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Site Information / Re: Missing Persons -- Brian??
« on: September 18, 2012, 02:33:30 PM »

Thanks, Scales. I appreciate that.

Good to think he's okay!

Lenses / Re: Were EF-S lenses a bad idea?
« on: September 18, 2012, 02:22:32 PM »
The OP's underlying assumption is wrong. And as for Canon regretting or not regretting, I don't give a damn, my dear.

I believe it is wrong to presume the APS-C is some sort of transitional stage sensor -- either for Canon or for photographers. There are folks who live happily in the APS-C world and are never going to FF. Many, many others use both FF and APS-C and find both useful. Currently, the 7D is the flagship of the APS-C world, and it's serving Canon and photographers very well. This is why I've forecasted that a 7D2 will be a stunner when it's released -- and it will firmly cement the APS-C in the Canon lineup.

With the possible exception of the 135L, I'll put my EF-S 15-85 up against most any lens. I have a 70-200L and a 100-400L and neither can outdo the EF-S 15-85.

Oh, and the APS-H is never coming back!

I have to echo the support for the 5D3 that many responses have elucidated. As a photography tool, the 5D3 appears to me the perfect response to what photographers asked for in response to the 5D2 shortcomings. As someone else has said, it's pretty nearly as perfect a DSLR as there is today, and it can effectively handle just about anything. It is the ideal camera for what I do. My nit is the price -- they priced it for people in business, and I'm not going to ever pay that price. I missed the Adorama sale last weekend, but it's apparent now the camera can be sold for $2750, and I'll buy one at that price. That will surely happen before the year is over.

So, I guess I disagree with the OP's premise. No camera company division leader would ever need to step down with a 5D3 on his resume. He's probably getting a big bonus. Now, this 6D, that's a different story; looks like a bonehead move to me. We all make mistakes.

Software & Accessories / Re: GPS, does anyone really use this???
« on: September 18, 2012, 01:42:46 PM »

After reading this, I can account for some legitimate GPS uses. I've often asked the same question.

What I cannot account for is Canon asking me to pay for another non-photography gizmo that I do not want, do not need. As long as it's an offboard accessory, it does not affect me. Those few people with specialized needs can buy the accessory and use it all day long without affecting me.

But now they've asked me to subsidize their GPS needs, and that's not fair. And you'll have a hard time convincing me that enough people want/need GPS that it's a legitimate product enhancement in my photography tool.

This is one reason I am saying the 6D is not a camera designed for photographers. As Canon says in their product literature:

"...the EOS 6d is truly the Full-Frame DSLR camera for everyone."

I believe it's aimed squarely at the social media crowd who want everyone to see the lovely oatmeal they had for breakfast -- and see it right now! "Wow, they look like steel cut oats!"

This trend will no doubt continue, and I don't like it. I have accepted video, which allowed them to raise the price of my photographic tool because a lot of would be film makers are willing to pay for it. That and the legitimate needs of photojournalism, which is headed toward a video world and away from stills generally. But now I'm having to pay for GPS, WIFI, etc. What's next, a Facebook button, texting, having a phone call on my camera interrupt my composition?

Sorry, I'm sure this is more than you want to know. But I do have an excellent GPS unit. It has nothing to do with my camera, and I enjoy what it does for me. But I don't want to pay so others can have it in my camera! Let them buy the accessory and subsidize Canon that way.

Site Information / Missing Persons -- Brian??
« on: September 17, 2012, 11:16:49 PM »

Briansquibb was doing 10 posts a day until last month. He seems to have dropped off the earth.

Anyone have any idea why or if he's okay?

I enjoyed his posts and the banter. Miss having him around now.


If Blockwell says it, then it's true!

Blockwell also advises people who think this is trolling to go spend an evening at a comedy club. Work on that sense of humor thing.

Nice job!

EOS Bodies / Re: Who really is the target demographic for the 6D?
« on: September 17, 2012, 07:47:58 PM »

I don't know who it's for, but I sure know who it is NOT  for.

This was not designed to appeal to photographers. This is for people who want to take a few pictures once in a while.

And the ultra-dark capable AF is because once buyers realize what the have they will only use it at night when there is not as much chance of being embarrassed.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon Announces the Canon EOS 6D DSLR
« on: September 17, 2012, 05:36:54 PM »

A question is neither correct nor incorrect. It is a question. You seem to suggest in a flippant response that you believe the answer to be yes.

And this is perhaps the first time I've seen someone refer to prime numbers as "trivia."

Is this their first digital SLR that doesn't use a prime number?

Your're correct - if there's nothing positive to say about a Canon release, let's resort to trivia :->

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon Announces the Canon EOS 6D DSLR
« on: September 17, 2012, 05:17:06 PM »

Is this their first digital SLR that doesn't use a prime number?

Software & Accessories / Re: Google Buys Nik Software
« on: September 17, 2012, 02:51:09 PM »
Anyone think a preemptive petition is in order? Maybe if Google sees some early groundswell in support of the plugins they will be less tempted to axe them.


I'm sure Big G will get a big laugh out of that!

EOS Bodies / Re: Describe the 6D in one word...
« on: September 17, 2012, 12:22:49 PM »

I'm somewhere between arrogant and feckless.

Arrogant: We're the big dog, and you'll take what we give you!

Feckless: What are we going to do about this aging 5D2 in our lineup? Let's throw this cheapie at it and see what happens.

This is not a camera for photographers. It's a camera for people.

Someone at Canon has put his career on the line to bet on the young, social media generation having a lot of discretionary income and willing to carry a DSLR around to show up their iPhone buddies.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: The 5D Mark II: Happy 4th Birthday!
« on: September 17, 2012, 11:34:02 AM »
the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, quite possibly the most important and successful DSLR Canon or anyone else has ever released. We already know it changed the video world forever, but it also changed the still photography world.

On its face, that sounds like grand hyperbole. I think the reality is that it's pretty accurate. The 5D2 seems to have established digital photography in a way no other tool ever has. I think historians may well say it was the foundational product for a whole new world of imaging.

Congratulations to the Canon team that made this happen!

EOS Bodies / Re: Describe the 6D in one word...
« on: September 16, 2012, 11:13:04 PM »

Several words come to mind.

However, I'm biting my tongue until I read a Canon press release.

Let them have their say; then I'll have mine.

Lenses / Re: What should I go for now?
« on: September 16, 2012, 01:49:23 PM »

No "arsenal" is complete without a powerful handgun. I suggest a .44 magnum.

Than you can successfully shoot yourself for going into wedding photography when you realize what an impossible nightmare it is.

Geez, journalism is bad enough. Do you have a real issue with masochism?

Get yourself an MBA. Become a slithery banker and steal enough money to hire people to take pictures of anything you point at.

EOS Bodies / Re: Adorama is Taking Pre-Orders for EOS 6D
« on: September 16, 2012, 01:40:50 PM »

Was your "agent" driving a Good Humor truck or a Mister Softee truck?

They both come through my neighborhood so I want to know which one to "pre" order my 6D from.

Adorama just sent me a confirmation email for a pre-order of the EOS 6D. The link to the camera does not yet work. But, the description in the invoice says:
ICA6D    Canon EOS-6D Digital SLR Camera Body, 20.2 Megapixels, Full Frame CMOS Sensor    $2099.00
I got wait listed by sending the request to my last Adorama sales agent.

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