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EOS Bodies / Re: OT - hasselblad masters
« on: January 14, 2012, 04:23:00 AM »
i went through the finalist section, there are some good ones in there better than the winners. but oh my god! there is some seriously over processed tripe too.

Hmm, I see what you mean.  What I might call 'heavy handed' processing seems to be popular these days.  Whilst I don't really like it myself, others do, so I guess we're into another 'definition of art' debate.  That's why I now resist referring to HDR et. al. as 'overprocessed', or by other derogatory tags; if it's what the public wants... By extension, I've noticed that Trey Ratcliff's site seems popular around Canon Rumors at the moment (perhaps only because of his comments on 'mirrorless' cameras).  How would you describe his work?

Congratulations on getting to the finalists -dare I ask which category? I didn't see the rules of the competition, did you have to use Hasselblad kit?

My first instinct was to laugh... But seriously -this sort of behavious jeopardizes the availability of lenses for handling at trade shows and should be deplored. 

Now that's out of the way, Sigma state that there were two pre-production lenses in existence; which mount was the one that was stolen? If it was Sigma SA mount, then it shouldn't be too hard to find the culprit; I would get the police to interview both suspects. 

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 28 f/2.8 Disappears From Price List
« on: January 13, 2012, 02:01:32 PM »
Isn't it time for Canon to make USM standard?

No, despite inventing the ultrasonic lens motor, that seem to be Nikon's job!  ::)

I'd like to get excited about this lens dropping off price lists, but this has happened before just for them to suddenly become available again.  Like many people have pointed out, this cannot be a popular lens -the Tamron 17-50 f2.8 XR Di ll LD is not a whole lot more money for a much better lens; it wouldn't be surprising if Canon were simply killing the 28mm f/2.8 off due to lack of sales.  I hope I'm wrong on this count, an EF-S 30mm f/1.8 is long overdue and yes, it should have a USM motor!

EOS Bodies / Re: DSLRs are a dying breed, EVIL is the future!
« on: January 12, 2012, 02:41:24 PM »
When EVFs are indistiguishable from OVFs and on-chip phase detect AF is as good as using a separate sensor, then I cannot see the point of having a mirror inside the camera anymore.  But none of this means that all future 'mirrorless' cameras will be tiny pocketable models; I've stated my position before that in the future 'mirrorless' cameras will simply be the norm and there will be plenty of room in the market for many different form factors. 

Imagine this for a future Canon pro camera:

-no mirror, on-sensor hybrid phase and contrast detect AF (Nikon 1 style)
-smaller flange back distance frees up designers to produce exciting new lenses (which can be used on smaller bodies when you need compactness or discretion)
-EF mount adaptor allows mounting of legacy lenses
-Huge EVF (bigger than current 1D X's 0.76x) that lets you compose in near darkness (to match the low light capabilities of future sensors), whilst previewing white balance and exposure. 
-fully electronic shutter with 120+fps capability (no moving parts), flash sync at just about any speed you like...

Still afraid of losing the mirror?

Does anyone know why this class of macro lens is often 180mm rather than 200mm? Is it simply lens size vs. speed? I notice that the equivalent Nikkor is 200mm, but only f/4. 

PowerShot Cameras / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X ISO Sample Images
« on: January 11, 2012, 05:33:07 PM »
I don't think you can read too much into sensor performance from these crops.  In terms of jpeg output, it may be of some use, but it says as much about how good each manufacturer's noise reduction algorithms are (and Sony's are notorious for smudging detail) as how good the sensor itself is.  I see that you can download the raw files, but to be honest I can't be bothered!

PowerShot Cameras / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X Brief Hands On
« on: January 10, 2012, 05:11:16 PM »
I still want a f/1.4 shallow depth of field capable small camera. Which is where an interchangeable large sensor camera comes it.

I don't think that you're alone here...

The 4D - Full frame, mirrorless, compact sized, with a range of slim 'pancake' wide aperture primes.

I like your thinking and so would a lot of others, but Canon probably won't go there -do I remember an interview where a representative from Canon actually said that people that wanted this from a camera should buy a Leica?!

Might settle for the new fuji...

And that's the danger that Canon doesn't seem to have noticed.  You buy a Fuji X-Pro 1 and a couple of their nice primes to use when you don't want to drag your Canon system along.  Then you find that there are fewer and fewer occasions on which you are using your DSLR.  Finally you realise that, for your style of photography, you're giving up very little in terms of capability using the Fuji and decide to sell the rest of your EOS system. 

PowerShot Cameras / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X Brief Hands On
« on: January 10, 2012, 04:45:25 PM »
When I see a human holding the G1X, I realise what a large camera it is.  Comparing it on, I realised that it isn't much different in size to the Leica M9!  Impressive as it first seems, I think that the G1X is a little misplaced as a concept: it's a bit too big as a DSLR owners second camera and too expensive for the mass market. 

I can't help thinking that Canon should have concentrated its resources on developing a compact system camera.  Dump the crummy OVF for a decent EVF, slap on an interchangeable lens mount and this would be the camera that Canon DSLR owners have really been waiting for. 

PowerShot Cameras / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X Announced
« on: January 09, 2012, 02:06:38 PM »
Whilst I'm impressed with what Canon has managed to squeeze into a body that is little larger than the old small sensor G-series, am I the only one that wished they'd gone the whole hog and put an interchangeable lens mount on it? That would have given them the option of a compact motorised kit zoom (GX1 style), or pancake primes and telephoto zooms. 

I wonder if this is Canon's first 'Fuji X100' type step which may convince them to produce a compact system camera in future...

EOS Bodies / Re: Why aren't there full-res 1Dx samples?
« on: January 08, 2012, 05:41:31 PM »
I've got a sneaking suspicion that Canon knew that Nikon were ahead in the development of the next-gen flagship cameras and decided to sneak in with an October 2011 announcement to steal their thunder.  Given how similar the two cameras are, it seems to have worked: many people are commenting on how non-revolutionary the D4 seems to be on the stills front (although perhaps this is because the D3S was so good).   

EOS Bodies / Re: 1D X Limitations Fixable?
« on: January 08, 2012, 12:35:56 PM »
Is anyone else a little bit suspicious about this? First Neuroanatomist speculates upon the subject:,2707.msg57623.html#msg57623

then NL gets fed a rumour that some of the 1D X's limitations are fixable in firmware (and the f/8 focusing issue is a big one for a lot of photographers, especially after the D4 announcement)...

Granted it could be a coincidence, or someone at Canon could actually be watching these sorts of fora for feedback (yeah, right!), but it's also possible that some malevolent individual is simply stirring it based upon what they've read here. 

EOS Bodies / Re: D4 AF vs 1d X AF
« on: January 08, 2012, 07:27:21 AM »
I am keen on Rob Galbraith's test results, assuming he's still willing to test the 1DX after all the flak publicity he received for posting his 1D3/1D4 AF findings. :D

  ;) ;) ;) ;) ;)

PowerShot Cameras / Re: *UPDATE 3* Canon PowerShot G1X Revealed
« on: January 08, 2012, 06:10:02 AM »
Anyone else think that the G1X (stupid name considering Panasonic's recently announced GX1) is going to be completely overshadowed by Monday's Fuji X-Pro 1? ( 

Perhaps Canon have finally cottoned on to what they're missing, as they are now promising their own compact system camera this year? Presumably they must have already be developing it for some time...

I'm no expert here, but I happen to think that on the video front, the D4's AF abilities will be a greater advantage than all this uncompressed video-out stuff.  Here is my logic: the market for the 1D X's video features is primarily from photojournalists that need a video capable camera for mixed media reporting.  These people are (like myself) less interested in the technicalities of cinematography and more concerned about the ease with which they can shoot a video for consumption on their news outlet's website.  AF in video would be a boon to these people, as it's one less new skill for them learn. 

For the people out there who are looking for a cheap, large sensor video camera for indie movie production, I think that Canon's new video-DSLR will be more tailored to their requirements. 

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