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Canon Digital Photo Professional 2.0

Digital Photo Professional is an image workflow and RAW conversion application. It provides for the browsing and management of images in a folder structure as well as tagging, rotation etc. In addition it also provides an extensive range of RAW conversion features. (Note that this page is taken from our EOS-1Ds Mark II review, as it's the same software).

Key changes in version 2.0

  • Additional camera support new EOS models (plus EOS D30)
  • Support for Picture Styles
  • Quick check window from main window with multiple images selected
  • Three types of checkmarks
  • Creation of folders from browser
  • Sharpness function enhanced: per image and real time preview, saved in recipe
  • Enhanced image correction functions:
    • Two new tools for light marks in dark areas and dark marks in light have been introduced using the Canon FARE dust and scratch removal algorithms from Canon scanners
  • Single key transfer of a single image to Photoshop
  • Additional color space support:
    • Apple RGB, ColorMatch RGB, sRGB, Adobe RGB and Wide Gamut RGB
  • CMYK simulation now adds a choice of perceptual or colorimetric intents

Main Window (Thumbnail index view)

The browsing / thumbnail view has three different size options as well as an option of a thumbnail with information view as seen below. Note that adjustments such as RAW brightness (digital exposure compensation) and white balance can be made to single or multiple files and are stored in the RAW file 'adjustment recipe'.

Large thumbnail Middle thumbnail
Small thumbnail Thumbnail with information

Main Window Tools

In addition to RAW adjustments you can also access five different tools from the thumbnail index. The Quick Check tool is a new feature to 2.0 which allows you to browse through a selection of images and assign check marks to them. The Trimming tool can be used to apply a crop to an image (the image itself is not modified, this is simply saved in the recipe). The Stamp tool works in a similar way to the clone stamp or healing brush in Photoshop (although is primary designed for the removal of light or dark blotches).The Rename tool can be used to change the filename of a selection of images based on a rule set. Finally you can convert multiple RAW files at a time using the batch conversion tool.

Quick Check tool Trimming tool
Stamp tool (example before / after) Rename tool
Batch conversion tool  

Edit image window

Select one or more images and click on the 'Edit image window' (or simply double click on a single image) to switch to the edit window where you can carry out various RAW adjustments such as digital exposure compensation, white balance, tone curve and color. One big change in DPP 2.0 is the that (finally) sharpness has been provided as an image parameter which is also stored in the conversion recipe. The other biggest change is the addition of Picture Style, each Picture Style is a combination of tone curve and color map designed to deliver images with a certain 'look'. Picture Style defaults to Neutral for the EOS-1Ds Mark II (and previous EOS-1D series models) and Standard for the EOS 300D, EOS 350D and EOS 20D.

Adjustments

On the right side of the edit window are two pages of adjustments accessed by two tabs labeled 'RAW image adjustment' and 'RGB image adjustment'. The easiest way to think about these two sets of adjustments is this; RAW adjustments are applied before RGB adjustments, that the RGB adjustments are similar to an 'adjustment layer' applied to the image after it had been through the RAW processing stage. This also produces a slightly confusing double layer of adjustments such as levels, hue, saturation and more importantly sharpness. You can set RAW sharpness (0 to 10) and RGB sharpness (0 to 500), we found no fundamental advantage between using just RAW sharpening or just RGB sharpening (with RAW sharpness set to 0).

Summary of RAW / RGB adjustments

RAW image adjustments
Brightness +/- 2.0 EV in 0.01 EV steps (digital exposure compensation)
White balance Auto, 6 presets, Kelvin, White Point (3 memorized)
White balance fine tuning Hue & Saturation
Picture Style 6 preset Picture Styles, Load custom Picture Style
Dynamic range adjustment Black point & White point (levels), -9 EV to +3.8 EV
Gamma curve -4 to +4, Linear
Hue adjustment -4 to +4
Saturation adjustment -4 to +4
Sharpness 0 to 10
 
RGB image adjustments
Tone curve Multi-point (up to 8) on luminance or individual channels
Levels Black point & White point, 0 to 255
Brightness -100 to +100
Contrast -100 to +100
Hue adjustment (RGB) -30 to +30
Saturation adjustment (RGB) 0 to 200 (default 100)
Sharpness 0 to 500

Preferences

The preferences dialog box allows you to configure various aspects of DPP including features such as the operating mode (quality / speed), working color space and printing / CMYK simulation color profiles. DPP doesn't pick the correct monitor profile automatically so it's a good idea to set this when you first start using it.

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Total comments: 12
Hai Ching Lee

Hi...!

I bought one last month for Usd500 in super good and working condition but without any lens......
I bought an L Lens 24-105mm f4 for another Usd 500...... a 50mm f1.4 for Usd350.......
After much testings around, I noticed 5D is not good at Indoor unless with the help of a Flash......However , at Outdoor I must say it is a Super duper Good Full Frame machine even though it is around 8 years old........!!!

I still feel it is a Good Investment as far as dollars and cents counts......
An FX cameras from Nikon like the D700 body will cost Usd1.3k in Malaysia......

I also own a Nikon D90 with standard kit lens 18-105mm, 70-300mm Tel lens, a Fx 24-50mm f3.5-4 and 20mm f2.8 and others...
Recently I bought an Adapter for Nikon lens to Eos FX body like 5D..........It WORKS very well but have to Manually focus......So now I can have Nikon lens on 5D body which safe me a lot for a start....!!
Used 5D MK-II is selling here at around Usd1.6k which I am looking forward to...!!

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JSnees

I am using a nikkon D 5100. Have the opportunity to purchase a cannon eos 5d in excellent condition for $500 with 50mm f1.8 lens. Any advantages to this camera vs what I currently have besides FF? Good investment? I currently do not own any pro lenses from nikkon.

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SculptedPhotography

The 5D was and is my first digital camera. It has served me with spectacular results. It's main minus for me has been its inability to use the higher ISO's, as anything higher than 200 produces visible grain in images that I print very large on my epson 24" printer. I almost always shoot with a monopod to assure the results.
Technology has changed and improved and I am searching for a replacement. I am invested in excellent Canon lenses and want to stay with Canon. I also want a camera that is not as heavy as my 5D (I am old and am fatigued by the weight of the 5D which I affectionately call "my brick".) Price is an issue too.
Still casting about trying to find a replacement.

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frosty 7

hi i jus bot a canon eos 5d from a friend am i able to record video with the camera ?
thanks

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Ugo78

No, unfortunately you are not able to shot video, neither by installing Magic Lantern (because the camera is not equipped with live view).

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InfraOptic

Easy answer: Buy a Sony A7 mirrorless and a metabones adapter to use all Canon AF lenses.

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sh10453

Since you have invested in Canon lenses, I think the Canon 6D is what you are looking for, if you are still looking.

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KariIceland

I wish you guys would do a new comparison with the 5D, would love to see it vs the newer dslr's

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qianp2k

Agreed! In all cameras announced around that time, only EOS 5D still attracts many discussions in DPR forums. How many are still talking Nikon D200 that announced just three months later these days? If you don't print/view in very big size, EOS 5D actually withstands most today's FF cameras very well till ISO 800/1600 in IQ, no mention crop cameras.

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sh10453

I love my 5D.
Using the 5D with quality Canon L lenses produces images that I do not see a difference between them and those taken by a newer camera (5D II, 5D III).

If video is not needed or required, then finding a clean 5D would be prudent.
Some very well kept, used lightly by some hobbyists can be found at around a $1,000 or less.

I have no immediate plans to shell out $3,000 or more for a newer model that is not going to give me much over the 5D, in terms of image quality.

But for commercial photographers, that's a different situation.

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Macandts

Ditto. I could not be happier with my 5D. I'm also disappointed that the set up for image comparison keeps changing. It makes it difficult to compare any older digital camera with anything contemporary.

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MFog

I just sold my trusty old 5D. I love the camera but I will not miss cleaning the sensor every other week and fixing dust spots in lightroom! That was always a royal pain in the neck. Still a great camera.

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