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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. :)

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...

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...

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...

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!

Video & Movie / Re: January in Japan
« on: February 21, 2014, 08:38:08 PM »
Beautiful work. Hope to do winter in Japan few years from now. :)

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Coming in March? [CR1]
« on: February 21, 2014, 07:54:49 AM »
I am neither keen on the printers or the 7D2.

I want the lenses!!!

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon DSLR Announcement in March? [CR1]
« on: February 19, 2014, 10:28:31 AM »
Where are the lenses in a so-called Year of the Lens for Canon? Sigh

I'm sure a photographer was using similar sarcasm back in 1977:
"But…but…the  Konica C35 has autofocus!…  Why can't these top photographers understand how bloody important that is in making better images?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?"

Autofocus was a disruptive technology and Canon and Nikon responded very QUICKLY to it. From

"The disruption came with Minolta and autofocus in the mid-80's. Nikon had been experimenting with a different form of autofocus, but once the Maxxum 7000 was introduced and took off, Canon and Nikon were both fairly quick to respond. Minolta was waylaid by a patent suit on the focus system itself, eventually found guilty, and on the hook for a US$128m settlement (in 1991, that was a large amount of money). Basically, Minolta got distracted by legal issues and Canon and Nikon took advantage. By the mid-90's, Canon and Nikon were a clear duopoly, with both broad, competent camera offerings and a huge array of lenses (apps)."

Current Sony sensor dynamic range and pixel count are FAR FROM being disruptive. It's just a tiny evolutionary step.

43 cameras is not a large sample size. Also the 13 unknown cameras don't appear in the % chart and therefore skew all the results.


EOS Bodies / Re: What's Next from Canon?
« on: February 16, 2014, 08:24:36 PM »
Actually, there's a very simple solution for this problem as stated by you ... only I don't work for Canon (or Nikon), so they can go figure it out for themselves ...  8)
No dice. It's my idea and Canon (or Nikon) ain't gettin' it for free.  :-X

One of the lamest cop outs I have ever read on the internet. Wow. Just Wow. Sounds like something one expects to hear from a 5 year old kid.

EOS Bodies / Re: What's Next from Canon?
« on: February 14, 2014, 03:08:40 AM »
And second place is still second place, as in there is another camera that is more popular.

Firstly, there are more than 30 models of mirrorless cameras out there and to be ranked in second place is nothing to snort at.

Secondly, the most popular model, NEX-5R, only managed to capture 11.9% market shares, a smidge more than the EOS-M at 9.2%. If the most popular model is commanding 20 to 30% market share, then you may have a point here. But that's clearly not the case here.

Still hardly ever see them out in the wild. No one I know owns one.

You could have been a bit more tactful with your put down. I hardly stated any numbers or facts to begin with, and yeah I should have researched it and added that it was my opinion that it seems a less popular option.

To extend your personal observations based on a small circle of people you know to the entire population of camera users in Japan is to spread falsehood with no basis.

EOS Bodies / Re: What's Next from Canon?
« on: February 14, 2014, 12:34:35 AM »
The EOS M isn't that popular in Japan either, but at $300 it is at least affordable.

That is entirely FALSE.

After its price cut, the EOS-M is the SECOND most popular mirrorless camera in Japan in 2013 (see and this enabled Canon to capture 9.3% of the mirrorless camera market share (see In contrast, Panasonic and Nikon with their MULTIPLE camera models only managed to capture 14.2 and 9.2% market shares.

Please get your facts straight before you post rubbish on the web.

EOS Bodies / Re: What's Next from Canon?
« on: February 13, 2014, 09:59:23 PM »
Is there a 16-50 inbound?  That could be what I'm looking for.

CR2 rumor of possible candidate:

EOS Bodies / Re: What's Next from Canon?
« on: February 13, 2014, 09:08:08 PM »
The EOS 7D Mark II will finally be unveiled and should be in your eager hands by the fall of 2014. It will set a new benchmark in the APS-C segment...

A lot of new lenses are coming, the biggest being a replacement of the EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS. We’re told that could be announced as early as March, but availability will not be immediate...

We’re told to expect a lot of exciting products throughout 2014 and that the Canon customer will be happy with the direction of the company.

Camera benchmarks are determined not just by fps or pixel count, sensor quality plays a very BIG role too. Canon has not been doing well in this last department for the past few years. Sigh...

As for new lenses, I am interested only in the 50 f/1.8 IS and 16-50 f/4 IS. Hopefully, I can get hold of these lenses before my big trip in July.

Canon has been moving VERY slowly in the past few years. They may be the market shares leader, but their products seem to lack the kind of awe and fanfare their competitors enjoy: D800, A7R and EM1.

I think the G1X II is an awesome camera. My only gripes are: lack of dual pixel AF (why???) and exorbitant price (which should come down after a while).

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