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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Mirrorless Far Off?
« on: November 09, 2010, 11:14:38 PM »
There are two types of Non-DSLR interchangeable lens cameras.
1) Sony Nex, Olympus Pen and Panasonic GF1/GF2 are interchangeable lens P&S cameras.

2) Panasonic G/GH cameras with EVF. This is the only true mirror-less cameras.

If you need a zoom lens, no m4/3 or APS-C camera will be pocketable. Want a pocketable camera use a pancake prime like the Panasonic 20mm f1.7.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Mirrorless Far Off?
« on: November 06, 2010, 12:41:47 AM »
Canon has not filed a single patent for a mirrorless camera.
At the same time, Nikon has been filing patent after patent for mirrorless. 

Based on this, I'd say that Canon has no plans whatsoever for a mirrorless camera at this time.

Thom Hogan has just posted his predictions for 2011 http://www.bythom.com/2011predictions.htm He has prediction for ALL camera manufactuers.

"Canon missed a memo somewhere. The camera market is changing, but they seem stuck on executing on the old memo. Basically: more pixels, more video, same camera."

and: "Both Panasonic and Sony now have dedicated video cameras derived from their mirrorless camera systems. ...Of the video companies, Canon is conspicuously absent from this trend."

Looking a what Canon has done (or not done) this year makes me think that Mr Hogan and x-vision may be right.

Software & Accessories / Re: DPP 3.9.2 en EOS Utility 2.9.0
« on: October 29, 2010, 08:58:28 PM »
I found that DPP 3.9.2 had been released on Rob Galbraith's page. Why doesn't CR have this on the front page?

Here's the Canon Europe URL http://software.canon-europe.com/products/0010911.asp

Canon USA does not have upgrade available yet.

Lenses / Re: New Lens Availability & More
« on: October 29, 2010, 12:27:30 AM »
It's true to say that Pentax's prime lenses are quite good, but then they only produce APS-C cameras.

But I (and many others) use APS-C cameras.

Nikon has a 10.5mm Fisheye, but it's a DX one and can't be used on FF (Unless you set the camera to DX), ...

Once again, many people don't use FF cameras. If I shot Nikon, I'd use a D300s not a D700.

Nikon produced the 35mm prime, and it really hit the fan when they launched it, on the Nikon forums where most people wanted a FF lens.

Yeah, but the owners of DX bodies bought them. BTW have you seen the new Nikon 35mm f1.4 for the FX user? Nikon looks after both DX and FX user, why can't Canon?

As for a 22mm lens, I don't think anyone produces that non standard focal length, 20mm & 24mm maybe?

For Canon APS-C users 22mm x 1.6 equals 35.2mm, a standard size for all 35mm film/FF digital cameras. Most of the time I use my 10-22mm zoom it's at 22mm, that why I'd like a faster 22mm prime.

You're not likely to see a 30mm prime, because 35mm gives the same FOV as a 50mm on FF which is the reason why Nikon launched their version, ...

For Canon users 30mm x 1.6 equals 48mm, 35mm x 1.6 equals 56mm. I'd prefer 48mm to 56mm for a standard lens. BTW A 50mm lens' focal length is closest to the 43.2 mm diagonal of the 35 mm camera's 24 x 36 mm frame. So 43.2 mm, not 50mm, is what standard really should be. Maybe that's why Pentax made the smc PENTAX FA 43mm F1.9 Limited for their 35mm film cameras.

For Nikon 35mm x 1.5 equals 52.5mm. In the past Nikon made 55mm f1.2 and 58mm f1.2 standard lenses as well as 50mm f1.4/f1.8 ... so 52.5mm fits in the middle of their standard grouping.

you say you want f/1.8 but the current version is f/2.0 just a half a stop from what you are asking for, is that such a deal breaker?

Most of my work is done using Profoto studio strobes and I set the lens at f5.6 up, often f16 when using the TS-C 90mm f2.8 for table top. But I'm sure many Canon APS-C shooter would fell short changed at f2.0, 'cause Nikon cares enough to make a 35mm 1.8.

Lenses / Re: New Lens Availability & More
« on: October 28, 2010, 11:20:03 PM »
c.d., I am assuming you're talking about high quality, affordable wide primes, correct?

canon has high quality wide primes but they're all L-series glass and priced according.

canon has affordable wide primes but they're all decades old and underperformers optically and AF-wise.

looking at the lineup you feel like you're staring at a football side where half the team plays for Premiership and the other half are 4-year-olds

That's right, high quality like the EF-S 10-22mm and the EF-S 60mm macro. I'll never use heavy L lenses. Doesn't make any sense to me, the reason i use an APS-C camera is weight, not price. Some L lenses like the 85mm f1.2 weigh 36.2 oz (lens only), that's more than a 7D 28.9 oz (body only). Also an APS-C is enough quality for the work I do. if it wasn't I'd use a FF camera.

Lenses / Re: New Lens Availability & More
« on: October 28, 2010, 11:59:42 AM »

Canon already has the best lineup - in this case, the grass isn't greener on the other side!
If/When new lenses get announced and released, it's only making the lineup stronger and deeper...

Do they?

i like short primes, and there lots of good short primes not made by Canon. BTW I use  an APS-C camera, so I'm always interested in small and light EF-S primes (22mm f1.8, 30mm f1.8 should already exist)).

Pentax has these (APS-C): 15mm f4, 21mm f3.2, 31mm f1.8 (FF), 40mm f2.8, 43mm f1.9 (FF).

Nikon has (APS-C): 10.5 full frame fisheye and 35mm f1.8.

BTW Pentax makes a 17-70mm f4 that is mentioned as being on some peoples wish list and a lightweight 300mm f4 as well.

Pigs will be flying over snow banks in Hell before Canon makes the above lenses.

Lenses / Re: New Lens Availability & More
« on: October 26, 2010, 08:16:30 PM »

... I'm surprised you were happy with the results from the 75-300, my wife has it as well and is probably the worst performing lens we have between the two of us, ...

There is more to photography than pixel peeping. Neither of us ever shot pictures of brick walls, just action sports. I've had a few landscape half pages in magazines with this lens. Whats not to like?

Last time I used the 75-300mm was on a 40D at a Western Surfing Association contest in January 2008. I shot off the pier for about an hour, and got several shots that made good 8x10 and 12x18 prints. Normally I use either a 300mm f2.8 or 400mm f2.8, mounted on a Wimberley II gimbal head, for my long lens work.

Remember good photos have nothing to do with ultimate sharpness, barrel or pincushion. It's all about the response that the photo evokes.

BTW I bought the Wimberley gimbal head in 2006, and it was one of the best investments I've made in photo gear. Check-it-out http://www.tripodhead.com/products/wimberley-main.cfm

Lenses / Re: New Lens Availability & More
« on: October 26, 2010, 03:13:06 PM »
70-300 f/4-5.6L IS Does anybody really care if this lens is ever released?

The 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS seems to reflect Canon's current thinking. An overpriced kit lens that is painted white to wow the n00b fanboys. They already have four lenses in this category, starting with the $199.99 EF 75-300mm f4-5.6 III and ending with the $1,399.00 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 DO IS USM. Is there any real need for the 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS, except Canon's need for profit?

I bought a EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 II USM for one of my sons in 1996. Great lens, especially for the money. He's shot it with film (B&W neg, color neg and slides) and digital, and so have I. Its been used with a EOS REBEL XS (film), Elan7n (film), 20D and 40D. Its been used to shoot high school sports, skate boarding, snow boarding, car and motorcycle racing, surfing, etc, etc. Never been disappointed with the results. Photos taken with this lens have been published in magazines. If you want to spend a lot more to get a little more go ahead and do it, Canon' bean counters will love you.

EOS Bodies / Re: New \
« on: October 26, 2010, 02:26:55 AM »
I sure hope Canon finally releases a 3D, 15-21MP, 8fps, more dynamic range, less noise, 1Ds series AF, customization up the wazoo.

Sounds like you are waiting for a D800! Canon will never make a camera like you want.

EOS Bodies / Re: New \
« on: October 26, 2010, 02:24:33 AM »
This would be great if it came out in March. they'll have it ready by March and 'wait' till the D800 comes out.

The D4 and D400 will probably come out in 2nd quarter 2011, that would make the D800 due in 2012.

Yet another photographer talking out of a rear orifice trying to make a name for himself!

It's an oft said maxim " A poor workman blames his tools".

Ben Horton has already made a name for himself. A big name.

BTW have you ever seen any of his work? If not, how can you call him a poor workman.

Found on Photo Cine News http://photocinenews.com/2010/10/22/nat-geo-shooter-ben-horton-compares-canon-glass-to-zeiss-glass/ Very interesting read. Lots of comparison photos. plus 100% crops.

EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* 1Ds Mark IV Feature
« on: October 22, 2010, 07:43:52 PM »

I sometimes wonder if magazines set minimum MP limits so that they automatically exclude pictures taken from compact cameras...

Doing a quick google on this subject reveals that some stock agencies will not accept less than 12MP - I'm sure that will jump as soon as all of the pro Nikon gear has more MP.

I don't do stock photography, I do advertising. Ads are turned in as 300 dpi PDFs, if the photo in the ad fits that criteria it doesn't matter what it was shot with. A ten megapixel camera will give you in excess of 300 dpi as an 8x10.

From fashion photographer Benjamin Kanarek's blog http://www.benjaminkanarekblog.com/2009/06/18/pixel-peeping-anal-about-number-pixels/

"In fact my last shoot I did with the Pentax K20D was over kill considering the size of the support i.e. about 8×10 inches. In fact I had to reduce the image size to get down to 300 dpi for Pre Press.  I would have been quite comfortable with a 8-10 mega pixel DSLR. The only grain I see when published with a 10 mega pixel camera in double page landscape format is the “tram” grain of the printing press of around 133 dpi."

EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* 1Ds Mark IV Feature
« on: October 19, 2010, 10:52:29 PM »
You seem to miss Leaf 80MP beast ;-)


Theory is nice , but reality is better.

Phase One is shipping the P 65+ (8984 x 6732, Full res. 60.5mp 50-800 ISO and sensor+ 15.0mp and 200-3200 ISO) and the P 40+ (7320 x 5484, Full res. 40mp 50-800 ISO and Sensor+ 10mp 200-3200 ISO). http://www.phaseone.com/en/Digital-Backs/P65/P65-Tech-Specs.aspx

The big question is will Canon ever do something like these Phase One cameras?

You seem to have missed the point! The discussion isn't about the highest MP available, it's about variable image sensors like the P 65+ shooting at 60.5 MP ISO 50-800 and also the sensor+ setting that gives 15 MP at 200-3200 ISO. This is a feature that many posters seem want on the 1Ds IV.

EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* 1Ds Mark IV Feature
« on: October 19, 2010, 03:57:25 PM »
Theory is nice , but reality is better.

Phase One is shipping the P 65+ (8984 x 6732, Full res. 60.5mp 50-800 ISO and sensor+ 15.0mp and 200-3200 ISO) and the P 40+ (7320 x 5484, Full res. 40mp 50-800 ISO and Sensor+ 10mp 200-3200 ISO). http://www.phaseone.com/en/Digital-Backs/P65/P65-Tech-Specs.aspx

The big question is will Canon ever do something like these Phase One cameras?

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