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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: EF-M 18-40 Pancake
« on: January 19, 2014, 07:31:17 PM »
What makes this a pancake rather than just another zoom?

The image shown is for the old EF-M kit lens.

EOS Bodies / Re: The Next DSLR Will Be Entry Level [CR3]
« on: January 17, 2014, 11:01:47 AM »
Below the 100D? You mean the market segment that doesn't exist because it's IQ is indistinguishable from iPhones?  Get a clue Canon.

You mean the iPhone produces the same image quality as the T3/1100D 12 MP APS-C sensor? Get a clue HurtinMinorKey.

EOS Bodies / Re: The Next DSLR Will Be Entry Level [CR3]
« on: January 17, 2014, 03:25:02 AM »
Its not an Irrefutable Law of Markets, its a generality.  Things do shift but it's pretty tough to overcome the inertia of an overwhelming marketshare unless the big company fails big (like Nokia) or another company comes up with something that changes the market significantly (like Apple).

So, following your logic above, Canon has not failed big and the competition has not put up SIGNIFICANTLY game-changing products. Ya? ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: The Next DSLR Will Be Entry Level [CR3]
« on: January 17, 2014, 12:47:29 AM »
It was also confirmed that “a lot” of lenses were coming this year.

I hope they release the EF 16-50 mm f/4 IS and EF 50 mm f/1.8 IS lenses soon. Will like to take them for my upcoming (July) trip to Japan.

EOS Bodies / Re: The Next DSLR Will Be Entry Level [CR3]
« on: January 17, 2014, 12:45:21 AM »
The SL1 is based on the xxxD line. Maybe a smaller version of the T3/1100D?

Sounds logical. Squeeze the T3/1100D specs (12 MP, smaller viewfinder, poorer LCD, slower fps) into SL1 body and keep the price the same as current T3/1100D. Sounds like a great idea.

EOS Bodies / Re: The Next DSLR Will Be Entry Level [CR3]
« on: January 17, 2014, 12:32:29 AM »
I'm not sure how they would differentiate a 1200D from the 100D, 550D, 600D, 650D, 700D, 60D or 7D that all contain 18MP sensors.

Compare 100D (SL1) to 1100D (T3): 18 vs 12 MP, 4 vs 3 fps, VF magnification 0.87x vs 0.8x, 1MP vs 230k pixel LCD. Bump T3 with 12 MP to 18 MP and keep the price around US$400. That's your 1200D (T4).

EOS Bodies / Re: The Next DSLR Will Be Entry Level [CR3]
« on: January 17, 2014, 12:21:46 AM »
How does it get more "entry level" than the 100D?

edit: Thought about it. It's possible. See my post after this.

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Microadjustment Automated
« on: January 12, 2014, 09:45:22 PM »
Improvement on MagicLantern's implementation of the dot tune method? Sounds cool. Anything is welcome... as long as it's free... ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Replacement Coming for CP+? [CR1]
« on: January 12, 2014, 09:14:55 AM »
I really do not have big expectations from 7DII...

Forget about better DR and high ISO performance.


I've given up hoping for new sensor technology from Canon.

Lenses / Re: New Wide Angles Lenses in 2013 [CR2]
« on: January 10, 2014, 07:13:49 PM »
The bulbous front element makes filter use difficult (like the TS-e 17L) and costly. The resolution wide open on the 14-24 is extraordinary...but stopped down (for DOF) there is little real world difference between it and the 16-35IIL.

This is why I will NEVER EVER buy lenses with bulbous front elements.

People often forget that landscape photographers almost always need to stop down.

I've said this many times before about other products: if they do not take off in the USA, they are bound to fail. The mirrorless segment has been struggling to grab a foothold in the US market for years, so it's totally doomed. Eventually, the only manufacturer of the niche mirrorless market may just be Sony.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M2 Not Coming to North America
« on: December 06, 2013, 03:41:18 AM »
Every brand has it's ebb and flow, its peaks and luls, it's oscillations. Canon had their peak, and have entered a lul. They will have another peak in a year or two, and another, and another, ad inf.

I know what you are saying and I wish that is the case, but clearly it is not.

When the DRebel and XT were released, they stayed on top of bestselling and most-clicked camera charts for as long as they were available. That is not happening now. Clearly, the Nikon D7100 and D3200 are NOT new releases, but they are generating more interest than Canon 70D and 700D/100D.

Anyway, let's see how Canon responds in 2014. I'm hoping for more breakthrough (like dual pixel AF) and breathtaking (like the Sony 24 MP APS-C sensor) products. But at the moment, I just want to purchase the 50 f/1.8 IS and 16-50 f/4 IS as soon as they are announced. :)

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M2 Not Coming to North America
« on: December 06, 2013, 01:26:06 AM »
Use the Amazon best sellers list. As of tonight, Canon has 13 of the top 20 best sellers. Nikon has 7.

Yes, that's where I normally visit for a rough gauge of interest level. And I usually take a peek once a week. Same goes for DPReview/Imaging Resource most-clicked cameras and BCNRanking.

All indicators show one CONSISTENT trend: dropping level of interest in Canon DSLRs. Point of reference? Just a couple of years ago, Canon DSLRs used to hog the various charts. Amazon bestselling DSLRs, BCNRanking, DPReview/Imaging Resource most clicked cameras etc etc. Even newly released cameras have great difficulties in dislodging the Canon DRebel or DRebel XT from the top of the most-clicked camera lists on DPReview/Imaging Resource.

It's true that Canon has not lost its lead in worldwide market shares for interchangeable cameras. But if the above trend persists and starts to grow in other parts of the world, Canon will surely lose their lead to Nikon. It's already happening in some parts of the world...

This is not exactly a bad thing. Canon will be forced to make some drastic improvements instead of plodding slowly along... ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M2 Not Coming to North America
« on: December 05, 2013, 09:14:36 PM »

No, I haven't missed the point.  But I think perhaps you've missed the point that Canon has focused their sensor R&D in areas that they think customers will impact customer buying decisions, and low ISO DR isn't one of those.

Lower noise and higher DR are what I look for in successive cameras and that improvements should be visible right through the range of ISO values, not just in one particular area. It just so happens that one of Canon's competitors has produced a camera that quite clearly trounces Canon at ISO below 800, giving us a better feel for what's possible with existing technology.

I think Canon marketing department is doing a great job (certainly better than Sony/Olympus/Panasonic in this regard) and clearly know how to expand their products in different regions in the world at the appropriate time. That is why their market shares for interchangeable lens cameras has not changed significantly over the years.

However, in maturing markets such as the USA, their inability to match the sensor performance of their competitors is hurting them. A couple of years ago, 8 out of 10 DSLRs sold in the USA carry the Canon logo... now, they are down to 6 out of 10. This is because most folks can no longer strongly recommend Canon to their friends and family. I am sure most folks do not need wide dynamic range at low ISO 90% of the time, but if the competition (i.e., Nikon) can offer this capability at the same price, what's stopping them from buying Nikon? IMO, the SL1/100D is a SUPERB entry level DSLR, but it is clearly not dominating the sales charts like the DRebel or DRebel XT. I believe poor word of mouth has something to do with it.

Personally, I am quite happy with my Canon DSLRs but I won't be upgrading them in the next few years unless Canon is able to make significant progress in their sensor imaging capabilities. Neither will I recommend Canon to friends and family. For compact cameras, I'll go for Sony RX100. For mirrorless, probably Fuji or Olympus. For DSLRs, Nikon. Nothing from Canon is compelling.

Oh my, the Philippines will be getting this before the US. Take that Apple!

I am not sure if it's going to Philippines. Have you seen any official release? I think the EOS M2 will only be available in Japan and China.

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