Best lenses for the Canon EOS-1D X: Best primes and zooms

By Kevin Carter - Tuesday June 24 2014

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Introduction | Best performing primes on Canon EOS-1D X | Best performing standard primes on Canon EOS-1D X | Best performing wide-angle lenses on Canon EOS-1D X | Best performing moderate wide-angle lenses on Canon EOS-1D X | Best performing short telephoto on Canon EOS-1D X | Best performing zooms on Canon EOS-1D X | Best wide zooms on the Canon EOS-1D X
Best lenses for the Canon EOS-1D X: Best primes and zooms

With a full-frame 18-Mpix CMOS sensor and twin Digic 5+ processers that’s capable of continuous bursts of up 12 fps – the fastest of any professional DSLR currently - the Canon EOS-1 Dx is the firm’s flagship press camera. We’ve assessed it with over 100 EF mount lenses, to see how well they perform. Read on to find out which models are the best optically and which, if any, you should avoid.

Specification and Features

Introduced in late 2011, the 18-Mpix EOS-1D X was a direct replacement for the 16-Mpix APS-H format EOS-1D Mk IV, and somewhat surprisingly, was the first full-frame model from Canon aimed at sports and press photographers.

It maintains the familiar design and control placement of the EOS-1D models but allows continuous shooting at up to 12 fps and has a completely new AF system. Although the Canon EOS 5D Mk III shares a similar 61 point AF module (with 41-cross type sensors) it lacks the power of an additional Digic 4 processor linking it to the RGB AE sensor in the viewfinder of the EOS-1D X to provide additional subject tracking.

Other professional level features include a large, high magnification viewfinder with approximately 100-percent coverage, 30 sec – 1/8000 sec shutter speed range with 1/250th X-sync, WiFi terminal and built-in RJ-45 (gigabyte ethernet) port and a weather sealed body. The EOS-1 D X also features extensive video features including 1920x1080 (30, 25, 24 fps) capture with a choice of recording formats, and has a powerful battery capable of 1020 shots per charge.

We’ve put the camera through its paces with over 130 different lens models from both Canon and third-party makers, ranging from the uniquely wide Canon EF 14mm f2.8L II through to the new yet equally extreme Zeiss Otus 1,4/55 and on up to the new and full-frame EF 600mm f/4 IS II USM and EF 200-400mm f/4 IS USM Extender 1.4x models.

Some of the more recent introductions analyzed by DxOMark include:

Best performing primes on Canon EOS-1D X

Best performing standard primes on Canon EOS-1D X

Best performing wide-angle lenses on Canon EOS-1D X

Best performing moderate wide-angle lenses on Canon EOS-1D X

Best performing short telephoto on Canon EOS-1D X

Best performing zooms on Canon EOS-1D X

Best wide zooms on the Canon EOS-1D X