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Lenses / Samyang 135mm f/2.0 Announced?
« on: January 12, 2015, 10:42:59 AM »
Fujirumors is saying today is announcement day for the Samyang 135mm f/2.0. Naturally, their interest is X-mount, but it appears it will be available for Canon & Nikon.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: B&H Photo Nows Carries Yongnuo Products
« on: January 09, 2015, 10:55:02 PM »
I'd LOVE to know how the margins compare between Canon and Yongnuo products!!


Canon General / Re: New Gear Resolutions for 2015
« on: January 09, 2015, 05:21:03 PM »
Watch and wait. My mind is already in the early stages of a full shift to Fujifilm. Fermentation continues. We'll see if Canon can do anything realistic in the mirrorless world this year.

EOS-M / Re: Why do I keep my Eos M?
« on: January 09, 2015, 05:09:36 PM »

As much a bargain as the technology was when the price tanked, I saw nothing but buyer's remorse in my future if I bought one. I could envision nothing the M would do for me. I've got a 5D3 and a Fuji X100S. The M didn't add anything of value for me. I recommended it to a lot of people; it was (may still be) the best bargain in the photographic equipment world, especially if you're already some invested in Canon.

I had sold my T2i and its EF-S 15-85mm. For a long time I listed my EF-S 60mm on CL, but it never moved. I could have put it on ebay and moved it, but something kept stopping me -- it's a lens I dearly love. Then I realized if I had an M and an adapter, I could use my 60 again. Looking at a lot of M images I decided the 18-55 zoom was very sharp so I picked up an M with that zoom.

Now when I'm doing documentary photography I can easily carry two small cameras and still be unobtrusive. The Fuji gives me a 35mm focal length, and the M with the 60mm gives me a near 100mm. The 5D3 rarely comes out unless I'm doing ultra-wide stuff or headhunting with the 135mm.

It's also nice to have a little extra reach -- the 70-200 on the M gets out to 300mm if I need it -- but it's hopeless without a tripod.


Sony is really scaring the bejeezus out of you folks, aren't they!!!

I hear they acquired a few acres in Iowa and plan to grow corn. Pretty scary.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: POLL: Do you need 1/8000s shutter speed?
« on: January 06, 2015, 08:14:06 PM »
I use it to impress women.  They really get it!!

Sadly, I'd have to agree.

It's near incomprehensible to me. I thought they had left this market segment behind. Looks like a hail mary pass that only went five yards.

And I am also troubled by the environmental irresponsibility of it.

another 5 stinking, unnecessary dwarf-sensored, crappy consumer digicams back from the year 2000. 

In 2015 companies should be prosecuted for manufacturing such useless crap ... for environmental reasons ... wasting valuable raw materials and producing special treatment waste impossible to recycle. :P

EOS Bodies / Re: Wait for it ... Revolutionary or Evolutionary in 2015
« on: January 05, 2015, 12:15:22 AM »
Yes, I agree.

Landscape / Re: Railway odds and ends...
« on: January 03, 2015, 03:25:46 PM »

Looks like the Coast Starlight in Socal. Nice.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Confirms Development of High Megapixel Camera
« on: December 30, 2014, 10:39:26 AM »
I haven't read through 19 pages of comments...

But I believe if this is the 5D4, a lot of people will be using the 5D3 for a lot of years to come.

Photography Technique / Re: Jane Bown, RIP
« on: December 21, 2014, 08:16:42 PM »

Unfortunately, I am constantly embarrassed by my absence of knowledge as I'm rather new to photography and don't have an arts background ... usually resulting in discussions like "What!?? You don't know [insert name of world famous photog here]?" :-o

Follow this great utube channel, and you'll soon be talking like an art critic...

Photography Technique / Re: Jane Bown, RIP
« on: December 21, 2014, 04:01:59 PM »
"But the light was good."

What a wonderful and perfect photographer's quote!!

Thanks for this. She was a gem.

Canon General / Re: How does one close/delete one's account ?
« on: December 21, 2014, 12:24:55 PM »
Just slip out the back, Jack, you make a new plan
Stan, don't need to be coy, Roy, just listen to me
Hop on the bus, Gus, don't need to discuss much
Just drop off the key, Lee, get yourself free

[Apologies to S&G]

Landscape / Re: Fall colours
« on: December 20, 2014, 04:22:47 PM »
Fall Closes Out

Winter begins tomorrow...

EOS Bodies / Re: All I Want For Christmas...
« on: December 15, 2014, 04:00:56 PM »
To the OP: Welcome to CR. Nothing personal, but I will not tolerate another person using the term "ecosystem" for an imaging system consisting of cameras and lenses. Your cameras, etc. are not living organisms.

To the folks who have nothing better to say than to suggest the OP is a "troll," try a little harder. He makes an excellent point regarding bodies and lenses. Frankly, from what I've seen, the Nikon D750 looks like the best general use DSLR being made today. If Nikon only had Canon's selection of high quality lenses, they'd have a thoroughly compelling imaging system. The D750 will probably be equaled (not bested) by a 5D4 whenever it shows up on Canon's slow boat to wherever.

And since I'm on a rant here, to those who think they somehow sound erudite by using the term "price point," stop it -- unless you're discussing a marketing plan or strategy. The price you're going to pay for an item is only a "price point" to the marketing organization. To you, the buyer, it's just the price.

As for what I want for Christmas.... For years I've been asking for a helicopter; Santa has failed for more than 20 years now. Maybe I'll have to eventually settle for one of the new camera-carrying, remote-controlled quad-copters. I suspect the FAA will quash that dream before it can happen.

So, anyone I haven't offended?

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