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Messages - Don Haines

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Wedding Photography / Re: Bride: Extreme Closeup
« on: January 16, 2015, 02:08:52 PM »
That is a shot to be proud of.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony closing down?
« on: January 16, 2015, 10:55:24 AM »
Sony has already stopped making laptops....

They announced today that they are closing all their retail outlets (The Sony Store) in Canada.

This is "interesting" behavior and does not make me confident about their future. It looks a lot more like a company that is shutting down than a "market leader"

Target leaving Canada, to close all 133 stores, lay off 17,600 workers. From todays Los Angeles Times  http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-target-leaving-canada-20150115-story.html

Maybe Canada is a bad place for brick-and-mortar stores. Could it be possible that Amazon, etc are killing local business even faster in Canada than in the USA ???

It's not hard for me to envision a future with no local retail, except Big Box stores (Costco, Sam's Club) and Online Super Stores (like Amazon). A place without B&H and Adorama, because the camera companies sell direct to consumers online.

Target has been a lame duck in Canada since they arrive. They failed to properly understand the nature of our retail market here and subsequent course corrections unfortunately were too little too late.

I think bricks and mortar will become the exception rather than the norm (in many market segments) eventually. How many of us have gone to check out something at a B+M location only to pop on over to B+H or Adorama or Amazon and buy it from there? I have and I am sure most of you have too.
And yet the opposite is also true.  A few times I have found my self go to Amazon check a price then go to Adorama and B+H.  After comparing price difference be tax and no tax check I would check availability at my local Best Buy.  Some times it is the same as Amazon some times it is less. Given Amazon now collects state taxes there is no reason not to drive to Best Buy to pick it up after work. 

The big issue with Big Box stores selling electronics is the nature of electronics retail.  In general most electronics are highly commoditized rapidly depreciating product.  Especially true of consumer electronics. The margins are slim and you have to move product fast or soon your value will be higher average street price.   Before the internet Big Box retailers could keep prices up longer(holding margins).  Now the internet retailers will undercut them.  With the internet you can sell to a wider group of customers.  You have lower overhead so you can sustain lower margins.  Becoming known as a retailer of out of date over priced electronics is a death sentence.  I remember going to the Circuit City when it was going out of business.  I needed a TV I found the TV I wanted it was marked down 75% it was still $150 more than Best Buy and $250 more than Frys electronics. 

As for Sony shutting down there retail outlets.  That has been expected for a while now.  They have been killed in TV, Cell phones, and nobody but Apple is making money on computers.  Do they really need all that money tied up in retail locations if they stop selling computers, and TVs.  They are scrubbing there audio products of money losing products.

Sony owning a retail outlet was a conflict of interest.  If they cut the price to move products as needed in consumer electronics they would undercut retailers selling their product.  So they kept things priced at MSRP.  Nobody is going to pay MSRP if they do not have to.   So the Sony stores could not move product.
exactly!

It looks like they are taking a logical look at the business and restructuring. Brick and mortar seems to be closing down.. Laptops are gone. Tablets are being promoted. Cameras are being promoted.

My bet is that in a few years Sony will be a much smaller company, but better focused. It will be interesting to see what stays and what goes.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Camera ownership on Flickr: 2013-2014
« on: January 16, 2015, 10:49:38 AM »
Survey taking is both an art and a science. It is very hard to frame questions properly to avoid bias, and it is very hard to mine an existing pile of randomly collected data for trends.

To have any significance, this survey would have to somehow only look at pictures taken from cameras bought in 2014.... and at that, it would only have significance as a representation of flicker users.... not the general public.

I have no way of verifying this, but my suspicion is that a disproportionately large number of advanced users will both be shooting with a DSLR and that those users will be editing with software like photoshop or lightroom and stripping out the EXIF data.... this would result in an under reporting of "fancy" cameras and a large "unknown" group. This factor alone destroys the accuracy of this survey.


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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony closing down?
« on: January 15, 2015, 04:15:48 PM »
I have always liked their laptops. I have bought dozens of them at work and never had a failure. I bought one of the "flip" laptops for home and love it....

Now they have left the laptop market "because the world is moving to tablets". They are closing down the retail stores... It looks a lot like a huge restructuring over several years. It is hard to say what will stay and what will go, but it would certainly make me nervous.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Sony closing down?
« on: January 15, 2015, 03:07:37 PM »
Sony has already stopped making laptops....

They announced today that they are closing all their retail outlets (The Sony Store) in Canada.

This is "interesting" behavior and does not make me confident about their future. It looks a lot more like a company that is shutting down than a "market leader"

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EOS Bodies / Re: Camera ownership on Flickr: 2013-2014
« on: January 15, 2015, 06:20:57 AM »
Wow!

So much wrong on the survey! No idea what the methodology is.... Is it counting by pictures or by owners, what about multiples, why is only 42.1 % of the cameras in the " big 5 ", how many were undetermined, what is the margin of error, what  is the sample size, what is the accuracy? 

You can't say anything significant from the results, so why bother reading conclusions from it?

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It's been said a hundred times just what additional value Canon gives through reliability and the robustness of their products.

Talk about innovation is cheap when you can't do it with those basic, fundamental characteristics.
+1

As someone who spent last weekend wandering around outside with an operating Canon camera and the temperature in the -teens C, I value robustness and reliability above all else. Who cares what the DR is on a frozen camera :)
I was out the other morning for awhile with my D750 and had no issues in -teens C weather (4 degrees Fahrenheit), DR seemed to be working quite well under such chilly conditions.
interesting...

my friend had a D750 with him and the LCD was starting to freeze. BTW, have you tried the Tamron 150-600? He has one and raves about how great it is on a Nikon body....and we now know that lens works well in the cold :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: A New xxD DSLR Coming From Canon [CR1]
« on: January 14, 2015, 08:12:44 AM »
That new thing we've seen in the promos has got Rebel Ergonomics and key mapping written all over it...

...and the suggestion of an intermediate camera maybe suggests to me that this is where Canon may introduce their Hybrid-VF or EVF EF body! Maybe we'll see some of the exciting features we were hearing rumours of when people were getting excited about the 7D II's potential ;)

It seems most people who have one are now excited about the 7DII's reality . . .

Oh, please.  The 7DII doesn't have WiFi, a touchscreen, or make coffee.   That makes it about as useless as my 1D X.   ;)
Do you honestly expect that a well sealed camera is going to make coffee? Coffee grounds stuck on the rubber would ruin the seals....

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By time spent using it, definitely the 7D2. By number of pictures taken, not a chance. I have a time lapse running at work (verification process) and so far it is at about 220,000 frames and will have another 80,000 on it by the time it finishes.... so by number of pictures taken, it's GoPro all the way :)


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It's been said a hundred times just what additional value Canon gives through reliability and the robustness of their products.

Talk about innovation is cheap when you can't do it with those basic, fundamental characteristics.
+1

As someone who spent last weekend wandering around outside with an operating Canon camera and the temperature in the -teens C, I value robustness and reliability above all else. Who cares what the DR is on a frozen camera :)

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So since I have filed no patents, I must be insanely innovative....

You probably thought the above was a joke, but there is a very innovative company that has this strategy: Tesla and SpaceX :). Elon Musk have had said why they embraced this strategy - mainly because patents are worthless when it comes to protection from other countries.
It is not a joke. It is poking fun at those people who, no matter what is said, take it as either proof that cannon is not innovative.... or the others who take the exact same proof as Canon is innovative. It is a classic example of cognitive dissonance. Those who believe what they believe will believe it no matter what proof or information counters their opinion.

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let's see if I have this right....

If Canon files a lot of patents, they are not innovative....

So since I have filed no patents, I must be insanely innovative....

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I just got my kid an office-grade desktop (SSD, i7, 32GB RAM) and Windows 8.1 takes a LOT of getting used to; it's frustrating because I can set up a Win7 box so an XP user can find everything in 20 minutes.

Agreed, but the key word there is office grade.  Windows still dominates the work place, and will most likely continue to do so.  So unless Microsoft gives up on the new interface style, or decides to maintain two styles, one for personal/tablets and one for professional use, you're going to have to learn it sooner or later.
Microsoft is getting ready to roll out Windows 10 later on this year... reviews from Beta testers are quite favorable... If you can wait a few months, I would...

P.S. I have windows 8.1 on my laptop. The day Windows 10 comes out is the day it gets wiped and a new OS put in place. My plan is to install a new OS on a new HD.

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Nice pictures. Love your attitude....

BTW, I carry a small waterproof P/S as well on canoe trips...you can keep on shooting in the most torrential of downpours.....


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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 11, 2015, 11:04:51 PM »
Snowy.... cropped a bit....

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