AN­DREW’S TAKE ON THE CANON 1D-X

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“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

wrong or right way, and the

only per­son that should be

happy with the im­age is the

pho­tog­ra­pher him­self.

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