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Software & Accessories / Re: Canon Pixma Pro-1 Review Sneak Peek
« on: January 27, 2012, 07:24:51 PM »
It’s probably the largest and heaviest A3+ printer ever made.

And definitely the most expensive! You're getting into Epson 3880 territory with the price tag that the Pixma Pro-1 commands...

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-1D X Delayed?
« on: January 27, 2012, 07:17:45 PM »
Hmm... Sounds like a bit of trouble for Canon; they'd best be able to meet demand when it does go on sale with the Olympics being only a few months away. 

I don't think they'd be able to do anything in hardware to rectify the f/8 focusing issue, but they might try to rewrite the firmware to enable it.  Lets hope they don't b*gger it up it the process!

As to the comments that Canon omitted f/8 AF sensors to force people to purchase longer lenses, sorry I just don't buy this argument.  If you'e in the market for the 1D X then you'll buy whatever tools allow you to do the job: there isn't much beyond the 600 f/4L and 800 f/5.6L available, what about the people (like Arthur Morris) who already use these lenses on the 1D Mk4 with teleconverters?

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mk2 ..... APS-H
« on: January 27, 2012, 03:38:23 PM »
I think that the main reason they won't be putting an APS-H sensor in a non-1D line camera is that they don't want to risk 1DIV users trading down due to their loss of pixels on target in the 1D X.  If they put a 24MP APS-H sensor in a 7D-esque body and charged a 5D MkII price for it, there might be some who'd be tempted. 

Sorry but this makes NO sense, canon have already sold the 1d4s and made their money they dont give a damn what happens to used prices. in fact they would love for all the 1d4 users to trade down. more sales for them!

Sorry, I obviously wasn't clear enough as you seem to have missed my point: Canon want 1D MkIV owners to buy a 1D X and not be tempted to trade down to the 7D line.  In this happened, they would lose rather a lot of money...

EOS Bodies / Re: Poll - What is the Mystery Canon Body?
« on: January 27, 2012, 01:32:22 PM »
If the 3d comes to the market (praying that it does) I would think that Canon would create the 3d as a digital still camera (no video, high fps) and a new 5d (video, slow fps). 

What is this insistence on Canon creating a camera without video? I can understand stills photographers frustration at R&D effort into DSLR video that could be spent on other features (but don't forget the extra revenue that Canon makes from video users), but to not have a feature in one camera in the range that is in all the others seems a bit daft.  Video is not a feature that I use, but why would I object to something that is free? Does an extra switch/button that you don't use really bother you that much? You must seriously have a grudge against the almighty about the male nipple thing!  :)

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III Brief Specs? [CR1]
« on: January 27, 2012, 09:04:04 AM »
I've tried to do all the calculations based upon previous Digic generations, but I've found that it's very difficult to come up with precise figures for processing power.  Take the Digic 4 generation:

1D Mk4 = 16MP x 10fps = 160/2 = 80MP/s
7D = 18MP x 8fps = 144/2 = 72MP/s
60D = 18MP x 5fps = 90MP/s

So there's a range from 72 - 90MP/s that they Digic 4 seems to be capable of processing; so are the 1D X's Digic 5+s at the higher end or lower end of their capability range? There is also the complicating factor that the 1D X has a separate Digic 4 processor dedicated to AF and metering.  It could be entirely possible that a camera using dual Digic 5 for both image processing and AF & metering, might only be capable of 7.5fps.  Alternatively, this could be all that marketing would allow for a sub-1D series full frame camera.  Of course, it is far more likely that this rumour is total BS!

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D... not a new question...
« on: January 26, 2012, 07:09:58 PM »
I see.  And does the Fujifilm HS20 have a mirror that must be flipped up and down between each frame?  Consider - the 60D and 600D have the same sensor and Digic4 processor, yet the 600D has a significantly slower frame rate because the mirror/shutter mechanism is not as robust.

Yeah... as you know better than me the HS20 is a bridge camera but the others are DSLR.
im also playing the waiting game. i want to upgrade my 40D but i am waiting to see if there will be a new 7D this year. im in no rush, but at the same time i am also in a rush because you get annoyed at bad noise. solid camera though. i agree with the others though. its worth the wait to see whats up with the camera.

yes, even if I wait till the 70D comes, then the price of 60D might drop. I only wish that it come before this summer!, though.

And thanks for your recommendations and answers.

If you want ultra high fps on a budget, then there are plenty of cameras like the FujiFilm HS20 out there.  Even better, they come with 24-600mm+ (equivalent) zoom lenses! Shame that what you'll get as a final result is a large quantity of mush from a long way off. 

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III Brief Specs? [CR1]
« on: January 26, 2012, 07:03:12 PM »
Can someone explain why Canon would provide any information to a waterproof housing manufacturer in advance of the release of a new camera, other than detailed engineering drawings and specifications for the external dimensions and button placements on that camera?

I was just thinking that myself... But I would be very impressed if their technicians could work out the sensor resolution and frame rate from this information!

EOS Bodies / Re: The Canon 5D line and AF...
« on: January 26, 2012, 02:16:03 PM »
I think that the argument that 5D users don't need and don't really want a top-of-the-line AF system because they mainly shoot static subject is a case of the tail wagging the dog.  5D users don't tend to shoot action with it because it's a pretty poor tool for this task when compared to most of the Canon prosumer range.  If you read a lot of members signatures who own the 5D MkII, they often also own the 7D; my guess is that they're using the latter for action photography.  The argument is often made that Canon makes more money pursuing this strategy because people buy two cameras.  This may be true, but the other way of looking at it would be to ask how many people who only own a 7D would have bought a 5D if it had a better AF system?

The other famous line is that we shouldn't expect a pro quality AF system in a non-pro camera; presumably this privilege is now reserved for Nikon shooters only! I find it interesting that the price charged for these 'non-pro' bodies now exceeds what a film era pro body used to cost.  I know that we're paying for a sensor and associated electronics, but the affordability point remains.  In the film era there were many 'serious amateurs' that could afford to buy the top of the line camera, but these days the vast majority of photographers that don't earn a living from their art, simply cannot afford or cannot justify the enormous price tags associated with the 1D X and D4 etc. 

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mk2 ..... APS-H
« on: January 26, 2012, 01:55:12 PM »
I think that the main reason they won't be putting an APS-H sensor in a non-1D line camera is that they don't want to risk 1DIV users trading down due to their loss of pixels on target in the 1D X.  If they put a 24MP APS-H sensor in a 7D-esque body and charged a 5D MkII price for it, there might be some who'd be tempted. 

My money for the 7D replacement would be on sort of 'mini-1DX', where you'd get most of its features except for the full frame sensor.  Canon might figure that this would keep the birders happy as a second or third body next to their 1D X body(ies).  I bet that both Canon and Nikon will be hoping to add perceived value to this tier of cameras to keep their selling price higher [note how quick the prices for the D300(s) and 7D fell once Nikon lost their 'monopoly' in this price bracket].  This would sit well with the improved specifications of the D7000 and allow Canon to up the specs (and the list price) of the 70D. 

Both cameras are still listed on their global website:


But then so are the D3s, D90, D5000 and D3000 and I wouldn't think that they've been in production for a while.  We are all expecting them this year (just like we were all expecting at least one of them them last year) because they're both due for replacement.  The question is, will either be released at CP+ in February?

Word around, is that a French representative was bragging at a bar in Paris about covering the release of the new Nikon sometime next week.

Word around where?

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D3/X and Other Random News
« on: January 25, 2012, 07:14:56 PM »
Nikon has pictured rumors for their 800 for months now but nothing else. Do they keep their secrets better?

Hardly, Nikon was leaking like a sieve last year, whereas we're only getting very grey rumours until a few days before the announcement.  The photos of the new Canon camera prototype are the exception and not the rule. 

I also have a Flipside 400AW!

Good bag, comfy, well built (like all Lowepros) and not too expensive; I can't give you a link because I don't know what country you're in, but all good camera stores should stock it (but not necessarily your small high street franchise outlets). 

It should fit all the gear that you've listed comfortably but you won't have much room for personal kit (perhaps a jacket or fleece, some water/snacks and maps etc), it certainly wont accomodate a full laptop.  You will notice how much bigger and bulkier it is than a sling bag, but it is also far more comfortable to carry for long periods.  Like most rucksacks, you'll have to take it off to access your kit especially because of the 'flap-to-back' design but as Neuro states, this does increase security (not that it's an ideal bag for street shooting). 

Hope this helps. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Feel sorry for the photographer...
« on: January 23, 2012, 07:12:00 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....
The shooter would be under strict instructions as to what he can/can't say.  Canon also will not allow use of gear in public if it should not be visible.  There's no IP lost here.  Canon will definitely want to test bodies and lenses in places like Kenya, to actually observe performance under dust/temperatures etc. in which they will actually be used - much the same way vehicle manufacturers seek out very hot, very cold, very dry, very wet and very dusty locations for testing.

If Canon wanted to be more unobtrusive, shooting wildlife, the Kruger Park would offer better opportunities to photograph wildlife without drawing too much attention to yourself.  There are also loads of private game farms/reserves in South Africa and Botswana where you could arrange to test gear without others being able to observe.  I don't think Canon's priority was on being unobtrusive.

Good point.  It make me think that either Canon didn't think that the camera would be noticed (a bit daft in the internet age when the photographer had two hotly anticipated lenses and a 1D X on him), didn't care, or wanted it to be photographed and leaked on the internet.  If it's either of the latter, it would suggest that the announcement is not far away; maybe CP+?

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III Sighting?
« on: January 23, 2012, 07:05:48 PM »
Oh dear god, no.  Not that stupid mode dial unlock button.

You obviously don't spend a lot of time with a camera hanging by your side.

I do. Hours and hours walking around streets with my 5DII hanging at my side, or hours and hours hiking through the wilderness with my 7D hanging at my side. 

Number of times I've accidentally rotated a mode dial?  Perhaps 3-4. 

Number of missed shots resulting from that?  One - the first time.

Number of times I've looked up to see an action scene unfolding on front of me or a bird flying close by, and been able to quickly spin the mode dial to the hard stop at C3 to get the shot?  Probably in the hundreds.

Number of missed shots resulting from having to press a button before spinning a dial?  I don't know, but I can almost guarantee it'll be more than one.

It's really not that hard. You don't use an extra hand and the other finger that is required is generally not far away (for most people, anyway.)

Do you have a 60D or mode dial-converted 7D or 5DII that you've done this with?  Currently, the camera hangs at my right hip on a BlackRapid strap. I grab it with my right hand and as I'm bringing it up in front of my body, I rub the mode dial across the palm or fingers of my left hand as that hand reaches for the lens barrel. It's one smooth, fast motion, and I can't see how having to use a thumb or finger to press a button and then spin the dial can be as smooth or as fast. 

OTOH, I run into this mostly with the 7D and birds. So, in a 5DII replacement it probably isn't a big deal.  Personally, considering that I'm planning to get a 1D X with no dial at all, changes are in order for me, regardless.

I can't see why Canon didn't just design a seperate lock switch that you could turn on or off instead of the 'push and turn' design.  That way if you don't want to lock the mode dial, you don't have to use it. 

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