Canon 1D Mark II Reviews

The Canon EOS 1D Mark II is an 8.2 megapixel pro-level DSLR. Introduced in early 2004, the Mark II is the successor to the Canon EOS 1D, which was Canon’s first pro DSLR introduced in 2001.


The 1D Mark II uses a 1.3x crop-factor sensor and also includes the following features:

  • DIGIC II image processor
  • Canon EF lens mount (excludes EF-S)
  • 45-point TTL-AREA-SIR autofocus with a CMOS sensor
  • TTL full aperture metering with 21 zone SPC
  • 100–1600 ISO speed equivalent (ISO can be expanded to L: 50 or H: 3200 with custom function)
  • 30–1/8000 sec. shutter speed and bulb
  • Auto white balance
  • Eye-level pentaprism viewfinder with approx. 100% coverage
  • 230,000 pixel, 2.0″ color TFT liquid-crystal monitor with approx. 100% coverage (for JPEG images)
  • E-TTL II flash mode
  • 8.5 frames per second continuous shooting (JPEG: max. 40 frames, RAW: max. 20 frames)


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

Luminous Landscape

Canon’s accomplishment in producing a camera that can shoot such large files at such fast speeds is nothing short of remarkable.

Steve’s Digicams

With its 8-megapixel imager, accurate autofocus system, precise metering system and robust performance the Canon EOS-1D Mark II is photographic tool that is unrivaled in the industry at the time of this test (May 2004).

The Digital Picture

Is the Canon EOS 1D Mark II for professionals only? Definitely not. Having excellent quality in-focus images appeals to a large number of non-professional enthusiasts as well. Keep in mind – all of us are capable of taking bad pictures with the best camera available. The Canon EOS 1D Mark II has the ability take your photography to a very high quality level.

Photography on the Net

I think it is no surprise to hear me say Mark II is absolutely the best camera I have used. It feels great, it is accurate, versatile, reliable and fast, images look great and print great. What more could you ask?

Imaging Resource

The new EOS-1D Mark II raises the bar while maintaining all that made the 1D such a successful and formidable SLR, offering the same great exposure control, but with a much higher resolution, 8.2-megapixel CMOS sensor.


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

Where to Buy

First off, consider going to your local camera store (and I don’t necessarily mean Wolf Camera at the mall). By going to your local camera store, you’re supporting your community and you just might build a lasting relationship with people you can rely on when you need some help or answers. If you’re buying online, I recommend sticking with Amazon, B&H Photo or Adorama. These three vendors are reliable, trustworthy and generally have the best (legitimate) prices. Additionally, purchasing your camera through these links helps support this site.

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