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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Rumor: Nikon Digital FM2 - Retro look
« on: November 02, 2013, 08:34:01 PM »
I can't remember ever waking up in the morning and thinking "Gee, what a nice day to go shoot a video",
but do enjoy the morning walks with a still camera looking for a new perspective or a simply wonderful
sight.  My canon lenses are like old friends and have been carefully selected for tasks that I enjoy.  I don't
need all the "bells and whistles" of the current cameras - not a selection of 21 "scenes", video capability,
or whatever.  I'd really like a camera body where canon disables all the "stuff" they think users want, and only
give me good, fast autofocus and low light performance.  Course, if they're going to take out 75% of the
"function", they probably could lower the price by 50% and we'd all be happy.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: I hate to say you told me so, but...
« on: November 02, 2013, 08:21:50 PM »
I would rather imagine that Canon could do whatever it wants to, assuming some marketing geek can make a
financial case for it and some insider is willing to champion it.  If I were running Canon I'd be much more concerned about the bottom falling out of the point and shoot market as cell phones get better and better
photo functions.  The Rebel SL1 isn't that much bigger than the Olympus or Panasonic top end m43 offerings,
with access to a much fuller line of lenses - some of which anyone who looked to buy the SL1 would probably
already have.  I'd be much more concerned about the rumored new full frame, basic photography oriented
Nikon DF as having the potential to impact my high end product lines than any smaller format ILC offering.
It's reasonable to assume that within five years only Canon, Sony, Panasonic and Fuji will be making serious
cameras anyway.

Lenses / Re: Advice on dream African photo safari
« on: October 11, 2013, 09:06:45 PM »
"I may buy or rent a second body" --  then consider taking the second body as a 7D (or the follow-on if it's even
available enough before your trip to get familiar with it -- and adding a 400MM f4.0 with the 1.4 extender as
a lens alternative.  With the crop body you can get the reach you may need without breaking the bank and you
don't have to worry about image quality.  Also, the smaller, lighter body can alternatively be used as a video
camera with spectacular results.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: I don't understand
« on: October 11, 2013, 12:35:01 PM »
surapon posted
Yes that 42 inches X  65 Inches Poster , that wide as my  8 years old ,42 Inches HP. Designjet 800  Plotter that can print. No I still do not have enough Pixel 21.5 of my old Canon 5D MK II for looking good  poster, at the 5-8 feet away from the photo/ poster.

You need to look hard at Photoshop with the Genuine Fractals plug-in.  We routinely print 60X120 posters that
look fine from four feet away.  Starting with a 12 or 18mpix image and using the plug in is plenty!  Take a look
at the postershop rip for your machine and you'll find "it ain't the camera"!

OK - $4000 for a for an all manual 50mm f1.4 lens.  Adorama shows a summicron f2.0 for $7350, an old summilux f1.4 for $3995, and the noctilux f0.95 for 10,995 (all manual).  The Canon cinema 50mm lens is $4700. 
Guess if you want to play with the big boys, you have to step up to the plate!

OK, it's done.  It doesn't matter how much time it took, how much it cost or what the motivation was.  Ive is a
very respected designer and Leica is very much a boutique brand.  I'm sure reflections of this motif will show up
in future Leica products and Leicaphiles - or Leicaphobes - will snap them up.  There aren't too many other examples of camera companies coming up with "leading edge" designs and most cameras look like most cameras.
It might be an ergonomic problem - after all, if you put a car design in a wind tunnel to minimize drag, the logo
on the front doesn't make a whole lot of difference. 

An earlier post said they thought this will sell for a quarter mil,  Southeby's estimates $500-750K.  I'm betting some Saudi prince, Russian tycoon or Chinese industrialist pays over a mil and we'll never hear of it again.

Whatever you're comfortable with - the choice is basically how you want to control your images.  If you already have a desktop to pair with the air it's a viable solution since you'll probably do the real work on the desktop.  If
you expect the machine to be "all purpose", get the Macbook Pro - max out the memory, get the largest hard drive
and a bluetooth mouse and you'll be ready.  If necessary, add an external drive for space and/or a large monitor
so you can see what you're doing.  Then have fun!

Software & Accessories / Re: good shoulder bag?
« on: October 10, 2013, 08:45:51 PM »
I'm surprised that no one recommended the Domke F2 - a great back than can hold more "stuff" than I can either
carry or afford.  Great shoulder strap - particularly with the optional pad, enough pockets to "organize" the cords,
chargers, etc. that come along and not too expensive.  Mine's getting a little shabby from being dragged around,
but it's still a keeper.  I also like the Naneu Pro Tango bag - with it's web cross shoulder strap it's a little easier on
long days because the weight is distributed.  Holds whatever and also a small laptop/tablet with good protection.

Probably because it wouldn't sell. 
Ricoh has had a wonderful camera on the market for the last several years where you buy the "body"
and a "lens/sensor" combination that is interchangeable.  Ever seen one?  That's why!

Lenses / Re: Is it worth to try to use Canon FD Lenses with EOS system ?
« on: September 25, 2013, 12:20:08 PM »
If the picture you posted are the FD lenses you have, then I'd answer no.  If you have the FD longer L lenses,
then the answer may be "yes".  The macro suggestions are valid, but it's tough to beat the 100 EF macro.

Lenses / Re: Transitioning to Primes
« on: September 25, 2013, 12:15:20 PM »
After years of humping large SLRs, motor drives and big zoom lenses, I now travel with a 35mm, an 85mm
and don't feel I miss a thing. 

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Choosing the right tripod
« on: September 21, 2013, 08:37:47 PM »
Any tripod that will support the weight is fine - and various manufacturers make dozens of models that are
adequate.  I'd recommend the Leitz Tilt-all - mine's 40+ years old and works like a champ.  It's a little heavier
and a lot cheaper that some of the high tech carbon/graphite models available today. 

Software & Accessories / Re: Bag to carry body attached to 500mm
« on: September 07, 2013, 02:07:18 PM »
check out the ThinkTank  lens transit or some such name.

The On One photo suite - especially the latest version of genuine fractals.  Nik and Topaz round out the
suite, but there are tons of others.  Try the adobe website for affiliated vendors for photoshop and
enjoy shopping.,

EOS Bodies / Re: More Medium Format Talk
« on: September 03, 2013, 09:44:38 AM »
You can get a Pentax 645D with lens for about $10K, a Hasselblad starts at about $15K, the Leica at $30K.
None of the above systems are huge sellers, and the whole digital MF market is probably less dollar volume
than Canon will make with the 5DIII.  Why bother?

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