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EOS Bodies / Re: Nikon is overtaking Canon
« on: September 15, 2010, 11:29:06 PM »
:'( >:( Canon is forcing people who want pro/semipro camera to upgrade to the more expensive 7D. Meanwhile ...

It's just embarrassing...

Canon is forcing people to upgrade to a Nikon D7000.

Canon is making many poor choices in the products that they develop. Making a 70-300 L that no-one asked for, but not making a 50 f1.4, that has needed replacement for a long time, that people have been wanting for.

I've used Canon for a long time, and have three bodies. But I'm switching to Nikon. As good as the D7000 is, I can hardly wait to see the D300s replacement and the D700 replacement. This year Nikon has been releasing some awesome lenses, like the 24 f1.4 and the NEW 35 f1.4, plus the supersharp 16-35 f4. Lenses I need, but Canon just keeps on making expensive Big Whites that I rarely use (I've rented 400mm lenses three time in the last 5 years).

Always use the right tool for the job, and Canon has stopped being the right tool. YMMV

EOS Bodies / Re: CR Rates The Product Announcements Part 1
« on: September 15, 2010, 11:06:47 PM »

You're absolutely right though, there's no guarantee the 5D Mark III is coming soon if ever.  I don't see them changing the line too far from where it is now - maybe they will bump up the specs and price a bit and still call it a 5D series camera

How would you feel if the 5D MkIII turned out to be a FF 60D. The way Canon has been acting lately, it could happen.

EOS Bodies / Re: G12 & SX20 Replacements & More
« on: September 10, 2010, 12:37:29 AM »
... me being a selfish 7D user would prefer Canon's take on the Nikon's DX-only 35 1.8, i.e., some 3Xmm f1.X with USM and at a reasonable price.

As much as I'd like to see an EF-S 22 f1.8 and an EF-S 30 f1.8, it ain't gonna happen. Canon wants to sell L lenses to Rebel owners.

"... Users looking to a camera like the EOS 60D or 7D often put a priority on reasonable weight and good handling, and this applies to their lenses as well as their cameras ...

... The new EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM is perfect for the user who’s looking to step ..."  http://www.usa.canon.com/dlc/controller?act=GetArticleAct&articleID=3512 Doesn't look like something a 7D owner would want, but I'm sure the will sell well to owners of Rebel 2Ti and Rebel 60D.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 4K Concept Camera
« on: September 01, 2010, 02:19:47 PM »
the only issue with a 4K video camera ... is you can't really get the full use of that in playback, at least not on any consumer screen.

and I doubt that's going to change anytime soon, since everything is just recently getting full swing into 1080p HD; doubt we'll be watching Netflix movies in 4K for a long time

Motion picture film cameras have been shooting 4K plus film for years. That's why 4K is the Holy Grail for digital. Think of this prototype as a digital cinema camera, not as a television camera.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Launch Itty Bitty 50Mb/s Camcorders
« on: September 01, 2010, 02:00:42 PM »
Another epic fail for ergonomics. Canon just doesn't get it! But they will sell many to the clueless - because the don't get either. Holding a motion camera out in-front of you is so 1950s.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Announces EOS 60D
« on: August 30, 2010, 09:26:44 PM »

What do I need a camera to do? Focus a lens, open its shutter and capture light.

I started shooting with a Nikon F back in the day when it was a current model. And I've been using an incident meter since the 1970s. I don't need a stinkin' histogram or a screen for chimping. But most people do, so I don't complain.

I too used to worry about the features of Canon vs Nikon but then I realised what I wanted the camera to do and that the easier it made it for me to do the basics, the easier it was for me. Canon might not have had (or still not have) as many features, but if pro's are willing to pay $10k+ for cameras that do movements and three times that just for a back but don't have all of these fancy features like 51 AF points, etc, then how important are "features"?

I've shot medium format starting in the late 1960s. I have a 4x5 Toyo technical camera that doesn't have even one focusing point, but I have no trouble focusing it using a loupe.

But I'm sure most spots shooter wouldn't like to go back to one focusing point. BTW in case you haven't noticed some of the people that shoot team sports use 40D/50D. Not everyone has a 1D or D3.

Sooner or later CF cards will no longer be supported in high end digital cameras as they all move to support CFast:

... so don't get too attached to those CF cards.

Phase One and Hasselblad have both released Medium Format Digital Cameras this year that use CF cards. They may know more about high end cameras than you do.

Have a nice day.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Announces EOS 60D
« on: August 29, 2010, 02:59:33 PM »

You've arrived at your conclusion the wrong way. If you think of the 60D as being something for xxxD and compact camera owners to upgrade to, then it makes sense to support their cards.

Canon reached the wrong conclusion when they called the camera a 60D. All they have done is confuse and enrage owners of xxD cameras. Really bad marketing!

I think we all need to stop thinking of the 60D as a 50D upgrade and think of it as the next step up for cheaper cameras. Upgrading from or just replacing a 50D means purchasing a 7D, not a 60D.

Or maybe switching brands. Like upgrading to a Nikon or Sony camera. These two companies seem to be moving faster up the technology ladder than Canon.

Sooner or later CF cards will no longer be supported in high end digital cameras as they all move to support CFast:

... so don't get too attached to those CF cards.

CF isn't dead yet, check-out the press release from CFA on the new CF5.0 spec.  http://www.compactflash.org/pr/100222cf5prs.pdf

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Announces EOS 60D
« on: August 29, 2010, 12:00:53 AM »

That's a good point.
Could just anyone explain, why cf is preferred about sd? afaik has cf a lot less (as defined in the standard) than sd and an very similar speed and capacity at an often enough higher price (in germany).
The next thing I wonder about: Why exactly metal-body? If you drop your cam, your least problem in regular is a scratch in the body. rather lens or bajonett might brake - and here it don't matters what material the body is made of.

The only person I can speak for is myself, I really don't why other dislike the switch from CF to SD.

The reason I don't like the switch to SD is that no professional camera uses SD cards. My 40D uses CF cards, the 1Ds II uses CF cards, the Pro Nikons (D300s, D3s and D3x) use CF cards, Hasselblad  use CF cards, Phase One uses CF cards, Leaf Digital Backs use CF cards and Sinar Digital Backs us CF cards. I own a bunch of SanDisk Extreme iV CF cards that fit what I own and also any other professional camera I rent. I don't buy my memory cards from discounters and really don't care about cheap off brand SD cards.

I don't own a P&S camera or anything else that uses SD cards. Why would I want to buy a camera that uses SD cards.

You could tell this was coming when the flagship Canon 1Ds III had a CF Card Type I and II,  and SD/SDHC Memory Cards (1 slot each), while Nikon D3 has two CF slots.

Your milage probably does vary.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Announces EOS 60D
« on: August 28, 2010, 12:51:08 AM »
So why don't I just buy a 7D? Because it is NOT what I want or need.

But. . . but. . . the 7D IS an "upgraded 50D with an 18mp sensor and video." You're chomping at the bit to spend $1300.00, but you absolutely can't come up with that last $235.00 for a 7D (current B&H price is $1535.00)?

This is the Internet. Even if Canon had of delivered exactly what people are currently saying  they want, they would have come up with some other excuse to not buy it because it was missing some other "must have feature" like Nikon's new video focus on the D3100, for example, and that they will wait until that is included.

Sorry guys, but you don't know me or what I do. And I do have the money to buy a 1Ds III so the extra $235.00 has nothing to do with it.

I use CENTER POINT focus only, so I don't need the 7Ds improved focus. I shoot in sunny SoCal, mainly in a studio, so I don't need the 7Ds weather proofing. For what I do I don't need 18MP or video, but that is what Canon wants to sell so I'm stuck with it.

BTW if the D3100 video focus was important to me I would not hesitate to buy a D3100. I sure wouldn't wait for Canon to implement it in the 70D. Cameras are just tools, always use the right tool for the job. And sometime the best tool is a Canon at at other times it's a Nikon, and occasionally a Sinar 4X5.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Announces EOS 60D
« on: August 27, 2010, 02:32:51 PM »
I don't know what you guys or surprised about. That a less expensive product than the 7D isn't way better than the 7D?

Truth spoken here.

This camera has been the target of unrealistic expectations from day one.  "I want the 7D but I only want it to cost $999.00"  (Cue the crying baby.)  Of course, this is mostly Canon's fault, because the 50D was underpriced by at least $200.00 and they had fostered the expectation of a better camera for 100 bucks less every year and a half since the 20D.

Dumb marketing by Canon led to dumb expectations on the part of the customers. Kinda sad all around ...

What I was expecting was an up-graded EOS 50D with an 18mp sensor and video selling for $1,300.00 at the release. And I would have ordered that 18mp w/video 50D for $1,300.00 yesterday. But Canon released a Rebel in an xxD body, so I didn't order a 60D.

So why don't I just buy a 7D? Because it is NOT what I want or need, if it was I'd have ordered it the day it was released. I'm not a fanboy who's jonesing for a new Canon.

Lenses / Re: Canon Announces 8-15 f/4L Fisheye Zoom
« on: August 27, 2010, 02:02:31 PM »
The ONLY thing that Canon announced today that I'd be even half-way interested in. What advantages will it have over my EF-S 10-22 f3.5-4.5? Cn I use it at 8mm without vignetting on an AS-C camera  - why wasn't a simple question answered in the press release?

I think Canon's intended customers are FF body owners, who would now have a circular fisheye & diagonal fisheye in one.

Per my understanding of the press release, you would have vignetting on APS-C at 8mm, and that there are markings on the lens indicating at which focal lengthes would APS-C & APS-H sensors get the equivalent of a diagonal fisheye.

That's what I got from the press release as well. Why could they not have said vignettes at 10mm on APS-H and 12mm on APS-C instead of the vague "... there are markings on the lens indicating at which focal lengthes would APS-C & APS-H sensors get the equivalent of a diagonal fisheye.

I'll talk to several of the local rental houses about renting it when they are available.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Announces EOS 60D
« on: August 26, 2010, 02:46:49 PM »
The main problem with the 60D is the name. If they had called it a D600/T3i no-one would have complained.

People were expecting a continuation of the xxD series, but that is not what Canon delivered. By lowering frame rate, removing Micro Adjust, removing PC socket, switching from CF cards to SDHC cards, keeping the same focus system as the 40D and switching from a Magnesium body Canon has removed the 60D from the prosumer ranks . Now it is just a consumer Rebel with a different name.

The 60D is not a bad camera, but it is one that I have NO INTEREST in buying.

My 40D is a great camera, but, in hind sight, I'm really sorry that I didn't buy a D300.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Announces EOS 60D
« on: August 26, 2010, 03:01:19 AM »
i think, this camera are intended for rebel users who want a bit larger and better body but don't want the bulk of 7d. as for 40d/50d owners its a disappointment, canon is pushing them to go to 7d route. i think thats their strategy.

Their strategy may drive some present Canon owners to become new Nikon owners.

I'm going to check-out the AF-S DX NIKKOR 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED at my local pro shop. If it's as good as my EF-S 10-22 f3.5-4.5 than I'll go Nikon. If the Nikon D7000 takes a CF card in one of its two slots I'll buy it, if not I'll wait for the D300s replacement (D400 ?). I'm in no hurry, the 40D is still making me money (and will continue to do so for a long time).

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Announces EOS 60D
« on: August 26, 2010, 02:45:30 AM »
So what do you guys think ?
Does the 60d make sence or shall I better go for the 7D?
What about the body ? Is it really plastic ??

I am sort of disappointed  :(

From the PDN Online review: According to a Canon rep we spoke with, the 60D has a polycarbonate plastic resin exterior over an aluminum chassis. It weighs 2.3 ounces lighter than the 50D: 26.6 ounces (60D) vs. 28.9 ounces (50D).

Disappointed, but not surprised.

Read the review here:  http://www.pdngearguide.com/gearguide/content_display/reviews/e3i7666b0f9857950214c319c4a13ebd78b

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Announces EOS 60D
« on: August 26, 2010, 02:32:24 AM »
PDN Online tested a pre-production model and had this to say "Canon's added a smattering of built-in filters for tweaking your shots in camera: grainy B&W filter, soft focus filter, miniature filter, and a toy camera filter. We tried them all and they were...cute. (That's really all there is to say about them.)

That quote tells me all I need to know about the 60D.

Read the whole review here:  http://www.pdngearguide.com/gearguide/content_display/reviews/e3i7666b0f9857950214c319c4a13ebd78b

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