Canon 1D X Mark II Field Test Part I: Sports photography performance with a flagship DSLR
posted Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 7:06 PM EDT
I'm not a professional sports photographer, not anymore, anyway. I did, at one point, photograph sports for a local newspaper company, but even then I didn't "feel" like a professional sports photographer...and I certainly never used the latest 1D-series cameras and big white supertelephoto lenses. I did buy an old, used 1D Mark II N once, though, which so far has been the extent of my personal experience with Canon's 1D-series of cameras. So, when I got a the chance to Field Test the Canon 1D X Mark II, I knew exactly what I wanted to test it with: sports photography.
And with a big white supertelephoto lens, too!
Here, in my Canon 1D X Mark II Field Test Part I, I put Canon's latest flagship EOS camera to the test at some soccer and rugby matches. Both of these sports involved a lot of hectic, fast-paced action with lots of players running in and out of frame at various speeds as well as weaving in and out amongst each other. Not only was this a great way to test the burst speed and high ISO image quality, but also the camera's autofocus performance and subject tracking capabilities.
I don't want to give away all the surprises, but considering Canon's heritage with this class of camera, perhaps the results aren't all that surprising. Simply put, the 1D X Mark II is an amazing camera for sports photography, offering excellent performance and image quality. For all the details, though, jump over to our Canon 1D X Mark II Field Test Part I, and also be sure to check out the updated 1D X Mark II Gallery Page for loads more sports photos.