How does it affect vignetting and corners when the filters is that far from the corners? (consider how bent the front-element of (at least) the 17 is? Haven|t even consider using it with my TS.
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I really hope there will be some way to dial down the FPS because 99% of the time I wouldn't want to be popping that many. I'd like to be able to have more options than either 4 or 12. It would be great to be able to tell the machine exactly how many FPS you want, program that like into a C1-C3 button, turn and let 'er rip.
Well... technically... the 1DX has a number of options.... 14, 12, 3, and 1
I don't know, I think just 3 or 12 is about right. For most situations 3 is fast enough... e.g. people moving around at an event. But when 3 is not fast enough... e.g. fast moving sports, then you want as fast as possible. For example, if you want to get an image of a batter making contact with the ball or a soccer player with the ball just bouncing off her head and little beads of sweat spraying... you just can't time that and even at 10 fps (0.1 seconds between frames) you can miss that moment between frames.
BTW, completely off-topic but is "There is no spoon" a Klosterman quote?
I think you're mixing up your models here. The D3s (and D3x, D3) have 51 total points with 15 cross-type points. The 1D IV has 45 points with 39 cross-type points and no dual cross points. The 1D X has 61 points, of which 41 are cross-type and 5 are dual cross. The D4 spec rumor (and it's still a rumor, today at least) is that it will have improved 51 AF points (whatever 'improved' means), and '9 cross-type sensors that are operational up to f/8.' There could be more cross-type sensors at f/5.6, we don't know that yet. An f/8 sensor is going to be less accurate than an f/5.6 sensor, but of course if you have an f/8 lens+TC combo you'll probably take less accurate AF over no AF at all...
Regarding the tests done with the D3s and the 1D IV that said they were pretty much equal, what tests? I've seen comparisons showing the D3s is better, comparisons showing the 1D IV is better, and comparisons showing it's a wash. It all depends on what's being compared, and how. For example, the 1D IV has 39 cross-type points only with an f/2.8 or faster lens. Throw on an f/4 lens and how many cross-type points does the 1D IV have? One. How about with an f/5.6 lens? In that case, the 1D IV has zero cross-type points. None. Zip. Nada. Meanwhile, with any lens down to f/5.6, the D3s still has all 15 of it's cross-type points. Also, even though f/2.8-sensitive points are more accurate, they are slower - for AI Servo tracking of moving subjects, the AF system uses primarily the faster-locking f/5.6 lines. So Nikon, with all it's lines at f/5.6, is going to be able to lock onto moving subjects and track better, especially with the 15 cross-type f/5.6 points clustered in the center, than Canon's single-line points at f/5.6. From that standpoint, even the 7D is better since all 19 of it's AF points are f/5.6-sensitive crosses. But they're more widely spaced and the 1-series has better algorithms, so the 1-series still beats out the 7D.
The 1D X will be a different story. Unlike previous Canon bodies, the 1D X will have 21 cross-type points with most f/5.6 lenses, 41 cross-type points with most f/4 or f/2.8 lenses, plus 5 dual cross-type points with most f/2.8 lenses (but only one with a few, including the 24-70L). So, at the minimum it will have 21 f/5.6 cross-type points in the center (more than the D3s' 15 central f/5.6 crosses). Plus it will use the 100,000 pixel RGB sensor to assist the AF system.
But in terms of comparing the 1D X to the D4 specs, we'll need to wait until the D4 is officially announced. We'll have to wait even longer for real-world copmparisons, but keep in mind that the lens used will affect the comparison.
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Yesyesyes, I know the earthquake and flood and whatnot, but I saw some images from japan of a completely destroyed road (earthquake aftermath), rebuilt to better than new within 6 days. I know they don't stop all production due to a small amount of water on the floor and couple of knock over shelfs. They could have built a new factory and up and running much sooner.
Disasters should not have impact on the business.
One may think that Canon, as a multi-national company - a worldleader, is prepared to deal with disasters and not let those interupt the business continuity and therefor the production process.
Well, obviously NOT. They probably never prepared their companies business with Business Continuity Management (BCM) plans and actions.
If they would have done that, then they could immdiately switch to alternative productionplants and keep up delivery.
What is BCM?
Business Continuity Management means ensuring the continuity or uninterrupted provision of operations and services. Business Continuity Management is an on-going process with several different but complementary elements. Planning for business continuity is a comprehensive process that includes disaster recovery, business recovery, business resumption, and contingency planning as shown below.
Come on Canon surprise us with a lens announcement like you did early in 2010 with the amazing 70-200 2.8L II IS!