10megapixel wrote in post #13205270
So what exactly will a 10MP RAW not allow you to do, that your acceptable minimum 12MP file will? As you said, your not printing billboards, or micro-cropping.
And as far as you seeing no-need for 36 MP files, I think you might underestimate the amount of photographers who actually embrace the higher MP count. Next time your out in a big city just take a look around at the massive amount of large-scale photo's that are used in advertising, they are everywhere. What you refer to as the MP "Rat-race" is actually Canon answering the demand for more resolution from professional photographers, maybe not you or me but there are certainly a ton of photogs out there that use them and actually need them, and like I said, for those that don't need them you can easily adjust the resolution in the menu's to suite your needs and keep your HD space from filling up
I hear people say that the higher MP is only a "Gimmick" to trick people into thinking the camera takes better photographs, and although I think that might me true with some point and shoots, not the case with $3k dollar cameras... I really don't think Canon would go through the trouble of putting more and more megapixels on high dollar professional cameras unless their was a demand for them somewhere. I even have a couple Nikon shooting buds (D700) who are wanting more MP now because they are doing alot of "Life-size" standup sports posters for customers and want the extra resolution.
What you are talking about in reality is a step into medium format territory. If thats what they want to do with the top of the line cameras, That fine. I think where the problem lies is that they are building the mp counts on the sensors for video demands V/S demands of a photograoher who shoots stills. Guys like me, and lets face it, thats where most are at, dont need the huge files. If they want to build them up on the 1d series, there ya go. Step up and buy your 36mp, heck it might even be 40mps on those cameras. Maybe those cameras will be canon and nikons equilivent of medium format because with that MP count, thats where they are at.
What they are trying to do is make a camera that does it all. Didnt use to be that way. If you needed medium format, you stepped up and baught one. Im really not trying to argue. Im just suggesting that where they are going is not necessary for most photography needs. Most people DONT print poster size and billboard size prints. Thats commercial work. If you need that, buy cameras designed for that. Do they really need to go there with the professional line. Looks like thats what they intend to do.
Only way i would consider a 5D3 is if the camera synch speed will let you shoot at 1/250 or 1/320 and they put a 7D focus system in it and dual card capabilities. They are never going to go there because that would kill the 1Ds. If they make advances for videographers and up the MP count, im staying put. I just cant see what they can do w/o killing the 1Ds. Im beting it gonna be another 40D 50D situation with this update.