umphotography wrote in post #18230787
This was a MAJOR mistake on Canons part. They should have done what Nikon Did and that was hop on the bandwagon and use the technology and continue to develop a sensor that was competitive. They went 2.5 yrs in the back of the bus and that hurt them.
AS IT STANDS NOW.....The sony sensor is still better in terms of ISO & Dark/shadow retention...not a lot but marginally better
Canon lost a bunch of customers who jumped ship and went to Nikon and Sony. Dont kid yourself. There was in fact a fire sale everywhere. I saw it and so did many others.
Sonys problem is No glass, NO integrated Flash system that works well, and a Crapola AF system with horrendous ergos for the camera. Its not a user friendly lay out by any means. garbage compared to Canon and Nikon..... But people were willing to put up with it because the sensors created opportunities and make things easier in dark environments.
Nikon has the Glass, a camera with a good AF system, and an integrated flash system that worked flawlessly.
canon has it all except for 2.5 yrs a sensor that was stuck at 6400-12800 on the 1Dx1 flagship. The D4s was out with usable 20K ISO and a flash system that worked.....game changed for Nikon shooters overnight
But I am glad canon is finally in the game. I know many that would have jumped ship if this release did not catch them up
I understand the argument ... but, to me, a two-and-a-half year technology gap in one aspect of camera performance is really neither here nor there. It doesn't mean much to me. I'm expecting to upgrade camera bodies on a five or six year cycle ... longer than that if I am not suffering mightily as a result. In that context, a couple of years gap one way or the other really isn't that important, especially when it is in only one (and arguably far from the most important) aspect of camera performance. Things like familiarity with the menu system, being used to the location of buttons and dials ... and what they do ... just feeling comfortable with the camera in my hands ... are very important to me. Photography is not my whole life and there are real limits on how much effort, money and time I would be prepared to put into assembling and mastering a new system just to get some marginal gains.
Hey, perhaps I should be more ambitious and excited to face new challenges, and I can understand others get a real kick out of that. But I'm not ... period.
Lots of people will see things differently (thankfully, we are not all the same) ... but Canon was probably on pretty safe ground believing it could ride out two or three years of being behind on sensor performance. There are enough like me, who are not going to jump quickly for one reason or another ... and the ones that jump quickly may be the easiest to entice back.
Anyway, time will tell.
Comment and (constructive) criticism always welcome.