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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS Rebel 750D Spec List [CR1]
« on: January 21, 2015, 09:06:45 AM »
Is it possible for Canon to use other brand 24.2 megapixel sensor? For instance Sony.

What about the upper screen seen in the images? any word about it?

Thanks
That would be interesting.   If it is Sony will it be a slightly bigger APC sensor with 1.5x crop factor?  Or would they disable the outside pixels. 

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony closing down?
« on: January 16, 2015, 09:29:31 AM »
Sony has already stopped making laptops....

They announced today that they are closing all their retail outlets (The Sony Store) in Canada.

This is "interesting" behavior and does not make me confident about their future. It looks a lot more like a company that is shutting down than a "market leader"

Target leaving Canada, to close all 133 stores, lay off 17,600 workers. From todays Los Angeles Times  http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-target-leaving-canada-20150115-story.html

Maybe Canada is a bad place for brick-and-mortar stores. Could it be possible that Amazon, etc are killing local business even faster in Canada than in the USA ???

It's not hard for me to envision a future with no local retail, except Big Box stores (Costco, Sam's Club) and Online Super Stores (like Amazon). A place without B&H and Adorama, because the camera companies sell direct to consumers online.

Target has been a lame duck in Canada since they arrive. They failed to properly understand the nature of our retail market here and subsequent course corrections unfortunately were too little too late.

I think bricks and mortar will become the exception rather than the norm (in many market segments) eventually. How many of us have gone to check out something at a B+M location only to pop on over to B+H or Adorama or Amazon and buy it from there? I have and I am sure most of you have too.
And yet the opposite is also true.  A few times I have found my self go to Amazon check a price then go to Adorama and B+H.  After comparing price difference be tax and no tax check I would check availability at my local Best Buy.  Some times it is the same as Amazon some times it is less. Given Amazon now collects state taxes there is no reason not to drive to Best Buy to pick it up after work. 

The big issue with Big Box stores selling electronics is the nature of electronics retail.  In general most electronics are highly commoditized rapidly depreciating product.  Especially true of consumer electronics. The margins are slim and you have to move product fast or soon your value will be higher average street price.   Before the internet Big Box retailers could keep prices up longer(holding margins).  Now the internet retailers will undercut them.  With the internet you can sell to a wider group of customers.  You have lower overhead so you can sustain lower margins.  Becoming known as a retailer of out of date over priced electronics is a death sentence.  I remember going to the Circuit City when it was going out of business.  I needed a TV I found the TV I wanted it was marked down 75% it was still $150 more than Best Buy and $250 more than Frys electronics. 

As for Sony shutting down there retail outlets.  That has been expected for a while now.  They have been killed in TV, Cell phones, and nobody but Apple is making money on computers.  Do they really need all that money tied up in retail locations if they stop selling computers, and TVs.  They are scrubbing there audio products of money losing products.

Sony owning a retail outlet was a conflict of interest.  If they cut the price to move products as needed in consumer electronics they would undercut retailers selling their product.  So they kept things priced at MSRP.  Nobody is going to pay MSRP if they do not have to.   So the Sony stores could not move product.

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Lenses / Re: Full Frame Lenses...
« on: January 14, 2015, 02:20:29 PM »
Many third party lens manufactures make lenses designed for crop cameras in the EF mount.  Canon manufactures full frame lens in EF mount and Crop camera lenses in EF-s.  The third party crop lenses (for the most part) can be mounted on Full frame cameras but will exhibit strong Vignetting. 

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2 Full frames may be nice but boring,
Not with a nice set of lenses, IMHO, as a 2xFF owner.  I see you love camera bodies, though, with 8, if I read your signature right.  Out of curiosity, what do you use them all for?  I have had 3 or 4 bodies at one time, but never found myself using more than 2.  I'm guessing the m4/3 for video, but you have 4 Canons as well.

On the subject of the 7D II, if it's like the 1D X of APS-C, I would imagine a lot of people making it their primary body.  I know the 1D X has become mine since purchasing it around a year ago.  Had I known about the 7DII, I might have bought it instead to go with my 5DIII.
I though about this for a moment and realized I have 10 working bodies.
  • Rebel XS collecting dust
  • 60D backup to 6D mostly collects dust Plan on replacing with Refurb 7D II(I was planning on using it occasionally with Tamron 150-600 but it back focus more often than I like) used as secondary camera when not carrying Nex6.
  • 6D main full frame body used 40% of the time.
  • Nex 6 used 60% of the time(lighter to carry around)
  • EOS M carried around in work backpack almost never used.  Basically use anywhere I could use a point and shoot.
  • Sony A3000 bought on sell to get kit lens and battery for the price of the lens probably give to camera to parents.  I hate the power zoom pancake that came with Nex6
  • Olympus Em5 bought because it was cheep.  I am thinking new Pro 40-150 and 300mm might make a good travel pair for reach to carry with future A7
  • Canon AE1 x 2 they work have not developed the test  film yet. 
  • Canon Elan 7

The true is after going full frame I know I cannot go back to Canon Crop cameras when not reach limited.  My interest in the Canon 7D II is primarily birds.  Most larger wildlife my 6D with superior ISO performance will be used.  I really need it but a 7D II but cannot justify the current price to just be used for wildlife.  As it is I really want to change my Nex6 to a full frame A7 II or Future high MP A7r 2 (A9 what ever it is called). 

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EOS Bodies / Re: A New xxD DSLR Coming From Canon [CR1]
« on: January 14, 2015, 08:28:52 AM »
There’s a suggestion at Canon Watch that Canon will introduce a new DSLR between the current EOS 70D and the Rebel T5i and that it will have an “xxD” model name.
Another EOS sitting between 70D and 700D (not to mention the 100D) wouldn't make sense. More likely it's the 700D replacement. They can implement new technologies in this line, too. It's more likely cause buyers of such cameras are less likely to be conservative and thus also less likely to reject new approaches.
The actual rumor on Canon Watch was that the camera would sit between the upcoming Rebel 750D(700D replacement) and the 70D.  Not between the 700D and the 70D.  Suggesting that a new 750D is all but announced.  It is though that the 750D will have wifi and near-field.    The other camera is rumored to have a top LCD, the pictured control wheal and be in the XXD line.  It has been suggested that it was the camera in the video. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: NEW CAMERA - EOS 80D?
« on: January 12, 2015, 09:17:20 AM »
CanonWatch has a CW3 rumor that there will be a camera released between the upcoming Rebel 750 and the 70D.  With a comment about it being the Camera in the video.  http://www.canonwatch.com/canon-set-announce-new-dslr-eos-750d-70d-cw3/

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 5D Mark III Replacement Talk [CR2]
« on: January 11, 2015, 11:15:02 AM »




"iF" you own a Sony A7x buy one and let us know. Aren't the adapters returnable if you don't like them?

They are now because you can actual buy Metabones from B&H.  So that is one improvement that happened after I bought mine.  Which is a huge peace of mind.  But good luck getting a firmware update as far as I know you still have to ship them off to China. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 5D Mark III Replacement Talk [CR2]
« on: January 11, 2015, 11:08:24 AM »
Pure speculation and just to reiterate, I do not expect an actual 5d IV 5D III replacement this year.  If it is announced I expect it to be a development announcement.  Maybe we will get a 2015 Christmas surprise but color me skeptical.  I have no doubt it is coming.  I expect it will have:
 
  • Dual Pixel CMOS auto focus
  • improved auto focus
  • 4K video HDMI out.
  • USB 3 Interface
  • Improved SD Card read out (hopefully full speed UHS-II support)
  • Improved video features Zebras, focus peeking etc.
  • More FPS but still less than 1Dx
Further speculation. 
It will stay around the same MP but overall Image quality to improve.  Of course Canon could be releasing the above specs as a Canon 6D II.  Bump the Canon 5d IV to 39 mp with a AA filter.  Then release a 50 mp 5Dc with out the AA filter.  ;)  Hence the rumors two high MP cameras coming with the 5d III replacement coming later.  It will just be 5dc 50 mp with out  AA and CMOS dual pixel auto focus.  5D IV around 39 mp with AA filter and CMOS dual pixel auto focus 5D (moved up market). The real 5d III replacement will just be called a 6D II (which moved up market).

Through in a Rebel using the current 6D sensor for an entry level full frame. 

The sad thing is I think Canon could do all of the above if they felt like it.  But it is unlikely.  More likely there are two versions of the high MP camera in development one with AA and one with out.  Canon has yet to pick which it will release.  It would be unlike them to release both of them.  But they have not made this decision yet.  Then there is another camera in development that is targeted at the same market segment as the 5D III. 

I do think we will find out soon what this high MP camera or cameras are.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 5D Mark III Replacement Talk [CR2]
« on: January 10, 2015, 10:05:04 PM »
Sony has shown what is possible with new sensor technology whilst Canon hasn't updated theirs in many years and so on. That then leads to people defending Canon doing little or nothing in various areas whilst it leaves others exasperated.

Canon as shown what is possible with lens and optical technology, while Sony has done little or nothing in that area.  Some people seem to think bare silicon sensors take pictures…

With the metabones adapters, I can put almost any lens on the Sony A7 series. Why should I limit myself to Sony's lenses?

But... but... but... system! system! system!   ;) ;) ;)

Yup, by going down the Sony mirrorless path the options for what a working "system" can be are much larger than with Canon.

If by "working system" you mean massively compromised with severe loss of functionality then yes, you might have a point.

Which pieces of functionality will be compromised?

You obviously haven't practiced what you preach, go use a Sony with a Metabones and try out the AF.
Not to mention compatibility.  Not all EF lenses will auto focus.  Pure manual lens with out the focus conformation chips will not work on the Metabones so you will need a separate dumb converter if you have those.  All lens will be reported as Sony Lenses.  If you want the correct lens corrections applied in Lightroom you will have to manual select them and or change the lens meta data.  I could go on.  But I think you get the idea. 

I think I will say with my Canon Cameras for my Canon lenses.  Personally I want to see what these rumored Cameras can do.  I am not planning on upgrading my Canon DSLR soon.  But perhaps I could be convinced. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 5D Mark III Replacement Talk [CR2]
« on: January 10, 2015, 09:18:29 PM »

If you are expecting auto focus with Canon Lens on a Sony you are missing the point.  Many lens perform about as good as the EOS M.  And we all know what people say about that.  I still prefer using old converted manual lens on my Nex6 over Canon EF lens.

With any system, be it Canon, Nikon, Sony, Panasonic, Olympus, or whatever... the native lenses will AF faster  than any third party or adapted lenses.
That is the point apparently you half get it.  But for most of my general photography I have found I do not need auto focus at all if I have focus aids. 

My Nex6 and native E mount 50mm it will go to big rectangle auto focus in indoor light.  So it is also a Manual focus only moment.  I have found that is not really a problem giving peeking and other focus aides.  I also found it does not really do f stops faster than 2.8 very well.   In that regard the EOS M is more accurate when it eventual gets to auto focus.  In the two years I have owned the Nex6 most pictures taken with it were using FD Lenses and an old M42 lens.  I only bought the Metabones adapter to fill in the holes in the Lens lineup until native lenses were available.

For a year the only reason to use my 60D was ML.  Sense I bought my 6D I have been very happy with it.  The 6D is a very good low light camera.  If a high MP 5Ds is released for around the MSRP of the 5dIII it will be a very hard decision.  I will still want a Sony A7 something to put the old lens to use because I enjoy that.  But it will not have to be high MP if Canon releases a reasonably priced high MP camera.  I can only imagine what a 50 mp camera can do for wildlife photography. 

Not all of the Sony native E mount lens I am interested in even have auto focus.  Zeiss Loxia 2/35 anybody.

Who cares?  You're in the minority.  MOST people use AF all the time.

That is kinda the point.  If you want auto focus with Canon lens on a Sony camera you will be disappointed.  If you need and use Canons fast auto focus and want to use Canon lens on a Sony camera you will be double disappointed.  Forget sports, forget birds in flight.  Forget Candide of small children.  Auto focus with Canon lenses is just two slow.  You can out focus by hand with USM Canon lens.   It is more enjoyable to focus lens made for manual focus.   

If you are not willing to accept the limitations of an A7 or other Sony E mount camera dont buy one.  If you want auto focus buy native lenses or convert Sony A mount lenses. 

If you are looking to convert lens you are really saying who needs auto focus. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 5D Mark III Replacement Talk [CR2]
« on: January 10, 2015, 08:43:21 PM »
<Outside of Sports, fast moving wildlife, candid shots, and anything moving auto focus is over rated.>

So basically, sports, weddings, wildlife, candid shots.  OTHER THAN THAT, AF is over-rated.

LOL.

Perhaps I should have put a sarcasm tag in there so people could get the inside joke.  Most of my photography involve slow to non moving subjects.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 5D Mark III Replacement Talk [CR2]
« on: January 10, 2015, 08:02:04 PM »
The 5DIV (non-"S") will launch at or below the 5DIII launch price, call it a hunch.

Bingo!!

Given the current exchange rate I expect the 5DIII to drop in price and the 5DIV (non-"S") release at or near current MSRP.  I expect the 5DIV (non-"S") will have Dual pixel CMOS auto focus.  Possibly 4K video.   The 5Ds will not have Dual pixel CMOS auto focus.  I think that the 5Ds will come first and be priced around the 5D III release price.  The 5D IV (non-"S") early next year.

Classic internet 1-up answer.  ;)

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 5D Mark III Replacement Talk [CR2]
« on: January 10, 2015, 07:27:45 PM »

If you are expecting auto focus with Canon Lens on a Sony you are missing the point.  Many lens perform about as good as the EOS M.  And we all know what people say about that.  I still prefer using old converted manual lens on my Nex6 over Canon EF lens.

With any system, be it Canon, Nikon, Sony, Panasonic, Olympus, or whatever... the native lenses will AF faster  than any third party or adapted lenses.
That is the point apparently you half get it.  But for most of my general photography I have found I do not need auto focus at all if I have focus aids. 

My Nex6 and native E mount 50mm it will go to big rectangle auto focus in indoor light.  So it is also a Manual focus only moment.  I have found that is not really a problem giving peeking and other focus aides.  I also found it does not really do f stops faster than 2.8 very well.   In that regard the EOS M is more accurate when it eventual gets to auto focus.  In the two years I have owned the Nex6 most pictures taken with it were using FD Lenses and an old M42 lens.  I only bought the Metabones adapter to fill in the holes in the Lens lineup until native lenses were available.

For a year the only reason to use my 60D was ML.  Sense I bought my 6D I have been very happy with it.  The 6D is a very good low light camera.  If a high MP 5Ds is released for around the MSRP of the 5dIII it will be a very hard decision.  I will still want a Sony A7 something to put the old lens to use because I enjoy that.  But it will not have to be high MP if Canon releases a reasonably priced high MP camera.  I can only imagine what a 50 mp camera can do for wildlife photography. 

Not all of the Sony native E mount lens I am interested in even have auto focus.  Zeiss Loxia 2/35 anybody. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 5D Mark III Replacement Talk [CR2]
« on: January 10, 2015, 05:59:19 PM »
Oh hey!  Just with an adapter, Sony can take advantage of all of the advancements Canon has made in their lens lineup.  Screw Canon, Sony's better.

Exactly!  As everyone knows, adapters support AF just as well as the native mount, and perpetual compatibility is guaranteed. 

</sarcasm>
All sarcasm aside if you do not care about auto focus the Sony A7 line are excellent cameras.

Outside of Sports, fast moving wildlife, candid shots, and anything moving auto focus is over rated.  I think that the modern DSLR has spoiled all of us.  It does not help that current DSLR do not come with manual focus aids.  Sure you can get a manual focus screen in some cameras but it is still not as good as the focus aids (peeking and ability to zoom in) in an A7 EVA. 

If you do not care about auto focus go by a Sony and convert your Canon lens.  I plan on buying what ever high MP camera Sony camera they come out with to replace the A7r. Assuming it has first curtain electronic shutter. It will be cheaper than the high MP Canon and sufficient for what I plan on using it for.  But I am not selling my Canon cameras.  Because I also take pictures of moving things.  I will buy a high MP Canon body when it is priced around a Canon 6D.

If you are expecting auto focus with Canon Lens on a Sony you are missing the point.  Many lens perform about as good as the EOS M.  And we all know what people say about that.  I still prefer using old converted manual lens on my Nex6 over Canon EF lens.   

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Wait for 5D4 or go for 5D3/6D right now ?
« on: January 10, 2015, 12:06:27 PM »
I don't think we will see a 5D IV this year.  If the rumors are true we may see the High MP 5Ds.  I would wait until after CP in Feb.  If you are concerned about buying a old camera model buy a Canon referb from there camera direct store.  They come with the same one year warranty as a new one. 

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