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EOS Bodies / Re: Lenses in 2011 [CR2]
« on: October 11, 2010, 01:32:12 PM »
It's been 4 years since I've used a lens longer than 85mm, so I couldn't care less about Big Whites.

The only zoom I use is the EF-S 10-22. Don't use any zoom on full frame.

Where are the Canon equivalents to the 10.5 DX and 35 1.8 DX? The Nikon FX 24 1.4 , 35 1.4, 50 1.4 and 85 1.4 are really excellent, Canon has some catching-up to do. Canon has never had anything like the 105 2.0DC and 135 2.0 DC lenses, why not?

i won't be selling my Canon stuff, but everything new will be Nikon. Nikon seems to be listening to me, and Canon isn't, simple as that.




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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon & Nikon Flagships in 2011
« on: September 25, 2010, 03:21:05 PM »

So we must ask who would benefit from a full frame camera with a sensor resolution in the 40 MP+ range? Landscape photographers generally stop down for greater depth of field and so would encounter diffraction limitation.  Sports and wildlife photographers need fast shutter speeds and so would appreciate a sensor with a higher signal to noise ratio.  So that leaves portrait /event photographers who can't afford a medium format camera.  With the new budget entrants into the medium format market, Canon and Nikon will find that there is even greater pressure on the prices they can charge for their flagship camera.

Many Photojournalists use CaNikon Pro Bodies. Many Editorial photographers use CaNikon Pro Bodies. Many Advertising shooters use CaNikon Pro Bodies. Why aren't they part of your list???

BTW Diffraction Limitations are a bigger deal to Pixel Peeper than it is to Pro Photographers.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon & Nikon Flagships in 2011
« on: September 25, 2010, 02:56:28 PM »
A 28-32mpx successor to the 5D sounds as it could really happen but not for the D700 and if nikon would release such camera it probably be more of something like a D3x "light".

Using your logic Nikon didn't just release the Nikon D7000. D7000 has more megapixels at a lower cost than a D300s so it really didn't happen.

5D III vs D400. If the 5D III is still just a full frame Rebel, Nikon will eat their lunch with a higher megapixel D700 replacement.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Photokina 2010 Report
« on: September 24, 2010, 10:34:10 PM »

It's been done with an iPhone.  Of course, keep in mind that in addition to a 3 megapixel cell phone camera, the shoot used thousands of dollars worth of lighting gear and relied heavily on post-processing.


There have been many iPhone photos and videos posted on the net, Chase Jarvis has been shooting with an iPhone for quite a while - he even has had a book published of his iPhone photos.

What I was thinking of was the next Terry Richardson using a camera phone, something like a 12 megapixel Nokia N8, with a 5.4mm Zeiss lens and Xenon flash. A serious camera, not a toy  ;D

In the 1990s Terry Richardson was shooting editorial fashion with a Yashica T4 P&S film camera. In the 2010s someone will get a Vogue cover using a phone.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Photokina 2010 Report
« on: September 24, 2010, 01:12:21 PM »
..., I can't help but think there's nothing concrete to MF's credit over 35mm, ...  well enough to do much more than keep pace with 35mm cameras in terms of image quality, let alone in features.


What CaNikon has a 53.9x40.4 mm 60.5mp sensor ?

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...(I'm sure I'm showing off my MF ignorance a fair deal here; I'm trying to be balanced, but I've seen and heard enough to be fairly certain that MF systems are years behind 35mm ones, in specifics and in general.)


Many times the focus sensor isn't where you want it to be, so you focus and recompose. The problem is that after you have focused on the eye and recomposed the focus is off slightly. Well the Hasselblad True Focus refines the focus using a yaw sensor. Read about it here http://www.hasselbladusa.com/promotions/apl.aspx Does CaNikon have anything like this?

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We can talk about studio photographers, but a 35mm camera gives somebody an edge in freedom of motion.


Ever shoot with a medium format camera? I prefer a Medium Format over a CaNikon Pro Body (with built-in grip). I find them more ergonomic. But a 5D or D700 is better than both.

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I think the evidence is pretty clear that DSLRs have cut the knees out from under the MF market, and now they're working on the stumps.


A lot of Pros disagree with you. MFD sales are good.

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A $3K premium for no apparent benefit in functionality ... furthermore don't really seem to provide knockout quality (on average) compared to 35mm format with all the new bells and whistles, doesn't seem a good overall investment to me ...


Once again, have you ever used a MFD? If you haven't how do you know that your statements are true? BTW the wants/needs vary from photographer and many Pros think MFD is a good investment YMMV.

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Simple economic sense would seem to validate your claim that this pressure - and expanded options - is good for the market, but consider:  MF buyers recently seem to have been faced (from what I gather) with the most uncertain future  ...Who wants to buy into MF when it's uncertain that the manufacturer will survive from this year to the next?


Fuji owns Hasselblad and isn't going anywhere. BTW Fuji released a MF Film camera last year, an it is selling well. Phase One owns Mamiya and Leaf, it isn't going anywhere either.

BTW Leica has their new S2, so I guess they think the MFD market will survive. And Pentax announced at Photokina that the 645D will be available worldwide.

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... In some ways it seems like a continuation of the split between point and shoot 35mm cameras and SLRs from some years ago; a 35mm SLR never really could be underspecced compared to a point-and-shoot ...


Terry Richardson and Juergen Teller made their reputations using Film P&S cameras. Nothing wrong with a P&S if you have something to say and talent.

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But now even 35mm format cameras are fighting to stay relevant when even point-and-shoot cameras can have sophisticated movie modes and other features - cell phones are following quickly.  ...  This is pretty good compared to most MF systems where your next upgrade will be never, because the manufacturers have closed up shop.

Sorry for the extreme length of the post, and for anything unfair I said.


Yes the market is changing, and someone will become famous shooting advertising campaigns with a phone. But large companies like Kodak and Dalsa continue to develop MF sensors for use by MFD manufactures. MFD isn't going away anytime soon!

BTW Hobbyists,Wedding photographer, Photo Journalists  and Commercial Shooters all have different wants/needs. One size doesn't fit all. Always use the right tool for the job ... and sometimes a 4x5 Film Camera is the right tool  ;D

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EOS Bodies / Re: Photokina 2010 Report
« on: September 23, 2010, 10:57:09 AM »
Oh wow, that HD4 31 changes things....

Canon better make a move or there's no contest.

Prices are coming down fast. The Mamiya DM 22 with Leaf back is $9,995.00. With22 megapixel sensor, and true 16 bit/channel Raw files will give better images than 1Ds III or Nikon D3x for not much more money. BTW the DM 22 comes with a 80mm f/2.8 D Series Lens.

What will the 1Ds IV or Nikon D4 cost? Are the prices staying the same, going up or going down?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Photokina 2010 Report
« on: September 22, 2010, 06:43:30 PM »

You're right. Capture One is nice to use, but for Canon, the results are far greater shooting tethered into DPP. It just looks how it's suppose to. I don't like the way Capture One renders the Canon files, flatter, off colour, depending of corse which shooting profile you are using.

Shame DPP is such a slug to use.

I have no problem getting a look the client likes with C1. But I do like DPP, and do use it to convert/correct some things I shoot on location. Too bad that Canon hasn't put the effort into developing what could be a really superior program.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Photokina 2010 Report
« on: September 22, 2010, 04:45:17 PM »


I'm thinking the same, posted the same time as you! Looking to use it for studio / outdoor portraits / wedding formals etc. Which way you leaning? Leica, hassie, leaf, contax or P1?

I'm begining to think central shutter is a must, syncing at 1/800 - 1/1600 and being able to work in film is great.

I know the 1ds4 would be more flexible but I can keep my current dslrs for flexibility and add the mfd when its easiest to do so.


Schneider is making a Tilt Shift for the Phase One/Mamiya, here's the brochure  http://www.captureintegration.com/wp-content/uploads/Schneider-120mm-TS.pdf  One more reason to move to MF digital/film.

Last years CaNikon with this years MF would make a good combo. If you have never shot tethered into Phase One Capture One you have no idea what you are missing (C1 works with DSLRs too).

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EOS Bodies / Re: Photokina 2010 Report
« on: September 22, 2010, 02:40:00 PM »
Many pros (myself included) have no issues with it assuming you accept it only has one great af point. That sensor for that $ is awesome, they had to put a semi crippled af in otherwise who would buy the 1ds3?

Nikon doesn't seem to have any problem with using the same metering and auto focus on ALL their pro cameras. Why can't Canon do the same? Why can't the 7D have the same focus and metering as a 1D IV? If they did this than the 60D could have the improved focus developed for the 7D (if the 7D had 1D IV focus) and the T2i could use the 40D focus. Three segments - consumer, prosumer and pro. Nikon only has two segments - consumer with SD cards and Pro with CF cards and the best metering and focus.

I'd buy a fully pro 5D MII over a 1Ds III because of lighter weight, while others would buy 1Ds III because of tougher build. Nikon gives you the choice between a D700 and a D3s, and both sell well! But it seems like I'll have to buy the D700 replacement (D800?) if I want a Pro Camera in a Small Body, because Canon has stopped listening to their customers who aren't interested in V-DSLRs.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Photokina 2010 Report
« on: September 21, 2010, 01:39:28 PM »

As for siggy glass and the foveon sensor, very fair point, fuji uses the nikon mount right? sensible choice, although I can see it would be embarassing for a major glass maker like sigma to use a nikon mount.

Fuji didn't just use an F mount, they bought bodies from Nikon. The Fuji S5 Pro is a Nikon D200 with Fuji sensor and electronics. The Fuji S2 Pro was based on the Nikon N80.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Fujifilm FinePix X100
« on: September 20, 2010, 06:03:52 PM »
Posting this is incredibly relevant. It is the type of camera Canon should be making. I think that was the point of/spirit of the post.

I agree! Hopefully someone from Canon reads the rumor sites and fanboy forums and notes what is being talked about or requested.

This is also part of the reason for all the kvetching about the 60D. When Canon screws-up it is appropriate to complain.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 60D v. Nikon D7000
« on: September 20, 2010, 05:50:14 PM »
Ah yes, the same list that has the Rebel XSi in place 4... Sorry, but w/o knowing what the criteria for the list positioning are it's totally worthless. Esp. for cameras that are not available.

"Bestsellers in Digital SLRs
Any Category > Electronics > Camera & Photo > Digital Cameras > Digital SLRs (Updated hourly)"

Do you think that the list represents Amazon DSLR Sales??? More sales the higher their position, i.e. #1 represents more sales than #2.

Sales on Amazon show what people are buying from Amazon. Some people buy because of low price and other people buy because of wanted features. The Rebel XSi is in 4th place because people think that it is a good camera for the price.

Did you ever hear of pre-order for cameras not yet released for sale???

"Price:   $1,199.00 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping. Details
This item has not yet been released.
You may pre-order it now and we will deliver it to you when it arrives.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available."

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 60D v. Nikon D7000
« on: September 20, 2010, 02:27:53 PM »
Amazon has a DSLR Best Seller List.  http://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/electronics/3017941?ie=UTF8&ref_=pd_ts_e_nav  that is updated every hour.

When I posted this the Nikon D7000 body was number 1 and the Canon 60D body was number 18 and dropping.

Looks like the market has spoken and it appears that Canon has screwed the pooch ... big time.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Fujifilm FinePix X100
« on: September 20, 2010, 01:45:10 PM »
I was amazed by this camera, until I found out about the possible price.

It will be a hot sell at $700. But $1500?

And one more thing: Fujifilm released this camera too early. There will six months before it actually ships, and in the digital world, that's a very long time. Fujifilm left X100 vulnerable to other companies to come up with a better alternatives, once they understand this is a lucrative market.


This is aimed at a specific niche market, not the general market, so price shouldn't be a problem.

They did the same thing when they announced the GF670 film camera. People were making deposits to get a place in line! They didn't care about the wait, they just wanted one. The X-1 has been out for a while, and Canikon has made no attempt to get into that market.

BTW some Fuji cameras are sold by Voigtländer. The Bessa III is a re-badged Fuji GF670  http://www.voigtlaender.de/cms/voigtlaender/voigtlaender_cms.nsf/id/pa_fdih7jzkae.html  and I expect Voigtländer to sell a re-badged X100.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Fujifilm FinePix X100
« on: September 20, 2010, 12:58:36 PM »
Fuji will have no problem selling the X100. The 23mm (x 1.5 = 35mm) f2.0-22 lens is a winner. The analog controls are a winner, I really dislike menu driven cameras!

Some people have complained about the fixed non-zoom lens, but to the target audience this is a giant plus.

Fuji tends to sell to non-traditional cameras:

Fujifilm GF670 Rangefinder Folding Camera  http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/678957-REG/Fujifilm_16019089.html

Fujifilm Instax 210 Instant Film Camera  http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/657176-REG/Fujifilm_15950793_Instax_210_Instant_Film.html


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