The EOS-1Ds Mark II is slated to begin shipping from Canon USA's distribution system to dealers starting on November 15, 2004; the first units should arrive on the loading docks of pro photo retailers later that week.
The 16.61 million image pixel digital SLR will be on tight allocation for several months (as is the case for most new digital SLR models hitting the market), but no production or delivery problems are anticipated, says Canon USA's Chuck Westfall. The camera is likely to begin shipping at about the same time worldwide, though we haven't confirmed this for regions outside the US.
In addition, Canon plans to post for download Digital Photo Professional 1.5, EOS Viewer Utility 1.2.1 and EOS Capture 1.2 for Windows and Mac sometime during the week of November 15, 2004 (an exact release date has not been set). In the same week, Canon USA (and presumably other world regions too) will begin bundling these versions of each application in the box with the EOS-1D Mark II and EOS 20D. The EOS-1Ds Mark II will ship from the outset with these versions included.
Changes in Digital Professional 1.5 include the addition of RAW file support for the EOS-1Ds Mark II and PowerShot Pro1, photo cropping and resizing, CMYK proofing simulation, printer profile compatibility, a new format for the RAW dynamic range adjustment function and a handy navigation tool similar to the navigator in Photoshop.
The delivery status of the WFT-E1A, Canon's wireless transmitter for the EOS-1Ds Mark II, EOS-1D Mark II and EOS 20D, has not yet been confirmed. The Canon Speedlite 580EX began to hit store shelves in October 2004.