FlyingPhotog wrote in post #14365047
They're utterly apples and oranges...
The 1DX is a speed and action body and the D800 is not.
If you don't need the blazing fast speed of a 1DX, then it's not the tool for the job. Simple...
Dunno about that. I was invited to a CPS nature photography workshop with Martin Eisenhawer on Monday at a wildlife reserve. The CPS guys brought stacks of the newest lenses, a batch of 5D3s and not sure how many 1DXs.
I played with the 1DX with a 400L 2.8 II mounted for about an hour, though while talking with Martin and others at the same time. I can't say I really got to know the 1DX much in that time, it's a bit like suddenly finding yourself piloting the Mother Ship, but I did get a good idea how it is for wildlife.
I didn't really do much with the settings, just used it as set up by CPS for the context - birds in and around a marsh grass pond. The 1DX is very easy and beautiful to work with, so natural that it is only after a while that you realize how much it is doing for you without a hint of a struggle. I won't even talk about the continuous FPS, it's just insane. I had to reduce the FPS, then go to one shot to find my sanity again. While I can see the FPS for a lot of things, it wasn't what I wanted in this context.
I was mainly concentrated on shooting a Kingfisher, one of the most difficult birds to capture, as it flitted from perch to perch through the grasses and diving in the water. It was the AI servo color/face tracking that confounded me, never lost the bird, no matter where it flew through the grasses or dived, as long as I kept in the viewfinder, and it seemed like it found it again even after I had lost it from the viewfinder. Mesmerizing.
I can bear witness that that thing is about the most amazing body I have ever handled, but I won't go into anything else about it as you can read it all on CPN or wherever. If you get the opportunity to try it, do it. Here are a few of my shots. It was an overcast day, so the light wasn't that great, but I had the feeling that with a lesser rig I wouldn't have even gotten these.