by Mike McNamee Published 01/08/2014
Regular contributor, Jon Ashton, recently changed up to the Canon 1Dx. Here are his impressions after using the camera out in the wild for a few weeks. His work is in stark contrast to that of our other 1Dx user in this issue, Domenic Aquilina, but when you get down to it, many of the requirements actually overlap.
The 1Dx weighs almost 200g heavier than a 7D with twin battery pack - this sounds a lot but in practice I have not noticed a difference at all because most rigs I carry are fairly weighty in any event, ie body and 500mm f4 or 100-400mm zoom or the 180mm macro.
Build quality, indeed, everything about the camera is well made and built to last. All controls are in familiar places and the handling of the camera is very intuitive because much of the ergonomic layout is similar to a 7D. A big advantage in program selection is that two controls have to be selected to change program so there is no longer any unintentional switching of programs as the camera is taken from a bag, etc.
The view finder is noticeably larger, brighter and clearer, the best I have ever seen; the information in the viewfinder can be tailored to individual need. Many of the operating programs and procedures can be tailored to individual needs; for example the metering system can be spot,
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