I know they have a 200 actuation count policy, but if you do what I did and check the <1000 shutter count every 50 shots up to 990, and then one at a time until 1000, you'll probably find that it changes at 1001 like mine did.
Northstar, I understand your solution and like I've said, it was a good idea for your situation/issue. In my case, I just wanted to cover all my bases before I talked to B&H. I didn't want them to hit me with some technicality later on if I keep shooting and find out that before I reach 1000 actuations (per my count), the shutter count on my camera would say ≥1000. If that happens, eventually, B&H will not go by my word, but what the camera "says". I do not want them to tell me something like, "Well, you should've contacted us about the issue before you started ramping up your actuations.". I needed a confirmation from B&H that they would honor an exchange over 200 actuations. I did get that confirmation so I'm good for now. Thanks again for the suggestion.
On another note, wasn't able to swing by Canon Irvine today...will do so tomorrow. Outside of having them check and possibly be able to give me an exact actuation count, I need to go there anyways to have a different issue with another camera addressed.
You have a good plan....I notice I was being a bit redundant, my apologies.
You're smart to get an email from B&H to cover yourself. As I said before, canon should just factory wrap and seal these 1dx's considering their cost. Retailers digging around in the boxes is unacceptable. With your "cut open manual package" situation, I think the steps you're taking are prudent.
On another note, with regard to our similar move from 5d3 to 1dx, what changes in settings seem important and/or "newly beneficial" to you? Are you using the INtelligent Subject Analysis? I ask because i seem to remember that it was not the default..I could be wrong though. This is one feature I will be comparing to the 5d3 when I have time.
Also...did your 1dx come with or without the firmware update?
Northstar, please, don't apologize.
In regards to factory wrapping (stretch-wrapping) and sealing these DSLR boxes, I unequivocally agree with you. I would go as far as suggesting for Canon to do it on all their DSLRs, lest they get inundated with complaints/defections from/by our Canon-shooting brethren.
If added cost was/is Canon's issue for not doing this, I would gladly give up all the manuals (I wouldn't have had an "issue" had they done this...see what I did there?
), just to get a stretch-wrapped and sealed box. No reason for anyone (outside of the last person in Canon's packing line and the photographer/owner) in the supply chain to be tampering with these boxes!
Just to clarify, I'm not really "moving" from the 5DM3 to the 1D X...I'm keeping them both. I do have a 5DM2 that I'm selling. I presumed you'd be keeping your 5DM3 as well. Settings that are important to me (All under "Orange tab - CFn"): 'Spot meter. linked to AF pt' (this, IMHO, is invaluable), 'Restrict shooting modes' (don't use 'P' and 'Bulb'), 'Restrict metering modes' (never use 'Partial metering'), 'Metering used in manual exp' (shoot Manual exposure a lot), 'Set shutter speed range', 'Set aperture range'. To a lesser extent, 'Restrict drive modes' (will never shoot 14fps...not a sports shooter)
INtelligent Subject Analysis? Were you referring to 'Auto AF pt sel.:EOS iTR AF' on "Magenta tab - AF"? If you were, that was one of the first things I turned on; even before I broke out the manual...was just toying around with the menu. Default setting was off. I don't really know if that would do anything for me personally, as I've mentioned, I don't shoot sports, but turned it on anyways. If there's anything counter-productive with that setting turned on in regards to my shooting-style, I would not hesitate to turn it off. Reading the "sportshooter" article (thanks to you) you linked to last night, Peter Read Miller and his friend Jerry Ward seem to think it isn't a bad idea to turn it on...so I'll leave it on for now. Still haven't read what the manual has to say about it though.
Firmware that came with mine was 1.0.6. I believe this was the first firmware released by Canon after the camera was available mainstream...immediate predecessor to 1.1.1 which I've already upgraded to.
As an aside, the truly tangible advantage of the 1D X over the 5DM3 is the build quality. The buttons and dials feel so much different (way better IMHO)...the "AF-ON" button is perfect/precise/exactly where it needs to be (sorry, just had to drive my point) location for my thumb! Less smudges on the main LCD due to the deeper eye-relief. The lock mechanism that engages the CF cards door is a desirable function. When you hold the 1D X in your hand, it just feels more solid all-around. I could go on and on, but I refuse to exaggerate. I still love the 5DM3 for what it is...a remarkable camera in that segment. For me, cameras are tools...no more, no less.
Sorry for the long-winded reply, everyone. Just trying my best to be of help to everyone in general and Northstar in particular. Hope this helps, Northstar...enjoy tinkering and shooting with your cameras!