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EOS Bodies / Marketshare
« on: September 10, 2011, 11:35:20 AM »
Perusing the 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

Canon General / Re: An article Canon should read.
« on: September 04, 2011, 10:56:59 AM »
If Canon were more like Apple, they would insall a direct print button on their cameras that would interface with Canon printers...

People, lets settle this thread down.  Obviously Apple and Canon are both doing something right, as they are both profitable companies.  Complain all you want about one or the other, but you cant dismiss that hard fact.

For those a bit lazy :) , here is a guess from the members list

0    posts - Canonflex
4    posts - PowerShot SX30 IS
50   posts - PowerShot G12
100  posts - Rebel T3i
250  posts - 5D Mark II
500  posts - 1D Mark IV neuroanatomist might verify this as I am not sure
???? posts - 1Ds Mark III  neuroanatomist has 1125 posts, and still 1D Mark IV

Ah, perfect.  Thanks!  Yes, I'm lazy!

+1 post.

CanonRumors guy, can we have a summary of post count and "rank"?  Just wondering how much more drivel I need to post before I level up...

EOS Bodies / Re: Even Nikon has announced its FF successors.
« on: August 20, 2011, 06:31:42 PM »
I don't want a 5D Mark III; I want a 5D Mark IV.  With a release date of now.  At the T2i's price point.  And I want three CF card slots, because one 64GB card isn't big enough and four seconds is too long to swap out media, plus one for back-up.  Oh, and throw a second direct print button on there to print from multiple flashcards at once.  If Canon doesn't produce, I'm going to Nikon.

FOLKS, GO TAKE PICTURES AND STOP FREAKING OUT ABOUT NIKON VS. CANON!  If you really think Nikon offers you such significantly better equipment, switch over.  Just don't be whining about it constantly.

United States / Re: My new DSLR
« on: August 20, 2011, 05:56:41 PM »
There seems to be a general attitude out there that the 18-135mm lens is a poor performer simply because it's a kit lens.  Folks, the 24-105mm is a kit lens.  If you depend on hard scientific analysis, look at the SLR Gear lens review of the 18-135mm.  It has very strong image quality.  If you depend on subjective opinion, I slapped one on an APS-C body recently for a compact set-up on a vacation and was extremely happy with the results.  The lens is sharp and the colors are great.  Oh, no, it doesn't have USM.  Meh, cry about it.  If you're livelihood isn't dependent on your images and you don't need weather sealing or f/2.8, stick with the 18-135mm.  It's a great lens.  ZachyP, somewhere down the road I'd be looking to get a couple fast primes or the 10-22mm to complement what you have.  The 10-22mm has equally exceptional image quality (considered a "pro" lens by Canon CPS), and many non-L primes offer equal or superior image quality to L zooms, while achieving wider apertures.

Canon General / Re: From bad to worse to Outstanding Customer Service
« on: August 20, 2011, 05:43:38 PM »
I'll use this opportunity to plug Canon Professional Services (CPS).  My experience with them has been exceptional.  Their support personnel are very knowledgeable and responsive, they have a rapid turn-around time, and they'll do what they can to save you money.  My first experience was when I lost a 24-70mm f/2.8L and a 70-200mm f/4L out of the back of my car while moving (loooong story).  In short, $200 bucks later got me completely restored lens quality, even if they looked like that had been to Iraq and back.  The turnaround was about two weeks.  The lowest level is FREE annually, and they'll send you a few things for signing up.  If you have the gear to qualify, I HIGHLY recommend enrolling.

Canon General / Re: A Different Type Of Investment In Canon
« on: August 20, 2011, 05:38:09 PM »
Yeah, it doesn't really work like that.  If you're thinking along those lines, I'd recommend speaking with an investment advisor who can take you in the right direction depending on what kind of risk you're looking for. 

Canon General / Re: Where to Buy Online Body and Lenses?
« on: August 20, 2011, 05:34:26 PM »
Adorama, B&H, Amazon, J&R... lots of good reputable retailers out there.  Beware of extremely low prices from seemingly professional websites.  These scams pop up all the time.  Frequently, Googling their "official" address will take you to a giant field near West Palm Beach.  I would stick to the trusted few listed on CanonRumors price watch.  Otherwise, you'll probably end up with a complaint in to the police with no hope of ever getting your money back.

Canon General / Re: High shutter count on brand new 60D!
« on: August 20, 2011, 05:30:09 PM »
Typically because IMG_4381 was the last file to be written to the card.  I would not only format, but reset your 60D file naming.  Even a newly formatted card will start at 4383 unless you now reset the camera.

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