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Canon General / Re: only canon, nikon and sony will survive?
« on: January 01, 2014, 01:20:28 AM »
Excellent links, thank you.

My interpretation of this, FWIW, is that the consumer has figured out that compact fixed lens cameras are not enough better than cell phone cameras to be worth the hassle, thus dooming the compact camera market.

They also seem to understand that SLR type cameras are still vastly superior to cellphones and compact cameras, thus making for good sales of SLR's.

The mirrorless market segment is not succeeding because 1) the manufacturers have failed to make it clear that they have the image quality of the SLR (my EOS-M is superior to my 50D), and 2) the mirrorless still doesn't work as well as an SLR - primarily focus speed - and if it does, it costs as much as an SLR, and thus isn't normally considered due to #1 above.

My recommendations - better marketing; then technical improvements in the mirrorless models.

How long before we see a mirrorless integrated with Google Glass or equivalent?  Dual pixel autofocus?  Etc.

(if someone can tell me what they really mean in the translated article when they use the phrase sub-machine gun for a camera, I'd appreciate it)


As a journalist he should have had the same protection as medical personnel of the Red Cross/Red Half Moon. 'Luck' should have very little to do with anything. Obviously, there's always a risk for war journalists, but any journalist should be able to work without fear of retribution. And hell if I'm going to concede that his death was his fault or his responsibility. He gave his life to inform us, the public, and we should reward him with more than cynically stating that he could have seen this coming.

Unless I completely misread the article, there was no "retribution".  He wasn't specifically targeted, he happened to be in a building that was bombed.

Such are the risks one takes when reporting from a war zone.  This should serve as a reminder to us all that the camera does not make us invincible or immune to the laws of physics.

Canon General / Re: Useless or absurd accessories
« on: December 09, 2013, 10:35:48 PM »
What have you seen for idiotic accessories or for items that were just not thought out....

I saw a car window mount tripod head..... You roll down the window, slip it over the edge of the glass, and mount your camera or spotting scope to it. This one was marketed as XXXXXX window mount, real tree camouflage. Why would you need camouflage? With a couple of square inches of camouflage the critters will not be able to see you? That somehow they will miss the car, the big white lens, and the person behind it, but it is the tiny mount that matters?

Sort of like camouflage flashlights :)

I cannot speak to the camouflage, but the slip over the car window tripod head can be quite a useful accessory, if you are shooting things where you don't want to get out of your car but still want a decently stable platform.

I have one - I've used it for shooting waves crashing on the beach during a storm.

(I've also used it to hold a traffic radar antenna when clocking a road race).

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M2 Specs Revealed?
« on: December 02, 2013, 10:31:01 PM »
As I've written before, this model may represent nothing more than Canon's attempt to reduce the cost of manufacturing an M body.

But they've already paid for all the tooling for the original body.  Creating a new one to make it smaller (which, given how small the M is already seems silly to me, and I have small hands) seems like a waste of money.

I'm anxiously waiting for Zeiss to come out with EF-M lenses.  Until then, the 22mm and some of my old FD glass with an adapter are keeping me quite busy.

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 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!

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