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Reviews / Re: Nikon D4s VS Canon 1Dx Comparison
« on: February 28, 2014, 04:44:24 PM »
this part's my favorite though:

the Canon 1Dx has a tendency to produce inaccurately focused images should the lock-on be wrongly positioned.

so what you're telling me is, if the operator focuses incorrectly, due to focussing on the wrong focus point, blame the camera for operator error??   ???

Welcome to the world of "it's not my fault" followed shortly by "who can I sue?"

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Announcement in Q2 of 2014 [CR1]
« on: February 27, 2014, 05:27:50 PM »
Here we go again

So you're saying this is the 7D Mark II rumor Mark II?   ;D

I'm cautiously optimistic--maybe they're targeting getting it out in time for the World Cup?

Canon General / Re: $4 Million Photograph
« on: February 27, 2014, 12:23:36 PM »
Please update this thread as NSFW or remove the wrecking ball photo.

Canon General / Re: Off Brand: Nikon Announces the D4S
« on: February 25, 2014, 12:01:14 PM »
All the talk about the Canon 1Dx vs the D4/s , and referring to one as "king" is just silly. These are cameras made for professionals that use their system of lenses. Talking about "Canon Camp" just sounds like geek fanboys with lots of disposable income that graduated from arguing over Marvel vs DC and Xbox vs Playstation.

You're right, it's silly to argue, because clearly Canon, Marvel and Playstation are the best.   ;D

Canon General / Re: $4 Million Photograph
« on: February 24, 2014, 05:37:36 PM »
I do think he's an unmistakable genius at what he does and that if you're not seeing it, the problem isn't with him.

So if some no name took this picture, you would recognize the "unmistakable genius" in it?  I don't believe that in the least.

Just recently there was some "famous" artist (sorry, don't remember the name) who's paintings sell for big bucks set up shop in central park and was selling his stuff for $50, and as I recall, only sold a single piece.  Without some art curator telling them it was so amazing and worth a fortune, no one cared.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Coming in March? [CR1]
« on: February 21, 2014, 05:31:16 PM »
canon cannot afford a loser

Another loser like...?

Photography Technique / Re: Perspective Distortion and How to Use it
« on: February 21, 2014, 12:16:26 PM »
Thanks a ton--awesome to see this with real world examples.  I've done similar things to try and teach the concept, but mine was so much more clinical and boring. 

I'm going to bookmark this thread so I can refer people here instead of trying to explain it myself.   8)

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Coming in March? [CR1]
« on: February 21, 2014, 12:07:24 PM »
Just to double check, he only said March, right?  So is that 2015, or 2016?

Canon General / Re: Canon lack of innovation
« on: February 19, 2014, 11:15:47 AM »
The rationale is that the 400/5.6 is still "current" despite the age of its design, where is your aging 28-70/2.8 has been updated...not once, but twice.

As for your scenario, we've already established that Canon is a for-profit company, and their concern is making profit and returning value to shareholders, not treating customers with compassion, unless that is absolutely required for them to make a profit (hint: it's not).

Actually, many companies have found that good customer service is a great way to make a profit.  Is it "required"?  Nope, but if you have crappy customer service, you better have a product that no one else can touch or you'll lose your customers.

And I guess I tend to agree, that a professional lens should probably always be a professional lens, regardless of whether there is a newer betterer version.  Like Agent Coleson said in Agents of SHIELD, "Many people confuse new and improved."   ;)

Of course, I'm not sure how this relates to being innovative and filing patents.   ???

Canon General / Canon lack of innovation
« on: February 17, 2014, 07:03:51 PM »
I keep reading on hear about Canon's lack of innovation.  Apparently not everyone agrees, as they landed at #3 in this article on "The world's most innovative companies":


Sports / Re: Cycling
« on: February 17, 2014, 06:34:31 PM »
What can I say?  It's February.  It's Minnesota.  It's fat tire racing!

EOS Bodies / Re: Anything to report from the Olympics?
« on: February 17, 2014, 02:26:53 PM »
Yes, I can report that the majority of the female athletes involved in curling are rather beautiful.... :)

You noticed that, too?  I'm inclined to change my sporting pursuits, and living here in Minnesota we actually have curling.   :D

I'd go with the 5D Mark III, because you're not going to be photographing much with a camera that doesn't exist.

Well as you might guess there will be a replacement on the 7D so that for i mentioned it as a 7D II, but it can also be a 8D...

Welcome to the forum!  If you hadn't gathered from the responses, there is a fair amount of burnout here from people asking about purchasing cameras that don't exist yet.  As there hasn't even been a solid CR2 on the 7DII, let alone any actual hands on experience, it is impossible to give recommendations for or against it.

The general rule of thumb around here is if you need/want to take pictures now, buy what you want now.  If you are waiting for some specific feature, it might make sense to wait, but if it's just waiting for something better, there will always be something better coming out and so you wait forever.

I can cite my own position on these two cameras, as that is something I'm weighing.  I currently have a 7D, and although I am less than thrilled with the IQ, it does what I need it to do for the time being.  I've been very tempted by the 5D3, but as I am almost exclusively a sports shooter, I'm waiting to see what the 7D2 brings to the table.  I would also like wifi in my next body (which is a strike against the 5D3), but that's not a deal breaker.  Should the 7D2 not have the high (and low!) iso quality that I'm looking for, along with wifi, I'll likely get a 5D3.  But in the meantime I can afford to wait because I'm not missing any particular photo opportunities with my current setup.

Hope this helps!

Photography Technique / Re: How (and Why) I Took the Shot #1: Overlook
« on: February 11, 2014, 04:15:34 PM »
This lack of intrinsic content is, I guess, what Arctic Photo was referring to. The photo means nothing by itself and the elaborate text looks like a futile exercise meant to draw attention. Any random shutter actuation can be embellished with touching words, but it doesn't turn any of them into interesting images.

You mean as opposed to this stunning $4.3 million dollar photo that has such intrinsic content?


Photography Technique / Re: How (and Why) I Took the Shot #1: Overlook
« on: February 11, 2014, 01:59:09 PM »

BTW, this series is being requested by a certain very large company in the industry, and so I will write them despite opinions on a message board.
So opinions on a message board only matter when they are positive?

Hmmm...opinions on a message board vs. relationship (and paycheck) from large industry player.  I'm with Dustin on this one. 

I very much appreciate Dustin's honesty and that he's not simply trying to push his name or portfolio.
I don't get your point?

Maybe I didn't get your point.  I understood you to be saying that he should use the opinions of this board on whether or not to write his column when his primary driver is something completely external and a whole lot more valuable than the opinion of random internet strangers.  And I disagree with that. 

The fact that he's listening to feedback here and willing to tweak his output to better meet our needs/desires is just a statement of his generosity, not a statement of the value of our feedback.

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