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Sony is a company that has lost it's way.  While it certainly has the technical capabilities to produce a dynamite product, I'm not certain it has the will to commit to long term success in cameras.  If the market share doesn't improve, the accountants may close down that division as it has other market areas.  Sony was once the undisputed king to television but lost ground in the move to flat panel devices.  The professional television market is excellent, but very small.  Whether Sony can move "down market" may be an internal political problem rather that a technical capability question.  It makes some "leading edge" full frame small camera bodies but has a rather meager selection of lens and the best of those are manufactured by another supplier.  One "good" thing is that it is easier to find Sony cameras at a retail outlet than it is to find Pentax, but then Pentax didn't make televisions.

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: CF Cards Vs SD Cards
« on: October 08, 2014, 09:20:41 PM »
Have it both ways - buy a CF to SD adapter for less than $20 and use SD cards in the CF slot.

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I'd consider using your DSLR.  If you can get/or have a copy stand, so much the better.  Rather than buy a
scanner, I'd invest in a good macro lens.  I started doing this when my Scitex was not large enough for several
posters I wanted to scan and discovered the image I got (after careful setup) was better quality than the
scanned images.  The key is parallax adjustment (thus the copy stand) but a good tripod and a level wall will
produce the same results.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Poll: Would you buy a high MP Canon EOS 5DIV?
« on: October 07, 2014, 08:25:05 PM »
Think Doris Day said it best - que sera, sera.  There is surely room for improvements in the current line because technology marches on, but I am more concerned with Canon's planning wizards packing it with video features,
wi-fi connectivity, and perhaps in-camera editing at the expense of still photo capabilities.  Faster dual media cards are  surely a continued requirement, better low light performance, faster autofocus all seem to take priority in my world over a 40-50% jump in pixel availability. 

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Canon General / Re: Advice for re-investing please?
« on: October 06, 2014, 05:13:30 PM »
I envy you while I sit here with bags full of Canon equipment.  I'm tempted to sell it all and start from scratch
with a Fuji.  I borrowed a friends XT with the 58mm f1.2 lens and was blown away by the quality.  He only has
that and an 18-55 (good by not great lens) but he has a shopping list of several more primes that he's after.
I like the fact that Fuji seems to support improvements in older gear, is open about their plans, and excels at
execution.  The quality is good, the handling feels good and the new 18-135 weather sealed lens might be a
good starting point.

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Canon General / Re: seeimpossible.usa.canon.com?
« on: October 06, 2014, 05:03:45 PM »
Diko's very insightful post struck a chord.  My first reaction to the "teaser" was Apple's "Think Different" campaign.
Apple had less than 10% of the computer market then, so appealing to the Apple user's individuality was a strong
presence.  When I think of "impossible" with Canon several things come to mind. 

I'd like to see a competitive mirrorless offering - or better yet a mirrorless "family" of products to compete with Fuji and the micro 4/3s bunch.

I'd like to see a high megapixel, low light offering to compete strongly with Nikon D810.

I'd like to see a quality full frame high speed offering to compete with Sony.

I don't much care about medium format, but for Canon that too may be "impossible".

Oh, you want "impossible"?  How about lower ink prices or bigger cartridges?

Yes, I guess "impossible" is a good vantage point for our friends at Canon.


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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 80D????
« on: October 02, 2014, 01:40:52 PM »
The "informed" view that 2016 seems to be Canon's target might want to look at the firesale on the current
70D in todays CR opening. 

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / starter/travel
« on: October 01, 2014, 01:21:14 PM »
It started simply enough - my granddaughter started playing soccer so I gave my son a T3 with a kit lens and the
55-250 EF-S lenses to be at every game.  Then my daughter wanted to start so I gave her an identical setup.
Then on a recent trip I wanted to go "light" so I borrowed my daughter's set-up.  It was easy to pack, didn't weigh much and produced excellent images.  I think the whole thing weighed less than the IDx without a lens.
I've now bought a T5 for me and even with white lenses I'm pleased with the results - don't need 8 frames a second because eight year olds don't run that fast.  Not as many settings, but a pleasing "back to basics" feel.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: One is the loneliest number...
« on: October 01, 2014, 01:01:51 PM »
As near as I can tell you'll only use one at a time, so two becomes "extra".  As far as "walks in the woods", lighter is better, closer is easier, shorter is more convenient and no matter what you take, you'll forget something you want.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Next purchase?
« on: October 01, 2014, 12:54:29 PM »
Get the Tamron 100-600 for a thousand bucks.  Don't worry about a new body unless you've got cash to burn,
and go have fun.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Why haven't you left canon?
« on: October 01, 2014, 12:51:25 PM »
I was thinking I'd do that, but probably I'll wait until after I join  procrastinators anonymous.

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Lenses / Re: Inexpensive standard walk around lens question
« on: September 25, 2014, 01:32:44 PM »
use what you have.  if it's insured and gets lost/stolen, anything you have can be replaced.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Am I the only one excited about the new 7D mk2?
« on: September 22, 2014, 05:04:47 PM »
Excited? - By boring incremental change to a dated system?  No, I'm not excited, but I am disappointed.  I see an
aging technology de-tuned to protect it's product cousins filling a marginal price point in a broad market.  It's
easy to see accountants overruling engineers in product design issues and marketing refusing to demand a bold
step forward.  Canon may have jumped the shark.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How much does this cost?
« on: September 21, 2014, 04:05:21 PM »
Whatever you can get.  Keep in mind that a new one, from major players like B&H or Adorama, will cost about
$3500, and going down monthly.  It also depends upon where you are and what the local market is like.  Best
way to check is a local Craigslist or even EBay.  Assuming mint condition, most buyers would pay$2200 to $2600
for the body and another $600-$650 for the lens. If you have high shutter count or "dings" or scratches it's worth less.  If you're lucky, a retailer might consider a close to "even-up" trade for your camera and lens for the 810 body.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Photography's Top Manufacturers for 2020
« on: September 21, 2014, 11:53:11 AM »
You're right - markets and players change.  What remains true however is that money and commitment are more important than skill.  Now, gazing into my cloudy crystal ball, I'll offer these predictions.
Sony will be like a comet - blazing across the photographic sky and burning out.  The corporation is in financial
limbo - old product lines like television are struggling, new product lines like cameras and computers are at best
"moderate" successes.  It wouldn't surprise me to see Sony sell their camera division to concentrate on other
products.  Potential buyers - a Chinese supplier, a money manager who knows little of photography (who bought Hasselblad?), or a darkhorse in Zeiss (or more likely Cosina) as a supplier of branded bodies or even Nikon.

Canon will roll along and continue to coast on an ever diminishing lead in the marketplace.  It will milk DSLR
technology until the profits shrink and their position contracts.  Reluctantly introducing new technology and
protecting their "advantage" until some newcomer forces them to make radical change.  Think IBM of the
nineties and like IBM, Canon will be forced into radical change, but not until they lose market leadership.

Mamiya and Hasselblad will be merged into oblivion - think Pentax/Ricoh or disappear completely as overpriced
alternatives to large megapixel full frame offerings (aps-c vrs full frame forum discussions will now be full frame vs. medium format).  Pentax, Casio, and a host of others will be replaced by cell phone manufacturers in the
"casual" photo market and Leica will limp along until their aging fanboys all die (think Cadillac!).

That leaves who's left -  Olympus will be acquired by Panasonic and continue the M4/3 product line competing against cell phone makers - possibly buying Red One and making it in the quality video market.  The two
future powerhouse companies - Fuji and Samsung - will each experience fantastic growth, but for different
reasons.  Fuji has the backing and the talent to do it right,  and Samsung has the financial backing to do it wrong.  Both have the money, the engineering design skills, the manufacturing capacity and  supposedly the
desire to succeed in the photo marketplace, but neither currently has the marketing or distribution chain to
support success.  Ricoh has the money and the talent to add to this list, but their program with Pentax casts a dark shadow on their corporate will to play.  But, as Fuji and Samsung  get their acts together and their product line expanded - watch out Canon.



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