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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Is the future of DSLRs FF only?
« on: July 12, 2012, 03:20:50 PM »
On another rumor site was a link to a blog that talked about the future of DSLRs being FF only:

His analysis seems to be ignoring the facts.  The cost of the sensor.  Wafers used to make camera sensors are not cheap run of the mill wafers, and the yield from a given wafer generated 10-20 times the number of APS-C chips.  This means the cost of a FF sensor is at least 10X the cost of a APS -C sensor.  And, since the cost of parts used is subject to a percentage markup, that further increases the price of a FF sensor.
Just how much the cost to manufacture a FF sensor has dropped over the last few years is unknown, but they are not cheap.  Switching from 8 in to 12 in wafers certainly helped along with single pass capable lithography equipment.  But, you can always get 10-20  APS-C sensors for the cost of one FF sensor.
When 18 inch wafers hit the market in about 2018, that will further lower the price, but the ratio of APS-C to FF from a wafer will likely still be over 10:1

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1Dx and f/8 AF
« on: July 12, 2012, 11:35:30 AM »
Without taping the pins??

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Discounts for the 1DX for Christmas?
« on: July 12, 2012, 11:28:29 AM »
If the economy goes sour, then all bets are off.  Sales will be the determination.
 If their is a big inventory left at the end of the fiscal year for Canon's bookkeeping, things will go on sale.  They will be careful about production to keep it from happening, but sometimes it costs less to go ahead with high production rates to use up the components that are in the pipeline. 
The type of sale most likely will be a discount on a camera with lens purchase.  Thats how you reduce overstock.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Making of a Leica M9-P
« on: July 11, 2012, 11:25:47 PM »
I'm not an aesthete, apart from having the view that form should follow function.  From a purist technical point of view, the Hermes bag adds little value, and most probably LowePro would be able to provide something more functional.  I have to admit, I see this as purely cashing in on the luxury goods market, in the same way that Mont Blanc has, rather than in providing a technically superior product which meets a specific functional requirement.

(Not that there is anything ethically wrong with tapping into the luxury goods/services market ... isn't that what many portrait photographers do?)

Being a technical person, I don't purchase gear just for the big name or for status, but for function and value or suitability for the job, but some see it as a ultimate status symbol to show off that they can afford one, I guess. 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Fun Review of the 1D X
« on: July 11, 2012, 11:19:57 PM »
This review is fun to read, and well written.  I enjoyed reading it for what it is.  not a technical review, but some very good sample images.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Making of a Leica M9-P
« on: July 11, 2012, 09:03:38 PM »
Nah, sorry. That doesn't impress me. I expected the making of the Leica, not some exterior leather work. I would take an M9-P even it was wrapped in newspaper because it is a great camera but certainly not because of the bag it is in.
The type of people that drop $25K or 50K on one want a status symbol, and that bag is part of it.
I sold my Hasselblad last year on ebay, and the original leather Hasselblad case went for as much as the camera body.

Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Nikon 500mm f/8 Reflex
« on: July 11, 2012, 09:00:09 PM »
My Ec-S focus screen came today for my 1D MK IV.  I popped it in, and my manual focusing did improve, but still not equal to AF or live view. 
I played some more with hand held images from the 500mm mirror lens, but, for me, it was a exercise in frustration trying to setup a good exposure and then getting a sharp image.  I ended up with only two of 20 or more that were presentable, and these were not all that sharp.  I was using shutter speeds of 1/1500sec or more, so I had the ISO cranked up, even in very bright sunlight.
I gusee I'll list it on Craigslist or ebay, my vision is not up to it, and, my 100-400mmL blows it away.  I can even crop my 100mm macro images and get better.

EOS Bodies / Re: How does Canon get input from photographers?
« on: July 11, 2012, 07:05:31 PM »
I assume the Canon photography division, like any big consumer oriented corporation, has some sort of market research department.  Does anyone know how Canon figures out what their potential customers want?  Do they use surveys, focus groups, round table discussions, lurk on photography forums like this one?  It's a complete mystery to me.

Rather than speculate, perhaps someone here has had enough contact with the Canon marketing people to offer some insight?  If you know the answer, please state how you know.
All of the above, but a big input comes from some of the top professional photographers in the world who are given the Designation "Maker of Light"  Nikon has a similar class of top photographers.
These are the photographers and video makera who have won National and International awards for their photography, its not something you can apply for. you will be asked or nominated by another member.  Canon and Nikon provide lots of perks to them, first looks at new products, round table discussions with technical people and marketing people.
Forums like this really don't have much impact.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5dmkIII and warranty
« on: July 11, 2012, 06:58:18 PM »
Generally, you actually extend it by 1 year.  You get a 3 year total warranty for $109, but the first year is the Canon Warranty, if you used a American Express card, they give you the 2nd year warranty at no charge, so you are really paying for that 3rd year.
Most issues will happen in the first 3 months, by the time the camera is 2 years old, there will be very few units failing. 

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Making of a Leica M9-P
« on: July 11, 2012, 05:15:25 PM »
25,000$ - 1 Leica M9-P hermes edition


4x Canon 1Dx's  8)
When you put it that way, it doesn't seem so bad. ;)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 1D X Arrived from Crutchfield
« on: July 11, 2012, 10:27:05 AM »
Amazon is a good place to buy cameras that are in stock, but for new models, they are a couple of months behind the other big sellers.

I have that issue as well, and recently found that my fingers are losing their feeling from diabetes, so I cannot feel the tiny buttons.  The G1 X was better, but still too small.
I'm going to need to buy wrist straps for all my cameras, but if I dropped my 1D MK IV with 100-400mm L, it would break my wrist :)

Lenses / Re: Canon 24-70 2.8L MKI to tide me over
« on: July 10, 2012, 09:54:48 PM »
I've never found a used one to be what i'd call excellent.  Sellers often don't understand why they did not like it, but there is a reason.
The biggest issue with the 24-70mm L is lens decentering, all of the internal lens elements centered properly.  You can google on how to check for this, its obvious once you know what to look for.
Then I'd use FoCal Pro to run their battery of not only AFMA, but the other tests as well.
Some things you cannot fix, like the curvature of field that means the center and edges cannot be in focus at the same time.  Stopping down will hide it in depth of field, but some buy a f/2.8 lens actually expecting to use it at f/2.8.

Third Party Manufacturers / Making of a Leica M9-P
« on: July 10, 2012, 06:12:18 PM »

Software & Accessories / Re: PixStics
« on: July 10, 2012, 02:45:36 PM »
Works fine for me, Its a neat exercise.
Since I use lightroom, I can see 4 parameters of my chosing at once, and drill down thru subdirectories as well as see stats for raw images, which all of mine are.  100,000 images takes just a seciond or two.

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