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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: This momma is looking to buy a camera ?
« on: October 29, 2013, 06:41:21 PM »
Can people recommending the EOS-M on this thread say in good faith Canon has definite plans to continue supporting this camera in the future
The more relevant question is whether EOS M is suitable for photographing children?
The clear answer is that this is the worst camera in Canon EOS lineup for this purpose.
A lot of people have already alluded to this mildly.
Fanboys can say whatever, iphone 5/5S has better success catching them in action than EOSM.
Another word of caution: If you are a very experienced photographer, you can possibly use EOSM well under certain situations (landscapes, adult studio portraits etc.) overcoming its limitations. If you are just starting, this might frustrate you from investing further into photography.
The markets are not always stupid and the response to this camera was absolutely justified. If I had not paid just $300 for camera+lens+flash, I would have surely returned it.
Whatever you decide to buy momma is up to your budget, expectations and appetite for learning, but stay away from EOS M for now at least. With some experience photographing kids, I can rate Canon lineup as follows:
1DX > 5DIII > 6D > 7D/70D > T*
Personally, if you want to take it up as a hobby/passion, I would start with at least 60D/70D. Ergonomics, controls and possible better quality control than T* series is definitely worth few extra 100s.
As far as video is concerned - unless you invest in expensive accessories which together can be much more expensive than a cost of reasonable camcorder; its better to just buy a camcorder.

Lenses / Re: Ken Rockwell on Lens Sharpness
« on: September 29, 2013, 11:14:43 AM »
dressing up fact as opinion

...don't you mean dressing up opinion as fact?

Yes, of course  :)
I know, it's way better to read a crazy opinions dressed up as fact and no one else to call the bluff. Who wants to get pinched while dreaming crazy wild sex!
On the serious note, if you want facts, go for data (TDP, photozone, lensrentals etc), use the lens and form your own opinion. If you are soliciting opinions, it's better to have multiple diverse, so that you can choose one that suits you.
Running to buy SL1+18-55 because some a$$ says it is as good as 1DX+24-70II (while never getting tired of bragging how sharp my Leica is), is plain stupid. Here, you have option of calling these suggestions stupid, which is really valuable.

Lenses / Re: Ken Rockwell on Lens Sharpness
« on: September 24, 2013, 03:02:46 PM »
Funny that some people get upset that KR makes money doing this....if he didn't, someone else would.   There's obviously a market for it and he's not harming anybody/thing.  (I know someone is thinking right now that he's harming his viewers photos...beat you to the joke)

It's called capitalism and freedom.

Go somewhere else if you don't like his site...simple.

+1.  Yes, his photos most of the time isn't impressive (at least in my opinion) but at least he's trying to take good photos.
:o :o :o ::) Did you just say he is trying to take good photos. You insulted him. He thinks he is a gift to photography.
I think KR fans or KR disguised as fans are failing to understand why so many people dislike him....
Its mostly his attitude and personality. Not the fact that he is wrong about half of the things (the chance factor; you have to be genius to be wrong about everything).
You don't need KR to tell you that idea/thought and composition matters most in art photography. Its just common sense....
However, having a good camera+lens+tripod+well aligned optics with post processing does not hurt the art part. Agreed that a good artist with rebel+kit lens is better than bad one with 1DX+allL. However, if you lack idea and composition, its better to have technically sound photos than oversaturated restrooms and garbage bins...

Lenses / Re: Ken Rockwell on Lens Sharpness
« on: September 23, 2013, 12:50:52 PM »
I felt obliged to post it.

"Who's the more foolish? The fool, or the fool who follows him?"
Obi-Wan Kenobi

In Israel we had a minister who said on his prime minister (and the founder of Israel) Ben-Gurion:
"I follow him with my eyes closed, only once in a while I open my eyes to make sure he do not walk with his eyes closed"
What the fault with Rockwell's logic? So far I have read only insults.
With the awareness that you could be KR himself -
Never follow anyone, much less with closed eyes.
Now KR is not the first and last to make money this way; it's just he takes it to comical heights.
I am not denying that there are people who are obsessed with shooting test charts and want to align their optics beyond what matters for a real world shooting. It's the way KR tries to generalize and tries to explain like 'expert' something that is common knowledge that ticks people off. He offers no more insight and wisdom than Dr google already has in plenty. Another is exaggerated self claims. Probably his buffoonish way attracts people who are starting into photography and makes him stand out among series and drab equipment reviewers. That will make him a good salesman, unfortunately not a photography expert. I am not surprised people follow him, as I see so many believing every word car salesman tells them too.
Compare his babblings to Roger's post about obsession with sharp copies of lenses (with some data to back it up) that someone posted here. Do you see anyone on the web going after Roger? I will leave it to you to figure out why.........

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: 10 Signs You're a Photo Geek
« on: September 14, 2013, 03:38:50 PM »
I have symptom #3 (conditional: with like minded friends) and #9.

Reviews / Re: Why I Chose a Canon EOS 6D over a 5D MKIII
« on: September 14, 2013, 11:45:25 AM »
Do we really need 12 pages for something as simple as this.

If money is no issue
-1DX is the best camera

If money is an issue, then you start asking whether
-its worth paying for specific features
-are those features important for type of photography it is being used for

Since both the answers are highly subjective, every answer is going to be the correct one
Even choosing 70D over 5DIII maybe a good decision for someone

Why should one seek forum approvals for these subjective decisions and/or try to convince others....

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: New iPhone: Final Nail in the Coffin
« on: September 14, 2013, 11:18:29 AM »
If you think a mobile phone will ever get close to the photographic beauty of a full frame DSLR...dream on. It's a bit like saying an ipad strum along software will replace a top Stradivarius Violin.

I think one of the points being made here is that for many people, the Stradivarius does not really sound better than an ipad.   :)

I think one of the points being made here is that for many people, the Stradivarius does not really sound better than an ipad
at busy airport terminal. ;D
(to be fair)

EOS-M / Re: 4 weeks in South East Asia with the EOS M as 2nd Body
« on: September 10, 2013, 08:27:45 PM »
Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

I'm NOT a big fan M + adapter + EF/EF-S/L. I feel Canon needs to release more pancakes for feature M. I would love to buy M2 with 14,16 or 17mm pancake or something small.
I agree, I dont even find EF-M zooms appealing due to added bulk. 12mm pancake f/2.8 (or even f4 if it results in thin sleek lens) would be really nice.

Lenses / Re: 85L or 135L?
« on: September 10, 2013, 08:16:55 PM »
I usually don't like to butt into arguments but here you are the one not trying to think/look outside your shell. Looks like you have never shot super active toddlers. So I don't expect you to understand what we are talking about.   
Now you are trying to involve me in a discussion how to shoot toddlers (sounds a bit creepy) which is irrelevant.
You need some professional help. Its not funny whichever way you look at it.

Coming back to your point:

Well, it is not a sports lens. I meant - people in general.
If you made this statement,
then, all I and others have been trying to say is that just because it is a portrait lens, it does not make AF speed irrelevant. There could be portraits that could be more demanding than 'sports' in terms of AF speed. AF speed could be necessary for candid portraits of even adults. I think it is very relevant to what you were saying. Now don't turn around and say that its a 'studio portrait lens for old people'.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: New iPhone: Final Nail in the Coffin
« on: September 10, 2013, 07:36:35 PM »
Only, if you're kidding.

Their promo photos never look like the actual ones. I'm guessing around the iPhone 10S we finally see the death of the P&S.

P&S are not going to die even with iphone 10S. Due to size (thickness) constraint, iphones will never be able to match the IQ of P&S projecting current technologies.
They will just see a major dip in sales and their turf taken by shrinking and improving mirrorless cameras

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: New iPhone: Final Nail in the Coffin
« on: September 10, 2013, 07:31:33 PM »
I hate my iPhone 5, the 5s should have been the iPhone 5 no doubt. So now I will wait for the 6. Damn you apple! But thanks for sharing the specs on the camera on the 5s looks like a decent step forward for apple. Finally starting to show me what I expected from apple.
Its never worth to upgrade every year anyways (unless you are fanboy), esp. with costs involved in breaking the 2 yr contract (assuming you are in US).
I too hate apple for high handedness and product hysteria they whip up but I hate other smartphones more (and yes, I have tried all dead/alive mobile OSs)

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: New iPhone: Final Nail in the Coffin
« on: September 10, 2013, 07:09:38 PM »
I've never had an iPhone but I do use the wife's iPad, and it's too slow for sports and too noisy for indoor/low light situations. 
iphone have better camera than ipads. I have ipad 3 and both iphone 4S and 5 are better.

I've found the iphone images to be poor except under perfect lighting.  Even a cheap point and shoot does better if the light starts to get challenging.

Its not always about the best IQ. If you do a direct comparison, iphone 5 (or even Sony xperia, which has the best camera in smartphones) will never be able to match the IQ of P&S (forget SLRs and mirrorless). However it has become good enough for most people (if not great) which combined with convenience push it above P&S. Phone spends considerable time of day in your hands and is handy when you don't even have time to take the camera out of bag. I and majority of people cannot keep camera in the pocket 24X7 (in addition to phone, wallet and keys). So, even though I always have/had P&S in the bag, I realized I did not get chance to shoot it even once past year. I used SLR for 95% of my photography and iphone5 for rest of the 'to capture a moment instantly' photography. It is also because I mostly photograph family, travel, nature and astro (places where I can choose to carry SLR easily). Looks like I represent the majority behavior and could be the reason for the demise of the P&S.  Also important to the equation is the fact that even my 18 month old learned to take photos on iphone (simple and intuitive controls). I being a total control freak hate it about iphone but majority of people like it. They really just want to point and shoot avoiding all that fiddling with controls.

Lenses / Re: 85L or 135L?
« on: September 10, 2013, 06:20:57 PM »

Guess what, the 85L focused wide open without any problems.

This guy was not staying still; no AF problems, with the lowly 5D2 AF:

He did not stop playing to pose for me here either:

Are you really trying to say that you can only shoot stationary objects with the 85L, or you are just trying to pick up another fight? Can't you get out of your boxy thinking at least once and imagine, for example, a situation where you can even shoot a moving object with manual AF?  Or with the back AF button, then waiting for a good moment to shoot?

I usually don't like to butt into arguments but here you are the one not trying to think/look outside your shell. Looks like you have never shot super active toddlers. So I don't expect you to understand what we are talking about.  All your examples are not even remotely comparable. However, give us some benefit of doubt. Its not about what you CAN shoot, but as Dylan put it you miss a lot compared (key word) to faster AF given everything else is same.  I need 5DIII and fast prime lenses to get high rate of keepers. With EOS M/22f2 I have lowest rate of keepers and everything else is in between. Now, most people who are about to loose argument on AF somehow pop up manual focus as an ultimate weapon. Yes, there was a time when every camera use to be manual focus moving or not, now AF is used for 99% of non-landscape work. Hint: Its not because all photographers have suddenly become incompetent.
I have patience and skill to align internal optics of very unstable lasers to mm precision, but I find it more challenging to get a decent shot of my 18 month old doing mischief; it includes fair number of instances when you have to rush to them to stop or rescue even before you can reach your camera. As someone else said in some other posts, best chance is when they are sleeping.......   

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Kent Rockwell on 1DX and 5D3
« on: September 09, 2013, 06:14:27 PM »

EOS-M / Re: EOS-M or New EF lens?
« on: September 09, 2013, 02:40:32 PM »
The EOS M ver 1 does not replace SLR. So if money is no issue, go ahead and buy one. Its good for anything not moving. OTOH, if money is limited, it would serve you better to save it for some good glass.
Even if you assume it is as good as the most optimistic view here, a better glass would have more impact on your photos.

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