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Third Party Manufacturers / New Pentax K-5 IIs - no AA filter!
« on: September 11, 2012, 07:48:35 AM »
Another manufacturer is now offering a DSLR without the low-pass AA filter - Pentax.

Nikon was first with the D800e and now Pentax with the K-5 IIs.

Will Canon offer us the option?

Lenses / New: Canon CN-E15.5-37mm T2.8 L S/SP
« on: August 29, 2012, 08:29:09 AM »
Along with the C100, Canon has announced a new wide angle lens that comes in at 15.5-47mm.

Now that's a lens I could really do with on a DSLR!

Except that at $24,500, it's a bit out of my reach.

Canon, why can't you give us a photography version of this lens?
With autofocus and no (or very little) field curvature?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 5D3 - AFMA similar to 5D2 or 1DX?
« on: August 17, 2012, 08:51:11 AM »
Does the AFMA in the 5D3 work in a similar fashion to that of the 5D2 (one setting per lens) or does it work like that of the 1DX where it is possible to have two settings for zoom lenses?

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?

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