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EOS Bodies / Re: "Two New FF Bodies in 2014" - if 5DM4, would you jump in?
« on: November 30, 2013, 02:44:04 PM »
I think owners of the 5DIII that would consider "upgrading" to an imaginary 5D4 are probably people with really deep pockets and lots of disposable income- so more power to you! As a professional artist I try to keep gear expenses to necessity. I can't see how dropping another 3k+ (If I owned a 5D3) would be a wise move.

And since Canon has released 3 relatively new FF bodies in recent years (1DX, 5D3 and 6D), I really can't see how it would make much sense for them to release any new bodies with incremental upgrades.

Who would they be targeting with this new camera? I can only see a need for a high mega pixel camera in Canon's lineup.

Wouldn't you agree, people with deep pockets, and a lot of disposable income, are usually a very good demographic to market to???...I'm just saying!  Besides, if photographers, like yourself, are happy with their current gear, you're not going to upgrade regardless of the specs of a 5D MkIV anyway. 

Canon needs to sell camera bodies every year, so they're probably going to market to those who want the "latest and greatest" technology, and are willing to pay for it.  I'm one of those consumers.

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EOS Bodies / Re: "Two New FF Bodies in 2014" - if 5DM4, would you jump in?
« on: November 30, 2013, 01:17:04 PM »
I don't really need better high ISO performance. Lifting shadows could work better for low ISO shots. The D800 works nicely with bright backgrounds, whereas with 5D3 you choose to get the background or the subjects in front of it.

... or use Magic Lantern's dual_iso module to lift the dr of iso 100 to 14ev+ which solves exactly the situation you described.

Don't you risk damaging the sensor using Magic Lanter's dual_iso module? Here is the warning that is stated:

Warning
This code changes low-level sensor parameters. In the technical doc you can see how this method messes with the feedback loop for optical black, for example. Therefore, it's safe to assume it can fry the sensor or do other nasty things. My 5D3 is still alive after roughly one week of playing with this, but that's not a guarantee.

We don't pay for repairs. Use it at your own risk.


With the large R&D budget that Canon has, I see no reason why Canon can't just produce a better sensor that produces 14+ EV of DR, so we get the best of both worlds; high ISO performance for lowlight conditions, like wedding photography, and higher DR at lower ISO for landscape photography.

And yes, I'm willing to pay a premium if Canon can deliver a 5D MkIV with a sensor that can deliver strong high ISO performance with a much improved DR at lower ISO...cost is only an issue in the absence of value!

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Canon General / Re: So what have we bought this Black... Er, Weekend?
« on: November 30, 2013, 12:59:23 PM »
I just purchased the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens...it was too good of a deal to pass up at $725 after the rebate!

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EOS Bodies / Re: "Two New FF Bodies in 2014" - if 5DM4, would you jump in?
« on: November 29, 2013, 06:37:43 PM »
* A significant improvement in Dynamic Range (at least 15 EV) sensor performance.  This is the most important enhancement I'm looking for.

* The enhancements that the 1DX autofocus and metering system offers (Intelligent Tracking and Recognition with face detection).  Hopefully with wider focus points coverage.

* A much improved buffering capacity for shooting RAW at 6-7 fps in full resolution

* In camera crop mode with 8 fps

* Dual compact flash memory card slots

Also, I like using a pro body with larger lenses, because they balance so much better, and I'm not a fan of battery grips.  What I think would be very cool is if Canon offered the 5DM4 in two body styles:
1. The current body style (optional battery grip would still be available)
2. Pro body style (offered at a $300-400 premium)...there would still be a big enough gap in performance from the 1DX MkII, so the 5DMK4 would not cannibalize 1DX sales.




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EOS Bodies / Re: Two New Full Frame Cameras in 2014? [CR1]
« on: November 29, 2013, 12:26:18 PM »
If Canon delivers the following enhancements in the 5D Mark IV, I would be a buyer at a price under $4,000:

* A significant improvement in Dynamic Range (at least 15 EV) sensor performance.  This is the most important enhancement I'm looking for.

* The enhancements that the 1DX autofocus and metering system offers (Intelligent Tracking and Recognition with face detection).  Hopefully with wider focus points coverage.

* A much improved buffering capacity for shooting RAW at 6-7 fps in full resolution

* In camera crop mode with 8 fps

* Dual compact flash memory card slots

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EOS Bodies / Re: New EOS-1 in 2014 [CR1]
« on: November 20, 2013, 04:28:19 PM »
I'm more curious about the sensor performance, particularly its low ISO dynamic range. If Canon shows no improvement in this department, it's unlikely we'll see anything better coming out of Canon sensors in the next 4 to 5 years.

This is a good example of why we should be oh so concerned about sales figures.  Canon has been behind in low ISO dynamic range throughout their sensor lineup for a few years now, and it hasn't hurt their dSLR sales. 

If the roof on your house looks to be in excellent shape and doesn't leak, would you replace it?  Unlikely…if it ain't broke, don't fix it.  From Canon's perspective, their sensors 'ain't broke'.

Hi Neuro,

I respect your opinion, but I have to disagree with the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" mentality.  Canon is basically a tech company, and if a tech company is being innovative, then sooner or later they are going to be out of business.   I also don’t think you can look at current sales to determine if a company will be successful, or profitable, in the future.

For example, take a look at Blackberry or Nokia, these two companies not too long ago were the 800 lb. gorillas in mobile phones. They had solid sales numbers, and now they are struggling to survive.  I’ll bet when those companies were on top, their management was saying, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, and now look at the situation they are in.

If Canon, Nikon, Sony and the other players don’t continue to deliver innovative products, then sooner or later they are going to be the next Blackberry/Nokia. 

Just my two cents.
Thanks

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Materials used in EOS Camera Bodies?
« on: November 17, 2013, 02:24:33 PM »
Two questions regarding materials used in EOS camera bodies:

Corning has developed Gorilla Glass 3 for computer and smart phone LCDs, and the glass is super tough, and is basically scratch proof. 

http://www.corninggorillaglass.com

Why doesn't Canon use Gorilla Glass for the camera body LCDs, so we don't have to worry about the LCD being scratched or damaged?

My second question, is there a lighter composite material that camera bodies (and lenses) could be made from, that is just as strong as titanium, which would help reduce the weight of camera bodies and lenses?

Thanks


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When Sony announces the new A7(r) this week, they are also supposed to be announcing the mapping of future lenses for the new system.

Also, the sensors for these cameras are brand new, so I'll be anxious to see how they compare to the Nikon sensors, which Sony manufactured.

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New here, been lurking.
So I guess I just dont get the full frame mirrorless excitment!
My thought is small mirrorless body, APS-C sensor, small light weight lenses, decent lens speed.
Full Frame sensor means fast lenses are BIG lenses! Not really conducive for light weight travel kits.
Enjoying my full frame 6D and multiple L lenses, but they are heavy!

I think I've become a full frame sensor snob, because I just can't get excited about the crop sensor image quality, and it would be nice to have a lightweight FF set-up when I don't want to kill my back carrying one of my full size DSLRs.

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Lenses / Re: Goin' to Chicago. Sorry but I can't take you ...
« on: October 14, 2013, 12:46:50 PM »
I was recently in Chicago for business and I only had my Canon S100 with me...I sure wish I had brought with me one of my DSLRs with a wide-angle lens!


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Dylan,

I'm also excited about the new Sony A7 & A7R as well...I've been following the updates over at sonyalpharumors.  I will purchase this camera, probably the A7!  Hopefully the camera has a good autofocus system.

This new FF camera system will be a great light weight set-up for travel.  Hopefully Sony comes out with a strong lens line-up.  I'm hoping Sony comes out with a strong UWA lens, because it would be nice lighter weight set-up to carry in my bag, along side my Canon 5dMIII w/70-200mm f/2.8 L.

thanks

 

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Black & White / Re: Black and White Landscapes!
« on: September 07, 2013, 04:23:29 PM »
Mount Rushmore

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: August 17, 2013, 01:00:00 PM »
My recent vacation to the Black Hills...unfortunately, it was a hazy and overcast sky most of my time there.

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This thread is a perfect example of why I always use my American Express card for purchases...anytime I have had an issue with a purchase, or wanted to dispute a charge, AMEX credits my account right away, they deal with the merchant, and they always get the issue cleared up in my favor without me having to get involved.


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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent - New Superzooms
« on: June 02, 2013, 03:14:56 PM »
I'm very interested in the 28-200mm for my 5D MkIII.   Hopefully the lens will be L quality, and weigh less than 900g, which would make for a great walk around lens.

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