Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II Review
Top of camera controls (left)
Canon has made no changes to the control structure here which is identical to the previous EOS-1D/1Ds. On the left are three buttons which are used in combination with the main dial to make up to six different settings changes. In the icons below the half dial is the main dial (top front of hand grip) and the full dial is the quick command dial (rear).
|Button / combination|
Select exposure mode: *1
|Select AF mode *2
|Select metering mode
Evaluative metering (21 zone)
Partial metering (8.5% of center)
Spot metering (2.4% of center)
Center-weighted average metering
|Select flash exposure
+/-3 EV in 0.3 EV steps
|Select exposure bracketing:
0.3 - 3.0 EV steps (3 frames)
|Select ISO sensitivity:
L (ISO 50 equiv.) *5
H (ISO 3200 equiv.) *5
|Select ISO bracketing:
0.3 - 3.0 EV steps (3 frames)
|Select drive mode:
Continuous; approx. 4.0 fps
10 sec self timer
2 sec self timer
|*1|| P.Fn 1 allows you to disable any of the exposure modes.|
|*2|| C.Fn 21 allows you to choose between shutter or drive priority AI Servo AF mode|
C.Fn 13 allows you to lock metering to the currently
selected AF point for Spot metering.
P.Fn 2 allows you to disable any of the metering modes.
C.Fn 9 allows you to change the bracketing sequence
/ auto cancellation rule
P.Fn 7 enables continuous bracketing
P.Fn 8 can be used to set the number of bracket shots (2, 3, 5, 7)
P.Fn 9 can be used to reverse the sequence of C.Fn 9-2,3 to +,0,-
|*5|| 'ISO expansion' must be set to On|
P.Fn 19 allows you to reprogram continuous mode
to 4, 3, 2 or 1 fps.
P.Fn 20 allows you to limit the number of shots in continuous shooting mode.
Exposure / Focus / Metering / Drive modes
Program AE (Shiftable) *1
Aperture Priority Auto *2
|M|| Manual Exposure
In this mode you select the aperture and the shutter speed from any available combination. Main dial (top) selects shutter speed, quick command dial (rear) selects aperture. A half-press of the shutter release will activate the cameras meter and the relative exposure difference (+/- 3 EV) will be indicated on the viewfinder meter (right of the viewfinder screen). A difference of exposure of more than 3 EV is indicated by either an up or down pointing arrow.
Shutter Priority Auto *4
The Mark II has a dedicated Bulb exposure mode. In this mode you can select the aperture by rolling the main dial (top) then press and hold the shutter release for the length of exposure you require (normally in conjunction with a remote release). During the exposure the top display gives a readout of the exposure length in hours, minutes and seconds.
|*1|| P.Fn 10 can be used to retain the program shift for multiple shots|
steps can be set to 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV via C.Fn 6.
P.Fn 5 allows you to limit the range of available apertures (for all exposure modes).
|*3|| P.Fn 3 can be used to select the type of metering mode used in manual
C.Fn 5 can be used to reverse the action of the main / sub dial for selection of aperture and shutter speed.
Exposure steps can be set to 1/3,
1/2 or 1 EV via C.Fn 6.
| P.Fn 1 allows you to disable any of the exposure modes.|
| C.Fn 16 allows you to enable 'safety shift' for Av or Tv modes, when enabled the camera will automatically override the selected aperture or shutter speed to avoid overexposure.|