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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Interested in Hasselblad?
« on: May 12, 2014, 11:47:40 AM »
not sure if Canon should buy Hassey, but perhaps they should buy a portion and allow Hassey access to their sensor and digital body technology.

If we look 5-10 years out, 35 mm format bodies will be maxed out with resolution and FPS.  25-100,000 ISO will become nearly noiseless.  Where does Canon (or Nikon) go from there?

An increase in resolution will require a larger sensor.  Challenge for Canon to get consumers (pros) to switch to MF is that the current lenses will not (most likely) work on MF bodies.  So even if Canon came up with a $10,000 MF body, another $25,000 (or more) would be required for a new set of lenses.

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Lenses / Re: Before you buy your next prime...
« on: May 08, 2014, 04:45:53 PM »
I have always just bought lenses as I needed them. No strategy, just common frickin sense!

Even with just 6 FF lenses that I have now it feels like I have too much choice and redundancy. I'm always looking for ways to combine and reduce my gear and I could probably survive with just 2 zooms but then again ..... where's the fun in that? Gotta have a couple of fun lenses in the bag I reckon!

And for those of who are hobbists, it is all about fun.   Yes I want to make great images, but I also want to feel good about myself and my stuff :)

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PowerShot / Re: New PowerShot & EOS Cameras to Offer DOF Control?
« on: May 05, 2014, 09:29:32 AM »
Think this will only work in wide angles which be set at F16 or 22 and then to the hyper focal distance (or further)

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Looks to have the features I want. For that price point, who cares about waiting another five years for a crippled 7dmk2.

a body is not a system.  What about lenses, flashes, migration path - what if sony decides that they can not compete in the dSLR market - could happen.  Then what?

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EOS-M / Re: Canon EOS M3 in Q3 of 2014?
« on: April 26, 2014, 12:07:07 PM »
...mirrorless is the future of Canon's camera business; more to the point, it's the future profit of Canon's camera business.


Is it?  Mirrorless meant the 'death of the dSLR in five years'.  That was seven years ago.


Depends on how you define "mirrorless."  I define it the simple way: no mirror.  The mirror will go away.  When?  I'm willing to speculate, but not predict, and it will be an evolution, not a sudden event.  We've seen some great AF advances lately, and the battery life issue is just a matter of continued incremental progress.

Are you willing to assert that there will still be a large market in reflex cameras in twenty years?

You may have been trying to suggest that, even if mirroless is the future, profit is based on nearish future, not far future, and Canon could afford to delay M- development until it's closer.  That would be a reasonable argument, but you didn't make it.  Instead you argued that "people were wrong before about mirrorless, therefore..."


Depends on how you define "future."   ;)   Canon has told us the future is video camera with a small, ultrahigh resolution sensor, a big zoom lens, phenomenal image stabilization, and frame grabs for still images.  Of course, as a video camera it fits your definition of mirrorless…

Yes, the reflex mirror will go away at some point, some time after the point where performance of EVFs meets or exceeds that of OVFs (that's a ways off), and image sensor AF performance meets or exceeds that of a dedicated phase AF sensor for both static and moving subjects (we're getting closer to that).  But today's common use of term "mirrorless" does not match your definition as simply 'having no mirror'.  "Mirrorless" is generally taken as a shorthand descriptor for the class of cameras known as MILCs, compact system cameras, etc.  If you're going to use a term in a way that differs from convention, it's helpful to provide your definition at the outset. 

Sensor size will remain important, as will ergonomics.  If you want to have a lens with a large aperture to cover a full frame sensor's image circle, you're going to need a physically large lens.  Put a small camera behind that lens, the ergonomics are poor (ask anyone who's mounted an f/2.8 zoom on the EOS M).  Cameras that are similar in size to today's dSLRs, but don't have a reflex mirror, will come along eventually.  We won't be able to call them dSLRs (technically), but they won't fit today's definition of "mirrorless" either.


I can envision the future as high speed, high resolution cameras.  The distinction between video and high burst "still" photography will disappear.  Imagine 24, 30, 60 FPS at 25 MP.  Is that video or still?  does it matter?  Do we need an optical view finder for this camera or EVF or simply a LCD screen at the back of the camera. 

The rules of the game will be changing, just like digital changed the rules for film cameras.

The next 5-10 years will be very interesting and unfortunately expensive if you want to stay on the leading equipment edge.  But you will be rewarded.

Okay, time for me to put away my crystal ball

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Canon General / Professional Business insurance
« on: April 23, 2014, 11:37:23 PM »
There have been several (at least, perhaps more) on equipment insurance.  What about business insurance (professional liability).  If someone get hurt by your equipment, etc. I don't want to be held personally responsible.

Any suggestions?  I am think of doing a bit of work, not full time, but never the less, what to make sure I am covered.

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Lenses / Re: New TS-E Lenses for Photokina [CR2]
« on: April 21, 2014, 11:15:55 AM »
Maybe they'll be tilt, shift and swing lenses?

Pardon my ignorance, but what is a swing lens?

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Canon General / Re: Insurance for Camera gear
« on: April 17, 2014, 11:35:09 PM »
Helpful to get link

Thanks

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EOS-M / Re: Canon EOS M3 in Q3 of 2014?
« on: April 14, 2014, 12:14:21 PM »
Who cares? Just give us ONE camera

You should care: mirrorless is the future of Canon's camera business; more to the point, it's the future profit of Canon's camera business.  Success of mirrorless mean more ¥¥, which means happy executives; and happy executives means (at least in Japan) more R&D ¥¥ for the full camera line.  Canon cannot succeed financially by producing just the camera equipment you want at a price you are willing to pay.  You should cheer every successful Rebel and PowerShot if you want more R&D for DSRL-type equipment.

marketing 101 - segment your market.  Extra maximum profit from each.

Would you be happy if there was only 1 car, a high priced car for the enthusiasts?

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The irony of it is that these DSLR bodies are highly resilient to physical abuse, but an impact can shift the position of the AF module enough to cause problems.

+1

I once dropped my 5DII from waist level to the pavement.  Not even a cosmetic scuff on the camera, and it functioned fine afterwords except that all of my AFMA values shifted by ~10 units.

HI Neuro

Any idea of the physical dimension of the shift?

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Software & Accessories / Re: Looking for a focusing rail
« on: April 09, 2014, 11:31:18 AM »
The Cognisys Stackshot with rails looks great.  As you said, the only downside is $$$$

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Replacement Mentioned Again [CR1]
« on: April 07, 2014, 05:35:37 PM »
I have a big milestone birthday coming up on May 31 and my wife wants to buy me a special present.
Wonder what my chances are it will be a 7D MKII?
Mmmmmmm zero. But I would suggest a 5DMkIII  8)

An IOU for the camera of your choice ???

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Roy

I have an NEC spectra view (not sure of the model) and I get very accurate colors from it. I can not speak about the quality of the ColorEdge, though I suspect it is equally good.

Do both monitors cover the same color space?

Rich

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Canon General / Re: Travel charger for Canon LP-E4N battery
« on: April 06, 2014, 09:24:52 AM »
I can image a travel charger where the power supply is outside the charging unit - there are many wall (120/240V) to 12V power supplies.  The output side is a round/cylindrical plug.  Could be a common with a AA charger, ...

Attached to batter would be a much smaller unit - connection to the LP-E4(N) battery and a bit logic necessary.  The latter unit I suspect would be no larger than 1 x 1 x 2 inches.  If I knew enough electronics I would find an old charger and take it apart to see if this would be possible.

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Canon General / Re: CPS Packet - Signature Required
« on: April 05, 2014, 01:56:02 AM »
Sign for the membership packet but not the body returned from Canon service facility.  Interesting ...

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