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Dropping users with the 10's of millions of EF-S lenses would more likely kill Canon. 
The APS-C / EF-s market makes up most of Canon's DSLR sales, and they are eating Nikon and Sony's lunch.
I love APS-H, but I do not see Canon killing off themselves purposely. If low cost FF cameras are actually coming out, our APS-H bodies may be the last of a 20 year run. (My Kodak DCS 460 from 1995).
APS-H was originally made due to lithography limitations, it was te largest senso size that could be made with one pass.  The restriction is lifted now, and 12 inch wafers are used instead of 8 in wafers to give better yield.
There really are no compelling reasons to keep churning them out.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Sell 5D2 for a 1Ds 3
« on: July 16, 2012, 06:48:35 PM »
It seems like a good deal on the surface.  Its puzzling to my as to why the price of a 1DsIII has dropped so sharply.  As long as you don't mind the weight, and have a use for the extra features, go for it.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 1DX vs D4 sample
« on: July 16, 2012, 06:20:30 PM »
Is the wall white or gray?  Its easy to fool any DSLR when a lot of white is in the scene, you need to use spot AF to set the proper colors.  Otherwise, whites will be gray, and other colors off.

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All I can offer is to make sure you are saving the settings.  I had that issue with my 5D MK III until I remembered to save them.
 

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX new all-time low-light king?
« on: July 16, 2012, 05:12:23 PM »
Now that "The Digital Picture has posted some trustworthy images, the picture is beginning to come out.
For me, the way to evaluate the high ISO is to try and read the fine print and see the fine detail.  The higher resolution of the 1Ds MK III, the 5D MK II and 5D MK III give them a slight advantage.  The 1D MK IV has a disadvantage at the 25600 level.
When looking at costs, my $1400 refurb 5D MK II looks pretty good.  You pay a lot to get about 1/2 stop improvement.  The 5D MK III is really close up to ISO 25600.
There is little doubt that the 1D X is better, but getting it just for high ISO use should be carefully thought thru.
http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EOS-1D-X-Digital-SLR-Camera-Review.aspx

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Brand New 5D2 banding - return?
« on: July 16, 2012, 04:53:28 PM »
You can cause a camera to do strange things with bad exposures.  I've never seen the black band, but have no idea as to your processing. It could indeed be a issue if it occurs in a properly exposed image.
  Here is a low light image from my 5D MK II at ISO 6400.  You will see some light areas in there, but they are just light colored stage props in the background.

 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Should/can Canon keep making its own sensors?
« on: July 16, 2012, 04:45:11 PM »
I see Nikon using Sony sensors, and Sony itself is using its new sensors in its new well-received bodies, and I read people discussing how the Canon sensors seem to be falling behind. 

First you need to get your facts straight.
1. Canon uses sensors from Sony, and they make sensors as well
 
2.  Nikon designs and subcontracts sensors (not by Sony).  They also buy sensors from Sony.
 
Should Canon and Nikon stop making  sensors and eliminate all competition that Sony has and remove any reason for improving products?
 
I believe competition is good.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 1DX - Ethernet, USB 3.0 or 2.0 for transfer?
« on: July 16, 2012, 02:01:17 PM »
With the reasonable sized images from the 1D X, card reader speed is not a big issue unless you are actually transferring 64GB of images at a time.  Even my D800 was ok to transfer a 16GB card full of images in a few minutes using a USB 2 reader.  I sold my Sandisk and Lexar firewire readers this spring when I discovered the high prices that were more than I paid 3 years ago.  I had stopped using them.
I will likely get a new computer (Or build One) this fall when Windows 8 comes out.  then I will have a USB 3 reader as well as SATA 3 for my SAMSUNG 256GB SSD.  Its fast, but throttled by my old pc.

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Site Information / Re: Sticky topics at the top of the front page...
« on: July 16, 2012, 01:47:14 PM »
I think there is room for reasonable well thought criticism of the forum, I'm not bashing anyone.  I enjoy Dilbert's posts.  I do wish that they wee not so reptitive, sometimes the same post in several threads, but people who live in glass houses ... :)

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Lenses / Re: Canon Double Rebates
« on: July 16, 2012, 01:43:43 PM »
Prices usually go up a notch right after the rebates end.  With the world in tough economic times, that might not happen.

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I'm a bit suprised at those saying the 5D MK III sensor is the same as the 5D MK II sensor, when anyone who owns one and pushes the ISO up can see a dramatic difference.
Sure, if you shoot in a studio with good lighting at ISO 100, there is no need for capability you do not use, but that does not mean the sensors are the same.  I took dark frames from my 5D MK III when I got it and compared them to my 5D MK II, 1D MK IV, and they were worlds better.  A nice smooth dark frame that was not covered with red dots and banding.  At +3 EV, the MK III was black while the MK II  and 1D MK IV looked horrible.
Its a big advance in sensor technology, with all new on chip electronics, 8 channel readout.  Sure, its the same basic technology as the MK II, the D800, and every CMOS digital sensor ever made, So far, they all use silicon.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's Next Full Frame Camera [CR2]
« on: July 16, 2012, 01:25:43 PM »



I've used both 5DII and 5DIII in the studio and within a studio environment I can find literally NO difference in the cameras, the upgraded AF system is useless since I shoot manual focus 99% of the time and the 5DII AF , however ancient, is still perfectly adequate. This is why I have not upgraded to 5DIII - it's almost a pointless upgrade for studio shooters - definitely pointless given the price AND the fact that the 5DII gives identical results. Currently, if I were to upgrade, the only way to go is medium format but still the 5DII is going to be a workhorse for a few more years I think - It's a bloody fantastic camera.
If you do not use the additional capability of the 5D MK III, you will see little difference, if any.  A Brownie 620 film Box Camera at f/8 will work just as well in a studio as a 35mm SLR.
Its only those who want the extra performance that will find the 5D MK III useful.
 
As to the sensor, you only need take a dark frame from each and boost it 3 EV in processing to see the difference. 

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX silent mode?
« on: July 16, 2012, 12:18:09 AM »
I think that Canon guarantees it to be quiter than a Cannon

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1.  Calibrate your monitor, else you are wasting your time to go further.
Here is a start  http://www.luminous-landscape.com/tutorials/understanding-series/und-print-mgmt.shtml
Note, you need to turn off printer management of colors in the printer driver and in photoshop.  Otherwise having photoshop and the printer both trying to manage colors will be bad news.
Alternatively, you can let the printer manage them and turn off photoshop from managing them.  Trying to find the proper settings can be obscure, and the tutorial should help.

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