Peter Galbavy: I once got a call from a stranger who had just bought a Canon D60 (yes, 2002 it was) and asked why my name and mobile number was in his EXIF under Copyright.
Turns out that my first D60, which I returned after 2 days with hot pixels in the rear LCD, got shipped back to Canon and then refurbed and just pushed out to another (different) retailer. The gent in question went to have strong words with Canon and the retailer.
Canon is pretty bad with their refurbished cameras. I worked in a retail store in Toronto for quiet some time and had to deal with Canon a lot. They never seal their boxes, so you won't know it it's refurbished or not. Also, whenever we sent a defective camera back to them they would fix it and then send it back to our store as a product to be sold as new. So they do not make a difference between new and refurbished, it's the same for them. It's pretty much up to the retailer to keep track of refurbished items and sell them as refurbished, what means Canon does not take responsibility for faulty products, the retailer does, and therefore looses money whenever Canon pulls this sht. I'm a Canon user myself, and knowing this I only get my products from larger stores where it is usually easier to return/exchange a product in case I figure out the shutter has been used more then a couple dozen times. Unfortunately smaller stores who can't afford the loss might sell you those cameras as new
OliverCardona: I though they were developing CFast as the next gen CF cards?
I'm not keen on a new format... I hope this will fail. CF and SD cards is already too much choice.
I agree with you, in my opinion we should still use floppy discs, but the big old ones, or what about a punched card?? I wish all that came after failed! Screw new technologies, improvements, progressions, evolution, revolution, having things easier, having things better - screw all that! And btw: get off my lawn! ; )
This phone sucks! What about an interchangeable lens? XLR audio inputs? Full size keyboard? Dual CF card slot?
Unhappy with Canon: Canon has really let us down. We've waited years for an upgrade from the 1DS Mark III. So Canon tells us that the 'upgrade' will be a super expensive camera that has less resolution than the 1DS mark III. And we have to wait six (more) months- pushing the delay for the upgrade from the Mark III to 3.5 years.
I will not spend the money on this camera.
Canon is trying to dictate what we want, rather than listening to our concerns. Did serious photographers really want a combination video camera? Really?
What a massive disappointment.
And having tried the 1D Mark 4 this summer- that camera really did not prove its worth. The camera blew the whites (even after adjusting the CF settings) and rendered terrible colors.
Who would pay so much for such poor quality?
But hey, I have to produce the best images. Canon can no longer deliver.
And I hate being kept in the dark about new releases. It makes it harder to make good business decisions.
I think the video function makes sense, many Hollywood productions started using the firmware updated 5D Mk II in their shootings, mostly action shots where the camera can be mounted inside a car w/o being seen by other cameras. And it didn't increase the cost of the camera by much. The proof is the 50D running the Magic Lantern firmware, enabling it to record video. Agreed there are many people that will never use the video function, but what does it hurt to have this function included?
Marco Boerner: EvlBert,
It is understandable why Canon did not include GPS devices in their cameras. Main reason is that there are several countries that do not allow you to bring any electronic with GPS capabilities, starting with phones, gps maps, and cameras. Having GPS included would men Canon could not sell this model to those markets, they would have to create a second series w/o the gps, what would result in higher prices. Also journalists and photographers working on those countries would have to get a different camera too. And on top of that, several government agencies where a camera like this is needed do not allow GPS, especially the military. There are several reasons not to include a GPS device. And on top of that it would increase the size of the camera, even if it's only a little, it would increase the costs, not only for the parts but also for GPS license/usage. There is still a fair amount of photographers working in a studio or fixed location who just don't need GPS.
The next day I spend all day waiting for officials from the areas capital. As they finally arrived they took my passport and looked up information on their laptop. Then they went through very picture I've taken. I was lucky enough that I took a shot of a Che wall drawing what certainly lightened the mood of the officials. But my experience, the rural police who picked me up had no glue about gps, cameras, etc. the border control neither, but the officials from the capital with their laptops and all their questions, they certainly did! It's really a question if you want to give them anything they could use against you, meaning to take your photographs, seize your equipment, deport you, or if you really made them mad to put you in jail.
Off course, you might be lucky an no one checks your phone etc, especially if you're a tourist, but once you're there for business and especially as a journalist you don't want to risk having your equipment and images sized. The mentality is like that, they let you enter the country with your gps, they let you take pictures etc. and as long as you're staying on the tourist path, behave the way they want they might not even say a word. But if there is anything they don't like on what you're doing they will be quick enforcing any law that you have broken, thinking they don't mind/ don't know. I spend already several nights in control stations, police stations, hotel rooms paid by the local police waiting to be interrogated by the authorities the next day. In Cuba for example they picked me up in a area where there is no tourism, they put m in a hotel for the night.
You need to know that GPS is American, any country that is not America could for whatever reason ban GPS. Especially countries that don't stand good with the US - as said - for whatever reason.
Okay, if some needs a gps to locate a studio later on, how hard is it to take a note or name a folder?DioCanon. Let's start with the the once I had to deal with: Russia (depending on what you're photographing), same in China where you need a permit that takes about three month to get and costs quiet some money, Cuba, Syria, North Korea, Tunisia, Egypt. Some countries like Tunisia and Egypt change their laws spontaneously often and some countries now allow GPS if they are turned off, we can thank the international popularity of the iphone for that. But in general GPS, especially in countries of the middle east, socialist countries, and unstable countries can become a problem real quick. And being a journalist asked to cover a conflict that just happened in the middle east, and then not being able to go there with your equipment, a risk I can't take. I was lucky enough to take a photo series of Cuba in 2010 and will be going to China and Russia early next year, no way to go with GPS.
Anastigmat: That is funny. The body is so big, but Canon cannot find any space inside to build in the GPS unit. I think it is more likely that they just want to charge the customer for this gadget. Nevertheless, it is huge improvement on the previous cameras, which require the purchase of a wireless transfer unit and a GPS unit before a GPS data can be integrated into the camera.
GPS is not allowed in some countries, as a journalist this would rule any camera with GPS out.