garyknrd

garyknrd

Lives in Thailand
Works as a Retired
Has a website at www.birdsthatfart.com
Joined on Jan 2, 2011
About me:

Retired. Hobby, bird photography

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Yea, very nice job Panasonic... Great travel camera...

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2014 at 05:03 UTC as 156th comment
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garyknrd: I suggest the readers that want the 7D II to read this: http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Photography-Tips/canon-eos-dslr-autofocus-explained.aspx

It explains the AF systems very nicely and is easy to understand.
Marketing and the interviewers are driving this camera to unrealistic expectations. In Canons marketing I understand ( sales ). But for a reviewer to compare it to the 1Dx and then ask Canon? VERY misleading and untrue.

Compare it to the 1Dx...
http://cpn.canon-europe.com/files/education/technical/eos_1d_x_explained/AF_guide_EOS-1DX_eng.pdf

21 - F/2.8 dual cross type, 20 - F/4 cross type.

I will pick one up. But, I will wait until the price is much better.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2014 at 12:58 UTC

I suggest the readers that want the 7D II to read this: http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Photography-Tips/canon-eos-dslr-autofocus-explained.aspx

It explains the AF systems very nicely and is easy to understand.
Marketing and the interviewers are driving this camera to unrealistic expectations. In Canons marketing I understand ( sales ). But for a reviewer to compare it to the 1Dx and then ask Canon? VERY misleading and untrue.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2014 at 03:01 UTC as 12th comment | 3 replies
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garyknrd: Not really complaining but. The AF system is not as good as the Idx or the 5D III. Not even close. The only point that is 2.8 is the double cross in the middle. The rest are 5.6? So if you think you are going to get the same or better AF than the other two you are very mistaken. It is just a sales and marketing pitch. Still a pro-summer camera. Better than the 7D for sure.
I'll pick one up for sure. But for that price I will wait until I get one reasonable.
Unless it gets rave reviews? But after downloading the RAW files and looking at them I am in a holding pattern.

@jcunwired. This is where marketing has hit a home run. With people thinking more is better. And all cross type sensors are created equal. They are not. F/5.6 is very poor for super telephoto work. And a cheap sensor to make. The Idx has a cluster of 2.8 cross type and F4.0 cross type sensors. Extremely accurate with good glass. Would you rather have accuracy or more sensors of low quality?
Don't get me wrong I will pick one up. But, it is not even close to the other two cameras in AF accuracy according to the spec's.
This is a pro-summer camera for the masses. F/5.6 and smaller is where most will shoot at with this camera. 400mm F/5.6 lens. 100-400mm zoom. Marketing put in the double cross type for those folks to be able to use the camera at F8. Like I said if rave reviews I will jump on one. But, my reviews will come from a different source than yours I would imagine.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2014 at 02:35 UTC
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Joe Mayer: I guess it makes a great headline and it's clever referring to the mk2 as twice as good? But sadly, no, it's not. I doubt it could ever have been and really, at the price point, does anyone realistically expect it to be so? If you'd like it to be better, it existed before it's announcement. It's called the 1DX. Oh, but no one wants to pay for it. They want a 7D that does what the 1DX does for the price of an SL1. Never gonna happen (though it does a lot of what the 1DX does). So, it's a little better in some ways (iso over 800 wasn't very good at all), a lot better in others (the 7D AF could be flaky) so the mk2 is what it is. Twice as good it isn't but better it is. Another thing's for sure is that the price isn't twice of the 7D. In fact, it's debuting for less than the mk1. Not a bad deal at all.

I would pay more for a 1D crop sensor camera. With 1.6 crop factor. I would not hesitate a minute. I just don't understand why they will not make one?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2014 at 14:46 UTC

What I really like about the internet is. It makes this advertising BS much easier to dissect. People want to get a product at a fair price, and not something that is hyped up and doesn't turn out to be up to snuff. If the 7D II is a success then it will have to meet my an others idea of a good investment and something that is worth 1800 U.S. dollars.
If not? People will know about it VERY fast.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2014 at 14:36 UTC as 35th comment | 1 reply
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garyknrd: Not really complaining but. The AF system is not as good as the Idx or the 5D III. Not even close. The only point that is 2.8 is the double cross in the middle. The rest are 5.6? So if you think you are going to get the same or better AF than the other two you are very mistaken. It is just a sales and marketing pitch. Still a pro-summer camera. Better than the 7D for sure.
I'll pick one up for sure. But for that price I will wait until I get one reasonable.
Unless it gets rave reviews? But after downloading the RAW files and looking at them I am in a holding pattern.

@fish_shooter. I hope it is all good. I really like my 7D. And the IQ is fine with the newer software available. The AF is very poor with a T.C.. Seeing the AF specs of the new 7D II. I am starting to have second thoughts. I truly hope I am wrong. But if not, I will keep my Mark IV.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2014 at 07:50 UTC

Not really complaining but. The AF system is not as good as the Idx or the 5D III. Not even close. The only point that is 2.8 is the double cross in the middle. The rest are 5.6? So if you think you are going to get the same or better AF than the other two you are very mistaken. It is just a sales and marketing pitch. Still a pro-summer camera. Better than the 7D for sure.
I'll pick one up for sure. But for that price I will wait until I get one reasonable.
Unless it gets rave reviews? But after downloading the RAW files and looking at them I am in a holding pattern.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2014 at 06:47 UTC as 56th comment | 5 replies
On Photokina 2014: Ricoh stand report article (151 comments in total)

Good report, Thanks

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 15:46 UTC as 44th comment
On Photokina 2014: Fujifilm stand report article (20 comments in total)

These guys aren't messing around. Exciting to watch.... That new lens looks like a beautiful piece of kit.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 14:41 UTC as 7th comment
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (1866 comments in total)
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Donnie G: I'm surprised at the number of armchair camera designers here who are so upset with Canon for not turning its excellent pro-grade, deliberately built for action photography, APS-C camera into just another consumer grade, jack of all trades, wannabe pro pretender. Meanwhile, the real camera designers and engineers at Canon will again be laughing all the way to the bank as the EOS 7DII proves once again to be the only true professional level APS-C interchangeable lens camera system in existence, today, tomorrow, and into the foreseeable future. :)

Here here! Well said.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 04:21 UTC
On Ricoh surfs into action camera market with WG-M1 article (106 comments in total)

Actually, I bet a lot of divers will buy it. I know when I was diving I would of loved to have this on my belt... And cheap. Many outdoor sports will have this one with them....

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2014 at 01:29 UTC as 43rd comment | 2 replies
On Canon confirms price drop on select EF lenses article (140 comments in total)
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Donnie G: I find it amusing that we now live in a world where we feel the need to upgrade our cameras every other year, just like we do with our cell phones, not to improve our user experience, but to simply provide our egos with bragging rights for one upping our neighbors. Instant gratification, internet style, has really changed how we satisfy our lust for stuff, and not for the better. BTW, thanks Canon for the permanent price reductions on these lenses. While I won't be buying a new camera body again for at least six or more years, new lenses are always on my shopping list. :)

Good read Donnie... Spot on IMO...
Always look forward to your comments.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 4, 2014 at 12:35 UTC
On Canon confirms price drop on select EF lenses article (140 comments in total)
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Donnie G: I find it amusing that we now live in a world where we feel the need to upgrade our cameras every other year, just like we do with our cell phones, not to improve our user experience, but to simply provide our egos with bragging rights for one upping our neighbors. Instant gratification, internet style, has really changed how we satisfy our lust for stuff, and not for the better. BTW, thanks Canon for the permanent price reductions on these lenses. While I won't be buying a new camera body again for at least six or more years, new lenses are always on my shopping list. :)

Good one. Spot on also. I do not even own a cell phone. And seem to live my life just fine.. Haven't had one in 7 years now. Don't have a new vehicle either. Old, but gets me where I am going. My investment banker for the first time ever, and who I barely know sent me a birthday card this year... LOL
I do love fast good glass though.....

Direct link | Posted on Sep 4, 2014 at 02:37 UTC
On Canon confirms price drop on select EF lenses article (140 comments in total)
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Bernard Carns: Canon...Kodak....they sort of start with the same sound. Canon will have a softer landing. Are Canon lenses gonna be like Hasselblad lenses someday where you cant give them away? Both Canon and Nikon have not innovated enough. I have their glass but I'm using it on other brands bodies. Haven't bought a Canon body in years . Not buying their glass will follow.

Interesting to see what happens in the next few years. I have been looking into it some. And I think the Mirror box is not going to survive for the masses. Only for a few niches of photography. Also I am betting on it with my money in the market.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2014 at 03:41 UTC

Interesting, thanks for the post. Always interested in the history of the Beatles

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2014 at 17:25 UTC as 39th comment
On Photographing Thailand with the Nokia Lumia 1020 article (155 comments in total)
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koolbreez: He's real lucky one of the monkeys didn't grab his cell phone. They really like shiny objects, and don't give them back. One of those older macaques could easily rip his arm out of its socket if they would have grabbed his 1020, and they are fast doing it too.

Yea, a few years ago I was there and my Girlfriend was wearing a scarf. One of the males pulled the scarf off of her and I stepped on the scarf as the monkey ran by. It turned and attacked me and then the whole troop surrounded me. I had to take rabbles shots. And stay there for two weeks. They have a guy that stays at the Temple just for that. He ran over and got them off of me. (Ling)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 2, 2014 at 15:17 UTC
On Ricoh announces Pentax K-3 Prestige Edition article (165 comments in total)

I like it. And a good price also.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 01:11 UTC as 45th comment

LOL, Leica is breathing life into the old saying, "shooting yourself in the foot"

Direct link | Posted on Jun 14, 2014 at 14:10 UTC as 54th comment
On BBC examines 100 years of Leica article (24 comments in total)
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km25: Shooting with Leica, no 1/8000, no high speed motor drive, no auto multi points program and AF. The leicas work best, my opion with flim. so when you push the button you know what you will get, no looking at the LCD, there is one now. After you process or it processed you are rarely surprised. It is often a second camera, for the slow intimate times, were the sutter noise is very importan, like a movie set.

Me too, then I would buy the Fuji x-t1...+ Lenses.

Direct link | Posted on May 24, 2014 at 14:30 UTC
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