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Canon General / Re: Canon to Buy Video Surveillance Leader Axis for $2.8b
« on: February 12, 2015, 02:59:55 AM »
I'm not a business person, so I'm going to give an emotional reaction rather than a monetary one(cue Neuro's condescending comments.)
I think this is lame. I like photography, not video surveillance. In fact, I hate the direction the world is headed, more and more surveillance, spying, drones, the patriot act, lack of privacy, etc.
A company like Axis is the exact kind of company that I would never invest my money in, no matter how much money was to be made. I don't  buy stock in oil companies, private security firms, drone manufacturers, or things like this.
I'm sure many disagree with me, but for me this a huge reason to think that Canon is not about photography, or any sort of positive creativity, but rather just about making money in any way possible. I know this is fairly obvious in retrospect, but for me, if given the choice, I'd prefer to support a different camera manufacturer, who wasn't investing billions of dollars diminishing my privacy.
While I may buy Canon products in the future, this is not the sort of thing that will encourage me stay loyal to their brand.

EOS Bodies / Re: Big Announcements Coming Next Week [CR3]
« on: January 27, 2015, 01:04:33 AM »
is the m3 going to be sold in the US? if not, I will definitely not be purchasing it as it seems like a bad sign for the system as a whole.
If it isn't released in the US, I'd see it as a stop gap to continue the M line until they decide to make a more viable FF/APS-C mirrorless system in the future.

EOS-M / Re: Why do I keep my Eos M?
« on: January 20, 2015, 10:57:27 AM »
why do I keep my eos-m?
I bought It for 300 bucks with the 22mm lens. I liked it enough, but it wasn't amazing, and gets destroyed by my a7 with 35mm 2.8 lens in low light situations(there is no comparison at all.)
My wife loves the small form factor(it fits in her purse nicely) the HDR(which performs better than my a7,) and the touch screen(it's easier to use on an occasional basis than the a7.)
We bought the 11-22 on amazon.cn(I was living in china) on a daily deal for about 375 bucks and I love that lens, especially it's small size and excellent image quality and IS.
The 22mm and 11-22mm are two excellent lenses. I ponder selling the M sometimes and buying the wide angle option for the a7, but my wife really enjoys using it, and it's nice to throw in my wife's purse when I'm too lazy to take out my backpack with the a7 in it.
We're currently traveling for about 4 months in Asia and I always bring out the M in the daytime with the 11-22 on it, using it whenever I want wide angle shots(quite often.) I let my wife carry the M and I carry the a7. We are both very happy. At night if my wife wants to shoot, she uses the 22mm f2.
I never use the M at night, the noise is really bad compared to my a7, but in the daytime in good light. the two cameras' photographs are basically indistinguishable.
I have considered buying the 55-200 but the AF is simply too slow to capture birds or many things I would want more reach for. Additionally, I refuse to put any more money in to the M system until Canon shows a little more commitment and releases some new bodies, and the available lenses in the US.
I'm a little troubled by their lack of interest in the M system and wish they would make a body with a viewfinder, a pop up flash and a real AF system.

Post Processing / Re: Backup to Blu-ray
« on: January 02, 2015, 11:54:30 AM »
I'm a big music fan and archived a bunch of concerts(maybe 500cds) on the highest quality cd's I could buy(at a reasonable price, maybe $30 for a 50pack) about ten years ago...sony
I made double copies and kept the second copies in jewel cases in a box in a cool, dry closet. I never played them, or touched them.
ten years later, almost half of them have lost their sony paint on the top side and are now basically clear, and totally unplayable. I'm super pissed.
don't believe that cd's, dvd's or blu ray will last 100 years. that is 100% BS.
I now have triple backups of everything on different external hard drives in different locations(one at home, one at my mom's house, etc)

I'm a big music fan and archived a bunch of concerts on the highest quality cd's I could buy about ten years ago...sony
I made double copies and kept the second copies in jewel cases in a box in a cool, dry closet. I never played them, or touched them.
ten years later, almost half of them have lost their sony paint on the top side and are now basically clear, and totally unplayable.
don't believe that cd's, dvd's or blu ray will last 100 years. that is 100% BS.
I now have triple backups of everything on different portable hard drives.

this is actually a decent shot but worth that much money?  :o

I don't know any other of his work, but I find this to be an excellent picture, and he had the good sense to put a meaning it other than "I happened to shoot this the other day" :-)

As for the money, obviously(?) high-priced art isn't about private people spending millions for their personal pleasure, but for social status ("Look, I like good art! And I can afford it!") and future investment.

If want "wtf!?", I just read about this being the second most expensive picture ever. I'm really lost for words, probably because I'm German and for this domestic river a lot of associated images pop up in my mind - but this isn't one of them :-o

Look at that picture. What do you see? A river in a postindustrial landscape. Very straight, very rectangular. That river is the rhine. The famous rhine, about which so many songs have been sung, about which a whole lot of the german cultural identity is grouped. Think about Loreley and so on. The rhine is a german myth. But what has it become nowadays? Look at the picture. This is the rhine nowadays. This is our culture, our society, our landscape nowadays.

No you now understand what Gursky had in his mind when creating this picture? (Of course it is heavily edited/photoshopped to emphasize his message)

wow, that was beautiful. I don't think most American's(like myself) have thought of that perspective on this photo.
On the Lik, I would definitely say "good on him." What's the harm if he gets 6 million for a photo he took/manipulated/whatever? If anyone offered any of us that price for a photo or anything we made, we would gladly take it. I don't see how this could be bad for the photography industry at all and we should give a little respect for a guy who is achieving such immense success.

EOS Bodies / Re: what is the body you want to see canon release next ?
« on: November 06, 2014, 04:48:11 AM »
A real low light monster.  What if there was a 12 MP pixel FF optimized for low light.
There is. It's called the Sony a7S.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark 2 Preorders "sound off"
« on: October 16, 2014, 11:36:20 PM »
did you cancel your preorder from beach camera? if not, i would just keep it and then cancel in the future if/when you are able to get a camera in hand from another store.
i don't understand how 1 day shipping is "super slow." it is what it is, 1 day. if you cannot wait the one day for shipping then you should absolutely go to NYC on the release day and buy it in person....

Lenses / Re: Travel gear thoughts...
« on: October 15, 2014, 01:48:24 AM »
it all depends on how/where you're traveling. if you're in a car in america, i'd say just bring everything. if you're backpacking in europe i would say to bring what you are comfortable carrying. personally, I might leave the long zoom unless I was doing birding and bring a fast prime. these days i'm using my a7 with a manual focus voigtlander 35mm and i have the eos m with the 11-22 and 35mm lenses for my wife.

Canon General / Re: seeimpossible.usa.canon.com?
« on: October 11, 2014, 08:50:14 PM »
does anyone care about the actual outcome of this marketing campaign by Canon?
what actually happened? any excitement?
sorry, i'm in china, and the page won't load here in my office.
sonyalpharumors at least reported on the outcome, but canonrumors, nothing?
it was just a video about their video capabilities? what was the teaser actually for?

Neuro, is this really you on the sonyalpharumors comments section?
"Neuraoanatomist • 12 hours ago
canon video has nothing to do with the panic attack video you idiots.. you retarded bloggers have no clue at all.
nowhere canon says it has anything to do with the panik attack video."

forget the 7DII, this is true for most anything now. if you genuinely criticize something you are blacklisted, thus today, it is nearly impossible to find anything critical online. Read reviews for any new cameras, outside of the comments section, they are pretty much cut/paste jobs with a few superlatives and mild opinions tossed in.
It's pretty sad actually and makes the world a less interesting place.

PowerShot / Re: New PowerShot Digital Compact Camera Under Development
« on: September 23, 2014, 02:04:39 AM »
"Canon is developing a new premium digital compact camera that combines the merits of both large image sensor and high-magnification optical zoom lens in response to the demands from users looking for high quality high zoom performance."
How is this even announcement worthy? Isn't this what they say about every new powershot or superzoom camera anyway? Isn't this pretty much the equivalent of Canon just saying
"Next year we will make another new camera"
Besides, even if I did choose to care about this announcement, the best thing I could realistically hope for is the RX10, which has already been around for about a year.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Looking Into a New Mount System
« on: September 23, 2014, 01:54:23 AM »
It seems like a lot of the CR regulars are choosing to ignore this thread.
Only 3 pages about a possible new mount?@!
This is crazy news. Didn't Canon just create the M mount? Why would we need a m43 focused mount when they just made the EOS-M system?
Is this just purposeful misinformation? The only reason I could see the need for any new mount is if the M mount can absolutely not take FF and they need to want to make smaller lenses and bodies which accommodate FF(or hopefully larger(not holding my breath)) sensors.

Perhaps a sign of confidence that Canon will issue a camera body that maximizes the resolving power of these kinds of optics?
this is the first thing i thought of... 46mp anyone?

Pricewatch Deals / Re: The Illumination Experience With Shane Hurlbut
« on: September 16, 2014, 11:03:24 PM »
Quite frankly I think there are enough ads in the site as it is. I just find this a complete turn off. Doesn't show a great lack of respect for members. Way to drag down a really good site.
I don't think this site has more ads than any other websites, and I respect the site operators need to make a living from their hard work. While I am not interested in this ad/opportunity, the moment it took me to scan through it and figure out I didn't care wasn't a big deal. I'd just like to say thanks again to the admin for all persistence and dedication to keeping us up to date on everything happening in the Canon ecosystem. This is one of my favorite sites on the net and I visit it multiple times a day from my home and office in China! I hope that this ad helps them to keep the site going and allows them to continue providing us with excellent content.
Thanks again admin!

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