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Messages - Bob Howland

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EOS-M / Re: Will version 2 use the new 70D sensor?
« on: July 06, 2013, 08:54:44 AM »
The real question is: What will the M2 be? I can see three plausible directions, all with the 70D sensor: (1) something extremely compact like the current M; (2) something larger with an EVF and a more button-centric user interface; (3) a video camera, with the appropriate user interface. My guess is that (1) is fairly unlikely, considering that Canon just upgraded the firmware to the current body, (3) is something that Canon will get to eventually if not now and (2) is what we can expect.

Then again, somebody is trying awfully hard to get rid of current M bodies.

Could this mean they are coming out with a new version of the EOS M?

And maybe within a couple weeks. I'd probably have gone for it if the 70D hadn't been introduced.

EOS Bodies / Re: Predictions for next EOS M....
« on: July 02, 2013, 02:22:26 PM »
Dual Pixel Liveview Autofocus ... If it is there on the EOS-M, we have a winner.  :)

+1.  I can live without the EVF, if they provide one I hope it's a hotshoe accessory to keep the body size small.

The problem with a hot-shoe EVF is that you can't use the EVF and an outboard flash simultaneously and I have a 270EX on my G10 almost all the time.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Dual Pixel Liveview Autofocus
« on: July 02, 2013, 07:26:59 AM »
Interesting and promising.  Still not as fast as true phase AF, I expect.

Still...I was considering the EOS M, but maybe I'll wait for the EOS M MkII with this technology...   ;)

For video, I would not want instantaneous autofocus, since that would provide no transition period. I would, however, want the autofocus to be smooth, with no hunting whatsoever, basically a superb electronic implementation of a highly-skilled focus puller (i.e., first assistant cameraman). (High slew rates provide faster response but are more prone to hunting.)

As for the M MkII, I agree completely, something to replace my G10 but with superb ISO6400 image quality and a decent EVF.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 40D to 5D Classic. Good upgrade?
« on: June 27, 2013, 05:55:51 PM »
I used to use a 5D/40D pairing but replaced them last year with a 5D3/7D pairing. The 40D was used almost exclusively with my 100-400 and 300 f/2.8, which is how I use the 7D now. I have two 20X30 landscape photos made with the 5D, with lots of tree leaves but a minimum viewing distance of about 30 inches. They look fine.

Biggest complaint with the 5D is that the focusing is not very fast and the highest ISO is 3200. It is definitely not a sports camera.

5D3 body with a $4500 price. My problem is that I really don't need more resolution than the 5D3 already has but, then again, I'm not trying to sell 40" x 60" landscape prints as corporate decoration.

Lenses / Re: What is the next Canon lens you want or covet and why...
« on: June 08, 2013, 01:46:44 PM »
200-400 f/4 L IS 1.4X, to photograph outdoor sports, especially in dusty locations

Lenses / Re: If you could only have three lenses...
« on: June 02, 2013, 08:33:16 PM »
24-70 f/2.8 II
70-200 f/2.8 IS II
200-400 f/4 IS 1.4X

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 70D & EOS 7D Mark II
« on: May 17, 2013, 02:23:01 PM »
We’re told a “surprise” announcement will be made by Canon in July, what that is we’re unsure. However, the source alluded to it being a camera body. I wouldn’t call the EOS 70D a “surprise”, but we’ll see. Could it be…….. something else?

Lets see...
* Canon announces RAW video in official firmware
* Canon announces 4k video in official firmware for 1DX/5DIII with some special add on device
* Canon announces a m4/3 camera plus lenses
* Canon announces a new EOS-M series camera that is radically different
* Canon announces a DSLR wither either hybrid or pure EVF
* Canon announces a DSLR that is modeled on the Ricoh GX-R with a plugable sensor/CPU module
* Canon announces a 70D with the autofocus from the 5DIII
* Canon announces a new APS-H DSLR (not likely)

... other ideas?

I like your fifth idea! How about both the 7D and 70D both being mirrorless cameras with shortened flange distances and Canon introducing a 1-1/3 stop Speed Booster-like adapter? The FF cameras could keep the standard flange distance and mirrors for photographic Neanderthals. The M-mount might have been introduced, half-heartedly, solely to allow a reduction in camera size.

Lenses / Re: Who has pre-ordered or will order 200-400
« on: May 14, 2013, 08:43:29 PM »
I can't decide between responses 1, 2 and 3. Response 4 is the only one that is out since I don't want a 14-24 and my 135 is just fine.

Lenses / Re: Would you rather buy used or refurbished?
« on: May 08, 2013, 03:48:45 PM »
I bought my EOS-3 used from Keh about 10 years ago, with excellent results. I've bought several lenses and a 7D body refurb'd from both B&H and Canon Direct, also with excellent results. I would not buy either used or refurb'd from E-Bay or Amazon, in fact, I've never bought anything from E-Bay..

I'm taking the perspective that you're trying to sell the house, so here goes.

1. The outdoor colors look too highly saturated for my taste, almost garish.

2. The first image shows far too much driveway.

3. The images have too much of an "extreme wide-angle lens" look to them. In the swimming pool picture, the sub-pool on the left looks severely oblong, not at all natural.

Hope that helps.

EOS-M / Re: Eos M my first impressions!
« on: May 01, 2013, 07:19:34 AM »
What viewfinder are you using and what do you do if you want to use fill flash and the optical viewfinder simultaneously?

Lenses / Re: EF 100-400 Replacement in 2013? [CR2]
« on: May 01, 2013, 07:17:11 AM »
mine stucks between 300-400mm and needs some force to change the focal length. Tried to repair it, but the 300€ did not change it sufficiently.

My lens sticks too, at the other end, and Canon USA hasn't been able to fix it. After not using the lens for a week, initially zooming the lens from minimum can take considerable force.

EOS Bodies / Re: The Future of EOS M [CR1]
« on: April 30, 2013, 12:20:28 PM »
The future of EOS M ... none.

In my opinion Canon should (a) chuck the EF-M system, (b) join the m4/3 consortium, and (c) make a functional EF-to-m43 translation adapter.

Huh?? Doing that makes no sense at all. It would put them at the mercy of Olympus and Panasonic, mostly Olympus. Canon would still have to introduce lenses, although maybe (repeat: maybe!!) not as many as with the EF-M system. Canon 4/3 camera owners might buy other manufacturers' lenses instead and Canon would have to guarantee that Canon bodies work with their lenses and their bodies work with Canon lenses. What a mess!

Better for Canon to introduce (1) better EF-M bodies, (2) some very small native lenses, perhaps eight total, and (3) an extremely high quality EF-to-EF-M Metabones Speed Booster-type adapter, except with a 1-1/3 stop improvement.

I own a G10. I want one part of the EF-M system to evolve into something the same size (or slightly larger) but with much better high ISO image quality.

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