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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon promises a 'mirrorless' camera in 2012
« on: January 11, 2012, 01:43:02 AM »


Camera-size means also includes lens size. So for the image quality (and a shallow depth of field) a big sensor is needed, which means big lenses.


I shoot advertising -- I couldn't care less about paper thin DOF. Most of what I do is shot between f5.6 and f16. YMMV.


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Just look at a NEX with a telephoto lens, the size of the body is becoming less important, because it's the lens that makes up the bulk. Then there is the handling issue for serious work with a camera. I think most people would get a cramp in their hands, if they have to cover a sport event for 2 hours with a NEX+telephoto-lens.

Always use the right tool or the job. I don't think many people will be covering the Super Bowl with a Sony NEX.

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On the other hand, these systems are nice to go hiking ...

They are also great if you are holding a camera for 8 hours during a commercial shoot. Some Pros are talking about dumping their DSLRs for mirrorless. My primary lenses are 24mm and 85mm primes. A NEX 7 and a 24mm f1.8 Zeiss weight about 20 Oz total.

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People who do not care that much about IQ, will buy a smaller camera ...


People who don't care will use their phones. The P&S market is dying. And not many people will "step up" from Smart Phones to real cameras.

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I think there is room for an APS-C or even FF EVIL-camera in the rangefinder style. SONY is close to this, but the ergonomics of the NEX sucks.

Since I got my NEX 5n my Canon DSLRs don't get much use. When I pick-up a NEX 7 I doubt they will get any use.

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If I were Canon, I would take some time to find the ideal sensor-size for a future EVIL-System. It is not an easy task...

APS-C is the perfect size. Canon needs to get their act together and make a small and light Pro quality camera. It doesn't need to be mirrorless, a Digital EOS IX (an APS film camer from the 1990s) would be great with a EF 85mm f1.8. or a new 22mm f1.8 EF-S.

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PowerShot Cameras / Re: More Super G Series Talk
« on: December 27, 2011, 03:13:49 AM »
Something like a Ricoh GR Digital IV (fixed 28mm equiv. f/1.9), but with a larger sensor would be great. But Canon will never build one because it is too niche, so we will get something with a f/3.5-f/5.6 Zoom.

I'm using a Sony NEX 5n with a 16mm f/2.8 lens, total weight is 12.0 Oz. It's a great video camera, but without a hot shoe, it's not so good for stills. To me weight is more important than size, 'cause I never carry a camera in my pant/shirt pocket.

Cameras are just tools. I own cameras from Canon, Nikon, Sony and even a 4x5 Toyo. If Canon wants some of money, all they have to do is build something I need.

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EOS Bodies / Re: This and That
« on: December 04, 2011, 12:16:31 AM »
Canon Buys Mamiya [CR1]

Mamiya was bought by Phase One. I don't think tat it is for sale.

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Canon General / Re: New APS-C Camera in February?
« on: November 08, 2011, 12:28:46 AM »

Unfortunately, Sony has already set the bar, I think, in the APS-C space, with their recent 24MP offerings.  Canon will have difficulty backing below 18MP, but hopefully won't go hunting higher resolutions.


The Sony 16Mp NEX 5n has a great sensor -- excellent color and low noise. I use mine strictly for video, 1080x1920 60P, 30P and 24P. If you like Auto Focus it does Face Recognition and Auto Follow Focus. If you like Manual Focusing, it has Focus Peaking just like a Broadcast video camera. If Sony can provide high-end features like this on a $600.00 camera, why can't Canon do it on their more expensive cameras???

Now I'm hoping that Canon's new APS-C will be competitive with the Nikon D400. If it isn't, I'll just keeping using my 40D.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Live Coverage of the Announcement
« on: November 03, 2011, 08:38:48 PM »
Any ideas if the lenses will AF on a traditional DSLR?

I doubt it. Why would they, they are designed for use with a camera that doesn't have built-in auto focus.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Live Coverage of the Announcement
« on: November 03, 2011, 07:57:03 PM »

No they are T/1.5 and T/1.3.  T Stops and F Stops are different.  I cant remember the exact difference, but I know that T stops let in more light, but T/1.3 is superior to f/1.2 for sure.

F-stops are a mathematical calculation. T-stop stands for transmission stop, the actual amount of light that comes through the lens.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Live Coverage of the Announcement
« on: November 03, 2011, 07:09:50 PM »
These people don't have a clue. Once again we are given a consumer form factor. ZacutoRock will be happy -- they will sell a lot of cages, shoulder mount kits, etc.

Take a look at an Alexa or an Aaton 16mm film camera, among others. The view finder needs to up-front by the lens mount. The body shape is wrong, you need to be able to sit the camera on your shoulder, with-out add-ons.

Meh!!!




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EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* The \
« on: October 31, 2011, 11:23:36 PM »

With that said, any new Canon camcorder style video camera will be mirrorless and will probably have some type of EOS adaptor since the flange length on mirrorless cameras are really short..


There is a Hugh difference between a HD Video Camera, as used by the Television Networks, and a Digital Cinema Camera used by Hollywood Studios. So I don't think that Canon sent invitation to the Hollywood Studios, to announce a video camera.   :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-1D X Canon USA Press Release
« on: October 18, 2011, 08:12:15 PM »

I do still-life work and portraits.  I plan to invest in the next generation digitalbacks that go for around 8-9k.  I was hoping to see better color profiles and DR in this camera, but for 7k for something that doesn't give me what I need, I am done buying Canon equipment.  My 5D 6 years later still does the jobs it needs to do for smaller budget jobs.

I still use a 40D for some of my advertising work. If I need a Digital Medium Format, I just rent one. For me a 1D X doesn't solve any problems that I face, but I can see why others may like it.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-1D X Canon USA Press Release
« on: October 18, 2011, 07:57:50 PM »
Something also tells me that the 'pro cinema' event is going to turn up some kind of movie hybrid of the X, but who knows.

Most likely it won't be a DSLR. I expect a REAL digital cinema camera, like a Sony F3. We will know very soon.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-1D X Canon USA Press Release
« on: October 18, 2011, 07:40:25 PM »
Bye bye Canon, hello Nikon.

You won't be seeing me here anymore, good luck with new Prosumer 18mp camera kids, and keep an eye on EBay, all my lenses etc will be there soon.
LOL you are jumping ship at the wrong time, but its ok. Go shoot nikon with and process the files on an AMD computer just to show the world you will not conform :)

You sound like a true fanboy. Cameras are just tools! If Nikon make a better tool for his use, why not switch???

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-1D X Canon USA Press Release
« on: October 18, 2011, 07:18:09 PM »
I think this EOS-1D X seems like a great all-around camera, what most people really need. Good for hand-holding and low-light.

A high megapixel camera is a niche camera for low ISO tripod-mounted still life. Professional users that do still life probably rather use medium format anyway.


I use a Canon 1DsII/ 90mm TS-E for table top advertising shots. No-one has ever complained about the quality. For magazine use 16Mp is more than enough.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-1D X Canon USA Press Release
« on: October 18, 2011, 03:02:56 AM »
After listening to all the talk about a 32-36Mp Canon, for the last couple of years, Canon announces a 18Mp Flagship. Surprise, surprise, surprise! Maybe that 36Mp sensor will go into the 70D  :) 


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EOS Bodies / Re: Opinion - What EOS Will Look Like by Photokina
« on: September 26, 2011, 05:41:19 PM »

A small EOS FF camera would still have large lenses though.


To me, weight is more important than size. A Canon 1DsIII weighs 42.5 oz./1,205g, a Sony NEX 7 weighs Approx. 10.3 oz (291g). That's a difference of 30.2 ounces! A FF mirrorless would only gain an ounce or so, say about 12 ounces total.

Granted but, I'm assuming you would still want to use EOS lenses on this mirrorless FF?  You'd save weight on the body but, for example, a fast 85mm is still going to be a heavy thing, no matter what system it is designed for.


I don't like the big, heavy and slooow focusing 85 L. I use the 85mm f1.8. My advertising clients aren't impressed with "paper-thin-DOF" And I would only be interested in a mirrorless line that had it's own lenses.

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Do you shoot a 1DsIII right now?  it would seem silly to compare it to an NEX 7, a camera that is quite different.  Are your interests moving in such a way that you actually would replace a 1DsIII with a FF NEX camera?


I use a 1DsII with an 85mm TS-E for table-top work. It is mounted on a FOBA camera stand and tethered to Capture One.I Never hand hold it, too big and heavy. For hand held work I use a 40D usually with a 85mm f1.8, using CF cards instead of tethered.

An E-mount Zeiss 24mm f1.8 weighs 7.9 oz (225g) plus a NEX 7 at 10.3 oz (291g) (excl battery & media) plus 2.1oz (57g) for the battery = 20.3 ounces. For comparison a Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM weighs 22.9 ounces. So yes, I'll switch to Sony's NEX system for most of my work.

BTW I'll test the NEX 7 with a Tilt and Shift lens, all the NEX cameras have peaking focus, which should work well for table-top. Here's a video to show peaking focus in action 
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  That's one of the good things about Sony being in the pro video business, maybe we'll get Zebra Stripe next.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Opinion - What EOS Will Look Like by Photokina
« on: September 26, 2011, 04:36:47 PM »

 Are you suggesting you'll be taking studio shots with an X100?  I don't think so.


Terry Richardson did studio work with a Yashica T4 Film P&S. The right tool isn't always a Canon 1Ds, sometimes it's a Fuji X100 or aSony NEX 7.
Nothing's wrong with Yashica T4  ;) - FF, CZ Tessar, small and light. Too bad there is nothing similar with a digital sensor. Just imagine Canon PowerShot ... FF + a nice 35mm prime lens  ::) and cheap.

I have both a Yashica T3 (35mm f2.8) and a T4. I too have never understood why someone hasn't made a digital FF P&S. Kyocera (Contax and Yashica) is out of the camera business, but a digital Nikon T35 should be a big seller.

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