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If you've got a decent body

... make sure you eat healthily and exercise regularly to keep it decent.

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Reviews / Lens cap review: (Exploding) Hama 77mm lens caps
« on: November 30, 2014, 08:37:22 AM »
During recent photography outings, I've had Canon lens caps knocked off or just plain fallen off my camera whilst over my shoulder. At the time there wasn't a store that stocked Canon parts close by so I went 3rd party.

At first the lens caps were good - good fit, integrated thread point with elastic to go around the lens (I always remove these because a hanging lens cap that swings whilst attached to a lens just destabilises the lens.) Then there was the bad - the Hama lens caps interfere with some of the Canon lens hoods.

Then there was the really bad.

What's the really bad?

When Hama lens caps fall off, they shatter. The lens cap on the right is what happened the first time one fell off my lens and landed on pavement. The lens cap on the left is the second that fell onto stone work and whilst it didn't disintegrate like the first, plastic in the red marked areas broke off.

Height of both falls: roughly 4' (camera over shoulder, etc.)

What concerns me is that these lens caps share the same design as Canon's newer lens caps and that it may be the extra bits of plastic that are meant to flex that don't flex so well and explode.

Review summary: don't buy Hama lens caps unless you absolutely have no other choice and replace them ASAP once that is possible.

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I use rsync studio.

If that can't recover your files to a playable format then they're lost forever.

Consider dumping your g/f for formatting the card.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Sensor Technology
« on: November 30, 2014, 03:25:14 AM »
Next year does seem like a very short turn around time from chip manufacture, to camera design, manufacture, testing and then supplying to market.  Two years seems like a short time too.
That we first see that particular patent right now does not mean they only started working on this technology yesterday, does it?

Of course not...we see a patent when it publishes – and that's generally 18 months after it was filed (and obviously the research must have matured to a certain point to support the patent application.

Patents are usually the result of years of research which then results in a patent application, and 18 months later, a patent.

Ideas, etc, are also patented with a view to when it will be acceptable to have them made public.

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I'm reading it as another one of those protective patents intended to protect the results of a lot of research. 

+1

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Funny, I am seeing quite a lot fulltime wedding, portrait and landscape photographers in my vincity, who use 5D mk2 bodies with 17-40, 24-70 mk1 and 70-200 mk1 lenses, while making a living and creating spectacular images. I guess somebody should tell them the wrong of their ways :P

All of these photographers are obviously living under a rock because the 5D Mark III is so much better than the 5D2 that everyone should upgrade - just ask our leading commentator, neuro, who goes on incessantly about how the 5D3 is worth every penny of the markup over the 5D2.

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What people are failing to understand here is that Sony learnt from Betamax and gave us BluRay and whilst Betamax may have not won the consumer marketplace, it remained "the professionals tape."

The Sony Vaio is not what many people would call a failure, same to with XBR.

Be careful of what you mark as a failure attributed to Sony.

If there is a DSLR segment that withers, it'll be the entry level - the 1200Ds, maybe even the 700D, etc line, that competes on price with mirrorless but not on form factor.


Does Sony make Vaio any more, or has it been sold off?

A product doesn't need to still be made by a company to be successful.

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Does Sony make TVs any more, or has it been sold off? 

Yes, Sony still makes TVs. The sell off of the TV division was just a false rumor.

Sony's problem with TVs would appear to be too many variations:
http://www.ibtimes.com/sony-slash-smartphone-tv-lineup-cut-costs-bets-playstation-image-sensors-divisions-1728993

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Blu-Ray?  The market has caught up a bit, but OPPO tends to still be the best

No, Oppo is just one Chinese brand that makes a good product. They're not "the best", they just make a product that a lot of people like and that would be affordable to people that can throw $2000 down on a digital camera. Are Oppo BluRay players the most popular? Doubtful.

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But yet, it you want to heard BetaMax as being superior, it was stronger than VHS but did not have the numbers

Which is again whay I bring up, BetaMax, TVs, and Vaio, these were all areas that Sony had strong products and to many even some of the best products on the market and they are all dead.

Failures? 

That is perspective.  I am sure there is someone out there who still has a working BetaMax box, and many probably still have working Sony TVs, and the Vaio laptops will slowly dies.

Those product lines died because Sony could not grow or manage a segment anymore...

Which isn't an indication that the products are bad, rather that the business(es) are not well managed.

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When you have a large organization with many lines, it is nice to have diversity, but at some point, they look at investment, return, etc.  I can easily see the camera line just like betamax...

People raved about
Made up only around 10% the market
After a decent run  - closed / sold off.   

So yeah... "Market failure" - if a product is no longer in the market, and the market still around, that is ultimately  perhaps not a failure, but a DEAD LINE.

I wouldn't expect the Vaio to still be a product line. It is old, out dated now. Technology moves on.

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And in the world of photography.

If you jump ship today... sell off all your Canon or Nikon gear and then 2 or 3 years down the line Sony BetaMaxes/Vaios/XBRs the Alphas and sticks to making sensors and other devices for other manufacturers... what happens to your gear?  Will you take a huge price hit trying to get back into Nikon / Canon or who ever is now the market?  Or do you just say how great your camera was back in the day and try and justify that you don't need the latest. 

At the rate Canon are moving forward, the Sony cameras of today will still be besting Canon cameras in terms of IQ in 5 or more years time, so I don't see what anyone would have to worry about.

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Truth be told, most photographers today who have gotten their gear in the last 2 or 3 years has more than what they really need for the most part.  There will always be something better.  That is the nature of business

And given that warranties only last 1 year, what does it matter if Canon shut down its camera division in 5 years?

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My feeling is the Alphas are mothballed in the next 3 years. and Sony is out of Cameras.  Maybe they still will make sensors and lenses for smartphones, etc...

Sony is going to focus on sensors and the PS part of its business.

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Betamax was only around 10% to VHS so if their cameras only make up 9% of the current reports camera market, not a good sign

But Betamax lasted a very long time - longer than VHS did. I wouldn't be surprised if you found Betamax players in TV studios, etc, around the world today so that they could use material from their archives. But VHS? Who still uses that, really?

There is a lot of FUD in your post (fear, uncertainty and doubt) that isn't backed by anything except your opinion.

Sony entered into the digital camera market at the same time as the 5D Mark II was released. The evolution of Sony's products since then has been dramatic and their lineup/quality has far outpaced that of Canon.

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Given Sony's track record, this does not bode well for them.

Broken record but
-- BetaMax
-- Vaio
-- XBR

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I can see the Mirrorless segment grow
I can see the P&S shrink
I can see the DSLR shrink as well
And I can see the overall marked shrink

Where I disagree,
I don't see Mirrorless growing as much as they expect
I don't see DSLR shrinking as much as they think,

I do see Canon and Nikon trimming their lines in the future, but I see that more in the mid level. 

In terms of the professionals, for every 1 who goes to Sony, I see 9 - 10 staying Nikon / Canon, whether it is loyalty, Glass, or just preference. 
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+1,000,000

What people are failing to understand here is that Sony learnt from Betamax and gave us BluRay and whilst Betamax may have not won the consumer marketplace, it remained "the professionals tape."

The Sony Vaio is not what many people would call a failure, same to with XBR.

Be careful of what you mark as a failure attributed to Sony.

If there is a DSLR segment that withers, it'll be the entry level - the 1200Ds, maybe even the 700D, etc line, that competes on price with mirrorless but not on form factor.

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A complete digital image solution. I wouldn't be surprised if we saw better integration between their cameras and televisions like we have with Canon's DSLRs and printers ("The print button.")

Perhaps they should integrate their TVs with their gaming consoles first. The very least they could've added a 3D blu-ray player to it. Stupid Sony.
Especially since they have 6-7 year cycles on their Playstations as opposed to annual cycles of TVs/Cameras.

Playstations represent a completely different segment of the technology market with their own unique ecosystem that needs a long lifecycle.

But it would appear that you haven't used a PS3 with a Sony receiver and Sony TV.  There is a level of integration there which can be really smooth. If they can bring digital cameras into that fold, now that would be kinky.

What is really strange is to see someone asking for a 3D BluRay player.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Another 50mp FF DSLR Mention [CR2]
« on: November 27, 2014, 09:16:57 PM »
I see...so, a blurry shot with more DR has better image quality than a crisply focused shot with less DR.  Right.   ::)
See, with focus, there's this ring around the middle of the lens that lets you adjust the focus. I've yet to find the ring around a Canon DSLR that lets you adjust DR.

dilbert, there's an implicit assumption in your comment: you assume that everyone's shooting needs and style are comparable to yours.  Many people rely on AF which has generally been superior in the Canon line.  I've not used the D810, but most reports indicate that it's much improved.  This should tell you that even Nikon shooters wanted better AF with their Sony sensors.

For someone who shoots moving subjects and relies on AF, no amount of DR will make up for it.

For someone who shoots still life, landscape, architecture, etc, no amount of AF or DR will make up for lack of needed lenses.

Do the above statements reflect your personal experience with photography?
Or did you canvas other people?

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Question to you, dilbert: do you ever shoot moving subjects?  Do you MF everything?

Of my last 3 outings to take photos totalling 7 days of photography, MF comprised 100% of the shots I took and quite often I'm sitting there calculating the DoF that I want vs the aperture and zoom so that I know what distance to focus at.  Now if Canon still had the A-DEP feature on their camera then I'd be using that, but it is gone.

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This makes zero sense to me.

You have this forecast (made by Sony), no matter if it is DSLR/ILC, its still a shrinking market for all still cameras. So why is Sony investing in still cameras by creating all these new sensors?

Is this a clue that they are going to 'abort ship' in 2017?

Because there will still be a decreasing market for sensors for traditional cameras. A steady market for video cameras, both amateur and broadcast. And an expanding market for camera-phones. Sensor technology is sensor technology, and being the leader in sensor technology will (hopefully) make Sony a lot of money.

And I think Sony are on the money for this. I can see phone cameras getting better with more advanced AF algorithms and faster AF. That'll enable the soccer mums to get those pics - that is if they're still taking pictures with their phones rather than capturing video (I can see the latter becoming more predominant)

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This makes zero sense to me.

You have this forecast (made by Sony), no matter if it is DSLR/ILC, its still a shrinking market for all still cameras. So why is Sony investing in still cameras by creating all these new sensors?

To provide an end to end customer solution for digital imaging.

Something to look at your images with? Check! UHDTV available.
Something to create great high resolution images with? Check! Digital camera range
Something to create great high resolution videos with? Check! 4K and 1080p video cameras available.

A complete digital image solution. I wouldn't be surprised if we saw better integration between their cameras and televisions like we have with Canon's DSLRs and printers ("The print button.")

On the other hand, when you look at Nikon, what components do they have? Still image capability.
If you look at Canon, what does it have? Cameras and printers.

So yes, Sony is predicting the market to halve in 3 years.

Is Canon or Nikon making predictions that are any different?
And if they were, specifically for growth, who would you be tempted to believe?

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From a sonyalpharumors post is this image:


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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Multilayer Sensor camera prototype
« on: November 27, 2014, 09:26:51 AM »
...... Why can't Canon.......
Why can't dilbert stop asking that ^ ??

Maybe you should think about why I'm asking it.

Fix the problem, not the symptom.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Another 50mp FF DSLR Mention [CR2]
« on: November 27, 2014, 09:24:53 AM »
I know there have been improvements, of course there have been! Ok, more and better AF points and some other improvements which I can notice. What I was talking about is image quality only. The AF will give you a in focus or not in focus shot, not better or lower image quality.

I see...so, a blurry shot with more DR has better image quality than a crisply focused shot with less DR.  Right.   ::)

Yeah, it's about as useful as a picture with 1 stop of DR.

See, with focus, there's this ring around the middle of the lens that lets you adjust the focus. I've yet to find the ring around a Canon DSLR that lets you adjust DR.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Multilayer Sensor camera prototype
« on: November 27, 2014, 06:06:04 AM »
From the article:

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According to trusted source the prototype of Canon Multilayer sensor camera does exist and being tested the wild, but we are not sure that if Canon is willing to release this product or release this product in the existing configuration or not.

Key points about its performance
1. Prototype is not a High-ISO-Monster
2. sensor performs better as the Foveon-Sensor in high-ISO. At low ISO´s the camera delivers an outstanding image quality never seen in a Canon camera before.

The prototype is very usefull for landscape photography, portraits, product shootings and night photography. It´s not the right camera for action, sports and wildlife because the camera is not as fast as the 1D X or 7D Mark II.

In other words, because the sensor doesn't help Canon in the area of photography that it targets, it'll never materialize in a camera. Why can't Canon just give or sell the technology to a company that will use it - say Nikon?

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