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Re: Big Megapixel Tidbits from the Week [CR1]
« Reply #15 on: September 24, 2013, 12:29:13 PM »

We’re told that their is a 44.7mp camera in heavy testing. However, the test cameras are eating batteries when shooting in 4K mode.
Oh please Canon! For once, can you just forget all about the bloody video-features and focus everything on the still photography part? Just give us the high resolution dynamic range monster we've all been waiting for. :)

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« Reply #15 on: September 24, 2013, 12:29:13 PM »

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« Reply #16 on: September 24, 2013, 12:32:42 PM »
I fear that if Canon is working on a medium format system, it will be the end of image quality improvements in their 35mm format DSLRs.  If Canon introduce a medium format system, full frame and APS-C cameras will likely be held at around the 20 megapixel mark, with improvements only coming in low light performance.  These will be targeted at the photojournalist and event photographer.  Indeed, this is what we have seen over the last few years.  Those of us who want the highest image quality - dynamic range and resolution - will be pushed to the medium format system.
That sounds like something Canon would do.  :-\

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« Reply #17 on: September 24, 2013, 01:01:38 PM »
Why would you buy a 44mp camera to shoot 4K video?  Seems like overkill or is there an advantage I'm missing?

One possibility is that the video isn't derived through bayer interpolation and downscaling, but rather through an algorithm like on the C300, which is much faster (and sharper).

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« Reply #18 on: September 24, 2013, 01:39:05 PM »
A grain of salt on these bits of information, as they’re from unknown sources.

More likely a couple pounds of salt.

Canon is already heavily invested in one dying market (point and shoot), why would they sink millions into another? Medium Format is a money pit with shrinking demand and marginal improvements in quality. If Canon were to get into the Medium Format business, it would likely be in a very targeted way that focuses on the highest end of the market, similar to their cinema offerings. Even then, it seems unlikely, given that Medium Format is not much of a money-maker for the existing companies.

As for a high megapixel camera. Comparing the sales of the 5DIII and the D800, it looks as though Canon made the right choice in targeting a market that actually exists, rather than focusing on bragging rights for a big megapixel sensor. Canon will offer a high megapixel option only if they can it without much new investment in research, development and production. 

On the other hand, surveillance is a growth industry without a clear, well-capitalized market leader. Canon is well-positioned to be able to dominate the market if they choose to do so.


You are probably right on the money. IQ advances for photography will likely occur as a by-product of new Canon surveillance products. What was once a primary business area for Canon may now devolve to become merely a secondary market.

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« Reply #19 on: September 24, 2013, 02:48:47 PM »
Those of us who want the highest image quality - dynamic range and resolution - will be pushed to the medium format system. 

Or pushed to Nikon or another manufacture.
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« Reply #20 on: September 24, 2013, 03:37:38 PM »
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As for a high megapixel camera. Comparing the sales of the 5DIII and the D800, it looks as though Canon made the right choice in targeting a market that actually exists, rather than focusing on bragging rights for a big megapixel sensor. Canon will offer a high megapixel option only if they can it without much new investment in research, development and production. 
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What are the sales numbers for the 5Diii and D800 and the total sales of DSLRs for each?  I was looking around a bit and couldn't find them.

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« Reply #21 on: September 24, 2013, 04:12:50 PM »
Canon is in negotiations with the medium format manufacturers.

Expect, that a Canon medium format camera hit the market next year or in 2015.

If Canon wait a long time for putting the 1D Xs, 5D Mark 4 and 7D Mark II on the market, then Canon is loosing a lot of customers. That´s the fact. I am not willing to wait for the mentioned cameras for longer than half a year from now.

Where is the 12-24 2.8 L or 14-24 2.8 L lens? Where is the 100-400 IS replacement?

I don't think it's very likely, that Canon will replace their current cameras within your timeframe. As I understand, you seem to be a product tester, so you surely have some knowledge about that. They rather go for the typical product cycle and take their time to present a well developped product. But, that's my two cents. On the other hand, why shoot yourself in your own foot if the current bodies sell well... ::)
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« Reply #21 on: September 24, 2013, 04:12:50 PM »

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« Reply #22 on: September 24, 2013, 05:04:18 PM »

If Canon wait a long time for putting the 1D Xs, 5D Mark 4 and 7D Mark II on the market, then Canon is loosing a lot of customers. That´s the fact. I am not willing to wait for the mentioned cameras for longer than half a year from now.


What they need to do most of all is make sure the 5D4 has a sensor that can at least get very close to exmor at low ISO even if it takes a little longer. A rushed 5D4 with same old same old would really lose customers since then you'd really wait a long time for something better. But yeah they do need to get a move on, they got to comfortable and marketing had them act too much like kings who didn't need to bother pushing forward faster.

They also need to make sure that the 5D4 doesn't end up with worse video than a ML RAW'ed 5D3, if possible, if it would somehow truly ruin stills at this point then I guess people could keep their old 5D3 and maybe they could keep selling those at reduced price or something, hopefully not the case though.


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« Reply #23 on: September 24, 2013, 05:08:24 PM »
I've just signed up to CanonRumors to join the debate on this because I am rather worried by the medium format rumors.

Canon is known for crippling its own products.  The most obvious example is the video performance of Canon DSLRs, which have been deliberately held back to protect Canon's camcorder and later Cinema EOS lines.

I fear that if Canon is working on a medium format system, it will be the end of image quality improvements in their 35mm format DSLRs.  If Canon introduce a medium format system, full frame and APS-C cameras will likely be held at around the 20 megapixel mark, with improvements only coming in low light performance.  These will be targeted at the photojournalist and event photographer.  Indeed, this is what we have seen over the last few years.  Those of us who want the highest image quality - dynamic range and resolution - will be pushed to the medium format system. 

 

Yeah, I truly hope it wouldn't mean well if you want more DR here is a nice MF system for you and they just give up on the smaller format sensor improvements.

They certainly decided to not charge forward with the 5D2 video revolution but instead just became on of many by going high-end products, seems like a bit of a lost opportunity, although ML semi-saved them, although a bit late in the game (I don't know if it is related and if sales bumped or not but it seemed like shortly after ML RAW came out and started to become accepted that the 5D3 price suddenly shot back up, hinting that even that late in the game the unlocked abilities helped sales). Had they 5D3 shipped with full video capabilites unlocked and polished up a bit more, man they would've had another revolution and stock would've been gone in a week even they had made 4x as many copies. The movie forums would've been raving instead of meh.

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« Reply #24 on: September 24, 2013, 05:16:35 PM »
Why would you buy a 44mp camera to shoot 4K video?  Seems like overkill or is there an advantage I'm missing?

remember these are bayer sensors so it is not 44MP of full color photosites

they use 22MP from a 3:2 sensor with 3x3 block style (5760/3=1920 across) to make 1080p from the 5D3 and 8MP from a 16:9 sensor using 2x2 block style to make 1080p from the C100 line, 44MP would seem to fit 4k using 2x2 block style from a 3:2 sensor as you get 4096 across for video times 2 is 8192 across and then for height 2/3 so 5461 so 44736512 photosites or 44.7MP and well that it the exact rumored MP count right to the 10th of a MP.

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« Reply #25 on: September 24, 2013, 05:19:53 PM »
Can you guys educate me on medium format photography?
1. What does it do better than a standard DSLR?
2. What doesn't it do as well?
3. What genres/styles of photography are better suited to medium format?
4. Would medium format require specialized lenses or would the current EF/EF-S lenses work? (Ok, maybe not EF-S)

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1 - In the days of film, to achieve the highest image quality was inevitable film size bigger than 24x36mm. Yes, until the Second World War, the film 24x36mm was considered small for the requirement for professional quality. Even in the 60s, some news magazines with colorful pictures forced their photographers to cover violent conflicts, running from the police with Hasselblad cameras in hand.
2 - These cameras weigh several kilograms, and are not even agile.
3 - A photography studio and landscape are what medium format is better.
4 - The lens medium format are larger and heavier than their counterparts. A simple F3.5 wide angle lens for medium format can weigh more than 1 kg and costs several thousand dollars.

I remember lots of magazines, especially nature ones would refuse to accept 35mm submissions for double-page spreads and sometimes even for full single pages, maybe they were going a bit overkill with that, but from what I heard many insisted on at least one of the smaller medium formats and the serious landscape guys did lots of 4x5" view camera shooting.

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« Reply #26 on: September 25, 2013, 12:32:12 AM »
What are the sales numbers for the 5Diii and D800 and the total sales of DSLRs for each?  I was looking around a bit and couldn't find them.

Don't know about the sales figures...but approached from the other end: our content management buys about 3 times as many shot from medium frames then from D800's.And those in turn get outnumbered about 1:2 by each 5D3,5D2 and the other 18,24MP,whatever-cameras lumped together.

Partially because of the number of users, partially because its hard to get an actual advantage from the D800.
Sure, you have those islands of opportunity, but they are few and far inbetween - the 5D3 is a jack of all trades without real world weakness and if you're willing to retain a one trick pony then the MFs do that trick better.

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« Reply #27 on: September 25, 2013, 01:01:38 AM »
Medium Format is a money pit with shrinking demand and marginal improvements in quality.

Speaking about marginal improvements in quality, have you seen this (on dpr)?

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« Reply #27 on: September 25, 2013, 01:01:38 AM »

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« Reply #28 on: September 25, 2013, 04:14:02 AM »
Medium Format is a money pit with shrinking demand and marginal improvements in quality.

Speaking about marginal improvements in quality, have you seen this (on dpr)?
Do you have a link?
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« Reply #29 on: September 25, 2013, 05:25:42 AM »
My money is on a Sony - Hasselblad - Canon linkup.

It makes sense more than Phase / Mamiya / Leaf / Canon.

Canon body, Hassy lenses, Sony sensor. You'd have your high ISO MF system and so would Hasselblad. Once off the groubd Canon would develop their own lenses.

I would SERIOUSLY invest in such a system.
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« Reply #29 on: September 25, 2013, 05:25:42 AM »