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EOS Bodies / Re: Art Wolfe Confirms the 1Ds Mark IV?
« on: September 13, 2011, 06:26:26 PM »
Mr. Wolfe might very likely have inside knowledge of future products and as such, as mentioned, be subject to a strict NDA. However, the participants of his workshop are not. That's why I find it extremely hard to believe Canon would bring a yet undisclosed product to such an event.

+1.  Art was probably looking at his 1Ds MarK IV while writing the post and his subconscious got the better of him.

EOS Bodies / Re: 1Ds Mark IV & 24-70 II in 2 Weeks?
« on: September 13, 2011, 08:09:25 AM »
Monopod: the original image stabilizer. 

Just noticed this on the 2nd pass:

...along with numerous backs including the new 1DS Mark 4...

Would a long-time pro really use the word "back" to refer to DSLRs or is he implying that the new 1DS4 has interchangeable digital backs like the old rumors say it would have...? Hmmm...

Yes, plenty of pros do.  Grammatically, it wouldnt make sense for it to refer to anything else in the sentence.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 'Rep' tells BBC that "fewer megapixels are better"
« on: September 12, 2011, 08:09:42 AM »
I'm awaiting the release of a 400 mp camera so I can sell off all my telephoto lenses.

Software & Accessories / Re: Adorama has Lightroom Half Off
« on: September 11, 2011, 06:58:25 PM »
I bought one last week from Amazon for only $49.99!

It was listed for $149.99 and they sent me $100 discount of LightRoom because i bought a Canon 60D.
They sent me another discount of $400 for Adobe CS5.5 Production Premium but i missed it (ended Aug 31).

That's just crazy! 

EOS Bodies / Re: Marketshare
« on: September 11, 2011, 12:52:35 PM »
Does anyone know how Amazon builds it's ranking list?  Is it based on overall sales since the product was offered or is it based on a function of sale frequency in a limited period of time?  I'm guessing the latter, but then I'd be curious as to whether they use a complex function to assign different weight to different time periods (most recent month having the greatest impact, two months ago having half the impact of the most recent, etc.). 

EOS Bodies / Re: Having Multiple Camera Systems
« on: September 11, 2011, 12:48:38 PM »
For stage stuff like ballet, nothing beats two bodies with a 50mm f/1.2L and a 135mm f/2L attached.  The 50mm can capture most stages (all, if you can adjust your location) and the 135 is awesome at isolating a pair of dancers.  On budget, I'd go with two APS-Cs, an 85mm f/1.8, and maybe a 35mm f/2?  Not entirely sure.  The autofocus is pretty slow on the latter.

EOS Bodies / Re: APS-C Camera with an L Lens as a Kit
« on: September 11, 2011, 12:37:02 PM »
As far as resale value on lenses, I can tell you from personal experience that if you hold on to a lens for a few years, you can get almost all of your money back.  In 2005, I purchased a EF 24-70mm f/2.8L, a EF 70-200mm f/4L, a EF 50mm f/1.4, and a EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro, all new from Amazon.  In 2010, I sold all four lenses on Craigslist for the exact same price I paid for them.  They were all in very good shape, though the two L's had both been fixed by Canon after an unfortunate five foot fall onto pavement for both of them.  The bottom line is lenses don't really wear and Canon keeps increasing the cost of new lenses.  I purchased a 50mm 1.2L last fall and fully expect to be able to sell it in a few years for the original purchase price.  Bottom line, the EF-S 15-85 seems like an excellent lens (haven't used it), will likely not have an update in the next five years, and you'll probably be able to make back almost all your money when you choose to sell.

EOS Bodies / Re: New body spotted at IAAF Daegu?
« on: September 11, 2011, 12:27:35 PM »
Guys, that's definitely the rumored EOS 3d.  Look at the black body, the hot shoe, and neckstrap attachment points; definitely, definitely a 3d.

EOS Bodies / Re: A Week in Rumors
« on: September 11, 2011, 12:23:37 PM »
No release prior to the holidays seems like a poor decision.  Sure, they want to be able to meet production requirements, but they're going to take a hit if the D5100 becomes the hot selling dSLR for the holidays.  Honestly, if I was just getting into photography, the D5100 would seem a more attractive buy than the T3i.  The latter is essentially the same guts as the 2010 T2i; nearly two years old.  The point and shoot market could take a hit this holiday if the iPhone has another update to its camera and the other phone makers follow suit.  I'm not sure what Canon is predicting it will be selling a lot of camera-wise this holiday season... 

EOS Bodies / Marketshare
« on: September 10, 2011, 11:35:20 AM »
Perusing the Amazon.com sales stats for the DSLR category and thought I'd share a few VERY UNSCIENTIFIC observations that I think may shed a little light on market share, at least as far as Amazon buyers, which I realize is very specific sampling.  Nikon entry levels holds the #1, #2, and #4 sales spots, with the T3i nestled at #3.  Nikon has been working very hard to outpace Canon on the entry level front, and it seesm to be paying off.  This can have consequences down the road for lens sells and "prosumer" sales, but probably not anything significant for a few years.  On the flipside, in the top 10 are five more Canon cameras and one more Nikon, all entry level EXCEPT for the 7d at #10.  The 5d Mark II appears not long after, with the D300s and the D700 lagging behind considerably (likely due to the D700's production shortage over the summer).   In sum, Canon is still strong in its Amazon marketshare, but is clearly vulnerable at the entry level, the bread and butter of sales.  I think we may see a new APS-C sensor very soon and it will be telling if Canon follows the same 7d-Rebel-60d progression or if they shake it up.

Canon made a wise decision by re-wrapping the 18mp sensor of the 7d multiple times, taking full advantage of the r&d and reducing long-term production costs.  The 5d Mark II sensor has only appeared in one body.  While I realize they are distinctly different lines with different consumers, I think it's likely we will see the next full frame sensor used in multiple bodies, possibly even a more financially accessible body.  If the progression from the 7d to the T2i to the 60d was a financial success for Canon, it's likely we'll see the 1Ds IV before a 5d successor, and may even get a $1700 full-frame thrown in the mix prior to the release of the 5d III.

EOS Bodies / Re: Advice on purchasing a new APS-C body
« on: September 10, 2011, 11:22:05 AM »
Get a room, you two!   :D   Killswitch, I agree with other posters that unless you have some need for what the 7d offers over the 60d or the Rebel line, I'd buy a less expensive body and put the balance into some more glass.  Maybe an EF-S 60mm macro or a 35mm f/2?  A telephoto zoom like the 55-250mm would be good buy as well.  Enjoy your new purchases!

EOS Bodies / Re: information leaks
« on: September 04, 2011, 08:21:55 PM »
Meh, NDAs.  It's just a matter of time until Canon Rumors establishes some well-placed snitches.  NDAs require evidence to enforce.  Under US law, Canonrumors would be immune from subpoena due to first amendment protection for the press.  Pretty difficult for Canon to make a case against an individual, particularly if information has been disseminated to hundreds of people.  Canonrumors is a relatively young site.  I would surmise that over the next few years, rumors will become increasingly more reliable, particularly as individuals who claim to be well-placed or well-informed are vetted and corroborated. 

Let me be clear, I'm not recommending violating an NDA, I'm just saying that Canon would likely be unable to take action under the UTSA.

Canon General / Re: Post a cool B/W!
« on: September 04, 2011, 07:53:28 PM »
The Thinker

Canon General / Re: Post a cool B/W!
« on: September 04, 2011, 07:51:10 PM »
Washinee Lake

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