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Well, I'd like them to use a touch screen interface that replaces the control units on flash guns.

Probably more practical for macro flash units but that means Canon need to first build flashes like that

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Photography's Top Manufacturers for 2020
« on: September 19, 2014, 04:57:14 PM »
Bloggers, reviewers, forum members have all in the last year or so moved away from Canon vs Nikon exclusive  debates to now include Sony, Panasonic, Samsung, Sigma and Fujitsu as viable alternatives. 

I have experienced this sway of sentiment before. In gaming, we had Sega vs Nintendo. Today it's Sony vs Microsoft. We had Nokia in the mobile phone segment. Not only usurped from their throne but taken over by a competitor. Sony dominated the CRT television market. Since the advent of flat panel screens and Samsung's total domination of the segment, whispers from Japan recently indicated that Sony may actually walk away from making screens altogether.

These companies stood head and shoulders above their rivals and their brands were household names, synonymous with the products they plied.

Quickly, very quickly it changed. Why? Well, one of two things in my opinion. Sega and Nintendo wanted to cater for a hardcore market, who was dwarfed by the sheer volume of the average consumer who wanted a console. Nokia wore blinkers and were oblivious to the huge strides made by newcomers to the market. They also decided to give their users what they felt the users wanted.

The rest is history.

Let's turn to Canon and Nikon. Combined, owning well over 90% of the photography market worldwide. Two years back, a newbie wanted advise on which camera or photography system to buy, there was uniform advise; go with either Canon or Nikon.

Today, that is no longer the case.

I watched a fair number of video previews on the 7Dii, read some more reviews as well as every 7Dii post here at Canon Rumors. There are grumblings regarding the sensor, the video capability and value-for-money proposition of the 7Dii vs the competition.
And no, the competition named is no longer by default Nikon as Samsung, Sony, Panasonic are all mentioned frequently. And judging purely on the massive strides they've taken recently, they have certainly earned a place in these conversations.

A company like Sony has Zeiss in their stable. If Zeiss was to release 4 compelling lenses per year until 2014 and Sony as a company enhances their overall system with flash units etc, could they be sitting at #1 photography brand in 2020?

There are other competitors too. If Sigma do start releasing their own bodies, bodies who speak the exact language their lenses do and thereby mitigate the AF issues associated with their wares on Canon and Nikon, what then?

This is not a topic about the 7Dii, this is about what could potentially happen in 2020. Funny enough, if there is one of either Canon or Nikon to slip out of the top 5, I somehow sense it will be Canon. Nikon's over all appeal just seems that bit more attractive.

You guys agree or disagree with anything I've said up there? Is it possible that the other brands could build up superior systems in 5 years?

Or is this a case of it's easier to go from 0-100mph than it is to go from 100-200mph.

Would love to hear some opinions on this.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Sample Images From the EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 19, 2014, 04:18:06 PM »
So, the 7Dii is a failure because:
1. It's noisier than the 5Diii
2. It can't do 4K video
3. It doesn't have a brand new sensor
4. It's screen doesn't tilt
5. No wifi

65AF points. ITR. 10fps. Intervelometer. Increased buffer. Autofocus at f/8.0. Spot metering on AF point. All these things doesn't stop the 7Dii from being a useless, no good, piece of crap camera. Apparently...

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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D Mark-II in response to the D750
« on: September 19, 2014, 01:18:38 PM »
Consider that you can get a 6D from a authorized Dealer for $1440, while a D750 costs $2300, almost $860 more.  I would not want to pay $2300 for a 6D MK II.  I can buy a 5D MK III for near $2300 if I wanted another one.

They are not competitors.  The Nikon D6XX series is the competition.
Unfortunately not everyone lives in the US so that pricing structure does not apply to me.

The launch price in South Africa for a D750 is R30,000 ($2,700 equiv), whereas the 5D-III is R37,000 ($3,360 equiv) and the 6D is R21,000 ($1,850 equiv). The 5D-III is almost 2x more than the 6D so there is a gaping hole  that the D750 fills. There is room for a reasonable Canon offer to undercut the D750 on price or a differently-abled Canon body (better low-light / DPAF) to compete at the same price point.

I am interested in the D750 form factor but hopefully at a lower price.

A fellow Mzanzian!!!

Where in SA you from? And yup, SA pricing sucks

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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D Mark-II in response to the D750
« on: September 19, 2014, 11:54:59 AM »
My opinion is that the 6Dii will take more from what the 5Div turns out to be.

Canon will no doubt put something 'best of class' into it, like it did with the lowlight focussing of the 6D, then do a 5Div tear down to define which camera is for the higher and lower segments

I would ask for just three improvements:

1. AF system needs to be clearly better than the XXXD line. Something in the 40 AF point region would suffice.
2. Build quality. 6D feels too cheap after you've handled a 7D, 5Dii or 5Diii.
3. Built in RF communicator with Canon putting a touch screen interface that's identical to the ST-E3. I mean, wouldn't it be just beautiful if the MR-24EX mkii was just the lighting mechanism and the control unit built into the camera?


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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7DII - Did you preorder?
« on: September 19, 2014, 06:34:20 AM »
I have indeed :) By a few retailers actually.

Emails sent back and forth, has actually got them committing to lower prices than their pre-order offer stated.

Wish I had reliable pals in the good 'ol US of A to send me things like CF cards at your prices :P

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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D and 7D II Combo or 5D III?
« on: September 19, 2014, 06:31:47 AM »
Neuro, did you see Tony Northrup's video on the 7Dii?

He had some "math" up about the 5Diii vs 7Dii for wild life use. Says that cropping the 5Diii down to match the framing of the 7Dii, will result in a 14MP image.

Now aside from getting into a discussion about whether resolution is important for final IQ, do you call bullshit on his "math" or do you see it as relevant?

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark II Video Tested By Gizmodo
« on: September 19, 2014, 06:27:00 AM »
Thank goodness that I'm a photographer!

All due respect for the videographers out there, I'm delighted Canon did not turn this into the 'video camera that does stills'.

And let's consider the design of the camera. No touch screen, rugged body, no 4K consideration...it's pretty much telling me that Canon's primary aim to this camera was quality stills at high speed.

Right up my alley. I've put my camera on video twice in almost 4 years and there's no recorded video from my camera on my pc.

Let's celebrate the Canon 7Dii for what it is, not what we individually wanted it to be.

Next month there is another photography trade show. Maybe a Canon EOC 7Dii C is released with every trick you folks wanted at $1000 more.

I'm just wondering how many of us who wanted a stills camera, would've purchased a tricked out, videographer's dream Canon 7Dii at $2799.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7Dii + 400 f/5.6 + Canon 1.4TC =?
« on: September 18, 2014, 11:57:55 PM »
50% knock on AF is rather massive, so perhaps more a solution for perched/stationary subjects than animals on the move.

Neuro and Duade, thanks for the info. I'll probably try and borrow a TC before buying one of my own.

Gorgeous shots Duade!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / 7Dii + 400 f/5.6 + Canon 1.4TC =?
« on: September 18, 2014, 05:37:45 PM »
As excited as I am about some of the 7Dii's features, I am equally unfamiliar with them.

This auto focus at f/8.0 on the centre AF point is interesting to me.

I understand that with a Canon 1.4x TC III, I can get 896mm and the camera will still maintain auto focus. So essentially I get larger magnification without losing AF.

So a few natural questions would be, is there loss of other AF capabilities, such as ITR and just how much of an IQ penalty will I experience by attaching a 1.4x TC to my beloved Canon EOS 400mm f/5.6? Has anybody got experience of shooting the 400mm with a 1.4x TC?

What else do I need to know? What questions haven't I asked that is relative to this setup and more importantly, if I was standing next to you in a photography retailer, about to pull the trigger on a Canon 1.4x TC for the above setup, would you stop me or encourage me to buy one?

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: CF Cards Vs SD Cards
« on: September 18, 2014, 03:40:48 PM »
Guys, if you were recommend one CF model for the 7Dii, what would it be?

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: CF Cards Vs SD Cards
« on: September 18, 2014, 07:57:51 AM »
Guys, thank you all so very much.

I've decided to buy a CF card but probably after a few weeks of experience with the SD cards I have.

I'm so excited about this 7Dii  ::)

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: CF Cards Vs SD Cards
« on: September 17, 2014, 08:03:37 AM »
SD cards are cheaper per GB, more devices can read them, and unless you are running your camera in burst mode, you should have no problem keeping up. If you are firing off more than a picture per second and keep it up for a while, you will fill the camera buffer and a fast compact flash card is faster than a fast SD card and will clear the buffer sooner.... but the difference is not noticeable until you get to the very fastest compact flash cards.... or so conventional wisdom says.....

but if you look at Sandisk and the fastest cards that they sell:
Sandisk extreme pro  HSII 64G SD card - 250MB/s write speed, $230
Sandisk extreme pro UDMA7 64G CF card - 150 MB/s, $200

You end up with an SD card that is both faster and more expensive.... the exact opposite of what people believe to be the truth.

This is very interesting! So perhaps I should shoot with an SD card and if I hit limits with it, try CF.

Don & pleasehelp, much appreciated :)

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Cue the comments of impending doom and all things miserably associated with the failure that is Canon!  ::)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Some thoughts on the 7D2...
« on: September 17, 2014, 04:58:29 AM »
Not sure why you're apologising Ivan Muller.

Seems to be a good few bullies on these forums who feel they have the right to ram their opinions down the throats of others.

Die fokken wys gatte!  ::)

My opinion is that we're taking on a role that isn't ours, we are trying to be engineers. There's so many that post as if their understanding of camera components is far higher than that of Canon's engineers.

I'm buying a camera and walk in the veld and see exactly what it can and can't do. As I build my experiences with the camera, I will arrive at two kinds of conclusions: what works for me and what doesn't.

20.2mp is what it is, so let's explore it!

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