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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 6D Wifi Linking with iPhone 5
« on: December 06, 2012, 05:14:01 AM »
Unless I want to be a spyier, WHY do I want to operate the camera through a cell phone ??? ??? ???
To understand and use any feature of a camera (including WiFi linking 6D with a smartphone), one needs imagination ... the first prerequisite of any photographer.

Well said. Maybe some folks are just gearheads who love to brag about the capabilities of their gear, leaving themselves little time to engage in real photography.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 6D vs 5D MKII (Focusing?)
« on: December 04, 2012, 04:08:40 AM »
I think it's the same as Roger Cicala's comment later in the thread.

Thanks for pointing that out. Anyway, I am happy as long as 6D single shot, center point AF consistency is better than 7D. The latter drove me crazy with its inconsistent single shot AF performance.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 6D vs 5D MKII (Focusing?)
« on: December 04, 2012, 02:36:24 AM »
Hmm. LensRentals did a controlled test and the results don't support your enthusiasm.
In terms of AF accuracy, the 6D is closer to the 5DII than the 1DX/5DIII.

I don't think Roger Cicala was being consistent in the above article.

If we list the AF standard deviations of previous Canon cameras tested by Roger using the new 28 f/2.8 IS USM, this is what we get:

1DsIII 29
5D II 38.5
50D 34
7D 41
1DIV 22
60D 34
T3i 41
1Dx 17
5D III 17
T4i 29
6D 28

If we group them according to AF consistency of the center point, this is the result:
Tier 1: 1DX, 5D3... 1D4 trailing slightly
Tier 2: 6D, 1Ds3, T4i... 50D, 60D trailing slightly
Tier 3: 5D2, 7D, T3i

So, yes, the 6D beats out the 5D2 (and the 7D too... consistent with my experience).

EOS Bodies / Re: More 6D sample images - with RAW files.
« on: December 01, 2012, 03:37:07 PM »
Seems like the 6D,1Ds3,1DX will be Canon's best for low ISO DR most likely. Still a far cry, from Exmor/Aptina/etc., as expected.

I am about to cry

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: The First Canon EOS 6D Video Footage
« on: November 28, 2012, 11:43:06 AM »
severe moire AND a soft image; that's quite the lovely combo. Usually you accept one in exchange for not getting the other

I don't understand this too. Is this even possible? Hmmm.... anyway, it's video and I really don't care

EOS Bodies / Re: !!!FIRST!!! - Full Frame Mirrorless Camera
« on: November 20, 2012, 01:08:46 AM »
The biggest problem with Sony interchangeable lens cameras now? Where are their E-mount lenses? Range is rather limited....

EOS Bodies / Re: February & March are Announcement Months for Canon [CR2]
« on: November 17, 2012, 03:35:15 AM »
Operators with a broadcast back ground seem to have no problem with EVFs.

Errr... movie operators shoot video, not still photographs. Still photography captures a moment in time whose duration is as long as the shutter speed of the camera.

EOS Bodies / Re: February & March are Announcement Months for Canon [CR2]
« on: November 16, 2012, 06:26:02 PM »
No, it doesn't.  EVFs of good quality are actually quite expensive.  RED sells their Bomb EVF for $3,200:

How does the Bomb EVF perform for dynamic range and response time with specs like these:

Bit Depth (Color): 30-bit RGB
Display Rate: Up to 60 FPS (Display mode and Camera Dependent)

Not familiar with EVF technology

EOS Bodies / Re: February & March are Announcement Months for Canon [CR2]
« on: November 16, 2012, 10:30:31 AM »
Yes, to get those cleaner images, I'd get more low-ISO DR for free.  But there's really only one time I've wanted more base-ISO DR and in that particular case, I needed about 20 more stops, not a measly 2 stops more.

I generally get where you are coming from.

BUT that's not how folks in the market for new DSLRs view the situation. Everyone turns to DXOMark these days (including DPReview). Whether DXOMark numbers make sense or not is another matter. It does not change how people perceive Canon sensors when they look at DXOMark camera ranking; not one Canon camera is in the top ten right now. That has a very serious impact on buyers' perception, hence the loss of Canon market shares to Nikon.

EOS Bodies / Re: February & March are Announcement Months for Canon [CR2]
« on: November 16, 2012, 10:24:49 AM »
After their serious loss of market shares to Nikon in 2012, I expect Canon to return with a vengeance next year for their camera releases. If they still do not fix their sensor problems by 2013, they can kiss their no. 1 market share status goodbye forever.

EOS-M / Re: My First EOS-M Review
« on: November 07, 2012, 03:45:37 AM »
Yeah sure is, however then I discovered the touch operated shutter mode and face recognition and tracking
Quite frankly this is seriously good it makes the AF maybe 10 times faster than the ponderous shutter button with wierd crappy focus selection mode.

How to describe the touch to shoot?
It’s kind of like spot focus... so you tap the screen on the thing you want to shoot and bam the camera focuses on that thing and takes the shot at the same time. Fast. Not as fast as say a 1D, 5Dmk3 or probably even a 7D
But it's quick, and a very usable quick at that. Now the face tracking thing if you have the continuous AF enabled with the face tracky gizmo then it’s even faster since it’s already tracking faces and is basically nearly there you simply tap the face its already tracking and it shoots even if you tap something else it’s still faster. Kind of like a servo but better, I haven’t tried out the Servo function on this camera yet and to be honest the face tracking and touch to shoot is probably quite adequate in this regard.

Thanks for this important finding. It's enough to make me go grab an EOS-M + 22 f/2 lens. I was thinking of getting the Olympus OM-D + Panasonic 25 f/1.4 lens because I wanted the rapid face tracking feature. But if the Canon combo is fast enough, I will be happy to get one, especially since it's about half the price of the m43 combo.

Lenses / Re: EF 24-70 f/4L IS & EF 35 f/2 IS
« on: November 05, 2012, 11:00:47 AM »
The original Japanese site stated the prices of the lenses: the 24-70 f/4L IS costs slightly more than the 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS (US$1600), and the 35 f/2 IS price is about the same as the EF-S 10-22 (US$850)

Lenses / Re: Two Lenses to be Announced Shortly.....
« on: November 04, 2012, 09:38:03 PM »
If the 50 IS comes - it will be 2.0 or slower. We seem to be getting slower with IS on new glass.

I suspect it's because many folks want IS and reduced weight. I am not saying everyone is looking for those attributes, but statistically, that is probably the case.

For me, I will take a 50 f/1.4 over 50 f/2 IS any time. The 50 f/1.4 is sufficiently low weight for me.

Lenses / Re: Two Lenses to be Announced Shortly..... *UPDATE*
« on: November 04, 2012, 08:43:06 PM »
24-105 L is 670 g (1.67 pound), the new rumored 24-70 f4L IS is 545 g (1.21 pound).   Nearly a half pound lighter.   That part would be good.

White box 24-105 can be gotten for maybe $950: a savings $100 (comparing apples to apples, savings of 200 over what the 24-105 USA is going for today at B&H).

If this new lens has better optical performance within its range, better IS, faster AF it might be of interest.   Otherwise, the 24-105 is still worth the extra money for the extra range, imho.    It all depends on how good the lens turns out to be.

Is this a replacement for the 24-105?  Is it going to be the kit lens for the 6D instead of the previously mentioned 6D + 24-105?  Or a different kit variant?  Will Canon offer the 6D + 24-70 ff4L IS at significantly less than the $2899 pre-order pre-announced for the 6D + 24-105 f4L IS?   The retail price difference of the lenses  suggests 6D + 24-70f4L IS@ $2699 as an initial retail price.

If the 24-70 f/4L IS has better image quality (and it should since it has a shorter range than the 24-105 f/4L IS), weighs less, costs less and is available as kit lens of 6D, I'll get it in a heartbeat.

The new 50 f/1.4 IS sounds intriguing too.

Now, that's the way to go, Canon. Sony got it all wrong: fabulous sensors, decent cameras but no lenses.

EOS Bodies / Re: Hands On with the 6D at Photoplus CPS Lounge
« on: October 31, 2012, 06:46:58 PM »
The 6D is supposed to weigh just 770g (which is almost identical to the 760g of the new Nikon D600) and is modeled on the 60D footprint(dimensions) according to Canon, but I think Canon's claim to have the smallest & lightest FF body on the market is now redundant.

Not quite. Weight of:
6D body only = 680g
D600 body only = 760g
6D with battery = 755g
D600 with battery and card = 850g

The joke is that Sony A99 without the chunky pentaprism still comes in with a weight of 812g (incl battery).

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