THE CANON 1Dx – Understanding the New Flagship Camera

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Recently Canon announced their latest flagship camera, the 1Dx that aims to blend the 1Ds full frame series of cameras with the AF and speed of the 1D series. Needless to say, it looks close the the perfect camera I have been looking for ever since I noticed the many short comings of the 5D Mark II that have led me to use my 1D Mark IV more often.

Canon has released 3 articles that cover some of the more exciting aspects of this new camera. Check them out if you wish to learn more…..

 

AF System:
http://www.learn.usa.canon.com/resources/articles/2011/1dx_af_pts_article.shtml

Multiple Exposure Blending:
http://www.learn.usa.canon.com/resources/articles/2011/1dx_multiple_exposures_article.shtml

100,000 RGB Metering:
http://www.learn.usa.canon.com/resources/articles/2011/1dx_rgb_meter_article.shtml

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  • https://plus.google.com/107100991398236552448 Emil Johansson

    I find the motion tracking particularly interesting.

    Oh, and thanks for sharing!

  • https://plus.google.com/104330156508504717257 Tom McLaughlan

    +Colby Brown – "I noticed the many short comings of the 5D Mark II" – Many? Whilst the 5d Mark II might not have everything, it's an excellent camera at a super price. The 1Dx looks like the ultimate professional camera with a price and weight to match – and I'd love to have one! But I couldn't justify spending 3.5 times the prices of the 5d Mark II. What were the shortcomings from your perspective?

  • https://plus.google.com/113455290791279442483 Colby Brown

    +Tom McLaughlan – I think it is important to point out that it is an "excellent camera at a super price" for many, but not all. These days, I find myself reaching for my 1D Mark IV 9 times out of 10 over my 5D Mark II. It doesn't matter to me if the 5D Mark II is $2500 and the 1Dx is $6800 when one works for my needs. I am certainly not a gear junkie, but I always tell my workshop students that they should think about upgrading their gear when their current gear is limiting their creative vision and style. On top of that, I am a proponent of recommending others to save up just a little more money to get the gear that suits then, rather then what they can afford today.

    To answer your question, here are the 5D Mark II short comings:

    - AF Accuracy
    - # of AF points
    - Lack of Weather Sealing
    - Non Pro Body (I have to add a grip for extended battery life and counter weight to solid lenses)
    - Low Light Performance (Compared to the 1D series)
    - Lack of color accuracy (Compared to the 1D series)
    - Limited bracketing capabilities (Set of 3 for 5D Mark II – 7 for 1D IV and 9 for 1Dx)
    - Lack of dual memory card slots (1D IV has CF and SD – 1Dx has two CF slots)

  • https://plus.google.com/108080036051087884262 John Farnan

    Like driving a Mercedes then having to run around in an Audi :-)
    Was just curious as I am gonna buy one this week coming

  • https://plus.google.com/111409278886865005222 elio guerra

    :'( cool

  • https://plus.google.com/115728458120419023779 Alex Ponce

    Did you take one of these bad boys on your hike with the guys?

  • https://plus.google.com/108184891775564004552 Andreas Kaspar

    This will be a great camera. Let's buy it.

  • https://plus.google.com/104434702182393838381 Aneesha Jaiswal

    lets buy itttt………..

  • https://plus.google.com/113455290791279442483 Colby Brown

    +Alex Ponce – Sadly not. I am not currently part of Canon's testing group…yet :)

    +Emil Johansson – I agree….technology is getting pretty amazing

    +Andreas Kaspar – I plan on it. I have my name down at 5 different stores and hope to pick it up in March when it is released.

  • https://plus.google.com/105839422235833215350 Zachary Taco Wen

    OHOH—-COOL
    I like

  • https://plus.google.com/108486058508775411585 Christian Adams

    +Colby Brown Not to detract from this camera, but have you heard anything about the 5D Mark III or is Canon scrapping it for this camera?

  • https://plus.google.com/113455290791279442483 Colby Brown

    +Christian Adams – They are still coming out with it from what I hear, but most likely, it will not be released until early summer of 2012. Take that with a grain of salt as it is just what I have been hearing with my ear to the ground. I wouldn't expect it to come out before then so that it doesn't eat into the 1Dx sales or features…

  • https://plus.google.com/108486058508775411585 Christian Adams

    Crud. Was hoping they would release it for the holidays, but your logic makes marketing/sales sense.

  • https://plus.google.com/108080036051087884262 John Farnan

    Lovely bit of kit but would take a lot of shots to recoup the costs :-(

  • https://plus.google.com/113455290791279442483 Colby Brown

    That depends purely on your business model +John Farnan. My main business is not print sales or licensing, but contracts and photo education workshops. If it allows me to capture the locations I teach in around the globe more accurately and vividly, then it already has served its purpose.

  • https://plus.google.com/108080036051087884262 John Farnan

    I have read about the focusing problems on the 5dmkii but just how bad are they

  • https://plus.google.com/108080036051087884262 John Farnan

    +Colby Brown fair point well noted. From that perspective its not a chunk of cash but a solid investment :-)

  • https://plus.google.com/105293968278560188746 Valentina Holam

    best performance for dslr

  • https://plus.google.com/113455290791279442483 Colby Brown

    +John Farnan – The focusing on the 5D II is not horrible when compared to the original 5D or most other Canon Cameras, but when you compare anything to the Professional 1D series, there is almost no comparison. I know many well known and very successful photographers that are very happy with the 5D Mark II. They produce great work with it. But for me, it falls short for the reasons I listed. I have been spoiled with the 1D series cameras and it is hard for me to go back.

  • https://plus.google.com/104330156508504717257 Tom McLaughlan

    +Colby Brown – You're fortunate that a 3x price difference isn't a factor but for many of us it is. I'd love to be able to get the 1Dx but I just don't think it can be justified in my situation. If it was "a little more money" (your words) then of course. But it isn't. It's a heck of a lot more money!

  • https://plus.google.com/113455290791279442483 Colby Brown

    +Tom McLaughlan I 100% agree with the 1Dx, which wasn't the best example. I was trying to allude to the fact that more times then not, I see people purchase something today when saving up for 1 more month (or 3 or 6) would get them something that they could actually use. Buyer impatience leads to more purchase down the line and spending more money rather then just holding out a bit longer. Anything that is nearly 7k is another story.

    I also do this for a living. My tools are what help me put food on the table and live what I consider my dream life. A 7k investment is not alot when I look at it in those terms.

  • https://plus.google.com/102266404011453313239 Aaron Draper

    I'm a full time professional that makes a living at getting shots in focus for my clients (namely weddings, commercial and some editorial work) and the 5d mark ii has repeatedly let me down. It is a great "pro sumer" camera but when your income depends on getting that shot, it is not an acceptable model. Nor is the fact that the only AF worth using is the center? Really? And now center focus and then recompose while at f1.4.. now you're out of focus because you just shifted the plane. It's extremely frustrating. Many Canon pros have slammed Canon on their blogs, one in particular that is sponsored by Canon. I've sent my camera in 3 times to have the AF system checked and had the whole mirror and shutter mechanism replaced once. If this were the ONLY flaw that the mark ii has, then it is enough in my opinion. I consistently rely on the original 5d to get me out of binds. This is not a Canon rant, but if you make your living from having your camera focus, then it's sort of a big deal

  • https://plus.google.com/104330156508504717257 Tom McLaughlan

    +Aaron Draper – "…when your income depends on getting that shot, it is not an acceptable model". Really? That might be the case for you but reflect for a moment and consider the many people who've secured their incomes with it and indeed with lower spec cameras.

  • https://plus.google.com/109566781460619011876 todd selby

    Funny you hear all the time its the photographer and not the gear but then you hear that your not a "real professional" unless you have an 7K dollar body. Funny that a lot of the best work I see on G+ is made with a 5DMII or lesser camera.

  • https://plus.google.com/104330156508504717257 Tom McLaughlan

    Well put +todd selby.

  • https://plus.google.com/108080036051087884262 John Farnan

    Man this post has grown legs for sure.
    Now I use a 450d / rebel and find the focusing on it dandy for my uses which are landscape, portrait and the odd event. Surely the 5d-2 has gotta be better than that?

  • https://plus.google.com/102266404011453313239 Aaron Draper

    I could care less about the model. Like I said, I use the original 5d model all the time in lieu of the mark ii. Point is, it is overpriced if it can't focus. Focus > megapixels.

  • https://plus.google.com/113455290791279442483 Colby Brown

    +Tom McLaughlan +todd selby & +John Farnan – I never once said that you have to have a 7k $ camera to produce compelling images. In fact I said, "I know many well known and very successful photographers that are very happy with the 5D Mark II. They produce great work with it. But for me, it falls short for the reasons I listed."

    The reality of all of this is that everyone is a different kind of photographer, that shoots in different kinds of locations, shooting different kinds of subjects and have a different kind of style. By saying that the 5D Mark II does not work for my needs as a photographer, doesn't mean that the camera doesn't work well for many other people. It just means that it doesn't work for me. This past year I found my self stuck in the middle of deserts, high in the Himalayas, shooting refugees in IDP camps, in the middle of sand storms, surrounded by snow and hiking through canyons with freezing water up to my chest as a few examples. The inferior AF system (to the 1D series) and lack of a weather sealed body of the 5D Mark II makes it not suitable for nearly all of those situations.

    As far as your comment +todd selby, "Funny that a lot of the best work I see on G+ is made with a 5DMII or lesser camera.". You are probably right for your experience. But I also see a ton of amazing images shot with the 1Ds, 1D Mark IV and Nikon D3S bodies as well. Because those cameras are more expensive does that make the artist less of a photographer? Not at all.

    Personally I feel the skills of the photographer are much more important then the gear you have. However, having said that, we are limited by the gear we have in our attempt to accurately capture the creative vision of our images. A person can do some pretty compelling things with the 5D Mark II, but with some other important features (to some of us), they can do a lot more as well.

  • https://plus.google.com/104330156508504717257 Tom McLaughlan

    +todd selby (1) "the 5d mark ii has repeatedly let me down. It is a great "pro sumer" camera but when your income depends on getting that shot, *it is not an acceptable model*" or (2) "I could care less about the model". Erm… Which is it? Oh and btw "it is overpriced if it can't focus" – it focuses just fine for me and thousands of others.

    +Colby Brown I'm glad you came around to that position (in your response to +John Farnan) because your initial responses to me were far more critical of the 5d Mark II. I hope you appreciate from this exchange that you can quite easily extol the virtues of the 1Dx without knocking the 5d Mark II. And yes "the skills of the photographer are much more important than the gear you have". End of story.

  • https://plus.google.com/113455290791279442483 Colby Brown

    Fair enough +Tom McLaughlan, but you specifically asked what I felt its short comings were and I listed them out. That list of course is not going to paint a pretty picture…it isn't a pros and cons list after all. In the end I have some great images in my portfolio that were taken with the 5D Mark II. I do not regret my purchase…I do however look forward to replacing it with the 1Dx that better suits my style of shooting and the environments I find myself in.

  • https://plus.google.com/104330156508504717257 Tom McLaughlan

    The list was fine (although I disagree with a few) – it was the narrative in the preceding para that got me wound up :-)

    Anyway, all we need now is for a Nikonista to come barging in and say that we're both on the wrong track and that we should switch brand! Have a nice evening.

  • https://plus.google.com/113455290791279442483 Colby Brown

    +Tom McLaughlan – I am curious to what you felt you disagree with my list of short comings (although they are for my work, not everyones). Most of what I listed was product specs, which don't leave much room for debate.

    - AF Accuracy
    When compared to the 1D series they are very different, especially in low light where the 5D Mark II searches more.

    - # of AF points
    5D Mark II has 9 selectable points. 1D Mark IV has 45. 1Dx has 61

    - Lack of Weather Sealing
    5D series is not weather sealed. 1D is.

    - Non Pro Body (I have to add a grip for extended battery life and counter weight to solid lenses)
    5D Mark II comes with no grip and just a half body. I have large hands and the lenses I use, I prefer the counter weight and battery life of the 1D series.

    - Low Light Performance (Compared to the 1D series)
    Compared to the newer 1D Mark IV, the 5D Mark II is at-least 2 to 4 stops behind in low light performance. ISO 64000 on both bodies look very different

    - Lack of color accuracy (Compared to the 1D series)
    The Dual digimarc IV processors in the 1D Mark IV seem to more accurately capture color then the single processor in the 5D Mark II. I spend much less time doing color adjustments on the Mark IV. Maybe it is just me though.

    - Limited bracketing capabilities (Set of 3 for 5D Mark II – 7 for 1D IV and 9 for 1Dx)
    This is a spec limitation between all the cameras for bracketing

    - Lack of dual memory card slots (1D IV has CF and SD – 1Dx has two CF slots)
    5D Mark II has just one CF slot. 1D series has two.

    As for the paragraph, I was simply attempting to point out that too often people upgrade when they have not mastered their current gear. However if someone feels limited by the gear they have…such as the 5D Mark II not working well in extreme conditions or offering AF that doesn't work in dimly lit IDP camps, it might be time to think about upgrading. As i mentioned a few comments later, buying impatience usually leads to multiple purchases. You buy x camera now cause you can afford that upgrade, but 6 months from now you feel it doesn't work for you. If you waited 2-3 months and saved up a little more money, you could of got y camera that might serve you for 3 years. This industry is gear crazy, but often for the wrong reasons…in my own personal opinion.

  • https://plus.google.com/113455290791279442483 Colby Brown

    haha….no Nikon talk for this thread +Tom McLaughlan :)

  • https://plus.google.com/101459001300075587774 Evelyn Riha

    I don't understand why so many people are questioning the value of the new 1Dx. I'm also only an amateur photographer who's doing it just 4fun but I have no doubt that this camera will have it's audience.

    It's always a question what you have in mind with your tools no matter which business you're in. A carpenter will have the more expensive Planing machine or circular saw than just a handyman but nobody is questioning if this makes sense? Also a musician will spend more money on his instrument than just an amateur but this seems also well accepted.

    When you deal with the tools on a day to day basis you might certainly look for the things which make life easier as every aspect is looked at another (productivity) angle.

  • https://plus.google.com/114718617852744600892 Jeff Mulvihill, Jr.

    To me, this camera is a game changer… Pun kinda intended. I'm a sports photographer that shoots a lot right now at 6400 iso because the light is that bad… This camera has a native iso range that is three stops higher than my 7d's and two stop higher than a 1d mk 4… and the samples at 12800 iso appear very clean… This will give me the X factor that will pull my capabilities ahead of soccer mom standing next to me with her 7D… The evolution of the low light capabilities of the new cameras is incredible! I'll take two please!

  • https://plus.google.com/110872464664339654752 Tim Johnson

    +Tom McLaughlan +Colby Brown Can't talk about Nikons yet because they haven't released the details of their new DSLR's. Maybe after the D4 is announced you Canonites can come back from the dark side.. :)

  • https://plus.google.com/113455290791279442483 Colby Brown

    Haha +Tim Johnson. Ya never know :) But with how much I have invested in a Canon system…that would have to be a pretty magical camera :)

  • https://plus.google.com/110872464664339654752 Tim Johnson

    I was looking at getting the upgrade to the D300s (maybe D400), and replace my D90. For what I do, the D90 is perfect for now. Just need to work with what I have to justify the cost of purchasing Photoshop CS5 :)

  • https://plus.google.com/110872464664339654752 Tim Johnson

    Also, figure the cost of the camera would be better spent on a +Jason Odell or +Colby Brown workshop..

  • https://plus.google.com/104330156508504717257 Tom McLaughlan

    +Colby Brown – you've added wonderful wriggle room now by saying that these shortcomings are actually specific to your needs and are not definitive 5d Mark II problems, which I think you now accept is how your initial remarks could have been – and were – interpreted. I also agree that patience is a virtue and it can be worthwhile waiting a bit to upgrade before committing to what you can afford on any particular day – and that applies to people two rungs beneath you on the Canon kit ladder rather than one like me. I saved to go from 40d to what I have rather than to the 50d. And it was the perfect decision – for me. Incidentally, the 5d Mark II does have weather sealing – check the specs – but nowhere near the same amount as the professional series. I haven't held your camera but I can assure anyone that the 5d Mark II is great for people with big hands! I speak as someone whose hands are so terribly big that I can't buy gloves! And with my battery pack added it's even better. Anyway, all the other points you mentioned aren't shortcomings as such but, as you now acknowledge, personal preferences amongst the advertised specs – and thus the things hat add up to the x3 price differential. Enjoy yours when it comes out and feel free to send your cast offs this side of the Atlantic!! ;-)

  • https://plus.google.com/117841995755821586446 Rodney Dugmore

    Sure looks like a nice Camera Colby and you'll get some great shots with it Im sure. For my purposes (Landscape Images) the 5D series lighter weight makes it much better. I dont need that vertical grip and spare battery's take up next no space in the pack the AF advantages are of little value to me. The weather sealing would be nice but so far my 5D hasnt failed me yet. Horses for courses and some will have both!

  • https://plus.google.com/113642068315114940863 Ben Jacobsen

    I'm with +Rodney Dugmore Even ignoring the price I prefer the 5Dii over the 1DsIII on size/weight alone. I'd love a FF that doesn't band when pushed to the extremes fill light wise, but typically that's just me saving a crap shot. I will say a 7D with the 1Dx sensor would be amazing for me. I'd also bet the 5Diii is 30+mp to compete with the D800. I DO NOT NEED that many MP, even though I print pretty big, but I'd much rather have a ~$3k 7D with the 1Dx sensor. That market exists too as not a lot of people have $6800 for the 1Dx. At least not twice as many as have the $3k for a "6D"…

  • https://plus.google.com/113455290791279442483 Colby Brown

    +Tim Johnson – I certainly won't argue with you there.

    +Rodney Dugmore – I hear ya and that does make a lot of sense. For me though, I always seem to carry more weight for the gear that I feels works best for me. That is why I have the 70-200 2.8L IS II and not the 70-200 4.0L IS even though it is a lb heavier. It is so much sharper that I don't mind the weight. As far as battery life, when I work off the grid and hike into a location for a few days (or 24 days like in the Himalayas), having more longevity with my batteries makes a huge difference. On top of that, the 1Dx will use the same batteries as my 1D IV…which means one charger.

    But as you said, it is what works for the individual photographer.

    +Ben Jacobsen – Well you do have that in the 1D Mark IV, but it is a pro body and not half. My 1D Mark IV has been great and a nice step up from my the 1D Mark III I used to have.

  • https://plus.google.com/117841995755821586446 Rodney Dugmore

    +Colby Brown – Yep if it works for you that's what counts. I figure on carrying a bit less weight whilst sacrificing nothing in the Image Quality stakes.

    At risk of starting another debate the only reason for choosing the70-200 F2.8L over the F4L is F2.8 ;-) all the reputable reviews seem to agree on this. But if you need F2.8 then you have no choice!

  • https://plus.google.com/113455290791279442483 Colby Brown

    +Rodney Dugmore – I think you are thinking of the 70-200 2.8L IS not the newer IS II. The IS II came out in 2010 and the 4.0L IS came out in 2006…which is a large step in technology with the newer IS systems. I have no doubt the 4.0L IS is a great lens for the price and weight, but it is not as share alll around as the 2.8L IS II.

    The digital picture and other websites say the 2.8L IS II is the best 70-200 ever made (to date of the review):

    http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EF-70-200mm-f-2.8-L-IS-II-USM-Lens-Review.aspx

  • https://plus.google.com/113642068315114940863 Ben Jacobsen

    +Colby Brown Problem with the 1DIV is the APS-H sensor. If canon made a wide for it it'd be fine, but 16-35 loses it's impact forcing you to the sigma 12-24. That's a great lens and I've been down that exact rabbit hole before they made the original 5Dc but filters are a PITA (I got them working but you're stuck with Cokins or now the new impossible to find Lees for the 14-24). APS-H is basically a jack off all trades and a master of sports, but it's not a great landscape camera w/o a sensor specific wide. I've been VERY tempted by it though. But again, this comes down to size and weight while hiking. The 1 series has never been about that. I've owned a 7D twice now thinking it's "good enough". It's a tad soft vs the 5Dii for landscapes, I've thought about hot rodding one even. But in the end the biggest road block for me with either of the crops is lenses. On APS-C I'd lose my 24L which I love. On APS-H the sigma is close enough but there's no UWA zoom. UGH!

  • https://plus.google.com/104330156508504717257 Tom McLaughlan

    PS It's been a great discussion – thank you.

  • https://plus.google.com/100167329934112901395 Tanmay Pahar

    How much price in this camera?

  • https://plus.google.com/113455290791279442483 Colby Brown

    +Tom McLaughlan – The 40D is a great camera and one that I used for a while a few years back. I hear it has always been a better purchase then the 50d, which you seemed to acknowledge. As far as my opinion on the short comings of the 5D Mark II, they are certainly based of of my experiences and my opinions with the work I do, but specs are still specs. Having 9 AF selectable points compared to 46 is a huge difference. Especially with the viewfinder with the 5D Mark II, those 9 selectable points cover only a tiny portion of the screen. In the end, the 5D Mark II is still a great camera for many, but for many of us, those short comings are not just opinions, they are universal for people that shoot similar subjects or in similar environments.

    +Ben Jacobsen – I hear ya with the APS-H, but I actually don't mind it all that much. Maybe I just don't care to shoot ultra wide all the time. I actually do not shoot sports or much wild life. I am a landscape, travel and humanitarian photographer. My Zeiss 21mm lens is my favorite lens and I use it all the time on my 1D Mark IV. Having said that, I would LOVE to have a FF body that works for my needs, which is why I plan to sell my 5D Mark II and move forward with a 1Dx and 1D Mark IV, coving all of my bases.

    On another note, do you have the 24L II or the I? I have heard great things about the 24L II. I have thought about picking up the TS 24L II as well. I hear it is a sharp little lens.

  • https://plus.google.com/113455290791279442483 Colby Brown

    +Tanmay Pahar – It is estimated to be $6800 USD

  • https://plus.google.com/113642068315114940863 Ben Jacobsen

    +Colby Brown I've had both, but now I've got the 24II. I use it to shoot mostly my family type shots around the house because we have a small house w/o a lot of light, so I need the speed and I prefer wider angles. "If it's too wide, you're not close enough" pretty well covers how I like to shoot. The 24I was fine for family type stuff because it was sharp enough where it was in focus and I used it mostly wide open. The II is a LOT sharper when/if you stop it down even just a little. That makes it much better for landscaping or strartrails. CA is also much better with the new version.

  • https://plus.google.com/106962677161924296082 krishna venu C

    hi

  • SensoryEscape

    I think what I’m most excited about with this new camera is that Canon didn’t get caught up in the pixel count contest but finally decided on enlarging the pixel size instead. 18 Megapixels is plenty for just about any purpose and the increase in pixel size will help a lot with low light photography and hdr. I’ve blogged about this a bit here: http://www.sensoryescapeimages.com/blog/2012/1/5/canon-announces-the-new-flagship-model-canon-eos-1dx-dslr-pr.html