zlatko

zlatko

Lives in United States United States
Works as a Wedding & Portrait Photographer
Joined on Oct 5, 2001
About me:

I'm a photographer based in northern New Jersey, near New York City. I photograph special events, people and places.

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On Canon EOS Rebel T6s Review preview (432 comments in total)
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nicoboston: If you want to have fun with a DSLR and good lenses, and don't want a big camera, get a 100D (SL1). The 100D should be the only "Rebel". The other ones (6 Rebels !!!) are mostly useless. Those who want a simple entry level DSLR will get the 100D, and if they need more "serious" gear they have the XXDs. Currently Canon has 17 EOS DSLRs available and it does not make sense ! In the current context it is totally counterproductive.They should get rid of at least 50% of current DSLR bodies, unless they want to make this wonderful EOS system totally incomprehensible :-(

The reason for 17 is to offer something for nearly every budget, with smaller price gaps between models. Buyers for the one that best meets their needs and budget.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 16, 2015 at 00:16 UTC
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ManuelVilardeMacedo: Even Leica has to survive in this business - hence the Panasonic clones and the T series. They need it in order to continue producing the most desirable cameras in the world, the M series rangefinder cameras, as well as the M-mount lenses, which quality is second to none.
The fact that digital has democratised photography led to there being crowds who will never comprehend the 'M' concept; this explains the incessant Leica criticism we read here everytime Leica launches whatever product. The Leicas are not for those who buy cameras based on specifications.
It's true Leica exposes themselves to ridicule every now and then with those Safari, Hermés, Titanium and Correspondent limited editions, but that's part of the business: as long as there are people willing to buy them, why not? It's a win-win deal.
I don't have the money for a Leica; even if I had, I couldn't care less for rangefinder systems - but I respect the fact Leicas are aspirational products for discerning photographers.

This is how online myths get started: people just make stuff up. He does NOT send his files to Canon. DxO still has his testimonial on their web site. Anyone can use DxO FilmPack. No need to send to Canon. After processing the raw files, his photo lab outputs the images to 645 film negatives which are then printed using traditional darkroom methods & materials.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 17:52 UTC
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Chilloutbuddy: yep, I agree.

the only thing that ruins it for me is the physical shape of this camera; with fixed-lens cameras I want them to be as flat as possible, because they are by definition my take-everywhere cameras and I want them to fit in as many places as possible, from jacket pockets to non-camera bags. One of the things I love about the X100 series and the GR. So I think I'll wait for the pancake lens version, if it ever comes.

PS it's been many years since I've paid for anything branded leica, but lately I feel better about their pricing since I noticed for how many consecutive years they were actually losing money from selling cameras. Search their financial reports up to 2010/11.

I think the point is to give it a great lens with a high quality aperture ring and manual focus ring. Fixed lens cameras aren't necessarily take everywhere cameras. Fuji used to make very large 6x7 and 6x9 medium format fixed lens cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 17:38 UTC
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ManuelVilardeMacedo: Even Leica has to survive in this business - hence the Panasonic clones and the T series. They need it in order to continue producing the most desirable cameras in the world, the M series rangefinder cameras, as well as the M-mount lenses, which quality is second to none.
The fact that digital has democratised photography led to there being crowds who will never comprehend the 'M' concept; this explains the incessant Leica criticism we read here everytime Leica launches whatever product. The Leicas are not for those who buy cameras based on specifications.
It's true Leica exposes themselves to ridicule every now and then with those Safari, Hermés, Titanium and Correspondent limited editions, but that's part of the business: as long as there are people willing to buy them, why not? It's a win-win deal.
I don't have the money for a Leica; even if I had, I couldn't care less for rangefinder systems - but I respect the fact Leicas are aspirational products for discerning photographers.

While it may be true that Salgado "can" get whatever he wants, he does actually use Canon in recent years and not for promotional purposes but for his actual work.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 16:28 UTC
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tko: I have never wanted a Leica, and indeed laughed at the people who own one. This latest incarnation is as ugly as ever. I wonder if Leica even knows there is such a thing a modern CAD software than can actually generate round corners and shapes that are easy to hold. This looks like a lens on a Crackerjack Box and indeed, they've managed to make it look ugly from every angle.

In today's world, the more you make of something, the cheaper it is and the fewer flaws it has. Low production isn't a good thing.

Wow, beauty really is in the eye of the beholder. In my view, the new Q is one of the best looking cameras created in the past 50 years. It looks absolutely beautiful!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 16:16 UTC
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W5JCK: Butt ugly with too few dials and buttons. Looks like a high school class project. I'll leave it for pompous idiots with way more money than photography sense.

Quote from Luminous Landscape today: "I have to say that the Q is an absolute pleasure to handle and shoot with. I was especially taken with the optional hand-grip and finger loop. In combination with the rear panel thumb groove this provides for some of the most secure and enjoyable camera handling I’ve ever experienced."

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 19:47 UTC
On Sony a7R II has 42.4MP on full frame BSI CMOS sensor article (1256 comments in total)
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matthew saville: These full-frame Sonys just keep getting heavier and heavier.

The A7R was 14 oz. The A7 mkII was 21 oz. The A7R mkII is 22 oz.

Considering that a D750 is 26 oz and that a Df is 25 oz, and considering the rather pathetic lifespan of the NP-FW50 battery that would require me to carry 2-3x more batteries anyways, I'm throwing in the towel. This is a joke.

1.5x and 2x mirrorless are the only systems that are truly living up to the weight and space savings mantra that mirrorless had hyped up. Sony's FE system continues to deliver hefty lenses that weigh as much as or more than their DSLR competition. Their bodies get heavier and heavier, as they try and step up the build quality to an acceptable standard.

I'll grant that there are still innumerable new bells and whistles that many people are going to greatly appreciate about mirrorless. 4K video, in-body stabilization, and of course, focus peaking. If those were things I cared about, maybe I'd get on board.

Size & weight matters a lot when you have to carry a bunch of cameras & lenses, and when you have to travel with them.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 19:36 UTC
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W5JCK: Butt ugly with too few dials and buttons. Looks like a high school class project. I'll leave it for pompous idiots with way more money than photography sense.

It's strikingly elegant and beautiful. Hard to miss the sheer beauty of it. And yet it's very purposeful and functional — with all of the essential controls. This is one of the most beautiful camera designs that's come along in a long time.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 15:25 UTC
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toni2: Canon are doing really bad with rebel line (750d, 760d...). It hasn't microAF adjustment. So it is really easy to have bad focused images, and you can't adjust that.
And Canon M3 hasn't electronic viewfinder and has a EF-M mount (it isn't EF-S compatible).

Really, I don't understand Canon. Well, I understand Canon marketing people: make waste time and money to it's clients.

It seems that Canon don't want to put microAF in the rebel line. It is software disabled (firmware) because people from Magic Lantern says that it is hardware enabled from 550d...
So If Canon don't want to put microAF in the rebel line, the only way would be to put an electronic viewfinder and always use live view AF.

toni2, I'm talking about Canon Rebel cameras. I don't understand why you say you can't get in focus photos. Of course you can. But it's possible you have a bad lens; I don't know.

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2015 at 02:01 UTC
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drivecancel: Kind of depressing to see such little improvement in sensor tech from Canon, their best sensor is still only a slightly improved version of the 2008 5D II...

It depends on what type of photography one does. For some types of photography, Canon is the best your money can buy, and the best value. And the best ergonomics, color, lens options, etc. It's not surprising that many pros still choose Canon when they could choose any other brand.

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2015 at 21:50 UTC
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toni2: Canon are doing really bad with rebel line (750d, 760d...). It hasn't microAF adjustment. So it is really easy to have bad focused images, and you can't adjust that.
And Canon M3 hasn't electronic viewfinder and has a EF-M mount (it isn't EF-S compatible).

Really, I don't understand Canon. Well, I understand Canon marketing people: make waste time and money to it's clients.

It seems that Canon don't want to put microAF in the rebel line. It is software disabled (firmware) because people from Magic Lantern says that it is hardware enabled from 550d...
So If Canon don't want to put microAF in the rebel line, the only way would be to put an electronic viewfinder and always use live view AF.

@Randy Benter

Soccer moms and dads are definitely the target market, along with other folks too. But not pros, although some pros buy Rebels too.

As a pro, I can tell you I'd like to have AFMA in a Rebel-sized camera, along with a lot of other features of the higher end cameras, but I happily buy and use a Rebel for personal use knowing it has no AFMA, and get great results. (I also use the higher end cameras.)

As for the E-M1 and X-T1, they are fine cameras but they come with their own set of compromises, too long to detail here. I owned and used both extensively, and sold both. They have very nice features, but their design is not quite as refined as Canon's.

Overall, Canon suits me better. I even prefer (and use) the tiny little SL1 to either the E-M1 or X-T1, and it's a lot cheaper ($350). No doubt mirrorless will improve, and I hope Canon does more mirrorless in the future.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2015 at 21:26 UTC
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toni2: Canon are doing really bad with rebel line (750d, 760d...). It hasn't microAF adjustment. So it is really easy to have bad focused images, and you can't adjust that.
And Canon M3 hasn't electronic viewfinder and has a EF-M mount (it isn't EF-S compatible).

Really, I don't understand Canon. Well, I understand Canon marketing people: make waste time and money to it's clients.

It seems that Canon don't want to put microAF in the rebel line. It is software disabled (firmware) because people from Magic Lantern says that it is hardware enabled from 550d...
So If Canon don't want to put microAF in the rebel line, the only way would be to put an electronic viewfinder and always use live view AF.

To understand the market for a Rebel camera, just look at Canon's web site:
http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/standard_display/wireless_eos_rebels_feature

Note the emphasis on ease of use, cool effects, videos, wi-fi, selfie-friendly touchscreen, etc. If you're hanging out on DPReview, reading about AFMA, DxO, Shadow Lifting, etc., you're not the primary market for this camera. If you're eager to do nit-picky labor-intensive AF micro adjustments, you're not the primary market for this camera.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2015 at 20:10 UTC
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toni2: Canon are doing really bad with rebel line (750d, 760d...). It hasn't microAF adjustment. So it is really easy to have bad focused images, and you can't adjust that.
And Canon M3 hasn't electronic viewfinder and has a EF-M mount (it isn't EF-S compatible).

Really, I don't understand Canon. Well, I understand Canon marketing people: make waste time and money to it's clients.

It seems that Canon don't want to put microAF in the rebel line. It is software disabled (firmware) because people from Magic Lantern says that it is hardware enabled from 550d...
So If Canon don't want to put microAF in the rebel line, the only way would be to put an electronic viewfinder and always use live view AF.

You've created a straw man about a hypothetical camera with 1 AF point and no mode dial. A complete non sequitur and distraction, just like your imagined "99%" statistics. Not getting into that, sorry.

Yes, I made up the conversation. But I've spoken with enough friends and relatives to know that it's realistic and representative of real life.

I've spoken with fellow parents at kids' sports & events. Some people are definitely put off by complexity in cameras as in WON'T BUY THEM.

The reason they buy a DSLR is not to "look professional" but to be able to zoom in on their kids and follow the action better than with a phone. A simple practical reason.

You are right about people being seduced by complicated features & gimmicks. But you left out the word *some* as in "some people". Some are and some aren't.

The bottom line is that Canon has proven that they know their market pretty well.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2015 at 19:58 UTC
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Gesture: Call me old-fashioned, but for $1,000, I'd like micro-focus adjustment and 2 card slots.

So go buy the $1,000 camera with AF micro adjustment and 2 card slots. What is holding you back?

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2015 at 17:59 UTC
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Randy Benter: The T6s should get a firmware upgrade to add AF micro adjust. I would never use a DSLR without this capability. It would be nice to have a smaller DSLR like this as an option, but apparently Canikon believe that enthusiasts and pros would never want a smaller/lighter camera. The competition is offering some nice options (e.g. E-M1 and X-T1), but Canon still doesn't get it.

I've used both the E-M1 and X-T1 extensively and for pro work and would still rather shoot with any Rebel, even without AF micro adjustment. That's my preference, based on many thousands of shots.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2015 at 17:48 UTC
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drivecancel: Kind of depressing to see such little improvement in sensor tech from Canon, their best sensor is still only a slightly improved version of the 2008 5D II...

Well, they make great photos with Canon, and that includes Canon sensors. Great work is produced with Canon sensors every day by photographers who could choose any brand.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2015 at 17:15 UTC
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drivecancel: Kind of depressing to see such little improvement in sensor tech from Canon, their best sensor is still only a slightly improved version of the 2008 5D II...

Some of the best photographers in world are choosing Canon and making great photos with Canon's sensors. Their work is in books, magazines, ads, movies, videos, art galleries, etc. It's only on internet photo forums that people get "depressed" about Canon sensors.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2015 at 16:53 UTC
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toni2: Canon are doing really bad with rebel line (750d, 760d...). It hasn't microAF adjustment. So it is really easy to have bad focused images, and you can't adjust that.
And Canon M3 hasn't electronic viewfinder and has a EF-M mount (it isn't EF-S compatible).

Really, I don't understand Canon. Well, I understand Canon marketing people: make waste time and money to it's clients.

It seems that Canon don't want to put microAF in the rebel line. It is software disabled (firmware) because people from Magic Lantern says that it is hardware enabled from 550d...
So If Canon don't want to put microAF in the rebel line, the only way would be to put an electronic viewfinder and always use live view AF.

*Every* feature is desirable to someone. That doesn't mean every feature should be added. Why doesn't the 5D3 have a very useful stars-at-night mode? Because it would be bad design for the intended user.

Yes, the average user wants more than a point & shoot. Rebels deliver a lot more than point & shoot: great results for wide range of photos — holidays, birthdays, sports, etc. Wanting more than a point and shoot doesn't mean the average user wants a nit-picky labor-intensive feature like AF micro adjustment.

Photography enthusiasts want *every* feature, but don't see the negative sales impact of complexity. Salesperson: "It has a feature that lets you manually adjust the autofocus for each lens in a range from -20 to +20 based on a series of test shots of a focus target". Buyer: "I don't want that. Show me a camera without that please."

Does the average bar-b-que user want a built-in sauce rack, high-powered sear station, ceramic briquets & infrared rotisserie?

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2015 at 15:59 UTC
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toni2: Canon are doing really bad with rebel line (750d, 760d...). It hasn't microAF adjustment. So it is really easy to have bad focused images, and you can't adjust that.
And Canon M3 hasn't electronic viewfinder and has a EF-M mount (it isn't EF-S compatible).

Really, I don't understand Canon. Well, I understand Canon marketing people: make waste time and money to it's clients.

It seems that Canon don't want to put microAF in the rebel line. It is software disabled (firmware) because people from Magic Lantern says that it is hardware enabled from 550d...
So If Canon don't want to put microAF in the rebel line, the only way would be to put an electronic viewfinder and always use live view AF.

@toni2 There's no problem in my mind, thank you. Nor is my "solution" as you describe. The Rebel line will work fine with any lens that Canon makes. Of course it's possible that someone will get a bad lens. Bad lenses get returned or fixed under warranty. So there is a solution for that small percentage of lenses that are bad.

Again, these cameras are not made for every kind of photographer in every situation. If you're shooting fast primes at widest aperture, these cameras are not designed for you. They are for the vast majority of photographers who shoot slow zooms or primes stopped down. Canon makes other cameras that are designed for you.

Finally, these cameras are built to sell at a low price. The AF system won't be as sophisticated or precise as in more costly cameras. Adding AF micro adjustment in the software still won't necessarily deliver the same precision as it would in more costly camera like the 5D3 or 7D2.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2015 at 14:39 UTC
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toni2: Canon are doing really bad with rebel line (750d, 760d...). It hasn't microAF adjustment. So it is really easy to have bad focused images, and you can't adjust that.
And Canon M3 hasn't electronic viewfinder and has a EF-M mount (it isn't EF-S compatible).

Really, I don't understand Canon. Well, I understand Canon marketing people: make waste time and money to it's clients.

It seems that Canon don't want to put microAF in the rebel line. It is software disabled (firmware) because people from Magic Lantern says that it is hardware enabled from 550d...
So If Canon don't want to put microAF in the rebel line, the only way would be to put an electronic viewfinder and always use live view AF.

Perhaps you haven't seen all of the parents at their kids' sport events or stage shows with Rebels. I've seen more Rebels at these events than any other camera. These parents want better pics than they can get with their smartphone. They are typically not shooting fast aperture primes, but rather slow zooms. They would be glad to shoot their kids' events with a smartphone, but they know the results won't be as good. So they buy a Rebel which lets them zoom in much better.

Canon could easily add AF micro adjustment to the Rebel line, but they know that a good design is not overly complicated for the intended user. A good design is not a do-everything-for-everyone design. They could also put sports mode, landscape mode and a stars-at-night mode on a 5D3, and it would cost very little to do so, but they know better than to muddy the design like that. It's like the TV commercial where the guy is trying to sell a bar-b-que with a built-in sauce rack.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2015 at 05:13 UTC
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