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EOS Bodies / Re: New EF Mount Video Camaera in October? [CR1]
« on: September 04, 2011, 02:30:35 AM »
Two new video cameras from Canon?

I wonder why they've gone for APS-C and not full frame? Yield? Cost? Performance?

Good to see that they recognise that they need to stay in touch here...

APS-C, also known as Super 35, is what Hollywood uses. Hollywood film cameras were APS-C, Digital Cine cameras like the Arri Alexa, RED and Sony F35 are all APS-C. The last time a 24x36 frame was used was the Paramount VistaVision camera, that format died about 1960.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 3D (Again) & 5D Mark III (CR1)
« on: June 15, 2011, 07:45:26 PM »
The Canon 3D is real, but Nikon sells it under the name D700. Full Frame, low mega-pixel,  51 focus points (15 cross-sensors) and good high ISO performance.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 3D (Again) & 5D Mark III (CR1)
« on: June 15, 2011, 07:33:14 PM »

Including eye-controlled AF? 


Absolutely, I have always loved the feature. And provided I "reteach" the camera regularly it continues to perform, AF'ing faster and more reliably than any digital upstart I've played with.

I am very aware that it is troublesome for those with "oriental eyes" as for whatever reason it plays up for these ethnic groups, but for us northern european's its fine. As I've said, it did/does need teaching and that takes time and patience which might explain why some decided not to bother.



I'm a French-English-German mix, and I HATE eye-control. I didn't buy an EOS 3, when new, because of eye-control. I didn't buy an Elan 7ne, because of eye-control, instead I got an Elan 7n (no eye-control).

Just because you like something, don't make the mistake that everyone likes it.

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PowerShot Cameras / Re: PowerShot Info
« on: June 07, 2011, 03:32:52 PM »
I want a FF G12, and a FF PowerShot

I'm waiting for a PowerShot that will replace my 4x5 view camera. I'm sure that Canon has the technology to make a camera that is smaller than the sensor. :D  :D

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EOS Bodies / Re: The Future of the 1Ds & 5D Lines [CR2]
« on: June 02, 2011, 02:39:51 PM »

... while they might produce a $65,000 FF video camera like the Red, ...

Forget the RED (Super 35, not full frame). The real competition will come from Sony's $6.000.00 FS-100 (Super 35, E-mount) and Sony's $14,000.00 F3 (Super 35, PL mount).

With these Sony cameras there is no need to spend thousands of $$$ at ZacutoRock to have a useable video camera.

Canon could have done this ... but they didn't - you snooze you lose!

BTW for those who don't know, Super 35 is APS-C size and is what is used in 35mm film motion picture cameras and high-end digital motion picture cameras. Another words, the industry standard.

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Canon General / Re: Delays Abound?
« on: May 07, 2011, 12:52:42 AM »

They are in SERIOUS danger of blowing the high quality mini movie camera market to Sony, by milking current line so long and protecting 1 series etc they may protect and milk themselves right out of the market and lose a lot more in the end! That said, at this point they may be stuck because of the earthquake, but that is why they should not have rested in their laurels so much earlier.

Not Canon's fault. Sony has been it the television/video/digital-cinema camera business for years and will take over the low-end, just like they have taken over the high-end.

When was the last time you saw an Ampex broadcast camera, a RCA broadcast camera or a Thomsom broadcast camera ?? All three were common in the US in the 1970s.

The Thomson Film Stream Viper and Dalsa digital-cinema cameras are losing the Digital-Cinema war to Sony.

RED though that they would have the low-end digital-cinema market to themselves, than along came Sony with the FS100 and the F3.

Like it or not, Sony is the 800 lbs Gorilla of video.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III & More
« on: May 03, 2011, 10:45:37 AM »

I can see that Canon is paranoid that raising the bar with the 5D MkIII too high may poach sales of the 1D series, but the questions they should be asking themselves are where are Nikon going with the D800 and what will Sony next move with full frame be?

Why should Canon be paranoid ? Make no sense ! Nikon provides the same focus and metering on all their pro cameras (D300S, D700, D3S and D3X) and seem to have no "poaching" problem. Crippled is a word seldom seen on Nikon forums.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Random Roadmap: Lenses & Bodies [CR1]
« on: April 27, 2011, 11:02:50 AM »

Surprised to hear about a new 135/2. I assume they're thinking of adding IS? I can't see any way to improve this gem. My absolute favorite lens.

The biggest improvement will be to Canon's profit. Call it a 135 L II and add 50% to the price.

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Canon General / Re: Canon Destroys Nikon in DSLR Marketshare for 2010
« on: April 24, 2011, 02:58:05 PM »
totally agree on the big-sensor compacts blindness

That's photo enthusiast think. Average people don't care about sensor size. What they want is something to post on the web easily (cell phones with cameras) and something that will make good 8x10/12x18 prints. A Canon 20D was good enough to do this. A Olympus/Panasonic m4/3 is good enough to do this.

Nikon and Sony APS-C cameras are 1.5x, Canon APS-C are 1.6x, m4/3 are 2x and the new Nikon should be 2.5x (rumors based on patents). Compare the lens size between Sony's E-mount lenses, m4/3 lenses and what should be the even smaller Nikon 2.5x lenses. For many people smaller is better based on ease of carry.  :D 

You can't put a 1Ds III with a 70-200 f2.8 into even a very large pocket.  :D  But why would you want to, if it is in your pocket no-one would see your awesome camera   :D  :D 

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Canon General / Re: Canon Destroys Nikon in DSLR Marketshare for 2010
« on: April 22, 2011, 01:20:57 PM »
Canon made a big leap over Nikon (in the pro market) with the EOS system. Nikon was slow to respond, but recently they have taken the lead in pro cameras.

I bought a 40D and as soon as the D300 came along I knew I had made a mistake staying with Canon. The D300 was better, but not enough better to make me switch ... then. When Canon came out with the EOS 7D and the POS 60D that clinched it. 

Now I have both Canon and Nikon bodies and lenses (no kit lenses for either). My next lens purchase will be another Nikon prime. Will I buy more Canon in the future ? Hard to say, but I see nothing that has been announced/rumored that I'm interested in buying. But Nikon has several things coming I'm waiting to buy.

Nikon's Professional Mirrorless system sounds interesting (and innovative). If it is as good as I hope, I'll order a body and some lenses the day it is announced.

Try to remember that cameras are just tools. Way too many people base their self worth on the kind of camera they have, the make of car they own and the brand of beer they drink.

BTW P&S cameras are quickly being replaced by camera phones. What will be the camera makes response ?

I use both Canon and Nikon, do you have a problem with that ???


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EOS Bodies / 7D with PL Mount
« on: April 09, 2011, 02:50:22 PM »
Several companies make PL conversions for Canon cameras. This one is for a 7D.  http://www.hotrodcameras.com/category/custom-pl-modified-cameras/hot-rod-7d-pl/

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Canon General / Re: APS-C 11mm f/2 Patent
« on: April 04, 2011, 08:13:57 PM »
I bought a full frame Nikon body, plus 1 Nikon prime last week. If Canon continues to make EF-S primes like this I'll keep at least one 40D body around to be able to use them. Now when is the 22mm f2.0 (36mm FF equiv.) coming-out?


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EOS Bodies / Re: 1Ds4 & 5D3 Timetable [CR1]
« on: March 12, 2011, 02:55:21 PM »
Canon has been pretty watertight recently, with few leaks of any substance until days before the official announcement.  I'm guessing that when the 1Ds Mk4 is annouced it wil all start to happen very quickly. 

It's a shame that EF-S has been relagated as there are still so many holes in the lineup.  Apart from the 17-55mm f/2.8, the 60mm f/2.8 Macro and the recent 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6, there are no other lenses for serious users.  I'd have to agree that what Thom Hogan says about the Nikon DX lineup (http://www.bythom.com/state2010.htm) applies equally (if not more so) to Canon.  Yes, there are FF lenses that fill some gaps, but many of these are old and a bit sub-par (e.g. the non-L primes in the 28-35mm range) and using others leaves you with a camera bag that is heavy, expensive and a bit long for many people (e.g. the 70-200mm Ls).  I guess that there are third party options, but a company with Canon's market share shouldn't need to rely on Sigma and Tamron to prop up its lens lineup. 

So, lets give Canon a break and write EF-S off for a year (as it's a full frame camera refresh year); may I suggeat that in 2012-3, Canon fill out some of my wishlist:

Budget - Sub $250:
EF-S 30mm f/1.8 USM (priced at under $250 -Nikon can do it, why can't Canon?!)


Mid-range - $250-$499
EF-S 15mm f/2.8 USM (wide angle was what EF-S was designed for)
EF-S 22mm f/2 USM (nice compact lens/body combo for street photographers)
EF-S 50-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM (EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 USM IS replacement for those who can't afford the L).   

High-end - over $500
EF-S 50-135mm f/2.8 IS USM WS (weathersealed ala Pentax -to complement the 7D Mk2)
EF-S 15-50mm f/2.8 IS USM WS (weathersealed to complement the 7D Mk2)
EF-S 8-15mm f/? (not sure for f/4 size/weight, or f/2.8 for available light?)

In addition, I think that Canon should re-focus its crop sensor lineup to offer smaller cameras to go with these smaller lenses; the 7D is great, but (IMHO) it would be even better if it were the size of the Pentax K5. 

Would this mean that some people might stay APS-C rather than go full frame? Possibly, but I think that this would be more than offset by the people who would choose the Canon system and those that are currently forced to buy third party lenses.


Sign-me-up for the 15mm, 22mm and 30mm primes. That and the EF 85mm f1.8 is all I need.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 1Ds4 & 5D3 Timetable [CR1]
« on: March 12, 2011, 02:51:50 PM »
The EF-S line of lenses are not high on the list of priorities at Canon.
“L” lenses and the development of them are whats needed to get the most out of the 18mp crop sensors.


Hehehe...  Sounds like a line from a full-frame enthusiast and L-snob  Someone who obviously doesn't understand business.  Canon makes good money on their crop gear.  Furthermore, if you want to get the most out of your 18 mpix crop sensor then EF-S lenses like 17-55 and 15-85 are the way to go.  Why struggle with full-frame ultrawides thast have limited focal length range and/or aperture.

This is CR -10, folks.

The EF-S 10-22mm f3.5/4.5 is also a great lens. That and a EF 85mm f1.8 is all I use.

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EOS Bodies / Re: What next?
« on: February 10, 2011, 10:24:45 PM »
The only thing on the list I'd be interested in buying is the 90 f2.8 TS-E II. BUT NOT if it is an OVERPRICED "L" LENS.

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