« on: February 15, 2014, 05:54:02 AM »
Not responding to any one post...
On the G1X II: without a viewfinder, it's a toy camera to me. I'm fine with EVF or optical, as long as it's a good view and I can hold the camera properly. I'll probably not look at this line again unless the viewfinder is integrated, rather than an add-on.
I do use a smaller powershot occasionally, when my 5D III is too much to carry. The right fixed-lens higher quality camera WOULD be tempting.
On the low ISO topic - my default ISO is 400. In the rare cases where I have the light, stability, and slow-moving subject to go lower, I will. Much more often, I'm pushing the ISO up to keep the shutter speed within reason. A bald eagle hunting on a winter morning just isn't going to stop and let me shoot at 1/8 second.
As a result, lower noise at ISO 3200 would be worth a lot more to me than amazing image quality at ISO 100.
The best way for Canon, Sigma, or some other third party to get my money right now would be a big sharp telephoto that doesn't cost a fortune. I know there's a lot of expensive glass (or fluorite) in the big lenses, but the jump from say a 300mm F4 for under $1400 to a 600mm F4 for over $12000 is pretty daunting.
Telephoto isn't the only thing I do, by the way. It's just that from 24mm to 200mm I'm happy with the equipment I have. I'm much more limited by my skill and creativity than by the hardware until I get to the longer focal lengths.
One question: am I right in perceiving that mirrorless is more about the buzzword than about function? I know that mirrors can be noisy, slow, and bulky. Still, I get the feeling that a large group of people have just decided that it's what they want, regardless of whether they will get better photos for the size or price.