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EOS Bodies / Re: Is Dual Pixel Tech Coming to the EOS 5D Mark III?
« on: March 01, 2014, 01:36:02 AM »
Didn't Chipworks or someone already do an analysis on the 5D Mk III CMOS? I feel like they would have noticed something like this.

Edit: Yeah, they did. Here's a link:

Yup. The 5DIII sensor has been under the microscope (literally) - and no, no dual pixels under the hood.

The poor guys at Planet5D should have done their homework rather than daydreaming.
Ignorance is bliss, indeed.

Canon General / Re: $4 Million Photograph
« on: February 24, 2014, 09:12:45 PM »
What makes this photograph worth $4,338,500 (other than the obvious fact someone was prepared to pay that amount for it)?

It's valuable because it's a piece of (art) history.

For the same reason, this Jasper Johns painting has sold for $110 million:


EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon Curved Aperture Diaphragm
« on: January 27, 2014, 11:11:50 AM »
If I’m reading this correctly, if the aperture follows the curvature of the glass you end up by saving some space ...

Yup. Presumably for pancake lenses.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: EOS 70D Body $949 at B&H Photo
« on: December 10, 2013, 11:01:30 PM »
Deal: EOS 70D Body $949 at B&H Photo

Same for Amazon.

Going forward, the price will surely get even lower.
$950 is already a good price, though.

The DSLR market has become a buyer's market.
So, the prices, they will fall  8).

Next year is a Photokina year and it would be very surprising if Canon doesn't have anything to announce for the show.

By the look of things, the 5DIII/6D split of the 5D-series was somewhat rushed - without a unified vision/strategy behind it.
So, my expectation is that Canon will be working to address that.

The most likely candidate for Photokina announcement is the 5DIV, IMO.
Probably with more megapixels (~30?) and modern amenities like WiFi and dual-pixel AF.

Canon needs this update in order to keep charging $3500 for the 5D series - while leaving room for better specs in the 6D successor, which should arrive sometime in 2015.
With a properly differentiated 5DIV, the 6DII won't need to be crippled, like the 6D is.
So, it should be a pretty compelling offering, without stepping on the 5DIV's toes.

In parallel, Canon will be definitely developing a high-resolution sensor that will be used for 4K video and high-resolution stills.
I can't tell which camera will have this sensor, though.

I don't see the 1DX/1DC getting updated at lest until 2016.
At the same time, I don't see Canon waiting that long without a high-resolution camera either.
So, not sure what they will do at the end.

I just don't want to spend a significant amount of money and be disappointed by a quirky AF behavior.

Well, the 6D has what is effectively a 1-point AF system.

I haven't heard about any quirks related to the center AF point, which is supposed to be very good.
Lots of quirks, OTOH, when using the outer AF points (e.g. not able to focus).

So, get the 6D and use it in single-AF-point mode only. You surely won't be disappointed. 
Well, except that the 6D doesn't have more AF points like the center one  8).
Good luck.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Spec List Surfaces [CR1]
« on: October 27, 2013, 10:12:42 PM »
Scepticism aside, I wonder how Canon will be able to place a 7D MkII in its current product line?


With FF cameras now selling for $1700-2000, I just don't see Canon coming up with a 7DII.
There's just no place in the lineup for it.

EOS Bodies / Re: 6D Mark II
« on: September 20, 2013, 01:30:22 PM »
the 6Dmk2 would be built close to 5D3 while retaining its small size and multi-directional dial (whatever you call it).

The problem with the 6D is that it was apparently conceived when the 5DIII specs were frozen.
So, not much breathing room for Canon to give it proper specs.

Going forward, I'm not sure that the 6DII will be build close to the 5DIII.
I do expect, though, that the 6DII will be properly differentiated from the 5DIV - without having to be crippled.

We'll see what happens.
Body size (form factor in general) will surely remain a key differentiator between the two.

EOS Bodies / Re: 6D Mark II
« on: September 19, 2013, 11:09:59 PM »
... and only after the 5d4 is here.


Canon cannot update the 6D in a meaningful way without stepping on the 5DIII's toes.
So, next in line for an update is definitely the 5DIII.

The 5DIV might get announced as early as next year, IMO.
Possibly in September before the Photokina show (??).
After that, the 5DIII and 5DIV will sell side by side for a while.
And only after that the 6D will get updated.
In the summer of 2015 the earliest, IMO.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 70d RAW Samples
« on: August 08, 2013, 03:41:04 AM »
Actually the 6D scored the lowest ever for a DSLR on the metamism index score at DxO for natural daylight shooting which would imply the most color-blind, least color discrimination of any DSLR.

Heh. Canon keeps doing that. Really annoying.
So, that's how the 6D achieves its high ISO performance.
Thanks for pointing it out.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 70d RAW Samples
« on: August 07, 2013, 11:53:23 PM »
More RAW samples from DPreview:

Overall, just subtle improvements over the 18mp sensor.
Dynamic range (DR) is still behind Sony/Nikon (e.g. D7100) but ISO/noise is on par.

One thing to note is that the 70D renders colors the same way as the 6D.
Probably both are using new color filters compared to previous models.
As a result, colors are actually more accurate (albeit appearing somewhat less punchy).

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 70d RAW Samples
« on: August 04, 2013, 05:47:15 PM »
... and look in awe what nearly half a decade of crop sensor development has resulted in!

Well, if you look at the competition, the latest 24mp sensors from Sony and Toshiba are no different from the 70D.
Also look at FF: how big is the difference between the 5DMKII (2008) and 6D/5DMKIII (2012)?

Sensor tech may not have reached a plateau but it has definitely reached maturity. For both APS-C and FF.
So, enhancements are becoming more and more incremental rather than groundbreaking.

Thanks for making these comparisons available, btw.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Information [CR2]
« on: August 04, 2013, 02:30:11 PM »
... the real limitation on ISO performance is the APS-C-sized sensor.  Unfortunately, physics trumps hopes and dreams.

Unfortunately ... you are right.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 70d RAW Samples
« on: August 04, 2013, 02:06:48 PM »
That's a ho-hum improvement in my opinion. 

It's a good improvement - just not the 1-2 stops improvement that switching to the 6D, for example, can provide 8).

Oh well. In case there have been any doubts, it should be clear by now that huge jumps
in image quality between successive sensor generations are just not possible ... unfortunately.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Information [CR2]
« on: August 04, 2013, 01:34:06 PM »
Canon won't be able to charge too much premium for the 7DII if it has the same sensor as the 70D - regardless of AF.

They collected quite a premium on the 5DIII over the 5DII when the most significant upgrade was the AF.  My guess is that the new 7D will end up with the 5DIII style AF.  That would actually be pretty nice on an APS-C body.

With the 5DIII it's different: it's a real pro body, second best in the lineup after the 1DX.
The alternatives are a hamstrung 6D or a crop camera with inferior image quality.
This makes it easy for Canon to charge a hefty premium for the 5DIII - solely based on features.

Not so for the 7DII, which will have a cheaper but still very well spec'd and capable competitor in the face of the 70D.

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