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Lenses / Re: Canon EF16-35mm F4L IS USM lens review
« on: September 14, 2014, 07:33:06 AM »
The usual DXOMark nonsense.

Read what they oiginally thought of the 70-200 f/2.8 IS Mk2:

"The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM offers slightly less resolution with 51 lp/mm compared to the excellent 61 lp/mm of the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM."

Ha, ha... contrary to every single review out there.

Then, check out their updated P-Mpix scores:

M2 now miraculously scores 18 P-Mpix vs 13 P-Mpix from M1.

Read Neuroanatomist's post:

I just don't take that site seriously. I only trust reviews from other sites.

PowerShot / Re: The New Canon PowerShot G7 X
« on: September 14, 2014, 03:28:07 AM »
Anything more than $550 isn't worth the money.  Better value on the RX100 II or III.

The RX100 M3 is selling for $800. While G7X has touch screen, the RX100 M3 has EVF. Is the EVF worth $250? Not to me.

EOS Bodies / Re: More Images of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 13, 2014, 10:12:48 PM »
The 5D MK III had so much more detail and much sharper than the 70D.

Should not come as a surprise. Even low quality lenses like the 17-40 shine on the 5D3/6D but appear very bad when mounted on APS-C cameras. It's just a matter of pixel density.


PowerShot / Re: The New Canon PowerShot G7 X
« on: September 13, 2014, 09:56:14 PM »
Or otherwise use a 1" sensor and make the damn thing smaller, rather than waiting more than 2 years until they finally come up with a response to the Sony RX-100.

That is why I previously wrote Canon management is now eating crow:


"...he ruled out the idea of a larger sensor camera along the lines of the Sony RX100 to offer more of an image quality distinction between smartphones and compact cameras. 'I think the market does exist but it wouldn't be very large. We think we have a good balancing point in terms of price, image quality and size. Lots of other combinations are possible, but, once you go below APS-C the next logical size is 1/2.3 inch', he says."

The RX100 series is a roaring success, the bestselling high end compact camera.

EOS Bodies / Re: More Images of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 13, 2014, 09:11:29 PM »
The lack of a touchscreen in a camera with dual pixel AF seems really weird. They're killing half the point of the feature.


PowerShot / Re: The New Canon PowerShot G7 X
« on: September 13, 2014, 08:49:43 PM »
The video on this seems to be lacking as well, when compared to the Sony RX100 Mark III.

For Canon users, the main advantage to not buying Sony as a pocketable camera, is the menu system. I guess Canon uses a similar system on these smaller cameras as they do on their DSLRs?

There's also Canon colors. :)

But the G7X has a touch screen and Canon's touch screens are one of the best in the camera market right now. If the G7X has a responsive AF, it'll be a winning combination.

I believe the G7X can also do 1080p 60p just like RX100 M3, so I don't understand your comment that its video capabilities being lacking.

PowerShot / Re: The New Canon PowerShot G7 X
« on: September 13, 2014, 07:59:10 PM »
I'm not a fan of these things being labled 1" Sensors... I hope everyone considering this thing is aware it's much smaller than an inch and only around 15.9mm measured diagonally!

Go buy an EOS M instead ;)

I am in the market for a small camera. Deciding between EOS M, SL1 and this G7X

PowerShot / Re: The New Canon PowerShot G7 X
« on: September 13, 2014, 07:56:34 PM »
well, no winner. too late. Should have come out with that thing 2 years ago instead of stupid Powershot S 100/110/120 and instead of also stupid G1 X/II

G1X II is not stupid. It is let down by poor sensor. It is incomprehensible how a small RX100 MK3 sensor can perform better.

Let us hope the G7X has a better sensor

PowerShot / Re: Three New PowerShot Cameras Coming Shortly
« on: September 12, 2014, 08:44:48 AM »
Judged from the G1X II debacle the sensor will be underwhelming i guess.

Reviewers are going to have a field day comparing the G7X sensor to the RX100 M3 equivalent, also the 7D M2 sensor to any Sony 24 MP APS-C sensor.

If the sensors are comparable, and Canon is able to match the AF speed of the RX100 M3, I shall take a serious look at the G7X.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Specifications Confirmed
« on: September 12, 2014, 01:53:14 AM »
Different brushes for different paintings. My stance is this. Canon already excels at everything else. They alrady have a phenomenal AF system. They already have some of the best frame rates in the business. They already have the better frame buffer handling (Canons just keep on going, and going, and going, and going, while Nikons usually stop dead), etc. Canon already excels at everything else. They even excel at customer support...it's truly second to none, worldwide. So where could they give photographers the single greatest gains? Sensor IQ. It's the only thing they are behind on...and the realities of how far behind the competition they are only become more and more apparent each time a new camera is released (from anyone, not just Canon).

I honestly believe that if Canon is able to produce a sensor that is as good as what Sony has, they will be back in the same position they were in during the early digital photography days. They will trounce the competition and may even cause a few companies to either collapse or at least withdraw from the camera business.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Specifications Confirmed
« on: September 11, 2014, 07:15:15 PM »
It's not a matter of having a closed mind. It's a simple matter of logic. It is completely illogical for them to create another 20.2mp sensor, if they have moved to a radically different fabrication process. Smaller transistors would allow them to do so much more with a much higher resolution sensor. It just makes no sense. :P

The other rumor was still just that...a rumor. Was it even more than a CR1?

The rumors are at CR2 level.

From http://www.canonrumors.com/2014/06/new-sensor-tech-in-eos-7d-mark-ii-cr2/

"We’re told to definitely expect new sensor technology to be introduced in the Canon EOS 7D Mark II. This tech will be used in all forthcoming Canon DSLRs."

From http://www.canonrumors.com/2014/07/canon-to-make-a-big-splash-at-photokina-cr2/

"First up, the successor to the EOS 7D will be announced. We’re told that there’s “a lot of the 1D X” in the new camera. As well as some revolutionary sensor technology."

I don't disagree with your reasoning about the re-use of old fabrication process. So, I suspect the so-called revolutionary technology probably has more to do with improvements in dual pixel AF which does not work in AF Servo mode currently.

In short, 7D M2 is going to be a product that showcases all the latest and best AF technology Canon has to offer: 65 all-cross AF sensor and DPAF with AF Servo capability. We'll know for sure on Sep 15th.

EOS Bodies / Re: Mirrorless vs DSLR Camera
« on: September 11, 2014, 06:50:45 PM »
They're also a lot lighter, so could be easier to carry around all day as a few extra batteries they need don't weight all that much either. :>

After I surveyed the weight/price of certain mirrorless lenses such as the Sony FE 70-200 f/4 OSS and Fujifilm 50-140 f/2.8, I decided I'll stick to passe SLR technology. These lenses are not any lighter than Canon EF 70-200 f/4 IS. :)

Lenses / Re: The New EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
« on: September 11, 2014, 09:36:56 AM »
Heavy? f2.8 standard zooms are heavy. The 24-105L isn't heavy.
Also, does this mean we can see $1500 6D kits soon?

It's all relative. :D

When I mount my 50 f/1.4 (290 g) lens on the 6D, then change to the 24-105 f/4L lens, the weight difference is very noticeable. So, if the new slow STM lens is much lighter, I will gladly replace my L lens with it.

Lenses / Re: The New Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II
« on: September 11, 2014, 09:34:27 AM »
Same length but 160g heavier.

Ya, first thing I checked too. Hmmm... I wonder if that's an error in the leak.

Lenses / Re: The New EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
« on: September 11, 2014, 08:24:22 AM »
If this lens weighs 400+ g, I may replace my heavy f/4 version with it. After all, recent lenses from Canon have been optically impressive.

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