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EOS Bodies / Re: New DSLR and PowerShots in May [CR2]
« on: April 02, 2014, 09:33:50 AM »
April Fools Day was yesterday...    :P

But today is not.  It may be a fool's post, but it is post Fool's.

EOS Bodies / Re: New DSLR and PowerShots in May [CR2]
« on: April 02, 2014, 09:14:56 AM »
If I held my breath I'd be dead.

This forum is turning into Cynic Rumors.  I wonder if people are happier over at Nihilist Rumors.   :-)

But seriously, for most people a new camera is a luxury, and we still have global economic problems.  Not a good time to introduce an upscale Toyota for mass production.

I'm hoping for the 7D2.  My next body will be either a 6D refurb or a 7D2 refurb; and the sooner it hits the shelves, the sooner it hits the refurb store.  :-)

A camera with 100x zoom is intended for entertainment only. Including voyeurs.

Quite true....

I'm sure "Robert Capa" would have made the photo of the birds copulating with a 28mm lens. :o Do not ask me how it would come so close. :P

Anybody could do as Capa did there, stage the shot with no enemy fire for miles, not saying he wasn't a true combat photographer, just that holding that image up as an example is fatally flawed. Unlike the many thousands of close combat images shot nowadays with 16-35mm lenses.

Was that a staged shot?

Some evidence suggests that.


Seriously, though: if the IQ, handling and performance are reasonable for the price, I might get one.  This is about as close as I'm going to get to a 1DX+600II+2x tele.

It will be good for UFOs or is that dust on the lens  :)

Same thing, right?  Also works for distant Blobsquatch sightings.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: When can we drop 'D' for 'Digital'
« on: March 29, 2014, 12:32:42 PM »
I have a pet-peeve with the word “film” or “filming” – like when we’re told that they’re filming the next Avengers movie but there’s no film involved.

And "tin foil" is now made of aluminum, and "dialing" a phone continued well into the era of touch-tone.  Language evolution lags social evolution.

Or, as Calvin (cartoon version) famously said: "verbing weirds language."  http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/1993/01/25

OK, so they’re “shooting” the film… but the word “film” is stuck in our vocabulary.

"Shooting?"  Doesn't that require a projectile of some kind?

 8) :P

Pricewatch Deals / Re: BEWARE LEXAR FAIL!
« on: March 29, 2014, 11:33:38 AM »
It's not an Anecdote. It's a fact.

I didn't mean to come across as insulting, or as questioning your truthfulness.  To me, an anecdote may well be true, but is not independently verified and compared with similar stories.  What I meant is that for every person who has problems with Lexar, there are as many who have problems with Sandisk, Transcend and other brands.  The only way to determine whether a specific brand has a higher failure rate is to do some kind of scientific test.

My main intent was to help you figure out what the problem is.  As I say, not many people seem to have the failure rate you report, not for any major brand.

And exactly how do you test a CF card thoroughly?

From my work in information technology, I encountered a program called DBAN, which is a free tool to securely wipe hard drives of private data before you get rid of them.  I run 20 passes on new cards.  You need to be careful with this program, though, it can easily wipe your main hard drive if you're not careful.

Prior to that, I had written a program that simulated storing and erasing files on the device until it was full.  I also ran 20 passes of that.

If you want to do it manually, you can do a full format, copy some files until it fills the drive, then format and repeat.  That would be tedious for 20 reps.  I'm told there are programs out there designed to test the speed and error condition of flash memory and USB flash drives.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Weekend Lexar Memory Card Sale at Adorama
« on: March 29, 2014, 09:36:59 AM »
I hate spending money on memory cards.  So I test them like I do my lenses and bodies... so I under and remove them as little as possible.

What's your test procedure?

Stupid phone.  I treat them like my lenses and body... at least it didn't replace the word with testes... I might have more explaining to do.


Hey, that gives me an idea for a new feature in the P&S market: your camera suggests the photo composition; you can override it of course, but why would you override the superior AI?   :P

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Weekend Lexar Memory Card Sale at Adorama
« on: March 29, 2014, 09:01:51 AM »
I hate spending money on memory cards.  So I test them like I do my lenses and bodies... so I under and remove them as little as possible.

What's your test procedure?

Pricewatch Deals / Re: BEWARE LEXAR FAIL!
« on: March 29, 2014, 08:54:18 AM »
I don't want to pick on anyone... but if you have multiple cards fail... it might not be the cards... it is more likely that you are the common denominator.

And that's a reasonable point, opening the Card Door & or trying to remove the cards while the Camera is still in shutdown mode is a guaranteed Card screw Up, done that.

And it's also fair to say all manufactured equipment has a failure rate.

It's always good to start with the question "other people don't seem to have this problem, so what could I be doing wrong."  Even if it turns out the problem is hardware failure, it doesn't hurt to talk to others about their experiences, and think it through carefully.  True failure rate on major brand cards must be very low or we'd see a lot more complaints.  Having multiple faulty cards certainly isn't impossible, but it is very unlikely.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: BEWARE LEXAR FAIL!
« on: March 28, 2014, 06:33:26 PM »
Your personal anecdotes are just anecdotes.
It may well be anecdotal, but we generally take experiences like this and make decisions going forward that are reflected by that experience

Yes, that's true.  My point was that I've heard the same story with the villain being Sandisk or some other brand.  All manufacturers ship some defective stock.  Amazon (and other vendors) are in good position to know if they're getting heavy returns on certain brands or models and can (and have) suspended sales of those.  If Amazon continues to sell them, it's likely Lexars do not have an overall failure rate out of line with the industry as a whole.

My questions are: did you buy from Amazon itself or from another vendor through Amazon?  After how many full uses did the cards fail?  I.e., did they fail early (first 20-30 uses) middle (30-150) or later?  If they failed early, I'll again recommend testing all cards with a computer and card reader before trusting them for high-value use.

If the problem is not really with Lexar, you're at risk of having the same experience with Sandisk.

Good luck.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: BEWARE LEXAR FAIL!
« on: March 28, 2014, 04:24:05 PM »
I had 2 Lexar 1000X Professional CF cards literally die on me. One time after taking 500 irreplaceable
vacation photos and the second time after 2 hours of a paid shoot which I had to restart completely.
I went back to Sandisk Extreme Pro 1066X which hasn't failed me in 13 years.
Save yourself a headache and don't buy Lexar.

Your personal anecdotes are just anecdotes.  You may have gotten counterfeit cards, you may have mistreated them, or you may be the statistical anomaly that had two fail in a short span.  Every manufacturer will have a small percentage of defects; you happened to bump into defects labeled "Lexar."  Others tell the same story with Sandisk..or whatever.  I've used cheap (Transcend) cards for years without problem.  I always test new cards thoroughly before using them.  Do you test your new cards?

EOS Bodies / Re: New Full Frame Camera in 2014? [CR1]
« on: March 26, 2014, 11:48:37 PM »
If the market for it doesn't exist, Canon PR will make sure to create one.
Your opinion of Canon marketing is higher than mine.   :D

By the way, I have heard 5DIII sales trump D800 sales, makes sense, but do you know for a fact that D800 sales have been lackluster?
Of course, true sales numbers are proprietary, so we can't be sure.  At least in the US, we can get a little help from Amazon.com.

D800: #17 in Camera & Photo > Digital SLRs
D800E:  #74 in Camera & Photo > Digital SLRs

5D3: #9 in Camera & Photo > Digital SLRs
5D3 kit (w/24-105): #13

So both distribution versions of the 5D3 are significantly higher than the D800 (which doesn't appear to have a kit version)

Lackluster is certainly relative, but if you consider these two to be direct competitors (as many seem to), the less-expensive D800, with better sensor, is selling at a significantly slower rate than the more expensive 5D3.   If I'm Canon, I'm happy about this; if I'm Nikon, I'm not happy about this.  I'd call that lackluster.

EOS Bodies / Re: New Full Frame Camera in 2014? [CR1]
« on: March 26, 2014, 05:14:20 PM »
The reason they haven't come out with the thing you personally want is that they don't have to.  They will produce new products when the market demands them.  Until then, they'll milk (MILC?) the R&D they already have invested in the current line.
Granted the camera business is much different so this is maybe slightly sketchy of a comparison, but such an attitude isn't always the best for a company. Look at Atari, the engineers wanted them to release an advanced new computer with GUI and mouse and multi-tasking and crazy level graphics and audio but the management said they hadn't finished milking the old 8bit line yet and saw no point in it. Who uses an Atari home computer today? Plenty of other such cases.

Canon is a large, diversified company with a lot of R&D and clever management.  I would be surprised if they don't have the basic tech available when the need (==strong market pressure) arises.  If some other company starts out-competing the 5D3 and 1DX, I am confident that Canon can match their products in a year or less.

The fact that Canon HAS not put advanced tech in the cameras does not mean they CAN not do so.

EOS Bodies / Re: New Full Frame Camera in 2014? [CR1]
« on: March 26, 2014, 05:08:08 PM »

...I would have thought there's credibility in owning the top end of the market.

I don't disagree. I think it's just a question of what that credibility might be worth...especially during difficult economic times.

How many people buy DSLRs based on the top-end?  How many care what name plate is on the big white lenses and brick-like bodies at sporting events?  How many bought Canon equipment because they saw Art Wolfe on TV?  A few maybe, but not many.  More likely the choice is made based on what "celebrities" pitch, and and what their friends shoot.  Mercedes Benz could not expect much from the name if they got into the budget car market.

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