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An interesting note about Canon, if you remove the lowend of the DSLR market (Rebels, D3xxx/D5xxx), Canon’s marketshare increases. I imagine the 5D Mark III plays a big part in that, as well as the EOS-1D X.

I imagine that the still available 5D Mark II also played a part in that as it dropped to levels that made it accessible to a whole lot of new people.

The key to interpreting these numbers meaningfully is to look at change in percentage of the market that each of the respective companies had last year. Further, these numbers consider more than just DSLRs except that for Canon it only represents DSLRs.

Does anyone have the percentages for 2010 and 2011 for ILC camera sales?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Shooting With the EOS 6D Part 2: Costa Rica
« on: December 30, 2012, 06:06:41 AM »
i like the window picture

It is too big and as it is, needs to be cropped.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Is it hard not to buy 3rd party lenses now?
« on: December 26, 2012, 08:18:24 AM »
I think TomScott has a good view.  Canon lenses, at least the L series, seem to be built more sturdy than the Sigma and Tamron equivalents.  Of course that also comes with larger size and greater weight, as well as higher price.

If they're so well built then why don't Canon provide a warranty to back that up with?

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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D Likely Price Trend
« on: December 26, 2012, 08:07:48 AM »
Hi,

My wife is giving birth in July and I will have a 6D by then to take pics of the kid.

My only question is when to buy.  Is it likely that the 6D will drop in price from Dec. 2011 to July 2012?  If so, I will wait...
...

So when exactly are you going to buy the camera relative to the baby arrival?
A week before the due date of the baby?
The day it arrives?
A week after?

You do realise that babies can arrive both EARLY and late.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5D MKII Pricing Question
« on: December 25, 2012, 03:43:35 PM »
Switching over from Nikon Interested In buying a new Canon 5D MKII($1529.00) either body only or with 24-105 lens(2399.00).
I see prices on body only seem to be coming down a bit but holding steady on body & lens kit!
Do we think we will see any large price drops in the U.S. market and how long should I hold out?
Thanks In Advance

Keep holding out.

If things go well for you, now that the discontinue announcement has been made, people will start snapping them up everywhere at the current price so that no more discounts will be necessary.

Then all of a sudden it will not be possible to buy them anywhere and you'll be able to wait for the 5D Mark III to reach $2000.

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Lenses / Re: Announcement on January 8, 2013? New Lenses [CR1]
« on: December 25, 2012, 06:10:36 AM »

Except that you won't be able to use filters with the 14-24 because of the curved front surface.

Lee makes a filter holder for the 14-24.

Heh, sure, just try and buy a Lee filter system anywhere.

Next.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5d2 officially discontinued.
« on: December 25, 2012, 05:21:36 AM »
I still think the Canon 20D was the most influential DSLR ever. It was the first one at a reasonable price that really seemed good enough to get even many film proponents to finally give up film and go digital. I knew so few people using DSLR before the 20D and so many after.

For me, it was this line:

"With the 20D, it's my perception that, for Canon lens owners at least, the DSLR has reached maturity."

from here:
http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/cameras/20d-location.shtml

that told me buying the 20D was the right time to move from SLR to DSLR.

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Canon EOS 50
Canon EOS 20D
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Nikon D800

(Since others are listing non-Canon, I thought I would too :-P)

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Pictures taken with the humble 35 f2
« on: December 23, 2012, 10:30:59 AM »
I get fantastic results with the 35/f2. Magnificent value for money.

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Lenses / Re: Announcement on January 8, 2013? New Lenses [CR1]
« on: December 23, 2012, 10:07:36 AM »
I sold my 2 year old 24-70 Mk 1 for $10 less than what I paid for it last month. I am beyond excited for a 14-24, I have had a 17-40 and found the corners far too soft and cannot bring myself to get a 16-35 which is not THAT much better for the cost difference and who needs a super fast landscape lens? I need Zeiss 21 quality in a zoom.

Except that you won't be able to use filters with the 14-24 because of the curved front surface.

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Lenses / Re: Announcement on January 8, 2013? New Lenses [CR1]
« on: December 23, 2012, 09:54:06 AM »
I don't think the old 35L will sell for more than it sells now used (max. 1100 USD).

Did you price the 24-70 MkI before the MkII vs. now?  $900-1100 a few months ago, $1400 today. When the MkII came out, retailers immediately raised prices on remaining MkI stock to full MSRP (well above street price), and used prices followed suit.  Same with the 70-200/2.8 IS, and it was about 2 years (i.e. beginning of this year) that used MkI prices returned to their pre-MkII levels.  So I think it's quite probable the same will happen with the 35L...

So what you're saying is that I can buy a 35/1.4 MkI now and just wait for the 35/1.4 MkII to come out, then sell the 35/1.4 MkI at a nice profit?

God what a bunch of suckers Canon shooters are! :D

Love it!

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Is it hard not to buy 3rd party lenses now?
« on: December 23, 2012, 03:05:04 AM »

So we now comparing 2012 model lenses from 3rd party Vs Canon +10yrs old lenses?

For those saying the new Tamron 24-70 is almost near good as new Canon 24-70 II, I want to see your images in real life situation,, not controlled. Besides IQ, we need to put all the factors on the table - AF speed, build quality, resale value etc...

There are video reviews of the Tamron 24-70 vs Canon 24-70 Mk II (and 70-200) that look into AF speed.

Strangely, none of the reviews I read consider resale value, rather what they all consider is the cost to buy.

long term reliability and optical performance are the main reasons i will not buy 3rd party lenses (excluding zeiss though i only own that brand for my hassi).

even with the hype of matching or exceeding performance, these new 3rd party lenses haven't been tested for durability or reliance. only time in the field will tell if they hold up.

Your "L" lenses are so good that Canon will only provide warranty for 1 year.

Tamron will provide warranty for 6 years.

It is good to see that Canon back up their excellent build quality with a warranty to match, isn't it?

The length of warranty period tells me what the manufacturer expects from the product they make.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Is it hard not to buy 3rd party lenses now?
« on: December 23, 2012, 02:48:15 AM »
In the last 12 to 24 months we've seen an array of new lenses from Tamron and Sigma that seem to be laying down the gauntlet to Canon/Nikon in the area of providing good IQ that perhaps started with the 50/1.4 from Sigma. Why the Sigma 50/1.4? Because it tests better than both the Canon and Nikon equivalents albeit, it is more expensive however when Canon replaces the 50/1.4 with a 50/1.4 IS, the Sigma will be cheaper.
I was reading up on the Sigma 50/1.4 recently.  The review on The Digital Picture (TDP) and reviews by some customers on B&H were somewhat disappointing.  I'm referring to the comments about autofocus consistency (and the Canon 50/1.4 is no champ in this either). 

TDP says, "Inconsistent focus accuracy is definitely the downside of this lens. It is possible that another copy of this lens would focus more consistently, but my guess (helped by feedback from others) is that my lens is representative of this model. Thus, unless you are primarily using manual focus or shooting at narrow apertures (f/4), I suggest buying the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens instead."

The ISO12233 chart crops on TDP suggest that the Sigma is a bit sharper, but the Imatest results in LensRentals.com's "Great 50mm Shootout" suggest that the Canon 50/1.4 is a bit sharper.  Imatest results on Photozone.de also suggest that the Canon is mostly sharper.

The first review that really showed up the difference between the Canon 50/1.4 and the Sigma 50/1.4 was on dpreview. For example, use this URL:

http://www.dpreview.com/lensreviews/widget/Fullscreen.ashx?reviews=25,23&fullscreen=true&av=1,1&fl=50,50&vis=VisualiserSharpnessMTF,VisualiserSharpnessMTF&stack=horizontal&&config=/lensreviews/widget/LensReviewConfiguration.xml%3F4


So far as I know, nobody else has presented such a complete result set as dpreview on this matter.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Is it hard not to buy 3rd party lenses now?
« on: December 22, 2012, 09:44:58 AM »
In the last 12 to 24 months we've seen an array of new lenses from Tamron and Sigma that seem to be laying down the gauntlet to Canon/Nikon in the area of providing good IQ that perhaps started with the 50/1.4 from Sigma. Why the Sigma 50/1.4? Because it tests better than both the Canon and Nikon equivalents albeit, it is more expensive however when Canon replaces the 50/1.4 with a 50/1.4 IS, the Sigma will be cheaper.

But if we look elsewhere, what do we see?
Sigma's new 35/1.4 delivers better IQ than either Canon or Nikon for substantially less.
Tamron's 24-70/2.8 bests Canon's version 1 and is almost comparable to version 2 at almost half the price.
And so on.

Maybe 5 years ago when there was no alternative to the IQ of Canon's lenses it made sense to have a full kit of Canon lenses but today surely you'd have to ask yourself why you were willing to pay a premium for a different name.

Is the smart shooter now only buying maybe one or two Canon lenses and at least the same if not more 3rd party?

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I did not think it would be common to use Vibrance and Saturation at the same time. Vibrance is just saturation but set to only effect Red, Green and Blue. Giving you a saturation control when skin tones are present. It lets you adjust saturation without altering skin tones or at least that what it said in the Lightroom Adventure.

Shhh.... you're giving away secrets

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