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Lenses / Re: Buying a used lens from Adorama
« on: July 23, 2014, 10:52:06 PM »
The street price for a new 24-105mmL from a Authorized dealer is $660.

Don't pay more.  It might indeed be a kit lens, they are exactly the same as a retail lens, and have the same warranty.

From Canon Price Watch.

We estimate a street price of $659.99 on this item brand new from an authorized dealer with full Canon USA Warranty and free shipping.

Fill out this form to get in touch with CPW for assistance in obtaining this price.
You can also read more about street prices.

What Mt. Spokane says. Canon Price Watch street price deals are all for U.S. warranty new lenses and bodies.

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EOS Bodies / Re: High Megapixel EOS on the Way as Mentioned by Canon
« on: July 23, 2014, 10:46:31 PM »
no news here: "we look forward to the advent of high-resolution model of the EOS".  We are all looking forward to that.  This poor guy works for Canon and he is looking forward to the same thing we are.

Pretty much my thoughts.

This guy is a lens designer. Naturally, he wants to and tries to design lenses with the maximum resolution possible. A lens designed today needs to stay current for 10-15 years or more. Must be a real challenge.

I got the feeling from the interview (and I readily admit I found it very difficult to comprehend the machine translation) that this wasn't a prediction, but rather just an indication that the lens designers are trying to keep pace with sensor improvements.

I don't know how long it takes to design a new lens, but I would expect that they start working on new and improved designs years in advance of new sensor developments.

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EOS Bodies / Re: High Megapixel EOS on the Way as Mentioned by Canon
« on: July 23, 2014, 10:35:28 PM »
I think that the interpretation of the interview is that 4 to 5 percent of canon buyers buy additional lenses and that the other 95 percent just stick with whatever was in the kit that they bought. The math supports this view.

That's my interpretation as well. Honestly, I would have expected it to be higher, but then it just shows how abnormal (in so, so many ways) forum readers are.

Of course it fits in nicely with my personal theory – which is that one of Canon's strategies for the mature DSLR market is to pivot from selling one DSLR each to lots of people to instead start selling lots of cameras and lenses to fewer people.

Makes sense. With the world's largest installed base of DSLR owners, and in a saturated market where the cost of capturing new customers is growing, they are likely to be focused more and more on up-selling existing customers.

If I'm reading the interview correctly, they believe an inexpensive ultra-wide lens for APS-C buyers is one way to reignite/revive interest among Rebel owners and get them using their cameras in new ways. Pretty clever really.

That's one reason I've been saying the 7DII is likely to be 24 mp or more. Canon doesn't want an APS-C body to compete with the 6D or 5DIII, they want a body that complements their full frame offerings, so we all feel the need to own two bodies – if you want reach and high resolution, you need an APS-C body and if you want low-light performance and low noise you need a full-frame body.

With the right mix, they have the potential to significantly increase their sales of DSLR bodies even if the customer base remains stagnant.

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EOS Bodies / Re: High Megapixel EOS on the Way as Mentioned by Canon
« on: July 23, 2014, 10:31:04 AM »
Unlike many Google translations, this one is a bit more readable...

You are a better man than me. :)

I did find this very interesting and would be curious how others read this comment:

"Because, there are survey results 4-5% of customers who bought the kit lens is that it does not use only kit lens. I think you want to know by all means do not yet know the fun of single-lens reflex Although I kindly SLR debut with much effort, that it is possible to lens replacement is a waste, a new world of expression which spread lens exchange."

Does this mean that only 4-5% of buyers purchase a second lens? Having followed Canon's various announcements over the years as they hit milestones in camera and lens production, it is obvious that most people never go beyond a kit lens, but a 95% rate seems remarkably high to me.

If true, I think it could help explain why mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras are not doing that well and it makes me wonder if the future of mirrorless isn't in fixed lens bodies.

Anyone able to contribute a better translation/interpretation?

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You got something against DEET or just sprays? I carry several of the little individually wrapped and sealed "Off" brand towelettes in my camera bag just in case I need one.

From my experience gnats can be more annoying and harder to discourage than mosquitoes. DEET-based products seem to do a decent job of discouraging mosquitoes, but some gnats are like honey badgers -- they just don't care.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Where do you buy 5D Mark iii?
« on: July 21, 2014, 11:39:04 PM »
$2,600 from unauthorized dealer on eBay or $2700 from canon pricewatch street price program after rebate with USA warranty from authorized dealer. Those are the best prices right now and they are not bad. You can check price history at canon pricewatch as well.
Be sure to read their blog notes on unauthorized dealers and grey market and decide for yourself if it is worth saving $100 dollars going the unauthorized route.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: July 20, 2014, 11:53:17 AM »
Why worry what anybody else is doing?

Besides, many pros use P mode, Joe Buissink is a $10,000+ wedding shooter and he only ever uses P mode.

Agreed. The whole debate over "P," "M" etc., is the stupidest thing ever. They all get you to the same point (or at least they should if you know what you are doing). It's just a question of where you want to start out. All a matter of personal preference and one's choice for a starting point doesn't make you a worse or better photographer.

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Canon General / Re: New Speedlite Coming? [CR2]
« on: July 17, 2014, 02:39:04 PM »
Wouldn't it be something if this new flash was being rolled out as one that could be controlled by a built-in radio wireless system in the new 7D? Yes, I know I'm reaching and just kidding.  At least, I hope that's not what it'll be cause I'd be too jealous.   
I think the regulatory environment makes a built-in radio transmitter for the 7d unlikely. They would need different models for countries that don't allow radio transmitters.

They already do for the 6D so why not?

Good point. Maybe there is hope for a 7D RT then.

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I'd prefer a tracking chip that indicates where the camera or lens is.

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Canon General / Re: New Speedlite Coming? [CR2]
« on: July 16, 2014, 10:36:53 PM »
Wouldn't it be something if this new flash was being rolled out as one that could be controlled by a built-in radio wireless system in the new 7D? Yes, I know I'm reaching and just kidding.  At least, I hope that's not what it'll be cause I'd be too jealous.   
I think the regulatory environment makes a built-in radio transmitter for the 7d unlikely. They would need different models for countries that don't allow radio transmitters.

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Canon General / Re: New Speedlite Coming? [CR2]
« on: July 16, 2014, 02:53:04 PM »
Since it almost certainly won't take a battery pack, I won't be buying. On the other hand, I welcome it because it gives me a little more (possibly imagined) assurance that Canon is unlikely to be making any major changes to the 600 RT anytime soon.

For those in the U.S., I don't see buying a new 4xx RT when, with a little patience, you can get refurbished 600 RTs for under $400 when Canon offers them on sale.

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Lenses / Re: Year of the lens....a joke....?
« on: July 16, 2014, 02:43:38 PM »
Amazing to me that people take speculation on a rumors site as fact and then express anger toward Canon because the rumor was wrong.

The so-called "year of the lens" was always completely speculative. People shouldn't believe everything they read on the internet.

Welcome to the club of people who realize this. That brings the membership up to about 4 people. LOL
You forget that rumors=truth, right?

Hah! I've been in this club a long time. In fact, I think hitting myself over the head with a real club would be a more efficient method of self-torture and maybe even more satisfying and less painful.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 16, 2014, 10:23:48 AM »
I dunno. I've read the subsequent DPAF patents, and there isn't anything remotely revolutionary in there. Mostly just using different sized photodiodes for the AF part, and a means of increasing sensitivity for AF without reducing IQ. If that's all Canon's got for the 7D II, they are going to take a HUGE reputation hit...and they HAVE to know that... (If they don't, then they've totally lost touch with their customer base, and I am seriously hoping that's not the case.)

Are you suggesting that the people here are representative of Canon's customer base?  I see lots of clamoring for better IQ on forums but until the 70D, the 7D remained a strong seller.  I'd bet a 7DII with 41ish AF points and 10 fps, and a 24 MP DPAF sensor similar in IQ to the 70D, would sell quite well.
Personally, if the 7D2 came with:
7DII with 41ish AF points
10 fps
24 MP DPAF sensor similar in IQ to the 70D, or slightly less pixels and slightly more IQ....
and WiFi/touchscreen

I'd buy one.

Right about now, the biggest thing they can do to improve IQ is to move the A/D onto the sensor, and if they do that plus the above, I'd pre-order it.

Better add f8 autofocus. A 24mp 7D coupled with a new 100-400 f5.6 zoom and a 1.4III converter would be very tempting.

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Lenses / Re: Year of the lens....a joke....?
« on: July 16, 2014, 10:16:50 AM »
Amazing to me that people take speculation on a rumors site as fact and then express anger toward Canon because the rumor was wrong.

The so-called "year of the lens" was always completely speculative. People shouldn't believe everything they read on the internet.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7D - Weird black pictures problem
« on: July 15, 2014, 02:47:25 PM »
Maybe the film didn't latch onto the take up spool?

(Just kidding, of course. But, that was what used to cause blank frames)

Seriously, this sounds like a camera – rather than user – issue. I'd try shooting a bunch of shots around the house with a variety of settings and conditions to see if you can get it to malfunction again.

The problem, I think, is going to be that if you can't reproduce the effect, it might be hard for Canon service to diagnose the problem. Regardless though, it definitely sounds like a service call to me. But, I will defer to others who might have more knowledge.

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