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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-1D X Delays [CR2]
« on: May 30, 2012, 11:38:58 PM »
Given the target market, the price and the fact that their reputation in the professional market rides on this camera, is it any wonder that Canon wants to make sure the thing is as close to perfect as possible before releasing it?

I wonder how many pros at the 1Dx level really care about when the new model arrives. They may be too busy earning a living with the IDs and ID IV to even pay attention to when the 1Dx might be hitting the streets. I suspect that Canon knows the people who do care and will be taking care of them.

Still, odd that it would be delayed this long.

PowerShot Cameras / Re: Patent: 24-1060mm Zoom Lens
« on: May 30, 2012, 11:22:16 PM »
This isn't that big of a surprise. The SX40 already has a 24-840 equivalent. It has a viewfinder (crappy) so you don't have to hold it at arm's length. Nikon and other competitors have similar super zooms. All have IS. This is entertaining, but it's really evolutionary and to be expected. 

We should make it a bit more interesting. No insurance + you only have 2 grand to spend.

7D and 15-85, both refurbished, should come close to meeting that budget and would cover most of my shooting. Then I'd set about replacing the rest of my lenses. There are none that I regret owning, so I'd just start rebuilding the kit I already have.

Lenses / Re: Most requested lenses for replacement?
« on: May 28, 2012, 06:03:01 PM »

How about a 200 f2.8 with IS?

The 200 II is f/2.0 and has IS :D

It's also $6,000.

Lenses / Re: Most requested lenses for replacement?
« on: May 28, 2012, 03:41:07 PM »
70-300L ===> f/4 throughout the range

I never understood why they didn't do this in the first place. They could have priced it in the range of the 70-200 2.8II and still done well. I'm afraid that the current 70-300 L probably precludes this from happening.

How about a new version of the 400/5.6L adding IS.  Also, now that Canon has boosted the price of the big white lenses to beyond reason, maybe a 500/5.6L with IS also...
Two excellent ideas !!


How about a 200 f2.8 with IS?

Some wide EF-S primes (15mm, 22mm) would be nice, but I'm not holding my breath.

I used to want a new 100-400mm but upon hearing the rumored price, not so much anymore. I'll make do with the current version.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Weather Sealing for EOS cameras
« on: May 24, 2012, 11:36:22 AM »
Well no, weather sealing doesn't  have to cost more than $3,000.


The relative advantages of each format (full frame, APS-C and even APS-H) have been hashed and rehashed over so many times on so many different threads that there really isn't anything more to say. Each format has its advocates and each is convinced that the advantages of their preferred format make it superior. This is nothing new to photography. When I was young, there were the same debates over view cameras, 120 medium format cameras and 35mm. Within 35mm there was the debate over rangefinder vs. SLR.

Even then, there were folks who considered "their" format to be the only serious one and acted as though photographers who used other formats were less capable. In the meantime, truly talented photographers produced amazing work with the tools they had and didn't make excuses. Nothing has changed.

Honestly, only a fool would look at "The Americans" and complain because some of Frank's images were grainy or less than razor sharp.

Will small mirrorless cameras replace DSLRs? There is nothing that currently meets my criteria, so I am content to lug around by 7D with a battery grip and a bag full of lenses because that's the tool I prefer.  Mirrorless cameras won't catch my interest until someone comes up with an effective viewfinder that can match the quality of a reflex mirror.

Changes in camera formats tend to be evolutionary not revolutionary. If and when any format disappears, there will be a transition period and lenses and bodies that you already own won't suddenly stop working.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D & EOS 7D Mark II Speculation [CR1]
« on: May 23, 2012, 10:23:22 PM »
I don't think Pentax' sealing is covered by warranty:

Warranty probably won't matter much. Here in the U.S. there will be trial lawyers falling all over themselves to file a class action suit if Pentax doesn't stand behind their claims. The picture of the camera with water splashing all over it...the statements about beaches (sand being probably a far bigger risk than water). Those would be hard to overcome.

Of course, the attorney's will settle. They'll get several million for their efforts and the customers will get a certificate for 5% off their next Pentax. Greetings from the Land of Lawsuits.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D & EOS 7D Mark II Speculation [CR1]
« on: May 23, 2012, 02:22:31 PM »
Take a look at how Pentax is marketing their new K-30. http://www.pentaximaging.com/dslr/K-30_Black#!product-support

There are a several of interesting points here.

Oftentimes on this forum, I read comments that imply that the only thing average consumers care about is more and more megapixels. That other features don't matter. But, really, people care about megapixels because that is what manufacturers told us to care about during the early years of DSLRs. It made sense at the time because the technology was developing rapidly and the sensor advancements from generation to generation were significant.

Now as the technology matures and resolution becomes less important, manufacturers are looking at other features to differentiate themselves.

This is an interesting choice on the part of Pentax.

Of course, it's also interesting because of  the bar it will be setting for Canon, Nikon, Sony and Fuji. The K-30 competes against the 60D, so will Canon respond with some weathersealing on the 70D? At a minimum, the 7DII will need some serious weathersealing to justify the price differential.

(As an aside – when I saw the ad, I wondered what their legal department thought. The ad visual certainly implies that the camera is virtually waterproof and the copy even talks about sand and beaches. It's either incredibly well sealed, they have a generous repair policy or they are prepared for a heck of a class action suit. )

I've never thought that much about weathersealing. But as with any successful ad campaign, this one certainly caught my attention and got me thinking about the advantages of full weather sealing. Now I want it in the 7DII and I didn't even know I did. Good marketing.

The point here is not to turn this into a discussion of the pros and cons of weathersealing, or to do a big comparison between the various levels of the current 7D, 5D and 1D, but to point out that the conventional wisdom that drives many of the discussions on this forum can be quickly upended by what happens in the marketplace.

61 point autofocus...gotta have it; 256,000 ISO...gotta have it; more dynamic range...gotta have it; etc. etc. Marketing raises the expectations. Competition raises the bar. Consumers get a better product. Gotta love capitalism.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 Pancake Coming [CR3]
« on: May 21, 2012, 09:04:29 PM »
Odd size. Odd price. Odd speed. I don't see much demand for a pancake 40mm f2.8 on a DSLR, when you can get a "pancake" 50mm f1.8 for one third the price.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D & EOS 7D Mark II Speculation [CR1]
« on: May 21, 2012, 08:55:13 PM »
7Dii is sounding like its going to be a bit of a beast

i would dearly love it to be aps-h but i know thats dreaming deeep down

oh and i hope everyone starts preparing themselves for it being $2500+
so we get less "its too expensive crybaby threads like the 5Dmk3"
people need to realise that there isn't a whole lot an internet forum can do to influence canon's
price points when the underlying demand actually provides support for their chosen price point
even if it is more than people would like to pay.

obviously we would all like them to just give them to use for being such loyal customers  ::)
but the reality is the price is the price if you want it you have to pay it or dont get the product

I think you are being pessimistic about the pricing. Unlike the 5DIII which was targeted to a professional base with features that they pretty much had to have (better autofocus, better low light performance) to compete in a very competitive industry (wedding and event photography), the 7DII remains a "prosumer" camera. It may end up being a very useable tool for professionals (sports/wildlife shooters) but at heart I expect it to remain targeted to non-professionals with disposable income. (Remember too that the sports/wildlife professional base is a tiny fraction compared to wedding and event photographers.)

Positioned as it is, the 7DII cannot succeed if it's price point is $500 above the comparable Nikon D300s successor.

Still, despite my views, I recognize that I could be wrong. If I am, I do make this promise: "I will not whine, moan or threaten on any internet forum to switch brands if the price of the 7DII is more than I want to spend."

I do, however, reserve the right to complain a bit if they "cheap it down" to a 60D level or stick a high megapixel but inferior sensor in the thing.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D & EOS 7D Mark II Speculation [CR1]
« on: May 21, 2012, 02:07:04 PM »
I'm trying to keep focused on the CR1 rating, but...I want to believe...I want to believe.

I don't see Canon recycling the current sensor. So, an 18mp sensor (apprx) is good news since that makes it likely Canon is focusing on sensor improvements, rather than more megapixels. Perhaps 70D and 7DII will share the same sensor and differentiate on other features (as they do currently). I'm okay with that.

70D with a new sensor, almost all the features of the current 7D, except in a 60D body. (I wouldn't be surprised if they restored micro focus adjustment, since they took some grief over that).

7DII with a new sensor, new autofocus and probably slightly higher frame rate and bigger buffer than current 7D. Same basic body, but maybe a little more weather sealing. Canon can do that, stick a fork in it, call it done and I'll be happy.

EOS Bodies / Re: Mirrorless Vs Regular DSLR -- Your thoughts???
« on: May 18, 2012, 02:50:52 PM »
The closest I've seen to what I want is the Fuji X10.

The Canon GX is an option, but honestly, it's pretty ugly and the advantages of the larger sensor are lost with the slow lens. Plus, I really hate the goofy aspect ratio they gave it. They should have shaved the sensor down to match the aspect ratio of traditional 35mm and given it a slightly faster lens.

Reviews of both cameras have been critical of their viewfinders and I won't buy a camera without a usable viewfinder.  So, as a consequence, I'm still waiting.

I'm both old and old school, so my ideal would be a classic rangefinder clone with a decent zoom lens. I'm not particularly interested in interchangeable lenses, just give me something that's reasonably fast and goes from 28-135mm equivalent. When I want to change lenses, I'll use my DSLR. It doesn't even have to be APS-C size, just big enough to produce good quality images up to 8x10 or 11x14 at ISO 400.

At this point, I've resigned myself to waiting a few more years to see if Fuji can improve their models. I'd rather buy Canon but I'm not optimistic they'll have something I'm interested in.

Third Party Manufacturers / New Sony Doubles Focal Lengths
« on: May 18, 2012, 12:04:22 PM »
This is interesting (From Sony Press Release)

By Pixel Super Resolution Technology is also used for the “Clear Image Zoom” feature, which digitally doubles the effective magnification of any lens attached to the camera.

Reads as though it is an in-camera up-scaling of images. Apparently interpolates added pixels, to retain the same megapixels after cropping, similar to Photoshop or other software programs.

If (and it's a big "If") it works decently, it could be very interesting. Imagine a 400mm lens on a crop having an effective focal length of 1200mm?

Wave of the future?

EOS Bodies / Re: Loss in Resale Value of 5D Mk3
« on: May 17, 2012, 02:57:44 PM »
burning themselves in effigy in front Canon's regional headquarters

Well...if I were to burn myself, I'd rather do it in effigy. Hurts less. :)

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