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Yes.  :)

Looking forward to it. My next camera will be a interchangeable-lens mirrorless camera with
* body size like a Sony RX-1
* FF sensor with resolution and IQ equal to or better Nikon D800
* on-sensor Hybrid-AF with performance equal to or better than 70D
* "Retina EVF" [350+ dpi] with ultra-fast refresh [no more visible smearing of moving objects]
* Electronic shutter, X-sync all the way to 1/8000s
* no mechanical parts whatsoever
* less expensive than a Nikon D800 today ... since it is way cheaper to make one.
And what kind of Camera will you use up until then? It will take some years until everthing you like to have is ready. The main problem is the "Retina EVF", especially the ultra fast refresh/no lag. This will take a few years until it is ready. They already made huge improvements, but the 80% of the work is done in 20% of the time; the remaining 20% need 80% of the time...

It has been said before, but I like to give my 2 cents on this too.

-There are physical limitations for the optics that make it impossible to make them smaller, without loosing some aspects of fotographie (DoF) and qualitiy (diffraction).
It does not make sense to build a small camera, and attach a big lens to it (ever seen a NEX with a 24-70 f2.8 Zeiss).

-The main problem with small cameras is, that there is not enough room for all the buttons needed for fast operation.
So ergonomics is another point why the formfactor of DSLR won't change that much. You can compare it to a laptop computer, it would be easy to make it much smaller with today electronics, but the display and the keyboard need a certain size.

I think that mirrorless (ILC/EVIL) will play a big role in the future of cameras. For many occasions they are a nice tool, small with great IQ. I also think that there will be bigger mirrorless cameras in the future, that will be positioned like a DSLR. Actually, it doesn't matter if there is a mirror or not, important is the image quality and the ergonomics.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Dual Pixel Liveview Autofocus
« on: July 02, 2013, 07:23:54 AM »
Does anyone of you wonder how Canon made it possible to read out AF-informations out of about 24 million photodiodes and process them? This is quite amazing that they were able to do this. I have no idea how this actually works. I have no problem to understand how they do it with their linear or crosstype sensor; there they have 19 or 53 or something, now they have 12 millions!?!.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D Announced
« on: July 02, 2013, 06:05:33 AM »
Looks quite nice. The viewfinder is still a little bit small, and the sensitivity of the AF system could go a little lower (I've read -0.5EV somewhere, -2EV would have been nice for the center point). But that's all I would improve so far.

It will be interesting to see the how good the new sensor really is, especially DR and Noise.

7FPS is great, so are the 19AF points. The body is a bit smaller then the 60D, which I think is nice.

Another negative point is the currency conversion by Canon
Actually it should be:

EOS Bodies / Re: POLL: What will be the 70d's price tag?
« on: July 01, 2013, 08:36:19 AM »
I guess it will be 1400$. This is within the reach of the 7100d. It is also quite a bit below the 6D. I think the 7DII will be priced very close to the 6D; so 1400 is a good number for the 70D.

We will see tomorrow.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D Spec List [CR3]
« on: July 01, 2013, 05:42:14 AM »
To me, this spec list looks very nice. Pixel count is ok, FPS are higher that what I expected, also the 19 all cross type AF, WiFi is an important feature, I can live without GPS (it is so easy to add GPS Data with a smartphone).
What I am missing in the speclist is the size of the viewfinder and the memorycard type (I think it will be one SD slot; which is okay)
And the biggest question to me is the sensor, is it only a blown up version of the 18MP we all know, or is it a completly new design (hopefully so). I do not expect that we will hear that tomorow, but DXO will soon show us how good the sensor is.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-M or 100D
« on: June 25, 2013, 03:48:31 AM »
I think you have to find out what do you like to do with the camera. Is it something you like to carry arround a lot and only like to use a small pocket, but you don't care that the handling is a bit slow (in Manual) and difficult because of the small buttons on the small EOS M body, then go with it.

If you like a camera you can work with nicely with a few dedicated buttons and a nice grip, a viewfinder, that is more natural to compose pictures, but don't mind carring a bigger package, then go for the 100D.

Lenses / Re: Marco Equipment for Baby shots
« on: June 19, 2013, 04:08:47 AM »
Ah, close-up filters are what they're called! There are 58 mm sets for 20 € (is one allowed to post links here?). The canon ones are rather pricey for 90 € each. Is it that much better? Would be nice for portability also. Also: with that option, do I understand correctly, that I wouldn't have AF? How does it compare to extension tubes?

Thanks, any additional ideas welcome!

Im actually quite happy with the IQ of the close up lens. Though I have to say, that I do not use them so often (this is also why I do not own a macro lens). There is some loss in IQ since you add an optical element; on the 70-200 I can't go over 150mm otherwise I got rather extreme CAs, but below it works nice as you can see in my wasp pictures.
There is a very small review about the Canon 500D close up lens on the-digital-picture. I think that if a pro like him is happy with the IQ, we as amateurs shouldn't be bothered too much about it.

Lenses / Re: Marco Equipment for Baby shots
« on: June 19, 2013, 02:37:49 AM »
Hello, I had the same problem. I used close-up filters. They worked quite nice and are rather inexpensive. Another plus is, you can mount them on other lenses (I made some cool macro shots with an +4 close-up filter on the 70-200 f4; I just have to stay below 150mm, otherwise I get strong CA).
Here are the samples: http://www.flickr.com/photos/aj1575/6062525105/# http://www.flickr.com/photos/aj1575/6062526707/#

And here is one from a baby http://www.flickr.com/photos/aj1575/3078106800/#
That was shot with +2 close-up filter on a Sigma 18-125mm (no IS). The Camera is an old EOS 350D. The filters I bought were rather cheap. I like to upgrade them, but did not have time to make some research about what would be the best option.

Yes, I definitly think so. Beside the IQ of the lens, they also improved quality control and costumer service.

The 35mm F1.4 is really superb (check out the test images over at "the-digital-picture"). I'm not that much impressed with the new 30mm f1.4, we have to wait and see what the 18-35 f1.8 has to offer, but only the fact they offer such a thing is impressive. The 17-70 f2.8-4 is also a nice lens on APS-C, it is optically better than the EF-S 15-85, with a little bit less range but in a smaller, cheaper package.

I'm looking forward to new Sigma lenses in the future. We as costumers can only profit from some competition in the lens market, especially in the APS-C segment.

My next lens will probably be the new Sigma 17-70 f2.8-4 IS Macro. I still have an old Sigma 18-125 from when I bought my 350D, but is used very seldom because the lens is not really good. I will upgrade my body this year, and with the body I will also buy a new standard-zoom. The EF-S 15-85 is also nice, but the lower price and weight of the Sigma together with the faster aperture and macro capabilities make it the better choice for a everyday lens.

Also on my list for new lenses are the Sigma 30mm f1.4, as a replacement for the EF 35mm f2. Sigma improved the minimum focusing distance for the 2nd generation, which was a killer to me in the first one.

Then there is also 8-16mm again from Sigma which looks interesting, I just have the feeling that I need something wider than the EF-S 10-22. But I will wait with this one until Sigma rolls out the second generation. There are always some nice improvements, and I think it can't be that long until they upgrade it.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D Coming in July? [CR2]
« on: May 22, 2013, 09:18:12 AM »
Do we actually care about the 70D? I mean, feature- and capability-wise it has to be better than the 700D, yet be worse than the (rumoured) 7D2; and it will not be full-frame.

I do. I do not need the AF-System of the 7D and that means I also won't need the 7DII. The 6D would be a nice package for my style of photographie, but I do not like to go full frame, because I do not like to spend so much money on equipment (it is not only the camera, but also the lenses, tripod, filters, camera bag...) everythings grows. This is also a point I do not like about going FF, everything is bigger an heavier. Sure the big viewfinder and the IQ is very nice to have. But I think a modern APS-C delivers enough IQ for an advanced amateur.

And here comes the 70D into play. It offers (should offer) a step up from the entry level xxxD. LCD on top for easier handling, more robust body, better IQ (again hopefully after the 60 dissapointment), and some other nice features I like to see (like WiFi or GPS). And all that at a nice price.

Yes, I do care about the 70D a lot.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D Coming in July? [CR2]
« on: May 22, 2013, 09:09:50 AM »
Finaly we got some news about the long awaited 70D
what good do these news do you if they are all nothing but rumors? last 4-5 "news" were all a complete and utter fail, im actually surprised how people get excited with every new rumor, CR2 or not. if i sneeze in my hand full of paint, most of it will just spray all around, but a few drops will bound to hit the target. this is what CR is.

This makes me wonder; why are you in here then? And why are you wasting your time in a forum that deals with stuff that you actually do not take serious.

Keep on trolling...

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D Coming in July? [CR2]
« on: May 22, 2013, 02:20:40 AM »
Finaly we got some news about the long awaited 70D. Somehow it is silly to talk about what features will be included and what not, because we just can't know; but it is fun anyway.

I personaly belive that it will not have the SL1 sensor in it. Even if Canon was very slow with sensor development recently, and are putting almost 4 year old sensors in new cameras. That works quite well for low end cameras, but I do not think canon will pull this stunt for the 70D. The 60D was already a little dissapointment after the 50D. On the other hand the 70D needs quite some more features than the 700D to justify its price. And then there is Nikon and Sony; Canon needs to catch up.

I think It will be a new sensor, like rumored at the beginning of the year. GPS and WiFi will also be onboard, especially WiFi will become standard on cameras. It would not expect to much from the AF system and the body. These will be points where the 7DII will score, so Canon will hold back on these features. Thats okay with me, just give me a very sensitiv center AF-Point, and plastic for the body is nowadays very good.

Looking forward to the announcment.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Am I crazy to sell my Canon gear?
« on: May 21, 2013, 03:23:58 AM »
It depends...

First you should know your needs, then how much you are willing to spend, then you can decide which camera ist the best for you. Each one has its pros and cons. For the NEX series I think the biggest pro is the size (as long as you do not need long lenses). The biggest con is that a lot of functions are packed in a small body, which means that handling it is a little bit difficult, especially of you need to be fast.

There is no best camera, there are only different cameras for different people with different needs.

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