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Tuesday, 18 October 2011

News: New Canon EOS-1D X

Canon EOS-1D X. The Camera with 3 Brains.
Fantastic News: Canon has just anounced the latest upgrad to the EOS range of cameras, the Canon EOS-1D X. Wish I had three brains:-)

Canon EOS-1D X - Continuous Shooting Mode from photographyblog on Vimeo.

And the specifications sound really impressive.
The Canon EOS-1D X is a new professional digital SLR camera with a full-frame 18-megapixel sensor, a continuous shooting speed of 14 frames per second (12fps with AF) and a new 61-point AF system. Also featuring dual DIGIC 5+ image processors and 14-bit analogue-to-digital signal conversion, the Canon EOS-1D X offers a sensitivity range of ISO 100-51,200, expandable to ISO 204,800. The new 61-point AF module offers Intelligent Tracking and Recognition, expanded AF coverage area, superior focusing precision and low light sensitivity, and greater low-contrast subject detection capability compared to earlier EOS AF systems. The Canon EOS-1D X digital SLR camera is scheduled for March 2012 availability and will be sold in a body-only configuration at an estimated retail price of $6,800.

$6.800 sounds really expensive, but it would be a lot more money for me as I'd have to also purchase a whole new system of lenses because I'm a Nikon system man. Would it be worth upgrading though?

I AM a Nikon Man.
Will this new Canon shoot into the stratosphere? Will it blow Nikon's flagship D3 out of the water?

Video: A great video showing the Megga Sized brand new Beast from Canon. What struck me as I watched this was, would I really want to lug such a massive tank of a camera around all day long? I don't think so, but I'm sure it will be great in studio situations.

Well as it's not going to be available until March 2012 we'll just have to wait and see. But at last Canon are catching up with Nikon's AF points.

I'm left wondering if Nikon will announce upgrades to the D3 with a New Nikon D4 and an upgrade to the D700... could a new D800 be in the offing? That's what I'm waiting on:-)

But what will the future hold for large and bulky DSLRs? There has been so many imporvements and innovations in the compact market lately.

I'd like the next Nikon D800 to have a tilting screen at least and the same or better full frame sensor as the D700.

Caution: Befor you rush out and part with Thousands of £ or $ on a new camera:
It's NOT the Megga Camera that matters, as Ken Rockwell has well said, "Thinking that a sharper lens or more feature-infested camera will make better pictures tomorrow is the coward's excuse for not making a great picture today. Right now is all that matters, and putting off the hard work until tomorrow is for wimps. Any pussy can think that if they only had some great new camera that they'd be making shots like the pros, but the fact is that the pros would be making the same pictures if you put your camera in their hands." I say again, well said Ken. It's not the newest camera with all the bells and whistles, it's YOU the Photographer that matters. We just need to focus with what we've got and we'll get great picutres. Practice, Practice and Learn, Learn, Learn. Observe other Photographs and Photograhers that really touch your soul, think what is it that really grabs my attention and next time you're out shooting try to replicate some of the aspects yourself. You'll be amazed what you can achieve with even the most basic camera in your hands.

What Canon are saying about the EOS-1D X:
“The EOS-1D X represents the re-invention of the EOS-1Ds and EOS-1D series, combining new proprietary Canon technologies with the culmination of customer feedback and requests from the field. We are proud to introduce this camera to the worldwide community of professional photographers and cinematographers with the features and capabilities they need to capture the great moments that display their talent,” stated Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies and Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.

Sounds impressive, BUT what do you think?

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