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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Spec List Surfaces [CR1]
« on: November 02, 2013, 02:57:15 PM »


correct me if I'm wrong, but, isn't the area set aside for the flash replaced by the wifi antennae?  Isn't that one of the reasons the 6d, which is more geared towards the consumer crowd than the 7d2, didn't get a pop up flash?  I thought it was something to do with the body construction (type of metal would block wifi signal and weather sealing, so they had to put the wifi antennae outside of that shell in that little nub the pop up flash would go).

to be honest, the pop up flash is so useless that I often wondered why it was on the original 7d.  I get the pop up flash for the entry level models, the rebels and the XXD series, but a pop up flash on a prosumer model....seems like a waste of real estate....

I'll be honest, Canon makes up a lot of BS and excuses for leaving out features either for differentiation or for cost purposes.  Pop up flash, wifi, and GPS are all able to be fit in a body.  Example no headphone jack on the 70D - "we ran out of room," yeah, ok... I'm sure there are absolutely no free spaces anywhere on the 70D body, lol.  Cell phones 1/10th the size and 1/10th the cost of the 7D have wifi, gps, flash, headphone jack, usb port, and a whole lot more.  Canon is just trying to balance 'product differentiation' and costs, but often makes up nonsensical excuses when pushed on why something was not included.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Spec List Surfaces [CR1]
« on: November 02, 2013, 01:41:12 PM »
Again, in a non weather sealed body, I had read that somewhere, in a non weather sealed body they put wholes in the casing to allow the signal to get through --- the need to put it outside thecasing was more for weather sealing purposes, at least from what I read.

I think you read misinformation.  The 1D X is as weather sealed as a Canon dSLR gets, and it's magnesium alloy shell has more holes than Swiss cheese...



ok, color me wrong...it was a while ago i had heard that though, back when the first releases the 6d

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Spec List Surfaces [CR1]
« on: November 02, 2013, 01:30:00 PM »
correct me if I'm wrong, but, isn't the area set aside for the flash replaced by the wifi antennae?  Isn't that one of the reasons the 6d, which is more geared towards the consumer crowd than the 7d2, didn't get a pop up flash?  I thought it was something to do with the body construction (type of metal would block wifi signal and weather sealing, so they had to put the wifi antennae outside of that shell in that little nub the pop up flash would go).

Note that the 70D has a pop-up flash and WiFi....


You can put the WiFi antenna anywhere, but the top is the best position....

The GPS antenna is a lot more restrictive, the best signal comes when it is mounted on the top...

Even if the antennas are not on top, you still get a signal, just not as good. Typically the cameras are used in portrait mode and carried lens-down... so the top side/back edge is the preferred position.

Again, in a non weather sealed body, I had read that somewhere, in a non weather sealed body they put wholes in the casing to allow the signal to get through --- the need to put it outside thecasing was more for weather sealing purposes, at least from what I read.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Spec List Surfaces [CR1]
« on: November 02, 2013, 12:19:15 PM »
To me a 7D would be a bird/wildlife backup camera to the 1DX. The most important thing for me, compared to what the current 7D provides, in order of priority:
1: AF. If it gets the 5DIII AF system, it will be a massive improvement.
2: High ISO performance. If it gets to 5DIII standard, I´ll be very happy
3: Dynamic range. I would love to see the DR number grow by at least 1.
4: Resolution. Provided I can get the above, I would want as much as possible. But I would not trade Noise/DR performance for more resolution.
5: fps. 8 is OK, 10 would make me happy
6: A good silent shutter mode, similar to or better than 5DIII. The 1DX machine gun can scare off grizzlies.

Your wish will be granted.

How about the following additional wishes? ;)
7. Articulating touchscreen for off-angle shots and videos
8. Wifi
9. GPS
10. Retention of pop-up flash
11. 135mbps SD slot to dramatically reduce buffer fill
12. USB 3.0 camera transfer for quicker RAW photo dumps

Sounds good to me.... I don't really care one way or the other about the flash... I find the pop-up flash on my 60D to be quite weak and if you use a large lens you get flash shadows... Pity they can't make it stick up higher....

correct me if I'm wrong, but, isn't the area set aside for the flash replaced by the wifi antennae?  Isn't that one of the reasons the 6d, which is more geared towards the consumer crowd than the 7d2, didn't get a pop up flash?  I thought it was something to do with the body construction (type of metal would block wifi signal and weather sealing, so they had to put the wifi antennae outside of that shell in that little nub the pop up flash would go). 


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Lenses / Re: I'm done - I have all the lenses I need
« on: November 01, 2013, 07:23:42 PM »
haha...i'm getting to that point myself...but as other have said...there is always this...lol

The 2 biggies are upgrading my 70-200 to the IS v2 (currently on the older non IS version), then upgrading my 50mm 1.4 to the 1.2, then my 85mm 1.8 to the 1.2 ----oh...then I need the 135...lol

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-1 Announcement Q2 2014? [CR1]
« on: November 01, 2013, 04:34:53 PM »
I find the timing a bit off. 2014 Winter Olympics' on February could've used it and the World Cup's on June.

If an announcement were to be made it should've happened last month.

For reference here are the announce dates of the 1DX and 1D4. They are separated by 24 months.

xx October 2013 = 1DX replacement... supposedly
18 October 2011 = 1DX
20 October 2009 = 1D4

Another thing going against new hardware is the firmware update of the 1DX & 1DC that adds new functionality to the camera. Firmware 2.0 will be released by January next year and probably extend the product life by a good year or two.

This has precedent with the 7D. Firmware 2.0 happened to the 7D on 6 August 2012 while the hardware was announced on 1 September 2009.

It would surprise a lot of people that the 7D has been in production for more than 4 years!

if the focus of this new camera is more on quality vs quality (larger Mp's, larger files, slower frame rate's), then this may not be the camera for sports --- the 1dx would still reign at the top.  My guess for a new sports body we're talking closer to summer olympics, 2016

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-1 Announcement Q2 2014? [CR1]
« on: November 01, 2013, 04:32:41 PM »
Could this be Canon's high MP offering?
Could this be Canon's D800 / A7R "competitor" in a $7.000 elephant body?

I just can't see too many ordinary people (i.e. not Canon die-hards) buying a ~$7K gargantuan body over the much smaller, cheaper $2300 Sony A7R, which in all likelihood will still have better DR, probably also better noise performance if the new Canon sports >40+ Megapixels.   :-[

Well one thing definitely comes to mind --- sony has little to no glass, yeah you can use an adapter, but adapters tend to be a trade off...so there goes a lot of your IQ.  A studio model 1d series body would have the definite advantage just in range of glass options

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Last thing to say on this topic for a bit ---part of this whole debate involves trends.  Right now everyone loves the instant gratification of snap upload, watch as the comments and likes pour in.  Who says this trend is the new tomorrow?  Right now, everyone wants to share everything and everyone loves everything that everyone is sharing.  But will that be the case in 2015, 2016, 2017...etc etc.  this is whats happening now, but, what's happening now is a trend - maybe this trend will change. what happens when the likes stop for your duck face in the mirror photo?  What happens when no one cares that you posted a pic of your dinner plate.  What happens when instant upload is considered, "that's so 2013, gawd, no one does that anymore."     

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Two quick comments:
1.  While 90% of the time I believe you are correct and that those using camera phones will never buy a dSLR, I have to think to some degree increasing the number of people snapping pictures, posting pictures and ultimately participating in photography will eventually increase the number of dSLR owners.  The slice of the pie may shrink, but the size of the pie may be growing. 

2.  For people that can't afford a Luxury lens (L is for Luxury), have you noticed the new 55-250 STM, or the newer 18-55 lens.  Honestly, they are getting pretty darn good optically.  Canon also cut prices on the 17-55 and the 15-85, which are optically very good.  So Canon does have an improving "value" product.  Not surprisingly at all, their top of the line, Luxury, products, aren't aimed at their "value" customers.  They are aimed at people that will pay a lot more for something that is a little better.  Your complaint is analogous to someone that can afford a Honda but angry that a Mercedes isn't more affordable.  Honda is a good car (I drive one).  But it isn't Luxury.

+1.

I eventually migrated to a dSLR from a point and shoot and camera phone.

Tried a couple of different point and shoots, and they never gave me what I was looking for.

Current camera phones are equal or better than my P&S cameras, with similar limitations. However, the phone camera can do things like email and messaging, which are valuable functions not available on my P&S or dSLR cameras.

Actually, it may not at all change the # of people that move to dslr's ---just the path to dslr's --instead of cell phone to P&S to slr---people will skip the P&S step and go right to slr

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People that are satisfied taking pictures with there phones most likely never where in the DSLR market to begin with.
Thats just the social pic snappers people that like good quality pics will always want a DSLR but hey its recession/crisis. My free spendable income keeps going down as insurancen, Food and everything keeps going up in price and my income isnt going up.
so i simply do not have money for thoustant dollar bodys and multi thousant dollar lenses.
The last generation canon lensen have had some seriously absurd price gains which most normal non professionals simply can no longer afford.

Like the 70-200 F2.8 IS  that lens wwas 1350 euro the new IS II is a whopping 50% more expencive at 2086 euro.
The same happend with all other new lenses so canon just like any other greedy company in this time of recession is doing this to itself.
A normal wise company would lower prices which upps sales and helps the economu but for some reason in this crisis all companys seem to upp prices which lower sales and then bitch about it.
The greed has gone to there heads.
We the consumers dont have the money for your insane prices anymore ajust to it or see your sales drop even more.
=1  ;)

I know from the casual users perspective L stands for luxury, and yeah theres the honda mercedes analogy - but --- in this field its a bit more complex than that as in the car world luxury is really just that - a luxury - a honda or a mercedes perform the exact same function, it gets you to and from work.  L lenses on the other hand are designed for pro work, and are priced according. 

Canon doesn't update it's L's as often as other glass or other systems too - the v1 was releases in 2001, v2 in 2010.  So that's a 9 year cycle.  oh, and at launch, the v1 was at $1999 USD.  Not that much cheapers than the v2 at all. 

Now lets think of the other end --- canon won't be upgrading this lens to the v3 for what, another 8-9 years.     So Canon had to make this new 70-200 not only great in the here and now, but they had to design the optics to last for a decade - AND - knowing the road map to bigger mp's, it had to be a lens that had future proofing - a lens that works great in the 18-22 mp area, but, could also resolve for more MP's as that is the trend. 

Also, buy this lens today and you won't have a need to replace it until the next version comes out, and you won't be replacing it because of issues, (the lens will be fine unless you smashed it or something), it will be because the v3 is better!

To add more perspective - I am using the older version - the non IS 2.8 - release date of 1995, and this one won't get refreshed.  Owned it for 2+ years.  I bought it used, so I have no clue how old the thing actually is.  It continues to be my workhorse.  I will be updating it to the v2 because it is such a workhorse and I think adding IS could help me out in certain circumstances - plus it is better optically than the older one.  Only reason I have waited to upgrade is because I do love my non IS version, and I needed to fill out other areas of my kit.  Oh, andt he release price of the non IS version was $1450

the point is (or rather points are) - would you rather canon just push out new lenses that aren't new at all every year and make them cheap, but also disposable?  Or, would you rather them put the time and effort necessary fort he product to withstand a decade of being on the market? 

Lastly -- if cost is the issue for you but you want L ---save $$$ and buy used!!!!

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: November 01, 2013, 01:51:05 AM »
here's a few more

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM
« on: November 01, 2013, 01:46:25 AM »
here's a few more

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
« on: October 31, 2013, 03:52:07 AM »
here's a few more

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they should just present  something new and not just relabeled sensors and smaller camera bodies. why still no affordable mirrorless?? could easily dominate the market but yeah...

If it could so easily dominate the market, then why aren't the other mirrorless offerings dominating?

I think that both canon and nikon are on the right track, they know that if the winds turn towards mirrorless they could easily bang a few models out there.  But in the meantime, focus on the side of things they know they have a market for - like video and mirror based still camera's. then see what happens. 

Unfortunately though, as most have pointed out here - with the emphasis for mirrorless being smaller and lighter unless you want to live in a world where your focal length maxes out at 135mm, then this new thing will be a niche market at best.  The only other way this goes down is for a mirrorless system to be designed that DOES NOT require current dslr users to ditch all their lenses.  Create a mirrorless body with the same size as a current slr, and keep the damn mount the same - EF lenses...no silly quality killing adaptors, then mirrorless may have a chance because it will be a lot more viable for pro work. 

But ---what's the point then?  why recreate the wheel?  Other than draining batteries faster, not seeing much reason for mirrorless - it's not revolutionary, it's not even evolutionary ---it's kind of a backstep when you consider all the glass that goes into the garbage

I don't bank on that though. 


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Canon General / Re: Consumer DSLRs "dead in 5 years"
« on: October 28, 2013, 05:30:26 PM »
Now the pro view...all of what is written above is pretty much meaningless to the pro crowd.  For pros, the software is at home on our computers.

And I can't imagine Canon is preparing a new Photoshop.

Now that is an interesting side angle to the whole debate!  Maybe Adobe will take this message and step up their gamer a notch!  That may be reason enough for the existence of slr's

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