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EOS Bodies / Re: A Bit of EOS 7D Replacement Info [CR2]
« on: August 13, 2014, 03:50:37 PM »
As long as canon and all other digicam makers are able to put wifi and gps into quite a number of measly and cheap 1/1.7" and 1/2.3" dwarf-sensored compact and bridge cams .. Powershots, elphs, coolpix ... And are able to get regulatory approvals for those pieces of junk around the world ... There is no excuse on earth for not putting wifi, gps and rt flash commander into every single dslr they make.

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Dual Pixel Phase Detect AF While in AI Servo
« on: August 12, 2014, 02:02:03 PM »
1. I see a mirror flapping in that patent.
2. To me it looks like a feedback loop for automatic, in-camera "AF-Micro-Adjustment".

I do not se anything directly linked to dual-pixel AF [automatic AFMA for DSLR-phase-detect AF-unit could be achieved with any sort of additional in-sensor plane AF ... CD-AF and/or PD-AF] nor to improved Servo-Tracking performance. And I also fail to see how this patent might improve AF-capabilities of *mirrorless* cameras.

As much as I am looking forward to the demise of the flapping mirror, too.  ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: A Bit of EOS 7D Replacement Info [CR2]
« on: August 12, 2014, 02:13:42 AM »
... The 7D owners expect a certain level of durability with the 7DII, but having wifi and gps or touchscreen appeals to more people than a camera that lacks basic features. Most people don't need an indestructible body but just a solid, well built one. The inclusion of wifi and touch screen won't hurt that.
I think Canon is f***ing stupid if that is true.


Exactly why I bought the original 7D on the first day it became available.
* VERY GOOD image quality (class-leading at the time!)
* VERY DECENT build quality (on-par with Nikon / D300/s; and still very good by today's standards; the few who really need more, should buy 1D series) 
* DECENT FEATURE SET (including pop-up flash working as wireless commander; only Auto-ISO was sub-par already back in 2009)
* VERY GOOD AF (at the time),
* EXCELLENT Controls / User Interface
* and equally important: SENSIBLE PRICE

For those very reasons the 7D was a major win for Canon. I fully expect Canon to deliver again, after having taken more than two regular development cycles to come up with the successor.

In 2014 this would translate into the following
* best IQ of any APS-C on the market today ... bar none ... and on all counts: resoultion, low-ISO noise/banding, Hi-ISO noise/banding ... and DR ... and highest DXO score ever recorded for an APS-C camera ;-) 
* 9+ fps plus top-notch AF system -> not just some form of live-view dual-pixel-AF ... but rather: speed, precision, tracking performance at LEAST as good as 5D III
* class-leading feature set, of course including WiFi, GPS and RT-radio flash commander. THEN they may dispose of the pop-up flash.
* OUTSTANDING controls/user interface ... including fully articulated RETINA TOUCH LCD with gorilla glass ... on par at least with iPhone 5, if not 6. ANd AUto-ISO implementation as good as 1DX or even better: as on Nikon D800
* DECENT price: MAX. USD/€ 2299,- at launch, street price quickly dropping to 1999,- for X-Mas/season sales

Should Canon fail to deliver on just one of these counts for the 7D successor, it will not sell in numbers. :-)

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Another Nikon full-frame
« on: August 11, 2014, 03:42:46 PM »
Whether or not nikon will be expanding its lineup to a total of 5 tired old FF mirrorslappers or not. And whether Canon will or should do so too. Rather than finally launching a top-notch mirrorless FF camera system and enter the era of smaller, lighter and more capable camera gear. :-)

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Another Nikon full-frame
« on: August 11, 2014, 12:53:42 PM »
internet chatter vs. the real world, sales numbers of the 5DIII vs. Nikon D800 etc. etc.

Neuro does not have those either. He inducts those solely based on ever changing (US) sales rankings. :o  ;D

I´d really LOVE to see total # of units sold for specific camera models (by year or at least runnind total since start). Unfortunately Canon and Nikon have not disclosed them to me either.  ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: A Bit of EOS 7D Replacement Info [CR2]
« on: August 11, 2014, 12:47:39 PM »
Even though I do not miss built-in WiFI very often I do expect Canon to build WiFi into the 7D successor and any other new EOS model and implement it really well. By that I mean something much better than e.g. the 6D implementation and current apps - but rather state of the art App and functionality - fully matching or beating what CamRanger does.

If in 2014 a camera maker is still not able (or willing) to integrate WiFi into any new camera model ... that tells me: "does not deserve my money". As simple as that.   :)

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Another Nikon full-frame
« on: August 10, 2014, 11:47:10 AM »
... While it is true that the Df didn't become mainstream (and I personally dislike the look and the concept), many people bought and loved it.

no. at least not anywhere in Europe. Hardly anybody bought it. Good sensor. Totally botched pseudo-retro user-interface. Consumer-class D600 chassis, instead of using the D800 as sensor-holder for that D4 sensor, sharing everything else with the D800 ... UI, controls, battery, battery grip.   

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Another Nikon full-frame
« on: August 10, 2014, 09:31:08 AM »
Nikon is just trying to backpedal from their Df "retro-disaster". I expect the Df to be discontinued soon after the new FF model is relesased. Ideally, Nikoanians would be given the choice between D810 (36 MP) and a D810H (with 16 MP Hi-ISO sensor, one step improved from D4/Df sensor) - everything else absolutely identical - body, controls, battery, etc. - and pricing. Both at 2500 ... matching 5D III. I am sure such a dual setup [ D810 / D810H ] would appeal to many Nikon users.

I´d love to see Canon following that move ... instead of ONE 5D IV ... two of them: a 5D-X with 24MP/10 fps sensor plus a 5D-H with 40+ MP/5 fps sensor. Everything identical except resolution, fps and max ISO.
And then offer them separately and also as "2-body kit" @ 33% discount. Sales would go through the roof. :-)

And just for me ... a third variant ... EOS 5-M ... mirrorless.  Plus some nice'n small native lenses of course. :-)

Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« on: August 01, 2014, 05:14:51 AM »
During the past few years ... my Manfrotto Monopod 680B. :-)

EOS-M / Re: Next official EF-M Lens
« on: August 01, 2014, 04:42:02 AM »
or a pancake 50mm f2 IS in EF mount....  much more incentive for canon.    all eos users happy.

there is already the wonderful 40/2.8 pancake. It has STM focus drive and terefor works really nicely with adapter on the EOS-M. No need for a 50mm pancake in addition.

BUT ... I'd buy a similarly good/compact and cheap EF 75mm/2.8 "pancake" immediately. As a matter of fact I'd pre-order it.

Personally I have no desire whatsover for f/1.2 lenses, and least of all for 50 or 55mm focal length. Neither for EF, nor for EF-S nor for EF-M.  All I want is a newly designed, kick-ass EF 50/1.4 II IS that even surpasses the Sigma 50 Art - at a price below USD/€ 1000. :-)

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D now marked as DISCONTINUED at Amazon
« on: July 28, 2014, 09:31:30 AM »
just sold my 7D. :-)

Looks like an "interesting" business concept: make your customers buy a "new", marginally improved adapter every 6 months at 400 a pop, without offering any refunds for previous versions adapters. However, it will only work if metabonrs finds enough customers stupid enough to pöay along. I doubt it.

If sony wants my business for a compact FF-sensored MILC, they need to offer decent native lenses at decent prices, rather than me having to buy pricy, half-functional thirdparty adapter stuff to use some clunky existing lenses in pdd ways (manual focus? No way, dude). So I definitely won't buy - neither A7, nor metabones.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II [CR1]
« on: July 15, 2014, 05:31:21 PM »
One reason for the big whites' high resolution property is that lens resolution is a function of diameter; a larger diameter lens (for a given focal length larger aperture lenses have larger diameters) will resolve more than a smaller diameter lens assuming similar correction for lens aberrations. See and scroll down to lens resolution. There are other aspects of resolution as well that are discussed in the article. Lens aperture is just one part.

I don't believe it and I don't care. I would definitely consider a 400mm/5.6 lens with 4-stop IS and IQ at least as good as the current 400mm/5.6 ... if price was less than USD/€ 2000 and would not waste a single thought, whether or not a 400/2.8 II IS would offer still marginally better IQ @ f/5.6 ... or not.

EOS-M / Re: Next official EF-M Lens
« on: July 15, 2014, 05:24:49 PM »
My experience is different. I wil NEVER by some weirdo IQ-diminishing lens-adapter with glass elements in it. No way.

I like the Canon EF-M/EF-Adapter. Due to AF issues with many other EF-lenses I use it primarily with STM lenses: EF 40/2.8 and EF-S 55-250. Both work very well. Handheld handling with the telezoom is not great, but still OK for me. Most of the time I use it on my highly versatile "Micro"-Tripod (Cullman Copter, € 29) ... more stable than even the largest gorilla-pod.
All settings including AF-points via touch screen, and shutter release using my old Canon RC-1 IR trigger which also works on my 7D. Bought a tiny Arca-compatible clamp and small Arca-compatible plates for both camera body and adapter foot, dirt-cheap, but really decent China-stuff, branded MENGS (via amazon).

Don#t have apic with EF-S 55-250 available, so here is one with EF-M 18-55. The Micro-Ballhead will just about hold the M plus EF-S 55-250 and adapter. It will definitely hold the new EF-M 55-200, easily.

EOS-M / Re: Next official EF-M Lens
« on: July 15, 2014, 01:02:03 PM »
With the latest telephoto, I would guess that Canon is done with M lenses.

Do you think they are going to kill off the M line?


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