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EOS Bodies / Re: What Happened to the Photography Industry in 2013?
« on: March 06, 2014, 01:38:46 PM »
Well, if Canon or Nikon actually came out with a FF mirrorless it would sell. But they haven't, so it doesn't. Meanwhile, Sony has stepped up big time to fill that need, and it's paying off. Canon & Nikon seem too scared to make a move. The demand is there. Just look at Sony's A7. It's selling very well. The demand is high.

Sure the A7 / A7R is a popular camera among the photo-geek crowd here, but is it really making inroads into the mainstream?  Unless they can price it to compete with Rebels I don't think it will ever catch on.

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PowerShot / Re: Canon to Leave the Entry Level Point & Shoot Market?
« on: February 26, 2014, 10:31:22 AM »
FF mirrorless body is about same size as P&S. It's time Mr. Canon, before it too late ::)

don't see how this changes the equation.  Mirrorless FF will be at least 1k  more expensive than anyone in the entry level P&S category is looking to spend ($200 or so vs $1500-2500)...

Mirrorless doesn't get you to facebook.  Mirrorless doesn't let you watch youtube.  Mirrorless doesn't let you do video chat.  Mirrorless doesn't give you a dataplan!  Mirrorless does not give you angry birds, words with friends or candy crush saga, or any of the other apps like that.... Mirrorless won't get you to porn (unless you film it yourself)...

Those not buying entry level P&S cameras kind of want 1 device.  Cell phone cameras for the most part are pretty much as good in most situations as a p&S - mind you, we're talking about very casual shooters here.  Mirrorless is way more expensive, not as capable (for what that market wants).  Mirrorless, especially FF mirrorless is gonna only appeal to a unique niche mix of pros, hobbyists and enthusiasts or those who travel a lot!

Either way, it makes sense, anything below slr's has to offer something compelling, and entry level P&S's are far from compelling!!!!

Instead of using R&D resources to develop 100ish diff. P&S, Canon now can use that R&D resources in decent mirrorless. FF mirrorless I hope.

Canon can kick start with FF mirrorless + 20mm F4 pancake. Follow with 17, 35, 50, 85mm pancake style.

I didn't buy A7r due to DR crap. I bought it for few reasons - compact and FF IQ(higher ISO). I wish Canon would release something like this soon so we don't have to discuss this topic ever again ;)

I don't think you can compare a $100 P&S to a $2300 A7r. 

Unless economies of scale change dramatically, FF mirrorless will never make a significant dent in the market due to its high cost.

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Adding some sort of status display would be very nice - it is not easy decoding the pattern of blinking lights on the current Pro-100 to figure out a printer issue.

I'll buy the new model as soon as I can get for less than $100 after rebate.  :)

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/4L IS $899
« on: December 20, 2013, 08:23:48 AM »
If $899 became the permanent street price (and I'll be nice and include the rebate), then this lens would have a reason to exist, esp. because of the macro capability.

At its current $1499 MSRP or $1099 after rebate everyone else is selling it for, it's a no-brainer to get the Tamron 24-70 VC and get an extra stop of light, or save a bundle and get a white box 24-105L.

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Lenses / Re: Two Lenses Coming for CP+? [CR2]
« on: December 17, 2013, 01:18:44 PM »
35 L II and the 50 f1.8 IS  8)
+1
Could also be update of 135L, but 35L is in more need IMO.
Really? I use my 35L day in day out for professional weddings and it's an amazing performer. Sure it could do with a warm over but it's not going to make a huge difference over the current model. Sure, better AF in lower light, newer coatings and weather sealing would be nice...but don't be fooled, it's one of the finest picture taking optics in Canon's catalogue. 

Really.  If I need f/1.4 for creative (DoF) reasons, I reach for the 35L...for everything else, the 24-70/2.8L II is better.

I think Im going to puke if one of those lenses aren't a tack sharp UWA-zoom lens.

Keep a bucket handy...    ;)

That sounds very mechanical.  The 35L has a certain feel,  a certain love. When you go with it, you know it's a special moment and it's going to give you something special back.
Now I'm going to puke.  :) 

I expect Canon to update the 35L very soon because I'm sure they are not happy that every objective review says the Siggy 35 is better.

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As long as Canon continues to pump out the 24-105L in kits (so you can pick up a white box version for under $700), this Sigma really has no reason to exist.  It's larger, heavier, and at least for now more expensive, with little to no gain in IQ and a higher risk of AF issues.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS Sample Images
« on: October 31, 2013, 07:12:17 PM »
I am also a fan of the "new" Sigma, but I just don't get this lens.  I'll give it the benefit of the doubt as far as IQ, but when I see that the Tamron 24-70 2.8 VC is about the same size, lighter (!), and about $200 more than this Sigma 4.0 lens, I pick the Tamron in a heartbeat. 

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma Sports Line Updates Next? [CR1]
« on: October 30, 2013, 09:31:21 AM »
If the current 120-300 2.8 zoom sells for $3500 or so, I'd expect the prime 300 2.8 to sell for no more than $3000, perhaps even $2500.  Compared to the Canon 300 2.8 for $6800, I think this could tempt a lot of people, esp. those who actually have to buy their own lenses.

But I am a bit surprised that Sigma hasn't come out with updates for the 70-200 2.8 or 100-300 4.0, or as mentioned above an alternative to the ancient Canon 100-400.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Spec List Surfaces [CR1]
« on: October 27, 2013, 10:14:11 PM »
"Very good ISO performance"

Which just means they cranked up the JPG noise reduction again.   :P
Now when they start talking about real improvements in RAW ISO performance, then I'll listen.

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You sure? The EVF in A7 / A7R is a new OLED-model. Diglloyd reported that it's the best EVF so far (of any camera brand).

It's the same EVF as the one in Olympus E-M1.

Current EVF technology still cannot match the dynamic range and colors as the human eye (OVF). :)

For me it isn't the colors / dynamic range of EVF but the inability to track moving subjects accurately.  Or is it a given that action / sports photographers will continue to stick with traditional DSLRs?

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Canon General / Re: Patent: EF 24-70 f/2.8L IS
« on: September 21, 2013, 10:41:46 PM »
i'm much more excited about the Sigma F2.
I'm extremely tired of companies offering very small incremental changes over longggg periods of time. I'm not holding my breath for Canon to release what I want, I'm just moving on.
They easily could have made the 24-70 2.8 II an IS lens to begin with, which we all wanted and expected, especially for the price.  Had they made one, I probably would've bought a 5DIII and that lens(Instead of switching to Nikon who's 24-70 is amazing.)
At this point in time, I'm much more excited about 2.8 zooms and cheap bodies for the EOS M and a FF mirrorless.
I would not pay 2500 dollars for another DSLR lens as I'm very tired of the weight, and I'm not a pro. I'll probably just hold out and hope Sony can make a 24-50mm 2.8 in a size smaller than current 24-70 2.8's for the upcoming full frame mirrorless they're announcing.

Of course you realize if Sigma really does come out with a FF 24-70 f2.0 it is going to be a monster to carry around, right?  I expect it will be at least as big as the 70-200 2.8 II.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS
« on: June 13, 2013, 12:13:10 PM »
at least in the patents one can see by how much Canon (and other lens makers) screw us by providing the focal lengths written on the lens!  >:(

no need to waste research on yet another boring, slow, consumer 70-300.
Just get on with that 100-400 II.
By that way of thinking, this other lens is just a boring, slow, consumer 100-400.

I think you need to man up and get the 200-400 1.4x.  That one is definitely not a consumer lens.   :P

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Lenses / Re: EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Available Mid 2014?
« on: April 23, 2013, 02:29:08 PM »
The original announcement from Canon (via CanonRumors of course):

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London, UK, 7th February 2011 – Canon today announces the development of a telephoto zoom lens featuring an integrated focal length extender – the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXTENDER 1.4x. The lens will be displayed for the first time during CP+, held in Yokohama, Japan.

Designed for Canon’s leading range of EOS Digital SLR cameras, the new lens will be an ideal addition for sports and wildlife photographers, offering exceptional flexibility with a built-in 1.4x extender that creates an increased focal range of 280 – 560mm.

Perfect for photographers who require high performance, fast aperture and a flexible telephoto range, the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXTENDER 1.4× will enable photographers to shoot a greater breadth of subjects using a single lens, delivering the best possible image quality at all focal lengths.

Developed as a new addition to Canon’s acclaimed L-series of professional lenses, the new lens will offer an unsurpassed combination of versatility, first-class optical performance and an enhanced weather-proof construction. The model will be released as part of Canon’s continued development of its EF lens line-up, offering enhanced performance and improved functions that cater for the needs of photographers from beginners through to professionals.

The EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXTENDER 1.4x is scheduled for launch during 2011.

Black eye indeed.  This has gone beyond ridiculous and has moved into surreal ...

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Announces the EOS T5i
« on: March 21, 2013, 10:33:09 AM »
Move along people, nothing to see here.   :-\

Actually the SL1 is worth talking about, for those who want a DSLR in a size close to current mirrorless models.  But unfortunately this thread is about the t5i ...

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EOS Bodies / Re: Will the 70d have a new sensor?
« on: March 19, 2013, 05:44:03 PM »
Rumors from Japan:
70D 1200-1500€
7D2 might be over 2500-3000€!!!

The Japanese Rumors say that Canon was surprised about the specs of the Nikon D7100. The D7100 is better and cheaper than the 70D will be.

source?

canadian rumors say the 7D MK2 will have a new 28 MP sensor and canon was suprise the nikon D7100 can not match the 70D.
If the 7D II is 28 MP I will probably be keeping my 7D I.  :(  No need for a high MP monster with little or no improvement in noise.

And IMHO the 70D *could* get the same upgraded sensor as the 7D II, but there is no way it is going to get it first.  If the first camera out is the 70D it will have the same old 18MP sensor.  The 7D MK II will get any new sensor tech first.

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