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EOS Bodies / Re: More Coverage of the Canon EOS M
« on: July 23, 2012, 01:13:46 PM »
...I think you'd agree that submersible $1K APS-C is such an extreme niche market that it doesn't even vaguely register on Canon's marketing's consciousness....

Absolutely.  But as I pointed out elsewhere, the G1 X is outselling the Nikon 1 offerings on Amazon, which I expect points to a solid market for a high-end fixed-lens camera, and that rings a loud bell in Canon's marketing's consciousness...

So, how long before you get bored with your newest toy and feel the need for one of these in the bag neuro? :D

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EOS Bodies / Re: More Coverage of the Canon EOS M
« on: July 23, 2012, 11:55:52 AM »
Yup. It's a Rebel in a PowerShot body, and it won't be all that much longer before all the Rebels have been merged into the EOS-M line, as well as the G-series PowerShots.

Look at all the specs, and the only meaningful thing any of the Rebels have that this doesn't is the viewfinder. And the only Rebel buyers who actually prefer the viewfinder are starving students and penny pinchers. Anybody who actually uses a viewfinder knows that the Rebel viewfinders are dollhouse coke bottles and would only use a Rebel if there wasn't any other option.

Well, I suppose there's another thing you can get in some Rebels that this first EOS-M doesn't have: an articulating screen. But that'll come soon, I guarantee you....

Cheers,

b&

An articulating screen on a compact? I suspect, mirrorless or not, that will have to be as big as a G-series . . . I doubt canon will ever get rid of all of the current-sized rebels; they'd be turning away at least some people that either want a camera that's easier to hold or people that want the look/feel of a 'pro' camera.

Well played, though, Canon.  If the IQ truly ends up as good as a T3i/T4i, then your price point is right.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Preorder the Canon EOS M
« on: July 23, 2012, 09:06:54 AM »
Am I the only one thinking that when Beach/Adorama/B&H start the 'super packages' it's going to be really nice?

The price really isn't that bad considering it's size.

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Portrait / Re: My BEAUTIFUL GF (feedback please)
« on: July 18, 2012, 08:56:37 AM »
Bah; the brokeh here is fine -- the f1.4 is a much better lens, but at $100 what do you want?  I love 50mm on a crop body, it feels "right".

As alex mentioned, shoot raw and use something that has a lens profile to remove distortion and chromatic aberration.

Are the colors intentional?  Seems like the white balance is off on at least two . . . unless you did that on purpose to get a particular effect.

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Lenses / Re: New Canon 50mm Coming? [CR1]
« on: July 17, 2012, 11:46:20 AM »
I came in at the 15-85 days, so I don't know if the 'the lens would be better at $" thing started then, or is just something from pricing experts.

Am I the only person that won't pay retail? Bundle? Used? Think about it, at nearly $900, we're talking improved (just sub-L) build quality, most likely a faster USM ( think the 85mm f1.8) and probably improved IQ.

IS, well, Yeah, that'd be nice, but if it's the same system from the 70-300mm non-L, I think we're all better off without it. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Mirrorless Update - APS-C? [CR2]
« on: July 13, 2012, 06:57:49 AM »

See, that's where I  don't get it; my wife's 4s is the *only* half way 'keepable' phone camera but it is nothing compared to any of canon's entry-level IS cameras.

Most people don't care about quality!!! All they ever do with their photos is post them on FaceSpace. They don't even make 4x6 prints. For these Non-Photo-Enthusiasts a camera phone makes more sense than a Real Camera, 'cause they can post to Social Sites directly from their Smart Phone (no computer needed).

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The SX40IS type cameras are super light and get great IQ for the price ...

But you can't make a phone call on them or post to directly to SpaceFace ;)

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We're pretty sure this camera's price isn't going to be cheap and nothing is going to be revolutionary on it . . .

I'm not looking for a cheap price! I'm looking for a small/light camera and I'm willing to pay a reasonable amount of money to get it. The M4/3 Olympus OM-D E-M5 sells for $999.00 and there is a waiting list to get them, so it's not just me wanting this type of small/light camera.

Okay, this seems like the first lucid response :)  So you're expecting the mirror less to surpass even the G-series, while still being compact (which isn't going to be necessarily cheap).  That makes sense.

Re: SmartPhones
I think once people have kids, their perceptions about image quality change though . . . and $100 P&S take fabulous photos these days. 

Don't get me wrong, I've had 2 iPhones, and plan to replace the one I have, but I'm ready to go back to a dedicated phone and just have a PDA (as soon as I can get one with wifi) and with privacy concerns (some places don't like cameras on their visitors) I think we'll see some non-camera choices soon.

Eventually, (some) people will realize that 1 camera, phone and 'computer' means when your phone breaks, your camera does too . . . but that's another topic entirely :)

Thanks for the explanation about your thoughts on the mirror less; makes more sense (for some people).

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EOS Bodies / Re: Mirrorless Update - APS-C? [CR2]
« on: July 12, 2012, 02:14:09 PM »

Someone help me out here :)  I can't see what's wrong with the current (and possibly future) lineup of SLRs and P&S cameras.

Thanks

There are some of us who think that DSLR bodies have grown too large. We don't want to lug around a 2.5 lb Pro Body DSLR or a 2+ lb DSLR.  My 16.2Mp Sony NEX 5n (APS-C, 1.5 crop) weighs 7.4 Oz. A 24Mp NEX 7 (APS-C, 1.5 crop) weighs 9.3 Oz. Are you starting to get the picture ??? Small light weight cameras that produce high quality files are what we want. The Sony NEX and Olympus OM-D E-M5 (15 Oz) are what many photographers want/need. These cameras may look like toys to you, but they are producing magazine covers and advertising photos. Hopefully the upcoming Canon Mirrorless with be good enough to join the party.

BTW there will be no future P&S cameras, they will be replaced by smart phones :)

See, that's where I  don't get it; my wife's 4s is the *only* half way 'keepable' phone camera but it is nothing compared to any of canon's entry-level IS cameras.

The S95 is tiny but I can create better shots out of it than some of the parents with DSLRs at my kids games. 

The SX40IS type cameras are super light and get great IQ for the price, which brings me back to the original point:
We're pretty sure this camera's price isn't going to be cheap and nothing is going to be revolutionary on it . . . so is this all just a case of people being excited because at some point in the future they're going to be great?

Is there really anything exciting here or are we talking about Neapolitan Ice-cream where you sorta get a little of everything but there's nothing to really love?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Patents - EF 600 f/5.6 DO & 800 f/5.6 DO
« on: July 12, 2012, 12:18:26 PM »
Is this further proof that they won't bring f8 AF back?  :o

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EOS Bodies / Re: Mirrorless Update - APS-C? [CR2]
« on: July 12, 2012, 12:16:54 PM »
I re-read up on all of this every time a new rumor comes out and the point really still eludes me . . .

As I understand it, they're trying to get features from P&S cameras (lightweight, small, no mirror noise) and SLRs (interchangeable lenses, bigger sensors) to work together, no?

If that's the case, is this like the 'buy a hybrid car' thing, where the economics don't work from a practical sense but it's the principal of the thing?

Someone help me out here :)  I can't see what's wrong with the current (and possibly future) lineup of SLRs and P&S cameras.

Thanks

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Lenses / Re: Patent - Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L IS
« on: July 08, 2012, 08:21:08 PM »
OR . . . it would be so unfeasibly expensive now that they really need a bulletproof mkII run to get all of the optics right before releasing a 'just with IS' upgrade.

What was the other option, charge $2300 for a mkII that ONLY had IS and could basically churn out 'as good' pictures?

My vote goes with that this was one of the 'test iterations' out there, and it just didn't have good enough IQ to go this route vs what they are releasing . . .

Or we could complain about price more.  I came to do that :D but everyone else beat me to it, so I guess I have to think instead. :P

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Of course they will! Canon will realize that they've released a sub-par product and try to con consumers by releasing a firmware fix, admitting they're slipping  ;D

So a firmware fix is an admission a company is slipping?

Hmmmm.. don't know if I agree.

That said I'm glad rich idiots beta test new cameras by buying them 4 months before me.

You need to read more threads here, of course it is!  Every time your camera gets a firmware update, you should sell it and buy a Nikon :)

Seriously though, first-releases are always somewhat buggy; Apple is one of the companies that's made it fashionable to be a beta-tester.  Still, I think I could deal with 1DX, flaws and all if someone gave me one :)

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Quote from: Chuck Westfall
The Ec-C V screen depicts depth of field accurately to apertures of approximately f/4 and smaller. It's very similar to the "A" screens on cameras like the 5D Mark II, etc.

In response to an additional question, Mr. Westfall did indicate that it would be possible to add metering support for the Ec-S screen to the 1D X via a firmware update, although of course he acknowledged there is no guarantee that Canon will ever do so.

Of course they will! Canon will realize that they've released a sub-par product and try to con consumers by releasing a firmware fix, admitting they're slipping  ;D

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At least two post here read like madlibs, with outrage . . . from other posts. 

I blame web two point oh.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Macbook pro retina advice
« on: July 05, 2012, 04:22:08 PM »
You missed one thing (that I didn't see corrected), there is no 13" retina (yet), so it seems that's not really a choice in the matter since you said the cost is out.

What you get for the current retina MBP: WOW.  You're impressing a viewer . . . so what it's doing is replacing the 17" and it's great for showing a presentation on the road . . . but you're paying for it (for now).

With the iPhone, it was a huge deal to switch, because it was a tiny screen that you look at closer; not a lot of people are chucking their iPad 2 for the new Retina iPad . . .

As for the replacability of items in the laptops, it's a tradeoff for portability.  My family's PC laptops are so large, they don't even bring them on business trips.  My wife stole my MacBook Pro when I got the air even though she's got a more powerful Win7 laptop. That is also where my S95 went . . .

Back to the retina display, when we get the tech for the 'current price' of the hardware, it'll rock, hard.

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Video & Movie / Re: Happy 4th all
« on: July 05, 2012, 01:15:35 PM »
We don't celebrate the 4th July here in England, just like you guys in America don't celebrate the fall of Hanoi...

But have a great time nonetheless ...

Please don't chuck any tea in the harbour - it makes a heck of a mess.
;D keeps the fish up all night too!

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