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EOS Bodies / Re: High Megapixel Camera Coming in 2015 [CR3]
« on: December 17, 2014, 12:47:56 PM »
It always nice to see CR3. At this moment in my life, I just don't see myself owing 50MP camera. I'm sure there plenty shooters out there are in need for high MP body. Good days are ahead of us.... :)

I love seeing CR3's as well, Dylan. 

But a CR3 for 'FF + not gripped + 50 MP + 2015' is not far off from saying "Canon is working on new products for the future [CR3]".  I really need just one more level of detail to get excited about this, something like any one of these things:

  • The event it will likely be announced at
  • Who is making the sensor
  • Is this a camera for landscapers or studio folks
  • it will be new sensor tech to dramatically increase low ISO DR

I love this site and think they have a good track record in a world rumor mongers who often swing and miss, but this isn't a rumor so much as a broad read on what's coming.  I'll get excited at that next level of detail.

- A

EOS Bodies / Re: High Megapixel Camera Coming in 2015 [CR3]
« on: December 17, 2014, 12:32:52 PM »
Sir, I do not think, that Conon will release an "bad-sensored" camerabody. Maybe the IQ is not the the IQ you get from the Nikon D800E or Sony A7 36MP.  I hope -  it will be on an equal level like the IQ of todays Canon products.
Just think of, what will happen to Canon if this Camera is rubbish? They will never release an under-average product.
Maybe it took so long to developa an good high MP sensor.

Wasn't that what the EOS-M was considered to be by many... even Canon themselves(recently)?

EOS-M was only under-average on AF ...and corporate support of the basic idea.  The IQ is actually quite good and I think APS-C is not a terrible call to split the difference between the mirrorless world that wants everything made smaller and the mirrorless world that wants best possible IQ.  They clearly need products for both camps, but APS-C is not a terrible starting point and the EOS-M could have been successful as a result.

But I still don't think Canon has launched a mirrorless system until they give us a @#$%ing EVF and more than two native lenses to choose from at B&H.   The embarrassment of the EOS-M is not the product so much as Canon pushing a ship in flames out of port with a vague intention to 'put that fire out soon'.

- A

Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EF 24-105 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
« on: December 17, 2014, 12:10:29 PM »
I don't mind seeing kit 18-55 and 55-250 moving from [no specifically named AF motor tech] to STM, but now we're seeing 'step-up' non-L zooms like the 18-135 now this 24-105 offer STM instead of what we should be getting for $600, which is USM.  Prior lenses like the 18-135, 28-135, etc. had USM, so as much as the newer lenses are likely a step up in IQ, they would appear to be a downgrade on focusing speed.

I know video is much more important these days, so STM is a nice get, but as a strictly stills shooter this trend is alarming.  The has-to-happen-eventually EF 50mm f/wehavenoidea IS that will replace the 50 f/1.4 USM had better retain USM focusing or I'll have to buy that Sigma's blasted pickle jar as my next 50.  Focusing speed is a big deal!

- A

EOS Bodies / Re: Sony Sensors Coming to Canon DSLRs? [CR1]
« on: December 17, 2014, 11:31:21 AM »
I don't think Canon will use Sony sensors in pro/flagship level bodies, I just don't.  Proprietary tech, pride, 'the Canon Premium', etc. all tip the scales very heavily away from bringing in Sony to assist.  In lesser trimlines, the large sensor compacts, possibly even a Rebel -- I think Sony involvement could occur.  I know Rebels are cash cows, but Canon's pride with Rebels is far, far less.

But, in using an analogy to PCs, Apple has had to wrestle with similar tradeoffs.  Switching to Intel chips was considered a massive 'pride concession' at the time, but they felt it was necessary.  But it's not the same as, say, seeing Apple give up on their OS and using Windows exclusively.  For a thousand reasons, Apple didn't do that, but it flags a point that's applicable here:  certain aspects of the product are essential to defining their company's identity, essential to differentiation, and essential to getting the sales price they want.  I would argue that sensors are near the top of that list.

- A

Lenses / Re: Sigma 35 Art and the USB dock - calibration tips appreciated
« on: December 16, 2014, 07:54:21 PM »
Much obliged, wombat.

- A

EOS Bodies / Re: Sony Sensors Coming to Canon DSLRs? [CR1]
« on: December 16, 2014, 10:49:35 AM »
I wonder why do from time to time CR begins to make storms out of nothing. I presume when the visitors stats begin to go down he brings an old topic just for the sake of a few tech geeks to comment around and say old crap in a new way.

Consider:  This website is not called Canon News

- A

EOS Bodies / Re: Sony Sensors Coming to Canon DSLRs? [CR1]
« on: December 15, 2014, 04:39:52 PM »
If Canon did this, DXO would implode from having no one left to pick on.

- A

PowerShot Cameras / Re: Canon to Target The GH4 With New DSLR Type? [CR2]
« on: December 15, 2014, 04:07:40 PM »

the m has access to various high quality systems.  via the adaptor itis the most compatable camera canon make.  add in those sigma arts, tokinas zeiss etc...

or do you want excruciately expensive bright brimes and telezooms that only fit the m.

I shoot stills with autofocus, so using MF lenses through an adapter is not going to do it for me.  I want a high performing mirrorless system with reliable and quick autofocus, which means native EF-M lenses with USM focusing, either first party or possibly by Sigma.

Native EF-M lenses will also create the smallest aggregate mirrorless setup as compared to adapters or bolting on pickle-jar EF lenses.

There are tons of other options on this front, and Sony and Fuji have compelling offerings.  But I don't mind waiting for CAnon to get it right here as (a) I could adapt my EF glass (thus allowing an EOS-M to be a small second body) and (b) I prefer Canon ergonomics, menu system, build quality, etc.  This isn't a screaming need for me so much as an opportunity I can wait for.

- A

Lenses / Sigma 35 Art and the USB dock - calibration tips appreciated
« on: December 15, 2014, 02:38:27 PM »
Hey all, I've rented the Sigma 35 Art for a test run soon.  I also rented the USB dock to be to able to dial-in the focus on my 5D3.

It hasn't come in yet, but I have a limited amount of time (perhaps one evening) at home to use the USB dock before I head out on a trip where I won't have a computer with me.  Do you have any tips / lessons learned on how to best go through the entire process of using the dock, taking test shots, etc.?  How similar is the process/workflow to on-board AFMA?


PowerShot Cameras / Re: Canon to Target The GH4 With New DSLR Type? [CR2]
« on: December 15, 2014, 12:42:44 PM »
Exactly. It appears that Canon is trying to sneak into good standing with budget filmmakers by associating itself with Panasonic and the GH4. However, it's exceedingly easy for Canon to compete with the GH4 - all they need to do is make the 1Dc $2,000...but they won't.

I'm a stills guy, but videographers keep telling me that there's far more to a video rig than if 4K is / isn't included.  Surely Canon's stubbornness to not offer 4K at lower price points comes with other features/codecs/options that the GH4 doesn't have, right?  (And, no: a high price is not a feature   :P)

I recognize Canon's being foolish here, but is it a 'reasonable market segmentation' foolishness or a flat out Rome-is-burning / 'The Emperor is wearing no clothes' sort of foolishness?  Is this like Mercedes deciding to never sell an affordable car but at least what they sell is really well built, or has Honda (Panasonic) simply made a comprehensively better car (GH4) for less money?

I appreciate how disruptive the GH4 is, but is it truly better than its higher price point competition?

- A

PowerShot Cameras / Re: Canon to Target The GH4 With New DSLR Type? [CR2]
« on: December 15, 2014, 12:21:26 PM »
This baffles me, why they dont use a system they already have, meaning the EOS-M?

Make a high end mirrorless with the M system, you have already lenses for it. Make more! Pancakes! Fast zooms!

Plus it's the cinematic format that pros really really like. Slap a 4k here, zebras there, good codecs and its done. Swively screen and videographers will like it more. EVF and you'll win over also photo takers.

Without mentioning that there is a squadron of canon uses drooling for a pro mirrorless and just cant let go of their gear for a gh4 or a sony AND you make current M users happy too.

Again, baffled. C'mon.

This is a total yawn until I saw "1 inch sensor" and a thought that this might have a lens mount.

If Canon offers a fourth lens mount (when EF-M is currently starving for high quality glass) for what appears to be some smash-and-grab 4K video response crossed with a drone opportunity, I will formally give up on ever owning a Canon mirrorless setup. 

Agree that EOS-M and more EF-M lenses are a better solution than what this rumor proposes.  If not that, surely a fixed (non-modular) zoom lens is the easier way to go here, right?

- A

Lenses / Re: Yet another DXO Interpretation Time video with Tony Northrup
« on: December 14, 2014, 08:03:09 PM »
Like an idiot I actually watched the video to the end! As always he seems very plausible whilst talking absolute bol&oc$s.
So he is telling me that I should delete all the lovely sharp, detailed images I got with my FF camera and 300, 400,600 + 800mm lenses and keep the crap images I got with crop cameras on the same lenses?

I also watched the video (this time) and as best I can process from his argument, he is saying that if you don't have the appropriate reach for wildlife and have to crop the shot or use a crop body, the crop body will have more pixels dedicated to the subject, i.e. a 5D3 has 22 MP, but only 8.6 MP if you crop it as though it were an APS-C focal length.  He'd rather have the APS-C sensor's full 20 MP to do the same job to capture more detail.

This, of course, presumes you can't move your feet, you don't have longer glass to call upon, and it's broad daylight.  If any of those three constraints change...

- A

Lenses / Yet another DXO Interpretation Time video with Tony Northrup
« on: December 13, 2014, 09:12:08 PM »
Tony Northrup, at it again, on the notion of using FF lenses on crop bodies.  This one touches all the bases -- DXO P-MPix resolution comparisons, filling the frame vs. cropping with wildlife, why cramming pixels in higher densities is awesome, etc.


He's been on a steady clip lately -- one per week or so.  The thought of Tony Toni Tone knocking out a "here's how the world works" every week kinda chills my blood.

(As always, I post these hoping for a proper group skewering.  I eagerly await Neuro's rebuttal web-series, entitled "I am the anti-Tony", but it hasn't happened yet.)

- A

Software & Accessories / Adobe CS6 + ACR / DNG 8.7.1
« on: December 11, 2014, 02:34:43 PM »

I have a knuckleheaded question about Photoshop and ACR.

I have Photoshop CS6 in my Mac and I process my RAW files through ACR.  As ACR is updated periodically for new cameras, lenses, RAW formats, etc., I grab the updates.  Over the summer, I grabbed the beta for a new version (listed as in PS for some reason) so that I could have a lens profile for my (at the time) new 16-35 F/4L IS.  It worked fine, though once per day when I opened it, I'd get a message that the beta would expire after a certain date.  Even after that date, it worked fine and I could use the 16-35 F/4L IS profile.

But today 8.7.1 came out and I thought I'd update things.  It was a paired DNG converter and ACR update.  I downloaded and installed it, and though the DNG converter is there, launching ACR from PS (by opening a .CR2 file) opened the same old version of ACR with the beta expiry date message.


Is 8.7.1 not compatible with CS6?  Must I upgrade to CC to get it?  (I got zero warning / error messages during installation of 8.7.1.)

If it is compatible, any idea what the problem is?  Do I have to associate the newer ACR application with CS6 somehow?  (I can't seem to find that in the preferences anywhere.)


- A

Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Pancake
« on: December 10, 2014, 08:36:07 PM »
This lens makes perfect sense for my setup. I have a 5d3 with a sweet suite of L glass but I also own the 40 pancake (which I LOVE). So when I picked up an SL1 getting the little brother pancake was perfect sense. Fantastic little kit. I'm thinking it's my perfect Disney kit. Leashed onto a Black Rapid Cross Shot, it's an all day walk around setup that my back thanks me for.

My only regret with the pancake is that it's an EF-S mount.  I'd love a wide AF pancake for my 5D3.

- A

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