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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-1 Announcement Q2 2014? [CR1]
« on: November 01, 2013, 05:04:07 PM »
Curious to see how Canon will balance this with their MF manufacturer acquisition later in 2014....

Wonder if the sensor tech for the new MP body is theirs or from the MF company  ::)

Canon General / Re: procamerashop?
« on: October 27, 2013, 06:51:57 AM »
I'm still in contact via email and they still claim to be honouring warranty which is good, but they can't trade. As was mentioned previously, would concur they're in dialogue with customs & excise / inland revenue, and right now they can't sell anything...

Lenses / Re: Does IQ vary with focus distance?
« on: October 13, 2013, 08:19:28 PM »
This may be not what you were asking, but atmospherics will always impact quality and therefore subject distance will affect IQ... You can correct some lens deficiencies, but you can't change the weather  ;)

Of course it depends on what you're shooting, but MTF show best quality in controlled conditions...

Lenses / Re: Advice on dream African photo safari
« on: October 13, 2013, 08:14:50 PM »
I think to start off you need to decide what sort of photography you want to take, and what sort of wildlife you want pictures of.

I've been lucky enough to visit Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Tanzania & Kenya, but it depends on what I want to shoot as to where I go...

A few snippets:

Tech: If you want birdlife, then you want longer reach than the 400mm even with 1.4x built in
Style: If you want water, then you're talking more Zambia or Botswana.
Composition: Do you want lush green or straw coloured surroundings?
Subjects: Do you want to see the great migration? do you want to see young being born?

if this is your only trip to Africa, then I would start with the shots that inspire you and the mammals & birds you really want to capture. Probably those two elements will help focus your itinerary, and then the tech (what to buy and take), comes after that....

Software & Accessories / Re: good shoulder bag?
« on: October 03, 2013, 01:35:20 PM »
If you don't mind it looking like a camera bag, then I use the Lowepro Nova 200 AW as it was half the price of the other Lowepro bags. I used it in India & Nepal with 2 pro bodies, a 70-300, 50mm and 85mm, 1/2L bottle of water, spare batteries etc all day without issue. On the flight there, it's closer to about 12Kg in weight, but it never suffers, but then I did not need to lug all that around all day. For trekking, I left the lowepro behind and just used a regular backpack with neoprene covers for the lens and bodies...

Canon General / Re: procamerashop?
« on: September 30, 2013, 06:23:53 PM »
I followed up again via email to understand the situation with respect to warranty. I received a prompt reply - essentially they are still honouring any warranty but they are unable to to provide pricing or ordering at this time.

So I think as was suggested, they are perhaps in negotiation over trading terms within the UK Inland Revenue & Customs, being based out of Hong Kong. I don't get why you would not post a landing page on the website - maybe they fear the truth is worse than no response...

Security devices is a low margin, ridiculously competitive market. There's no money for Canon there.
Yes I am sure they announced their intention to move into that market without any research at all. But I am sure they would welcome your acute business acumen.... no wait, you don't run a multi-billion dollar company do you?  ::)

Movie making? Really?
High end is dominated by Panavision, Sony and RED.
ENG/Documentary is Sony, Panasonic
Low End/Event/Budget is Sony, any DSLR and Panasonic.
Yep, everything from the 5D MK II to the C500 has been a flop. Clearly there are only 4 manufacturers and everyone else should just pack up their bags and go home....

The Canon cinema cameras so far have been over priced under performers with "me too" features and firmware crippled bodies.  Too expensive for the causal/student/prosumer/low budget shooter and too low end in resolution, features and cross compatibility to compete at the high end.

Canon thinks too much like a DSLR camera maker to compete well in new markets. There systems are closed, filled with proprietary technology and standards, and the bodies and lenses are crippled by stripped down firmware.

Contrast that with Sony, RED or Panavision's high end gear. They give you access to all the features the hardware is capable of, make sure the gear is compatible with everybody's add-ons and go out of their way to make sure the post production path works with everyone's software almost from day one.  And Canon's have no clear upgrade paths to better sensors without replacing the entire body - unlike Red, Panavision,  and others.

In the mean time, Canon's flagship camera business, the DSLR is floundering. Way to tank your entire business.

You're on this forum why exactly?

Canon, you are now 3 years behind Sony, and by proxy, Nikon, in introducing reasonably priced full frame, high MP sensors. You don't have anything on the market that even comes close - you just keep rehashing the same old 18-22 MP stuff.

Stop messing around and fix your sensor production issues.

Canon is behind in the two things distinguish digital camera systems: lenses and sensors. All the other bells and whistles are just firmware and marketing - including the much talked about "dual focus system". Every manufacturer will have it or some variant in short order.

Nikon's lenses were always top notch, and now thanks to widely available low dispersion glass formulas and inexpensive computer measuring and computer controlled grinding, Sony, Sigma and everyone else has caught up. And at lower price points.

Canon's super high priced L glass would be justifiable IF they had super sensors. They don't. So Canon just looks like they are abusing their customers when equal or better performing glass from their competitors sells for many hundreds or even a thousand less.

If standard chip manufacturing progress is any indication, within a year Sony will be ready introduce the next generation of its large, high MP sensors as well as reduce the price of the sensors on the market now.

So quit farting around Canon - release your high end sensor, even if it means taking a loss on the body to keep it affordable OR license Sony's tech.

Time is not you your side.

Having just announced they want to move into security devices, then showing a sensor capable of low light video is eminently sensible imho.

Secondly, expanding your lines of business when there is serious competition and reduction in your digital camera business means you are able to still invest in those lines - effectively supporting them with the newer revenue streams....

People on this forum may not like the fact that canon mix video with their stills cameras, branch out into higher end video cameras for the movie industry and now are moving into security devices. But such moves are intended to keep the company growing, or at least reduce the losses from other lines of business so they can still make lenses and cameras we are interested in.

I, for one, hope they are successful...

Canon General / Re: procamerashop?
« on: September 09, 2013, 04:26:01 PM »
Indeed but a customer on another web site has reported that all orders have been cancelled.
I've been thinking about using them but this has put doubt in my mind hence the original post
I emailed them last night and got a reply this morning to say they are having technical problems.

I've personally used them in the past for quite a lot of business without issue, and with direct bank transfers. I've spoken to them on the phone, but also done transactions via email. I always check the item is in the UK and will ship in the normal period stated, which to be fair it always has (bar one occasion)

If you're worried, then you perhaps could consider using your credit card if it covers you against bankruptcy, but I would certainly hold off until the website appears then speak to them on the phone. I would add, as I have in the past, that I have no affiliation with them at all....

Re Warranty - fair point, of course all the lenses are made in either China, Taiwan or Japan (mainly the latter I believe), so you are taking a risk, but I've not had any problem with L gear purchased from them in the past 2 years....

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: New Canon Hi-pixel Medium format...?
« on: August 17, 2013, 05:13:55 AM »
Canons  own 2 fab lines is not enough, the cost of one stitched  MF sensor will be  very high and take resources from the old  sensors fab lines. Canon have a high internal cost regarding there own sensors and the sensor lines does not generate any money, other departments does

Hi ankorwatt, isn't this a bit like saying VW Audi (insert alternate brand here it makes no difference) engine plant makes no money, only the body line, it's not a car without an engine, it's not a camera without a sensor?
Not trying to be facetious just asking.

Cheers Graham.

well , the info I have is that that Canon is sluggish and has taken a decision that the sensor must be in the house.
Now Fujitsu are mounting together some of Canons  sensors  so the plates then leave the house anyway. Canon's sensor department is supported by other units, it would be better to put manufacturing at factories that have already invested in the right equipment, so do Aptina, Nikon, Omnivision and even Sony  with several others.
The downside of outsourcing is that you are beholden to the manufacturing tech std at that factory. And of course trying to keep NDAs enforced is far more difficult when it's not your company.

The upside is that you have more choice / competition and can leverage that to your advantage. Plus you should negate the potential loss of margin of outsource as they should be able to do it cheaper than you based on scale.

Net result I agree, if Canon cannot invest in new equipment as quick as their competitors as they're not achieving the scale, which in itself is a vicious circle, then the only solution appears to be outsource that aspect of manufacturing to specialists....

I'd rather remain someone anonymous, so I'll change the name and places to protect the ignorant... I mean innocent.

Well, the lady's company name is... oh lets say Burrito Supreme Photography.  And her water mark is a very nice, very swirly font that spells BS photography.  Does she simply not know what the Acronym BS stands for in the rest of America... maybe the world? 

And every time she posts something on Facebook... I think... maybe she just simply doesn't know. Though I am really not one to talk since my company name is Dirty Sanchez Photography, but my acronym is DSP... so not nearly as awful.

Umm... you know the urban definition of "Dirty Sanchez" right  ;D ??

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: New Canon Hi-pixel Medium format...?
« on: August 12, 2013, 07:09:06 PM »

No sense some of you say?

The lens problem is solved in the short term by the 645 lenses, they get access to tech. and if they've done their research, they're buying a profitable company and associated expertise cheaper / quicker than developing it initially in-house.

If they've been investing previously in Phase 1, maybe they already have their own "entry-level" MF camera using a combination of phase-one and Canon tech ready to release when they buy it fully  ;D. Maybe over time, they can indeed either make their own lenses or phase 1 sensors.

Not everything needs to be a perfect fit, be instantly "converted to Canon manufactured" or developed from scratch.

Two other observations... the low end of the market (the high vol side) is being impacted a lot. So is overall sales. Do you invest now in a market which is not going to be threatened by smartphones and the like, while you still have the cash reserves? I think Canon need to innovate in the entry level - I think like Tom Hogan says, it's about the ecosystem and opening it up so it is not a closed system. It's about inviting in the CHKD and ML teams by providing them with a nice API. It's about providing seamless interfacing with not just your phone, but if you pop in a sim like you can with a tablet, then you can do so much more from your camera and a touch screen (especially if you could interchange the sim with the one from your tablet).

It's about unleashing, not crippling your hardware so Canon gear's output quality is just a world away from smartphones in video and stills. Its about adding something like Android onto it, because then you really can add quite sophisticated sw to edit and do clever things on your camera with images.

Canon, Nikon etc need to play to the strengths of dslrs but also learn from smartphones and the like.

I'd love to be able to use my camera as a webcam - the quality would be awesome. Any chance of that Canon? uh-err. Hook two of them up to shoot 3D - stills or video? uh-err. All the innovation is in an open ecosystem, not a closed one.

Sorry, carried away and off thread. :-[

Buying Phase 1 is plausible. Taking Canon manufacturing and apply it to MF to bring it into the sub $10K for a 60MP beast of Phase-1 quality is achievable and would disrupt the market. But only if they're prepared to adopt a different lens mount. Lens range to cameras is like apps libraries to smartphones - starting from scratch does not accelerate market penetration and allows your competitors to react before you've captured the market...

Agree with Distant Star

@GuyF - nope they stopped that a while back, but then you have to be pretty damned unlucky for an L to go wrong within a year, as I think that's all the warranty you get. Any UK company even if they import have to provide the warranty themselves e.g. ProCamera have to cover any faults...

There are some things I prefer to shop in person, predominantly where I do need to either try the goods for size, or get some understanding of the materials used, but eventually it will all go the same way. Where I used to live, there are just charity shops and coffee shops - it is sad to see people's lives affected through job losses...

@OP - use either Procamera or Hdew - they indeed take the hassle out of importing and it's easier to return to a company based in the UK if there are any problems....

Finally, looking at the Canadian price for the same lens, some £600 cheaper, if you were feeling adventurous you could fly to Canada off-season, pick up the lens and cover 1/4 your holiday cost  ;D

Lenses / Re: Lee Filters for Wideangel
« on: July 15, 2013, 07:12:39 AM »
Just one addition, if you use the CPL from Lee with their filter adapter, then you get significant vignetting at about 19-20mm on a FF camera. To date, they alas have no solution  :(

Putting it before may work - I prefer the flexibility of the Lee method, with the aforementioned limitation - but just make sure you check if you go the "attach to lens" route as some of the CPL with threads can also cause vignetting

Technical Support / Re: Hyperfocal Focusing Painlessly?
« on: June 29, 2013, 08:48:17 PM »
Use OptimumCS on the iphone, Liveview, Manual Focus and you should be good. OptimumCS calculates the minimum aperture required to get the close & far distances you plug into it, kind of like the Depth mode did on Canon Film cameras back in the day  :D

Liveview & manually focusing is how I prefer to focus on the position I'm provided and then you can do a quick preview on the first few to gain confidence in what you are doing....

Happy shooting - the colorado plateau is one of my all time favourite places for landscapes  :)

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