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EOS Bodies / Re: Will Canon answer Sony's new cinema cameras
« on: September 20, 2014, 07:17:28 PM »
Canon are out to lunch, so the answer to the OP is "no".

If Canon was out to lunch with Sony, Canon would have to buy...Sony can't even afford a bowl of edamame right now.   ::)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Just for Jrista: 2014 Market Data
« on: September 20, 2014, 07:01:36 PM »
He ended up buying a Nikon body, and why? He had a 20 year old Nikon lens he could use on it. Sensor wasn't even a thought for him.

That's really the point.  A few people on these forums seem to think that the sensor, and in particular low ISO DR, is the only relevant aspect of the performance of a camera system.  As I keep saying, I'm sure that's true for some people. They just can't seem to grasp that they're in the minority. 


If the three companies continue to address the future as they are now, Sony will be top dog with the other two a distant second.

More likely, Sony will jettison their camera business (not bare sensors) due to their financial woes.  Sony canceled their dividend payment for the first time ever.  Their shareholders aren't happy, analysts are predicting a further 20% loss on top of how far they've already slid.  They're hemorrhaging yen and they're credit is at junk status.  Not a good time to buy a Sony camera if you value continued support and system development.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Just for Jrista: 2014 Market Data
« on: September 20, 2014, 04:16:23 PM »
These threads pop up occasionally and often sales volume, market share and profits are quoted to try and prove one sensor or camera company is better than the other.

This information is good if you are considering buying Canon stock CAJ but absolutely worthless in determining who has the best camera or sensor.

Of course, proving which camera or sensor is the best isn't the point of bringing up sales data and market share.  But if you want to deliberately misconstrue the reason in order to dismiss the information, that's your choice.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 20, 2014, 02:59:33 PM »
Lee Jay I can't imagine having a cellphone for 7 years!  :o  so curious, what kind is it??

All of them I've ever had, several brands.  I'm only 2 years into my Galaxy S3 at the moment.  Haven't considered upgrading.

I live in Colorado too, the "big landscape state".  I think I've taken about 5 landscapes in my life, and only one of them in Colorado.  That was a big panorama taken with a state of the art camera, a Nikon Coolpix 950!

Different circles then. There are many well known landscape photographers who live in this state. One in particular is exceptionally well known, John Fielder. This IS a big landscape state, and people DO spend a lot of time taking landscape photos here. Go hiking up in the highlands above the Maroon Bells, or in the Uncomphagre wilderness, or San Juan range, and you'll see a ton of people with DSLRs.

I think your less a representative of "the norm" than you might think. ;)

If "the norm" for dSLR owners in Colorado is landscape photography and obsession about DR, then you're right on target.

I suspect that once again, you're assuming your needs/wants/habits are those of the majority.  They're not.

You seriously don't think that landscape photography is a big thing, in of all places, Colorado?

I'm sure landscape photography is popular in Colorado.  There's a difference between 'popular' and 'the norm'.  What fraction of dSLRs sold in Colorado are bought for landscape photography compared to, for example, Devner parents wanting to take pictures of their kids? 

Also, note what I stated..."landscape photography and obsession about DR."  I think the number of people who frequent Internet forums writing post upon post lamenting Canon's supposed lack of DR and extolling the virtues of Exmor (despite not having actually used one), who download pictures someone else took of Diet Coke boxes and re-process them to prove a point, etc., is an insignificant fraction of dSLR owners, in Colorado or anywhere else.

 As Sporgon points out, the 'exceptionally well known' landscape photographer John Fielder mentioned by jrista shoots Canon.  He has this to say:  "I recommend Canon over any other brand."

John Fielder is pretty well known, and creates very impressive images.  Gotta feel bad for him though, since according to jrista he's wasting an inordinate amount of time struggling to overcome the severe limitations and liabilities of Canon sensors.  I wonder...is Fielder a glutton for punishment and too stubborn to move to a much better system?  Is he too ignorant to be cognizant of and comprehend how he's suffering and how easy it would be to change his life and photography for the better if only he'd switch to Exmor?   Or perhaps, just perhaps, is jrista's opinion about how poor Canon sensors are for landscape photography not such 'the norm' as he apparently believes?   

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- The possibility to use the LED at the front of the camera grip as a Focus Assist LED

What LED are you talking about?  I suspect you're thinking of the IR receiver 'window' for remote triggering...

The LED/light that blinks when using 2 sec or 10 sec delay...

Ahhh, makes sense.  I'm not sure that it's bright enough, though.

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- The possibility to use the LED at the front of the camera grip as a Focus Assist LED

What LED are you talking about?  I suspect you're thinking of the IR receiver 'window' for remote triggering...

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I suspect many Americans believe German manufacturing quality is higher, based on perceptions of cars.  Many who know the name Zeiss might be surprised to learn their camera lenses are generally made in Japan.
Designed in Germany, produced in Japan to Zeiss specified standards and quality control, which the Japanese are very good at.

No argument on that issue, their lenses are excellent (as are the Zeiss optics that I use, although mine are all manufactured in Germany).

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EOS Bodies / Re: Just for Jrista: 2014 Market Data
« on: September 20, 2014, 08:58:32 AM »
Seems everyone missed this paragraph:

Scroll up a few posts to see how you are wrong yet again.

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When was the last time you saw a popular Zeiss lens come from Germany?

Yet today in America (and perhaps Asia too?) it is the Zeiss name that is more widely known than Schneider-Kreuznach.


Amusing since Canon/Nikon customers believe that their brand's cameras and lenses made in Japan are a sign of better quality.

I suspect many Americans believe German manufacturing quality is higher, based on perceptions of cars.  Many who know the name Zeiss might be surprised to learn their camera lenses are generally made in Japan.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Just for Jrista: 2014 Market Data
« on: September 20, 2014, 07:36:29 AM »
Just to point it out, but Nikon has bee steadily releasing new bodies over the last 4 years whereas Canon released 1DX, 5DIII, 6D, 60D, T4i, and EOS-M, all in 2012.  2013 was just the T5i, SL1, and 70D.  the T5i is more of a continuation/model per year (until 2014), the SL1 seems to have become more of a minor niche, with the 70D being, my perception, the "major" announcement (unless you count the M2, which wasn't even released in the US).  In 2014, only the T5 until the 7DII.  So, I would not be surprised if estimates of Canon's 2014 numbers are off. There was nothing new and exciting (unless you get excited by the T5) until the 7DII.  We'll see what is released in the rest of 2014.  But 2015/16 is when I am expecting updates to the other bodies.  Until then, to an extent, I suspect you are discussing an ebb tide and not a true prolonged trend.

That said, the real reason I am writing this post, how the heck can I first hear a rumor about a new Canon mount from Thom Hogan and not a site called CANON RUMORS.  Anyone know more about what Thom is referencing?  "Coincidentally, there are now rumors floating around that Canon might introduce a new mount with smaller sensor (ala the Nikon 1)."  Did I miss something?

I caught that as well, but I wonder if Canon prediction of improving sales isn't simply due to the forthcoming T6i/750D.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 20, 2014, 07:22:18 AM »
Lee Jay I can't imagine having a cellphone for 7 years!  :o  so curious, what kind is it??

All of them I've ever had, several brands.  I'm only 2 years into my Galaxy S3 at the moment.  Haven't considered upgrading.

I live in Colorado too, the "big landscape state".  I think I've taken about 5 landscapes in my life, and only one of them in Colorado.  That was a big panorama taken with a state of the art camera, a Nikon Coolpix 950!

Different circles then. There are many well known landscape photographers who live in this state. One in particular is exceptionally well known, John Fielder. This IS a big landscape state, and people DO spend a lot of time taking landscape photos here. Go hiking up in the highlands above the Maroon Bells, or in the Uncomphagre wilderness, or San Juan range, and you'll see a ton of people with DSLRs.

I think your less a representative of "the norm" than you might think. ;)

If "the norm" for dSLR owners in Colorado is landscape photography and obsession about DR, then you're right on target.

I suspect that once again, you're assuming your needs/wants/habits are those of the majority.  They're not. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Will Canon answer Sony's new cinema cameras
« on: September 20, 2014, 07:16:17 AM »
DPAF and STM are for newbies and consumers that play around making videos, not professionals.

Yep, there are lots of newbies and consumers dropping $12,000 on a C300 to play around making videos.

Lol. You yourself don't even believe those purchasing a C300 are doing so because of DPAF. Troll.

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My mistake. I guess you're just bad at getting your point across:

My point wasn't that people are buying the C300 for DPAF, but that Canon...decided to offer DPAF as a feature upgrade on a $12000 camera aimed at the professional market.

So...what is your point, exactly?   That you need things spelled out explicitly because you can't grasp a simple inference, perhaps?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Just for Jrista: 2014 Market Data
« on: September 20, 2014, 07:09:03 AM »
...my LCS guy said pre-orders for the 7d2 vs the d750 were running about 15-to-1.

Clearly there are a whole lot of people out there who don't really understand just how poor Canon sensors are, that they're years behind everyone else and practically incapable of making a decent image. 

I mean, if Canon had modernized their sensor production instead of continuing to use archaic processes, they might be able to compete with Nikon and Sony, whereas clearly you're confirming Canon's failure and inability to make a viable camera.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Will Canon answer Sony's new cinema cameras
« on: September 20, 2014, 12:50:08 AM »
I just needed to balance Neuro's comment that implied that people are spending $12,000 on the C300 primarily to get DPAF. I don't think that's the case. I'm sure it's a useful feature people want, I just don't think that's THE reason people buy the C300.

My point wasn't that people are buying the C300 for DPAF, but that Canon – a company that spends millions on market research – decided to offer DPAF as a feature upgrade on a $12000 camera aimed at the professional market.  That was in response to dilbert's comment that DPAF is for newbies and consumers playing around at making videos...I'm sure Canon knows a little bit more about their market than dilbert.

I suspect you 'needed' to counter my point as a way to compensate for being called on your gaffe regarding the financial data.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Will Canon answer Sony's new cinema cameras
« on: September 20, 2014, 12:28:40 AM »
There are 1000's of pros making a living shooting docs and ENG work either alone or with one assistant. Not all video work is done on a set with a team of cameramen, focus pullers, audio guys, and cable runners and what not. There's a place for AF, and it's actually really easy to not use it if you don't want to; no one suggested that manual focus was a thing of the past, but AF is a tool that will become increasingly useful as time goes on. And I'm sure my blasphemy is making someone's eye's bleed right now.

How can that be?  The Internet – font of knowledge for computer programmers, biological scientists, and others with no direct knowledge of the broadcast/cinema industry – says you're wrong.   ;)

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