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Software & Accessories / Google Camera App for Depth of Field
« on: April 20, 2014, 08:54:33 AM »
So it would seem that someone (Google!) has taken on the challenge of how do you make a camera phone with limited depth of field produce images that are like that with DSLRs:

Canon General / NAB 2014 and Canon
« on: April 08, 2014, 11:04:29 AM »
Have Canon made any announcements at the show this year?

Canon General / Warning Bells Sound
« on: February 27, 2014, 10:16:43 AM »
"Two US research companies have now published US retail sales numbers to their clients for January 2014. It does not look good for serious camera makers. Sales fell off significantly year-over-year, and steeply off from December. In fact, the steepest decline from Christmas sales I can remember."

EOS Bodies / Panasonic's view of the 7D successor
« on: February 12, 2014, 08:06:07 PM »

Sensor: APS-C, 20MP
ISO: 100-12800, 25600 (extended)
Shutter Life: 150,000
Silent shutter: Yes (slightly noisy)
AF system: PDAF, 19 area
AF detection range: -0.5 to 18 EV
Burst speed: 8fps
Recordable number: 15 (raw), 126 (jpeg)
Finger: OVF
Rear Monitor: 3.0" 1040K-dot LCD, static touch
WiFi/NFC: optional transmitter
Exterior Design: mag alloy body & splash/dust proof
Battery life: 850 images
Dimensions: 148.2 x 110.7 x 73.5
Weight (inc Battery): 910g

EOS Bodies / Will the next xD cameras do 4k?
« on: February 11, 2014, 06:43:24 AM »
Panasonic have announced a 4k GH4, which kind of demotes any camera only doing 1080p to the "also ran" category. Sure it is only a small sensor, but if 4k is more important than FF DOF artiness then the GH4 would seem to be a good candidate.

Is Panasonic hoping that this will push the sales of (their)  4k TVs?

Will Canon hold out on the DSLRs doing 4k to protect the Cinema EOS line or will they hope that they can maintain the premiums for those cameras based on features that aren't in DSLRs, such as SDI out? Oh, oops, Panasonic's got a base for the GH4 with SDI out ... someone is innovating!

p.s. why didn't this make it to Canon rumors front page? Surely this is just as significant as the Sony A7s or has someone decided not to put other manufacturers on there now?

Third Party Manufacturers / Phase One use Sony sensor for MFDB IQ250
« on: February 10, 2014, 08:18:55 AM »

It goes without saying that it is highly likely the FF DSLRs using Sony sensors (D800, D610, etc) are all using sensor technology that is either similar to or will benefit from (if not already) Son'y work here.

So in the sensor stakes, it would seem that Canon need to come up with something that is as good as the CMOS now used by leading MFDBs, not just DSLRs ...

EOS Bodies / Will Canon ditch the AA Filter?
« on: January 09, 2014, 07:34:52 AM »
In Nikon's latest DSLR that is available for sale, the D3300, Nikon have removed the Optical Low Pass Filter (OLPF) - also know as the AA Filter. This would tend to suggest that the reason for it being there in the first place (combating moire due to hamming) is not nearly as prevalent or significant as once thought. All of Nikon's latest DSLRs (D7100, D5300 and now the D3300) are minus the OLPF. I can't help but wonder if this will be the case for the D4s too!

Question now has to be, when will Canon stop including it in their designs?

Canon General / Move away from Canon to Nikon for sports?
« on: December 30, 2013, 03:09:18 AM »
At a sports event where pro photographers usually number 2:1 or so for Canon to Nikon bodies and lenses, the ratio was 3:2 for Nikon to Canon.

Site Information / front page is now without ads :-D
« on: December 18, 2013, 09:47:46 AM »
I don't know what you guys have done in the last 24 hours but today I see no ads at all when I visit this website!!!! wooo :-) :-)

Formatting of the front page is a bit borked but I can live with it!

please, don't change anything!!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / What happened to A-DEP?
« on: December 16, 2013, 07:15:27 AM »
Unless I'm mistaken, it has disappeared off of Canon bodies...?

Third Party Manufacturers / Sony has 54MP FF sensor next in line
« on: December 02, 2013, 09:24:52 AM »

What sort of IQ will it have?
Expect nothing worse than the current 24MP APS-C in Nkon/Sony but hopefully much better.

Third Party Manufacturers / Nokia Pureview 1020 beats Nikon D800
« on: November 19, 2013, 07:49:44 AM »

Note what the reviewer says at the bottom:
"Could the Nikon beat the Nokia on every image? A definitive yes. The lens 28-105 appeared to fall short of the resolving power a 36 mpix sensor could muster. Choosing a better lens, choosing to use a tripod, choosing to use mirror lock up could easily have turned this into a Nikon shutout. This is to say nothing of the boundaries you can push the Nikon's astounding RAW files."

But as a walk-around camera, the Nokia 1020 seems to do surprisingly well with 41MP.

Why would you want to take a DSLR with half the megapixels with you when you walk around a new city on holiday?

Lenses / Comparing 16-35 to Nikon 14-24 and Zeiss/Leica primes
« on: November 14, 2013, 10:53:35 PM »
People like to wax lyrical about how good the Nikon 14-24 is. Well at 21mm, it ain't that much better than Canon's 16-35.

Yes, that's Ken Rockwell but just look at the picture detail. The Canon and Nikon lenses are both close to unusable wide open.

Yes, it is unfair because it is pitting zooms against primes but will people please stop saying how wonderful the Nikon 14-24 is and Canon's 16-35? (This is also directed at those who would diss Zeiss primes.)

Canon General / Consumer DSLRs "dead in 5 years"
« on: October 27, 2013, 11:31:20 AM »
The Sony A7 is a nail in the coffin of Canon’s full frame line-up but it’s consumer apathy which will finally close the lid.

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