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Canon General / Re: An article Canon should read.
« on: August 31, 2011, 12:42:22 AM »

For all you Apple haters responding here; (a) you need to get your facts straight...

You want facts?  Okay, here goes:

The Mac GUI was lifted from the Xerox Parc (so much for it being "original").

No other company tries to control what you can and cannot do with your software and hardware (so much for it being "open source").   This is one of the major reasons why Windows runs on the majority of business computers.  The other being, of course, that Microsoft doesn't care which hardware you run it on.


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  Cannibalising the market for the 1DsIII with the introduction of the 5DII --- actually, NO; this doesn't cannibalize that market at all; these are for different markets (I don't think you understand build quality, waterproofing, etc.)

Yes, it does.  What you fail to realize is that many professional shooters will forgo the build quality, waterproofing, etc. and choose the 5DII because the sensor is essentially the same at less than half the cost.  Sport and wildlife shooters are usually the ones who need the waterproofing, and they use the 1D line (1.3x crop), not the 1Ds.

Oh, and "leading" and being "first" are 2 different things.

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Canon General / Re: An article Canon should read.
« on: August 30, 2011, 09:27:00 PM »
....

If in the future, Nikon or Sony even had 1/2 the vision of Apple (which I doubt they ever will), Canon in all their conservatism would fall like a house of cards, just like what Apple has done to their numerous competitors.

Time to play devil's advocate...

  • With the AE-1 Canon led the charge to mass-market adoption of SLRs.  Supposedly the AE-1 was the first camera with an embedded microcontroller.
  • Canon introduced the world's first inkjet printer.
  • Didn't Canon lead the market to the adoption of a full electronic lens interface?  (EOS 650 and EF lens mount in 1987)
  • Canon led the market for full frame studio professional DSLRs with the 1Ds.  (It wasn't the first full frame pro DSLR, but it was a major departure in terms of utility.)
  • Wasn't Canon the first company to market an enthusiast-level full frame DSLR?  (5D Classic)
  • Wasn't Canon the first to release HD video in a full frame DSLR? (5D mkII)
  • Wasn't Canon the first major camera manufacturer to launch a 70-200mm image stabilised lens?

Canon has made some daring bets -
  • abandoning the FD lens mount and unseating Nikon as the undisputed leader in the pro SLR segment in the process.
  • Cannibalising the market for the 1DsIII with the introduction of the 5DII
I'm sure I have missed a few.

Canon may be managed conservatively, but I don't think we can accuse Canon of not having vision.

Canon has made some innovations which have fallen flat - like the use of a pellicle mirror, or eye-controlled auto-focus.  But Canon has also led some ground-breaking market changes - the AE-1, EOS 650, EOS 300D and EOS 350D immediately come to mind.

I will grant that Canon have not introduced any tectonic shifts in the market place lately, so time will tell whether they might lose the edge on innovation.
As for Canon and Nikon being non-entrants or late entrants (Nikon) into the CSC market - I would contend that that is a market which has not proven itself to have given customers a great product yet.  Nikon seems to be entering that market reluctantly - Canon may too.  Time will tell whether either of them can introduce the "iPad" of that market - to tell the truth, most products in that market at the moment are the equivalent of the Apple Newton.


... Time to don the flame-retardant suit...  ;)

Excellent retort, sir!  (No flames here!  ;D)  Besides, it's not as if Canon hasn't been the industry leader for the past two decades.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Lens Mug - Giveaway
« on: August 30, 2011, 07:47:17 PM »
For years, a digital camera has been a feature in cell phones, so let's add a cell phone feature to digital cameras!

Just think, no bulky smart phone to carry when you're lugging around your super-telephoto prime!

Poor reception?  No problem, just throw on an extender!  Your call IQ may degrade, however... ;)

C'mon, folks, this is the technology for which you've been waiting!  It's time to think differently.


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Canon General / Re: An article Canon should read.
« on: August 30, 2011, 07:12:25 PM »
"Jobs made Apple great by ignoring profits"

What a load of tripe.  If they're ignoring profits, then why do they use what amounts to slave labor in China?  (The conditions at one factory were so bad, they had to put up nets to put an end to worker suicides at the building where they were "warehoused.")  And why do they charge such a premium over other manufacturers?

No disruptions, huh?  Well, here are a couple of recent examples (didn't have to look to hard to find some):

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-06-18/apple-has-trouble-getting-enough-iphone-4-displays-rodman-renshaw-says.html

http://blogs.wsj.com/marketbeat/2010/03/04/apple-ipad-will-production-hiccups-delay-launch/

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Jobs was finally successful (Lisa, Newton and NeXT to name a few of his failures), because the iPod became a "fashion" item.  If you wanted to 'keep up with the Joneses,' you had to have one.  By keeping inventory low at product launch (to create a "feeding frenzy") and by charging a premium (to make it a "must-have" item), his success is ultimately attributable to P.T. Barnum:  "There's a sucker born every minute."

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Lenses / Re: Lens repair in New York City — any suggestions?
« on: August 30, 2011, 08:52:09 AM »
You will get it done quicker and better by sending it to Canon.

Definitely agree.  There's a Canon Repair facility in Central Jersey (I've been there a number of times); last year they repaired my 50mm f/1.4 in just 3 days.  "Ground" shipping (UPS/FedEx) from NYC should only take 1 day.

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Canon General / Re: Will the new Sonys force Canon to rethink?
« on: August 20, 2011, 10:53:05 PM »
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Are Sony about to change the game in a really big way?

Since Sony does not have a single super-telephoto prime lens, the answer is easy:  no.

What if they formally announce this 500mm lens that was first shown 18 months ago as a prototype:
http://www.dpreview.com/news/1002/10022103sony2010.asp

"What if..."

"How about..."

"Perhaps when..."

Sorry, but the answer is still no.  Thousands of photographers with years (decades?) of experience with and tens of thousands of dollars invested in Canon (or Nikon) are not going to "jump ship" simply because Sony makes a new dSLR and maybe, someday releases one super-telephoto prime lens.

Besides, I seriously doubt that Canon's next pro dSLR won't be ground-breaking.

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Canon General / Re: Will the new Sonys force Canon to rethink?
« on: August 19, 2011, 08:02:34 PM »
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Are Sony about to change the game in a really big way?

Since Sony does not have a single super-telephoto prime lens, the answer is easy:  no.

Would a 200-500 f/2.8-4 zoom lens suffice instead? (That's just a guess.) If they're feeling ambitious, they could also introduce a 120-300 f/2-2.8 and maybe a 300-800 f/4-5.6.

Ummm, no.  Super-telephoto zoom lenses aren't going to cut it for professional sports and nature photographers, especially ones that only exist in your imagination.

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Canon General / Re: Will the new Sonys force Canon to rethink?
« on: August 19, 2011, 06:44:01 PM »
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Are Sony about to change the game in a really big way?

Since Sony does not have a single super-telephoto prime lens, the answer is easy:  no.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 5D Mark II + 24-105mm Lens price drop
« on: August 19, 2011, 11:20:39 AM »
The Yen took a bit of a drop two weeks ago, so some of the lower prices we've seen recently may be due (at least in part) to that.

http://money.cnn.com/2011/08/04/markets/yen_intervention/index.htm

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Lenses / Re: wide angle lens
« on: August 18, 2011, 12:04:00 PM »
It depends on how wide you want to go and how much you're willing to spend.   ;)

The Canon EF 28mm f/1.8, which I own (I also use the 5D Mark II), is a great prime lens and not too expensive (~$500 new).  It's small, light and fast.  It's my lens of choice for shooting landscapes, sunsets, etc.

The EF 16-35mm f/2.8L is a well loved ultra-wide zoom, but it is large and costs more (~$1700 new).

The EF 14mm f/2.8L II is even wider (I have the original version), but costs more still (~ $2200 with current Canon promotion).  This lens is best for getting up close to something to distort the perspective.  It has a convex lens, so you can't put a filter on the end of it, so watch the fingerprints and be careful not to walk into things with it!

For a deal, check out Canon's website, where you can buy refurbished ones (w/90 day warranty) or the buy&sell forum on fredmiranda.com, where pros and amateurs alike can buy/sell used photography hardware.

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Street & City / Re: Interior Shots
« on: August 17, 2011, 07:37:57 PM »
Chris,  what are you doing post-processing here?  Looks like 'metal' prints . . . I'm a pixel-peeper so it's sort of confusing my brain ;)

-e

The 'metal' sheen seems to be an effect of HDR processing.  I just tried the tool that he's using, Photomatix, and can see some of that same effect.

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United Kingdom & Ireland / Re: Jacobs
« on: August 17, 2011, 01:51:39 PM »
I notice that several L lens prices have dropped at Jacobs in the last few days.  Sadly for me, who bought a second hand 100 Macro IS L last week, they have that particular lens at £599.99

They also have the 70-200 F2.8 IS II at £1699.99

I don't know why this has happened, after a couple of years of nothing but increases it's good to see.   

I seem to recall that the Yen had a bit of a drop a week or two ago.  Perhaps that's trickling down.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 1Ds Mark IV & 24-70 II in 2 Weeks?
« on: August 17, 2011, 12:15:15 PM »
Just remember, folks, that there are no EF lenses (not EF-S!) with IS that don't reach at least 100mm.  So for the EF 24-70mm Mark II, don't get your hopes up too high.

(Of course, now that I've mentioned that, who knows...  ;) )

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: August 15, 2011, 11:17:10 AM »

2009_0830stuff0247 by hersheybar16, on Flickr

I really like the soft colors in the sky.  As for adjustments:  first, maybe level off the horizon -- it looks just a bit too high on the right.  Second, crop out the very bottom of the photo (where the plants are); it's not uniform and it doesn't add to the scene.  Finally, lose the tree on the right; it makes it look like a torn negative!  ;D

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2009_0830stuff0201 by hersheybar16, on Flickr

Here, the horizon is level, but it's a bit too high in the scene (something to remember for next time).  Again, I'd crop off the bottom (about up to the where the dirt road is) as it doesn't add to the scene and takes your eyes away from the view.

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Lenses / Re: Which is the best "normal" prime for a Crop Camera?
« on: August 14, 2011, 12:52:13 AM »
I use the Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 on full frame (5DII) and love it.  It's fast and sharp (perhaps the previous poster rented a 'bad' copy).

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