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This is a very well constructed camera, I just started serious photography, so I dont have too much to compare to, but I really enjoyed this camera. It is very durable, the speed image quality is amazing, really low power consumption which i think is really good, I think it has a nice look, isnt overly bulky, this camera does cost a pretty penny, however I think a good picture is priceless and I think this camera provides just that. Definetly a pick me up.
Representing the ultimate in responsive D-SLR photography, the EOS-1D Mark II is the undisputed first choice of the working professionals who require speed and high resolution. 8.2 Megapixel x 8.5 frames per second performance marks the beginning of a commanding, rugged and seriously featured professional camera.
At the heart of the EOS-1D Mark II jaw-dropping speed sit three perfectly balanced and superbly integrated technologies: Canon's second generation DIGIC II processor, a new CMOS sensor and new buffer system. These technologies work in concert to deliver 40 frame bursts at approx. 8.5 fps in JPEG, or 20 frame bursts in RAW mode at approx. 8.5 frames per second.
The new APS-H size CMOS sensor gives a 1.3x magnification advantage over 35mm. A built-in low-pass filter eliminates false color and moire effects. Extreme low (50 ISO) and high (3200 ISO) settings are selectable to push the wide 100-1600 ISO speed range.
Shutter durability improves by 33%, to 200,000 cycles. A 'Back-Up' mode, designed for critical shooting situations, allows simultaneous recording to both CF and SD memory cards. When one card is full, it is possible to cancel the Back-Up mode and elect to shoot to the card that is not yet full. In 'separate recording' mode, images are written either to the CF or SD card (as selected by the user). Camera settings can be saved to the card, a valuable feature for professionals that need to move preferred settings to rented or loan equipment.
The EOS-1D Mark II features Canon's Evaluative Through-The-Lens (E-TTL) auto-flash system, offering both evaluative and averaged metering. A new recording algorithm achieves more stable control, helping maintain correct exposure even with moving subjects. Shutter speed range is 1/8000 to 30 seconds, with a 40ms minimum shutter lag and noise reduction.
Images can be checked on the 230,000 pixel LCD for focus and composition, while a 15 step 10x zoom enlarges specific details. sRGB and Adobe RGB color spaces are supported. White Balance control includes WB bracketing (3 bracketed images per shutter release) and +/- 9 step WB compensation for both blue/amber and magenta/green. Interfaces include video out (for simultaneous monitor display in NTSC or PAL formats), IEEE1394 (FireWire) and USB.