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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Dissuade me to get a Rolleiflex
« on: April 15, 2014, 10:33:56 AM »
Get it!

When I was a kid, I drooled over the Rolleis - but I could not afford one.

Today I have 3 Rollei TLRs.  One is a 2.8.    I never use them, but I love them.   They are displayed in my antique camera showcase.

Clearly these cameras were in a class of their own. 

Go for it!  You will not regret it.

Software & Accessories / Re: DSLR Microphones, suggestions please :) !
« on: November 18, 2013, 09:16:38 PM »
Rode is a great choice.   Either the Stereo Video Mic Pro or the Video Mic Pro (which has a narrower angle of coverage).   You will not be unhappy.   

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: November 13, 2013, 08:37:40 AM »

"The cheap eBay adapters are knock-offs, not Canon. Are they well made? I'm told the Canon one is very strong. That's important if you're attaching a $2000 + lens to it."

I ordered one of the OEMs that is from a kit.    I would not consider a knock off.

I just ordered mine from Amazon - and was able to use rewards points.

The Canon lens adapter is available on eBay from several highly rated vendors at very attractive prices.

EOS-M / Re: Good tripod for EOS M ?
« on: July 11, 2013, 01:31:03 AM »
Here are two excellent tripods to consider.  I have two Sirui's and they are the highest quality and very affordable.

This one is a kit which includes the ball head:


This set of legs would need a head purchased separately:


Here is the ball head that I use with this tripod:


EOS-M / Re: The Frenzy is Over.....
« on: July 11, 2013, 01:24:03 AM »
I am looking forward to receiving mine.   The backorder date of the 18th seems like an eternity even though it is only one week (plus transit time).

This camera is getting a lot of love these days.   I guess that there is something magical about a $299 price point.

If you scroll down the page on the B & H website, the cameras still appear to be offered for 353.95(w/22)  and 399.95 (w/18-55).     

In fact, these include an extra battery, sd card, bag, filter and cloth - which are not included with the $599.95 offerings.

May we expect that B & H will honor the web orders that have already been placed for the camera which is currently on backorder?

The more I think about this deal, the more I wonder if - for those of us considering a "compact" backup - there is a logical reason not to buy one.   It can function as a compact with the pancake lens - and also as a backup to an EOS dslr without taking up much space in the bag.  Granted the autofocus has its limitations - and as I understand - much less so with the new firmware,  but the upside to this camera (especially at the $299 price point) appears to far outweigh the downside.   And at those times that a DSLR is just to heavy or bulky for the occasion,  this camera is likely to be with you. I clearly understand why so many people are jumping on the bandwagon.  It may not bring all of the answers, but it sure makes a lot of sense.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 6D Review - Real World
« on: May 15, 2013, 08:10:52 AM »
I had a 7D from close to the date of its introduction through December 2013.   I purchased my 6D on 12/1/12.

Once I began using the 6D, I realized that its image quality and high ISO capabilities were so far beyond all of my other bodies (7D, 60D and 5D2) I immediately disposed of the other bodies.   

There is no question that the 7D is very responsive and is a "machine gun." 

The compromise today, however, is image quality and noise.  Prior to the 6D, it was not a problem for me.  But knowing what I am capable of doing  with the 6D has changed my perspectives.

Today I shoot with a 6D and 5D3.   Canon continues to raise the bar.  I know that this will continuing to be the case in future generations of cameras.

Canon General / Re: Why buy from a bricks and mortar store?
« on: January 16, 2013, 11:51:54 PM »
I will always buy from my local brick and mortar store - if the product is there.

For the past 39 years I have been purchasing my equipment from the same store - Canoga Camera.   It is a family business with very competitive prices and outstanding customer service.

There is something very comforting about buying from people that I know and trust - people who are honest -  and who have an excellent knowledge of their products.

Also, if I familiarize myself with a product by visiting a local dealer -  should I choose to buy it, it is only fair to buy it from the local dealer - especially if they have a history of treating their customers fairly.

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