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My point was adding more & more features is not what is going to advance or maintain DSLR camera sales the market is already confusing to many and even basic point & shoot cameras offer manual, shutter priorty, aperture priority, programmed & full auto. My point is the key to survival will be better image quality and the weakness currently is dynamic range 12-14 stops is well below the human eye, and streamlining products.

Already car companies are looking to lower the number of variants on models because now they have confused car buyers just look at VW group, BMW etc. whereas Apple are hugely successful selling two versions of the iPhone.

That reminds me of Silicon Valley... when they are having the discussion about lessor formats winning out... like beta max over vhs... I forget what example they used... but I dare say it was funny.

Mark my words: the next Rebel will feature an 8-12 mp rear-facing camera for taking selfies while taking portraits of others.  "This is what I look like when I'm taking photos!"

There appears to be no cute shorthand or portmanteau for "photos one has taken of another person."  Othersies?  Someday we will have to have a word for it.

We kinda do it now... with our thread... photos of other photographes.

In the end of the day we want sharp, naturally saturated as possible photographs. Why are smartphones taking over? partially because they are simple to use not stuffed full of menus Canon & Nikon et al. need to go back to basics with a DSLR at the entry level. Yes have programmed & then just manual leave everything else out, minimise the buttons and major on composition, lighting etc.

In the middle add more features for serious amateurs and then finally an all singing all dancing professional camera. Job done. Think AT-1 / AE-1, A-1 & F1 and drop APS-C then its simply EF lenses.  Everything else is a complication.

I think people think they are going to get better... so they want the bells and whistles there... how often have we heard... I didn't know my camera could do that... so... yeah.  Oh and my second point is that people never do get really proficient... so they don't have to be there.. but as a consumer you want to know they are stuffed to the gills because they think they will take the time to learn...

I'm going to throw in the Canon 1.4 mkii... get it used... get it cheap... and it works beautifully.

I didn't pay attention to this announcement in April, but recently I bought a second hand Canon 24mm f/2.8 to get a taste for 24mm primes, and... fell in love with it. And now I want more!
Congrats and welcome to the 24mm fan club :)  It's my favorite which might explain the four lenses I own that cover this focal length which could be just a bit excessive...

Not to be a dissenter... but 24mm hasn't appealed to me at all.  Mind you, I've only shot at f4... so maybe at wider aperture it looks better... when I do use 24, I think... probably could go wider... I can't imagine having a prime lenses at 24... and I'm saying this with all due respect...

Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« on: August 04, 2014, 02:13:03 PM »
While it's a much-debated comparison (and I'm not sure there's any definitive answer), 180º sounds far wider than the usual human field of vision. Stare straight ahead, don't move your eyes and head, move your hands apart until they disappear. For me it seems not much more than 90-100º.

That's interesting :). Some say that 99% of what we see is produced by brain. Everyone's brain developed a bit differently, we are all unique. So, we don't have to agree on one number here :).
How wide can you see with one eye, while staring straight ahead? From center to the edge. I think it is ~85º. We can't be that much different. Tell me it's at least 70º :).

Yeah, 85º seems right for each eye alone. Since they overlap a lot, the two together can't be 180º then, right? Even if they didn't overlap at all, it would come to only 170º.

We need a circle to put it heads into... it isn't 180, but it isn't only 85 degrees per eye. 

Ok do a rudimentary test while in here in the bathroom stall... with motion, which is current than without motion.

Right eye... looking straight ahead... I have around 155 degrees of vision... looking straight ahead...

Ditto the left. 

No it isn't all in focus, but I can see what is too the right and left.

Provided my total angle of vision is 170 degrees, that means there is 20ish degrees that isn't over lapped when looking straight ahead.

Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« on: August 03, 2014, 02:57:44 PM »
I think that human vision is closer to 10mm really, a lot wider than 40mm.
If not, then maybe I'm not human :o.

Around 80mm, what I see in the viewfinder is the same size as what I see in my other eye... but in regards to my angle... I almost have 180 degrees of coverage... so I think that makes me more of a herbivore than a carnivore...

Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« on: August 03, 2014, 12:38:01 PM »
My brain.  :o
Other than that, it is the 40 shorty...
Oh yes! My 40 shorty is so unused I'd completely forgotten about it. Picked it up as a novelty item when it was announced, used it a couple of times, and then....ummm


That's weird. I use mine all the time, it's a great body cap.
Things may change when I'll get a fast 35mm. Still waiting for that 35/1.2L :)).

I'm really happy I managed to constrain myself and didn't buy it. I guess it helped that I had a 40 mm Voightlander. For some reason I was never really happy with that focal length anyway. Perhaps because it is the closest approximation to normal human vision which renders it a bit boring.

I bought one for my daughter... I really like the lens in theory, but I never personally use it.

Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« on: August 03, 2014, 11:43:33 AM »
I sell all of the things I don't use...

The 1.4 extender has been getting a good deal of use lately, but I suppose that would be the candidate.  Maybe my gold umbrella...

Oh... my daughter's sl1 which I use as my backup... and the 40mm f/2.8 that is attached... fun lens, but I don't use it at all.

Calling a 2"x2" piece of plastic a 'softbox that gives studio quality lighting' brings to mind a phrase my 4 year old recently picked up and sometimes shouts emphatically:  "YOU A LIAR!"

If anyone thinks paying $200 for said modifier is good value, I've got this nice bridge in New York and some prime Kansas swampland for sale, and say hello to Mr. Barnum as you seek the Great Egress.

How swampy is the swamp land in Kansas?  Are we talking gators... or just wearing rubber boots when you go out?  Please send me a prospectus.

Photography Technique / Re: How to get eyes tack sharp?
« on: August 02, 2014, 02:13:26 PM »
Use a single AF point and focus directly on the eyes. In single AF mode you can move the AF point around to place it exactly where you want it. I only use a single AF point to focus on a subject.

Bigger depth of field also helps. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Make a Big Splash at Photokina? [CR2]
« on: July 31, 2014, 10:25:47 AM »

I really cannot imagine shooting in anything other than full RAW. Maybe I'm different than some because I do print large on occasion but I'd rather carry cards than switch modes during a shoot. I now wait to be schooled by those who tell me I'm missing the point. I can take it.

If I get a bump in fps speed... maybe... if not, no thanks.  Give me a bigger rock so I can make my sculpture rather than a smaller rock that I have to fit my vision into.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Make a Big Splash at Photokina? [CR2]
« on: July 30, 2014, 10:14:41 AM »
Look forward to: 1D X II + 100-400

I'm looking forward to people selling off their 1dx for pennies on the dollar... so yeah, bring in the 1dx mkii

And it still doesn't get you light at the right angle. From everything I've seen the RT speedlight itself is the next big step, always have two with you and just stick them wherever needed, no worries.
I'm really, really, really hoping that every body released from here on has the transmitter for those built in.

Don't forget to bring the feet.  I was at a baseball game and I wanted to set them on a concrete barrier but putting them on their side didn't seem safe...

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: EOS 5D Mark III w/24-105 f/4L IS $3299
« on: July 28, 2014, 04:14:58 PM »
So the mail in rebate is through them?  They aren't an authorized dealer... I can't imagine it is through Canon... and I also presume the three year warranty is through them after the first year... I'll look at it when I'm not at work... but all things about this deal worry me.

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