Still Photo Testing by William Tan
Three weeks before releasing their new EOS-1D X Mark II camera, Canon put one in the hands of award-winning Singapore photographer William Tan.
William, who is a violinist with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, is known for his award-winning underwater images. William received the new EOS-1D X Mark II three weeks prior to its official release, allowing him to put the camera through it spaces in the Philippines with macro and black water subjects, and in Sri Lanka with sperm whales.
The camera’s best functions, he says are the fast auto-focusing speed and tracking sensitivity, which helped him capture tack-sharp images of his subjects. “The rare few subjects that the camera’s predecessor (the EOS-1D X) would have problem focusing on, the EOS-1D X Mark II is now able to nail with ease.”
The camera’s ability to shoot a burst of 14 frames per second on the continuous shooting mode to allow him to choose the most aesthetic image from a sequence of animal behaviors that happen in a blink of an eye.
Abraham Joffe Video Capabilities Test
Based on our own early testing and experience, we couldn't be more excited about this new camera release. For still photo shooters, this is fast action system that leaves nothing to be desired in terms of focus and continuous shooting speed. This is also an incredibly compelling video capture system, with UHD resolution at up to 60 fps. Dual pixel autofocus is a game changer for DSLR video capture. We've raved about this tech in 70D and 7D Mark II cameras, and it is now available for the first time in a UHD / 4K capable system.
This system really works, allowing autofocus tracking or an automated focus reveal. There is almost never any hunting, exposure change, or visible stepping of modern EF-S and STM lenses while acquiring focus. Check out the shrimps at :07 in this video shot with 70D last year in Lembeh.