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EOS Bodies / Re: Smartphones Already Won -- Laforet
« on: February 27, 2015, 03:25:32 PM »
I like the way you think. Especially like the "highly integrated imaging systems."

I'm not sure Laforet took the idea far enough.

To me it's not a matter of whether in the future still cameras will sell in the kinds of volume they do today.

To me it's a fundamental question of how images are and will be distributed and consumed.  In short, what will images "mean" to those who look at them?  Where will they go to look?  What technologies will be offered in response to market demands?

With 1.8 BILLION images a day uploaded to the 'net what is the "purpose" of an image?   In the age of the "selfie" who will look?  What "need" will there be to pay for someone to monkey a camera when the art director in the back room can and does today! do a quicker, better job of it?

Whatever the answer(s), the still camera/imaging market will shrink.  Yet, as the advent of dry plate silver halide recording media failed to fully kill oil painting (pro or amateur), the cultural narcissism currently fueled by highly integrated imaging systems will not fully kill the desire or use for still cameras.

EOS Bodies / Re: Smartphones Already Won -- Laforet
« on: February 26, 2015, 05:35:45 PM »
The problem with stupid people, such as the writer of that blog, is that they only look at what is happening in the last few years and not at the whole history of photography. There have been a great number of "cell phone" type cameras for the masses that have come and gone, but high end cameras are still with us, and they are there because they have performance capabilities that the common cameras of the day do not.

You sure you want to call Vincent Laforet "stupid"?


Show me your Wikipedia entry.

Business of Photography/Videography / Re: SmugMug or Zenfolio?
« on: February 26, 2015, 11:44:03 AM »
Why do you ask?

EOS Bodies / Smartphones Already Won -- Laforet
« on: February 25, 2015, 11:27:53 AM »
"This is bold prediction, but it’s clear to me that over the next several years, the standalone still camera will disappear from the hands of everyone – with the exception of a few high end professionals."


Landscape / Re: Telephoto landscapes / seascapes
« on: February 23, 2015, 11:50:48 AM »
70-200 @ f/4.0
ISO 800
1/1600 sec
172mm (270 equiv)

Nice thing about this is it allowed me to take an apparent blizzard image without even going outside. I just opened the front door, stuck the lens barrel out and snapped...

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art Lens Next? [CR2]
« on: February 17, 2015, 04:05:41 PM »
My Canon 135 is the best lens I own. For me, there is no improvement that would be worth making a change.

If they produce an 85 Art while I'm still using Canon, I want one -- and have wanted one for almost two years now. But as Fuji, and their superior lenses, advances, Canon begins to fade for me.

Third Party Manufacturers / Sony Doing Glasses
« on: February 17, 2015, 12:54:46 PM »
Sony will go anywhere anyone else goes. Since Google has abandoned(?) the google glasses thing, Sony is getting in.


I suspect they're developing some bacon flavored products to compete with the fast food joints!

This appears to relate to what happened in (not to) the photographic equipment manufacturing. That's a far sight from what happened in the photographic industry.

Seems to me like suggesting the number of wooden toothpicks sold indicates the state of dental hygiene!

I see nothing but great things happening for and with people who are creating photographic images for whatever reasons. Times have never, ever been better.

EOS-M / Re: Poll: Would you have bought the M3? (North America)
« on: February 09, 2015, 12:57:39 PM »
In the DP Review poll, around 80% are not interested in buying it (3000 votes from their browsers).

Looks like we've got a long wait before Canon gets serious about mirrorless.

For my needs, Fuji is clearly besting anything Canon has to offer.

EOS-M / Re: Official: Canon EOS M3 and It's Not Coming To North America
« on: February 06, 2015, 12:02:04 AM »
Somebody at Canon NA has some real juice!!!

Well, as they say, Mr. Pook, you go to your church, and I'll go to mine.

EOS-M / Re: First Image of the Canon EOS M3
« on: February 03, 2015, 01:03:37 PM »
Where did you get the information that the second dial is exposure compensation? I did see some reference to that in a machine translation of the comments section on the webpage that contains the image of the M3...

Honestly, it came from my "little grey cells," as Poirot would say.

Subsequently, it's pretty clear in the picture here:


EOS-M / Re: First Image of the Canon EOS M3
« on: February 03, 2015, 12:04:46 PM »
The "grip" will accommodate a larger, higher capacity battery.

One top dial is a mode dial. The other is exposure comp -- de rigueur now for live view shooting in this type camera.

I like waffles.

EOS-M / Re: First Image of the Canon EOS M3
« on: February 03, 2015, 11:52:51 AM »
Having to pay $2-300.00 extra for something that is built-in on the Sony a7000, a Fuji X camera or an Olympus E-M10. Also NO EVF signal the the M-line is a non-serious Kitty-Kamera.

No judgement about the M (or any other camera at this point), but I do like that "Kitty-Kamera" descriptor. Very nice!

After over a year of use I'm still on the fence with the X100S... great images but the  painfully slow AF and inability to quickly shift AF spot is making me hate using this camera.

I don't get the slow AF complaints. I've had mine since last Spring, and AF speed is no issue -- it acquires and records as fast as I push the button in normal use. With difficult AF targets, it can get just as confused as my 5D3.

A word of advice to anyone considering this camera -- it is NOT a DSLR. If you expect it to act like one, you may be disappointed. This camera will not adapt to you -- be prepared to relearn a few things, especially if you never used range finder type cameras.

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