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A new light: the EOS-1D X Mark II

By Marina Cano, dinsdag mei 03, 2016
Erindi Game Reserve, Namibia. Taken on a Canon EOS-1D X Mark II with an EF200-400mm f/4L  IS USM EXTENDER 1.4x lens at 560mm; the exposure was 1/320sec at f/5.6, ISO 5000.

Erindi Game Reserve, Namibia. Taken on a Canon EOS-1D X Mark II with an EF200-400mm f/4L
IS USM EXTENDER 1.4x lens at 560mm; the exposure was 1/320sec at f/5.6, ISO 5000. © Marina Cano

Canon has created a "New Light".

I have been testing the EOS-1D X Mark II for a month in my two favourite shooting places: Cabarceno, Spain and Africa. I tested the camera in Namibia (Etosha) and in Botswana (Kgalhadi Transfontier Park) while driving around 3,000 kilometres. Can you imagine how dusty it was? No problem at all for the camera.

My immediate thought after taking the first picture at 10,000 ISO was that Canon has created a new light. I could see things in the screen that my naked eye could not see straight away! I'm really impressed with the quality of the sensor. It is not only the reduction of noise that impresses but also the new range of possibilities that this brings, allowing us to work with high ISO most of the time.

This means being able to set a high depth-of-field, and still get speed enough for any action scene. Settings such as f/10 and 1/5000sec are not common unless light comes in spurts. For me this camera has turned the 5,000 or 10,000 ISO into the new 100 ISO. Just this ‘new’ way of using this camera makes it wholly worth it.

I own an EOS-1D X and I am very happy with it. However, the EOS-1D X Mark II takes photography to the next level. It’s the best piece of technology for the requirements of a wildlife photographer.

I photographed in the night at Erindi, Namibia under a very soft lighting. Using the silent mode and the Live View mode, the 16fps captured all the beauty from a mother leopard and her baby up in the hill. Being able to focus with so little light, while using the silent shooting and the high ISO, made the whole experience breathtaking. The CFast 2.0 memory card, with a transfer rate of 515 MB/sec, is like driving a convertible with the warm sunshine and the air blowing gently on your face. Other photographers nearby looked at the camera in awe after listening to the speed of shooting. Yes, you do feel the power!

Once you go home and check your images it will be your turn to be in awe of the quality. The textures, details and definition are outrageous. The highlight of this short month of shooting has indeed been the ISO performance. It is a new concept of light. I have always been very aware of using ISO in all my cameras. Gone are the times when my first digital EOS 20D made me think twice before increasing up to 400 ISO. Technology has been increasing quality to reduce noise even at 51200... it is just breathtaking, dont you think?

This camera is from another planet and brings a new light.

P.S. You can join me for an unforgettable safari in Africa: www.marinacano.com

Erindi Game Reserve, Namibia. Taken on a Canon EOS-1D X Mark II with an EF200-400mm f/4L  IS USM EXTENDER 1.4x lens at 560mm; the exposure was 1/1250sec at f/5.6, ISO 6400.

Erindi Game Reserve, Namibia. Taken on a Canon EOS-1D X Mark II with an EF200-400mm f/4L
IS USM EXTENDER 1.4x lens at 560mm; the exposure was 1/1250sec at f/5.6, ISO 6400. © Marina Cano

Etosha National Park, Namibia. Taken on a Canon EOS-1D X Mark II with an EF200-400mm f/4L  IS USM EXTENDER 1.4x lens at 290mm; the exposure was 1/1600sec at f/18, ISO 1250. I shot  at f/18 because the giraffe was surrounded by many oryx and springbok before it started to run.  I wanted all of them in focus.

Etosha National Park, Namibia. Taken on a Canon EOS-1D X Mark II with an EF200-400mm f/4L
IS USM EXTENDER 1.4x lens at 290mm; the exposure was 1/1600sec at f/18, ISO 1250. I shot
at f/18 because the giraffe was surrounded by many oryx and springbok before it started to run.
I wanted all of them in focus. © Marina Cano