Canon 1DX II Field Test Part II: The flagship sports shooter taken out of its element in beautiful Newport
posted Friday, August 19, 2016 at 7:59 AM EDT
I've had some cool shooting opportunities over the years, but for our second Field Test of Canon's flagship sports shooter -- the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II -- I had one of the coolest yet. Canon recently invited members of the press to shoot with the EOS-1D X II and a generous selection of high-end lenses and accessories in the incredibly picturesque seaside town of Newport, Rhode Island.
And not only did we have a spectacular selection of gear on hand -- we also had access to Onne van der Wal, an accomplished round-the-world sailor, pro photographer and a member of Canon's inspirational Explorers of Light program. Onne had some great shoots prepared for us, from capturing high-speed runs with a friend's powerboat to shooting a hard-fought yacht race, and plenty else besides. And as well as all of the aquatic action, there was plenty of land-based shooting around the streets and docks of beautiful Newport, too.
I have to say that the Canon 1DX II acquitted itself extremely well through all of this, not that I'd expect any less from a pro-grade photographic tool like this. I came home with a great many shots I'm really happy with, not to mention some excellent prints made on one of Canon's imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 printers.
To see my shots from Newport -- and to get my thoughts on the Canon 1DX II -- you'll want to read my just-published Canon 1DX II Field Test Part II! And if you've not already done so, you'll also want to take a close look over my colleague William Brawley's first Field Test for the 1DX II, in which he gave Canon's pro flagship a test with something a little more in its element, shooting from the sidelines at rugby and soccer matches.