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EOS Bodies / Re: Just for Jrista: 2014 Market Data
« on: September 23, 2014, 05:24:28 PM »
Right now Canon are living off past glories, but unless they get off their backsides all their glory will be in the past.

If this were true, then who cares? I've been shooting Canon for a very long time not out of brand loyalty, but because it offers the best system of bodies, lenses, accessories, and service for my needs. The day they can no longer do that is the day I'll give another company my business and not think twice about it.

Camera equipment are merely tools that facilitate in capturing images. To invest so much emotional attachment into whether or not "your team" is or isn't on top of the heap technologically or financially is merely a distraction in the quest to produce great images.

Now go shoot, already :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Just for Jrista: 2014 Market Data
« on: September 22, 2014, 01:11:12 PM »
Being a pro generally means earning your living by practising your craft.
Many amateurs are more skilled than most pros.

That's a rather bold statement, don't you think? IMHO, some amateurs are more skilled some pros. If most pros were less skilled than many amateurs, then they would have gone out of business a long time ago. In fact, many of they already have, which means that all you'd have left are pros that produce exceptional work.

I've noticed this in my tiny corner of the photography world, and I'm sure it's happening in other segments as well. There was a time when many so-called pros were merely hacks with the right equipment and the right contacts. After the digital revolution, clients quickly realized that they could hire amateurs that produced equally good or better images at a fraction of the cost, or even for free.

With this new wave of cheap/free labor, the old-school "pros" that fell under the "hack" category are out of business, so the ratio of hacks to studs in the "pro" category continues to plummet as time elapses. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Just for Jrista: 2014 Market Data
« on: September 21, 2014, 12:24:58 AM »
so a pro is still using a 30d? no kidding. My second shooter does as well. pros or part timers aren't in it to buy the latest camera gear. My second shooter and i usually get a kick out of how many people attending whatever event we are working have better gear than he does. me? well, i think i have some pretty sweet gear, but nothing like many of you guys.

It's sad, but many enthusiasts judge the skill of a photographer they know nothing about based on the caliber of their gear. It seems to really stroke their egos when they see a pro with lesser gear than they have. I don't list my gear in my sig because I like to keep people guessing ;D For me, it's much more gratifying to produce better images with lesser resources than my more well-equipped competition.

It reminds me of when I first started posting here, revealed that I made a living shooting with a 5D classic, and was promptly ridiculed as a troll. The many demands to post sample images of this impossible feat were quite comical to say the least.

Meanwhile, I know many very talented pros that are still shooting with 5DIIs, 1DIVs, and 1DsIIIs. One pro friend of mine just finally retired his 1DsII after eight years of field duty! The grip was worn smooth on that thing, but he still managed to produce outstanding images with it.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Just for Jrista: 2014 Market Data
« on: September 20, 2014, 09:38:29 PM »
If I'm interpreting the data correctly, it reflects units sold/shipped, and not revenue? If so, who gives a hoot? Companies exist to make money, and if you have to sell more units to make the same, or even less, money than the competition, why is that a good thing? Percentage of market share is somewhat revealing, but it's not nearly as important as how much money a company earns through its DSLR manufacturing efforts. 

Everyone complained that the 5D3 was too expensive when it was released. Almost three years later, 5D3 prices have held steady, despite millions of posts claiming that Canon would drop prices significantly once the initial wave of stupid "first adopters" ceased. On the other hand, Nikon has released the D800, D810, and soon the D750 to fill essentially the same market segment as Canon does with the 5D3.

IMHO, the Nikon's are loaded with some very impressive technology at a lower price point. For tech-obsessed Canon shooters, the envy is understandable. That said, it's reasonable to presume that Nikon is operating on slimmer profit margins per unit than Canon, compounded with the tremendous costs associated with releasing three bodies  (D800/D810/D750) in a relatively short amount of time to fill the same slot in the market filled by the 5D3. Oh yeah, I bet all the quality control issues hurt Nikon's profit margin quite a bit, requiring them to sell even more units to make up for the lost revenue.

If Yoda was a DSLR tech junkie he'd say: "Sales volume numbers tell whole story they do not ;D"

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Reviews / Re: Tony Northrup - D810 vs. 5D Mk3
« on: September 18, 2014, 09:59:43 PM »
Why is someone whose portfolio is full of glorified snapshots so concerned about his equipment?

Did you just call all my photography glorified snapshots?  ??? I like to think I'm at least a step above that. I don't consider my work to be the best, but neither do I consider it to be the worst...

Sheesh...I really don't understand this community anymore.

No way, dude :) I was referring to Tony Northrup, the guy whose video this thread was originally about before the discussion got derailed ;D I can see how the tangents that have followed could lead to confusion, though ;D

I don't consider my images to be the best either, far from it in fact, which is why I don't feel the need to create videos stating how useless my current gear is.

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Reviews / Re: Tony Northrup - D810 vs. 5D Mk3
« on: September 18, 2014, 07:39:10 PM »
Why is someone whose portfolio is full of glorified snapshots so concerned about his equipment?

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Can I make a phone call or text with it ;D?

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EOS Bodies / Re: How can we improve on 5D3 to 5D4?
« on: September 16, 2014, 11:16:50 PM »
I'm sure Canon will figure out some things that will make me want it, but right now, I can't imagine what they would be. 5DIII has everything I need and more.

Same here. There are a few things that could be improved, which have been covered in great detail by other posters, but right now I'm planning on skipping the next generation of the 5D line. The 5D3 will serve my needs for many years to come.

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EOS Bodies / Re: How can we improve on 5D3 to 5D4?
« on: September 16, 2014, 10:55:32 PM »
A built in condom dispenser because the 5D3 sure seems popular with the ladies ;D Or maybe it's just me :o

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark II sample images
« on: September 15, 2014, 11:02:41 PM »
I thought I had moved on from APS-C, but after seeing this images, maybe not :) Obviously, we need to see some RAW files before passing final judgement.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Sample Images - High Res
« on: September 15, 2014, 10:57:27 PM »
Damn, I might have to get one now :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 15, 2014, 06:52:20 PM »
And motherf*ckers, $1800 in US and 2000EURO ($2587) in Europe.

Yeah, but your history is so much more diverse and interesting than it is here in America ;D We don't even have any real castles :(

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I just clicked your link, and 6 of the top 10 were Canon bodies, and 4 were Nikon. I think that means that a list that updates hourly is almost useless :)

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You Pacific Northwest guys have to show us your landscapes now so the rest of us in flat and boring America can drool in envy :D

Colorado boys are welcome to do this as well :)

Canon EOS 20D. EF 20mm.

Simply stunning! Love the color. Are the mountains snow covered year-round?

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You Pacific Northwest guys have to show us your landscapes now so the rest of us in flat and boring America can drool in envy :D

Colorado boys are welcome to do this as well :)

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