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« on: December 02, 2011, 12:40:05 PM »
Canon Medium Format? A lot of discussion around the web about whether or not the 1D X is really a unification of the flagship line. A lot of people want that big megapixel studio camera.

[NL] posted an interesting quote from an interview with Canon Japan recently.

While we hear the voices, we want to see what the actual sales numbers will be for the 1D X and so determine how many 10,000s of customers we might be losing if we do not introduce a higher resolution camera and if the projected profitability of a higher resolution 24×36 mm format camera will justify development, marketing, and manufacturing investments , or if there is a sustainable market for the even greater costs of development, marketing, and manufacturing medium format cameras and lenses – an area where we have no internal expertise.

A few people I have spoken to desire a flagship camera that is high megapixel. They would like performance beyond what could be had for $2500 or so in a 5D Mark III.

I haven’t heard of a medium format prototype within Canon, however I have heard in the past that Canon has considered purchasing a medium format company. I’ve personally never understood why they would, they are more than capable of entering the market themselves.

Canon Mirrorless [CR1] Will Canon target the niche market with any sort of mirrorless camera in the future? That’s what one person told me this week. There’s no interest in the company in releasing an NEX or Nikon 1 kind of mirrorless.

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« on: December 02, 2011, 12:40:05 PM »

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« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2011, 12:47:22 PM »
Why would Canon buy a MF company?

Easiest way to hire a staff of people that are able to make a MF camera and get it right the first time.

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« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2011, 12:51:32 PM »
Why would Canon buy a MF company?

1. Speed of product to market
2. Getting the right technicians immediately and working as a team from the off
3. Reduce market competition

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« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2011, 01:13:40 PM »
This is the time when, I hate to be about right, it is just silly how they can spin things and have lap dogs bark and make others to, how they hate high megapixel sensors:


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« Reply #84 on: December 01, 2011, 12:08:29 AM »


Considering apparent money frenzy culture at Canon, I see something entirely different emerging from all recent events.
Canon is setting stage to offer ultra pro high res camera at the price point of medium format camera.
Yes we will get 40 MP camera similar like the C300, with some huge announcement at Metropolitan Museum Of Art in the photography department or something.
Be prepare, they may even produce couple Super Wide angle "Terra" lenses $20,000- $60,000 a piece.
Our expectations for entry level FF camera body will look so silly soon...
I will have to research who is really behind all of this. It does not look very Japanese to me.
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« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2011, 01:20:23 PM »
Obviously canon understands the market for each of their cameras, and the 5D3 is not intended to be a MP hog, but more of a photo-journalist camera. the size alone should indicate its intended function as a camera meant to be used on the go.

While they are plenty of reasons to have a lighter studio grade camera or a more compact landscape rig, the 5D3 is, at its soul, a mobile FF camera. Larger MP 2FF+ cameras are most surely a niche market, these cameras would most certainly be less mobile and more cumbersome for walk around shooting than the 5D3 will be.

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« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2011, 01:27:41 PM »
If Canon is not interested in MF or larger sensors, I find it odd that they already spent the time and money developing 50 and 120mpx sensors for use in such cameras.

The fact of the market is that Nikon and Sony will bring out 30-40mpx DSLR's which will eat into Canon's market share, just as the D3 and D700 did.  Unfortunately, Canon's current obsession with catering to the video end of the market spectrum will likely delay updated DSLR's.

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« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2011, 01:39:10 PM »
The fact of the market is that Nikon and Sony will bring out 30-40mpx DSLR's which will eat into Canon's market share, just as the D3 and D700 did.  Unfortunately, Canon's current obsession with catering to the video end of the market spectrum will likely delay updated DSLR's.

Possibly, Canon thinks (correctly or incorrectly) that investing in the video end of the market is more profitable than investing in the high MP end of the market.

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« Reply #7 on: December 02, 2011, 01:40:15 PM »
The only thing missing in Canon executive response I think is it also depend on what NIkon does in the next 6 months.  Once we see a D800 and maybe a D4 sometimes in 2012 they will help set the stage on how Canon will complete or update its current line of DSLR.

I suspect the D4 to be close to the 1DX in spec, but it will be interesting to see how a D800 with high MP does in the market and how its IQ compares to the existing 21MP 5DII...

I further suspect Canon to have a few model on the shelf with very different spec depending on how competitors respond.  We keep hearing about Sony and Nikon high MP machine, but we have yet to see one, so lets be patient!
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« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2011, 01:41:23 PM »
...we want to see what the actual sales numbers will be for the 1D X and so determine how many 10,000s of customers we might be losing if we do not introduce a higher resolution camera and if the projected profitability of a higher resolution 24×36 mm format camera will justify development, marketing, and manufacturing investments...

This statement, if representative of Canon's position, suggests they have not even begun development of a high-MP FF sensor.  That means those hoping for a high-resolution 5DIII are going to be disappointed, either because the 5DIII will use the 1D X sensor (most likely scenario), or because if there's going to be a high MP 5DIII, it won't come for at least 1.5 years. 
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« Reply #9 on: December 02, 2011, 01:44:50 PM »
I think they should come out with a medium format camera, and they could probably do it very well.
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« Reply #10 on: December 02, 2011, 02:03:39 PM »
I haven’t heard of a medium format prototype within Canon, however I have heard in the past that Canon has considered purchasing a medium format company. I’ve personally never understood why they would, they are more than capable of entering the market themselves.

What about purchasing an MF company because there would already be an existing mount, and a base of legacy lenses.  If Canon attempted to break into the MF market without that, wouldn't they need to develop their own mount and a brand new set of lenses?  Seems to make sense to me.  Same as Sony buying Konica/Minolta to use their mount (very different case, but same logic).
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« Reply #11 on: December 02, 2011, 02:05:04 PM »
I think they should come out with a medium format camera, and they could probably do it very well.

Enterying MF market is a big investment, and MF market is not that big as consumer market. Even if canon produce it the whole range of new optics is required. But no one can predict the future,anything is possible. But I think 5DMKIII will use 18MP from what I read. But Canon medium format will be something interesting. I dont think this happening in near future as they stated that they don't have internal experience with MF.

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« Reply #12 on: December 02, 2011, 02:05:30 PM »
That means those hoping for a high-resolution 5DIII are going to be disappointed, either because the 5DIII will use the 1D X sensor (most likely scenario), or because if there's going to be a high MP 5DIII, it won't come for at least 1.5 years.

So what do you think? Will prices of a new 5D MKII go up again?
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« Reply #13 on: December 02, 2011, 02:19:02 PM »
...how many 10,000s of customers we might be losing...

Somehow I find that hard to believe. 

Since 10,000 is plural, we'll use 20,000 for the short end.  Throw in a little inflation, we'll call a 5d3 $3000.  Most people buying one are likely to be buying at least 2 decent lenses for it, let's say at a mean of $1500 each.  So Canon is going to forgo $120 million in sales (exluding accessories AND all the future revenue associated with brand loyalty) to "see what happens".  I'm not buying it.

I'm not saying the 5d3 specifically will be high MP, I'm just saying there's no way Canon can stay out of the high MP market (unless they convince Sony and Nikon to as well and thereby not lose the "10,000s of customers")
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« Reply #14 on: December 02, 2011, 02:22:02 PM »
Since 10,000 is plural, we'll use 20,000 for the short end.  Throw in a little inflation, we'll call a 5d3 $3000.  Most people buying one are likely to be buying at least 2 decent lenses for it, let's say at a mean of $1500 each.  So Canon is going to forgo $120 million in sales (exluding accessories AND all the future revenue associated with brand loyalty) to "see what happens".  I'm not buying it.

Are you suggesting that if Canon releases a 5DIII which incorporates the 18 MP sensor from the 1D X, with the ISO and DR improvements, that no one will buy it?  I'm not buying that.  Canon's not saying no 5DIII, they're saying no high-MP FF sensor (for now). 
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