Jim

Jim

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On article X-Factor: Canon's EOS-1D X Mark II examined in-depth (594 comments in total)

Per photo 2 verbiage in the last sentence, "...gaining 5D-series-style crenelations around the edges, while maintaining the portcullis-like surface patter. "Crenelations" and "portcullis-like"...are you kidding? Nobody speaks like this. Hilarious, really.

Jim

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 00:26 UTC as 36th comment | 4 replies
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Tim Gander: I couldn't give a flying fart at a rolling donut about these cameras, but why bitch about them? There are still plenty of people who don't want a smartphone or who want to keep their telephone separate from their camera. Still lots of people who just want point and shoot with a zoom. These cameras won't sell in the quantities they might once have done, but the beauty of cheap electronics is that the likes of Canon can fill just about every imaginable niche without breaking the R&D piggybank. Anyway, what is it all the "professors of photography" like to say on this forum? "The best camera is the one you have with you." You can't say that and then start prescribing exactly which camera everyone should have with them.

I hear you because at the end of the day they're just cameras...not a cure for cancer. Maybe it's just that there's little else to talk about at the moment. :-)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 17:45 UTC
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Tim Gander: I couldn't give a flying fart at a rolling donut about these cameras, but why bitch about them? There are still plenty of people who don't want a smartphone or who want to keep their telephone separate from their camera. Still lots of people who just want point and shoot with a zoom. These cameras won't sell in the quantities they might once have done, but the beauty of cheap electronics is that the likes of Canon can fill just about every imaginable niche without breaking the R&D piggybank. Anyway, what is it all the "professors of photography" like to say on this forum? "The best camera is the one you have with you." You can't say that and then start prescribing exactly which camera everyone should have with them.

Fair point except that the cameras most people have with them these days are smartphones. Fewer and fewer people want to keep cameras and phones separate. The reason for this is straightforward: smartphone cameras are rapidly getting better and better and have crossed the threshold of image quality acceptability. Why have two devices when one will do? And, for most people, having a phone along is clearly the priority. But if the camera comes included with the phone, all the better.

...just my 2.5 cents worth.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 13:54 UTC
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Martian Keyboard: A new super zoom announcement is always good news to me.
If you have never used a super zoom, you may not realize what these cams are about.
They are incredibly adept at capturing distant information.
Stabilization and target assist are the two main features of importance.
Not EVF , or the small sensor.

When a new super zoom announcement is made, it means that the stabilization and target assist features are improved, making these cams even better for capturing distant information. No other cams can do this.

Try one at a store and you will be able to read a hand written note across the street in another store. The stabilization is key, and it keeps getting better.
You will amaze your friends when you show them something impossible, like name tags on workers three stores down the street.

Incredible fun and usefullness with these cameras.

Fair enough. The truth of it is that none of us have seen a significant number of images. The market will judge soon enough.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 04:33 UTC
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Martian Keyboard: A new super zoom announcement is always good news to me.
If you have never used a super zoom, you may not realize what these cams are about.
They are incredibly adept at capturing distant information.
Stabilization and target assist are the two main features of importance.
Not EVF , or the small sensor.

When a new super zoom announcement is made, it means that the stabilization and target assist features are improved, making these cams even better for capturing distant information. No other cams can do this.

Try one at a store and you will be able to read a hand written note across the street in another store. The stabilization is key, and it keeps getting better.
You will amaze your friends when you show them something impossible, like name tags on workers three stores down the street.

Incredible fun and usefullness with these cameras.

Buy why but these new offerings when you can get an SX 50HS refurb for between $150-250 or one used in excellent condition for about the same money? IMHO, you'd have a lot more camera too if GPS, etc., etc. aren't that important.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 02:06 UTC
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Fellwalker: Bridge camera with no viewfinder. No GPS. Not an entusiasts camera.

Maybe the GPS doesn't but an EVF on a superzoom (regardless of sensor size) at longer focal lengths is a "must have" item. This is just not a debatable point.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 02:02 UTC
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Jim: Why bother with these? Canon continually comes up with something that's just not interesting. The same goes for their ELPH's too.

I can't argue with that.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 5, 2016 at 21:10 UTC

Save the money and invest it more wisely in the enthusiast and DSLR models. The cameras in today's cell phones have devoured the market for these cameras. In addition, they're about as exciting as a rusty anvil.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 5, 2016 at 16:25 UTC as 22nd comment

Why bother with these? Canon continually comes up with something that's just not interesting. The same goes for their ELPH's too.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 5, 2016 at 16:15 UTC as 23rd comment | 4 replies
On photo C17 AT WORK in the December Flying challenge (11 comments in total)

Nice shot! Military aircraft are.my favorite subjects. Well done!

Jim

Direct link | Posted on Dec 25, 2015 at 05:53 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On article Merry Christmas II you: RX1R II sample gallery updated (138 comments in total)

Overall, I seem to like the JPG images better than the RAW ones.

Jim

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2015 at 00:50 UTC as 26th comment | 1 reply
On article Inching forward? Canon PowerShot G5 X review posted (386 comments in total)
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snapa: Optics engineer: We really need to improve and upgrade the lens.
Marketing manager: Nah, let just use the same lens and make more money.
CEO, yeah, it'll sell anyway, it's a CANON!

Agreed. The G5X screams "minimum budget" in the development funding department. Canon did the same thing with the G3X by not including a built in EVF in a superzoom camera which truly needs one. I'm all for camera companies being profitable but the pricing policy of the G5X and G3X is just reaching too far for what you get.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 15, 2015 at 20:31 UTC
On article DxO ONE real-world sample gallery (185 comments in total)
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Jim: I don't see this camera doing any better job than my Samsung Note 4's camera. This is yet another solution in search of a problem.

Jim

I think for my type of photography (aircraft, cars, trains, ships) in mostly decent light, my Samsung Note 4 is excellent. I agree with you that the DxO device is simply too inconvenient to bother with and the price just completely removes it from consideration. This is a device that just doesn't pass the test of obviousness. My guess is that there will likely not be a DxO Two.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2015 at 02:36 UTC
On article DxO ONE real-world sample gallery (185 comments in total)

DxO makes excellent software...stick to this. When software companies venture out into the hardware world, it seldom works out. Lose the hardware and continue doing what you do best...making very good photo software. There's waaay more money in it.

Jim

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2015 at 00:59 UTC as 17th comment
On article DxO ONE real-world sample gallery (185 comments in total)

I don't see this camera doing any better job than my Samsung Note 4's camera. This is yet another solution in search of a problem.

Jim

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2015 at 00:54 UTC as 18th comment | 2 replies
On article Hands-on with Canon's 'not-coming-to-USA' EOS M3 (598 comments in total)
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Jim: Given that the utility of the M's compactness is negated by all but the smallest lenses it can mount, you might as well have a Rebel or full frame body. If compactness is a priority, an SL1, G3X or G1X/G1X II might make much more sense overall. I don't get the entire M series at all. It seems to be a solution in search of a problem.

Jim

Fair enough and like I previously said, if the camera meets your requirements and it makes sense to you, then by all means enjoy it.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2015 at 15:38 UTC
On article Hands-on with Canon's 'not-coming-to-USA' EOS M3 (598 comments in total)
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Jim: Given that the utility of the M's compactness is negated by all but the smallest lenses it can mount, you might as well have a Rebel or full frame body. If compactness is a priority, an SL1, G3X or G1X/G1X II might make much more sense overall. I don't get the entire M series at all. It seems to be a solution in search of a problem.

Jim

None that I can think of. If that's your criteria then the M3 is for you. Keep in mind that you have to BUY the viewfinder as it's not built into the camera body. A separate purchase is also required for the lens adapter. Again (IMHO) it's a system that just doesn't make any sense at all...especially so given it's price point.

As speculatrix has inferred above, it's a system that appears to be a somewhat half-hearted product offering.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 31, 2015 at 18:08 UTC
On article Hands-on with Canon's 'not-coming-to-USA' EOS M3 (598 comments in total)
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Jim: Given that the utility of the M's compactness is negated by all but the smallest lenses it can mount, you might as well have a Rebel or full frame body. If compactness is a priority, an SL1, G3X or G1X/G1X II might make much more sense overall. I don't get the entire M series at all. It seems to be a solution in search of a problem.

Jim

Maybe that person in the marketing department was the chairman of Canon's son-in-law. That would explain a lot. 😊

Jim

Direct link | Posted on Aug 31, 2015 at 05:18 UTC
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tedolf: Too little too late. I wonder if this is the beginning of the end for the M?

Last time they brought a mirrorless camera to the U.S. is was to dump them all in a fire sale.

TEdolph

To justmeMN: What you say is correct. But the reason that there is an oversupply is because there is a lack of demand.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2015 at 02:05 UTC
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Potemkin_Photo: Can't wait for this to hit the $250 bargain bin like the original EOS-M. Bring it!

But if you're only going to sell a "limited number", then why bother? I think Canon IS making the same mistake twice...just like they did with the GX3 (but for different reasons). If you want a lower cost backup body, get one of the later model Rebels or an SL1. Again, the M series seems to be a solution in search of a problem. That's what the market has been telling Canon and that's why they're in the bargain bin.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 01:36 UTC
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