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I'd guess the limates of optical technology will prevent things going too far in this direction,

There are some M4/3 lenses that have good IQ. Leica's DG SUMMILUX 25mm F1.4 ASPH is one of them. And Canon has built high quality lenses, for 2/3" Broadcast Video cameras, for a long time.


the NEX maybe small but its still ulimately using the same sized sensor as crop DSLRs.

That's the point. A NEX 7 (1.5 crop) is much smaller and lighter than a Canon 60D. And the Sony sensor is 24 Mp, not 18 Mp like the Canon.

But time marches on, and I'm sure that the next generation of Canon APS-C sensors will have more IQ than the present Sony sensors. Manufacturers leap-frogging one another is how high tech works -- everyone gets to be the leader for a few weeks.

A high MP FF camera does seem like a good opportunity to take the mirrorless route to me though.

The problem with FF cameras is that they require large/heavy FF lenses :( A Leica 25mm f/1.4 M4/3 (2X crop) lens weighs 200 grams and the Canon 50mm f/1.4 weighs 290 grams. Percentage wise the difference between 200 and 290 is very large.

This is also a problem for Canon APS-C cameras because they use FF lenses, except for the EF-S zooms. Even though I'm an APS-C Fanbo, I can see a future need for M4/3 cameras, if you really want to decrease size and weight even more. Me, I'd be happy with a NEX 7 sized CANON CAMERA with 14mm f/1.8, 24mm f/1.8 and 85mm f/1.8 primes.


FF DSLR's seem well suited to the jurno/sports/wildlife users given the advanatge in AF performance ...

The Nikon 2.7x crop mirrorless cameras (J1 & V1) have the Phase Detect Auto Focus sensors built into the chip and are said to focus as fast as Nikon's DSLRs :) 

" ...Very DSLR-like in most aspects, including speed and tracking ability ..." & " ...This is the result of phase detect sensors being built into the imaging sensor, coupled with the high frame rate of the sensor ..."

Like it or not, "time marches on" into the high-tech future. :)  :)  :)


Agreed - we will be using MF with 200mps

My guess is 80 Mp Smart Phones. That also shoot 4K Digital Video. ;)

If Moore's Law continues to function, we'll have MFD IQ in a very small camera very soon. Bet on it!


Seems to me that you called us ff fanboys so I thought I would return the favour.

Feel free to call me an APS-C Fanboy. :) I don't have any problem with Film Fanboy either :)

As you seem to be unable to handhold with anything heavier than a NEX5

I was shooting with a 5D3 a couple of weeks ago. As I've said before, it's a great camera, but a lot heavier than I like. That's why I do most of my paid work with a Canon APS-C camera.

Real Canon pros hand hold their 800s attached to series 1s without using props


Does that mean you think all the photographers, along the side lines, at the Super Bowl and the World Cup are amateurs  ;)  ;)  ;)


10+ yeas ago, everyone had full frame cameras.

And 10 years from now, almost no-one will own  a full frame camera.

Stop living in the past ;)

Quote from: briansquibb link=topic=6137.msg115840#msg115840 date=133565306

Well Sony fanboy, nice to see you on this Canon site. Good luck with sticking a 600mm lens on your NEX5

Why would I want to "stick" a 600mm lens on my NEX 5n ??? I have THREE Canon cameras, one FFFilm and two APS-C DSLRs, plus a FFFilm Nikon and a Toyo 4x5 (a real FULL FRAME camera).

So am I a Sony fanboy ??? a Nikon fanboy ??? or a Canon fanboy ??? Or just a photographer who chooses the right tool for the job.

BTW I usually shoot with an EF 85mm f/1.8, but from time to time I'll use a 300mm f/2.8, a 400mm f/2.8 or a 400mm DO. I have a Wimberly II gimbel head ( ) that I use for long lenses. It would be no problem to use the NEX 5n, with a Metabones Canon EF to Sony E adapter ( ) and a Big White lens 'cause the gimbal head carries the weight, not the camera.

... If Canon were to introduce an entry-level FF camera at that price point then it would get in the way of the 7D2 (if that remained a APS-C.)

So I cannot see the future having any room for a crop-sensor 7D Mark II.

FFFanboys have a hard time realizing that not everyone wants or needs a FF camera! Size and weight are very important to some Pros. And these Pros have even switched to M43  to get rid of unwanted size/weight.

Here are the weights for a few cameras (body only):
Canon 5D3, FF - 30.3 oz. :(
Canon 7D, APS-C - 28.9 oz. :(
Canon 60D, APS-C - 23.8 oz. :) Why would I want anything heavier than a XXD ???
Sony NEX 7, APS-C - 10.3 oz.
Olympus OM-D EM-5, M43 - 13 oz.
Olympus E-P3 -    11.32oz.

WOW!!!, a 20 oz. (1lb. 4 oz.) difference between a NEX 7 and a 5D2 :( Isn't it about time for Canon to come out with a Pro Mirrorless ???

BTW I rented a 5D3 for a test shoot, nice camera, but too damned heavy.

BTW2 I own a Sony NEX 5n, that I bought to use as a Video Crash Cam. Great video, great stills (blows away Canon APS-C) and this 16.1 Mp APS-C camera only weighs 7.4 oz. :). It has no EVF :(, but that's not needed for a Crash Cam.

The rumored Nikon D600, is rumored not to have a focus motor. This puts it in the D3200 class and below the D7000. No reason for Canon not to make a FF Rebel to compete with the rumored Nikon. Looks like FF may be the new high megapixel.

I have no interest in a FF Rebel :(, but I would buy an APS-C Mirrorless, if the were good primes available :) -- I'm not interested in variable aperture Kit Zoomz :(. Here's hoping :)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: NAB 2012: Canon Shows the Goods
« on: April 18, 2012, 04:36:21 PM »
Why no mention of the most talked about EF mount video camera at NAB???

The Blackmagic Cine Camera  shoots RAW and sells for less than a 5D3. Isn't this what Canon enthusiasts have been asking/waiting for???


Should I buy SD or CF? I imagine CF cards are more durable? Only reason for SD as far as I know at this moment is that I can use them in my MBP.

We shot some tests on Wed, the 21st. A class 10 SD card worked fine for both stills and video.

EOS Bodies / I'm not interested in a Full Frame Mirrorless!
« on: March 25, 2012, 06:10:44 PM »
For me, the main selling point of mirrorless cameras is the small size and weight. I see no advantage of a mirrorless camera for sports, BIF, etc, a DSLR would be better for these uses.

A small/light APS-C mirrorless camera using APS-C only lenses, from 20mm to 85mm would be perfect for PJ, street, editorial portrait and fashion, event and all around hand-held photography. To me it makes no sense to have a 12 Oz camera (a Sony NEX 7 weighs 10.3 Oz) and a 36.16 Oz EF 85mm f/1.2 lens, YMMV.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / My 5D Mark III Review
« on: March 22, 2012, 09:34:26 PM »
I didn't waste time reading reviews. I rented a Canon 5D MK III yesterday and did some video testing.

Your own review is the best review of all. But I will say I'm impressed.

EOS Bodies / Re: Rebel T4i/650D Information [CR1]
« on: March 21, 2012, 01:15:20 AM »

Imho, this has been clear from day one - Canon always introduces really useful "hard" features (af, sensor) in their top models, and then let them trickle down. They would cannibalize their sales if they did it differently...

Then how do you explain the 10.1 Mp 40D released in Sept 2007, followed by the 12.i Mp Rebel XSi in March 2008 ???  :)

EOS Bodies / Re: Which Body follows next?
« on: March 03, 2012, 01:30:10 PM »

"Welcome the new Rebel"

...and it would replace the entire rebel lineup...

I'd love to see that happen, but Canon is a Large and Conservative company. Large companies usually can't react that fast because of all the layers of management. Also doing this would go against their Conservative DNA.

Lenses / Re: New Lenses Coming [CR3]
« on: February 22, 2012, 07:36:55 PM »

Side note:
A Contax G2 is a rangefinder, not a P&S.

A Contax G2 is an autofocus camera. "But the AF mechanism in the G-series does indeed use a twin-window system much like that of the older mechanical rangefinders — only in electronic form."  I talked to a Contax rep at a large Photo-Show when the camera was new. He said that with manual focus you were just controlling the electronic autofocus manually, i.e. not at all like focusing a Leica. He thought it was a Big Step Forward. 

Here are two videos of Juergen Teller shooting ads for Marc Jakobs, notice how he treats the G2 like a P&S, no focusing, he just pushes the shutter.

Daisy by Marc Jakobs  Daisy by Marc Jacobs film 2

Marc Jacobs Perfume Oh, Lola  Dakota Fanning - Behind the Scenes - Marc Jacobs Perfume Oh, Lola - Full Video

Lenses / Re: New Lenses Coming [CR3]
« on: February 22, 2012, 05:42:04 PM »

So your comment to Ricku was completely out of line and he had a valid counter to what you said.

Here's the original post from Ricku.

Looks like f/2.8 is the NEW f/1.8 for Canon. With higher ISOs being "grainless", f/1.8 lenses may not be necessary for general photography.
Not if you don't like good bokeh.

Why is he attacking my Original post ??? Did I say that there was anything wrong with people who like Shallow DOF ??? No I just said for many people f/2.8 would work fine. Canon seems to think so too, because they are releasing many NEW f/2.8 lenses. So "Looks like f/2.8 is the NEW f/1.8 for Canon." is a true statement. What has bokeh got to do with it ???

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