Sunday, 11 March 2007

PMA's ending...

...nothing earth shattering except Canon 1D mkIII was announced, to me, PMA was a disappointment. Nikon and Olympus introduced a few slightly modified entry level DSLRs, when it comes to lenses Sigma with its 200-500 2.8 and Pentax with new supersonic lenses are the only companies with truly new announcements. Canon announced the 16-35 2.8 II, 580 EX II flashgun and a bunch of kits, that should make us happy. But I don't think Canon made Canon users happy, we really expected more for its double anniversary.

I guess the fast development and 18 month true new models announcements cycle have come to an end. It started with 30D (which was a moderately improved 20D, which should be marked as 20D mkII) and it countinues with lack of 1Ds mkIII (1Ds mkII is 30 months old now), 6D (5D is 18 months old) announcements. But hey, that could be a good thing, we'll think less about equipment and more about taking photos:).

2 comments:

James said...

I tend to agree. Canon announced their 1D3 which is a definite improvement. Its features hit almost all my wish-list items, except the internally managed GPS capability; Perhpas the JOBO flash-shoe mounted devise will perform this function. We really need the GPS data placed into the file headders at the time of exposure (a need for news, photo journalism, sports, insurance, and law enforcement). Otherwise the PMA was a bit unexciting. So the professional community will have to wait for the IFA meeting in Berlin, Germany, Sept, 2007, for Canon's other announcements. I really need a higher resolution, 1Ds3...

Almost tempted to migrate back to Hasselblad for their 39MP system for non-sports shooting, and forget Canon for the fashion, product, and high-end event photography. Sad but true... I dumped the Hasselblad and Nikon sets in 1998 and moved totally to Canon; however they are just too slow in developing the Medium Format resolution needed in the high end of the photographic industry.. 16MP (48MB files) is OK for 15" prints or less at 300dpi. However past 15" on th long print side, you need 6000 pixels on the long side of the imager to get to 20" at 300 dpi (with no cropping opportunity). So if Canon can get to a 4000x6000 imager, in 2007 I'll stay with Canon; if not this year I'm going to Hallelblad for their H3D39 in early 2008.
Jim Wilson, Boca Raton, FL
www.416-1100.com

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