Canon 1DXMK2 – Wildlife Photography Test – Matt Hardy Photography

I haven’t done an in-depth camera review before so here goes.

I am always looking at new equipment and developing my skills. People argue it isn’t worth spending alot of money on the latest camera gear but I do not agree with that. I look at it as an investment and having professional camera equipment helps separate myself from others. I also prefer to achieve better results in camera and that requires less post processing. As a photographer I demand the very best from my images.

So what did I test today? Well here it is!

The Canon 1DXmk2




Canon’s latest and most powerful camera on the market, hosting a huge range of features  including a 4K and lightening-fast AF acquisition when shooting stills at up to 16fps. All of this is made possible by the camera’s dual DIGIC 6 processors, full-frame 20.2-megapixel CMOS sensor with Dual Pixel CMOS AF, extended ISO range of up to 409,600 and dual card slots (CF and CFast). The 1D X Mk II also has a 3.2″, 1,620K-dot LCD touchscreen, Full HD 1080p movie recording, a weather-resistant magnesium-alloy body, built-in GPS….. yeh it certainly backs a punch!!

I am certainly in love and more impressed, I made the camera work hard for the shots and was blown away by the results. Such sharp and detailed images whilst clean and vibrant. Here are a few shots from the 1dxmk2 below.

The images were taken on a dull and dark day mostly in wooded areas except for the first meadow image. The camera performed beyond my expectations with lighting fast auto focus, incredible detail and clean images!

To summarise,

The size and weight felt fantastic, lots of accessible controls and easy to shoot functions. They are all encased in a rugged yet sleek and superb looking weather-resistant magnesium-alloy body for shooting in all conditions. I loved the clunk of the shutter – it sounds like a heavy hitter however wedding shooters note – is has a silent shutter mode ;).

This camera is a must for people who demand the very best from any shooting situation! 

A HUGE thank you to Jayne Bond who let me trial the camera for the afternoon. Here is a link to her website where you can see some incredible wildlife photography – Jayne bond photography

More to come very soon indeed with this camera,

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A Day Out In Dorset With Explore Dorset

Ahh the festive break has arrived, Its  time to put the feet up and crack out the wine and festive treats! 

Nope not for me, I made use of having a few extra days by heading to one of my favorite Dorset locations the famous Durdle Door.

I joined up with Ben & Joanna from Explore Dorset which is a very popular Instagram page. We were also joined by Lewis who was visiting from America, but grew up in the UK. All set and ready to go we headed off  and ventured down to the door.

A 90 second exposure using a Lee filter Big stopper and Hard Grad 0.9 Shot on my Canon 5ds

This is by far one of my favorite places to shoot in Dorset, I really do not think there is anywhere else in the wold with a view like this. I have photographed it many times and always enjoy capturing different images from here.

It is also one of the most physical landscapes to shoot, lots of walking up and down hills for different composition and images. However the view from the top of Bats head simply breathtaking looking back on the Jurassic coast.

The steep climb to the top of bats head is certainly worth it for the view of the Jurassic Coastline.


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