Thursday, March 1, 2012

Why I don't care...

OK, I'll admit it. I am a Canon fan boy. Well wait. Let me rephrase. I have been a Canon user for the last 7 years, ever since I went digital. I would not call myself a real 'fan boy' but to me, Canon produces the finest digital cameras out there for what I do at least. I love doing landscapes.

Ever since I start using the Canon 5DmkII (I have the cam now for just over a year), my photography has made leaps forwards. It definitely wasn't because I got a better camera. I think it was more of a mental thing. Shelling out $2,500 was expensive (I could have bought the 7D for half of that).
But I made the promise to myself to participate into the photo world with a lot more seriousness and dedication, to – let us say – make the investment pay off.

For the last few weeks and months really, the internet has been abuzz by rumours about the 5DmkIII. Speculations about 41 megapixels, better ISO performance and more frames per second. You name it.


Looking at the specs (see below), personally, I feel this is not a ground breaking camera anymore. In my opinion the MKIII is more like a 5DmkII V2.0, a refreshment. Nothing more. Almost like how car manufacturers 'update' their models for the beginning of a model year.

Personally I wished the camera gurus stopped trying to invent the wheel over and over again. I don't care about Full HD video, I don't care about shooting 6 frames/sec, I don't care about 61 focus points, HDR, SD card slots, the ability to do blends of multiple in camera exposures.

What I do care about is maybe better high ISO performance (although the mkII is VERY good). Or better image quality. Or waterproofing the camera. Or even better, let it make coffee! That would be the invention of the century!

But I'm glad to see Canon did not step into the Megapixel trap Nikon set out for them with their D800. Looking at the 22.3 Megapixel count, I can only conclude that Canon gave more importance to better ISO performance than sacrificing some to get to a 36 Megapixel sensor with poor high ISO performance.

I wish in the next few years Canon has the guts to produce a basic professional camera, geared towards landscape photographers. A body with a great sensor, waterproof, shock- and dust proof. No frills. No video. No 10 frames/sec. But maybe one with really good low ISO performance. Like a sensor with ISO ranging from 6 to 25,600... A better and larger viewfinder that covers 100% (or even more) of the frame. A camera that let's you be a photographer again and not a computer wizz.

Also I would love to see Canon add a DOF scale to their zoom lenses again. I miss these things A LOT. Leica figured it out! I would not even be disappointed if they just copy the system. It is genious!

Also their are way to much buttons on these camera's these days. Frankly all these options and buttons scare beginning photographers away. Because face it, even for myself, I probably use only half of the 5DmkII capabilities.

By the way, what happened to simplicity in design I often wonder? The Leica S2 is a beautiful example of a simple camera layout. It's not perfect, far from probably, but the menu structure and the buttons on that camera ar not confusing either. It's definitely not an overwhelming camera (but it is very heavy!).

Simple is better! Trust me.

Canon's 5DmkIII Rumoured specs

Unsurpassed Image Quality
22.3 Megapixel Full Frame CMOS sensor
DiG!C 5+ Image Processor
ISO 100-25600 (expandable to L:50 H1:51200, H2: 102400
Full HD Movie (ISO 100-12800 (H:25600)
High Performance Operation61-point high-density reticular AF (up to 41 crosstype points)
6.0 fps for high continuous shooting
Intelligent viewfinder with approx. 100% coverage
3.2-type, approx.1.04m dot (3:2 wide) Clear View LCD II
iFCL metering with 63-zone dual-layer sensor
Shutter durability of 150,000 cycles
High end featuresSilent & low vibration modes
Dual card slots (CF & SD)
High Dynamic Range (HDR) Mode
Multiple Exposures
Comparative Playback function
Improved durability & water and dust resistance
SPECIFICATIONSAvailable Colours – Black
Megapixels – 22MP
Sensor Size – 36 x 24mm
ISO/Sensitivity – 100 – 25600
Autofocus Points – 61 points
Lens Mount – Canon
LCD Size – 3.2″
Liveview – Yes
Viewfinder – Optical TTL
Min Shutter Speed – 30 sec
Max Shutter Speed – 1/8000 sec
Continuous Shooting Speed – 6 fps
Self Timer – 10 sec, 2 sec
Metering – Centre-weighted, Spot, Evaluative, Partial
Video Resolution – Full HD 1080
Memory Type – Compact Flash
Connectivity – USB 2, HDMI, Mic Input, Wireless (optional)
Battery – LP-E6
Battery Type – Lithium-ion
Charger – Includes Li-Ion Charger
File Formats – AVI, RAW, H.264, MOV, MPEG-4
Dimensions – 152 x 116 x 76mm
Box Contents – Battery Pack LP-E6 .. Battery Charger LC-E6 .. AV Cable AVC-DC400ST .. Interface Cable IFC-200U .. Eyecup Eg .. Wide Strap EWEOS5DMKIII .. CR1616 Lithium Battery+