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From a local newspaper:

Verdict: This is a wonderful camera. If you hvae Canon lenses and want to move into the blissful realm of full-frame capture, then the 5D Mk III is for you. But the MkII is just as good for stills and costs $1600 less. If you already have a 5D Mk II (as we do), there is no pressing reason to upgrade. If you are starting from scratch with nothing invested in lenses and accessories, then look at the Nikon D800. It has superior ergonomics, a more luxurious feel and higher resolution sensor, and produces uncompressed video. And it is several hundred dollars cheaper.[/u]

This guy uses the raw sensor data from DxO (remember, they're worthless!) to create some different measurements:

ModelQEMin Read Noise (e-)Max Saturation capacity (e-)

This table also makes the 60D better than the 50D and 7D.

Third Party Manufacturers / 41MP Nokia PureView Reviewed
« on: July 31, 2012, 06:52:32 AM »
Page 4 with the interview with the Head of Imaging Resources at Nokia is very enlightening.

EOS Bodies / New, cheaper, Canon FF DSLR... 70D?
« on: July 21, 2012, 12:13:00 AM »
Given that Canon seem to be putting APS-C into the EOS M cameras, why wouldn't they be just a bit more aggressive and make the 70D full frame?

Sure, if it debuts at $1999, it is vastly more expensive than what the 60D is today, but over time we should see prices drop.

It also solves the problem of which "digit" to use for the camera in the 6-9 numbering scale.

Lenses / Why did Canon release the 40/2.8 pancake before the A1?
« on: July 20, 2012, 07:50:41 AM »
Any thoughts as to why Canon released the 40/2.8 pancake so far ahead of its mirrorless offering?

Lenses / Are these new lenses expected to be sold for 15-20 years?
« on: July 17, 2012, 09:16:30 PM »
When we look at some of Canon's current lenses, such as the 50/1.4, we can see that they either are or are approaching being 20 years old and that their price hasn't changed a whole lot in that time. However in the last 20 years, lots of other things have had rather dramatic price changes, for example houses and cards and last but not least, wages have gone up.

What that makes me wonder is in 10 or 15 years time, will the prices of these new primes with IS still be considered to be "high" or will they have moderated if the price stays the same but our take home salary has increased?

Is Canon delivering new lenses at a higher price with the expectation that they will remain on sale for close to 20 years and that if the price doesn't change then as they approach end-of-life, they will have become as affordable as the current lenses are today?

Is an $800 lens today a $400 lens (in terms of affordability) in 20 years?

Something that I just realised is that Canon have to replace or retire a lens within 26 years of its first manufacturing date as their date code system does not have a way to handle it wrapping.

Looks like Canon think that recycling the 5D Mark II's sensor technology continues to make sense.


The technology in that sensor is approaching 4 years old now. Isn't it past time for something better?

Something with less read noise?

Something that is free of banding?

Third Party Manufacturers / Is the future of DSLRs FF only?
« on: July 06, 2012, 11:06:28 AM »
On another rumor site was a link to a blog that talked about the future of DSLRs being FF only:

Lenses / Canon 40mm/f2.8 STM review at
« on: June 26, 2012, 04:07:47 PM »

Score: 4/5

Is it sharp? You better believe it!

Lenses / Would you get a tattoo of a Canon lens?
« on: June 21, 2012, 07:21:45 AM »
Watching TV tonight, one guy shows a tattoo on his left side of the glass lenses in the 50/1.4.

Yes, a tattoo pattern that is the glass elements of the 50/1.4.

Why? Because it is his favourite lens.

Now that is dedication!

How dedicated are you to Canon and Canon equipment?

I can't think of any more options to add...

Rumors are starting about Pentax also using Sony's 24MP FF sensor in a camera for March 2013.

If Canon can't bring out something with 24MP (or more) before March 2013 then every major camera manufacturer will have a 24MP FF camera except for Canon. Sony (ex Minolta), Nikon and Pentax.

Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

Lenses / 40mm/2.8 looks better than both 50/1.8 and 50/1.4
« on: June 17, 2012, 11:41:17 AM »



EOS Bodies - For Stills / 60D is currently the best xxD Canon DSLR?
« on: June 16, 2012, 04:00:40 AM »
Yeah, I know, you'll all hate because it is from DxO but...

The 30D (59) is a touch under the 20D (62) and the 50D (63) is just a wee bit below the 40D (64) but the 60D bests them all. Of course the 7D shouldn't be left out and whilst it scores 5% better than the 60D in low-light ISO, they rate it overall as the same (66). The 7D also bests the 60D in dyanmic range (landscape) but the 60D takes the honors for portrait colour depth (22.2 vs 22).

The other takeaway from this is that both the 30D and 50D were a step down in IQ from their predecessor, so I wonder if the 70D (the next odd-numbered xxD DSLR) will fit that pattern?

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