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PowerShot / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X Successor Coming Shortly [CR2]
« on: February 02, 2014, 06:44:45 PM »
And if it features another slow zoom lens and tiny optical viewfinder, it will be equally unexciting.


I disagree. Slow zoom lens and the lack of viewfinder did not stop the RX100 from earning all those accolades. G1X successor needs: articulate LCD, touchscreen, dual pixel AF, size/weight reduction and that small OVF with 100% coverage (such as the one in this patent: http://petapixel.com/2012/12/11/canon-patent-reveals-a-smaller-optical-viewfinder-with-100-coverage/).

If Canon can do all the above, I'll be interested. :)

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Canon General / Re: Canon's Fiscal Year 2013 Financial Results Released
« on: January 29, 2014, 10:51:15 PM »
I have to say...what an odd reaction to what really is good news.  Canon is a profitable, viable company.  I know the source of the negativity, that they won't be forced to innovate until their bottom line is hurt, but I also like to think that it is good to know that even in a down economy for cameras, Canon is doing well and will be around for awhile longer to service my gear and sell me more.  I doubt we can say the same for all the camera manufacturers out there.

+1

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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon 11-24mm f/4 Lens
« on: January 27, 2014, 04:00:25 AM »
Well I used to work with two, but if you want internet proof then go look at Joe McNally's site and see some of the amazing work, including portraits, he has put out with his 14-24.

That's a good one 'cos there's no EXIF info to help one determine what lens was used for each shot. :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon 11-24mm f/4 Lens
« on: January 27, 2014, 03:55:49 AM »
Of course, I am the only person I can and want to speak for. Having said that I am one of the very few posters here that ever constrains their input by saying " personally" or " in my opinion" I even did it several times in this thread, do you?

I don't have to because I conform to what's available in the market. :) If you are the sole voice in a million with strange requirements, then, it should hardly surprise you that your demands are totally ignored.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon 11-24mm f/4 Lens
« on: January 26, 2014, 10:37:21 AM »
The FF lens that Canon really needs to equal or best is the 14-24 f2.8. An 11-24 f4, is not, in my opinion, it.

That is solely YOUR opinion.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon 11-24mm f/4 Lens
« on: January 26, 2014, 09:48:01 AM »
Many, many, Nikon users use the 12-24 f2.8 as a general purpose ultra wide zoom, I don't see that Canon users, who have gotten so used to lackluster ultrawide zooms of mediocre performance and length, should be unable to utilize a single millimeter of extra width below our Nikon cousins.

Seriously? Perhaps you can provide some solid proof that many Nikon users used the 14-24 as a general purose zoom lens.

I once saw the photos by an amateur wedding photographer who shot an entire wedding with his ultrawide lens (in this case, the Canon EF-S 10-22 or 16-35 lens in 35 mm equivalent) cos that was all he had. I can tell you many of the photos were bad, really really bad... perspective distortion is simply awful.

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Canon is updating their non-L primes to IS versions only. No choice. The user pays for IS whether or not it is required. Why?

(a) To save on design cost. (b) The old non-IS version remains available. (c) The new IS version is optically superior, has extra functionality and no weight penalty. So, why not?

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With sensors doing ISO12800 easily and still increasing, why do we need IS in sub-100mm lenses? Just chase up the sensitivity. Huh?

Just because you see no value in adding IS to sub-100 mm lenses does not mean others have no use for it.

As for Sony and "in-body stabilisation" ... well, maybe they didn't include it to keep the cost down.
Or maybe they do not know how to do it for a 36 MP FF sensor? Also the point of making 70-200 f/4 OSS is... ???

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The insistence by Canon to slap IS into basically any new lens is proof of this assumption. This also means that they have been spending a lot of dinero on perfecting this technology, instead of simply binning it in favour of new ideas.

Does the latest and best mirrorless from Sony, the 36 MP A7R, come with in-body stabilisation? NO

Does the upcoming Sony 70-200 f/4 lens feature OSS? YES

So much for new ideas from Sony...

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The bottom line in all camera companies is this: profit. Which companies have the biggest market shares worldwide? I'm afraid it's still Canon and Nikon. Sony has been trying very hard, releasing one product after another... but their market shares have not changed an iota over the years. I agree the RX100 and A7 series are fantastic.... but just check out how well these cameras are selling on Amazon (USA) and BCNRanking (Japan)... Clearly, the market isn't embracing these cameras.

So, are Nikon and Canon past their prime? Don't think so. Sure, they have misfires like the Df and EOS M/M2... but who cares about these products when their target market is very small in the first place? Remember, the ratio of DSLR:EVIL camera sold is 9:1 in both N. America and Europe... it's been like that for years.

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Reviews / Re: Canon 6D Review: 1+ Year Hands-On [video review]
« on: January 22, 2014, 10:00:07 PM »
There's several highlight blow outs in some of the sky images and why is the sky darker than the land / foreground...looks like to strong grad filters too me. Nice colours, but some of the scenes look like there's false colours added from the ND grads colour casts. The scenes are nice and dramatic, but many of these would fail RPS judging (or degree level photography portfolio judging) due to the exposure issues I've just mentioned. There's bad flare in one shot and another has split boulders in the fore ground, it's important not to split any in half at the edges of the frame. These are very nice and colourfull images, i'm sure they sell well to punters. Especially to the framed print crowds, but really wouldn't impress anyone with a qualification in photography.


I almost forgot to ask, what's your website URL?
Graham


GMC has some wonderful images here: http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=4624.msg355920#msg355920

Actually, I understand what GMC is saying. Your ND and grad filters are causing color shifts. You may want to consider changing to more expensive filters, if you so desire. ;D Now, having said that, photography is an art... so there is no rule why color shifts are bad... that is why some deliberately choose to use the 'wrong' white balance and others are able to produce colored IR images (just saw a whole article devoted to that in Landscape Photographer)...

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Much simpler than that: For reasons unknown, Canon is simply throwing away 1/3-1/2 stops of dynamic range, you can recover that by changing some setting in the camera. Plus the "trick" from Canon to compensate the light loss inherent to faster lenses is not beneficial if you shoot raw, so ML is working on a way to give you the "real" raw data.

And on the 6D, one may be able to recover as much as 2/3 stop of dynamic range? Wow.

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Canon General / Re: Why Scott Kelby Switched to Canon
« on: January 20, 2014, 10:32:01 AM »
This is shocking because Scott Kelby has always been a very strong proponent of the Nikon system. Now, why will someone who has touted the wide dynamic range in Nikon cameras suddenly switch to a system with inferior sensors?  ;D  ;D  ;D

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Reviews / Re: Canon 6D Review: 1+ Year Hands-On [video review]
« on: January 20, 2014, 03:39:04 AM »
... more accurate sensor based CDAF, which does not require AF micro adjustment...

Dual pixel AF on 70D does not require AF micro adjustment either.

the D800E can never touch the Sony in terms of sheer resolution...

Either something is wrong with your D800E or you are not using equivalent lenses on the D800E and A7R for comparison.

with the dated OVF , we cannnot see anything in real darkness , but with the EVF we can actually see through what we are actually shooting even in complete darkness...

Nonsense. When it's TOTAL darkness, the EVF won't show anything either.

I think once they try it they will love it or at lest accept it...

I used to own the OMD EM5 for a year. Gave me some great images. But I sold the camera after 1 year. Why? Because I totally hated the EVF and ergonomics.

So, I have tried the EM5 and could never accept the EVF.

Very happy I replaced the EM5 with 6D. A FAR superior user experience.

I also want tocuh screen AF of the EM1 in my next Canon FF...

The 70D has superb touch screen AF too.

I believe in 3 years the D-SLRs will die out.

Try to convince the American and European markets where DSLRs outsell EVIL cameras by a factor of 9:1.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: EF-M 18-40 Pancake
« on: January 20, 2014, 12:23:21 AM »
I don't understand why they didn't release any new M bodies in 2013

In US and Europe, the ratio of cameraless body to DSLR sold is about 9:1.

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