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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony to revolutionize our lives!
« on: November 28, 2013, 03:44:50 AM »
There are some research programs which have drivers wear a cap that lets you drive your car and control phone, messages, email, gps, and potentially other devices by thought.
Its happening, and the potential is huge.  I'm too old to expect to be around by the time its practical, but the idea is something we have thought about for a hundred years or more.
Companies are positioning themselves to be able to take advantage of the technology with relatively simple current gadgets.  Control of the playstation by thought?  Its going to happen!

Wouldn't a driver gets fined excessively for wearing such a cap, because it keeps the driver occupied with lots of things other than driving?

In many countries people do get into real trouble for actions like eating pizza, being on the phone, using SMS, writing e-mails, checking a calendar and drinking all at the same time as someone is driving. Judging from the initial reactions to Google's glasses there is quite a lot of opposition to overcome, before consumers can finally make use of integrated devices like what you describe effectively. The future may be not so bright.

Canon General / Re: TEN YEARS FROM NOW.
« on: November 27, 2013, 03:29:33 PM »

I agree that Samsung is not playing around. This is exactly why I don't see them as primarily a camera vendor. They are an electronics company and as diversified as is typical for large Asian corporations. They will do anything to get into evolving markets, just as you said, but becoming a camera vendor requires specialization in lenses and you can't get there in any form just with electronics engineers and a lot of money.

Getting excellent R&D staff for lenses like for example Zeiss or Canon or Nikon currently have available is next to impossible without purchasing a company just to get their staff. You can't hire excellent R&D staff in that area coming directly from universities, because nowadays there is very little research in that area. Just go onto university webpages and try to find one with actual research in optics. The best I could find searching for such a topic have been people researching better contact lenses.

To grow organically a company must have some staff specialized in lens design to begin with and then they must grow that R&D staff over decades to get to where they want to be. There's nothing easy about that and no shortcuts available whatsoever. Purchasing a weaker, much smaller player is the thing to do and the example you make of Sony's acquisition of Minolta just serves to show how difficult it is to reap a profit shortly after such an acquisition. Minolta was not exactly a weak player on the market for SLRs.

Canon General / Re: Consumer DSLRs "dead in 5 years"
« on: November 27, 2013, 03:08:02 PM »
Probably the next rant will be about full-frame high MP cell phones with lens adapters replacing anything in their path.  :o

Like this?

This is it exactly.

Given current smartphone camera specs (e.g. Nokia Lumia) we can expect a combination such as this to look good on paper. I just don't know how people can be so ignorant to believe that a combination like this will be better than a DSLR, though. The ergonomics of such a combination are terrible, not terrific.

Canon General / Re: TEN YEARS FROM NOW.
« on: November 27, 2013, 02:31:38 PM »
All interesting answers and thoughts.

I have no idea right now what else to add. Except for one thing:
I am missing any thought of the role SAMSUNG will be playing.

They have entered the system camera market.
And if they go forward with that as they did in other markets (TV, LED, of course not to forget smart phones and tablets), I think they will take over a big part of the consumer market and maybe then also aim for the pros.

The last thing I believe is that they will draw back.

I don't know where this notion of wondrous change in Samsung comes from. They have been an excellent vendor for computer monitors like 15 years ago, so how come anyone should be surprised that they become a top TV vendor? I don't get how people should be surprised by that. Samsung has also been busy in other areas for quite a long time and they have been at this since 1938. Just read their corporate history.

Nevertheless Samsung is nowhere near being a serious player in the DSLR market. They are not even a big player in mirrorless yet, although they have entered this market. As I see it they just try their hand at producing point-and-shoot cameras to gain some valuable R&D experience to provide some fringe benefits for their smart phone business. You can turn that argument around and stand it on its head as well: Samsung is willing to invest in this area as an offshoot of their smart phone development. You shouldn't expect Samsung not to be aware that the point-and-shoot market is shrinking rapidly.

Nevertheless there is a vast difference between being for example Nikon and being Samsung. Just think about being able to produce high quality lenses. Are you seriously expecting Samsung to be able to do so on the next 10 or even 20 years without having to purchase some other corporation?

You can look at Sony's acquisitions and collaboration with Zeiss for what a corporation must do to become a serious player and even Sony is not replacing Nikon yet, although Sony appears to be doing perhaps not all the right things but at least quite many of those. There is still an awful lot of learning curve ahead of them, before they can replace one of the top two. Just bringing out interesting products is not enough. They must be willing to somehow keep their related system products valid for decades as well.

It should be no surprise that a well established vendor such as Fuji is still doing well. The bottom line is: You either have experience and make it work or you don't.

EOS Bodies / Re: New EOS-1 in 2014 [CR1]
« on: November 27, 2013, 02:08:30 PM »
We, the declining stills orientated market, are fortunate that the ideas they are moving towards are somewhat complimentary to our own "needs" for still based equipment, so far.

The customer only comes first if the company can sell the stuff they make and give their shareholders a reasonable return. If they can't they will try to find other customers, not different shareholders.

hehehe! Quite funny. Next suggestion will probably be to kneel down and beg to Canon "please, please give me a new stills-oriented camera."  ::)

no way!

In reality it is way easier for (almost all of) Canon's customers to turn around and find another supplier of excellent image capturing gear than it is for Canon to find "new customers" willing to pay inflated prices for fairly un-innovative products.

Say, do you exist in some sort of distorted reality field?

Sony is not doing well financially, but at least they are fighting for corporate survival, Nikon is facing decline for years, while Canon is far more successful than any other camera or lens vendor.  :o

Looks like you may want to morph yourself into a different customer, then.  :o

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony to revolutionize our lives!
« on: November 27, 2013, 02:03:10 PM »
This will raise computer hacking to a new level with exciting new opportunities.

Computer hacking may lead to hair-raising results.  ;D ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: How can I choose between 1DX and 5D MARK III?
« on: November 27, 2013, 11:45:29 AM »
Actually, reviewes suggest that both are excellent.

For landscape I would go for the 5D3 because of the extra pixels, excellent IQ, less weight and lower cost.
If shooting moving subjects is also your target (and no money and weight constraints) I would buy the 1Dx.

Once you add a battery grip to the 5D Mark III the weight and size advantage is lost. What remains is the excellent silent shutter plus those extra pixels.

Canon General / Re: Consumer DSLRs "dead in 5 years"
« on: November 27, 2013, 11:37:35 AM »
Probably the next rant will be about full-frame high MP cell phones with lens adapters replacing anything in their path.  :o

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony to revolutionize our lives!
« on: November 27, 2013, 11:29:07 AM »
What I fear most is that in some societies (most likely in South East Asia were people like to blend in) such new technologies might actually be accepted as the latest craze. What if those wigs sell like crazy?  :o :o :o

EOS Bodies / Re: How can I choose between 1DX and 5D MARK III?
« on: November 26, 2013, 12:15:25 PM »
rent maybe first…I think if you're using a film camera now…that's the best image..(digital is for speed…work flow..work)
:o :o :o

For a digital image you can add film grain in post processing, so that you will have comparable results. How then would film give you the best image??? Just try shooting film at ISO 800 or why not 1600 or 3200. You can get the same or better result using a fairly old digital camera. At ISO 50 or ISO 100 you can get results comparable to a digital camera, but that's under ideal conditions.

Do you develop your own film to make the most out of it? Post-processing a digital image is available for everyone on their home computers. You even get several tries to make it good. It's not only the speed, which has gone up. Image quality has gone places, too.

Back to the original question here's my advice in simplified form:
In case you need the silent shutter feature of the 5D Mark III, then this should be what you purchase.
If you need speed and/or optimized useability then you should go for the 1D-X.

I use both. 5D Mark III can serve as an excellent backup body for 1D-X.

Canon General / Re: TEN YEARS FROM NOW.
« on: November 25, 2013, 10:52:33 AM »
Now that's a good idea.

Here's Sanj's list adapted to what I would expect:
1. DSLRs will continue to be used by professionals and amateurs alike.
2. Mirrorless will follow point and shoot cameras into the abyss of consumer cameras being replaced by camera phones.
3. Point and shoot would be dead.
4. Canon cameras will have 2 stops better ISO.
5. There will be lenses with 6 stop IS.
6. Nikon will continue to suffer economically until they are reduced to be merely a niche vendor catering to a select clientele of retro-camera fans (Nikon Df for anyone?).
7. Sony will replace Nikon as the DSLR vendor competing with Canon.
8. Canon will likely deliver something in the range of 80-120 MP sensors, making medium format obsolete for commercial purposes.
9. DR will be around 16 stops.
10. 1D form factor will stay.

What makes me nervous is the notion of voice controls for cameras. Makes me think of a bunch of sports photographers having to make silly "click", "click" noises to shoot their cameras. :o

EOS Bodies / Re: New EOS-1 in 2014 [CR1]
« on: November 20, 2013, 11:24:34 AM »
On this matter I am highly optimistic that the upcoming high MP Canon 1Dsomething will be exactly what I want: A more modern form of 1Ds Mark III.

I don't want a 5D-style body nor do I care for lowering price and functionality. I simply want the best Canon can come up with. It is very interesting to read that supposedly this new camera is intended to outdo Nikon's upcoming D4x.

This will promise a very nice, highly optimized, feature rich product, where Canon will hopefully go all-out with what their technology can currently deliver. This will be nice to see and even nicer to use. 8)

Lenses / Re: DxO Mark
« on: November 20, 2013, 04:05:14 AM »
Excuse me, but what I don't understand is why there is so much discussion regarding DxO Mark?

It should have become obvious based on forum members actually collecting DxO Mark results (many thanks to Neuro) that this is not an independent research institute, but a company with all its influences, which do not serve to make them publish what may be qualified as results coming from proper scientific procedures, but rather those results the company wants to publish. There is a marked difference here.

It should also be clear that marketing statements ("image science"?) are sometimes contrary to actual fact. So please excuse DxO for publishing what managers think they should publish, because as a company they have any right to do so. On the other hand there is no reason to complain about this or that score being somewhat different from other tests or actual real life experience.

Technical Support / Re: 7D technical error - no video & half black stills
« on: November 19, 2013, 10:36:07 AM »
Your best option is to bring your camera to either CPS or your local camera service and get your camera repaired.

EOS Bodies / Re: New high resolution camera
« on: November 19, 2013, 07:28:24 AM »
Have you shot with a 7D-II?

There's no need whatsoever to actually shoot with a 7D Mark II to realize that if such a camera is released it will be using a crop sensor. This alone cements a striking image quality difference, which is exactly what will keep professional shooters from using it when it counts most. Privatebydesign phrased this quite nicely.

Forget assumptions that with diminished sensor size you can easily outdo a larger sensor. Higher MP density doesn't bring about better image quality, if the sensor is much smaller such as with the difference between 7D and 1D-X. Both have 18 MPs, but there are striking differences in the per-pixel image quality. Once you need to crop an image, you are much better off with a full-frame sensor.

In addition I don't remember sports to be held exclusively at bright sunlight. With not-so-well-lit environments and a need to keep shutter speeds fast, how can you expect to get good results with a crop sensor? Given the small pixel size it will suffer in low light.

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