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Caught that on NR - sounds a bit of a fanboy mashup of the D3 & 1DX

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D + 10-22mm or 5D III + 16-35mm L II?
« on: December 11, 2011, 06:36:58 AM »
Having actually done this test (7D v 5D2, 24" landscape prints) I can tell you that nobody can tell the difference or tell which print comes from which at low to mid ISO. Out of camera there are some small differences between the two at low ISO, but those differences do not survive post work or printing. I've even challenged people with 100% unlabeled crops, after post processing, only to have them completely fail to say which came from where.

Both make excellent 24" landscape prints, and very good 30" prints, and that's about the limit for critically reviewed landscape prints (i.e. close viewing; judging on fine detail). I highly doubt the 1Dx will change this for landscapes since the limiting factor here is the resolution of fine detail like distant foliage.

That's a really refreshing view - I started out on here with a view that I needed a full frame camera, I'm steadily developing the view that what I really need is a DSLR that meets my needs for popping pictures of my life events on flickr, pictures of friends, family and the occasional large print on our wall.  Pride of place in our lounge is a fantastic looking sunrise in Majorca, print over 3x24" canvas, it doesn't stand well close up, but looks great from the middle of the small lounge.  What did i take the picture with ?  A Fuji 3mpx point and shoot.   

United States / Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
« on: December 04, 2011, 06:50:40 AM »
Currently have the 50mm 1.4 and 135mm 2.0....

I'm looking at a wide prime and something longer, but the options aren't to my liking, the L wider primes are just too much, the 400mm 5.6 just doesn't feel right without IS

So my wish list would be a 400mm 4.0 IS (without DO), perhaps ideally an EF-S lightweight 400mm 4.0 IS, then a range of EF-S primes, 14mm 2.8, 24mm 2.0, 35mm 1.8....

Back to real primes, 24mm 1.4, 85mm 1.8 and a 300/400mm is on my wish list with a 1.4x extender,

Not a prime, but I'd love a crop version of the 70-200mm, so an EF-S 40-150mm both to a higher quality not quite L standard as the 10-22, 17-55 & 15-85.

EOS Bodies / iPhone 4S vs Canon 5DII
« on: December 04, 2011, 06:06:57 AM »
Interesting but no scientific comparison of the iPhone 4S against a Canon 5DII

Guardian Online

Demonstrate that the iPhone 4S still has a long way to go in terms of picture quality, but in my opinion can't be beaten on convenience.

EOS Bodies / Re: This and That
« on: December 02, 2011, 02:41:28 PM »
I'm still convinced that the next camera will be an entry level FF 9D using the 18mpx sensor from the 1Dx, with the 5D labouring on for another year then being replaced with a higher res product or potentially dropped if the market doesn't appear to want higher res FF.   Canon cover both bases, have dual options for 12 months down the line...

EOS Bodies / Re: 5Dii sensor recycled into new FF entry body?
« on: November 19, 2011, 03:11:47 PM »
Mindful also of the age of the 21mpx FF sensor, I'm of the view that the 18mpx FF sensor will be pushed into a cheaper body, but also that some photographers are also very keen to see a higher pixel count.  My current view is as follows...

1Dx - FF 18mpx Sports and photojournalist
5DIII - FF 35-40mpx studio / landscape camera - 2013 launch perhaps
7DII - APS-C 28-32mpx top end crop - 2013 launch perhaps
9D - FF entry level 18mpx - helps keep cost of 1Dx sensor down - early 2012 launch
70D - APS-C 28-32mpx prosmer small body - 2 year cycle 2012 launch
650D - APS-C stick with current 18mpx crop sensor, pushing up a few mpx with the 700D and so on
1100D as is now, 1200D drops on whichever sensor canon deems cheap to manufacture, 15mpx, perhaps even 18mpx
G1x APS-C mirror less solution using EF-S lenses - 2012 perhaps
G100x compact mirror less solution using bespoke EF-G lenses, 1/1.6" perhaps ? - 2013 perhaps
G1000x compact mirror less solution using fixed zoom lens
Partner with a phone manufacturer for Canon lens/sensor on a phone - 2012/2013 ?

Lenses / Re: Lens Announcement [CR1]
« on: October 26, 2011, 04:44:49 PM »
There are some CA, but nothing terrible. Do you think it is possible that Canon would make f/1.2 version instead of f/1.4 MkII?  Any thoughts about 135mm f/1.8L ? (even Sony has one  :) )

Controversial perhaps, but I'm not expecting the entry level primes nor the slower selling L primes being updated ever.  The quality of zooms has improved to a level approaching many L lenses, times have moved on with digital tech to push the ISO performance to greater levels than ever...   In all seriousness, how much better is a 135mm f2 than a 70-200mm f2.8 IS II when considering the flexibility of the zoom.

What primes sell well ? I don't know for sure, but pop a circa 1995 entry level film camera with a cheaper f1.4-1.8 prime against a modern entry level digital with a modern zoom and better ISO and I suspect most users would shrug their shoulders and say can't tell the difference, which leads into the next gen zoom and sensor tech...   Why have dozens of zooms and primes that overlap, surely that's bad for getting production costs down...  Yeah sure, some primes are special, which is why canon can charge small car prices for them.

My feeling is that over the nex 10 years we shall see the lens range order into entry and midrange EF-S zooms, a f2.8/4.0 L range, plus a few select primes that sell well and a few specialist superteles, tilts and macros.  I fear the EF non L prime is dead and will slowly disappear, the the current range of L primes will start reducing in range choice and that we may also see a merge of some specialised lenses...  100-180mm zoom macro ?  45-90mm zoom tilt shift ?  24-35mm L f1.4 zoom ?  50-85mm f1.4 L zoom ?  Does anyone really need f1.2 DOF ?

EOS Bodies / Re: Speculation on new Canon lineup.
« on: October 23, 2011, 07:24:57 AM »
Throwing a spanner in the works, it's entirely possible that the next 5D could remain the entry level product, share the sensor with the 1Dx but with poorer low light performance and a higher end 1Dxs comes along with the 35-40Mpx sensor and the light performance of the 1Dx for a super silly premium of 50-100% over the 1Dx

EOS Bodies / Re: What's Next?
« on: October 19, 2011, 01:43:24 PM »
I'm now expecting there to be three full frame body's, the 1Dx has brought us the 18mpx sensor, which will go into another lower priced body, which to my mind will be a entry level full frame in a 7D/5D sized body, with a low framerate and mid range AF, perhaps with a dynamic range approaching the 1Dx and priced at just above 7D level, which would point to a 6D line.   This leaves space for the 5DIII to intro a high MPx sensor in the 35-40MPx range, again with mid range AF, great dynamic range but poor frame rates.

Its clear the 1Dx is here for a good reason, that's the sports in 2012, with Euro 2012 in June/July and the Summer Olymipics in July/August.   The lenses that have been launched in the last couple of years have led to these sporting events.  Where does that leave the 5DIII ? Well currently nowhere, there isn't a rush to get it out, but there is a lovely new 18MPx sensor all ready to pop into a new model, that model could well be out sooner than the 1Dx, so my feeling is a 6D in the winter season is a great possibility, to get the sensor in the field early, iron out any early fab issues and make sure that Canon doesn't get high end event egg on its face.  That's what I'd be doing at least ;-)

EOS Bodies / Re: The New EOS [CR3]
« on: October 17, 2011, 12:55:40 AM »
Cheers Dr Crouble, I had in my mind that MF could be the way forward, but as you explain, the mechanics just wouldn't work the the EF system.  Although, that's not to say MF couldn't happen, it would "just" need a mew lens system !

I kinda like the idea of a digital back system for the 1D/5D ranges, a standard body with a complementary set of digital backs that can be swapped out, fast/low 18 MPx, medium speed 25-30MPx, slow 40+MPx, with AF to suit each.

Lenses / Re: Canon 135 f2
« on: October 16, 2011, 04:26:55 AM »
I have the 135L, the 50mm 1.4 and a crop body, the 135L is way too long for internal portrait work, but works great outside as a walk around lens and especially for fast action, I got some great aircraft shots at an airshow a few months ago, the focal length was short but the sharpness of the lens allowed a big crop of the image.  The 50mm is great indoors, but not without issues with light bleed in contrasting scenes, but I kinda like that ;-) I'd suggest a 85mm would be a good compromise on the crop and one I'm seriously considering myself.

EOS Bodies / Re: The New EOS [CR3]
« on: October 14, 2011, 12:03:14 PM »
Sorry folks, I'm just not seeing the market stomach the range topping camera droping 3mpx after three years progress....  Sure ok, I can see the 1Ds being 18mpx full frame, even considering the cost involved in development of a new full frame sensor, but with a 24mpx Sony full frame sensor out there, the 24mpx APS-C also, talk of 36mpx at Nikon, I'm smelling lots of brown stuff here and if this proves to be true in terms of a 1Ds suspect a 1D being out soon after with a big jump or some kind of change to the 1D range where the sensor is upgradable, in the same way as the medium frame cameras - a data back solution.

EOS Bodies / Re: A Loose Roadmap [CR1]
« on: October 02, 2011, 05:09:46 AM »
2008: 1000D, 50D, 5D2
2009: 500D, 7D, 1D4

The 450D also came out in 2008...  2 high end "pro" bodies in one calendar year does appear to date, somewhat unusual, so 3 would be quite something, but having said that, there are 4 "pro" lines now and it was 2009 since Canon last dropped a new pro body onto the market.

PowerShot Cameras / Re: Low light compact for £250
« on: October 01, 2011, 05:12:30 PM »
To be fair, for the intended use, a camera like the NEX-5 with a 18-55mm lens would be too big, I'm not entirely convinced it would come in under the £250 mark either.  Thanks for all your input folks, I've also seen an alternative today, a second hand Canon G9 in my local camera shop - lots to discuss at work Monday ;-)

EOS Bodies / Re: A Loose Roadmap [CR1]
« on: October 01, 2011, 01:45:03 PM »
I don't get why you would increase the filter size of the 35L to 77mm...   All the shorter focal range primes are 72mm threads..

The 24mm L is 77mm, as are most L zooms

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