Insanely Detailed Canon 1DX Mark II “Real World Review” From A Nikon Shooter – Will It Be In Your Bag?

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For those of you wanting the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II or drooling over it like me, here's a “real world review” from FroKnowsPhoto

I did have my hands on the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II (a preview copy) for a short period but wasn't able to put a card in and really examine the output. Fro was able to get his hands on a shipping copy.

I fell in love with the Canon EOS-1D X a long time ago when B&H let me borrow one – that was maybe 3 years ago now. Having my hands on the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II just increased my lust.

This thing autofocuses like nothing I've ever seen… it is insanely fast! And the noise at higher ISOs is very low.

Fro has a large audience and there are many who love his reviews and this one is something to sit back and watch when you have 1/2 hour. While I find the choice of music a bit much, Fro's review is quite thorough. He is mainly a Nikon shooter too so it is good to see the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II from a Nikon shooter perspective!

After watching the video, what do you think? Gonna buy one? Here's the shortcut link to B&H and have one sent to my house while you're at it HAHA!

Canon 1DX Mark II “Real World Review”

Via FroKnowsPhoto:

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Being that the Summer Olympics are happening later this summer I thought the best test of this camera would be out at a track and field event. Lucky for us there so happened to be one going on at Princeton University. I am sure some people will say but Jared you didn’t shoot it in an extreme situation where you would push the ISO and some of the other features.

My honest opinion on that statement is not everything needs to be pushed, when you do so you start looking for issues. This track and field event is a true Real World situation where this camera has the ability to shine.

This event was the first time I shot this camera. Generally it’s a good idea to live with a camera for a while before you take it out to do a real shoot. Honestly, this body is so similar to the 1DX Mark I that the Mark II felt at home in my hands. There was really no learning curve to setting up the menu or using the camera in the field. As many of you know I am a Nikon shooter but using this Canon felt awesome and was easy to figure out.

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Shooting at the track gave me the ability to test out the 14 frames per second, continuous focus tracking speed and accuracy as well as 4k video quality.

This is an action packed camera with top of the line features that you would expect for it’s price tag. It’s shooting speed is unmatched by pretty much anything out there. It’s focus tracking is top notch and I ran into very few problems when using it in the Real World. Like I say in the video, on occasions I missed but a lot of that is due to how shallow the depth of field is when you’re using a 400mm F2.8.

Canon 1DX Mark II “Real World Review” video

Click the links below to download sample RAW DNG Files from the Canon 1DX Mark II. Click Here to access all the full res exported JPEGS.
Sample Canon 1DX Mark II RAW Files 01 (175 megs)
Sample Canon 1DX Mark II RAW Files 02 (115 megs)

The 1DX Mark II feels substantial in your hands, it’s bigger and heavier then the Nikon D5 but like I said before, it feels at home like it belongs. If you’re looking for a light camera this isn’t going to be the one for you. Honestly very few people will ever own or need this caliber of camera. But for those who do, they’re going to love using it.

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Be sure to watch the full review above as that goes into a lot more detail than I am going to go into with the writeup.

One of the cons of the camera is that you do not have the ability to swipe or pinch and zoom your images on the LCD. I know it’s not a huge deal but there is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to simply swipe through your images or pinch to zoom.

Where the Canon’s shine over the Nikon’s is Video…

Read full article at FroKnowsPhoto “Canon 1DX Mark II “Real World Review”” and find out what he thinks about the VIDEO aspects!

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR Camera Premium Kit with 64GB Card and Reader

Via B&H:

Canon 1DX Mark II

Bringing the shooting speed and video capabilities required by professional multimedia image-makers, the EOS-1D X Mark II is the flagship model within Canon's DSLR lineup, and is characterized by its robust processing capabilities and ability to enable a high-end multimedia workflow.

At the heart of the imaging system is a full-frame 20.2MP CMOS sensor and dual DIGIC 6+ image processors, which contribute to fast continuous shooting rates up to 16 fps in live view, 14 fps with full-time AF and AE, and an expanded sensitivity range from ISO 50-409600.

The sensor and processor combination also avails DCI 4K video recording at 60 fps and Full HD 1080p recording at 120 fps, along with the ability to record on-board to a CFast 2.0 memory card, or uncompressed Full HD video can be saved via HDMI to an optional external recorder.

Benefitting stills shooting is an apt 61-point High Density Reticular AF II system, which includes 41 cross-type points for a high degree of precision in varying light conditions, and video shooting is enhanced by Dual Pixel CMOS AF, which makes its first appearance in a full-frame sensor for smooth, quick, and controllable AF in live view.

With a versatile set of imaging traits, the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II takes its place as a high-performance tool for professional photographers and videographers alike.


  • 20.2MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors
  • 3.2″ 1.62m-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor
  • DCI 4K Video at 60 fps, 8.8MP Still Grab
  • 61-Point High Density Reticular AF II
  • Native ISO 51200, Expanded to ISO 409600
  • 14 fps Shooting, 16 fps in Live View
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF and Movie Servo AF
  • Built-In GPS, CFast & CF Card Slots
  • Includes 64GB CFast 2.0 Card and Reader

Learn more about Canon EOS-1D X Mark II at B&H.

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