Canon EOS-1D X HDR tutorial

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The Canon EOS-1D X is the flagship digital SLR camera body by Canon Inc. It succeeded the company’s previous flagship Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III and the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV. It was announced on 18 October 2011.[1]

It was released in March 2012 with a suggested retail price of US$6,799.00 (body only)[2] and a suggested retail price of £5,299 in the United Kingdom.[3]

The camera is supplemented by the Canon EOS-1D C, a movie-oriented camera that shares most of its still photographic features with the 1D X, which was announced in April 2012 and released in March 2013.

It’s a pro cam and as such HDR is a waste of functions. As is face detection. These features are for the non thinking photographer who wants the camera to do everything for them.

It’s getting to the stage where a non-sighted person could take decent pictures but they would be unable to see the results of their efforts. If I lost my sight I doubt I would continue with photography.

Now, a dedicated mirror lock up button (or reassignment of one of the other buttons would be good)

Er as a pro of many years, I don’t want HDR in-camera because I can’t think, I want it if it works (generally I don’t like HDR images) to solve a problem. Winter Sunlight, bright shiny buildings and deep shadows at street level or having to shoot into the light.. I’m shooting from a moving platform, so the X’s high frame rate would help. I could be shooting for a number of clients per trip so a lot gets shot. There is not the time to blend all the shots by hand, in camera HDR could be just what I need. The best way so far I have found is to shoot colour neg Portra scan 48bit, but that takes way to long for my clients.

Mirror lockup has zero use for me but I can see others would find it useful. Then again hitting the live view buttons gives you mirror up. A decent DR would help but I’m not holding my breath for that one from Canon.

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