Special "Preview" Information on Canon EOS-1D! (UPDATED)|
(Tuesday, September 25, 2001 - 01:15 EDT)
Insights from Dave Etchells into Canon's new Pro EOS digital...
As a company, Canon is known for cautious entry into a market, followed by killer execution. Such now seems to be the case in their approach to the professional digital SLR business. When Canon announced the EOS-D30 digital SLR a bit over a year ago, people were surprised that Canon didn't refer to it as a "professional" SLR. Pros did generally agree that they'd prefer a faster, more rugged camera than the D30, but many D30s nonetheless ended up in the hands of professional Canon shooters.
In the meantime, many in the industry felt that Canon was being left behind by Nikon's tour de force with the D1, followed this year by the D1X and D1H. In typical Canon fashion though, they've now not only answered the nay-sayers, but upped the ante a good notch or two in the areas of speed and environmental ruggedness.
With today's announcement of the EOS-1D, Canon has finally revealed what their idea of a "professional" digital SLR looks like, and it's an impressive vision indeed. We've been promised a unit to test and shoot with in a couple of weeks, but in the meantime have put together a comprehensive preview of the new camera's features and specs, as well as a little perspective on what we perceive as being the most significant advances. Read our preview for all the details!
UPDATED 2001-09-25 00:16ET: Our friends at the Digital Photography Review website were fortunate to get hands-on with an EOS-1D, something we'd planned to do ourselves, although unfortunately recent events in the US derailed this. In the meantime until we're able to try out the 1D ourselves, hop on over and read Phil's article for an interesting insight...
UPDATED 2001-09-25 00:30ET: Two EOS-D1 sample images are now online at Canon's BeBit website in Japan. There's also a nice demonstration of just what 8 frames per second can do for you...
UPDATED 2001-09-25 12:55ET: Two further sample photos are now available on the Canon USA website.