Canon 1D X Mark II Gallery Images: Photographing soccer with a flagship DSLR and a 400mm f/2.8 lens

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posted Monday, June 6, 2016 at 5:22 PM EST

 
 

My field test for the new Canon 1D X Mark II couldn't have gotten underway any better. Knowing I was taking Canon's flagship "uber-camera" designed for speed and action under my wing, I had to look for photography opportunities that really put the camera to the test, and sports was first on my list. After a few emails sent to various local sports teams, I secured myself a pass to an Atlanta Silverbacks soccer match this past weekend. 

Paired with the 1D X Mark II was perhaps one of the hallmark sports lenses currently made by Canon, the 400mm f/2.8L IS II. Sent to us a while ago by Canon for testing, the lens often sits on the shelf given its rather specialized use cases, but not today!

I will, of course, go into a lot more detail about how the Canon 1D X Mark II performed with sports photography as part of my upcoming Field Test, as I have yet more sports to cover this upcoming weekend. But, suffice to say, things are looking very nice, which, if you're familiar with Canon's 1D-series, isn't all that surprising. Autofocus, even with the razor-thin depth of field you get when using a 400mm lens at f/2.8, is excellent, and the high ISO image quality appears very good to my eyes. 

Scroll through a handful of resized images below from the recent soccer match, or jump over to the Canon 1D X Mark II Gallery Page for full-resolution, straight-from-camera JPEGs, as well as RAW files and a handful of custom-edited versions using Adobe Lightroom. 

Canon 1D X Mark II ReviewGallery Images

 
f/2.8, 1/1600s, ISO 10,000
(This version edited in Adobe Lightroom)
 
 
f/2.8, 1/1600s, ISO 20,000
(This version edited in Adobe Lightroom)
 
 
f/2.8, 1/1600, ISO 1000
(This version edited in Adobe Lightroom)
 
 
f/2.8, 1/1600, ISO 2000, +0.3EV
(This version edited in Adobe Lightroom)

Canon 1D X Mark II Gallery Images