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In this day and age, it's unfortunate that doing what you love can sometimes put you at a greater risk. It's never been truer for me when out for street photography. I'd have to completely agree with PBD, gaffing the hell out of your camera draws much attention. Walking with a bit of confidence and others is far more effective. There is only one true protective measure I can take. While I don't carry while traveling abroad, I do here in California... especially at night on the street. I do have a CWP for a few different counties... most notably I always carry in San Francisco and Oakland. I also carry when in the back country while hiking. I also always travel with my brother and a friend or two when in rather sketchy areas, they carry also. We steer clear of trouble by keep situationally aware and that really is the first line of defense. The last is covered by Springfield. I'd put it under the title of have it but hope to never need it.

There's shooting at 9mm and then there's shooting WITH a 9mm! I think you've got yours mixed up mate!

Pepper spray would be just as effective (not that I condone that either) but there are other non lethal ways to protect yourself and your gear. Learn some Kung fu or something.

Also why are people walking about with $3000 equipment in these dodgy areas and crack dens? What are you taking pictures of that are so important? Are you guys on assignment from the government or something? If I had to I'd use my EOS M. If it gets stolen, meh no big deal.

EOS-M / Re: The Next EOS M in 2014 [CR2]
« on: November 12, 2013, 09:20:05 PM »
So I just acquired a EOS M over weekend, of course it showed up AFTER returning home from the trip that justified the purchase! Grrr. Anyway, I've been dying to get my hands on this camera for sometime now. I've been shooting for about 8 years now and always wanted an alternative to lugging around L-Glass and a Full Size DSLR Body. I was waiting to see what Canon was going to do with the next version of the M before I bought one, unfortunately my patience expired. I am still within the 30-days to return the camera, so I've turned to CR for advice. I understand everything is speculation at this point, but from those of you who own this camera, should I hang on to it? Will the update be that significant?

 I am thrilled about the images it produces and how easy it is to use. It is just lacking a few things, like a viewfinder. I found myself bring the camera up to my face a few times.

Bottom line; to keep or not to keep and restart my patience clock.  :-[



Keep. You seem happy with it. The new M could be several months away and then when it does come out it'll be more expensive than the current one. You'll get used to the "bringing the camera up to your eye" thing after about a week. I think a VF would just make the shape an size of the M strange. It's got the whole compact thing going for it, I like that people think it's just a P&S as it attracts less attention.

Use the current M as much as you can now and if the new one appears make your decision then (when you can use hard facts and specs to decide rather than speculation and BS). If you decide to upgrade just sell the old one. Overall you won't lose much but you'll have gained more in terms of pictures taken and experience with a mirrorless camera.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Japan Teases a White Kiss
« on: November 12, 2013, 08:44:00 PM »
Quote from: mkabi link=topic=18033.msg335060#msg335060 date
So let me get this straight, you're going to wait? For canon to bring out something better than Sony's A7R?
What if they bring out something on par to the A7R? What if by the time they bring out something on par to the A7R, and Sony comes up with A8R or the A9R... you still going to wait?

Out of curiosity, what system do you currently own?

Amateur, Canon 7d, couple of ef-s and ef lenses, couple of canon speedlites.
Looking to move to ff sensored cam. Tired of Marginally improved DsLR iterations. Waiting it out until excellent ff mirrorless comes. Sony a7r might be good enough already. Won't preorder until i've had a chance to testdrive one. Especially with regards to evf and af. Don't like sony for anumber of reasons. Prefer canon ui. And i am in no hurry. 7d is not broken yet. But i will not buy anothermirror-slapper, now that small and good milcs are around the corner.

Want to have totally silent and vibrationfree cam (a7 is neither) for concerts. Small cam for mountaineering and street. Hi-res cam for cityscapes and landscapes. Hi iso cam for indoor events. Wheathersealed for outdoors stuff. And more. All in one camera system i am so familiar with to operate it blind. No big tele lenses needed. dont care for birds in flight or other critters. And No retro stuff for me please. No manual focus stuff. Good enough Tracking af for children at play and dancers at weddings and parties. Price? 2k for body ... Just like sony a7.

Would you like a Golden Unicorn that shoots rainbows out it's 'rse to go with that wish list of yours??


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Any reason to choose a 7D over a 70D?
« on: November 12, 2013, 08:37:10 PM »
As a 7d owner and given this camera came out in 2009 as opposed to 2013 I would go with the 70d purely because of the better sensor and Digic 5+ processor in the end its about images the 7d can get very noisey in low light.

Just to put the record straight: The 70D sports a Digic 5+ processor, that's true. But the 7D features two, not one, Digic 4+ processors.

Twi Digic 4. Not 4+

Lenses / Re: Same ole, same ole' Filters vs no filters...
« on: November 12, 2013, 11:26:26 AM »
I feel like we have this filter debate about once a month and it goes around in circles with no conclusion. Ever.

I've seen people with filters on a kit lens with a lens cap on top of that!! :o

I've seen bare lenses, no hood (or hood reversed!) no filter, when they prob shoulda used somethin!  :(

Why do we care what other people do with their stuff? Let's never see this thread again (until next month!) :D

Btw - I use hoods for bumps and general protection but filters only when there's sand or water involved. Reason? I paid for L lenses and don't want another piece of glass in front of it. If it breaks it breaks. I'll (cry and) buy another one!

EOS-M / Re: The Next EOS M in 2014 [CR2]
« on: November 11, 2013, 08:18:40 PM »
The current M + 22mm almost fits in your pocket, I'm wondering by making it smaller will it be compact enough to slip into your jeans when walking around??

With a much faster AF this could be the perfect walkaround camera. Just hope we see a telephoto lens for it. Like a 55 - 200mm would be perfect.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Japan Teases a White Kiss
« on: November 11, 2013, 11:51:27 AM »
Super lame teaser and even lamer idea. A white Rebel? What is this? Pentax?? The white EOS M already exists. How is this big news?? Get back to making my (our?) 14-24 and big megapixel wotsitmathingy stat!!

White kiss indeed! Bah humbug! >:( :P ;)

Lighting / Re: 90EX on a 5D3?
« on: November 11, 2013, 02:53:56 AM »
90EX for fill flash?? Eeeeyyuukk! You might as well just use your old iPhone because that's the kind of light you're creating with such a small on camera flash. Hope you like red eye, and lots of it!

I know you're looking for something small but at least get something that tilts and swivels. Consider the 320EX II. Now, I know it's not brilliant but I had it and it has some very useful features.

1. It tilts and swivels
2. It can act as a slave, and has group compatibility.
3. It has a zoom head (ummm kind of! Lol)
4. It's pocketable if you have medium sized jacket pockets. (It's shorter than a 430ex)
5. It works as a remote shutter release
6. It has an LED so you can find your keys in the dark  :P

OK the LED is useless. Wish it had a AF assist beam instead. It does have that crazy rapid flash burst AF assist that is kinda garbage but works.

I had this flash for a while, it served me well as my intro into the flash world. I see you already have the 600exrt so you prob would only use this as a back up anyway.

Lenses / Re: Lots of New Lenses Coming in 2014 [CR2]
« on: November 10, 2013, 11:58:39 PM »
I'd like to see one high quality prime between 16 and 20mm that is razor sharp from corner to corner when stopped down a little bit and is small and relatively inexpensive. It doesn't have to be fast, but it has to be razor sharp in the extreme corners around f8. Something like a sharper version of the Zeiss 18mm f3.5 with AF would be perfect to me.

Who wouldn't ? :) I'd be happy with 18mm or 21mm f5.6 and be done with it!

Wouldn't be very good at AF with that narrow an aperture. Remember the centre AF point on the pro camera bodies and some prosumer ones becomes a diagonally cross type point at f/2.8. Then there's viewfinder brightness and the fact the f/5.6 is a bit S___ on crop and you can see why most primes and most lenses in general (and excl superteles) aren't made with narrow apertures.

I think f/2.8 is a decent compromise and you can see that trend with the 24 and 28mm IS primes. They have very good corner sharpness too.

Lenses / Re: Lots of New Lenses Coming in 2014 [CR2]
« on: November 10, 2013, 08:56:52 PM »
I'm so hoping for the rumored 50mm 1.8 IS to appear, if it's like the 24/28/35 IS lenses I'll be happy. Also wouldn't mind an updated 85mm 1.8 (IS??).

The 100-400 update was meant to be announced after the 200-400 started shipping, wasn't it? That's one that sounds like it was delayed.

I reckon the 35mm 1.4 II was also delayed and is also on the horizon. Possibly those 45 and 90mm TS lenses and hopefully something at the wide end will also appear soon too!

Finally, something worth getting out of bed for!  :D 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Any reason to choose a 7D over a 70D?
« on: November 10, 2013, 12:05:19 PM »
Hmmm that's a tough choice. I guess it depends on her shooting style and preferences.

If speed and durability is the priority then 7D.

If it's all round performance she wants in a relatively compact body that's geared towards video then the 70D is the better choice.

I've only briefly played with the 70D and I noticed it's AF system isn't as advanced as the 7D. It lacks some of the AF modes that are good for tracking moving subjects.

Wifi would be nice to have, you can really get creative and place the camera in all sorts of angles and use a smartphone to help you focus without straining your neck! Or do some cool selfies!

I think I would recommend the 70D. Overall it has more features, is smaller and lighter, newer and almost as fast as the 7D. SD cards are pretty cheap too.

Lenses / Re: The future of Canon L primes
« on: November 09, 2013, 08:31:13 PM »
At this point I think the 50mm L lens is the worse performance-price ratio. The question is whether only improves optics and a bit more expensive, or also adds Image Stabilizer and becomes much more expensive. :-\

Agree. I would like to own a 50L but at that price I may as well just fork out a little more and get the excellent 24-70II, which would give me 24, 35 and 50mm prime quality if not better. However, carrying a large zoom lens just to get 50mm is leas than ideal. 

Also, if Canon updated the 50L it would only make the new lens more expensive. In fact any L prime update is gonna be reaching the $2000 mark. For some that's prob pocket change but for us poor folk we just have to wait several years for the price cuts! (Which, again is why I reckon the 24-70II is the best value vs performance lens if you need primes in that range).

Lenses / Re: I'm done part II - here are all of the lenses I've sold
« on: November 08, 2013, 09:18:33 PM »
In order -

Tamron SP 70-300mm  f/4-5.6 Di VC USD. The first telephoto lens I ever owned. It was a bit too bulky and felt cheap. IQ was OK at the wider end but sucked after 150mm. I think I had this lens less than a year. Replaced with 70-200 f/4L IS.

Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5. I loved this lens but when I moved up to FF it made no sense to keep it. Replaced with 17-40L. No regrets.

Canon 85mm f/1.8. When I sold the Tamron I bought this as a temp replacement. It made a good match to my nifty fifty at the time. However, I wasn't happy with the LoCA and it had to go. I also bought a used 135L around this time.

Canon 50mm f/1.8. I sold this the same time as the 85mm. I just wasn't using it and on FF it was less than optimal. Still, I wish I had kept it. There was no real need to sell it.

Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM. This was tough to sell and one that I was on the fence about. This was by far my fave lens overall. So useful. However I could see that the 7D was being used less often and I needed something that could work on FF so it had to go sadly. Replaced with a used 24-105L.

I think buying L lenses had a lot to do with my decision to sell too! I just feel more comfortable with the Ls. I love primes but the L zooms do a pretty amazing job and f/4 on FF is actually quite nice. I think I'm done selling lenses for now, got an ideal kit so far.

Canon, do you have "entry-level" version?   ;D
Yes Canon has many entry level monitors ... they are on the back of every Canon digital camera ;)

Interestingly, while reading wikipedia articles about LCD screens, I found out that the first ever LCD incorporated in a consumer digital camera was by Casio! Huh! That's a surprise!

I want to bet that Sony actually makes the screen itself...

Or LG. I heard somewhere that almost all screens such as phones, laptops etc are manufactured by LG. Maybe nowadays Canon do too? Have they ever made screens before?

[one google search later ...]

Edit - Canon weren't on the list of LCD makers on Wikipedia but LG certainly were.

From wikipedia -

"They (LG) are one of the main licensed manufacturers of the more color-accurate IPS panels used by Dell, NEC, ASUS, Apple (including iMacs, iPads, iPhones, iPod touches) and others, which were developed by Hitachi."

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