In this entry are photos from my first day of field testing the 1DX at High Park: I mostly wanted to stress-test the camera’s high-ISO performance, choosing to leave the camera at high shutter speeds & forcing auto-ISO to compensate using unnaturally-high ISO values I’d otherwise be uncomfortable shooting with (though there are a few photos taken at normal ISO values below). In dark or shaded areas, I was operating mostly between ISO-5000 to ISO-12800. I also opted to test the performance of the camera paired with a bare 500mm lens as opposed to depending on a 1.4x teleconverter, which is how I would usually shoot birds/wildlife. As a result, there were significantly more “environmental portraits” in this set than the typical bird close-ups I’d shoot on a regular outing.
In short, the Canon 1DX has AMAZING high-ISO performance – colours are accurately reproduced even at high-ISO values & the noise characteristics from this new full-frame sensor are simply unbelievable. Several of the high-ISO samples shown above were pushed by roughly one full stop in Lightroom, with minimal negative effects (relative to Canon’s previous camera offerings). As I wrote in my full hands-on review of the 1DX, I’d be more than comfortable shooting up to ISO-8000/ISO-10000 or so on the 1DX, whereas I always stayed at ISO-1600 on the 1Ds Mark III & usually stayed below ISO-2500/ISO-5000 on the 1D Mark IV.
Up next, I’ll be posting selected photos from the handful of portrait sessions I shot with the 1DX – this time operating mostly between ISO-100 & ISO-400!
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