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EOS Bodies / Re: Two New Full Frame Cameras in 2014? [CR1]
« on: December 03, 2013, 01:10:31 PM »
not sure if this could happen, but...

2 FF bodies rumored, but not a 5d4 and not a split to the 1d line...

Many have said it could be a 6d2... I think this is very logical because its entry level which if it follows the pattern of other entry level products, 1-2 year cycle, so the 6d2 could very well be one of the new FF bodies..

the second...

how about this as an idea --- a 5dS perhaps?  what else would they name a big mp studio camera that isn't 1 series?  2D?  doubt it...3d...everyone says that won't happen... a 4D???/ maybe...5 is out, 6 is out, 7 is out...and I doubt they'd make an 8d or a 9d because that would be really confusing...

EOS Bodies / Re: 5DIV, 7DII and future of upgrades
« on: December 03, 2013, 12:56:06 PM »
My 2 cents --

I know many are hot to trot on mirrorless, but, I think its more of a fad than a lasting viable system.  The biggest problem is glass - not enough native M mount glass out there.  In my eyes, the logical solution is to figure out a native mount that accepts EF glass (for canon at least, whats the designation for nikon, DX?).  And that's where things get tricky for mirrorless - using current EF glass means that many of the advantages (size, weight being the biggest) of mirrorless are lost.  So your stuck in the rock in the hard place - buying a mirrorless for size and weight advantage then having to choose between excellent IQ (EF glass, but that kills the size/weight advantage), or subpar IQ (using smaller, lighter M glass, keeps it small and lightweight but at the expense of IQ), or using an adapter to use EF glass, which will hurt IQ even more.

I kind only see mirrorless working as nothing more than a consumer option.  What they should to is actually find a way to remove the LCD, and replace it with a dock for a phone (hard to do because ports are not standard on phones, so you'd have to create a camera for each phone mount).  Now that would be the way to combine the 2...alas though it will be wifi and wifi only for that.  I read thought this though and see all the little things people want, touch screens and the like ----its grasping at straws because in reality you just want your phone to take nicer shots.  and I think that will be the final nail in the mirrorless coffin --- the market that mirrorless appeals to is the market that will say, I don't want to carry 2 things when i can carry 1, afterall, can I play candy crush on the camera?  Can this camera slip into my pocket?  Nope, you'll need a bag for it.  Lenses?  You'll need a larger bag unless you want a jack of all trades 12mm-300mm f5.6 compact lens (yeah, there isn't one yet, but to be viable, it would have to be tiny and light which means a trade of of size and weight for less IQ).

And as for potential pro use - I look to what nikon and canon are doing with their glass.  high end glass is made for DSLR's - and it doesn't look like either company is breaking that trend.  Without high end glass this won't be a pro option.  I know sony says they have a lens road map for their A series, but, this is sony we're talking about here so they may have all the glass ready by the time the next fad has arrived, and sony likes the fads...

So again, I think mirrorless will be a fad unless they can make native mounts for existing glass systems - and even then it will only take off if there is some kind of very real tangible benefit over a DSLR.  I watched that kai video, and it astounded me that for some reason the mirrorless A7 and A7r are louder than my either my 5d3 or my 6d on silent mode ---- WHY???????? why in the world would they do that - for nostalgic purposes?  I don't get it at all.  why make a loud psuedo shutter clack if the main benefit is that there is no shutter to clack??????  And this gets me to my final point --- take away the weight and size benefit, and what is the real advantage?  it's mirrorless so the burst rate should be off the charts --- nope...5 fps on the A7, and 4 on the A7r.  No shutter, that should lead to higher x-sync speeds right ---  nope, 1/160th and 1/250th.  Seems a lot like what we have in a dslr right now. 

How much do many of use here have invested in our current system?  Think on that.  then consider that there really isn't anything mind blowing about mirrorless (IE, there is to my knowledge absolutely nothing that can be done with a mirrorless body that you can't do with a DSLR), why would we  sell of the gear to switch?  We may buy one as a novelty, use it for a few months then add it to the shelf of things collecting dust.   Again, there is nothing mindblowing because the tech inside camera's has hit an apex for now and we all have to wait for the next round of big advances in other tech areas before we see another round of mind blowing advances - mirrorless is adopting this because there's really not much new stuff they can do.

the future of DSLR's:

As said in that last statement above, I do foresee a longer shelf life for models.  i like the idea of the buyback program, as time goes on that will be a big factor.  I'm not sold on the idea of sending your camera in for an upgrade to the existing body --- my guess is it will be a loyalty kind of thing --- a trade in (IE buy the 5d4 new at $4k, or trade in your mk3 for a mk4 for 2K.  HAHA, there's that mirror...if your going on 3 years with your mk3 changing out the snesor and processor would be great, but that mirror will need to be replaced too. 

And before I get flamed for all of the above...these are just guesses, and I am probably wrong....lol

EOS Bodies / Re: Two New Full Frame Cameras in 2014? [CR1]
« on: December 02, 2013, 10:17:28 AM »
I'm sure I won't be doing that regardless of who took them because an image might mean nothing to you but may mean the world to the person who made it. Nevertheless, IMHO it is poor form to call someone's images junk while not posting your own.

Does a movie critic need to make their own movie in order to comment on a movie?
Do food critics need to offer up their own food in order to be accepted?
And so on.
The world is full of people offering up opinions on whatever without providing their own for comment on just about every topic imaginable. Get over it.

What i don't get is that your thick skinned enough to put yourself out there in a discussion like this, but not to put your images out there. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Two New Full Frame Cameras in 2014? [CR1]
« on: December 01, 2013, 02:13:07 PM »
Thanks, but no thanks.

got it, OrangUtan ... from your apparent love for red ink and in-text corrections you must be an old-style school teacher by profession and a Canon fan-boy by vocation.  Too bad I am not one of your students.

I therefore ask you politely to refrain from defacing my posts and twisting my words using bolded bi-color full text quotes. It is bad style and hurts my readers' eyes.

@ RLphoto: No, I won't ever show any of my images here. And not necessary ... since the shortcomings and limitations in Canon's sensor tech and subsequent image quality relative to better camera gear can be seen and studied in a large number of images readily available on the net.

the funny thing about this is that when I search for images to gain inspiration, I see wonderful images coming from each of these systems.  If it were that obvious then you wouldn't see plentiful examples of amazing images.  Therefore I have to agree with the rewrites of your post because it is clearly mainly an issue for you.  So much so that you seem to be embarrassed by your images - which is a shame because I like many others here are making wonderful images using canon gear - hell, even the lowly 6d continues to impress me.  So, I'd say its time to post some real images man, not shots of test shots, not intentionally underexposed imaged lifted 6 stops to show what happens when you push an image too far...real examples of how canon gear's shortcomings are ruining all of your images.  Others here aren't scared to post, why are you????

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Wedding Photography Photos - 5d MK III
« on: November 30, 2013, 10:37:56 AM »
here's a few more

EOS Bodies / Re: Two New Full Frame Cameras in 2014? [CR1]
« on: November 29, 2013, 01:10:31 PM »
up the frame rate slightly, add the cf card slot, add a sync port...done....that still leaves room for improving (up the sync speed, add a few Xpoints, etc etc...)

Not sure why they would bother adding a CF slot.  SD cards are comparable in maximum speed, and typically lead capacity-wise (256 GB SD cards were available for an entire year before anyone announced a comparable CF card).  SD cards also take up less space in your camera bag, and have the advantage of being compatible with readers that are built into most laptops, whereas CF cards aren't.

Two slots of the same type are much more user-friendly than two different slot types, because you don't have to carry around cards of two different types.  And given that SD is ahead of CF and is likely to continue pulling ahead (because CF-based devices are basically lost in the noise as a percentage of cameras sold), I'd much rather see them do dual SD cards that can be used either in alternation (which would increase your shots per second or ensure that your buffer never gets full or both) or in combination (as a backup) at the user's option.

while SD are smaller and get the job done and do support high capacity - CF is currently a lot faster and are more durable. 

And the point wasn't really a statement of how cf is better than sd or vice versa --- my statement was more about the simple little things they could do on a 6d2 that wouldn't mean a ton of R&D $$ and time - things they can do without revamping the whole assembly line.

EOS Bodies / Re: Two New Full Frame Cameras in 2014? [CR1]
« on: November 28, 2013, 04:12:32 PM »
my bet is that the 6d will get it's II marker before we see a 5dIV.  It's the entry level model after all, and they can do some very minor tweaks which will improve the camera without interfering with higher level models (5d3 and 1dx). 

6d upgrade -

up the frame rate slightly, add the cf card slot, add a sync port...done....that still leaves room for improving (up the sync speed, add a few Xpoints, etc etc...)

edit --- with that said, I could see them announce a 5d14 in 2014!  Announce is not release though - if they announce it it won't be released for a while --- they could announce the mk4 in 2014 but release it 2015, then turn around and announce the 6d2 and release it very shortly after (like they do with XXD and XXXD models) (still seems like a really short lifespan for the mk3 though). 

6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: November 28, 2013, 12:01:50 PM »
here's another sunset from ricks cafe, jamaica

6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: November 27, 2013, 02:11:54 PM »
a few more from jamaica

6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: November 26, 2013, 05:21:11 PM »
Cliff divers at Ricks Cafe Jamaica

Great shot...the 6D is not supposed to be able to do shots like that!

Shot in good light of course, servo mode, center point.  I opted to bring the 6d on the trip because it was my honeymoon and I didn't want to go on gear overload...so the 6d + 24mm 1.4 and 85mm 1.8.  Here's one from the cliffs with the 24mm, and a landscape and a sunset

6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: November 26, 2013, 03:40:55 PM »
Cliff divers at Ricks Cafe Jamaica

6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: November 26, 2013, 02:49:53 PM »
More Jamaica...

I thought you didn't like the 6D?  Looks like it seems to work ok...

I like my 6d!  .... It even did well shooting the cliff divers at ricks cafe! (of course, this is not the cliff divers).

6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: November 26, 2013, 02:20:20 PM »
More Jamaica...

6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: November 26, 2013, 12:03:01 PM »
my 6d and jamaica.....  :)  more to come...

oh yes! Canon will absolutely dominate "the future of photography" with the SL-1.

No, you're wrong.  Nikon will dominate with the Df.   ::)  ::)  ::)

hehe! SL-1 vs. Df will duke it out.

Looking at these "fabulous" DSLRs and the equally fabulous mirrorless alternatives available, it shoukd not come as a surprise, that potential buyers simply refuse to buy. Even consumers and prosumers have learned and are smart enough to not waste their money on cameras like the Df or SL1 but rather sit back and wait just a little longer, until decent (FF) mirrorless cameras become available at affordable prices. Including a "mirrorless digital rebel" (FF) at USD/€ 999.

If the Sony A7 will not sell well this may already happen in Q1/Q2 of 2014. :-)

To improve upon the current tech in mirrorless, you need R&D money and lots of it - and unless the big 2 (canon and Nikon) believe as much as you do that mirrorless is the way of the future so much that they are willing to take HUGE losses, your dream of "decent (FF) mirrorless cameras become available at affordable prices. Including a "mirrorless digital rebel" (FF) at USD/€ 999." just won't happen.  I don't think betting on Sony is a winning bet.  Sony has no real direction in this market - the camera world is a side project to all the other stuff sony does.  So for mirrorless to replace the existing market ---it will mean canon and nikon making it happen.

My last mirrorless prediction ----

I really think the only hope for mirrorless in the pro/semipro/prosumer/enthusiast world is if they can engineer a way to have the lens mount be the same as we currently have.  Yes, this means the size, form factor and weight will stay the same as current slr's.  But, I have not heard anything stating that this is how it will go, so we're left with a new system and a new mount.  No pro wants to fiddle with adaptor rings.   And unless there is a startlingly clear mind blowing oh my god improvement in IQ, what pro/semipro/prosumer/enthusiast is going to commit to a path of selling off their $10,000 worth of glass in order to buy $15,000 worth of mirrorless glass? 

Again, if we can use our current lens line up with a mirrorless system, no adaptor needed, native mount, same quality...it has a chance...  but again, that isn't the path mirrorless seems to be taking.  New system, new mount, new glass = DOA if you ask me.. the only way making such a huge product shift can or will happen is if the world economy goes from recessed to boom, and I mean big boom because right now there is really nothing earth shattering or groundbreaking to mirrorless ---seems like a big PITA for really no gain

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