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Technical

EOS-1D X on film:
Pt. 6 – EOS System
and accessories

EOS-1D X on film

January 2012

The 18.1 Megapixel EOS-1D X is the latest SLR camera to join the Canon EOS System – the system was launched in March 1987 and since then over 50 million EOS cameras and 70 million EF lenses have been bought by photographers around the world. The last in a series of six films about the capabilities of the EOS-1D X DSLR examines how the camera fits into the comprehensive EOS System and takes a closer look at some of the accessories launched to accompany it.

In the film Canon Europe’s European Professional Imaging Communications Manager, Mike Owen, explains: “We have two brand new dedicated accessories for the EOS-1D X: a brand new WiFi device and a brand new GPS device, both of which connect via the accessory port on the side of the body. The benefits of the new WiFi device are that it has a faster transfer speed and is able to transfer images three times faster than previous WiFi devices.”

The WFT-E6 Wireless File Transmitter takes the WiFi possibilities with the EOS-1D X to a new level with advantages such as 802.11a/b/g and n compatibility, DLNA compliance, FTP, EOS Utility and WFT Server shooting, as well as Linked Shooting for remote shutter triggering of other WiFi-enabled EOS-1D X cameras.

The EOS-1D X has a built-in, Gigabit Ethernet port on the side of the camera for higher speed data transfer. The increased transmission speed of the new WFT-E6 WiFi device has been made possible by the implementation of the 802.11n transfer protocols – these offer a link speed of around 150Mbps and a transfer speed of around 60Mbps.

The GP-E1 GPS unit mounts to the camera in the same way as the WFT-E6 unit and is the same size and shape. It features an electronic compass and GPS signal receiver to record time, longitude, latitude and elevation directly into the metadata of every image shot on the EOS-1D X.

High-powered batteries and EF lens compatibility

The EOS-1D X also comes with a new, high-powered, LC-E4N battery but the camera remains fully compatible with the existing batteries for the EOS-1D Mark IV and EOS-1Ds Mark III DSLRs.

Every Canon EF lens in the EOS System is compatible with the EOS-1D X and the latest EF lenses have been designed to get the best from the camera. For example, Canon’s EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF400mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF500mm f/4L IS II USM and EF600mm f/4L IS II USM super telephoto lenses incorporate new technologies that link in closely with the EOS-1D X. These include the ability to record individual serial numbers of the lenses within the camera’s metadata and the possibility to match and update the firmware of the products.

The AF microadjustment feature in the EOS-1D X means that, for example, if a photographer has two different EF300mm lenses in their kitbag it will be able to identify those lenses by their serial numbers and make the correct amount of AF adjustments depending on which lens is attached to the camera body.