Canon EOS-1DX Mark II: The Gi­ant of Pro­fes­sional Flag­ship Cam­eras

Asian Diver (English) - - Advertorial - By: Ace Wu

As a pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­pher, I’m al­ways try­ing to push the en­ve­lope, so I need a cam­era that helps me re­alise my cre­ative vi­sion. Canon’s flag­ship DSLR, the EOS-1DX Mark II, has proven that it can de­liver.

Un­der­wa­ter pho­tog­ra­phy presents tremen­dous chal­lenges for any cam­era: Some fish may be tiny and blend per­fectly into their sur­round­ings, while oth­ers might have highly re­flec­tive bod­ies and move very fast in huge schools. But the EOS-1DX Mark II makes light work of these tough shoot­ing con­di­tions. The high-res­o­lu­tion full-frame sen­sor pro­duces vi­brant colour and crisp de­tail even at higher ISO set­tings, and its in­cred­i­bly fast and ac­cu­rate aut­o­fo­cus nails fo­cus ev­ery time.

In one in­stance, I fol­lowed a res­i­dent school of bar­racu­das for sev­eral days at Blue Cor­ner in Palau. By the fifth day, the fish seemed to ac­cept my pres­ence and al­lowed me to swim among them. Re­ly­ing on the amaz­ing ac­cu­racy of the aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem in the EOS-1DX Mark II, I was able to con­cen­trate fully on com­po­si­tion and make the most of a once-in-a-life­time op­por­tu­nity to cap­ture how the school must ap­pear from an in­di­vid­ual’s per­spec­tive.

The ex­cep­tional dy­namic range of the cam­era’s sen­sor also made it pos­si­ble to bring down the high­lights in post-pro­cess­ing, and ex­tract all of the stun­ning de­tails in these shiny fish.

In an­other ex­am­ple, my aim was to pro­duce a more dra­matic en­vi­ron­men­tal fish por­trait. The idea was to use a light with a fil­ter to colour the back­ground a dra­matic blue, and then at­tach a snoot (es­sen­tially a cylin­dri­cal tube) to a sec­ond light to di­rect a beam of white light onto the body of the fish. Here, the EOS-1DX Mark II’s Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence (AI) Servo Aut­o­fo­cus mode, work­ing with the EOS In­tel­li­gent Track­ing and Recog­ni­tion (EOS iTR) AF tech­nol­ogy, closely tracked the fish as it moved and en­sured pin-sharp fo­cus when I hit the shut­ter.


A blenny shot with the Canon EOS-1DX Mark II, f/16, 1/160s


A school of gi­ant bar­racuda shot with the Canon EOS-1DX Mark II, f/11, 1/125s

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