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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Why haven't you left canon?
« on: October 01, 2014, 12:51:25 PM »
I was thinking I'd do that, but probably I'll wait until after I join  procrastinators anonymous.

Lenses / Re: Inexpensive standard walk around lens question
« on: September 25, 2014, 01:32:44 PM »
use what you have.  if it's insured and gets lost/stolen, anything you have can be replaced.

EOS Bodies / Re: Am I the only one excited about the new 7D mk2?
« on: September 22, 2014, 05:04:47 PM »
Excited? - By boring incremental change to a dated system?  No, I'm not excited, but I am disappointed.  I see an
aging technology de-tuned to protect it's product cousins filling a marginal price point in a broad market.  It's
easy to see accountants overruling engineers in product design issues and marketing refusing to demand a bold
step forward.  Canon may have jumped the shark.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How much does this cost?
« on: September 21, 2014, 04:05:21 PM »
Whatever you can get.  Keep in mind that a new one, from major players like B&H or Adorama, will cost about
$3500, and going down monthly.  It also depends upon where you are and what the local market is like.  Best
way to check is a local Craigslist or even EBay.  Assuming mint condition, most buyers would pay$2200 to $2600
for the body and another $600-$650 for the lens. If you have high shutter count or "dings" or scratches it's worth less.  If you're lucky, a retailer might consider a close to "even-up" trade for your camera and lens for the 810 body.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Photography's Top Manufacturers for 2020
« on: September 21, 2014, 11:53:11 AM »
You're right - markets and players change.  What remains true however is that money and commitment are more important than skill.  Now, gazing into my cloudy crystal ball, I'll offer these predictions.
Sony will be like a comet - blazing across the photographic sky and burning out.  The corporation is in financial
limbo - old product lines like television are struggling, new product lines like cameras and computers are at best
"moderate" successes.  It wouldn't surprise me to see Sony sell their camera division to concentrate on other
products.  Potential buyers - a Chinese supplier, a money manager who knows little of photography (who bought Hasselblad?), or a darkhorse in Zeiss (or more likely Cosina) as a supplier of branded bodies or even Nikon.

Canon will roll along and continue to coast on an ever diminishing lead in the marketplace.  It will milk DSLR
technology until the profits shrink and their position contracts.  Reluctantly introducing new technology and
protecting their "advantage" until some newcomer forces them to make radical change.  Think IBM of the
nineties and like IBM, Canon will be forced into radical change, but not until they lose market leadership.

Mamiya and Hasselblad will be merged into oblivion - think Pentax/Ricoh or disappear completely as overpriced
alternatives to large megapixel full frame offerings (aps-c vrs full frame forum discussions will now be full frame vs. medium format).  Pentax, Casio, and a host of others will be replaced by cell phone manufacturers in the
"casual" photo market and Leica will limp along until their aging fanboys all die (think Cadillac!).

That leaves who's left -  Olympus will be acquired by Panasonic and continue the M4/3 product line competing against cell phone makers - possibly buying Red One and making it in the quality video market.  The two
future powerhouse companies - Fuji and Samsung - will each experience fantastic growth, but for different
reasons.  Fuji has the backing and the talent to do it right,  and Samsung has the financial backing to do it wrong.  Both have the money, the engineering design skills, the manufacturing capacity and  supposedly the
desire to succeed in the photo marketplace, but neither currently has the marketing or distribution chain to
support success.  Ricoh has the money and the talent to add to this list, but their program with Pentax casts a dark shadow on their corporate will to play.  But, as Fuji and Samsung  get their acts together and their product line expanded - watch out Canon.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: POLL: What's more important, gps or wifi?
« on: September 21, 2014, 11:18:02 AM »
Neither is important for photography.  Either could be important to someone, but as near as I can tell neither affects image quality.  Call me a Luddite, but the fewer electronic features, the less there is to go wrong.  Now
for a minimum featured FD mount DSLR......

I keep a couple of zip-lock bags in my shoulder bag.  They're easly to use, cheap and disposable.

EOS Bodies / Re: How excited are you about the new 7D II?
« on: September 16, 2014, 12:40:30 AM »
I'd like to think that Canon has a plan......but this announcement makes me wonder.  I'd personally rather buy
two 7DmkI bodies or even a 6D for the money.  Most of the new announced features are things I don't need and would never use - like anything GPS or video related.  Even the 70D is a better fit for me in general.  The new
lenses are also ho-hummers.  The 24-105 is "nice", but a discounted 25-105 L is "nicer" and not that much more.
The pancake is a big "so what" as an EF-S lens and the 400 at nearly 7 grand - might be good for pros with
expense accounts or folks with more money to spend of photo gear that I want to.  In general, I think Canon
pitched four balls and I'll walk.

I guess I'd have to admit I'm no expert when it comes to tripods - I bought my first one (and last one) over
40 years ago and still use it on a semi-regular basis.  Although Leitz quit selling the Tilt-all several years ago,
it is still available in the original design and a quite reasonable price.  It is made of high quality aircraft aluminum,
is not too heavy, has reliable legs and an infinitely adjustable head. 

The Zeiss 85mmf1.4 is an excellent lens for Canon users who aren't dependent upon auto-focus. 
If Canon could produce an EF lens and market it for between $1200-1500 (lower the better) if
would be hard to resist.  Meanwhile, Carl has been well used and appreciated.

EOS Bodies / Re: Are you planning to purchase a 7D2
« on: August 28, 2014, 12:53:04 AM »
Who knows?  If anything I'll wait until the thing is actually available and decided then.  Have noticed though that
Canon is pretty proud of it's cameras, and for me it had better be a price performer, not only against the current
7D but against some of the new Sony and Fuji offerings.  Crop sensor isn't a problem, but if it's priced mid-way
between the 6D and the 5DmkII, I'd have to consider either of those before jumping.  If Canon comes in at the
$1300-$1500 price point, a 70D starts looking pretty good, especially since the price of the 70D should fall a bit
with the new "advanced" 7DMkII.

Lenses / Re: Tanzania with minimal gear
« on: August 27, 2014, 01:35:09 AM »
I'd take a completely different tack since you emphasize "minimal" gear.  Suggest a Rebel T5i with the 70-200f4.0is,
(good image quality, light and rugged). Add a 40mm pancake and if you feel you need "back-up" add a Rebel T5.
This whole package is not much more than the 70-300 by itself and you won't feel terrible if it's "missing" during the trip.  Don't forget an ND filter, a polarizer, and extra batteries.  Have a great trip.

Lenses / Re: advice for new lens´╝čplease
« on: August 21, 2014, 01:40:40 PM »
Take your 35mm and your 135mm and have a nice trip.  Save your money for another trip, but if you
have to buy a new lens, get the 85mm f1.8 as a mid-point focal length.  Get a small, lightweight bag
that will just fit that combo and carry a good travel guide. 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon mirrorless: Status?
« on: August 18, 2014, 06:54:13 PM »
How about a mirrorless full frame camera stuck in an AE1 type body?  No autofocus, full manual controls and good
battery life.  Oh, wait - that's a Fuji XT1 in manual mode.

EOS Bodies / Re: Medium Format Announcement a \
« on: August 14, 2014, 12:32:27 PM »
I think there's a better chance of finding an honest politician than a Canon medium format offering.
Can they do it, sure.  Will they do it, why?

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