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EOS Bodies / Re: The new 5D Mark III ?!?! PICS!
« on: February 28, 2012, 08:08:11 AM »
Are we there yet?  :D

Would the existing 7D users sell off your current 7D's after you buy the 5D3, if the AF of 5D3 can match the 7D?

No. Assuming Canon will not include a crop image format like Nikon does with their DX mode (which I'm pretty sure they've never done before) I would still like to have the extra reach the crop sensor affords. Now if they did include a "APS-C mode" with at least 10MP selling my 7D would be a very tempting option... also assuming that the 7ish fps rumour pans out too.
Can't agree more. The main reason for the cropped camera is the extra reach for most people and a DX mode would solve this problem. If Canon chooses to price the mark III at $3500 as rumored, that may price out alot of people from getting 2 bodies and they would either keep the 7D or a mark II for backup. $3500 is almost double the price of a new mark II which is why I think the price will likely be under $3000

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-1D X Delayed Until April/May?
« on: February 22, 2012, 10:43:34 AM »
This is pushing it. They should not have announced so early. They should have waited till January for an announcement for sure. This is really bad for marketing and i'm sure a huge let down for all those who pre-ordered

EOS Bodies / Re: March 2, 2012 The Day for an Announcement?
« on: February 22, 2012, 10:29:46 AM »
All the more reason to thing that these are not accurate specs.  That's Porsche building an Cayman 4s.  It's not just canabilizing the lines as much as not offering sufficient differentiation within the market - Buick/Oldsombile problem.
Actually, the Boxster took away alot of the hype from the 911. But in regards to the camera, I think all the specs could be right on except the focusing system. I expect either the system from the 1D mark IV or a smaller 19 point system.

EOS Bodies / Re: March 2, 2012 The Day for an Announcement?
« on: February 22, 2012, 08:49:42 AM »
This is very bad news.  What's going to happen to CR if the 5dmiii is announced? 75% of the board's traffic is going to drop off.   :)

No, there is still a 7D mark II and a potential 2nd full frame 5D/3D and/or a 4K DSLR for video emphasis. Canon has already hinted at a 4K capable DSLR when it released the C300. Not to mention a new 60D replacement and rebel series replacements. It never ends. There are always new lenses to announce too including a new 50mm, 85mm, and others.

Lenses / Re: A Brief Hands-On With the 3 New Lenses
« on: February 15, 2012, 12:35:34 PM »
I really don't see alot to like with the primes. The 24-105mm f/4 IS is almost as cheap as 1 of those and is WAY better built with tons of flexibility with only 1 stop of light lost. Plus canon already has a 17-55mm f/2.8 IS for cropped bodies. A 24-70mm f/2.8 IS full frame model would make these lenses useless and thus i'm curious to see the results of the new Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 stabilized for this reason. Maybe canon avoided this lens so it didn't hurt their new IS primes. Most video is MF anyway thus the Tamron might be perfect, even if it suffers at focusing.

The 24-70mm f/2.8 needs to be the best lens ever made to compete. Without IS, there will be less love from video users and alot of people already use the version 1 or the 24-105mm f/4 IS. Those that don't will be further swayed by the new Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 stabilized.

Canon General / Re: More Lens Suggestions [CR1]
« on: February 14, 2012, 11:29:42 AM »
I wish Canon would focus more on the most popular lenses. The 50mm f/1.4 is only OK at best and is REALLY old. This is a bread & butter lens, along with the 85mm f/1.8, and really these should be top priority. A stellar 50mm & 85mm would make someone consider switching brands. Canon does not have great quality in the non L wider angle primes either (20-35mm range). The newly announced primes with IS are too expensive and cheap looking for a non L leaving a void. There is no excuse for not having a stellar non-L prime lineup with 24-35mm, 50mm, and 85mm. Nikon has brought out a new 50mm & 85mm too. 

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D X or Mark III Specs & Release Date? [CR1]
« on: February 03, 2012, 01:21:40 PM »
I do think the 22MP would be right on. I doubt the 61point AF though and think a 21 point would be more realistic and fine for almost everyone. I'm guessing the camera won't quite hit 6fps on 1 digic5 @22MP so i'm thinking just under 5fps would be more realistic and again, fine for most people.

I think it would be dumb to replace the 24-70 f/2.8 with a non IS version. Is anyone really complaining about that lens?
A new 50mm f/1.4 and 85mm f/1.8 would be nice (Nikon has put out both recently). It really sucks that no one has a stabilized lens at f/2.8 with less than 70mm for full frame cameras. In a world of DSLR video especially, they really need to pump in some IS.  This is making me want a Sony.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III Sighting?
« on: January 23, 2012, 03:20:42 PM »
Two things:
1. Why is the top LCD not showing anything readouts. It looks like the camera is turned off but the switch says on.
2. If this is real, then why does it have the M.Fn. button to switch between all sorts of AF modes if the AF will only have 5-9 pts and be a completely crippled 7D AF or worse as per the other recent 5D3 rumors? This would point to the other rumors as being false no?
I'm guessing he just took a picture and this is the playback on the screen. That would make sense.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III Sighting?
« on: January 23, 2012, 02:37:53 PM »
nice new battery grip design too! but... if he has the grip why is he using the normal shutter release if he's shooting portrait, does this mean the grip is a prototype just for show?
 this can't be anything else but the new 5D III with new battery grip, of course it could be the 3D or 7D II but I highly doubt that.

I'm guilty of almost never using the portrait controls on the battery grip unless i'm shooting portrait for an extended session (though it looks like he is). And even then I often forget.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III Sighting?
« on: January 23, 2012, 02:15:31 PM »
screen does not look 4x3...looks like a 16x9 or 16x10. For comparison:

EOS Bodies / Re: The 5D Mark III Megapixel Count? [CR2]
« on: January 20, 2012, 11:43:50 AM »
I really hope Canon does not go high MP on this camera. This camera has typically been the great on the go shooter camera because it is lighter weight and less expensive price than the 1D series and has been embraced by the wedding/event shooters. We do not need 30MP...18-24 is MORE than enough. What we need is clean images at higher ISO. I hope canon treats this as the camera it is and keeps the quality features of the 1DX and looses the features that non studio photographers typically don't need/use like 61 Autofocus points, Ethernet out, 12fps shooting, 400,000 cycle shutter,  and that advanced of exposure metering to save $$$.

I'd love to see the same 18mp sensor as the 1DX and iso range minus some of the ports with 5-7fps, 21 point auto focus w/9 cross type and the center diagonal/cross type (like the 1DX has). I don't need the most advanced metering (not a studio camera) but I would like a headphone out instead of the Ethernet port. 1080P video is fine though 1080p @60fps would be awesome. They should be able to intro that in the $3000 range. 

EOS Bodies / Re: C300 Dealers & Price Announced in the USA
« on: January 18, 2012, 02:43:07 PM »
What professional cameras are you speaking of exactly? As of right now, The only one that comes to mind that might be able to be used for professional use is the fs100. The AF100 falls short on a handful of issues, so I wouldn't really bracket that in the professional sector so much (since we're discussing price point here). a functional RED Scarlet package is around $17,500.

You do realize the the C300 body only is $16,000 with the cinema lens listed at $45,000. The $16000 RED Scarlet package comes with 2 batteries, chargers, card readers, a 5" touch LCD screen, and a 64GB Card. Not to mention the Scarlet comes with the ability to record 4k, raw format, more dynamic range, and 1080P @60fps. Plus it is RED's 3rd camera after the RED One and Epic (same sensor as the Scarlet) have been used on hundreds if not thousands of shoots...including many full budget Hollywood feature films.  The Sony F3 is pretty nice looking as well. I would be a bit concerned on the editability of Canon's new codec as well (don't think it's considered raw). I reserve final judgement till after I see images but the Canon needs to have some serious quality for anyone to drop that much on a 1st gen pro camera. Since i'm still in the prosumer market however, I unfortunately don't own any of these.

EOS Bodies / Re: C300 Dealers & Price Announced in the USA
« on: January 18, 2012, 10:17:12 AM »
The gear's targeted at people who make substantial revenue from film making. You can easily pay it off within a year if you do paying jobs.

That is true, however, it is still price prohibitive. Many of these film makers could shoot with more established RED cameras, Sony F3's, or the Panasonic AF100. Not to mention, Nikon's new D4 and Canons 1Dx address many of the prior issues with DSLR video. I just don't know why anyone would adopt a new camera system for $5,000 more than the competition unless there was some extreme difference in quality. While canon does a great job with video, this is their first official full PRO camera and thus is much riskier than some of the RED or Sony cameras that have been used by professionals in many films already. I owned Canon's XL1, GL1, and now the 60D all that produce great video. But if I were to enter the pro video segment, I would never pay 5 grand more for Canon's C300 while other more established and equally great (at least by specs...we will see what the reviewers say) can be purchased for way less. Canon either needed to beat the competition in specs or price.

EOS Bodies / Re: A Breakdown of Rumors
« on: August 08, 2011, 08:53:40 PM »
since when did real cameras on the market need to have their pricing dictated by rumored equipment?

Well, rumored because it isn't out yet but Sony has been very public with info including spec lists and a launch date for the end of this month so its not quite rumor. I'm just saying that the 7D is a great camera and will still be a great buy if Canon prices it right. There isn't a ton to upgrade on it until the Digic V is out so I understand that canon has probably delayed a new model till 2012.  It has only come down about $200 I think in the several years it has been out so I'm sure Canon has room. If they don't lower the price, it just looks like there may be some other superior camera options from the competition for around the same price for about a year.

EOS Bodies / Re: A Breakdown of Rumors
« on: August 08, 2011, 11:08:21 AM »
Exactly.  What is the 7D missing? Flip screen? No sense holding your breath on this one.  Until Digic V materializes, the 7D seems fine where it is.

I agree with you...but the 7D is overpriced. It really is not much better than the Nikon D7000 and even falls short in some respects and should be around $1200-1400 for the body tops. Then Canon could afford to keep this camera relevant much longer. The fact that it is so much more expensive to the Nikon D7000 and will be close in price to the Sony A77 or future Nikon D400 or D700 will hurt it more than anything. The camera itself is still solid and though i'd like to see dual memory card slots and better video focusing, most people can live without those features.

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