Canon EOS 1Dx MkII

Canon EOS 1Dx MkII: The latest addition.

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Because Canon read my mind.

After a few years patiently waiting, Canon launched the 1Dx MkII, a camera that ticked my boxes and offered more.

Canon EOS 1Dx MkII

So did it meet my requirements of geotagging and improved light sensitivity? Of course it did. It offered a lot more too. One surprise was that the resolution remained very similar, but that wasn’t a problem. The 21 megapixels it offered was absolutely fine for what I wanted.

I pre-ordered the camera, and then waited the agonising 12 weeks from launch, to delivery.

I had a lens which failed years ago, actually on our trip to Tallinn. A lesson not to pack your valuable lens in the hold luggage, regardless of how secure you think you have packed it. Time to get that fixed. Life was going to involve taking a lot more photographs, and that I relished.

Then it arrived.

ust in time for our trip to the City of London. So a trial by fire for the camera. One thing I overlooked was the need to upgrade the memory cards.

Despite the camera having the same resolution as the out-going model, Canon had implement a different standard for one of the card slots. The previous 1D ‘s had pair CompactFlash (CF) cards with Secure Digital (SD) cards. Canon has now replaced the SD card with CFast, or CompactFast.

Unfortunately, I think everyone was one step ahead of me and stock of the CFast cards was nil. So I was constrained to just my existing CompactFlash. Not a huge issue, but my planning could have been better.

So on the road, how did it fare?

The great thing about Canon is they ensure that the function buttons remain in the same position. So picking it up for the first time, it felt very familiar. There were one or two anomalies, but that first trip went well. The only issue I saw was battery consumption. The issue with the GPS is that it is an additional pull on the battery. So where a full charge would normally last a full mini-break, The battery needed charging at the end of every day.

A walk along London’s South Bank late in the evening demonstrated the camera’s low-light abilities. We have a big tick there, however the truth would only be unfold once we got to processing the images.

The City of London at night

And once you got the images in Adobe Lightroom?

Well the geotagging was great, although London is definitely one of the places where I would know where images were taken.

The map module of Adobe Lightroom with all the locations tagged

Seeing that data successfully imported into Adobe Lightroom was great, and bodes well for future adventures. The quality of the images, especially the low light ones was great.

There was just one problem, and that was me…

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