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EOS Bodies / Re: How does Canon respond to the D800?
« on: February 07, 2012, 07:39:34 PM »
Just like Nikon is pursuing multiple offerings, so is Canon. These have been in development for the past 3 years, and the tech is being released for the current generation of bodies just as the new projects kick off for the next gen in 2014/2015.

Canon perhaps has it more difficult as it is producing both the sensor & supporting processors, whereas for at least a significant amount, Nikon uses Sony sensors. Nikon only has the imaging business, and their focus not unreasonably results in aggressive products - which is good for everyone. And Sony still want to play heavily in the digital camera market for all sorts of reasons which is also good for competition.

My guess is there will be 2 further Canon dSLRs this year. One as CR guy states in March and a "larger MP" one in the Autumn if the D800 goes well.

I think the March release will aim squarely at a 24MP camera from Nikon / Sony. Just not sure about the FF/APS-C piece. I think this will be a different camera to try and disrupt Nikon.

How large a MP the autumn release will be does depend on the success of Nikon, but clearly a newer version of the 7D sensor upsized to FF with better processing by a Digic 5+ will probably stand them well.

I don't think Canon is panicking in any way, they're just playing cat n mouse with Nikon & Sony. Some of the participants in this forum, clearly are more worried than Canon  :D

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EOS Bodies / Re: The next 5D: A new story from Dpreview
« on: February 06, 2012, 08:25:22 AM »
I would expect there to be some notice of an imminent replacement of models otherwise dealers are caught with the wrong stock. A months notice is not unreasonable...

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-1D X f/8 to be Added? [CR1]
« on: February 05, 2012, 11:23:42 AM »
Only *two* random emails? I'll send another and maybe it would become a CR2 rumor :P. This f/8 non-issue is overwrought as it is. I suspect this is because that's the only feature that the D4 has over the 1Dx. Everything else is inferior on the D4. Did it occur to the fanbois that the previous Nikons didn't have this f/8 capability while the EOS-1 series has had it since the mid-90s? No one has trumpeted it as a huge advantage until now that the shoe is on the other foot.
One of the reasons I bought my 1Ds was on the basis of the f/8 capability.... so yes I care if none of the future Canon bodies, Pro or Prosumer do not have this capability

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-1D X f/8 to be Added? [CR1]
« on: February 05, 2012, 11:22:12 AM »
May I ask what I suspect is a dumb question please…..
Would the f8 issue be resolved if Canon designed a new ‘faster’ teleconverter? Is that possible?

Zim, I guess if you didn't lose the 2 stops of light, and therefore f/8 for an f/5.6 lens then you would be fine. But presume to achieve the 2x and the size of the teleconverter means this is not possible or not possible in a cost effective way....

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-1D X f/8 to be Added? [CR1]
« on: February 05, 2012, 11:19:42 AM »
one hopes that it does not impact in any way on the rest of the AF performance, which appears to be extremely good by all reports. Maybe Canon could implement it as an option which you can toggle on / off, or it auto-detects the f/8 and adjusts....

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EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* 5D Mark III Sighting?
« on: January 23, 2012, 06:46:04 PM »
I'd be very surprised if this was a replacement for the 5D2 as it's got so much of the 7D about it. Also why would you test a 5D replacement on wildlife? That's 7D territory isn't it?

The large pentaprism housing could simply be that large for aesthetics / ergonomics and it is still APS-C or maybe H.

Interesting that no-one seems all that bothered that the 200-400 and 600 lenses are clearly on show here but all we care about is what body he's using them on!
The first thing I noticed was indeed the 200-400mm lens, and then I looked at the guy resting the collar on a bean bag and winced. Personal preference I know, but if I mount on a wimberly then I use the collar / tripod mount obviously. When I use the beanbag, I flip the collar around and rest more of the lens on the bag - just gives me more stability and sharper shots, but hey that's probably more a reflection on me  ;D

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EOS Bodies / Re: Feel sorry for the photographer...
« on: January 23, 2012, 06:39:56 PM »
Looking at the labels on the lenses, I'm pretty sure someone at Canon knows exactly who it is and what body and lenses they are using.

I hope the photographer in question doesn't suffer because of this.
Just looking at the location would suffice, I doubt there are too many people in Kenya with that kit  :D

I think that the tester has not revealed too much. I think that the fact it is in a public place means Canon is not too worried about leaked photos. Having been to the Mara last September, everyone looks at what the other vehicles' shooters are using. Canon is not stupid. But apart from the excitement on this forum, and soon elsewhere on the net, have they really let any IP slip?

I share your concern however, that they will not punish the tester for talking to another photographer - but again, one presumes he was briefed as to what he was allowed to do / say....

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III Sighting?
« on: January 23, 2012, 06:36:43 PM »


I believe this is a Canon employee being shot by another Canon employee (with a 5D mk III as well) for a controlled leak to hype up the camera.   Why would Canon charter a safari outing with the public when they could just easily go on private outing?

Exactly, cameras can be tested in Japan just as well as any other location. 

I want my 5d3.
Perhaps as the 200-400mm is aimed at nature photographers, and pairing it with the 1Dx to test the combination makes sense in the real world, in real conditions??

And since flying from Japan to Kenya and staying in the Mara is not cheap, they threw in another body for comparison.

The 1DX, 600mm and 200-400mm are all announced. The fever on the site is due to the other body which clearly the tester slightly slipped up on, but not really. He did not inform anyone, he just had a picture taken of him by another photographer who then decided to tell the world....

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III Sighting?
« on: January 23, 2012, 04:45:25 PM »
I believe this is a Canon employee being shot by another Canon employee (with a 5D mk III as well) for a controlled leak to hype up the camera.   Why would Canon charter a safari outing with the public when they could just easily go on private outing?
The shots of the employee weren't taken by an employee.
http://blog.apertureacademy.com/2012/01/canon-200-400mm-and-600mm-prototype.html

yup exactly, even on the most expensive camps in the mara (assuming this is where they went), then you are out in the field with all the other camps. Hiding isn't easy  :D The person taking the shot had a 100-400mm, so I suspect they took the shots without the tester realising. And I guess as soon as he made contact, the tester decided to come clean as frankly the annoucement is imminent on both the lens availability and perhaps even the well-disguised body.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III Sighting?
« on: January 23, 2012, 03:25:47 PM »
Not related to the subject of the images but looking at the EXIF the camera is identified as a 1DS3 but the original resolution is 6,144 × 4,096. Not 1Ds3 resolution. Fishy?

http://regex.info/exif.cgi?imgurl=http%3A%2F%2Fcdn.canonrumors.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2012%2F01%2FB3J.jpg

6,144 × 4,096 EXIF data... if no PP, does it make a it a 25mp sensor? 1mp more than Sony/Nikon  ;).

So is it the 5d3 or 7d2?

Must be 5D mkIII because I can't see a 7D coming out without a popup flash to control current flashes.   It is quite common to change the camera model in the EXIF for pre-production models, however the images are typically down-resed to match the older model.

Can someone explain why the EXIF of the image of the prototype camera matters?  Is it a magic prototype camera that can take pictures of itself from odd angles?  Do we think the purported Canon employee had a second prototype camera and handed it to a stranger to take a picture of the first prototype camera to post on the Internet?

Phew... my post exactly.... so not a senior moment... yipee  ;D

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III Sighting?
« on: January 23, 2012, 03:22:54 PM »
6,144 × 4,096 EXIF data... if no PP, does it make a it a 25mp sensor? 1mp more than Sony/Nikon  ;).

So is it the 5d3 or 7d2?

Must be 5D mkIII because I can't see a 7D coming out without a popup flash to control current flashes.   It is quite common to change the camera model in the EXIF for pre-production models, however the images are typically down-resed to match the older model.

I may be having a senior moment here :D but the exif data is for the guy who shot the Canon employee - he has nothing to do with the field test, just happened to be in Africa.... ??

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III Sighting?
« on: January 23, 2012, 03:16:18 PM »
Oh dear god, no.  Not that stupid mode dial unlock button.  To me, that's one of the most useless additions that Canon can put on a semi-pro body.  I can see the reason for putting it on the 60D, but come on.  Anyone using a 7D or higher should have some idea of what they're doing and in all my years of photography I've never heard of anyone accidentally switching the mode dial unintentionally.  If the new 5D is in fact coming standard with the unlock button, I hope that one can "downgrade" and remove it.  Even for a fee, I'd do it.


It's funny, I took a 7D on safari along with the two 1Ds bodies. And half the time I would reach for the 7D I would try and take a shot and curse that the mode dial had changed in the vehicle. 1Ds has buttons. Rarely a problem with landscape, but definitely with nature I would have welcomed a lock function. Horses for courses....

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Street & City / Re: Etiquette of Street Photography
« on: January 19, 2012, 07:29:53 PM »
it varies a lot
I never take pictures of someone's face.  I focus on the action and not the people.
It also varies from country to country.  In the US, I think most won't care and if you are confronted you apologize and if need be offer to delete the photo.
In Japan, no problem at all.
Some Latin countries, DO NOT DARE TAKE PICTURES OF CHILDREN without permission.  Unless, you are in the mood for a fist fight.  Literally, villagers will come down and beat you.
England, cops might want to see your DSLR and might go through your pictures. 
Something to consider, if you want to focus on people, is a long lens.

In UK the police have no rights to view your images unless they believe a crime is being committed. Normal photography should not attract such a response in a public place (nor do they have rights to impound your gear). Things have improved a lot based on public & media complaints but alas the private security firms have no proper education and work on FUD....

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Site Information / Re: The Unofficial Canon Rumors FAQ
« on: January 11, 2012, 03:07:21 PM »
Very good, excellent read and follow up comments, a worthy end to the day... :D

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EOS Bodies / Re: 1D X Limitations Fixable?
« on: January 08, 2012, 07:03:43 PM »

There is a downside to the demise of the SD slot: the EOS-1D X will not take an Eye-Fi wireless/memory SDHC combo card.

they suck anyway.. no pro i know would use them.
i returned mine after 4 days.

for studio work you have ethernet with the 1D X and there sure will be better solutions then the eye-fi cards.
Mine works fine thank you in a 1Ds MK 3 body, and it serves it's purpose (out in the field). Spending 400+ on a wifi transmitter is not something I think is reasonable, even if it gives me http & ftp capabilities and remote control.

PwP - Apparently some 5D and 7D users have purchased specific CF<-> SD cards which have some success in working - scan the eye-fi forums for details

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