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EOS Bodies / Re: The Next EOS M Camera(s) [CR1]
« on: July 07, 2013, 11:16:06 PM »
Heh.

I just posted a few hours ago in the $299 EOS thread that it seemed like a silly purchase; since Canon would likely be replacing it with a dual-pixel AF markII version.

I guess I was spot on with that prediction.

 8)

How is paying $300 for a mirrorless with DSLR IQ and a small, fast, and by all accounts, sharp prime silly?  That there would be an improved successor is blatantly obvious. But you're the Man.

In my opinion the EOS-M is not worthy of its price tag due to its poor AF, even at $299.  Opinions vary.  And people can buy in to first generation gear; it's their money - their choice.  They know the risks going in.  And when there's a fire sale, it's pretty telling that the new technology (ie, dual-pixel AF) just made the previous generation obsolete.

Don't be mad. 

 :-[

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EOS Bodies / Re: The Next EOS M Camera(s) [CR1]
« on: July 07, 2013, 08:15:27 PM »
Heh.

I just posted a few hours ago in the $299 EOS thread that it seemed like a silly purchase; since Canon would likely be replacing it with a dual-pixel AF markII version.

I guess I was spot on with that prediction.

 8)

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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.

I'm thinking the same thing.  That new live-view AF is just aching to be put into a mirrorless body!!! 

Can't wait to see the EOS-M Mark II!!

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Pricewatch Deals / B&H 6D Bundle - $1999
« on: July 07, 2013, 02:58:49 PM »
I've been thinking about a 6D as a backup for a little while now, and CR's front page B&H deal really has me thinking.  At $1999 for that bundle, the resale of the package components could net a solid savings, especially since I already have a 24-205 and a printer...

$2,399 6D bundle with free shipping
- $400 mail in rebate
- $600 for 24-105 lens on eBay (approx.)
- $150 for PIXMA printer on eBay (approx.)

6D body = $1,249 (not including eBay and PayPal transaction fees)

With the 6D body alone selling for $1,899, this seems like a silly deal to pass up.  Even with auction fees, you're still looking at about $500 in savings over retail.

Am I missing something here?

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Technical Support / Re: Help needes: EOS 7D - noisy pictures
« on: July 05, 2013, 02:28:22 PM »
The 7D's AI-servo tracking is not as dreamy as the promotional literature would lead you to believe.  It's good; it's not great.  Fast moving objects, just as planes, will leave the AF system a little lost in the woods.  As such, your results will be hit or miss.

The 7D's tracking is excellent.

I disagree with you.  I think the 7D's tracking is adequate at best, and sub-par from an objective standpoint.

But we'll just have to agree to disagree.

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Technical Support / Re: Help needes: EOS 7D - noisy pictures
« on: July 04, 2013, 02:28:28 AM »
Looks like a compressed JPG and an out-of-focus image to boot.

The 7D's AI-servo tracking is not as dreamy as the promotional literature would lead you to believe.  It's good; it's not great.  Fast moving objects, just as planes, will leave the AF system a little lost in the woods.  As such, your results will be hit or miss.

Want better AF tracking for action?  Get a 1DX.

Sorry, that's the reality.

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Amazon.com PULLED the 600EX-RT?
« on: July 01, 2013, 12:30:35 PM »
I just sold my old 580s and PocketWizard gear on eBay, and went over to Amazon to upgrade to the ST-E3 and 600EX-RT, and found this...

Quote
Item Under Review

While this item is available from other marketplace sellers on this page, it is not currently offered by Amazon.com because customers have told us there may be something wrong with our inventory of the item, the way we are shipping it, or the way it's described here. (Thanks for the tip!)

We're working to fix the problem as quickly as possible.


SOURCE:  http://www.amazon.com/Canon-600EX-RT-Speedlite-Flash-Black/dp/B007FH1KX2

Does anyone know what this is about?  After further digging, I've found there are a lot of people unhappy with the overheat protection kicking in way too soon on the 600's, ruining gigs in the field.  Is this related?  It also sounds like Canon has been unresponsive to this problem.

Now I'm really nervous about moving to the 600's with all of this weirdness surrounding the product.  Can anyone shine some light on what's going on?

Thanks!

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon 7100 has been anounced
« on: February 22, 2013, 11:06:39 AM »
....Switching systems is a massive undertaking, both from a time and energy standpoint, and a financial resources one as well.  Fully switching brands must be a well thought out decision, and sometimes it simply isn't worth it - even when new product releases are inferior to the competition's.   

sure -- and the sales figures (that show the clear Canon advantage) may be in fact due to the high installed based.  the implication is that no one (with a lick of sense)  really compares body-to-body they compare system-to-system.  So Canon sells more bodies becasue their strategy is working.

I don't know that their current strategy is working but at a key point (lets say when the 20D/5D/5DII were introduced), they were able to capture a lot of photographers that were coming into digital photography or that were upgrading from point-and-shoot. Being on top of the market early let them establish a good installed base that will stick with the same vendor as time goes by because people can just buy a new body.

I think dilbert nailed it on the head.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon 7100 has been anounced
« on: February 22, 2013, 11:05:38 AM »
Neuroanatomist,

I usually agree with the majority of your posts on here, but with this one I have to vehemently disagree.

Vehemently disagree?  That's pretty serious man!


Definition of VEHEMENT

: marked by forceful energy : powerful <a vehement wind>: as

a : intensely emotional : impassioned, fervid <vehement patriotism>

b (1) : deeply felt <a vehement suspicion> (2) : forcibly expressed <vehement denunciations>

c : bitterly antagonistic <a vehement debate>


Hahahaha!  And this is why I love Canon Rumors forums! 

Gotta have some fun now and then.  :)

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon 7100 has been anounced
« on: February 21, 2013, 05:21:42 PM »
I can't understand anyone who buys Canon products and then says they are "crap" etc. What kind of consumer are they if they buy stuff they don't like. Everybody makes a few mistakes, but for the most part, I like the stuff I buy. I wouldn't buy it if I didn't.

Unfocused,

You make a valid point, but one that requires a little more nuance to explain in detail.  You have to remember, the majority of pro shooters don't just have a 60D or a single 7D body.  They have numerous bodies and an extensive collection of lenses and accessories.  Switching systems is a massive undertaking, both from a time and energy standpoint, and a financial resources one as well.  Fully switching brands must be a well thought out decision, and sometimes it simply isn't worth it - even when new product releases are inferior to the competition's. 

But with that said, and as an owner of both the 5D3 and the D800, I can honestly say that I will not be making any additional Canon body purchases without some significant improvement in sensor performance or a very real indication from Canon that they care about the pro shooter AND innovations in digital photography.  Simply cranking out new bodies every three years with a few tweaks just doesn't cut it anymore; Nikon has made this point as clear as crystal.

Looking at the bigger picture, the market is what it is.  If Canon wants to rely on mid-level dSLR sales to hobbyist and part-time shooters to fill it's coffers, and build their reputation on that, that's just fine - I just probably won't be hanging around at that point.  To think of it from the personal computer perspective... If Canon wants to turn themselves into the Dell of dSLR manufacturers, that's certainly their prerogative, I'd just rather be shooting with an Apple.

Agree to disagree.


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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon 7100 has been anounced
« on: February 21, 2013, 05:12:01 PM »
Hopefully Canon is very scared - and taking Nikon's recent R&D push seriously.  They need to respond immediately...

Respond to what?  Sorry, but no, they really don't.  To those who say, "Nikon is handing Canon their asses," or "Canon should be scared," understand that at the most fundamental level, camera sales are what matter.  The finance and marketing divisons within a major corporation, especially a conservative one like Canon, are the voices that determine the ultimate output from the R&D side of the organization, in part because they control the input (i.e. funding) into that R&D. 

Neuroanatomist,

I usually agree with the majority of your posts on here, but with this one I have to vehemently disagree.  I have one word for you... "Microsoft."  They sat on their laurels for years, why?  Because according to you, "the ship [was] sailing along fine."  That's exactly when competition (eg, Apple, Google, Facebook, Firefox, etc.) comes and bites you in the ass.

Yes, Canon may still be a profit machine, but their products aren't what they once were.  The competition has noticed, the professional shooter has noticed, and better, more cost effective solutions, are starting to hit the market and make a legitimate fight for share. 

If Canon doesn't start mounting a serious defense, and that right soon, they may find themselves wandering around lost like Steve Ballmer at an app-developer conference. 

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon 7100 has been anounced
« on: February 21, 2013, 11:07:11 AM »
Price IS an issue for me, and based on ALL factors regarding cameras, i haven't been too thrilled with Canon's releases.

Echo- 

Don't sweat the fanbois on here.  There are many of us loyal Canon users who think Canon's recent releases have been weak, in light of the competition.  I know many once-loyal Canon shooters who are now dual-brand shooters, waiting for Canon to start taking its customers seriously.  Heck, I have a D800 of my own.

I realize that many people here are quick to defend Canon at all costs, and will jump on anyone who makes ANY type of negative comment toward Canon (even if it's true).  That doesn't make them right.  The fact is, Nikon's sensor tech is owning Canon hands down.  And now, with the $1,195 D7100 offering, they just spanked the sh*t out of Canon's entire APS-C lineup.

Hopefully Canon is very scared - and taking Nikon's recent R&D push seriously.  They need to respond immediately... regardless of what the fanbois say.


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Lenses / Re: How low will it go? (50L)
« on: February 19, 2013, 07:06:28 PM »
The 50 f/1.4 is a superlative lens that even generally outperforms the L. For double your money you get an extra fraction of a stop and "superior build quality." Big whoop. It has got to be the worst bang-for-the-buck in the Canon lineup.

Couldn't have said it better myself.  The fraction of a stop is not worth the slower focusing and slightly more bokehlicious bokeh.  Get the f/1.4 and call it a day.

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EOS Bodies / Re: First Round of EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: November 26, 2012, 05:15:15 PM »
I hope it comes with the same crappy AF performance as the 7D1, otherwise, I'm not interested.

A 7D without OOF issues is NOT a 7D!!!

 :P

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