I like to think I not a very gullible person, and I don't usually fall for these increasingly elaborate April Fool's hoaxes which plague the internet and social media channels on April 1 each year. In my defence, it was actually April 2 when I read this, so my guard was down. I didn't take into account the fact that the US is a day behind us...
So when I opened up my Feedly RSS reader this morning to peruse what was new in the world of photography, I nearly wet myself to read that Canon had just announced a new flagship body - the EOS 1D-W - a wildlife specific body. Accompanying the body was a 200-600mm f/4 super-telephoto zoom lens.
The EOS 1D-W body - courtesy of The Digital Picture Review
Photoshop does wonderful things, and the camo body colouring looks pretty realistic (and pretty cool!).
Reading through the specs and capabilities of this supposed new body did have me thinking that it was almost too good to be true - camera developments lately have tended to be fairly predictable and not quite so revolutionary as this media release would've had us believe (except for possibly the Canon EF 200-400mm lens released last year).
Canon EF 200-600mm courtesy of The Digital Picture Review
After the initial rude shock had passed and I stopped swearing into my morning muesli, I thought over what had gotten me so excited about these new bits of gear, and started wondering, 'What if camera makers actually observe some of these ideas, thoughts and feedback from the wider community and actually start incorporating some of these innovations?'. This thought made me a little less mad at the guys who pull this stunt :)
For those tech heads out there who like salivating over the latest bit of kit, here are some of the specs and capabilities which had me wiping the drool off my iPhone screen on several occasions:
There are people out there who rant and rave about how more megapixels are marketing hype, how big do you need to blow your image up to, etc etc. But the simple fact is that the higher the megapixel count, the further your reach. You can effectively crop a larger resolution image in further, increasing your zoom capacity, and still retain a large, good quality image.
Supposedly able to capture 2 images for each time the mirror is raised. Awesome! Hold the shutter down and the thing would sound like it'll take off...
Sure, it's probably overkill… but at 24 fps you would be able to shoot for 9.17s continuously before the camera starts to chug a bit, thinking to itself 'Why has this guy just taken 196 photos of a branch?'
Think about it. You either never have to change memory cards mid-shoot, or redundancy RAID configurations allow you to safely back up your images as you shoot them (which can already be done on a 5D MkIII, but 4 cards is always better than 2).
Autofocus is pretty amazing these days, and combined with similar technology to the already impressive facial recognition abilities some cameras have, it's not too far-fetched to think this could be possible. How well it would work though…?
So apparently the viewfinder tracks your pupil as it follows motion, and this assists with autofocus. OK, a little hard to swallow, but how good would it be???
All this, along with other obvious improvements like increased low-light sensitivity, better weather sealing, etc. So what do you say Canon? Reckon you'll get the R&D team onto some of these suggestions for future camera models?
Were you tricked this April Fool's Day? Let me know how in the comments below. Don't be shy, I already confessed my gullibility :)
And feel free to see what sort of wildlife shots I can get with somewhat inferior gear than the dream rig above!