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The Canon Experience Center is located at 123 Paularino Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. This is close to the John Wayne Airport. They have closed the repair facility in Irvine.

This is also the location of Canon Business Solutions.

Why NO ADDRESS in the press release ??? Why doesn't Canon respect their customers ???

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EOS Bodies / Re: what is the body you want to see canon release next ?
« on: November 02, 2014, 03:13:45 PM »
What I want is a CROP MIRRORLESS camera with an EVF.  Either a mirrorless 70D or a mirrorless 7D2 would be great.

New lenses needed -- EF & EF-S lenses with adaptor. For me, I'd need an 8.75mm f/2.8 (= 14mm FF), a 56.25mm f/2.8 Tilt & Shift (=90mm FF) and an 85mm f/1.8 (=135mm FF). I'm sure that there would be demand for a 11.25 - 187.5mm zoom (=18-300mm FF) :)

I have NO INTEREST in either Full Frame or Optical Viewfinder.

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Lighting / Re: Shooting Full Body White Backgrounds
« on: October 28, 2014, 06:17:54 PM »
Here's how pro photographer Jerry Avenaim does it  http://blog.avenaim.com/2009/12/10/photography-lighting-white/  I've never seen a better explanation.

Never heard of Jerry Avenaim? Here's his biography  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_Avenaim

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Not every beginner wants to be a Wedding Photographer. Many people want to become Commercial Photographers, Photo Journalists and Fine Art Photographers. Also BIF/Wildlife and Landscape Photographers. Some also like Architectural Photography as a business. Did I mention non-PJ Editorial Photographers.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: So what makes a camera a "pro" camera?
« on: October 18, 2014, 02:27:51 PM »

If you mean that pros don't care whether is called a "pro" camera? Of course they don't (are any actually called that?). Do pros choose their workhorse camera because it has a lot of features like those on my list? Absolutely. Otherwise they'd save money and get a Rebel. I'm sure the vast majority of pros that use Canon (for example) use a 1DX or 5D3 as their primary workhorse. Why? Because they have features not found on other Canons. Features that help them create images more easily  and miss fewer shots. Could they make great images with other camera xyz? Sure, maybe, but it would probably be harder. In the absence of other constraints, they would use the 1D or 5D because it has features that make their job easier and the images better. That's why they own it. These features make it a "pro" camera, as in "the choice of professionals," "appealing to professionals," "designed for and targeted at professionals."

I shoot in a studio, using Profoto packs and Canon FF cameras (if Canon made a 56mm f/2.8 T&S I'd use a xxD camera) and a Foba Camera Stand (because I hate to hold griped cameras). I don't need weather sealing. I don't need high ISO, I don't need high frame rate. I use single-point auto focus or manual focus (depending on the lens used).

For location work I like the ergonomics of a xxD camera without a grip. No weather sealing needed because It Seldom Rains in southern California :) I use light weight battery powered Profoto packs for location lighting.

BTW I don't own much gear, I prefer renting The Right Tool For The Job :) YMMV.

BTW2 I've had several photo essays published that were shot with a borrowed Film Rebel. I don't just talk-the-talk ...

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: So what makes a camera a "pro" camera?
« on: October 16, 2014, 03:17:27 PM »

My point was that most of us could easily classify most cameras pretty quickly as pro or non-pro by looking at the features ...

Only non-pros care. For some non-pros the right tool is a camera that makes him/her feel like a pro.

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This is true across many fields. Experienced, sophisticated users understand, appreciate, and exploit the special features of higher-end tools ...

I always thought that middle-aged men bought a Red Porsche because they were trying to impress younger women. Now you inform me that they appreciate Horsepower & Handling ;)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: So what makes a camera a "pro" camera?
« on: October 15, 2014, 05:21:58 PM »

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"the person behind the camera" is the one who chooses the right tool for the job, and uses it to produce professional work.

My point is that "pro" (or "pro-level" or "pro-targeted") is a characteristic of the camera and not the person using it.

Similarly, the vast majority would agree that a Rebel is not a pro camera. Why? Because pro cameras have a lot of features like those in my list ...

It's all about the right tool for the job. Your list has little or nothing to do with why a pro would pick a tool. As an example; a pro photographer needs to be inconspicuous (dangerous area), would he pick a 1Dx with a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens, a SL1 with a kit lens or maybe an iPhone ???

At the other end our pro needs absolutely the best image quality. Does he pick a Canon 1Dx or a Phase One IQ 280 (80Mp, ISO 35-800, .7 FPS, 3 Auto Focus Points). Most people will agree that the Phase One IQ 280 is a pro camera. But it's specs prevent it from being a pro camera according to your list :(

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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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