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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Most exciting thing at Photokina?
« on: September 18, 2014, 01:37:59 PM »
Without a doubt, the Panasonic CM1 phone, with a one inch sensor. This is the ice-breaker, there will be many more high-end camera phones soon.

This kind of phone/camera will kill-off what's left of the P&S market. And it should convert a lot of photo-phone h8ters ;)

I've been saying, for several years, that sometime soon, a Vogue cover would be shot with a smart phone. The time may finally have arrived :)

Software & Accessories / Re: Capture One Pro 8 - Announced
« on: September 18, 2014, 02:26:55 AM »

I will try to dedicate my weekend to testing Capture One Pro 8 and come back with my thoughts.

ps I'm still using Aperture, it's still doing it's job very well, but must start looking to the future.

I love how people panic over software changes ??? Glad to see that other people's panic hasn't stopped you from using a program that still works for you :)

My guess is that sometime next year, Apple will release a new program. One that is a lot better than Aperture and sells for less money.

I'd like to see C1P 8 test.

EOS Bodies / Re: AE-1 Styled DSLR from Canon?
« on: September 18, 2014, 02:09:08 AM »
Arrrgh! Retro? Call me a forward looking evolution/revolution tart, but I like new stuff. The often subtle changes that bring better design and ergonomics/useability and so on, are my tech tool turn ons. Just so long as the changes will deliver options for me to take better pictures.

It's not how cool I look taking snaps at my local cafe with a "statement" camera, it's the magic in the images that I come back with that count for me.

Whether it be cameras, cars, kettles or toasters, in my possibly narrow zeitgeist, Retro happens at a point where industrial designers have run out of ideas.

I agree completely! I was born before WWII, I lived through the Bad-Old-Days. Been there done that, don't need to do it again :(

As pwp said, it's not about looking cool. I like simple to use cameras that don't get in my way of making the best shot. A camera. like a toaster, is just an appliance ... not a fashion statement or a religious fetish.

Software & Accessories / Re: Capture One Pro 8 - Announced
« on: September 17, 2014, 07:06:09 PM »
I use LR5.  I would be interested in knowing how it compares in terms of ease of use and how the pics compare?



I've used Capture One Pro for many years. I's vastly superior to any Adobe product as far as IQ. You can tether many Canon cameras to C1 if you are shooting in a studio/other controlled environment.

The FREE 60 Day TRIAL is FREE. Test it for yourself. For Me, it's an easy to use Pro Tool, YMMV.

Photography Technique / Re: Square or not?
« on: September 17, 2014, 06:43:57 PM »
I'd crop it 4x5 (object to left) and tighten up the top and bottom.

EOS Bodies / Re: AE-1 Styled DSLR from Canon?
« on: September 17, 2014, 06:39:25 PM »
I think the main appeal of the Fuji is that they took the classic style of a rangefinder and added to it to update the camera without losing the classic style. The Nikon seems more like a Franken-Camera, where they pasted bits and pieces of old and new together in some fairly inconvenient ways.

The "M" series might be a bit more popular if it had more of a rangefinder look to it, but honestly, I just took a look at the old Canonets and they seem pretty boxy and clunky, so not sure Canon ought to revive that style.

The Nikon F put the Pro Rangefiders out of business. No more Canon or Contax. The Leica became an expensive camera for Leica collectors. It took the EOS film cameras to get Pros looking at Canon again.

Only the hopelessly-hip would like the hokey-hybrid-viewfinder that Fuji uses. It took the X-T1 for me to take Fuji seriously.

The Canonet, Olympus Trip 35 and others were inexpensive snap-shot cameras -- and they looked the part.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7DII vs Samsung NX1
« on: September 17, 2014, 06:05:28 PM »
What sports or wildlife photographer will switch from Canon or Nikon to Samsung if there are almost no tele lenses? For the street, landscape and travel photographers though this camera could become a game changer.

I will look forward to a real serious test of the NX1's IQ, high ISO performance, AF preformance etc. compared to the 7D2 and other recent cameras.

For ME, Hell would be having to shoot nothing but BIF/Wildlife, Stick & Ball Sports and Events for eternity  :o YMMV  ;)

On paper, the NX1 and 85mm f/1.4 look like a great combo for shooting dirt-track motorsports.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7DII vs Samsung NX1
« on: September 17, 2014, 05:47:45 PM »
Does Adobe work up a Lightroom raw converter for Samsung bodies?  If not, that would be a pain.  If so, do they take a while to get around to doing it when new bodies come out?

Capture One works with Samsung Raw. And Capture One is about as good as it gets.

Capture One has a FREE 60 Day Trial  BTW there is a list of ALL cameras they support.

EOS Bodies / Re: AE-1 Styled DSLR from Canon?
« on: September 17, 2014, 05:33:34 PM »
I shoot a lot of film with my Canon Elan 7n :) If I had to use an AE-1, I'd stop shooting film :( Simple as that.


with the lack of supertelephoto lenses i donĀ“t see how samsung can aim this body at birders or sport shooter who need a long telephoto. :)

enthusiast yes, but not these kind of enthusiasts.

Maybe not today ..., but what about next year ???

Check-out this video, 15 FPS with AutoFocus

Lenses / Re: What telephotos do we own?
« on: September 15, 2014, 05:18:18 PM »
There is NO check-box for NONE. :(

 I rent as needed. It's been about four years since I rented a telephoto.

Site Information / Re: Noisy obtrusive ads
« on: September 15, 2014, 03:00:28 PM »
Adblock works on Chrome, Firefox and Safari.

Also good is Privacy Badger from the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Privacy Badger blocks spying ads and invisible trackers. It's available for Chrome and Firefox

Site Information / Re: Noisy obtrusive ads
« on: September 15, 2014, 02:49:33 PM »
The purpose of an add is to sell product.... not piss people off to the point that they will never do business with that company.... the advertisers need to re-consider what they are doing....

Got that right!!!

Today there are No Bad Cameras -- some are just better than others.

Most Samsung lenses are oh-so-cute-pancakes designed for their non-viewfinder pocket cameras. Check-out their 85mm f/1.4 lens (=130mm FF), about as good as any 85mm available. Give me a 10mm (=15mm FF) and an 18mm/20mm (= 27mm/30mm FF) to go with the 85mm and it would cover 99%+ of what I shoot.

Here's a video on YouTube.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7DII vs Samsung NX1
« on: September 15, 2014, 12:16:09 AM »
I've been very disappointed in Canon's latest offerings. I would not take a 7D2 as a gift because it doesn't fit into my changing shooting style. Plus Canon doesn't have the primes I need, except for the EF 85mm f/1.8.

Looks like the Samsung NX1 would fit my present needs (mirrorless, EVF, etc) They have an 85mm f/1.4 that from what I've seen posted, seems like an excellent lens But all the rest of their lenses are oh-so-cute pancakes. Meh!

BTW Samsung cameras are not inexpensive. My guess is that the NX1 will be more expensive than a Canon 70D or an Olympus E-M1.

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