Canon EOS-1V

Last updated on June 9th, 2020

Canon EOS-1V: overview

Canon EOS-1VThe EOS-1V body: aluminum, reinforced resin and magnesium alloyThe new professional reflex Canon EOS-1V was planned for an extended use under hostile conditions.

Body. The EOS-1V body is made of aluminum and reinforced resin, while the caps – upper, bottom and dorsal – are in magnesium alloy. It turns out a light body, rigid, long-lasting, highly accurate and much technological. The 72 main joints and parts are sealed with silicone membranes, allowing the use of the camera also under rain, saltiness, sandy winds and high humidity.

Shutter. The magnetic shutter is under an electronic control and is projected in order to eliminate the operation problems and to assure an operativity and a precision constant in time. The system is constituted by a double curtain series made of super-duraluminium carbon fiber and governed by a magnet with no contacts, in order to delete the frictions caused from the powder. The energetic absorption is minimal and the optimal operating cycle of the shutter is of 150,000 releases.

Canon EOS-1VAutofocus and exposure. The AF area contains 45 autofocus points, thickened in an area of 8 x 15 millimeters, and you can manually or automatically activate them regarding to the shooting situation. Each of the 45 AF points is constituted by a detector of horizontal lines, while 7 central points incorporate also a detector of vertical lines, rendering the firing extremely effective. The AIM system integrates the AF system with 6 exposure measurement modes, by measuring the exposure regarding to the position of the subject.

Functions. In order to personalize and to extend the functions of the EOS-1V, Canon released a software under Win98 and a connection between the camera and a modern computer through the USB door. Moreover, the EOS-1V feature an internal memory that stores the data belonging to 25 types of various information, among which the shutter speed, the diaphragm, the operating modes, on the base of a numerical index that the camera prints on the tail of each exposed film.

The EOS-1V equipped with the Power Drive Booster PB-E2Flash. The autoflash E-TTL (Evaluative Through-The-Lens) system of the EOS-1V integrates itself with the environmental light, in order to gain optimal results, through a pre-flash shot which calculates the environmental light and corrects the flash emission for just each situation. With the dedicated Speedlite 550EX (guide number 55 / 100 ISO) the EOS-1V acquires an E-TTL control without cables even using many flash units, the modeling flash, the automatic zoom of the head from 17mm to 105mm, the manual flash, the flash exposure lock for decentralized subjects, etc. The new Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX (guide number 14 / 100 ISO) and the Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX (guide number 24 / 100 ISO) are planned for a radio control without cables, expose in E-TTL (control of the ambient light), feature Manual flash, High-Speed sync (FP flash), FEB and Modeling flash.

The EOS-1V equipped with the Power Drive Booster PB-E2 (with the Ni-MH Pack NP-E2) shots at the high speed of 10 photograms per second in AF One-Shot mode and of 9 fps in AF AI Servo mode. The booster offers a secondary button for vertical exposures, another for AE exposure lock, a focusing command and a lock button for FE/multi-spot exposure.

Canon EOS-1V: details

Construction and reliability

Canon EOS-1V: main sealing partsProfessional cameras must be resistant to climatic changes and to water, sand and dust. The EOS-1V has been developed to reflect feedback from professional photographers who work in severe environments. Canon has succeeded in raising the level of water and dust resistance. The 72 major body seams and moving parts, such as the shutter button, selector buttons and Main/Quick Control Dials, are carefully sealed with silicone rubber, and the edges of the back cover are thoroughly finished. Furthermore, the battery chamber located inside the new grip GR-E2 is protected by packing, while the insides of function buttons, found on the upper left of the body, are protected from dust and water by a silicone rubber boot. The EOS-1V’s electronically controlled rotary magnet shutter has been tested to 150,000 cycles and designed to eliminate the possibility of operational trouble. This shutter unit ensures constant operation that remains as accurate as its original performance even after long use and under severe shooting conditions.

Outstanding AF technology

The EOS-1V's 45-point Area AFThe EOS-1V’s 45-point Area AF is the result of Canon’s pursuit of an AF system that allows continuous shooting ease and expanded framing freedom. The 45 focusing points are densely packed within an 8 x 15 mm zone and can be manually or automatically selected to meet the needs of the situation. When multiple points are selected, AF system capabilities are significantly extended. Born of Canon’s original technology, this system has been refined for the EOS-1V to ensure the unconditional reliability, accuracy and high focusing speeds requisite for professional use. While photographers have the freedom to frame images through the viewfinder as they choose, the lens is automatically brought into focus as soon as the active focusing points cover the subject. Like a human eye, Canon’s 45-point Area AF tracks and aims true. This is typical of Canon’s state-of-the-art AF technology, recognized by professional photographers everywhere. All 45 focusing points can be used simultaneously for optimum auto focus results or manually selected. The predictive AI Servo AF system allows the tracking of fast-moving objects while maintaining precise focus. This system affords impressive results in terms of continuous shooting and boasts excellent sequential processing efficiency.

Film Transport Technology

The EOS-1V features the world’s fastest continuous shooting speed, enabling film transport at an astounding rate of 10 fps. Now Canon gives you the power to transform one dramatic moment into a series of heart-stopping images. With the Power Drive Booster PB-E2 (driven by the NP-E2 Ni-MH Battery Pack) the EOS-1V allows unprecedented levels of visual creativity. Sensational gains in continuous shooting performance mean rapid film transport of up to 9 fps even in predictive AI Servo AF mode, which can focus track a subject approaching the camera at 50 km/h up to 8 meters away (with the EF 300 mm f/2.8L IS USM). What’s more, even when set at an intermediate film transport speed of around 3 to 5 fps, the EOS-1V demonstrates outstanding basic performance. For example, the viewfinder blackout time is remarkably shortened, the minimum distance at which a high-speed moving subject can be autofocused is reduced, and so on.

Metering System

The EOS-1V's metering systemCanon’s exclusive AIM (Advanced Integrated Multi-Point control) system integrates Area AF and all six metering modes available with the EOS-1V. Focus on a subject within the Area AF ellipse, and the EOS-1V will meter that area for the optimum result where it’s needed most. All six metering modes use the 21-zone evaluative metering sensor.

Metering modes:

  • 21-Zone Evaluative Metering
  • Partial Metering
  • Center Spot Metering
  • Focusing Point-linked Spot Metering
  • Multi-spot Metering
  • Centerweighted Averaging Metering
  • E-TTL Autoflash AE
  • A-TTL Autoflash AE
  • TTL Autoflash AE.

Exposure modes:

  • Program AE
  • Shutter-speed Priority AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Depth-of-field AE
  • Manual Exposure
  • Bulb

Customization

EOS-1VIf a PC with EOS Link Software ES-E1 installed is linked with the EOS-1V, camera functionality and the capacity for representation are markedly expanded. You can achieve various forms of customization, function extension, data download by following messages on the monitor screen. EOS-1VES-E1 software is primarily intended for advanced Personal Function customization, so users of the EOS-1V can program it to reflect their personal preferences, shooting purposes and conditions. It also allows the management of data relating to settings used for exposed film. Since the EOS-1V has a built-in memory to save shooting data, selectable from 25 items, including shutter speed and aperture values, are automatically saved in the camera’s memory each time the shutter is released. At the same time, an arbitrary two-digit number and an auto-incrementing three-digit ID number are automatically imprinted on the film leader. This means the film and shooting data can be matched. The storage capacity of the built-in memory varies depending on the number of items to be recorded. In general, data can be saved for 50 to 200 rolls of film with 36 exposures, with data for 100 rolls being recorded in the standard setting.

Canon EOS-1V: specifications

Type
Type 35mm

AF/AE single-lens reflex with focal-plane shutter

and built-in motor drive.

Picture

size

24mm

x 36mm

Compatible

lenses

Canon

EF lenses

Lens

mount

Canon

EF mount

Viewfinder
Type Eye-level

pentaprism

Picture

coverage

100

percent vertically and horizontally (20 mm eye

relief)

Magnification 0.72x

(-1 diopter with 50mm lens at infinity)

Built-in

dioptric correction

-3

to +1 diopter. (Standard diopter: -1 dpt)

Focusing

screen

Interchangeable

(9 types), Standard focusing screen: Ec-CIII

Mirror Quick-return

half mirror (Transmission:reflection ratio of

37:63, no vignetting with EF 1200mm f/5.6 or shorter

lens)

Viewfinder

information

(1)

On the screen: Area AF ellipse, focusing points,

center spot metering circle (2)Below the screen:

Manual exposure setting, AE lock, flash ready,

unsuitable FE lock warning, high-speed sync (FP

flash), shutter speed, FE lock (FEL), bulb (buLb),

focusing point selection mode, depth-of-field

AE (dep 1, 2), aperture, exposure compensation/flash

exposure compensation, in-focus indicator. (3)Right

of screen: Exposure level scale (±3 stops), exposure

level indicator, flash exposure level, frame counter,

frame count down indicator.

Depth-of-field

Preview

Enabled

with depth-of-field preview button

Eyepiece

shutter

Built-in
Exposure

Control

Metering

modes

TTL

max. aperture metering with a 21-zone silicon

photocell. (1) Evaluative metering (linkable to

any focusing point) (2) Partial metering (approx.

8.5% of viewfinder at center) (3) Center spot

metering (approx. 2.4% of viewfinder at center)

(4) Focusing point-linked spot metering (approx.

2.4% of viewfinder) (5) Multi-spot metering (Max.

8 spot metering entries) (6) Centerweighted averaging

metering

Exposure

Control Methods

(1)

Program AE (shiftable) (2) Shutter speed-priority

AE (3) Aperture-priority AE (4) Depth-of-field

AE (not shiftable) (5) E-TTL program flash AE

(6) A-TTL program flash AE (7) TTL program flash

AE (8) Manual (9) Bulb (Safety shift possible

for 2 and 3.)

Metering

range

EV

0-20 for all metering modes (at 20°C/68°F with

50mm f/1.4 lens, ISO 100)

ISO

film speed range

ISO

6-6400 (Set automatically with DX-coded film at

ISO 25-5000.)

Exposure

compensation

(1)

Autoexposure bracketing (AEB): ± 3 stops in 1/3-stop

increments. (2) Manual exposure compensation up

to ±3 stops in 1/3-stop increments set with the

Quick Control Dial. AEB and manual exposure compensation

can be set together.

AE

Lock

(1)

Auto AE lock: Operates in One-Shot AF mode with

evaluative metering when focus is achieved. (2)

Manual AE lock: AE lock button activates AE lock

in all metering modes.

Multiple

exposures

Max.

9 multiple exposures per frame. (Cancelable and

resettable at any time.) Cancels automatically

after all multiple exposures are taken.

Autofocus
Type TTL-AREA-SIR

with a CMOS sensor

Focusing

points

Area

AF with 45 focusing points

AF

working range

EV

0-18 (at ISO 100)

Focusing

modes

(1)

One-Shot AF: Autofocus stops when focus is achieved,

resulting in AF lock. (2) AI Servo AF: Tracks

subject movement up to the start of exposure.

No in-focus indicator (blinks at 8 Hz only if

AF fails). (3) Manual focusing: Enabled with the

focusing ring when the lens focus mode is set

to MF (or M). Electronic manual focusing during

continuous shooting and exposure is enabled with

PB-E2 and NP-E2.

In-focus

indicator

Flashing

focusing point in viewfinder (can be disabled

with a Custom Function), in-focus indicator, and

beeper (can be disabled with the Main Switch).

Focusing

point registration and switching

Any

one focusing point, 45-point automatic selection,

can be registered by pressing the Assist Button

and FE lock button. Pressing the Assist Button

and focusing point selector switches to the registered

focusing point.

AF

focusing point indicator

Superimposed

focusing point in viewfinder and also indicated

on LCD panel

AF-assist

beam

Emitted

automatically by the attached EOS Speedlite when

necessary.

Shutter
Type Vertical-travel,

focal-plane shutter with all speeds electronically-controlled.

Shutter

speeds

30

to 1/8000 sec. in 1/3-stops, X-sync at 1/250 sec.

Shutter

release

Soft-touch

electromagnetic release

Self-timer 10-sec.

or 2-sec. delay.

Film

Transport

Film

loading

Automatic.

After film is loaded and the back closed, the

film advances to frame 1 automatically, taking

about 1 sec.

Film

advance system

Automatic

film advance with built-in motor. (1) EOS-1V:

Single-frame and continuous shooting. (2) EOS-1V

+ Power Drive Booster PB-E2: Single-frame, low-speed

continuous, high-speed continuous, and ultra-high

speed continuous (w/NP-E2).

Infrared

film

Compatible
Film

rewind system

At

the end of the roll, automatic film rewind with

a built-in motor. Midroll rewind possible.

Film

rewind time/noise

High-speed

rewind: Approx. 4.5 sec. for 24-ex. film and approx.

8 sec. for 36-ex. film at 59 dB

Silent

rewind

Approx.

12 sec. for 24-ex. film and approx. 18 sec. for

36-ex. film at 49 dB

Configuration Power

source

Film

Advanced Mode

One-Shot

AF + Manual Focus

AI

Servo AF

EOS-1V 2CR5

lithium Battery

3.5
3
EOS-1V

+ BP-E1

Size-AA

alkaline batteryX4

EOS-1V

+ PB-E2

Ni-MH

Pack NP-E2

10
9
7
7
3
3
Size-AA

alkaline batteryX8

6
5
3
3
EOS-1V

+ Power Drive Booster E1

Size-AA

alkaline battery X8

6
5
3
3

 

EOS-1V

film roll shooting capacity

24-ex.roll(36-ex.roll)
Configuration Power

source

Temperature
At

20°C/68°F

At

-20°C/-4°F

EOS-1V 2CR5

lithium Battery

75(50)
18(12)
EOS-1V

+ PB-E2

Size-AA

alkaline battery

125(85)
7(5)
Size-AA

lithium battery

180(120)
75(50)
Size-AA

Ni-Cd

50(35)
36(24)
Ni-MH

Pack NP-E2

100(70)
30(20)

 

Film

ID Imprinting (w/standard camera back)

Information

Imprinted

Any

number from 00 to 99 and film No. from 001 to

999

Imprinting

position and size

Frame

0 on film leader, text height approx. 1 mm

Imprinting

method

After

film advances during initial loading, a minilamp

imprints a transparent LCD numerals on the film

base. (Imprinting cannot be disabled.)

Imprinting

confirmation

During

imprinting, the ID mark lights on the LCD panel.

Ambient

temperature

Imprinting

assured between 45°C/113°F and -10°/14°F

Power

source

Same

as for the camera

Shooting

Data

System When

a picture is taken, the shooting data is automatically

recorded in the built-in memory. The data can

be later transferred to a personal computer for

viewing and editing.

Data

recorded

The

data cannot be viewed or edited with the camera.

Shooting

data memory capacity

With

the standard number of data items, shooting data

for 100 rolls of 36-ex. film can be stored.

Camera

Specifications

Flash

contacts

(1)

Hot shoe: X-sync direct contacts (2) Right side

bottom: PC terminal (threaded)

External

flash system compatibility

E-TTL

autoflash, A-TTL autoflash, TTL autoflash

Custom

Functions

20

(No. 0 – 19)

Personal

Functions

3

Custom Function groups can be registered.

Remote

control

Remote

control/data transfer terminal with waterproof

and dustproof cap provided.

Power

source

(1)

EOS-1V: One 2CR5 lithium battery (2) EOS-1V +

Power Drive Booster PB-E2: 8 size-AA batteries

or Ni-MH Pack NP-E2 (sold separately) (3) Battery

Pack BP-E1: 1 2CR5 lithium battery and 4 size-AA

batteries (size-AA lithium batteries cannot be

used)

Shooting

capacity

EOS-1V:

See above EOS-1V + PB-E2: See above

Battery

check

Automatic

when the Main Switch is turned on. Battery level

displayed in four levels (not including blank

display) on LCD panel.

Dimensions
Weight EOS-1V:945

g / 33 oz (body only, excluding battery) EOS-1V

+ PB-E2: 1380 g / 48.7 oz (body only, excluding

battery)

Canon EOS-1V: schemes

LCD panel

Caono EOS-1V LCD panel

Viewfinder

Canon EOS-1V viewfinder

Camera body schemes

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camera body scheme

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