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EOS-M / Re: Hands-on with the Canon EOS M3
« on: February 26, 2015, 10:22:22 AM »
@docsmith
Regarding autofocus speed, while I didn't time it, autofocus was very fast and there was no shutter release lag as far as I could tell. It seemed virtually instant to me.

Much appreciated.  You may have just helped Canon sell at least one M3 in North America.  :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Smartphones Already Won -- Laforet
« on: February 26, 2015, 08:35:09 AM »
....meh.....

Different markets....A person satisfied with a smart phone as a camera was not likely to ever buy a DSLR.  But the "majority" of people out there were never likely to buy a SLR/DSLR.  I see smart phones killing the P&S market, but the issue to me for DSLRs isn't smartphones, but the fact that the migration from film to digital is mostly complete.   Anyone that wanted a DSLR likely now has one or can now purchase a used one for a very nice price. 

So, we've now reached the point where "new" DSLR sales are going to be for those upgrading to a new model or people buying their first DSLR.  But the rush of people dumping their SLR for a DSLR is mostly over.

I am sure DSLR sales will decline and Laforet will conclude he was right.  But a decline is DSLR sales is  nothing more than predicting the obvious.  It is only following the trend followed by the introduction of every paradigm shifting (digital DSLRs in this case) technology. 

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Congrats, too, and I am really keen on reading about your first experience with this lens here. Past year I had the opportunity to test the Tammy 150-600 on a Tamron booth with my 5D3 and 7D (Mark I). Optically it was surprisingly good (for such a superzoom) but its AF performance was so bad, in particular with my 5D3, that I decided not to buy it. My wife got one for her Nikon gear, but she has the same trouble with her Tammy's AF performance, MA didn't help much. In the past summer, shooting atlantic puffins in Norway, we met a guy using this Tammy with a 70D, and he said that he stopped even to try BIF.

So I am keen to learn about the Sigma's real life performance! Please, share your experience with us.

I have the 150-600S and shoot it on the 5DIII.  AF isn't an issue.  Fast, especially if you use a focus limiter.  Doesn't hunt much at all (no more than any other good lens).  And, so far, accurate (I know others have had issues with Sigma's AF...I have not)

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: A Suggestion on the EOS-1D C Replacement [CR1]
« on: February 23, 2015, 04:40:12 PM »
However, Canon seems to be trying to go the other way - segmentation.  The idea being, apparently, to get people to buy multiple bodies for different purposes instead of buying one do-it-all body like they did with the 5DII.

Segmentation is fine as long as there is a real differentiator.  For example, the 5Ds is clearly a differentiated camera--sacrificing high ISO for low ISO/high MP.  Let's see what Canon does to differentiate the 5Dc and 5DIV, if that is in fact what they are doing.

I suspect your concern is that they will stupidly cripple one of the bodies or lose out on the "jack of all trades" body.  We'll see. 

But, say they release only moderately differentiated bodies, say a 5DIV with weaker video functions (no 4K), but optimized for stills (24-28 MP, AF, fps, etc) vs a 5Dc (rumored specs - 4K, 18 MP, etc).  Both could be valuable bodies.  I'd personally opt for the 5DIV specs.  But those that do more video would likely opt for the camera with the 5Dc specs. 


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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: A Suggestion on the EOS-1D C Replacement [CR1]
« on: February 23, 2015, 03:13:16 PM »
This makes no sense to me.

If the development costs of the 1DC were prohibitive, despite the fact that it's basically just a 1DX, how would doing the exact same thing with a 5D4/5DC make any difference as far as development cost goes?

The problem with the 1DC wasn't the development cost, it was the body cost.  Charging $5000+ to add a feature that's included in a $900 camera was insulting, and most people wouldn't pay it.  Can't blame them!

I think what you are saying is that the spin does not make sense. 

The spin--development costs for a 1DC Mk II are too high so we'll make a 5DC.

Agreed, that doesn't make much sense for the reasons you mention.

The reality...a "cinema/video" oriented DSLR will provide more revenue/profit for Canon if they target the market segment/price point below their C100/300/500. 

I can see that making sense and seems to reflect what I have read on this forum from people that would actually use a cinema DSLR. 

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EOS-M / Re: Hands-on with the Canon EOS M3
« on: February 21, 2015, 08:46:48 AM »
Thanks for sharing Shunsai.  Did you get any sense as to how much faster the AF was?  I've read reports that it is ~6x faster than the M1 which should put the shutter lag at ~0.1-0.15 seconds.

Was the AF fast and responsive?

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 150-600 Contemporary?
« on: February 14, 2015, 10:29:55 AM »
Tough to know much.  It's MTF chart is only a little behind the "sport" version.  My guess is that the key differences will be AF, and build quality. 

It can likely be used for BIF...but my guess is that the "sport" version will be better. 

We'll know more once people actually have their hands on the lens.  But I will be watching to see what people think of the AF, IQ, bokeh and build quality.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: POLL: 5Ds/5DsR first impressions
« on: February 07, 2015, 06:43:42 AM »
I was intrigued by the statement that while this had similar DR it also had a "lower noise floor." 

Bottom line, all we have are specs and a few general statements.  I'll withhold judgment until reviews, tests, and some real world users have their hands on them. But my general expectation is that these will produce many enviable pictures.

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EOS-M / Re: Official: Canon EOS M3 and It's Not Coming To North America
« on: February 06, 2015, 06:39:57 AM »
Wow...burn Canon USA once......

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EOS Bodies / Re: More Images of the Canon EOS 5DS & 5DS R
« on: February 05, 2015, 06:12:56 AM »
I like how Canon is mostly standardizing their ergonomics. 

I does look like it is missing the AF area selection lever from the 7DII.

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If the price points are correct, that is at least not a complete non-starter.  But I'll keep my 5DIII for a year or longer.  If the reviews come back as amazing, if the noise/IQ shooting at MRAW (28 MP) is better than the 5DIII, etc...I'll at least consider it.  I would probably shoot MRAW most of the time and only shoot RAW as needed.  Could seen benefits to the "crop" modes if they give faster fps, as is rumored.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Mirrorless vs. DSLR
« on: February 03, 2015, 02:56:10 PM »
I mean if you get rid of the mirror and add fast 2.8 zooms or big f/1.2 primes with USM AF, they are huge and heavy. It's kinda moot that you go rid of the mirror and lost the advantages of keeping it in. Mirror less makes sense with smaller sensored cameras and slow lenses, but then again, why not just use slower smaller lighter lenses on a mirrored camera? I don't see mirrorless taking over the dslr anytime soon for speed.

Exactly.  Plus, I like my OVF.  Get to the point where an EVF is better than an OVF and then lets talk.

I own a 5DIII, 7D, and EOS-M.  I really enjoy the size of the 5DIII.  I use it >99% of the time.  I take the EOS-M when I want something small or light.  But, even then, sometimes it isn't even small enough. I am thinking of getting a S120, or something....the biggest advantage of the EOS-M I see is that it can be a backup camera to my 5DIII when traveling.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Bingo! New Canon 5Ds has 50.6 MP new rumored specs
« on: February 03, 2015, 01:37:33 PM »
Canon has planned 2015 to be a wall-to-wall new product marketing nuclear bomb. It's aggressive and I love it.

Ok...I'd love to see it....maybe this is Canon just being uber aggressive and trying to suck all the air out of CP+.  But, it is certainly a break from recent history.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Bingo! New Canon 5Ds has 50.6 MP new rumored specs
« on: February 03, 2015, 12:48:22 PM »
Am I the only one that finds a couple of things odd? 
  • We haven't seen any event announcements
  • Canon doesn't typically announce 4 cameras and a lens at the same time.  Typically, they give each their due

I know that this is CR3 or to be treated as fact.  But if true, why is Canon doing it this way?  Announce the 5Ds on its own or with the EF 11-24.  Then, two weeks later, announce the rebel and the EOS-M3.

While I have grown to trust this site and am very impressed by how accurate it has been this close to a release...I am not 100% sold on all of these being announced at once.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Where is the EOS 5D Mark IV? [CR2]
« on: January 30, 2015, 04:09:49 PM »
Great news for those chasing megapixels today concerning the 5DS, but really disappointing that those wanting modest improvements in the current line will need to wait until August 2015 for the 5D Mk IV. And even wait longer for the prices to drop a tad.

So, do I go another year with my 5D MkII? Or do I grab a Mk III when prices come down even more? Or wait?

All depends on your needs and state of your current gear.  I can tell you, I am not sure I will be upgrading from the 5DIII.  Great camera.

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