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Canon says EOS-1D X will arrive in June, with 24-70mm F2.8L II USM in July

By dpreview staff on Apr 12, 2012 at 13:18 GMT

Canon has said its EOS-1D X professional DSLR will be available from mid-June 2012, following a 'delay to the start of mass production.' The company's latest fast full-frame standard zoom, the EF 24-70mm F2.8L II USM will follow in early-July 2012, it says. No details were given for the causes of the delays, for either product.


Press Release:

Updated sales start dates for the EOS-1D X and EF 24-70mm F2.8L II USM lens

London, UK, 12 April 2012 – Canon would like to advise of updated sales start dates for the previously announced EOS-1D X and EF 24-70mm F2.8L II USM lens, due to a delay to the start of mass production. The EOS-1D X will now be available to buy from mid-June 2012, and the EF 24-70mm F2.8L II USM lens from early-July.

We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused to customers.

Comments

Total comments: 67
thecanon
By thecanon (Jul 21, 2012)

We have 10 in stock at Infocus Camera and Imaging orange TX 409 882 0044

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serengeti man
By serengeti man (Jul 15, 2012)

Here it is July 14th and STILL NO word when Canon plans to start shipping the 1D-X body. Their own website still states "mid April" as the release date. I called Canon direcdtly and THEY don't even know when it will be released. I'm having second thought about this body. I don't believe Canon's explanation of the updated sales start date is due to " a delay in the start of mass production" At $6800 I don't think you need to worry about mass production.

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Yair Haim
By Yair Haim (May 16, 2012)

I can't wait to add this camera to my arsenal (http://www.yairhaim.com/photography-gear/my-camera-gear/) I really hop that after all the delays this camera will be the best in the Canon line!

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IJSimPhotography
By IJSimPhotography (Apr 28, 2012)

Great! It would be nice if Canon would get those prime lenses out that we've paid deposits for 10-11 months ago.

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f64Craft
By f64Craft (Apr 24, 2012)

There are +'s to both nikon and canon. truth is many of the Nikon users are vary excited that they are now getting more megapixels now. Go ahead and gloat now . Real Nikon and Canon Photographers know image quality is more than Megapixels.

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lirritma
By lirritma (Apr 18, 2012)

So I have bought a 400 f2.8 IS USM without owning a Canon camera because I want to pair the 1Dx with it. That lens will have to sit for long still whilst I'll be carrying on with the Pentax and a Sigma 170-500 doorstopper. :(:(.

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Liysa88
By Liysa88 (Apr 16, 2012)

Hi, You all talked about how good the camera is but does anyone knows the weight of the body of EOS-1DX and the EF 24-70 mm F2.8L II USM lens?

It seems no retail stores staff can tell me the answer. Anyone know? Thanks

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Steve0902
By Steve0902 (Apr 17, 2012)

Canon's website says the EF 24-70 mm F2.8L II USM lens weighs 805g, compared with about 950g for the original version. So the new lens is 150g lighter.

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Milton Haworth
By Milton Haworth (Apr 16, 2012)

Perhaps Canon have discovered a "Light Leak" as in some of the 5D3s

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KAllen
By KAllen (Apr 16, 2012)

As much as I like to pick holes in Canon for their marketing and unashamed downgrading of camera specs, I have a sneaking suspicion the X will be the best of the new cameras. Frame rate, dr, focus, low light, resolution, exposurer combination etc look set to be the best compromise balance of them all.

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f64Craft
By f64Craft (Apr 24, 2012)

I conquer, instead of focusing on Megapixel. please focus on dynamic rage and larger pixels for cleaner low light experiences. 18mp is enough for skilled photographers. I like how they are going for comfort and user experience also... 9stars Canon perfect for the demographic for this camera. No one deserves 10stars sorry.

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KAllen
By KAllen (Apr 16, 2012)

One thing for certain, it needs to be available before the Olympics and a reasonable time before as well. You would not want to trust your reputation to a camera you have not got to know.
The 2012 games will be a marketing must for the X.

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trondpe
By trondpe (Apr 13, 2012)

I think Canon has tested the new Nikon D4 and need to make 1Dx to perform better. Roomers say that they have not been able to either beat or come up to same level as the new Nikon - and that is the reason for the delay.

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audijam
By audijam (Apr 13, 2012)

hahahaha....don't tell me you purposely signed up an account today just to tell everyone Canon delayed productions. lol

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f64Craft
By f64Craft (Apr 24, 2012)

Is this biased?

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Khizer
By Khizer (Apr 13, 2012)

Was the initial limited production from Canon's Japan factory, and will the mass produced 1Dx's arriving in June be from Thailand? If so, I don't want it.

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audijam
By audijam (Apr 13, 2012)

wrong....Canon doesn't want you. lol...did you get your D800 yet?

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Dave1308
By Dave1308 (Apr 13, 2012)

There seems to be a lot of consternation over the pricing of the 24-70 ii.

With regards to the 24-70 ii the price is only relevant to the quality of the lens, which is still to be confirmed. You don't see too many people complaining about the price of the 70-200L IS ii.

I am not really sure what people were expecting given Canon's current lens line up.

Interestingly the L series is often referred as professional grade and I would argue that depending on the quality of the 24-70 ii, it is potentially a winner for serious amateurs as well.

The reason being that if the optical quality is a step up and the lenses are more consistent than the mark i versions then the versality of that focal length combined with optics that may be well get somewhere near (but probably not all the way) to some of the well regarded primes - most of which sit between $1400 and $2000.

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Dave1308
By Dave1308 (Apr 13, 2012)

Add on from above.

Bottom line, given the price of plenty of other lenses, I reckon $2300 for an exceptional standard zoom is not really a big ask. The question remains as to how good the lens will be, but I think that simply dismissing the $2300 price tag before more info about the functioning of the lens is pointless.

I'd rather this lens be a big step up in quality than a modest leap with a smaller price difference.

Of course, the other factor is the big variable - the Tamron. Whop knows what we will get from that.

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MichaelEchos
By MichaelEchos (Apr 13, 2012)

It depends. Nikon seems to be better in the trinity.

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EvokeEmotion
By EvokeEmotion (Apr 13, 2012)

Yes, there was a lot of complaining about the price of the 70-200 II. It was only when people were able to buy them at $500 off the MSRP that the whining was not too deafening. Here's hoping the 24-70 II can be had for $1800 or so.

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Dave1308
By Dave1308 (Apr 13, 2012)

Yes, there's no denying that the $500 could be spent elsewhere.

I guess my main hope is in Canon's belief that they have made a lens worth $2300 then just maybe it will be worth the money and be exceptional. The strangest thing for me is the amount of surprise about the cost of the new lens.

$2300 for something incredible would give me less frustration than $1800 for something modest.

If it ends up being $1800 for something brilliant...even better again.

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RonHendriks
By RonHendriks (Apr 12, 2012)

Well the 1Dx: you should know that the x in the name stands for the number of months they release it after announcement :)

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astirusty
By astirusty (Apr 13, 2012)

Or does the "X" stand for eXperimental?
;)

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Ken Johnes
By Ken Johnes (Apr 12, 2012)

what a shame if they cant deliver it before the football games,
I got to try one today in Vienna at a canon presentation event ( http://www.canon.at/perspektive/ ) . it´s pretty good stepup from the 1dMk3 i use to have,i mean the viewfinder and the responsiveness was really better . the AF i´ll say was a touch faster than the 5D3 but i dont think was any faster than the 1dmk3. good news is 5d3 felt almost twice as fast as the 5d2 :-)

the image quality at high iso 6400- 12000 on the display or on the eizo 26 inch monitor was not much better than the 5D3 , about 1/3rd of a stop, but 5d3 had better detail or it was atleast sharper with the 24-70 on it,but " interestingly" at 25000 it was for sure 1/2 a stop better than the 5d3 with 5d3 loosing more detail in the NR process i guess.

one thing i found really silly was that no one were able to take away any pics,neither from the 5d3 even though it´s in the market right now. silly from canon marketing i must say.

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Khizer
By Khizer (Apr 12, 2012)

Very useful post.

At ISO below 12000, does the image quality of 5D Mark III beat 1DX?

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Ken Johnes
By Ken Johnes (Apr 12, 2012)

because of all the people waiting i started only at 800 iso and there was no noticable difference in noise but though the 5d3 had a sharpened look the files from 1dx had a certain cleanliness to it, cant explain it better, it was just more pleasing.

from a quick look at the pics other took at 100 iso there was not much to differenciate other than the crispy look to the 5d3 file, but it´s usual that a 1D series pics have a bit less (barely noticeable) pop than the semi pro 5 series but are usually more flexible during editing.

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Pasadena Perspective
By Pasadena Perspective (Apr 12, 2012)

While we will need to wait for more tests, it would be really odd for Canon to have better high ISO performance on the 5DMkIII than the 1D X. This is especially true given that they have enabled ISO 204,800 on the 1D X but not the 5DMkIII and that 1D X has larger photosites and costs more.

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Denis Reggie
By Denis Reggie (Apr 13, 2012)

Ken, Sample camera was likely a pre-production sample. Most Canon sales folks have not yet received the production samples yet, and that;s why no photos are ready to be exhibited and analyzed from those camera. Makes sense to me.

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astirusty
By astirusty (Apr 13, 2012)

said by Ken Johnes: "the AF i´ll say was a touch faster than the 5D3 but i dont think was any faster than the 1dmk3"

But did the 1DX you got to try reliably focus, unlike Canon's 1D-mk3 and 1Ds-mk3 which were hit & miss & semi-hit/semi-miss?

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Ken Johnes
By Ken Johnes (Apr 13, 2012)

@ Dennis- the camera was a regular production sample, they explained that pre production samples usually dont get to small market countries, that explains why it took so long for it to be presented here.may be a finetuned firmware for functions will be updated in the sales version.

@ astirusty- you might be right when i think of it now,it wasent any faster than my 1d3 but it felt more spot on, there was no hunting either in the kind of low light present there.

in the case of 5d3, the AF just got that much better, i dont think anyone even used to 1D cams will really complain about the responsiveness of it anymore. only gripe was the small AF points clustered in the centre of that big and clear VF. in single AF point mode, it was not that much fun going from one end to the other :-)

@ Pasadena - 5d3 aint better at High ISo than 1Dx as far as i saw, but even if the 5d3 was better, it would be a great move from canon, because it´s their high volume sales cam.

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Biowizard
By Biowizard (Apr 12, 2012)

OMG, reading these posts would make one think the ONLY purpose of a Pro DSLR was to take pictures of people running round a track. Thankfully, the rest of the world is still out there, and will enjoy these cameras when they finally appear.

Brian

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Lenny L
By Lenny L (Apr 12, 2012)

Biggest sporting event in 4 years, lots of professional photographers. I don't know, seems kind of important to me from a marketing standpoint.

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kapanak
By kapanak (Apr 12, 2012)

Be assured that those who will need it for the Olympics, will get it before the Olympics. Canon is a major sponsor ... no way the journalist photographers and others who use it wouldn't have Canon's latest and greatest on hand. It is the rest of the Canon users who need the 1DX that may need to wait ... and wait they shall. :D

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MaikeruN
By MaikeruN (Apr 12, 2012)

Awwww I was expecting my new 24-70 II to arrive this month! :(

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sparky52t
By sparky52t (Apr 12, 2012)

I can't imagine being an engineer putting together a camera like this. These days, what feature to leave out is as important as what feature to put in.

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Bill Bentley
By Bill Bentley (Apr 12, 2012)

I'm pretty sure it's the marketing guys who decide what features make it or get left out. The engineers would happily find a way to fit everything in. It's what they live for. :-)

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Lenny L
By Lenny L (Apr 13, 2012)

Bill, as an engineer, I agree with you entirely, except for the "happily" part :)

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Azimuth46
By Azimuth46 (Apr 12, 2012)

Regarding the 1Dx they are trying to cope with the performance of Nikon D4. It's evident, mostly coz of the Olympics this summer.

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unknown member
By (unknown member) (Apr 12, 2012)

Is this the first time Nikon delayed products until Canon was scheduled to release? Seems to be causing a lot of problems for Canon.

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Azimuth46
By Azimuth46 (Apr 12, 2012)

it's not Nikon who delayed until Canon, but Canon who delayed. I guess it's big missing for Canon because lot of pro's will not have the 1Dx in time for the Olympics in London.

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Azimuth46
By Azimuth46 (Apr 12, 2012)

potentially it's the typical situation in which Nikon can take advantage and "steel" some pros to Canon.

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kapanak
By kapanak (Apr 12, 2012)

For the sake of repetition:

Be assured that those who will need it for the Olympics, will get it before the Olympics. Canon is a major sponsor ... no way the journalist photographers and others who use it wouldn't have Canon's latest and greatest on hand. It is the rest of the Canon users who need the 1DX that may need to wait ... and wait they shall. :D

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Jeff Salvage
By Jeff Salvage (Apr 14, 2012)

you said this hefore and i question your resolve. i have to shoot at the olympic trials at the end of june. i would certainky want it fo that. most people do not want to use a brand new camera for an important egent. i also dont remeber telling the company i ordered my camera from what i needed it for.
jeff salvage
www.racewalk.com
www.twofeetgallery.com

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Chaitanya S
By Chaitanya S (Apr 12, 2012)

I think Canon is in deep trouble, remember 1Dx was announced well over 6 months back so I was kind of expecting some really good number of this camera in stock at the launch. But since that hasn't happened, Canon is really screwed up and such delays are going to dent Canon's reputation further more among pro-shooters. (there was a similar delay with their mk II of super telephoto lenses)

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audijam
By audijam (Apr 12, 2012)

i am just laughing over your comment....

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Tech Talk Tony
By Tech Talk Tony (Apr 12, 2012)

All Canon hears is "...blah, blah, blah."

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pacogwapo
By pacogwapo (Apr 12, 2012)

I think they're tinkering the 1Dx just to compete the D800 and D4.

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SBoudreault
By SBoudreault (Apr 12, 2012)

I think the reason that D800's are in short supply is that Canon is buying them all hiding them into fat 1D body's and downsampling them to 18Mb to make sure they really have the best :)
S.

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Franka T.L.
By Franka T.L. (Apr 12, 2012)

Seems a bit too late for the big O game party. After all , real PRO who would be needing this need time to work put the gear, the workflow and all the bits and so. and this late delivery is not going to help

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commiebiker
By commiebiker (Apr 13, 2012)

the D4 will have been in the field for months prior to the Olympics...giving Nikon a chance to find and correct any issues...little dangerous to give cameras to pro's on the eve of an event like this

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UhrovCZE
By UhrovCZE (Apr 12, 2012)

I am quite disappointed with steep price of 24-70 2.8L II. I am looking forward to see 1DX review.
For dpreview.com crew. Are you preparing the review of 5D Mark III? Thank you, keep up the good work!

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Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (Apr 12, 2012)

Of course :)

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Jan from UK
By Jan from UK (Apr 12, 2012)

~ Thank you Barney.. We're all eagerly waiting in anticipation! For Canon users this report is a 'biggie'. Many owners have abandoned Canon for the D800. My view is I want Canon to announce that they will have a competitor to the D800, so that we don't have to have duel systems.

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Don Wiss
By Don Wiss (Apr 12, 2012)

I doubt things are back to normal in that 2000 acre alluvial plain in Thailand that was flooded last Fall. For one, hard drive prices are still way up.

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Just a Photographer
By Just a Photographer (Apr 12, 2012)

That's too late for the European Soccer Championships
Which start beginning of June.

An event with more then 1 billion viewers worldwide and a large press coverage.

A missed opportunity for Canon!

Now the question is will Nikon be able to fullfill all those orders of sportshooters who where waiting for the 1D X?

I am sure some will switch brands.

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Lea5
By Lea5 (Apr 12, 2012)

You can be sure that the pro sportshooters will get the camera before the Football Championship will start.

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Christoph v Ballmoos
By Christoph v Ballmoos (Apr 12, 2012)

Don't think so.Do you think, they can only make good pics with the latest camera? No one will switch brands because of this. Imagine, all the lenses, flashes, etc you would have to switch as well. And then the team-play between photograph and camera. When you switch, you have to start from zero... I guess you than rather stay with our old camera... for this few weeks.

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audijam
By audijam (Apr 12, 2012)

There is a reason why pictures of 5DIII leaked a couple of months before it was lanched...because the Pros got them first. Don't worry they will get the 1Dx before the football championship.

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topstuff
By topstuff (Apr 12, 2012)

Looking forward to seeing this thing for real.

Looks like a beast of a camera.

I fear the price is going to be very high, given Canon's recent pricing of 5D3 and the new 24-70 II.

Of course, professionals should not mind too much if it is expensive. It is a tool, just like a farmer who needs to spend $100k on a new tractor, a photographer has to spend big bucks to get the right gear.

The wannabees and the gearheads will complain though, no doubt.

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Martinka
By Martinka (Apr 12, 2012)

Got preproduction version and it's fantastic ;) www.martinkozak.com/download/plocha/plocha_1dx.jpg

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Christian Sirois
By Christian Sirois (Apr 12, 2012)

It can be the most amazing camera but it is useless to me until I can have a copy...

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Jan from UK
By Jan from UK (Apr 12, 2012)

I agree. Current projected price of the new 24-70 f2.8 is more than twice the shop window price of the old version. We know it will be great, but it will have to be really special for ordinary folk like me to be tempted to part with the existing model for the new one :-( .

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Christian Sirois
By Christian Sirois (Apr 12, 2012)

June... For who? What if you live outside US? What if you are (not yet) a CPS member?

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Apr 12, 2012)

I'm checking, but this info comes from Canon UK, so it shouldn't just be a US thing, as far as we know.

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apmadoc
By apmadoc (Apr 12, 2012)

Anyone hear about a ship date for the GP-E2?

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Ceddy
By Ceddy (May 31, 2012)

For 24-70mm F2.8, I bought the Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC
The new 24-70 from Canon just over priced. I love the quality of the Tamron, just one amazing piece.

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