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I had the G1X which I thought would replace my DLux 2.  It didn't.  Then I tried a Fuji X20 and was pleased, but
not so much as to get rid of the DLux.  Then I replaced them both with a DLux 5 and I don't think I'll bother with
the G1Xii.  The only way I'll consider it is if someone decides to hack off the lens and replace it with a FD mount.

Lenses / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X II Thoughts from CP+
« on: February 14, 2014, 10:21:01 AM »
The G1X-II looks to me to be a collossal waste of time and money for Canon development.  If they had wanted to
hit a home run, they should have used M lenses, priced it at $499.00 and pushed it as a new mirrorless system.
Now they just have two turkeys on their hands and will have a hard time selling either.

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon EF 24-85 f/3.5-5.6 IS
« on: February 10, 2014, 03:45:08 PM »
Canon had a 24-85 kit lens that it sold with the ill fated IX-APS series.  It was a good - or a terrible - lens depending upon which physical lens you got and the variety was an insult to quality control techniques.
Then came the 28-105 with the A2/A2E series and later the 28-135IS.  Ignoring the "L" lenses, Canon has
tried this range again and again (don't forget the terrible 28-90 throw-aways that came with film Rebels).
Maybe this time they'll get the lens right - but I'll bet the price will be wrong.

Software & Accessories / Re: Comfortable strap?
« on: January 23, 2014, 12:44:53 AM »
Sure they make them - and any good camera store will probably stock them.  Try Orange county (CA.) OC Camera which has several dozen patterns to chose from.  Try google for "colorful camera strap" and you'll be
deluged with responses.

Software & Accessories / Re: First accessory after first DSLR kit
« on: January 23, 2014, 12:39:02 AM »
Probably depends a great deal upon what was in your "kit".  Assuming your purchase was the body, "kit" lens,
charger, battery, software, instruction book and a sturdy box, I would recommend
1.  a memory card - which almost never is included in your "kit".  You'll need it just to get started.
2.  a second battery - yours will always run short just when you need it.
3.  a bag - whichever one you get will be wrong and you'll eventually have to replace it, and replace it and so on.  So get one big enough to hold your stuff, maybe an additional lens and/or flash with a good shoulder strap.
4.  a uv filter for each lens - for protection and it's easier to replace than the lens itself.
5.  a lens cleaning kit - especially if you have children.  Make sure it includes a blower/brush.
6.  a book about your camera - since most of the instruction manuals are terrible.  Then read it.
7. a subscription to a photo magazine to help give you ideas and technique advice
8.  flowers or a box of candy for your spouse to apologize in advance for continuously sticking the camera in his/her face.

Now go take "pictures".

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.

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