Storage compartment

The storage compartment is situated on the back of the hand grip. The compartment door is spring loaded and 'pops open' as soon as you turn the knob (note that this has been made easier to operate, especially useful if you're wearing gloves). You can close the door and pick up the camera in one movement. If you take a closer look at this images below you will see the rubber environmental seal around the inside of the compartment door. Behind the compartment door you will find two storage slots, one for Compact Flash (Type I/II, Microdrive and FAT32 support) and one for Secure Digital cards.

The SD slot is a new addition to the Mark II and can be used for storage just like the CF slot or for 'backup storage' where every image is written to both CF and SD. While useful it isn't as flexible as Kodak's implementation on their DCS SLR/n & SLR/c digital SLR's which allow you to select different image formats for each slot (for instance writing a RAW to the CF card and a JPEG to the SD).

  • C.Fn 2 allows you to disable shutter release when there is no storage card inserted.

Battery, Charger, AC Adapter and Compartment

The Mark II's battery fits into the base of the camera, it has a double locking system which requires you to turn a lever and then press a release button before the battery can be removed. The battery itself is of the NiMH type, which in these days of Lithium-Ion and Lithium-Polymer is rather surprising, I really had expected Canon to move up to the lighter more powerful Lithium based rechargeable batteries.

The battery charger connects to the battery via a plug on the end of two cables and is capable of charging two batteries simultaneously (a full charge of a totally flat battery takes approximately two hours). Note that there is also a 'refresh' feature for conditioning batteries.

If you take a close look at the last image below you'll see some of the rubber environmental seal around the end of the battery which keeps the compartment waterproof.

AC Adapter / DC Coupler kit DCK-E1

Supplied with the Mark II is the DC Coupler (a dummy battery with a DC-IN socket) and AC Adapter PA-V16 (100 - 240 V AC input, 13V, 1.8A output). This kit allows you to connect the camera to an AC power supply for studio shooting, remote capture and long Firewire connectivity (or simply while the battery is charging).

Environmental seals

Just like the EOS-1D/1Ds/1V the Mark II is fully environmentally sealed, this means that there are rubber O-rings around the controls and that compartment doors have rubber seals. In total the camera has no less than 90 environmental seal points (indicated in red in the image above). It is however worth bearing in mind that the camera is only as well sealed as the lens used, and for that you'll need one of the special L lenses with rubber grommets which fit flush to the lens mount:

  • Canon EF 16 - 35 mm F2.8L USM
  • Canon EF 17 - 40 mm F4.0L USM
  • Canon EF 24 - 70 mm F2.8L USM
  • Canon EF 28 - 300 mm F3.5 - F5.6L IS USM
  • Canon EF 70 - 200 mm F2.8L IS USM
  • Canon EF 300 mm F2.8L IS USM
  • Canon EF 400 mm F2.8L IS USM
  • Canon EF 400 mm F4.0 DO IS USM
  • Canon EF 500 mm F4.0L IS USM
  • Canon EF 600 mm F4.0L IS USM
  • Canon Extender EF 1.4x II
  • Canon Extender EF 2.0x II


On the right side of the camera (from the rear) are two rubber doors which can be opened and rotated 180 degrees (as shown here). They cover the PC sync terminal (flash), remote terminal, video out, IEEE 1394 (Firewire) and USB 1.1 port. The USB and Video Out connectors are new on the Mark II.

Flash / Accessory Hot shoe

The Mark II is the first Canon digital SLR to feature an updated flash algorithm called 'E-TTL II'. This system is essentially similar to E-TTL (in that the camera uses th metered value of the scene gained from a short pre-flash) but that the algorithm has been tweaked to ignore very bright specular reflections and to also take into account distance information from the lens (if available) to produce a more accurate flash exposure. E-TTL II works with all Canon lenses (although distance information is only provided by lenses with ring type USM motors).

Other flash photography features

High-Speed Sync (FP Flash) Enables flash sync with all shutter speeds from 30 to 1/8000 sec (Canon EX-series Speedlites)
FE (Flash Exposure) Lock Press the FEL button to lock the flash exposure at the desired part of the subject
Flash exposure compensation +/-3 EV in 0.3 EV steps
FEB (Flash Exposure Bracketing) Flash exposure bracketing (only FEB compatible Speedlites)
E-TTL II wireless auto flash with multiple Speedlites Wireless-compatible Speedlites only
Sync speed Non-Canon flash units up to 1/250 sec, large studio flash systems up to 1/125 sec
PC Terminal For connection to external / studio flash systems, threaded

  • P.Fn 15 allows you to disable the flash unit's AF assist beam.
  • C.Fn 14 allows you to select the metering mode used for E-TTL II, either Evaluative or Average
  • C.Fn 15 enables you to choose from first curtain or second curtain flash synchronization

Lenses which provide distance information

Zoom Lenses Prime Lenses
  • Canon EF 16-35 mm F2.8 L USM
  • Canon EF 17-40 mm F4 L USM
  • Canon EF 20-35 mm F3.5-4.5 USM
  • Canon EF 24-70 mm F2.8L USM
  • Canon EF 24-85 mm F3.5-4.5 USM
  • Canon EF 28-105 mm F3.5-4.5 ll USM
  • Canon EF 28-105 mm F4-5.6
  • Canon EF 28-105 mm F4-5.6 USM
  • Canon EF 28-135 mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM
  • Canon EF 28-200 mm F3.5-5.6 USM
  • Canon EF 28-300 mm F3.5 - F5.6L IS USM
  • Canon EF 70-200 mm F2.8 L IS USM
  • Canon EF 70-200 mm F2.8 L USM
  • Canon EF 70-200 mm F4 L USM
  • Canon EF 70-300 mm F4.5 - F5.6 DO IS USM
  • Canon EF 90-300 mm F4.5-5.6
  • Canon EF 90-300 mm F4.5-5.6 USM
  • Canon EF 100-300 mm F4.5-5.6 USM
  • Canon EF 100-400 mm F4.5-5.6 IS USM
  • Canon EF 14 mm F2.8 L
  • Canon EF 20 mm F2.8 USM
  • Canon EF 24 mm F1.4 L USM
  • Canon EF 28 mm F1.8 USM
  • Canon EF 35 mm F1.4 L USM
  • Canon MP-E 65 mm F2.8 1-5x
  • Canon EF 85 mm F1.8 USM
  • Canon EF 100 mm F2 USM
  • Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 MACRO USM
  • Canon EF 135 mm F2 L USM
  • Canon EF 180 mm F3.5 L MACRO USM
  • Canon EF 200 mm F2.8 L ll USM
  • Canon EF 300 mm F2.8 L IS USM
  • Canon EF 300 mm F4 L IS USM
  • Canon EF 400 mm F2.8 L IS USM
  • Canon EF 400 mm F4 DO IS USM
  • Canon EF 400 mm F5.6 L USM
  • Canon EF 500 mm F4 L IS USM
  • Canon EF 600 mm F4 L IS USM
  • Canon EF 1200 mm F5.6 USM


The bottom of the Mark II is fairly straightforward, the metal tripod mount is aligned with the center of the lens. The eyelet on the left is for attaching the optional hand strap. The base is plastic, which is a pity, I preferred the D1's "rubber foot" which can often assist when using a street lamp as an impromptu tripod.

In the box


Inside the box you'll find a large range of accessories and items:

  • Canon EOS-1D Mark II digital SLR
  • Eyecup Ec-II
  • Battery Pack NP-E3 (NiMH)
  • Battery Charger NC-E2
  • DC Coupler Kit DCK-E1
  • Wide Strap L5
  • Interface Cable IFC-200D4 (Firewire)
  • Interface Cable IFC-400PCU (USB)
  • Video Cable VC-100 (Composite)
  • CD-ROM's
    • EOS Digital Solutions Disc
    • Digital Photo Professional Disc
  • Manuals / Paperwork:
    • EOS-1D Mark II Instruction Manual
    • Battery pack and charger Instructions
    • DC Coupler Kit Instructions
    • EOS-1D Mark II Software Instruction Manual
    • Quick start guide to shooting
    • Warranty Card
    • EOS-1D Mark II Accessories guide