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It has nothing to do with how you look. It is about getting the shot.  I could not get most of the shots I do without an OVF or EVF.  I doubt I am alone.

No, you are not.

Just checking -- I wasn't sure -- here are the digital full frame mirrorless rigs released to date (that I am aware of):

Sony RX1/RX1R:  Nothing onboard, but modular OVF and EVF were offered (both optional, I believe)
Sony RX1R II:  EVF built-in
Sony a7 (6x models to date): EVF built-in
Leica Q:  EVF built-in
Leica SL:  EVF built-in
Leica M (not sure of the hard figure, but it's a number of designs):  those have been 100% OVF over the years, correct?

Unless I've forgotten one, I am not aware of a single FF mirrorless rig that didn't have a VF of some sort.

Medium format are deeper waters for me that I am not well-read on.  But I believe the Fuji and HBlad MF mirrorless setups have EVFs.  There's also the nutty Alpa 'body' (more of a properly spaced out frame and mount) + MF digital back 'mirrorless' frankenstein rig.  That one might be VF optional.

- A
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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DsIII vs 5DIII + 1DIV vs 7DII (all used)
« Last post by johnf3f on January 23, 2017, 06:19:43 PM »
If you have time to save a bit more (it looks like you have) what about a used 1DX? Not sure about prices in you area  but buying the cameras at the prices you report should be getting you a long way towards a decent condition 1DX (Mk1).

Just a thought?
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Photography Technique / Re: Tripod for landscape photography. The main point to concern.
« Last post by AJ on January 23, 2017, 06:19:07 PM »
IS and clean medium-ISO have reduced the need for tripods, but have certainly not eliminated the need.

Here's a post that may amuse you
http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/digital-killed-my-tripod.htm
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I have often found the rear LCD to be almost useless in bright sunlight. Then there is the whole holding the camera at arms length (certainly away from the normal position) to use the rear LCD as the viewfinder.

^^ This ^^.  I didn't pay goodness knows how much money for a FF rig to have to wield it like a (3 lb) mobile phone. 

I want to hold it up to my eye unless I need to shoot at ground level or over the top of a crowd.  I'm not going to use a loupe on the LCD either.  The solution is an EVF.

- A

I have an M, M2 and smartphone.  none of them I looked like a complete moron with and shot with at arms length.

seriously, this is so overused as an arguement and it's pretty silly.

It would be pretty sill except for the fact that in sunlight - especially when the sun is at certain angles to the rear screen - it is difficult to impossible to use the rear screen.

It would be silly aside from the fact that is is much easier to hold a camera still when up against your face.

It has nothing to do with how you look. It is about getting the shot.  I could not get most of the shots I do without an OVF or EVF.  I doubt I am alone.

It may not be about how you look but it is about how you feel ergonomically and what you are conditioned to. Decades of looking through a VF on film and digital camera bodies as opposed to years of using a smartphone or a camera w/out a VF for someone much younger is a fine analogy. I tried the OG M series and nope, couldn't do it. Just doesn't work for me, like holding a phone in my right hand. YMMV
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I have often found the rear LCD to be almost useless in bright sunlight. Then there is the whole holding the camera at arms length (certainly away from the normal position) to use the rear LCD as the viewfinder.

^^ This ^^.  I didn't pay goodness knows how much money for a FF rig to have to wield it like a (3 lb) mobile phone. 

I want to hold it up to my eye unless I need to shoot at ground level or over the top of a crowd.  I'm not going to use a loupe on the LCD either.  The solution is an EVF.

- A

I have an M, M2 and smartphone.  none of them I looked like a complete moron with and shot with at arms length.

seriously, this is so overused as an arguement and it's pretty silly.

It would be pretty sill except for the fact that in sunlight - especially when the sun is at certain angles to the rear screen - it is difficult to impossible to use the rear screen.

It would be silly aside from the fact that is is much easier to hold a camera still when up against your face.

It has nothing to do with how you look. It is about getting the shot.  I could not get most of the shots I do without an OVF or EVF.  I doubt I am alone.
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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: New 1D series blew out my arm!
« Last post by Mt Spokane Photography on January 23, 2017, 05:40:22 PM »
I had to sell my 1D MK IV a few years back after suffering carpal tunnel in my hands, and pinching nerves in my arm and shoulder.  I've regained some use since then, but just saw my surgeon about possible arm surgery due to the pinched nerves, so I'm going to avoid anything heavier than my 5D MK III.

I don't know if the camera caused the issue, or using my computer mouse to edit images by the 1000's, but it has been painful.
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When photos are printed, they do not come out exactly the size of the image in the file, printers by default expand the image slightly, and some of it is cut off.

You can prevent this by instructing the printer to print it exactly.  You might also want to crop the image larger than your final size so that there is some overlap to allow for glitches.

In any event, contact your printing company and ask them how to go about it, or experiment.
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EOS Bodies - For Stills / 1DsIII vs 5DIII + 1DIV vs 7DII (all used)
« Last post by Snzkgb on January 23, 2017, 05:32:41 PM »
In half a year I'm going to upgrade my old bodies to something more capable. 5DII is slow and AF is a nightmare, and 7D is too noisy even at ISO 1600, and the AF is not so great.

I found that both 5DIII used and 1Ds III used are selling for almost exactly same price, about 1500$. Same with 1D IV vs 7DII, costing like 1200-1300$ used.

Of course 5DIII and 7DII are newer, AF is better, maybe high ISO is better too, but 1D bodies are 1D bodies. I used to have 1D IV once, and it was a beast. Had to sell it for the need of money, unfortunatelly.

So, what do you think I should aim at?
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Canon General / Canon Inc. Ranks First Among Manufacturing Companies
« Last post by Canon Rumors on January 23, 2017, 05:31:58 PM »

TOKYO, January 23, 2017—Canon Inc. announced today that the Company has ranked first for the third time among manufacturing companies in Nikkei Inc.’s 20th Environmental Management Survey, receiving high ratings for each criterion, including perfect scores for promotion of environmental management structure, resource recycling and measures against global warming.


Started in 1997 by Nikkei Inc., the Environmental Management Survey is an annual survey that assesses businesses’ endeavors to improve environmental measures and management efficiency. This year’s survey was based on a questionnaire sent to 1,733 companies that was answered by 396 companies.


In the manufacturing category, each company’s level of environmental management was assessed based on five criteria: promotion of environmental management structure, pollution and biodiversity-related measures, resource recycling, environmental product policy and measures against global warming, and ranked based on their total score.



In this year’s survey, Canon achieved perfect scores for promotion of environmental management structure, resource recycling and measures against global warming for such highly rated activities as the Company’s carbon offset program that reduces CO2 emissions equivalent to those produced by such products as office multifunction devices and some production printers to zero and the establishment of an automatic toner and ink cartridge recycling system. Additionally, the Company also scored highly for other criteria, achieving a total score of 496 (out of a possible 500), placing first in the manufacturing category.


Under its Action for Green environmental vision, introduced in 2008, Canon set a goal of annually reducing lifecycle CO2 emissions for each product by 3%, and is proactively making efforts through such initiatives as energy-saving activities at manufacturing bases, a modal shift in distribution, reduced energy consumption during product use, product remanufacturing,¹ reusing parts and recycling consumable goods. As a result, in 2015, lifecycle CO2 emissions per product were approximately 30% of those in 2008—successfully achieving an average reduction of approximately 5% a year.


Canon’s Action for Green environmental vision aims to realize a society that promotes both enriched lifestyles and the global environment through technological innovation and improved management efficiency. Throughout the entire product lifecycle—Produce, Use, Recycle—Canon continues to expand activities with its customers and business partners to reduce environmental burden in pursuit of this environmental vision.



  • ¹A process of selecting parts that can be reused from used products, cleaning and repairing those parts and using them to manufacture new products. Remanufactured products are confirmed to have the same levels of quality as products manufactured entirely with new parts prior to shipment.


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EOS Bodies / Re: Poll: Are 5D3 owners going to buy a 6D2?
« Last post by SaabStory on January 23, 2017, 05:25:02 PM »
My first digital camera was the Canon G1, which had an amazingly useful "flippy" screen.
I switched to a DSLR in 2001 starting with the D30, and eventually moving on to the  full-frame 5D series.   Of course my 5D3 is massively better than that old G1, but I've always missed that articulated "flippy" screen"

I've often wondered why there is so much animosity in the 5D community toward articulated screens?  I mean, if someone prefers not to use it, then they can just keep it closed. What's the big deal?  Personally, I found to to be very useful.

I had planned to buy a 5D4 by now, but funds are tight, and I'm not feeling an immense need to spend money on that model. However, if the 6D2 becomes available with most of the same features at a lower cost, AND an articulated screen, I will be very excited by that option.
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