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Canon General / Re: DxOMark vs. Reality
« on: December 17, 2012, 01:44:01 AM »
I prefer to look at trends rather than specific points in time, i.e I'm more interested in knowing if Canon/Nikon's DSLR share is growing/shrinking than what specific percentage it is.

That's fine, as long as you realize that one quarter does not equal a trend...  FWIW, Canon has gained market share at Nikon's expense for the past 5 years or so.

Well it is hard to see Canon maintaining its sales numbers without continued fire sales of (for example) the 5D3 at a discount of over $500 of the MSRP. Or one might say that such fire sales are evidence that vendors are struggling to sell 5D3 stock at MSRP and that Canon sales numbers will suffer if they don't happen.

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Canon General / Re: DxOMark vs. Reality
« on: December 16, 2012, 07:06:00 PM »
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Consider - there's an election, at the end of which (hanging chads notwithstanding), there's a winning candidate and a losing candidate. 'Winner' is based on a count of votes.  You voted for the candidate you thought was 'the best'...but that candidate may not have won.  You're entitled to your opinion, and if you picked the losing candidate, that doesn't invalidate your opinion. But at the end of the counting, you need to understand that the candidate you liked best lost, and your opinion is in the minority.

Note that in elections, the outcome of who wins can be more complex where a person can win without having a overall majority of people vote in their favour.  Elections are just another analogy that fails as you could just as easily argue that it is not always the best person or the person with the best policies that wins but rather the person that sells themselves and their policies the best, meaning that a good percentage of people had the wool pulled over their eyes (i.e the winner should not have won.)

But really, lets not drag politics into discussion about cameras.

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But there was an election, with a winner and a loser...and Canon has sold more cameras than Nikon.

I prefer to look at trends rather than specific points in time, i.e I'm more interested in knowing if Canon/Nikon's DSLR share is growing/shrinking than what specific percentage it is.

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Canon General / DxO Mark explained
« on: December 15, 2012, 09:40:54 AM »
http://www.luminous-landscape.com/essays/dxomark_sensor_for_benchmarking_cameras2.shtml

... includes specific discussion relating to Canon's "flatlining" in sensor performance and that the 5D3 bests the D800 above ISO 3200.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 35 f/2 IS Resolution Test
« on: December 14, 2012, 10:37:55 PM »
...The new Canon 35/2 IS is attractive to me because of its smaller size & weight and IS...

Ditto!

The original 35/f2 without IS is even smaller and lighter and still has almost equal IQ :D

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 35 f/2 IS Resolution Test
« on: December 14, 2012, 10:43:25 AM »
I'd be curious to see how they all perform at, say, f/8.0

I  would never thought buying a f.1ish prime and shoot at f.4, 8 or 11?  Never hurt to ask ;D

No lens is sharpest wide open and typically all lenses produce their best IQ somewhere between f/5.6 and f/8.0

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 35 f/2 IS Resolution Test
« on: December 14, 2012, 08:07:13 AM »
I'd be curious to see how they all perform at, say, f/8.0

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Lenses / Re: EF 800 f/5.6L IS II & Other Big Lenses
« on: December 06, 2012, 06:43:47 PM »
Those 1.4x knobs and bulges are going to create challenges for compact storage of multiple lenses into bags.

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Does this mean that Amazon is flouting the MAP rule or that Amazon is not an authorised re-seller of Canon cameras? Or are Amazon being creative, e.g.:

Price: To see product details, add this item to your cart. You can always remove it later. Why don't we show the price? This item qualifies for 2% back in Rewards, and Free Super Saver Shipping. Details Special Offers Available

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 Di VC USD Hands-On
« on: November 28, 2012, 06:40:42 PM »
What is the price of this lens?

The review seems to say $2099 but the canonrumors blurb mentions $1499.

The price at B&H is $1499

Ah, from the review:

"This lens has an MSRP of $2099.00 in Canada. Street price will obviously be below that number, but we’ll have to wait and see where the photo dealers price it."

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 Di VC USD Hands-On
« on: November 28, 2012, 05:01:07 PM »
What is the price of this lens?

The review seems to say $2099 but the canonrumors blurb mentions $1499.

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More than likely the tiny difference in MP is due to design changes to increase wafer yields. It's even possible that 6D pixels are the same size as 5D3 pixels or a bit smaller if this is the case.

Actually the 6d sensor is a tiny bit smaller than the 5d3 one - if I wouldn't be that lazy I could do the maths and see if that's the difference between 22->20mp :-p

I'll save you the trouble: no, it isn't.

(I did the math myself at the time of the announcement when I noticed that the 6D's sensor had a crop factor of 1.01)

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body for $2899
« on: November 15, 2012, 11:27:54 PM »
After passing Adorama's and BC's ebay deals I pulled the trigger and took B&H's kit. (oh I have to correct my signature :-) )

It seems that the sell isn't going as fast as in the last two deals.

Adorama 818 in some 8 hours, but @2749
Beach Camera 120 in 5 hours @2849
Beach Camera 16 in 2 hours @2899

It's hard to be smart, but I belive if people paid $3500 for it, it is definetly worth getting it for $2900 from an authorized dealer.

Will it be cheaper than $2700 at Christmas or Thanksgiving? I highy doubt it, but you never know.

No.

These sales more than likely represent the above trying to get rid of stock that they thought they would sell but haven't (for whatever reason.) I can't see these sales being replicated around Christmas.

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Lenses / Re: Why The EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Delay?
« on: November 13, 2012, 09:48:48 AM »
It couldn't be that it is in the way when dismounting the lens?

On that side of the lens, it could easily be getting in the way of almost anything. It really needs to go on the top side of the lens as the only thing that it could then get in the way of is flashes and the lens is too long for that bump to be of significance with flashes that would be impacted.

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Lenses / Re: Why The EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Delay?
« on: November 13, 2012, 09:46:19 AM »
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The latest we’ve heard, and from a pretty knowledgeable I person is that the lens has needed a redesign in regards to the “bump” that holds the built-in 1.4 TC.
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The bump is one the same side as all of the knobs as things that you want to change. For the average shooter that has their right hand on the shutter button and left hand on the lens, I can see it getting in the way as you move your hand along the lens.

Even its proximity to the on-off knob for the TC might be such that it is hard to turn the know whilst you've got your eye up to the camera because you can't really approach the knob with your hand against the lens. When you have the camera+lens down, I can see it being easier to get at the knob... but then how easy will it be to turn that knob when wearing big gloves with that bump there in the cold?

I can easily see them moving the bump to either be on top or on the other side of the lens.

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