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Introduction

Canon announced the new 1D MkIV on the 20th October 2009. We all waited with great anticipation for this new body to arrive in December 2009. It didn’t, I got mine on the 11th January 2010. I was very excited to test the new body, especially after the debacle with the focusing of the 1D Mk III.

So, before I get to the results, and I must add preliminary results, as I have not had too much time to test the body, let’s look at what is new or better according to Canon. Once again, I am not going to comment on the video capabilities.

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Canon announced the new 5D MkIII on the 2nd March 2012. This document is to see how well the camera performed in the field and with our inhouse tests.

TEST RESULTS

We looked at the camera’s AF system, how well it tracks and focuses. The ISO, we compared it against the 5D MkII, 7D and 1D MkIV, and lastly the resolution. So let’s look first at the AF system.

AF FOCUS

Canon has had some bad press about their AF systems in the 1D MkIII, improved with the 7D and 1D MkIV but did not win to many critics over. They really stepped up their game with the 5D MkIII. When you look at the new specification they increased the dual cross AF sensors, they increased the cross type AF points and spread them further out towards the end focusing points and increased the total AF to 61. Now what is important to note here is that the dual cross AF sensors only work with lenses with a maximum aperture of f2.8 and faster. The 41cross type AF sensors work with lenses with a maximum aperture of f4 and faster. If you use a lens with a maximum aperture of f5.6 then you have 21 cross type AF point all grouped in the centre.

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Canon announced the new 1DX on the 2nd March 2012. After a very long period we received one of the first ones that came into South Africa. This document is to see how well the camera performed in the field and with our in-house tests.

 

TEST RESULTS

We looked at the camera’s AF system and how well it tracks and focuses. The ISO, we compared it against the 5D MkIII, 1D MkIV, Nikon D800 and D4; and lastly the resolution. So let’s look first at the AF system.

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