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Canon General / Re: Hey Canon, I've got cash to burn, but...
« on: January 15, 2013, 08:01:37 AM »
While I can see some of the points the original poster made I don't share the immense disappointment. Someone said it's a swiss army knife, not far off. Everything is a compromise.

The train of thoughts was something like "the 5D2 is very nice, but with what I'm shooting recently I need a more capable AF, so the 5D3 should be a good match, except that it doesn't improve on the IQ in ways that I would like to see in my next purchase (given that the competition does it), I can't add the MF-optimised focus screen, and it still doesn't give me AF-point linked spot-metering, so what can I buy?" That's when I started thinking about the 1DX, except that I would like more mega-pixels, too; I often crop landscapes to a 3x1 format, that leaves 9 MP which isn't terribly much for 1 square meter prints...

Canon General / Re: Hey Canon, I've got cash to burn, but...
« on: January 15, 2013, 03:41:29 AM »
I'm with the OP... Canon does seem to be making too many compromises lately and not delivering products people really want.

I can't recall a single product announcement in the last year that wasn't met with some level of disappointment in capability and dropped jaws on price.

To be fair, the 1DX does seem to be a very good camera, the main criticism being that it doesn't quite improve on the 1Ds3 for areas like studio and landscape. I think I'd be perfectly happy with a 32MP version of the 1DX (and proportionally slower frame rate).

Canon General / Re: Hey Canon, I've got cash to burn, but...
« on: January 15, 2013, 03:26:46 AM »
You obviously haven't tried the 5D3, learn to shoot and the shadow 'noise' won't be a problem.

My comment wasn't about shadow noise, and I have briefly tried a 5D3. Even if I ignore the lack of low-iso improvement over the 5D2 and the fact that it has a bloody strong AA filter to cater to the video people while I would prefer none at all, what disturbs me about the 5D3 is that I can't change the focus screen, and that in many situations that I shoot in the additional "good" focus points are pretty useless since I can't link spot-metering to the AF point like the 1DX and previous 1D models can. But please go on, if you manage to convince me that the 5D3 is good enough I won't have to save for a 1DX!

Canon General / Re: Hey Canon, I've got cash to burn, but...
« on: January 15, 2013, 01:09:31 AM »
Hm, you are right, the 6D has interchangeable focus screens, that's unexpected, I had read somewhere that it doesn't... However I would appreciate the 5D3/1DX AF system, too.

Uninformed rant, then?

Also note the 5D3 screen is a major upgrade, so 99% of buyers will reap the benefits while the 1% who want to use short manual lenses with large glass (invariably not made by Canon, hello Zeiss) can get a 6D 'cos they won't need the rapid-fire super AF systems of the 5D3. Or keep it simple and upgrade to EOS! (Zeiss is sooo 60's tech).  ;D

I have various use cases for the camera, some of them need a better AF than what I've got now on the 5D2, both in terms of tracking speed and spread of "good" AF points, and some which require a "good" MF focus screen for lenses like the 35L shot with a candle or two providing the light.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: EOS-1D X for $5936 via eBay
« on: January 14, 2013, 10:34:29 AM »

EUR 4629 for a 1DX? It doesn't seem probable that they manage to be 1500 cheaper than stores with a reputation, and nearly 1000 cheaper than other "grey" looking stores? Or if they really are professional and so cheap I need to order one straight away ;-)

Edit: Ok, it's without VAT, but still several 100 cheaper than stores with a reputation.

Lenses / Re: List of rumored lenses
« on: January 11, 2013, 07:54:55 AM »
Is the 16-35 ii good sharp at edges at F8 at 16? I'd be surprised.

I've been using one for 4 years now....have you tried one? I hope you aren't basing your opinions on forum chatter. Please take a look at my flickr page and see if there are any landscapes where the 16-35IIL is found to be lacking...then again, I never found the 17-40L particularly lacking either. Both are excellent lenses.

Now you might be right, but a couple of low-resolution images on flickr are unable to show the technical merits of the lens (I like the photos though) because nearly everything looks sharp down-sized so much...

Canon General / Re: Hey Canon, I've got cash to burn, but...
« on: January 11, 2013, 07:22:07 AM »
So just get 6D. Better shadow noise performance and you can change the focussing screen. What about putting 1.4xtender on your 70-200? or 135L with extender.

Hm, you are right, the 6D has interchangeable focus screens, that's unexpected, I had read somewhere that it doesn't... However I would appreciate the 5D3/1DX AF system, too.

But the extenders are a good idea, might help bridge the time to a 100-400 update, thanks.

Canon General / Hey Canon, I've got cash to burn, but...
« on: January 11, 2013, 02:36:42 AM »
...and I'm writing this to counter all the recent Canon bashing and flaming here, I can't find anything worth buying!

My 5D2 needs an upgrade, but the 5D3 doesn't have interchangeable focus-screens which I need for wide-aperture (manual) lenses (and the lack of improvement in the shadow noise is a bit of a let-down). The 1DX would be possible, too, but for that amount of cash I'd like 24 or 28 megapixels (with proportionally slower frame rate), everything else is great.

Since moving to full-frame the 70-200 is a bit short, but I don't want to substitute it with a less-sharp-and-inferior-IS 100-400, give me a new version already, or an updated 300 f/4, I'll take whatever comes first! And what about wide-angle, where is the 14-24 competitor, or even a 17-40 or 16-35 that's half as sharp? Where is the quality 20 IS USM to go with the 24 and 28?

And don't get me started on all the missing or crippled firmware features, some decent updates there might have pushed me to a 5D3 or 1DX, but there's no real auto-iso in m with exposure compensation, no proper way to set the min and max shutter speed or aperture in the semi-auto modes, no histogram when zoomed in like the smallest nikons do, ... ... ...

Rant finished, obviously I don't make my living from photography, but that doesn't mean I wouldn't spend some more on it, because I do shoot a lot and some things are often difficult with my current gear!

Lenses / Re: Your "precious" lord of the red rings is?
« on: January 08, 2013, 10:37:30 AM »
3.  I was just trying to creatively ask about your favorite lens.


It might be the 200/2.0 or 300/2.8 but I don't have them.

Now if only there were a version of the 1D-X with 28MP and 7fps, let's call it the 1D-Y.

Canon PowerShot G1
Canon PowerShot G7
Canon EOS 500D
Canon EOS 5D mark II

EOS Bodies / Re: First Round of EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: November 27, 2012, 04:27:04 AM »
Looks like the same 8-channel setup to me. At the minimum, I'm betting on dual DIGIC 5 (non '+').

Isnt't the difference between 5 and 5+ just the frequency at which it's clocked? In that case they could easily clock it at some inbetween frequency, or if they managed to improve a bit even higher than in the 1DX, after all, that's what all other processor manufacturers do.

Lenses / Re: EF 24-70 f/4L IS & EF 35 f/2 IS
« on: November 12, 2012, 05:05:07 AM »
The more I think about the 24-70 f/4 L IS USM the more I like it.


Disregarding image quality the main features for a comparison are focal length, aperture, maximum magnification, and stabilisation.

The 24-70 f/4 is worse than the 24-105 f/4 for focal length, but better for maximum magnification. Now here's my take:

In practice, when not using the macro, I am often MM limited or focal-length limited, the difference is that an MM of 0.7 could often be enough, whereas in situations where 70mm aren't enough I often need more than 105mm, too, so the 24-105 is of no real advantage.

I actually have the 24-70 f/2.8 I now, which I got over the 24-105 for the larger aperture, but since I've got a couple of fast primes this isn't half as important as it used to be.

Canon General / Re: Canon Can't Even Make a Billion Dollars Anymore
« on: October 29, 2012, 11:11:08 AM »
A quote from Canon's press release;

"Demand for interchangeable-lens digital cameras continued to realize
robust growth in all regions while the market for compact digital cameras shrunk due to the stagnation of the global economy."

Aren't compacts going away because phones are now good enough to replace a compact for most people?

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to start using 0.18um (180nm) process for FF?
« on: October 29, 2012, 09:03:26 AM »
In a way, though, we are victims of Canon's success.  They're on top, have been on top for a long time, and thus the pressures to innovate are less strong.

So we should all publicly hold off from buying a new Canon (FF) DSLR until they migrate to the new process.

Assuming that it will bring the desired/required/imagined advantages (and it's not too late, like for Neuro' :-).

EOS Bodies / Re: PhotoPlus Announcements?
« on: October 22, 2012, 11:46:16 AM »
I’ve also heard through the grapevine that Canon USA wasn’t all too happy with the purported Photoshop’d EOS-3 with a 46.1mp sensor articles that popped up not too long ago. That in itself is quite interesting, as why would they care about something that isn’t real?
Possibly because they're marketing machine is trying to convince the user base that 20MP class cameras are enough for everyone's needs?

This and if Canon users are expecting a higher mp enthusiast camera anytime soon, they might be very disappointed when they realize that it's a $9k 1d-body and it'll take years to trickle down the tech into more affordable regions.

If Canon would say "More than 22mp in a consumer body be until the 5d mk4" then some people are bound to abandon ship and go Nikon.

Or get a 5D3 and sit it out because they can be sure it won't be obsoleted (by Canon) too soon?

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