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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Make a Big Splash at Photokina? [CR2]
« on: July 31, 2014, 03:23:01 PM »
Canon made revolution  few years ago. Currently it is a stagnant company, which still focuses significant aattention to dying P&S market. Product cycle for semi-pro and pro products is very long and shows that Canon does not sufficiently invest in R&D as other companies. Canon started loosing in the following areas:

1) Mirrorless market - they loose to Fuji, Olympus, Sony;
2) Sensor technology - loosing to Sony;
3) Lenses - starting to loose to Sigma and Tamron as these 2 companies started producing high quality lenses, which match or in some cases exceed qulity of Canon lenses (e.g. Sigma 50 mm 1.4 Art, Tamron 24-70 2.8 VC) for affordable price.

Losing is a tough way to put it.  Being #1 means you have many mouths to feed -- not just enthusiasts and pros in a forum.  I'm truly curious to see what chunk of Canon's business folks like us in this forum (and like-minded shooters not in this forum) actually represent to them.

Also, advances in one small segment of the photography world does not make Fuji, Olympus, Sony, Sigma and Tamron the 'team to beat'.  It means that they have had success in one small segment of the photography world.  That's all.

And lest we forget, the company arguably most revered for its innovation and 'firsts in the industry' -- Sony -- can't seem to understand photographers well enough to produce a top-to-bottom well thought out camera that is free of non-trivial flaws.  They seem predisposed to come up with something cool and useful (that I might want!), shoot it out to the market half-cocked, and under-deliver.  What's worse is that they don't seem to learn from this, and they just shoot out another version in record time with similarly iffy results. 

So it's more than who is on a roll or has the best team or most innovative pipeline -- I want the company that most consistently satisfies its customers.  Bleeding edge innovation isn't my driver.  I want a camera/system that does exactly what I want it to do.  Canon may be slow, but they have never let me down with what they have delivered.

- A
When I jumped ship from Olympus to Canon, the choice was Canon or Nikon. Canon had the lenses that I liked and when it came to the user interface, there was no comparison...Canon let me do what I wanted easily, Nikon had me diving into menus... I went Canon

As things stand today, for my purposes everything about the Canons is superior to the Nikon and Sony offerings except for the sensors and I expect the gap to narrow drastically or even disappear soon.

Look at the clues...

Clue #1: Canon sensors are inferior to Nikon/Sony. Everyone knows that. You can bet that the people at Canon know that too.
Clue #2: Canon executives have hinted that something big or revolutionary is coming.
Clue #3: The 7D2 has been delayed for "production reasons".. We know it isn't just making another copy of the 70D sensor with a few more or less pixels.. it has to be something else.
Clue #4: The delay is NOT DPAF. It is here and in production in the 70D. Being a lower cost camera and stocked and sold in general consumer stores, it is a safe bet that 70D sales will exceed that of the 7D2 AND the entire FF lineup. A bit more for a 7D2 will not matter.
Clue #5: Canon has sensor fabrication facilities that work on much finer lithography than the APS-C and FF sensors of today. Pick up a Canon P/S camera for proof....
Clue #6: P/S sales are declining and this means extra capacity is opening up on those finer lithography production lines...
Clue #7: We know that by going to row or column A/D on the sensor that they could drastically drop noise and increase the DR of their sensors. You can bet that Canon knows this too.

My bet is that the delays in 7D2 production are due to moving the A/D onto sensors with finer lithography. This has to happen at some point and now is the logical time. I would expect a rapid refresh of the FF lineup after this.

Correct me here if I am wrong with this conclusion --- but in all the posts i have read here regarding the internals of a camera body --- heat is a factor in the quantity of noise, which would harm sharpness and overall IQ. 

Correct me if I am wrong yet again, but, is it conceivable that canon bodies could improve IQ by finding more ways to reduce heat inside the camera body?   Just tossing ideas out there...

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Make a Big Splash at Photokina? [CR2]
« on: July 31, 2014, 03:18:01 PM »
Canon made revolution  few years ago. Currently it is a stagnant company, which still focuses significant aattention to dying P&S market. Product cycle for semi-pro and pro products is very long and shows that Canon does not sufficiently invest in R&D as other companies. Canon started loosing in the following areas:

1) Mirrorless market - they loose to Fuji, Olympus, Sony;
2) Sensor technology - loosing to Sony;
3) Lenses - starting to loose to Sigma and Tamron as these 2 companies started producing high quality lenses, which match or in some cases exceed qulity of Canon lenses (e.g. Sigma 50 mm 1.4 Art, Tamron 24-70 2.8 VC) for affordable price.

Losing is a tough way to put it.  Being #1 means you have many mouths to feed -- not just enthusiasts and pros in a forum.  I'm truly curious to see what chunk of Canon's business folks like us in this forum (and like-minded shooters not in this forum) actually represent to them.  5%?  10%?

Also, advances in one small segment of the photography world does not make Fuji, Olympus, Sony, Sigma and Tamron the 'team to beat'.  It means that they have had success in one small segment of the photography world.  That's all.

And lest we forget, the company arguably most revered (of late) for its innovation and 'firsts in the industry' -- Sony -- can't seem to understand photographers well enough to produce a top-to-bottom well thought out camera that is free of non-trivial flaws.  They seem predisposed to come up with something cool and useful (that I might want!), shoot it out to the market half-cocked, and under-deliver.  What's worse is that they don't seem to learn from this, and they just shoot out another version in record time with similarly iffy results. 

So it's more than who is on a roll or has the best team or most innovative pipeline -- I want the company that most consistently satisfies its customers.  Bleeding edge innovation isn't my driver.  Saying I have one more stop of dynamic range than my friend with a Nikon isn't my driver.  Believing I have the best camera that has ever been made isn't my driver.  I want a camera/system that does exactly what I want it to do.  Canon may be slow, but they have never let me down with what they have delivered.

- A

-10 for use of sound logic....you know that has no place here!!!!  lol

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D now marked as DISCONTINUED at Amazon
« on: July 26, 2014, 01:15:07 PM »
We have previously seen reports of discontinued notices, so its not surprising that amazon is finally running out.

Canon has likely had their factory churning out the Mark II's for some time.  It takes a few months to build up a backlog big enough to send stock all around the world.

Canon must be pretty confident that sales will take off.  I plan to pass and wait for the next FF.  I expect a $1799 price, and that's too much for a crop body.  If it were under $1000, maybe.

agreed on the first 2 points.  And like you I will be passing on this - but not due to price - I just rarely find the need for more fps than my 5d3 has (and I shoot on silent mode 95% of the time).  The reach would be nice for some scenarios, but, overall I just don't do the type of shooting the 7d series is geared towards.

I do have to disagree on price though - at least your statement about being interested if it were under $1000.  If it were under 1K it would not be a worthwhile release, no new nothing really, it would be a 70D with weather sealing.  I am hoping it is a 2k+ PRO crop body.  LOL, I will still pass on it because I don't shoot sports or wildlife, but, if it's a 2K body then it will display some of the new tech that will be in the new FF bodies, and that does excite me!

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You'd think they'd put AFMA in it.  It counts as a good user feature but really it also helps Canon increase user satisfaction by letting owners fix any minor manufacturing boo boos themselves. 

Why wouldn't they do that?  Otherwise most people with slightly out of whack lenses or bodies just suffer with it and tell people their Canon just wasn't very sharp.  Maybe they buy a Pentax next time. 

Then others have to deal with the hassle of sending their body and one favorite lens off for adjustment at Canon which is no fun for either the owner or for Canon, and it is all avoidable if they'd just include AFMA.

If the ketchup companies are smart enough to add "shake well before serving" to their labels, so that the user is more likely to have a positive experience with their condiments, why would a camera maker leave out AFMA?


If I were canon, the thought of allowing afma to the mass population of ma and pa photographers would be terrifying to me and my call centers.  Afma is a great tool for those who know how to use it, but any increase in my call center activity would reduce my profit margin on the rebel line.  Enthusiasts, sure offer this option to allow them to grow with their camera.  Most who can afford a single digit model probably have an idea of what they are doing.  Mainstream usually has no clue what they are doing, but they don't know it.  All they know is that if they screw it up, it would be canon's fault for making such crappy gear and social media would spread that word.


Utter nonsense.

If anything, it might reduce calls, since it is VERY common that lens and body are not matched and at least this might allow a few to get things matched. And it's just NOT rocket science, it's ridiculous how fearful everyone has become of any with a hint of tech over the last couple decades, everything has been dumbed down and then dumbed down some more.

And if someone is not capable of resetting to zero, if they mess it up, then they are not capable of using a DSLR in the first place. I mean how hard is it to simply hit reset or place MFA back to 0? If you can turn the knob to +3 or -3 you can also turn it back to 0.


food for thought from another topic ---http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=21908.msg417183;topicseen#new ---  only 5% of the buying public buys more than 1 lens apparently.  That leaves 95% with a kit lens.  What to venture a bet as to what percentage of that 95% never even take a peek at their manual? What percentage of that 95% even knows what an AF point is?  LOL....that is why AFMA won't be in a rebel!  How many users are in P mode would end up messing with their AFMA because they have blurry shots -  because they don't know their shooting at a slow SS?  Or because the AF is locking on to other things (all point active!!!).  I would love to have more faith in humanity that this wouldn't happen, but, time and time again I get questions from the first time DSLR user and yup, theynever even opened the manual, hell they don't know where it is and ----yeah they look at me like I'm Satan for asking....I paid $$$$ for this and it should just work.  UGGGGGG....no no no no no....AFMA just has no place in the rebel line....

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EOS Bodies / Re: High Megapixel EOS on the Way as Mentioned by Canon
« on: July 23, 2014, 04:29:24 PM »

Because, there are survey results 4-5% of customers who bought the kit lens is that it does not use only kit lens.


Would indeed be interesting to see an accurate translation of this. Do 5% never buy another lens? If so that is an amazing stst

I could believe that easily 4-5% never buy another lens.  I know people with DSLRs that bought a kit and are just fine with their kit zoom.  They take pictures only once in a while such as on a trip or at some big event.  It just depends on how much they get into photography.

I sincerely doubt it means 4-5% don't buy lens(es) beyond the kit.  The lens + body sales milestones (100M lenses, 70M bodies) aren't consistent with that interpretation.

Unless those 4-5% are each buying multiple lenses. I mean, personally, I have purchased five different lenses than the 18-55mm lens that came with my original 450D kit. I know I'm not even remotely close to a "lens collector", as many people are.

Another thing I'd bet is, Canon only accounts for new lenses other than the kit bought. I am quite certain that more than 5% of DSLR buyers also buy other lenses, but I think there is a very significant market for used lenses. I'd be willing to bet that at least 30% of Canon DSLR owners buy another lens, and the majority of them buy one used.

Used Market - I was wondering if those #'s were in there at all.  Yeah person to person sales wouldn't be able to be tracked, but, used sales from Canon direct (refurbs) and from major distributors like B&H could quite easily be tracked so do those sales get factored in to this equation, or does it only count for NEW lenses?

And yeah, I could see this equation playing out pretty on target - 95% have only one lens...  the remaining 4.999% has between 2-10 lenses!....lol...  .0000000001% has more than 10 or crazy expensive super tele's

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Canon General / Re: New Speedlite Coming? [CR2]
« on: July 20, 2014, 12:30:12 AM »
Why not?  Did the non-RT 430 not exist alongside the non-RT 580?  One had more power and sold for more.  It didn't hurt the 580.

It's about what you can sell. Till the 600, Canon historically had high and mid level flashes co-existing, as did Nikon. Since they brought out the 600, people have been expecting a smaller RT-enabled unit to come out any day (for more than two years now).
At this point, people have sort of accepted that they have to get the 600 if they want RT- and it is such a desirable feature people are ponying up the cash. So providing a mid level RT-enabled unit now makes less sense to me.
At the end of the day, I keep emphasizing on "to me" because I don't have all the market research data Canon does. So we will find out, I guess.

I get what your saying, but, isn't it at all conceivable that part of canons strategy is to put the RT out there, give one option for a time, sell as many as you can to get people into the system. 

But also, why would they put any effort into rebranding a mid-level flash if it didn't have RT?  Just leave it as is.  If a new one is coming though, i highly doubt it won't be RT.  It will differentiate in the same way 430's differentiated from 580's (less power, slave only - the usual gimping).  I don't think it will hurt sales for 600's, same way 430's didn't kill 580's.  IMO - It just makes no sense to put any energy into designing a new flash to sit below the 600 without RT - unless they have a RT hotshoe adaptor on the way too...

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Canon General / Re: New Speedlite Coming? [CR2]
« on: July 17, 2014, 11:47:05 PM »
Wow, no one stating the blindingly obvious feature that canon should put in all their flashes ----come on now, how hard is it to put a freaking battery meter in there?  It would be so awesome to be setting up my lighting and turn the units on and know....ohhh it's got 3/4 power left, no need to change batteries, or wow, 1/4 left, better put some new ones in.  The 600 really really should have that!!!  so I won't hold my breath on a 400 series flash having such a simple feature --------- it really boggles my mind why it's not there.  Maybe I'm the only one that's bugged my this????

Yes please, good point Chuck!  I'll take that too.  To take the point further though, I don't understand why Canon doesn't give us a dedicated battery for the flash.  It could then be chipped like the body batteries and you'd always know how much power is left and what shape the battery is in.  I can understand the old "it's versatile cause you can buy AA batteries anywhere" but that is so 1960s thinking.  Everything has dedicated batteries so why not our flashes?  And if one big battery could be made "Eneloop style", it'd probably pump out more power than a quad of AAs.
Enough with fumbling with a pile of AA batteries I say.   

lets not forget that if you have a grip, it comes with the AA adaptor so you can run your camera on that...ya gotta figure if one 5d3 battery can power the body for a few thousand shots, one of those in a speedlight could go for a week!

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Landscape / Re: Sunset landscape
« on: July 17, 2014, 05:28:11 PM »
the sky last night was freaking uber ridiculous!

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Canon General / Re: New Speedlite Coming? [CR2]
« on: July 17, 2014, 09:18:01 AM »
I hope they give the new flash head the same range of rotation as the 600EX-RT.  The head of the 430EX has a limited range of rotation.

There are only so many things how you can cripple a flash so people who don't need the "pro" features like ext. power supply and fast recycle time still can be upsold to the most expensive model. Imho Canon won't change a running system, and the extended flexibility of the head is one of the things that appeals to everyone.

The other thing the "small" flash probably won't have is the great 600rt usabilty simply because the flash is smaller, so if using one on-hotshoe or on-bracket flash the 600rt will still be better unless you perfer the in-camera menu (if you manage to find it).

odd thing about that is recycle time wasn't really gimped on the 430's - smaller flash, less power = faster recycle.  I found my 430's faster at recycle than either my 580's or my 600's.

Unfortunately, brand new upon release these will not be my beater flashes!  But, I may snag a few more 430's because the price of those will surely drop. 

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Canon General / Re: New Speedlite Coming? [CR2]
« on: July 17, 2014, 09:14:51 AM »
Wow, no one stating the blindingly obvious feature that canon should put in all their flashes ----come on now, how hard is it to put a freaking battery meter in there?  It would be so awesome to be setting up my lighting and turn the units on and know....ohhh it's got 3/4 power left, no need to change batteries, or wow, 1/4 left, better put some new ones in.  The 600 really really should have that!!!  so I won't hold my breath on a 400 series flash having such a simple feature --------- it really boggles my mind why it's not there.  Maybe I'm the only one that's bugged my this????

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What can Canon put into a T6i to make it interesting?

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At the moment I can't think of anything to answer either of those questions.  Anyone?

Plenty. They can put the 1Dx AF unit in. They can bring back CF. They can make an APS-C version of their 120MP APC-H sensor. Etc.

There is quite a lot they CAN put in it. The better question is what WILL they put in it, and history suggests that if there are any improvements beyond a higher model number, they'll be marginal. DPAF seems likely.

1dx AF?....that will never be in a rebel

CF, doubtful as  the market trend is SD for the low end

120MB sensor???? are you smoking something????

The rebel is never going to have anything crazy like that.  and a dev announcement????  I really doubt we'll see that as there is little to no dev going into it ---it's a rehash of the old which is what happens on a product that gets refreshed yearly.  With new FF bodies on the horizon and the 7d's replacement, they have plenty to talk about.  Rebel releases will only get hype in a year that offers no other significant model updates.

Think you missed the point man, he said they COULD put anything in from the awesome tech they already have, including the 120mp (not mb like you wrote) aps-h sensor, which is real btw. But they don't put that in becasue obvious reasons.

I was just injecting that this is a really really really far off COULD to the point that it's just not feasible!  They could put english muffins and a colony of ants in there too.  1dx AF system in a rebel just ain't happening.  120MP's is just as unlikely.  More reasonable  GPS, Wi-fi, more x-points, touchscreen, better phone to camera interface, these are things that are more likely to happen.

and I know there is that prototype 120Mp sensor, but unless your a millionaire that won't be anywhere near consumer tech. 

Now reasonable is 1 MP per upgrade is proabably a bit more reasonable.

 

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EOS Bodies / Re: DSLR ? - thinking out loud ....
« on: July 15, 2014, 11:14:30 AM »
Said it before and will say it again, DSLR's won't be leaving anytime soon, and it won't be mirrorless that kills them.  Low end DSLR's may be gutted because the market for them is much less than it used to be because of the advances in cell phone cameras - where you used to need to get the better camera to get decent shots, cell phones keep getting better and in the eyes of the consumer - quality matters less and less as most want instant social network gratification.  In the eyes of many, a superior picture matters less than instant sharing. 

that's the bottleneck right now, the IQ on low end SLR's is kind of wasted on the majority of the low end, and no matter how small you make it, unless the camera is your phone there is a large segment of folks that want one device.  You go out for the night with your friends, your phone fits in your pocket, your camera does not!

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What can Canon put into a T6i to make it interesting?

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At the moment I can't think of anything to answer either of those questions.  Anyone?

Plenty. They can put the 1Dx AF unit in. They can bring back CF. They can make an APS-C version of their 120MP APC-H sensor. Etc.

There is quite a lot they CAN put in it. The better question is what WILL they put in it, and history suggests that if there are any improvements beyond a higher model number, they'll be marginal. DPAF seems likely.

1dx AF?....that will never be in a rebel

CF, doubtful as  the market trend is SD for the low end

120MB sensor???? are you smoking something????

The rebel is never going to have anything crazy like that.  and a dev announcement????  I really doubt we'll see that as there is little to no dev going into it ---it's a rehash of the old which is what happens on a product that gets refreshed yearly.  With new FF bodies on the horizon and the 7d's replacement, they have plenty to talk about.  Rebel releases will only get hype in a year that offers no other significant model updates.   

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: A Summary of Sigma Lens Rumors
« on: July 08, 2014, 02:56:07 PM »
hmmmmm...I rather like the sound of a 24-70mm f/2 DG ART....  :D

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: July 05, 2014, 12:41:45 PM »
I'll add a few to the mix ---  happy 4th!!!  even though its the 5th...

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