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Ilse Jurrien
Photokina report
Monday 20th, September 2004
Posted by: Ilse Jurrien

Canon, a 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 36 x 24mm 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.

Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II - 35mm SLR format
The Canon EOS 1DS Mark II 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 (also released today) 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 from 14mm to 1200mm. "The EOS-1Ds Mark II is a tremendous achievement, it represents the pinnacle of Canon's digital camera technology," said Mogens Jensen, Head of Canon Consumer Imaging Europe. "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.

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II - Specifications
• 16.7 MP full frame 36 x 24mm 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
• 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
• Complete compatibility to all EF lenses & EX-series Speedlites
• 2.0" LCD screen with 230,000 pixels, 1.5-10x playback zoom
• Simultaneous RAW & JPEG shooting
• Battery life - approx. 1200 shots at 20C and 800 at 0C

Canon 1Ds MarkII SLR - Image quality
The full frame 16.7 Megapixel resolution sensor has a built in low-pass filter to reduce false colour and moiré 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.

Canon EOS-1Ds II reflex camera - EF lenses
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.

Canon EOS-1Ds II DSLR camera - 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 Jensen. "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.

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