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PowerShot / Re: Canon to Leave the Entry Level Point & Shoot Market?
« on: February 25, 2014, 08:28:25 AM »
I'd be interested in a Canon smartphone, assuming it had an open architecture for apps.

We haven't used either of our Canon p&s cameras in four years—since we bought iPhones.

Here's hoping for an increase in dynamic range, and in signal-to-noise ratios.

Canon General / Re: Canon Can't Even Make a Billion Dollars Anymore
« on: October 26, 2012, 01:11:07 PM »
"Demand for interchangeable-lens digital cameras continued to realize robust growth in all regions while the market for compact digital cameras shrunk due to the stagnation of the global economy."

Sales of compact digital cameras will continue to shrink because of cell phone cameras & apps.

I've owned three Canon point & shoot cameras, but will probably never buy another one. For fun & easy, I use my cell phone and a couple apps to shoot, enhance and upload for family & friends to see. The last thing I want to do on vacation is saddle myself to a computer for post production on point & shoot images. To me, it's a no-brainer.

An image taken on vacation & uploaded within minutes after capture. And minutes before a nice swim!

Software & Accessories / Re: Google Buys Nik Software
« on: September 17, 2012, 01:22:27 PM »
This does not excite me. The last time a juggernaut bought a small company (Microsoft & iView Media Pro), the software languished to the point that it wasn't worth using. (I'm thankful for Phase One stopping that descent).

EOS Bodies / Re: Big Megapixels Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: August 05, 2012, 02:20:54 AM »
I would love:
  • A 36+ Mp camera body from Canon
  • In a 1Dx-style body
  • The best dynamic range delivered at the lowest ISO values
  • Deliver more pixels rather than higher frame rates
  • Provide the best Live View focus/framing possible, in lieu of 60-point autofocus tech
  • Target the still-life/landscape/studio photographer, not the PJ or sports guy
  • Eventually eliminate the flapping mirror and provide an eye level HD video finder

Lighting / Re: Fauxtographer Ruins Olympic photos.
« on: July 02, 2012, 08:31:58 PM »
whew! Those pics are horrible!   :o

I'd like to see info on the Tamron's vignetting. In the few lenses I've compared over the years, Tamron lenses had much greater vignetting than Canon's, especially at wide open apertures.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark III Information
« on: March 13, 2012, 11:31:21 AM »
There will come a day when high ISO values will mean little to the overall value of the camera. High ISO settings are still making a ripple because digital photography is relatively new, and film was the standard for IQ for over a century. Yeah, it's cool and it's very helpful under certain circumstances, but good IQ from high ISO settings are quickly becoming the norm (thankfully).

Eventually, users will manipulate their ISO settings just like we manipulate our aperture and shutter speeds. It will become the third adjustable variable in pro cameras, if it hasn't already.

EOS Bodies / Re: What's Next? A General Breakdown
« on: March 09, 2012, 07:40:55 PM »
From my seat, it looks like the 1Dx covers the sports/PJ/high ISO/rapid fire photographer, while the 5D3 targets the wedding and portrait market. The group that falls through the cracks is the still-life and fashion photographers who don't need 10 frames per second but do need more than 18 megapixels.

In my dreams, Canon is developing a 36mp camera. No video, no uberhigh ISO, no rapid fire. Just perfect image quality at low to medium ISO settings.

Dreaming's free!   ::)

Lenses / Re: A Lens Roadmap? [CR1]
« on: February 11, 2012, 07:30:32 PM »
I'm holding out hope for new versions of the 45mm TS-E & 90mm TS-E. The 60mm falls right in the midst of these focal lengths and has perked my interest.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Looking for tripod advice...
« on: December 17, 2011, 10:00:46 PM »
Although I have a 4-section carbon Gitzo and a hefty 5-section alloy Gitzo (from my 8x10 days), if I had to buy another 'pod for my DSLR I give this RRS carbon tripod a try.

EOS Bodies / Re: “Revealing” Canon C300 Test Video
« on: December 04, 2011, 06:51:33 PM »
What a refreshing camera review!

PowerShot Cameras / Re: The Future of the G Series
« on: November 12, 2011, 05:37:34 PM »
meh. I would love to see Canon come out with an L-prime lens rangefinder camera in the vein of the Fuji X100 or Leica M9. The small chips and mediocre zoom on the G-series camera ruins it for me.

Lenses / Re: Buy 24-70 f2.8L now or wait for 24-70 f2.8L II
« on: October 29, 2011, 11:26:51 AM »
I am not sure how seriously I should take this...can anyone help me out?

You're welcome to buy my 24-70 after I replace it.   ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: The EOS-1D X & f/8
« on: October 22, 2011, 01:08:25 PM »
The MTF charts of the new super teles paired with the version III 2x and 1.4x extenders generally show little to no image degradation.

I include the loss of 1 or 2 stops of light a degradation of image. If there's in increase in ISO to maintain a fast shutter speed, then there's image degradation.

Shooting action at f8? No thanks.  :P

Also, although I understand your point about gaining more reach with an APS-C, it's just not true that using a 1.6x focal multiplier sensor equates to zero loss of IQ when compared to a 35mm full frame or aps-H sensor.

The optics are identical in both cases. And no f8 action work! w00t!   8)

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