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Canon General / Re: Pentax Gets New Owner
« on: July 01, 2011, 03:27:37 PM »
Not in DSLR sales.  If I remember correctly from the last sales numbers I saw, Nikon & Canon combined are around 85% of sales.  That's a small slice of pie left for everyone else.

If you're talking P&S and bridge cameras, that would be much closer to the truth; there are a lot of players in that market though.
There seems to be a trend in the press to count "interchangeable lens cameras" as a group and work units out as a market share. No surprise that shows Sony/Olympus/Panasonic growing at the expense of Canon/Nikon. The big question is therefore are "mirrorless" cameras going to kill DSLRs, and where things go from there. I wouldn't expect any quick change whatever happens.

Until there is fast and accurate CD AF, there's no way mirrorless will kill DSLRs.  I could see it taking a significant bite out of the low-end market though (granted, that's where most of the sales are).  And if someone does come out with a large sensor (APS-C or larger) mirrorless, with really good lens support, and AF at least as good as low end DSLRs; I could see it being absolutely devastating to the low-mid end DSLR market.  Maybe even as second bodies for pros with less demanding AF needs (wedding/event).

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Canon General / Re: Pentax Gets New Owner
« on: July 01, 2011, 02:53:08 PM »
with sony and olympus already snapping at Nikon and Conon's heals.. could make for some interesting product development...

Not in DSLR sales.  If I remember correctly from the last sales numbers I saw, Nikon & Canon combined are around 85% of sales.  That's a small slice of pie left for everyone else.

If you're talking P&S and bridge cameras, that would be much closer to the truth; there are a lot of players in that market though.

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Lenses / Re: Sigma 24-70 2.8 hsm vs Canon L
« on: June 28, 2011, 10:14:13 AM »
my only concern is it use 82mm filter, where my ND and CPL are all 77mm, so i need to buy another set.

That's another thing to seriously take into consideration.  What does a decent 82mm CPL run these days, $200-250?  And probably $50-75each for NDs.

There went any cost savings plus some.

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PowerShot Cameras / Re: PowerShot Rumor: S95 Replacement [CR2]
« on: June 24, 2011, 10:46:41 PM »
Canon has a PowerShot S100 long time ago, a 2MP camera using CF card, probably the first digital Elph, as far as i remember.  They should give the new camera a new name to avoid any confusion.

The new "S95" replacement should have specs similar to the Olympus XZ-1.

I still have one.  It was my first digital Canon.  Still works, but the battery lasts a matter of minutes.  For the time, and it's size; it took outstanding pictures.

I was planning on using it for a CLP trade-in someday.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Will Canon Withdraw from the Megapixel War?
« on: June 21, 2011, 01:21:14 AM »
I imagine that canon will use the technology gained when making that 120 megapixel APS-H sensor to make some incredible cameras. You just wait... The future of digital photography isn't as noisy as you think.

Make everyone happy:

151MP, full frame with APS-H & APS-C crop modes; and 4:1 (37.8MP/8K+), 16:1 (9.4MP/4K), and 64:1 (2.4MP/2K) pixel binning.

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Macro / Re: The interverse abhors an emtpy forum thread...
« on: June 17, 2011, 03:21:55 PM »
Ours don't even have buds yet.  We are having an exceptionally cold spring, i have to wear a heavy coat out in the morning.  We often have 90 degree days this time of the year, but we are lucky if its 60 degrees lately.  When it does heat up, it will be 100 degrees and folwers will bloom and fade in less than a week.

If a week isn't long enough, I think you're using too long of an exposure. :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: 3D (Again) & 5D Mark III (CR1)
« on: June 14, 2011, 04:50:00 PM »
Make the 3D with the sensor & AF from the merged 1D line, no video, 5D size body, and a <$3500 price tag, and I'd take one.

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Lenses / Re: Canon Announces EF-S 55-250 f/4-5.6 IS II
« on: June 13, 2011, 10:03:32 AM »
The patent says 55-203... Why do they say its 250mm?
Several patents can be combined for building one lens.

That too  :)

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Lenses / Re: Canon Announces EF-S 55-250 f/4-5.6 IS II
« on: June 13, 2011, 10:02:12 AM »
The patent says 55-203... Why do they say its 250mm?

AFAIK the patents are more to cover the design of the optical chain itself, and specific values are less important.  In fact specific values could be an advantage to competitors (or rumor sites).

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Lenses / Re: EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS -- update coming?
« on: June 10, 2011, 11:30:35 PM »
I'll second that, buy it.  Great bang for the buck.

I picked one up for my son off of craigslist for $160.  It's amazingly non-horrible.  Yes, it's light, (very) plasticy, AF is slow; but it's IS is quite decent, and it can take reasonably sharp photos if you have the light to stop it down.

I've spent more than $160 on just a single filter, I'd consider the $160 I spent on this lens some of the best money I've ever spent on photography.

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8
« on: June 01, 2011, 12:01:26 AM »
This is a little old, from last fall.

Very nice.  I'm a big fan of the subtle accent color.

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Lenses / Re: EF 50 f/1.4 II & EF 50 f/1.8 III [CR2]
« on: May 23, 2011, 10:39:16 PM »
I doubt it.  The 50/1.2L is not that old (released in 2007), and was itself an update of sorts, from the 50mm f/1.0L (released in 1989, and still shows up on the used market occasionally for $3-4K).  The other two current 50mm standard primes are from the early 90's.

Why did you tell me about this lens...you just cost me an extra $3000.  Thanks.  :)

I did not know the f/1.0 existed, but for the night time pictures I take, it might be the right lens.

Good job no one mentioned the f/.95 then!

Wasn't that FD mount?

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Software & Accessories / Re: Which Storage Devices ???
« on: May 18, 2011, 12:40:00 PM »
If you're asking about store it and forget it, nothing is fail proof. Accidental Overwrite is your worst enemy . . . yourself.  In the end, nothing replaces proper backup procedures, so the true solution of no data loss is to get a software solution that allows it to be schedules and does not overwrite copies outside of how comfortable you are with it, and store a copy off-site.

That can't be emphasized enough.  RAID is not backup.  It's protection from hardware failure.

I would use all the following data protection strategies that you can afford:
  • RAID:  Protection against hardware faults.  Sunk cost that I would consider mandatory.
  • Snapshots:  Near instant recovery of human "Oops".  Virtually free (performance and cost) on any decent NAS.
  • Local Backup:  Quick recovery from major failures.  Costs media (drives or tape), and time to manage.
  • Offsite Backup:  Slow recovery from catastrophic failures (e.g., house burns down).  Can be a second copy of your local backups that rotate offsite, or an online service (dropbox, amazon s3, etc.).  If it's physical media, there are professional services that will come an pick up your backups every week, or you can just put them at a friends house, preferably outside of range of a single tornado/hurricane/earthquake/flood/godzilla.

Remember, just like you only have to brush the teeth you want to keep; you only have to backup the bits you want to keep.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Which Storage Devices ???
« on: May 17, 2011, 08:50:36 PM »
For truly portable storage, consider something like the Epson P-7000.

Wow, that is one of the coolest things I've ever seen.  A tad pricey, but may be worth it.

http://www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/jsp/Product.do?sku=B31B192002

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Software & Accessories / Re: Which Storage Devices ???
« on: May 17, 2011, 06:56:57 PM »
Get a NAS, minimum of 4 drives, RAID 10, replace it every 3-5 years, migrate data.

Now that I think about it, RAID 10 is overkill, RAID 5 or 6 is probably more appropriate.

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