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Perhaps they will join the elusive 3D in the rumour mills...

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon's D4 Officially Official
« on: January 06, 2012, 02:50:14 AM »
I love howv they keep mentioning this camera will work at f8...

Canon, are you listening?

Can you make the 1DX work at f8?

And, while you are at it, make my 7D work at f8?

EOS Bodies / Re: D4 AF vs 1d X AF
« on: January 05, 2012, 03:01:40 PM »
neuroanatomist, teaching people as usual. How do you have so may smites? Do people hate the truth that much?

Telling the truth gets you smitten, always, regardless of what field. In my two non-photographer day jobs, the truth regularly gets the speakers thereof smitten likewise...

But... as the guy asked above, yes, I was kidding in that post! I was referring to the still not yet present 1dX and D4.

I doubt that there will be any problems with the autofocus of either...

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D successor Poll
« on: January 05, 2012, 02:57:18 PM »
How about: 7D mkII ASP-C 24mp?  ;D That's what I'm looking for!!!

EOS Bodies / Re: D4 AF vs 1d X AF
« on: January 05, 2012, 07:48:27 AM »
The Canon camera is way, way better. Yes, I know they are still both a dream in the eyes of the faithful, and perhaps some pre-production models, but the Canon one is better!

EOS Bodies / Re: Do you REALLY need a new camera?
« on: January 05, 2012, 07:42:18 AM »
Yes, I really do need a new camera! Canon told me so! Maybe that new shiny G1X... It's the newest thing, so it's got to be had!  ;D

Seriously, though, I actually do not need a new camera... but would like a 7D mk II when it comes out, or a 1D ASP-C...

PowerShot Cameras / Re: Canon PowerShot G1X Revealed
« on: January 05, 2012, 07:25:40 AM »
Sooooo getting one of these!!!!

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon's D4 Outed Officially
« on: January 05, 2012, 02:53:34 AM »
Exciting! This year sounds like it's going to be exciting!!!

EOS Bodies / Re: What do you want from the 5D mk III
« on: January 04, 2012, 11:31:35 PM »
I just bought a 5DII since I got tired of waiting for a MkIII, but I would upgrade in a flash if it had at least some of first few of the following.  Actually, the first 4 are could probably be done in a firmware upgrade, which I would be happy to pay $500-$1000 for.

Expose-to-the-right setting where you set the amount of clipping of highlights

Pixel binning so I can shoot 10MP at ISO6400 and get similar noise to ISO 1600
mproved live-view/playback functions :
-   Direct x10 magnification (and/or zoom into) of actual focus point in image playback (might be difficult
        when using phase-detect AF and re-composing, but for contrast-detect it should be fine).
-   DOF lock (so I don’t have to keep it pressed down while scanning the image or changing the aperture)
-   Ability to zoom in to edges of frame
-   Screen brightness lock when DOF preview button is pressed (since I have to use manual exposure because the matrix metering sucks, even on a tripod).  I’m not sure why I need the screen brightness to change when changing the aperture while pressing the DOF button and I already had the brightness on exposure simulation.
-   Faster contrast detect AF

3,5,7 shot autobracket +/- 3 stops +/-2 on either end

9-11 cross point AF, better Al-Servo.  I haven’t used the AF on the 7D, but is seems more complicated than I need, but just copying that could be fine.  F8 for the center AF point would be a dream (70-200 f4 + x2 tele).
Better and more consistent matrix metering.   OK, I’ve only had the camera 1 month, but it seems very inconsistent compared to my T1i.  Even on a tripod or in very similar lighting.  I could write an essay on this but now I know why it seems many people shoot in manual with this camera and although it has honed my manual exposure skills over the last month it is a pain sometimes (especially when changing the aperture using DOF preview in live mode).  This could also be a function of the increased dynamic range over the T1i, in which case the ‘Expose-to-the-right’ metering will be even more valuable if the DR is increased without going to 16bits.

Keep the MP in the 21-26 range and increase DR and reduce high ISO noise.  IMO you are not going to get a 36MP camera with the same DR and high ISO IQ as you have now.  Something fundamental needs to happen with sensor technology for this to happen which is why the 1Dx only has 18MP. (Or they could keep cheating on the ISO ratings – they are already 2/3 stop lower than my T1i for instance).
Focus point distance readout (for setting hyperfocal distance or judging optimal focal distance for landscapes)

Inbuilt wireless flash control

1, 3 or 6 fps (not 1 or 6 – too much difference)

Timer on LCD in bulb mode (so I can see exposure time in the dark)

Create new folder for each day

Movie mode on main dial.  I don't use it much, but have to have it turned off because I use live-view a lot and don't want to start recording if I hit 'set'.  Going into the menu's to use the video is a bit of a pain, but overall as long as it doesn't interfere with still shooting, I'm not too bothered.

If you want pixel binning, why don't you just down-res in PP, and get the same result? Stuff looks way better when down ressed thusly...

Used 500D might be an option.

My son was on a bridge camera when I was on a 40D

Indeed, a good idea. My little brother (a teen) has an old XT he uses... He hasn't killed it yet... Though he did manage to kill my 70-200!  :'(

How'd your parents take it when you killed him?

 ;D He's broken plenty of their stuff too! He's clumsy...

EOS Bodies / Re: Pre CES Week: Lenses, Cameras & Compacts
« on: January 04, 2012, 12:17:12 AM »
... 85-300 f4 (THEY USED TO MAKE ONE!!!  :'()? ...

Yes, but only in FD/nFD mount and f/4.5 (not f/4)

new FD 85-300mm f/4.5
FD 85-300mm f/4.5 S.S.C.

They weighed 1.6 and 1.8 kg (3.5 and 4.0 lbs), respectively.

And there's also the 1.85 kg FL mount 85-300mm f/5

For comparison the 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L weighs 1.67 kg, the 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L weighs 1.36 kg, and the 70-200mm 2.8 IS II weighs 1.49 kg.  I'm sure modern plastics and metals would bring the weight down, but it is still going to be a very large and heavy lens.  Honestly, with the 200-400 f/4 1.4x in the future and the great 70-300mm f/4-5.6L available now, I can't see a lens like that being resurrected.

I know it was 4.5, but I'd like to see it f4... A whole stop is a whole lot!

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D sensor poll
« on: January 03, 2012, 11:58:54 PM »
Here's a serious lens...

For a 20x24" large format film, in 35mm Full Frame terms, it frames like a 65mm f/1.3 (or 40mm f/0.8 on a 7D), and that's only the f/22 version, me wanty the f/14...

Boy would I love a 40 f 0.8!!!

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: First Kodachrome, now Kodak?
« on: January 03, 2012, 11:56:10 PM »

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D sensor poll
« on: January 03, 2012, 05:42:34 PM »

Used 500D might be an option.

My son was on a bridge camera when I was on a 40D

Indeed, a good idea. My little brother (a teen) has an old XT he uses... He hasn't killed it yet... Though he did manage to kill my 70-200!  :'(

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