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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Canon Plays to the Base
« on: February 06, 2015, 04:47:07 PM »
Thom Hogan has an article about playing to the base http://www.dslrbodies.com/newsviews/canon-plays-to-the-base.html

"Playing to the base is best because it retains customers in your ecosystem. You took time to build that ecosystem, after all, so you want to maximize your returns from it. That means keep current users from leaking, ..."

In my case playing to the base is why I'm leaving Canon. I want/need mirrorless (YMMV). So playing-it-safe has cost Canon a long time customer (20 plus years) :(

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Monopod - advice what to purchase
« on: February 06, 2015, 03:57:59 PM »
There is another 'issue' that I need to 'solve'  :-\

I have a large number of the Novoflex ARCA-type mounting plates, but I think they are incompatible with the Novoflex plates. I mean this one: http://www.reallyrightstuff.com/Shop/Lever-Release-Clamps/B2-LR-II-Lever-release-clamp.html

1) Are lever-type clamps more reliable and scecure in holding the camera plate onto the tri/monopod?

NO, lever type clamps are no more or no less secure. Some people think that a Lever Type is more convenient. I have Screw Type locking on all my heads, including my Wimberley II Gimbal Head.

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2) Is it possbible to have a monopod head from RRS with a novoflex-type "top"? (top = the thingy that holds the camera plate)

These clamps use simple screw-on mounting, either 3/8-16 or 1/4-20. So your Novoflex should work.

You should also be able to use an Acratech Adjustable Lever Clamp http://www.acratech.net/quick-release-clamps/locking-lever-clamp

"The Acratech Quick Release Lever clamp features a locking lever and is fully adjustable so it will fit virtually all Arca-Swiss compatible quick release plates. This clamp has a 3/8-16 thread and a 1/4-20 reducer bushing and will fit most tripod heads.

Back in the Dark-Ages, most Middle and High Schools had various Shop classes. A good way to learn simple mechanics. And most of the questions on this thread can be answered by simple mechanics. i.e. a male 3/8-16 will screw into a female 3/8-16.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Monopod - advice what to purchase
« on: February 06, 2015, 03:37:37 PM »
A monopod is just a stick, not much difference between the best and the worst. I have a Calumet, but I'd be more than satisfied with a Giottos.

The BIG thing is size. If you are tall (I'm 6'3") most monopods are too short.

I don't use a Ball Head, I use a Long Lens Head http://www.acratech.net/tripod-heads/long-lens-heads/long-lens-head  The Acratech is expensive, but there may be people who have copied this style head. The reason I like a Long Lens Head is that they just tilt (no flop), keep the monopod vertical and just tilt up or down.

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EOS-M / Re: First Images of the Canon EOS M3
« on: February 03, 2015, 11:14:13 PM »

One of the great things about the 'net is there is always someone who thinks they can do a better job of running your business, than you can :(

you open up that door when you call something a kitty kamera and unsuitable to your exacting standards.

Kitty-Kamera comes from the Japanese Hello Kitty brand that is aimed at young women  http://www.sanrio.com

My "exacting standards" are simply Pro Standards. I want a Pro Mirrorless camera, to replace my DSLRs. The M3 ain't it ... simple as that.

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EOS-M / Re: First Images of the Canon EOS M3
« on: February 03, 2015, 11:02:25 PM »

You can optical trigger the Profoto with the pop up flash.

Are you telling me I should have used a Canon 580EX to trigger Profoto packs ??? I guess that using Pocket Wizards with 1DsII, 5D2 and 5D3 cameras was a HUGE mistake ??? After using Pocket Wizards, for all these years, it turns out that myself and all my Commercial Shooter friends were doing it wrong.Who knew.

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Don't see failings, see opportunities and solutions.

Another person who thinks they know more about my business than I do ;)


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EOS-M / Re: First Images of the Canon EOS M3
« on: February 03, 2015, 10:34:52 PM »

You can optical trigger the Profoto with the pop up flash.

I could, but why would I want to add a source (that adds light to the scene) that is NOT where I want it ???

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don't most normal monolights now ignore E-TTL pre flash?
A Profot 600B is a pack, NOT a moonlight.

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or gasp maybe just use the tilting back LCD?

One of the great things about the 'net is there is always someone who thinks they can do a better job of running your business, than you can :(

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EOS-M / Re: First Images of the Canon EOS M3
« on: February 03, 2015, 09:37:20 PM »
IF (BIG if) the photos are real, then the is NO EVF, also just a tilt screen (NO Flippy screen like the 70D).

While I could live with a $240.00 EVF-DC1, the lack of a PC (Prontor Compur) port stops the use of studio flash if I'm using the EVF-DC1 EVF. BTW I Always have a Profoto 600B in my car's trunk, YMMV ;)

Is the M3 good or bad ??? It depends on what you expect from a Mirrorless camera. I'm looking for a DSLR replacement, NOT an up-dated Kitty-Kamera, YMMV.

So I guess my long wait (for Mirrorless announcements) is about over, and there may be be no more Canon cameras in my future :(

BTW I'm fast for an old man, an d I'm sure I can still outrun the door :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Mirrorless vs. DSLR
« on: February 03, 2015, 05:07:42 PM »
ALWAYS use the right tool for the job!!! If my job is different than your job, different tools may be best. One size does NOT fit all.

Here's a comparison of an Olympus E-M1 with a 12-40mm f/2.8 (= 24-80 FF), a Sony A7II with a 24-70mm f/2.8 and a Canon 5D3 with a 24-70mm f/2.8L   http://camerasize.com/compact/#482.412,579.393,312.289,ha,t  Notice that the FF Sony A7II uses a smaller lens than the FF Canon 5D3. As expected the M4/3 has the smallest lens.

All three are professional level cameras, which is a better fit for your job is up to you.

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EOS-M / Re: First Image of the Canon EOS M3
« on: February 03, 2015, 03:40:05 PM »

So where do you think all those people that were buying Rebels come from?

Were is the key word here. Rebel sales are tanking too.


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Canon's bread and butter is new entry to mid level shooters who will be looking at rebels, XXD series and now the M3.

That's why Canon, Nikon, etc are panicking ... their bread and butter market has disappeared.

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if you don't like it just don't buy it and go buy a Sony instead.   

I own a Sony, but would like to get back to using Canon.

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EOS-M / Re: First Image of the Canon EOS M3
« on: February 03, 2015, 12:00:17 PM »

I think the target customer for these and most future growth for MILC is people coming from iPhone and P&S.  Those people are already used to framing there photo with a screen and not using a EVF/OVF.  If MILC are going to expand that is the market they are going to take from.   

Ah, the mythical up-grader. If these up-graders existed the bottom would not have fallen out of camera sales. Mirrorless expansion, is coming from the rapidly dwindling DSLR sales.

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EOS-M / Re: First Image of the Canon EOS M3
« on: February 03, 2015, 11:48:09 AM »

What's the issue with a hotshoe EVF?

Having to pay $2-300.00 extra for something that is built-in on the Sony a7000, a Fuji X camera or an Olympus E-M10. Also NO EVF signal the the M-line is a non-serious Kitty-Kamera.

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EOS-M / Re: First Image of the Canon EOS M3
« on: February 03, 2015, 11:40:09 AM »

I really hope the rumors of it having the 24mp Sony sensor are true.  I have been limited many time by the DR of the current M.

I'm hoping that the New Sony a7000 has the Toshiba sensor that Nikon uses in the D7100. ;)

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EOS-M / Re: First Image of the Canon EOS M3
« on: February 03, 2015, 11:31:04 AM »
Hopefully the size hasn't increased too much, has anyone used the lens as a scale vs the current M? Doesn't appear to have a built in EVF (though it would be difficult to see in this view) but if it has an add on hotshoe EVF I'd be good with that.

As someone who has a Pocket Wizard in the hotshoe most of the time, an add-on viewfinder just doesn't cut it.

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One client we used to work for decided to eliminate photo coverage of their annual weekend alumni event in favor of asking the alumni themselves to shoot it and upload via Instagram with their phones. And these clients weren't rinky dink types...one was an Ivy League university and another was one of the highest reputed medical schools in the country.

These type of clients valued immediacy so much more over anything else they completely eliminated any budget for photography at all and didn't care one iota if it was shot on a cell phone or a high megapixel camera.

Doesn't this tell you something ??? Authenticity is more important to some clients than perfection.

Lee Iacocca said “Lead, Follow, or Get Out of The Way,” This is true of all business, not just Detroit.

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I see a lot of things presented here that would appeal to Very Serious Photo Enthusiasts (VSPS). The BIG problem is that the 94% are NOT VSPS! They Do.Not.Care!

Most DSLR photographers are hidebound. Most serious iPhoneographers are inventive. Some iPhoneographers are getting hired by ad agencies to shoot campaigns that will run in social media, etc. Many large companies started running 15 second Instagram Commercials starting in 2013. http://instagram.com/p/yXqhuHQirD/

You may not have noticed but there is a sea change happening ...

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