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EOS Bodies / Re: A Real EOS M Replacement Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: November 19, 2014, 08:16:09 PM »

Seems reasonable to me to assume that PDAF that is sensor based and found in more recent Canon DSLRs would also be found in any newer EOS-M - with perhaps even better algorithms behind it to deliver better AF than prior

the 7D Mark II has far more tweaking available to it for PDAF settings, so it's obvious that canon is still actively augmenting it.  it's not the same as the 70D.

From the 7D Mark II literature:

New DAF features include user-selectable adjustments for Movie Servo AF Speed and Movie Servo AF Tracking Sensitivity. Additionally, overall focusing speed, face detection performance, and performance in low light and with low-contrast subjects have been improved over previous Canon models

I would imagine DiGiC 6's increased performance has alot to do with it.

also I believe when ML was doing the EOS-M breakdown, they found out that the liveview framerate was cranked up more than the normal DSLR one (i recall one statement as such from them on that) - and canon even admitted that with the original EOS-M firmware version 2.0 they redid algorithms.

there's nothing stopping canon from cranking up the fps on liveview (which makes contrast detect work quicker) and also continually improving PDAF algorithms.

They didn't do it for their flagship APS-C camera though, so again, why will they do it for a much cheaper M?
Seriously, the new M is going to be a mirrorless beater because it will have some movie AF tweets?
Hoping to be pleasantly surprised, but not expecting anything...

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Real EOS M Replacement Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: November 19, 2014, 06:39:38 PM »
The biggest criticism of the M has been AF performance in comparison to other mirrorless cameras that can rival conventional PDAF DSLRs.

Seems reasonable to me to assume that PDAF that is sensor based and found in more recent Canon DSLRs would also be found in any newer EOS-M - with perhaps even better algorithms behind it to deliver better AF than prior MILC cameras.

You didn't seem to read the rest of my post.

The 70D and 7DMKII don't do that in live view, so why will the next M?  Unless you are hopeful that Canon will release an even newer Dual Pixel sensor with more on-sensor PDAF capability.  But not sure they would give an M a better sensor than their flagship APS-C camera...

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Real EOS M Replacement Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: November 19, 2014, 06:29:19 AM »
Not really sure why people see the 70D/7DMKII dual-pixel sensor as the savior of the M and make it able to compete with the best mirrorless cameras out there.

The biggest criticism of the M has been AF performance in comparison to other mirrorless cameras that can rival conventional PDAF DSLRs.
Though the dual-pixel sensor improves the live-view AF of Canon DSLRs it still comes nowhere near their PDAF performance, not the performance of mirrorless cameras.
See the performance figures for the 70D on http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/canon-70d/canon-70dA6.HTM
The Canon 70D's AF lag time in Live View mode was quite a bit longer than when using the optical viewfinder, and slower than most mirrorless cameras, however it was faster than average for Live View on a DSLR.

It will be an improvement on the M of course, but don't expect it to be billed as a OMD beater in the AF stakes.

Of course, AF performance is not the sole criteria for judging a camera...

Disclaimer: I own both an M and a 70D - so am not some mirrorless fanboy here to knock Canon.

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Anyone seen or heard an EU or UK price?
No price is given in the Canon EU press release.

Euros for dollars?
Pounds for dollars?

FYI
Photography Blog has it at "available in December 2014 for an estimated retail price of £1,999.99 / €2,499.99 / $2,199.99."

Also ePhotozine quote £1,999.99

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Anyone seen or heard an EU or UK price?
No price is given in the Canon EU press release.

Euros for dollars?
Pounds for dollars?

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 10, 2014, 06:56:45 AM »
Wow, love the detail and the look. Very nice.

Thanks

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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: November 10, 2014, 05:35:06 AM »

fandf-12 by lozwilkes, on Flickr

A captive owl in flight at Feathers and Fur, a small experience centre near Reading, UK

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 10, 2014, 05:32:32 AM »

fandf-15 by lozwilkes, on Flickr

At Feathers and Fur, a small experience centre near Reading, UK

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Lenses / Re: Official: Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Pancake
« on: September 17, 2014, 05:12:25 AM »
Whoa. Wasn't expecting the UK price to be that high! If the grey market can't get it closer to the US price then I think I will give it a miss.

I am hoping it is some kind of error.  I haven't seen a price quoted by Canon themselves so far in a press release, so the only thing to go on is the pre-order price that Wex, Park, et al, have set - which is uniformly £179.

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Lenses / Re: Official: Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Pancake
« on: September 16, 2014, 03:24:22 AM »
Can't believe the rip-off price Canon have set for this in the UK - £179 inc VAT.

We are used to paying pounds for dollars, which would have made it £149.
But pounds for dollars, and then VAT on top of that is a pure rip-off.

At current exchange rates the US price would be just £95 - so we are paying almost double.

It isn't the case with the new 24-105 STM, as that is only £479 vs $599, so without VAT (£400) that is much closer to the US price of £379

Why have they singled out the 24mm STM for such an extreme markup?

All they are doing is driving UK customers to buy grey market imports from the likes of Digital Rev - lets face it, there is not much risk importing a low cost item like this.

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Lenses / Re: Official: Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Pancake
« on: September 15, 2014, 09:42:57 AM »
I'll be having some of that, providing the excellent $149 doesn't translate into £200

And they will add VAT on top of that...  >:(

Never mind if they do, as such a simple, low cost lens will be a pretty risk free grey market purchase from the likes of DigitalRev.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Dual Motor For Autofocus on STM Lenses
« on: September 12, 2014, 07:41:45 PM »
For the new 24-105mm STM perhaps?

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Lenses / Re: A New Pancake Lens? [CR1]
« on: August 29, 2014, 06:00:17 AM »
According to Digicam https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fdigicame-info.com%2F2014%2F08%2Fef-s24mm-f28-stmef24-105mm-f35.html&edit-text=, it is an EF-S not EF lens

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24mm F2.8 is a lens that rumor is flowing well recently, but it seems to be EF-S lens instead of EF apparently. The rumor, it is said that this lens become a pancake, but it is where you want to pay attention how to be degree smaller and lighter.

(via CW)

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Landscape / Re: Mountains, Lakes and Rivers
« on: August 14, 2014, 05:36:16 AM »
Lake Garda, Italy

Early Morning stroll along the shore

Malcesine-35
by lozwilkes, on Flickr

Lake Garda from the mountains at Malcesine

IMG_2283
by lozwilkes, on Flickr

On the mountains

IMG_2271
by lozwilkes, on Flickr

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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Dual Pixel Phase Detect AF While in AI Servo
« on: August 13, 2014, 07:03:04 AM »
Would be nice if this could be applied via a firmware update to the 70D.

If it is all in the algorithms, and not new hardware components, perhaps that is possible.

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