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Canon General / Re: Canon to Buy Video Surveillance Leader Axis for $2.8b
« on: February 14, 2015, 08:35:47 PM »
You'd like to think that wouldn't you.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2950081/It-s-not-just-smart-TVs-home-gadgets-spy-internet-giants-collecting-personal-data-high-tech-devices.html

First, I don't have one.  Second, any device I have that has a front-facing camera has that camera disabled in a hacker-proof way (physically blocked - black electrical tape works great for this).  Finally, this is Samsung being stupid, not a government actively suppressing their citizens on purpose as in 1984.

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Canon General / Re: Canon to Buy Video Surveillance Leader Axis for $2.8b
« on: February 14, 2015, 07:47:13 PM »
Really?


1984

There is a difference - and a dramatic one - between surveillance in locations in which you don't have a reasonable expectation of privacy, and locations in which you do.  In 1984, surveillance was extended into the home, and not only remote surveillance but also in-person.

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Canon General / Re: Canon to Buy Video Surveillance Leader Axis for $2.8b
« on: February 14, 2015, 07:39:36 PM »
I am happy, that many public places are equipped with surveillance cameras, because they reduce the crime rate in those locations substancially. I am shure, world wide the need for surveillance cameras will increase in years to come. Growth perspective is quite good.
Canon will be able to dilute their research and development costs, since they will be able to spred costs  over a much larger number of sensors.
I am very happy, that canon did this deal. On the long run, we will also see benefits in the camera business.

Security cameras don't reduce crime, they move just it.

So, put them everywhere and then where will it move?

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EOS Bodies / Re: New mirror mechanisms - how is this a good thing?
« on: February 14, 2015, 02:25:52 AM »

You'll know when mirrorless is ready to be king. It will be when you start seeing massive development and releases of serious professional lenses for mirrorless.


They're called "EF", have an "L" and a red strip, and you can buy them now.

It is this fixation on smaller that is holding mirrorless back.  A professional is not going to buy an EOS-M sized camera; they buy the 1 series, or the 5 series then add a grip.  That reality should be a clue about the size and handling requirements of professional photographers.

Canon as a company seems to have no corporate memory.  A pellicle mirror would eliminate the moving mass entirely, and Canon made and sold them 40 years ago.  Surely they could reintroduce them, and perhaps improve them as well.

Pellicle mirrors cost you light, create internal reflections, are fragile, and prevent you from cleaning your sensor.

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EOS Bodies / Re: New mirror mechanisms - how is this a good thing?
« on: February 13, 2015, 07:06:57 PM »
Is having a mirror so important to sell cameras when a mirror-less camera avoids all these vibration issues?

EVFs are so bad that I'd probably give up shooting if I had to use one.

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Canon General / Re: Canon to Buy Video Surveillance Leader Axis for $2.8b
« on: February 13, 2015, 12:14:08 PM »
Canon just spend $2.8b on Axis

Buying a company for $2.9b does not necessarily mean that Canon writes a check for the 2.8.  When companies that large buy out other large companies the actually "buying" can take many forms and can take a while.

It's a cash offer.

http://www.canon.com/news/2015/feb10e.html

"Canon Announces Public Cash Offer to the Shareholders of Axis"

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Canon General / Re: Canon to Buy Video Surveillance Leader Axis for $2.8b
« on: February 12, 2015, 08:50:38 AM »
I'm not a business person, so I'm going to give an emotional reaction rather than a monetary one(cue Neuro's condescending comments.)
I think this is lame. I like photography, not video surveillance. In fact, I hate the direction the world is headed, more and more surveillance, spying, drones, the patriot act, lack of privacy, etc.
A company like Axis is the exact kind of company that I would never invest my money in, no matter how much money was to be made. I don't  buy stock in oil companies, private security firms, drone manufacturers, or things like this.
I'm sure many disagree with me, but for me this a huge reason to think that Canon is not about photography, or any sort of positive creativity, but rather just about making money in any way possible. I know this is fairly obvious in retrospect, but for me, if given the choice, I'd prefer to support a different camera manufacturer, who wasn't investing billions of dollars diminishing my privacy.
While I may buy Canon products in the future, this is not the sort of thing that will encourage me stay loyal to their brand.

I have 20 Axis cameras where I work.  They are used to monitor research equipment.  They are incredibly useful.  When something happens (an unusual event, something failing, whatever) we catch it.  When I need to see something that's going on (like a crane lift, a tower climb, a large delivery, etc.) I can use the cameras to ensure it's being done correctly and safely.

I think the current paranoia about surveillance is just silly.  You have no reasonable expectation of privacy when you are outside, even in your back yard (by supreme court ruling).  So what?  If people really want to watch me playing in the back with my kids, mowing my lawn, or going to the store, let them have at it.  And "drones"?  People paranoid about drones are really clueless.  You can do a lot more spying by standing inside your house with a pair of binoculars than by flying an R/C aircraft with a fisheye video camera on it.

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Canon General / Re: Canon to Buy Video Surveillance Leader Axis for $2.8b
« on: February 11, 2015, 09:15:39 PM »
Ooo..ahh.

I've often wanted an Axis camera with an SX50 optics module for long-range use on a large, outdoor site.

I have Axis camera that have a "gain" range from 0 to 62db.  I'm not really sure what that means.  Is 3db the same as one stop in their mapping?  I can't believe these tiny 1/3" sensor can rationally get to ISOs near 200 million, even in full spectrum.

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The Sport is what Sigma was going to release when Tamron caught them flat-footed.  The Contemporary is a totally different optical design and a totally different lens designed to compete with the low-cost Tamron.

Sigma has said that they are similar optically except that the Sport is better at the edges on full-frame.

The Contemporary is much cheaper and much lighter.

The question for me is, is the 100-400L II + 1.4x TC III worth three times the cost of the Contemporary and 1.5 times the cost of the Sport.  For me, the answer is probably "yes" but I'm still uncertain.

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EOS Bodies / Re: DPReview Interview with Chuck Westfall of Canon USA
« on: February 07, 2015, 10:41:56 AM »
The mirror mechanism in the 5Ds & 5Ds R is upgraded from the spring mechanism inside the Canon EOS 5D Mark III, this will help in reducing camera vibration while on a tripod.

I actually did laugh out loud at that one, so funny, you couldn't make that kind of stuff up.... Oh wait you can  ;D

Sounds like a good improvement, why do you think its funny?

on a tripod, improvement over what?

You think mirror slap doesn't affect images in a tripod?  Most tripods aren't close to stiff enough to make any difference with high frequency vibrations.

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EOS Bodies / Re: What's Next From Canon, NAB and Beyond
« on: February 07, 2015, 10:20:55 AM »
I really wish Canon would put out a roadmap like Intel does.  I'd like to know when the 5DIV and 6DII will be coming out.  I was hoping they would be the ones released yesterday instead of the crippled 5Ds and stupid 5Dr.

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EOS Bodies / Re: What's Next From Canon, NAB and Beyond
« on: February 07, 2015, 10:19:04 AM »
I wish someone would say 35L :)

I wouldn't consider myself to be an obsessive Canon basher, but the lack of an update of the 35L (like 24L2) or the current 50mm lineup - including the stm - is pathetic. Imho it simply shows Canon isn't interested in their famed "system" if they don't see enough immediate return of invest for "updating" a lens.

The 35L is spectacular.  It's never failed to impress me.  The 50/1.8 and 50/1.4 are lousy and mediocre respectively.  There is no pressing need to update the 35L in my opinion.

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EOS Bodies / Re: DPReview Interview with Chuck Westfall of Canon USA
« on: February 06, 2015, 08:26:04 PM »
The data I plotted was Sensorgen data derived from DxO.  By the way, I've found that there are many areas on DxO data that is self-contradictory, so I generally tend not to believe any of it anymore, especially their "photographic DR" because their normalization approach is questionable at best.

Their ratings have some mysteries.  At some point, DxO rated the $499 EF 100/2 USM as their highest scoring lens made by Canon.  It's currently the 2nd highest, according to DxO.  It's a fine lens, but that rating doesn't accord with my experience.  Anyone want to confirm that the $499 EF 100/2 USM was the BEST lens that Canon made, deserving of the HIGHEST score?  Currently that crown is worn by the EF 35/2 IS, with the 100/2 coming in second place, ahead of every other lens that Canon makes.

Their lens tests are total crap.  They declared the 70-200/2.8L IS II no better than the I, and worse in resolving power.

http://www.dxomark.com/Reviews/Canon-EF-70-200mm-f-2.8L-IS-II-USM-measurements-and-review

By the way, my 100/2 was outstanding.  Every non-L prime should be like the 100/2.

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EOS Bodies / Re: DPReview Interview with Chuck Westfall of Canon USA
« on: February 06, 2015, 07:57:10 PM »
The data I plotted was Sensorgen data derived from DxO.  By the way, I've found that there are many areas on DxO data that is self-contradictory, so I generally tend not to believe any of it anymore, especially their "photographic DR" because their normalization approach is questionable at best.

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