Trying out my 1DX....

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Trying out my 1DX....
Jan 16, 2013

I purchased a 1DX last month but had not really had an opportunity to really try it out unitl recently.  About a week ago I finally got out to a couple wildlife sanctuaries and had a chance to really see how effective the autofocus is.  I am still not sure which "case" is optimum for bird flight photography but the camera worked well in the mode I used it.  The autofocus seemed much faster than my 1D4 and I was able to track moving birds with ease.  Shooting a full frame camera, I was missing the extra reach of the 1D4 a little bit, so I used a 1.4x extender nearly the entire time on a 500 f4 lens.  Even with extender, the camera focuses very fast and I never really missed a shot.

The main thing I photographed was a pair of great blue herons building a nest on top of a palm tree.

I mostly used iso 800 and 1600.  You can see a few more images of these birds here:

Overall, I am really enjoying this camera and looking forward to using it more. Another thing that surprised me is the speed of the buffer in burst mode.  I was using 400x transcend 32GB memory cards and even when shooting a burst, the camera flushes the buffer almost instantly. I never had to wait on the camera.

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