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EOS Bodies / Re: More New Full Frame Rumors [CR1]
« on: September 20, 2011, 12:30:25 AM »
An entry-level, lower megapixel (whatever that means) camera sounds interesting, but how would you market such a machine? With many, if not most, people looking to step up from a point-and-shoot to an SLR, all they care about is megapixels. To them, image quality and megapixel count is one in the same. You have to be somewhat committed to techno geekery to even know or care about stuff like ISO and dynamic range. I can't see how you'd convince people like that to spend substantially more money than a Rebel on this rumored full-frame, "lower mp" body when they don't even know the difference between crop sensors and FF sensors.
Most people upgrading from P &S do have some idea about, ISO, MP sensor size etc. Also most of people can tell the picture from a P &S from a APS_C, let alone FF.We should not assume that they are that naive. Also Canon can always educate people in their advertisement  and literatures.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A New Entry Level Full Frame Camera? [CR1]
« on: September 19, 2011, 03:52:48 PM »
Canon do not have any Mirror less interchangeble lens camera Now. People in this forum are asking for FF low cost mirrorless system from Canon. That sound like they want Canon to run before Canon can walk. I hope that people can understand that there is only ONE mirrorless FF camera in the world. That is the Leica M9 and it is very expensive for both the body and the lenses. One of the biggest issue (at least for me) is the slow focusing speed of mirrorless camera (about 0.4 second, like any P& S).  M9 get fast shooting speed by using manual focusing (no auto focusing). How many EOS DSLR user knows how to use ZONE Focusing?? Canon has been doing Leica copy from the 1930's until 1960's. They definitely have the know how. How ever for them to resurect it. It will not be cheap.
I am for a good  mirrorless system with auto focusing speed comparable to DSLR. I will even settle for APS-C sensor with good manual focusing lens (or it will comes with Leica M ount or vis adapter).
I'm afraid that Leica is expensive just because it's a Leica. The M9 has more voodoo magic than modern technology in it (joking :)). The fact that most people can't afford Leica M9 is making it somewhat special already. IMHO, luxury is all about unique and overpriced products. If only Sigma had made a mirrorless camera using SD1 sensor in it, then it would be a much more desirable product than SD1, even if it was over $3000. I'm not talking about the "living in your pocket" mirrorless concept nonsense, but a nice and comfortable size body which could accept any brand lenses via adapter and (hopefully) retain the AF and aperture control. Is it too much to ask?  ::)
Leica is expensive due to its quality and uniqueness. If you put a M9  or any M series camera in you hand and try to handle it, you will feel the quality immediately.  The coupled range finder/view finder combination is an optical marvel. The focusing of the lenses (All leica lenses) coupling back to the range finder in the body is  not an easy task either. All Leica  lenses (at least the older ones) are brass construction with supurb optics.  These are what make Leica expensive  and unique. Also Leica is built to last. I have a M4 as my work horse until I went digital.  It served me 40 years without the need to repair.
As you want a mirrorless FF that can use any brand of lens and retain the auto focus and  aprture control. You are really asking too much. As far as I know, there is no such adapter exist. You might have seen adapter being advertised. If you look close enough, you will find that they only allow you to mount the lens on the body, no aperture control or auto focus.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A New Entry Level Full Frame Camera? [CR1]
« on: September 18, 2011, 05:21:39 PM »
Canon do not have any Mirror less interchangeble lens camera Now. People in this forum are asking for FF low cost mirrorless system from Canon. That sound like they want Canon to run before Canon can walk. I hope that people can understand that there is only ONE mirrorless FF camera in the world. That is the Leica M9 and it is very expensive for both the body and the lenses. One of the biggest issue (at least for me) is the slow focusing speed of mirrorless camera (about 0.4 second, like any P& S).  M9 get fast shooting speed by using manual focusing (no auto focusing). How many EOS DSLR user knows how to use ZONE Focusing?? Canon has been doing Leica copy from the 1930's until 1960's. They definitely have the know how. How ever for them to resurect it. It will not be cheap.
I am for a good  mirrorless system with auto focusing speed comparable to DSLR. I will even settle for APS-C sensor with good manual focusing lens (or it will comes with Leica M ount or vis adapter).

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Lens Mug - Giveaway
« on: August 30, 2011, 10:22:31 PM »
Can I adda TC2 and double the capacity of the mug?????

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My aunt and uncle gave me their old Canon Powershot G1 camera but can not find the software to install on my computer (windows vista). I went on line to the Canon site and they do not have anything to download for the windows vista. Anybody know of a good reliable site where I can get the software to download from free?
Ask your aunt and uncle if they are still having the original software disk that comes with the G1. You will need it for downloading the later version of the ZoomBrowser. If you cannot find the G1 software from Canon's web site, just try to find it  from S60 or any other slightly older point and shoot. If you just want to download the picture from G1 to your computer only, you can download them from the CF card without any Canon software.  If you already have another canon camera and already have the ZoomBrowser installed, then it will download the picture from the G1. The ZoomBrowser includes a basic editing function that will be handy if you do not have any editing software.

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Lenses / Re: wide angle lens
« on: August 18, 2011, 04:28:18 PM »
Look into the test result of the dslrgear.com.  The 17-40mm f4 L seems to be a good compromise in perfromance/cost/size.  I am using it for APS-C sensor. I love it. Keep in mind that FF is a lot more demanding on the lens.  Also you can see the test result on the 16-35mm and other Canon lenses on the same site.

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United States / Re: My new DSLR
« on: August 17, 2011, 03:23:34 PM »
im a new member to this site but I just purchased a canon 60D. It's a huge upgrade from my canon FS200 camcorder and Nikon n2020 SLR . I got the 60D with a 18-135mm lens I plan on using the camer a for a photography class and to make short films.

I have been researching this camera for months and feel that I have made the right choice
Other lens I have been looking at are 17-40mm , and 24-105mm
I have the 17-40mm for over 6 years with 20D and then 40D, before the 17-55mm f2.8 is available. I am very happy with it. It is my MAIN lens.  I am not a big fan of long lens. My other lens is 28-135mm USM IS. I also have a 18-55mm IS kit lens if I need to "travel light".However most of the post here like the 17-55mm f2.8 better than the 17-40mm.

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United States / Re: What's your favorite area of the US to shoot?
« on: August 17, 2011, 03:14:14 PM »
Which places in the US are your favorite to take photos of and why?

My favorite place to take photos is whatever place I happen to be in.  One of the joys and challanges of photography is to create meaningful and impactful images wherever you are, be it a majestic national park like Yellowstone or Yosemite, a famous urban environment like New York City or Chicago, a small town in New England, or a cornfield in Indiana (where I happen to be headed next month), or your very own neighborhood.  Wherever you go, bring your camera.  Stop, look around, spot or create opportunities.
That is an excellent attitude.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 1D Mark V Spec List [CR1]
« on: August 17, 2011, 02:44:15 PM »
""Viewfinder: Magnification: 0.76x, 100% frame coverage
APS-H viewfinder magnification zoom: 0.87x – 89% viewfinder crop
APS-C viewfinder magnification zoom: 1.0x – 82% viewfinder crop ""
That will make the view finder system become a monster with a built-in zoom (Automatic??). I do not think that is real spec.

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Lenses / Re: Which is the best "normal" prime for a Crop Camera?
« on: August 15, 2011, 01:54:57 PM »
First, there was nothing magical about 50mm on FF. The only reason it got called the classic/standard/normal etc. was because a standard 50mm lens is THE easiest lens to make and it's very easy and inexpensive to make one that is super sharp stopped down just a little. So it might be more rightly referred to as the simplest/cheapest focal length than the classical/standard/magical/etc. So they used the be the kit lens years ago.
Actually, there are a few "Magical" reason behind the 50mm standard lens. The diagonal of a FF is 43.3mm. In the old days, 45mm is the standard focal lenth for fixed lens camera.  Also the angle of view of 45mm is also almost the same as the "clear view" angle of human eye.  Leica was using 50mm as standard lens since day one. In the 30's comes the SLR (Exakta). Due to the frange focal length, that make it impossible to make 45mm focal length for the camera. So 55mm was forced to be the focal length for its standard lens. This focal length was adopted by almot all SLR maker until the 60's.  As techology gets better, SLR maker finally was able to make 50mm as standard lens.
As for the price, 50mm is always the cheapest due to high volume, not due to the ease of design or manufacturing. All the design cost and manufacturing tooling are  shared by millions of lenses. That makes it almost zero overhead.  As for ease of design, for SLR it is easier to design a good 60mm lens than a 50mm lens due to the frange focal length. But 60mm  is a little too narrow for general use.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Coming Tech & More [CR2]
« on: August 13, 2011, 12:28:51 PM »
@Rocky:

how likely is it, that canon implement the forementioned sensor type in one of their next bodies? I'd love to see a 40+MP 5Diii / iv then, providing near perfect ISO 100k. or if that is too much of wishful thinking: ISO 51200 ;-)
I have no idea. However, My guess is that it might never happen. I am sure that Fuji is having the pattern right on the EXR sensor and its implementation. Fuji may not even want to licience it to anyone else.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Neck strap alternatives
« on: August 12, 2011, 06:01:02 PM »
I read a lot about straps from this forum and other reviews. It seems to me that all the "better"straps has buckles, hooks, rings, quick releases at both ends of the strap. Does anybody knows a comfortable, good and simple camera straps that are without rings, hooks or quick release. The original Canon strap fit my bill except that it is not comfortable.
On one of the discussion here it was mention about the fastening of the original strap was undone by itself and end up the camera was dropped. I would suggest that the ends of strap to be looped back to the buckle one more time this make itvery tight.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Coming Tech & More [CR2]
« on: August 12, 2011, 02:14:26 PM »
About DR:
Here's what I'd do: add two new colors to the bayer pattern, white (clear) and black (nd), and move from the current RGGB to something like RGGBWWWKK with a 3x3 basic structure. This should deliver both clean shadows (thanks to W) and safe highlights (thanks to K)

I've always wondered if you couldn't just have staggered RGGBs, if their size was small enough and bias their exposures so one set is giving you an offset exposure at the same time as the other set.  That would mean then that you would need 20 or 30mpx to get effectively 10mpx. So if you have a tech that offers super high density with decent noise performance, you could effectively take two or three photos at once with offset exposures that would be merged in camera to a lower res shot with high DR, right?  Am I nuts?  Did I just give away a patent idea?  ;-)
Fujifilm digital camera with EXR sensor is just doing that. They stagger two pixel of the same color sensitivity next to each other. So it is RR GG GG BB. In HDR mode, one pixel is over exposed while the other one is under exposed. Then they are comined to give us HDR. Also they can be independent of each other to give us high resolution or they can combine two pixel of the same color(next to each other ) to become a larger pixel  to give us low noise.

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EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* This & That
« on: August 11, 2011, 10:24:36 PM »
Canon has already done it with the 60D. The 60D has less feature than the 50D and lose the metal body at the same time.  Logically, 60D is supposed to have more feature and a step up from 50D.  60D basically has changed  the tradition and linage of the XXD. Now 60D has been nicknamed "Super Rebel".
"Less feature" on the 60D is very nearly a matter of interpretation.  It doesn't have microadjust (important to be sure and rather inexcusable to lose on a camera of this rank) and, almost unimportantly, the magnesium has been replaced by polycarbonate, glass fiber, and aluminum.  (Moving from aluminum to carbon fiber in tripods is one thing, but in camera bodies going to aluminum seems minimally important, as aluminum is still plenty good as a heatsink.)  It also loses one frame per second shooting speed, going from 6.3 FPS to 5.3, and the control wheel.  That is really about it on the negative side.

The 60D "has more feature" than the 50D in every other meaningful way.  Each little point, taken individually, is small, but taken together they lead to a camera that really is a replacement for the 50D, even if Canon has been careful not to position it that way (that's what the 7D is for).  When the 60D gets its own replacement, the new camera will probably be an unambiguous upgrade from the 50D in all areas but a few specifics to annoy the most finicky of purists.
You have listed a few  thing that the 50D has is missing on the 60D.  but you cannot even list anything that the 60D is better than the 50D. I would like to know. May I just list two? It it the tilting screen and the sensor has been changed from 15 MP to 18 MP. By the way, 60D does have dual control wheels.  However the 60D does not have a standard joystick  and the top LCD pannel has less information than the 50D.

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EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* This & That
« on: August 11, 2011, 04:02:12 PM »
Why would Canon sell a camera that was better than a 5D, under a name that loses the 5D's brand awareness, for cheaper than they could sell it for if it was the 5D?


Chris
Canon has already done it with the 60D. The 60D has less feature than the 50D and lose the metal body at the same time.  Logically, 60D is supposed to have more feature and a step up from 50D.  60D basically has changed  the tradition and linage of the XXD. Now 60D has been nicknamed "Super Rebel".

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