Marc Aspland on the EOS-1D X Mark II and shooting sports

Marc Aspland On The EOS-1D X Mark II And Shooting Sports

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II: Amazon, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay, Adorama, Canon USA

EOS-1D X Mark II at a glance:

  • Fastest shooting EOS-1D, capable of up to 14 fps full-resolution RAW or JPEG, and up to 16 fps in Live View mode with new Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors.
  • Achieves a maximum burst rate of up to 170 RAWs in continuous shooting at up to 16 fps, and 4K movies using CFast cards in the new CFast 2.0 slot.
  • Experience less noise in higher ISO images via a new 20.2 Megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, with an ISO range of 100 51200; expansion to ISO 409600.
  • Improved AF performance through 61-point, wide area AF system with 41 cross-type points, improved center point focusing sensitivity to -3 EV and compatibility down to f/8
  • Accurate subject tracking for stills and video with new EOS Intelligent Tracking and Recognition AF with 360,000-pixel metering sensor.
  • 4K video (4096 x 2160) up to 60 fps (59.94), with an 8.8-Megapixel still frame grab in camera. Full 1080p HD capture up to 120 fps for slow motion.
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF & Movie Servo AF for high speed, high frame rate and continuous autofocus during video shooting.
  • View and control high quality stills and videos via the 3.2-inch touch panel LCD with 1.62 million dots.
  • Increased resolution and fine detail, with lens aberration correction and diffraction correction via new in-camera Digital Lens Optimizer technology.
  • Built-in GPS provides geotag information including auto time syncing with Universal Time Code via satellites.
  • The new optional Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E8A is compatible with IEEE 802.11ac/n/a/g/b, supporting both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi bands.
  • Durable and rugged magnesium alloy body with dust- and-weather resistance for demanding shooting situations.

Canon Professional Network posted a technical article about Marc Aspland, Chief Sports Photographer at The Times newspaper in London, UK, and how he uses the new Canon EOS-1D X Mark II. Aspland was testing (and working with) the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II since early 2016. Quoting from the interview:

Having an EOS-1D X Mark II is the only major change in Marc Aspland’s kitbag this year as he currently uses: “…all of the same EF lenses that I used with the 1D X – ranging from my 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye all the way through to the 70-200mm f/2.8L and the 200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXTENDER 1.4x. In fact, at the [English] FA Cup Final I used a 2x Extender on it so I had an 800mm [focal length]. So, it’s anything from 15mm all the way up to 800mm, which is probably the stock choice of any sports photographer.”

Marc has been a lifelong user of Canon cameras but his style of sports photography is usually more about capturing the essence of an event, often in a creative way, rather than the key single ‘action moment’. He explains: “I don’t need to be constantly pressing that ‘send’ button on the back of my camera to send everything – as the agency guys might do because their market is so vast. I know what my sports editor is after and I know what players the writers in the press tribune are specifically writing about – a manager or a player – so I can be a great deal more selective about the pictures I send. I don’t need to plug my camera into the ethernet… obviously I can but it’s not a difference in speed to me – it’s a quality rather than quantity issue with my photography.”

Read the article at CPN…

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Canon EOS-1D X Mark II vs Nikon D5 (video)

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Vs Nikon D5 (video)

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II: Amazon, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay, Adorama, Canon USA

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II at a glance:

  • 20.2MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors
  • 14 fps Shooting, 16 fps in Live View
  • DCI 4K Video at 60 fps, 8.8MP Still Grab
  • 61-Point High Density Reticular AF II
  • 3.2 inch (1.62m) Touchscreen LCD Monitor
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF and Movie Servo AF
  • ISO 100-51200 (Expanded to 409600)
  • Built-In GPS
  • CFast & CF Card Slots

11 minutes video by Tony & Chelsea Northrup, Canon EOS-1D X Mark II vs Nikon D5. Two flagships for sport and wildlife photography (and obviously much more).

Expires Soon: CutOut 5 Exclusive Deal, 71% off and on sale at only $19,95

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Canon Watch and German Software Publisher Franzis are very happy to offer to our readers this special deal: until May 31 we are offering CutOut 5 with a 71% discount at $19.95. Regular price is $79.

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The major problem that most graphical designers face is actually properly designing and editing the image around the objects that are in it.
This program is not only able to analyze the image in detail and identify objects using the edge detection technology that it comes with, but also do all the hard work for you. Let’s admit it, there are some rather nasty things about graphic design that most people don’t recognize, and tracing edges and curves pixel by pixel is one of them. This is by far the biggest discomfort that a graphic designer has to cope with, and the fact that the designer will find himself returning and redoing different segments from time to time is a lot more annoying than you may think.

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CutOut 5 at a glance:

  • comprehensive image processing function for perfect compositions
  • Easy to cut out even the most difficult objects – hair, feathers, fur.
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  • Process each layer individually, adapting lighting and colours, focus and framing.
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  • Includes plug-in for current versions of Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.
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Canon EF-S 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM review (Photography Blog)

Canon EF-S 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM Review (Photography Blog)

Canon EF-S 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM:  Amazon, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay, Adorama, Canon USA

EF-S 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM at a glance:

  • EF-S Mount Lens/APS-C Format
  • 28.8-216mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • One UD Element & One Aspherical Element
  • NANO USM Autofocus System
  • Image Stabilizer and Dynamic IS
  • Compatible with PZ-E1 Power Zoom Adapter

Along with their Canon EOS 80D review, Photography Blog also posted the review about Canon’s new kit lens for APS-C DSLR, the EF-S 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM featuring NANO USM technology.

From the conclusion:

Image quality is pretty good rather than outstanding. Centre and edge sharpness isn’t great throughout the zoom range at the maximum aperture, but stopping-down by one stop sharpens things up considerably, whatever focal length you use. Chromatic aberrations aren’t very well controlled, though, and there’s obvious geometric distortion at the wider focal lengths and some obvious corner shading at the maximum aperture. The lens also doesn’t ship with a hood, which is only available as an optional and rather expensive accessory.

The EF-S 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM gets 4 starts out of 5, and is rated as a “relatively small, lightweight and versatile zoom lens for APS-C DSLR owners that delivers pleasing results for both stills and video“.

[via Photography Blog]

Still Live: Canon EOS 6D deal – $1,099 (reg. $1,399)

Still Live: Canon EOS 6D Deal – $1,099 (reg. $1,399)

Canon EOS 6D at a glance:

  • DIGIC 5+ Image Processor
  • 3.0″ 1.04m-Dot Clear View LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 30 fps
  • 11-Point AF with Center Cross-Type Point
  • Native ISO 25600, Extended to ISO 102400
  • 4.5 fps Shooting at Full Resolution
  • Built-In Wi-Fi and GPS Connectivity
  • iFCL 63-Zone Dual Layer Metering Sensor
  • In-Camera HDR & Multiple Exposure Mode

Top Rated Plus seller ElectronicsValley on eBay (99.6% positive ratings) has the Canon EOS 6D on sale at $1,099. Compare at $1,399. Free shipping. Please note: this is an imported model, seller warranty applies.

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II review (Is this what the future looks like for Canon? – LensRentals)

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Review (Is This What The Future Looks Like For Canon? – LensRentals)

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II: Amazon, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay, Adorama, Canon USA

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II at a glance:

  • 20.2MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors
  • 14 fps Shooting, 16 fps in Live View
  • DCI 4K Video at 60 fps, 8.8MP Still Grab
  • 61-Point High Density Reticular AF II
  • 3.2 inch (1.62m) Touchscreen LCD Monitor
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF and Movie Servo AF
  • ISO 100-51200 (Expanded to 409600)
  • Built-In GPS
  • CFast & CF Card Slots

LensRentals had their hands on the new Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, Canon’s latest full-frame flagship and likely the new gold standard for this category of professional cameras.

They write:

Overall, the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II is without a question, the best Canon camera I’ve ever used. The images looked great, the speed of the camera is unbelievable, and the build is unparalleled. Canon took what everyone loved about the Canon EOS-1D X classic, and improved it on every single level, and managed to do it and keep it cheaper than the Nikon competitor (which in my opinion, is not as good). If you’re a sports photographer, this is your Ferrari. Read the review…

And like a Ferrari, there is a pice tag that sure isn’t for anyone of us, $6,000. However, you get what you pay for: advanced tech and a truly professional DSLR.

If you want to know how 14fps sound and look, then start the video below.

 

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