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EOS Bodies / Re: Will the next xD cameras do 4k?
« on: February 13, 2014, 09:22:27 AM »
is this a photography or harvard business school forum?   ;D

Well, apparently in order to answer the fundamental question posed at the beginning this thread, namely whether the next EOS xD cameras will do 4K video, we've had to rope in the various business theories. And the answer seems that if one follows the "Harvard" way, then Canon will play it conservatively and not include 4K until such time as 4K becomes the de facto standard for amateur videography. Or at least that's how I understand it.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony FE 70-200 f/4 G OSS lens
« on: February 13, 2014, 09:05:37 AM »
Isn't it embarrassing that men call women "shopaholics" and then we do the same $hit and squeal [in a manly way of course  ;)] whenever some new camera gadget comes along. :-[

From this day forward, I'll never again make negative remarks about anybody's desire to shop.  :-\

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PowerShot / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X II Final Specifications
« on: February 13, 2014, 07:58:32 AM »
Really? or are you kidding?

I'm kidding. But it does sound so very plausible, doesn't it? So it could be true, because many a true word is spoken in jest. And therefore the arrow never hits the tortoise. [insert insane laugh here]

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony FE 70-200 f/4 G OSS lens
« on: February 13, 2014, 07:52:53 AM »
Too many choices ... too many choices ...

Olympus just hinted that they will be releasing a 300mm f/4 lens by early next year. So I thought, hey, Olympus, hallo there, here's my dinero and gimme that 25mm. (Although I'd be buying the 35-100mm from Panasonic.)

But this new rascal on an A7 with either the 35mm or the 55mm will suffice just about 99% of my photographic needs ... plus an A6000 for fun. And then to hunt down one of those Sony 600mm catadioptric lenses with AF.

And then there's Fujifilm ... Oh, Fujifilm, I never liked your film emulsions, but your Fujinon lenses were always pretty neat and that X-T1 with 35mm f1/4 is so seductive.

Too many choices ... too many choices ...

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EOS Bodies / Re: sotchi - canon prototypes
« on: February 13, 2014, 07:42:37 AM »
Possibly. I like to go to local events and see what junk the local "pros" are using to capture those local "iconic moments" forever.  ;D

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EOS Bodies / Re: Panasonic's view of the 7D successor
« on: February 13, 2014, 07:39:05 AM »
Well, it wasn't really that difficult, because Canon has been releasing the same-o stuff for the past three or four years ... or in the case of the 7D series, not.

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I'd say you have to go out there and grab the business by the throat. Easiest would be to look for local manufacturers of something, then look at their websites and then go sell yourself by offering to photograph one of their products for free. Then offer to do the rest for a reasonably low fee. I would also not really bother with complicated contracts at this stage and just allow them to do whatever with the images. Primarily you want to build a client list and a reputation right now.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Will the next xD cameras do 4k?
« on: February 13, 2014, 07:16:13 AM »
How do you like your 4K TV?

I like it real fine, thanks for asking. But just between the two of us, it's really a 16K TV, because that's what I paid for it, oh, eight years ago.

Also, what computer/UHD-monitor/software setup do you have to edit your 4K video?

I got a secondhand Cray XT5 for a song on our local eBay-equivalent site. It does the job sufficiently, as KDE still takes forever to start.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Will the next xD cameras do 4k?
« on: February 13, 2014, 06:32:34 AM »
... why are you even the least bit concerned about the development of 4k?

Maybe because 4K is what gets me interested in video, perhaps?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Will the next xD cameras do 4k?
« on: February 13, 2014, 03:00:45 AM »
BTW, not sure if anyone filled you in, but mirrorless = liveview shooting. I think that makes dual pixel a little bit significant at least, wouldn't you say?

Not if I first have to move the mirror out of the way. Not if I have to hold the camera at arm length, with an f/2.8 L zoom attached. (OK, not if the camera has a flippy-out screen ... but the 5DIII does not have one of those, and neither does the 6D nor the 1DX.)  :P

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EOS Bodies / Re: Will the next xD cameras do 4k?
« on: February 13, 2014, 02:45:48 AM »
Rule 2: If you can't sell enough of what you do offer, drop it and save the resources.

Interesting. For comparison, we don't think like that in our business model, unless the product causes an actual monetary loss and doesn't make up for it in marketing value.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Will the next xD cameras do 4k?
« on: February 12, 2014, 05:01:17 PM »
BTW, again, based on your gear list, I don't believe you are anywhere near qualified enough to talk about how good/bad the AF systems of the current higher end Canon bodies are.

Read what I wrote ... 5D2 ... two, not three.

We can resume conversation about this specific topic once you obtain a piece of equipment from this decade.

I do believe the EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM and the EF 70-200mm f/4 L USM are both still, today, current issue from Canon. As for cameras, read what I wrote.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Will the next xD cameras do 4k?
« on: February 12, 2014, 04:50:53 PM »
Let America be a lesson to South Africa ...

You'd be surprised at how much we've learned from the USA's mistakes over the years. And still do.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Will the next xD cameras do 4k?
« on: February 12, 2014, 04:44:58 PM »
Up through here you were fine...

Thanks, I tried. Really.  ;)

Here is where your argument breaks down.

This is where our differing business models come into play. Such as ...

Rule 1: You cannot sell what you don't offer. Canon doesn't offer a decent mirrorless camera system, let alone an SLR-like mirrorless camera. Therefore they cannot sell such a camera. Therefore they cannot determine the profitability of such a camera. Therefore they cannot make long-term decisions regarding such a camera.

But I think we're analyzing too much here. It's much simpler. In my opinion, I think Canon's in-house technology has just dead-walled. Sorry, but that's my opinion.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Will the next xD cameras do 4k?
« on: February 12, 2014, 04:20:06 PM »
Well, your comments were pretty short and direct...if the below is what you meant, a few extra words would have helped clarify.

Yes, I apparently have that problem. Nothing seems to help, though.  ;)

One of the best 5D III upgrades over the 5D II was getting the same overall ergonomic design and button placement as the 7D.

I have never really felt comfortable with the 7D cameras that I borrowed. I don't know ... but that's just personal opinion, just like my feelings about the 1D series. Now that explains why I don't like the feel of the 5DIII. Sorry, again, but ergonomics appears to be very subjective.

Canon's decision to put the 61pt AF from the 1D X into the 5D III was probably one of the best decisions they ever made.

Agreed. Which begs the question, for me at least, of why they didn't put the 19-point AF of the 7D into the 6D camera? Because if they had, I'd be sitting here with a 6D right now.

Well, you at least seem interested in learning about how we view business.

Yes, I am very interested, because our two "cultures" have very different business models. And what you say about the relationship between business and government is very interesting. It makes me realise that us here in South Africa are pretty much better off than you, even considering all our other problems. Over here, government offers incentives and reduced taxes and all manner of things for all businesses ... from single-owner start-ups to multi-national conglomerates.

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