Canon EOS 1D X fast professional DSLR prices

Lowest price is: $6 628,88 at J&R
($6 799,00 at Adorama, , )

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Canon EOS 1D X basics

Canon EOS 1D X w/out lens (front view)

With out lens (front view)

Before this time Canon made two series of professional cameras:

  • studio high-resolution full-frame camera: the Canon 1Ds and
  • fast Canon 1D (Mark I…Mark IV).

In 2012 both cameras was merged in one model: the Canon EOS 1D X (from $6 628,88 for body).

Finally the fast body dedicated for sport and action photography have got full-frame high-resolution sensor!


1D X performs outstanding! The frames-per-second parameter is record breaking: up to 14 fps (if AF turned of) and 12 fps with full autofocus.

High ISO performance is also impressive: the picture looks clear up to ISO 3200 and still usable up to crazy ISO 12800 and even higher (anybody can consider for himself which noise level is acceptable for the given application). Besides the noise character is not really like digital: it has no visible spots or banding, it has grains similar to a real film which is very pleasant.

In terms of picture quality you will not be disappointed: it has stellar colors and pixel-to-pixel quality.

Handling and ergonomics

This camera dedicated for a full-time pros very demanding for the quality of handling (we can understand: most of the day photographers of this type spends with their eye stuck to the viewfinder and the number of button pres is very important).

Canon EOS 1D X rear LCD and controls in operation

Rear LCD and controls

Canon EOS 1D X top LCD and controls

Top LCD and controls

This is why the camera designed to be able to adjust almost anything with your eye on viewfinder: all buttons and switches are in the place expected to be with the force to push or move exactly as it should be. Just take this camera in your hand – you will feel: this camera designed as a good tool for a good men.

Resume: I didn’t noticed any flaws in ergonomics. Anything work just as expected and frequently even better. Especially if you are already got accustomed with 1D cameras (Mark IV) you will not be disappointed.


Canon EOS 1D X full-frame sensor

Full-frame sensor

This is a most important improvement of 1D X over the old brother – the 1D Mark IV. With relatively small APS-H sensor of 1D Mark IV your lenses worked just not really as can expected: the wide angle becomes not really wide, the resolution of all lenses virtually 1.3 times lower and you have to calculate the actual focal length all the time.

Now you can relax and use your lenses just as the manufacturer produced them.

Changes over Canon 1D Mark IV

  • Larger sensor (full-frame vs APS-H)
  • Faster (14 fps vs 10 fps and shorter shutter lug)
  • Better AF (more focusing points, more cross-type sensors)
  • Larger viewfinder (0.76x vs 0.59x)
  • Microphone input
  • Bigger and heavier

Changes over 1Ds

  • Much-much faster (5 fps vs 14 fps)
  • Much better low-light performance
  • Movie mode
  • Better autofocusing system
  • Newer, bigger and higher resolution LCD
  • Lower resolution (not very good for studio but better for field)

EOS 1D X kit lenses

Canon 1D X delivered as body only.

Lens suggestion

For studio work you can buy brilliant Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II (from$2 099,00). This lens has fast aperture (f/2.8), very good resolution even wide open, relatively low distortion and tough design.

For even better result try primes: EF 50mm f/1.4 USM (from $359,00) or even faster EF 50mm f/1.2L (from $1 439,00).

For portraits try wonderful EF 135mm f/2L (from $955,00)

As a normal lens for reasonable money you will find nothing better than 24-105mm f/4L IS lens (priced from $53,90 alone and significantly cheaper as a kit to this camera). This lens has very useful focal length range, Image Stabilizer for low-light hand-held photography, tough design and beautiful image quality. Slow aperture (f/4 across all the focal range) partially compensated with IS system.

For low-light photography – take Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM (from $359,00). It is really fast (f/1.4), it has very consistent picture quality and reasonably fast AF.

As a universal wide angle lens take 16-35mm f/2.8L II (from $1 489,00). It has very good image quality, tough design and fast f/2.8 aperture for reasonable price. Less universal but better in terms of distortion, image quality and low-light performance will be one of new stabilized wide-angle primes: EF 24mm f/2.8 IS (from $699,99) and EF 28mm f/2.8 IS (from $649,99). They a reasonably fast (f/2.8 – faster than same priced 17-40mm) and stabilized! Which is virtually makes them f/1…f/0.7! 2-stops faster wide-angle lens Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II (from $1 599,00) is much more expensive but will be much better for low-light action photography as IS can do nothing with your subject motion.

Best general purpose telephoto lens if Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II (from $2 199,00). It has brilliant image quality, fast and precise AF and tough design. For more information read more about 70-200 series lenses.


Twice less expensive Canon EOS 5D Mark III (from $3 148,88 for body only) has the same AF system (with 61 points), same two card slots, but much slower FPS, less tough design in a compact and light body.

Much cheaper EOS 7D (from $1 399,00 body only) also dedicated for sport and action photography and in this genre it will perform also very good. If you will need the spare body – this 7D camera will be a very good choice.


Body only:
$6 799,00 at Adorama
$6 628,88 at J&R
Canon EOS 1D X Body only prices graph


  • Size: 6.2 x 6.4 x 3.3”
  • Weight: 47.3 oz. (naked)
  • Sensor: full-frame (17.9 mpx)
  • Shutter: 12 fps (up to 14 without AF), 1/8000s
  • Flash sync: 1/250s
  • On-camera flash: no on-camera flash
  • Special features: weather sealing

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