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Canon General / Re: Canon lack of innovation
« on: February 19, 2014, 11:24:47 AM »
Of course, I'm not sure how this relates to being innovative and filing patents.   ???

But, hey, I understand that Canon cannot financially offer that kind of a commitment and must always be selling, selling, selling new gear ... for how else will they pay for those 7 patents filed each and every day for the last ten years.

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EOS Bodies / Re: What's Next from Canon?
« on: February 19, 2014, 11:22:01 AM »
... but it is baffling that Canon does not seem to be interested in the Lion's share of that market :-\ ... surely, with their experience as a successful camera manufacturer, Canon CAN make a great mirrorless camera ... but for some reason they seem to have deliberately crippled the EOS-M. ... yet Canon ain't interested? ... are they deliberately sabotaging the market to give mirrorless a bad name? :-\ :-\

Maybe Canon doesn't own certain key patents regarding mirrorless cameras and thus don't want to be walloped into bankruptcy by a no-account company like Olympus.  ;D

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EOS Bodies / Re: Full Frame Vs Crop Sensor
« on: February 19, 2014, 09:50:08 AM »
Mind showing your math?

Over here in South Africa, a new EOS 70D cost about R12500 ... and a secondhand EOS 5D2 in good condition and serviced sells for about R15000.

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Canon General / Re: Canon lack of innovation
« on: February 19, 2014, 09:35:08 AM »
Scenario: I'm a farmer, and a frequent customer of your favorite tractor supply company, CNH Industrial.  I suddenly hit a bad patch, financially, due to the global economic slump. As a result, I don't have the money to purchase parts to repair my four broken 50-year-old tractors that I need to plow my fields. Does a 'compassionate and understanding' company like CNH Industries give me the parts I need, for free?  Will they do that for all of the farmers who are similarly hit with tough economic times?  CHNI is incorporated in the UK, and like Canon they function under a legal requirement to maximize shareholder value.  Generally speaking, providing substantial goods and/or services for free, out of a sense of "compassion", is not a good way to make a profit.

I never said I wanted free parts ... that is your angle. What I am saying, is that I expect a company like Canon to support their professional grade products well after it has been discontinued. Otherwise, the products are basically disposable. But let me explain it in terms of the scenario that you've mangled ...

Scenario: I'm a farmer, and a frequent customer of your my favourite tractor supply company, CNH Industrial.  I suddenly hit a bad patch, financially, due to the global economic slump. As a result, I don't have the money to purchase parts to repair my four broken 50-year-old new tractors that I need to plow my fields. Does a "compassionate and understanding" company like CNH Industrial give provide me with the parts I need, for free at a cost, to repair my four broken 50-year-old tractors? ... CNH is incorporated in the UK, and like Canon they function under a legal requirement to maximize shareholder value.  Generally speaking, providing substantial goods and/or services for free to support your products twenty or thirty-five years into the future, out of a sense of "compassion", builds customer confidence and is not a good way to make a profit.

But, essentially, the European way of thinking and doing business is substantially different from the American way of thinking and doing business. Now, throw into the mix the African way of thinking and doing business ...  ;)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Full Frame Vs Crop Sensor
« on: February 19, 2014, 09:06:55 AM »
My favourite photography genre is macro and I do a lot of it! Shooting with a MR-14 EX and extension tubes, I absolutely love the IQ of my subjects but equally hate the noise and banding in the shadow areas.

In this case, the EOS 70D is the obvious choice. Plus a new one will cost you less than a secondhand EOS 5D2.

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PowerShot / Re: need help deciding:To canon or not to canon
« on: February 19, 2014, 08:54:10 AM »
How heavy a downpour? The Nikon AW1 might be your best bet short of a waterproof point and shoot?

I did not know this camera existed ... must hunt one down and have a gander.

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... the content should be shocking in some way but a funny picture may also work.

Would poking a clown with a cattle-prod work?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Full Frame Vs Crop Sensor
« on: February 19, 2014, 06:39:13 AM »
Oh, just saw your signature with your gear list ... Personally, I'd sell the EOS 500D, the EF-S 10-22mm and the EF 24-70mm ... and buy a new EOS 5D3. Why? Because you feel that the 500D is keeping you back; going "full-frame" will end the use of the EF-S 10-22; and the 24-70mm ... it's a good, jack-of-all-trades lens, but it isn't a lens that helps you define yourself in photography. Well, that's just my opinion.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Full Frame Vs Crop Sensor
« on: February 19, 2014, 06:04:41 AM »
So as I move into my 3rd year of photography, I find my 500D isn't able to help my take my photography to the next level and its beginning to feel like my L series lenses are begging to shoot on a full frame body.

What L-lenses do you own? Zooms? In my opinion, you will never get your photography anywhere with zooms. I suggest you try primes ... like the EF 35mm f/2 (non-IS version). Already own L-primes? Definitely go "full frame" then!

With South Africa's economy in a bit of trouble, I can get a hardly used 5D mkii for a reasonable price so I'm considering taking that.

Yeah, we're pretty much in it, aren't we? Anyway ... personally, I think people are asking way too much for their old 5D2's ... R12000 is pretty much the limit, in my opinion. I'd rather look for a "Student Promotion" on an EOS 6D camera. Oh, no, I just checked ... seems everybody raised their prices by about R2K ... wow!

The reviews seem to indicate that the native system for L series glass is full frame. Does this mean that I will experience a dramatic improvement in IQ?

You'll just see more of the lens.

The more I read, it seems that crop bodies have a singular advantage over full frame and that is the increase in focal length.

Myth. Doesn't happen.

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EOS Bodies / Re: sotchi - canon prototypes
« on: February 19, 2014, 05:45:26 AM »
"The International Olympic Committee (IOC) enforces strict regulations that protect its corporate sponsors, meaning any brand not sponsoring the Olympics is not allowed to show its logo or otherwise affiliate itself with the lucrative event".

Wow, and here I naively thought it was all about the thrill of participation.

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Not all improvements help every photographer.  Photographers can rationally downplay improvements that don't actually make a difference to their work, while favoring improvements that do.  And something that is an improvement for one photographer's work may prove to be a detriment for another photographer's work.

Yes.

I am further adding that it would make more sense to have more camera models at the top and just one at the bottom.

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Canon General / Re: Canon lack of innovation
« on: February 19, 2014, 03:42:08 AM »
... once you actually explain that the new equipment they need will be more efficient, therefore cheaper to run, cheaper to maintain more reliable, etc they will buy new gear, and thank you for it later!

Partially true. Over here where I kick the sods, a new, small tractor cost about ZAR200000 (two-hundred-thousand ZAR's). That's a big chunk out of your profits. So, you possibly buy one ... with the understanding that it's going to have to work at least twenty years. And you usually relegate the older tractors to other jobs, where the boost in "economy" of the new tractor is negligible.

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Canon General / Re: Canon lack of innovation
« on: February 19, 2014, 03:28:50 AM »
... 12-year-old lenses are [not] what I would consider mainstream in today's market.

Let's play it a bit further ... my EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM lens was manufactured in August 1993 (UH0801), which makes it over twenty years old. Is this lens on the CPS list of qualifying lenses? Yes. Does Canon still support this lens? Yes.

So where's the rationale? Where's the commitment towards professionals who bought professional grade gear?

Scenario: I'm a professional photographer, with CPS membership. I suddenly hit a bad patch, financially, due to the global economic slump. As a result, I don't "upgrade" my lenses to the very latest. Canon takes one of my professional grade lenses off the list of qualifying lenses and poof! I no longer qualify for CPS membership.

Is this the way to build and maintain customer satisfaction, especially amongst professionals? Why even join CPS, if it's just for owners of "current" gear?

But, hey, I understand that Canon cannot financially offer that kind of a commitment and must always be selling, selling, selling new gear ... for how else will they pay for those 7 patents filed each and every day for the last ten years.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Will the next xD cameras do 4k?
« on: February 19, 2014, 02:52:35 AM »
I do not get the blue bunnies reference... could you explain?

No reference to anything, it's just blue bunnies ... or rabbits dyed blue. A nonsensical response is the best parry for a baiting post.

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Lenses / Re: 35mm f2 IS for city photography at night?
« on: February 19, 2014, 02:29:17 AM »
That is correct, but two things will still hold
  • at night and hand held, you will shoot open aperture or you won't get the shot, period. That's where large aperture and IS are a real benefit, not on a sunny summer day around noon.
  • If you have to stop down to 5.6 for whatever reason (DOF, sharpness), IS will still help you get sharp images with the resulting longer exposure times.

Precisely. In my reasoning, if you do "low-light" photography, then IS and high ISO are your friends; not aperture.

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