Canon is issuing product advisories on their flagship cameras: the 1D C and 1D X. Since they’re both essentially the same camera, it only makes sense that the issues are affecting both products. The advisory has to do with problems with the viewfinder and then autofocus not locking. The latter is one that I’d personally be livid with if I were a pro purchasing that camera.
Of any cameras that Canon has put out in the most recent years, these two seem to be the most controversial. First there was autofocusing problems with their own speedlites that needed to be corrected and then there are issues regarding the latest 1D C firmware and it needing to be done by CPS only.
When I first started the Phoblographer, I used to answer certain reader emails in the form of a post. Because the site grew so fast, i cut it out. But today I received a message via 500px that made me chuckle and also think to myself just how confused many consumers are. And trust me, there are tons of them. This letter came from a woman whose daughter is travelling around and who became very confused with what camera to get. Her daughter is a model, and her photographer shot with one camera but a company advised her to get another one.
Today, Canon issued a statement regarding the 5D Mk III and 1D X and focusing with speedlites. Apparently, they don’t focus as fast as older DSLRs would. After some evaluating, the company is now declaring that there is a problem that will be addressed with a firmware update.
The firmware is supposed to come later on this year, but what they’re not being clear about is which Speedlite the problems are occurring with.
This has been a very big and long issue in the radio transmission world for a while. When the 5D Mk III and 1D X were announced and finally hit the shelves, photographers found themselves having issues with their trusty PocketWizard Flex and Mini radio units that trigger flashes. For years, these have been the industry standard for TTL transmission to Canon Speedlites. But something went terribly wrong.
Flashes and lighting are one the biggest and most critical parts of upgrading your camera system in order to expand your creativity. Once you start using them, it’s simple to get hooked. One of the biggest arguments against using a flash was that high ISO results are just so good now. The problem with that statement is that a flash will still give you the light where you need it; therefore adding creativity to your image. If there is no light to begin with, why raise the ISO level?
As a Canon system owner for years who now just concentrates on lenses and flashes, I can tell you from experience how to upgrade.
I want to take a different approach to playing with the Canon 1D X in this First Impressions and in the final review to follow. You see, I did not have any professional shoots planned while I was loaned the camera and I’m not the type of guy to go take pictures of city streets just to test a camera. That works for some people, not for me.
What I want to do is talk about adapting to, and getting the most out of, the Canon 1D X if you are upgrading from a lesser model. Let’s face it, this First Impression is not going to give new info to the seasoned wedding or sports photographer. They already know what gear they will buy (or have their company buy for them). I want to answer the question, “Is it really worth the cash, if I were to stretch my budget and buy one?”