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I don't think Canon will enter this end of the market.  I think it would be in the benefit to make a licensing deal with Zeiss and/or Schneider for AF technology.  Once canon moves into the 40+ MP range the weakness in their lenses will become very apparent.  I don't Canon will make dramatic improvements to their lenses (L+ series?) but allowing a 3rd party to provide ultra high quality glass, would be in the benefit.

Right now they have lost landscape photographers to Nikon.  A 40+MP and some Zeiss/Schneider glass (not sure they will need AF but others who want 40+ MP such as model photographers, ..) could use AF

Have you tried any top Canon lenses on a 40+ MP body? 

None of the lens testers have, but a 7D had a 42MP equivalent sensor.  And now the 70D and 7D MK II have sensors that are equivalent to a 51.7 MP FF sensor based on photosite density.   

I don't expect to see a issue.  People were complaining that Canon lenses could not resolve a 20 MP Body when the 1Ds Mark 3 came out, based on what?  Lack of information and fear of the unknown!

I don't expect a problem with a high MP sensor, resolution of the image will increase.  My issue is processing time.  With newer computers and SSD's, that concern is easing as well.

If Canon are so great, why would anyone pay extra for a Zeiss lens?

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Lenses / Re: Do you keep all your boxes?
« on: September 21, 2014, 10:52:51 PM »
When I first started out I unpacked everything and stores, manuals, cables etc with my equipment.  Now I leave all the stuff in the box - including the warranty card.  Much easier to find when it is time to sell.

What is this extra stuff worth?  Not sure, but I think it adds a bit to resale value.

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I don't think Canon will enter this end of the market.  I think it would be in the benefit to make a licensing deal with Zeiss and/or Schneider for AF technology.  Once canon moves into the 40+ MP range the weakness in their lenses will become very apparent.  I don't Canon will make dramatic improvements to their lenses (L+ series?) but allowing a 3rd party to provide ultra high quality glass, would be in the benefit.

Right now they have lost landscape photographers to Nikon.  A 40+MP and some Zeiss/Schneider glass (not sure they will need AF but others who want 40+ MP such as model photographers, ..) could use AF

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Software & Accessories / Re: Settings for Reikan Focal
« on: September 11, 2014, 07:39:04 PM »
You might find this post I wrote a while back helpful:
http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=19742.0

Thanks.  very helpful.  On 70D (my wife's camera) my 70-300 was profiled easily  while her 100-400 has caused nothing but problems.  I may bring this lens into canon to get them to check it over

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Software & Accessories / Settings for Reikan Focal
« on: September 11, 2014, 06:27:41 PM »
I am starting to adjust camera bodies with lenses

Wonder what settings in the preferences are recommended.  I tried high strict AF repeatability and found that was problematic.

Any recommendations?  After basic tests, what would be recommended next.  I got the pro software.

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Lenses / Re: The New Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II
« on: September 11, 2014, 04:30:54 PM »
The image quality would have to be impeccable though...

Something the two DO lenses released to date aren't known for. 

Personally, I'm not really interested in a 400mm f/4 lens...I'd rather have the 300/2.8 for the faster aperture when needed.

You reach 560 with this lens with just 1.4XTC whereas the 300/2.8 is still only at 420. To most people a 2xTC degrades the image to much. So basically this new lens could beat the 300/2.8 in the range 400 - 560. That's pretty important - we shall see.

Well, if I need to reach 560mm, I'll be using my 600/4L IS II, giving me an extra stop of light, and even more reach with a TC if needed.   :D
Exactly and I was really hoping the next DO lens (with better IQ in theory) would be a 600mm (f/4 or f/5.6).  Smaller size & weight at that focal length would make a lot more sense to me.

600 F5.6 DO could be really sweet depending upon price, weight (undoubtably easily handheld), and IQ.

Like to see how the new 400 DO II stacks up against the 400 DO (original).  I have heard but was never confirmed that Canon made small improvements in the 400 DO over the years.  Wonder if that was true?

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Lenses / Re: When will we see a replacement for the 100-400?
« on: September 10, 2014, 11:23:52 AM »
Yup, Canon doesn't want to eat their own lunch. Problem is that they're then exposed to others eating their lunch. Canon is never very aggressive here.

LOL.  People who speak of f/5.6 zooms or primes 'cannibalizing' supertele sales are rather clueless.  The superteles are on a whole different level of IQ, are 1-2 stops faster, and have better AF.  Pros who need a supertele generally know it, amateurs often move up from the 100-400L, so that lens is sort of a gateway.  Even with a big IQ boost, a new 100-400L won't beat the superteles.  Canon also prices their lenses to ensure profitability. 

As for 3rd party competition, that's been there all along.  For some lenses, the quality has gone up (though Sigma's QC issues apparently continue to plague them)...as have the prices.   The Tamron 150-600mm is a decent lens, with similar IQ to the current 100-400L (similar in the overlapping range, similar at the long end to the 100-400 + 1.4x).  A 7DII/X with f/8 AF will make the 100-400 w/ TC quite feasible as a much smaller and lighter choice over the Tamron.  The Sigma 150-600mm is even bigger and heavier than the Tamron. 

Will we see an updated 100-400L?  Yes, I think we will.  Likely in late 2015 or spring 2016.  Canon is good at extracting profit from consumers.  So...release a 7DII/X now, the new action-oriented APS-C body will spur sales of the 100-400L.  Some of those who have one already will buy the 1.4x because of the f/8 AF.  A year later, release an updated 100-400 to get people to upgrade. 

It might make philosophical sense to release a new 100-400 along side a new 7-series body, but it probably doesn't make fiscal sense.  The economy isn't terribly strong right now.  Spreading out the launch of 'big ticket' items targeted at the same market segment seems logical.

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I have the 600 II and 200-400 (plus a 300 I).

I have traveled with both the 600 and 200-400 but it is a difficult due to the weight and size.    Hard to put much else in the bag or lift the bag into the overhead bin without letting the Flight Attendants know how heavy it is.

If Canon had a much better 100-400 (similar to the raves I have heard about the new Nikon 80-400) it would make my travels a lot lighter.  Then I would have a hard decision.  Keep both the 200-400 and improved 100-400 or sell the 200-400.

I believe a number of nature photographers feel the same way.

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Lenses / When will we see a replacement for the 100-400?
« on: September 09, 2014, 09:15:55 PM »
There have been lots of talk of a 100-400 replacement and yet nothing has materialized.  When might we see this lens?

I have all but given up hope that it will be replaced.  After all, it is Canon's top selling lens and if they made it too good it would hurt 200-400F4 sales  :o

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ROFLOL

Anything is possible - after all a man walked on the moon (or was all done in Hollywood studio?)

BTW - that is not even a good 4/1 joke.  Not at believable.

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No price yet?  $5K, $10K?

If one has to ask, he probably can't afford it...  :'(

Affording is the question, do I want to afford it (cut out other expenses)?

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No price yet?  $5K, $10K?

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50 MP, 16 stops of DR.  Canon must respond to that!!

 ::)

Canon rumors need to respond to that.

New Canon 3D with 42 MP and 14 stops of DR, 10 FPS, and 4K videos.

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Photography Technique / Re: Is RAW worth it?
« on: August 25, 2014, 02:08:40 AM »
Raw is better if you want to make adjustments to white balance or boost the shadows/cut the highlights. That sort of thing because you are not making corrctions to an image that has already had adjustments and compression applied. The camera itself makes a raw to jpeg conversion which is the same as DPP. Shooting raw does not automatically give better results but gives you more flexibility and if a better raw converter comes along then you can still work with your old files but if you have jpegs then everything is "baked in".

Well exposed JPG is nearly as good as a RAW.  But when you run into trouble, RAW will save your butt.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Are These The EOS 7D Mark II Specifications?
« on: August 22, 2014, 03:22:05 PM »
Details about the sensor are lacking.  Great marketing buzz terms but does the sensor have significantly better DR (vs 70D and 5DM3).

Also a bit surprised about the dual CF/SD card slots. Perhaps this is up the write speed?

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Biggest choice is OS vs Windows 8.  OS is a clear winner - i recently switched from PC to Mac and glad I did.  There are a few frustrations (I can not hot key as often on the Mac as a PC), but otherwise glad I made the switch.

When looking for PCs (both laptop and desktop) I could not find any that had only USB 3.0 interface.  All I saw had mix of USB 2.0 and USB 3.0.  USB 2.0 is okay for keyboards and mouse about not data.  I need 1 plug for kb/mouse and the rest for data.

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