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Now that the Rebels have a sensor at least as good as my 2+ yr old 7D, my upgrade needs are met: I do solar system SLR photography so want as many pixels as possible. APSH would not be an advantage as my telescope's iamage circle isn't big enough to cover the entire sensor.

I admit that this is something of a niche use case!

These sound very useful. I haven't done a firmware upgrade before. Are they difficult?

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D & 3D Prediction from Japan
« on: June 04, 2012, 08:37:09 AM »
Translation of 70D key points to the best of my ability from the posted article:

22 MP
Same 19 point AF system as 7D
Vari-angle display
Magnesium body
Photo/video live view modes

And so the 70D swallows the 7D series whole for dinner.

So maybe the 7D gets an update too. :-)

How long can the 7D reasonably expect to out-spec the XXXD line? The XXD line? It is three years old, after all.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D & 3D Prediction from Japan
« on: June 04, 2012, 08:00:58 AM »
As always, it is worth pointing out that "3D" would be a terrible name for any camera that did not do, you know, *actual* 3D. It would set up that exact expectation in consumers' minds. 6D would seem to make more sense if you want to buy into this rumor.

Hard to believe though. It doesn't fit neatly into the product line, and another FF seems unlikely given that they can't make enough (or in the case of the 1Dx, any) of the current ones.

Edit: lonelywhitelights said it first.

"So when I see them announcing a new segment of 35mm digital camera for $8000, and still retaining things like the 5 year old technology 230,000 pixel LCD displays, I’m not sure what to tell people about getting into Leica."

Tell 'em "Don't - this is a bad joke."

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Mirrorless Information? [CR1]
« on: May 07, 2012, 07:51:30 AM »
Canon won't be able to arouse any of my interest in their products until they fix their low ISO dynamic range.

Yes, because that was always such a big issue and no-one ever bought any Canon camera due to their low ISO dynamic range being completely inadequate. I mean, rumor has it that once, in Tibet (or was it San Francisco?), there was a philosopher who preached that it was all about the man taking the photo, not the equipment, and also devised a system for exposing a photo based on a 10EV system that would work for pretty much everything but, while the man achieved a relative degree of success, his theories were dismissed and proved to be inaccurate by the highly-trained interned trolls.

Last but not least, from what I heard, Nikon can't get any customers for the D800 since medium format cameras, costing only 20 times as much, have greater DR at the same low ISO - and everybody knows that you only need to shoot at low ISO's, and no one ever complained that the image quality at higher ISO is inadequate, since no one ever shoots at higher ISOs.

In conclusion, I whole-heartedly agree with your perspective.

+ 10EV for "interned trolls"...

I wonder who will be supplying the sensors for those...

If they're both Canon and 24MP is APS-C, does that mean we should also expect to see 24MP APS-C DSLRs from Canon later in the year too?

Hmmmm....I hope so, and can't think of any reason we wouldn't. A high-resolution APS-C (or a *much* denser full frame sensor, of course, but that seems a ways away) is desirable to me for astro-imaging.

I can see where going smaller would be better, but if I am carrying my big lenses around, I'm not going to see much benefit over my 5Dm2.  It's not like I would take this mirrorless camera over the 5Dm2 traveling or anything.

I'd take the mirrorless travelling, and have the SLR for more specialised shots.
But depends how you travel, if you're taking a 600mm f/4 IS II, the camera on the end won't make much difference if it's NEX-sized or a 1DX.

What specialized shots would those be? Just curious. I take my SLR when traveling because (a) I want the full functionality it offers; and (b) it really ain't that big. With a couple of primes - say 85mm and something wider - it fits easily in my briefcase.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7Dmk2 any rumors??
« on: May 01, 2012, 12:44:13 PM »
Well, I have no rumors to contribute. But add me to those hoping Canon never abandons the APS-C format. I bolt mine to the back of a 100mm apochromatic scope and image the Moon and planets. APS-C works well for this, giving me more effective reach.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon did everything it could in 5D3
« on: May 01, 2012, 12:35:52 PM »

So you don't believe that Canon is severely lagging behind (or incompetent, to use your terminology) in sensor technology? Even "excellent" 7D's IQ is horrible. Basically, Canon is lacking in sensor, be it incompetence or indifference.

It's hard to take anything you say seriously if you believe that about the 7D

EOS Bodies / NEAF Notes
« on: April 28, 2012, 07:56:04 PM »
I spent today at NEAF in Suffern, NY. To expand, NEAF is the North Eastern Astronomy Forum. It runs today and tomorrow, and has all sorts of interesting things going on, from workshops to prize draws, lectures to observing parties. There's also amazing equipment to lust after, much of which leaves camera gear waaaaay behind price wise.

Canon typically has a stand at the show (this was my sixth and I can't recall them not being there) and this year was no different. Manning the stand was none other than Chuck Westfall! I chatted with him for a little while - he really is a terrifically pleasant man - and he let me affix some of the lovely high-end glass on display to my 7D.

I also was able to play around with the 1Dx they had. Now, I love my 7D, but it paled in comparison to the 1Dx. The build quality is simply superb, the viewfinder the biggest and brightest I have ever experienced, the user interface well-designed, and the feeling in the hand wonderful. It was how I imagine Bentleys feel when you're used to a family sedan. Of course, for $6800 I'd expect no less.

While I was there, a lot of people came up and tried various ways of getting Chuck and the other gentleman (whose name I don't recall) to spill the beans on future products. They were probing for info on full frame high MP offerings, on EVIL options and other things we discuss here. Well, Chuck and his coworker were polite but firm: "we can't say anything". I think they were getting a little tired of the questions to be honest...

So, no new info here. Just wanted to relate what I saw. Oh, one more thing: there was a 60Da there, but no one seemed interested (and this was an astronomy crowd, remember); everyone made for the 1Dx then the 5D3 then the L glass, in that order. Maybe it was different later. The guy next to me wanted to know if he could have a 5D3 specially made with no AA filter. That was a no....

PowerShot Cameras / Re: Powershot Gx? [CR1]
« on: December 19, 2011, 07:55:33 AM »
One of the points of difference with the G-Series has been the optical viewfinder. It may not be the worlds finest optical viewfinder but none the less it's an important feature for a lot of people. Apart from the bright sunlight issues composing a shot on a screen held at arms length, you can hold a camera a lot steadier when it's pushed against your face.

If this camera does materialize, Canon would be making a big mistake if there is not a very good EVF in place of the optical viewfinder.

With an EVF I'd be a buyer...even at $600. Ha! My last and not lamented G Canon was a G2 and cost around triple this amount. What was I thinking?

Paul Wright

Wait, G2s cost $1800? Holy crap!

Lenses / Re: Buying lenses, do you listen to your heart or your head?
« on: December 15, 2011, 07:41:36 AM »
I listen to my wife.

Canon General / Re: New APS-C Camera in February?
« on: November 09, 2011, 11:32:59 AM »

The 1DX was designed and built for professional photographers and they have very specific needs that don't necessarily have anything to do with hobbyists, amateurs, advanced amateurs or just the general public.

In a perfect world Canon would market the next 7D for pros and leave the 70D and below to the hobbyists and amateurs. If they did (again in a perfect world) we would see a cropped version of the 1Dx sensor in the next 7D. This is my wish and it would be awesome! I remember when the 7D came out people were raving how it was a mini-1D, why not keep the tradition alive?

Why would that represent a perfect world? Why would a cropped version of the 1DX sensor necessitate marketing only to pros?

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-1D X Canon USA Press Release
« on: October 18, 2011, 07:59:20 AM »
Do people really want 30 megapixel cameras? What for? Your hard drive will just fill up twice as quick. A noise free clean 18 megapixel photograph could be upsized if that was really necessary. All I need to do now is decide on whether or not to save for one of these or wait for a 6D thingie. In camera multi exposure technology is exciting.

Hard drives are dirt cheap. Processing time doesn't matter unless you take photos for a living. Just wait longer.

I agree that there's a decision to be made for many, but I think few in the end will drop $6800 unless their mortgage depends on their pics.

Funny how so many people championed a low-MP solution then disappeared when it was released! Overall, though, I'm a little surprised that Canon seems to be ceding the high-MP solution to MF and Pentax, and possibly Nikon.

EOS Bodies / Re: The New EOS [CR3]
« on: October 16, 2011, 07:34:39 AM »
To anyone who thinks this is about sales volume and/or dollars of the flagship itself, think again.  The money Canon brings in from their top end cameras is small potatoes compared to their P&S and low and mid range DSLRs.  This issue is the prestige and branding image that comes with the perception that your flagship camera demonstrates technology that exceeds the other brands.  That perception drives sales of the a good portion of the more inexpensive cameras where the money is made.

From what I've seen, most Canon P&S and Rebel owners have no idea that a 1D-series even exists. Furthermore, most Rebel owners seem to leave their camera mode set to that little green box where the camera makes most of the decisions. In short, most of them are very unsophisticated. Most 1D buyers, on the other hand, are much more sophisticated or at least sophisticated enough to know what camera performance parameters are limiting their work. It doesn't seem to be resolution that they find limiting.

This describes all the Rebel owners I know. It also describes the few owners of 7Ds and, yes, 5DIIs I know. Most people don't give a fig about the sort of things we care about. And you know what? That's fine: if my 5DII owning friend wants to keep her camera on the green square, more power to her. She can afford it, and she gets better image quality than she would have with a Rebel.

Canon has many reasons to want to upgrade their pro line, but money is not one of them. I would be surprised if the 1-Series makes *any* profit as a whole.

EOS Bodies / Re: 3D (Again) & 5D Mark III (CR1)
« on: June 15, 2011, 07:51:39 AM »
Two things are definite:

1. Canon will not release a camera called 3D, unless it shoots 3d pics. It would be insane to do so. Many have pointed this out, and they are right.
2. Despite the fervent wishes of some, every Canon DSLR released in the future will support video.

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