Agreed, it would be better mounted on the front. I guess the alternative to the RRS L plate would be an universal [adjustable] one like by acratech.
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Well ... The 1DX uses the GP-E1.
Well...the 1D X can use either the GP-E1 or the GP-E2. But GP-E1 can only be used with the 1D X. The GP-E1 does not offer the logging function that the GP-E2 does, but it's smaller and more robustly constructed (better sealing), allows simultaneous use of a hotshoe-mounted flash (without needing to resort to the USB connection), and it's powered by the camera battery rather than an internal AA battery.
Unless you have either a 1DX or a 5DIII the GP-E2 won't do anything for you that a third party GPS logger would not do for a lot less money. Although if you shoot with one of these two cameras, there are some features that make the GP-E2 an option to consider (hot shoe connectivity, automatic time synchronization, addition of compass data to the GPS data).
Sony will also introduce a Full Frame SLT (EVF viewfinder) camera at Photokine (if rumors are to be believed). A threat to Canon in the Full Frame market.
I'm truly confused as to the market for the mirror less cameras that fall between the G1X series and an SLR.
1. With any lens, it is not pocketable.
2. Requires company to make an entirely new set of lenses on a new mount.
What kind of customer is best suited for this niche?
Another advantage for Mirrorless is truly awesome ultra-wides with pin sharpness to the corners is possible. Less retro-focus designs.
I'v heard this alot but so far on digital the reality doesnt seem to match up, existing ultrawides on the NEX almost all perform poorly and the options on m43 are neither shorter nore cheaper than you'd expect from an SLR.
Well, I was thinking about the Good contax/Zeiss lenses for m43 or leica M mount.
Zeiss does not make lens for m4/3. They are for FF only. So are the Leica M mount lenses. If you look at the rangefinder lenses, both Leica and Zeiss are Retro-focus design for anything wider than the 28mm (FF). That is due to the sensor require close to vertical (60 degree minimum??) incident angle. After multiplication factor, you will not have a ultrawide from either manufacturer.
This is good stuff, if canon would be more daring like it used to be, it could make a compact system with super speed primes and a large sensor for general photography. Who want to lug the DSLR around all the time when just a small mirror less and a 35mm f/1.8 on a FF sensor would be better.
A lot of people seems to be disappointed that the Canon Mirrorless will be a G1 X sized sensor , not the FF or APS-C that they are expecting. For me it may be a little bit over reacted. In order to make it "smaller and lighter" canon have no choice but not to use FF. As for G1 X sized sensor, the multiplication factor for the focal length is 1.85 ( based on width) or 1.7 (based on height). Is is necessary to get disappointed because it is not 1.6 multiplication factor??? For me, if Canon gives us FAST AF(or good MF, like the Leica M) and smaller lenses, I will be happy with a smaller sensor.
And there are some very hard physical restrictions that come into play when designing lenses. The Shorty McForty is about as small and lightweight as a lens that covers the full 135 format image circle is going to get, and just look at all the people bitching because it's only f/2.8. If you want faster-than-f/2 in a normal prime, you're not going to get much smaller and lighter than the Plastic Fantastic. And if you want something that fast and either wider or longer, it's going to get really big and heavy right quick.
May be you are thinking about SLR lens. For range finder ( or mirrorless)lenses, it is different. The wide angle lenses can be made smaller (not necessarily lighter). Summicron 35mm is only 1 1/4 inches outside of the camera body. Skopar 25mm f4.0 is also 1 1/4 inches outside of the cameras body. A M4 body can be pant pocketable with either lens.
Since wide angles and middle-focal-length lenses are the smallest lenses in the kit, generally, who cares?