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With xxD bodies Canon "jumped the shark" when they updated the 50D with 60D... can't say I care that much with what they put in 70D.

Its like parading a Granny in supermodel clothes...still wrinkled and saggy underneath ;)

I will have to agree with tomscott though I think the effort is nice.

I have used the 5D3 for street but I will not say it is in anyway a low key camera, nor will I say it can be "masked" by tape or other sticks out. If one chooses to use it, one has to accept it for what it is.

For sometime now, I have been considering RX-1.... off and on...(thankfully off-cycle now)

Even RX-1 seems grotesque with its lens diameter almost flush with its body height! Leica does the best footprint job but it is not AF and I think it matters on the me anyways.

When it is all said and done, perhaps iPhones or soemthing similar may be ideal for street photography, all things considered.

Lenses / Re: Need your opinions on selling my 50L and 24/70L
« on: March 25, 2013, 09:50:54 AM »
50L and 85L make for a beautiful combination of prime lenses. They are not too close in focal length.

Note to self: Never ask for advice on internet forums   ::)

Canon will have to update their 16-35II and perhaps even the earlier version-one L primes...

It is clear they are having difficulty delivering on the UWA front... it is certainly not for the lack of trying. They have tried with version II which is, as I said elsewhere, "meh".

If this is true, then Canon almost certainly will have to update a number of L lenses if this body is in the horizon...I won't name names...but a number of names come to mind.

WOW, Canon still at least 2 years shy of the Nikon D800 sensor ...  :o
Confirms what I thought all along.

Geriatric ward really missed the boat big time.

Well D800 still didn't save Nikon from the stock market I guess the geriatric ward at Canon is doing something right...I feel the canon high MP will be less "green hued" for sure... ask Nikon to fix that first.

Another 3000.00 out of pocket. :(

Yeah 3000 ... I fell off the turnip truck laughing my ass off. ;)

More interesting question is.... Will sigma make good lenses, period   :P

Don't try to kill me sigma crowd...I was only kidding  :D

Lenses / Re: naked eye equivalent?
« on: March 23, 2013, 06:00:06 PM »
As standards go, one can arbitrarily subscribe to either a" wide" or "normal" standard...very lose terms that are filled by the 35mm and 50mm respectively in the full frame world. The "real" normal would actually be a ~42mm for which there was no prime in the Canon full frame lens pantheon....until they released the EF 40mm pancake.

But you are lucky as in the crop field you actually have several primes that will fit all three slots....just pick one.

24mm is a ~38mm field of view (FOV) on crop  (24LII, 24 f/2.8 discontinued, 24 f2.8 IS and the 24 TSE)
28mm is ~45mm FOV on crop (28 f/1.8, 28 f/2.8, 28 IS)
35mm is a ~56mm FOV on crop (35L, 35 f/2, 35 f/2 IS)


Lenses / Re: How Much do you use your Canon EF 16-35mm L ??
« on: March 23, 2013, 05:44:25 PM »
I will have to say "meh"...not that much. It is a good performer, and I defend it here against those who rag on it with Nikon's 14-24.... but it is also fair to say that it is not one of those superb products that drives you to use it or motivates you.

It falls under the "I guess it will do" category.  :-X


EOS Bodies / Re: 1DX Replacement
« on: March 23, 2013, 05:36:26 PM »
Whatever the high MP body is eventually called, I know there is an expectant fan base for it in the rumor sites and the landscape crowd...but as making money in landscape with 35mm format is one of the hardest venues in paid photography, most pros may not be clamoring for it... fanboys will...and I don't begrudge them. It is not my thing, but hey, If you are a hobbyist, and seeing that pebble in the mountain side at 3 miles titillates you... go for it! :P

So eventually Canon may tip a nod to the fanboys and deliver a high MP body with low fps as a response to D800... with lower end or middle of the road features thus reducing the price and selling more units.

But somehow I doubt many pro's are waiting breathlessly till this high MP body is released...they would much rather have the pro-friendly features the 1Dx already offers.

EOS Bodies / Re: 1DX Replacement
« on: March 23, 2013, 05:23:12 PM »
Why are we all assuming that a new high MP body will be a 1-Series.  Could it not be a 5-Series?  5Dx perhaps?

I'm going 3-series.  Ok ok ok ok ok, I admit.  I'm still an EOS-3 junkie :).

I have no objection to that... Canon can cripple it significantly and bring the price down to $4000 or so...3D or 4D.

However, I vaguely remember their product line "pyramid" photo that was circulating a while ago where, if I remember well, they depicted two top tier cameras slot persumably was taken up by 1DX and the other was left empty with an arrow pointing toward it from the bottom of the pyramid...

So that made me lean toward the 1DsX...but I suppose a high MP could be slotted in between 1DX and 5D3 as well....will keep the price down and Canon can make it primarily a high MP body without all the bells and whistles.

One can safely say that Canon will not venture into the Medium format products .... completely different platform and lens standards. Canon has no experience in this arena.

Canon knows where their bread and butter comes from...35mm format bodies and lenses....and also cheap P&S and low end SLR bodies so they can get the customer into the Canon fold early (so they can be moved up the price ladder as very few people change brands once hooked).

High MP, however high, will never rival Medium format...

So, if you can afford it...go with medium format.

EOS Bodies / Re: 1DX Replacement
« on: March 23, 2013, 02:39:42 PM »
Product announcements

1Ds Mark III - Aug 20, 2007 (35 months)
1Ds Mark II - Sep 23, 2004 (24 months)
1Ds - Sep 23, 2002

So... what now? :) Anyway not telling anyone not to stop buying. Just saying be aware. :)

You conveniently leave out the data point that there is NO true update yet for 1DsMarkIII ...or if one is lax, you should at least co-opt 1Dx as an update (which Canon said it was)...which was October 2011!!! 50 Months from the 1DsIII.

Selective listing of data to argue your point doesn't always help convince anyone.

Lets take the best and worst case scenario to support your rather flimsy thesis...

Even if one assumes that 1DX is "partially" a replacement for 1DsIII, that is 50 Months from 1DsMarkIII announcement to 1DX announcement in October 2011. Which you fail to list.

Much worse, if one assumes that 1DX is not the 1DsIII update, and this true high-MP update is yet to be announced, then it is 67months and counting as of now...

Either way, you leave out a key data point.

Any further contortion of the timeline is just plain silly and can only serve you to hold on to your rather weak prediction.

No one in their right mind is expecting a replacement for 1DX anytime soon ;)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Digital cameras of the future
« on: March 23, 2013, 01:46:53 PM »
There will be no more dSLRs.  No more point and shoots, either.  Everywhere in the world, outdoors and inside, will be covered by a combination of security and satellite video cameras with sufficient resolution and sensitivity for any photographic need, all instantly downloadable, and the iWatch will have ample computing power for any and all creative post-processing, plus holographic projection display capability.

Not that far fetched ...continuous high-speed live feed with cameras saturating streets and perhaps indoors...reminds me of the movie "Brazil".

Even just thumbing through flickr, I can't help but think sometimes, have all the pictures that could ever be taken, have nearly been taken in some form already? Of food in different angles, of bikes, of cars, of airplanes, of in distant parts of the world wearin' grass skirts...dogs and cats and exhotic animals... is there anything at all I can do that is new and has not been done in some guise already by someone.

It is exciting and depressing at the same time. 

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