Jerry-astro

Jerry-astro

Lives in United States Portland, United States
Works as a Marketing Mgr - Retired
Joined on Jan 16, 2003
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Equipment: Fujifilm X-T1, Fuji 18-55 f/2.8-4.0 lens, Zeiss Touit 2.8/12 lens, Fuji 55-200 lens, Nissin i40 flash

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Mikael Risedal: so many myths is spreading around
Canon is a small player regarding sensors, they have not done any big investments in new sensor lines

Canon is a proud company, in my eyes to proud, indoors sensors manufacturing and try to move to latest tech cost lot of money and also know how, something Canon doesn't have.
No patents are in the way, Toshiba, Panasonic can do the same sensors as Sony
NO Canon is lazy, they think they are still Nr1 in cmos as in year 2004, news for Canon today the Canon sensor market has only 6% of the market, Sony, Samsung et al has over 60%

Yes, PBJ (love those initials), you're right, my needs are truly unique. I mean who in their right mind would want Canon to develop a sensor that demonstrates a level of innovation that's at least on par with other manufacturers? I realize that desiring such innovation is truly unique, and I guess I'll have to live with these rather "unreasonable" requirements.

BTW, for all the "hum drum unwashed masses", I suspect that having a large collection of Canon lenses might have something to do with the difficulty in even considering a change. That might explain why shifts in market segment share come slowly in this business. But, over time, a lack of innovation in sensor technology coupled with some interesting alternatives out there will eventually catch up with Canon.

Canon's "market leading position" comes with no guarantee of permanence and Maeda's almost arrogant position towards competition doesn't strike me as a promising sign.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 17, 2015 at 17:10 UTC
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Mikael Risedal: so many myths is spreading around
Canon is a small player regarding sensors, they have not done any big investments in new sensor lines

Canon is a proud company, in my eyes to proud, indoors sensors manufacturing and try to move to latest tech cost lot of money and also know how, something Canon doesn't have.
No patents are in the way, Toshiba, Panasonic can do the same sensors as Sony
NO Canon is lazy, they think they are still Nr1 in cmos as in year 2004, news for Canon today the Canon sensor market has only 6% of the market, Sony, Samsung et al has over 60%

Yes, this is the right way to look at this. A few fanboys here want to keep touting Canon's market share as the key indicator of success. It does certainly point to their past success, but is not indicator at all of where they will go in the future. They can only ride on their success for so long.

Canon's share of the sensor market, as you stated, is what's most concerning. It's a clear indication of their lack of innovation in that very important area, and at some point in time, this will catch up to them big time. I wish this interview had helped mollify my concerns... instead, all this corporate blather has me feeling that they really are losing their innovation and R&D mojo, at least in terms of sensor design.

Sad to see.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 16, 2015 at 22:41 UTC
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Thoughts R Us: There is this myth that Canon has failed to innovate.

Is this true? Well, they came out with Dual Pixel AF, which is a big deal and pretty fantastic. Expect to see that on more of their lineup. They came out with the 7d ii which has the AF of their flaship model, their best metering, anti flicker mode, world class weather sealing, all for less than $2000. It's a mini 1DX, and to get these features at this price point to me is pretty innovative. They have come out with amazing lenses, all of which are class leading. No one does a better 24-70, or 70-200. Their 100-400 L II is amazing. Their new 11-24 sets new standards for an ultra wide angle zoom lens. The little 40 mm pancake is a great lens and a bargain. Their 100 L macro is best in class. And on and on with their lenses.

To me all of this represents innovation.

Canon has innovated, it's just the critics have chosen to stick with one measure of sensor performance and forget the rest.

I'm sure Canon is truly loving all the free promotion you're giving them. And it's clear from your multitude of posts that you're a huge fan. Unfortunately, you're also fast and loose with your "facts". There are other lenses out there that are easily in the same class as Canon's excellent L lenses, notably many of Fuji's offerings as just one example. Canon has an amazing collection of excellent glass, but positioning them all as "class leading" in the industry is incorrect and misleading.

People who have committed to Canon because of their excellent glass have every right to be disappointed that their sensor innovation hasn't kept up. It is reasonable to expect that innovation across all technologies should be class leading, or at the very least, equivalent to competition. In spite of your attempts to discredit concerns that others have raised, Maeda's interview does little to suggest that Canon really "gets it" when it comes to addressing their sensor shortcomings.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2015 at 22:11 UTC

I don't have a dog in this hunt any more, but I'd have to say that this interview pretty well validates some of the reasons why I decided to abandon Canon DSLRs. I don't see mirrorless blowing DSLR sales out of the water any time soon, but it's a trend that's hard to ignore, and many people (including myself) see some major market share displacement on the horizon. The feature gap between the better mirrorless cameras out there and Canon's DSLRs is shrinking and it won't take more than a generation or two for higher end mirrorless cameras to have the response and features necessary to do sports or BIF photography as well as many DSLRs (and with a decent size/weight benefit). It seems as if Canon is resting on its laurels, and this interview seems to support that view. I appreciate Mr. Maeda's candor, but I'd have to agree with others that believe that he's burying his head in the sand.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 10, 2015 at 23:53 UTC as 115th comment | 1 reply
On Banana. challenge (5 comments in total)

Great idea for a challenge. Very a-peeling. <ducking>

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2015 at 23:08 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
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Battersea: Leaving a viewfinder off shows Canon is not serious. A point and shoot without viewfinder is fine, to save cost and size. No ILC will ever be truly small especially when carrying an alternate lens or external flash. Why not make it a tiny bit larger and include an EVF?

Umm, no, I'm pretty well done trying to convince someone who's clearly on a mission and so completely biased against anything that isn't a DSLR. I may be old, but at least I take a little pride in being open to new ideas and willing to look at alternative technologies. Meanwhile, please do enjoy living in your little bubble.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2015 at 15:37 UTC
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Battersea: Leaving a viewfinder off shows Canon is not serious. A point and shoot without viewfinder is fine, to save cost and size. No ILC will ever be truly small especially when carrying an alternate lens or external flash. Why not make it a tiny bit larger and include an EVF?

No, serious about replacing a DSLR with mirrorless means you probably need an EVF.

The X-T1 is selling VERY well domestically. Of course I'm sure you'll call up Canon's sales numbers and claim that its sales are insignificant. Yet we're talking about an emerging technology vs. a very well established one. I'm less interested in today's market than I am what the future holds.

I think the generation coming up will not only give a damn about EVFs but they will embrace them big time. If you think you've seen all that EVFs will have to offer, then you're even blinder than I can imagine. The rate of innovation and improvement in that technology is really impressive, and the best examples out there are already serving as replacements for DSLRs for many photographers.

Keep those blinders on.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2015 at 07:44 UTC
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Battersea: Leaving a viewfinder off shows Canon is not serious. A point and shoot without viewfinder is fine, to save cost and size. No ILC will ever be truly small especially when carrying an alternate lens or external flash. Why not make it a tiny bit larger and include an EVF?

Funny you'd pick the X-A1 for comparison. Any of the cameras that threaten the DSLR market have EVFs, and the best of them (like the X-T1) are absolutely acceptable substitutes for an OVF for most usages. Those are the cameras Canon needs to be concerned about. The M3 is a sad offering if it is in some way supposed to signal that Canon is serious about mirrorless.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2015 at 04:32 UTC
On Hands-on with Canon's 'not-coming-to-USA' EOS M3 article (547 comments in total)
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tedolf: Wow, that lens looks huge.

Tedolph

Red, please take a look at Fuji or Oly mirrorless offerings and their lenses before you start making such uninformed and incorrect statements. Their lenses are significantly smaller than their Canon APS-C equivalents and many of them are every bit as good optically... and in many cases (at least for Fuji) better. The EOS-3 is proof positive that Canon has zero interest in developing or marketing a competitive mirrorless offering. Sad... very sad.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2015 at 07:13 UTC
On Lookin' vicious in the The World of Cats & Dogs challenge (4 comments in total)

Thanks, Roger. I was awfully lucky to catch that expression. Love the word "leonine"... says it all. BTW, what happened next was lots of wrestling and chasing. :-)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 15, 2013 at 00:58 UTC as 3rd comment
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Anaxagoras: No built-in flash - disappointing
No built-in GPS - disappointing

No viewfinder - APPALLINGLY BAD, Canon

@mg_k: get your facts straight. For starters, I've seen MANY journalist shots attributed to an NEX series camera. They qualify as pros, right? Secondly, while it may not be a DSLR, a VF is a matter of convenience and usage, particularly in bright sunny shooting conditions. It may not be a DSLR, but that doesn't exempt Canon from providing tools to help photographers properly frame shots under all conditions... particularly if this is a camera that will run $1K or more fully accessorized. FAIL.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2012 at 14:42 UTC
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Anaxagoras: No built-in flash - disappointing
No built-in GPS - disappointing

No viewfinder - APPALLINGLY BAD, Canon

Pure crock, Beany. Try using a standard LCD on a bright day with the sun behind you to compose a shot. There's a reason why OVFs and now EVFs are found in the higher end cameras (mirror less and otherwise). In this case, yeah, I'm more than happy to "loose" out, thanks.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2012 at 13:43 UTC

Waited anxiously for this introduction and frankly am very disappointed. The lenses and the majority of the feature set look good, but the lack of an EVF? Massive FAIL IMHO. We just sold a Sony NEX-5 that we had as a second camera because the LCD was simply impossible to use for reasonable composition on a bright, sunny day. In all other respects, the camera worked quite well. Our hope was to replace it with the EOS-M system. While the system may over time evolve with models that support EVF, frankly, it's not worth the wait. Nice try, Canon, but not good enough.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2012 at 13:40 UTC as 239th comment | 3 replies
On Canon significantly improves EOS 7D with firmware v2 article (296 comments in total)
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ryansholl: Only here would a company improving a 3 year old product receive so much criticism. You're a petty bunch of folks, dpr participants.

Totally agree... what a bunch of whiners. Yes, we all would have loved even more improvements, but for Canon to break so dramatically with their tradition of not adding features in firmware is a big deal. What they have added will be very useful to many and one has to remember that the 7D pretty well remains the top dog in crop cameras these days.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2012 at 14:44 UTC
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