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Canon EOS 1 D X: an experience review

Canon EOS-1 D XAfter having written a review about the Canon EOS 1 Mark IV not too long ago, the review for the Canon EOS 1 D X may be a little bit early. But I think, I write only a short review, because I ‘m often asked about my experiences with the 1DX. Mainly from photographers who (still) use the Canon EOS 1 Mark IV.

With the EOS 1 Mark IV I had been very satisfied all the time and – until February this year – I assumed that I would wait for the next professional model and would skip the Canon EOS 1DX. I would not have thought at the time, that I would buy the Canon EOS 1DX. The EOS 1 Mark IV had been the perfect camera for me. However, in Norway I met the famous finnish nature photographer Marcus Varesvuo. I realized that he was shooting with 2 Bodies of the Canon EOS 1DX and he told me that he had sold his two “old” EOS 1 Mark IV because after the purchase of the new professional models he no longer took pictures with the EOS 1 Mark IV . The EOS 1 Mark IV he had originally intended to keep to use the “better” crop factor of 1.3. As he told me, this is of no importance for him anymore. The higher resolution of 18mpix would allow cropping in the final image very well and allow a significant improvement in noise performance recordings with the converters, which is not suitable with the EOS 1 Mark IV.

The first time I photographed with the 1DX myself, I have noticed not only the above mentioned improvements. The autofocus speed, a speed of 12 frames/ sec and the dynamic range were significantly better. After a short expedition for the Great Grey Owl in Continue reading Canon EOS 1 D X: an experience review

Canon 400mm f4 DO, an experience review for flight shots

Canon EF-400 mm F4,0 DO IS USMIn the reviews of my blog I often see, that photographers are scanning 400mm f4 DO-articles especially concerning its ability for birding photography. As I mentioned already, this lens brings out a diverse range of opinions. The summary focusses on the optical “disadvantages” like:

  • Sharpness is very good, but falls off dramatically with TCs
  • Contrast very low

Concerning the optical performance I do not comment. Everything what has to be said has to be claimend / denied in the internet………..

I want to focus on the practical aspects, here for the usage of the Canon 400mm f4 DO as a flight shot lens:

  • Very light
  • Portable for a large aperture lens
  • AF – button
  • Old-fashioned IS

As said, I decided for the Canon 400mm DO f4,0 in combination with a Canon 1D Mark IV because I am bird photographer who has specialized in photographing many species of birds for scientific purposes also in their behavior. For this purpose the Canon 400mm f4 DO is absolutely great. Flight shoots of big birds such as raptors or storks/herons are perfectly possible.

Here you can see some nice flight shots of bigger birds I shot during a trip to the Pantanal – mainly on the the Pousada Pouso Alegre south of Poconé in Mato Grosso/ Brazil – during December 2012/ January 2013. For bigger images please click on the link in the text “Full size is 1800 × 1125 pixels” below the image in the gallery.

If the Autofocus matches the small passerine (song-)birds, flight shots of these birds are perfectly possible, too. It might take more time, patience and experience.

Some remarks for the usage of Canon 400mm f4 DO as a flight-shot lens:

Canon 400mm f4 DO review; a practical experience

This lens, perhaps more than any other Canon lens, brings out a diverse range of opinions. Of course, as with any major purchase, opinions are always going to be influcenced by emotions and financial factors.
The quick and dirty summary normally is:
• Sharpness is very good, but falls off dramatically with TCs
• Contrast very low (but might be adjusted if shooting RAW via Photoshop)
• Very light and portable for a large aperture lens (not only for a 400mm)
• High price
• Old-fashioned IS
As an dissatisfied Nikon-Photographer I was looking for a completely new photographic system.
I am bird photographer who has specialized in photographing as many species of birds for scientific purposes as possible. First I checked my needs exactly. I hike a lot in different areas to find birds – in the mountains at 2500m asl or in the rain forest. Weight plays a major role. The lens should fit into a (not-too-big) backpack

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