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Messages - David Hull

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I've waited a long time for Nikon to recapture the lead on Nikon and their 36 mp camera. And now I read that Nikon will introduce an upgrade to the 800e in June.  Why am I not jumping ship?  I do have a lot of canon glass and have been a local customer. I own the mk III and 6d and I love the images .BUTT, COME ON ALREADY cCanon. Get your stuff together!
The thing I wonder about your post and others like it is - how many people "need" 36+ MP?  Sure, it's always nice to have more than you need, but unless you have the very best lenses - Canon Mk II big whites, Zeiss Otus 55 & Zeiss 135 f/2, etc., there will be little increase in actual resolution.  It would help a lot with cropping and would equalize the FF vs. crop war for wildlife...but again, only with the very best lenses and technique.  I've printed many large prints at 40x60 or larger at 300dpi (that's around a 3x enlargement for 5DII files) and found little to complain about.  Most people share photos at 1600x1200 or less online and rarely, if ever, print anything over 8x12"...but these are the people who often scream the loudest over their inadequate megapixel bodies!

While we wait for more MP, I'll keep shooting what I've got and won't lose any sleep over my 18 and 22 MP bodies 8)

They "need" it because Nikon has it and Canon doesn't.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: EOS 5D Mark III Body $2574
« on: May 11, 2014, 03:38:56 PM »
Just out of curiosity, are there similar deals around for the D800?  I don't shoot Nikon so I don't follow them but I an curious if these sorts of deals on Nikon gear pop up every now and again.

I've seen Newegg selling the D800 for around $2100, so yes, there are deals.
 
The problem with a D800 is the lenses.  Only a few match the high MP sensor, and they have horrible CA, so you have to work on them a lot.
 
I use live view, and that really did not work well on my D800, so if you are a liveview user, think twice.
 
At ISO 200 in high contrast outdoor lighting, it can be truly amazing.  For low light ISO 12800 indoor shots, its amazing as well, but not in a good way.
No, I am not considering one, I was just curious if there were similar deals on the equivalent Nikon gear -- looks like there are.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: EOS 5D Mark III Body $2574
« on: May 11, 2014, 11:15:06 AM »
Just out of curiosity, are there similar deals around for the D800?  I don't shoot Nikon so I don't follow them but I an curious if these sorts of deals on Nikon gear pop up every now and again.

You can check current deals for d800 (and for other Nikon gear) here
http://www.nikonpricewatch.com
http://www.nikonpricewatch.com/product/03848/Nikon-D800-price.html

Thanks, I didn't know about that spot, should have guessed though, singe is used the Canon equivalent:

http://www.canonpricewatch.com/

When I bought my 5DIII a year or two ago.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: EOS 5D Mark III Body $2574
« on: May 11, 2014, 10:10:26 AM »
Just out of curiosity, are there similar deals around for the D800?  I don't shoot Nikon so I don't follow them but I an curious if these sorts of deals on Nikon gear pop up every now and again.

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Re: Canon needs to respond with SOMETHING

Why?

Case in point…

I am committed to Canon myself...

Sony dSLRs aren't even close to competitive with Canon (or Nikon) from a market share standpoint, and this new Sony camera isn't going to change that.

Not only that, Sony isn't Canon and it is going to be a long time before they are truly competitive (if ever) as a full service camera company.  Canon has a huge service organization that will fix just about anything that breaks in a week or less -- try that with Sony.  Canon has a lot more lenses to choose from and even if you don't own them, there are dozens of places where you can rent them -- once again, try that with Sony.

Why is it that all reason goes out the window every time some other manufacturer releases a camera with some new "wiz-bang" feature.  Let's see, IBIS was supposed to be a hit out of the park for Sony but it wasn't.  The awesome sensor technology hasn't done it for them either.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom Mobile Version Official
« on: April 08, 2014, 11:56:09 AM »
It appears to be absolutely worthless if you are not part of the Adobe Creative Cloud game or pay them $10/month to use it.  I thought it might work as a stand alone app but apparently not did I miss something?

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Canon General / Re: PMIdigital - worth it?
« on: April 05, 2014, 10:41:17 AM »
I've read the various threads about sticking with B&H, Adorama, etc., for large purchases and avoiding the risks on ebay.  Usually, I do purchase from B&H and have been since the 90s.  However, PMI digital is an authorized Cannon dealer/retailer and noticed a few things on their recent ads and would like your thoughts:

1.  Some ebay ads say they are a Canon dealer, others ads say they are a Canon RESELLER.  For warranty purposes, I would stick to ads that only say they are a Canon dealer.

2.  The ads I would stick to also specifically include all that is supposed to come with the box and say that they include a "Canon 1 Year Parts and Labor USA Warranty."

3.  They have a 30-day return policy and they have 100% buyer feedback.

So if I purchase from them in this way, what is my risk?  As long as I can input the serial number online at CanonUSA, I should be ok, correct?

Thanks for your input.
I bought my Canon 5DIII from PMI Digital and had no problems whatsoever.  I picked the brand new in the original box version -- you can (or could at that time) buy the broken apart kit version for a bit less.  The camera had all the parts, warrantee card, box contents appeared to have never been returned or tampered with etc.  I would recommend them.

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Rather than disseminating useless marketing fluff, Canon should give us the raw data, so we can see whether their claim is substantiated or not.
They could publish a costed BOM for each of their cameras too, that would be nice.

The average repair cost is at least partially providing information regarding costs for parts replacement. This is of course not the same as a BOM, but should imply that vendors like Nikon or Leica do provide rather expensive parts. Once you apply factors like production costs depending on production volume the difference to Canon becomes smaller, as both Nikon and Leica don't produce the same quantities Canon does. Of course quantities produced at Nikon are still far more than at Leica.

I think that part of Canon's higher repair cost is related to the speed with which they are able to turn the repairs around.  This is even more impressive when you realize the amount of gear out there compared to the others.  Roger needs to put up a third chart (maybe he has it) which compares the amounts of stuff that he has sent back among the manufacturers.  I bet that Canon wind that one as well.  To me the higher price for Canon reflects the concept of you get what you pay for.  Quick turns on a high volume means multiple repair centers, a larger staff, etc.  All this costs money.

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What would be nice to see is a chart indicating average repair costs, customer satisfaction, use by professionals, units remaining in service over years, etc.  Categories where Canon has probably done well, but who knows how well compared to other brand.

Courtesy of Roger at lensrentals.com.  This is data from 2012-2013, he has previous years available on his blog, too.





The average repair cost is not surprising -- my 24-105 went belly up a while back and they charged me $408 to fix it.  That was a bit of a surprise.

Interestingly enough, I had it back in roughly 5 days.

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Rather than disseminating useless marketing fluff, Canon should give us the raw data, so we can see whether their claim is substantiated or not.
They could publish a costed BOM for each of their cameras too, that would be nice.

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Well... they clearly don't hang out on internet forums like this one and DPR then  ;).

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Canon General / Re: Off Brand: Nikon Announces the D4S
« on: February 27, 2014, 09:32:00 AM »
With regard to the 400k ISO, IMO the real question should be "where does the ability of the AF to work crap out?"  Super high ISO isn't of much use if you can't focus clearly. 

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Canon General / Re: Canon lack of innovation
« on: February 18, 2014, 04:41:07 PM »
I keep reading on hear about Canon's lack of innovation.  Apparently not everyone agrees, as they landed at #3 in this article on "The world's most innovative companies":

 http://money.msn.com/inside-the-ticker/the-worlds-5-most-innovative-companies

If you received a $2000 bonus every time you successfully filed a patent for your company (e.g. Canon), would that be sufficient motivation to encourage you to create as many patents as possible? And if you were so motivated, what would your outlook on other companies that also register lots of patents be?
You DO understand why companies do this, right?  It is not so they list higher on some arbitrary magazine or web sites "innovation" ranking.

At one time I worked for Rockwell Semiconductor when Lucent came knocking on the door and said, "Hey guys, we are Lucent... you know the old Bell Telephone Laboratories"   "well we have a boat load of patents and we're pretty sure you are in violation of quite a few of them so why don't you consider taking out a blanket license, as in, you hand us a bag of money each year and we agree not to bother looking" "otherwise we are about to start."

Sadly, THAT is what patents are for in the modern age and that is why companies encourage people to file.

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I wonder what the story is from the Olympics?  I see a lot of White lenses there it appears to be more than half but there are quite a few black ones as well.

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Note that this new flash is weaker - I guess they called it "MR14" because it looks the same and "MR10.5-EX" would have sounded lame.  The GN of the new flash is 10.5m/34 ft, vs the GN of the original that is 14m/46 ft.

Other than the LED modeling lights, a revised LCD display, and a shorter recycle time I really don't see any benefit of this flash over the original.  The shorter recycle time may simply be due to the fact that it's less powerful...

There's also confusion over whether this is RT or not.  The DPR blurb states, "Canon also announced the MR-14EX II Macro Ring Light, which can be controlled wirelessly using the radio-based 'RT' system."  Controlled wirelessly isn't the same as controlling wirelessly, and an RT slave-only capability for a flash that only mounts to the end of the lens seems really stupid.  No real information one way or the other, because the 'wireless' in the vendor product pages could refer to optical control.  Having the new MR14 be a master for the -RT system would be quite useful, but it's not clear if this is the case (I'm guessing no, simply because I'd assume if it was, Canon would have called it the MR14-EX-RT).
I was thinking exactly the same thing -- my guess is it is Optical or IR or whatever they have always been.

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