Oct 20, 2005

Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II review

The new Canon EOS 5D Digital Camera is aimed to slot in between the EOS 20D and the EOS-1D professional digital SLR's, an important difference when compared to the later is that the EOS 5D doesn't have any environmental seals. The 5D’s 35.8mm x 23.9mm 12.8 megapixel single-plate CMOS sensor, coupled with the application of Canon’s EF mount, enables full utilization of all Canon EF autofocus lenses with full preservation of their original optical perspectives. While Canon doesn't specifically refer to the EOS 5D as a 'professional' digital SLR it will have obvious appeal to professionals who want a high quality digital SLR in a body lighter than the EOS-1D.

CNET have just posted their Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II review and rated this digicam 8.9 out of 10 or Excellent. Here's what they like about this DSLR-
"Canon maintains its industry-leading position with the 16.7-megapixel EOS 1Ds Mark II, the highest-resolution small-format digital SLR. Intended for studio and landscape photographers who prefer the size and flexibility of 35mm-style cameras, the 1Ds Mark II sets a new benchmark for performance and image quality. With a wealth of upgrades, this camera succeeds and surpasses Canon's original EOS 1Ds, introduced two years earlier.
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The Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II's image quality is superb. The original EOS 1Ds delivered superior performance, but Canon managed to best itself with the Mark II. The difference is especially obvious in low-light situations. Noise remains extremely minimal at ISO settings below 640--comparable to the Canon EOS 20D's noise levels--and even photographs taken at ISO 1,200 are surprisingly smooth."

It's not the fastest professional DSLR around but it's photographs are superb.