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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?”

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This past week at Photo Plus 2012, Canon invited journalists out to a special event. They gathered two former Top Chef winners and had them compete against one another in a cook-off. Journalists were free to wander the facilities and also were treated to prints of one of their images. Different cameras and lenses were available. Since I’m currently reviewing the new 24-70mm f2.8 USM II L, I decided to put that on the 1D X and also use my 580 EX II despite there already being quite a bit of light available.

In general, I kept the ISOs down to ISO 400, and had the flash pointed in different directions for various creative lighting techniques. The lens was also usually kept somewhere between f2.8 to f5.6.

 

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