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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Announcements on April 23, 2013? [CR2]
« on: April 07, 2013, 08:22:47 PM »
I don't think many people choose a camera based on the company's sales or profit - have yet to see that included on the camera's spec sheet....................


+1000
Well said.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Announcements on April 23, 2013? [CR2]
« on: April 07, 2013, 08:20:13 PM »
Even I could beat Usain Bolt if he stands still on the track and just lately Canon seem to be standing still which leaves the chance for others to beat them.

problem is, even when canon moves slow .. no other company is beating it on sales or profit.


This is sad but true. I wish they were losing money like water to motivate them to do better. I mean really, the 600EX-RT was a stroke genius, why haven't they continued that kind of innovation through the rest of their line? It makes no sense at all. Canon has so much going for them e.g. the menu system; top class, the camera body ergonomics; can't be beat, excellent optics, so why can't they get their act together and design better sensors and give us more features for our hard earned bucks to keep them, as well as the photographers who use their gear competitive? People tend to forget that aspect of the equation. We as professionals have a lot invested in the gear we choose. If other photogs are shooting with better gear, it gives them a slight edge. In the competitive market for photogs, even a slight edge can mean all the difference in the world. If someone can deliver a more finely detailed image in the same low light conditions, they have an edge. Would you rather slice with a butcher's knife or a finely crafted katana? Sure both will get the job done, but I'd rather use the tool that lets me get it done more efficiently and perhaps with finer detail.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Announcements on April 23, 2013? [CR2]
« on: April 07, 2013, 07:58:05 PM »
Pay close attention to the new sensor in the Canon EOS SL1 as far as performance goes. We’re told this sensor will appear in the EOS 70D, but not the EOS 7D Mark II.

Ok, Canon has just mutilated the potential of the 70D to sell well.

And expect reviews of the camera everywhere to widely condemn Canon for this continued delivery of left overs from last week microwaved and presented as fine dining.


lol. Love your analogy.

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Canon General / Re: 24-70Mk2 fell off my 5DMk3 and smashed
« on: March 31, 2013, 04:45:54 AM »
"The problem with America is stupidity. I'm not saying there should be capital punishment for stupidity, but why don't we just take the safety labels off of everything and let the problem solve itself?" - as found on the Internet

Not sure about that. Maybe greed. See, right here in this thread we have someone who suffered an unfortunate accident and cries out, "Design flaw," not my fault, someone else should take responsibility. The next step is litigation - sue Canon for bad design or lack of proper warning, of course with the expectation of a financial award.

You're quite right of course, that seems to be the direction in which the world is moving  :'(


No, that seems to be the direction that America is and has always been moving. I will never forget the first time I read an article about a lady who ordered a hot coffee in McDonald's and then sued McDonald's when she burn her lip (or tongue) on the drink because it was "too hot". Now McDonald's are required to label all their HOT drinks HOT. Well duh, if you order a hot drink, wouldn't one expect it to be hot?! The case should have been thrown out of court and the lady fined for wasting the court's time, but instead she was able to cash in.


Now back to the subject, I almost experienced the exact same think with my new 24-70 MkII and my 5D MkIII, but fortunately I was lucky enough to catch the lens before it fell. My first thought wasn't to think I want to sue Canon, it was how could I have been so stupid to hit the lens release button while shooting. Needless to say it has never happened again because I am now aware of it and am much more careful. It wasn't Canon's fault, it was my own. I don't understand people who want to fault the manufacturer for their own carelessness. Not saying that's what happened to the OP because I wasn't there, but in my particular case I do believe it was entirely my fault.

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Maybe by then, Intel will have a superfast processor and SATA express will be out.  Current SSD's are limited by SATA III to about 500mb/sec, and huge image files take a lot of time to process.
At least Canon has options for sraw that you can select when you don't want full blown resolution.  With the D800, you get those huge files every time if you want to use raw.
That way a user would have a choice.


Yes but I doubt Canon will try to incorporate anything more than what is bare minimum. Lately they just don't seem to be interested in leapfrogging the competition, they seem to be content with merely keeping in step. So I doubt they would use any new technology that hasn't been tried and true like SATA Express. Perhaps this time we'll at least hopefully get USB 3.0 (although I would prefer Thunderbolt) as an I/O upgrade. But who knows, perhaps they'll prove me wrong. I certainly hope so for everyone's sake.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1Dx vs 5D M3
« on: March 21, 2013, 05:33:33 AM »
I think it safe to suggest that, in most performance-related matters, the 1Dx will marginally to significantly (though never greatly) outperform the 5DIII.

There are, however, actually a few areas in which the 5DIII outperforms the 1Dx, and they're worth keeping in mind.

First and foremost is price, of course. You can buy two 5DIIIs and have money left over for the price of a single 1Dx. And there are a lot of situations where a second body is far more important than the marginal differences between the two models.

Next, the 5DIII has a silent mode that's not quite believable. For settings where you need to be unobtrusive, such as weddings or contemplative sports, the 5DIII's silent shutter alone will win the day over the 1Dx, all the other superiorities of the 1Dx be damned.

In a similar vein, the 5DIII is a lot smaller. You can slap a Shorty McForty on it and it doesn't look a whole lot different to the non-photographer from a high-end P&S -- especially in comparison to a 1Dx with a 35L. And, yet, the smaller combo will give you comparable results in all but a few extreme and not-especially-common situations. (And, yes, yes, I know...there're people here who think f/2 is slow...you're extreme and not especially common. Congratulations!)

At the same time, the 5DIII works great with the grip (though, obviously, not quite as well as the 1Dx with its integrated grip). Point is, it's very versatile, in that it's equally at home at the party and hung off of a Great White; the 1Dx just can't slim down, while the 5DIII bulks up pretty damned well.

Not to be overlooked, the 5DIII has a few more megapickles than the 1Dx. At lower ISOs, that can (marginally) give the image quality edge to the 5DIII, especially if you're cropping.

In general, if you're considering both and there's a serious question in your mind about which to get, then the 5DIII is for you. It's definitely for you if any of the cases where it does better than the 1Dx are particularly important to you.

The 1Dx is the action photography monster powerhouse. If you're shooting for SI, you'd be an idiot to not be shooting with one. And it's better than any other 1-series camera Canon has ever made, so it's the best choice for all those other photographers for whom that sort of thing is built. If you're shooting in a war zone and you need to be able to club a renegade rebel to death with your camera and still be able to use the camera to take pictures of the steaming corpse, the 1Dx is for you. If you're shooting wildlife in the deep jungle and you never know when you'll have to use your camera to chip off some flint to use to start a fire because your matches got washed down the river, the 1Dx is for you.

But, really...if you're not sure that the 1Dx is for you, then the 5DIII almost certainly is.

Cheers,

b&




Love your examples (lol) and your explanation seems spot on from my experiences with both cameras. Because I mainly shoot fashion and portrait, my 5DMkIII is the camera that is in my hand 90% of the time. I only reach for my 1DX when I get hired to shoot events e.g. fashion shows, wedding parties, sports etc.... where I know I will encounter low light and/or fast moving subjects and gotta bring home the shots.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1Dx vs 5D M3
« on: March 20, 2013, 02:51:52 PM »
I just shot these for a client this past weekend. The scenario was my back to a 9 foot jump, them launching over my head, and the 5d III picking them up within nano seconds of hitting the jump. Most series had 4 out of 5 tack sharp images. Mind you, my back was to the jump, so I literally had to rely on the sound of them getting closer and judge the launch timing. I've owned 3 1 series cameras, and you will have to pry my 5d III from my cold dead hands at a huge price difference for 98% of the same performance.

It was bitter cold and the battery level never budged after 3 hours.

Shot/strobed with 4 600EX-RTs off camera. :)




Really nice shots bro.
The 600EX-RT is amazing! I have three myself.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1Dx vs 5D M3
« on: March 20, 2013, 02:33:03 AM »
I own both cameras and in my daily usages I've found the AF performance to be very similar with the 1DX having a what seems like only a slight edge.

Where the 1DX shines for me is in the low noise of the files that come out of it. Simply amazing camera in low light situations and clearly superior to my 5DMkIII. I often shoot at ISO 10,000 with my 1DX but won't go above 6,400 on my 5DMkIII (just personal taste). Other than that, they seem to lock focus about the same, so if AF is your only concern, I'm not sure the 1DX's price is justifiable for your needs. However if you care about low noise and super fast fps e.g. shooting sports etc... indoors, then the 1DX is your camera.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS Rebel T5i Leaks
« on: March 20, 2013, 02:06:51 AM »
Canon has become so unimpressive with their camera specs lately. Has anyone seen what even a small family owned company like Sigma is doing? They've managed to stuff a 46MP Foveon Sensor into a point-and-shoot, and their lenses have recently been setting benchmarks that put even the best L glass to shame at a fraction of the cost. Canon needs to get off of their lazy asses and start innovating. They clearly have the means, just apparently not much inspiration.


Sigma link:
http://www.sigma-photo.co.jp/english/camera/dp1_merrill/#/specification
The max image dimension is shown as 4704 x 3136 pixels...

The way to get to 46MP is by multiplying by 3. It is on the specs page...

Canon still need to get off their you-know-whats but Sigma's 46MP looks like marketing to me.


Still you have to applaud Sigma's effort for at least trying something new (whether it's just marketing hype or not will have to be reserved for real world testing). Canon hasn't had a wow! feature since putting radio transceivers into their flash units (which I absolutely LOVE!). I'll say it again, what really disappoints me with Canon is that they have the largest marketshare and the technology to do so much better, but they seem to be content with just coasting along. I'm sure if they really wanted to, they could blow the doors off the competition, so why the mediocre upgrades time and time again? There's no excuse for it. I want Canon to do better because they can.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS Rebel T5i Leaks
« on: March 19, 2013, 10:10:32 PM »
Canon has become so unimpressive with their camera specs lately. Has anyone seen what even a small family owned company like Sigma is doing? They've managed to stuff a 46MP Foveon Sensor into a point-and-shoot, and their lenses have recently been setting benchmarks that put even the best L glass to shame at a fraction of the cost. Canon needs to get off of their lazy asses and start innovating. They clearly have the means, just apparently not much inspiration.


Sigma link:
http://www.sigma-photo.co.jp/english/camera/dp1_merrill/#/specification

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EOS Bodies / Re: mhm... open letter to canon?
« on: October 05, 2012, 09:06:36 PM »
The thing that gets some people upset is when you've invested huge sums of money in the glass, and then they "hold back" on the camera.   Can/Nik almost have a duopoly in terms of market share.  I believe these two companies have 90% of the dslr market, so it's not like buying a car, or TV, or new golf clubs.  Once you buy in with the glass, you hope that "your company" makes a tech leap or strives for excellence in some way so that you have a residual long term benefit.


Exactly my point and the reason why I feel I have the right to complain. I've given Canon literally over $70,000 in glass and various bodies during my 6 years as a professional shooter and it pisses me off that I'm now locked into a system that doesn't deliver the goods. To add insult to injury is the fact that they are more than capable and appear to be doing it on purpose to maximize profits. When people say why don't you just switch or buy something else, I say sure, ask Canon to reimburse my $70,000 and then I'll consider spending it elsewhere and probably get more back for my buck. Otherwise I have every right to complain about a company that doesn't deliver products that maximize the investment I've already made with them.

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EOS Bodies / Re: mhm... open letter to canon?
« on: October 05, 2012, 08:55:14 PM »
This thread is absolutely the stupidest thread on this site currently active, and adds to the cesspool that most of the internet already is.  This is embarassing for the site.


Hmm interesting assumption since not only are you here, but you have commented several times. So what does that say about you? My point is not to insult you (as you have done to others by calling us stupid for being a part of this discussion) but to point out that any discussion and sharing of ideas cannot not be classified as stupid or a cesspool if we have learned something from each other or enjoy sharing our ideas or opinions with one another. Lighten up bro. We are just things off our chests. No harm in that. You don't like or want to be a part of that, don't join or read. No need to be insulting.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 1DX lock up?
« on: October 05, 2012, 08:41:20 AM »
The pro shop that I buy all of my gear from doesn't sell Lexar Cards and has warned me against buying them for Canon cameras suggesting that Canon and Lexar have had issues in the past and that Canon doesn't officially support them. I have no idea what any of that means but I just buy SanDisk Extreme cards to be safe. I would love to hear if your problems stemmed from the cards as I'm extremely interested in the new Lexar 1000x cards. They seem like a better fit for the fast frame rates of my 1DX, but at ¥70,000 a pop in Japan, that's a huge investment to be wrong about.

I had Sandisk cards die on me in my 1 series cameras so I switched to Lexar 1000x 16 GB cards and have had no issues after 50K or so shots on a 1DX.


Thanks for the input Studio 1930. I'm definitely considering the switch to the faster Lexar cards.

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EOS Bodies / Re: mhm... open letter to canon?
« on: October 04, 2012, 09:37:16 PM »
The points brought up here in multiple posts are certainly valid, but Canon has other problems as well that have been harped on repeatedly over the last few years.

One of the biggest is that their software engineers STILL think that the overwhelmingly majority of their customers are on Windows. Virtually all of their software is written for Microsoft, and "maybe" ported to Mac OS's as an afterthought, or after thousands of customers DEMAND it.

Canon has to realize that Mac users make up a VERY LARGE percentage of creative arts professionals and amateurs. They just don't get it!  An example is my 6350 large format photo printer... I have to keep one remaining Windows computer in order to take advantage of the cost-analysis function built into the printer.  I am not the only owner of that printer that has BEGGED Canon to port the software to be functional on Mac OS... but no response from them. (The program's purpose is to measure pigment use and paper costs in order to accurately provide cost per print which is extremely important for large format when they can cost upwards of $20.00 to print!)

This is just Canon. Mostly great equipment, but piss-poor development beyond.


Couldn't agree more.
They just don't seem to care. The GUI of all of their software is just plain hideous! That's why as soon as Adobe or Apple upgrade their apps to support whatever new camera Canon has released, the first thing most professionals do is delete DPP from their computers. Personally I never install it. If RAW is not natively supported, I use Adobe's RAW to DNG converter as a workaround until Camera RAW or Aperture or Lightroom can catch up.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 1DX lock up?
« on: October 04, 2012, 09:29:38 PM »
The pro shop that I buy all of my gear from doesn't sell Lexar Cards and has warned me against buying them for Canon cameras suggesting that Canon and Lexar have had issues in the past and that Canon doesn't officially support them. I have no idea what any of that means but I just buy SanDisk Extreme cards to be safe. I would love to hear if your problems stemmed from the cards as I'm extremely interested in the new Lexar 1000x cards. They seem like a better fit for the fast frame rates of my 1DX, but at ¥70,000 a pop in Japan, that's a huge investment to be wrong about.

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