ANDREW’S TAKE ON THE CANON 1D-X
“The Canon 1D-X tops every other camera in the range. The body shoots twice as many frames per second. Bird photographers would love it as the high-frame rate catches very fastmoving scenes, good for landscapes. It’s rugged and can handle quite a punch. Designed to be an all-weather camera versus the others. While some are weather-sealed, it’s not to the extent of the 1D-X. With a highstandard built quality, this camera is great for Land Rover enthusiasts who want to bounce it around the car – it’s built to last. I think for anyone who wants to take photography seriously, it’s a great starting point.”
What camera would you recommend for intermediate photographers?
If you’re looking to take photography seriously, the Canon 7D Mark II, paired with the 100 – 400mm Mark II lens is a ‘prosumer’ product. It offers the best value for money in terms of investment for photographers. It’s got great tech specifications; it performs brilliantly in very low light conditions, and the lens is an optical masterpiece. It’s the most midrange camera you can get from Canon and use effectively. For under R50k, there’s no competitor in the market that can match the Canon 7D Mark II for combination pro lens and really high-quality body.
Do you consider Canon as a user-friendly camera?
Each system is different, but Canons are very user-friendly. It just makes sense. It follows decent structures and with a little training (scrounging the Internet), you’ll get a great understanding of the camera. Just by reading the basics of the manual, you can come to terms with it pretty easily. On the 7D Mark II, there’s a unique and specific focus system, which takes some getting used to. But using the focus system on the EV preset, you’ll do very well before customising it for your own needs.
How significant is Canon’s software?
Canon’s software that comes with the camera is very underrated. Using it in the field, there are different ways of managing your images like a strong picture file setting. When you’re experimenting with your camera and using your focus, you can set things like saturation and sharpness. When you’re in the field, you can get a good idea of your exposure on the quality LCD screen.
Favourite subject to shoot?
Wildlife is my passion. I lead photographic safaris and help people create photos (#creatingphotography). Everyone has their own view. I don’t believe there is a wrong or right way, and the only person that should be happy with the image is the photographer himself. I teach people to shoot for themselves and create their own art, and not for Facebook, photographic forums, or other people’s approval.
Everyone has their own view.
I don’t believe there is a
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only person that should be
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