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Messages - missitnoonan

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I just can't see this right now in the US market, almost everyone I know owns a DSLR of some sort and I only know one person with a mirrorless system. Most of these people are parents with young children or grandparents who want the ability to track moving targets and eliminate shutter lag.  In the lower price bracket ($500ish) you're going to do much better with a DSLR for this than a mirrored camera. I just don't see how mirrorless is going to eat DSLR sales for this demographic.

I'm at the top end of cameras in my group (and these aren't people lacking in funds) and I'm shooting a 60d. The market for full frame is much smaller than for APSC, the number of people looking to shoot legacy manual focus lenses is miniscule in comparison to grandparents with their DSLR and kit lens, and I think everyone is just too quick to see an A7 and going running for the hills yelling DSLR sales are dying. It's still an expensive camera with expensive lenses. It's going to have little effect on most camera sales.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EF-S 10-22 $529 at B&H Photo
« on: November 21, 2013, 03:23:15 PM »
Currently at $550 on Amazon as well.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon announces waterproof, shockproof MILC
« on: September 19, 2013, 02:56:42 PM »
Cool that Nikon is thinking along these lines, but I imagine it'll be a pretty niche product (though, if I was interested and new to the 1 system, why not). Pretty bulky for most water sports, still can't change lenses on the beach (even harder than a normal DSLR, keeping an o ring clean is even trickier than keeping dust off a sensor), and depth limits are too restrictive for diving. So, snorkelers looking for better picture quality.

I'm still waiting for a nice compact housing and port system for a mirrorless camera that doesn't break the bank. And said mirrorless camera needs a good wideangle and macro lens, and a flash for triggering strobes. That'd make am happy diver out of me.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS 6D Body $1499 or $1589
« on: July 12, 2013, 01:36:23 PM »
Had a minor problem with BigValue when I recently bought the 18-55 for the EOS M. They shipped via USPS instead of FedEx, which is kind of pain for me (USPS holds packages for my building at the post office, it's slower, and their tracking stinks). I emailed them about it and discovered that their email support is really dense. And they don't exactly go out of their way to let you know things are broken apart kits or grey market (I knew it going in of course, the lens was half the retail price).

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Lenses / Re: EF-M 11-22 f/4-5.6 IS STM Not Coming to the USA
« on: July 12, 2013, 01:21:43 PM »
I do find it heartening for the system's future that some people have been getting the camera with the new 2.02 firmware already installed, that means they have at least been replenishing the supply of cameras somewhat recently.

The fact that I can't even get the Canon wriststrap in the US? Less heartening.

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Lenses / Re: EF-M 11-22 f/4-5.6 IS STM Not Coming to North America?
« on: July 12, 2013, 10:27:52 AM »
I'm somewhat surprised, it can't be all the hard to bring the lens to the US when they're already making it and marketing it elsewhere, but the EOS M just doesn't seem to be that popular a system in the US (and this is coming from someone who just bought in on the $299 deal).

I've never seen one out in public, and I see a lot of tourists with mirrorless systems on my daily commute on Boston's T. Maybe Canon is just going to drop mirrorless in the US and this deal was a final clear out

And hey, even if they did, I still like my M for $299 and will get good use out of it. I never intended to get much beyond the 22 and the 18-55, anything beyond that I'll just use my 60D.

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EOS-M / Re: Just got my EOS-M! First impressions...
« on: July 11, 2013, 09:40:07 AM »
I'm a big fan, the picture quality for the size with the 22mm attached is great and now I finally have something nice to carry when I don't want to lug my 60D around. I just got the 18-55 in from eBay yesterday. Seems nicely constructed on the outside and picture quality seems fine for the $120 I paid for it. I don't think I'll use it all that much (kind of pointless indoors without a flash, and I might as well use the 60D if I'm going to bother with external flash). But nice to have for the occasional trip when I want something light.

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Mine's on the truck for delivery this afternoon, looking forward to a new toy. My wife's more excited than I am, my 60D is a little big for her, this will probably become mostly her camera.

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Almost pulled the trigger on this, but I just can't buy the current mirrorless offering after seeing the 70D announcement. That sensor tech seems designed for mirrorless, just can't buy the last gen tech on this one. There's a reason they're selling them off for such a low price.

+1 There always is a reason.

In the end I couldn't resist though. Even if a next gen model comes out I can just buy a body or a different lens kit. At $300 it's not much more than the 22mm by itself, and I eventually wanted a mirrorless body anyway.

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Ah, wasn't going too, but $300 was just too tempting. How can you can wrong at that price. Having something that'll fit in a jacket pocket with an APS-C sensor is just too useful.

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Almost pulled the trigger on this, but I just can't buy the current mirrorless offering after seeing the 70D announcement. That sensor tech seems designed for mirrorless, just can't buy the last gen tech on this one. There's a reason they're selling them off for such a low price.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4... DOH!!!
« on: March 22, 2013, 09:54:52 AM »
Win8 + the $5 Start8 program is a winner. Recently built a new PC and purchased a system builder copy of Win8 Pro and it really couldn't have been easier (as an aside, the system builder version is for home builders, not professional builders, they'd get a volume discount copy).

Zero driver issues, awesome stability, I've really had no problems with it.

The Metro interface really is pretty terrible on a non touch system though, but get Start8 and you'll almost never have to deal with it.

LR4.3 runs great, though I did build a pretty beefy system so it should.

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On the AFMA thing, why does everyone assume it can be simply implemented via firmware in the 60d or Rebel models?  I assume it takes some processing power to implement on the fly and some storage to keep the values for each lens.  How do we know these cameras posses it?

My guess is they do, but not every Digic 5 has to be created equal, it may just be a general architecture.

I fall into the category of people that can't be bothered with it anyway, bought a 60d fully knowing it wasn't available and fully knowing I'd never take advantage of it. 

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And here I am having just replaced by T1i with. 60D because I found the T1i too small for comfort with anything but the kit lens (well, that was one reason). Kidding aside, my wife who has much smaller hands than I do and no desire to take the camera out of P mode would love the SL1.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Transition from Nikon to Canon
« on: February 22, 2013, 09:26:40 AM »
I just recently purchased a 60d as an upgrade from a T1i and am loving it.  The ergonomics are much better, the top LCDand controls are great and the viewfinder is much brighter. Add in the faster continuous shooting and deeper buffer and you've got a winner.

I definitely think there are some advantages to shooting e same system as friends / family. You can share gear easily and you have others you can ask for advice that will know your system.  Most of my family shoots Canon and it's great that I can just pick up one of their cameras and know where everything is, or can hand my camera off to someone to get a shot of me and know they can handle my camera.

That said this is a very slight consideration for me and would only sway me if I had no other reasons for choosing a camera.  Get what works and feels right for you.

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