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1.)  Assuming that a manufacturer wanted to make them work, and was not hoping instead to sell 2x as many lenses (or to make a smaller body), is there any reason a mirrorless camera body couldn't use everyone's nice, expensive, existing "L" glass?  I mean, is there any basic mechanical/operational difference necessary for a mirrorless lens vs. a traditional lens? 

2.)  If there is no difference, do you think Canon will nevertheless choose to make new mirrorless bodies incompatible with EF lenses?

Maybe it is just me, but it seems like the spammers are plaguing CR a little more lately than before. 

You notice them when they make the Homepage as a forum headline.  I guess that is because so many people are reporting the spam, that the spam post is, for a while, one of the most talked about posts on the site?

And what spammer in their right mind would think they can drum up business for their unrelated garbage on a photo site?  Especially when it just ticks everyone off?

Canon General / Canon stock (CAJ) repeatedly hitting 52-week lows
« on: May 25, 2012, 12:10:49 AM »
I was going to buy a few thousand bucks worth of Canon stock in my retirement portfolio, just to make it interesting to follow Canon's status.  Maybe "let them buy me a new Canon" or whatever.  Unfortunately, Canon stock (CAJ) is continually triggering news alerts in my browser for having hit a "new 52-week low".  I know that cameras are only a part of their business, but they seem to be in a bit of trouble.  Plus, their PE ratio is still high compared to others in their industry, even after the recent drops.
Anyone have insight as to how much of this losing is due to the camera end of Canon vs. copiers, printers, etc.?  I do know that Nikon has been losing money for years, and of course Sony has too, though they are so big that cameras are only a tiny part of Sony.

Animal Kingdom / Mr Cardinal feeds Mrs Cardinal in my yard
« on: May 18, 2012, 01:16:07 AM »
Comments and suggestions welcome; love photography and trying to always improve.

FINALLY got Mr and Mrs Cardinal together.  Learned to use MANUAL focus, which was good because it was early morning low light...Had to use fast shutter because they fidget a lot, and that plus shade and morning light required a f/2.8 aperature. 

Any and all critiques welcome!  I was just so excited to catch the two together after a MONTH of trying!

Is all the expensive, ever-more sophisticated video capability jacking up the price of DSLR's?  Is super-serious video/audio capability wasted on most purchasers of DSLR's? 
Should they come out with at least a couple models of stills-only DLSR's that would cost less for people who don't shoot any "serious" video?  If I buy a pair of snow skis, they don't force me to buy a set of golf clubs at the same time.  If the camera body I'd like costs $3,500, but $1,200 of it is just the video capability I won't use, I'd just as soon pass on that munti-functionality.

This is a fantastically helpful and informative post from the funny (in a photography-sort-of-way) guys at Lens Rentals.  It is pretty short but surprisingly comprehensive advice on lens and equipment selections for the new photographer.

I currently have 98 posts and this is my 99th.  I want to see if my rating of PowerShot G12 changes when I hit 100.

The "Lens Gallery" is one the really neat features on this site.  Like living next to B&H in New York or something, so you can (sort of) try out almost any lens out there.

It would really be a huge improvement if there was only one posting for each lens, which is kind of what you'd think it is, until you get in there and see all the dupes.  It is up to 6 or 7 pages now, but only because there are half a dozen postings for every lens.

Easy for me to say, though, as I wouldn't be the one having to sort them out.   :-X

Canon General / Frequency/Patterns for Rebates? (or for Promo Codes)
« on: March 30, 2012, 08:05:27 PM »
Does anyone have a feel for how Canon generally runs its rebates?  THere are a batch expiring on the 1st, but I suspect this will not be the last we see of rebates, right?  When would we expect them to return?  When they release all these new lenses they are talking about this year?  For Christmas?

Also, are there ANY promo codes actually working right now for lenses? Either retail or direct from Canon??


I have been reading up on 50mm primes.  Obviously Canon has about 4 current offerings, but then you see Zeiss has two.  Manual focus of course, and apparently made out of the same stuff as Wolverine's claws if you believe their user comments, but a lot more than the Canon lenses. 

User comments talk a lot about how the colors are extra saturated, etc... 

Is there anything to this?  Is it anything you could not achieve with mainstream glass and a decent lens hood? 

One of the two Zeiss 50's is not entirely out of my price range, if there was a real reason.  It would do poirtrait duty on my crop frame, at least until I might ever go FF.  Maynbe I could will the thing to my grandkids or whatever.

Lenses / Craigslist lenses: Anything to watch for?
« on: March 23, 2012, 01:18:43 AM »
I want a lens and I wonder if anyone has any advice/cautions in using Craigslist???   What to avoid?  What to seek out? 

I have seen this reported pairing of this new lens with the new T4i body.  No speculation at all about this new kit lens, though.  Does anyone care to guess if this lens might be anything worth remarking on?  Could this be a "sleeper" announcement buried within the announcement of the new body?  Not "L" glass, of course,  and in fact it would be marketed as a "kit" lens, but...  Could it be a noteworthy lens nevertheless?

Lenses / 1.4x Teleconverter; the right choice?
« on: March 10, 2012, 11:26:41 PM »
I have a crop-frame Canon (T3i) and only 2 lenses; the lovely EF-S 17-55 f2.8, and an EF-S 55-250 which I lucked into as a give-away after said lens was the only surviving piece of equipment after a friend's camera bag got swiped.

Obviously I already have a native 1.6x distance multiplier due to the camera body.

My question is, would the 1.4x TC be a good purchase?  Primarily, I'd think it'd be used to extend the 55-250.  It is already magnified x 1.6 to essentially a 400mm telephoto.  But if I add in a 1.4 TC, would I be able to get acceptable bird shots losing IQ and a stop or two? 

I guess a TC could also give my 17-55 a wee bit of extra reach, but, hmmm.

Note:  I am not terribly serious about the long distance shooting, so I kind of hate to buy an expensive telephoto.  On the other hand, I hate to buy even the teleconverter if it is going to be unacceptably bad results.

Thanks all.

I was about to order a 2-sided collapsable reflector (Lastolite or one of the cheaper knock-offs), and I notice there are basically 2 ways to go.  Silver and Gold, or else White + either silver or gold.  Sometimes they combine silver and gold on the same panel, and call it "sunlight" or "sunshine" or whatever.

1.)  Anyway, I was thinking silver might be a little hard for the models (my unpaid little kindergarteners) to stare into, so they might be less willing to sit and behave w/o squinting.  That made me think about the white panels.

Does the white really reflect enough light to be worth the effort?  And if so, would you have to hold the white panel really close to the subject?

2.)  The Gold seems a little brassy, and thus potentially too weird in some normal portraits.  Would the silver/gold mixes be better?  The "sunlight" or "sunflare" or whatever they call them?

A basic question, but I'd appreciate any and all insights.  Thanks!

This was posted on TheDigitalPicture.  Which is irritating because I just paid $59.00 for it elsewhere.

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