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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mk2 ..... APS-H
« on: January 28, 2012, 07:34:35 AM »
I just cannot comprehend any of this. Why do you want APS-H again? >_>

And if a new 7D-esque body gets APS-H, it will NOT be called 7D MKII ... It will have a different series name.

Indeed I'm not really seeing why people think Canon are likely to radically change the position of the existing 7D and xxD lines in the market rather than introduce a new line.

You look at their previous DSLR history and it seems much more likely that a new higher end line will be introduced which makes marketing sense. Why market the previously enthusiast xxD brand as a semi pro camera to reaplace the 7D? why market the semi pro 7D brand to replace the pro 1D brand?

EOS Bodies / Re: Tastes Great...Less Filling
« on: January 28, 2012, 03:08:43 AM »
I'd guess for many landscape shooters a big factor would be how Nikon's lenses(espeically the "holy trinity") hold up at 35 MP at the borders.

If Nikon themselves were designing the sensor I'd be pretty confident that they would but it looks like this maybe a Sony hand me down and I wouldnt be at all supprized to see them release a sensor which existing FF lenses cannot make the most of.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mk2 ..... APS-H
« on: January 26, 2012, 12:42:04 PM »
That's in line with what unfocused stated.  "The 1.3 crop sensor is not being killed off.  Canon is keeping all options open for future products."  That's 'corporate speak' for indefinite hold.  At my company, we call it 'putting it in the hopper' but it amounts to the same thing.  We did a lot of R&D on it, we don't want to send the message that it was wasted effort, so let's 'keep our options open'.

I'm guessing "on hold unless 1DX/7D mk2 sales disapoint and we see a real demand for it".

One other use for it to me seems to be for a mirrorless system, large enough to offer clear IQ/DOF advanatge over rival systems but not so far as to make the system overly bulky.

EOS Bodies / Re: Announcement Date? [CR1]
« on: January 25, 2012, 10:28:07 AM »
The 5DIII as relly an almost baby-1D X?  I'll play devil's advocate to my own viewpoint, and ask why not?  Canon has to have a flagship, a truly top of the line pro camera.  But they merged the 1D and 1Ds (or eliminated the 1Ds and made the 1D a FF camera, if you prefer) - still having a flagship, but not two of them.  I have no doubt that the 5DII made them more profit than the 1DsIII and 1D IV combined.  So, why not combine the 1-series, which they did, and not expect to make a hefty profit from that line.  Make the 5DIII a significant improvement over the 5DII by giving it an excellent AF system, forget about 'cannabalizing' 1D X sales, the 5DIII is the real profit engine, so make it as good as possible.

I can say this, though - if they release a 5DIII with 22 MP and a “pro level” AF system (e.g. recycle the 1DsIII AF), leaving the main differentator from the 1D X as the frame rate (still 4 fps, even), I'd be quite interested - perhaps enough to get the 5DIII instead of the 1D X.  Don't worry, Canon  ::)  the money saved will go toward lenses....

A potential 1DX/5D mk3 combination strikes me as being as very different situation to the 1Ds mk3 and the 5D mk2 .

To me it seems like the merging of the 1D line was more a case of more clearly defining its role where as the 1Ds was short of playing too two markets, part AF/FPS shooters who were willing to trade a bit of the latter for higher resolution/FF and part studio/landscape shooters. The latter part obviously had much less need to buy the 1Ds mk3 when the 5D mk2 offered a near indentical sensor.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 5D X Speculation
« on: January 24, 2012, 02:15:48 AM »
I wouldnt be supprized if there was a general shift upwards in AF performance of all of Canon's lines this generation given that there previous advanatge in sensor performance may not be there.

650D gets 60D AF

70D gets 7D AF

7D gets new system between the old and 1D

5D mk3/X gets FF equivilent of 7D

Lenses / Re: What lenses should I get for my 7d? (16 year old)
« on: January 20, 2012, 11:46:22 AM »
Even if its an old mark 1 version a Canon 70-200 2.8 for $750 is definately a good deal if its in good condiction although it does of course depend on what you want to shoot. That lens would be well suited for sports of larger wildlife on a 7D for example but if you wanted something wider than your 24-105 for landscapes then I'd personally spend it on a Canon EF-S 10-22mm.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Why canon?
« on: January 19, 2012, 07:43:42 AM »
If it was just down to the body I'd probabley have gone with a Pentax K-5 but the lens support just wasnt there, no weather sealed UWA and no long range standard zoom.

Besided to get the lightest high megapixel body I could and Canon offered a few more megapixels and slightly cheaper lenses than Nikon.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Mirrorless in 2012?
« on: January 14, 2012, 12:09:12 PM »
I believe you meant "no phase detect AF", which is what the addition of the AF chip with the mirror offers.
If we think of the mirror as locked for the EVF, the LCD on the back of a DSLR is technically an EVF during Live View. Also, some Mirrorless cameras offer Phase detect by using pixels on the sensor itself dedicated to the job, like the Nikon 1 series.

I still cannot see why people advocate for one side or the other. The two (DSLR and Rangefinder-style) form factors have been around for a very long time, and have co-existed peacefully. No reason to kill one in favour of the other now.

Yeah sorry phase rather than contrast.

It just seems to me that theres little need to lose weight with DSLR's that are going to be used with a large zoom lens anyway so why give up an OVF when it shouldnt stop you having the advanatges of an EVF aswell.

My guess would be that in the coming years the high end market will be divided between DSLR's based around zooms and rangefinder similar to this new Fuji based around primes.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 28 f/2.8 Disappears From Price List
« on: January 14, 2012, 02:00:51 AM »
As stated above, there are f/2.8 zooms of good quality, so I can't imagine the 28/2.8 is a popular lens. 

Don't forget that in addition to the EF 28mm f/2.8, there's also an EF 28mm f/1.8 USM, a newer and more expensive lens.  If this isn't just a temporary/regional change, and Canon actually is discontinuing the 28/2.8, they may be getting rid of the cheaper, poorer-selling lens and driving people to purchase the more expensive lens if they need the 28mm focal length as a prime.

The 28mm 1.8 is also priced to be within range of alot more people than the 24mm and 35mm 1.4 L's aswell so theres likely much less demand for a cheaper option at those focal lenghts.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Mirrorless in 2012?
« on: January 14, 2012, 01:46:23 AM »
That's the thing. A DSLR, by definition, cannot have an electronic viewfinder at the same time as an optical one. It may have a second, smaller sensor for the EVF component, but we shall not get into that. Of course, OVFs have electronic parts embedded, but it is not a preview of what the sensor is seeing, because of the mirror. It is all about that mirror. Sony has their A65/77, but that lacks an OVF ...

The mirror could be flipped up when the EVF is in use though, obviously that means no contrast detect AF but then again the same would be true for any mirrorless camera.

We talk about improved EVF's but really there never going to provide the same thing as an OVF just as even the largest most hi tech TV is still obviously a TV.

PowerShot Cameras / Re: *UPDATE 3* Canon PowerShot G1X Revealed
« on: January 11, 2012, 04:30:09 PM »
Personally, I am not interested. However, the weight you state is only for the Rebel body. Try attaching a lens with similar focal length to the G1X to your Rebel, and see if you can find a pocket large enough to fit it in ...

You've also got a longer lens with a better appature than the 18-55 kit plus a more pocketable form factor, personally the latter.

I'm say the more important comparison would be to the Sony NEX 5, including the kit zoom there pretty much the same weight but again the Canon has the advanatge of a longer zoom range, faster lens and form factor plus an OVF and built in flash.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Mirrorless in 2012?
« on: January 10, 2012, 07:13:33 AM »
I have the EVF for the NEX-5N, and although very high resolution and quite impressive, especially with scene preview and live histogram, it still does not have the same natural feeling of an OVF. I don't think mirrorless cameras are meant to replace DSLRs ... mirrored and mirrorless cameras have co-existed since the beginning. They will continue to address different needs in different audiences in the market, and will complement each other in a professional's photography kit.

A DSLR could of course also potentially have a hyrid OVF/EVF aswell to get the advantages from the latter, that and having to balance large zoom lenses will IMHO keep them alive although I do think systems like this new Fuji will take a good deal of the hi end market.

PowerShot Cameras / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X Announced
« on: January 10, 2012, 04:16:24 AM »
The lens needs to be "slow" because of the big sensor. The maximum aperture is around 10mm -- that is about the same as the 18-55mm rebel kit lens, or the 20mm f/1.7 pancake prime that is popular on micro 4/3. So for those who are used to fast lenses on an SLR, nothing to write home about, but Canon are probably trying to pick off the crowd who would otherwise buy a big sensor camera with the kit lens and never change lenses.

My guess is that this is actually the silent majority of mirrorless users given that lens sales lag well behind camera sales on places like Amazon. When you make that comparison the lens on this camera has a longer zoom range and a superior appature at the wide end.

Compaired to the X10 its going to offer superior DOF control and you would think superior ISO petformance aswell.

For used gear I'd guess it would depend very much of the seller, I'd definately email them first myself to get as much in writting as possible.

For new gear I'v heard from a few people that alot of the ultra cheap third party sellers are actually grey imports not covered by uk warrenty, the Canon 55-250 mk1's espeically seem to often be suspect.

For used equipment MPB is the best I'v found, good prices, good selection of Canon lenses that easy to search and I'v had no problem with any order, had one lens turn up with a free pounch that wasnt even advertised. ;)

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