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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D3, 1D5 and 1Ds4 Timeline [CR1]
« on: April 01, 2011, 01:27:41 PM »
I could live with a 1Ds mk4 like that, provided we do see 40mp. In fact given the possible alternatives, that would suit me pretty well.

Unlike almost everyone else on the planet (or so it seems) I have no interest in video whatsoever. Film making is a totally different field of expertise and it leaves me cold. I will go to my grave believing that video should be left to video cameras and film makers.

No, my requirements from a new 1Ds are simple, superb DR, lowest noise in a dSLR to date and suberb low ISO performance, down to ISO25 please Canon. I have no interest in ISO's beyond 1600.

However, if Canon were planning to simply do that, we would have had it at least 6 months ago. I believe the chatter that claims Canon withdrew the mk4 simply because they decided that to stick with the minimal upgrades as before. There are too many competitors in the "studio" camera market now, Canon would effectively be saying "OK fellas, we've had a good run at the top, now it's your turn". No, Canon must respond to the Pentaxes and the Hasselblads if they wish to retain a foothold in the sector. 

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Lenses / Re: Canon price increase enforcement
« on: March 30, 2011, 03:39:29 PM »
Interesting. I wonder how Canon enforce this?

I part exchanged a non IS 70-200 f/2.8L for the newest mk11 IS version and managed to get an excellent deal from my local shop (better than any web based price I could find). But when the paperwork was being completed I was asked if I minded whether the new lens price was shown at Canons RPR and the part-ex lens shown at a very inflated price on the sales receipt. As it made no difference to the actual cash changing hands I agreed, but it did occur to me that "big brother" might be watching.

So deals can be struck, but maybe only in dark corners when Canon are not listening?

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D3, 1D5 and 1Ds4 Timeline [CR1]
« on: March 28, 2011, 03:27:42 PM »
I agree, more pixels will show even at A4, never mind A3 or A2 print sizes. The improvements will get more subtle as pixel counts of 21mp are compared to 32 or 40, but it IS visible in print. I will never throw away pixels. It's difficult to explain the difference in appearance. I would describe it thus: the whole image seems smoother, more "depth".     

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EOS Bodies / Re: Is the Canon EOS 3D possible?
« on: March 26, 2011, 11:58:38 AM »
The Eos3 was the camera that triggered my switch from Nikon to Canon. It was and still is a wonderful camera and I'd love Canon to introduce a digital version. Exactly the same concept but with a top-end sensor and I'd be one of the first in line outside the shop.

But I have been led to believe that Canon did not consider the eye-controlled AF enough of an attraction, many users just did not spend enough time educating the camera (yes, it needed to be taught about the users eye!) and having got frustrated with it, turned the feature off. I am still amazed by it myself, 45 AF points, all of them available and ready to focus seemingly at the speed of light on whatever I looked at. It AF's faster still than any other camera I have ever used.

While still a very popular argument in the forums, the theory that the resolution of lenses are/will be a limiting factor is, I believe, a discredited theory. It assumed it was impossible to improve the optics and that's just not true as we are seeing. Canon are committed to upgrading their "L" range of lenses and while they will never admit it, I think its a major factor. There was no need to produce better lenses until sensors reached the point of needing them, that point will soon be upon us so the lenses are now being improved.   

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EOS Bodies / Re: 3 More DSLR's in 2011? [CR1]
« on: March 24, 2011, 04:12:34 PM »
bvukich,

You are assuming that a mirror is an essential piece of the puzzle. I think that any serious "square" format based on the 35mm model might well be designed without the mirror/pentaprism assembly.

The alternative, which would allow the mirror and pentaprism to stay would be to increase the standard back focus length. Of course this means specially designed lenses and I don't see that happening any time soon.

But as I've already said, I think the rumours suggesting a square format will remain just rumours. Especially as we now know that before the disaster in Japan Canon were investigating medium format companies to get a ready-made toehold in that market.

 

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EOS Bodies / Re: 3 More DSLR's in 2011? [CR1]
« on: March 24, 2011, 02:48:08 PM »
tzalmagor,

I'm exactly in the opposite camp, I desperately want to know what Canon plan to offer us in the next 1Ds. I'm less bothered about a release date than seeing the specifications ASAP. A release in 2012 would be fine as long as it's worth the wait.

I don't see it being anything other than a full framer, unless it's a "square full frame" AKA 36mm x 36mm. But if they do that I'd be very surprised, pleasantly surprised it has to be said, but surprised nontheless. Canon after all tend to be conservative, they are not risk takers by nature. 

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Canon General / Re: Canon falling behind in sensor performance
« on: March 21, 2011, 04:46:55 PM »
It's become almost a tradition for Canon to come to any party late. But that allows the company to get it right, so may not be a bad thing.

Yes, they have lost the megapixel race for the time being and I can well imagine Canon are shocked to realise it, but surely thats why the 32MP 1Ds mark4 was pulled, because (I hope) Canon are working on a different concept. Or they will be when Japan gets back to business as usual.

I cannot get excited about processor chip generations. The processor either does what it needs to do or does not. End of story. Whether thats a Digic 4 or 5 or 25 I'm not bothered.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Should I wait?
« on: March 18, 2011, 04:32:50 PM »
Canon have a large enough range that theres always going to be one camera or another about to be updated. I take the view that if the camera does what I need, then why worry about more bells and whistles.

I still use a 30D, which will do me until the 1Ds mk4 appears. It was my introduction to digital and was bought only about 3 months before the 40D appeared, but that did not bother me at all. I have seen newer bodies come and go but made the concious decision not to upgrade until I can get at least 4 times the 30D's 8 (and a bit) MP. If the 1Ds4 is anything like its rumoured to be, I expect to still be using it in 10 years time.

So you see my mindset. Based on that,  my advise would be to be very honest with yourself about what you need a camera to do. As others have said, video is the newest gimmick, but do you want it? Do you want to print at A2 or bigger, or will A4 do? Do you expect to shoot available light images in a coal hole or at midnight or could you cope with less than stratospheric ISO's? Answer these questions and many others and you might find that you are focussing in on an existing camera rather than hoping that an as yet unannounced one will be the answer to your prayers. On the other hand should you decide that your analysis has shown you that you do need the 5D3 or 8D (or indeed like me the 1Ds4), then so be it.   

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EOS Bodies / Re: 1Ds4 & 5D3 Timetable [CR1]
« on: March 16, 2011, 11:56:33 AM »
I don't believe a smaller sensor will ever have an advantage over a larger one. It has always been the case that a good big-un is better than a good little-un. Convenient and cheaper maybe, but for image quality at the end of the day, the bigger the captured image the better. It was always true with film and I'm convinced that it will remain true in this modern digital world.

It's interesting that Canon are said to be interested in acquiring a medium format foothold. While the Japanese have made the 35mm "full frame" size their own, the same is not true of larger formats. Pentax have at least made a start but Canon and Nikon seem to be a bit slow getting into the game.

Once digital technology matures, I can foresee 1.3x and 1.6x crop frame becoming a thing of the past.     

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United Kingdom & Ireland / Re: Hello...Anyone else from the UK?
« on: March 16, 2011, 09:40:53 AM »
currently living in Brum though originally from the Philippines by way of USA.  had a 550D which I have just sold in eBay in order to buy 60D.  holding off though in hope of some rebates :)

Gadgets,

You have my respect. I've got much less will power and have just pressed the "go" button on the new EF70-200L IS mk2 and part exchanging my "mark 1" f/2.8L (non IS) as part of the deal. I am having to stump up £1230, £1780 which was the best legitimate price I could find on the internet, less £550 for my 6 year old mint condition lens. My local photoshop volunteered to match the web prices which I very much appreciate.

If the 1Ds mk4 appears this year as some suggest, then 2011 will be VERY expensive!     

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EOS Bodies / Re: Resolving Power on the 5D Mk II / III
« on: March 12, 2011, 04:56:29 PM »
azraelot,

Resolution is really a lens issue. A poor lens will never produce images that are good, even if mounted on the worlds best camera. That lesson took me years to learn!

I'd therefore suggest that you don't wait for the 5D3, but instead buy a used mk2 (at a bargain price if the mk3 has appeared by the time you are in a position to buy).

Canon make excellent optics, being traditionally very good at long lenses. But so do others, sometimes at considerably better prices. I admit that since moving to Canon from Nikon I have become an "L" fan, but I've read good things about Sigma. Again, the used market can offer some amazing kit - I bought an almost unused EF100-400L only a few months old at half the new price a few years ago and have been very pleased with it.   

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EOS Bodies / Re: 1Ds Replacement Soon?
« on: March 12, 2011, 06:24:52 AM »
Sorry, should have been clearer. I was referring to camera manufacturers. I agree for the user everthing depends on individual needs.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 1Ds Replacement Soon?
« on: March 11, 2011, 12:00:22 PM »
I know two pro's still happily using the 30D and I have heard of another using a 20D. Why spend a fortune on kit when something cheaper does the job? It's the nut on the end of the shutter button that makes or breaks the image, not the kit. An aquaintance works as a staff 'tog on a UK sailing mag, all his kit is well used, especially the tripod, which is literally held together with brown plastic tape!

However, I fully understand that the 1D series is built like a tank because its designed to be a professional tool, while the 5D is less robust. I admit that I am in the market when the 1Ds mk4 appears, talent, or rather a lack of,  will then clearly be my only problem!

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EOS Bodies / Re: 1Ds Replacement Soon?
« on: March 10, 2011, 01:28:37 PM »
Rob,

That would be entirely the wrong camera for me. 21mp is yesterdays news, everyone seems to have cameras with at least that these days. I will also never need the extremely high ISO's already being offered. No I want the 40MP now, with 50 (or more) next time around.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 1Ds Replacement Soon?
« on: March 09, 2011, 03:14:59 PM »
Even if Canon keep us waiting until spring 2012 or later, it would be reassuring to know what they plan to offer us with the 1Ds replacement sooner rather than later. An announcement with a bare bones outline soon would be nice. Past tittle tattle that they were moving to medium format would seriously alter my lens purchasing plans if true, although I never gave that much credance.

To get the best from a possible 35-40 MP full frame sensor I need to start updating my lenses and before I start spending large sums of money I really do need some facts.

We are witnessing Canon redesigning their lenses en-masse and I cannot see them doing this for current sensor sizes. I hope it means we will see the format stay the same, but with increasing pixel counts. A pretty safe bet I'm thinking.

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