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Impressions from a sport photographer.
May 17, 2016
I've had mine for about a week. I shoot amateur Mixed Martial Arts, a fast paced sport that happens in bad lighting. For the past 5 years, I have been shooting with the Canon 1dMkIV, which has been a great camera for the purpose. I didn't move to the 1Dx classic, because it just wasn't a big enough step, not with a camera in hand that worked well. The MkII was a bigger step, and I took it.
I am not going to repeat all the stats and figures. Those are great and they are all over the internet. I shot an event saturday night, and I have some images to share, if this site shows them accurately. The autofocus is accurate and fast, the color is great, and it works like a charm in the dark, through a chain link fence.
These images were shot at ISO 5,000-8,000, 1/500th, f3.2 or f3.5 processed in lightroom, pretty much the same way I always process fight images. There is some noise reduction, but it's not terribly strong. I wasn't making lab test images, these are real production images. This is what a flagship camera does, how it is really used.
update: Time has passed, I am still shooting fights with my markII, it's still a fantastic camera. The controls are basically the same as the earlier flagship canon I own, but there are differences. The menus are different and as with any camera, it takes time to learn to get the most out of it. I'm getting there. I have added some new fight images as well as some from a raptor photoshoot.