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Pricewatch Deals / Re: 3 Hour Deal: Adobe Lightroom 5 for $84 via B&H
« on: December 02, 2013, 04:02:50 PM »
Wow! And I thought I got it for a steal at $99 a few months ago. Crap. At $59.99, It's such a low price that I'm tempted to get it -- even as a gift or maybe to have a license for another computer. Nah -- I should probably use the money to buy more RAM so I can run the copy I have with less lag...  :P

I wonder if this means it's the last non-subscription version of Lightroom.  :-\

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M2 Specs Revealed?
« on: December 02, 2013, 03:49:55 PM »
If this rumor is true, I think it's evidence of Canon beginning to make mirrorless the new point-and-shoot market.

As camera phones devour the point-and-shoot market, Canon needs a new consumer-level bread-and-butter line that's good enough to be a clear advantage over camera phones but low enough in feature set to avoid cannibalizing the DSLR market. It wouldn't surprise me if Canon introduced several slightly different flavors of the the consumer-level M. For the consumer market, I doubt any of them have any clue which generation of sensor is in the camera, and they probably don't care. If it's cheap enough and has nifty enough features and is easy to use, the consumer market will be happy.

How such a strategy might fare against competing mirrorless offerings will definitely be interesting. As long as Canon does produce a high-end mirrorless body with all the whistles and bells -- and at a price congruent with DSLRs and/or competing high-end mirrorless solutions -- then it could be a good strategy. If Canon can(will) beat the competition at the high end, it will be free to play around with shaping a new (mirrorless) consumer market as its managers please.

Just remember that the features (or lack thereof) of the EOS M that cause us to grind our teeth are part-and-parcel for the consumer market. What it will all come down to is price against the competition and its feature set. Isn't that what competition is all about?

Obviously, neither the current M nor the M of this rumor represent a serious attempt by Canon to show the world how the ultimate mirrorless body should be done. If/when Canon decides to make such a statement, I'm confident it will be nothing less than spectacular. Meanwhile, we can all speculate on what will motivate Canon to do it...oh, and take some pictures between forum posts. :)

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M2 Specs Revealed?
« on: December 02, 2013, 03:25:55 PM »
yeah i first misread the sensor information.
i always thought they will use the latest (best) APS-C sensor for the M2.  ::)
why only 4.6 FPS?

other mirrorless cameras have much faster burst rates.
in fact the burst rates are one thing that i really like about mirroless cameras.

With mirrorless, you don't really need more than 2-3fps since you can't track moving subject anyway.

DPAF can track moving subjects, and well enough for 30fps video!

What is "DPAF"?

Dual Pixel Auto Focus, introduced in the 70D.

Canon General / Re: TEN YEARS FROM NOW.
« on: November 27, 2013, 06:34:56 PM »
The entire EOS eco system is doomed, and it is all my fault.

You see, I finally have everything I need for the foreseeable future; nothing more to buy...I've got the 17-40L, the 24-105L, the 70-300L, and the Zeiss 50/1.4 (and the 40mm pancake, but that's just for fun) to go with my 5D3.

Now I intend to spend the next 10 years perfecting my skills with my equipment.

The last time I was in this position, I purchased my Canon F-1 with the 28/2.8, 50/1.2, and 135/2.5 lenses, and spent 10 years perfecting my skills.  Then I went out looking to expand my collection of lenses and accessories, and found the entire FD line gone.

History will no doubt repeat.

What comes after digital?

You know you're in a great situation when you can forget about gear acquisition and focus on skills. Just remember, though -- Canon will define what you "need", and sooner or later, you'll find yourself agreeing. ;)

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EF-S 10-22 $529 at B&H Photo
« on: November 22, 2013, 10:46:31 AM »
Are there general EF-S price drops, or just the 10-22?
There have been rumors that a new 10-22 with IS might be on the horizon (given what they did
with the 11-22 for the EOS-M, might be possible). Perhaps they are preparing to clear out stock?
I think the 17-55/2.8/IS dropped too - perhaps others too.

Yep. The EF-S 17-55 F2.8 IS dropped to $779 on Amazon (from $829). That's by no means a clearance discount, but the price was right for me. UPS says it will get here Monday.  ;D ;D

Oh, and the EF 85 F1.8 is down to $334 (from MSRP of $419 or street price of ~ $359). Between that and the EF-S 10-22, I'm awfully tempted. Unfortunately, I just spent my camera budget for now... :-\

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EF-S 10-22 $529 at B&H Photo
« on: November 21, 2013, 03:53:00 PM »
Very good price, indeed. It's on my "Photography Gear" wish list in Amazon. This brings it down from the $599 it was last week, and the $549 it was yesterday.

Incidentally, I just pulled the trigger on an EF-S 17-55 F2.8 IS for $779 ($down from $829 a couple weeks ago). It's bobbed up and down from MSRP to this sale price a couple of times. Not sure when/if it will do it again, and I "need" it now, so I bit.

It didn't hurt that the 70D was also down to $1,049, too. When they announced the 70D last summer at $1,199, I was pleasantly surprised. Still, my plan was to wait 'til the holidays to see if it comes down much. Not sure it will come down further, but $150 off of release price is just about what I was hoping for by this time. Couldn't resist...

They should be in my hands next week, and I expect they'll make a great combo. I'm excited! :P

I think the next step will be to respond to "your camera takes great photos" with "thank you!  Tell me what you like about these images.  I'm always trying to improve my craft."

Great idea! I'm going to try this myself next time...

"You really got lucky".....

After scouting the location and showing up morning after morning waiting for the right lighting and clouds, I got lucky... All the preparation had nothing to do with it....

As Louis Pasteur was quoted to say, "Chance favors the prepared mind."

With that perspective, you were VERY lucky.  :P

Lenses / Re: More Mentions of 2014 Being the Year of the Lens [CR1]
« on: November 19, 2013, 10:48:20 AM »
Not "year of the new sensors"? :P lol
(like whole new manufacturing process and so on)

LOL...If Duffman was a Canon exec:

"New...feelings sensors...brewing in Duffman Canon! What...would Jesus Sony do?"

ROFL! Gold!  ;D


EOS Bodies / Re: Is Canon about to pull the plug on the 60D?
« on: November 18, 2013, 07:44:33 PM »
If she used the 7D, her head would assplode.

LOL...I read that with a Strong Bad video game voice: "Your head a splode!"


Lenses / Re: More Mentions of 2014 Being the Year of the Lens [CR1]
« on: November 18, 2013, 07:26:46 PM »
Not "year of the new sensors"? :P lol
(like whole new manufacturing process and so on)

LOL...If Duffman was a Canon exec:

"New...feelings sensors...brewing in Duffman Canon! What...would Jesus Sony do?"

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Everyone Needs a Pancake
« on: November 14, 2013, 06:28:29 PM »
Forget "white box" pancake.

Me wanty "white" pancake.

From the looks of the release of the new white SL1, you might just get your wish: http://www.canonrumors.com/2013/11/canon-eos-sl1x7-in-white-pictures/ :)

Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EOS 70D Body
« on: November 13, 2013, 11:01:16 AM »
Cool. Just waiting to see what Black Friday prices might bring before I pull the trigger on this one myself. Amazon had some great prices on the two lenses I want. Hopefully, holiday deals will make it that much sweeter...

EOS-M / Re: The Next EOS M in 2014 [CR2]
« on: November 11, 2013, 07:00:35 PM »
Perhaps the comment above is on the Mark, that this camera is aimed at the consumer market and not meant for the enthusiast market.

That's what I'm thinking. The point-and-shoot market is withering away, and with it, the revenue that drives development of the DSLR line. As camera phones continue to improve in quality and saturate the market, Canon might be looking to position consumer-level mirrorless cameras as the new point-and-shoot equivalent. The image quality easily beats camera phones (for now), and interchangeable lenses will make consumers feel a clear separation between phone and camera.

For enthusiasts and pros, this might seem disappointing, but if this is actually the strategy, we should all hope it's wildly successful -- for the sake of funding new technology in DSLRs (and maybe someday, pro-level mirrorless).

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Canon 70D $1,099 on Amazon.
« on: November 04, 2013, 08:04:08 PM »
Anyone else notice that the price for the 70D dropped $100 on Amazon?

I'll probably still wait to see what kind of deals will appear for Black Friday, but I thought I'd mention it in case anyone else is in the market for a 70D.


*** Update ***

Looks like B&H, Adorama and likely other retailers have followed suit. Sale ends 11/23/2013. What are the odds that Black Friday sales a week later will have a better price?

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