Body & Design

As we've already discussed the EOS-1D follows the EOS-1V's design and layout. This has allowed the EOS-1D designers to trim a little from its height, givimg them more surface 'real estate' for controls plus producing an overall stiffer design. The body, made from moulded magnesium alloy is is extremely solid (and weighty). At least three quarters of the surface is covered with a rubber grip / skin.

Because of the integration of the battery pack the EOS-1D features an integrated vertical (or portrait) hand grip complete with controls: assist button, AE lock button, AF point select button, repeated main dial, FEL button and shutter release. These additional controls can enabled or disabled by turning a small switch on the side of the camera.

In your hand

Both hand grips are deep and well design (being based on the EOS-1V) with a distinctive middle finger recess. In your hand the camera feels weighty but well balanced and extremely solid. The depth of the recessed 'lip' at the top of the hand grip provides a vital key for locating the correct grip as well as providing additional grip ability.

Body weight comparison (including battery)

Canon EOS-1D body 1.58 kg (3.5 lb)
Canon EOS-D30 body * 1.27 kb (2.8 lb)
Canon EOS-D2000 body 1.65 kg (3.6 lb)
Nikon D1H body 1.37 kg (3.0 lb)

* With optional BG-ED3 battery pack / vertical grip and two batteries

Hand Strap

Also a supplied item is the hand strap which attaches to a dedicated strap mount on the bottom of the camera and the mount found at the top of the hand grip. With the hand strap in place you can also additionally attach the supplied neck strap.

Kudos to Canon for making this a standard item, it makes carrying a weighty camera such as the 1D far easier and leaves the camera in a more 'immediate' place than with a neck strap.

Rear LCD Monitor

The 1D's rear LCD is a 2.0" 120,000 pixel unit. It is protected by a plastic screen (which extends over the rear status LCD). The display is sharp, bright (there are five levels of brightness available) and clear. Unfortunately it doesn't have an anti-reflective coating as we have seen on Nikon's D1, D1H and D1x. This means that the screen will suffer from a certain degree of reflection especially in brightly lit outdoor situations.

Top LCD Panel

Here's a great plus for camera familiarity, the top status LCD Panel is very similar to that found on the EOS-1V. Just like many other D-SLR's the 1D's top panel is dedicated to the provision of information related to the cameras photographic settings such as exposure, drive mode, metering, focusing mode etc. This panel has a blue LED backlight which can be turned on by pressing the backlight button. A complete breakdown of information provided on the Top LCD Panel is shown below.

1 Shooting Mode
(P, M, Tv, DEP, Av)
6 Metering mode
(Eval, Partial, Spot, CWA)
2 Aperture (0 - 91)
DEP point number (1, 2)
AEB amount (0.0 - 3.0)
AF point selection (AF, [], HP)
7 AF Mode
(One Shot, AI Servo)
3 Shutter speed (16,000 - 30)
Bulb time (Min/Sec: 00:00 - 59:59)
Depth-of-field AE (dep)
AF point selection ([   ], SEL)
FE lock (FEL)
Busy (busy)
Error (Err)
8 Drive Mode
(Single, Low speed continuous, High speed continuous, 10 sec self-timer, 2 sec self-timer)
9 Exposure level / exposure compensation scale
4 ISO indicator 10 Battery level (four stages)
5 Shots remaining (1999 - 0) *1
ISO speed (200 - 1600, H-1, H-2)
Self timer countdown (10 - 1)
Bulb time (Hours: 1 - 23)
Error code (1 - 255)
11 Personal Function indicator
12 Flash exposure compensation indicator
13 Auto Exposure Bracketing indicator

*1 • C.Fn 8 allows you to select remaining shots, ISO sensitivity or shots in folder for this display.

Default display is indicated in bold. Diagram reproduced from the EOS-1D manual by permission.

Rear LCD Panel

The Rear LCD Panel provides information about the digital portion of the camera including current image quality setting, white balance, folder and file number and other associated information. Just like the top LCD this LCD is backlit by blue LED's which can be turned on by pressing the backlight button on the top of the camera. A complete breakdown of information provided on the Rear LCD Panel is shown below.

1 LCD Monitor display mode
(Info, Single, Four index, Nine Index, Folder)
5 File number (1 - 9999) *1
Color temperature value (2000 - 10000)
Personal white balance (PC-1 - PC-3)
2 CF Card inserted indicator 6 Folder number (100 - 999)
3 White balance mode
(Auto, Daylight, Shade, Overcast, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash, Manual, Color Temperature)
7 Recording image quality
(Large / Fine, Large / Normal, Small / Fine, RAW)
4 Date transfer mark    

*1 • C.Fn 8 allows you to select file number or remaining shots for this display.

Diagram reproduced from the EOS-1D manual by permission.