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Software & Accessories / Re: Anyone interested in a triggertrap?
« on: September 01, 2014, 10:58:11 PM »
I find it interesting, but I already have far too many gadgets

Software & Accessories / Re: Optimizing your monitor for print production...
« on: September 01, 2014, 07:56:25 PM »
Keith Cooper who sometimes posts here, and who has a web site called Northlight images has a lot of excellent information on color management.  Its free, its expert advice, start there!!

Lenses / Re: Recent L Price Reductions: Thoughts?
« on: September 01, 2014, 11:38:17 AM »
As noted, the US and the Canadian dollar is quite strong against the yen, so the price needed to be dropped to offset gray market sales.  Due to the stronger dollar, companies can purchase camera inventory overseas for less and sell it in the US at deep discounts and still pocked a lot of profit.

The British pound is strong against the yen, but any price changes will be decided by Canon Europe.  The same issue of gray market imports should force the price down.

Those $250 "M" cameras are a good example of the weaker yen plus poor sales.

Benro had some nice stuff too, and it is name brand.

Here is a review to help you.  I would also agree, this doesn't have to last a lifetime and I have several tripods that I use today for different things.  If you don't spend a ton, and get at least a few good years of satisfied use out of it, when you want and need to upgrade, it won't be a waste.


I have two $150 Benro ball heads that were a complete waste of money, pure junk.  They have been sitting in their original boxes for 7 years, used once.  I have two Benro CF tripods that are 7 years old now, and cost $450 each. The quality was reasonable, but not what I'd call $450 worth.   Parts are not nor were ever available as it turns out.  I could never recommend them.

I have a friend who is a D800E user who wanted to trade me for my 5D MK III.  I told him that he had fine equipment, he needed to spend more time using it.

I feel at home with virtually any camera after learning to use it.  Obviously, I like some more than others, but in the end, its just a tool, and different cameras have their strong and their weak points.

Photo forums sometimes degenerate into fanboys arguing about equipment when they could be helping each other with photography. 

Hi all,

I am looking to buy a carbon fiber tripod around and came across this tripod. There are many such products in ebay. Not sure if I can go for it or not. Any suggestions?

It looks a lot like this one:  $86 not $136.

You generally get what you pay for, but on ebay, you can pay a lot more.

Its a waste of good money, in my opinion.  A good ball head alone goes for at least $300 - and up.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5D 4 & 1DX II @ Photokina?
« on: August 31, 2014, 08:35:40 PM »
I believe that it was said that they would not be announced, but are expected in the first half of 2015.  They will each get their own announcement, so they will probably be months apart.

Lenses / Re: price chart
« on: August 31, 2014, 03:15:56 PM »
Prices usually drop starting around the first of September, and Canon likes to blow out inventory by the end of their FY (Dec 31).  So, depending on inventory and on sales, look for deals and be ready to pounce.  The super deals often last only 1 day.


Sometimes the deals last less than a day – just hours.

In addition to this site, is a great site for announcing deals. I've noticed that many of these deals seem to be announced after 11 PM or even after midnight Eastern time in the United States. If you think you want something, order it. Don't wait or it may be gone. If you change your mind in a few hours you may be able to cancel it before it ships or return it within the exchange period. This assumes you buy from reputable dealers such as Amazon, Adorama, or B&H. By the way, that short list of firms is not exhaustive nor should order imply anything.

And ... don't overlook calling and asking for a better price.  If you have done your homework and have a good idea of the lowest legitimate price from a Authorized Dealer, ask for a match from your favorite dealer.  This is a case where e-mails don't work as well as direct phone calls.  If they meet your price, then buy on the spot.

EOS Bodies / Re: Differences in color of lcd screens
« on: August 31, 2014, 03:11:10 PM »
...I just checked my 5D3 LCD against my calibrated monitor and it's dead on, or at least as close as my eyes can discern.

Mine 1D X, too.  I guess some people want to see problems where none exist.  I will say the Standard Picture Style is a bit saturated and contrasty, but selecting a Picture Style more appropriate for RAW shooting (Neutral or Faithful) takes care of that.

To be fair,  I believe that the LCD monitors are calibrated at the factory, so there could be a issue that others do not have.  Its been a issue with tablets as well, the quality of factory calibration is a variable.

DisplayMate sells calibration tools, but they are generally correct with their observations.

Lenses / Re: Refurbished Price Drops Also
« on: August 31, 2014, 03:03:20 PM »
I guess they had to drop prices on the refurbs.  The 24-70 f/4 was not selling, and many users who are spending a lot of money would step up to the f/2.8 model.  It is about the same quality as the 24-105L at a huge price differential.  They will drop to $7oo by Christmas.

PowerShot / Re: Review: G1 X MK2 by DPReview
« on: August 31, 2014, 02:59:24 PM »
that the sensor performance is reported to be the same or slightly worse than the G1X sensor is a bit disappointing of course.

It's the usual Canon Sensor story  :'(

Quote from DPReview:

"These examples (and our test scene on the coming pages) suggest that the RX100 II's sensor is so much better than the G1 X II's that it cancels-out much of the dynamic range and high ISO noise advantages that the G1 X II's larger sensor should bring...

Overall, though, the larger sensor in the Canon is much of the reason that the camera is so much less pocketable than the Sony, yet the full benefits of that additional sensor size are not realized: the Canon's image quality advantage isn't proportionate with its greater bulk."

All that is basically saying that for its size, the Sony sensor is very good, but it still does not match the larger Canon sensor.  So if almost as good means better to some, that's fine.  The small size of the RX100 to me was a deal breaker, its too small for my hands.  For others, its ideal.

Mirrorless is good enough for most shooting already.  Has been for a few years if you consider how well Fuji's X Pro and XE1 work.

True, that's why they are taking business from Point and Shoot sales and possibly from low end DSLR's.  So, it does depend on expectations. 

I don't consider them good enough or I'd have one.  I would not buy a Fuji or Sony, at least, not yet.  A camera for me is only part of a complete system, which includes hardware, software, and support.  All three need to be top notch for me to buy in.

Long term, DSLR is falling.

Long term, mirrorless is raising.

lol, based on your graph more like mirrorless sales are eternally flat, and dslr cycles.  Though at the rate mirrorless is "rising" perhaps it can overtake dslr by 2514.

DSLR sales are cycling down and at the rate DSLR sales are dropping, it won't be long before they drop under that of mirrorless.

The mirrorless sales aren't eternally flat but on the scale of the graph presented, a 10% drop from 1,000,000 will of course show up larger than a 10% rise from 100,000.

I certainly hope that mirrorless  continues to be developed and that sales rise, the basic idea has so many advantages if they can keep improving.  The disadvantages are still big enough to keep them from being high performance products, but those objections are being overcome at a rapid pace.  While many see size as the ultimate goal, I see mechanical reliability and simplicity as the big benefits.  Getting rid of mirror, sub mirror, AF sensor, exposure sensor. pentaprism, focus screen, and sensor cleaning have to mean a huge cost of ownership reduction, and a huge reduction in cost to manufacture.

The figure we do not see from CIPA is profit.  Sales quantities and dollar values are nice, but manufacturers will go where the profit is.  Profits from camera sales are dropping for all manufacturers.  Canon seems to be doing better than others, but poor sales means less $$ will be spent on new models. 

Not surprisingly, good marketing usually has more affect on sales than technical quality, and Canon has supurb marketing.  Profit comes from the most efficient manufacturing.  That's where Canon really shines.  They are very good at designing cameras to be churned out of their factories with lower manufacturing cost.  I don't know how they are doing on their goal of completely assembling products by robotics, but it is a stated goal.

Canon traditionally has been about producing a product that was good, maybe not the best, but something they could mass produce and sell for a few dollars less than the competition while making a bigger profit.  If they lose sight of this formula, they will be in trouble.  I think their lens products are a example of losing sight of their roots.  They produce superb lenses, but they cost too much for most ordinary photographers.  They need to rethink their strategy of trying to make the best of the best of mass produced lenses, and move to lower production costs.

A huge company like Canon is not nimble, and is slow to react to market changes.  They seem to study a market to death, and the market has moved on before they get a new product out.  They have the advantage of brand loyalty and manufacturing capability. but are slow.  They are pushing the cinema business, and its causing a slowdown in the still photography area.  New lenses are designed to make them better for video.  This means adding IS for wide focal lengths where its not needed for still photography, and IS makes a design complex, reduces reliability, and increases the price.  This is one area where DSLR video is increasing prices.

You can bet that the 7D MK II will have a big price, probably pushing $2K, and that it will cost $300 to produce.  If sales are poor, we'll see a price drop, but profits will still be high.  Imagine if it were mirrorless!  It might drop the cost to produce to $200, and still sell for the same price, or even more.  I'm sure this is not lost on the designers, but the Canon marketing people do not believe, and the billion dollars it takes to do it are not going to be doled out in one or two years.

EOS Bodies / Re: Differences in color of lcd screens
« on: August 31, 2014, 12:08:22 PM »
Hello All,

I have a 5D3 and a 6D...the 6D's back screen seems a lot warmer.

Of course the final images are just fine from both.

I know you shouldn't be counting on it for exact representation of the image, but it would be nice if they were a closer in color temp.

Has anyone ever heard of having your screens calibrated to eliminate the difference?


I've never considered calibrating my screen, I use the camera in so many different lighting situations that a single calibration under one type of lighting will look poor somewhere else.

While some DSLR's let you adjust color, most are good enough in the standard mode.  My Nikon D800 in daylight had a slight green tint that was noticible, but it was the least of the issues.

Reviews / Re: Consumer Reports: Canon G1X MK2 Best Ever
« on: August 31, 2014, 11:55:04 AM »
I have one, and I like it for general carry around use, as opposed to a DSLR with 24-105mm lens.  Its far too big to be pocketable, but small enough to be carried with a wrist strap.

Consumer reports slants their reviews towards a different type of user than those who post here.  Photo enthusiasts are a very diverse group, and are generally going to sacrifice all around utility for best performance. 

I feel that the camera is priced too high, but I sold my old G1 X MK I for 3X what it cost me new, so the difference to upgrade wasn't bad.

My wife just spent a week horse riding on the ocean beach, and was worried about taking a $800 camera on the horse.  I spotted a used Nikon s9700 on CL for $120 and bought it for her.  I played around with it, its fine for what I paid, but a huge step down in IQ and overall performance.  Noise is horrible at almost any setting above base ISO.  It survived the beach just fine, she is careful with her cameras, so I don't know if we will keep it or not.  It fits in her purse, so she likes that.  The GPS feature works well, in Lightroom I could zoom into a satellite view of the camp and see where each photo was taken.  I would not want her to use that feature to post online and let someone track her.  The camera has Wi-Fi, but she does not use it.  I thought the Wi-Fi on the G1 X was crippled, but when I tried the primitive Wi-Fi on the Nikon, Canon started looking very good.

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