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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon & Nikon Flagships in 2011
« on: December 02, 2010, 08:21:41 AM »
I am in fact a professional photographer. I use 5D2 and 1Ds3... thats the limit of file size I want to deal with. Already, the hard drive space is kinda out of control!

As much as I would love to use the new gear... i dont think I would upgrade due to the trouble of trying to store and handle the amount of drive space.

Just one of my jobs is about 7000 photos.

Seagate will sell you an internal 1TB HD for $45. Wouldn't there be room for a couple of those in a 7000 photo job budget?

EOS Bodies / Re: No 1Ds IV? [CR1]
« on: November 10, 2010, 07:36:18 AM »

Why would ANY company think it's a good idea to improve a $2400 camera to replace a $8000 one? really? I mean....REALLY?

Maybe because four of the $2400 models earns more than one of the $8000? The 1 series (and its Nikon counterpart) is about having a presence at the high end, and about developing technology for trickle down to other products. It isn't and never has been about profit.

Btw, it's "pellicle".

Lenses / Re: How many lenses could you mount on a 5DMkIII?
« on: November 05, 2010, 07:53:38 AM »
Yes, it would be 46.8 is correct at the same pixel density as the 7D (5.4mp/cm2)
But if you use the same pixel density as the 5D MKII which is 2.4mp/cm2 then it would be a 21 megapixel sensor.
I think my math is right. Maybe the mathmagicians can check that.  :)
I'm a bit picky when it comes to pixel density. Especially when buying point and shoots. But from the impressive quality I've seen from the 7D I'm optimistic that we could see a fantastic image from a 48 MP sensor in a 36 x 24 mm format.
Though I think it might need a quad core DiGIC 6 processor haha!

Your math is right, but I don't understand the calculation. Obviously, using the same pixel density as the mark ii will yield 21MP, because the mark iii will almost certainly have the same size sensor. The mark ii is 21 MP now, so no surprise there. I doubt the mark iii will have the same number of pixels.

Lenses / Re: EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS Preorders
« on: November 05, 2010, 07:41:47 AM »
I'd have trouble justifying $1600 for f/5.6....

Now, at $1000 I might well have bitten. But that's an awful lot for the red ring, when there are impressive non-Canon options out there at are faster and cheaper.

EOS Bodies / Re: New \
« on: October 25, 2010, 07:50:28 AM »
There's something about a 5D MkIII before the 1Ds that just doesn't sit right.  The current 1Ds is probably not as good as the 5D MkII in terms of absolute image quality, if a 5D MKIII comes out then many photographers will buy it, because then it will far eclipse the 1Ds MkIII and be Canons top camera.  Inevitably this will take away from sales of the flagship model when it is released.  If the release was the other way around Photographers would have a choice of a brand new flagship model which outperforms every other camera in the range, and for those who can afford it, there's no other real option but to buy it.  A 5D MkIII give the chance for those unable to afford the 1Ds price to buy into something close (probably the same sensor I can't see Canon developing two different FF ones).

Having said that Canons marketing department have made some spectacular howlers in the past!

I terms of sales of 5D MKII and D700, both models are a little long in the tooth, but in todays economic climate it's hardly surprising that people are not spending big bucks on what many would see as a luxury.

They can still differentiate based on weather sealing, dual card slots and possibly fps, with the 5Diii getting more and better MPs, much better AF and metering and continuous autofocus, plus some other video stuff.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Announces EOS 60D
« on: October 19, 2010, 07:40:22 PM »
Part of the reason (may be problem) of people thinking about switch Camera maker (or even switch new body within the same band) is that cameras are relatively cheap. In the '60s, a good camera cost almost as much as one month wage and people stick to their camera for 10, 20 years. Nowadays people always want the newest model. I stress the point want, not need. Let us be honest to ourselves, does the 40D really give us a better picture than the 20D? Or does the 7D really give us a better picture than the 50D?? I am talking about prints, not pixel peeping. Especially now that the resolution of the sensor demands the best prime lens. Even that we need to beware of the diffraction effect. Granted that each newer model give us more feature that we want, but how many of them do we really need ?? Nowadays, camera makers try to out done each other. It becomes an endless chase for us.

There was less need to change, as all 35mm film fit all cameras. You can't change sensors (ok...except for that weird Ricoh system) so you buy a new camera. Do you need it? Only you can decide that, and the perception equals the fact: if you wake up in 2020 deciding you need the 5D mark 7 and you have the cash then you have the reason to buy. Need does not have to equate to your profession, or to some system metric; it is decided solely by you. 

EOS Bodies / Re: split the 5d series like the 1D series please!
« on: October 19, 2010, 07:34:39 PM »
Does anyone else agree that splitting the 5D series would be a good idea?  I mean into a 5D and 5Ds.  The 5Ds, like the 1Ds could be the higher mp version, and the 5D ( i guess still pick up with mk III) could become a lower mp, much faster fps camera.  That is my absolute dream, a half body (no portrait grip) full frame camera with 12-18 mp that shoots at 7-8 fps.  Basically, a 7D with the sensor stretched to be full frame.  I think that would suit the needs of a lot of people.  I dont want the size of a 1D, the cost, or 10 fps.  But i do want full frame, and keep it reasonably fast and small.  There could still be the 5Ds for the resolution crazy.

Dear canon,
if you do this, i will buy the 5D III immediately.

This has happened with the 7D.

And the 1D is not FF it's a 1,3 crop - so it's FF in the 1Ds and 1,3 crop in the 1D
For the 5D it's FF and the 7D is a 1,6 crop

This. The 7D is the camera you want, though by your splitting scheme it would be APS-H.

EOS Bodies / Re: decisions decisions!
« on: October 19, 2010, 07:30:04 PM »
I had the same decision to make when my little girl destroyed my 400D. My decision was to go with the 7D, for these reasons:

Original 5D: no, because I like to shoot sports and I felt the 7D made more sense from that point of view.
5Dii: no, because I believe the iii will come out relatively soon, ie within a year.
5Diii: no, because the wait is too long if you have no camera, and because it might never exist (!)
Also, I have the usual issue with my existing lens collection, which would affect all three 5Ds, released or not.

In favor of the 5Ds is their amazing image quality, which is better than the 7D whatever anyone says. I pay no attention to those who ask what I could do with one that I could not with my 7D; better is better. 

I am somewhat familiar with the 40D as my wife's boss has one, and my opinion is that the 7D is superior in just about every way.

I envy you the shots you can get in the Shetlands!

EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* 1Ds Mark IV Feature
« on: October 19, 2010, 07:13:08 PM »
Theory is nice , but reality is better.

Phase One is shipping the P 65+ (8984 x 6732, Full res. 60.5mp 50-800 ISO and sensor+ 15.0mp and 200-3200 ISO) and the P 40+ (7320 x 5484, Full res. 40mp 50-800 ISO and Sensor+ 10mp 200-3200 ISO).

The big question is will Canon ever do something like these Phase One cameras?

My guess would be yes in megapixels; probably not in sensor size. The biggest of the sensors you link is substantially larger than a FF from Canon and that isn't including the 80 MP linked above. Canon would need to change its lenses completely for those sensor sizes to be viable.

EOS Bodies / Re: 1Ds Mark IV Feature
« on: October 19, 2010, 07:50:07 AM »
Aah. Somebody's been wet-dreaming again.

Pixel-binning and weak/missing AA filter are technical characteristics that have no appeal for real photographers - just for the techno geeks that came up with this lame rumor. 


Ah, those "real" photographers again! Jeez, I remember back in the day when they wouldn't even use digital cameras! Or built-in metering or autofocus or zooms or or or...

There's *always* someone - usually many someones - looking for certain features, and they're just as "real" as you or me or the next guy.

EOS Bodies / Re: Adorama has New Stock
« on: October 06, 2010, 07:59:58 AM »
I absolutely think you should take it to Kenya. Try as many different shooting scenarios as possible before you write the review.

EOS Bodies / Re: split the 5d series like the 1D series please!
« on: October 05, 2010, 01:43:27 PM »

I would bet that this is how the normal Slashdot / Gizmodo / maybe even a DP Review commenter would judge the cameras.  Of course, these people don't actually buy cameras.  As has been noted many times on DP Review, most of the folks who take photos for a living are too busy to talk about cameras.

This always makes me laugh. There are many pros commenting on DPR. And why would photographers be too busy to post somewhere compared to, say, lawyers or lumberjacks? I have a job that takes up a lot of time, but I can find the odd minute to post on a forum every now and then. Photographers are no different. They may choose not to post because they don't want to spend their leisure time talking about their professional activities, but that's another story.

I think that most DSLRs are bought at the local Big Box Retailer / Wal*Mart, and the buyer buys the cheapest one available.  This is because the customer representative generally says "that one's a DSLR and it's cheap, sells well" and it's bought.  The sad truth is that most of these people probably ought to be buying newer compacts (but as we know that's a good market too), for various reasons.  I don't even think the $300 DSLRs (like the D3000, which was replaced recently but the D3100 is a $700 camera - just like the T1i which is seems more or less specced against - and whatever's similar on the Canon side, maybe the XTi or 450D, whatever) are much ahead of new compacts for image quality (not in the daylight scenes most compacts are used in), and they aren't faster operating or easier to carry.

I agree with that.

Couple of things I think: firstly, whatever is released will not be called 3D, for obvious reasons, unless it really is a 3D camera. Too much confusion otherwise. Secondly, someone earlier said that the 5D3 will increase in price, because that is how it is with new bodies. Well, not in the 5 series it isn't. The original 5D was  five or six hundred dollars more expensive than the mark ii, so the price trend is downward (albeit with only two data points...) thirdly: anyone hoping for a megapixel decrease in the 5 series is living in cloud cuckoo land in my opinion. 

EOS Bodies / Re: 60D Battery Grip?
« on: October 05, 2010, 08:01:59 AM »
That would be a pain. I picked up my 7D grip last week, just by walking in to the camera store off the street. The camera feels a million times better in my hand than it did without the grip. So much more comfortable. I hope you uh.... get a grip soon!

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 60D v. Nikon D7000
« on: October 05, 2010, 07:59:55 AM »
This is an interesting post with a lot of varying opinions, but I'd say you should really try both camera's hands on before making a choice. If you purely go by spec's the new Nikon might seem like the clear winner, but feature don't always make for a great product.

I admit I was a bit disappointed with the announced spec's of the 60D, but I have invested in canon for a few years now (meaning I have lenses and such) so I thought I'd give the 60D a try. I recieved it this Wednesday and I have to say it's a really nice camera, it's solidly built even though it's not like my 7D it's not a Rebel either. The Camera is very well balanced even with heavy lenses, and feels really good in hand. It's also a very accurate camera, I shot a wedding with it yesterday and must say I'm really impressed with the way it handled and the pictures I got even in lowlight. It seems like Canon tweaked the AF system from the 40D and 50D I've shot both and the 60D is a lot better, it's actually pretty close to the 7D, and maybe a little brighter.

Anyway as I said earlier the only real way to know which one is right for you is to go play with them both, and what ever you decide you'll have a great camera and a real upgrade from your S3

I'm curious about your decision to buy a 60D when you already own a 7D. What was the reason? Was it simply to have a backup body? Or a second body to make switching between lenses easy?

Please note that I'm not being critical; just curious. The 7D and 60D seem very similar to me. (I hope to have a nice second body myself at some point, but if the CFO approves it will be a a 5D3....if they ever exist).

EOS Bodies / Re: The Leica M9 Experience
« on: September 27, 2010, 07:25:01 AM »

There's a visual component too. It isn't just done by estimating the distance:

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