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Canon General / Re: Should I wait for Black Friday?
« on: November 22, 2014, 11:21:15 AM »
Sure, or maybe Blue Tuesday, Yellow Saturday or Red Monday.

Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 22, 2014, 11:19:51 AM »
Yes, and no!  Large industry leading companies never move fast enough for the early adopters regardless of the industry involved, but large industry leading companies are large industry leading companies because the product offerings are solid, reliable and quality products.  So, what you see is what you get and you get it on the company's timetable.  Your options are the same - be patient or change vendors - or re-examine your desires with a reality check.  Most of us would like a high megapixel, low light marvel, fast outofocusing whiz bang camera at
a "rebel" price, but reality says it ain't gonna happen - yet.

EOS Bodies / Re: what is the body you want to see canon release next ?
« on: November 21, 2014, 03:13:03 PM »
I'd like a quality mirrorless offering no larger than the AE1 - and an FD adapter for manual use.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: So what makes a camera a "pro" camera?
« on: October 28, 2014, 08:12:45 PM »
whoever's holding it

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Whats wrong with the 70 D ?
« on: October 28, 2014, 08:10:54 PM »
It seems to be strangely prone to operator error.

Sony is a company that has lost it's way.  While it certainly has the technical capabilities to produce a dynamite product, I'm not certain it has the will to commit to long term success in cameras.  If the market share doesn't improve, the accountants may close down that division as it has other market areas.  Sony was once the undisputed king to television but lost ground in the move to flat panel devices.  The professional television market is excellent, but very small.  Whether Sony can move "down market" may be an internal political problem rather that a technical capability question.  It makes some "leading edge" full frame small camera bodies but has a rather meager selection of lens and the best of those are manufactured by another supplier.  One "good" thing is that it is easier to find Sony cameras at a retail outlet than it is to find Pentax, but then Pentax didn't make televisions.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: CF Cards Vs SD Cards
« on: October 08, 2014, 09:20:41 PM »
Have it both ways - buy a CF to SD adapter for less than $20 and use SD cards in the CF slot.

I'd consider using your DSLR.  If you can get/or have a copy stand, so much the better.  Rather than buy a
scanner, I'd invest in a good macro lens.  I started doing this when my Scitex was not large enough for several
posters I wanted to scan and discovered the image I got (after careful setup) was better quality than the
scanned images.  The key is parallax adjustment (thus the copy stand) but a good tripod and a level wall will
produce the same results.

EOS Bodies / Re: Poll: Would you buy a high MP Canon EOS 5DIV?
« on: October 07, 2014, 08:25:05 PM »
Think Doris Day said it best - que sera, sera.  There is surely room for improvements in the current line because technology marches on, but I am more concerned with Canon's planning wizards packing it with video features,
wi-fi connectivity, and perhaps in-camera editing at the expense of still photo capabilities.  Faster dual media cards are  surely a continued requirement, better low light performance, faster autofocus all seem to take priority in my world over a 40-50% jump in pixel availability. 

Canon General / Re: Advice for re-investing please?
« on: October 06, 2014, 05:13:30 PM »
I envy you while I sit here with bags full of Canon equipment.  I'm tempted to sell it all and start from scratch
with a Fuji.  I borrowed a friends XT with the 58mm f1.2 lens and was blown away by the quality.  He only has
that and an 18-55 (good by not great lens) but he has a shopping list of several more primes that he's after.
I like the fact that Fuji seems to support improvements in older gear, is open about their plans, and excels at
execution.  The quality is good, the handling feels good and the new 18-135 weather sealed lens might be a
good starting point.

Canon General / Re: seeimpossible.usa.canon.com?
« on: October 06, 2014, 05:03:45 PM »
Diko's very insightful post struck a chord.  My first reaction to the "teaser" was Apple's "Think Different" campaign.
Apple had less than 10% of the computer market then, so appealing to the Apple user's individuality was a strong
presence.  When I think of "impossible" with Canon several things come to mind. 

I'd like to see a competitive mirrorless offering - or better yet a mirrorless "family" of products to compete with Fuji and the micro 4/3s bunch.

I'd like to see a high megapixel, low light offering to compete strongly with Nikon D810.

I'd like to see a quality full frame high speed offering to compete with Sony.

I don't much care about medium format, but for Canon that too may be "impossible".

Oh, you want "impossible"?  How about lower ink prices or bigger cartridges?

Yes, I guess "impossible" is a good vantage point for our friends at Canon.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 80D????
« on: October 02, 2014, 01:40:52 PM »
The "informed" view that 2016 seems to be Canon's target might want to look at the firesale on the current
70D in todays CR opening. 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / starter/travel
« on: October 01, 2014, 01:21:14 PM »
It started simply enough - my granddaughter started playing soccer so I gave my son a T3 with a kit lens and the
55-250 EF-S lenses to be at every game.  Then my daughter wanted to start so I gave her an identical setup.
Then on a recent trip I wanted to go "light" so I borrowed my daughter's set-up.  It was easy to pack, didn't weigh much and produced excellent images.  I think the whole thing weighed less than the IDx without a lens.
I've now bought a T5 for me and even with white lenses I'm pleased with the results - don't need 8 frames a second because eight year olds don't run that fast.  Not as many settings, but a pleasing "back to basics" feel.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: One is the loneliest number...
« on: October 01, 2014, 01:01:51 PM »
As near as I can tell you'll only use one at a time, so two becomes "extra".  As far as "walks in the woods", lighter is better, closer is easier, shorter is more convenient and no matter what you take, you'll forget something you want.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Next purchase?
« on: October 01, 2014, 12:54:29 PM »
Get the Tamron 100-600 for a thousand bucks.  Don't worry about a new body unless you've got cash to burn,
and go have fun.

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