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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 60D v. Nikon D7000
« on: September 24, 2010, 03:49:23 AM »
BTW, as of this hour, that Amazon bestseller list shows the T1i/500D on the top spot :P. 6 of the Top 10 are Canons, two of which are 7Ds (1 body only, 1 w/ the 28-135 zoom).

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 60D v. Nikon D7000
« on: September 24, 2010, 03:46:22 AM »
Heck, with a 2 grand budget just buy the cheapest body you can tolerate and spend the rest on lenses. No use wasting a $1700 body with a $300 POS lens.

Yes, even a 5D1 is a noticeable IQ increase from a 350D or any cropper for that matter. It's even better at low ISOs IMHO than the 5D2. You could get a non-pro abused body for about the same price as a 60D. Spend the rest of your budget on fast primes.

One more vote for the 5D2. Taste the future. Croppers would be inevitably relegated to the low-end Rebels soon ;P.

EOS Bodies / Re: Photokina 2010 Report
« on: September 21, 2010, 11:39:05 AM »
Man, that new 400/2.8L USM Mark II is awesome. Just saw the pic on DPR, the guy was holding it in one hand and it looked so small, like it was an f/4 prime! Hats off to Canon for the 25% reduction in weight.  8)

EOS Bodies / Re: Photokina 2010 Report
« on: September 21, 2010, 04:53:18 AM »
Craig, ask around for the most obvious question we all have: what is the "second body" to be released by Canon in time for Photokina? 5D2n, 5D3 or the rather unnecessary 2000D? Also, I hope you brought a CF card along, try to shoot test photos using the new lenses on display like the fishy zoom and that overpriced white L zoom. Harangue the Canon reps on when we can see changes in the product planning department :P. Maeda and Westfall should be also kicked upstairs, hehe. TIA

PowerShot Cameras / Re: CR Rates The Product Announcements Part 2
« on: September 17, 2010, 12:12:58 PM »
After seeing what Nikon threw out there with the D7000, coming in at $100 more expensive than the 60D. there’s a perception Canon dropped the ball on this one. I think the 60D looks about $100 overpriced now.

That being said, Canon will still sell a lot of them to upgrading Rebel users. There are more Rebels out there than any other DSLR.

The D7000 is going to take new DSLR buyers away from Canon, but I don’t think it’ll make too many people switch.

$100 is being too kind. Drop the 60D to $900 and it will outsell the D7K, problem solved. Drop the 500D to $600 and 550D to $750 and there would be no need for a 2000D, another problem solved. Heck, they could even drop the 7D price to $1400 and it would kill the D7K, the same way the latter would kill any more D300s sales :P. Canon can and should just sandwich that model price-wise. Afterwards, they could fire their product planners and some of the higher-ups who continue to spout arrant nonsense like Maeda and Westfall.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 60D v. Nikon D7000
« on: September 16, 2010, 12:45:45 PM »
No, that was just a lighthearted remark, relax. Just do a comparison between the bodies you like, first on the pics in the various sites, and later on when the models become available handle it yourself. Like ergonomics, the "feel" of bodies is a highly personal verdict. For me based on the pics the D7K just looks too tall and narrow esp. from the back, that's all. And I never liked the buttons and switchgear on the Nikon, at least on the low- & mid-range models, it just "feels" cheaply made, again, compare it with the equivalent Canons. The 7D switchgear is tops IMHO, beats even the 5D2 like I said. Not surprising since it's the newer model design.

EOS Bodies / Re: CR Rates The Product Announcements Part 1
« on: September 16, 2010, 10:26:59 AM »
I do hope that there is another new body to be announced in the next few days. If it won't be a 1Ds MkIV (CR2 rumor) or a 2000D (unneeded, just lower the price of the 500D and 550D since the 60D is DOA unless it gets a price-cut ASAP), I pray it would be a 5D2n, nothing radical needs to be changed, just add all the 7D refinements.

EOS Bodies / Re: 1Ds Mark IV Saga
« on: September 16, 2010, 10:01:54 AM »
That assumes that there aren't any new features or other tangible benefits that would make it worth an extra $1K. Remember the EOS-3 was basically an EOS-1 with no vertical grip plus ECF. And only those 2 model lines are hyphenated ("EOS dash 1/EOS dash 3"), so those lines would always have something special that the lower non-hyphenated bodies will never have. In any case, a 5D3 would be, and should be, spec'ed and priced at below $3K. Sandwich the D700 successor on price and features.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 60D v. Nikon D7000
« on: September 16, 2010, 09:56:53 AM »
There is also something kinda nasty with the D7K design, just look at the pics on DPR. It's too tall and/or narrow, even more so when seen side-by-side with the 60D, D300s. The buttons and overall look & design at the back also screams "cheap", like it's Made in Thailand or Taiwan, woops, it is made in Thailand like all the non-pro Noink bodies :P. Just compare it with the buttons and overall quality feel on the 7D rear, IMHO it's the best looking and feeling non-pro body right now, even better than the somewhat-dated but more expensive 5D2 body. I've also found out that the D7K has mag-alloy only on the top&bottom plates, the rest is still plastic & steel.

The AF sensor, like that on the higher Nikon bodies, is a direct rip-off of the EOS-1/EOS-3 AF area ellipse from the late '90s, they just added an add'l 6 single-axis points (45 to 51) and added an extra 8 cross-types (or 2 more in the case of the D7K) right in the middle column to that '90s Canon design. Previous Nikon bodies have that pathetic 11-pt. AF even as late as the D200/D2H/D2X models, and yet their fanbois still had the gall to claim that the non-area AF ellipse design was "faster and more accurate" than the 45-pt. area AF of the Canons (a familiar refrain, just like the "1.5x DX crop is the future! We don't need FF" prior to 2007) :P. Nikon still can't figure out how to make cross-type AF points that are not in the middle, nor do they have the equivalent of the triple-precision f/2.8 sensors that Canon has had for a long time.  :P

Lenses / Re: Canon Announces 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS
« on: September 16, 2010, 09:42:50 AM »
Another bad thing with this lens, as revealed by TDP, is that it's already at f/5.0 way before 200mm, at 155mm in fact.

The 70-300 L appears to be very sharp wide open including good sharpness into the full frame corners at focal lengths up to and including 135mm. I expect to see nearly as good of performance right up to 300mm, but because of poor test conditions, I'm not yet ready to state this with any certainty.
I think we are going to see a little CA (Chromatic Aberration) in 70mm full frame corners, but little or nearly-none over the rest of the focal length range.
Distortion appears to be about average for a 70-300mm lens. Expect some 70mm barrel distortion transitioning to pincusion by just over 100mm. Pincusion distortion becomes moderate by 200mm and remains so through 300mm.

In short, the 70-200 f/4L IS + 300 f/4L IS would be a better choice, assuming money is enough for that but not enough for the 2.8 versions.

EOS Bodies / Re: 1Ds Mark IV Saga
« on: September 16, 2010, 09:21:22 AM »
I should have been more clear. All the features/button/design of the 7D aside from the FPS obviously, since the 1Ds line is still only 5FPS. There, that is so realistic and doable for an almost 2yr. old model.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 60D v. Nikon D7000
« on: September 16, 2010, 09:01:51 AM »
Again, the 60D was spec'ed to a certain price point. Cut it down to $900 and it's a guaranteed winner. Then there would be no need for a 2000D. Just price the 500D to $600, 550D to $750, and the 600D/Rebel T3i 60D to $900 and they're back in the game. D7K is also great news for those eyeing the 7D, I expect it to go down to $1300-$1400. 7D Mark II should be APS-H IMHO.

EOS Bodies / Re: 1Ds Mark IV Saga
« on: September 16, 2010, 08:57:07 AM »
What's sure by now is that if there is any more new Canon body to be released it won't be a 2000D, that would be laughingly anticlimactic after the 60D vs. D7K debacle.

Like I've said before, a 5D Mk.IIN should be an easy, no-brainer minor model change. Just stuff all the 7D goodies into the current 5D2 body.

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