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EOS Bodies / Re: Big Megapixel Talk [CR2]
« on: October 09, 2012, 12:57:46 PM »
Seems quite self-defeating that Canon goes all the way to merge the 1D/1Ds split into the 1DX, and now have another high resolution model, which effectively restarts the product lines.

OK, let me take that back. Maybe they actually decided to adopt the Nikon approach - D1, D1H, D1X....

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 3D at 46.1mp Next Month? [CR1]
« on: September 25, 2012, 10:46:01 AM »
Who knows? Maybe the two lenses to be announced with it might be specifically designed to maximize the performance of the 46.1 MP sensor.  :P

Lenses / Re: Which to get next: 35 f/1.4L or 16-35 f/2.8L...?
« on: September 23, 2012, 11:47:06 AM »
You probably want to cover the wide end first.

The 16-35mm is a good choice when it comes to group picture at weddings. Also, the lens's versatility is useful for landscape shots.

Lenses / Re: Update for the EF 24-105 f/4 L ?
« on: September 23, 2012, 11:41:49 AM »
I'd wager we see a new version of the 100-400mm before that (here's one lens from the last century).

Of course, if they do upgrade the 24-105mm, Canon has to do something about the ERR01 problem...

EOS Bodies / Re: New Canon EOS-M
« on: September 23, 2012, 11:32:45 AM »
The ultimate dismissal: "targeted to women'. Nice.
at Photokina, the EOS M booth was filled with women trying out the EOS M actually  ::)

I'm sure Canon will reap their reward from boyfriends/husbands buying the EOS-M for their loved ones. It's a good way to bribe them and freeing up more funds....

EOS Bodies / Re: The Mirrorless Future
« on: September 19, 2012, 11:11:03 PM »
The FF sensor in a body like the Fujifilm XPro-1 would be very desirable
Look at the new Sony RX1.

RX1 reminds me of Fujifilm X100. It's testing the waters to see if the market can accept the innovation. Sony's attempt is a big step forward for a small body with FF sensor, but it shows that there's still a problem with the price tag. If an all-in-one package comes for a price around 3,000, I could not imagine a body that accepts interchangeable lenses to be less than that - not to mention the new line of lenses designed to interact with the FF sensor.

Would it be cheaper than a Leica with 50mm summarit? Sure. However, there's still going to be a huge distance between that and what the average shooter would consider affordable.

Of course, we can see how the sales of RX1 turns out, but gut feeling says don't be too optimistic about it.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 4D reference in Wifi remote app video
« on: September 19, 2012, 11:01:39 PM »
Now, I guess Canon is really avoiding the label "3D".  :'(

I hope they're not thinking of introducing a product for every single digit "D"...

Canon General / Re: Canon Suspends Operations at 3 Plants in China
« on: September 19, 2012, 02:55:54 AM »
All canon DSLR's are made in Japan..... but certainly some parts are made elsewhere. i hope not in China.
Check out the battery in your DSLR.  Made in China.  So are many non critical parts.  Canon keeps assembly and manufacturer of the critical parts in Japan, but not the stuff that is easy to make and not high tech.

The EF-S kit glasses and EF-M lenses are made in Taiwan, as well as some of the entry-level DSLR. Nothing too important going on here at the moment.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5d2 or 6d
« on: September 19, 2012, 01:58:49 AM »
Coming to think of it, 5D2 arriving at this price after four years is good news for a lot of people (especially those switching from rebel or those purchasing a DSLR for the first time).

It's a $2,500 camera with functions befitting its price range when first released; its capabilities have been tested for four years and still accomplishes the same thing today as it did four years ago.

How important is newer technology compared to a trustworthy gear?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: The 5D Mark II: Happy 4th Anniversary!
« on: September 19, 2012, 01:46:16 AM »
It's quite amazing for a camera model to survive 4 years and still going strong; this is the digital age, after all. However, it really is impressive when you still go to events and see a bunch of 5D2 in the hands of people who share the same passion for photography.

If there's any digital camera model that is worth to be called a classic, this is the one.

EOS Bodies / Re: Forget Canon 6D I want this!
« on: September 18, 2012, 09:45:06 PM »
Funny someone should mention this, because I actually saw one of these (current version) in action during a recent stay at a B&B on a remote island a few months back.

While we can laugh it off as a toy camera, it's quite impressive when you have an entire wall of polaroid shots of former customers who've stayed at the place. 8)

EOS Bodies / Re: Who really is the target demographic for the 6D?
« on: September 18, 2012, 12:32:59 AM »
Other than the very small sliver of higher-end users that prefer APS-C for what they do (see my prior comments on birders and sports guys), won't the folks more likely to buy higher end glass also be the folks likely to go FF?  Ergo, is the 6D the beginning of the end for relatively high-end EF-S glass like the EF-S 17-55 F/2.8 IS or the EF-S 10-22?

That's a pretty hard question to answer, but I think the importance of the 6D would be that it will be the point for Canon's to show hands on its final stance for APS-C bodies/lenses.

With the introduction of the 6D, entry level FF under 2,000 is now a viable market. It will be interesting to see if Canon continues with manufacturing Rebel/XXD for the casual users who wants a DSLR body (which means the EF-S will continue to prosper) or whether they'll try to "shift" this market into the EOS M world (meaning goodbye EF-S, hello EF-M mounts).

My bet would be that EF-M would emerge as the winner, since the EOS-M already offers mount adapters for the bigger lenses (so those with investment in EF-S lenses could still use them) and includes the same APS-C sensors.

Now, Canon seems confident enough they can produce EF-M lenses that are way smaller than their EF-S cousins but still offers the same quality (such as the EF-S 18-55 f3.5-5.6 IS II). Whether they can make a smaller version of the top EF-S lens, it still remains to be seen.

By the time they produce the EF-M 10-22, it'll probably be clear to everyone that the days of EF-S lenses is coming to a close.

I'm wondering if the upcoming EF 200-400L is a semi-answer on the way Canon is heading in terms of wildlife photography? The way they include the 1.4X in the lens is somehow compensating for the loss of the crop factor as the mainstream bodies go full-frame, perhaps?

Maybe one day we will see a 500mm with an internal 1.4x...

EOS Bodies / Re: 6D or 5D Mk II
« on: September 17, 2012, 06:01:18 AM »
I'd say the 6D is for those that are contemplating stepping into the realm of FF bodies but are hesitating because the 5D2 is 4 years old.

The 5D2 is where it is, so for those who already own a 5D2, I doubt there's any real substantial reason to upgrade to a 6D (unless you damaged your camera to a point that it's worth the money).

However, I'm pretty sure there's going to be a group of people who is waiting to hunt for a better deal on a brand new 5D2 following the introduction of the 6D.

EOS Bodies / Re: The Mirrorless Future
« on: September 17, 2012, 03:55:51 AM »
The FF sensor in a body like the Fujifilm XPro-1 would be very desirable for enthusiasts who want a light camera body with a decent number of lens options. It's even better if you can fit it in a small shoulder bag, because you really don't have that much room if ur going with your wife and kids on a family outing.

Given the small body, I would prefer OVF over EVF, since it's less demanding on the battery.

However, I doubt that you can make something the size of a Leica M9 to be weatherproof and durable on the level of 1D...

Oh well, we can still wish.

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