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Canon General / Re: Canon lack of innovation
« on: February 18, 2014, 01:35:47 PM »
... they build a patent portfolio to use as a muscle against other companies. For this to work, you need a Lot of patents. It is like a terror balance.

And eventually all this aggressiveness spills over onto their customer base ...

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PowerShot / Re: need help deciding:To canon or not to canon
« on: February 18, 2014, 01:19:39 PM »
Add weather-sealing, which for me means being able to use the camera in pouring rain, to the list of criteria and I also am interested in the recommendations.

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Looks like "Sin Datos" is crushing it though. Where can I get one of those? :)

Fujifilm and Ilford ...  :D

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Canon General / Re: Canon lack of innovation
« on: February 18, 2014, 01:08:26 PM »
If Canon is rewarding its employees with cash bonuses for filing patents or having them granted ..., so what?  Explain to us why that's a bad thing? You have a problem with people being rewarded for innovation?

If a company rewards employees with cash bonuses for filing patents or having them granted, then all the employee has to do to receive said bonus is to have said patent granted, irrespective of whether or not the invention is of any actual use for the company. This then leads to a waste of time, money and resources on projects that will never show any return on investment for the company.

However, if the company rewards employees with stock options or pays royalties for the use of the patent, then the employees will be motivated to invest their time and energy into projects that has practical and revenue generating value to the company.

So, although I am all for rewarding employees for bringing value to the company, I feel it is very important how they are rewarded.

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OK, two surprises ... Leica and a Canon EOS 1100D ...  ???  :o

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Lenses / Re: New EF-S 24mm & USM Motor Coming? [CR1]
« on: February 18, 2014, 12:43:57 PM »
A person bringing both the 24 and 40 and possibly something else might be better served by the 17-55.

Theoretically, yes. But everybody likes zoom lenses, for various reasons.

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Lenses / Re: New EF-S 24mm & USM Motor Coming? [CR1]
« on: February 18, 2014, 12:42:05 PM »
Why 24mm?

Because the 24mm focal length has been understood and perfected like 40 years ago already, so there's very little R&D involved in designing the optics for this new lens.

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EOS Bodies / Re: What's Next from Canon?
« on: February 18, 2014, 12:36:40 PM »
Yeah, but I'm guessing you're not a Fortune 500 company with a $35B market cap, right?   ;)

What, with our lousy exchange rate against the US dollar?

But on the other hand, our billion is a 1000 times more than your billion. So, for a market cap of US$35B ... times ten for the exchange rate ... that makes it ZAR350 milliard ... mmmmmm ... doable ... definitely doable ... ;D

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EOS Bodies / Re: What's Next from Canon?
« on: February 18, 2014, 12:17:16 PM »
... estimated that the annual worldwide market, all brands, is just 6,000 MF cameras.  14 million vs. 6 thousand. 

Gee, I wouldn't mind a market of just 6000 sales per year for my own products.  :D

On the other hand, 14 million sales per year ... well, I suppose that's the upside of runaway over-population.  ;D

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Lenses / Re: New EF-S 24mm & USM Motor Coming? [CR1]
« on: February 18, 2014, 12:08:21 PM »
We’re told to expect a new EF-S 24mm STM prime lens to arrive some time in the summer.

But I ain't holdin' mah breath.

After years of using APS-C cameras with no dedicated EF-S prime lens of this or similar focal length, now they are going to release the EF-S 24mm, when I've shifted to full frame a couple of years ago.  :(

Yip ... or moved to another brands.

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Lenses / Re: Need Help Choosing Lenses for Walt Disney World & Cruise..
« on: February 18, 2014, 09:46:20 AM »
If you are comfortable with it, just take the 50. And a ziplock bag ;) I did just that last summer and was very happy. No weight, no worrying about other lenses getting bumped/lifted/flooded/whatever :D

Yip. Perfect.

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Lenses / Re: 35mm f2 IS for city photography at night?
« on: February 18, 2014, 09:42:30 AM »
Why the 35? It offers me IS and 1 stop of light compared to the 16-35 and it offers me 2 stops of light compared to the 24-105. ... Finally the 35 can also be a nice low-light addition to my wife's set of lenses, but that will not be the decisive argument.

I don't quite understand this reasoning (plus that of the following posters), unless the intention is to always use the lens at maximum aperture, i.e. wide open. I mean, once you're "stopping down" the lens, all that extra "stops of light" just goes poof! and whether you're using an f/1.4 or an f/2 or an f/2.8 or an f/5.6 lens becomes irrelevant.  ???

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EOS Bodies / Re: What's Next from Canon?
« on: February 16, 2014, 10:38:32 AM »
I've tried it.

Please keep to the parameters of the scenario, i.e. DR of EVF == DR of sensor.

The EVFs are showing what is in essence the out-of-camera JPEG, with about 1 stop clipped from each end.  And as we all know, the out-of-camera JPEG contains several stops less DR than is available in the raw data.

Interesting. So the camera is essentially generating 60 or more JPEG images per second, plus adding overlay data to it. Amazing.

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EOS Bodies / Re: What's Next from Canon?
« on: February 16, 2014, 08:43:28 AM »
It's lower by around 6-8 stops.

Proof?

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EOS Bodies / Re: What's Next from Canon?
« on: February 16, 2014, 04:00:28 AM »
The OVF itself is effectively unlimited when it comes to DR...

I do not deny that we can see more dynamic range with our eyeballs, but ...

FACT: The sensor has less dynamic range than our eyeballs and therefore also captures less dynamic range in the resulting photograph. Correct? Let's assume so for the question below ...

QUESTION: If the EVF has the same dynamic range of the sensor and thus produces an accurate depiction of what the sensor will capture as the final image, why is it deemed so important to see more dynamic range through the viewfinder even though the sensor won't be capturing all the excess dynamic range anyway?

ASIDE: How are we getting on regarding the discussion about the bigger batteries for mirrorless cameras?

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