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EOS Bodies / Re: More Talk of an October Announcement of a DSLR [CR1]
« on: September 26, 2014, 10:43:10 PM »
Everyone:  look at the original post on FM. There's nothing much there. Just some guy makes a statement in a thread saying there's going to be a new big MP body.  Then about 20 people on FM started going back and forth on it, and then people here on CR are doing the same thing. 

Go back to the beginning post on FM. Read it. There is nothing much there. 

It doesn't exist yet, but if someone really could get the camera to do its own AFMA using DPAF (or whatever) that would be truly great.

 I also think they would be smart to put it in every body (or every one that has DPAF ) not just the higher end ones.  That would just go to the basic functionality of the camera and the basic image quality, and it would be concealing their own minor manufacturing inconsistency to make every Canon body work perfectly with every lens.  Cheaper than trying to accomplish the same thing with massive quality control improvement efforts.  And it wouldn't upset the separation of price points between models.  The simple one would focus simply but accurately.

I fiddle with the crop quite a bit, but the amount of care differs according to how special or not special the image is. 

I usually frame a little loosely so that I can have leeway to improve composition goofs with a fairly significant crop.

EOS Bodies / Re: A New EOS Pro Body With 46mp Next Month? [CR1]
« on: September 17, 2014, 06:41:26 PM »
Some guy no one knows makes an account calling himself "Psychic1" and posts a statement with absolutely no backstory on how he comes to know this.  They seem inordinately excited by very thin rumors there on FM. 

EOS Bodies / Re: 7DII vs Samsung NX1
« on: September 17, 2014, 02:38:21 PM »
Does Adobe work up a Lightroom raw converter for Samsung bodies?  If not, that would be a pain.  If so, do they take a while to get around to doing it when new bodies come out? 

Lenses / Re: Hands-on With the Canon EF 400 f/4 DO IS II
« on: September 17, 2014, 10:14:12 AM »
How did they let "That Nikon Guy" play with the merchandise?  He should be on a no-try list somewhere at Canon.  ;)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Upgrade Path Dilemma
« on: September 14, 2014, 11:24:52 AM »
You don't list interests in shooting live subjects in low light or indoors.  That somewhat reduces your need for full frame. 
As long as you are shooting landscapes, etc., which do not move, you could get by in dim light by using long exposures, provided you get a good tripod and head. Do you have one? 

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Specifications Confirmed
« on: September 11, 2014, 05:48:09 AM »
No mention of max shutter. Assume it is 1/8000?

No mention of flash sync speed.  Assume it is 1/250th?  Any possibility it could be a bit higher?  1/320th?

Well, I don't know nearly as much as Privatebydesign does about everything, but I do think Roger of Lens Rentals may be an educated lens buyer almost on the same level as Privates. 

Privatebydesign:  how many lenses have you purchased?  Just round it over to the nearest hundred lenses to keep it simple.


And when we learn to take pictures without camera bodies the results might be relevant.

Yet more critical over analysis of a non relevant point. How a D810 and Nikon 24-70 f2.8 performs compared to a 5D MkIII and 24-70 f2.8 is all I, as an educated camera system buyer, want to know.

And yet another response from someone who somehow forgets that this is a gear site. An experiment that attempts to shed light on a question unanswerable in ordinary conditions is exactly the sort of thing that is of interest to some people on a gear site.  And a test of Canon vs. Nikon gear, done in a way that isolates the lens capability from other variables is the sort of thing people are interested in, whether it has practical relevance or not.

Next thing will be the standard tired pat answer that someone always applies to every thread; "skill matters more than gear".  Oh.  No, wait that actually IS what the very next person did in fact regurgitate.

Lenses / Roger Cicala: Canon v. Nikon lenses on optical bench (no camera)
« on: September 06, 2014, 09:30:40 PM »

Roger at Lens Rentals is comparing 24-70's and 70-200's from Canon and Nikon.  Interesting because it removes the huge variable of the different camera bodies you usually have. 

Good autofocus would not hurt image quality or performance.  Good autofocus would widen the appeal of the lens to include the many customers who are reluctant to buy a MF-only lens.   Autofocus is not terribly expensive, as most lenses manage to feature it and still make a profit (at a much, much lower retail price!).  It leads one to think Zeiss has taken a good honest look at what they are capable of doing exceptionally well (optics) and what they are not (autofocus) and made a decision to not do it they are unable to do it as superbly as they do the optics.   

EOS Bodies / Re: The day of the anti-climatic announcement
« on: September 02, 2014, 05:56:11 PM »
As for pricing, there is no reason they have to increase.  Look at flat panel TV's. every year or two for the last 20 years the TV's have gotten better and better at the same time that they were also holding the same price or even sometimes getting cheaper.  Same thing with computers, laptops, Dvd/Blueray players, phones and other electronic things.

Lenses / Re: Canon Price Drops on L Lenses
« on: August 31, 2014, 01:06:15 PM »
Obviously a response to market conditions.  While there are several relevant ones here, including overly-aggressive pricing strategy in the last few years, camera/tablet cameras, mirrorless systems, a still-sluggish economic recovery, market saturation, etc., I can think of no stronger operative market force than competition. 

And because Canon is partly insulated from Nikon/Sony competition by the investment its existing customers have sunk in Canon equipment (which acts as a barrier to switching systems), I think this speaks volumes about the effect of 3rd party lens makers in particular, being direct competition on lenses.  Chief among them being Sigma, with their generally well-respected Art line.

I think this is great for the consumer, as it should drive innovation as well as put some brake on pricing.

Lenses / Re: New Lens Information for Photokina
« on: August 29, 2014, 10:50:24 AM »
Who the heck would want a FF lens that only goes to f/5.6 at 105mm? 
Not me, but people that want a light, cheap lens for landscape, travel, & studio use where shallow DOF is never used.  6D shooters would likely be the target for this lens.

Your logic makes about as much sense as saying who would want a crop sensor, or would want a camera any less tough than the 1D X.

There's this little thing called market segmentation.  It's how big companies make money.  Reference Canon's profits on the Rebel line vs. the 1D line.

Well, I am a 6d shooter, and I can assure you that I would never have invested the money to go full frame if I had any intention whatsoever of shooting a FF equivalent of the Rebel's cheapo kit lens.

If they want to offer a less-expensive kit lens with a FF camera, they should simply offer a kit that includes a 50mm f/1.4. That could be done in a white box for just a couple hundreds bucks over body-only price and might be very popular.

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