity to use up battery power like crazy. I wish the viewing panel was way better than it is. Don't bother buying this camera unless you have L quality lenses... you will be frustrated because this camera will show every lens fault. I wish this camera had the dog shake feature to knock dust off the sensor... It is a problem since I shoot architecture and products with lenses set from f11 to 22). A lot of smaller people will find this camera too heavy.

I am already thinking about buying another one... I will probably not repair my 2 5D's when they fail.

Comparing this camera to other potential items....
5D... The 5D is a good producer. By comparison it is slow, file size is smaller but adequate for 5 foot sized prints, focusing system not so good (mark ii and iii are vastly better). Seems like driving a slug with no power after using the mark ii.

5D mark ii... While the sensor in this camera is superior to the markii 1ds the rest of the camera is "toy" quality, light weight, bad focusing system, often inaccurate, the micro adjust feature means to me that the camera was not built to tight tolerances in the first place and you are not going to be able to depend upon it. I have seen one of these bodies with light use just fall apart. Not a professional camera. Light weight shutter, too slow for sports.

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Created: 09/12/10

1ds mark 2

Apart from feeling a little self concious in public places due to the size of the thing ( I find myself carrying it as casually as possible on its hand strap trying not to look like a camera geek/my dad ) it has been good to me. My experiences with digital cameras aren't vast, just a bunch of compacts and a 350d given to me after my father in law died, it was a brand new body and was fine until a child dropped it and it would only work automatically so I started this rather expensive journey into the world of the professional photographer,
if like me you don't mind not having the latest consumer thing in exchange for robustness and reliability, this is the only way to go.
I started with a 1d in very good condition for its age and was amazed by the quality of its 4.5 mp sensor,with its 8 frames a second, considering the 5mp in my phone was poor in comparison.
This is where I should have stopped and concentrated on my photographic skills and the well being of my bank account.

I had heard about mega pixels not being so important to picture quality but neither is horsepower in car engines, still nice to have it. My photography wasn't good enough to not be able to crop my images so I 'had' to upgrade to a 1d mark 2, almost doubling the mp. Another great camera with twice the storage slots better w/b much improved apart from the loss of the 16000/sec shutter ceiling. Anyway by this time I had an ebay habit, it just crept up on me...A good 1ds mark2 came up for a good price, I couldn't afford it but bought it anyway! most unlike me. so much more than the 1d. the loss of the shutter speed didn't worry me too much as what I was after was the 35mm frame.
Anyone still reading?
So, the review.
Its a solid performer.It has always taken pictures when I have required it to some of them quite good too. knowing that these cameras are tough enough to report on war zones means you can rely on the thing not breaking down on you. I used mine last week in Egypt 45c in the shade, the 1ds got left in the sun during lunch,not sensible but all ok thankfully! kept out all the sand and dust we could throw at it.the battery life is also surprisingly long which is handy as the spares are not light in the pocket.So would very much recommend this camera,or indeed any of the 1d range, you get a lot for your money,
250- 400 pounds
1d mark 2
450-750 pounds
1ds mark 2
750-1100 pounds
You will need to budget for good lenses as these cameras will only be fully sealed from the environment with canon L types.
Anyone want to buy my 1d mark 2 so I can pay for a 135 f2?!
Hope my long winded history has been of some help.

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Created: 06/22/12

In love with them...

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

**Why did I buy this product?
Because I am extremely happy with the quality and capabilities of this Canon camera. I own (2) of these camera bodies.

**What do you like/dislike about this camera?
I have absolutely no complaints. I find the feature set intuitive. I find the IQ phenomenally excellent. Build quality is fabulous.

**How does this product compare to others?
If you have never used any of the 1D/1Ds bodies then you cannot understand my point as it is unlike using a beginner or amateur body. There is no comparing the two. The first thing you will obviously notice is weight. The next is the feel in your hand. The next is the responsiveness of a pro body. The list goes on & on.

This camera does not have a machine gun shutter. It fairs well with 4 - 5 frames a second which realistically is plenty in my humble opinion. The EOS 1D

Unless you have experience with a body such as this, consider handling one in person first to get a feel for it.

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Created: 07/02/13

Though this is an old camera, it still holds its own against newer cameras.

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

Even though this is an old camera and not the newest model, it still holds it own against the newer full frame cameras. The ergonomics is quite good. The weather resistance is an added bonus as is the integrated battery grip with duplicate shutter button and a few others as well.

It is large and hefty in weight but is very solid and well built.

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Created: 01/08/10

Canon 1Ds Mark II

I previously shot with both Canon 20D and 40D. I was looking to upgrade to a higher pixel quality primarily. I considered the new 5D Mark II. THe video capability is enticing but as a portrait photographer I may not use it that much and can probably capture enough short video segments with a flip cam for say slide show add on's etc. The sensor size and amazing number of focus points on the 1Ds series is what drew me in. I love my 1Ds MarkII. Focus grabs instantly. Reliable as it could be. Image quality that is as close to film as I have seen. 16.7 megapixels but with a sensor that is at least 25-30% larger than the alternative full frame of the 5D mark II. It really packs substantially more quality into it's megapixels. I can now feel free to crop in on an image and not feel that I am losing quality. I get great life from the battery unlike what I read about the 1Ds. This camera is build like a tank. Solid weatherproof construction. It produces better images with every one of my lenses even my sigmas. It is a little heavy but I never used any of my former cameras without a battery pack so I feel I trained myself to handle it. WHatever weight it adds is worth it for the results. I give it an A+ until canon makes something of equal or better quality that weighs nother. Perhaps carbon fiber body??

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