Honestly, I didn’t believe it possible, but my trusted camera-dealer pushed lots of buttons, made lots of phonecalls, twisted arms, maybe killed someone, I really do not know… but he made it happen. So I got a production model Canon 1Dmrk4 in my hands just before Christmas.
Now, I will respect the holidays and for the next three days I won’t touch it. But, what might be of interest: I will be heading to Germany and Austria to cover the Four Hills Tournament in ski-jumping, flying over the 27th and staying for about ten days and I will be putting the camera into a real field test over there. Ski-jumping is actually pretty good for this as the movement is all the time basically the same, regardless of who is jumping. Considering that there are four competitions plus the training days, I should end up with a pretty good idea of what the camera can do in those circumstances in terms of AF. Also, some of the venues are later on in the evening, providing a good testing environment for the higher ISOs.
I most probably will NOT shoot any video, but those who are interested (and have not yet done so), please check Vincent Laforet’s blog.
I will post examples in Photoshelter and provide a password so you can download images (watermarked, with EXIF) shot in different ISOs in differing lighting conditions and let you draw your own conclusions.
The tour begins with the training session in Oberstdorf the 28th so stay tuned after that. And as usual: feedback, questions, etc. is highly appreciated.
(UPDATE 10th Jan. 2010:) Sample images from the tournee can be found in this gallery. Password is “mrk4demo” with no quotes. You can download if you want to get the EXIF-data. Images are copyrighted, watermarked and should not be distributed further.