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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Spec List [CR2]
« on: February 20, 2013, 07:26:39 PM »
Where did you get this rumor from - CR :-> ? I think the decisive Canon people are in Japan and a small circle of execs (like the CEO in a recent interview) and maybe some tech people, and I would be very surprised if any information from places like this would reach them - most likely they rely on their internal marketing studies and some direct feedback from cps professionals and beta testers.

How harmful would it be for them to pay a small team of photo nerds to surf the web all day and find out what buyers want?
(Heck, I'd do it for free if they let me try some prototypes every now and then.)

Very harmful.

The data would not be simply useless, it would be misleading garbage.

Market research is a science. Canon has decades of hard data based on its sales figures. In addition, everyone who fills out a warranty card goes into a data base that Canon can mine for additional information. They scour competitors annual reports and sales figures, just as the competitors scour theirs.

The data is supplemented with surveys that adhere to strict standards to assure that they are polling a representative sample of customers. Those surveys are no doubt conducted on every continent to study trends in each region. They also likely use focus groups of key customer subsets to flesh out the data. They use field testers to try products out in the real world and give them feedback.

A basic rule of any polling is that you never, never use subjects that self-select. They are notoriously unreliable and not representative of the larger universe. Just one tiny example shows how fruitless it would be: there is zero ability to match up the data on this website with actual buying patterns. There is nothing that could assure Canon that the whining, trolling and fantasizing that goes on on internet forums has any relationship whatsoever to sales.

At most, they may employ robots to search the internet for key words and associations. The best you can hope for, is that if Canon finds a spike in the internet on some word string, like: "5DIII, Weak Focus, Low Light " they might investigate it further to see if there is a trend or problem developing.

But, it is crazy to think Canon or any other manufacturer is going to waste valuable resources trolling internet forums.

It does make sense, indeed.
Thanks for the great answer!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Spec List [CR2]
« on: February 20, 2013, 05:40:51 PM »
Where did you get this rumor from - CR :-> ? I think the decisive Canon people are in Japan and a small circle of execs (like the CEO in a recent interview) and maybe some tech people, and I would be very surprised if any information from places like this would reach them - most likely they rely on their internal marketing studies and some direct feedback from cps professionals and beta testers.

How harmful would it be for them to pay a small team of photo nerds to surf the web all day and find out what buyers want?
(Heck, I'd do it for free if they let me try some prototypes every now and then.)

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EOS Bodies / Re: 2013 Predictions for Canon EOS Products
« on: February 20, 2013, 05:33:38 PM »
I know that this is a bit off topic but I couldn't help to notice an X-Pro2 and a X-E2 down the Fuji line for this year! Are you serious? The E-X1 haven't even had one year since its launch and now there is an X-E2??? Makes you wonder the reliability of these predictions.

I noticed it, too!
Can't wait to see these two from Fuji and the Olympus OM-D EM-7!

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EOS Bodies / Re: 2013 Predictions for Canon EOS Products
« on: February 20, 2013, 05:29:39 PM »
Anyone know what Canon camera is in this below linked picture?  Never seen one with the red piece by the hotshoe.   

http://500px.com/photo/26318243

Update:Even more suspicious is the Canon logo has been removed, this has a pop-up flash and looks to be in new condition.  Can't place the lens either the more I look at this - size wise looks like the 85mm 1.2 but the bulge appears different by the camera mount from the current 85,1.2???

Lens is the 50L. Camera looks like a 7D.  If it was a new body, it would have the locking mode dial. The 7D has a separate piece of plastic where that red piece is, would be one click with the PS magic wand and a color change.

That's what it looks like to me as well. As for the red panel, could also be paint or tape. Perhaps a test body?

I don't want to falsely accuse someone, but does anyone else think there is something weird going on with this picture? The monk's left hand isn't supporting the camera and doesn't appear to be anywhere near the camera actually. I can't imagine why anyone would Photoshop the camera in and maybe it's just my imagination, but something doesn't look right.

You are ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. It is a cut-paste job. This jumped out at me the moment I saw the photo.

Well, it's a pretty decent job, I would say.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Spec List [CR2]
« on: February 19, 2013, 06:19:35 PM »
No word on built-in flash y/n?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Spec List [CR2]
« on: February 19, 2013, 04:36:08 PM »
In some ways the new MK II will be an improoved DSLR in video (with some more FPS..)
Just save cash and get 7D MK I. (IMHO!)

Any featured lenses? some kind of 17-55 F2.8 MK II?

Hopefully not... I just bought myself a 17-55/2.8 last week!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Spec List [CR2]
« on: February 19, 2013, 04:34:33 PM »
I don't really believe that the noise performance would be that much better than the current 7d. They went down on res compared to the 5d2 with the 1dX and up in sensor size to be better than the 1d4, the 5d3 has the same res as the 5d2 and still is only better over 1600/3200 iso. So increasing the mp from 18 to 24 on an aps-c sensor doesn't read killer high iso performance for me. MP still sells....

Well, let's hope you're wrong! ;)

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EOS-M / Re: Future EOS-M Lenses
« on: February 18, 2013, 08:12:28 AM »
The M with EF 70-200 is simply hilarious but the pics are amazing!

I wonder what is it like to handhold such a small camera at arm's length (no VF) with a somewhat heavy lens... Is it too hard to keep it steady?

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Black & White / Re: New Member to my Canon Family
« on: February 17, 2013, 09:00:13 PM »
Wow, great stuff! Well done indeed!
And how about developing yourself? Is it too much of a hassle?
I've recently bought a film camera with some rolls of Ilford HP5 and TriX to (hopefully) learn to take my time before pressing the shutter, but haven't developed any so far; I'm considering developing myself, but I've no idea how difficult/expensive/worthwhile it would be.
Any advice?
Cheers!
Daniel

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Lenses / Re: I want to replace my 18-135 IS STM
« on: February 15, 2013, 06:51:16 PM »
If you replace the 18-135 with a 200, you may encounter a number of situation X's that are covered by neither the 40 nor the 200, as you will not have a wide angle at all.
I agree with you and I'm sure my lens collection will continue to grow over time. I do find that the 40 is too tight for some of the indoor shots I've wanted to take, so if I don't buy a wide angle this time around, it'll probably be next on my list.
Concerning WA, I've just bought a 17-55/2.8 for my 60D and will sell the 18-135 kit lens now. Couldn't be happier. (Not useful for birds, though.)
I don't have tele lenses so I cannot recommend any, but if I were in your shoes I think I'd rent or borrow a few of them to actually try before making a decision.
Good luck!

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and the hassle with the rides and the heat made it unenjoyable to have a dslr with

Honestly, we have talked about that.  I have these visions in my head though of having these amazing photos of the castle at night etc.  Maybe all thats overkill tho.  Maybe THIS is what the G series Canon's are really for!

I'm getting myself a Fuji X20 (when it's out) for occasions like that.
Daniel

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Lighting / Re: Weird ettl ec behavior - is this just me?
« on: February 14, 2013, 06:14:26 PM »
... but you seem to recommend the book Speedliter's Handbook: Learning to Craft Light with Canon Speedlites ? The other recommendation I read about is Canon Speedlite System Digital Field Guide

The first one, from Syl Arena, is a terrific book; you won't regret getting a copy.
Daniel

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7D - Worth Buying ???
« on: February 14, 2013, 07:44:12 AM »
I'd say it depends on your needs. Yes, the 5D3 is way better in low-light, but one year ago there were lots of photographers who used a 7D for wildlife and were happy with it. This things change a tad too quickly, I guess...
This line kind of made me decide for the 60D when I was considering buying it, a while ago:

"Just two years ago, ISO 12,800 was a throwaway setting at best, with the 50D turning out nasty images fraught with overt banding, visible even in a thumbnail. Today I look at ISO 12,800 from the Canon 60D and T2i and have a hard time finding much to comment on. It's impressive. Feel free to shoot in near-darkness."
(http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/E60D/E60DA.HTM)

That aside, I guess it depends on what you want/need the most now. What's the priority, low-light event/indoor shooting or wildlife? Buy the one you need now first, and then save money for the other.
Neuro always points that you don't need APS-C for the extra "reach" if you won't print big, because you can crop images from, say, your 5D3.
Also to be considered is the AF. Is the AF on your 600D good enough for wildlife? (I don't know, but you probably do.)
Tell us what you decided and how you liked it. (I'm considering buying a 7D, too!)
Daniel

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Canon General / Re: Canon 1D X on the Street
« on: February 13, 2013, 10:52:59 AM »
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If you're traveling for pleasure and are even a little bit serious about photography, I can't understand why you would leave your best photo equipment at home. If you're so afraid of losing it, spend a few bucks on insurance.

I take pictures in Camden, NJ -- the most dangerous and violent city in the US. I'm careful and take necessary precautions, but I paid a lot of money to be able to take the best pictures I can -- it would be dumb to go there with only a P&S.

I just think it's overkill sometimes, but...
Alright, alright, got it! :)

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