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EOS Bodies / Re: High Megapixel Camera Coming in 2015 [CR3]
« on: December 18, 2014, 02:45:28 AM »
Some one earlier wrote:
No AA filter = not positive for anything but the company making the camera (AA filters are very expensive optical devices).  Removing it does not help image quality, and it does hurt image quality of still images.

Do you use cameras with and without the AA filters?  I shoot the D800, 5DIII, D800E, D810 and the D7100.  In ALL cases, for my most detailed landscape work at low ISO, the cameras without the AA filter produce superior IQ Images to ones that have the AA filter and I have the large prints (3 feet by 2 feet average size) to prove it. 

EOS Bodies / Re: High Megapixel Camera Coming in 2015 [CR3]
« on: December 17, 2014, 02:04:59 PM »
The 5DIII will be 3 years old in March next year. A move to 50MP will pretty much follow Moor´s law. That same law should indicate just over a doubling of its computing power and given the speed of new memory cards, we should a least expect a camera that could chew 50MP at a slightly higher speed than the 5DIII and thus see at least 6, probably 8 fps.

As for AF system, there is no reason not to expect something beyond what the 7DII have. And I don´t see why we should´t expect more intelligence and speed in the processing part of it. More AF points, better tracking, better coverage of the image area etc.

The big questions for me though are what we will see in terms of DR, noise and ISO performance. A 5DIII just ramped up to 50MP and the rest same same ... Not tempting enough.
You have made a good point about the 5DIII birthday.  I was surprised when Canon came up with the 7D2 without a significant sensor jump.  However with Lexar making their 2000X SD cards UH3, perhaps in the next year (or 2), Canon may feel that it is time to have a high MP sensor with dual processors to give a 6FPS rate.  If so and if they had even image quality that I see from the Sony sensors in the form of the D810, I will buy Canon once again.  I have missed using my great Canon tilt shift lenses as well as my 500mm supertele. 

I know it is too early to ask such a question, but...  When will this announcement be and does this 2015 mean delivery this year or sometime in 2016?  It seems to me that at least six months can lapse between the announcement and actual in stock status at B&H.  I'm also wondering if Nikon will just be sleeping all the time that Canon will be "developing."

EOS-M / Re: Tele lens for EOS M?
« on: November 23, 2014, 01:17:10 PM »
for what its worth the canon 135 f2L is amazingly good on the eos-M it is very fast and accurate in servo mode much faster than many other lenses i have tried. i use it for out door street candids and it works great.

I agree!  The 135 F2 and the 85 1.8 on an eos-m are a great combo.  I also love the native 18-200mm tamron (I have mine in silver - it shoots better!  I'm kidding....).

EOS-M / Re: Tele lens for EOS M?
« on: November 22, 2014, 12:56:16 PM »
I have bought several EOS-M's along with my friends that also enjoy this camera.  For me, I must really have autofocus so I really enjoy my 85mm 1.8 Canon lens because it seems to just fit the camera.  It is just perfect as well as the 50mm 1.8 Canon.  Another perfect match seems to be with the EOS-M version of the 18-200mm Tamron lens that is made for this camera.  Seems very sharp throughout the zoom range and is very well built just like the EOS-M.  I know the lens price is twice what the camera is but since this lens is a native lens for the EOS-M, it is another match made in heaven.  This lens is an unsung (unreviewed) hero of a very fine lens.  This is my main travel lens when I go on the airplane somewhere and don't want to take my heavy stuff.  I also take the F2 22mm for all my inside shots and the 18-200 for everything else (oh also the 40mm pancake and the 50mm 1.8 with the adapter).  These make a fine light kit.

I live in Fort Bragg CA which is less than 200 miles north of San Francisco.  I really don't know which way I would go from Texas but it seems a shame to miss Big Sur south of San Francisco.  However for me, I decided to move from San Diego to here in Fort Bragg because of the rugged coastline, many rivers, redwoods, active ocean fishing, and moderate temperature.  It is now green here because we've had some rain - it is starting to look like Ireland.  From San Francisco, go up 101 until you get south of Santa Rosa and turn west to get to Bodega Bay and then follow Hwy 1 all the way to Leggit where it joins 101 again.  This Hwy 1 loop has some of the most diverse seascapes that I've seen and will prepare you for the coast route through Oregon.

EOS Bodies / Re: Poll: Would you buy a high MP Canon EOS 5DIV?
« on: September 26, 2014, 01:50:29 PM »
When Canon finally gets into the high MP game, I would probably buy either a 1D series or a 5D series regardless of price in the 40MP area or better.  As a landscape guy I don't need a fast camera but I would like one with a large buffer with a frame rate of 3 fps is probably good enough but for 50 raw full res images for tracking slow moving animals.  The frame rate should be programmable.

Are things so bad now - NO.  I love my D800 series cameras but I miss the Canon tilt shift lenses.  I also have some other favorite Canon lenses but I'm not going to put any more money into Canon until they have the high MP camera.  I'd rather not hear about market share or the issues confronting Canon marketing.  I have no doubt that Canon will continue to prosper very well with out a high MP camera and does not need to have a photographer such as myself.  However, if Canon wishes to sell equipment to folks like me, they will need to bring some sort of high MP product to market.  And NO development announcement of a sensor or camera will do me any good.  No announcement of a product next year, or the year after, or the year after that will help Canon or me.

I can wait.  Too bad because that new 400mm DO lens looks tempting.....

EOS Bodies / Re: A New EOS Pro Body With 46mp Next Month? [CR1]
« on: September 17, 2014, 09:12:12 PM »
There's one other thing we can almost be certain of: this sensor is HIGHLY unlikely to end up in the 5D4. Canon lost a bunch of 1DsIII sales to the 5D2 and I can't see them doing that again.

But what then? They lose all sales to D810 and Sony?
They can't just have some 8k camera that offers high MP and high DR and expect that to compete with the $2000-2500 stuff. The 8k cam might also have high fps and this and that and be the best, but 8k is simply too much for most people to afford no matter how much they'd love to get it (and some don't like mega large bodies).

Isn't it better to have 85,000 sales of 5D4 than 4000 sales of 1DsX?

Depends on your margins.

But why can't I have 85,000 sales of 5D4 *AND* 4000 sales of 1DsX?
And how do I achieve that if I'm Canon?

8MP APS-C (20D, 30D, 350D) = 21MP FF (5D2, 1Ds3, 5D3)
10MP APS-C (40D, 400D, 1000D) = 26MP FF
12MP APS-C (450D) = 31MP FF
15MP APS-C (50D, 500D) = 38MP FF
18MP APS-C (7D, 700D, 650D, 600D, 550D, 60D, 60Da, 100D) = 46MP FF (1DsX or 3D?)
20MP APS-C (70D, 7D2) = 51MP FF

Your numbers showing that by using the same pixel density that is already in Canon's APS-C format cameras but producing a full frame sensor with the same pixel density should produce a sensor in the range of that rumor.  I think that Nikon probably had that choice but decided to back off to 36MP to retain a higher DR and also not to "frighten" those out their that said there were "Too Many Megapixels - my little slow computer couldn't handle those 40+mp files."  And don't waste my time in quoting the "uncompressed" size which I never use and can never understand why anyone would use it.  14 bit non-loss compression works great on all the D800 line.

If Canon did this, I would probably buy it.  Canon at this point may feel that it is now time for Canon to truly establish dominance even if they don't sell a boatload.  With a price like that they will have a great profit margin and have something to take to every trade show and not just a fast APS-C camera.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: SIGMA 150-600!!
« on: September 05, 2014, 01:49:20 PM »
It'll be interesting to see side-by-side performance comparisons between this and the Tamron.
+1; When is availability scheduled?

Photography Technique / Re: Is RAW worth it?
« on: August 25, 2014, 08:19:38 PM »
You can always make a JPEG from RAW.  Going the other way ain't so easy.  ;D
If fact making a raw from a JPG is impossible (just in case someone didn't understand the humor).

Photography Technique / Re: Is RAW worth it?
« on: August 25, 2014, 02:33:31 AM »
JPGs use only 8 bits per color channel for 255 tones of Red, Green, and blue.  With most digital cameras you can select either 12 bit or 14 bit color.  If you choose 14 bit per channel you have over 16,000 tones per color channel.  You choose: 255 or more than 16,000 per channel?  Which do you think preserves colors better?

Canon General / Re: A Rundown of EOS 7D Mark II Information
« on: August 16, 2014, 07:52:08 PM »
I wish Canon well.  It would be nice to think about purchasing a Canon camera again.  I love their tilt shift lenses.

Lenses / Re: What Lenses are missing from Canon's range
« on: July 16, 2014, 01:02:12 PM »
400 mm f/4 IS
400 mm f/5.6 IS

I would be seriously interested in either of these if they were to come to market.

Canon already produce the 400mm f4 DO IS lens and it is similarly built to L class. 400mm f5.6L with IS is my dream for travel light.
I miss a light-weight do-it-all zoom like the Nikon 28-300mm VR, it delivers very good IQ and sharpness. I have not tried the new tammy.

I also support the 12-24mm f4L and a low-CA 50mm f1.8-2 IS lens with similar built, IQ and sharpness to the excellent 35mm f2 IS.

+1 on the 400mm (Nikon should add one of these too), Canon could add a non-tank like 28-300 similar in price and quality to the Nikon 28-300 as well as the Nikon 18-300.  I use the 18-300 on my D7100 and that has replaced by for my event camera which was a 60D with 18-200.  I've been surprised just how good the 18-300 and D7100 combo is.  They have been a joy to use.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: New Nikon D800s... Why?
« on: June 25, 2014, 01:08:26 PM »
New Nikon D800s... Why (in a forum named EOS Bodies)?

It's a development pipeline discussion, not a Nikon discussion.   :P
- A

I would love it to be about a Canon release for a new high MP body (I do landscapes and seascapes), but from what I've read, 2015 will be the earliest that we can have that discussion.  So I'm interested in the 810 because of the newer processor.  I'm hoping for a larger buffer so I can finally get continuous shooting at the top frame rate of 6 fps.  I know that doesn't mean much in the Canon lineup but to have 6 fps (with battery grip) and 36mp, that is a 50% improvement over what I have today.  I don't use it very often at the top speed (birds), but then speed of shooting is important sometimes.  Since the specs really haven't been released I suppose this is a premature discussion, but I like to have a general knowledge of what both (all) sides for upper end cameras are doing because that will be where the industry is heading.  More dynamic range also seems to be the trend that I welcome even though I am quite pleased with what the D800 and D800E already have.  The elimination of the AA filter on high MP cameras seems to be another trend that we'll see in future cameras.  I have shot extensively with both the D800 and the D800E.  I do see the difference in my large prints when I do everything right.  Elimination of the AA filter on high MP cameras does seem like a good thing (be sure to do capture sharpening to see the effect, otherwise you'll miss it).  If Canon comes up with this new 54 mp camera rumored to be a new Sony sensor this fall in Germany, then we can all talk about that.

Just one more year and we might come out with something.....

This lens will not be competing in the same league as the Canon 28-300mmL in terms of build quality, weather seal, focusing speed and size. I will be a consumer lens like the one found in Nikon that is a fantastic lens. I will wait for reviews to then take a decision but, it's an attractive do-it-all lens for canon users. I don't think it will be the same for nikon users since they already have it and it's priced at the same range.

I will wait for the reviews.  Out of all the Canon lenses, I decided to skip the Canon 28-300mm mostly because of size and price.  I waited for the really good Canon 70-300mm L.  I know that it is not the same but I've been very happy with this 70-300mm.  In fact, Nikon would do well to try to compete with it.  However I do have the Nikon 28-300 and my copy has exceeded my expectations.  I really don't see buying a Tamron since I've always been let down on their lenses.  I wish this new lens really competes with the Sigma Art line which I have been so happy with.  I'd love to see the IQ the same as the Art line.  I was testing the Tamron 150-600 at 600mm all weekend and the center quality was minimally ok but all the edges away from the center were just poor.  At first I thought it was me so I tried the Wimberly, RRS RH50, and an Arcatech. I tried hand one top of lens to stabilize it, then no hand.  With VC, no VC.  Full sun, then shade.  Rock, grass, cars, and even people (in wet suits).  What I found was close subjects seemed ok but distant subjects not.  I tried four different days.  I'm just not in love with Tamron.

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