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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.

It's just that most Europeans are smart enough to refuse buying sub-par products at grossly inflated prices.

Rubbish. Mirrorless cameras are simply not popular in Europe & N. America, regardless of brand and price. In Europe, for every mirrorless camera sold, 8.5 DSLRs are being sold. If you think Sony (or insert your favorite mirrorless camera manufacturer here, Olympus/Panasonic/Fujifilm etc) mirrorless cameras are selling well, think again.

Canon General / Re: Canon layoffs
« on: December 04, 2013, 08:06:16 PM »
We should all reflect on how fortunate we are in comparison to the majority of people across the globe.

+1 for above statement

However, I find it odd that someone will bother to make his first post in a CanonRumors forum to talk about a (SINGULAR) "friend" who got laid off by Canon. Don't u think so?...

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M2 Not Coming to North America
« on: December 04, 2013, 05:46:54 AM »
But when some company brings the same old sh!t and call it brand new and asks for a premium, we have a problem. However apparently some people are perfectly happy about that too...

Most folks got their Math wrong. One cannot directly convert the Japanese Yen prices to USD/Euro. Rather, price of EOS-M2 18-55 STM kit vs that of EOS-M kit is about 35% higher. So, if one is paying US$300 for the original EOS-M 18-55 kit, the updated version will cost about US$400 (if it's ever made available in USA), not US$800 that most people expect. So, slightly more expensive than what one expects, but still cheap compared to the competition.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M2 Not Coming to North America
« on: December 04, 2013, 03:27:52 AM »
We just feel short changed that's all..it's not because we need the new tech..it's because we're paying for something new, we'd want something new.

Well said. :)

That was certainly my thoughts when I got myself an OMD EM5 a year ago. It was one of the most celebrated cameras on the planet at that time, having won the DPReview Camera of the Year award over its closest competitor, the Nikon D800.

Well, one year later, I dumped the EM5 together with a whole bunch of accessories and lenses. It's not for me. Yes, it's got some nifty new technology, but the old and reliable DSLRs serve my needs better.  8)

My point is that the latest and best technology need not necessarily be what we really need.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M2 Not Coming to North America
« on: December 03, 2013, 09:48:14 PM »
Given that the original M flopped in the US, Canon may feel that the M2 is not attractive enough for the American market. I'm confident that the articulated screen and sensor from the 70D (or at least their technologies) will make it in to a premium mirrorless camera next year. Its just such an obvious step for Canon to take.

Their may be 1 more generation left in DSLRs but with EVFs offering features that OVFs can't the mirror's days are looking numbered.

The EOS M is selling very well in USA now. In fact, much better than Nikon's 1 offerings. :)

As for EVFs... until they can offer the same quick response, dynamic range and brightness as OVFs, mirrorless options are no-go for me. The fact that DSLRs outsell mirrorless cameras by 9.5:1 (8.5 in Europe), it appears that most folks agree with my assessment. :)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: The Unthinkable: Swapped out 5D3 for 6D
« on: December 03, 2013, 09:38:26 PM »
Similar experience here. I used to own the 5D3 and Oly EM5. After 9 to 12 months of usage, I came to the following conclusions: (a) as much as the 5D3 AF impressed me, the camera was too heavy for me (b) even though the EM5 gave me some great images, I totally hated the EVF and ergonomics.

So, I dumped both cameras and replaced them with 6D and 70D. Couldn't be happier. Really enjoying my cameras again. I plan to use both cameras for the next 5 years at least. Will invest more in lenses. Hoping to see 50 f/1.8 IS and 16-50 f/4 IS from Canon soon.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M2 Not Coming to North America
« on: December 03, 2013, 08:57:17 PM »
Well at $1,399 for a body and kit lens and $899 for the additional lens I would hope it would put my $299 kit to shame!

No kidding!  ;D

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