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I honestly hope you're right about the overreaction part. For quite some time now however I've been piling up this feeling that i am not making the right choice and that I am being extorted. It was the usual insecure suspicion in the beginning but it kept on growing. I clearly feel taken advantage of now. Canon know well that they have a strong side with their lens lineup, clear EF compatibility, etc. However, their marketing department seems to carefully take care to extort their customers penny by penny for this. I don't like to be extorted. I am not sure anyone does.

Everyone does, it's called capitalism, and people seem to like it, for some reason or other, otherwise a majority would stand up and change it.

Edit: How about all DSLR users stood up and said they wouldn't buy another camera before all makers agreed on one compatible mount? ;-)

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D3 and Canon's Comeuppance
« on: April 23, 2012, 01:15:19 PM »
I remember the forums before the 5D3 was released and lots of people were like "add everything but more megapixels to the 5D3! We don't need more megapixels!" then the d800 is released and a riot broke out and now we all need more megapixels! It's obsurd.

It's partly absurd, and partly not about the megapixels, but about the dynamic range and/or the price, or rather the combination of the 5D3 being more expensive, having worse dynamic range (and not inheriting the flagship's exposure sensor; unlike the D800).

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon announces D3200 - 24 MP APS-C
« on: April 19, 2012, 03:43:02 AM »
the new nikon looks like a killers entry level camera with 24mp for under $700, yes the iso performance will probably be shocking but will people who buy even understand that.

It appears that even most reviewers don't understand it -- in the opposite sense: I've seen comparisons between the 5D3 and the D800 where the conclusion was that the D800 was significantly worse at higher ISOs; others noted that the difference went away when downsizing the D800 to 5D3 resolution.

Put together it sounds like the conclusions about the D800 being worse were drawn from 100% crops, i.e. comparing the same number of pixels, rather than, as would be necessary for a valid conclusion, the same sensor area. Sigh.

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EOS Bodies / Re: The Big Megapixel Body in 2013?
« on: April 19, 2012, 03:39:34 AM »
Granted the 5D Mark III and Nikon D800 are directed towards completely different markets. I don't get why everyone is still trying to justify one camera over the other... For me, coming from a 5D Mark II; I am very pleased with the improvements in the Mark III and can understand why there was a price jump. [...] In other words I wouldn't trade the performance of the Mark III for the megapixels of a D800 just to save $500.

It appears that the Nikon (Sony) sensors are delivering significantly better dynamic range; for me the price of the 5D3 would be much more acceptable if the sensor wasn't like a generation back in this respect.

The other issue is that I got the 5D2 for landscapes and studio, the best choice for the price at the time; of course the 5D3 doesn't do anything worse than the 5D2, but compared to the D800 the situation is suddenly reversed:

The 5D3 is a very well rounded wedding/street/journalist/(sport) camera, and the D800 would be my first choice for landscape and studio. If it weren't for all the Ls in my cupboard...

What I'm seriously wondering: Is the inferior sensor technology just a temporary "one horse pulling ahead, then the other", or is this the first step of Canon being left behind due to inferior engineering and/or less economy of scale compared to Sony.

(To use the analogy of 3D video cards for computers, is Canon a Matrox or 3dfx, or are they an ATI or Nvidia?)

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If the difference between the 18 mp 1d X and the 5d 3 is nothing, why didn't they keep the 5d3 at 18 also? I'm DEF not a mp-guy, I'm just wondering. Is it to make the noise levels separate of the two?

Wasn't there something about the 5D3's horizontal resolution being 1920 * 3 which helps clean video?

So you could ask the other way around, why doesn't the 1DX have the same 22 MPs ;-)

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Suppose Canon changed absolutely nothing else about the 5d2--including the much-maligned autofocus. If the 5d3 featured an honest (RAW) two-stop increase in dynamic range, I'd rob a bank yesterday to come up with the MSRP.

Same here, although it would be more fun with at least some AF improvements!

However without BSI there's no chance whatsoevery for anything even remotely close to such an improvement...

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: D800 is finally here
« on: February 07, 2012, 06:22:16 AM »
I'm a happy 5D2 owner, but now it feels like I'm in the wrong camp!

More pixels, more video, and most importantly: much more AF!

5DX, where are you, I don't want to change system for the AF.

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The point for me will not be so much how high each machine goes in terms of ISO (like 51k versus 102k) but how clean they each are at ISO 12,800 and ISO 25,600.  Being somewhat limited to a usable ISO 3200 currently with my 5D, hell a clean ISO 12k or 25k seem like heaven!  I really hope this new sensor Canon has delivers!

Why? It has been repeated several times, including on the forum here, that when you look through Canon's marketing smoke screen (which compares JPEG noise performance with the smaller-sensor 1D4) we can expect the 1DX sensor and circuitry to have about a 1/2 EV improvement in RAW noise performance over the 5D2.

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Canon General / Re: New APS-C Camera in February?
« on: November 08, 2011, 09:26:16 AM »
I'll wager that less than 1% of the people that own cameras with micro-focus adjustment have actually used it and fewer still people use it properly.

To complete the package, the camera should do the adjustment itself, as somebody mentioned here or in another forum, you can use one AF method to calibrate the other, it's just a bit of software that is missing.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Concept Cinema DSLR Official
« on: November 07, 2011, 06:13:47 PM »
How much extra would you pay to have a Thunderbolt port on your camera?

Given that it's an Apple product, you'd have to be paying Apple licensing fees.

Thunderbolt ist Intel, not Apple.

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Lenses / Re: What lenses are you missing in the line up
« on: November 05, 2011, 09:29:42 AM »
How about a 400/5.6L IS...

...yes, and together with a 300 f/4 IS II (mainly for an updated IS).

PS: How much would a 400 f/4 (non-DO) cost, as much as a 200 f/2?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Light Field camera - Is this a revolution?
« on: October 20, 2011, 11:36:21 AM »
No, it is not a revolution, it is a toy. IQ-wise it is competing with mobile phone cameras.

The Personal Computer (in its generic sense) started as a toy, too, and look what happened to the "real" computers.

The question is not whether, in its current, first incarnation it is a threat to the DSLRs or P'n'S cameras, the question is, extrapolating another 10 years of technological progress — is there any inherent reason that it will not be usable by Pros?

The digital camera and the phone camera initially got laughed at, too, because they started really low down, and look what happened to them...

Just by the way the technology is working the IQ of the Lytro will always be far lower than what you would get with a regular camera with the same sensor size. So no matter how much technology advances, the 'normal' technology will be ahead. Now it might be that at some point the sensors will get so good that the drop in IQ and resolution wont matter, but I do not think this will ever happen. Problem there is that at some point you will simply reach the limit of what is physically possible due to the way light behaves, and I don't think we are that far away from that border anymore.

Let me reformulate and use a different analogy. Nowadays most cameras don't have an optical viewfinder, because although the alternatives are not (yet) better, they are good enough for most people. Does this technology have the potential to become good enough and cheap enough to take over the point'n'shoot market (or what's left of it after the phones finish eating it for lunch)? Or will it be integrated into a phone too? ;-) What about EVIL or DSLR? Or will the new world be lightfield for the masses and DSLRs for the relative niche of ambitious and professional photographers?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Light Field camera - Is this a revolution?
« on: October 20, 2011, 10:26:29 AM »
No, it is not a revolution, it is a toy. IQ-wise it is competing with mobile phone cameras.

The Personal Computer (in its generic sense) started as a toy, too, and look what happened to the "real" computers.

The question is not whether, in its current, first incarnation it is a threat to the DSLRs or P'n'S cameras, the question is, extrapolating another 10 years of technological progress — is there any inherent reason that it will not be usable by Pros?

The digital camera and the phone camera initially got laughed at, too, because they started really low down, and look what happened to them...

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EOS Bodies / Re: What else will they do with that 18MP FF Sensor?
« on: October 18, 2011, 04:09:56 AM »
Would be a shame to see it go in just one camera.  Maybe this will give us the "split" 5D that's been discussed: an "entry-level" 18MP FF, plus a high MP direct competitor to the upcoming Nikon D800.  Of course, it won't be exactly the same sensor, but a "reduced-performance" variant.

Why "reduced", didn't the 5D2 have an - if at all changed - slightly improved version of the 1Ds3 sensor, seeing that it was released later?

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-1D X Canon USA Press Release
« on: October 18, 2011, 04:08:36 AM »
Current 5D2 owner here; watching from a distance (I'm not going to upgrade to the 1-series for price and bulk reasons) it's interesting; here's hoping for a 5D3 with similar DR/ISO and the 7D's AF, that's what I'm waiting for ;-)

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