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Canon EOS 1D Mark II N
Canon EOS 1D Mark II N

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Canon EOS 1D Mark II N

Editor's Review

A minor update of the EOS 1D Mark II, the Mark II N offers a larger LCD monitor, image parameters, and file saving options. Geared toward professional needs. The Canon EOS 1D Mark II N digital SLR is not so seriously updated that owners of the previous 1D model should feel compelled to trade up, but the Mark II N might be a good entry point for new users interested in this line. The large 2.5" LCD makes previewing simple, and the 8.2 megapixel sensor is more than enough to produce great shots. The Mark II N also allows simultaneous saving of images in multiple formats to CF and SD memory cards.


  • 8.2 megapixels
  • Canon EF lens mount
  • auto and manual focus
  • manual and auto exposure
  • JPEG and RAW file formats
  • lithium ion battery
  • movie mode with sound
  • Release Date: Aug 24, 2005

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Canon EOS 1D Mark II N Reviews

Canon EOS 1D Mark II N Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
Fantastic Camera (Anthony — 04/01/2007)

I think this is one awesome camera ! I am a professional both sports and studio, absolutely not problem at all. Images sharpness, photo quality performance is absoluteely increadable. I do not see buying the new Mark III.
There is not enough to merit the expense on the newer Mark III. I am totally satisfied..spend time working with the tool and it will work well for you.

  • 5.0 out of 5
One of the best (Jon R Hagen — 03/17/2007)

I had a look at the pro from Australia's review on this cam. And I don`t see the problem that he describes at all. I have worked with 20D, 30D, 5D, 1Ds MarkII and 1D Mark IIn. I would say that I am a pro, but though again that's not up to me to deside. Anyway, I have not faced any problems with my 1d mark IIn, and I have more than 100.000 expos with it.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Best sports camera (Don MacMullin — 12/15/2006)

This is the very best camera for sports/action photography on the market, IMHO. I tried everything I could to not pay this kind of money. I added a battery grip to my 30D. I purchased better lenses ('L' Series). You name it I did it. But in the end, the speed of the Mark II N just became something I needed because of the main sport I shoot this time of year. It is fast and that burst rate is incredible. I shoot sports and I always arrive at new arenas early to check the light and adjust my settings and then save them for future use as starting points, so exposure hasn't been an issue. I have yet to have any focus problems and I have used this camera at 5 games so far and have shot about 1700 pictures, that's a little overkill for me but I wanted to put it to the test. I suggest that owners of this camera make sure they really understand the AF Mode, point selection (manual and auto), point activation and the use of lens extenders if you want to avoid some headaches. Most all my shots have been sharp and clear out of the camera and the ones that were not (very few) were never beyond repair in Photoshop. Other thing I like, the ability to use 2 different type memory cards at the same time, (CF and SD), the solid construction, it is a tank and being able to use the camera with th DC Coupling Kit.
There are some cons, like weight (only for setup and breakdown as I shoot on a monopod) it is heavy, especially with the lenses I use, and the learning curve is much longer then any other cameras I've had. I bragged about how quickly I got the 30D down but this camera is a challenge. I've spent a lot of time with the manual and I've actually had to take notes to remember some important things.
The setup I'm using is the Mark II N with a 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM on a monopod and I'm getting real good results. As long as I continue to get good results, I will never regret this purchase.
I would only reccomend this camera to serious enthusiasts or pros who shoot sports/wildlife/outdoors/action.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Canon 1D MK II n (steve — 10/30/2006)

who thought that a 10D would be my fall back.
i bought the 1DMKII n, just a couple of weeks ago when i was asked if i could do some photography for a presentation night.
In hand i took up the offer taking the new toy and 16-35L 2.8.
The location had very poor lighting and made it quite difficult for the flash (550EX) to get focus on the subjects.
After reviewing the images on the bigger screen the most noticeable update for me had been the start up time.
The change was like heating a pie in an oven vs microwave, or computers 286 vs P4 or Grandpa's trusty bomb vs Audi/Hold/Ford you get the Picture.
They all work but lets face it if you had to choose(Yawn)that's right you'd pick the later.
Being a semi pro, so my comments will most probably be watered down by those with a more academic proficiency.
So as a semi pro using the Pro gear i will tread carefully, not to show disrespect.
The manual to me is written in such a way that you need 20/20 vision font size must be 5, so its very hard to read.
Wat would most people do, stick the cd into the drive and read it from the PC.
i had a quick look on the cd and its contents but couldn't locate the manual.
I hear you, so i downloaded the PDF and printed it out.
The idea of reading it soon outweighed the amount of paper it was written on.
One hundred and ninety six pages, to some that might be ok.
Getting back to the presentation night, my only gripe had been the ability to get good light,(not saying it was dark) but it was a soft light.
The flash mount had been moved forward backwards and so on to try and get good light.
To me it felt that the combination could have been more thought out.
After viewing the images on the PC their had been times the light was good then too much and too Little.
keeping that in mind i took some pictures in normal daylight with 16-35 and 70-200 2.8 and they came out spot on.
Would i buy it again or the question is would you invest in Canon i would say.........?
I've spent a lot of $$$$ on Canon gear and i would have to say YES.

so that's my 1 minute up.

so th ats my 2 minutes on

  • 1.0 out of 5
focusing problems (peter Boskovic — 09/16/2006)

Im a pro from Australia and have tested 6 of these and 2 of them i own, they all suck nothing but problems, it worked great for the first few weeks, these bodies are tempermental and i have lost a lot of income because of this,there is definantly a problem with focused maily AI SERVO with a 600 f4 IS lens,my film bodies were perfect with never any trouble, 99% sharp images,now you struggle to get 40% with these bodies,i heard that the shutter pins were bent causing out of focus problems.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Focusing Problems (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I'm so disgusted with this camera and so sick of Canon dancing around the continued problems with the unsharp images I'm getting with this camera. It worked OK (not great) in the beginning but in a few short weeks the images get softer. I��ve sent it in going on my fourth time for the very same problem and when I get it back it is just OK again and it starts all over again. It��s a complete lemon and canon will not replace it. It��s disappointing being a canon photographer for more than 25yrs.

  • 5.0 out of 5
How fast is this camera?! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I've only owned this camera for a few days so far so if my opinions change as time goes by, I'll pop back here and will post a revised opinion. I bought this camera to allow me to 'retire' my old well used 10D. I COULD have stretched to the 1Ds MKII had I wanted but I bought the MKII N instead, for several reasons. Firstly, I didn't want to have to go out and buy all new glass to prevent the lenses I have letting the photos down. I have mid and high range lenses but have been told that the mid range lenses would be almost unusable given the full-frame format of the 1Ds. Also, I take a lot of sport photographs and for me 8.5fps is simply outstanding! No more missed shots! This camera is lovely to use, fast to focus (no focussing problems here!) and easy to shoot with. On the downside, the menus are a little clunky because Canon have omitted the "SET" button which features on the 10D in the middle of the rear jog dial. On the 10D, you simply spin the wheel and once you've highlighted the option you're looking for, you press SET. On the MKII, you have to hold either "MENU" or "SELECT" and THEN spin the wheel. Once you have highlighted the option you're looking for, you release the "MENU" or "SELECT" button. I'm sure I'll get used to it soon, but on first impressions, the 10D's menus are far easier to navigate. Additionally, the viewfinder - whilst beautifully clear and large - has a slight colour-cast to it. Perhaps some kind of anti reflective or UV coating, I'm not sure. It doesn't take long to get used to it, but it's there and the 10D doesn't have it. The last thing I would mark this camera down on is how loud the shutter is. I realise that it has to be fast to be able to shoot at up to 1/8000sec but it's still incredibly noisy compared to any of the other Canons I've used - especially the whisper-quiet 300D and 350D. Still - it's a big-boys camera so who cares!? All in all, this is another superb camera from Canon and a welcome addition to my fleet!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Fast ... Sharp ... Great Camera !!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The focus is fast/sharp. Picture quality is excellent. My only complaint would be exposure. It has a tendency to slightly overexpose if not watched carefully and checked frequently. I am a nature photographer previously using 1v's and and professional glass. The conversion to the 1D Mark II-n was almost seamless as far as controls. Previous digital knowledge will help with transition to digital files. Make sure you have sufficient storage for files and filing system for retrieving them. I highly recommend this camera. It's already paid for itself in savings over shooting film in both dollars as well as a tremendous amount of time converting slides to digital format for fine art prints and publication. Digital is finally able to compete with film converted to digital through dedicated film scanners.

  • 1.0 out of 5
focus problem (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I'm a sports photographer from Turkey. I've been using this camera for 4 months since then i was rarely able to shoot sharp pictures. I talked to my collagues, they all have the same problem. We think that there is a front or rear focusing issue. We heard some rumours about same problems in different countries such as Netherlands, Italy, Spain etc.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Fantastic for nature/action shots (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The Mk2 N is an absolute boon for those interested in taking high quality shots of fast moving subjects (eith me its birds. Over 8 fps with lightening fast autofocus just cannot be beaten.

Pros - Speed, image quality, build quality -infact just about everything

Cons -a little fiddly on menus -some 2 button activation needed

  • 5.0 out of 5
Incredible sport/action camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

If you're a studio shooter, who rarely ventures out into the elements with his gear - get the 5D, get the 20D, you will be very satisfied.

If sub-zero temps just mean you wear your warmest hat to work, this is your camera. Blazing fps, instant autofocus, great picture quality and very good high ISO ability. Couldn't be happier with this great piece of engineering.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Rubbish picture quality (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I recently bought this camera, expecting it to take great pics, but I have found thet all my photos come out blurred and distorted. A friend of mine now informs me that, on top of the $3999.99 I paid for this camera, I have to buy lenses to go on the front of it. Why can't Canon give more specific info to prospective customers? Nobody mentioned this before I bought the camera, and I don't fancy paying another $1,149.93 for it to actually work! This is abominable!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Watch out for the differences! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The 1 D mark 2 is an excellent camera and this one obviously follows in it's traditions. The new file name options is very welcome and so was the increase in screen size. But watch out for the new color options the colors are not the same as the 1D mark 2, so test out the settings before you go on a job. I am not sure that the new color options are an improvement, I need more time to see the results of different settings on my jobs.