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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon DSLR Announcement in March? [CR1]
« on: February 19, 2014, 12:39:04 PM »
Yes, it's likely that the next camera is launched T6i. I just hope it has the same sensor 70D.

Canon is shrewd when it comes to milking profits from sensors.  Consider that the T5i/700D did not get the latest version of the 18 MP APS-C sensor.  The T5i's sensor has Hybrid CMOS AF (same sensor as the T4i and the EOS M), whereas the sensor used in the SL1/100D and the EOS M2 has Hybrid CMOS II AF (where the phase AF area covers 80% of the frame vs. just the central portion).  That allows Canon to release another T#i-series body with a 'new' (to the line) sensor (but not the 70D's sensor).  Put Digic 6 in there, and they're good to go with the T6i/750D.

I was being factious because of my frustration with Canon.  In truth I think 2014 will be a good year for new hardware.  I know that Canon has cited the 5DIII as one of their current success stories so I don't expect much there.  This might be the 1DX going to 24MP or it might finally be the first of the new sensors.
 I'm probably wrong but I think that the Nikon 800e caught Canon flat footed.  Their sensors ruled the roost for a long time and the 800 was  the point where they knew their current sensors could not continue to compete with the Sony's. Perhaps they were working a new line for a while but the Nikon's with Sony sensors really got their attention.  I'm sure that it takes years and years before a sensor goes from design to profitable production.  Hopefully, Canon is near then end of that cycle and we will see some significant new sensor technology.  Canon has made real improvements everywhere but in sensors. Fortunately, they have held their market share but that can't last forever.  Sony probably has another generation in the pipeline already.

Canon's sensor advantage came from their early adoption of the CMOS type sensor; they have fallen behind as other manufacturers also adopted this technology. Canon fabricate their own (large) sensors, which represents a considerable capital investment, and are therefore understandably keen to recapture the maximum value back from this. I think that Sony has an advantage here, because they sell so many sensors to other camera manufacturers, they can afford to move their sensors forward a fabrication generation more often than Canon. As much as I understand Canon's reluctance to invest in new fabrication technology at a time of recession and market contraction, I think that they've reached the end of the road with what they can squeeze out of their current technology. Either they will have to change their fabrication foundries over to newer sub-0.18 micron (or even sub-0.11 micron) process generation architectures, or they'll have to start subcontracting the manufacture of their sensor out to a third party foundry partner.

Sony does seem to have established itself as the dominant player in CMOS sensors at the moment, but it doesn't have the field all to itself; apart from Canon, Aptina have shown they can produce and Toshiba sensors have found their way into the Nikon line-up. Even the vaunted Olympus EM1, which everyone thought had a Sony sensor, turns out to be using a Panasonic sensor -another manufacturer that people were starting to question.

I presume that Sony would sell them sensors but at something of a markup.  Nikon was able to absorb the cost and put at good cameras, although the 800 is not flying off the shelves and the 600 is headed towards a class action lawsuit.  Dispite the outcry it was a really god day for Apple when they got in bed with Intel.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon DSLR Announcement in March? [CR1]
« on: February 19, 2014, 11:21:52 AM »
Yes, it's likely that the next camera is launched T6i. I just hope it has the same sensor 70D.

Canon is shrewd when it comes to milking profits from sensors.  Consider that the T5i/700D did not get the latest version of the 18 MP APS-C sensor.  The T5i's sensor has Hybrid CMOS AF (same sensor as the T4i and the EOS M), whereas the sensor used in the SL1/100D and the EOS M2 has Hybrid CMOS II AF (where the phase AF area covers 80% of the frame vs. just the central portion).  That allows Canon to release another T#i-series body with a 'new' (to the line) sensor (but not the 70D's sensor).  Put Digic 6 in there, and they're good to go with the T6i/750D.

I was being factious because of my frustration with Canon.  In truth I think 2014 will be a good year for new hardware.  I know that Canon has cited the 5DIII as one of their current success stories so I don't expect much there.  This might be the 1DX going to 24MP or it might finally be the first of the new sensors.
 I'm probably wrong but I think that the Nikon 800e caught Canon flat footed.  Their sensors ruled the roost for a long time and the 800 was  the point where they knew their current sensors could not continue to compete with the Sony's. Perhaps they were working a new line for a while but the Nikon's with Sony sensors really got their attention.  I'm sure that it takes years and years before a sensor goes from design to profitable production.  Hopefully, Canon is near then end of that cycle and we will see some significant new sensor technology.  Canon has made real improvements everywhere but in sensors. Fortunately, they have held their market share but that can't last forever.  Sony probably has another generation in the pipeline already.

Here we go again...

I own a 5DIII and love it but I shot with a Sony 7R this weekend and the images were just better.  Sharper by a wide margin.  I make big prints and it really shows there.  Maybe I just had a good day and the camera had nothing to do with it?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon DSLR Announcement in March? [CR1]
« on: February 19, 2014, 09:45:41 AM »
Yes, it's likely that the next camera is launched T6i. I just hope it has the same sensor 70D.

Canon is shrewd when it comes to milking profits from sensors.  Consider that the T5i/700D did not get the latest version of the 18 MP APS-C sensor.  The T5i's sensor has Hybrid CMOS AF (same sensor as the T4i and the EOS M), whereas the sensor used in the SL1/100D and the EOS M2 has Hybrid CMOS II AF (where the phase AF area covers 80% of the frame vs. just the central portion).  That allows Canon to release another T#i-series body with a 'new' (to the line) sensor (but not the 70D's sensor).  Put Digic 6 in there, and they're good to go with the T6i/750D.

I was being factious because of my frustration with Canon.  In truth I think 2014 will be a good year for new hardware.  I know that Canon has cited the 5DIII as one of their current success stories so I don't expect much there.  This might be the 1DX going to 24MP or it might finally be the first of the new sensors.
 I'm probably wrong but I think that the Nikon 800e caught Canon flat footed.  Their sensors ruled the roost for a long time and the 800 was  the point where they knew their current sensors could not continue to compete with the Sony's. Perhaps they were working a new line for a while but the Nikon's with Sony sensors really got their attention.  I'm sure that it takes years and years before a sensor goes from design to profitable production.  Hopefully, Canon is near then end of that cycle and we will see some significant new sensor technology.  Canon has made real improvements everywhere but in sensors. Fortunately, they have held their market share but that can't last forever.  Sony probably has another generation in the pipeline already.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon DSLR Announcement in March? [CR1]
« on: February 19, 2014, 08:19:26 AM »
Ah, finally!! The Canon ti6 with 18mp sensor.  Was waiting 2 weeks for this!

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PowerShot / Re: PowerShot SX700 HS, PowerShot D30 & Rebel Images
« on: February 12, 2014, 10:40:58 AM »
Wow!   Is that a Rebel with a 18 MP sensor!!  Wow I have been waiting for this forever!!!!!....Hold on, I have to go, my beeper just vibrated.  I think I am getting a call from the 70's!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Will Canon Answer the D4s? [CR2]
« on: January 09, 2014, 04:51:28 PM »
Patience patience.. When literally every other company other than Canon is producing some top of the line bodies and lenses.. (minus Nikon)   ::)   I still have my bank in Canon.  I'm sure they'll blow all competition away very soon.  -let's be optimistic-  ;)
Oh thank god!! The EOS T6i with an improved 18MB APS-c sensor is finally here!


I'm thinking 20.2MP sensor for the T6i.
I think they could just stop with the rebel series.  After the t3i, I don't care anymore tbh.
Why canon will stop producing its most profitable cameras? ??? Is there any mirrorless do everything that the current Rebel, more efficiently, and costing less? ::)

I'm not asking them to stop producing it, I'm asking them to stop renumbering it.   The T3i is a fine little camera.......but what has changed except the number?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Will Canon Answer the D4s? [CR2]
« on: January 09, 2014, 03:51:49 PM »
Oh thank god!! The EOS T6i with an improved 18MP APS-C sensor is finally here!  and it will have a World Cup logo on it!!!!

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Canon General / Re: What is the problem with Canon
« on: January 09, 2014, 12:36:14 PM »
To paraphrase James Carville:  "It's the sensors stupid!"  If Canon was sporting a Sony sensor we are not having this conversation.  A 5DIII with a Sony A7 sensor for $2,8000 would be something really, really special.  Canon needs to make.....or acquire......better sensors.  We can talk sames figures and long term strategy all day but Canon Cameras with Sony sensors would make it very, very hard for anybody else to compete
Except that a large share of the revenue garnered from sales of such a camera would have to pass through to Sony rather than remaining in the coffers of Canon.
In technology there is almost always a "buy vs build" decision that has to be made.  You are advocating that Canon should come down on the side of "buy" vis-à-vis sensors.  But unless you can show that this would lead to an overall increase in retained profits for Canon, you argument lacks substance.  It is more likely that Canon has determined that they can produce a "good enough" sensor in house, efficiently amortize the R&D costs across the entire corporation to design that sensor, and retain 100% of the revenue resulting from the sales.



" You are advocating that Canon should come down on the side of "buy" vis-à-vis sensors."
I am advocating no such thing.  What I said was : "Canon needs to make.....or acquire......better sensors."  I didn't come down on either side.  Canon trails Nikon and Sony in only one important category....sensors...Canons are not as good.....Like I said  "It's the sensors stupid!"   CLOSE THE GAP CANON!  as for what my engineering expertise is (Masters in Chemical Engineering) is not at all important.  I am speaking as a consumer.  Why I want is a Camera with a better sensor.  I like really, really , big prints.  The Sony A7R and the Nikon D800E are much better at doing that.  I like Canon, I have lots of Canon glass....CANON NEEDS BETTER SENSORS

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Canon General / Re: What is the problem with Canon
« on: January 09, 2014, 11:17:35 AM »
To paraphrase James Carville:  "It's the sensors stupid!"  If Canon was sporting a Sony sensor we are not having this conversation.  A 5DIII with a Sony A7 sensor for $2,8000 would be something really, really special.  Canon needs to make.....or acquire......better sensors.  We can talk sames figures and long term strategy all day but Canon Cameras with Sony sensors would make it very, very hard for anybody else to compete

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Try taking this with your iPhone.

Out of curiosity, what did you use to take that picture?

5DIII 24-105 @ 105  might have been 125 sec @ f4 ISO was pretty high maybe 6400

Thats what I thought, given your gear list.
But the discussion is not whether or not DSLRs are better than iphones, cell phones or P&S.
The current discussion is if there is a future for Mirrorless Cameras like the Eos-M, NEX, A7, etc.

I know but the larger point I feel is that photography is falling into 2 groups.  Smart phone photography and a shrinking group of advanced amateurs and hobbyists.  (Not discussing Pros here) and I think I am OK with that.  Phones take really good pictures now if the light is not too challenging. Point and shoots are on the way out.  The real change here is the folks that used to buy a good DSLR and kit lens and use it for vacation, special occasions or that new baby.  That segment may be on the way out for good

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Try taking this with your iPhone.

Out of curiosity, what did you use to take that picture?

5DIII 24-105 @ 105  might have been 125 sec @ f4 ISO was pretty high maybe 6400

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Try taking this with your iPhone.

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: December 08, 2013, 07:08:01 AM »
5DIII 24-104 f4L @ 105 f6.3 1/125 ISO 1600.  About 50% of the image was cropped out
Brilliant!

I agree, Lovely Image well done.

Not using a Flash to fill, allowing just the light from the welding torch was the making of this shot, good decision, made the shot.
Thank You.  Oddly, I did have a flash in my bag that day.  This is in the NYC new 911 Call Center.  A full 11 story construction site.  I did consider the flash because it was dark  but the light would have been wrong and distracted the worker.  I wedged myself into a beam and took about 6 exposures.  This one was the shortest shutter speed.  I really thought the slower speeds would allow more streaks but they just blurred together.  I did learn one good lesson cheap.  I almost changed lenses here.  glad I didn't.  at the end of the day my camera and bag were covered in dust, grit and concrete dust and who knows what else.  The weather sealing on the camera and lens stopped all that crap from getting into bad places.  This is where L lenses pay off too.  but most importantly, don't change lenses in bad places.  This would have been a sensor cleaning at least.  Thanks for the complimnets

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: December 07, 2013, 11:37:56 AM »
People see this picture and say "Wow, can't do that with an iPhone"!  No, you can not.  thanks for the kind words

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: December 07, 2013, 11:15:06 AM »
5DIII 24-104 f4L @ 105 f6.3 1/125 ISO 1600.  About 50% of the image was cropped out

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