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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon EOS-1D X DXOMark Sensor Scores
« on: October 11, 2012, 07:54:51 AM »
Well it beats the Nikon D4 in all categories except DR.


The ratio between the 1DX's low ISO score and the 5D3's low ISO score is 1.43.
The ratio between the size of the 1DX's pixel and that of the 5D3 is 1.11.

So quite clearly Canon has better sensor technology available to them than is present in the 5D3.


Be aware that the DxO Mark Mobile score is not the same as the DxO Mark Sensor score for digital stills cameras. For example, They normally rate the Nikon D7000 as "80" but for comparing with mobiles, they rate it at 95.

EOS Bodies / Better sensor...
« on: October 07, 2012, 01:19:41 AM »
If the 1S really has a better sensor and that technology trickles down into the other DSLRs following its release then I'm very glad that I'm not getting into bed with any of the Canon 2012 DSLRs.

EOS Bodies / Competitor for medium-format cameras.
« on: October 06, 2012, 10:54:32 AM »
This camera isn't being brought to market to compete with the $3000 Nikon D800, it is being brought to market to compare with the $10000+ medium format digital backs/medium format digital cameras.

But after using it a while and comparing photos taken with it, to my L series 24-105, I was routinely disappointed with the sharpness I was getting.  I took a lot of outdoors, nature photos with it, often of birds and flowers/landscapes.  Most of them were OK, but none of them really popped the way my other lens(es) did.

Most likely this is the result of the camera needing an AFMA update for that lens (auto-focus micro adjust).

The problem for zoom lenses is that it can often need two different numbers for wide and telephoto, a feature that is only present on newer Canon DSLRs.

This is not a problem that is specific to Tamron lenses.

However I will say that it is not possible to have this particular Tamron lens calibrated in the same way that Canon lenses can be.

Unfortunately my warranty options are limited to just where I purchased it.  I live in Australia and elected to purchase from an online retailer, based out of Hong Kong.  So that wonderful 6 year warranty that is available in the states is not an option here.  In fact, I'm not sure I'd even get that if I'd bought locally in Australia.

If this second time doesn't result in a fix, I will go directly to Tamron and likely have to pay a servicing fee.  I'd obviously like to avoid that but I'm running out of time. The lens was purchased in December of 2011.

So you are now experiencing the joy of having to deal with an international vendor for warranty. Had you of purchased it locally from a bricks and mortar shop, this would not be an issue.

I recommend contacting Tamron Australia directly or the company that services Tamron warranty. You may, however, need to be a bit more ... creative and say that you bought the lens whilst on holiday in Hong Kong.

Canon General / Re: How do you sell your gear?
« on: October 04, 2012, 09:52:31 AM »
I find try to find a direct family member that will appreciate it for free.


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5D3 vs. Nikon D600
« on: October 02, 2012, 09:35:46 AM »
nikon has the better sensors for pushing the shadows.
there is no fanboy blahblah that can change that.

canon is lucky that a camera is more then the sensor.

Is it luck?  Nikon has had 'the better sensors' for several years now...years during which Canon gained dSLR market share while Nikon lost dSLR market share.  Doesn't sound like luck to me, sounds like Canon knows better where to spend their R&D yen in terms of what consumers really want, or at least their advertising yen...   ;)

I think that it has just taken time for the better sensors to get into camera models that actually get attention: D800 & D600.

EOS Bodies / Re: POLL: How much $$$ will the high-mp eos cost?
« on: October 01, 2012, 08:11:55 PM »
Canon's high MP / high DR body does not have to be insanely expensive. Just cripple the FPS, give it 16 point AF and native ISO up to 12800. It won't touch the 5D3 sales, nor the 1DX.

This camera is ment to compete with the D800 / D800E, and therefore  the price tag should not exceed 4K.

No, this camera is not meant to compete with the D800/D800E.

It is meant to compete with MFDB.

And because of that and because Canon has masculinity issues (afterall it will be the DSLR with the most megapixels), it will be priced excessively.

This camera is about showing that Canon hasn't lost the ability to make sensors with lots of megapixels.

Lenses / Re: Wide or ultra-wide angle with excellent corner performance
« on: September 30, 2012, 09:45:31 AM »
Zeis 21/2.8 or the Canon 17mm/TS-E

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Big Canon EOS 5D Mark II Price Drop Coming
« on: September 29, 2012, 08:14:55 PM »
I just sold my refurb 5D Mark II for $1750 a week ago.  It only had 735 actuations, over 300 of them put on it the weekend before.  I needed money for my 5D Mark III, and keep enough cash on hand to grab a deal on craigslist for a "L" lens if a bargain pops up.
$1699 seems like a deal.  The original 5D was blown out for about that price in a few days, then those who held back new ones were able to get more.  With the 600D coming out, that might not be the case.

Color me stupid but WTF would you buy a camera and only take about 700 photos with it?
Maybe you shouldn't have bought it in the first place...

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5D3 vs. Nikon D600
« on: September 29, 2012, 06:03:51 AM »

Meh, they all look like S___ to me.

Wouldn't shoot at ISO 6400, never mind anything over it, on any of those in that link.

EOS Bodies / Re: 46.1mp Canon DSLR Previewed at PhotoPlus 2012? [CR1]
« on: September 29, 2012, 05:58:09 AM »
Well, I think he's saying that since someone makes a comment/claim that a sales strategy of a product is, not only wrong, but FUNDAMENTALLY wrong, it would help to see some data that would support that claim.  If there is no data to support that claim, then it's just another one of the many rubbish comments in this thread.

true dat!  its one thing to give an opinion on a site where one is as good as another (after all, this is a rumors site where the signal to noise ratio is, well, not award-winning), but quite another to assert something as true without supporting data.

Well, Canon's stock is down 30% this year(the S&P 500 is up 20%) so that's one data point we can use.  Also, Nikon's stock is up more that 15%. So while it may not all be the 5D3s fault, something is rotten.

Which could have something to do with the 5D3, or may not anything at all.  Or it could be the 1DX, or not at all.  Or........See the problem?

Most likely the problem is that bad leadership has meant that the company has lost direction and is underperforming and thus its value has dropped. On the outside, what we see is products (such as digital cameras) that fail to amaze or excel as market leaders.

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