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EOS Bodies / Canon is out foxed.
« on: September 15, 2012, 05:19:52 AM »
Nikon and Sony have completely out foxed Canon.

Canon's first big mistake was putting only 22MP in the 5D3 with a sensor that performs about the same as the 5D2.

Having learnt from the lesson of the 1Ds3/5D2, Canon did not want to introduce a "lesser camera" (6D) than the 5D3 with the same sensor because lots of would-be purchasers of the 5D3 would simply buy the 6D instead. So the 6D will have 20MP to stop it stealing sales from those who want more MP (22) from the 5D3.

Where Nikon has outfoxed Canon is that their camera at about the same price ($2099 is close enough to $1999) but with 20% more pixels. Nikon were able to deliver a 24MP FF camera at $2099 because their next model up camera has substantially more megapixels - 36.

Canon's product lineup below the 1DX is screwed. They really need to throw it out and start over.

And why does Canon need to do that?

Because the number of megapixels in their sensors is now too low. And if megapixels didn't matter then why wouldn't the 6D have the same, if not more, than the 5D3?

I find it interesting that the D600 released at basically the same price point as the 5dII is at now, retail wise. Makes me wonder if they can really go much lower in terms of retail price than the $2000 mark.

Except that the 5D2 is 4 years old and has been marked down a lot.

The D600 is new.

Just wait until there are deals on the D600 and it has been marked down - then it'll be going for $1900 or $1800.

Is it wrong that my first response to those numbers is excitement over the tamron?

That much better than the excellent mark I? With stabilisation? For me it's a no-brainer (unless Canon decide to release a mark III with IS any time soon)


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?

Is it too small?

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 6D Announcement Soon? [CR1]
« on: September 07, 2012, 10:28:09 PM »
Not to get off topic, but I owned the 5D Mark II and now have a 5D Mark III.  Excactly what does the 5D2 do better?  I cannot possibly think of ONE thing it does better.

The 5D2 is better at leaving money in your wallet than the 5D3 after a trip to the store to buy a new one :)

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 6D Announcement Soon? [CR1]
« on: September 07, 2012, 10:26:20 PM »
The rumor states:
22mp (Same sensor as 5D2)

Shouldn't that be "Same as 5D3" or is it "21mp (Same sensor as 5D3)"??

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Win a 5D Mark III Kit from Norman Camera
« on: September 07, 2012, 10:01:53 AM »
I just wanted to clarify the USA only thing.

There's some laws in the USA about contests and prizes must be kept in the country. It's nothing to do with shipping or anything like that. I imagine the laws are for tax reasons.

They'd open the contest to the world if they didn't have to jump through a million hoops.


Would seem to me that Canadians don't suffer from this.

But seriously, what point is there in announcing a country-only contest on an international site?

At least when specials for B&H are posted anyone, anywhere (generally) can take advantage of it if they so choose and it is of benefit to them.

EOS Bodies / Re: Patents: 28-135 f/4-5.6 & 28-300 f/3.5-5.6
« on: September 02, 2012, 01:28:05 AM »
Is anybody else afraid of what the new 28-135 is going to cost with that parts list?  I'm thinking that can't possibly be the new kit lens, too expensive.

Hopefully if there is an increase in price then there is at least a commensurate increase in IQ.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: rumor: D600 gets 16 Bit processing
« on: August 30, 2012, 12:22:49 PM »
So only a few months after the D800 and D4 are released Nikon releases a FF camera with 16bit processing?

That's going to piss people off.

Not really.

Why do stories about released products get put in the "Rumors" section of the forums?
Shouldn't this be down in the "Gear Talk - Video"?

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?

"The new Canon EOS C500 and EOS C500 PL will go on sale in Australia in November 2012 with pricing set at dealer discretion."

The common misbelief is that the surface on the back of Canon cameras is an LCD surface as it is with Nikon cameras. That is incorrect. Canon build into the camera an LCD screen protector that is easily and cheaply replaced.

I was not aware of this, and that's interesting to know. What I *was* aware of is that of the 5 Canon DSLR's I have owned in the last 7 years, including a 40D and 5D that I used LITERALLY to death (two worn out shutters and nearly a quarter million exposures total for each), none of these cameras has ever had ANY visible marks on the LCD glass. This  despite hundreds of miles of walking with the camera bouncing at the end of the neck straps against shirt buttons, zippers, metal doo-dads on credential holders and knock after knock against door jambs, door handles, counter tops, rocks and trees and thorns and other hazards of nature and sports competition, not to mention the occasional butterfinger drops onto hard floors or pavement. . .

To go a little further to stand this question on it's head, who can report marks or damage to their LCD that would have been prevented by a peel-and-stick screen protector? I'm not saying they are totally useless as there is no doubt there are threats out there I simply haven't run into, but it does seem to me these items have much greater utility as an upsell for dealers than as actual protection for the camera.

I've had the LCD cover replaced twice when I've sent my camera to Canon for a clean and calibration.

The replacement screen is $20 or thereabouts. If you don't want to send your camera to Canon, I believe that you can also order the screens as a spare part.

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