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It is April Fools Day....


That came to mind... but it's no secret that some companies will retreat from the camera market. From Thom Hogan (http://www.sansmirror.com/newsviews/panasonics-restructuring.html):

"Panasonic's CEO seems dead set on sticking by his "5% profitability" line in the sand. He's already begun closing down businesses that don't meet that goal and have no possibility of doing so any time soon. It seems clear that more businesses will be shut down at Panasonic if they can't get to that 5% number within the next 12-18 months. More so than any other camera company, I worry about Panasonic's ability to come out of the camera sales slump intact...

Bottom line is this: Panasonic is the company to watch carefully, as they're the canary in the coal mine. They're the only one of the Japanese camera companies that currently appears to be trying to fully address years of slothful organizational bloat and are actively closing down businesses that underperform. If they keep their still camera group going, all the Japanese companies will, I think. If Panasonic takes an ax to that group (or even just the compact camera part), others may follow."

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PowerShot / Re: Canon PowerShot G17 Coming in May? [CR1]
« on: March 30, 2014, 09:38:18 PM »
Someone in Canon once said in a DPReview interview that Canon has no plans to use 1" sensors.

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Lenses / Re: sorry i have to ask....
« on: March 24, 2014, 08:44:20 PM »
One possible reason is that Canon is waiting to reach their 100 millionth lens milestone. They reached their 90 millionth lens milestone on May 2013. Going by their previous records, they should be able to sell 10 million lenses in less than a year. I guess sales deterioration must have led to a delay here.

It's also possible that after seeing the decline in their sales results, Canon has decided to cancel all their plans concerning the so-called Year of the Lens.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon EOS 6D Firmware 1.1.4 Available
« on: March 19, 2014, 10:37:24 AM »
Just updated my 6D. No change to my AF microadjustment setting.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L IS
« on: March 12, 2014, 07:52:17 AM »
So many patents, so few releases.

Perhaps, it'll be more appropriate to call this the Year of Lens Patents.  ;D

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So much for the type surrounding the Sigma 24-105 lens.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: EF 16-35 f/4L, 17-40 f/4L and Others
« on: March 10, 2014, 11:01:44 AM »
I'd really hoped for the 16-50/4 IS ...  :(

I will love to have a 16-50 f/4 IS too. But I don't think that's coming. It is probably a figment of someone's imagination. Sigh

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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: EF 16-35 f/4L, 17-40 f/4L and Others
« on: March 10, 2014, 09:01:56 AM »
I like the idea of having a 17-40 f/2.8-4 as long as it's sharp from corner to corner and maintains the current lens weight. :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D 1.1.4 Firmware upgrade sighted!
« on: March 10, 2014, 08:44:54 AM »
I do believe it is nothing exciting. Maybe language translation fix or some rare bug.. ::)

I concur. If new new functionalities are added, the firmware version will be 2.x.

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EOS Bodies / Re: What's Next from Canon?
« on: March 05, 2014, 06:58:05 AM »
My opening line was "for clarity, I will ignore Rebels, EOS-M, and SL-1 and concentrate on the higher end cameras" :)
Sorry I missed that. :)

Weatherproofing of a touchscreen is the same as for a "normal" screen. Even articulated screens can be easily weathersealed.

It's understandable that entry level cameras do not have articulate screens for pricing reasons. However, none of Canon or Nikon's high end, weather sealed cameras has articulate screens. Only the enthusiast cameras get them: 650D/700D/60D/70D/5100/5200/5300.

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EOS Bodies / Re: What's Next from Canon?
« on: March 04, 2014, 10:09:55 PM »
Touchscreens came out on the 70D and you can bet that the 6D2, 7D2, 5D4, and 1DX2 will have it.

Minor correction. The 650D/T4i was Canon's first DSLR with touchscreen. Whether the 5D4 and 1DX2 will be equipped with touchscreens depends on performance of those screens under weather testing. :)

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Canon General / Re: Interview With Canon Executives
« on: March 04, 2014, 08:39:24 AM »
Wow, it looks like Canon are working on a new uber-camera that will out perform anything currently available! Never mind these silly wishes of forum members: 36 megapixels? Pah! Put "unlimited" megapixels in your pipe and smoke it! A mere finite ISO 409,600 Nikon? Don't make me laugh. 14.8 Ev dynamic range RED? This new Canon will be able to simultaneously take a picture of the midday sun and the inside a black hole!  :P

You beat me to it!

Anyway, I hope Canon is seriously working towards this goal. They seem to be stuck in some kind of rut these few years...

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EOS Bodies / Re: Suggestions of a NAB 2014 DSLR Announcement [CR1]
« on: March 04, 2014, 12:03:41 AM »
So, all those talks about the Year of the Lens have died suddenly.... Sigh...

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Canon General / Re: Off Brand: Nikon Announces the D4S
« on: February 26, 2014, 10:05:40 AM »
Nikon's timing is pretty awful: to release the D600 product advisory so soon after announcement of D4s? Sigh...

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: An Era of Mergers?
« on: February 22, 2014, 08:44:54 PM »
Canon Lens Milestones as a graph, using March 1987 as zero

Cool. Will try to check for Nikon numbers and plot suitable graph from that!

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