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Unfortunately a LH camera would not be incremental to Canon, rather it would cannibalize sales from their existing line.  Hence they would need to mark it up sufficiently to cover design and production cost as well as make the same margin as the RH camera.

It will be incremental, as other customers from Nikon, Pentax, etc...maybe interested, left-hand people can adapt to using right hand tools, but probably you'll find more comfortable with a natively designed left-hand camera...so it will be a potential new market...

What do you think the incremental sales would be?  If there was a market, don't you think that someone (Nikon, Oly, Sony, Pentax, ...) would have addressed it by now?

IMO this would split the market but not provide any new volume, only new cost.

lots of speculation...
little is known....

Yes, Canon Rumors...
But this is good clean fun.  That is why we are read and comment on this stuff.

Seriously if this happens, it would be great news.  Best of both world. 

My guess that there is a very limited market for those who would pay extra for a LH camera, especially if the cost was $500 (or more) higher.

The cost to Canon to develop a LH camera (again my guess) is over $1MM.  Everything needs to be re-engineered, lines retooled, specs checked, etc.  Not a trivial cost.  I doubt that the OP would be willing to pay what Canon would require to develop and produce such a camera.  Unfortunately a LH camera would not be incremental to Canon, rather it would cannibalize sales from their existing line.  Hence they would need to mark it up sufficiently to cover design and production cost as well as make the same margin as the RH camera.

EOS Bodies / Re: Big Announcements Coming Next Week [CR3]
« on: January 27, 2015, 04:32:14 PM »
If we see a 50+ MP sensor in a Canon professional camera it will be interesting to see how older lenses still in manufacture hold-up. Higher resolution lenses properly corrected for chromatic abberations & color fringing will be expensive to make, so expensive that for many they will not be affordable its not just the glass but the mechanical tolerance to make that glass work optimally all the time.

Canon will need to improve their lens.  Some are there or nearly there though I suspect that a 50 MP sensor will show the weakness in many of their lenses, even the newer better quality lenses.

Canon, IMO, will continue to make their own lenses rather than work with a  company like Zeiss.  Canon suffers from NIH (Not Invented Here) syndrome - in part good so they can differentiate themselves but also at times to their customers disadvantage.

1,3 & 4 NO

2 though I can see something...

its a tough balance... you are closest to hitting it on 2; less work through the area under the eyes for starters.

agree, 2 holds some promise

EOS Bodies / Re: 2015 wishlist
« on: January 12, 2015, 12:52:54 AM »
My Reasonable requests (at least I think they are reasonable and have some chance of coming out in 2015)


5D Mark IV (resolution 36+MP, better DR by at least 3 stops)
Announcement of 1Dx M2 - 24 MP, better DR, builtin GPS, otherwise similar to current model but $1,000 lower price
1Dx Crop - incremental improvement over 7D M2 in 1Dx body


12-24 F2.8 zoom (though would settle for F4)
24-70 F2.8 IS with 77mm Filter

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 5D Mark III Replacement Talk [CR2]
« on: January 09, 2015, 11:29:55 AM »
I agree the naming is important as the 5 series is the sacred cow. But I dont think Canon ever makes a model badged the 90D.  Sounds way to much like the old Nikon D90.

What happens after the 90D?  Suddenly Canon mid-tier camera is 3 digits, the realm of lower end cameras.

Numerical naming can be tricky - especially long term.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: New firmware for 1DX ?
« on: January 07, 2015, 06:00:52 PM »
My 1D X doesn't brew coffee.  It's a serious shortcoming and one Canon must address or I'll be forced to switch to Cuisinart.
Neuro, you really need to start reading the manual - custom function H-2O must be switched from "Auto" to "Hot", and you have to have a proper filter installed on your lens.  If you do that and add the grounds correctly, it should work for you, too.  I do hear the Cuisinart has some seriously smooth bokeh with the right attachments, however...

Hope the new firmware includes an expresso and latte mode.

Seriously I would like to multiple my menu tabs like the 7D M2.

Software & Accessories / Re: Reco on travel tripod?
« on: January 06, 2015, 10:54:30 PM »
Budget?  I travel with the RRS TQC-14 + BH-30 LR.  It has a center column which I leave down.  It's very robust (leg diameters are like a Gitzo 2-series, it's rated to 25 lbs, that's just a wee but conservative since I can hang my 180 lb self from them), and quite stable especially for it's size.  It's light, and the tripod+head inside it's RRS TQB-47 quiver bag fits inside my Storm im2500 carryon hard case.  The catch is that the setup is >$1100...  But that's consistent with the axiom that for tripods you want stable, light and inexpensive but the best you can get is two of those three.

Thanks for the great redo.  Unfortunately the TQC-14 is backordered for 6 weeks.

Agree need to pick 2 of the 3.

Software & Accessories / Re: Reco on travel tripod?
« on: January 06, 2015, 10:51:44 PM »
Does it need to fit in a carry-on?


No.  I plan to check bags and have a moderate to large size rolling duffle (much to my wife dismay who like to travel ultra light).

Software & Accessories / Reco on travel tripod?
« on: January 06, 2015, 06:12:13 PM »

I am going with my wife (who will be at conference) to London.  I'll bring some photo gear (5D M3 probably without grip, 16-35, 24-70, possibly 17 TS-E and/or 70-300 L). 

Looking for a light weight tripod w/o center column.  Ball head most likely be Acratech.

Thanks in advance


I just my 7D M2 and really like the option to have multiple My Menu tabs.  It would be great if Canon would add these to their existing cameras (1Dx, 5D M3, 6D, 70D).

A couple of observations - I can not figure out how to turn of unused metering modes.  I only used evaluative and spot, never use central weighted or ....

Also found that they focus was a bit soft with my 200-400.  The camera arrived Wed and Thursday I took it on a family trip (mostly shake down).  I did a bit of AFAIM (I think +7 at the long end of the lens), with my 1Dx I don't need a AFAIM on this lens.

I have not had time to test other lens on this camera yet.

EOS Bodies / Re: Speculate: How much noise improvement from 5D3 to 5D4?
« on: January 05, 2015, 06:08:05 PM »
I realise that the 5D4 hasn't been announced yet, but I'm curious on views about how much improvement in noise we might expect going from the 5D3 to the 5D4 (assuming it comes out in the first half of this year).

I note that the 7D2 has about 1/3 stop noise improvement (via increased sensitivity) from the 7D, which is disappointingly low.

I love low-light photography, and am really hoping for 1/2 to 1 stop improvement (although I appreciate 1 stop improvement would be a huge stretch).  Getting ISO 25,600 to the point where it is seriously usable (like ISO 12,800) would be fantastic. 

Many thanks!

To be precise, based upon all available information to date, 2.34 averaged over all ISO and sensor signals from 70 to 95% of maximal count.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: New Firmware Coming for EOS 5D Mark III
« on: January 05, 2015, 02:05:13 PM »
Got my 5D M3 back from Canon Itasca last week and the firmware was still 1.2.3

On my 7D M2, there are multiple My Menu screens.  This is a great addition  :) :)  I would really like to see that added to the other SLR (5DM3, 6D, 70D, 1Dx).

EOS Bodies / Re: 1DX or 1DX2 - that is the question
« on: January 01, 2015, 12:40:21 AM »

I've been intentionally paying way too much tax withholding through the year. Come February, I should get decent amount money back. So the big question is, should I get 1DX for ~$5k, or wait for 1DX2 for (maybe) $7k around late-summer (or early winter) (just guessing, no knowledge on price or release date).

I've been trying to read the speculations on the 1DX2 features, but nothing solid there. Will it have enough improvements to make it worth the extra money and wait?

Current 5D3 does great, so no immediate need to upgrade. There's big sports tournament in May, but I've already given hope of having 1DX2 by then.

Time line is optimistic.  But if you get an early specs not the 1Dx 2 please let me know.

As you have undoubtedly learned from everyone's comments, it is very hard to know what Canon plans and from the latest comments Canon will introduce fewer new products (unlike Nikon which introduces incremental improvements to milk the must upgrade every cycle). 

Bottom line: is there something that the 1Dx can not do that you have reason to believe a newer camera will be able to do in a reasonably amount of time.  If so, go for it.


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