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Canon 1D X Mk II In The Wild, Announcement Expected This Year

By Anthony Thurston on April 27th 2015

Those of you with a budget to allow it will no doubt be thrilled to hear that according to the latest Canon rumor buzz, the EOS 1-D X Mark II could be coming as soon as later this year.

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According to the report over on Canon Rumors, the site has received reports that the EOS-1D X Mk II is currently in the hands of trusted field testers out in the wild. The report goes on the say that Canon hopes to officially announce the new flagship body later this year.

As far as specs go, the information is vague at best, but the camera has more megapixels than the current 18MP version. If I had to guess, I would think somewhere between 22 and 24MP is where this body will be, but that’s just a guess. As far as other upgrades, the camera is said to have a new AF system with more AF points (raise your hand if you just said ‘Duh!’ out loud at the news that a new EOS-1D had a new AF system), and some sort of ‘new technology’ in the viewfinder.

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Th other interesting bit is that the camera will have new battery technology, which will allow for a lighter overall weight to the camera. In addition to to the new battery technology, the rear LCD will be bigger, and the camera will have major ergonomic changes over the current model.

What interests me the most out of all that information is this alleged new viewfinder technology. No doubt Canon has heard all the mirrorless talk about the advantages of the EVF and all the great things it can do to help you while shooting. EVF technology is rapidly advancing as well, with each new generation closing the gap with traditional OVFs greatly. OVFs days are numbered and Canon knows it.

While I doubt that Canon is putting an EVF in their Flagship camera, it is clear that whatever they are doing will probably be meant to combat the benefits of an EVF and enhance the abilities of the traditional OVF. It will be very interesting to see what Canon comes up with here.

What are your thoughts on this EOS-1D X MK II rumor? What size sensor do you think the camera will employ? What is your guess about this viewfinder technology? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

[via Canon Rumors]

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Ray Riedel

    Interesting. The last thing I would have thought of for a 1D class camera was a view finder change. It wasn’t until reading comments that I figured out what OVF and EVF stood for. These initial-isms come and go quickly. Best to give a hint in an article when it’s not something as worn in as DSLR. “EVF” has not been on my radar. My cameras don’t have “face recognition” or “smile detection” either. (FR or SD)

    As a sports shooter I would like the new 1D version to get the feature on the 7D mkii that goes a long way to getting more keepers in gyms with 120 Hz lighting issues. I use a 1DX and a 5D mkII, but rented a 7d mkii for a particularly lousy lit gym (lights are are 4 different circuits, half the gym is dark while the other half hits it’s peak) and was stunned at how effective the frequency compensation was. (I think the 7D calls it flicker) That feature alone would be enough to sell my 1DX to upgrade to a 1DX mark ii, after a suitable waiting period in case an early product problem needs to be worked out. I thought I might get 25% more keepers with the 7D mkii system, but instead got three times as many. When the different light sources are at different power levels in the same image, it creates a two or more color light source problem -just in case someone thinks this is just a simple white balance or brightness correction in post processing -it is not. The only thing stopping me from buying a 7D mkii for use in the gyms with this bad lighting is the hope that a new 1D version is right around the corner -so I won’t have to compromise on image quality and features going down to the 7D mkii.
    I would also love wireless remote control via Android or iPhone. There are no safe locations to shoot from at the local oval track -especially if you want to get the cars rounding the turn with wheels at opposite lock. That shot requires being in the location on the track where cars have gone airborne or cartwheeled. Other projectile sports like discus and hammer throw would allow for the camera to be closer to the action instead of trying to shoot between the moving officials with a very long lens.

    Those are features that would make me want to upgrade. EVF? Not so much.

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  2. J. Dennis Thomas

    @ANTHONY THURSTON: “OVFs days are numbered and Canon knows it.”

    Oh please. what kind of nonsense statement is that? EVF’s are not taking the place of OVF’s. Ever. They are two technologies that will exist side by side. I wish mirrorless zealots would quit saying these ridiculous things.

    @ADAM SANFORD: Yeah take a look at the XPro-1 viewfinder. It’s a mess. There is so much crap blinking and flashing that you can hardly figure out what to look at. I was excited for a hybrid OVF/EVF until I used it for a while. How much info do you really need to see overlaid onto your composition?

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    • adam sanford

      Disagree with ‘ever’ but yeah, it will be a while. I think OVFs are the clear standard and it’s not close, but at some point, EVFs will *approach* what OVFs can do and for all but the most discerning/demanding pros, it will be good enough. The industry will then changeover to them for cost and body-size reasons. I believe it is inevitable. Might be 10 years, might be more, but it will happen. (That said, I still see Canon 1D and Nikon D# level cameras having OVFs ad infinitum.)

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    • adam sanford

      As for the XPro-1, it certainly wasn’t the finished article, but it showed the potential of the idea. If we can tune our LiveView screens and make them as cluttered or as spartan as we prefer, we can do it in the viewfinder as well. Someone someday will get the balance and button/control right on a hybrid VF and it will be loved.

      As far as how much info is too much, consider: In different times and shooting situations, zibras or 10x manual focusing through the viewfinder, an in-viewfinder histo and amplified light in dark rooms would all be useful. You may not use them all at once, but each would be a huge help in certain circumstances.

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    • J. Dennis Thomas

      An EVF will never be able to function as well as an OVF in a few ways. For one, an OVF is looking THROUGH something and EVF is looking AT. Ever get eyestrain fro staring at a computer all day? Imagine staring at a tiny EVF for 8+ hours.

      Then you have low-light shooters. an EVF is like shining a little flashlight into one eyeball. You’re shooting a concert or worse yet a festival that runs late into the night like Bonnaroo every time you take that EVF away from your eye your vision is screwed up.

      Also, I’m not sure that creating a hi-res EVF screen is going to be cheaper than a pentaprism.

      The Rebels and D3XXX/D5XXX cameras may get EVFs, but the OVF isn’t going to be replaced no matter how many mirrorless nerds predict it. It’s just not the same tech and they cannot be matched. They can and will coexist, but just as cars will never be ALL electric (as long as we have fossil fuel) cameras will never ALL have EVFs.

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    • Thomas Horton

      Never is a risky word. :)

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    • J. Dennis Thomas

      I stand by it. Like I said. OVF and EVF will be side by side and become more hybridized, but EVF will never completely replace the OVF.

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  3. Liam Doran

    I shoot the 1DX and am wondering what the benefits would be to an EVF? The optical viewfinder is stunning and works perfect for me and probably every 1DX shooter. I have a hard time imagining anyone calling to get rid of the optical in favor of EVF?

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    • Anthony Thurston

      I don’t think anyone has suggested replacing the OVF for an EVF. But there are many advantages to an EVF in terms of what it allows the photographer to see while shooting (MF assists, DoF, and much more), and it seems Canon is looking to bring something new to the table for their OVFs..

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    • Anders Madsen

      I think a hybrid of sorts would be a more likely scenario – a pure EVF solution would be pure hell, based on what we see in e.g. Samsung NX1, where 15 FPS turns into a very quick slideshow of images already taken in the EVF as far as I understand.

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    • adam sanford

      Liam, have a look at the Fuji X-Pro 1 viewfinder for a what an EVF could do to complement an OVF in a hybrid fashion. An *in viewfinder* histo would dominate. That’s ‘handheld LiveView Mark II’ to me. That could be a gamechanger.

      Also, having the option to toggle over to a fulltime EVF — i.e. flip the mirror and shoot vanilla (current) LiveView through the VF — would be nice for lowly lit events. Battery hit be damned, EVFs can brighten a dark room well, and that might be a hit with event people.

      Keep in mind, I’m an SLR guy and am super leery about losing my OVF. But it could be interesting to use an OVF/EVF hybrid someday.

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  4. J D

    I just hope its awesome enough so that current 1dx owners sell their cameras to buy the new one so I can pick up a nice used 1dx at a decent price.

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  5. Derek Schwartz

    Maybe a hybrid E/OVF…with electronic overlays that would customize the information available to the photographer with different configurations linked to a custom user setting? Hey…I can’t afford the camera anyway, so I can dream, right?

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    • Dustin Baugh

      That’s what I’m thinking the rumor mill is chasing. An OVF that can have EVF data added to it. And when the 1D class crowd realizes how awesome it is to have a histogram while composing you’ll see people crowing about how it’s a must have and how great the new camera is.

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  6. adam sanford

    Chance of an EVF in this trimline at this point in time is zero. In 10 years or so, when so much of the camera universe will have converted over to mirrorless, this class of product will still have an OVF.

    But can they cram more info into the OVF? Absolutely. See the 7D2 for that.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      I agree, no EVF (though, maybe some sort of pop up/down EVF could be neat) is going to be in this camera. But, it will be interesting to see what they cram in the OVF to try and have it compete with an EVF better.

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    • adam sanford

      The 7D2 had sweet in viewfinder level, but I’m going to call that a nice tool for enthusiasts and out of place for a 1DX user. So what might 1DX users might appreciate in a new OVF? Hmmm… Just riffing here:

      How about a ‘buffer remaining’ meter for those leaning on the shutter at 14 fps?

      Or perhaps multi-color AF points so you can see what single AF point is locked (say, in blue) while the rest of the cluster/selection pattern stays in red or black? That might be a super handy tool to learn the various Servo AF options and to tune the various AF sliders. Just a thought.

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  7. Thomas Horton

    Another excellent camera I can add to the list of cameras I will never be able to afford. :)

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    • Daniel Thullen

      Thomas, that would be “ditto” for me.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      me as well :)

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    • Anders Madsen

      Don’t count yourself out so soon – good things come to those who wait! :)

      I started out with a Canon 30D and resisted the temptation to upgrade to both Canon 40D (that one was easy), Canon 50D (somewhat harder to ignore) and Canon 60D (easy!) and finally managed to get my grubby little paws on a used but fine Canon 1Ds Mark II at a price not that much higher than a brand new Canon 60D.

      Yes, it was older technology at the time when I acquired it, but still was very much able to hold its own against e.g. Canon 5D Mark II, the current (and expensive) full frame alternative at the time.

      So, never say never. :)

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    • Daniel Thullen

      Andre, maybe there is hope for me. I’ve worked my way up from a Canon 20D to a Canon 7D (the older model at a discount with the 7D MII came out). Oh to dream . . .

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