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Canon 1Ds Mark II PDF User Manual

Did you lose or misplace the instruction manual that came with your Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II? It happens all too easily, but fortunately Canon makes a soft copy available that you can browse through online, print out, or download (see the pdf file below). It is certainly good practice to carefully familiarize oneself with the many different functionalities and options that the 1Ds Mark II offers, and the official user manual is without doubt an authoritative and comprehensive source of respective information.

That said, the instruction booklet can be a dry read, so that a dedicated camera guide book from a professional photographer that illustrates the camera's core functions in a real life photography context can be a very helpful complement. Yes, getting one of these camera guides (see here at amazon) would involve an additional expense, but if that book helps to exploit the camera's potential to the full, the (small) additional investment may well be worth it.

Also, you might want to check out the video tutorial on the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II below.

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In any case, the 1Ds Mark II is an advanced imaging tool, whose many features merit serious attention. This DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera was revealed to the public on September 21st, 2004, which means that, as of today, the camera is 6638 days old (young?). The camera has meanwhile been discontinued and was succeeded by the Canon 1Ds Mark III as a replacement in the same line of cameras.

Canon's instruction manual for the 1Ds Mark II

The camera's instruction manual is 180 pages long. The pdf version is embedded below. As you browse through, you will hopefully find the information you are looking for. You can also print out a hard copy by right clicking on the manual and then choosing the respective menu option. For convenience, a summary of the key specs of the 1Ds Mark II is included towards the bottom of this webpage.

Don't forget to bookmark this page for future reference (Ctrl-Shift-D on a Windows PC; Cmd-Shift-D on a Mac). Happy browsing!

Click on the button below to download the pdf version of the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II manual to your computer. The file will open in a new browser window.

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If you prefer to read the user guide in another language, please check the respective availability on Canon's support site. That site also provides complementary online resources, such as information on the compatibility of various camera accessories or the availability of firmware updates that are not necessarily comprehensively covered in the instruction manual.

Printed, hardcopy versions of the Canon 1Ds Mark II manual can sometimes be found online. You can check the availability on amazon and ebay via the buttons below.

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Video tutorial for the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II

Perhaps instead of reading through a manual or operations guide, you might prefer to better familiarize yourself with your 1Ds Mark II by watching a video tutorial. It can notably help to quickly get to know the key functions and to set up your camera according to your particular preferences and needs.

Once again, the Canon 1Ds Mark II is a sophisticated imaging tool and not exploiting its capabilities to the full would be a pity. Hence, taking the time to study online information material or to read through a well-written camera guide book is highly recommended to make the most of your purchase.

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Canon 1Ds Mark II FAQ

Below are some additional questions and answers concerning some particular features of the 1Ds Mark II.

What type of imaging sensor is used in the 1Ds Mark II?

The camera has a CMOS (Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor) sensor at its core.

Which image processing chip is used to convert the raw signal into an image file and perform noise reduction and image sharpening?

Canon equipped the 1Ds Mark II with the DIGIC II image processor.

What is the ISO sensitivity range of the 1Ds Mark II?

The camera has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 1600, which can be extended to ISO 50-3200.

What is the life expectancy of the shutter in the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II?

Canon mentions a shutter rating of 200 000 actuations for the 1Ds Mark II. This number represents a Mean Time before Failure, that is an average value. The shutter might fail earlier, or it might last longer. Anyway, in order to exhaust the expected shutter life of the 1Ds Mark II over, say, three years, one would have to take about 200 pictures each and every day.

How do I find the shutter count on my 1Ds Mark II?

Canon embeds the number of shutter actuations in image metadata. You can check the number of shots that your 1Ds Mark II has taken up to now by uploading a recent image to the free online shutter count finder app.

What is the fastest shutter speed that can be used with flash?

The 1Ds Mark II's flash sync speed is 1/250 sec.

Which battery does the 1Ds Mark II use?

The camera gets its power from the NP-E3 (here at amazon), which is a rechargeable Lithium-Ion power pack.

Further reading

How does the 1Ds Mark II stack up against available alternatives? In case you are interested in seeing how this camera compares to another one, just make a corresponding selection in the search boxes below. Alternatively, you can follow any of the listed hyperlinks for comparisons that others found interesting.

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    Core camera specifications

    Here is a list of the main features and technical characteristics of the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II.

    Specifications Summary
    Camera Model Canon 1Ds Mark II
    Camera Type Digital single lens reflex
    Camera Lens Canon EF mount lenses
    Launch Date September 2004
    Launch Price USD 7 999
    Sensor Specs
    Sensor Technology CMOS
    Sensor Format Full Frame Sensor
    Sensor Size 36.0 x 24.0 mm
    Sensor Area 864 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 43.3 mm
    Crop Factor 1.0x
    Sensor Resolution 16.6 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 4 992 x 3 328 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 7.21 μm
    Pixel Density 1.92 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability no Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 1 600 ISO
    ISO Boost 50 - 3 200 ISO
    Image Processor DIGIC II
    DXO Sensor Quality (score) 74
    DXO Color Depth (bits) 23.3
    DXO Dynamic Range (EV) 11.3
    DXO Low Light (ISO) 1480
    Screen Specs
    Viewfinder Type Optical viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.70x
    Top-Level Screen Control Panel
    LCD Size 2.0 inch
    LCD Resolution 230k dots
    LCD Attachment Fixed screen
    Touch Input No touchscreen
    Shooting Specs
    Focus System Phase-detect AF
    Manual Focusing Aidno Peaking Feature
    Maximum Shutter Speed 1/8000s
    Continuous Shooting 4 shutter flaps/s
    Shutter Life Expectancy200 000 actuations
    Silent Shootingno E-Shutter
    Time Lapse Photographyno Intervalometer
    Fill Flash no On-Board Flash
    Storage Medium CF or SDHC cards
    Single or Dual Card Slots Dual card slots
    UHS card support no
    Connectivity Specs
    External Flash Hotshoe
    Studio Flash PC Sync socket
    USB Connector USB 2.0
    HDMI Port no HDMI
    Wifi Support no Wifi
    Body Specs
    Environmental SealingWeathersealed body
    Battery Type NP-E3 power pack
    Battery Life (CIPA)1200 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 156 x 158 x 80 mm
    (6.1 x 6.2 x 3.1 in)
    Camera Weight 1 215 g (42.9 oz)

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