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Canon General / Re: TEN YEARS FROM NOW.
« on: December 01, 2013, 07:10:44 PM »
I do not know what will be the camera market in 10 years. But I know that the EOS system is the more stronger today because in 1987 Canon had the courage to completely change your line of lenses and cameras. At that time, users cried and mourned the inconpatibilidade of new with existing equipment, but it allowed current lenses and cameras achieve the performance we know now. Nikon has good cameras and lenses, but risks with niche projects such as D800E, and the "new" Nikon DF. On the other hand, Sony has taken bold attitude with A7R why has not the most important in the long run: A solid line of lenses. If I had to choose which company to invest my money, would be Canon. The market of domestic cameras can change dramatically in 10 years, but professionals and serious enthusiasts will keep buying cameras and lenses that do a good job together.

I'm not certain I can agree that the EOS system is stronger because of Canon's decision to orphan all their previous owners.  Since they felt the need to start with a (mostly) clean slate, they could have chosen the flange distance such that a high quality adapter for the FD mount lenses would have been reasonable (and profitable).  They took a calculated risk that they wouldn't drive all their customers to Nikon (and remember they did hedge their bet by make a very special adapter for those few customers who had invested in the really expensive telephoto lenses), and it paid off.

They tested the waters (unsuccessfully) with their autofocus FD lenses, analyzed the market trajectory, made some strategic decisions, and were eventually proven to have chosen correctly.

But we'll never know what might have been if they had made the decision to make their new design adaptable to their old lenses.  Perhaps they might have been even stronger.  (although then Ed Mika wouldn't be in business)

But given their demonstrated lack of loyalty to the installed base, one has to wonder what 10 years will bring.

EOS Bodies / Re: POLL: The 2nd ff camera in 2014 will be...
« on: November 29, 2013, 05:46:26 PM »
even if this means an even more expensive 5d4 than the 5d3 was ($3500, shudder).
Yikes! ... Please God no more price increases.

Since I bought my 5D3 last year, the yen has fallen 25% against the US dollar.  That means that Canon effectively has an additional 25% headroom available to make changes to a model before they have to increase the price.

Or more likely, they can allow a 15% cost increase to improve the next model, and then have a larger percentage profit margin on it.  Win-Win.

Which makes an upgrade quite likely, if their facilities can handle it (didn't they have some problems after the tsunami?).

Canon General / Re: TEN YEARS FROM NOW.
« on: November 27, 2013, 05:59:37 PM »
The entire EOS eco system is doomed, and it is all my fault.

You see, I finally have everything I need for the foreseeable future; nothing more to buy...I've got the 17-40L, the 24-105L, the 70-300L, and the Zeiss 50/1.4 (and the 40mm pancake, but that's just for fun) to go with my 5D3.

Now I intend to spend the next 10 years perfecting my skills with my equipment.

The last time I was in this position, I purchased my Canon F-1 with the 28/2.8, 50/1.2, and 135/2.5 lenses, and spent 10 years perfecting my skills.  Then I went out looking to expand my collection of lenses and accessories, and found the entire FD line gone.

History will no doubt repeat.

What comes after digital?

EOS Bodies / Re: This is the Way a White Camera Should be Done
« on: November 26, 2013, 07:51:31 PM »
Beautiful piece of kit.

I could see several possible paths.  70D sensor and an M mount.  70D sensor and an EF-S spaced mount.  5D3 sensor and an EF mount.  Or 5D3 sensor and an original compatible with 50's era lenses (screw?) mount.

If the price were reasonable, I'd buy one.  Especially with the 5D3/EF mount, or the 5D3 with the original screw mount.

Listen, I know if I got it or not, what is a 3" screen going to tell you?

Now see, if you had a real camera, like a 6D or even a Nikon Coolpix, you could WiFi that image right to the iPad you'd have on hand just in case someone asked.

No, if you have a REAL camera, they'll have to wait until you process the film before they can see the image.

Digital is a passing fad.

Software & Accessories / Re: ProDot Shutter Button Upgrade
« on: November 14, 2013, 10:10:33 PM »
I got some early prototypes when I ordered a c-loop (which I really like) and they didn't stick for very long.  One came off first time I took my 7d out of my camera bag.  The one on my 5D came off after about 30 shutter activation's in warm summer weather.  Unless they fix the adhesive and make the price a lot more attractive (I've got experience with mold costs) and change their shipping methods I don't see these taking off.

I too got a couple free when with an order.

I am sorry I applied it to the camera.  The adhesive smeared all over the area around the shutter button, and it is very difficult to remove this material.  Then I noticed that the shutter button now spins freely (it did not before I applied the disk), probably because as the camera is put in and out of the bag the little knubs grab the bag.

It's a really nice idea (and I do like the feel), but overall not a very well executed item.

I absolutely love their C-Loop, so this one is a surprising disappointment.

Lighting / Re: Infra red flash / lighting?
« on: October 21, 2013, 08:36:59 AM »
Modifying the Yong is a great idea; xenon strobes put out a large amount of extra energy in the IR range (UV as well).

By removing the original lens and replacing it with the IR filter, you'll get maximum IR output (the original plastic lens is at least partially intended to absorb the "undesirable" IR and UV that the strobe naturally generates).

It would be interesting to compare a filtered 600EX with a modified Yong, and see which generates more IR power.

Depends on how you define "excellent" performance.

Leaving aside the technical issues involved (as discussed above), I would think there would be a market for a camera (body) which yielded ISO 100 level of quality at say ISO 204800, even if it 'only' had 8 MP.

Shooting perfect pictures in the dark would be lots of fun.

Even better would be if it included a very high speed mode - say 10000 fps video capability.

That would sell quite well indeed, especially if it was under $1K.

I'm guessing it isn't going to happen any time soon.

EOS Bodies / Re: What do you think will be the Shelf life of the EOS 6D ?
« on: October 18, 2013, 08:10:25 PM »
I was wondering if you could give your opinion on that? ???

While I realize the OP is talking about the marketing lifecycle, I am curious about the real shelf-life of the product.

Since the move to RoHS in electronics, I am seeing more and more devices fail for no apparent reason - some of which have literally just sat on the shelf.  So this begs the question: has anyone experienced any hardware failures in older cameras, or worse in more recent ones, that cannot be explained by external issues?

I have a Rollei TLR that is over 80 years old, and it takes marvelous photos.  Will my 5D3 still be functional in 10 years, never mind 80?

Thoughts on that?

EOS Bodies / Re: Holidays 2013: Where the Heck is Canon?
« on: October 17, 2013, 02:38:47 AM »
Well, Canon MUST have something in the pipeline for the Holiday season.  I'm pretty sure it's not going to be too exciting, most likely along the lines of EOS-M2 and a lens or two.  I am secretly hoping for a 50L II, though.

Speaking from the American perspective, I would venture to say it is too late for this holiday season.

If the product isn't on container ships heading this way NOW, they won't be here in time.  Air freight is too expensive for large quantities of 'stuff', and it takes 30 days or more to cross the Pacific these days.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: I don't understand
« on: October 05, 2013, 11:21:32 AM »
and my p/s even has a dedicated program mode for taking cat pictures, a necessary feature for facebook :)

Humm...that sounds like something that I would find quite useful - what's the model number?

I've noticed that the facial recognition focus mode in my EOS-M won't 'do cats'.

Perhaps Magic Lantern will offer a version that turns the C3 position on my 5D3's main dial into just such a function...it should be popular.
It is an Olympus TG-830. I got it for use in the kayak and for in the rain. The camera is waterproof to about 40 feet and works underwater.... Makes it kind of hard to accidentally destroy... And it really does have a cat mode... I am serious.... I am not kidding! The picture is of the camera display in the mode selection menu...

Wow, a dog mode as well...and waterproof, shock resistant, and affordable.

I think I "need" one for model aircraft use.

I hope Canon does a firmware update to compete.

Thank you very much!

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: I don't understand
« on: October 04, 2013, 09:25:45 PM »
and my p/s even has a dedicated program mode for taking cat pictures, a necessary feature for facebook :)

Humm...that sounds like something that I would find quite useful - what's the model number?

I've noticed that the facial recognition focus mode in my EOS-M won't 'do cats'.

Perhaps Magic Lantern will offer a version that turns the C3 position on my 5D3's main dial into just such a function...it should be popular.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon is going to add mid format
« on: September 02, 2013, 11:37:47 PM »
some additional news over at NL
18th We're told (thanks) that nothing will appear in any Canon branded MF range until there are enough items to introduce it as a 'system'. This will include 'Canon designed' [sic.] lenses with a new larger version of the EF mount (tentatively called EF-L) and, as with the EOS-M EF->EF-M adapter, a way to allow them to be used seamlessly as very high quality lenses on the current EF mount.
The lens development is being influenced by the new range of 'Cinema' lenses (I note their prices!)
The aim is a 'show stealing' announcement at Photokina next year, but no details on when any cameras might be offered for sale.
I've seen other related comments (thanks) which emphasise that this is still at a relatively early stage and the business relevance has not been established.
My own thoughts are that with the recent decline in DSLR sales, this might be a tricky one to get a good return on the necessary investment?

"EF-L" seems like a terribly choice of name, given the likely confusion with "L" lenses, unless all MF lenses will be "L".

Perhaps "EF-66" would be a better choice, assuming they retain the 6x6 format for the notional MF camera.

Lose the flash.  It is potentially dangerous (bad news near oxygen), annoying to everyone, and might get you thrown out (or at least 'lectured').

Technical Support / Re: Wedding shooter - DO NOT TRY THIS, UNLESS
« on: August 21, 2013, 07:28:23 PM »
... You want to GO TO JAIL.

In the US, where this was taken it is ILLEGAL to fly drones for commercial purposes, UNLESS you have one of the few FAA waivers which are mainly for crops and law enforcement purposes. 

Many companies who do this type of aerial photography for real estate, etc. have been visited by the FAA and given cease and desist.

For each incident, a person faces fines from $10,000 to $100,000 (yes... $100K per incident, and 3 to 10 years in jail.


And while the jacka$$ photographer is happy with All press is good press... Getting viral coverage could cost him a whole lot more.

So I'm curious, not having done a lot (well, any) research on it, how do they classify the hobbyist RC helo's & planes that have been flying for decades? What's the difference? If it's when you go out of line of sight, sure, I can completely understand that and it makes sense. Otherwise, what's the real difference? Is it the fact that people are being paid to basically do the same thing they'd be free to do if they were just doing it for fun?

We're talking about the US Gov't here, so the rules and regulations have no basis in logic or rational thought.

A (very wealthy) hobbyist flying a remotely controlled aircraft with every surveillance sensor known to man for his personal enjoyment - legal, as far as the federal government is concerned  (within the altitude and location limitations associated with model aircraft operation...if it's OK for your 12 year old neighbor, it's OK for you with all the camera gear; basically, stay low, stay away from airports, and keep your aircraft light in weight).

But someone flying a toy helicopter with a camera on it and GETTING PAID TO DO IT - illegal.

It's all in the 'getting paid' part.

I kid you not.  See:  http://www.faa.gov/about/initiatives/uas/reg/

Yes, this is one of the dumbest pieces of regulatory nonsense in recent memory.  And they plan on fixing it over the course of the next couple of years...and the fix will probably be worse than the present rules.

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