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EOS-1D X Mark II| Canon’s Next Flagship Officially Announced

By Anthony Thurston on February 1st 2016

Unless you have been living under a rock, we have all been expecting this announcement. Tonight it was made official, with Canon announcing their new flagship body, the EOS-1 D X Mark II; their response to the Nikon D5.

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Action King, New 20.2MP Sensor & 14 FPS Burst Mode

The flagship EOS-1D line has usually been reserved for high-end action, wildlife and sports shooters, and the new EOS-1D X Mark II continues that trend with a brand new 61-point AF system, Dual DIGIC 6+ processors, and up to 16FPS burst mode (in Live View, limited to 14FPS in standard mode).

The other notable improvement is the inclusion of dual pixel AF technology which should drastically improve the video AF capability of this flagship DSLR, a point that is notable due to the inclusion of 4K recording.

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Specs

  • 20.2MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors
  • 3.2″ 1.62m-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor
  • DCI 4K Video at 60 fps, 8.8MP Still Grab
  • 61-Point High-Density Reticular AF II
  • Native ISO 51200, Expanded to ISO 409600
  • 14 fps Shooting, 16 fps in Live View
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF and Movie Servo AF
  • Built-In GPS, Optional Wi-Fi Transmitter
  • Mag. Alloy Body, CFast & CF Card Slots

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Overall, it is a solid upgrade over the current EOS-1D X, though, in my opinion, doesn’t quite have the *pop* that the D5 did with their announcement a few weeks back. That said, I know many shooters who will be drooling over this body. I will be curious to see if the sensor is improved at all over previous Canon sensors or if we will have more of the same.

Regardless, if you want to be one of the first to get your hands on one of these killer flagship bodies, you can head on over to B&H and get your pre-order in now!

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. Sedric Beasley

    Canon have there video technology role into there DSLR line which makes there video side stronger in DSLR’s. There still picture is not on par with nikon. Nikon leads the ISO and low light shooting. It is intresting that the FPS war went up a notch with 14/16 FPS to Nikon 12FPS but; the buffer is different on these cameras. 170Raw Canon vs 200Raw Nikon. I guess you will fill that buffer up faster on the Canon. The Auto focus system comparison is interesting also. If Nikon and Canon are looking for the fast action type shooting events for these cameras like sports, then I think Nikon has an advantage with the Buffer size and Auto focus system on paper.

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  2. Dan Yoates

    Want!

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  3. Dave Haynie

    No mention of updated sensor technology, other than the dual-pixel thing. That’s a nice option, in that this puts video/live-view AF up to the caliber of a good mirrorless.

    Kind of surprised, given some of the rumors. DCI 4K doesn’t suck, but in MJPEG? There’s no excuse for not at least going to AVC-Intra in these day and age. And I guess this makes the CF world split official, with Canon endorsing CFast and Nikon XQD.

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    • adam sanford

      Dave, the world is waiting for word on whether this sensor will be Canon’s first on-chip ADC sensor. That *single* decision will eliminate the low ISO DR difference with SoNikon sensors.

      If they don’t, expect a modest incremental improvement over the 1DX and that will be it.

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    • Ben Perrin

      Hey Adam, it does have ADC. One of the photographers seems to think it makes a big difference. http://www.andyrouse.co.uk/index.php?b=1&currentpage=1

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    • Dave Haynie

      Excellent! This says a great deal about Canon’s ability to remain competitive. Hopefully some details to follow, but Rouse’s stuff looks great.

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    • adam sanford

      Oh snap, is that confirmed?!
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      I haven’t seen that officially stated by Canon, on a spec sheet, from Chuck Westfall, etc.
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      Would be a very big deal.

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    • Ben Perrin

      I haven’t seen it in any of the official press releases (I don’t think) but I’ve seen it mentioned several times by people who have a beta version of the camera. Then I’ve heard Canon reps saying it’s a different sensor with better noise control at all iso ranges. I wonder if Chuck and others might be a bit hesitant to make huge claims given the backlash of DR lovers on the internet. There are also some early samples that have been posted.

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    • Ben Perrin

      Here is a page comparing dynamic range of the mark 1 to the mark 2
      http://www.fotosidan.se/cldoc/vi-har-provat-canon-1d-x.htm?page=-1

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    • Barry Tobin

      Holy smokes Ben – whatever will the Exmor fanboys have to scream about now?! Thanks for the link.

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    • Ben Perrin

      Don’t get too excited Barry. They are tests from jpgs only and not scientific in any way. However it does seem like a positive step forward. I think these sensors will fall slightly short of the Exmor but will still do very well. I expect the high ISO performance to be better than what Nikon cameras are currently capable of.

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    • adam sanford

      Ben, wow… This makes me want to blow $6k and underexpose shots indiscriminately. Hell, I’m just going to take shots with the lens cap on and see what develops in post. It’ll be mindblowing. :-)

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    • Ben Perrin

      Here is another article talking about DR and low noise. http://rudgr.com/tag/canon-1dx2/

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    • Dave Lyons

      Hopefully you guys get the real deal. I know you all think I’m bashing you but thats not so but I do bash canon because this discussion shouldn’t be happening, as you should have had comparable sensors at least years ago… I’m on your side, just tired of 8 years of these discussions lol.

      on this subject… as I’ve heard it (which could be correct or way off) is that the improvement is for jpgs, so I guess it would be like nikons active-d lighting, which supposedly prevents highlights from clipping and lightens shadows which make the jpg look like it has more DR. It’s basically just a curves adjustment added to it.

      Hopefully for you guys it’s something more substantial. While it does appear useful the reality is that it only works in camera or with their own software if you’re editing it. The info would be in the raw file but 3rd party apps (think lightroom or photoshop) will completely ignore it and its more than useless if editing in a 3rd party app because not only will the app not recognize or include it but if you have it turned on in camera it will consume additional battery life and slow down processing.

      While I hope it’s not true and it’s actually a good sensor the thing that makes me think it’s just a gimmick is that in general the canon community has been calling for more DR and better iso’s and these new ads and interviews put a lot of emphasis on the better iso’s but shy away from the DR. If I was canon and finally got a comparable sensor I would market it front and center and make it unmistakable for people to wonder about it and get the info on it out asap as it’s one of the reasons why ppl have been bailing (especially to sony), get the ppl excited again for gods sakes.

      we’ll see I guess but id still get the d500 ;-}~

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    • Dave Lyons

      “Here is a page comparing dynamic range of the mark 1 to the mark 2
      http://www.fotosidan.se/cldoc/vi-har-provat-canon-1d-x.htm?page=-1

      Just remember that you could easily fake those in 5 minutes in ps and slap them up on your blog to quickly add a ton of traffic to your otherwise unknown web site.

      Hopefully canon will get some real raws out if this is true and ASAP as i’ve seen quite a few people say that if the dr isn’t there again that they’re done waiting and will bail. Whether they actually would is debatable but there’s no wondering on nikons side at least about dr,iq and iso should all be solid, The af should be better again and the video will suck. Om canon the the sensor is the great unknown, the iso should be good, the af will be good but nikons 3d tracking will still edge it, which normally isn’t a big deal since in most cases it’s too close to call but nikons af (not really new since some lower models already have it) ability to track an eye is crazy good. Some will say different and of course theres variable to that like them looking the other way lol but in the right situations where it’s working and all you got to do is compose as say they are running towards you will be worth every penny. but both will be fantastic, The video will be much better, as i keep saying canon is more concerned with video so it should be better, Personally, video would be even on my list for either one.

      “hesitant to make huge claims given the backlash of DR lovers on the internet”
      Which is understandable, DR is a bigger deal than you think. It’s like IS, once you figure out how to use it new doors will open up.

      “Holy smokes Ben – whatever will the Exmor fanboys have to scream about now?! Thanks for the link.”
      Some of us will be happy for you and know you’ll love it and will finally see what its all about. We’ll also know that we’ll have even better ones within a year but more than likely you’ll go quite a few years before you get it. and then this all will start over again.. uggggg

      “Ben, wow… This makes me want to blow $6k and underexpose shots indiscriminately. Hell, I’m just going to take shots with the lens cap on and see what develops in post. It’ll be mindblowing. :-)”
      you’d be surprised at how true your statement is. I’ve shot hummingbirds at dark with fast shutter speeds and the pix came out almost black on d7000 and i brought it up to where it looks like afternoon sun and very little quality loss. It’s not an every shot thing but lets you get things in ways you didn’t think about before since you couldn’t fix it anyways but when you can or it saves the day it’s a godsend and no reason why the big dog shouldn’t have had it long ago.

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  4. Rafael Steffen

    I Think Nikon is going to improve the 4K video shooting abilities through some firmware update.

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  5. Rafael Steffen

    It is going to be interesting to see the image quality comparison.

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  6. Vince Arredondo

    I’m really happy with my Nikon D750, but I really enjoy to see where technology is taking us. I’m planning to stick to my camera 4-5 years, and maybe by then I can buy whatever iteration of the flagship Nikon camera is out.

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  7. Dave Lyons

    Maybe it’s just me but the value of the D500 kicks this square up in the nuts. I’ll hold judgement out until we see if they actually finallyyyyy improved the sensor to current specs or if you’re stuck “hoping” for the next 3-5 years that it might happen next time, which is what you hoped for last time and the time before that. (I wonder if this will even get passed the el cheapo d3300’s IQ). yes the video’s better as I’ve been saying for years that they care much more about video than stills which is painfully becoming more evident.

    If this doesn’t have some kickass new sensor (which it doesn’t appear as such) then the 5dm4 won’t be getting one either as they surely wouldn’t bypass the 7dm2, 5dr’s, and this one then suddenly drop a better sensor in the 5d… from a realistic POV anyway… it’s just not going to happen.

    It’ll be bought, enjoyed all, just not by me :-}~ It’s kinda really not a good looking camera at all anyways and I wonder where they put the “soft spot” in that mag alloy for the gps?

    Not trying to rain on anyones parade just my opinion.

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    • Kyle Stauffer

      The on board GPS surprised me. I also would think on board wifi would trump GPS….

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    • adam sanford

      You can be sealed from dust/moisture to Canon’s expectations of the 1D body… *OR* you can have wifi. They’ll always choose the former, and the all-metal body torches the wifi signal, so they never offer it.

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    • Dave Lyons

      Adam… I don’t think it’s a “sealing” issue but a structural one. With “pro grade” bodies it’s all metal so signal can’t get in or out. So the issue becomes that you’ll have to find a spot on the body to to weaken and remove some metal to accommodate either of these. Personally I’d rather have gps and I believe wifi needs a larger spot than gps for it’s antenna.

      I wonder if there’s any concerns on wifi with this or really any of these that have wifi or a wifi dongle and them being hacked while in use…

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    • adam sanford

      Re: the D500, that’s apples and oranges, Dave. No pro shooting a 1DX or D4S presently is looking at a D500. They are only looking at a D5 or 1DX II because those are the only rigs that really do *everything* to the level they want.

      That said, the D500 looks awesome for it’s market. I’m eager to see reviews on real-world performance with that rig. Birders and wildlife people should [groan] *flock* to it. :-)

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    • Ben Perrin

      Got to agree the comparison to the d500 is silly. Completely different market especially with one being an APSC sensor. The D5 is a good comparison. The 1DX II has it beat for some situations and I think the D5 is better for others. But some people just want to compare specs to choose their camera, others just want the right tool for their situation.

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    • Dave Lyons

      Ben, I don’t really compare specs and as you say choose the right tool for the job. The right tool for take pictures is a camera, the right tool for taking video is a video camera…. right?

      I base my comparisons on reality and how it works for me. For example.. I started with a canon 30D, 2 months later I got a nikon d200 as well, planned on using canon for fashion and the nikon for outdoors since it was weather sealed and 30d was not. Personally I take flat as possible pix (mostly shoot in neutral) and then edit the pix to how I want them so for me the most important part was the editabilty of the raw files and the quality of what they captured. At the time I wasn’t planning on staying with just one brand but I got so frustrated with how god awful the canon raw files were to work with and I was just starting so I needed a lot of recoverability to cover my ass as most of my pix were really bad lol. the editabilty of the canon was so bad that I just got rid of it. So as you say… I got the right tool for my job ;)

      So for us non-pro’s is the 1dxm2 going to take better pix than a D500? Of course there’s the full frame part but most ppl prefer cropped sensors for sports and wildlife. For this particular usage and if the high iso noise is ballpark then IMO the comparison isn’t as silly as you and Adam seem to believe.

      If I took the d500 to a basketball game are the pix going to be worth 3k less? What actual advantage would I have worth 3k with either the d5 or 1dxm2?

      noise? yes the ff would and should beat it there but the question is by how much and if it’s able to be removed without much data loss in post. I also don’t like or agree with canons way of denoising. From what I know they merge pixels together to fight the noise but of course that also then destroys details that aren’t recoverable.

      IQ? actually the d500 will probably have as good or better IQ than the 1dxm2, after all the d3300 got same IQ score ad 1dx

      af? nikon af tracking has been better than canons for a long time especially 3d tracking, plus the d500 pretty much covers the whole sensor where the d5 and 1dxm2 don’t. Now a lot of canon ppl are saying nikons new system doesn’t have as many selectable af points as the 1dxm2 and calling it bogus marketing but what they aren’t getting is that the ones you can’t select are smaller “hidden” spots which should make nikons class leading tracking even better, canon has those too just not nearly as many (funny though that on canon rumors site they show where canons are but don’t get nikon has same thing just a lot more). The smaller hidden ones should help the af system more accurately follow its target. Also these newer nikons ability to not only face detect (which canons have troubles with and even been reported as an issue with 1dxm2 already) but their ability to keep focus on an eye is fantastic. So at said basketball game on the d500/d5 i could set focus on an eye and just worry about the composition as it goes instead of trying to keep the af on the right target which also helps reduce the number of out of focus shots.

      Light flickers? D500 has it, I don’t believe 1dxm2 does which is odd but d5 does either

      dof? 1dxm2 would be a bit better of course with it being ff but not by much.

      So those are my “specs” and yes I compare them to make the right choice for me and as I stated for me the D500 is a no brainer over the 1dxm2.

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    • Dave Lyons

      For “pros” i get that and “value” doesn’t come into play much with that crowd which is why I used that term ;) i’m just saying for “most” of us the value per dollar isn’t even close. It’s kinda like how the D700 was a no brainer over the D3 for most people. After going full frame I said i wouldn’t get another cropped but if the noise levels are much better or at least on par with a D700 then I’ll get one, plus I really love that body style and round eye piece.

      And yes the “flock” ;) will love it….. or will they? Remember when the 7dm2 came out everyone said the same thing (didn’t ken “knucklehead” Rockwell proclaim it the best camera ever? lol) and you can get them with a printer and bundle of crap for like $1100 now, so obviously they aren’t selling very well. Kinda makes you wonder how big that “flock” really is.

      As for reviews… I’m not really worried about the reviews because you know what they’ll be.. the sensor is going to be fantastic, the af is going to be fantastic & so on the only ? mark for me is how good it handles noise up to 6400. It’s not like a canon review where everyone’s wondering if the sensor will catch up or still be 5 years behind (or the same one they’ve used in the last 3-4 versions ) or what features they’ll handicap for that model, etc..

      What really pisses me off is canon just isn’t doing crap in pushing IQ tech and that’s not good for the market. Some may disagree but it all starts with the sensor and the sad thing is that if I would have kept my 30D and 8 years later it’d still say it’s “current canon tech” as far as IQ goes.

      Anyways… the point is that if this is supposed to be the new “king” then the sensor better be on point with sony’s latest and greatest and not some retread and personally it sounds like it’s going to be based off a 6D sensor which oddly looks more “nikonish” then any of their other ones. At least IMO the sensor is the heart & soul of a camera and canon apparently disagrees and thinks video is more important than stills, which as you know I’ve been saying on here for years now.

      I’m sure that “pro” canon “flock” will love it and that’s all that matters

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    • Ben Perrin

      Why does it bother you so much Dave? If you aren’t going to buy the camera, move on. Why be such a sourpuss about a camera that hasn’t even been properly reviewed by an unbiased 3rd party?

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    • Dave Lyons

      It doesn’t bother me… they post these asking what our opinions are so I shared my opinion… why does my opinion bother you so much? I put caveats in about things I thought were important that we’ll get with reviews.

      Personally I love discussions like this because you can learn things about the product that you might not have thought about but could be a major issue for you..

      If you don’t like others opinions then don’t read them

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    • Dave Lyons

      adam… “No pro shooting a 1DX or D4S presently is looking at a D500.”

      well actually I bet they are, not to replace them but as it’s counter part just as they did with the D3 and D300.

      Also most “pros” who actually buy and use these aren’t going to be on a site like this either ;)

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    • Barry Tobin

      Dave – during your (ongoing) Nikon fanboy rant you must’ve missed the reports suggesting that this camera appears to mark Canon’s debut to the world of on chip ADC… so in all likelihood it’s probably going to offer much the same processing latitude as the Sony sensors in your precious Nikons…

      More importantly to its intended target audience – the high ISO quality will probably be spectacular? I don’t know… who knows? It hasn’t been tested yet so how could we possibly make any kind of sensible assertions?

      The reason you’re getting flak is because – despite saying otherwise – you clearly came here to rain on people’s parade, making silly comparisons clearly intended to deride the pinnacle offering from a brand you clearly don’t hold in high regard.

      So you don’t like Canon… you gave up on them years ago cause you didn’t know how to properly use a camera back then and you found something that works for you… good for you… now please accept that not everyone agrees with your view and leave others to enjoy something that works for them.

      It starts looking a bit sad when it seems like your self esteem or some need for acknowledgement and validation is tied up in what brand of product you choose to buy. Thousands of photographers pro and enthusiast alike take great frames using Canon cameras every day… C’mon man… lighten up, it’s not that serious.

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    • Dave Lyons

      Barry, I am lightened up and I don’t need validation for anything.. I’m sorry you don’t get what I’m trying to say but canon brought this on themselves by sitting around with their thumbs up their butt for so long that doubting them is very justified and rightfully so. Just like this line from mentioned article “the new sensor, completely redesigned”.. how many times have we heard that in last 5-8 years and it’s actually been true and not modded old stock?

      Again, not many ppl here will ever own one but for being the market leader (even if new sensor is actually not stone age) simply catching up with the pack is really kind of pathetic.

      It’s funny, a lot of ppl just love canons and I’ve nicely asked them why (or even seen in online comparisons) and their answer never once has been about Image Quality … not once, so apparently only some people care. Ppl take fantastic images with them and no denying that at all.

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    • Daniel Lee

      And the 2016 winner for Nikon’s most bias fanboy award for the third consecutive year goes to Dave Loins.

      Every post you make is anti Canon and since you love Nikon so much, I suggest you go out and use your camera instead of forcing your unwanted fanboy opinion on people. Everyone else here is appreciating the strengths of the D5 and IdX ii so we don’t need your hissy fit interrupting that.

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    • Dave Lyons

      Oh mrs Lee… 3 years now i’ve hurt your feelings, I am truly sorry for that lol. If you don’t like it don’t read it , it’s just that simple you dill hole… You may not like it but 2 days in and it’s got the most likes of any comment so far so obviously theres more readers than your precious lil self.

      1. “I suggest you go out and use your camera”
      Ummmm because…. the 958 pix I did take today wasn’t enough? How many did you take today or did you spend your day trying to find the perfect shade of “canon red” lipstick? I shoot a lot which is why i find these things important and when you got one brand holding things up yes it makes me pissy.

      2. A fanboy is someone who buys one brand and declares it the best brand ever without actually trying the other brands.. I have owned the other brands and if/when something else comes along that i like better I have no issues switching, the name on it doesn’t matter, it’s a tool for a job or hobby not a mate for life. That new ff pentax could pull me there and I’ll probably grab a new sony a6300 to mess with, so get off your fanboy crap as you probably fit the bill a lot better.

      3. I WANT CANON TO GET OFF THEIR ASSES and at least get caught up so this whole tech area can move along faster. They’ve been just like microsoft was for so many years, sitting around holding things up while putting new covers over old tech trying to trick you into thinking it’s new… thats not fanboyism, thats pretty much exactly how it is as spoken by canon users everywhere. you all just assume because you didn’t like something you read but alas lifes a bitch isn’t it. I gotta sit here and read thru all the canon and mirrorless fanboy crap, it’s how it is. Hopefully the 1dxm2 will start this going because the 7dm2 sure didn’t.

      4. “Everyone else here is appreciating the strengths of the D5 and IdX ii so we don’t need your hissy fit interrupting that”
      Apparently thats not correct as the silly number of likes on comments shows otherwise. Plus people stupidly don’t think about the future in regards to their files, personally I want files with as much clean, usable data as possible so say in 5 years if I want to come back and re-edit or finally edit some pix that the much better editing apps by then will have as much data as possible so I don’t regret my image files having 20-30% less IQ then I could have had. Again, not fanboyism just real world thinking and anticipating, I already learned my lesson with this from canon and 8 years later the IQ has gone up like 2% while everyone has advanced in the 20-30% range. It’d be wonderful for canon users to get that as well since your’e paying a premium usually, why you all sit around and let them get away with it is crazy.

      Maybe if ppl like you would get your noses out of canons a** and make some noise then they’d get in gear which would get the whole industry in gear. When the biggest company in an industry just sits on it’s ass it hurts everyone. Just like the lower end dslr customers usually pick canon and thats their big profit section but now that these ppl are figuring out that those rebels (esp 2ti-5ti) are all basically the same guts and rightfully that pisses people off so now their choice is seriously old tech being panned off as new and that makes mirrorless become a better option for them which in tern hurts the dslr market but luckily canons vast selection of quality mirrorless options is there to catch them…. oh wait, no they don’t… but then again neither does nikon but at least nikons lower dslr’s got current tech.

      Look at the 7dm2, their flagship cropped body. Took what.. 5 years to come out and in less than a year it’s already been put in the bargain bin bundled with half a truckload of other crap just to sell it at basically half price and probably will be that way for the next 3-4 years before it’s updated.

      Thats not nikon fanboyism, that’s Canon failing

      Are you buying one or just simply enjoying one in your head so you can “fanboy” around the water cooler yourself? Have you stopped to think that many beginners on here think they “need” a 6k camera to make good pix but maybe just maybe they read my post pointing to an option thats better for them or whatever.

      At least my “fanboyism” also brings out technical discussions, you on the other hand just bring out your giant box of lotioned tissues. If you want to attack me thats fine but at least bring something to the discussion other than your tears… lets just call that a deal and be done with it

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    • Ben Perrin

      Dave, you really need to take better images before you can start blaming the camera sensor. http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/dave-lyons.html?tab=artwork. Yes, I’m not proud of calling your work bad but that’s the point. You, like so many others keep blaming the sensor for your work. It’s not the sensor that’s the problem. Also if you had bothered to read down the comments you’d see links to proof that Canon is not only using ADC but that the image quality amongst other things have improved. Next time, try talking about a subject that you know something about.

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    • Daniel Lee

      HAHAHA oh Davey, I think you were so busy over-processing those HDR’s of yours that you got me confused with some other guy you try to flirt with…. Even if you look at my profile you’ll see I’ve only been a member for just over a year LOL.

      Can we be honest here Dave? Between all the boot scootin, editing HDR’s, shooting down drones that are in your backyard, over editing some more HDR’s and preaching your fanboy nonsense to the point you are clearly seen as fanboy, how do you get the time to write such a long emotional response?

      I definitely have to agree with Ben in regards to your photography. As you said you shot 958 pix today, I’m sure they only made up a few images though since you probably turned them into those lovely over saturated HDR’s right?

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