Shooting the Nashville Predators with the New Canon 1DX Mark II

Published May 12, 2016

Back in early February, Canon announced the Canon 1DX Mark II, the flagship sports camera, with added 4K video functionality and all of the premium bells and whistles you’d expect to come in Canon’s new top of the line camera system. As you can imagine, since the announcement, we’ve been getting countless phone calls and emails asking when we’d have them in stock, and available for rental. About a week ago, our order came in, and we’ve been sending out the system to photographers all over the country and getting their opinions on the new model.


Copyright John Russell | Used With Permission


Among those who have had the opportunity to use the new Canon 1DX Mark II is Nashville Predators’ team photographer John Russell and Tennesse Titans’ photographer Donn Jones. Russell and Jones were able to invite some of our Nashville office staff to come along and help capture the hockey game as the Nashville Predators took on the San Jose Sharks in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Western Conference Semi-Finals. While there, we were able to work alongside Russell and Jones, documenting them as they shot what is likely known as one of the most exciting games in the playoffs so far this year. While shooting, Russell and Jones were able to give us some real life feedback on what they thought of the new Canon 1DX Mark II, while working in a stadium packed with 20,000 screaming hockey fans.



Generally, Russell and Jones had nothing but good things to say about the new system, noticing significantly better tracking and focusing than the previous model in the Canon 1DX. Watch the video above to get their real life thoughts on the new camera, and stay tuned for a full review on the new camera sometime in the next week or so. As for the game, the Predators were able to capitalize on the Sharks and score the game-winning goal in the 3rd Overtime.


Copyright John Russell | Used With Permission


Copyright Donn Jones | Used With Permission


Special thanks to John Russell, Donn Jones and the Nashville Predators for allowing us access to film during the game.

Author: Zach Sutton

I’m Zach and I’m the editor and a frequent writer here at I’m also a commercial beauty photographer in Los Angeles, CA, and offer educational workshops on photography and lighting all over North America.

Posted in Equipment
  • John, on the glass, was using a 70-300 L series and a 24-70 2.8L II. Donn, up top, was shooting with the 200-400 f/4L II

  • Tony Fletcher

    Great game. What lenses are they both using?

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