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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...

1608
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!  ;)
...
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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Canon General / Re: Consumer DSLRs "dead in 5 years"
« on: October 28, 2013, 10:01:52 AM »
Except for the fan bois that must have the latest and newest everything...

True, but they in turn supply the secondhanders ... like me (only the 70-200mm was bought new).

So you're saying that if the fan bois can't sell their stuff then they won't buy anything new?

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Canon General / Re: Consumer DSLRs "dead in 5 years"
« on: October 28, 2013, 09:50:21 AM »
Concurrent from these, but primarily, I believe that many "recreational" photographers have realised that the hobby is largely about manufacturers making as much money out of us as possible ... and have thus said goodbye.

Except for the fan bois that must have the latest and newest everything...

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Canon General / Re: Consumer DSLRs “dead in 5 years”
« on: October 27, 2013, 06:05:43 PM »
But the point is, Sony have brought out an interesting camera, in much the same way as Minolta always did interesting things (wireless flash and off film E-TTL years before anybody else) it's not going to topple Canon or Nikon, because of breadth of range, quality and sheer fanboy loyalty.

Eventually camera fanboy loyalty will be laughed at in the same way that car manufacturer loyalty is today.

Right now, Sony has the broadest range of digital cameras, not Canon - the only model Sony is missing is a MILC in m4/3rds.

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Canon General / Consumer DSLRs "dead in 5 years"
« on: October 27, 2013, 11:31:20 AM »
The Sony A7 is a nail in the coffin of Canon’s full frame line-up but it’s consumer apathy which will finally close the lid.

http://www.eoshd.com/content/11409/consumer-dslrs-dead-5-years

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS Gets its Price
« on: October 25, 2013, 10:31:08 PM »
If nobody bought the 24-105L at $1149 then why would anyone list it at that price?

I'm sure it does sell at that price... or else why would it get restocked?

At the $650 price we've seen for the 24-105, it tells me that people no longer see the kits (body + 24-105) as being a good buy. This may be because there are lots who just want a body or the prevailing opinion is that it is better to get whichever body plus some other lens and that money is wasted on the 24-105.

Then there's the thread on here asking "just how bad is the 24-105".

So I think it is clear that Canon's lens has developed a bit of a reputation...

Why wouldn't you spend a $100 or so more for the 24-70/f4IS? Beceause the extra zoom 70-105, makes a huge difference.

Sure, it is a pity the Sigma lens isn't weather sealed but most people quit taking photographs long before conditions are such that weather sealing is necessary.

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