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EOS Bodies / Re: Review: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: January 14, 2015, 08:00:40 PM »
I recently bought a Sony A6000 and was really leaning towards making the switch after 15 plus years shooting Canon.  ...but after looking at the numbers, and existing lens kit I have, I have decided to sell my Canon 1D mk3, and 7D, buy the 7Dmk2, and buy a few Sony lens for the A6000.  That will be my kit for the foreseeable future.  Small and capable with the Sony, or when I need, the big guns with the Canon. 

I've found the Sony is heavy handed with the NR at high ISO jpegs.  ...I'm sure it can be better.  ...and I hope I'll be happy with the ISO performance of the 7Dmk2, coming from a 7D.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M2 Not Coming to North America
« on: December 04, 2013, 12:00:23 PM »
Am I missing something?  Just because they are not being launched in the US, Canada, Europe, doesn't mean they are banned in those regions, correct?  We can still buy one from a Japanese retailer, or have a friend in Japan buy one and then ship it to you.  ...or even better, if you are lucky enough to travel to Japan for work, buy one yourself.  ...and if you do that and worried about customs, Narita airport had a Akihabara duty free shop, so you can buy it there, worse case.  I purchased a Casio bluetooth watch (not available in the US) for about the same price I would have paid here through a eBay retailer in Japan.  ...and had no issues with customs.


EOS Bodies / Re: Are you really serious about 6D?
« on: December 12, 2012, 10:18:48 PM »
Canon, you are not getting a dime of my money on your recent cameras.

I'm sure they'll be crying all the way to the bank, as 60D and Rebel shooters, attracted by the allure of FF and by the 'affordable' price, coupled with consumer-oriented features like GPS, WiFi, and an SD card slot, buy up 6D's left and right.

Please explain how Nikon's "better" sensors are impacting your photography, costing you money, affecting your cat pictures?  Are you at a point where you are truly limited by the sensor?  I don't see why you type of people take Canon's business plan so personally.  They don't care about you.  They make products.  You like it, you buy it.  You don't.. don't.  Leave to Nikon.  Who friggin' cares.  Move on.
Bravo, Canon stockholder! As for those Canon shooters who are stuck with inferior sensors.... good luck, buddy.

EOS Bodies / Re: First 6D review up - does [KR] read [CR] ?
« on: November 14, 2012, 02:43:45 PM »
Why the zero in the links?  Don't want to inadvertently help KR rise to the top of the searches?

If you look hard enough, you can find faults in anything.  Instead of searching for the images that I can't capture, I focus on the images I can capture.

All I'm saying is photography is a art, not a science.  You'll drive yourself crazy trying to change that fact.


EOS Bodies / Re: Iconic photographs
« on: October 19, 2012, 02:36:20 PM »
Perhaps cuz back in that time there wasnt equipment available like today. Anyway we all know a good photo doesnt necessarily have to be sharp as hell and technically perfect. But its just the times we live in :) Times are really busy nowadays and mainly cuz of the internet we live in some kind of "highspeed information age". I think this information overload causes people to get caught up in things like megapixels, AF points, FPS, Lens resolution etc. instead of just looking at a picture and listening to their own feelings wether they like it or not.

Plus the technology also develops so fast! Film didnt develop so much like the digital world i think. Even when u use an old Canon T90 for example you will get good results. But on the other hand using a DSLR like the EOS D30 (3,1 MP) simply wont give you what u need anymore by a high chance.

Yes the internet is awesome, its good to have informations but i also think many people just know TOO MUCH!

Long ago you just didnt know much more than what goes on in ur own town and u were born there and probably married a girl from there and then died there. But it also gave some kind of security and you didnt have to worry so much.
Nowadays i sometimes catch myself worrying about wars, political crises in the middle east, financial security in my own country worrying if i will ever be able to afford an L lens, worrying about my job future, worrying if the food i eat is healthy, worrying if my camera is still enough for me, worrying, worrying, worrying....

I think yall will understand what i mean. Basically i think the camera rant just has to do with the fact we live in insecure times and familie bonds have a lower importance in many places than they had e.g. 30 years ago. Things that gave security just broke away. There are way more psychic problems diagnosed today as well. Things go more extreme ("adult movies", sports, body modification and so on) to compensate.
Ok im starting to get off topic :)


Great post.

thanks for your reply, very informative! know nothing about those memory cells

Lexar do look faster than the Sandisk from Rob Galbraith's CF database, plus B&H is having a sale with them too!

does formatting the card frequently helps? if so, format at the computer or camera?

Not really, it's just generally (for most purposes) way to wipe the card than have it delete the files one by one. Sometimes a camera may have some issues reading/writing to the card if it's not formatted in that camera, although that's pretty uncommon.

Yeah.  I made it a habit to format the card in camera before a shoot.  This, as Drizz', stated is just a quick way to delete all the images on card.  Also, this alleviates any issues with filenames if the card is used between multiple cameras.


can't hurt the speed, only help it. 

your current card has been used a lot.  NAND memory cells have limited life.  the memory controller will remap away from dead cells, sure, but the longer you use the card, more chances of a bad write.

CF card prices are cheap.  You don't even have to buy the highest speed, 1000x by Lexar, you can go for 600x, or even 400x.  That way, you don't pay the premium for the current fastest.

higher capacity.  more shots on the card.  the minimum available is probably double the size of your current card.

gives you a chance to get rid of your sandisk cards and switch to Lexar.  If you look at Rob Galbraith's CF database, Lexar occupies a majority of top ten spots.  The database doesn't have the 5D classic, and the camera won't take advantage of UDMA cards, but... by getting a card faster than the camera can write, you are certain that the bottle neck is the camera and not the card. 

EOS Bodies / Re: 6d for underwater photography?
« on: September 27, 2012, 02:33:29 PM »

It won't be able to focus on dry land, much less through water.


comment made in jest.

EOS Bodies / Re: mhm... open letter to canon?
« on: September 26, 2012, 11:52:28 AM »
I think some people are just too cheap to admit that the camera they want is a bit more than they would like to spend.

And there's the rub. Do you bend over and help them stick it in or do you turn around and slap their face! Is it more than you would like to spend or is it more than it's really worth? And if it's more than it's worth, do you "...take up arms against a sea of troubles..."?

"...a bit more than they would like to spend" is pathetically passive. And "just too cheap" is what a whore says when she gets insulted when you only offer her a quarter.

Most consumers have become like this guy -- they think a seller sets the price and they can either afford it or not. If they have the money, they just hand it over for what they want. The idea that the price may not be worth the value never enters their mind. What -- I don't get what I want because it costs too much???

Best example is the 5D3. I'd own one today if I thought it was worth $3500. It has nothing to do with what I'd "like to spend." I could spend that, even though I don't want to, but it's far more important to me to say to Canon, "I like your product, but I won't pay that much for it." So I don't pay that much for it. [The Adorama ebay sale last weekend revealed that it can be sold for $2750, so when the opportunity comes along again, I'll pay that for what is probably the best overall, mass market, full frame camera available.] Frankly, all the bendovers, who gladly handed over $3500 haven't helped send any message to Canon in the only language they truly comprehend.

Funny thing, as much as I think the 6D is an abortion of a camera, the price does not seem out of line. It's going to put a lot of Spielberg wannabes and center-pointers in hog heaven. And it's going to sell a lot of glass for Canon.

And now, if you'll pardon me, I have pictures to make. Good day one and all, even you pathetically passive consumers.

Wow.  What a tool.

Street & City / Re: OT: How to get street photos to look Tastino-style???
« on: September 26, 2012, 01:25:59 AM »
Tastino is great, but why mimic? Find your own style.

Dario Casadei
Vintage Movie Art


I think that bothers my the most about photography websites.  Not to pick on the OP or say something that hasn't been said before, but the "young/inexperienced" photographers who come here and ask, "...shooting my first wedding this wedding, any suggestions?" or "Have $10000 to spend, what to buy?"  What happened to finding the answers yourself, experimenting, developing you own style, honing your skills, trial and error?

OMG... I have been a bitter old man. 

Take a look a Rob Galbraith's CF database.


5d mk3.   Top 11 spots have 7 Lexar cards and 4 Sandisk cards.

There are two choices in cards.  ...and given a choice between those two choices, I would always choose Lexar.



You have a 1D X...   Spend a couple of hundred dollars and buy Lexar 1000x cards.  ...or even 600X

The other brands have fast cards also, but I recommend Lexar.

Lenses / Re: Vintage Lenses: Any Advise?
« on: September 24, 2012, 02:40:39 PM »
As much as I "love" Canon...

Maybe going with another brand for this project would be better suited.

Case in point, I was thinking of pick up a Pentax K30 dslr.  Nothing too fancy, but with the native ability to mount most, if not all, Pentax lenses from the beginning, and the in-body IS, sound a bit more fun.




this has been happening since the invention of consumerism.

CPU companies locking cores?
Car companies de-tuning engines?
Food companies quietly shrinking package size while still charging the same amount of money?
Gas companies going for reducing octane ratings, but still calling it premium?

Why in the world would you expect anything different from Canon, or any other company? 

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