Could it be?
I have received two random emails saying that “f/8″ autofocus in the 1D X will be added to the final firmware for the camera.
By f/8, I mean the ability to have autofocus when the widest aperture of a lens is f/8. i.e. a 500 f/4L IS with a 2X teleconverter. Which is 1000mm f/8.
We had heard previously that the perceived shortcomings in the 1D X could be fixed in firmware.
Canon EOS-1D X at B&H
From the Canon Museum
Canon has posted a technical report about the Canon EOS-1D X at their Canon Museum. It’s a good quick reference for the camera.
The following information is covered.
- Development objectives
- Advances in image quality, resolution, and digital functions
- New 61-point AF system
- New exposure control system
- High-speed continuous shooting and silent shooting
- Advanced creative imaging functions
- Advanced movie shooting functions
- Pursuit of shooting convenience
- Design and ease of operation
- Further reliability and durability
- Further system enhancements
Read the report at the Canon Museum
Canon EOS-1D X at B&H
April 2012 Release?
From Calumet in the UK, comes word that the Canon EOS-1D X may not be shipping until April. I had heard that previously, and it’s not overly shocking.
No word on why the camera may be delayed.
Canon EOS-1D X at B&H
Why the delay?
It’s been noted that an official weight for the new Canon EOS-1D X has yet to be finalized, I’m told the battery is the reason for this. It was suggested they’re having “serious” issues with the new battery.
Another person has come forward and said Canon is working feverishly on firmware feature changes and updates to the EOS-1D X. The good news is Canon will do whatever it takes to get the camera to market in March as previously announced.
I’m told the $6800 suggested price tag for the EOS-1D X isn’t written in stone.
“Give me f/8!”
Apparently some of the “limitations” of Canon’s yet to be released EOS-1D X are repairable via firmware. The one limitation I can think of is f/8 autofocus, it would be nice if that was brought back in time for the final camera. I’ve heard about a 50/50 split from people on whether or not it’s a real world issue, I’m on the side that it is for a decent chunk of people that would buy the 1D X.
I’ve received no responses from Canon in regards to the issue, which is understandable.
What other perceived limitations are there?
Canon EOS-1D Mark IV @ B&H $4999
Learn about the new AF system now
Canon has posted an official article about the AF system on the new Canon EOS-1D X.
The EOS-1D X has arguably the world’s most sophisticated AF system, with an entirely new 61-point array, and a host of configuration options that tailor it for nearly any professional photographer’s needs. There are many new aspects of this terrific new AF system, so we’ll discuss them in separate articles here on Canon’s Digital Learning Center starting with the camera’s AF points and area selection options.
Read the entire article
Cinema EOS FAQ
Canon has also posted a rather extensive Cinema EOS FAQ.
Read the FAQ here
Well a development DSLR did get announced. Not sure it’ll be the “5D Mark III”, but it will probably fit in between the 5D3 and 1D X as far as price goes. No timeframe was given by Canon on this one.
I think this may be the first time Canon has announced an “in development” DSLR.
*UPDATE* May be something, may be nothing *BUSTED* [CR1]
I was told a while ago about the C300, and a Super35 camera coming down the pipe. It was reported here a few times.
What I was also told, and never posted, was that a Super35 DSLR was also coming. The source initially thought that was what the 1D X was going to be.
I’ll see if I can find out more tomorrow.
A lot of chatter about a red “C”
The Twitter, Facebook and blogging world has become more interested in that EOS DSLR camera with the red “C” branding on it, than the C300 itself.
What is it?!
There are a few theories about it.
- It’s a new DSLR and it will be announced soon. Canon leaked it.
- It’s a 1D X and the logo will appear on the final production camera.
- It was added to the slide to show the cohesiveness of the new camera with the existing EOS family.
- They want to be more like Leica.
My opinion is it’s either #2 or #3. I can’t imagine no one at Canon picked up on the red “C” and leaked a new camera. I’m also of the belief a full EOS-1 sized body would not be where the 5D series heads.
If you look closely at the EOS-1 body and above the red “c”, you’ll notice there is no branding or model number of any kind. Normally that’s where “EOS-1D” would appear. If it was a new camera, there would probably be something else visible besides the “C”.
There will be more to come on this topic I’m sure. I’ll let the rest of the world dissect what it means!
Dan Chung from DSLRNewsShooter talks with Mark Burnhill from Canon Europe about the video features of the new EOS-1D X.
You can see the video here
According to Mark Burnhill, the new EOS-1D X is the best performing video DSLR Canon has produced. Below is a real world break down of features.
- No line skipping in video as it uses the whole sensor
- Very little rolling shutter, the still features of the camera have improved this area of video performance.
- You can now use the shutter button to start and stop movie recording. Remotes can be used for this too.
- There are time coding options
- There is a new dedicated button to magnify the image.
Planet5D has the full breakdown.
Canon showcasing the new goodies
Tech Radar makes the rounds with Canon’s new Pixma Pro-1 and EOS 1D X.
We said the build quality was going to be better, and that may have been an understatement. The new Pro-1 weighs a staggering 27kg.
I am probably going to buy one for the massive reduction in print time compared to the Pixma 9500 Mark II.
Said of the Pixma Pro-1
We are told that there could still be changes, but the results from the Pixma Pro-1 are very impressive. Colours are faithfully reproduced and there’s a rich range of tones and the contrast is just right.
We were particularly impressed with the results on glossy paper, which is traditionally a problem area with pigment inks. The Chroma Optimizer appears to do its job well and prints have even glossiness with no bronzing that we could see.
EOS 1D X
Tech Radar has also written up a 3 page hands-on preview of the new 1D X.
Said of the 1D X Autofocus
Our time with the EOS-1DX indicates that the normal phase detection AF system is capable of locking onto subjects very quickly even in very low light. Switch to live view or video mode, however and the contrast detection system is predictably slower and more hesitant – not much new to report there then.
The folks of Engadget have written a little first “hands-on” of the new Canon EOS-1D X.
The biggest question is how the noise is at ISO 25,600 and 51,200. Shockingly there is some noise, how much? Who knows.
We did take a look at a printed shot at the top native ISO of 51,200, which looked quite crisp and clean, though there was a noticeable jump in noise from an identical frame shot at ISO 25,600. We did notice an element of noise with a grid-like pattern in the higher-sensitivity version, which isn’t ideal, but the sample we saw had been shot with a pre-production model….