This is the very first click out of my new 1DX and new 24-70L II. Sigh... no longer virgins! No changes to menus. Just put on the lens, went outside, turned the camera on, aimed and shot. (Just wanted to see what came out)
Pretty impressed with result. Now to have fun with the menu's. That will be exciting... maybe! Camera came back with f/7.1, 1/400, 160 ISO
There was recently a long thread regarding the reality that the Canon 1Dc is mechanically identical to the 1Dx and is simply a firmware difference... that costs an additional $6000.
Most placed the blame on Canon; calling it a ripoff and gouging. BUT... that is NOT the case.
As it turns out, this is in response to European Union rules. The EU considers 4k video, even on a still camera, as a Professional VIDEO camera, and the taxes, duties, and other trade tariffs are excessive. Canon cannot sell the 1Dc in Europe as a Still Camera. This is EXACTLY the same reason that still cameras like the 1Dx have a video recording limitation of 29:59 minutes. At 30:00 capability, it becomes a "Video Camera" under EU rules.
This is screwing non-EU consumers because Canon is wary of getting slammed for violating EU rules, and probably afraid that offering the firmware upgrade only in non-EU countries would cause an underground blackmarket of product making its way to the EU. (Much like the graymarket here)
There IS a potential solution that I thought of....one that could solve the geographical issue. It's not something that Canon probably would have thought of though.. (Canon is not know for thinking "outside the box")
They could upgrade the 1Dx's with firmware that would REQUIRE the use of a Canon GP-E1 GPS unit that would have to be on the camera in order to film in 4X. The firmware would bar the use of 4X when the GPS unit showed the location to be anywhere within the EU... or within any OTHER country that had the same type of penalizing tariffs. Simple, and easy to do in firmware. I'd pay $1000 for the upgrade and buy the GP-E1 if that were the case.
This video has been posted on The Blaze of a Leopard attack on Impalas. It was filmed with a Go-Pro cam mounted to a vehicle. The cool thing is to listen to the unmistakable alert sound of Canon cameras indicating AF and either a 1D Mk IV, or 1DX hammering away during the attack. Awesome video!
I just ordered the 24-70 II from Newegg. They had four in stock when I ordered, so as of this post, they should still have three left.
They seem to be the only company in the USA that has current stock, and got VERY lucky with a brainstorm to take a look at NewEgg.... not generally thought of for photo equipment. I confirmed the stock with online chat and should have the lens by Friday latest.
If you've been looking to buy, I'd go IMMEDIATELY to NewEgg and see if the 24-70 page still shows stock. Price same as everywhere else... $2299.00