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Macro / Re: Denizens of the Forest Floor
« on: November 05, 2013, 06:55:56 AM »
Always something different on this log :)

Landscape / Re: Flowers
« on: November 04, 2013, 02:43:29 PM »

EOS Bodies / Re: Why are DSLRs so Big?
« on: November 04, 2013, 11:47:51 AM »
I wouldn't want to go smaller than the 5D series body, and even that with even a 100mm lens I find difficult to control balance handheld. It is worse with something like a 180mm macro lens.

I prefer the 1 series ergonomics (size and eye relief) much more. Too bad they are so expensive. I think the Canon 5D series camera guts installed in a 1D form factor, and priced comparable to a 5D + grip would sell reasonably well. Not sure on the battery style, but the bigger batteries in the 1D series wouldn't hurt. I'd still buy one with the standard 5 series battery.

I haven't checked out an M series camera, but it just seems silly in principle except when used with smaller lenses.

Landscape / Re: Fall Leaves
« on: November 04, 2013, 11:06:43 AM »

Cool. Thanks for clarifying.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-1 Announcement Q2 2014? [CR1]
« on: November 01, 2013, 11:39:01 AM »
Do I hear a bunch of miffed 1DX owners?


Yes the 6D links to the devices directly. For this purpose you have to set up, lets say, a private Wi-Fi network between the phone and the camera.

I have tried this in the past with a demo thermal imager and an Android phone.

It didn't work unless the imager and phone were paired on an established WiFi network. The two devices could not communicate directly even though each device was visible to the other. I didn't have a tethering/hot spot feature on my phone (well, really on the monthly bill), so I couldn't test that.

On the other hand, the imager could link directly to an iPad without going through an established WiFi network.

For this I find the 6D to be quite fun. Pair it with the iPhone and push it on to the net while on the move

Unfortunately, Canon chose not to provide such features on the 5DIII. I haven't really given serious thought to selling the 5DIII to get a 6D.

Can the 6D link to Android devices directly, or will they link through an existing WiFi network only?

EOS Bodies / Re: Wait for the Canon 5D Mark IV or get the Mark III?
« on: November 01, 2013, 07:17:09 AM »
While introducing new problems that'll leave you withing for either the 5d5 or 1dx2 :-p

Well, duh.

I hope the 1DX III or 1DXs II is out by then.


Two quick comments:
1.  While 90% of the time I believe you are correct and that those using camera phones will never buy a dSLR, I have to think to some degree increasing the number of people snapping pictures, posting pictures and ultimately participating in photography will eventually increase the number of dSLR owners.  The slice of the pie may shrink, but the size of the pie may be growing. 

2.  For people that can't afford a Luxury lens (L is for Luxury), have you noticed the new 55-250 STM, or the newer 18-55 lens.  Honestly, they are getting pretty darn good optically.  Canon also cut prices on the 17-55 and the 15-85, which are optically very good.  So Canon does have an improving "value" product.  Not surprisingly at all, their top of the line, Luxury, products, aren't aimed at their "value" customers.  They are aimed at people that will pay a lot more for something that is a little better.  Your complaint is analogous to someone that can afford a Honda but angry that a Mercedes isn't more affordable.  Honda is a good car (I drive one).  But it isn't Luxury.


I eventually migrated to a dSLR from a point and shoot and camera phone.

Tried a couple of different point and shoots, and they never gave me what I was looking for.

Current camera phones are equal or better than my P&S cameras, with similar limitations. However, the phone camera can do things like email and messaging, which are valuable functions not available on my P&S or dSLR cameras.

EOS Bodies / Re: Wait for the Canon 5D Mark IV or get the Mark III?
« on: November 01, 2013, 06:11:12 AM »
You're being sarcastic, right?  The "V" would be a 2019 or 2020 camera, assuming the world economy doesn't completely collapse before then.  To speak about a camera two generations off, is rather absurd isn't it?

My sources tell me that the VI model will finally correct the problems in the III model.


Pricewatch Deals / Re: Holy Crap! 6D for $1215 refurb from Canon!
« on: October 30, 2013, 07:41:41 PM »
Why would anyone make a post in a thread just for the sake of making a post in that thread?   ;)

Beats the hell out of me...

Canon General / Re: Consumer DSLRs "dead in 5 years"
« on: October 28, 2013, 07:19:17 AM »
Given the progression of phone cameras over the last 5 years, who knows what the future holds.

I can take better pictures with my current phone than with any previous digital point and shoot camera I have owned. If it wasn't for AT&T, I would have picked the latest Lumia this time.

I have one family member that has a Canon dSLR, and does not own anything additional to the stuff that came in the box. Familiarity with anything other than geen box mode is very minimal.

Another family member has a nice P&S but prefers the iPad to take pictures.

Someone else has a Sony interchangeable lens camera (not sure of the model), but doesn't have any accessories. This person was very much into photography well before digital, then got away and now takes pictures again.

For the above 3 people, the bits they own do the job they want.

I always have my phone with me, so I always have a camera. It serves a purpose. Phones can get expensive and I see no point in essentially duplicating features in another dedicated device that can cost as much. Don't have to worry about keeping two devices charged up, either. The phone photos are automatically backed up for me. Screen viewing in daylight is just about impossible, still.

I don't get the whole mirrorless frenzy. A small camera with a medium to large (or even 16-35) lens sure wouldn't fit my ergonomics. To be fair, I have not tried one.

The Sony mentioned above has an EVF, and I wasn't impressed. But, that tech will improve. I recall 2" color CRT mini TV's...

The dSLR is used to take pictures that I can't get with a phone camera or P&S. "Taking pictures" is usually a planned outing.

I don't see the dSLR going away anytime soon.

I also don't see myself upgrading to new models anytime soon either, simply because what I have works better than anything I have had before. That may be a bigger hurdle for future dSLR sales than anything else.

A simple add-on accessory provides GPS tagging to the 1D X and 5DIII.  I highly doubt that many people opted for the 6D over the 5DIII for built-in GPS, rather, the overwhelming majority made that choice because the 6D costs much less.

It would have been nice if this GPS was included in the upper end bodies.

Maybe there are technical reasons why it wasn't.

On the surface, it seems that there is significant intentional fragmentation within the Canon lineup with features that should be common within the line. This could be one of those features and WiFi is another that comes to mind.

I would have far more interest in either of those features than the movie capacity that is included in the camera bodies.

Choosing a camera body for GPS features means I give up many possible AF points that I find useful for off-center composition. There is a huge price gulf between the 6D, 5DII/III and the 1DX or future rumored 1DXs. I would suspect that the number of off-center picture composers outnumber the camera users that really and truly need all those AF points for action shooting.

Going from the 5DIII to the 6D to pick up internal GPS features seems very unlikely (excluding other revolutionary changes, 5DIII to "5DIV" for internal GPS is also unlikely- at least for me). So much is given up in other areas. I can understan product differentiation through sensor size, megapixels, ISO range, viewfinder, AF points/speed, metering and so forth. If internal GPS and/or WiFi was available across the 6D, 5D and 1DX lines, would this feature really cannibalize sales?

From my perspective as a product user, keeping GPS and/or WiFi out of the mix makes no sense- I realize that I have no knowledge of legit technical issues or product development timelines that may have excluded internal GPS or WiFi features. My phones have had GPS and WiFi for a long time without an external add-on, so the exclusion of this tech from an expensive camera is especially baffling. 

I do not own the GP-E2, nor have I seen one in person. Based on a quick search of online reviews, the device is either connected to the hotshoe or to the camera via a cable. Either seems to pose potential pitfalls compared to having the GPS internal to the camera body: no flash or snag the cable on something. There also seems to be some issues with the type of files generated by the Canon GPS unit, but this may have been "fixed" with later versions of 3rd party programs such as Lightroom.

I would be interested in feedback concerning the GP-E2.

Software & Accessories / Re: I think I may want a Monopod
« on: October 25, 2013, 07:58:21 AM »
Anyway, anyone familiar with or own a RRS Monopod and head package?

I have the RRS monopod setup, probably the same one Neuro has.

It is very nice.

Well made and easy to adjust. The ease of adjustment is very important.

It is easy to adjust the leg sections (and once adjusted, they stay) and it is easy to dial in some friction on the head, or lock it down.

I bought a monopod first and use it a lot. Haven't really messed with the tripod much yet.

In this instance, I think the RRS product is worth it.

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