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Combined with one of these:

https://www.adorama.com/czshgir001.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIjbeYqcnK3wIVBNlkCh39nwcEEAQYASABEgK0IPD_BwE

It would be great for kids portraits. Someone should make one that talks in a Muppet voice that activates when you press the shutter half way.

Link | Posted on Dec 31, 2018 at 17:24 UTC as 19th comment
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Mared: Why is it that the largest camera company (in the world) - puts out the most "half baked", lowest effort product of the three companies? Canons offering has outdated Sensor technology, it's processor capabilities are several generations behind the competition and it doesn't have IBIS just to name a few (but critically important) technological issues.

This has been going on with Canon for the last several years. What gives with Canon now-a-days?

T3 - I'm looking at it from the perspective of Canon, Apple and Starbucks. Brand loyalty almost never benefits the customer. Brand loyalty is generally based on feelings. Emotions override price sensitivity and value judgement. There are other reasons like trust and convenience. Some people don't want to chance dissatisfaction or quality issues with another brand. The end result is people are willing to pay a premium for a brand.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2018 at 20:34 UTC
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Mared: Why is it that the largest camera company (in the world) - puts out the most "half baked", lowest effort product of the three companies? Canons offering has outdated Sensor technology, it's processor capabilities are several generations behind the competition and it doesn't have IBIS just to name a few (but critically important) technological issues.

This has been going on with Canon for the last several years. What gives with Canon now-a-days?

T3: "History has shown that brand loyalty only gets you so far."

True. But it gets you far enough. There were brand loyalists who stuck with both Canon and Nikon through all of that. Brand loyalists waited years for Canon to produce a FF mirrorless camera and they gladly bought an inferior offering at a higher price point than Sony. When you stop to think about it, brand loyalty is powerful.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2018 at 18:29 UTC
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Mared: Why is it that the largest camera company (in the world) - puts out the most "half baked", lowest effort product of the three companies? Canons offering has outdated Sensor technology, it's processor capabilities are several generations behind the competition and it doesn't have IBIS just to name a few (but critically important) technological issues.

This has been going on with Canon for the last several years. What gives with Canon now-a-days?

@ T3

I agree with you. But this isn't one of those cases. Canon reserves some features for more expensive models that Sony puts in less expensive models.

Canon is just using brand loyalty like Starbucks uses it - to charge more per unit sold. I don't blame them for doing it, they've earned that right. That's why they've put so much money into branding. Sony would/will do the same if they get to that spot.

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2018 at 23:15 UTC
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Mared: Why is it that the largest camera company (in the world) - puts out the most "half baked", lowest effort product of the three companies? Canons offering has outdated Sensor technology, it's processor capabilities are several generations behind the competition and it doesn't have IBIS just to name a few (but critically important) technological issues.

This has been going on with Canon for the last several years. What gives with Canon now-a-days?

Canon is the market leader in camera sales. Companies spend truckloads of advertising money to gain market share and hopefully become the leader and establish brand loyalty.

When you are the leader you get to charge your customers more for less. People will pay a premium for the brand. If you are not the market leader you try to gain market share by giving more for less - a better product at a lower price point - so you can do the same one day. That's how the game is played.

Link | Posted on Nov 26, 2018 at 23:22 UTC
On article Canon EOS R review (3300 comments in total)

Well , it seems DPR has bruised the ego of a lot of us Canon users. But there are also many of us out there who appreciate this kind of candor.

Personally, I would not want to find out I had made a $2300 mistake (finding these issues the hard way). I think people who have already made the decision to buy the R feel like you're calling their baby ugly.

But for me, this isn't a a baby beauty pageant - it's an objective, dispassionate financial decision. DPR gave an equally tough review of the 6DII (80%). While I ultimately ended up buying one, the review was more evidence that it was not worth $2000.

At half of that price, I gladly bought one knowing its weaknesses and strengths. Had I paid full price, there would have been a serious case of buyers remorse. I don't think a candid review should upset people.

Instead, look at it as more data points in your buying research. If you've made the decision to buy the R, there's no need to "defend" the R from a perceived "attack."

Link | Posted on Nov 25, 2018 at 22:18 UTC as 64th comment | 3 replies
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FrithjofA: I did not understand the article. I just read: there are limits for mirrorless. Agreed, you can even extend that statement: there are limits for DSLR, medium format, for full frame view cameras, for iphone, for every camera.

In any workshop people know, you have to pick the right tool for the job. There is not a universal screwdriver for every screw in the World. I guess, people have wrong expectations and are rediscovering that you need the right camera for the job.
Not more and not less.

The point of the article is to help everyone make those "right tool for the job" decisions. I, for one, would have been unpleasantly surprised to find IR assist not working on my speedlites or controller had I bought a mirrorless camera.

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2018 at 21:31 UTC
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Limbsjones: Wouldn't the red light constantly illuminating the bride and groom ruin a lot of the shots for videographers at a wedding?

If you are using the IR assist, it usually means it's too dark to shoot video. I know, because I shoot both. Video cameras need light just like still cameras for focusing. For me, it's the same camera - a DSLR. So if there isn't enough light to focus for stills (without IR assist) there isn't enough light to focus for video.

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2018 at 20:31 UTC
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justnuaces: Former events and concerts photographer here. I partially disagree with the article, because the IR/red light was the first thing I disabled when working in very dark places. I relied on manual focus and AF on light places at the same distance as the subject instead, because the red light from the flashes would be totally intolerable by the subjects.
A real professional photographer in those situations must be "invisible", and the AF illuminator isn't an option.
At the time, I worked with Nikon cameras (from F90X to D700), and despite the very good flash systems and AF features I'd loved my current Sony A7... Or any Leica M, for instance (the rangefinder is way better in low light situations than every SLR...).

I just don’t think you appreciate how good you really are. Manually finding focus in a dark environment with a moving target in a split second while releasing the shutter is a rare talent. 💪 Your ability puts you in the best of the best. You could be a professional cinematographer working with directors like Steven Spielberg.

Before modern autofocus people would end up with one or two keepers that we’re almost sharp and a whole bunch of misses in those situations. But everyone was shooting film and was in the same boat so slightly out of focus photos were very acceptable.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2018 at 18:03 UTC
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iamphil: It was the first thing I turned off.

The IR assist doesn't come from camera.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2018 at 00:49 UTC
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Spectro: already debated from the z7 article, some milc like Olympus will fired the IR regardless with a metz flash. The Olympus was an older model with CDAF (image captured was sharp/ in focus). Some 3rd party flash will fire it regardless if it works.

Pantherfan did a good research on how IR red pattern worked on the z7 thread.

I would agree if there are video recording that IR af assist needs to be turned off. I have seen nightclub show (way beyond the -4 Af sensitivity) with that thing firing. Just use the centerpoint of dslr as that is the most sensitive AF point with cross hair.

Hopefully the milc will get a good af assist beyond the little led light, that just don't shoot that far, unless you want to blind people. Didn't canon just use a preflash on their af-assist on camera, where nikon had a light bulb.

If you are using the IR assist, it usually means it's too dark to shoot video. I know, because I shoot both. Even great video cameras need light just like still cameras do to focus. For me, it's the same camera, a DSLR. So if there isn't enough light to focus for stills (without IR assist) there isn't enough light to focus for video.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2018 at 00:47 UTC
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justnuaces: Former events and concerts photographer here. I partially disagree with the article, because the IR/red light was the first thing I disabled when working in very dark places. I relied on manual focus and AF on light places at the same distance as the subject instead, because the red light from the flashes would be totally intolerable by the subjects.
A real professional photographer in those situations must be "invisible", and the AF illuminator isn't an option.
At the time, I worked with Nikon cameras (from F90X to D700), and despite the very good flash systems and AF features I'd loved my current Sony A7... Or any Leica M, for instance (the rangefinder is way better in low light situations than every SLR...).

Manual focus where people are moving around quickly and the DOF is constantly changing? Hats off to you! You have a rare skill most do not.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2018 at 00:38 UTC
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HRC2016: I, for one, don't need this as I seldom use a flash. All it would do is drive up the price of high-end models. Who likes to pay for features they don't need?

As for the focus beep annoyance: I wish there was a better way to confirm focus than changing colors of the focus box. Changing colors do not work for those with color vision deficiencies.

You may not understand what this is all about since you aren't familiar with flash photography. This in not a camera body feature, it's an external flash feature. The point is that it will only work on a camera with a mirror.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2018 at 00:30 UTC
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ipopov: > flash AF illumination

This is super annoying feature to me. I hate then a photographer shines a bright light right into your eye in the dark environment. It is second only to a focus confirmation beep. I would even argue, these too should be prohibited.

Personal anecdote: I was attending a dance perfomance, and there was a "pro" photographer with a focus confirmation beep on on his camera. This was so annoying, I wanted to punch him.

Rishi, I think you are correct here. It really seems the OP is referring to the strobing that cameras with pop-up flashes use in low light. The IR beams cannot really be seen at all by the subject. They are far from annoying.

Also, I have to give a plug for the Yongnuo Wireless Speedlite Transmitter (YN-E3-RT). It projects an IR beam like the 600EX-RTs. It works perfectly with all of my Canon RT speedlites and at less half the cost of the Canon ST-E3-RT (which does not have the AF assist beam) it's a no brainer.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2018 at 00:24 UTC
On article DPReview TV: A look back at APS film (378 comments in total)
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Silvex: The best thing APS had going was the ability to switch film mid-roll. I hated wasting half a roll of film when I need a faster speed, black and white or slides. Thinking about it makes me more appreciative of digital.

I don't really miss anything from film, except one of my film cameras - the EOS Elan 7e. Eye controlled focus was really useful.

No, I had no idea. That would have been a great combination. I probably would have bought one but the Elan 7e was my last film SLR.

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2018 at 21:13 UTC
On article DPReview TV: A look back at APS film (378 comments in total)

The best thing APS had going was the ability to switch film mid-roll. I hated wasting half a roll of film when I need a faster speed, black and white or slides. Thinking about it makes me more appreciative of digital.

I don't really miss anything from film, except one of my film cameras - the EOS Elan 7e. Eye controlled focus was really useful.

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2018 at 22:19 UTC as 82nd comment | 7 replies
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Silvex: More proof that Canon is committed to this mount long term. It seems clear a FF mirrorless is going to have a native EF mount.

The EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II is one of the most popular lenses out there and one of Canon's very best. There is not a lot they could do to improve it. There were complaints about ghosting and flare; the new coatings reduce both.

Canon has been updating flagship EF lenses like the 24-105 L, 16-35 L, 24-70 L and now the 70-200 L. It would make no sense to do this if they are moving away from the EF mount. Clearly there is a long-term commitment there.

So a new FF mirrorless camera could come with a new mount that requires an adapter. But then Canon would have no real advantage over Sony. In fact, Canon would be far behind Sony who has built sizable inventory of FF ML lenses over the years.

Another option would be to use the existing EF-M mount. But Canon has done very little with this lens line-up and nothing in the L class.

My guess is that Canon will develop a FF ML camera that accepts EF lenses natively using a new hybrid mount or just the existing EF-mount.

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2018 at 17:35 UTC

More proof that Canon is committed to this mount long term. It seems clear a FF mirrorless is going to have a native EF mount.

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2018 at 05:56 UTC as 91st comment | 11 replies
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Erick L: "They told me to always use a lens hood!"

I think both of those comments were meant tongue-in-cheek. The lens hood is melted all over the front element. And a UV filter just adds to the loss.

Link | Posted on May 30, 2018 at 05:18 UTC
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Unstupid: He shoulda used a UV filter to protect the lens! Jus Sayin!

"...if he couldn't know a camera within lunch [sic] perimeter melts anything that is close to it. Really?"

The only thing the launch had to do with it was that it started the grass fire that melted the camera.

Link | Posted on May 30, 2018 at 05:15 UTC
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