Thank you for all the kind comments on my 500th post. I appreciate them very much. Sometimes it seems a thankless task, blogging. A few encouraging comments go a long way!
Yesterday I collected The Beast, or my new Canon 1Dx as it is more properly known. I had wrestled with my willpower, conscience and bank balance for over a year but eventually I capitulated. And so I rose at 6am to head off to Long Valley to test The Beast at higher ISOs, just to see how well the camera performs under real conditions.
The 1Dx is not only supposed to be capable of rendering files with minimal noise at ISOs up to 3200 but it should also track far better than the 1D4. Importantly it is weather-sealed. Not waterproof. Less than an hour into its maiden voyage and this was put to the test. I walked along a narrow bund, the edges of which were covered in grass. I put my right foot down and in true Status Quo style, it went down, down, deeper and down….. Up to my knee in fact. I hope it was only mud but who knows? The rest of me keeled over too as I vainly tried to hold the camera aloft whilst completely off-balance. 1 hour into action and the 1Dx is wet, muddy and still working like a dream. A bit of spit and a polish with a handkerchief and it looked as good as not quite new. A pal of mine tells me they can also survive a 5′ fall onto concrete. You get what you pay for. Remarkably I repeated the trick 2 hours later but practice makes perfect and this time the camera was saved a second session of mud-wrestling.
What about the images? Well I shot very few at 800 ISO and most at either 3200 or 6400. You can judge for yourself whether they are useable or not.
All in all I regarded it as successful test, especially the weather-sealing. Clearly I would have failed a breathalyzer walk today and frankly standing upright has never been so difficult. For a teetotaler this is rather worrying. Perhaps the extra weight of the 1Dx was all too much for my ageing body. Nevertheless I will be giving it another go next week. But I may well have to borrow the stabilizers off a child’s bike in the meantime. I am sure Olga Korbut never had problems like this but The Olympics has not yet introduced Camera Carrying as an event. It will have to happen. I am in training…….