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EOS Bodies / Re: Plan B
« on: August 14, 2014, 12:29:56 PM »
Plan B - buy more Fuji fast glass and a second Fuji body.

Reviews / Re: NIKON Releasing a Medium format DSLR 50MP
« on: August 03, 2014, 12:34:35 PM »
Face it, either Nikon or Canon (or Fuji or Samsung) could build a medium format system if the marketing case could be made for a profitable venture.  Technology is advancing at a rate that a 4x6 or 6x6 or 6x7 sensor is not only possible but potentially "affordable".  These sensors could easily reach 75, 100 or 150 megapixels at the same
density of current "full frame" sensors.   Then again, could anything larger than the current 24x36 sensor be
considered "medium format"?  The Leica S is not "standard" sized, I'm not sure about the Pentax 645 or the
various backs for Mamiya, Contax and Hasselblad, but it would appear that any "medium format" standards are
at best in question.  But no matter, the camera design and build is the easy part - what about the family of lenses?
And when that is done, even in a timely fashion, will it be significantly better than the then available full frame
offerings.  Any camera company executive looking at today's marketplace would have a tough decision to move
forward on a completely new system - medium format or not.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Printer for Posters
« on: July 27, 2014, 02:42:42 PM »
Seems each of the big 3 photo printer makers have similar 17", 24", 36-42", and 60-64" models, all similarly
priced.  Once you get to 24" however, it becomes much more a problem of software than hardware.  Check for
postscript compatibility, what, if any RIP is included or will you have to buy Postershop or something similar to
fully utilize the printer.  Software can cost more than the hardware, so be careful.  You can buy a lot of prints
for the 5 grand, so unless you plan to sell your work to help finance  the next ones, investing the time, learning curve, and space for a large format printer may not be the best decision.

I'd recommend the Pixma Pro 100 - easily within your budget, whatever it is.  This printer produces excellent
13X19 prints, has an eight cartridge head for wider color gamut and is no more expensive at the ink level than
any of the others.  Canon will soon replace this printer - so it's on closeout at almost every store.  Canon has
also run promotions, buy a camera, get a printer type stuff, regularly for the last year.  Look at Craigslist under
"canon large format" and you'll find several for $150 or less - usually in the original still sealed package with the
UPC removed for rebate purposes.  I've bought several - the last one an Adorama deal for $34.00 after rebate, including a $40 package of 13X19 glossy photo paper.

Lenses / Re: 3 week trip to Finland & Germany, what lenses to take?
« on: July 27, 2014, 01:00:21 AM »
Another vote for just the 24/105 and 50 combination.  Very few attractions in Europe that would require
longer focal lengths unless you're just too tired to move in (or out).  It's a vacation, not a photo assignment,
so place a premium on portability and weight.

Lenses / Re: Help me to decide: 35 vs 50mm
« on: July 27, 2014, 12:56:04 AM »
Either one is perfectly fine for street shooting.  I'd decide based on what I'd want next after I realize how much
I liked the prime lens.  I've traveled the world with two lenses, a 35mm and an 85mm and never regretted not
having something else.  If you're a little more "stand back", consider the 50mm and 135mm combo.  Remember
that for a long time the 50mm lens was shipped with the camera as the "standard" lens and not without reason.

Lenses / Re: Selling my two Zeiss lenses. Your advice?
« on: July 26, 2014, 04:28:31 PM »
Seems pretty straight-forward - if you won't use them replace them.  You're dealing with two of the finest lens
designs for 35mm, but the best lens in the world is useless if you don't use it.  If you need to sell them to finance
the next lens, do it.  Just don't feel bad when you later remember how good it was and wished you'd kept them.

EOS-M / Re: Next official EF-M Lens
« on: July 15, 2014, 12:55:37 PM »
To build a "family" of lenses, you need to have a base of bodies to support them.  With the latest telephoto,
I would guess that Canon is done with M lenses. 

EOS-M / Re: How Much Would You Pay...
« on: July 15, 2014, 12:50:32 PM »
No internal viewfinder, no deal - regardless of the other specs (or the price).  I considered getting one to use with
FD lenses, but there are so many other options with more features it was a non-starter.  If Canon wants to play
in the mirrorless market, and I'm not sure it does, it had better come up with something to surpass the Fuji, Sony
and m4/3 offerings.  It would appear that Canon feels it's growth direction is video, and it may be.  Video features don't mean all that much to me, but for a "you tube" oriented growth market, high quality video is certainly an
entry point to the market.  Canon did a poor job of market research for the M, and it's best bet now would be to
cut it's losses and perhaps try something different next time.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: London Walkaround
« on: July 06, 2014, 01:20:41 AM »
london is a close-up city, so for a travel kit with the sl-1, I'd take the new 10-22 and the 40 pancake.  It would
almost fit in my jacket pocket.  If I thought I would be mostly indoors, I ditch the 40 and take whichever 50 I
could afford. 

Landscape / Re: What is your review?
« on: July 03, 2014, 02:06:10 PM »
focus, tighter crop

Software & Accessories / Re: Inconspicuous Messenger Bag
« on: June 20, 2014, 06:54:06 PM »
Here is an inconspicuous bag as is available, with the additional advantages of being readily available, inexpensive, easy to replace and no need for a shoulder strap.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Speculation [CR1]
« on: June 18, 2014, 06:57:28 PM »
The more you know about photography, the less equipment you need.

Canon General / Re: Gear for 9 days trip to Utah National Parks
« on: June 10, 2014, 02:21:09 PM »
Unless you're planning to open a used camera shop in the park, I can't see a good reason to take all that "stuff".
The reason most people go there is to see the truly stunning landscapes as you are unlikely to encounter any large indigenous mammals (excluding souvenir stand operators) so I would eliminate long telephotos - not only because they shouldn't prove to be that useful, but they are heavy.  You'll underestimate the effect of the climate, and I'm  willing to bet you're not in marathon shape so,  BE CAREFUL.  The less you have to carry the better.
Most of those rocks don't move, and if they are you're not going to want to be taking photos, so the high frame
rate of the Idx doesn't help much.  I'd narrow the load to the 5Diii, the 7D, a 16-35 and a 24-105.  You can
add the fisheye if your "artistic" sense requires it.  The M pretty much duplicates the coverage of the other two,
but it is small enough to carry without too much penalty.  A light, but sturdy, tripod and several canteens would
fill out my case.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Interested in Hasselblad?
« on: May 31, 2014, 10:05:56 AM »
Canon doesnt need any innovation at all, just marketing. They can llsensors with technology from 200x and be market leader with them.

Their bosses will get nice boni, and share holders nice divident. Developpement and innovation are a waste of money :)

A relatively well known designer from another field, Charles Eames, had a maxim that he followed,  "Innovate as
a last resort".

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