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That's kinda rich since you were the one who brought portfolios and hinted that the DR side is basically a bunch of zero portfolio types.

You were the one who started trying to make claims that one side had the portfolios.

Why so defensive? No one's call you out personally :)


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A lot of people like to keep their photography separate from all the tech/Canon marketing mess pushing controversy and feel freer to just call it all as they see it and so on.

For every person that "likes to keep their photography separate from all the tech/Canon marketing mess pushing controversy" there's another person too busy arguing on forums to produce anything beyond watermarked snapshots on flickr.

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And for the record, when you do come across the portfolios of those who ask for more DR, I have to say they generally are among the more impressive and comprehensive ones you'll find while many of those attacking them and talking about going out and shooting end up having a portfolio consisting of three, non-artistically, blurred photos of a cat in the back yard (not in your case though, just to make that clear though and for all I disagree with what and how he posts here, Sporgon does have a good portfolio too).

I mean heck did you miss the flickr account linked to earlier in this thread?

Please. There are lame or non-existent portfolios on both sides of the DR debate, just like there are incredibly spectacular portfolios on both sides of the DR debate. Trying to assess the skill set of everyone who has an opinion on the DR debate based on the tiny yet very vocal fraction of the population that posts on CR is preposterous. I don't doubt that you perceive that those seeking more DR have more impressive portfolios. What I seriously doubt is how precisely your own personal perception reflects the skill set of the entire photography world as a whole.

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Don't you think the irony of this is that many of the images shown on CR match or even surpass those on other sites ?

I try not to hang out on sites with mediocre photography :) I like perusing the sites and portfolios of others that make me strive to become a better photographer :)

Surely, there are many talented photographers on this forum. However, there are many people that run their mouths yet never post sample images. Gotta wonder how much their gear is really holding them back.

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Absolutely. I wouldn't recommend buying the A7r as a GP camera, but as a landscape camera it's pretty awesome. You could add it to your kit, use your existing Canon lenses (or Zeiss or Sigma EF lenses), and make that "pocketbook vote" without breaking the bank.

Not to put too much pressure on you, but I'm looking forward to your A7R landscapes. Not because I'm looking to buy one, but because I've been debating taking the family out to Colorado for vacation for quite some time. Your photographic efforts could very much help the Colorado tourism industry ;D If it weren't so flat and boring here in Texas, I might have more of an interest in shooting landscapes :)

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The Sony sensors are clearly better than the Canon sensors right now.  Sitting around and making excuses for Canon isn't going to help encourage Canon to get their S___ together and give us some new sensors. 

The best way to do this is to stop buying Canon gear. That's why I can't fathom why people who state that low ISO DR is the most important factor in their photographic needs prefer complaining on forums instead of putting their money where there mouths are by switching to SoNikon.

If landscape photography represented a lucrative chunk of the DSLR market, you could bet your sweet hiney that Canon would focus more effort on improving low ISO DR, whether it's through improving its own sensors or buying Exmors from Sony.

Just like refuting the low ISO DR superiority of SoNikon over Canon is ludicrous, so is hoping that complaining incessantly on a forum will somehow inspire Canon to improve its low ISO DR. 

Talk is cheap. If anyone wants to hit Canon where it hurts, give another company your money. Then Canon will care.

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Put the other way around: If people spent this kind of energy in making images instead of Grandstanding just think of how many wonderful things there would be to share with the world.  Gods!  People might actually perk up, set down their TV remotes, stop their Twittering, and pay attention to you!!  You might actually become famous, rich and recognized during your lifetime for outstanding work!!!

I see you're point, and I am in complete agreement with you, but personally sometimes I have to take a step back and remind myself that Canon Rumors is a "gear forum." Hence, most the talk revolves around gear.

There are plenty of other photography forums that I visit where 99% of the focus is on imaging technique and sharing beautiful photography. Gear is rarely discussed. When I get sick of the DR debates, I just visit those sites at marvel at the wonderful images talented photogs produce with all types of different gear.

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Yeah, I can see how that would give any DR junkie a stiffy ;D

Seriously, though, I'm glad to see that you're finally taking a more productive approach to address that nasty case of DR cognitive dissonance that's running rampant around here. It's a good start, and perhaps adding any A7R to your kit will make you a much more happy camper.....or shooter......or keyboard warrior ;D

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Why haven't you left canon?
« on: September 26, 2014, 10:52:03 PM »
It works, that's why :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Says Higher Resolution Sensors Are Coming Soon
« on: September 25, 2014, 09:45:52 PM »
Were stuck looking elsewhere for someone to service our needs, and for those who don't want to or don't have the money to add a D810 and a few Nikon lenses to our kit (which can rapidly approach $8-10k if you pick up a few lenses)

Unload that 600mm f/4 and you're half way there ;D Just make up for that extra reach by cropping into the D810s massive resolution and call it day ;D

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Canon General / Re: DRones vs. anti-DRones: how to resolve the controversy
« on: September 25, 2014, 09:25:35 PM »

Speaking of "Fair and Balanced", where *IS* dilbert today?  He missed the first page of the high MP sensor thread . . .

I was wondering the same thing. Maybe he's lost in a sea of Canon shadow noise or, momentarily, found something else to hate and complain about incessantly instead of purchasing a better product for his needs ;D

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Canon General / Re: DRones vs. anti-DRones: how to resolve the controversy
« on: September 25, 2014, 01:51:19 PM »
If you have a problem with drones you need to call Jack Bauer ;D

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EOS Bodies / Re: Just for Jrista: 2014 Market Data
« on: September 23, 2014, 05:24:28 PM »
Right now Canon are living off past glories, but unless they get off their backsides all their glory will be in the past.

If this were true, then who cares? I've been shooting Canon for a very long time not out of brand loyalty, but because it offers the best system of bodies, lenses, accessories, and service for my needs. The day they can no longer do that is the day I'll give another company my business and not think twice about it.

Camera equipment are merely tools that facilitate in capturing images. To invest so much emotional attachment into whether or not "your team" is or isn't on top of the heap technologically or financially is merely a distraction in the quest to produce great images.

Now go shoot, already :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Just for Jrista: 2014 Market Data
« on: September 22, 2014, 01:11:12 PM »
Being a pro generally means earning your living by practising your craft.
Many amateurs are more skilled than most pros.

That's a rather bold statement, don't you think? IMHO, some amateurs are more skilled some pros. If most pros were less skilled than many amateurs, then they would have gone out of business a long time ago. In fact, many of they already have, which means that all you'd have left are pros that produce exceptional work.

I've noticed this in my tiny corner of the photography world, and I'm sure it's happening in other segments as well. There was a time when many so-called pros were merely hacks with the right equipment and the right contacts. After the digital revolution, clients quickly realized that they could hire amateurs that produced equally good or better images at a fraction of the cost, or even for free.

With this new wave of cheap/free labor, the old-school "pros" that fell under the "hack" category are out of business, so the ratio of hacks to studs in the "pro" category continues to plummet as time elapses. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Just for Jrista: 2014 Market Data
« on: September 21, 2014, 12:24:58 AM »
so a pro is still using a 30d? no kidding. My second shooter does as well. pros or part timers aren't in it to buy the latest camera gear. My second shooter and i usually get a kick out of how many people attending whatever event we are working have better gear than he does. me? well, i think i have some pretty sweet gear, but nothing like many of you guys.

It's sad, but many enthusiasts judge the skill of a photographer they know nothing about based on the caliber of their gear. It seems to really stroke their egos when they see a pro with lesser gear than they have. I don't list my gear in my sig because I like to keep people guessing ;D For me, it's much more gratifying to produce better images with lesser resources than my more well-equipped competition.

It reminds me of when I first started posting here, revealed that I made a living shooting with a 5D classic, and was promptly ridiculed as a troll. The many demands to post sample images of this impossible feat were quite comical to say the least.

Meanwhile, I know many very talented pros that are still shooting with 5DIIs, 1DIVs, and 1DsIIIs. One pro friend of mine just finally retired his 1DsII after eight years of field duty! The grip was worn smooth on that thing, but he still managed to produce outstanding images with it.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Just for Jrista: 2014 Market Data
« on: September 20, 2014, 09:38:29 PM »
If I'm interpreting the data correctly, it reflects units sold/shipped, and not revenue? If so, who gives a hoot? Companies exist to make money, and if you have to sell more units to make the same, or even less, money than the competition, why is that a good thing? Percentage of market share is somewhat revealing, but it's not nearly as important as how much money a company earns through its DSLR manufacturing efforts. 

Everyone complained that the 5D3 was too expensive when it was released. Almost three years later, 5D3 prices have held steady, despite millions of posts claiming that Canon would drop prices significantly once the initial wave of stupid "first adopters" ceased. On the other hand, Nikon has released the D800, D810, and soon the D750 to fill essentially the same market segment as Canon does with the 5D3.

IMHO, the Nikon's are loaded with some very impressive technology at a lower price point. For tech-obsessed Canon shooters, the envy is understandable. That said, it's reasonable to presume that Nikon is operating on slimmer profit margins per unit than Canon, compounded with the tremendous costs associated with releasing three bodies  (D800/D810/D750) in a relatively short amount of time to fill the same slot in the market filled by the 5D3. Oh yeah, I bet all the quality control issues hurt Nikon's profit margin quite a bit, requiring them to sell even more units to make up for the lost revenue.

If Yoda was a DSLR tech junkie he'd say: "Sales volume numbers tell whole story they do not ;D"

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