Text & images by William Tan
It was an honour when Canon placed an EOS-1DX Mark II in my hands and gave me the opportunity to shoot images to promote its launch in April 2016. I tested the camera under extreme conditions at various locations: In Hokkaido’s freezing waters (around minus 1.8 degrees) during the winter season; shooting thresher sharks under dim morning lights at Malapascua; balancing contrasts of mantas against bright sunbursts at Hanifaru Bay; and stacking on macro diopters to test the autofocus on balloon fish hatchlings in Takeno that were no longer then 2mm. In every aspect, the EOS-1DX Mark II outperformed its predecessor. It is now my camera of choice.
Image 1: Sperm Whales (Physeter Macrocephalus)Shot at: Trincomalee, Sri Lanka
LankaIn a situation where you have a photographer and three large sperm whales all swimming at the surface, water movements can make getting a perfect reflection of your subjects rather challenging. Fortunately, the EOS-1DX Mark II is capable of bursting at 14 frames per second (with AF/AE tracking) inhigh-speed continuous shooting mode. As you can see from the resulting image, I was able to choose frames showing perfectly still waters just before the reflections break into abstract art forms.
Image 2: Shrimp Larva (Aristeidae)Shot at: Kenting, Taiwan
TaiwanThe super fast auto focusing system in the EOS-1DX Mark II is able to accurately track tiny and mobile planktonic subjects through a 100mm macro lens. The amount of details the new sensor captures allows you to see delicate textures in the almost transparent exoskeleton of this shrimp larva. The EOS-1D X Mark II’s optical (pentaprism) viewfinder provides a bigger and brighter view that is especially useful when filming these fast 3mm-sized creatures.