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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III & The Rest [CR2]
« on: August 24, 2011, 06:35:31 PM »
It's plausible that the 7D could carry on whilst the 650D & 70D get new higher MPx sensors (22-24 range) - remember the AF is the key selling point with the 7D along with a degree of user compatibility with the 5DII.  A leapfrog crop chip (25-28 range) could come 12 months from now for a 7D with a trickle down to a 700D and 80D !  Gawd, did I just blow a whole year of two model ranges away in one sentence !  Point being, the 7D is a pro camera, it isn't sold on the same headlines as the lesser models.

Conversely, could a dual 7D/1Dv be sensible for launch to tie into the 2012 games ?  Both are aimed at fast action sports.

There are merits in either marketing strategy, and it depends on the market you are playing in.  Car manufacturers, when they launch a new model, often leave the high performance variants until last in the release schedule - for instance, when VW launch a new Gold, the GTI and R models after often delayed.

Canon are probably in a bit more of a pickle with APS-C sensor cameras, as the 7D is not really due for refresh, but expectations in the lower end of the consumer market may force their hand with a higher resolution sensor.

On the full frame side, they could launch the 5FmkIII first in the hope that pros will buy it and then upgrade when the 1DsIV or 1DV is launched, or they could launch the 1DsIV or 1DV first in the hope that pros who migrated to the 5DmkII will go back to a 1D or 1Ds.

Either way, I suspect a lot of people will sit on the fence until the successor to the 5DmkII and 1DsIII have both been launched and the support for them is available in Lightroom/Aperture and friends before making a decision.  That will allow them to make a decision that is appropriate to their needs, and get a camera (as has been pointed out before) that fits into their workflow.  (There is not much point in having to use DPP to pre-process photos to get them into Lightroom, because lightroom can't support your camera properly.)

PowerShot Cameras / Re: PowerShot Announcements.
« on: August 23, 2011, 08:20:16 AM »

There've been a few rumors about a new flash coming from Canon.  Just like the 'new cameras in August' turned out to be PowerShots (and not even an S95 replacement, did I mention, yawn?), maybe this is the rumored special and awesome new flash from Canon.  A whopping 30' range.  Wow.  It's even wireless (ok, it's an optical slave, but still...).  Double yawn.

It may be a yawn for DSLR users, but it is intriguing that Canon are positioning off-camera flash as an option for P&S users.  Yes, I understand most users will just use it for extra flash power, but it has the possibility to be used more creatively as well.  I wonder if it will succeed as a product - most of the target market have probably never heard of the existence of off-camera flash.  I will be intrigued to see whether it really turns out to be usable and whether it sells.

(OK, the HF-DC1 wasn't exactly a killer product, so I wonder if the HF-DC2 will follow in its footsteps.)

PowerShot Cameras / Re: Tonights Announcements [CR2]
« on: August 22, 2011, 07:12:26 PM »

I can't find Canon putting it's latest innovation into a model where neither most users don't care about it nor it is neccessary. As far as I recall the 1D series where the ones to receive the new processor with (I think) the 50D beeing an exeption (1D III came shortly after)

True - and as has been pointed out, most P&S don't need anything more than the DIGIC IV at the moment.

Things probably point to a new processor in a 1DV or 1DsIV.  I doubt we would see the 5DIII before at least one of these is launched.

If the rumours about a full frame 1DV are true, then an interesting approach would be for Canon to launch the 1DV, which would give sports shooters and studio pros what they need, but allude to something bigger coming, and launch the 1DsIV a few months later, then a 5DIII after the dust has settled.  Of course, we are all just speculating.  If you add a 7DII after the 5DIII, that gives Canon a year's worth of high end DSLR announcements and the opportunity to create a lot of hype.

PowerShot Cameras / Re: August 23 is Announcement Day [CR3]
« on: August 21, 2011, 09:22:16 PM »
So, Nikon will give us one, maybe two FF dSLRs, with 'big megapixels.'  Canon will give us big megapixels, too, but they'll be crammed into a sensor the size of a pinhead, so they can market a super-mega-ultrazoom, say 50x, without needing a lens the size of, well, a cannon.  Where's the 1DsIV love?

How sure are we about the Nikon announcements.  It looks like it is also mainly down to speculation as to what Nikon will announce on the 24th.  The main consensus seems to be that their mirrorless system will be announced - which will still be a big threat to Canon.
Whether or not Nikon will announce more DSLRs still seems to be a matter of speculation.  If they do, that may force Canon's hand.  So, I guess if Nikon do announce a new DSLR (or two) it is good for everyone, as Canon would have to follow soon after.

PowerShot Cameras / Re: Tuesdays PowerShots
« on: August 21, 2011, 07:08:41 PM »

<p>However, we’re told Canon is more interested in getting production up to 100% before announcing new EOS products.</p>

That makes a lot of sense.  The 8-15mm fish eye has only just started hitting retailers.  It would be a major embarrassment (not to mentioned a huge commercial disaster) for Canon to announce new products which they cannot actually bring into the market.

It would be bad for Canon to start creating loads of hype if they cannot fill the shelves.

It appears that the impact of the earthquake and tsunami may have been far more serious than a lot of us realise.  It would be interesting to know how far the likes of Canon and Nikon are on the road back to recovery.

EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATED* Big Megapixel Camera Next Week.
« on: August 19, 2011, 01:34:15 AM »

His eyes lifted, "since we got the 5D2 - 3 years ago, we haven't sold a single 1DsIII. At 3 years the 5D3 would be more than a suitable release and more than able to match most of Nikons plans, It doesn't even need that much work to get them selling in volumes quicker than Canon can produce them, and certainly the equal of any D800 nikon might have to offer! This would leave Canon till Christmas to sort out their 1D stragey ready for the games..."

You've actually raised an interesting point:

There is a rather limited market for the 1DsIII - most shops, with the exception of pro dealers would not have sold many 1DsIIIs anyhow.  On the other hand the 5DII sells like hotcakes.

Even if the 5DII has cannibalised a lot of 1DsIII sales, the net result for Canon has probably been a good one.

It would not surprise me if the higher volumes make for better margins on the 5DII.  Is there anyone who has specific knowledge of this?  (I mean margins for Canon, not for distributors and retailers.)  Canon cannot go to market without the 1DsIII though, as then they would give up ground to Nikon.

If however Canon appeal more to the medium format market with the 1DsIV, that may change things.

EOS Bodies / Re: 1D Mark V Spec List [CR1]
« on: August 17, 2011, 09:11:03 PM »
This is fairly inline with what we’ve heard previously.

If you take a FF 32.4 MP sensor and run it in a hypothetical 'APS-C mode' you don't get a 32.4 ÷ 1.6 = 20.3 MP image.  The 'crop factor' is a diagonal measure that impacts field of view, but real pixels on a sensor have both x and y dimensions, so when you scale a FF 32.4 MP sensor to that 'APS-C mode' you get a 32.4 ÷ 1.62 = 12.6 MP image.

Please, go waste someone else's time, or come back when you're smarter.

I declare shennigans!!

Agreed, this one deserves a CR0, I think.

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM
« on: August 14, 2011, 09:39:59 PM »
On the way back from Collingwood last Friday I could not help but get off the tram to take walk along Gertrude street and through the Carlton Gardens to enjoy the morning mist.

Gertrude street: magnolias in bloom.


Carlton Gardens with the Royal Exhibition Centre just visible in the mist.


(Both shot with a 5DmkII.)

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III, 1D Mark V & 1Ds Mark IV Tidbits
« on: August 05, 2011, 12:33:42 AM »
Canon Australia has recently reduced the RRP of the 5DmkII, while the RRP of the 7D has stayed steady.  (The fact that the 7D has stayed steady might be construed to mean that the price adjustments are not being made to compensate for the strong Aussie Dollar.)

EOS Bodies / Re: Why Do You Need 250 60D's?
« on: July 28, 2011, 11:21:39 PM »
Most expensive cold shoes I have ever seen....

Canon General / Re: Portrait photography - suggestions
« on: July 19, 2011, 08:45:56 AM »

You need to modify the light. The simplest and easiest way to do that is with an umbrella. Very easy to use and gives very nice, soft light. Buy one that allows you to convert from shoot-through to reflective, so you can practice with both techniques.

After a few weeks with one strobe and an umbrella, you'll want a second and then a third strobe. Then you also start wanting other light modifiers (soft boxes, snoots, bounce adapters, etc. etc.).

I would agree with that too - a brolly, lightstand and bracket with a coldshoe and brolly holder plus a flash trigger should probably be first on your list.  Then get a piece of white polystyrene to use as a reflector  (or even just buy a foldable reflector - they are not outrageously expensive).

Upgrade your camera and lenses when you find that they are limiting you.

To give an idea - this image was shot with a Powershot G11, using a single Speedlite with a shoot-through brolly and a reflector (which happened to be a monolight with a softbox that was powered off - I was too lazy to use a proper reflector).


If you assume that I could have used a white piece of polystyrene instead of the softbox as a reflector and any piece of black material instead of a studio backdrop then this shot required under $1000 worth of gear.  Not that I would recommend a Powershot as a portrait camera, but it proves the point that camera and lenses are not everything.

Lenses / Re: EF 24-70 f/2.8L II Patent Published
« on: July 19, 2011, 07:21:43 AM »
what? no 24-70f2.8 IS II? why no IS. i will be so angry.

It would be a 24-70mm f/2.8L IS or (or maybe and?) a 24-70mm f/2.8L II, since there's no current/MkI version of that lens with IS.  I, for one, would prefer IS to go along with improved coatings and optics.

A reason that I can see why Canon might not build an IS version is that one of the main uses of the 24-70 f/2.8 is event photography - a lot of wedding photographers use it.  To a large degree they need to take into account motion blur from subjects moving around - while not action photography, a lot of the time there is a need to shoot at shutter speeds where IS will not be of benefit on a 70mm lens.  (This is rather different from the 24-105mm f/4 which is more of a general purpose lens.)  The requirement for IS is rather different with the 70-200mm f/2.8, where it is often desirable to shoot at shutter speeds where IS is a necessity - therefor pros are happy to shell out the extra money for the IS version.

Software & Accessories / Re: The Future of the Flash? [CR1]
« on: July 18, 2011, 05:43:25 PM »
As somebody who owns four 550EX flashes used as slaves to a 580EX2, I very much hope that Canon introduces a small and cheap interface module that can be attached to the foot of a slave and allow it to be used with a new flash system.

Also, there is a "low energy" version of Bluetooth that seems custom designed for this application: low power requirements, fairly low data rates and low latency.

The idea of a radio receiver for existing flash units would make sense for most of us who have existing E-TTL2 Speedlites.  I just fear that it may not make sense for Canon, who would like to sell us new Speedlites!

Given the cost of Pocketwizards, there is little commercial incentive for Canon to build a receiver for existing Speedlite users.

EOS Bodies / Re: 1D Mark V [CR1]
« on: July 12, 2011, 06:45:40 PM »
I'm still not sure that I buy this as something that will come to pass - sounds more like wishes than rumors.  But...a FF camera with at least 8 fps, 1-series build and AF system, and sufficient MP to allow adequate digital crop (at least 16 MP at a 1.3x, so it's no worse than the 1DIV)...IF such a camera comes along, I'm sure it's price point will be closer to the 1Ds, if not more...and I'll still buy one.

Canon haven't revealed their strategy to deal with the D3x and D3s yet, so really, anything is speculation at the moment.  If they stick in the same price range as the D3x, then Canon need to provide performance which is light years ahead of Nikon.  Alternatively, they can do a little bit more than Nikon, and start edging lower on price - assuming that the real money is in lenses.

I have my doubts that they will undercut Nikon.  Which makes me think that the pricing will stay closer to the 1Ds.

This also depends on Canon's strategy for attacking the medium format crowd.  Canon may well merge what we currently perceive as the 1D and 1Ds lines, and come up with something new aimed at cannibalising what is left of the medium format market.  - Keep in mind though that in attacking the medium format segment, Canon is in the territory of diminishing gains, as that segment is so small.  It does bring a lot of marketing value with it though.

I dunno!

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Mirrorless on the Horizon?
« on: July 05, 2011, 11:38:11 PM »
my 5-cents here:
- Digital full-frame version of Canon 7 w/ 50mm f/0.95 to directly compete with M9
- don't really care about lenses mount as long as it can mount some M lenses (via adaptor or not)
- Couple of extra lenses 28/35/50/90mm would be nice

Are there other canon fans that would vote for this?
That will be a fun camera to have. The only question is How many Canon fans will give up the auto focus? I am for it as long as Canon brings back the rangefinder lens with fine focus adjustment With a fine range finder built into the camera.

I think there will ultimately be some challenges that Canon (or any manufacturer needs to address):
- with a fixed lens system (e.g. Fuji X100) a cheaper leaf shutter is viable.  For an interchangeable lens system, the
   the cheapest shutter system is probably a focal plane shutter (since a leaf shutter would need to be built into
   the lens).  A focal plane shutter adds quite a bit of complexity over the type of leaf shutter that the Powershots have.
- Autofocus on mirrorless systems has not been perfected - contrast-detect autofocus does not work as well
  as phase-detect (which requires a reflex mirror).  Leica's solution was to do without autofocus.  With larger sensors,
  using the sensor to do contrast-detect based focusing is a drain on the battery, and creates heat.

These are probably the two biggest technical challenges I can think of.  There are probably more.

I believe that the reason that Canon has not jumped headlong into the mirrorless segment yet is because
the technical problems have, to date, led to solutions which are not appropriate to the market Canon wants
to address.

Maybe Canon are on their way to sorting out the technical issues?  I don't know.

While I would welcome a range finder, I think that most users (the bulk of the market) want autofocus.  Most
people who take snap-shots don't want to spend time on focusing.  Most people under the age of 30 have
probably also never encountered a camera that does not have autofocus! - The first camera I bought - an
EOS650 - had autofocus, but I have used cameras like a Zeiss Ikon and Canon T70 to have the experience of
having to use manual focus.  (The Zeiss will see use again once I put aside the cash to have it overhauled,
as I am currently scared to use it, for fear that it will break after over 20 years in storage.)

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