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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 6D in October? [CR1]
« on: August 13, 2012, 01:01:19 PM »
From Thom Hogan's blog By Thom http://bythom.com
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On August 8th Thom Hogan wrote: Meanwhile in Japan, Nikon corporate announced their first quarter financial results with absolutely no surprises. Overall profits were a bit lower than originally forecast, attributed to increased sales costs and yen appreciation. In terms of cameras and lenses, they sold what they said they were going to sell and haven't changed their estimates for the full fiscal year, so I'm not going to roll additional commentary on that from what I did at their last financial disclosure.


Thom Hogan is an author and photographer. He also blogs about Nikon cameras  http://bythom.com  and Mirrorless cameras  http://www.sansmirror.com  His sites are News & Reviews sites, NOT Rumor sites.

Have a nice day :)


My apologies, I'm an engineer, not a finance expert.  I guess if Nikon's gross margins are fairly small, a few percent change in currency exchange rates could (and did) kill over half their profit.  I wonder what Canon's quarterly numbers look like (I haven't seen them, and I'm too lazy to look up if they have been released).  Sorry to start a flame war on a topic about which I should be better informed.

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I like Mt Spokane's suggestion.  I've purchased a half a dozen parts of PCR, and they are great to deal with and have good prices and fast shipping as well.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 6D in October? [CR1]
« on: August 10, 2012, 09:08:42 PM »

I did see that on ZITE an ipad magazine that it had an article about Q1 profits for Nikon being either 5% or 5 million lower than what they had hoped for.  It didn't have a break down per model but something isn't selling how they had hoped.


Nikon sales are meeting their predictions. The lose comes from the value of the US Dollar and Euro going down vs the Japanese Yen.


Then how is Canon doing so well (financially), as both companies are based in Japan?

Nikon Q1 financial results: net profit fell by almost 50%
http://nikonrumors.com/2012/08/08/nikon-q1-financial-results-net-profit-fell-by-almost-50.aspx/

A 50% loss is huge, and I believe cannot be attributed to currency exchange rates alone.


Please go back and re-read the Nikon Rumors post. 
http://nikonrumors.com/2012/08/08/nikon-q1-financial-results-net-profit-fell-by-almost-50.aspx/
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Sales increased 5.6% to 259.43 billion yen


Nikon had a Sales Increase of 5.6%!!!


So you believe that the Yen-USD exchange rate has nearly 60% to account for the the entire loss? 
https://www.google.com/finance?chdnp=1&chdd=1&chds=1&chdv=1&chvs=Linear&chdeh=0&chfdeh=0&chdet=1344646982655&chddm=219553&q=CURRENCY:USDJPY&ntsp=0

Looks to me since January 1 the rate has gone from 1 USD = 84 Yen peak to 1 USD = 78 Yen current.  That is a change of 7%.  There is a great contributing factor other than exchange rate, surely.

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Lenses / Re: Looking for a EF 70-200 IS USM II. Used is fine. Ideas?
« on: August 10, 2012, 02:46:26 PM »
Used from Lensrentals - $1825
http://www.lensrentals.com/buy/canon/canon-70-200mm-f2.8l-is-ii-serial-number-143051

And if you've read any of Roger Cicala's articles, you know how extensively it is tested before listing for sale.  I have been very happy with my 85mm f/1.8 USM I bought from them (in 7/10 condition).  Jump on that before anyone else notices.

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Don't jump on the bandwagon and pretend you know what NBC's coverage is like in the US

Please, by all means, jump on this bandwagon!  The coverage is horrible and should rightfully be called out for what it is.

And I concur, looks like 14-24 to me...

The coverage has been terrible, but should not be characterized by people outside the US who just read articles about it.  To say that the 200m final was not covered in the US is just ignorant (meant in the literal sense of the word - do not know).

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 6D in October? [CR1]
« on: August 10, 2012, 02:07:39 PM »

I did see that on ZITE an ipad magazine that it had an article about Q1 profits for Nikon being either 5% or 5 million lower than what they had hoped for.  It didn't have a break down per model but something isn't selling how they had hoped.


Nikon sales are meeting their predictions. The lose comes from the value of the US Dollar and Euro going down vs the Japanese Yen.


Then how is Canon doing so well (financially), as both companies are based in Japan?

Nikon Q1 financial results: net profit fell by almost 50%
http://nikonrumors.com/2012/08/08/nikon-q1-financial-results-net-profit-fell-by-almost-50.aspx/

A 50% loss is huge, and I believe cannot be attributed to currency exchange rates alone.

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Just seen Usain Bolt win the 200 meters, he ran over to the crowd and got a pro photographers 1DX and 24-70 started taking pictures of Yohan Blake and the crowd before handing it back.

Just shows who a winner really is.

Guess  the US boys wont see this due to the poor NBC coverage - shame.

Fact fail on your part.  Definitely a Nikon with 14-24mm.  And while NBC's coverage has been less than stellar, they have covered almost every running event at the Olympics (including qualifying and semifinals included).  Don't jump on the bandwagon and pretend you know what NBC's coverage is like in the US.  I think Bolt is a celebrity in the US, even though he doesn't run in red, white and blue.

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Lenses / Re: EF 20mm f1.8L VS. EF 14-24 f4L
« on: August 09, 2012, 05:48:05 PM »
I would be able to afford neither, but the 20mm f/1.8 sounds a lot more interesting.  A lens that wide, with an aperture that large would really put it in a league of its own (I'm not counting the Sigma 20mm f/1.8, since it's not usable at any aperture, let alone wide open).  I think I'm probably in the minority in this survey, though, as most people are drooling over the 14-24mm Nikon, and want the wider angles it provides.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 6D in October? [CR1]
« on: August 09, 2012, 12:09:54 PM »
Seems it would be difficult to squeeze a FF sensor and pentaprism into a smaller body anyway.
The 35mm Canon EOS Rebel T2 was:
130 x 90 x 64mm
The 1100D (T3) is:
130 x 100 x 65mm

I see no reason Canon couldn't fit a FF sensor into a 60D body (145 x 106 x 79mm).

Heck, the APS-C 7D:
148 x 111 x 74mm
is larger the the Elan 7N:
147 x 103 x 69mm

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Lenses / Re: Canon at the London Summer Olympics
« on: July 31, 2012, 01:37:10 PM »
The 200-400 is not as massive as I thought it would be, looks pretty hand holdable to me. :D
Actually, the front element's diameter is much smaller than I had thought.  I'm actually really surprised. 

I wonder why neither of the photographers in the photo is using a lens hood.

Yup, 100mm diameter front element (theoretical), smaller than 300mm f/2.8 (107mm).

My guess in that there is a lens overall length restriction that prevent use of hoods with really big lenses.  There is a 400mm f/2.8 at the top of the frame without a hood as well.  All the other lens in the frame are 70-200mm with hoods (and one Nikon 200mm f/2 with hood).  I've noticed in the coverage I've watched that the really big lenses (400mm f/2.8 +) do not have hoods.

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Lenses / Re: Lenses that inspire you?
« on: July 27, 2012, 01:58:24 PM »
Kyle,

A lot of these guys are shooting full frame..  you can get similar results on APS-C for a lot less (I note you are using a 30D)

Check out the 200mm f2.8 L II (behaves like a 320mm f2.8) and is an excellent sharp lens on APS-C.

Also check out the 100mm f2.0 USM  (behaves like 160 f2.0) and is also an excellent sharp lens on APS-C.

At vastly cheaper prices than the big boys.  Don't get me wrong the big boys are brilliant and better... but you don't have to remortgage the house to get some very very nice canon glass, especially if you are shooting on APS-C!

Thanks for the advice, Paul.  I'm an amateur photographer, and a camera and lens repair hobbyist.  What is normally a fairly expensive hobby (photography), I have managed to get into pretty cheap by buying really good deals, and repairing broken equipment.  I'm not looking to get any L lenses right now, but I definitely appreciate the beautiful images they can create.  That's why I'm so excited about my 85mm f/1.8 that's on it's way now, it's an inexpensive and fast lens that has nearly-L image quality.

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Lenses / Re: Lenses that inspire you?
« on: July 27, 2012, 11:22:26 AM »
Seems like there is a consensus that those who own 200mm f/2L IS lenses are inspired by them.  For anyone who wants inspiration (and doesn't mind owning a lens that is in less-than-pristine condition), it is available in 7/10 condition at lensrentals for $4400 shipped:

http://www.lensrentals.com/buy/canon/canon-200mm-f2l-is-serial-number-13206

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Lenses / Re: Lenses that inspire you?
« on: July 26, 2012, 05:18:23 PM »
I've been a firm believer that upgrading one's gear usually doesn't improve one's photography. However, I recently picked up the Canon 85 f/1.8, and I must say, this lens has definitely improved my work. Why? Interestingly, it's due to more than the image quality. Yes, it's a great, sharp lens, but it's really not head-and-shoulders above some of my other lenses.

So if the image quality of the lens isn't leading to noticeably better images - what's changed? Inspiration. For a number of reasons, when I shoot with the 85 I feel inspired.

First, the focal length. I spent most of last year shooting with a 50mm, so the focal length is a little longer, and it inspires me to shoot from different perspectives.

Second, the feel. The size and weight of the 85 on a 5D feels just right to me. It's light enough to not wear me out after a full day of shooting, but it's also solid enough that it doesn't look or feel like a toy.

Third, the image quality. There's no denying, this is a sharp, impressive lens. It may not produce quite the background blur of the 85 f/1.2, but the image quality is still pretty awesome. If I nail the exposure, focus, and composition, I can be quite sure that the lens will do the rest.
The 85/1.8 is a pleasure to use; great value, too. Nicely-built, and it gives great bokeh. I enjoyed it on my 7D, and I still enjoy it on my 5D3. It just feels nice!

Next on my list are the 2X TC and then the 85/1.2. That second one might take a few months though.

I just paid for a used EF 85mm f/1.8 from Lensrentals and I am anxiously awaiting its arrival.  For $290 it was the lowest price I've seen for this lens, and thanks to a Feb 2011 contest here at CR (thanks, Craig) in which I won a $50 GC, I only paid $240 out-of-pocket.  I'm looking forward to trying it out.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A New 100-400 & Coming Announcements [CR2]
« on: July 25, 2012, 09:07:12 AM »
...We still think a bunch of new lenses are coming down the pipeline from Canon. How many? By our count we hear at least 6 new lenses for the EF & EF-M mount before the end of 2012...

Care to name the 6 lenses you've heard mentioned?  Does this include the 200-400mm f/4 that was previously mentioned as 'in devolopment' and is currently in use in very limited quantities at the top sporting events.  I'm guessing the 100-400mm replacement is also included in that number, what are the other 4?

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On a very loosely related note, why do most europeans transposes commas and periods in numbers (I know that sounds very US-centric, but that's where I'm from)?  Shouldn't we all be saying "eff one comma four" - f/1,4?

1,200 = one thousand two hundred in my book (not one and two tenths with 3 decimals of certainty)

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