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If the image for this thread came from a document sourced from Canon, does Canon own the copyright to it and does this website have permission to reproduce it? I'm all for leaking information a la Snowden, but you need to be intelligent about how it is done. Another aspect of the Snowden issue is that all documents produced by the government are not covered by copyright as they're "owned" by the people - they're just subject to official secrets acts, etc - and can thus be reproduced freely without limit. That doesn't apply to documents produced and owned by corporations.

In another thread on this website, there is a lot of posters from this website that are (or at least were!) absolutely certain that 4K wouldn't take off this year and that Canon wouldn't need to include it in their cameras this year. Seems to me that everyone else thinks that now is the right time to be delivering 4K capability.

If the 7D mark II arrives this year without 4K, Canon will be at the station looking at the caboose as it disappears into the distance...

You may also want to get legal advice on this.

Until you do, best course of action is to use the material that you have as source material and repeat/repost nothing as found in the material that you have. Canon could most likely claim copyright over various portions of the material, including the picture of springs for the lens on the front page, in which case they would be entitled to execute a DMCA takedown against the image.

Information wants to be free.

Release it.

But also make sure that you keep copies of it somewhere else (Europe somewhere?) so that in the event of Canon hitting you with a court order, all is not lost.

Canon charge a premium for products that bear their name - if they want to continue doing that then they need to show customers more respect and one way of doing that is being more open with information.

Interesting development. I bet it hasn't sold well and they need to clear inventories for a new model...

And if there were to be a new model, what are the chances that it will be < $10000?

the panasonic story is a far better april 1 story.

Photography Technique / Re: California Travel Advice
« on: April 01, 2014, 07:38:19 AM »
I'm looking for some advice on California...I'm from the UK, and planning a road trip in California in September 2014.

Do a loop. North up the coast, go in and out a bit as you move north, the cross over up the top somewhere near Shasta and come back down the Sierra Nevada mountain range, return to San Francisco on your last day/night from Sequoia or there abouts.

Tip: the only time you should be on highway 5 is when you're heading back to San Francisco to fly home, unless you're doing a dog-leg thing up the top to get over to the eastern side of the state.

Warning: expect waterfalls to have not much water due to (a) the drought and (b) autumn. Some (e.g. Yosemite Falls) are normally dry at that time of year anyway.

Photography Technique / Re: California Travel Advice
« on: April 01, 2014, 06:34:02 AM »
Is there anywhere specific in California you would recommend buying new gear? I'm considering purchasing a 24-70 F2.8L whilst I am there, as the prices are so much cheaper than the UK.

Warning: advertised prices for anything in the USA do not include sales tax. If you plan to buy any camera equipment over the counter at a store in California, add around 8.5% to the advertised price as to what your final price will be. Rinse and repeat for everything that you will buy there.

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: EF 85mm f/1.2L III and Others
« on: March 31, 2014, 11:30:42 AM »
At 89mm, the new 50/1.4 design is 16mm longer than the existing 50/1.4 design and 11mm shorter than the Sigma 50/1.4 Art lens. The Zeis Otus is 127mm long.

Whilst the Sigma and Zeis will have gained IQ with length, it seems reasonable to assume that the Canon 50/1.4 will grow length to accommodate IS rather than IQ.

EOS Bodies / Re: Cinema EOS C200 & C400 at NAB? [CR1]
« on: March 29, 2014, 10:16:10 AM »
And, for those still living in the stone age who think that 4K is not for the masses, what is this then?


A $399 camera that shoots 4K. And who is it directed at? No less than the masses themselves!!

Some of you guys need to catch up with the modern world.

I have had a GoPro for over a year... It shoots 4K video.....  And now there are cell phones coming out that shoot 4K.

But Canon can't put 4K video in their DSLR because ... well... people don't need it or want it.

I think it is more likely that a bunch of people own Canon DSLRs that do 1080p video and they won't want Canon to release a camera that makes theirs too much out of date. F******.

EOS Bodies / Re: Cinema EOS C200 & C400 at NAB? [CR1]
« on: March 29, 2014, 12:42:23 AM »
The majority has not bought into 4K yet.
Only the minority has bought into it, the Cinema industry and the independent filmmaker crowd does not constitute the majority.

But that is everyone that Canon would want to target a 4K Cinema EOS camera to! :)

EOS Bodies / Re: New Full Frame Camera in 2014? [CR1]
« on: March 27, 2014, 10:47:13 PM »
I'd like to see quad-pixel technology come out... with a sensor where you can bin all four sub-pixels together and have a 10Megapixel FF sensor with kick-ass low light capacity or access the sub-pixels and have a 40Megapixel high resolution sensor....


You can do that now and convert your 22MP 5D3 into a 5.5MP camera.

If you've got a full raw sensor dump then you can bin it any which way you want as the binning is software, not hardware.

Canon General / Re: Canon Features Interactive Booth at NAB 2014
« on: March 26, 2014, 04:22:32 PM »
Hmmm, a press release from Canon that mentions 4K everywhere in it. It would seem that Canon sees 4K as being a key part of its future strategy and that it is important to be able to offer it to people this year and not only does this press release talk about 4K lots but the new DSLR rumor also mentions 4K.

Now, where are all of those comment writers that thought "Nah, 4K won't be necessary for a few more years yet" ....

the picture showas clearly a Canon EF mount (not Nikon F-mount), only electrical contacts are not visible (or missing).

It looks exactly like the EF/EF-.M adapter, including the lens release switch/button.

It's an F-mount, but I will say that you sound quite confident for someone who's so very wrong.  ;)

And in the end, when that Nikon lens is mounted on it, it'll become a Nikon camera :-P

Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm F/1.4 Art listed in Belarus for $790
« on: March 20, 2014, 08:59:22 AM »
If you take $790 and consider what that must pay for, it becomes a bit difficult to believe that this lens can compete with the Otus in any way.

(If memory serves me right) 10 lens elements, of which 3 are SLD and one aspherical, a fast reliable AF system, housing, hoods and caps and casing and profit ... I fail to see how it is possible to produce a high quality product, with tolerances to compete with L-series, Otus and others, for that money, no matter how efficient you are or how cheap your labor is.

I'd be delighted if they prove me wrong. That would make this lens a significant game changer!

I doubt this lens be made in Japan. It's more likely be made in China.

We all know the labor cost in China ;)

The current $400 50mm F/1.4 is made in Japan.  I don't see why Sigma moves its art production line to China.

Lots of things are made in China - from iPhones to Gucci sunglasses. So what?

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