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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon D800 Outed?
« on: November 20, 2011, 11:26:17 AM »
The term "megapixel race" is thrown around a lot, I think somewhat erroneously.  There is no "race," but rather progress.  As companies are able to deliver cameras that improve digital noise and add more sophisticated features while simultaneously delivering the OPTION of higher resolution (don't forget, you don't have to shoot full size RAWs), why wouldn't they?  Don't you think consumers would complain if they knew a technology was capable of 36mp but companies were only delivering 12?  I, for one, am happy that 35mm cameras are beginning to reach the resolution of MF, at least in terms of sensor capability. 

Some thoughts on the D800/5d Mark III: This may be the new look of the "studio camera."  Why do you need 1-series weather sealing in a studio?  I'd expect the new standard size cameras to present a full set of pro features in a compact body designed for studio work, but capable of light field work for photojournalists, landscape photographers, wedding photographers, and the like.  I think many photographers who started with film have never liked the large 1D body size anyway; I'd far prefer something to which I can attach a grip if I needed it, but otherwise could be compact.  The 5d Mark II with enhanced resolution, the new pro autofocus, 100% viewfinder coverage, two card slots, and a slightly extended battery life, plus unlocked software features, would pretty much fit that bill, possibly coming in at around $3,500.  Such a price point would leave open a spot for a re-packaged 5d Mark II sensor in a smaller body with fewer features for about $1,800.  Just some thoughts.  What do you all think?

EOS Bodies / Re: Bought my first digital camera today 5d
« on: November 19, 2011, 01:14:16 AM »

Congrats on the purchase.  You're not going to be disappointed.  For a fixed prime, take a look at the 50mm f/1.8 and for a zoom, maybe the 70-200mm f/4L IS.

EOS Bodies / Re: How often do you go through a body? Why do you upgrade?
« on: November 18, 2011, 09:06:40 PM »
A-1: from 1997-January, 2005
EOS 20d: January, 2005-January, 2009 (though I still have it and use it)
EOS 5d Mark II: January, 2009 to present.

Honestly, I upgraded because I wanted full-frame.  I thought I might occasionally use the higher ISO and video so I went with the Mark II instead of the original.  I'm hoping to keep the 5d as my primary camera for the next 7 years, though the 20d could get replaced in a year or two with a little Rebel.  I friggin' love those things.

Canon General / Re: Birders don't use Canons?
« on: November 13, 2011, 10:45:10 PM »
Do most police forces use Nikon?  They're always using Nikons in CSI, NCIS, Dexter, The Wire, Law and Order etc.  Most always have the logo prominently displayed on the camera strap, so I assume its paid product placement. 

Its interesting seeing old cameras in movies.  In the Godfather, there is a wedding photographer with a Sinar large format camera.  Couldn't imagine anyone doing that these days.  Rear Window is another of my favourite "camera" movies with James Stewart showing his photographic prowess.  Just googled it and found it is an "Exakta" that he uses.  Product placement hasn't really helped LF camera sales or Exakta.  Do people pay much attention to it?

In the United States, yes; it's mostly due to the Nikon flash system (integral to forensic photography) and the edge that it had in the past.  The Virginia Department of Forensic Science and the FBI both use Nikons (FBI has some Canons mingled in for surveillance, but they're rare).  I've come across just a handful of departments that use Canon.

Lenses / Re: Minimalist photography
« on: November 13, 2011, 10:23:44 AM »
Taking into account both the "one body, one prime, one zoom" restriction as well as the minimalist emphasis of the post, I'd do a T2i with an EF-S 18-135mm and an EF 35mm f/2.

Lenses / Re: Realistic wish lens
« on: November 06, 2011, 06:17:08 PM »
I'd like to see a 24mm f/1.8 or f/2 prime and a 17-50mm f/4L IS to round out my ideal landscape setup. 

Lenses / Re: Canon 24/105mm f/4L IS USM vs Canon 24/70mm f/2.8L USM
« on: November 06, 2011, 06:08:55 PM »
Had both, sold the 24-70mm.  I just wasn't using it.  If I wanted a fast aperture, I wanted faster than f/2.8 and would go to a prime.  In short, if I was using a zoom, it was the 24-105.  More reach, lighter, IS, less expensive.  With the money you save, buy an inexpensive prime for low light.   

Canon General / Re: Camera armor, does it work?
« on: October 02, 2011, 03:35:58 PM »
I bought camera armor once and it made the body way to bulky and cumbersome.  The buttons were annoying, the grip was annoying; it was just weird.  Don't recommend it at all.  The camera is built to take damage, even the Rebels can get a little dinged up. 

Canon General / Re: Photography - Equipment or Skill ?
« on: October 02, 2011, 03:33:55 PM »
A great photograph is made by a person who is both skilled in the eye and skilled with their equipment.  The quality of the equipment matters.  If the eye visualizes a perfect image, but the skill with the equipment or the physical limitations of the equipment itself can't fulfill the need for that perfect image, that's a problem.  Yes, you can take beautiful images with kit lenses, but the more sophisticated your equipment becomes, the greater range of images you'll be able to capture, and the more skilled your eye will become at recognizing great images before they become great photographs.  Equipment simply expands the breadth of your photographic capability.  That's why we choose what lenses we place in our bags before a shoot.  Because if it was 99% skill, we'd just throw on a 18-55mm and go shoot.  For a hike, we may choose slower zooms for their light weight and range of focal lengths.  For a portrait session, we might take medium and telephoto primes with fast apertures.  But not having a range of equipment is only limiting if one seeks to expand beyond the capability range of the equipment he or she has.  Buy a macro lens and you'll find yourself taking photographs you never thought about before, images your eye had never conceived of.  That said, never expand your equipment beyond your ability to be technically skilled with it. 

As light is captured by the triumvirate of film speed, aperture, and shutter speed; a good photographer is made by the triumvirate of visual acuity, technical skill, and equipment.  The actual percentage breakdown is completely dependent upon the individual photographer and their needs.

Canon General / Re: October 26 Event?
« on: September 27, 2011, 01:32:31 PM »
Exactly as you envisioned?  C'mon, guys, it's a given it's the release of Ron Howard's film.  If a 5d Mark III is nearing release, this will be the time to announce it, no doubt.  I can't imagine Canon would miss the marketing opportunity.  I would expect either a full frame 1D or a 5D Mark III plus printers.  A T4i?  I assume that's a joke.  Canon isn't going to send out invitations like that to pros to announce a Rebel.  Not knocking Rebels, they just ain't going to be announced that way. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Hypothetical Canon Lineup
« on: September 18, 2011, 11:16:01 AM »
1Dsomething : FF, Both high rez, slow fps... and low rez, high speed, best AF

5D: FF, slow speed, medium AF

7D: APS-C, high speed, higher AF than 5D

XXD : enthusiast camera

XXXD: mid range APS-C

XXXXD: entry level APS-C

Is this a prediction or an analysis of the present line of Canon EOS cameras?

EOS Bodies / Re: Your wishlist for your next body...
« on: September 18, 2011, 11:14:05 AM »
I'd like a 5d Mark II with slightly improved noise at high ISO, particularly at 6400 and below.  I'd also like improved dynamic range and a 12mp sRAW option.  A single SD slot instead of a CF slot would be nice.  25% longer battery life would be useful as well.  I'd be okay with an on-board master flash; I'd probably take the camera on vacation more if it could double for snapshots at night.  If the PictureStyles button was user-assignable, say to mirror lock-up or something, that would be beneficial.  Perhaps I'm the only person in the world, but I actually like the 5d Mark II's autofocus.  I appreciate that it's not cluttered with autofocus points.  When I use AF, I just use the center point anyway.  BUT, I realize that's just me and it's an important move for Canon to improve the AF to the 7D level.

EOS Bodies / Re: Hypothetical Canon Lineup
« on: September 18, 2011, 10:15:08 AM »
Why drop the XXD line?  No room for a 70D?  I think the 1D and 1Ds are merged.  There's no reason to think that Canon can't do high fps with high resolution, particularly if it gets linked to the sRAW system.  It drives up production costs to produce two pro bodies and especially two full frame sensors, thus driving up cost for the consumer, making the camera less appealing, particularly if Nikon is able to keep production costs lower.  I would expect the 5D III or otherwise titled successor to come in around 2,699 with a full-frame entry level coming in at 1,600-1,900.  The 1D and the 5D III would have the same sensor, just grossly different capabilities (expect 3 fps in the latter).  The rest kind of your thoughts mirrors what we have now, so I'd expect that to continue.  In my mind, the 7D is an XXD camera.  I bought my 20D in 2004 for about $1,400, so it's not as if that line hasn't been close to the 7D on price in the past.  That's the area I'm most unsure of, though: will they bring the price point of a 7D successor down and make it a 70D or was the XD naming a positive factor in the 7D sales?  Hard to say.  I am confident that there will be a 7D successor, though.  The camera was very well received and Canon has shown some degree of commitment to the EF-S lens line, though it could use a few primes.    Good thoughts, Bokehmon!

EOS Bodies / Re: Theoretical question
« on: September 18, 2011, 10:04:13 AM »
To buy a camera just because of the sensor is like buying a car just because of the engine.

Nobody would do that.

I'm guessing professional car drivers choose a car based on the engine.  I would find it a little shocking if a photographer DIDN'T think image quality rendered by the sensor was the most important thing in a body...  I certainly bought my cameras based on their sensors...

EOS Bodies / Re: A New Entry Level Full Frame Camera? [CR1]
« on: September 17, 2011, 12:18:07 PM »
A lot of people here don't think that R&D for new cameras cost money....

If they were to come out with a budget FF camera, it would be a lot like what they did with the XXXXD series... recycle old sensors and add/ cut out some new features.

If there is an entry level FF camera, then the most cost effective way to produce it would be to use the 5DII sensor, and some AF system they already have... ie the current 5D one or 7D one....

They can then sell this at a lower market price without have to spend money on R&D while protecting the sales of a newer tech 5DIII.

It makes much more sense from a market standpoint to use the same sensor (7D, 60D, 600D) and vary the features because that reduces costs.

Along this line, I expect that the new 5DIII will have the same sensor as a 1DsIV. Either the 1DsIV will drop to like 6999 price point or the 5DIII will rise to 3499.


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