As a current Canon EOS-1D Mark III user, I am tempted to know the availability of the Canon EOS-1D X. Not much has been said about this Canon flagship until recently, probably due to limited availability. Most of them are held in the hands of the professional photographers in the London Olympics. For those of you who really want to know about the specification, check out this site to read the review.
To me the Canon EOS-1D X is only a 1D Mark V, like what this article describes. I totally agree. In 2009 I bought the 1D Mark III because I could not afford a 1Ds Mark III which was equipped with a full frame sensor. At that time, the 1Ds body is probably 50 percent more of a 1D body. Did I regret? Not really. The 1D Mark III body till now is still solid as a tank and the design of it is still amazing. I have bought some fine glasses in the past from Canon so upgraded to a flagship was the apparent reason.
The major trip I used the 1D Mark III was in Switzerland. It was quite inappropriate for a travel for leisure as the body itself was too heavy after mounted the EF24-105 f4 L lens. This was a lesson for every traveller. Baggage weight often kills your interest in taking photographs. At the beginning of the morning everything was alright but toward the late afternoon, the weight of the camera became a burden. From then now, I believe I have one thing simple: travel light.
That said, the 1D Mark III is still one of the my favourite cameras in my daily use, although much has mentioned about its erratic focusing issues. After 5 years, now the Canon flagship does not disappoint us. But obviously the 1D X is only an answer to 1D Mark III. Many of us still expect to see the next generation 1Ds Mark IV. Why isn’t there a bigger full frame sensor for those 1Ds users? You don’t expect a 1Ds user switching to use a 5D Mark III.
If you are a demanding photographer, you understand the body of the 5D Mark III is not built to the top standard. The 5D Mark III is undoubtedly a successor of the 5D mark II. That is why the EOS-1D X cannot satisfy those who have been using the 1Ds and wish to see a true successor of 1Ds. Right now in the Canon camera line-up, only the 5D Mark III has a 24 megapixel sensor. The rest of them are equipped with a 18 megapixel CMOS sensor. A bit disappointing. The sensor size is not the only factor which decides the quality and resolution of a good image, but I don’t think Canon is incapable of making a sensor biggest than 24 megapixel. So what is in Canon’s mind?
Perhaps Canon is going to launch another product to address this inadequacy to give us some surprises in the coming Photokina. Or there is none. But the EOS-1D X is already on par with the Nikon D4 in nearly every aspect. Both of them have their own strengths and weaknesses. I am impressed by the maximum frame rate of capturing 12 fps, more advanced metering system, less high ISO noise and more accurate AF focusing of the EOS-1D X. However, at a price of twice of the 5D Mark III, this camera aims really for those true professionals supported financially by their clients.
In a word, my pursuit of a Canon EOS-1D X body is over. This is a bridge too far.
I am not disappointed. The camera world will keep releasing some good and exciting new products which are smaller in size such as the Fujifilm XE-1. I would welcome some innovative cameras, perhaps in the trend of smaller dimensions but capable of producing high quality images, to present my impressions of this world.