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Lenses / Re: Canon Announces 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS
« on: August 29, 2010, 02:07:57 AM »
Funny about the Black Cat sample image for this lens. Heck, any cheap Canon prime can do that ;D. It's not bad, but not exactly astonishing. ::)

Lenses / Re: Canon Announces 1.4x III & 2.0x III
« on: August 26, 2010, 06:35:47 PM »
I was hoping there would be a new switch to turn off effective aperture reporting  :P.

Lenses / Re: Canon Announces 8-15 f/4L Fisheye Zoom
« on: August 26, 2010, 06:34:13 PM »
Looks interesting, might spring for one when the price settles down within 1 year.  8)

Lenses / Re: Canon Announces New 300 f/2.8L IS & 400 f/2.8L IS
« on: August 26, 2010, 06:30:49 PM »
Where oh where are the EF 50mm f/1.4 II, the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L IS, and the EF 35mm f/1.4L II?????

And a 14-24mm f/2.8L would be nice too Canon.  Why are you letting Nikon spank you in this department?

Couldn't care less about any of the new announcements except for the new fish.

Right on. Hats off to you.

Lenses / Re: Canon Announces 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS
« on: August 26, 2010, 06:26:06 PM »
Naaah, makes little sense range-wise and no sense price-wise. 70-200/4 IS has Fluorite and 2 UD elements, this one only has 2 UD elements. Can anyone give a link to the MTF chart? TIA. I really doubt it would equal the IQ of the already legendary 70-200/4 IS without a CaF2 element and a greater FL range to boot (the bigger the zoom range, the lesser the IQ and the greater the distortion). Maybe if this was priced around $1000 this would be a slamdunk, at least for those that still do not own any of the 4 70-200 zooms. I hope the actual street price would go down fast from its MSRP. :P

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Announces EOS 60D
« on: August 26, 2010, 06:08:36 PM »
My personal 60D dealbreakers are: no AF Microadjust, shift to SD cards, keeping the 40D/50D 9-pt. AF sensor, single-axis electronic level, and single Speedlite commander. The first one and the latter two seem like mere deliberate crippling, it's not as if Canon would save any money by doing that. But again, they designed the 60D to a certain price point, and they are successful in that. Seems like a lot of the whining is based on the wish to have a 7D for $600 less :P. That is as silly as expecting the D95/D7000 to be a better D300s for $700 less. :D

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Announces EOS 60D
« on: August 26, 2010, 05:59:41 PM »
It seems like many are getting their panties up in a bunch over this new release. ;D From a purely marketing and product differentiation viewpoint, the 60D specs are actually spot-on. Remember that the previous xxDs all had an MSRP (at time of release) of $1300-$1500. The Rebels were around $800-$900. The 60D has an MSRP of $1100. The 7D was $1700 when it was launched. So the specs are of course between the Rebels and the 7D. It's up to the buyer if there is any 60D feature or set of features that is worth the extra $200 from the Rebel, or if he feels there are some 7D features that aren't worth the extra $600 for his use.

Personally I'm not interested in the xxD line anymore since Canon has decided to reposition it lower to compete more directly with the Nikon Dxx line. Also, those rumored D95/D7000 specs look too good to be true, like a Noink fanboi's wet dream. That spec is stupid since the D300s is a current model, no one would buy that more expensive model if it gets trumped by a camera $700 less (assuming the Dxx line stays at $1100 like the 60D).  Heck, they couldn't even get their fantasy specs consistent. For example: the most ardent Noink fanboi on DPR, pandalee, keeps repeating that the D90 successor would have 17-pt. AF, not the 39 as mentioned by some here.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 60D Pictures?
« on: August 11, 2010, 03:45:29 PM »
Also, based on the airplane pic on the LCD monitor, it looks like it would have the same 3:2 720x480 1.04Mpixel resolution as that on the 550D, since the info overlay is directly on the image itself, not in a black bar above and below the image like in the usual 4:3 640x480 LCDs used for the rest of the lineup.

Add'l info from the DPR forum:

The lack of buttons maybe because it has a touch screen because Canon applied for a patent that covers a touch screen facility on DSLR cameras (reported in the January - March 2010 EOS Magazine). The touch screen apparently is not just for navigation, but will also allow the user to adjust settings - a vertical swipe to change the aperture values and horizontal swipe to adjust shutter speed. Other functions, including metering mode, drive, ISO value, autofocus, white balance and exposure compensation will also be adjustable via gesture controls.

Also reported in the April - June 2010 EOS Magazine Canon applied for a patent for a revolutionary viewfinder system which displays both an optical and an electronic viewfinder. It means that photographers can look through the optical viewfinder and see two screens; one which displays through the lens and another which is a small electronic viewfinder that is used for image review. It would mean that photographers would no longer have to take the camera away from their eye to view the image on the LCD monitor. This would be useful for sports and news photographers who need to stay ready for the next shot.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 60D Pictures?
« on: August 11, 2010, 03:05:05 PM »
Also, based on the pics, the LCD housing is still too thick, meaning it still uses the conventional CCFL backlighting, not LEDs or those thin backlight-less AMOLEDs used by Samsung. The VF eyepiece should be extended more towards the back to compensate, just like 1-series VFs compared to lesser cams.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 60D Pictures?
« on: August 11, 2010, 01:51:12 PM »
Nice source CRGuy, first CR3 info in a long while 8). I'm glad that Canon chose the long-rumored side-hinged design for the 60D LCD rather than the bottom-hinged design on the D5000, which is unusable on a tripod or low on the ground. Would have been even better with the Sony-style folding LCD. I hope the VF view doesn't suffer due to the thicker screen. The 8-way mini-joystick inside the RCD is a good use of empty space, as is the 7D-style toggle switch for the EOS Movie/LV mode. If this is the supposed 60D and not the 2000D, then the latter would most prolly be just a rebadged 450D, like the previous rumors suggested.

EOS Bodies / Re: 60D Flip Screen Saga [CR2]
« on: July 29, 2010, 11:23:59 AM »
Since CRGuy is still busy playing StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty (Protoss FTMFW, BTW ;) ), he may have missed the DxO slip about the 60D in their product roadmap:


EOS Bodies / Re: 60D Flip Screen Saga [CR2]
« on: July 25, 2010, 08:06:34 AM »
I hope it's the 2000D that gets the side-hinged screen. The bottom-hinged screen on the D5000 is useless on tripods or low on the ground. It also impacts on the screen size and resolution and the VF view. I hope Canon can lessen the thickness by using a backlight-less Super AMOLED screen from Samsung so that the VF won't be smaller and more difficult to look through.

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