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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?

Third Party Manufacturers / Tamron need some more FF lenses...
« on: June 14, 2012, 10:07:58 PM »
At least two lenses that I can think of.

* A wide angle zoom, from 16-17mm to 28-40mm (not really worried about f-stop)
* A standard f/4 zoom from 24mm to 100 to 120mm (with IS)

With Tamron's current delivery, they'd have a 24-100-something that would retail for around $600 and be as good as or better than Canon's and also kick Canon in the pants with a wide angle that works.

I'm not much in favour of lenses wider than 16mm on full frame because they end up requiring a curved front element which introduces lots of other problems.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Total cost of ownership
« on: June 14, 2012, 06:39:30 PM »
5D Mark III system

5D Mark III Kit$4299

D800 system

D800 + 24-120

Canon General / How to understand DxO scores
« on: June 08, 2012, 11:48:51 PM »
This story was published at the beginning of 2011 but it should serve to illustrate why the DxO scores are useful:

... as they tell an important story (once you get past the fanboyism.)

Site Information / Sticky topics at the top of the front page...
« on: June 08, 2012, 01:03:30 AM »
I think these are being over done.

For example today, I go to the front page of canonrumors and the top article is the "Preorders" thing and not the announcement of the 650D.

The preorders thing was there yesterday, today's news is the 650D...

If I see that the top story hasn't changed on the front page then I'm very unlikely to scroll down... don't know about others...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Canon EOS 650D/T4i announced
« on: June 08, 2012, 12:36:01 AM »
The news is now up on dpreview with all of their usual samples, etc.

From the front page of their preview:
The EOS 650D has a new 'Hybrid CMOS' sensor that now includes pixels dedicated to phase detection autofocus (in a similar fashion to Nikon's 1 J1 and 1 V1 mirrorless cameras).

... so either the 650D does have a new sensor or they're using it in new and different ways.

For portrait and landscape, the D3200 scores 24.1 and 13.2 respectively whlist the 5D Mark III scored 24.1 and 11.7. Of course the 5D Mark III whips the D3200 in low-light ISO (sports) but otherwise the scores are the same (81) for both cameras.

So it just goes to show that APS-C sensors aren't necessarily as useless, even with higher MP counts. Unless you need that low-light/higher ISO.

As DxO points out, 5 of the top 10 cameras on their website are now made by Nikon.

Got to wonder if Canon will be able to deliver a crop sensor that comes anywhere near that.

PowerShot Cameras / Will the S100 successor have a larger sensor?
« on: June 06, 2012, 08:10:30 AM »
Will Canon increase the sensor size of the S100 in its successor to deliver more MP with better IQ rather than just more MP?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / DxO compares the 5D Mark III with the D800
« on: June 05, 2012, 05:07:12 AM »
Even if you think DxO don't know anything and their testing is rubbish, you should have a read of this as they go into more detail about their testing, specifically the signal-to-noise testing:

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Weather Sealing for EOS cameras
« on: May 24, 2012, 03:15:12 AM »
Before the digital era, the top of the line film EOS camera was the EOS 1v. It was UAS$1899.
With the battery pack booster, the pricing was around $3000.

The EOS 1v was marketted as being waterproof.

The EOS 1v was released just over 11 years ago, in February 2000.

In 1998, Canon brought out the EOS 3 in 1998, for around $1400. Today it is $1699.

If you allow for a 3% price rise per year since 1998, that would end up at around $2055 (EOS 3) and $2788 (EOS 1v). If you want to argue that time should mean that things are cheaper, then...

So quite clearly, weather sealing does not mean a camera needs to cost > $3000.

But another way to look at this is that the difference in a digital camera that shoots 6fps at 22MP (5D3) and a film SLR that shoots 10fps (1v) is $1800.

How much of the $1699 is electronics for film that can be ripped out?

If the cost of that was ~$200, then the "digital" part of the 5D Mark III is worth $2000 out of the $3499 price tag.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 5D3 weather sealing...
« on: May 20, 2012, 01:40:34 PM »
Has anyone splashed their 5D3 and had it keep on keeping on?
Is it fully weather sealed with o-rings for everything?

From comments on the web, it seems that the Nikon D800 is not fully weather sealed as it is missing rubber o-rings in various places (battery compartment). Can anyone that has used a 5D3 and D800 comment on that?

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