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| p.1 #1 · Why was the 1D shutter so much faster/different/better? |
Can someone shed some 'light' on why the original 1D shutter/sensor combination was able to natively flash-sync (in ETTL) at 1/500 sec. and in remote manual shooting upto a few 1000th of a second? Canon had already started producing their own CMOS sensors at the time of the 1D but chose to use a 3rd party (Kodak maybe?) CCD sensor instead. What is it exactly that allowed the 1D to have flash sync speeds that have not been equaled since? I know that modern flashes can all be set to 'high speed' mode but that is not the same...there is way too much loss in flash power in doing so. Being able to fire a speedlite at full (manual) power at 1/2000 sec is impressive (and kind of unbelievable)!
So the question is, why hasn't this been matched since? It seems that all other specs have been easily surpassed in the last decade...MP count, ISO, DR, buffer, frame rate, battery life, and so on but the flash sync speed has never been equaled (let alone surpased). What technical issue is holding that back I wonder?