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.
*UPDATE 2* 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!
Canon showcasing the new goodies Tech Radar makes the rounds with Canon’s new Pixma Pro-1 and EOS 1D X.
Pixma Pro-1 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.
From Engadget 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….
Clarification Arthur Morris has posted the reply he received from Chuck Westfall in regards to the f/8 issue with new Canon EOS-1D X.
“AF is unavailable on the EOS-1D X if the maximum aperture reported to the camera through the electronic lens mount is smaller than f/5.6. This is a lower specification than previous EOS-1 series DSLRs. On the plus side, consider the fact that with most f/4 lenses including the 400 DO, 500/4L IS and IS II, and 600/4L IS and IS II, you now have 41 cross-type AF points plus color and face detection, whereas you had no cross-type points and no color or face detection during AF with previous EOS-1 series DSLRs using the same lenses, not to mention a significantly wider AF coverage area from left to right.”
I’ve never talked this much in my life. I sat down briefly with James Beltz at PhotoTips.biz and talked a bit about the EOS-1D X. I learned some stuff from him about the camera and tried to sound all technical and stuff. I’l like to discuss the camera again once I’ve actually used one.
The Canon EOS 1D X
The following video is from Canon Japan with english subtitles. It’s a technical marketing piece for the new EOS 1D X. More of what you probably already know, but explains the new technologies in the new flagship well.
All is not great? There does seem to be some things left out of the EOS 1D X that photographers are worried about. The biggest one I have seen is the omission of f/8 AF sensors. This means that a 500 f/4L IS with a 2X teleconverter wouldn’t have AF at the center point, like the current 1D and 1Ds cameras. I am still waiting for official confirmation from Canon about this issue. Is it a hardware thing? or could it be addressed with software?
High ISO Samples Unfortunately, they aren’t high resolution high ISO samples.
What’s in a sensor? [ISW] has given a nice and concise breakdown of the technology inside the new full frame sensor for the EOS 1D X. Below is a direct quote of the breakdown.
New photodiode construction has resulted in an improved photoelectric conversion rate that gives increased light sensitivity.
Improved transistors inside the pixels are said to make SNR higher
The first time that gapless microlenses have been employed on a Canon full-frame sensor.
14fps speed is achieved by a 16-channel analog output with two-vertical-pixel simultaneous readout. The 16 outputs are muxed in 4 ADCs siting on a separate image processor chip Digic 5+. It is around 1.4 times faster than the previous generation EOS-1D Mark IV and said to be a first for a 35mm full-frame digital sensor. At ISO 32,000 or higher the frame rate is reduced to 10fps.