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Refusal to include Wifi, GPS and RT radio flash commanders even in pro-grade cameras (5D III), even in 2014 (7D II).
Crippling cameras in hardware and even in firmware, wherever possible.
While constantly driving up prices. 5D3 500 Euro more than Nikon D800 ... just ridiculous!

I would agree on these points. 

At the same time Nikon & Sony are bending over backwards to give their customers the
best technology they have.  e.g. High DR sensor technology and in-camera stabilization,
while keeping the price reasonable.

On the plus side, I hv to admit Canon still has a clear lead in in-camera jpg rendering for portraits/skin tone.
Nikon & Sony don't even come close.  Magic Lantern Support is another super plus!
I can live with a lower DR sensor & use expensive IS lenses but I can't go without the amazing jpg skin tone
rendering & ML advanced metering control!  Therefore I am sticking with Canon!

Lenses / Re: What's your favourite focal length?
« on: November 19, 2014, 05:54:43 PM »
85mm for portraits.  8)

I don't.

Lenses / Re: A Couple of Real World EOS 7D Mark II High ISO Samples
« on: November 04, 2014, 11:02:07 AM »
It is dynamic range again. With his relatively light coloured shirt acting as a reflector (his right shoulder),
his neck is still completely in shadow. U would expect more shadow details than this...
No question Canon has done a fb job on high ISO NR but the dynamic range is still lacking IMHO.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Continue Using Canon Sensors in DSLRs
« on: November 03, 2014, 09:03:09 AM »
"A note: during a recent interview with DPreview, when asked about the G7 X sensor, a Canon representative Marketing person said:
... A: We select the best sensor, whoever the manufacturer is. That’s our policy."


+1  LOL!

Lenses / Re: why there are no new L primes
« on: October 25, 2014, 09:39:27 AM »
You forgot the 50mm compact macro on your list, brilliant in the f8 - f11 range , but the crappiest lens ever wide open. It is one of the very few (if not the only) left over from the original 1987 EF releases. The old Nikkor AI-S 55mm was much better compared to the LOMO/Canon 50 Compact Macro f2.5.  Come on Canon, your standard Macro is a shame, this one as well needs an urgent upgrade. What happened to the year of the lens ???

What do u mean by "crappiest lens" My copy is sharp wide-open in the centre at f2.5. I often shoot at f2.8 without any problems, despite the fact that  my copy has some blurry right edge, which only shows up in shooting test charts.  It is vy sharp wide open on the left edge and centre too on a full frame camera. It is a vy sharp lens good for food photography.

The only issue is QA like the defect I have and the loud focus motor noise LOL!

BTW, distortion wise, the compact macro tops 50/f1.8 & 50/1.4.

Changing topic... I don't care about "L" for now. Just give me an 85 f2.0 IS!!
There is currently no IS prime for a portrait lens. 100L is just too long.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: clown* photographer
« on: October 24, 2014, 05:15:21 PM »
Composition! I am going to bet that the ipad's wide-angle lens would give better composition than the first pic, despite motion blur LOL!

Canon General / Re:
« on: October 07, 2014, 10:51:49 AM »
too disappointing! I like engineers better!

Canon General / Re:
« on: October 06, 2014, 10:08:51 AM »
The box has 3 pieces. Would it be collaboration between 3 companies? Canon, Sony & ??.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: POLL: What's more important, gps or wifi?
« on: September 19, 2014, 10:45:29 AM »
When I hanged my 5D2 on the end of a 20-foot pole for a bird's eye shot, I loved to hv wifi to compose the pic
on my cell phone! My feet often ended up in the shot LOL!

Software & Accessories / Re: How do you carry your tripod around?
« on: September 16, 2014, 08:47:17 PM »
I put it on a small foldable trolly to wheel on parks. If u have stairs to climb, I have no idea :)

EOS Bodies / Re: How can we improve on 5D3 to 5D4?
« on: September 16, 2014, 06:45:17 PM »
-increased iso100 dynamic range
-wifi to perform remote monitoring and shooting. also tethered shooting
-articulating screen to ease low/high-angle shooting
-lower noise in high ISO
-high native flash sync speed like 1/500 or 1/1000 to overpower the sun :)
-real HDR jpg output like an iphone
-face detection AF in viewfinder. Exposure/Ettl based on face alone
-touch screen LCD and dual pixel sensor for easy focus racking from one subject to the next.
-built-in sensor IS (don't think canon marketing guys would allow this!)

EOS Bodies / Re: How excited are you about the new 7D II?
« on: September 16, 2014, 06:26:43 PM »
Not excited at all for video, as the dual pixel sensor AF will be seriously crippled by the lack of
touch screen to perform focus racking from one subject to another in live view.
In this regard, 70D is much better.

EOS Bodies / Re: High ISO Samples from the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 16, 2014, 08:40:05 AM »
Downsizing the pic is a known technique for noise reduction and therefore I wouldn't read too much
into the downsized sample pics for 7D2's noise performance.
It would be a ground breaking sensor achievement if Canon
can deliver a mere 1 stop of ISO improvement over 7D on raw pics.
Yet you don't see any new sensor technology mentioned in the announcement other than
the already known dual pixel technology which has very little, if any, to do with high ISO noise performance.

I am guessing the real ISO improvement, if any, would be anything less then 0.75 stop.

EOS Bodies / Re: More Images of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 13, 2014, 02:52:57 PM »
The dual pixel sensor is the only biggie. Full AF for video.
What, no touch screen LCD? This will seriously cripple AF in video recording.

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