Canon 1Ds MII

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II front

Canon 1Ds MII overview

Canon 1Ds MII is Canon's Pro DSLR camera originally released on October of 2005. It uses a 17 MegaPixel, CMOS Full frame size sensor with a maximum resolution of 4992 x 3328.

Canon brought out this camera as a way to improve the previous Canon 1Ds (Read Full Comparison) & afterwards introduced the more recent Canon 1Ds MIII (Read Full Comparison) in order to improve this camera.

The 1Ds MII is rated #17 out of 35 in Pro DSLR cameras & all-around #395 out of 1465 for cameras in our database. Remember to try our Advanced camera search to get camera results based on your customized requirements.

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Below is a chart of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.

Canon 1Ds MII family

The Canon 1Ds MII has a history of related cameras. Underneath, you can find all previous and more recent models as well as key specifications.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Canon-EOS-1D-X-Mark-III front thumbnailCanon 1D X III
1Ds MII vs 1D X III
20MPFull frame20.0 fps2020
Canon-EOS-1D-X-Mark-II front thumbnailCanon 1D X II
1Ds MII vs 1D X II
20MPFull frame16.0 fps2016
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Canon-EOS-1D-C front thumbnailCanon 1D C
1Ds MII vs 1D C
18MPFull frame14.0 fps2012
Canon-EOS-1D-X front thumbnailCanon 1D X
1Ds MII vs 1D X
18MPFull frame14.0 fps2011
Canon-EOS-1Ds-Mark-III front thumbnailCanon 1Ds MIII
1Ds MII vs 1Ds MIII
21MPFull frame5.0 fps2008
Canon-EOS-1Ds-Mark-II front thumbnailCanon 1Ds MII17MPFull frame4.0 fps2005
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Canon-EOS-1Ds front thumbnailCanon 1Ds
1Ds MII vs 1Ds
11MPFull frame3.0 fps2002

Canon 1Ds MII Pros and Cons

Here is a shortlist of positives and negatives of the Canon 1Ds MII based on criterias that are typically viewed as necessary in a camera.

good min ISO (100)
good MP (17 megapixels)
great max shutter speed (1/8,000s)
has dual storage slots
has manual focus
has phase detect auto focus
has Top display
saves RAW formats
sensor size is great (Full frame)
switch lenses (Canon EF mount)
weather proofing
can't record video
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
lack of image stabilization
max fps low (4.0 frames per second)
missing HDMI support
missing headphone jack
missing microphone jack
more heavy than competition in class (1,565 grams)
no liveview
screen has low resolution (230 k dot)
screen is fixed
small screen (2 inch)
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Canon 1Ds MII Sensor specs

The sensor dimension on the Canon 1Ds MII is 36mm x 24mm (Full frame). The 864 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 4992 x 3328 pixels with aspect ratios of 3:2.

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The CMOS sensor has 17 megapixels and supports a native ISO range of 100 to 3200. RAW format is saved so the user has more margin for error.

The picture below shows the 1Ds MII's sensor size in comparison to other common sizes. The 1Ds MII sensor has a crop factor of 1 and is outlined in green.

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To get an idea of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon 1Ds MII dimensions

Canon 1Ds MII is 3.45 lbs (1,565g or 55.20 oz) & has outside size of 156mm x 158mm x 80mm (6.1" x 6.2" x 3.1"). The weight of normal Pro DSLR camera is 1,280g and the Canon 1Ds MII is heavier compared to various rivals.

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Below is a visual of the Canon 1Ds MII alongside a softdrink to help you get a sense of its size.

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II dimensions scale

The top view directly below will highlight the button arrangement on the 1Ds MII.

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II topview buttons dials

Canon 1Ds MII Lens details

The 1Ds MII fits the Canon EF mount and has 306 lenses available to buy. Here is some of the lenses we have in our collection that will fit the 1Ds MII.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Sigma-20mm-F1.8-EX-DG-Aspherical-RF-Canon-EF lensSigma 20mm F1.8 EX DG Aspherical RF20mmf/1.8 520g
Sigma-800mm-F5.6-EX-DG-HSM-Canon-EF lensSigma 800mm F5.6 EX DG HSM800mmf/5.6 4900g
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Rokinon-8mm-f3.5-Aspherical-Fisheye-Canon-EF lensRokinon 8mm f3.5 Aspherical Fisheye8mmf/3.5 443g
Sigma-70-200mm-F2.8-EX-DG-OS-HSM-Canon-EF lensSigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM70-200mmf/2.8 1430g
Tamron-SP-90mm-F2.8-Di-VC-USD-1-1-Macro-Canon-EF lensTamron SP 90mm F2.8 Di VC USD 1-1 Macro90mmf/2.8 550g
Sigma-17-50mm-F2.8-EX-DC-OS-HSM-Canon-EF lensSigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM17-50mmf/2.8 565g
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Canon-EF-20mm-f2.8-USM lensCanon EF 20mm f2.8 USM20mmf/2.8 405g
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Canon 1Ds MII Connectivity

The 1Ds MII has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Cameras that have NFC or Bluetooth compatibility can easily be used wirelessly through smartphones. You will be able to send photos and usually adjust camera settings without the hassle of connecting directly with the camera.

Certain apps also give a Liveview and click the shutter when you aren't near the camera. If the camera features a HDMI port, it could be hooked up to an external monitor. A lot of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery using the USB socket.

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Canon 1Ds MII Video details

Canon 1Ds MII does not record video. If you are shopping for a camera to shoot just photos, it is not a problem.

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Canon 1Ds MII Weather Sealing

Canon 1Ds MII has weather sealing making it a excellent selection for use in tough conditions. This can be particularly handy any time you are unsure about the elements you may face in outdoor photography.

Canon 1Ds MII Display and Viewfinder

The Canon 1Ds MII houses a 2" fixed screen with a resolution of 230k dots.

Please note that the screen has no touch support. The 1Ds MII also has a Top display so its possible to quickly view the camera's settings.

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The View Finder specifications for Canon 1Ds MII are as follows:

  • ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
  • ViewFinder Coverage 100 percent
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.7x

Viewfinders are really useful in bright outdoor situations which will make the camera display washed out and hard to see.

Canon 1Ds MII Shutter details

Canon 1Ds MII has the ability to shoot continuously at 4.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/8000s.

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Canon 1Ds MII Flash and Hot shoe details

Canon 1Ds MII features external flash ability but is without inbuilt flash. The highest flash sync speed is 1/250s.

Canon 1Ds MII Autofocus details

Canon 1Ds MII features both Phase Detect Autofocus as well as Contrast Based Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more snappier and precise compared to Contrast Based focusing.

It boasts 45 focus points to select from. Canon 1Ds MII can use manual focusing when required in low light conditions or you require more accurate control on focusing.

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Canon 1Ds MII Battery life

The general Pro DSLR camera battery life is 2438. Nikon D3X has the highest possible (4400) battery life in this category of cameras.

Here is a collection of Pro DSLR cameras that come with the strongest battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
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Nikon-D6 front thumbnailNikon D6
1Ds MII vs D6
3580 yesnoyes

Canon 1Ds MII for specific types of photography

The following chart shows a analysis of the Canon 1Ds MII for specific types of photography. To find out more, check out the specific section below.

Canon 1Ds MII as a Portrait photography camera

The Canon 1Ds MII receives a rating of 67 which is nice, and means the camera is a good fit to use for portrait photography. Taking portraits leans greatly towards sensor dimension, RAW support in addition to the option to utilize off-camera flash.

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manual focus
megapixel count good (17 megapixels)
great sensor size (Full frame)
supports RAW formats
no liveview

Street photography with Canon 1Ds MII

With a reasonable points total of 51, the Canon 1Ds MII is reasonably suited to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera has a perfect balance of image quality plus portability.

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sensor size is big (Full frame)
supports RAW files
environment sealing
no articulating screen
no image stabilization
more heavy than average (1,565g)

Canon 1Ds MII as a Sports photography camera

A moderate sports photography score of 60 suggests the Canon 1Ds MII is somewhat appropriate for taking pictures of sports. A camera must have fantastic focusing and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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great max shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
megapixel count good (17 megapixels)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
weather proof
sensor has phase detect autofocus
does not have liveview
slow frames per second (4.0 fps)
does not have image stabilization

Canon 1Ds MII Travel photography factors

Portability is extremely critical when picking a travel camera. Overall, the Canon 1Ds MII gets a reasonable 51 as a travelling camera which is somewhat suitable to take on your holidays.

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weather proofing
MP count decent (17 megapixels)
more heavy than competition in class (1,565 grams)
does not contain selfie friendly screen

Canon 1Ds MII Landscape photography highlights

For anybody looking to buy a camera for landscape pictures, the most important aspect will be image quality. The Canon 1Ds MII and it's very good grade of 63 for a landscape camera is a good option within the current market.

Photography Glossary
focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Canon EF mount)
good resolution (17 megapixels)
great sensor size (Full frame)
delivers RAW formats
weather proofing
has double storage slots
screen is small (2 inch)
no liveview
does not have image stabilization

Canon 1Ds MII Vlogging information

A vlogging camera should have a articulating display, mic port and if possible IBIS. Taking all things into account, the Canon 1Ds MII is just not very good as a vlog camera as it receives a lousy score of 9.

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can't record video

Canon 1Ds MII Alternatives

If you are trying to find replacements to the 1Ds MII, here is a list of the top scored cameras which fall into the family of Pro DSLR.

The line graph here gives you a summary of the 1Ds MII compared to it's highest ranked competitors shown earlier.

There are more cameras you might look into as alternate options. To go through a extensive comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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General Information
Brand Name
Model type
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II
Body design
Large SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Full frame
Sensor measurements
36 x 24mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
17 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
Highest resolution
4992 x 3328
RAW files
Highest native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points
Lens mount type
Canon EF
Total lenses
Crop factor
Display type
Fixed Type
Display sizing
2 inch
Display resolution
230k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
DXO Color Depth rating
DXO Dynamic range rating
DXO Low light rating
Slowest shutter speed
Maximum shutter speed
Continuous shooting speed
4.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
no built-in flash
Flash settings
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash sync
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Highest video resolution
Microphone input
Headphone input
USB 1.0 (1.5 Mbit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
1565g (3.45 lb)
156 x 158 x 80mm (6.1" x 6.2" x 3.1")
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
Compact Flash (Type I or II), SD card
Storage slots
Cost at launch