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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Off Brand: Nikon Announces the Df
« on: November 05, 2013, 09:49:47 PM »
This is the second non-Canon camera product announcement on a "Canon" website in as many months (previous being Sony.)

That kind of says it all about where Canon's at with its product development, doesn't it?

Indeed. 

It says that Canon isn't announcing any developments in a dying market (mirrorless) or a long-dead market (over-priced film dSLRs, albeit with modified innards). 

It also says Canon's dSLR lineup is selling well, such that they're not forced to bring out niche products due to an inability to outsell the market leader in the mainstream arena (since Canon is that leader).

I disagree completely with both of your conclusions but not to say that it says the reverse but rather that people are so bored with what Canon are doing that they're looking elsewhere for excitement.

All that Nikon/Sony need to do is find the camera system to capture the growing bored Canon owner crowd and Canon stand to lose quite significantly. Or maybe they won't. Maybe it'll be death by a 1000 cuts with lots of different products each taking a little chunk out of Canon's sales.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Off Brand: Nikon Announces the Df
« on: November 05, 2013, 09:37:58 PM »
Too many posts here praising Nikon for coming out with a camera that is only "good enough". No new tech, menus replaced by dials and knobs with little or no IQ benefits. I thought pure photography was all about th images, not whether I need to turn a dial or access a menu.

Had Canon come out with something similar, it would be accused of milking the same old sensor design, which is exactly what ion is doing and we still get posts such as - Canon where are you?

Oh I think it is a dumb move by Nikon but it is also a desperate move to try and create a segment of the market where they don't have any competition from Canon or Sony. I similarly think that the A7 and A7R are a dumb move that will ultimately go nowhere or be confined to shooting with lenses under 100mm in focal length.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Why are DSLRs so Big?
« on: November 05, 2013, 06:36:05 PM »
The size and shape of canon's DSLRs are a consequence of the 35mm SLRs.   Early DSLRs still had the motors and gears for advancing film.

DSLRs never had motors or gears for advancing film.
SLRs on the other hand did.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Why are DSLRs so Big?
« on: November 05, 2013, 06:34:39 PM »
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Like most of us here I have no idea what has driven the DSLR form factor to the place it now occupies.

The light box and optical view finder are the primary drivers.

In the days of the SLR, it was also providing enough space to keep the film flat plus somewhere for it to roll on to and off from.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Off Brand: Nikon Announces the Df
« on: November 05, 2013, 06:13:22 PM »
This is the second non-Canon camera product announcement on a "Canon" website in as many months (previous being Sony.)

That kind of says it all about where Canon's at with its product development, doesn't it?

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What everyone apparently fails to appreciate here is that Nikon is following the oft-quoted ice hockey maxim of skating to where the puck hasn't been yet.  It's not really their fault they think the puck will slide across the ice to the middle of the Sahara Desert.

Or to put it more simply, they're bringing to market a camera design that they haven't tried before and doesn't exist now.

They're trying to exploit the group of people that don't want video in the DSLR (a small percentage that will just grow smaller over time) and appreciate the retro look (a pure fashion claim.)

What it shows is that Nikon is desperate to create a new market and sell cameras...

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Reminds me a little bit of...
<Canon 50E>

Yup and I've still got mine...

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Sad enough to announce the development of a new version of an old, not so great lens.

Though to be fair, Tamron is being doing nice things lately, so it might be interesting.

Maybe they are delayed because the engineering team is working on lenses for the a7?

It's marketing, nothing more, nothing less.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS Sample Images
« on: November 01, 2013, 10:53:40 PM »
Is it just me or do the images look blurry? I'm viewing them on my iPad and they look kinda garbage. The shots themselves are not very interesting, maybe that doesn't help. I was expecting more. I'll have a proper look on my monitor at home.

 :(

+1.

I wonder if AFMA is required for this lens/body pairing and has not been used.

At these apertures and focal lengths and distances SOMETHING ought to be sharp, right?? AFMA or not.

Depends on the depth of field ... but even the image of the roses does not have the roses in focus, so the lens is probably front focusing relative to the camera.

I'm not sure if this is more damning of lenstip.com or the lens, but the images just shouldn't look like this.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS Sample Images
« on: November 01, 2013, 10:48:48 AM »
Is it just me or do the images look blurry? I'm viewing them on my iPad and they look kinda garbage. The shots themselves are not very interesting, maybe that doesn't help. I was expecting more. I'll have a proper look on my monitor at home.

 :(

+1.

I wonder if AFMA is required for this lens/body pairing and has not been used.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: A Pellicle Mirror by Canon
« on: October 31, 2013, 05:05:41 PM »
Fixed mirrors were a dead end then (EOS RT).
Fixed mirrors are a dead end now (Sony SLT).
Canon: stop f*cking around and bring those mirrorless cameras!

Canon doesn't know what it needs to do to innovate and get consumers to buy so it is copying others now...

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EOS Bodies / Re: An Announcement Coming in November? [CR1]
« on: October 31, 2013, 05:03:33 PM »
Probably just another printer.

If it is a camera then it is too late (unless it is immediately available) for people to buy for the holiday season.

About all it could do is stop people buying other brands during that time.

But I think the public is growing tired of Canon...

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I'd much prefer the 24-105mmL for way less, they often pop up for $650.  The longer focal length range makes up for the very tiny difference in MTF.  I have the 24-70 f/2.8 MK II.

The distortion in the 24-105 makes it much less useful than it could have been.

Also, if they discontinue the 24-105L it might even (temporarily) increase demand for it, meaning I could sell it for a bit more than I paid! Bonus!  ;)
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I'm interested in how that new Sigma is going to perform at the wide end. It could be the answer a lot of people are looking for.  ???

You might find that the release of Sigma's lens impacts the ability of you to sell the Canon one at the price you want...

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EOS Bodies / Re: Wait for the Canon 5D Mark IV or get the Mark III?
« on: October 29, 2013, 08:55:07 AM »
Wait for the 5D Mark 5

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Canon General / Re: Consumer DSLRs "dead in 5 years"
« on: October 28, 2013, 11:47:24 AM »
I've seen documentaries where they take footage from a 4k cinema camera shot at 30FPS or 60 FPS and choosing the best still frame and comparing it with a DSLR.

4k video is about 6 to 8MP per frame and that's where we were about 10 years ago with the 10D, 20D, etc. And people were doing that professionally.

But this is not a new way to shoot photographs. In the past photographers would take reels of film and just spool it when filming wild animals so that they were guaranteed to capture the magic moment.

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