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EOS Bodies - For Stills / High Megapixel DLSR a niche market?
« on: October 25, 2013, 10:41:05 PM »
I had an email exchange with someone in Canon USA marketing recently.  As a long time user of Canon equipment, I expressed my disappointment with Canon's lack of a high megapixel offering.  With the D800/E and now the Sony A7R, Canon is distinctly lacking in that area.  The response I got was troubling to me.  I'm paraphrasing but, basically, I was told that the person agreed with me but that high megapixel DLSRs was a "niche" market.  Personally I don't consider landscape, commercial, fine art, large group photography, etc... a niche market.  It is more of an enthusiast, semi-pro and pro market but a "niche" market?  I guess Canon USA also considers mirror-less bodies a niche market as well...

I had also pointed out that Canon was pricing camera bodies much more expensively than the competition.  The answer to that one was that the market would decide prices.  To me he was saying, buy somebody else's equipment, Canon doesn't care.  There are plenty more people out there willing to pay their prices.  I've been with Canon since they came out with the EOS mount back in '87 but it may finally be time for a change.

EOS Bodies / Canon 1D X firmware poblem?
« on: December 31, 2012, 10:22:32 PM »
I've run accross a problem with my 1D X when shooting in manual (M) mode.  If I have the camera set in Manual, the 2-second Self-timer enabled in Drive mode, and use Live View, the camera freezes up after taking a shot.  I've verified that it does this with both the 17mm TSE and 8-15mm fisheye zoom (just happened to be the two lenses that I was using...).  I have to turn the camera off and remove the battery to recover from it.  I went back and tried the 2-second self-timer and live view with the AV mode and it worked OK so it seems to be specific to Manual mode.  Can someone else with a 1D X confirm this behavior?  I'm thinking it may be a firmware bug; not a problem with my specific camera.


EOS Bodies / 5DM3 HDR Article
« on: March 14, 2012, 08:04:22 PM »
I ran accross a 5DM3 HDR article on Canon's Learning site.  It's about what I expected but it would be better if it could save the resulting file in a 16 bit/color file format.  At least the input files taken can be RAW and you have the option of saving them but of course that is the same as a 3 shot bracket.

* Sorry if this link is a double post.  I didn't see it anywhere.

EOS Bodies / 5DM3 Video Odd MB/sec requirements
« on: March 07, 2012, 10:01:55 AM »
From an article on Canon's Learning Center about the 5DM3 and video:

"* HD 50 fps or 60 fps recording places the greatest demands on memory card speed, especially during ALL-I recording. Required read/write speed during HD 720p ALL-I recording for CF cards is 30 MB/sec; for SD cards, 14MB/sec."

Anyone know why it wouldn't require the same MB/sec rating for both types of media?  the MB/sec should be driven by the video recording parameters; not the card format shouldn't it?

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