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From a sonyalpharumors post is this image:


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Third Party Manufacturers / Samsung NX-1 Review
« on: November 24, 2014, 12:59:16 AM »
http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/cameras/samsung_nx1_first_impressions.shtml

If this camera had come from Canon or Nikon (or any of the established players) we'd all be changing our underwear, we'd be so excited. So, read-up on the specs wherever you find them online, but let's dive in and see what all these amazing features mean in the real world, and how well they perform.

This high IQ may well be attributable to the fact that this sensor is the industry's first APS-C sized chip with back side illumination.

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Lenses / 24-105 IS STM: Better IQ than 24-105L?
« on: November 12, 2014, 08:57:32 AM »
Whilst there are no reviews of the 24-105 IS STM out yet, TDP has make it possible to easily compare the MTF graphs:

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EF-24-105mm-f-3.5-5.6-IS-STM-Lens.aspx

My take on the two lenses thus far is that the STM lens appears to have much better IQ ("on paper"). The selling off of the 24-105L during the year for cheap prices kind of backs this up as vendors (and Canon?) have been dumping stock of a lens that may well have been surpassed by a cheaper model Sure, the new lens isn't constant f/4 across the entire zoom range and isn't "L" quality but aside from really cheap lenses ("Hello 50/1.8!"), Canon generally doesn't make low quality lenses any more.

It'll be interesting to see what people think when real reviews start rolling in, that's for sure!

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This rumor:
http://www.sonyalpharumors.com/sr5-alpha-pro-e-mount-camera-at-cp-in-february/
caught my eye for a couple of reasons:
* better IQ than the current A7 series sensor (!)
* completely new cameras designed to compete with the 5D3 - including AF capability

*IF* Sony can deliver that, then where is Canon going to be left standing considering that its sensor is seriously lagging? Especially in performance below ISO 800. Sony have also licked shadow noise and suffer no banding.

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Site Information / Advertising choice brilliant
« on: November 07, 2014, 11:55:57 PM »
How is the choice to decide which ad to display made?

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Video & Movie / Who is shooting in 4k?
« on: October 24, 2014, 06:48:10 PM »
Movie trailers on various websites are now often available in 4K video resolution for people to download or watch online.

Yes, that is completely different from being able to access complete 4k movies but it is a start and shows that movie houses are now shooting and developing in 4k.

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Portrait / Can we identify this man?
« on: September 21, 2014, 12:08:50 PM »
From the "photos of photographers" thread, the attached photo popped up.

This man is committing a crime against the blonde in front of him.

Does anyone know if this man has been identified?

If not, does anyone know when it was taken?
Which car show it was taken at?


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Third Party Manufacturers / New Nikon Full-Frame We've Been Waiting For
« on: September 16, 2014, 07:59:47 AM »
http://www.wired.com/2014/09/nikon-d750/

In the past year alone, Nikon has unleashed a full-frame bonanza. There’s been the flagship D4S, the retro-minded Df, the ultra-high-resolution D810, and the somewhat affordable D610. But until now, what there hasn’t been is a successor to 2008’s popular Nikon D700.

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http://www.businesskorea.co.kr/article/6197/digital-cameras-sony-samsung-dominating-digital-camera-market-while-canon-nikon

Sony and Samsung are fortifying a two-superpower structure in the digital camera market in Korea. Traditional market leaders such as Canon, Nikon, and Olympus are losing ground.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Nikon D750 to be Canon 5D3 competitor?
« on: September 07, 2014, 08:03:54 AM »
http://nikonrumors.com/2014/09/06/what-to-expect-from-nikon-for-photokina.aspx/

Key points:
 - price is about that of the 5D3 on special.
 - similar number of AF points, suggesting similar AF capability
 - more megapixels
 - at least the same video, if not 4k
 - similar fps rate (6.5  or 8)
 - it will be the Sony Exmor sensor, so clean shadows, good DR, etc.
 - we can expect an oil or dust issue to be uncovered in the first 3 months after release, taking another 6 months to resolve and a D760 to be released next year.

This looks like the successor to the 5D2 that many of us expected but then Canon decided to plunder our wallets with 5D3 pricing.


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CIPA data: Mirrorless cameras shipment growing. DSLR falling. Even in US and EU!

http://www.mirrorlessrumors.com/cipa-data-mirrorless-cameras-shipment-growing-dslr-falling-even-in-us-and-eu

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Third Party Manufacturers / What does Sigma do next?
« on: August 16, 2014, 04:14:10 AM »
In terms of optical performance, Sigma are smashing it out. The 35 and 50 Art lenses are amazing but their 24-105 zoom not so (or at least not much difference to Canon's.)

In doing a 14-24 and 24 lens, Sigma clearly see a golden opportunity to deliver new lenses into a market segment that is not very well served (wide and ultra wide angle).

If they can deliver a 24-70/f2, that will raise a few eyebrows but how heavy will it be, etc? And for a lens like that, AF problems will not be acceptable because that market is a lot about indoor shooting at weddings, etc, where if you don't nail it with the first shot then you haven't gotten the shot. So they'll need to be on top of their game for that one.

But that makes me wonder, what other parts of Canon's lens lineup is weak? Where would you go ir you were Sigma and looking to capture a waiting market?

85mm Art? Is there anyone with a Canon 85/1.2 or 85/1.8 that is unsatisfied with their lens?
100mm? Again, do you read about anyone bitching that their 100 is no good? Or 135? Or 200?

When it comes to zooms, it's a bit more interesting.

They have a 14-24/4.5-5.6 that will likely be replaced by the 14-24/4.
They have a 24-70/2.8 now but rumors are that a 24-70/2 will replace it.
The 150-500 is kind of in a league of its own.

But then there's a 24-70, 120-300, 120-400 and three 70-300s. None of which are particularly good (especially the 70-300s.) In that space, Canon has a 100-400 that is well north of $2000, a 70-300 consumer grade lens that isn't worth owning (even Tamron's is better) and a 70-300L somewhere between 1200 and 1500 (depending on rebates.)

Could Sigma do a 70-300 Art at or just under $1000?
Or maybe in the $700-$800 space that provides enough value for money over Tamron's lens?
What about a new version of the 120-400? With Canon due to replace that soon, waiting to see how Canon position that in terms or price vs optical performance is sensible.
I can't see them replacing the 120-300 unless they introduce another medium zoom that os X-120.

There's a hole in the market for a good performing telephoto zoom in the 70 (or 100) to 300 for full frame that delivers good optical performance across the frame and is sub-$1000 (although I suspect that it needs to be more a sub-$800 lens to lure away buyers from Canon's 70-300L.)

What else?
If you were Sigma, what part of Canon's (or Nikon's) lens lineup is weak and easily attacked?

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