I was itching to use the new 1D X at the mountain pond at Azamidani, simply because I wanted to photograph species in natural light. I was hoping for fine conditions, but it was quite overcast resulting in the area around the pond being quite dim.
With the 7D, it would have been impossible to get acceptable images in these conditions without using flash, but the 1D X did a good job.
Even though the background is noisy, the subject is sharp, has good colour and contrast, and little noise in the in-focus areas.
I also find the rendering of background noise on the 1D X quite pleasing – more like a film grain effect than the mess that comes out of the 7D.