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Lenses / Re: Canon Announces New Lens Caps!
« on: November 06, 2012, 08:04:13 AM »
Canon, now with Tamron lens caps!

If we can borrow Tamron lens cap tech, then lets also borrow Fuji's non-bayer sensor tech and get rid of the anti-aliasing filter.

EOS Bodies / Re: 70d
« on: November 02, 2012, 06:41:36 PM »
I have not seen anything.

Hard to really say for sure there will actually be a 70D (nice solid crop frame not made of magnesium).  The 60D budget FF camera might mean the models get consolidated.  They might do a 70D and a 7D2.  They might do only one or the other.  They might do neither, though that would be hard to imagine.

What do you shoot now?

Apple uses the same tactic.  Look around.  No matter where you buy - the Apple Store, Best Buy, the outlet...for any given Apple product, the price differences among any outlets you care to check will never be more than about $10 different in either direction.

Apple does it differently though - They dont give you any margin to move on.

When my work sold Apple, a $1599 laptop cost us about $1560 to buy in.

Canon uses 1/2 the successful Apple formula.  Apple 1.) has a clearly superior product, and 2.) charges more than all its competitors.  Canon has "step 2" down pat.  How long can that work without "step 1", though? 

An overnight 20% price increase is hard to stomach or defend, even by the ones who have drunk the most of Canon's Kool-Ade.  Dx0 Mark overall scores may not be perfect, but with the Nikons consistently scoring much higher in Dx0 AND basically every photo magazine out there, while also selling for 15% to 25% less (D3 and D4 price vs. 1D-X) (or D800 price vs. 5D3), all but the True Believers will see this as relevant information pointing towards Nikon as the better purchase.


We were given a pair of $400.00 Pittsburgh Steelers football tickets from a vendor, and we saw a heck of a game recently.  I read the rules of the stadium, and it says no video gear, and no "professional lenses", listing 6 inches as the maximum.  My EF 70-200 f/2.8L Mk.2 is about 8 inches long if you ignore the end cap and lens cap.  The pros on the sidelines all had massive lenses on monopods of course, over half of which were BIG WHITES!  (Woo, hoooo!)  (At Pirates games, it is usually about 100% big whites.)

I chickened out and didn't bring my camera for this reason.  The parking is like 1/2 mile from the stadium and the security check line is always a mile long, and I didn't want to risk a long walk back to the car.  (Nor did I want to leave a nice lens in the car.)  But with the seats we get, I am SURE that with the 1/4x TC, I could have gotten some really good shots.  A guy right in front of us got a Nikon lens in, (NOT large and white) by playing dumb and saying "I don't know how lenses work" when asked if it was a telephoto.  I thought I might say it is an insect and flower lens, and I am pressing into game service because it is my only weather-resistant lens".  If I don't draw a camera guy at the security booth, maybe I'd be OK?

Does anyone have experience getting long-ish white lenses into NFL stadiums, or Heinz field in particular?  I do believe I may be lucky enough to get more of these tickets.  ;D

Lenses / Re: Rationalise my kit!
« on: October 28, 2012, 08:16:36 PM »
You do have quite a bit of redundancy in lens length there, so perhaps a garage sale is a good idea. 

And do we understand correctly you wish to buy a Nikon lens to bracket onto a Canon body, despite the MF and other drawbacks, and you are firmly set on doing so?

How much wider/shorter would  you want to go than a (Nikon) 14-24 on a FF camera?  Not a fisheye, right? 

Maybe the smaller fabs and higher MP will hit a wall or at least fall out of fashion due to diminishing returns on cost, or IQ issues.

How do we kick off a consumer fad for "Highest acceptable ISO rating!!!"  Maybe "New & improved ISO performance"!!!  Have them emblazon that on the camera boxes and the cameras themselves, instead of "XX MP".

Lenses / Re: Guesses on lenses for Photoplus
« on: October 24, 2012, 04:06:52 PM »
More mirrorless lenses.   >:(

Easy, Caroline. Why the vulgarity? 

The thread in here on "Canon on top again" got a little flamey, but the OP's premise was that there is such a rumor.  (That Canon will be the top-ranked pro sensor when the Dx0 Mark rating comes out).  That was largely ignored in the responses, though. 

Anyway, I never saw that rumor.  Was that a CR rumor?

Sports / Re: Girls Soccer Game
« on: October 20, 2012, 01:19:18 AM »
You nailed the focus.  Good job. 
You were just on the wrong side of the field.  You should have the sun at your back,  and in the faces of your subjects, not the other way round.  Here the subjects are back-lit, which is about as bad as you can make it for you.

Lenses / Re: DXO - lens reviews - 300mm f/2.8 IS II - that bad ???
« on: October 15, 2012, 09:06:55 AM »
Yeah, well they ALSO say that the 70-200 f/2.8 Mk II is worse than the Mk I !!! 

They are entirely alone in that view, as far as I can see from all the other sources I have ever seen.

Site Information / Re: Missing Persons -- Brian??
« on: October 13, 2012, 01:25:21 PM »
Perhaps he went over to the dark side and picked up a D800.   ;)

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Canon EOS 7D Magic Lantern Alpha Available
« on: October 13, 2012, 08:58:41 AM »
Canon should either make these features themselves or else they should show up in a limo with a big briefcase full of cash and buy out the Magic Lantern folks.  That would all be a nice innovation they could have over Nikon even if they didn't come up with it themselves.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Future of APS-C
« on: October 09, 2012, 01:55:11 PM »
Do you even shoot FF? APS-C in NOT the lousy equivalent to FF. Go ahead and try super tele on FF. You'll see just how lousy it really is to shoot FF compared to a good old 7D! 1D X with a 600mm f/4L IS II.  Just plain lousy.  Crappy.  I should just chuck the 1D X in the bin.

Comparing the 7D to the 1D X with a supertele, the 1D X has a significantly higher AF hit rate than the 7D, and the 1D X images cropped to APS-C framing are at least as good as the 7D uncropped, albeit with fewer MP.

Honestly, I'm wondering if I will keep the 7D (the answer is probably yes, at least for now...a backup body is nice to have, but if a 7DII comes I'll consider it, unless I've replaced it with a refurb 1DIV in the meantime).

Yes, you have a $7,000.00 camera body and just one of your lenses costs $13,000.00.  I am certain this combo works well and gets the job done.  For that price it had better be at least somewhat better than a setup costing 1/12th of that price.  And even at 1/12th the price, most people (not on camera forums) still find crop DSLR rigs to be too spendy when their camera phone is so good nowadays. 

Unless Canon (or anyone else) can find a million new hyper-uber-hobbyists to each spend $40,000-$50,000 or so on kit, they can't stop dealing with crop bodies and those who buy them. 

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 70-200 OS
« on: October 07, 2012, 02:57:19 PM »
Looks like if I can get hold of a good copy of Sigma 70-200 OS, it will pretty wonderful. But have to cross the hurdle called Sigma QC....

It might be just a marketing response to what Sigma itself must realize is a perception that they lack QC, BUT they did recently make a big deal about addressing that.  They re-released this lens in an "updated" form less than 2 years after releasing the last version.  And to much accompanying hoop-la about a new system of QC.

I wish Sigma could get its crap together and be what they could be.  Sigma could really be the one 3rd party/2nd tier outfit that advances to the 1st tier Canon/Nikon/(Sony?) level.  (I'd include Pentax and Oly on 1st tier if they had more DSLR market share)  Sigma makes their own cameras, not just lenses.  It is a large company.  They should/could be much better thought-of than a company like Tamron, Tokina, etc., but for now they remain lumped in together with 3rd party outfits on that level.  If they really can get a handle on QC, and then convince everyone that they have done so, then they could be a catalyst that pushes Canon and Nikon to innovate faster while keeping a check on prices too.

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