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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: So what makes a camera a "pro" camera?
« on: October 15, 2014, 12:09:10 PM »
Any camera used by a Professional is a Pro Camera. Simple as that. :)

Yes, that means that the iPhones used by Photo Journalists in war zones are Pro Cameras :) Also the 4x5 Film Cameras used to shoot Arizona Highways magazine covers are Pro Cameras :)

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Sports / Re: Your favourite motorsports events
« on: October 15, 2014, 11:56:40 AM »
Sprint Cars. Available light.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 6D Mark II to Move Upmarket? [CR1]
« on: October 15, 2014, 12:05:41 AM »

One of my friends doesn't shoot any of the above.... or anything else either  ;D. He still has a 0 shutter count Canon 30D sitting on his shelf.

Does he have a camera phone ??? Or just no interest in photography ;)

Well, first he bought it to have something decent for use on a big trip. But then at the last second he became afraid it might get damaged on the trip, having to go through airports and so on. I tried to tell him that my DSLRs came through all trips just fine. I suggested that it might be better to be less fearful of damage than of never ending up using it and having it which would be worse than using it a bit and the odd chance of damage. I said what will you use it for anyway if not for stuff like this? But I couldn't convince him and decided that maybe he didn't even need to take pictures at all on the trip. But then on the trip he became desperate to take pics so he bought a P&S at some inflated price at some little store. But then when he got back he didn't use it either since it was still in perfect condition so why mess it up just shooting around town. And then on the next big trip he was like well it could get damaged and I already have the P&S now so best leave it home again! And then after a while of that it was well now it's obsolete so why use it at all now.  ;D I'm not saying it really makes sense! I'm just saying it happened! He did use an SLR once upon a time.

He still has an unopened ORIGINAL Sony Walkman (not the Discman, not the pod player, the tape playing original version of the Walkman) on the shelf.  ;D OTOH I bet that and a slew of other original stuff- includng even an undriven car! which now has the lowest mileage in the world for the make and model is worth a lot now to some collectors. So maybe he is the smartest of us all  ;D.

:) :) :) Great story!! I had a cassette playing Walkman that became obsolete before I could wear-it-out :)

Your friend sounds like an interesting person.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 6D Mark II to Move Upmarket? [CR1]
« on: October 14, 2014, 11:53:09 PM »


As I've said before, times change and people change. Now-a-days not everyone wants/needs a "real camera." Many people wouldn't take a DSLR as a gift, because they don't want/need a DSLR. As you said: "Everyone else is happy to be shooting with their phones."

Some reasons.
1. A DSLR won't fit in your pocket/purse.
2. A DSLR won't post a photo to Instagram or Facebook.
3. A DSLR doesn't have apps like Snapseed or Perfectly Clear available.

Nothing can be done about 1, but there is no reason that a DSLR could not do 2 and 3.

A DSLR would also have to be a phone to do #1. Not impossible, but also not likely. Canon could also use near field communication (NFC) to make it easy to connect your camera to your cell-phone (also not likely).

Nikon guru Thom Hogan has been talking about the need for camera companies to implement #3 for several years (maybe more). Only Sony has done anything http://discover.store.sony.com/playmemoriesapps/ Being easy seems to have nothing to do with why/how CaNikon does things.

BTW #1 is the main reason that camera-phones users will not step-up to "real" cameras.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 6D Mark II to Move Upmarket? [CR1]
« on: October 14, 2014, 07:10:31 PM »

One of my friends doesn't shoot any of the above.... or anything else either  ;D. He still has a 0 shutter count Canon 30D sitting on his shelf.

Does he have a camera phone ??? Or just no interest in photography ;)

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More seriously, although the above is a true story, I know a lot who shot sports, wildlife, landscapes and people.

This is the interesting part, how much is a lot ??? 1% 0f the photo population, 10% of the photo population ??? I have no idea.

Below is the quote that started the conversation.

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Trends and fashions change. It is very possible that after a few years of playing with small mirrorless cameras, Asian customers, especially in China where the economy and middle-class is still growing, will trade in their little mirrorless toys for "big boy and girl" DSLRs. Like customers in Europe and the Americas, they may find that if they want to shoot sports, wildlife and birds it's a lot easier to do that with a DSLR.

Most people tend to stick with what they are familiar with. Few iPhoneographers will step-up to mirrorless. Few mirrorless users will step-up to DSLRs. There are people who successfully  shoot sports, wildlife and birds with a mirrorless camera. I doubt that a lot of them will step-up to DSLRs.

His use of " ... little mirrorless toys for "big boy and girl" DSLRs." is telling ;)

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 6D Mark II to Move Upmarket? [CR1]
« on: October 14, 2014, 06:30:05 PM »

What I find perplexing is in a shrinking market, why is Canon not doing more to revitalize Consumer demand/excitement?  I go to social events, and in most cases I'm the only with a real camera.  Everyone else is happy to be shooting with their phones.  That has be an issue they are feeling!  So why not make it more tempting for a consumer to desire and spring for one of their bodies and in turn more Canon lenses?

As I've said before, times change and people change. Now-a-days not everyone wants/needs a "real camera." Many people wouldn't take a DSLR as a gift, because they don't want/need a DSLR. As you said: "Everyone else is happy to be shooting with their phones."

Some reasons.
1. A DSLR won't fit in your pocket/purse.
2. A DSLR won't post a photo to Instagram or Facebook.
3. A DSLR doesn't have apps like Snapseed or Perfectly Clear available.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 6D Mark II to Move Upmarket? [CR1]
« on: October 14, 2014, 04:24:52 PM »


I many people want to shoot landscapes and architecture?  I don't and none of my friends do.

I don't shoot "landscapes and architecture" either. Neither do my friends. YMMV.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 6D Mark II to Move Upmarket? [CR1]
« on: October 14, 2014, 04:12:31 PM »

Trends and fashions change. It is very possible that after a few years of playing with small mirrorless cameras, Asian customers, especially in China where the economy and middle-class is still growing, will trade in their little mirrorless toys for "big boy and girl" DSLRs. Like customers in Europe and the Americas, they may find that if they want to shoot sports, wildlife and birds it's a lot easier to do that with a DSLR.

How many people want to shoot "sports, wildlife and birds." I don't and none of my friends do. YMMV.

The world is changing, and fewer and fewer people are impressed with the size of your lens.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 6D Mark II to Move Upmarket? [CR1]
« on: October 14, 2014, 02:05:40 PM »
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"... but increasing margins to offset decreasing sales numbers is good business ..."

Unless the price increase causes your customers not to buy :( Or maybe switch brands :( That  would be extremely bad business :(

Canon, along with many other conservative Japanese companies, is having a hard time adapting to the present reality of a changing world. Sony is being killed by inexpensive "good-enough" televisions that cost-conscious  consumers are buying. And expensive Full Frame DSLRs may kill CaNikon. Not everyone is a Very Serious Photography Enthusiast.

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Lighting / Re: Flash equipment for Portraits & Events
« on: October 12, 2014, 01:57:02 PM »
I prefer Canon speedlites, but get whatever suits your budget.

Read Neil Van Niekerk's site  http://neilvn.com/tangents/flash-photography-techniques/  it's FREE. Learn to use bounced ON CAMERA flash, no need for tupperware!

Even though I use Profoto studio flash, I've also been using a Canon 580EX (on camera) for many things. I bounce from walls, ceilings, and walls & ceilings (combined). It gives a very natural look.

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Lenses / Re: 45mm vs. 90mm tilt-shift
« on: October 10, 2014, 08:02:11 PM »
I love the 90mm f/2.8 Tilt and Shift. I use it for table-top products shots. It used it on a 1Ds2 and now on a 5D3.

All an "L" version will do is add to the price, because today's lens is as good as it gets :)

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Lenses / Re: Thoughts on Having a 35 and a 50 on Crop?
« on: October 10, 2014, 07:53:16 PM »
I have a 50mm f/1.8. It's been on and off my xxD a million time, but I've never pressed the shutter. For me, the 85mm f/1.8 gives me the composition/POV/compression I prefer. YMMV.

On a Full Frame camera a 50mm is OK, but the 135mm is more to my liking.

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Lenses / Re: Versatile macro-ish walkaround zoom for dad
« on: October 10, 2014, 07:43:13 PM »
I'm not much younger than your father. For me, weight is a Big Deal. And it's the main reason that I seldom use my Canon DSLRs outside the studio. I much prefer something like my Sony NEX 5n as a walk-around camera.

Something like a Sony a6000 with some sort 18-200 lens could be good. Or maybe a Super Zoom (Sony RX-10, Panasonic FZ1000).

Hope this helps.

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EOS Bodies / Re: The Next Cinema EOS Camera Will Be..... [CR2]
« on: October 09, 2014, 09:28:02 PM »
"... we do hear that Canon has plans for an over the shoulder style Cinema EOS camera ..."

It's about time :)

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Lighting / Re: POLL: What flash modes do you use?
« on: October 07, 2014, 03:57:07 PM »
ETTL when using the pop-up/hot shoe flash as fill light outdoors. Set camera to P (for professional) and turn on flash. I get great looking, natural shots, that don't look like any flash has been used :)

M when using Profoto packs, indoors or outdoors. Metered with a hand-held incident meter. 

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