During my rather miserable experience with the 7D Mk II, I 'accidentally' bought my first 6D. This presented something of a quandary: where do I go from here?
As an upgrade, the 'natural succesor' to these two fine models was the 5D Mk III. Only I didn't see it that way. The 5D was similar in image quality to the 6D, but not really a match for the sport features of the 7D.
So during my travels, and appreciating that a Mark II was just around the corner, I snapped up a new (original Mark I) Canon EOS-1D X for a very reasonable price, bundled with an 'L' lens I had been ogling for many years.
During the (24-hour) decision-making period of, 'should I, shouldn't I', I had the opportunity to test the camera, in store and on the street, and found the results truly spectacular.
Here was a camera where one could appreciate the full-frame pixels, and, in minute detail, determine how to successfully capture the action. The camera essentially has the same auto-focus system as the 7D Mark II - but it works!
Less than a month after purchase, I had captured results at a Biathlon that would not have been achievable (at least by me) with any of my previous equipment.
As an 'epitath', at least to this story, the camera keeps getting better: some time in my first year of owning and using the 1DX, a ’version 2' firmware was released. This had a couple of seemingly insignificant new features, but made the camera even more flexible, with greater potential.
More on using the 1DX in a future article...