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Canon General / Re: Adorama Rocks. Helen double ROCKS.
« on: July 10, 2013, 11:25:26 AM »
What prompted this?

And, while it's nice to see your picture. I'd really like to see a picture of Helen. How about it Helen?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II in 2014 [CR2]
« on: July 10, 2013, 10:37:14 AM »
While it is unrealistic to suggest that Canon (or Nikon) can completely and quickly revise a product based on what their competitor does, it is also unrealistic to suggest that the companies don't react and respond to each others' releases.

As I stated before, these two companies have been competing for nearly a century. They know their competitors' businesses inside and out. They are not sitting around waiting for the press release announcing a new product. Honestly, the development cycle is kind of irrelevant. It doesn't matter if it takes six months or six years to develop a product. The critical factor is how long it takes for the competition to find out what the other company is doing.

Let's say Nikon decides to put a new sensor in the D400. The development time isn't the critical factor here, it is the lag time between when Nikon makes decisions and when Canon finds out what those decisions are. For argument's sake, let's say that on average there is a one-month lag time. Doesn't matter if the development time is six years, Canon's intelligence is on a one-month lag time and that's the operative number.

Of course, this is a gross oversimplification. Some decisions may be known within minutes of the company making them. Some may not be known until the product is unveiled. Some are just common sense things that even people here on Canon Rumors can figure out (Pretty much everyone with a brain knew the 5DIII would have better autofocus than the 5DII).

You can be sure that both Nikon and Canon have people whose sole responsibility is to know what the other company is doing at all times. This isn't necessarily nefarious or underhanded. These are publicly traded companies with divisions around the world. Much of the information is readily available to anyone who takes the time to look for it and knows what they are looking for.

Additionally, they both serve the same market and so their market research is likely to run parallel to one another. There is a reason why the D4 and 1D-X are basically twins – their customers are drawn from the same pool of professional photographers.

None of us knows exactly how much consideration of the competitor's product goes into the final release decision, but to suggest that they act independently of one another is a bit naive.

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Canon General / Re: Debranding a 5DIII
« on: July 09, 2013, 11:33:51 PM »
I'm quite confident that the www.pimpyourcam.com artist could help you out if you wanted to spend 800 Euro and ship it to Germany. Another 600 Euro for lenses.

As an alternative or a do-it-yourself project, it should be quite easy to remove painted lettering. Any hobby shop should have decal and paint remover (be sure you get some that is safe for plastic however). It shouldn't be that difficult to file down any raised lettering you want to remove, although you would probably need to buff and airbrush the area where the lettering once was to get a nice, smooth surface. The indented "Canon" on the front might be the biggest challenge as I can't think of an easy way to fill the indentation. Might have to just live with a black-on-black Canon logo.

There are a lot of under $100 damaged or just plain old DSLRs on eBay. If you are serious, I'd get one of those to experiment on. You also might want to talk to an auto body shop and get their input. The Canon paint seems to have a bit of a texture to it that might be tricky to reproduce.

Why do it? Well, why do some people spend thousands to customize their cars?

I think those that worry about resale value are missing the point. On the other hand, I suspect that the nice custom jobs done by pimpyourcam could very well end up increasing the resale value since it turns the camera into a work of art.

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Canon General / Re: Debranding a 5DIII
« on: July 09, 2013, 04:01:07 PM »
I imagine these guys could do it, but they are not cheap: http://pimpyourcam.com/index.html

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II in 2014 [CR2]
« on: July 09, 2013, 01:39:10 PM »
Timing could also depend on what Nikon is going to be doing with the D400.

I don't believe a word from anyone who says that Canon is waiting for Nikon to see what they do with the D400...

Yes, R&D takes time, but the historical fact is that both Nikon and Canon tend to announce major products in tandem. Canon usually follows Nikon by anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. That is not a coincidence. They are competitors and one is not going to allow the other to release a new product that goes unchallenged.

These companies have been competing for nearly a century. They know each other very well and you can be sure each has a pretty good idea of what the other is capable of and likely to produce with each cycle. Besides, the universe of options is really pretty limited: resolution, maximum ISO, frame rate, dynamic range, video features, bells and whistles.

Canon isn't going to completely redesign the 7DII sensor in a matter of weeks based on what Nikon does, but they certainly could adjust other features once they know what their major competitor is doing.

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Lenses / Re: Just got my 135L!
« on: July 08, 2013, 10:02:28 PM »

Let get one thing straight, REBURB item DO NOT get treat special as many of you think.

Refurb. is defective item. PERIOD. NOT opened box or returned to customer changed mind.

Refurb. could be a simple broken cold solder joint in elec. circuit boards after 1-2yrs of use. Worst - broken parts that repaired with parts came from 3rd party vendors or contract manufacture(CM). NOT original parts that call out from Canon BILL OF MATERIAL(BOM)

And you know this how?

Canon USA is buying and installing replacement parts from third-party vendors? Yeah, right.

And, if it comes with the same warranty as a new item, who cares?

Having purchased a number of refurbished lenses, strobes and bodies, I strongly suspect that Canon USA just diverts a certain percentage of their stock, marks a little pinprick by the serial number and calls it refurbished. (That, by the way, is a joke)

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EOS Bodies / Re: The Next EOS M Camera(s) [CR1]
« on: July 08, 2013, 09:44:33 PM »
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I, for one, fully comprehend manufacturer/retailer relationships.

However, I'll never believe Canon does not have some hand in this particular move. To think B&H suddenly got a wild hair up their tookus one day and fire-saled the M and then their competition followed the piper like mice is far too improbable...

Oh, I absolutely agree. I strongly suspect that EOS-M sales have been disappointing and it's highly likely that Canon offered it's dealers some special pricing if they purchased large quantities of the camera. It's entirely possible that B&H's sales rep cut them a special deal if they took a bunch of EOS-Ms off his or her hands. Given that Adorama and Amazon ran out of stock quickly after price-matching B&H makes me think they weren't planning on the fire sale at B&H.

Anyway, my point – perhaps not make clearly – was that too many people equate a retailer's actions with the actions of Canon and vice versa. And, my other point, was that people too often assume that sales by individual retailers are a reliable predictor of new camera introductions when there are dozens of other equally plausible explanations.

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EOS Bodies / Re: The Next EOS M Camera(s) [CR1]
« on: July 07, 2013, 10:08:16 PM »
Why is it that people never seem to get that retailers are not Canon and an individual retailers pricing decision often occurs independent of Canon (or any other manufacturer).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post_hoc_ergo_propter_hoc

Fact: Canon is not offering the EOS M for $299.
Fact: There is no rebate currently offered for the EOS-M, which means no enforcement of minimum advertised pricing.
Fact: B&H offered the camera for $299.
Fact: We don't know why B&H made this offer.
Fact: Adorama and Amazon are major competitors with B&H.
Fact: Adorama and Amazon matched B&H's price.
Fact: We don't know why Adorama and Amazon matched B&H's price, but we can speculate it has something to do with the competitive marketplace.
Fact: Eventually, the EOS-M will be replaced.

Assuming any relationship between the last fact and all those preceding, without correcting for all of the other variables, is simply sloppy reasoning.


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Pricewatch Deals / 1D-X Refurbished
« on: July 07, 2013, 11:31:41 AM »
If you have $5,400 burning a hole in your pocket, the Canon Refurbished store has the 1D-X available. 

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Canon General / Re: Clarification....Fine Art
« on: July 06, 2013, 11:54:44 AM »
There is Fine Art Photography and then there are photographs that are fine art. Two very different things.

Fine Art Photography" generally refers to a subset of commercial photographs produced primarily to serve decorative purposes. Aesthetically, they are often attractive, but seldom compelling and unlikely to stand the test of time. At their worst, they may be overwrought HDR images blown up to massive sizes or they may be black and white images made in the "style" of photographers like Ansel Adams, but bring nothing to the table that Adams didn't say back in the 1930s.

It is much more difficult to define photographs that are fine art. The somewhat flip answer would be anything that art critics, curators, collectors and gallery owners say is art. And, there is certainly a lot of truth to that, going as far back as Alfred Stieglitz, who set the standards for what was considered photographic art for much of the first half of the 20th Century. When Stieglitz's tastes changed, the art world followed and artists rose or fell from grace according to his preferences. Fortunately, Stieglitz had good taste.

Generally, but not always, most photographs that are considered true art represent some type of innovation and clarity of vision that is unique to the photographer. Many images that we consider fine art today were never intended to be such when originally photographed, but they have endured because they speak to certain truths and display an aesthetic that is timeless.

The deceptively simple answer may be that art photography is the pursuit of photography as a means of personal expression. 

While it's popular to demean contemporary photographers who are considered to be artists, there are many that I find quite deserving of that term.  I am particularly fond of Ryan McGinley, Rineke Dijkstra, Andreas Gursky and Martin Parr. The subject of photography and art is an endless topic of debate and discussion and there are hundreds of excellent books that delve into the topic. One can easily spend a lifetime seeking the answer to your question.

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Technical Support / Re: Help needes: EOS 7D - noisy pictures
« on: July 03, 2013, 07:15:04 PM »
Pretty hard to diagnose from one picture or even one shoot. I'd say take it outside and shoot a bunch of simple pictures – flowers, trees, pets, etc. See if you are getting noise under normal conditions. If so, send it back.

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Lenses / Re: 70-300 DO - is it worth getting it?
« on: July 03, 2013, 05:34:40 PM »
Where are you located that the 70-300 DO is half the cost of the "L?"  Here in the U.S. there is only about $100 difference. Certainly not worth that.

Before I got the 70-300 "L" I had the 55-250 EF-S and then the 70-300 Tamron. Both were excellent (okay, not as excellent as the "L" but both very good and inexpensive.)

If you are using a crop camera and want a cheap telephoto don't discount the 55-250 EF-S. Canon did the right thing with this lens in my view: they saved money on build quality but did not scrimp on sharpness. To me, a less robust lens that is sharp beats a well-built but not sharp lens any day.

I had no complaints about the Tamron either. Also very sharp. It did have a tough time finding focus on rare occasions, but nothing that was terrible. Technically, I still own both lenses, but my daughter has the 55-250 and my wife has the 70-300. They are both happily still using these lenses and getting great shots.




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I'm always pleased with their quick shipping. Maybe not quite that fast, but always fast. Also, I like that they use Fed Ex and I can change the delivery to pick it up at a Kinko's nearby. Saves the hassle of having to have someone at home to sign for it.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D Announced
« on: July 03, 2013, 12:05:11 AM »
I just checked Amazon's best sellers list. The 70D body is #2 and the 18-135 kit is #8.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D Announced
« on: July 02, 2013, 08:36:22 PM »
Of the sample images that Canon has released (at least that I've found) only one is at ISO 1600, nothing higher and nothing that isn't a smallish low resolution image. That's kind of worrisome.

unfocused, here is a link to some sample photos (and videos)

http://cweb.canon.jp/eos/lineup/70d/samples/

There is 1 full size photo at ISO 1600, and 1 full size at ISO 3200. There are also other samples at ISO 100 and ISO 400.

So far I'm impressed at the quality of these photos for each respective ISO... I think it's an improvement from eg my 7D.

Paul

Thanks Paul. Those are some impressive shots. I've certainly never gotten anything that clean out of my 7D at those ISOs. If that's typical, Canon will be getting my money when the 7DII comes out.

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