For anyone worried that the life of the 1D X won't be longer because it will run through its 400,000 actuations super fast, there is a custom setting that enables one to adjust the shooting speed. This is one feature that I made careful to verify before ordering my 1D X. I would hate to be stuck shooting ONLY at 12 fps or 3 fps. Thankfully, it can be set anywhere in between as well.
My low speed on the 1D4 is set to 5fps (same as the 1DS3)
but in this case with the difference you can turn that on when you want
When i shoot portraits i tend to take two or three pics to avoid having people with their eyes closed. Why on earth would you use 12fps for this? in two seconds you would have like 20 pics
Yes, pay the double for double framerate and then slow it down... That's like buying a Veyron, and tow it with a Lada to save gas....
Totally right on about shooting portraits. Anybody not understanding the usefulness of being able to change the top speed and slow speed is not thinking before posting.
And even the 14 fps IS extremely useful. Imagine getting a wide angle close up shot of a hurdler. At 6 fps one would only get about 2 frames possibly catching the action at the right moment. At 14 fps, one could get five frames as the hurdler crossed the hurdle, much more likely to get a perfect wide angle view of the hurdler.
14 fps is for creativity and usefulness, and so is 12 fps, and so is 5 fps, etc. I am paying for the creative ability.
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