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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. 

EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* 5D Mark III Sighting?
« on: January 23, 2012, 06:40:45 PM »
The next generation will be called; 1d "Y", because it's that good....

No, Y will be because everyone will ask "Y" are we meant to upgrade... By the next generation everyone will have totally lost interest, so it will be generation "Z", followed by "ZZ" and "ZZZ"!  :)

Seriously, I just went out for a couple of hours and I came back to find fifteen pages of 5D MkIII... Whoa! I'm just surprised how little the "3D" has been mentioned! Ah, what the hell, I'll start it... Maybe Canon has two new full frame prototypes, the 5D MkIII and the higher-spec 3D; that would explain why we're hearing rumour with such wildly different specifications... [There, I said it!]

Canon General / Re: Patent: Large Back Illuminated Sensor
« on: January 23, 2012, 01:32:01 PM »
You fools! Can't you see that this means that the 1D XXX is due for release this year  ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: The 5D Mark III Megapixel Count? [CR2]
« on: January 23, 2012, 09:12:06 AM »
I don't buy this argument that an improved 5D MkII replacement would obviate the need for the 7D.  The market for the 7D should be purchasing this camera either for what it offers in terms of 'more pixels on target', or for its lower price.  If potential 5D series owners are buying a 7D because they are put off by the 5D's poorer AF and slow speed, then surely Canon are losing potential profits?

If the 5D MkII replacement is to stay low(er) megapixel, Canon will need to do something to sell it over buying a second hand 5D MkII and I don't think that an extra stop or so of ISO will cut the mustard.  It would make sense to me to ramp up the AF specs and continuous burst rate, as there are many other ways to 'hobble' the camera for pros.  Even having the 1D X's AF system would not guarantee 1D X levels of performance, especially if the '5D MkIII' didn't have the same processing power.  They could also make the buffer smaller than the 1D X (like Nikon did with the D7000), which would also put off serious sports shooters.  Next, they could remove dual memory card and ethernet support, further discouraging professionals. 

Professionals who make their living from their photographs are generally quite conservative, they rely on their camera behaving exactly as they expect it to in order to get their shots.  If they've owned a number of 1-series cameras it is unlikely that they would easily be persuaded to 'trade down'.  Whilst most of us are feeling the squeeze economically, a new camera body every four years is not exactly the largest business expense for those that truly make their living from photography. 

and as an aside i'm not going to bother selling my mk3 i have been wanting a dedicated Infrared camera for a while so that baby is going in for a makeover and will become IR only that way i dont have to worry about trying to sell it and losing lots of money on it.

Are you joking or just crazy? What advantages would a 1D series have over a basic 'Rebel' as an IR converted camera? In the UK, MPB Photographic are selling used 1D MkIIIs at £1379 and an IR converted 550D at £519.  I know what I'd do...

Not that I'll have the pennies to buy a 1D X, but how can anyone hope to answer this question definitively until they are able to get their hands on a production camera?

FWIW the 1D X looks like it will be a more significant development for Canon users than the D4 will be for Nikon users, but that's mainly because the D3s is already such a good camera.  What Canon shooters are currently lacking and what the 1D X looks like it will address, is the need for a fast shooting camera that has really clean high ISO capabilities.  Whilst the 1D MkIV was good, it was not in D3s territory (and according to DXO Mark, not in 5D MkII territory either). 

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II [CR2]
« on: January 20, 2012, 12:35:38 PM »

I mean, how many people baulk at the idea of buying a 70-200 L IS2 f2.8, even though size and weight are more suited to a weight lifting competition at the Olympics...

Proably most small people - both my lady friends last night struggled with the 1ds3 + 70-200 f/2.8II.

Is your real name Peter Stringfellow?

Seriously, I can't see how size and weight would be a problem for a 24-70 f/2.8L IS version; most people that would be in the market for such a lens would be using it alongside a 70-200 f/2.8 lens anyway. 

EOS Bodies / Re: The 5D Mark III Megapixel Count? [CR2]
« on: January 20, 2012, 08:23:42 AM »
I can't see the point of a 21MP sensor; it's not that different in resolution to the 18MP sensor fitted in the 1D X, but would mean that Canon would incur all the extra costs developing a new sensor and fabrication facility.  Surely it would be more cost effective to stick to a single sensor unless there are big resolution (and hence marketing) advantages?


I'm not criticising companies that sell grey market products, I've looked at your website as well as that of B&H; I know that both companies offer 'grey market' products alongside 'authorised' US stock and they are always clearly marked as such.  I would have no problem buying products on this basis from either of these two stores as I am aware that they are both long standing and well regarded retailers.  I am not suggesting that Pro Camera Shop or HDEW are not, but I am concerned that they are not explicit about the status of the products that they sell on their websites. 

As you point out, when you buy 'grey market', you are not necessarily covered by the manufacturers warranty and so are reliant upon the retailer to resolve any problems that you may encounter.  You must therefore be confident that the retailer will be in business for at least as long as any in-store warranty they offer.  I would be happy to place this level of trust in Adorama, but there are lots of retailers out there in whom I would not. 

I am aware that Canon are not as strict on their warranty criteria as Nikon, but I am also aware that this policy could change with little notice. 

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