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As a working pro that makes a living off my tools (currently 1DX's), there are a couple of features that I'd spend a lot of money for. ..
#2: Digital crop that would allow cropping into the sensor on the fly, similar or better than the Nikon D3/D4 can do.

Interesting. May I ask why? It's a nice to have, maybe, but if that (software) functionality adds "a lot of money" to the cost of a body, I'd prefer to put that money into memory and crop in post.

For most of my work there is no time for post processing.  My images go straight from the camera to viewing stations where my customers can view and purchase the images.  Selected images also go straight to slideshows running on multiple 50" screens.  If a parent sees a good shot on the 50" screens, chances are they are going to head to the viewing stations to look and hopefully make a purchase.  A my larger venues my selected shots are projected on 20'x30' screens.  Again no time for post processing.

The crop on the fly ability allows me to put a more tightly cropped image in front of the customer, whether it be on my viewing stations, 50" monitors or 20'x30' screen.  For me this increases sales.


As a working pro that makes a living off my tools (currently 1DX's), there are a couple of features that I'd spend a lot of money for.  In my line of business, sellable images straight out of the camera is of paramount importance, and the following improvements would vastly improve the number of sellable images I could make:

#1: Auto white balance & auto exposure that works well under cycling sodium/mercury vapor lighting.  The 7DII apparently makes a step in dealing with cycling lights on the auto exposure front.  Currently cycling lights do horrific damage to IQ.
#2: Digital crop that would allow cropping into the sensor on the fly, similar or better than the Nikon D3/D4 can do.
#3: Better AF in poor lighting (the 1DX is awesome, but there's always room for improvement)


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 1D Mark IV or 1Dx?
« on: May 29, 2014, 10:22:56 PM »
I wish the 1DX could change crop factor like Nikon.

Why?  There are only 3 positives I see to the variable crop factor. 
1. Nikon cameras FF cameras can take crop lenses from Nikon.  But Canon FF can take crop lenses from 3rd pard companies.  Are there really any Canon crop lenses you need to have but can't replace with a Sigma, or Tokina?
2. You save space on the memory card.  With 32,64, and 128GB cards under $100, is this really still an issue?
3. I don't have to crop as much in post.  SO what, a little more work.  What about the photos that are saved because your subject is off center and not cutoff by the frame? 

Not trying to argue here, but I like the crop factor of cameras that cram more pixels into a smaller space when I need more reach fro a telephoto lens.  But an 18MP 1DX photo cropped in software to Canon's 1.6X factor is a 7MP photo.  Same in camera as if it was done in post.  Only difference is in post I can move my 7MP around, or crop less or not at all.

If you are moving from crop to FF, losing a lens or 2 is a bitter pill to swallow, but hey.

My images go straight from the camera to my viewing stations to sell to my customers onsite.  No post processing done at all, unless prints are bought.  Digital sales are done onsite via USB flash drives.  So getting it right in the camera is of paramount importance.  Additional, selected images are sent straight to multiple 46" monitors, or at bigger competitions projected onto 20' screens on either side of the stage.  Appropriately cropping in camera makes a much bigger impression on the customers when viewing on either the viewing stations or slideshow screens.  With the Nikon bodies you can program a button to change crop mode on the fly.  When I owned a D3S I learned how to do this as effectively as zooming the zoom ring.

Finally, I never shoot these events at full resolution or using RAW.  With several shooters, shooting up to 600 competitors/day, we can easily take 100,000 images over a weekend.  8-12 megapixel is more than enough for what we need.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 1D Mark IV or 1Dx?
« on: May 29, 2014, 09:49:40 PM »
I finally have enough funds to purchase either a 1Dx but I am not sure if it is that much better than a 1D Mark IV.  I can compare the specs but I'd like to hear from those who currently own both bodies.  Is the 1Dx worth the price of TWO 1D Mark IVs?  Are the better specs worth the extra expense?  Thanks in advance
I own both.  Since getting my 1DX,  my Mark IV has lived a pretty lonely life of neglect in my camera bag waiting for my 1DX to fail.  I shoot a lot of gymnastics and dance.  I choose to use my 1DX with a 1.4x III extender on either my 70-200 f/2.8 II or my 200 f/1.8 over using my Mark IV with these lenses without an extender.  The JPGs straight of the 1DX are phenomenal.  This happens to be what I shot the most.  I just picked up a 2nd 1DX because I have a bazillion clicks (fast approaching 1,000,000) on my original 1DX.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 1D Mark IV or 1Dx?
« on: May 29, 2014, 09:38:11 PM »
I wish the 1DX could change crop factor like Nikon.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D X - Few Questions
« on: February 27, 2013, 10:02:04 PM »
Finally bought the 1D X, and will be putting it to the test later today. I just wanted to ask those that have one (or more) a few quick questions:

1) How long do you find the battery lasts when shooting sports with frequent long bursts etc. (shooting RAW only)?
Not sure about Raw, but shooting JPG the battery lasts 8000-10000 clicks going through most of the images on the preview screen.  I only shoot bursts of 2 or 3, and shoot a lot of single click as well.  But I preview almost every shot rather quickly in between competitors. This battery performance is similar to what I get on my Mark IV. 

2) Are there any smaller battery rechargers available? (makes no difference if you do not travel, but it is pretty big if you do - though thankfully it is not heavy).
Not that I've heard of.

3) Has anyone run into any problems regarding the noise the camera makes when using it at sporting events, where noise is frowned upon?
I have used "Silent" mode on my Mark IV at Dance Competition during solos to a quiet song with success, but not yet on my 1DX.  Try it (silent mode) out, and see what you think.  At the expense of frame rate, silent mode dampens the shutter sound but does not elimiate it. I think I read the 5D Mark III is more silent in slient mode.

4) How long did it take you to get used to the different AF system/options? I will be testing it on the job later today and will probably keep changing settings though have decided to start with AF Point Expansion (Manual selection, surrounding points) and then switch between cases 1, 4 and 6.

I have a quarter of a million clicks on my 1DX and I'm still fine tuning.  The AF is really really good.  I never had complaints with my Mark IV but back to back the 1DX AF is very superior to the Mark IV.  The 45 auto select works really good if your subject is not moving too fast.  This never worked for me with any previous body.

5) Is it the fine tuning of those Cases that takes the most time to learn and perfect?
Yes, I use AF Point Expansion most of the time, and tweek the "Gymnastics/Dance" case settings along the way.

6) What CF card - in terms of read/write speeds - do you recommend? I have Lexar Pro 400Xs. Should I get faster to make the most out of the 1DX.
I've never run out of buffer with Sandisk 60x cards, but I'm shooting JPG, not RAW.

Really appreciate all your feedback. Thank you.

Lenses / This one really shows how sharp the 200 f/1.8 is.
« on: February 26, 2013, 02:09:37 PM »
This is with the 1.4x II attached on a Mark III.


Lenses / Re: My 200 f/1.8 plus a 1.4x And a 2.0x sharpness samples
« on: February 25, 2013, 07:54:04 PM »
The 200 f/1.8 is amazingly sharp even with a 1.4x II and 2.0x II stacked in front of it on my 1D Mark III :

Or with just a 2.0x attached moving at 100+ MPH:


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