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Opinions?
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.

All I (in the OP) did was ask if it costs something and if perhaps it is wasted on some people?  I also expressed doubt that it could literally cost nothing.  I went on to indicate that I felt photography is expensive enough without having to buy video whether you want it or not. 

Nothing against video.  I just think maybe (or maybe not!) having one good model with little or no video could possibly permit Canon to offer a unit with very good stills capability at a lower price point.  If Canon can make an "astrophysics" version, and apparently Leica can make a B&W only version, then surely a stills-only (or stills and very basic video only) version is not such an odd-duck? 

Even if the true marginal cost of video is/were really almost negilgible, there is a percieved value, so maybe that provides a marketing opportunity.  Maybe they could avoid undercutting their other product lines with a cheaper stills-only body by using the justification/rationalization/distinction that the price is cheaper because it was stripped of video/audio capability.  Or perhaps I am over-analyzing this.

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Sorry but it is hard to accept that the video capability is free.   Whether it is hardware of software or (probably) both, they market it as a selling point, so it must cost something.

Again, nothing against video, particularly simple video, but one shouldn't have to be rich to get into photography in a DSLR.

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The answer is obvious.  You need to either disguise yourself as a bikini-clad girl to get in closer

Now that would get me locked away ...... or I would have to have an all over waxing and shave the beard off :-[ :-[ :-[
Do let us know if/when you decide to do it, though; it would make a great photo-op!

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Site Information / Re: canonrumors and nikonrumors
« on: May 12, 2012, 12:33:28 AM »
Perhaps both sites ARE owned by the same company.  Watch for gradually more and more anonymous postings on both sites, all advocating for a pay-per-view cage match or something.  Bokeh Games?

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I know the 70-300L is newer and with better optics and IS system. I have the older 70-300 IS (non-L) and the 300mm IQ is pretty bad. The other option for me is the 70-200 F/4 IS, but after spending a week in San Diego, 200mm on the beach just may not cut it.

I couldn't even get real close shots of bikini-clad women. Sorry if this offends anyone. I've seen sample shots of the 100-400 and they are very good. Same with the 70-300L. What I always hear is from 200mm to 300mm is not THAT noticeable. But from 200mm to 400mm is significantly longer, of course. What to do?
The answer is obvious.  You need to either disguise yourself as a bikini-clad girl to get in closer, or you need to construct some sort of "girl blind" to conceal yourself in. 
Or, perhaps you could actually MEET a girl and then you could have her permission to photograph her. :-*

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Mirrorless Sooner than Expected? [CR1]
« on: May 12, 2012, 12:17:23 AM »
I guess, but ugh.  Electronic viewfinder?  Bad battery life?  And when you combine the mirrorless 10 or 12 fps with the new fashion for ultramega-megapixels you just have a huge storage issue.

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Well, the price increases must be due to something.  The "yen to dollars" thing so often quoted is no excuse either, because Nikon is equally (or if anything more) purely Japanese as Canon, and they seem just a bit cheaper as I see it.  But of course they don't really compete directly in the ordinary sense of the word, because their lenses are not interchangable.  You must pick one system and you buy into it with lenses.  Heavily.  Once you are in, it is very difficult and expensive to change trains.  Perhaps then it is the lack of robust competition. 

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I suspect that adding video to dslrs adds very little to the overall cost of the unit other than adding a mic/headphone jack and what it costs to develope the internal software to process the video. Capturing video off the sensor is basically a matter of software with almost no additional hardware costs.

Maybe, I don't know.  If so, Canon, Nikon, Sony, et al certainly don't point that out in their promotional materials.  Kind of the opposite, actually..... :)

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Opinions?
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.

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Well, now I hesitate to mention the party I threw to commemorate the event, but I will reconsider in a few days when the strippers finally go home.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Issues with Black Rapid?
« on: May 08, 2012, 10:06:56 PM »
Luma Labs Cinch - LOLOMFG, this thing is sweet :)

Pure genius the way you can pull a tab and hug the camera and lens into your kindney area, so it's really tight to the body and doesn't wobble and then pull the same tab the other direction and you have enough slack to pull it up and shoot BR style.

This strap is the Mercedes of straps I've tried so far, way WAY WAY higher quality materials than the BR RS-7 or the C-Loop guys split strap.

Buy the one for sale above, you will not be disappointed :)

Excellent product...

ET

I agree.  I got my Luma Loop Cinch Strap a few weeks ago and I love it.  The lens cannot twirl around because it mounts on 2 points instead of 1.  And the Cinch-up and Cinch-out feature is genius.  I tighten it up short under my arm/kind of around my back to carry it so it does not swing around at all.  Not only is the strap too short to swing, but the 2 attachment points make it lie flat on you, not twirling around on 1 attachment point.  Then you can loosen it instantly to shoot.  It works especially great for heavier longer lenses like my 70-200 2.8.

Now, I don't sprint or leap too much while also shooting, nor do I do a great deal of quick-draws from a holster, but then I am maybe a bit too old now I have kids for that kind of thing anyway!  I do keep up with my kids at soccer and in museums/aviaries/parks/b-day parties, which is all i was needing. :)

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Software & Accessories / Re: Manfrotto Monopod
« on: May 08, 2012, 09:54:38 PM »
It is the heads that have the relatively wimpy max weight loads.  Getting a monopod that can handle 17 or 26 or more pounds is really no big deal.  Getting a head to do more than 5.5 pounds or so is a fairly expensive upgrade.

One could always buy the flat monopod only and rotate the camera inside the tripod foot on the lens, as long as you don't switch between portrait and landscape orientation constantly. 

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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.


http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2010/07/lenses-dont-collect-the-whole-set

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I hear that when you work your way all the way to the top over on Nikon Rumors, after you pass their top camera, it just changes to "any Canon."   8)

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Does anyone here use a c-loop?
« on: May 07, 2012, 09:27:12 PM »
I bought a shoulder strap from Luma Loop.  It is their "Cinch Strap".  It too hangs the camera upside-down but it connects at 2 points so the camera cannot "twirl" around like it does hanging from just 1 point.  It is forced to lie flat against your side or back.  The other part I like about it is the "Cinch" feature; you tug the little leather grasp and the strap gets short for snug carrying with no swinging.  Tug it again and it lengthens for shooting. 

I really like it.  http://luma-labs.com/products/cinch

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