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It makes little sense for Canon, Nikon and Sony to develop their own increasingly complex sensors for what is a diminishing market.  If we want to see 100MP sensors with great DR and processors capable of handling the throughput or simply improved performance 22-36MP sensors and processors, it makes more economic sense for the technology to be developed collectively.  Let sensor companies, like Aptina and Sony, compete for customers and let Nikon and Canon tailor those sensors and compete on the overall camera product, as Nikon does now.  It's no different than every computer manufacturer using either Intel or AMD chips while still being able to distinguish their products.  Remember when Apple went to Intel for processors?  They still seem to be able to distinguish themselves with their computer while not even designing the single item that defines a computer!  Few even care anymore where Apple gets their chips.  Nikon figured out the economics a while ago and made the right decision, for them at the time.  It is inevitable that Canon will sooner or later realize it makes more sense to outsource sensors to the sensor companies and focus on what they do well; lenses and overall camera design.

Canon General / Re: DRones vs. anti-DRones: how to resolve the controversy
« on: September 25, 2014, 03:49:31 PM »
how to resolve the controversy
Only two possibilities:
1. Canon designs or buys a sensor equal or better than exmor.
2. Canon to file for bankruptcy and will stop designing sensors and selling cameras.

I vote for "1." ;)

PS.: And even if "1." would happen soon, the sensor wouldn't be good enough to them... I suppose.

+1.  It's interested that everything that Nikon beats Canon at is unimportant to good photography but everything that Canon beats Nikon at is critical.  It's assured that as soon as Canon surpasses Nikon/Sony in DR, MP DXOmark scores and resolution (any they will at some point) those will become important features.  Unless you shoot Nikon, at which point Nikon shooters will argue that 36MP is more than enough and existing DR is plenty, and DXOmark favor Canon. 

Mirrorless has it own special - small, light weight easy to carry around on certain lenses.

I would switch to mirrorless if my kids weren't in sports. For landscape and everyday photos, current mirrorless is good enough for me.

Interesting conclusion, at least some mirrorless camera, e.g. Nikon V3, can shoot at 20FPS with a vary high reported focus rate.  I would think the speed and compactness of mirrorless would be ideal for family sporting events with the DSLR best for landscapes for their IQ and DR.     

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon D750 to be Canon 5D3 competitor?
« on: September 09, 2014, 11:14:16 AM »
Why are we getting sidetracked by a dodgy analogy?

Hey, it's something new. Better than reading the same progression of posts time and again.

Haha, fair enough. FWIW I don't think food or cars are a suitable comparison.

You would be correct. People (at least in western cultures) eat three meals a day. Each individual meal matters very little and the cost is low, so little consideration other than convenience goes into the decision.

Automobiles, in most first-world countries, are ubiquitous and both a necessity and a luxury, depending on disposable income and interest. While cameras are certainly common in most countries, they are not a necessity and in recent years a suitable alternative has surfaced for the bulk of consumers (cell phones). There is no universal transportation device owned by most people that can easily substitute for a car.

Analogies are almost always flawed, but these two are particularly flawed.

Can you name one market where the best selling, most well marketed product is also clearly the "best" product?

Post Processing / Re: Photoshop eye retouching
« on: August 15, 2014, 04:57:57 PM »
I probably use the same high-pass/hue sat approach as you, but I will also add a gradient masked levels adjustment layer and usually dial the whole set back to no more than 10-25%.  That's usually just enough to add a little clarity, brightness and attention to the eyes but no so much as to make them look fake or, worse, "Photoshopped" - ugh!  Even then, I don't do it for all portraits.


this is what i use.well, not that model, but this system. it isn't inexpensive at all, but i find it works well, and looks good. in fact as it ages it only looks better, as opposed to most other things that get dirty and make you look like you are a member of the SWAT team. although you might look like an old school detective or something. anyway, i like it and get positive comments about it at most weddings i work.

Wow, thanks for the link.  I use, and have been very happy with, an older single camera Carry Speed for my one camera, but I think I would buy one of these in a minute if they made single camera version. 

Canon General / Re: What do you Splurge on?
« on: August 01, 2014, 09:54:41 AM »
1. Tesla S to drive my camera gear around.
2. Prada purses and Louboutin shoes for my wife so she won't complain about my camera gear purchases.

Software & Accessories / Re: Camera bag for camping
« on: July 17, 2014, 10:28:56 AM »
you are much better off using a proper backpack and putting your camera gear in it. or strap a small camera back to your backpack. you will not have a good time trying to pack weight in a camera bag. i just put my lenses in their soft cases in the lid of my gregory pack, and hang my camera in a dry-sack (brooks bag) off a shoulder strap, or on a capture clip if its dry out.

you arent going to get a hiking backpack on as carryon

+1   If you're car camping or day hiking it really doesn't matter.  If your backpacking, neoprene lens bags for storage in your pack is the way to go.  I will often also strap a lowepro lens bag and a top loader to either waist strap of my Osprey, or put the top loader on my pack's chest harness.  Tripod goes on the outside. 

I've been using Adobe cc for photographers for a while now.  Its $10 a month and is great.

+1.  As long as it stays at ~$10/mo, I'll remain very glad I made the move to CC. 

Sorry to hear about your loss.  I don't know how things work in Germany, but in the US home owners and renter's insurance policies usually cover, at least partially, loss of personal property while traveling, unless the owner is a professional photographer on business. 

Lenses / Re: Before you buy your next prime...
« on: May 07, 2014, 02:54:36 PM »
I take a different view on lens acquisitions.  I don't try to imagine what I want a new lens to do.  I try new lenses to see what they can do and how I can, or if I want to, incorporate whatever it is they do into my work.   I buy almost all of my lenses off eBay and look at it as more of a very low cost rental program - lenses I don't like, or don't see any new advantage from, get re-sold for very close to or more than I paid for them.   

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Adobe Lightroom 5 $80 via Amazon
« on: May 03, 2014, 09:33:38 AM »
This was, and usually is, the upgrade price for the new version on release.  With a new version about to be released, why would anyone buy old software that is not going to be supported for more than a few months? 

Software & Accessories / Re: Chuck a 5dmk iii in a rucksack
« on: April 23, 2014, 04:34:46 PM »
I use this and like it OK (just).

On the plus side, it protects very well.  On the minus side, it is a bit slippery as it is made of (I believe) silicone.  I fixed that problem with a bit of sandpaper.  You do lose a bit of tactile feedback, though the case fits well.  I also took a scissors and modded it to my specific needs, so overall, it works fine.  It has protected the camera from scuffs, scrapes, and minor falls.

I guess since I have kept it on for over a year, the pluses outweigh the minuses.

I use lens coats for the lenses and that works well for me.

Good luck.


Something like this perhaps?

I backpack and mountaineer with one of these, also modified a bit, for my D800 and prefer it over my LensCoat Pro and Top Loader. It works well enough but you do lose some ease of use of some buttons, at least on my Nikon, notably those surrounding the top lcd.  I use a top Loader on a chest mount when i know i want the camera handy but a sling would be in the way, such as for ice axe work.  For day hikes with a daybag but no other hard equipment, i just wrap it in my fleece in my daybag or leave it hanging on my sling. 

And Volkswagen and Miller Brewing topped the charts in 2013 for world wide sales of cars and beer.   No one would argue that Volkswagen hasn't innovated or produced a product that is liked by it's customers, but most would not interpret car sales that to mean that Volkswagen makes the best cars.  Sales volume does not inherently equate to quality, customer  satisfaction or class leadership.  It does reflect marketing, product placement, and market penetrance - kudos to Canon.  What would be nice to see is a chart indicating average repair costs, customer satisfaction, use by professionals, units remaining in service over years, etc.  Categories where Canon has probably done well, but who knows how well compared to other brand. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Anything to report from the Olympics?
« on: February 21, 2014, 07:10:08 PM »
I believe this thread is one of those who really de-railed :)

I conclude that no prototype body or lens was shown, ...

I'm pretty sure the Russians did show off their prototype bodies. 

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