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EOS Bodies / Re: 5DM2 Purchase From Canada (Henrys) to USA
« on: November 07, 2011, 01:19:41 PM »
Another thumbs up for Henrys. They are a national chain with a great reputation. I can't say for sure what fees the USPS would charge you- your best bet would be to contact them for clarification.

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Canada / Re: Futureshop VIP sale Thursday, Aug 11th.
« on: November 02, 2011, 11:15:34 AM »
Best Buy now owns Future Shop. Curiously, they now often build stores side by side with BB targeting Joe Consumer and FS targeting the technophiles. I've spent a small fortune at FS since the late '80s and have never seen bait and switch. If they advertise a product that may not be in stock they always tag the ad with "limited quantites per store". But the only time this seems to be used is Boxing Day.

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EOS Bodies / Re: I Talk with James Beltz About the 1D X
« on: October 22, 2011, 09:51:48 AM »
Good on you for putting your name and face out there and especially for all the work of providing a forum for others to use.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Pre-order 1dx for £5299
« on: October 19, 2011, 07:13:22 PM »
(That appears to be £4370.67 or $6,871.90 USD)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Pre-order 1dx for £5299
« on: October 19, 2011, 07:08:39 PM »

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Canon General / Re: Patent - Touchscreen & Wifi Rebel?
« on: October 19, 2011, 05:49:40 AM »


No, that was an attempt at humour, actually. I disagree completely with your original point, especially the unnecessary "iTard/iSheep" characterization.

lol u mad?

I agree with "Marx Dee-5 TAEM Too" eyetards/eyeturds/eyesheep are too simple with their 1 buttons to care about ingenuity though....that's why they buy overpriced garbage instead of doing their research.

I'm not really an Apple guy, the only product of theirs I use regularly is an iphone. But if you could elevate your argument beyond schoolyard taunt perhaps you could compare technical specs and plan prices to point out exactly where iphone users have gone so wrong and then recommend a superior product.

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Canon General / Re: "Holy cow. Time to throw my 7D in the bin."
« on: October 19, 2011, 05:42:02 AM »
Anyway, we've thrashed this subject to death. How about those Blue Jays...?

Well then, ok...I caught a nice capture of a blue jay sitting on a tombstone the other day. A metaphor? Back on topic (well, ok, not really, but I agree we're pretty much done here) ...I took the pic with my 7D + 100-400mm, and I have no intention of chucking my 7D in the bin.  ::)

Well, I actually wish I had a 7D (I only linked to the video, I didn't make it), 'cause then I could take some photos of those blue jays making nests out of all those old frayed red sox in preparation for next year...  :P

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Canon General / Re: Patent - Touchscreen & Wifi Rebel?
« on: October 18, 2011, 09:30:51 AM »
Yeah, and you know that auto-focus thing...?  That's just a fad that'll never last.

Wow, you just argued that you agree with my point. AF made it faster to focus than is humanly possible. Touchscreens on the other hand, makes camera operations slower, doesn't have tactile nor haptic feedback, and as I've said, doesn't solve any problem.
No, that was an attempt at humour, actually. I disagree completely with your original point, especially the unnecessary "iTard/iSheep" characterization.

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Canon General / Re: "Holy cow. Time to throw my 7D in the bin."
« on: October 18, 2011, 06:49:02 AM »
I think that some of you have missed the point- that this is a phone- that has climbed an impressive way up the food chain and is now poised to start eating the "serious" camera manufacturers lunch, granted at the present time at the bottom to mid range of the market.

And, two of you "smite" me for pointing out the obvious? Really...?

Geez. Tough crowd.  ???

Hmmm, no doubt Benjamin Dowie accomplished what he set out to do, generate some interest in his video by using a cheap marketing ploy. "Really, the Iphone is just as good as a DSLR?"

 The only people that would believe this are all the apple drones Steve Jobs created before he died, and folks that really have no interest in serious film making whatsoever.

 To be honest, the Dof is not bad for a video phone, but you can see the flaws of not having a manual setting for exposure. There's constant light shifts in the videos exposures as though the ISO on a DSLR were set to Auto. Also I'm not sure I'd want to see another Iphone video like this again with all the bouncing around of the video.

 The most amusing part of this subject has to be when I searched google for information on the new Iphone, the search engine kept coming back with several links on, 'iPhone 4S vs 5DMarkII.' There's some pretty stupid people out there.

I guess I'm not writing clearly enough. This was never a direct comparison of the abilities of either device, I even stated in my original post that I believed that the producer of the video was being facetious when choosing his title.

This was about bang for the buck, about adding features that people want- even if they defy tradition. This was about trends and vision- the pace of advancing technology in two different sectors of the electronics industry.

There was a secondary point about losing the mass-market. Both Canon and you (and me) need those "pretty stupid people" to keep buying Canon DSLRs to keep the prices down.

Some of it is now a moot point with the new camera adding LAN, WIFI, and (shudder) off-camera GPS. Yes, Jedifarce, I own a Canon DSLR. Do I know what I'm talking about? That'll be for someone to judge 5 or 10 years from now. Do you know what you're talking about? History is littered with people who were sure that technology would advance in a certain direction...

Anyway, we've thrashed this subject to death. How about those Blue Jays...?

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Canon General / Re: "Holy cow. Time to throw my 7D in the bin."
« on: October 17, 2011, 07:10:32 PM »
What I was trying to say was that the "just a phone" has managed to do many things very well. Someone has found a way to engineer an impressive piece of technology at a very low price. If the producer of a sub-$200 (okay, $600 if bought outside of contract) phone can shoehorn HD video, GPS, WIFI and many, many other features into the device- then why shouldn't we expect much, much more out of a 5D3?

Yes, the DSLR takes superior photos and shoots better video than the iPhone. For now. And, at an astronomically higher price. Yeah, I know that we're all fanboys here, wanting only the elitist product. But how many of those old guys on the cruise ship I mentioned will stop buying Canon if Canon rests on its laurels, pooh-poohing non-core features and upgrading its products only every 3 or 4 years? And, if those old guys stop buying- how will that affect the unit-cost for Canon and the end price for the rest of us? Recognizing an obviously forthcoming erosion in the point-and-shoot market, how does that even affect the over-all viability of Canon Inc? Canon could be the next Nortel for all any of us know.

BTW, thanks Neuroanatomist for getting it.

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Canon General / Re: "Holy cow. Time to throw my 7D in the bin."
« on: October 17, 2011, 05:36:44 PM »
I think that some of you have missed the point- that this is a phone- that has climbed an impressive way up the food chain and is now poised to start eating the "serious" camera manufacturers lunch, granted at the present time at the bottom to mid range of the market.

And, two of you "smite" me for pointing out the obvious? Really...?

Geez. Tough crowd.  ???

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Canon General / "Holy cow. Time to throw my 7D in the bin."
« on: October 17, 2011, 04:25:46 PM »
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While I don't necessarily agree with the producer of that video, (and I think he was being somewhat facetious) -this is the future. I share this link in response to that guy berating "iTards" or the many comments here about unwanted/unneeded features such as GPS and WIFI in the next batch of DSLRs.

The point is- if Apple can include these features in a tiny little phone that sells for $169 under contract- then Canon better start placing them in larger, multi-thousand dollar cameras.

Yes, there will always be a need for pro gear with interchangeable lens. But, you top-end guys need the great unwashed masses to subsidize your toys. Canon, Nikon, et al, need their point and shoot markets to fund R&D. Joe Hobbyist (and I just got off a cruise ship loaded with 7Ds and 5D2s) wants his toy to do everything an iPhone can and more. At that price point there's no excuse for less.

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Canon General / Re: Patent - Touchscreen & Wifi Rebel?
« on: October 17, 2011, 01:13:10 PM »
This is the iTard / iSheep syndrome spreading, as if making everything w/ a touchscreen would somehow make it better or faster or easier to operate. A solution looking for a problem. But then again, the target market seems to be the same ones who can't operate any electronic gadget with more than one hardware button...  :P Lulz.

Yeah, and you know that auto-focus thing...?  That's just a fad that'll never last.

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EOS Bodies / Re: overnight flight next to Canon engineer...
« on: September 07, 2011, 08:17:05 PM »
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Summarizing:  your "dream" cameras exist as prototypes
but are too expensive to become market models

My "dream cam" is a 7D with a flip screen, WLan and GPS. And that's definetly not expensive. Every 100-Dollar mobile phone has features like that.

Mobile phones get GPS information from base stations, not GPS satellites and that's only on newer phones. So a 100 Dollar mobile phone isn't a GPS receiver in the same way that a GPS navigator is. Thus there's no special hardware required for GPS information in mobile phones.
That's not true. Most smart phones will aproximate a position using the cell network and then lock in a position with the GPS. But- there are apps that are network-independant and will give you a GPS position even when you're off the grid. I've tried this for myself way out in the Canadian wilderness.

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