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EOS Bodies / Re: Sensor Fabrication
« on: February 04, 2015, 02:47:11 PM »
What in terms of the physical makeup of the sensor does Sony have going for it, and what was, or is preventing Canon from doing the same thing?

Others have provided good answers but here is my answer as well:

Basically, Canon is using an outdated manufacturing technology and an outdated sensor design.

Sony achieves high DR (dynamic range) by using on-sensor ADCs (analog-to-digital converters).
Canon is still using external ADCs - and the primary reason for that appears to be that Canon is still
using an outdated CMOS manufacturing process vs the competition.
Other than that, Canon holds multiple patents for on-sensor ADCs, so they could in theory manufacture
high DR sensors.

I'm personally hoping that the 5Ds sensor is a new generation sensor and will have good DR.
It would be very disappointing otherwise.

EOS Bodies / Re: POLL: How many mp do you want anyway?
« on: January 30, 2015, 09:45:35 PM »
I voted 22mp although I'd prefer a 28mp sensor.
The DR and ISO performance must be like on the A7/D750, though.

Basically, I want a 6DII that is the same as the D750 - but with a 28mp sensor (although 22mp would be OK too).

EOS Bodies / Re: A Sony & Canon Sensor Partnership Mentioned Again [CR1]
« on: January 28, 2015, 03:36:00 PM »
This is more likely to be someone's fantasy sensor, now churning around the rumour mills.

My thoughts exactly.

Sony has high resolution/DR and Canon has dual-pixel AF.
If we marry those two, we end up with high resolution/DR and dual-pixel AF - in the same package.

What an obvious, wonderful solution ... that is pure fantasy, I'm afraid.

There are many reasons why Canon will not switch to Sony sensors and
is unlikely to cooperate with Sony on sensor manufacturing at this time.

The rumored 50MP resolution is also fantasy, IMO.

My bet is that Canon's high-resolution camera will feature a 40mp/high-DR Canon sensor.
Let's see who will get it more right  8).

EOS Bodies / Re: NEW CAMERA - EOS 80D?
« on: January 09, 2015, 12:59:54 PM »
A part of me is wondering if the xxD line is nearing its end.
Nah. The 70D was and still is a best seller.
What's interesting is that the 60D seems to have been selling quite well at its lower price after the 70D was released.
That might explain why the new Rebel is evolving to be more xxD-like.

EOS Bodies / Re: NEW CAMERA - EOS 80D?
« on: January 08, 2015, 07:11:46 PM »
I guess that they just put a top lcd on the 750d.

Yup, that's how it looks like.

There must be some good reason why Canon is including the top LCD.
Maybe some new camera function requires it - like NFC or some smart-phone-integration feature.
Who knows ???.

EOS Bodies / Re: Sony Sensors Coming to Canon DSLRs? [CR1]
« on: December 17, 2014, 02:29:10 AM »
As others, I also think that it would be great if Canon starts using Sony sensors.
At the same time, though, I have a hard time believing that it will happen.

It's maybe possible that only a single DSLR model could use a high-megapixel Sony sensor (a new 1Ds model?).
I don't see them doing an en-mass switch to Sony, though.

According to some industry estimates, Canon's sensor business is a billion dollar business.
Corporations just don't walk away from a business like that.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 6D Listed as Discontinued at Amazon UK
« on: October 27, 2014, 04:21:57 PM »
Cameraegg is reporting that Amazon UK has listed the 6D as discontinued. I really hope it's true as I want to buy a 6D but would prefer an upgraded version (as per other discussions). Could Canon be fast tracking this project to respond to the flurry of new Nikon full frame models? One can only hope.


Even if the only change they make is modern autofocus I would be satisfied but a few more upgrades would be better.

My wish list:
At least 19 cross type AF points (50 would be better)
Flip out touchscreen
2 card slots

Essentially a 70D with full frame and some tweaks


I'm afraid this won't happen unless 5D4 with significantly better specs is released. Otherwise, that would cannibalize 5D3 like hell.

It would be much better for Canon if the 5DIII sales are cannibalized by its own model than by Nikon.

Realistically, though, I also expect to see a 5DIV before the 6DII, as the 5DIII is in a more urgent need
of an upgrade than the 6D.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 6D Mark II to Move Upmarket? [CR1]
« on: October 19, 2014, 12:48:41 PM »
To call this camera "entry-level" is nonsense.  Yes, its simpler and has fewer features, but they kept the right ones in, especially if what you want is a full-frame camera that's a bit smaller and more portable.  I know plenty of professionals who use this camera to make money.  I think its a bargain compared to a Mk3 and I love full-frame shooting, so the new 7D doesn't thrill me anyway.

The irony is that Canon obviously designed the 6D to not be used by pros.
And yet, pros are the ones working around its limitations with the least complaints.
They love the results and find the 6D a bargain, considering how quickly the camera pays for itself.
And since the camera has paid for itself, pros are likely to quickly upgrade when a successor is announced.

For non-pros, it's a different story: for $2K, I'm expecting a full-featured camera, which I'll likely keep for years.
Thus, while others see the 6D as a bargain, I see it as a poor long-term purchase - due to its limited features
and poor overall value as a long-term purchase.

Note, though, that when Nikon hits the jackpot with a model (D3, D300, D750), Canon follows suit in a couple of years.
So, it can be fully expected that in (at most) two years, Canon will have a worthy competitor to the D750.
And at that time, it won't be worth arguing whether the 6DII is crippled or not  8).

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 6D Mark II to Move Upmarket? [CR1]
« on: October 15, 2014, 11:08:09 AM »
All Canon would have to do to a 6DMKII for it to sell like hotcakes is to upgrade the AF system on it.

Of course Canon are aware of that - but why would they want to do such a thing?

So that people buy the 6DII and not the D750 ??? ??

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 6D Mark II to Move Upmarket? [CR1]
« on: October 15, 2014, 03:54:35 AM »
... I think what most users including myself have issues with the 6D is that as a consumer you feel Canon is NOT giving you "great value" for your money when they take the AF system back to one center cross-type, while Nikon doesn't seem to cripple their bodies in the same way. 


Despite the 'entry level' moniker, the 6D is still a $2K camera.
And at that price, I'm expecting a fully featured camera - not one with a single cross-type AF point.

I think Nikon nailed the formula for 'entry-level' FF with the D750.
Canon would be leaving money on the table if they don't have a competitor.

As for cheaper FF models:
The problem is that it makes no business sense to offer FF for say $1200.
Thus, FF cameras can never be cheap enough to appeal to mass market.
They will remain premium models - and the D750 is now setting the standard for how
a camera in this class needs to be spec'd and priced. 
I don't think we'll see new FF models introduced at lower prices than that.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 80D????
« on: October 02, 2014, 02:21:27 PM »
I would guess 2016. They'll give the 7DII it's time in the sun.


Pricewatch Deals / Re: LensRentals.com Introduces Keeper
« on: October 02, 2014, 02:16:05 PM »
Fantastic news! It has always made sense that they do that.

And what a catchy marketing name.
Great job, LensRentals.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon announced D750
« on: September 13, 2014, 06:38:26 PM »
That's not how it always works. The item to look at is profits, not revenue.
If Nikon was making more profits from the D610 (and that could easily be the case despite the lower price- same body type as D600, fewer features, almost a year into its life cycle) then cannibalizing the D610 will hurt them.

True. But the safe assumption is that the higher the price, the higher the margin.

However, as many suggest it might be a way to quietly wrap up the controversy-ridden D6xx line.

Hmm. I haven't thought about that - but it makes a lot of sense, actually.

EOS Bodies / Re: More Images of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 13, 2014, 06:17:30 PM »
Nikon 750D looks like the most affordable, decently capable, UNIVERSAL digital camera.
+1000. I couldn't have said it better myself.

And the price is right.

Both 6D and D610 unfortunately are too crippled as serious, longer-term useful, UNIVERSAL cameras ...

EOS Bodies / Re: More Images of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 13, 2014, 06:09:29 PM »

Seriously, it would have been much cheaper and easier for me to upgrade to the 7DII.

So, in your specific case, the 7DII beats the D750.


Had it had a better sensor, it would have been a no brainer.
But now. Sorry.

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