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The 5D3 seems to hit the mark for some and not for others.

For those that don't see a camera for them in either the 1DX or 5D3, what do you want?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Next camera purchase will be...
« on: March 02, 2012, 07:14:33 PM »
Now that Canon has announced the 1DX, the G1X *and* the 5D3 it is now easier to get a feel for where to use those dollars that we've been saving.

I would like to have had more options for this poll. but 5 will have to do - except that I can add more options after I've posted the poll... WTF...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 5D Mark III Review by Jeff Ascough
« on: March 02, 2012, 07:06:54 PM »
Jeff Ascough is a professional photographer, best known for weddings:


EOS Bodies / No f/8.0 autofocus with 5D Mark III
« on: March 02, 2012, 12:11:05 AM »
Same AF design as the 1DX... Canon's specs:

AF Points
61-point (up to 41 cross-type points)

* One to five cross-type AF points at f/2.8, 10 to 20 cross-type AF points at f/4, and 15 to 21 cross-type AF points at f/5.6. (The number of cross-type AF points will differ depending on the lens.)

... the days of f/8.0 AF are now gone for Canon shooters?

EOS Bodies / Will Canon chop the 5D Mark II price?
« on: February 25, 2012, 02:19:49 AM »
Nikon has chopped $500 off of the D700 price tag, presumably to clear inventories of cameras that it wants to get rid of.

Will Canon do something similar with the 5D Mark II?

Lenses / 70-300L with extension tubes?
« on: February 11, 2012, 10:34:05 AM »
There are known issues with the Canon TC's and the 70-300L, but are there any such problems with the extension tubes (ET) such as th EF 25mm Extension Tube?

If so, can you stack things up so that you have 1.4x TC, then 25mm ET, then 70-300L?

PowerShot / "Best compact camera" - DxO review G1X
« on: February 01, 2012, 10:15:53 AM »

And on this page:

You can see that the sensor in the G1X has similar performance to that of the 7D.

It whips the Nikon 1 series quite extensively and anything aside from the latest m4/3s cameras don't stand a chance.

Canon General / 2011: Canon #1 in Japan for digital cameras
« on: January 28, 2012, 05:48:06 PM »
From http://bcnranking.jp/award/sokuhou/index.html ..

DSLRS - Canon #1 46.3%
Compacts - Canon #1 16.9%
Lenses - Canon #1 21.7%

... in every category related to cameras that Canon is present, they are #1.

There's one category that Canon are not present in: mirrorless.

EOS Bodies / Will Canon price match the 1DX to the D4?
« on: January 04, 2012, 01:18:53 PM »
Nikon rumors is suggesting that the D4 will debut at $6000.

When the 1DX was announced, Canon said that the intial price was to be $6800 but with comments made that it may change between announce and actual release.

What are the chances Canon will match Nikon on price?

Canon General / Canon scores 6 of top 20 DSLRs in Japan for 2010
« on: December 29, 2011, 02:24:29 AM »

The top 20 DSLR cameras account for 72.4% of DSLR sales.

Of that 72.4%, Canon has 27%, Nikon 22.5%, Sony 11.9%.

27.6% of DSLR sales are for cameras that came in at under 1.5%.

Michael Reichman on Canon, CSCs (Compact System Cameras) and the evolving camera marketplace...


Canon has apparently not yet received the memo. Or, if they have, they have chosen thus far to ignore it. As a market leader in DSLRs they clearly have turf to protect. Those cameras and lenses carry higher margins than CSCs, though top of the line CSCs, like the NEX-7, clearly can be quite profitable if they become successes. The lesson that if someone is going to eat your lunch it may as well be you, seems not to resonate with Canon. But as all of the other companies scramble for position in the new CSC marketplace it is highly unlikely that can will sit on their hands for too much longer. The real question will be whether Canon decides to play it safe and follow Nikon with a very small sensor, or attack Sony, potentially Fujifilm, and to a lesser extent Panasonic and Olympus with a 2X or larger sensor.

But there is no question that the traditional DSLRs segment has lots of life left in it. It's a big "but" though, and its my belief that while pros and advanced amateurs in various fields (fashion, advertising, sports, wildlife, landscape) will continue to appreciate and demand the advantages that DSLRs have to offer, consumers and prosumers looking for versatility and image quality will increasingly be turning to CSCs. Smaller size, lighter weight and lower cost are the ingredients that appeal. And if a camera can also offer a large sensor (APS-C or MFT) than there is no serious compromise in image quality or availability of shallow DOF.

I'll close this out with a personal anecdote. Because of this web site, my workshops, seminars, writing and teaching, I meet and communicate with a lot of pros and advanced amateurs. We chat about photography, the industry, gear, and related topics. A year ago I hardly knew any that owned or even stated an interest in owning a CSC. But this is changing at a very fast clip. A great many are now saying that they've bought a Panasonic, Olympus or Sony Compact System Camera, and with the success and appeal of the Fujifilm X100 are hoping that an interchangeable lens version is under consideration from that company as well. I even know some serious photographers who are selling their DSLRs, and who are looking at advanced CSCs like the Panasonic GH2 and Sony NEX-7. Those that own legacy lenses also find these very appealing, since they can take virtually any lens ever made via adaptors.

Are we at the beginning of a new revolution? The entire world of photographic technology has been in a state of revolution for the past decade. The emergence of the CLC is simply another step in this evolutionary process. And with products like the Sony NEX-7, the category isn't going to remain an under-appreciated one for much longer.

November / December, 2011

Canon General / 2012 Prediction - Canon drop from #1 to ...
« on: December 10, 2011, 11:58:21 AM »
My prediction for 2012 is that Canon will lose its spot as the #1 camera company. A couple of years ago, Canon would dominate the searching on websites such as dpreview, having at least half of the top 10 cameras being theirs. That's no longer the case.

Increasingly the comments I read about the NEX-7 are indicating that Sony has a winner that may well sweep through the market in the same manner as the 5D Mark II did. Nikon's "answer", if you call it that, in the guise of the V1/J1 are a joke and there aren't even any rumors yet of a Canon camera to compete - more on that later.

What this means it that the first half of the 2012 is going to be owned by the NEX-7. Even if Canon were to announce a camera in the March time frame, it would take until the middle of the year for it to be readily available and in people's hands and for reviews to start showing up. If we are to  use rumors as a reliable predictor then neither does Nikon have anything up its sleeves to answer this move by Sony.

Whilst various pixel peepers are saying that the image quality for the NEX-7 isn't as good at high ISO (look at that noise!, my 7D is better by 0.05%), it is good enough for a good number of people, both amateurs and professionals. What's more, it has 24MP, more than any camera that Canon currently has to offer. The difference in IQ between the NEX-7 and a camera such as the 5D Mark II is not going to be a problem for professional photographers, nor those that know how to drive their software toolkit in order to get the most out of an image file. And whilst the 3MP difference isn't a lot, simply put, it is more, giving photographers more ability to crop a little to get the picture right without sacrificing print size.

The only weakness in the Sony offering is professional grade lenses. I cannot see Sony ignoring this. As the popularity of the NEX and Sony system increases, Sigma, Tamron and Tokina will all start offering more of their lenses in accompanying mounts, filling in the gaps for Sony. Over time, I'm confident that Sony will fill in the gaps and offer a complete lineup that may not match Canon/Nikon on a lens for lens basis, but will address all of the typical needs at one point or another in the spectrum.

In the talk around the C300, it was mentioned that the time to market for that camera was an unbelievably quick 2 years (starting from around the time of the firmware update for the 5D MarkII that provided proper manual control over video.) If Canon do not have a camera with 36MP or more kicking around in their labs as a prototype, then it will be middle to late 2013 before Canon have a camera to compete with the rumored 36MP Nikon D800 - and whatever Sony roll out later this year using the 36MP sensor. In the mean time, the continuing praise for the NEX-7/A77 is going to seriously erode the market for all Canon cameras from whatever you can buy for $1000 up to and including the 5D Mark II. The 24MP sensor simply gives people more MP and with a similar enough or high enough IQ that there's no reason for them to pay more for less (MP) unless they specifically need a piece of equipment such as the 1DX/7D for sports/wildlife.

Looking into 2012, I think Canon needs to write it off already as a lost year. Why? We don't even have rumors about rumors for cameras that will be able to complete with the likes of the NEX-7. The big question for Sony will be is how well does the A77 sell given that the NEX-7 is smaller, lighter and delivers better IQ courtesy of there being no semi-reflective glass. Is the NEX-7 to the A77 as the 5D Mark2 is to the 1Ds3?

I think 2012 will either see Sony claim #1 for cameras or at least come very close to it. Even if Nikon deliver a 36MP D800, the market for that is going to be a whole lot smaller than the NEX-7 - that is unless Nikon deliver a price shock and it debuts at under $3000. I can't see that happening. What will be interesting, in terms of price, is where Sony position the A9X. It will be interesting to see what Sony have learnt from the A850/A900 "experiments" because even though they had an extra 3MP on the 5D Mark II, they clearly failed to gain traction in the market because of that.

So... that's my prediction... smite me all you like, it won't make any difference to next year's outcome ... the people you need to smite are those that are in control at Canon's camera HQ.

Canon General / NEX-7 vs 5D Mark II
« on: December 09, 2011, 04:43:52 PM »
Professional photographer compares using the Canon 5D Mark II with the Sony NEX-7.


Canon General / Is anyone awake in Canon HQ?
« on: November 10, 2011, 05:01:11 PM »
The A-77 and NEX-5n are selling very well...


... and for those wondering why the 5D2 has seen a big drop in price, this might be part of it.

At 24MP, the A77 has the most MP for a "current" camera that's actually affordable.

I mean why would you buy a 5D Mark2 that has only 21MP for over $2000 when the A77 can be had for almost half price. Save the "pixel quality" and "sensor noise" arguments for the summer BBQ parties.

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