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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II specs wishlist.
« on: March 08, 2012, 04:19:41 AM »
Well, if Canon sticks with their current (& much-appreciated) theme of not giving a toss about the megapixel race and trying to make the best cameras possible, I think a 7DII would look something like this:

  • new backlit APS-C sensor bringing associated low-light performance improvements
  • as few MP as they think they can get away with, I'd imagine somewhere between 16 & 18
  • single digic 5+.  plenty of processing power and keeps costs down & battery life up
  • as many of the new features from the 5DIII that they can squeeze in - hopefully the reduced moiré video processing will reduce the need for a strong AA filter
  • I'd imagine a bump in existing fps in order to placate those lamenting the loss of the 1D series.  9-10fps @16-18mp is likely possible with digic5+, and a 10fps APS-C mirror/shutter should be a walk in the park for them after having built the 1DX.
  • this is just a wish, but improved viewfinder if possible (the current one is already 1.0x/100% but perhaps they could make it a little brighter/snappier...)
  • under $US 2k

Look for an announcement either at Photokina or early 2013.

If they go with the backlit sensor or otherwise improve low-light performance by a stop or more, the 7DII could likely be viewed as the logical successor to the 1DIV.

I don't think we'll see a non-Ciné APS-H EOS DSLR again.  It's pretty clear that Canon's APS-H fabrication unit has moved over to the Cinema EOS side of the house (brilliant move on Canon's part; APS-H is almost exactly the same size as Super 35 so repurposing the fabs shouldn't have taken much effort).

Here's a thought: what if one of the forthcoming "for mere mortals" Ciné cameras and the rumored mirrorless system are the same thing?  There's an awful lot of synergy between the features of those two markets...

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7Dmk2 any rumors??
« on: March 08, 2012, 03:40:36 AM »
Really though, this isn't that hard to predict. Too many people get caught up in what they want companies to do, instead of looking at what they are doing. An objective examination of Canon's recent actions points pretty clearly in this direction.

Agree wholeheartedly.

Hi Ed,

Sorry to hear about your troubles.  For my part, I stopped worrying about people randomly hitting the smite button long ago.

There are a few online payment processing facilities that I'd recommend over PayPal (just search for PayPal wall of shame to see why).  The most widely used one is probably Google Checkout.

American Express opened their Serve service last year, though I believe it's still only open to US residents.

Finally, there's a spiffy little credit card reader for tablets & phones called Square.  I haven't read enough into the inner workings of their app to see if they can also process online transactions or not.

Anyway, don't let one negative experience get you down.  The Internet certainly removes a layer of politeness from people vs. vocal communication.

Software & Accessories / Re: Before you upgrade to Lightroom 4...
« on: March 06, 2012, 11:36:17 AM »
This appears to be a 64 bit issue

The Mac version of Lightroom had full 64 bit support in version 3 <grin>

EOS Bodies / Speed & Quality
« on: March 01, 2012, 07:10:25 AM »
I've got a poster on the wall in my office that says:


pick any two...

I got it from my VW mechanic.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7Dmk2 any rumors??
« on: February 29, 2012, 09:05:56 AM »
The best conjecture I've seen points to Photokina for the 7DII.  I think it will also depend on what Canon thinks Nikon's timing for the D400 is.

EOS Bodies / Re: Here's an Invite for March 2, 2012
« on: February 29, 2012, 09:04:24 AM »
From everything I've seen so far, I'd say 50/50 chance between 5DIII and 650D.

Possibly both; wouldn't be the first time they've announced two EOS cameras at the same event...

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Act Of Valor shot exclusively on 7D & 5DII
« on: February 27, 2012, 03:38:25 PM »
The link says wide release on president's day.  This was a indie film picked up for a mere 13 million.

Perhaps the lower budget was partially due to the Navy "lending" hardware to the film for promotional purposes.

I'd imagine the rental, insurance, & operation of all the military hardware in the movie (planes, guns, vehicles, etc) to a normal Hollywood production would come pretty close to 13 mil by itsself.

Apparently the acting budget wasn't too high either, judging from the reviews...

EOS Bodies / Re: The new 5D Mark III ?!?! PICS!
« on: February 27, 2012, 09:24:30 AM »
In the 3rd photo, is that a scratch on the viewfinder bulge next to the mode dial, or evidence of image manipulation?

PowerShot / Re: Quick & Dirty Review: Canon PowerShot G1 X
« on: February 26, 2012, 08:17:07 PM »
Nice article.  Your objectivity is appreciated.

If you want to try it with a small (well, small-ish) flash, check out the 270EX II. I recently moved up to it from a 220EX that I used as my travel flash, & the ability to do bounce with such a small flash is really nice.

Lenses / Re: Patent: Canon EF 35 f/2 IS
« on: February 24, 2012, 07:39:54 PM »
At least double! After all it's a faster f/2.0 not a slow f/2.8  :(

The current micromotor 35mm is f/2.0...

Lenses / Re: Patent: Canon EF 35 f/2 IS
« on: February 24, 2012, 07:37:57 PM »
If it's less than 600€ I'd snap one up immediately.  It certainly has fewer & less complex elements than the other two designs.

Also bear in mind that Sony has a stabilized E-mount 50mm f/1.8 going for $400 now...

Lenses / Re: New Lenses Coming [CR3]
« on: February 23, 2012, 04:35:08 PM »
The folks questioning the necessity of pancake lenses on DSLRs have clearly never used the Voigt 20mm Color Skopar or any of the fantastic options available for Pentax bodies.  The Zeiss Tessar has tempted me in the past as well...

Lenses / Re: Canon 135mm f2 mk2?
« on: February 22, 2012, 02:03:00 PM »
Just curious, but does anyone know how the 135 f/2 does with the 1.4x III compared to the 70-200 f/2.8 II?

Well, I had a 70-200 f/4L (non-IS) & sold it because it was redundant next to my 135L + 1.4x II (I'd never carry both the zoom AND the 135/tc, and the zoom usually lost the draw).  The 135/tc package is extremely portable, esp. if you're in an environment where you can carry the TC in your pocket & only use it when you need it (i.e. someplace not very dusty).  Basically the TC induces a very slight loss of contrast that can be easily compensated for in post.  Well worth the investment.  I'd love another reasonably priced fast prime that works with the TC.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III Book Shows Up at Amazon France
« on: February 13, 2012, 12:21:14 PM »
Also listed at FNAC with the same release date...

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