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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: D800 - Sample Photos
« on: February 07, 2012, 01:26:11 AM »
I think there is a lot of lighting help in making those photos look good.  Great lighting can make even poor photographers look skilled. 

There does seem to be a drop off in quality after ISO 1000.  That's not good...

Prepare ye hard drives for massive files too -- these 36MP RAW images aren't going to be small!

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: D800 is finally here
« on: February 07, 2012, 12:09:17 AM »
I'm a little surprised that there is as much dissent in the Nikon camp.  I guess they can always dial down the resolution on the camera, but overall it looks really solid.  If I didn't already have so much glass that wasn't available in Nikon form, I'd seriously consider this camera.

Third Party Manufacturers / D800E
« on: February 06, 2012, 11:39:05 PM »
The D800E (without antialiasing) version is the really interesting release!    :o

PowerShot / Re: Canon PowerShot D20
« on: February 06, 2012, 09:10:11 PM »
What was odd about the D10? It seems like a standard P&S in a water-sealed case?

What's with that nipple on the upper left?

And that bulge on the left side?

The nipple was a removable screw-in part that you could securely tie to your SCUBA gear, and that bulge let the lens move back and forth without having to have a change in physical space with the pressure (usually expanding and contracting air.) 

And yes, it was a little odd looking  :)

PowerShot / Re: Canon PowerShot D20
« on: February 06, 2012, 08:50:46 PM »
The D10 was great!!  It was a true waterproof diving P&S, whereas most advertise 3.3 meters as the max depth before the pressure fills the camera with water.  It wasn't a $1000 rig for deep diving, but for fun shallow dives, it was one of very few cameras that went below 10ft. 

This new D20 isn't the most attractive specimen, but it should do the trick!

Any specs on this guy -- resolution? Video resolution? FPS? Aperture?

The D10 specs were:

Digic 4
3x Zoom
ISO 3200
Image Stabilizer
33ft depth 4 feet shock
Awesome clip to attach to your SCUBA gear

EOS Bodies / Re: Is canon cps gold or platinum worth the money?
« on: February 05, 2012, 04:45:25 PM »
I had Gold for a while and Canon was VERY attentive when I needed a repair on my 1Ds III.  The shipping and repair was expedited and they called several times to follow up and make sure that everything was okay .

If it's for your business, it's definitely worth having.  If it's a leisure activity, maybe not if you're in a country where you have to pay for CPS.

PowerShot / Re: Canon PowerShot Announcements February 7, 2012 [CR2]
« on: February 05, 2012, 03:05:50 PM »
Agreed -- the D10 was an amazing camera and was truly waterproof to serious depths.  Most other "waterproof" cameras are such to 10ft, but that is useless for recreational diving. 

Bring on the D20 with 1080p video!  The D10 had something like 640x480...not great, but a steal at its price point.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-1D X f/8 to be Added? [CR1]
« on: February 05, 2012, 09:49:11 AM »
That would be excellent news, and worth waiting an extra few weeks. 

EOS Bodies / 1DX killer?
« on: February 02, 2012, 10:03:08 AM »
I would LOVE to be wrong, but how could this camera be real?  What differentiates it from the 1DX?  (ie. is there $4100 in difference?)

61pt AF?  Smells like a 1DX
6.9FPS?  Pretty powerful to pump 22MP through on just a Digic 5
$2700?  Why would I ever pay $6800 for a 1DX aside from [arguably] a little ISO help on the top end?

Ah, good point Eyeone -- the line that "we hope to incorporate this functionality in the future" made me think that it could be enabled via firmware.

Wow, Nikon is going on an all out assault.  http://www.dpreview.com/articles/6531373190/interview-tetsuya-yamamoto-of-nikon

It's not a segment that Canon pursues very heavily right now, but its success will definitely be worth watching.

Canon General / Re: Is it just me, or....
« on: February 01, 2012, 08:05:41 AM »
Yep, been here for years, but just now got the urge to post.  :)

Lenses / release cycles
« on: January 31, 2012, 05:26:33 PM »
Back to the thread topic itself...

it suffices to say that Canon would like to get new technology to us as soon as economically possible.  I was in Tokyo when the earthquake hit last year -- lots of damage to many manufacturers, to say the very least (not to mention the human toll.) 

Lenses and camera are all on loose cycles.  Those cycles are getting shorter with the fast rise of Nikon, who blitzed their lineup in 2007.  Canon is beginning to react, it just takes time so let's be patient  :D

Lens releases per year:

Nikon  |  Canon (with specific models)
(6) 2011 (4): 500mm II; 600mm II; 18-55mm EF-S; 55-250mm EF-S
(9) 2010 (7): 300mm II; 400mm II; 8-15mm; 70-300m L; 1.4TC; 2.0TC; 70-200 II
(7) 2009 (5): 100mm Macro; 15-85mm EF-S; 18-135mm EF-S; 17mm TS; 24mm TS;
(7) 2008 (4): 24mm f/1.4 II; 18-200mm EF-S; 200mm f/2; 800mm
(7) 2007 (4): 16-35mm f/2.8; 14mm f/2.8 II; 55-250mm EF-S; 18-55mm EF-S
(4) 2006 (3): 70-200mm f/4 IS; 50mm f/1.2; 85mm f/1.2; 17-55mm EF-S;
(2) 2005 (4): 60mm EF-S; 24-105mm; 70-300mm IS; 18-55mm EF-S
(4) 2004 (4): 70-300mm DO IS; 28-300mm; 10-22mm EF-S; 17-85mm; 28-90mm

Lenses / re:
« on: January 31, 2012, 04:17:54 PM »
Forgive my hyperbole -- they weren't all Canon white, but at least at US sporting events (probably a little further back than 5 years) -- the vast majority were Canon.  Go and find a photo where there are mixed lenses, I'll applaud you, but the fact is that Canon has owned professional sports for years and that has been changing in the last few years.

If you can do a better job, go make your own camera company.  It's pretty easy to whine about how XYZ isn't up to your standards when you're on the sideline.

Going back into my hole now.  Sorry for trying to impart a little business acumen to counter our natural exuberance.

Lenses / Re: Long-time lurker, first-time poster
« on: January 31, 2012, 03:51:49 PM »
so you say lenses are different to:
blu-ray player
why do we have 10-20 year old optics but not printers, cars, cpus or handys?

of course you can not improve optics as fast as other technology ... but all these things cost R&D too.  your argumentation has a hole i think.

imho canon is not producing new lenses because they donĀ“t have the competition.

You've proven my point masterfully   ;)  The difference in lens technology/quality has not forced any of the dominant manufacturers to update all of their lenses on a regular basis because the technology advances (and competition) don't require it.  Cars, CPUs, cell phones -- all of these evolve on a monthly basis.  Miss innovation and you're out of business quickly (Blackberry, Nokia...)

Canon absolutely has competition, and has actually been reacting less quickly than some might have thought.  No one thought the Sony Alpha series would take off, but Sony does have (or used to have) a reputable name as the leader in consumer electronics. Nikon has made HUGE inroads in the last 3-4 years.  Canon has innovated its long glass as best it can, but Nikon has done a better job with camera bodies (my personal view.) 

To say that Canon isn't producing new lenses because it doesn't have the competition misses quite a bit.  Canon is very worried about Nikon -- just look at all the dark lenses on the sidelines of major sporting events now, when 5 years ago they were all Canon white.     

The R&D process is arduous -- look how long it takes for patents to make it into actual lenses (and often times they never materialize because they can't be produced in sufficient yield with proper quality.  This is the case with all camera/lens manufacturers -- I'm just highlighting that it takes time and it's hard to react quickly to competitors when tooling a new lens takes years.

In full disclosure, I have good knowledge of Canon Japan's corporate team.  Nothing I've said here should be shocking to anyone; just a reminder that Canon is fully aware of customer desires and will deliver as soon as they are able.  Believe me, they want to sell you a newer, more expensive lens as soon as possible!   ;)


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