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Of course, Pros have a way to recover their equipment cost, whereas the amateurs, don't. What could be used as a business write-off for Pros, amateurs don't. Even more, since Pros can get their equipments' cost from jobs, amateurs don't.

I agree, but the point was that the equipment often are more than tools for the amateur. If the impact of scratches or dust is insignificant for its function, it is of no consequence for a pro; but for an amateur, they can be a major issue.

EOS Bodies / Re: No 1Ds IV? [CR1]
« on: November 10, 2010, 02:20:22 AM »
say Canon makes 500$ profit on every 1DsMk IV body and just 200$ profit ona each 5d Mk III.

Now, number of 5d MkIII buyers = 50x(1DsMk IV buyers).

So effectively canon makes 10000$ profit for every 500$ profit it makes on 1Ds Mk IV.
So it is logical for Canon to listen to a 5dMKIII demand.

But what if Canon makes a $3000 profit on each sold 1DsMk IV body and only $30 on each 5d Mk III? How do you know?

EOS Bodies / Re: No 1Ds IV? [CR1]
« on: November 10, 2010, 02:15:08 AM »
A Pelical mirror set up may work, at least for shorter focal length. For super-telephoto, It will lost some view at the top.
Why would a pelical mirror need to be smaller, and why would the focal length matter?

EOS Bodies / Re: No 1Ds IV? [CR1]
« on: November 09, 2010, 05:19:15 PM »
Is there any chance that Canon is thinking about a square sensor that is 31.5mm on each side? This format will use ALL the existing EF lens and take the bulk out of the medium format. Just like the  Rollieflex 127 in the OLD film days.

This topic has been covered before, and the conclusion was that it doesn't work for an EF dSLR because there is insufficient room for a mirror (to cover that field) between the lens and the detector. Canon would have to go EVIL to make an EF camera with a square super-FF detector. Then there is the issues with possible internal baffles on lenses (and the minor issue with tulip-shaped hoods).

Haha, I can see that we come from completely different cultures  :D That's fine, we have a common interest that brought us here. As for the OP, he (she?) will have to decide for himself the likelihood that he will benefit from having the same camera brand as his friends.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III Specs [CR1]
« on: November 03, 2010, 04:34:03 AM »
That it is non-100% should be of no surprise to anyone. If it were 100%, then that would be a surprise.

Because of marketing reasons or something more fundamental?

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5DmkIII
« on: November 03, 2010, 04:31:58 AM »
I understand your point, but you're talking about the artistic side.

No, I'm not talking about the artistic side, I just gave the bird as an example. I could just as well have said "the ability to image an intensity distribution of a given solid angle that just fits onto the FF sensor".

Of course you can test the sensors only, without an optical system. It's the statement "bigger sensors collect more light" that is misleading. I agree that photosite size is only of second-order importance for a well-sampled image.

Well, as I said, I guess it depends on your friends. I assume you wouldn't lend them your car either then, since a lens usually isn't more expensive than a car (or even the service costs to a repair a damaged car).

But I think I start to see your point: it's the loss of control that worries you. Even if you got the lens back in apparent perfect condition, how do you know it had been handled with perfect care?

Regarding a pro pool, I have a feeling amateurs are much more touchy about their gear than pros. A minute scratch on the front lens of no consequence for the IQ would in general not bother a pro while an amateur with a personal attachment to the lens would be devastated. In general, I say, but I'm sure there are plenty of exceptions on both sides.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III Specs [CR1]
« on: November 02, 2010, 07:13:25 PM »
The specs seem like what I'd expect actually, though the non-100% viewfinder surprises me.  I guess it'll still be larger than the 7D's however.

Yes, I wonder about this as well, in general. Why aren't all view finders 100%? 98% seems so close to 100%, what makes the last 2% so hard? In contrast, I don't find the magnification factor as important. Sure, with a higher magnification you are probably able to discern more detail, but for composition it's a bit tiring on the eye to roll around too much to cover all corners of a magnified frame (for FF, for APS-C it's no issue).

You're right that the 5D viewfinder is much larger than the 7D.

but if most of your friends have Nikon, I'd still go for the D7000 (so you can trade lenses with them  :) ).
Ha, ha...worst suggestion ever.  Lenses lost, friends lost.  I wouldn't loan out any of my lenses, except maybe for the film-era EF 24-90mm III which I wouldn't care about losing.

Well... I guess it depends on your friends. I have no problems in trading lenses with my friends. Of course I would fully expect a lost lens to be replaced, that goes without saying, it's part of the deal. I'd do the same. I think lens-sharing is perfect for specialty lenses you don't use/need that often, like fish eye, macro, tip-tilt, super tele.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5DmkIII
« on: November 02, 2010, 06:41:59 PM »
Consider a photo taken with a D3s and the same taken with a camera with a sensor with a size of 360 * 240 millimeters (with the same photosite size). There is no equivalence in directly comparing the two photos; the one taken with the camera with the larger sensor would have an absolutely stupefying technical quality. Why? Because the larger sensor gathers 100 times more light for the same exposure - almost 7 stops (6.64 to be exact), but the noise level doesn't increase proportionally with the sensor size.

I'm not very fond of this simplified argument, removing the optical system from the question, which you really can't: for your simile to work, you have to assume that both detectors use the same (10xFF) lens. Now what if you were imaging a bird that just fit onto the small FF frame. Would the image of the bird be better with the 10xFF detector? No. Sure, you would capture 100x more photons, but 99% of those photons would come from the boring forest, of no consequence for the image quality of the bird.

A detector doesn't produce an image by itself. It needs optics. The reason a FF camera has an IQ advantage over APS-C is that it is easier to produce suitable optics for FF than the equivalent for APS-C. In your example, if you put a 50/1.2 lens in front of the FF and a 500/12 lens in front of the 10xFF, they would produce equivalent images. They would collect the same number of photons. There would be no difference in IQ. But while a 500mm f/12 lens can be readily produced at home by an amateur astronomer (they actually do a bit better), you need Canon's expensive top-of-the-line L-optics to find a 50mm f/1.2 lens.

Lenses / Re: How many lenses could you mount on a 5DMkIII?
« on: October 29, 2010, 10:53:49 AM »
no matter how good a lens is physics dictate that the corners will never be as good as the centre

Are you saying it is physically impossible to construct a lens which is better in the corners than in the centre?   :P

Lenses / Re: How many lenses could you mount on a 5DMkIII?
« on: October 29, 2010, 10:48:14 AM »
You haven't considered the number of people who will upgrade from a 5DMkII for reasons other than a larger sensor, such as those moving away from the awful AF system.

I don't see how an increased pixel count nor improved AF is going to force people to update their lens collection. It's not like their current lenses would perform worse with a new camera (hopefully...). I agree that an increased pixel count doesn't add much if you're oversampling your lens resolutions, but it doesn't make the lenses worse. The only problem would be file sizes, if you insist on shooting full resolution and don't have the resources to back it up. Low S/N could be another area, unless you can bin efficiently. But let's not exaggerate those problems, it will not be a factor 2 different. It will in any case not force anyone to buy new lenses.

EOS Bodies / Re: New \
« on: October 29, 2010, 05:23:20 AM »
Tjee, 4D won't happen because in japanese and chinese it's unlucky number associated with death.

Well, the number 13 is an unlucky number in the western world, and you don't see that avoided. Except in the US... (I've been in buildings without 13:th floors, they go directly from 12 to 14. Same with some American airlines, I've heard... like seat row number 13 would be particular unlucky in case of an accident?!). Naa, I don't think number superstition is a big factor among camera buyers (and that's what counts). Who cares what it's called, anyway.

BTW , the chinese pronouncation of 5D2 is just like "invincible rabbit" , and the pronouncation of 7D for Cantonese (Hong Kong local language) is just like " much more stupid" .... just for fun

Haha, that's just too funny...

Lenses / Re: How many lenses could you mount on a 5DMkIII?
« on: October 29, 2010, 05:14:17 AM »
With rumours flying around about a 25mp+ 5DMkIII likely to see our stores next year, how many of the current lineup of Canon lenses have the resolving power to utilise such a large sensor?

It's hard to know, because the way lenses are measured (at least at review sites) they use current generation Canons that would not sample the lens at that resolution in FF. For the central APS-C part you can compare to, say, 7D pixel densities (which are much higher than the current FF lineup). For the region in FF outside APS-C I don't know how you would know (unless the current lenses are already oversampled).

Honestly I see this move to big sensors as an excuse for Canon to update their lenses and bully consumers into update their current equipment if they want to utilise a new FF system with proper AF. /2cents.

I see nothing wrong with that... if you really want/need the higher resolution you're welcome to, but it's not like they're forcing you. The lenses you have wont get worse.

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