Well, I got a bit of G.A.S. and put in an order for a 1Dx Mk II last week via Canon Refurbished site. However, it seems that in my haste I missed a few pieces of information that I'm now finding out after working my way through the menus yesterday. For context, I was hoping that the 1DxII could be my one-stop-shop to replace my current duo of a 5Ds and 7DII. My [Seemingly ignorant] assumption, was that the only sacrifice I would make upgrading from the 5Ds would be the significant resolution difference between 50 and 20 megapixels and the lack of ability to use my Wifi-capable SD card to transfer images directly from the camera to mobile devices. I came to terms with those two sacrifices, but now I'm a bit disheartened to find out I'm also missing out on a few other features that I use quite often. These are the most glaring to me so far (that is, unless one of you folks with more experience with the body can guide me in the right direction to find them) :
1. On my 5Ds, I had the ability to instantly change my viewfinder or live-view screen to a difference aspect ratio/crop factor. Specifically, I was able to quickly cycle through Full-frame, 1.3, 1.6, and 1:1 square crop ratios. It blacked out the margins inside the viewfinder, which was perfect for quickly composing shots in those particular layouts. The 1:1 was incredibly helpful for me when shooting for myself or one of my few clients who plan to use images for social media (for which a square crop is typically best.) I do understand that this mode was likely intended to help wrangle the megapixels of the 5Ds into smaller, pre-cropped JPEGs for those hoping to save memory space, but for me, it was the best method for quickly composing images in a non 4:3 factor, and the lower resolution of the 1DxII wouldn't have diminished it's usefulness for me at all. Unfortunately, I don't see any options to have a grid overlay in the viewfinder other than the standard 4:3 line grid.
2. Similar to the first point, in live view on my 5Ds, I was able to change the screen aspect ratio to 16:9 when shooting still images. It blacked out the top and bottom portions of the frame, and was perfect for composing overhead, table-top shots that would be used as backdrops and/or title frames for video projects (as well as a few more unique use-cases for personal projects.) The closest I've found on the 1DxII is the grid overlay in live view, but none of the three options are even close to a simulated 1:1 or 16:9 format.
3. This is the one that honestly just baffles me most: despite being included in the past several generations of Canon DSLRs (even as far down the hierarchy as the 80d,) the 1DxII does not seems to have a built-in intervalometer or built-in bulb timer. I use the bulb timer on my 5Ds incredibly often, and just recently used the intervalometer on my 7DII. Why on earth wouldn't Canon include this firmware-only feature in the 1DxII? One of the [admittedly minor, but still thought-about] features I was looking forward to with the 1DxII over the 5Ds was the built-in viewfinder cover to use when shooting extra long exposures. However, needing to carry and use a separate remote timer is an unnecessary pain that I've gotten very used to not worrying about.
Am I crazy for assuming these features would be included in the current flagship body after having been included in previous non-flagships? I completely understand that there are physical issues that prevent certain features like wifi from being built into the different body designs, but the issues I'm focused on are all firmware-only. I could still swap out for a 5DIV and save significant cash (both on the body, and on the batteries/memory I'll need to upgrade for the 1DxII) as well as weight and size of my kit. However, after noticing the missing features in the 1DxII and researching the 5DIV a bit deeper, it seems that even the 5DIV doesn't include my #1 and #2 features above. The two reasons I bought the 1DxII over the 5DIV in the first place are the 14fps and 120p HD video, which are both simply unavailable anywhere else – aside from dropping everything for Sony.
So all that said, does anyone have a direct line to Canon's engineers to toss a few features on the firmware update list?