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EOS Bodies / Re: How does the reveal of the final 7D2 specs make you feel?
« on: September 11, 2014, 11:57:54 AM »
We've finally seen what are believed to be the final 7D2 specs:
http://www.canonrumors.com/2014/09/canon-eos-7d-mark-ii-specifications-confirmed/

So there it is.  It's Christmas morning, and you finally got to open your present after ages of speculating.  How are you feeling?

- A

It's a week before Christmas and we know we are getting a sweater from grandma... but we don't know what colour it will be or if it will fit...

I am happy to wait for the real announcement.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Specifications Confirmed
« on: September 11, 2014, 11:34:52 AM »
And thus thee dashes mine wonderful hopes for thine 5D IV...Canon.

Not surprising, but still disappointing, on the sensor front. Time to look elsewhare for a landscape camera. No more waiting.

Other specs look good. Very curious to see how the AF system differs from the 1D X system, and how good it is.

We will know in a week if it is the same old sensor or if they are doing something different.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Specifications Confirmed
« on: September 11, 2014, 11:31:50 AM »
It looks reasonable.... more or less what I expected they would release, except I still can't believe they left out WiFi and touchscreen. One of the great strengths of Canon is the user interface and this seems like a step backward from the 70D.... And we still don't know if the sensor is new tech or the 70D re-used....

I won't believe that these are the real specs until there is an official announcement by Canon....

Don,

Was there not some issue with trying to put an articulating touch panel in a body designed to be weather/bullet  ;D proof?  The yes, we have GPS, but No. not Wifi is a bit weird. I'm waiting to hear Canon's official rationale, but then again... they may just pull a giant gotcha.

It didn't have to be articulated.... but with a decent WiFi interface you could use your phone or tablet as the touch screen.... and that would beat articulated hands down....

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Specifications Confirmed
« on: September 11, 2014, 10:57:01 AM »
It looks reasonable.... more or less what I expected they would release, except I still can't believe they left out WiFi and touchscreen. One of the great strengths of Canon is the user interface and this seems like a step backward from the 70D.... And we still don't know if the sensor is new tech or the 70D re-used....

I won't believe that these are the real specs until there is an official announcement by Canon....

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A half hour north of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada..... on the banks of the Ottawa river....

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EOS Bodies / Re: New Sensor Tech in EOS 7D Mark II [CR2]
« on: September 09, 2014, 06:06:06 PM »
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Yeah, but this is a third-hand rumor, probably translated multiple times from the original ancient Greek!

Even back then they were waiting for a 7D II?   :o

I hear that they found rumoured specs for a 7D2 in hieroglyphics in a pyramid in Egypt.........

I heard they were found in a tablet fragment of early Sumarian Cuneiform...
:) It is so hard to take all these conflicting rumours seriously....

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Nikon's imaging business is just digital photography (plus accessories).

I just wanted to point out that Nikon Sport Optics exists, http://www.nikonsportoptics.com/en/index.page

This covers their binocular, scopes, and hunting/rifle optics (which they tend not to advertise openly to avoid controversy).

See http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/the-wrong-kind-of-photo-shoot-nikon-in-the-line-of-fire-over-rifle-sights-for-big-game-hunting-8556123.html

This is definitely part of their imaging business, see here:

http://nikon.com/about/ir/management/business_info/imaging/index.htm

"Digital cameras, film cameras, interchangeable lenses, speedlights, accessories, software, sport optics"
Nikon also makes very high quality eyeglass lenses..... I have a pair...

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 09, 2014, 04:36:06 PM »
loons....

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EOS Bodies / Re: New Sensor Tech in EOS 7D Mark II [CR2]
« on: September 09, 2014, 04:27:59 PM »
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Yeah, but this is a third-hand rumor, probably translated multiple times from the original ancient Greek!

Even back then they were waiting for a 7D II?   :o

I hear that they found rumoured specs for a 7D2 in hieroglyphics in a pyramid in Egypt.........

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Lenses / Re: Announcements before Photokina
« on: September 09, 2014, 08:52:15 AM »

And as I mentioned some threads in the past I am pretty much surprised, how well Canon is able to withhold information, to seal the leakages and to gag all the NDA partners (;

It's quite simple.... you talk and you don't get paid and you get sued and you never do business with Canon again.... It gives great incentive to keep quiet....
Yes, I know that, of course.
But in the past it was different. And this is what I am aware of.
But there are some other reasons, how rumors appear, e.g. Canon wants something to trickle through.
Or someone is sure enough, not to get caught.

And of course, the rumored 7D2 specs are not only from Craig’s fantasy.
The problem I have is that there are multiple rumour sites and they all claim to have inside information. The specs are not consistent across them. For example:

24Mpixel and 20Mpixel are both claimed
1DX build and 5D3 build are both claimed
Dual Digic 5 and dual Digic 6 are both claimed
Wifi is said to be there and is said to not be there
Touchscreen is said to be there and said not to be
Both 65 point and 45 point AF are said to be there

I interpret this as nobody knows...

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Lenses / Re: Announcements before Photokina
« on: September 09, 2014, 08:08:25 AM »

And as I mentioned some threads in the past I am pretty much surprised, how well Canon is able to withhold information, to seal the leakages and to gag all the NDA partners (;

It's quite simple.... you talk and you don't get paid and you get sued and you never do business with Canon again.... It gives great incentive to keep quiet....

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Landscape / Re: Sunset landscape
« on: September 08, 2014, 11:41:29 PM »
Out canoe camping on the weekend and had a beautiful sunset....

These two images are panoramas, the first 8 shots, taken as the sun was setting, and the second is a 7 shot panorama taken about 10 minutes after the sun dropped below the horizon.

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: GP-E1 Time Accuracy
« on: September 08, 2014, 01:26:03 PM »
Here is how it is supposed to work:

The satellite is transmitting the time signal. If the satellite is in geosynchronous orbit the signal will take about 0.240 seconds to reach you. If your satellite is in a lower orbit the signal will take less time to reach you, approximately 0.100 seconds... If you can only pick up one satellite and you know both where you and the satellite are, you know the distance and delay and can work backwards and get accurate time. If you don't know both locations, you don't know the signal delay and therefore, can not calculate the real time, but you can guess within a quarter second.

Once you can see three satellites, you can calculate the delay from each one and triangulate your position. This gives you an accurate time fix.

Your electronic device has it's own clock. This clock will keep good time, but it will not be exact. Over a period of time this clock will drift away from real time. Lets say that at noon your device's clock was synchronized to GPS time and that 5 hours later, when it was synchronized again, the time had drifted by 10 "ticks" away from the real time. A well implemented timing service would then realize that every half hour that it needs to adjust it's time by 1 "tick" to keep up with the GPS clock. This is known as a "GPS Trained " clock and they can be extremely accurate. I have one in my lab that is accurate to 10^-14 seconds. (0.00000000000001)

Most commercial devices use standard modules that communicate with the device through a series of standard commands. For most GPS modules, these commands are standardized as NMEA, and the time command reports time with a precision of 0.01 seconds. That is as accurate as you should be able to get with your camera. The least accurate devices out there have internal clocks that are accurate to 10^-7, and that's a drift of about .08 seconds per day. Being off by a second is a big deal and indicated that something is wrong.....


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I do not agree here, there won't be a "switch" to mirrorless, there is simply another way of taking pictures. Laptops weren't the death of the desktop, notebooks are not the death of laptops, tablets are not the death of notebooks, and phablets won't replace tablets.
MILC and DSLR are two kind of cameras for somewhat different needs. Everyone is free to choose the one that suits them better. SLR are very mature, and they probably peaked a few years ago, there is not much room left for further big improvments. MILCs are rather young and have the best time still ahead; so I think they will gain marketshare. We will see what the future brings; but DSLR will be here for quite some time.


+1

Also, basing conclusions on 7 months of data is unwise.  Worth noting that in the 1st half of this year, Canon hasn't released a new entry level model.  They did so every single year from 2008-2013, but not this year.
Yes, but on March 21, 2013, they were announcing them at the rate of one per day :)

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Canon General / Re: Those D'oh moments!
« on: September 08, 2014, 11:00:46 AM »
I dropped a camera at work...

I was 110 feet up an antenna tower and the camera's safety line was unattached. Did you know that a rebel will not survive a 110 foot drop onto a concrete pad?

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