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Canon EOS-1D X, the new gladiator

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... I managed to get Canon EOS-1D X camera for testing even twice.I could catch the first test product back in May from Canon Hungary, and later in August I could try out its final commercial version thanks to Camera Ltd, so I had the chance to check out thoroughly what this “monster” knows. ...
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Photo: © Tamás Imre

Canon EOS-1D X, EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM 1/3200 sec f/4 ISO 500
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First impressions

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... I could try out the first test version under very strict conditions, I had to sign lots of legal statements.A few copies of them were out in Formula 1 races and at that time some of them crashed and there were some other difficulties too, but thanks God I received a test version without any fault. ...
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Canon’s first full frame body

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... The body has a brand new shape, increased attention was paid to the fact that the main functions can be managed even with gloves on.The 1D X is Canon’s revolutionary fullframe body, with 18.1-megapixel resolution and a staggering 12 fps rate in RAW format. ...
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Photo: © Tamás Imre

Canon EOS-1D X, EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM 1/1600 sec f/4.5 ISO 500
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... Redesigned AF and menu system: The day before testing I went through the menu system and the new auto focus system thoroughly.Lucky for me the Canon EOS 5D Mark III auto focus and menu system work completely on the same basis, so it was not that strange, as it seemed in December at a Canon demonstration. ...
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... A single AF point: here literally a single AF point works which does not take into account the surrounding points, we can set them anywhere by manual selection.. ...
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... AF point extension: here we can extend the AF points, making a total of nine AF points, below, beside and above the points are also taken into account and the focus is adjusted according to them, the selection can be done in any direction, even according to the trisection rules.. ...
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... AF-zone: Twelve focal points can be selected in the immediate vicinity of each other in any zone within the 61 selectable focus area.. ...
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... 61-point automatic AF: here any of the 61 AF points can be sharpened and it can even be transferred in tracking AF mode through the transverse system.. ...
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... AI servo (followed by AF): The biggest innovation of the AI servo system is the graphical menu system of the tracking AF which significantly speeds up the exact focusing.Let’s see how it works. ...
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Speed

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... An extremely high-speed exposure is possible.The fifth generation Digic 5 processors, already known from Canon EOS 5D Mark III, work inside the camera. ...
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Photo: © Tamás Imre

Canon EOS-1D X, EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM +1.4x 1/1600 sec f/5.6 ISO 800
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Image quality

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... Image quality and ISO sensitivity are the most important factors to choose a camera, and this is a real battlefield among companies.Above all, my Hungarian photographer friends’ first question was: What about the ISO sensitivity, what are the boundaries of the camera? The results are as follows. ...
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... But here comes the deepwater what everyone is curious about: hardly noisy at ISO 3200 but checking the DPP Luminance Noise Reduction the light noise was at 7, Chrominance Noise Reduction was at 9 with the factory settings and the quality of the image was incredibly good.I became enthusiastic after the first results, so I had big expectations for the ISO 6400 picture: wow, it is good too, moreover, better than I expected. ...
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Out in the field

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... I tested the bodies in various situations.In Rétszilas, Hungary, at a drained fishing lake I was lucky to photograph from a hide. ...
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... The great white egrets and the grey herons kept fishing the bigger and bigger fish out of the drained lake, it was a fantastic feeling to take pictures of them.The camera settings: Picture Style Standard, AF AI Servo and AF menu was set on Zona AF. ...
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Summary

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... Canon EOS -1D X is an out-and-out professional camera body.A new gladiator has born and it must be a man indeed who wants to defeat it. ...
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... The camera body was provided by Canon Hungary and by Camera Ltd.. ...
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... Tester: Tamás Imre . ...
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