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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II & Photokina
« on: August 28, 2014, 05:40:35 PM »
24MP at 10fps could be a reality with dual DIGIC 6 processors. And I can see them doing it for sports and wildlife photographers who regularly crop their images. I got a feeling it's going to set the standard for APS-C cameras if most of the rumors specs are true. I think Canon has to make it great to replace the still amazing 7D...

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EOS Bodies / Re: Are These The EOS 7D Mark II Specifications?
« on: August 23, 2014, 06:21:05 AM »
This camera screams "Mini 1DX". And if I was a sports shooter, I'd be very excited about it.

It's fast. Possibly only second to the 1DX in AF. Dual Digic 6. Excellent build quality.

I agree with the keeping shutter speeds above 10fps for premium cameras. That's a total marketing reason. As is the lack of built-in WiFi. The only reason for an SD slot is a WiFi card. And if you can fit an add-on WiFi card into the camera, it's about half the space and less to build it in. Again, it's a marketing reason. If you had dual CF, WiFi and 10fps+, it would seriously eat into 1DX sales....

If I were an aspiring sports photographer, I'd be very excited by this camera. And for sports photography, the absolute latest and greatest sensor shouldn't be highest on your list. Speed, AF THEN super colors. I've done plenty of action photography on my lowly 50D and as long as you have good glass and you have decent light, colors are fantastic.

For wildlife photography, I think the 'Fine Detail' bit was for you folks. The sensor might be tweaked a little to get a bit more detail in your images.

If this camera is in the $2000 - $2500, I think it's going to sell extremely well for years to come.

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Canon General / Re: A Rundown of EOS 7D Mark II Information
« on: August 15, 2014, 09:50:19 PM »
No touch-screen? It's sort of nice. But it's really a gee-whiz feature. For people who like using point and shoots. I can change settings much faster and easier without it. And in sports, that's much more critical.

An articulating screen..  Now THAT could be useful in many ways. Even for a pro. But it introduces a major weak point in the construction..  Not worth it for the .01% of the time I would use it.

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Canon General / Re: A Rundown of EOS 7D Mark II Information
« on: August 15, 2014, 05:56:57 PM »
Super!   :D

Basically a mini-1DX. For those who can't afford the big boy. Great specs especially if it has the high frame rate. It might even be better at color reproduction than the 1DX due to the new sensor.

I'm digging the specs and the more pro-oriented mindset of the camera. A 1D-styled top-plate? Excellent. What serious photographer needs a Mode Dial knob? With it's beefier construction, I think this is going to be a great camera for sports and wildlife photographers. If I was one of these types of photographers and not yet a full-time professional, this camera would definitely be on my list. Exciting!

Dual memory card slots would be nice. But I don't think it's going to happen. Not having WiFi in the camera I bet was done for marketing reasons. It's not going to come in a 1D body. Too expensive.

I think the introductory price of the camera is going to be around $2700 with the street price eventually sinking to about $2200. Which I think is going to be a bargain as you're getting 80-90% of the 1DX performance and capabilities.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Dual Pixel Phase Detect AF While in AI Servo
« on: August 12, 2014, 03:23:11 PM »
It will be in the 1DX MKII and 5D MKIV. It might be a dumbed-down version in the 7D replacement. With tracking like that in the 7D replacement, it could eat sales of the 1DX.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Medium Format Announcement a \
« on: August 12, 2014, 03:18:49 PM »
Agreed. I don't think they'll make any kind of MF announcement next month. I think they'll want to milk their new DSLR tech a few years THEN come out with MF. They are doing the leg-work right with all the questions they are asking around the industry...

2016 at the earliest.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Bit of EOS 7D Replacement Info [CR2]
« on: August 11, 2014, 10:57:19 PM »
No built in WiFi?  That kills it.  It's utterly and totally useless.  Heck, I might as well use film!

Not really.  But wifi would have been nice to fiddle with for me, at times, especially when I have it attached to my telescope.

Now, if it's missing a direct print button, then I'm out for sure.   ;)

Hmm. I wouldn't want an unreliable wireless connection as my connection to the camera when it's on the telescope. I image for hours every time there is a clear night, and wifi signals are prone to interruption and dropouts. A dropout would stop imaging dead in it's tracks.

Now, a gigabit ethernet port, that would kick ass. I'd LOVE something faster than USB to use, and a lot of the new high end equatorial mounts are putting ethernet ports in them as a matter of course now, so the whole entire industry could shift to ethernet for control of telescope imaging soon.

Actually, USB3 is rated at 5Gb/s. So even with overhead, is much faster than 1Gb Ethernet. Though 10GB Ethernet is showing it's head, I seriously doubt Canon would include it. Who runs 10GB Ethernet?

As an IT professional, there is absolutely no reason not to include WiFi in a camera. WiFi is everywhere and is a tiny chip as someone stated to earlier. The antenna can simply be the hot shoe. That's connected to the circuit board inside the camera too. Right? That's sending and receiving signals....

It's money. They are going to charge $300 - $500 for a module that cost them $10 to make. I hope this rumor is false.

And since the 7D replacement is going to be the poor man's 1DX, WiFi is totally useable for sports and event shooters. Many events have WiFi. If your camera is tapped into that, you can have someone with a laptop somewhere uploading files for the event or to a media office. Working a fashion show and having my images uploaded to my laptop automatically would be a HUGE timesaver. Especially if someone is manning that laptop and editing images.

I think the 7D is going to be awesome. But no WiFi will put a 'It could've been' phrase into all reviews....

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Canon General / Re: Another Canon Medium Format Mention
« on: August 11, 2014, 10:28:43 PM »
Would Canon benefit from offering some kind of product similar to the Leica S? Not a "full-blown" MF system to compete with Phase One or Hasselblad, but still something larger than 35mm?

I'm just not sure of the benefit given 35mm sensors now boast amazingly high resolution. The quality of the pixels is what Leica sells in their S body, given its comparatively modest resolution for a MF system. The leap in quality undoubtedly exists in the lenses.

Interesting play on Canon's part...

It's not about resolution, it's about sensor area. For a given subject framing, assuming you frame the same in all cameras, a larger sensor will always perform better. It doesn't matter how many pixels there are or how big they are, all that matters is the total amount of light gathered. Bigger sensor, more light at any given aperture. A MFD gathers more light than 35mm which gathers more light than APS-C which gathers more light than m4/3 which gathers more light than the inch fractional sensors at f/4. Simple as that.

You nailed it.

The Nikon D800(x) has more MP than some older MF cameras. But there is no way people can say the Nikon images look like any images that come from a MF camera. It's good. But not that good.

I've tried both the PhaseOnes and Leica S cameras. I absolutely loved the form factor of the Leica S. Total love. But with the Leaf Shutter lenses available for it, you can only sync a flash up to 1/500 natively. Which is a little more than 2x than a typical DSLR. But far short the 1/1600 that Phase One can deliver. And there isn't a big price difference either. If any.

Bigger sensors are the future. APS-C are fine for soccer moms and people who want great quality for a cheap price. I was taking casual pics today with my 50D and loved the quality. But the APS-C sensor is on it's last legs in a DSLR format. And FF pricing is dropping. The totally fine 6D can be had on sale for $1500. Two years ago, that price was un-heard of for FF. Just a few days ago, I sold some gear I wasn't using to this total newb...  And he had a 5D MKIII with some lenses that made me a bit envious.   :o And that's not un-common.  Heck, I saw a guy show up at a $20 Meetup.com gig to group photograph a model...  And he had a Hassy.... Too bad he couldn't figure out why his flash wasn't working   ;)

I would love to have a 1DX for the simple reason is that it's workhorse and can do lots of things extremely well. That camera would be a great business investment. A camera I could use well for 5 years. No problem. But for the fashion work where I want to have that 'extra something' in the image... MF is my only choice. But that's a big step. And where Canon can help..

Canon could come out with a MF camera and due to their production setup, could make it for much cheaper than other MF makers. Heck, Phase One is HAND-ASSEMBLED. With Canon's mass-production capabilities, they can put out a MF camera for a quarter of the price of a Phase One. Possibly. That would sell like crazy... Think Zeiss could have a version of their Otus lens with a new Canon mount? You bet they would.

The 5-layer foveon sensor that Canon submitted a patent for looks really interesting and might be able to overcome the size advantage of MF....  And could be a better solution than MF since the sensor would be the same size as FF. And re-tooling wouldn't be as significant.

I can't wait until September   ;D

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Software & Accessories / Re: Small Bag Recommendation?
« on: July 02, 2014, 06:46:54 PM »
I've had this sling bag from Caselogic for three years and it's been a stellar performer. After all this time, not a tear or any malfunction.
It's incredibly comfortable to wear all day. The weight is distributed very well. The sling swivels very easily around to access the camera. http://www.caselogic.com/en-us/us/products/camera-cases/dslr-camera-bags/slr-sling-_-slrc_-_205_-_black

It won't hold a Pro camera or an APS-C with a grip. The 7D should be totally fine. The side pocket can hold many sized lens. I believe I've even gotten a 24-105 f4 in there. If you don't carry a second lens, you can fit an iPad mini and other little items! That comes in handy. There is a system that allows you to attach a tripod. But with a camera and extra lens/iPad, the sling starts feeling very heavy for it's size.

I love this bag and still use it regularly. Great for small events, hikes and discreet enough for street photography.

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Totally nailed the refresh on each of these cameras! Now the fun part....

I think the 5DIII is an excellent camera. But I think they failed big time by not having built-in WiFi and removable focus screen. How can they make it better? Resolve these two issues. If it has built in WiFi, have dual CF slots. None of this SD silliness. Built in GPS would be nice. A built-in transmitter/controller for their flash units as someone mentioned earlier. That's an excellent idea. Minimum three groups to control. Five would be better. Better ISO performance and maybe a stop higher on the top end. Maybe an extra stop better in color dynamic range. USB3/Thunderbolt.  I don't care much about video... But I think they'll have 4k in it....

The 5DIII is an amazing camera as-is. I think it would take a huge improvement and fantastic new functions for people to upgrade.

I would love to have a 1DX as my workhorse, do-anything camera. The refresh would have to be something out of this world to make make it a worthy update. Built-in WiFi and GPS. An extra stop in upper ISO performance would be nice. But I would rather see SUPERIOR ISO performance from 100 - 50k. Built-in radio transmitter/controller for flash units. Remove the network connector and replace with USB3 and Thunderbolt. Color dynamic range and sharpness that is approaching Medium Format. Again, I couldn't care less about video so... But I think they'll have more and improved video and this will require CFast.

I have a feeling that with the new uber-lenses from Zeiss and Sigma, that they had insider information on Canon's latest. Yes, the Nikon D800(x) can take advantage of these lenses. But that's a tiny tiny market. So in terms of sensor performance, I'm hoping we'll see tech. that will take us into the next 5 -7 years.... Like the previous sensors.

Since it looks like the big MP is not going to happen after all, I think they are going to make the 1DX upgrade a little more suitable for fashion/landscape photographers. The 1DX. Maybe the best overall DSLR in the world. Is really a sports shooter's camera. Sure it's good enough for other uses. But Medium Format is the future for certain pros.

The new Pentax 645Z is currently the in-between camera. Similar AF and ISO performance of the better DSLRs. Better image quality than a top DSLR, but not like the Phase One or Hassy. And certainly cheaper than the Phase One and Hassy. If I was a full time wedding or event photographer, I'd probably go with the Pentax 645Z. Even with the bucks a wedding photographer can make, having a couple of Phase Ones would be crazy money. But two 645Zs is totally doable. And the wedding business is HUGE. If Canon wants to keep and grow their market, they gotta compete with MF.

It's going to be a tough 6 months!!!

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS-1D X Body for $4999
« on: June 05, 2014, 05:04:36 AM »
Incredible bargain. It's a "does everything really good" camera...

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS-1D X Body for $4999
« on: June 04, 2014, 04:41:25 PM »
 :o

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS Real World Sample Images
« on: June 04, 2014, 04:40:43 PM »
Thank you for the pics and review! I have been looking at this lens with great anticipation.

It seems like a real solid performer. There is the 16-35mm f2.8L II that has been a staple for many photographers. But it approaches the $2000 which puts it out of the hands of many. There are some great alternatives for half the price. But you know there are trade-offs.

I just checked with B&H and right now, the 16-35mm f2.8L II is only $300 more with their MIR over the f4. That makes it a much tougher sell. Without the sale, it's a $500 difference. If you have a Canon 5D MKIII or better, f4 is much more competitive. Unless you shoot in dark areas often or have mediocre ISO performance, f4 could be a great option.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Lexar Memory Card Sale at B&H Photo
« on: May 06, 2014, 02:26:13 PM »
Love my Lexar cards!

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EOS Bodies / Re: When Does the Year of the Lens Start?
« on: May 02, 2014, 03:47:12 PM »
"The Year of the Lens". It's just marketing hype. And not good hype because the more anxious people get, the higher the expectations when something does get released. Canon needs to take a page out of the Sigma book. Sigma has been taking Canon's lunch in product and marketing. Canon might be missing the boat.


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