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Software & Accessories / Re: How many cards?
« on: January 09, 2014, 09:08:54 PM »
I'm sitting here staring at a stack of CF and SD cards and thinking "why?".  Backup, availability of original shot,
easy filing, and so forth.  If you consider a 16 gig card holds 500 or so 30 meg shots it's so much cheaper than
film to just store them.  I back up on hard drives, but they go bad too.  By the way - that's also the reason that
I prefer multiple cards  over larger ones - I'd rather have 4  4-meg cards than one 16 meg. 

Lenses / Re: I'm done - I have all the lenses I need
« on: January 08, 2014, 01:09:01 AM »
Me too!  I've taken a little different tack - I got rid of a good portion of the lenses you mentioned and purchased
a 35mm summilux and a 75mm summilux to go with a new M.  My shoulders don't sag, I don't quit early and I can
carry my whole kit around my neck and in one pocket.  Oh yes, my pictures are sharper and photography is fun
again.  I have to think about what I want, move a whole lot more and enjoy the process.

Reviews / Re: Review - Canon 85mm f/1.8
« on: December 30, 2013, 08:53:11 PM »
My favorite 85mm lens of all time is the Zeiss Planar f1.4 used on a Contax RTS and I could never figure out why
Canon wouldn't build an f1.4 (other than to protect the f1.2 profit margin).  The 85f1.8 is however a real price
performer and a great lens for the price.  Now they'll probably screw it up with an IS version at twice the price
and "better" optics.  I find it indispensible at indoor performances and even on a crop body it works well for
grandchildren's recitals, indoor sports and birthday parties.  I've stopped lugging those back breaking zooms and
my travel kit is a 35/85 combination which has worked well all over the world.   

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon abandoned EOS M?
« on: December 25, 2013, 10:17:18 PM »
It takes a long time to paste eagle feathers on a turkey.

EOS Bodies / Re: Change from T3i to 70d, or invest in a new lens?
« on: December 25, 2013, 10:10:08 PM »
The 10-22 is an excellent addition to the two lenses you already have - particularly for the landscape opportunities that travel provides.  I would also buy a 50mm f1.8.  It's basically pocket change in today's
photographic market, but an excellent bargain on a quality lens.  (If you can double the money, the f1.4
is also a good choice).  The 50 will give you some extra light, but it, to my view more importantly, will also
force you to compose your pictures and "think image" much better than any zoom.  My next choice would
be the 85mm f1.8 - also a price performing excellent lens.  The last two have the added advantage of
working nicely with a full frame camera when you decide to "step up". 

Love the old prop planes of WWII.  Most of these from the Chino Ca. airshow in 2011.

EOS Bodies / Re: Thinking Out Loud: EOS 7D Mark II Thoughts
« on: December 15, 2013, 02:10:43 PM »
The famous industrial designer Charles Eames had a motto - "Innovate as a last resort".  I'm
delighted to see that this may well have become the mantra of the Canon design team.

EOS-M / Re: Eos M vs Fujifilm X100
« on: December 14, 2013, 12:19:09 PM »
Since you have a 6D (and presumably suitable accoutrements) I'd opt for the M - but only because it's part of
a "system" camera.  Standalone choice, X100 wins hands down, but the price difference also allows you to
get the EOS lens adapter so you can use your other "stuff".  Another key difference is video if it's important to

My mom's a great cook - it must be her stove.
My brother's a good writer - must be the typewriter.
My sister is a dancer - I blame the shoes.
Dad got a speeding ticket - must be the "fast" gas.
Little brother took a great picture - he's a photographer.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Any reason to choose a 7D over a 70D?
« on: December 04, 2013, 01:33:41 PM »
anymore the 7D is cheaper, sturdier and faster.  70D is new technology.  Both take good pictures.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Question sir , EOS-M or EOS SL-1
« on: December 04, 2013, 01:32:01 PM »
The SL1 is a marvelous "little" camera if you have small hands.  The EOS-M is still a turkey, even at close out
sales prices.  Pay your money, take your chances.

I wouldn't worry so much about the second body as a good quality wheeled camera case to lug all that stuff around.  Unless you're into body building, weight lifting or iron man racing, that load of gear can stress your
back.  However, I agree that two similar bodies are usually the best choice for back-up, accessory sharing, and
reducing one more variable in a multi-body shoot.  Since you have top of the line glass, I'd personally go with
a second 5DmkIII in this situation (budget being a minor consideration).

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: The Unthinkable: Swapped out 5D3 for 6D
« on: December 04, 2013, 12:47:00 PM »
I'll be waiting for the next post where you have sold the 6D with your L glass and bought into the Fuji X system.
Unless you concentrate on long telephotos, you may find that the X-Pro (or the shortly expected x-pro II) will
fulfill all your needs and expectations at about 1/3 the weight.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How to spend $3000 now or keep saving?
« on: December 04, 2013, 10:25:52 AM »
The optimum solution for "low light stage events" is the Leica M with the f0.95 noctilux - but you're only
$15,000 short if you plan to "keep saving".   I'd suggest you buy now and enjoy the show - a 70D with the
85mm f1.2 will consume your camera fund and give you one hell of a low light solution.  It's more about
the glass than the camera - and you can use the lens long after the camera body has bit it's technological

EOS-M / Re: The Next EOS M in 2014 [CR2]
« on: December 03, 2013, 02:07:14 PM »
I was disappointed in the projected specs of the "new" M2. My wife is delighted, she's already spending the
money I was going to save for the "new and improved" Canon M.  Maybe version 3 will have some appeal.

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