AbrasiveReducer

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Very cool. And aligning themselves with Google isn't a bad idea either.

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2015 at 20:36 UTC as 18th comment

They are in a bind because people won't pay for the ink. That's the bottom line. The money's in the ink and people will not pay for OEM ink. DPR readers may, but not the general public.

The reason the printers clog (besides the pigments) is that home users don't use the printers often enough. The reason they don't use the printers often is that the ink is too expensive.

Kodak saw this problem and offered printers with cheaper ink. That worked out great.

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2015 at 16:30 UTC as 22nd comment
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The Silver Nemesis: Good! But why the 45 mm? Why now?

Because they ran out of ideas for anything else and because Sigma has done well with their Art lenses.

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2015 at 23:54 UTC
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bernardf12: Good for Tamron to bring fast stabilized primes to the market. I am not aware of any IBIS patents for Canikon, although Nikon may end up sharing with Sony / Olympus.

Stabilized lenses are bigger and more expensive so IBIS is the way to go, as Panasonic and Sony found out recently.

Canikon will now have to play catch-up again.

Maybe Nikon and Canon like the idea that by purchasing one of their lenses you'll get something you usually won't get if you buy a different brand of lens.

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2015 at 23:52 UTC
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nerd2: They have impressively short minimum focus distance but way too big and heavy for prime lenses. Nikon 50mm 1.8g is only 185gr, (now old) 35mm f2 is 205gr. And both these lenses weigh around 500gr... no thanks.

VC is cool and all but I don't think anyone really need VC with 1.8 lens with modern FF camera either.

Sorry but a Tamron lens--even one with "new design values" is not a Ferrari. Build quality looks better than typical Tamron and image stabilization is great but does not guarantee image quality. And because they're so easy to make, standard 50/1.8 and 35/2 lenses are generally excellent anyway.

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2015 at 16:47 UTC

To summarize, Tamron has discovered its easier to make a really good fixed focal length lens than it is to make a decent zoom.

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2015 at 16:27 UTC as 54th comment | 2 replies
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cinemascope: Yay! Can't wait for the fire sale.
Just in time for black friday in a few months :)

Let's check back on black Friday and see how accurate your prediction was.

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2015 at 19:07 UTC
On article A lot to like: Real-world Leica Q gallery posted (346 comments in total)
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brownie314: Wonder how long it will take CaNikon to realize there is a market for this type of camera. With cell phones destroying the bottom end of the market, it should be obvious that they should be looking for more high end markets to get into. This is an obvious one. But, not products yet.

Maybe Nikon noticed the reaction to the Coolpix A which had a pretty large sensor, 28mm lens, much lower price and they closed it out for less than 1/3 of the original price.

Link | Posted on Aug 31, 2015 at 16:46 UTC
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lacikuss: A fantasric litlle camera with a good selection of high quality Canon affordable lenses.

Please, don't say anything positive as it will attract nonsense comments from experts & pros who have never even held the camera. Even DPR is using an old photo (the experts complained about the nail polish, I recall.)

The next round will come when DxO rates the Sony 92 and the Canon 87.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2015 at 20:40 UTC

It's true that a computer and software can take the fun out of anything. But what's killing cameras is that existing cameras are more than good enough.

Only on DPR can you read things like "The sensor is almost 2 years old." So what? This probably works in the fashion industry, where you can't afford to have last year's style.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 20:14 UTC as 145th comment | 4 replies
On article The new Canon 35mm F1.4L II will be a thing of beauty (230 comments in total)
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loewena: 35 mm portraits are fine if you like bulby noses and small ears

I prefer a fisheye for portraits. It's all art so, like HDR there is no such thing as "wrong". Might look really bad, but it's not wrong.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 17:39 UTC

I think Sachtler still has spring loaded QR releases that are basically instant. Expensive but nice if a simple Arca mount is too slow. Sachtler even had a release where you could tension the spring in advance and it would snap onto the QR plate when the camera was placed in the "socket." The idea is basically like RRS but with a spring loaded lever.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 16:31 UTC as 11th comment

Ok, enough.

All the EOS M3 bodies can display multiple languages, including English. Doesn't matter where you get one.

Yes, you can use the EVF and flash simultaneously

No, the sensor is not made by Sony (wish it was.)

Yes, the focusing is faster than previous models but it's still not an SLR

No, the dynamic range is not improved and is typical of a Canon camera

Yes, it takes pictures comparable to a Canon APS SLR (which is fine for many people) but in a smaller package. The lenses, in particular are much smaller.

Yes, the focus peaking makes using uncoupled lenses very easy.

Yes, the price will go down. Like all digital cameras it will be replaced before long (already M4 rumors.)

No, it is not state of the art. But you have to wonder what Canon gains if a customer who was going to buy a Rebel buys an M3 instead. It's a wash.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 05:53 UTC as 37th comment | 5 replies
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MikeFairbanks: It's already available in the U.S. There's this thing called the internet and ebay, and....

Ah, nevermind.

No need to assume. Like all digital cameras, the menus are in multiple languages. It took 2 minutes to figure out how to set English although the Japanese did look awfully cool.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 05:27 UTC
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captura: Apparently, those lenses are to die for. Especially at that low price.

The 11-22 is quite good and because it's not fast, it's small, light and relatively cheap. The others are good but not spectacular. Reasonably priced, small & light for covering an APS sensor. A $1000, 2 pound Fuji bokeh-matic will perform better than these little Canon lenses, for twice the price and twice the weight.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 05:24 UTC

The one thing almost all the commentators have in common is that they have not used the camera. Not that that stands in the way of declaring what is "best" not only for them, but for everyone else. (For the price Canon USA is asking, I'd get a Fuji, but I didn't pay anywhere near that much.)

There is also great concern for Sony's business and Canon's business; but I think they have employees to handle those concerns.

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2015 at 21:42 UTC as 68th comment | 2 replies
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(unknown member): It matters little if Canon's camera is inferior. It WILL steal market share from Sony, Micro Four Thirds, and others in the US. It will equate to few sales for competitors.

Make fun of them all you want, but Canon has a dedicated following, and many in the US believe that Canon makes the best cameras (try telling a Ford truck driver Chevy is better).

I see there are already over 250 comments. Like it or not Canon is the Gorilla and they WILL sell a lot of cameras.
And didn't I just read Sony has dropped to only about 10% of ILCs sales world-wide now? Gains in mirrorless wiped out by bigger losses in SLT/DSLRs. Though like Olympus and everyone else they are making money now.

What has Canon got to lose? They already make the camera. They already make the lenses. They already have rebates 2-3 times a year which move a lot of stuff.

I doubt they have high expectations but the real question is why didn't they do this in the first place? We won't find out from one of those shockingly candid DPR interviews, that's for sure.

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2015 at 18:20 UTC
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wb2trf: People write here as if Canon's only business was cameras. They have a huge portfolio of businesses and I think are managing cameras as a cash cow, which makes perfect sense from a business viewpoint. Cameras are a declining market that would require very high capital investment to lead technologically, in which they have a large market share position. That condition spells: milk it. That's good business and is what they are doing. It is quite obvious, and that is what I would do in their position. For Canon camera owners it is pretty clear now from the A7RII that you'll be able to transition your glass over to Sony, and probably others makers, for a long useful life on other camera brands. (There is every reason to suppose that the fast focus with Canon lenses offered by the A7RII+Metabones will perfect itself and migrate to other bodies and brands in a short while.) I wouldn't be surprised to see Canon just be a lens maker in less than a decade.

I have a theory. Canon wants to make money. I know it's crazy, but stay with me. They know that building a Fuji/Sony quality viewfinder will increase the price of the camera to where nobody will buy it.

Being a camera company and not an electronics company, they probably don't even like electronic finders but they realize some people want them. So they compromise, make an external viewfinder and to save themselves money, they make the same finder fit 3 different cameras. This is actually pretty clever.

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2015 at 17:30 UTC
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dwill23: I should have added (below) that if they came out with something like my 18-135 EF-S 'vacation' lens in the "M" mount, (so even smaller than EFS) it would be fantastic. ANd I would like it a lot more.

I second rrccad's vote. But unfortunately, the bokeh-depth of field crowd will insist on a 1.4 zoom, then complain about the weight and price. The 55-200 for EOS M is really light, BTW. Has a crappy plastic mount, though.

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2015 at 17:21 UTC
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wb2trf: People write here as if Canon's only business was cameras. They have a huge portfolio of businesses and I think are managing cameras as a cash cow, which makes perfect sense from a business viewpoint. Cameras are a declining market that would require very high capital investment to lead technologically, in which they have a large market share position. That condition spells: milk it. That's good business and is what they are doing. It is quite obvious, and that is what I would do in their position. For Canon camera owners it is pretty clear now from the A7RII that you'll be able to transition your glass over to Sony, and probably others makers, for a long useful life on other camera brands. (There is every reason to suppose that the fast focus with Canon lenses offered by the A7RII+Metabones will perfect itself and migrate to other bodies and brands in a short while.) I wouldn't be surprised to see Canon just be a lens maker in less than a decade.

No. Canon will make cameras because they have been in the camera business since WWII and the Japanese really hang on to tradition. You could ask why some of the smaller companies that aren't making much/any money stay in, and it's the same thing. Does anybody expect Olympus or Pentax to make a big turnaround? No, but they are great names with great histories.

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2015 at 17:14 UTC
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