Jonathan Brady

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On article Accessory Review: Peak Design Slide Camera Sling strap (137 comments in total)
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CanonKen: I disagree about the metal scratching the gear (and what I am assuming caused the reviewer to give this 3 vs. 4 stars). I have used this strap since not long after it was available, and it has not caused any issues, in or out of the bag. I have hiked with it, wrapped the strap around the camera, and otherwise 'used' it (not just casually or infrequently).

You state 'risk' and 'fear' of this happening, but not it actually happening. Of course it could happen, but it does not seem likely.

Now to your point, would a different material (either coated metal, or plastic) have been a better choice? Probably, but until I read this review, the thought or manifestation of damage never came up.

If anyone wonders why I have such a passionate defense, it is because this is the best strap I've used, and I'd hate to see people shy away from trying it themselves.

Yeah, the review REEKS of F.U.D. during that part of the write up.

Link | Posted on May 1, 2016 at 14:23 UTC
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Max Iso: Easily the best crop sensor camera ever made. Best IQ, best battery life, best AF, best feature set, and Nikons great lenses backing it up.

ALL HAIL THE KING !!!!!!!!!

As a Canon user, I'd agree with your assessment. But the obnoxious sentence at the end, I could live without.

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2016 at 03:39 UTC
On Connect post Dual-camera rumored to be reserved for large iPhone variant (16 comments in total)
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lynmay: The SE works much better for portability. I just
received mine yesterday and it's replacing my 5s.
I have my professional cameras for serious photography,
so the thought of lugging a small "tablet" phone around
for dual cameras is not a concern.
The only reason that I upgraded iPhones was because
my son gifted it to me. I'll appreciate the better screen
and 12mp camera, but it's only a secondary tool.

Hopefully, as the American people begin to realize that
bigger is not always better, the corporations will follow.
In order to maintain the consumerism attitude that will
be a given, until we have nothing else to consume.

Don't worry... There's a vocal group of folks who firmly believe that smaller is ALWAYS better.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2016 at 03:15 UTC
On Connect post Dual-camera rumored to be reserved for large iPhone variant (16 comments in total)
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LukeDuciel: I'd be greatly disappointed if Mr. Cook did not push dual cam into VR or at least some immersion experience. This is what Apple as industry leader should do. So far the dual cam on Huawei or LG serves only as a gimmick.

Apple hasn't been an industry leader in quite some time.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2016 at 11:23 UTC
On article Sony may split off its imaging products business (71 comments in total)

Getting spun off means that your new division is now wholly responsible for profits. This also means that each individual product line will be evaluated to see if it adds or subtracts from the bottom line. In my opinion, this might, read that again - might, lead to a culture in the imaging business which is less willing to take chances and instead play it safe. Because safe makes money. Failed chances, do not.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2016 at 20:47 UTC as 13th comment | 2 replies
On article Taking it easy: Canon EOS 80D shooting experience (292 comments in total)
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vscd: [...]A whole day of shooting stills and video (about 700 stills, and 35 videos, most about 30 secs in length) resulted in only a 1/4 drain on the battery[...]

This sounds amazing, even for DSLRs. I assume 10times to mirrorless?!

It sounds realistic to me. I have no problem getting a couple thousand images out of a single charge, and that's spread out over several weeks while not micromanaging the battery, and recharging at 1/4 or more. I would think if one aims to conserve battery life and/or simply has a style conducive to it, the authors results would be easily attainable. If I'm heading out and have at least 50% battery left, I don't bother swapping for a full battery or recharging the one I have. That's with both 6D and 70D.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2016 at 09:58 UTC
On article Taking it easy: Canon EOS 80D shooting experience (292 comments in total)
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brownie314: I just can't see how Canon can sell more big black plastic boxes when there is competition like the A6300 around. Yes, I know they are still the sales leader - and DT is still leading the R primary race - that doesn't mean he is the smartest choice - he is just shouting the loudest.

Wow... you didn't even read the d*** article. No wonder you come off like you have ZERO clue. You just came here to troll the comments and bluster on about the "superiority" of MILC. Can't believe I got sucked in. What's the old saying? "I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it." and there's always “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” Well done brownie314. Lesson learned. We're done.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2016 at 01:22 UTC
On article Taking it easy: Canon EOS 80D shooting experience (292 comments in total)
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brownie314: I just can't see how Canon can sell more big black plastic boxes when there is competition like the A6300 around. Yes, I know they are still the sales leader - and DT is still leading the R primary race - that doesn't mean he is the smartest choice - he is just shouting the loudest.

And now we've come to a reasonable end to this discussion. In the beginning, you questioned the authors preference for the 80D based on your preferences and biases, despite the author explaining his decision. Then you asserted that mirrorless is the best for everyone, which you later recanted and excluded "specialized" cases. Now, you've finally said this: "You chose your system for your reasons. If you are happy with your choices - great." Had you started with that acquiescence, you would never have had to post in the first place. So, maintain this new found tolerance and understanding and you'll save yourself a lot of time in the future.

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2016 at 18:12 UTC
On article Taking it easy: Canon EOS 80D shooting experience (292 comments in total)
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brownie314: I just can't see how Canon can sell more big black plastic boxes when there is competition like the A6300 around. Yes, I know they are still the sales leader - and DT is still leading the R primary race - that doesn't mean he is the smartest choice - he is just shouting the loudest.

See... you're COMPLETELY honed in on size/weight. I'd suggest a gym membership and move back to DSLR, but realistically the weight difference isn't that much - so really you're just whiny.

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2016 at 16:46 UTC
On article Taking it easy: Canon EOS 80D shooting experience (292 comments in total)
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brownie314: I just can't see how Canon can sell more big black plastic boxes when there is competition like the A6300 around. Yes, I know they are still the sales leader - and DT is still leading the R primary race - that doesn't mean he is the smartest choice - he is just shouting the loudest.

You're missing my point (which admittedly, has been implied - so my apologies for not being 100% clear). I consider myself to be "most people" (especially on DPR) when it comes to cameras. I have a few favorite lenses (1, really), enjoy the ergonomics of my current system, like the output it produces, and have enough money tied up in it that switching would be financially burdensome. I also rely on my camera to produce images in varied situations and simply won't accept being a beta tester while a company works out the kinks. So me, being an average person with a camera he likes and a favorite lens, I'm asking you to illustrate how moving to Sony FF would benefit me. If you wish, pretend I have a 6D + 24-70 II and 70-200 IS II. That certainly is not a 1-off kind of example - THAT particular photographer is everywhere. Why would switching to Sony FF E mount be beneficial to them?

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2016 at 16:45 UTC
On article Taking it easy: Canon EOS 80D shooting experience (292 comments in total)
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brownie314: I just can't see how Canon can sell more big black plastic boxes when there is competition like the A6300 around. Yes, I know they are still the sales leader - and DT is still leading the R primary race - that doesn't mean he is the smartest choice - he is just shouting the loudest.

Oh, and why would you assume my camera and lenses are sitting at home in a cabinet? I use them, on average, about 5 days per week. So your assertion that my stuff doesn't get used is false, and nearly as absurd as your suggestion that mirror less is THE solution for most people (which you reduced from everyone).

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2016 at 14:25 UTC
On article Taking it easy: Canon EOS 80D shooting experience (292 comments in total)
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brownie314: I just can't see how Canon can sell more big black plastic boxes when there is competition like the A6300 around. Yes, I know they are still the sales leader - and DT is still leading the R primary race - that doesn't mean he is the smartest choice - he is just shouting the loudest.

That's equally laughable and ludicrous. I need to defend my purchasing decision? Do me a favor and tell me how my photography pursuits would be improved by switching to Sony FF E mount. Per LR, 40% of my images are with the 135L, the majority of those are at f/2. 30% are with the Sigma Art 50mm f/1.4, another 20% with the 85/1.8, and the rest are with the 35mm f/2 IS and 100L. In total, I have $3650 tied up in those lenses plus the body. I also own the 70-300L and the 200 f/2.8L II. I have $1100 tied up in those, but I recently purchased them so haven't used them much yet. I also have the 24-105L which was purchased with the 6D for $500. I never use it though and will be selling it when I upgrade the 6D. So, $5250. I imagine I could sell everything for what I have in it (at least). Tell me how I could switch to FF E mount for the same money, have the same flexibility and IQ. Similar or better ergonomics. Similar battery life. All without unreliable adapters, too. Go for it.

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2016 at 14:05 UTC
On article Taking it easy: Canon EOS 80D shooting experience (292 comments in total)
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brownie314: I just can't see how Canon can sell more big black plastic boxes when there is competition like the A6300 around. Yes, I know they are still the sales leader - and DT is still leading the R primary race - that doesn't mean he is the smartest choice - he is just shouting the loudest.

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Personally, I prefer FF, which leaves me with Sony if I choose mirrorless. I prefer Canon colors, which leaves me with Canon or fighting the tide in PP with Sony. I LOVE my 135L for it's focusing speed (lightning quick and deadly accurate), bokeh, colors, IQ wide open, balance on my 6D, and value. I use this lens the majority of the time. Given that adapters do NOT provide equal performance (they don't, as I said above, in even a majority of cases), why in the world would I pay 2-4x the cost of a 6D to buy a Sony plus an adapter (since Sony doesn't even offer a 135 of ANY aperture for E-mount), and spend infinitely more time in post, just so I can say "well, Brownie314 said black boxes weren't the best choice anymore, so 'praise mirrorless!'". THAT would be obtuse.

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2016 at 10:41 UTC
On article Taking it easy: Canon EOS 80D shooting experience (292 comments in total)
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brownie314: I just can't see how Canon can sell more big black plastic boxes when there is competition like the A6300 around. Yes, I know they are still the sales leader - and DT is still leading the R primary race - that doesn't mean he is the smartest choice - he is just shouting the loudest.

I'm being obtuse? No. I'm not. I fully understand the concept of mirrorless, have owned 2, but currently own neither (M and A6000). Sure, tech inside of mirrorless is advancing quickly, which is worthy of significant praise, but there are still NUMEROUS reasons why one would want to, or even should, stay with DSLR. Arguing about adapting lenses is, IMO, a massive compromise until AF can be shown to be equal, or better than native bodies, and despite improvements, it's nowhere close. Sure, a few examples are somewhat close in ideal situations, but it can't be claimed in an equal number of situations for any lens, nor in any situation for some lenses (some just won't lock focus regardless). Additionally, as I alluded to previously, your blind loyalty to mirrorless has COMPLETELY blinded you to the fact that some people have preferences different than yours.

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2016 at 10:41 UTC
On article Taking it easy: Canon EOS 80D shooting experience (292 comments in total)
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brownie314: I just can't see how Canon can sell more big black plastic boxes when there is competition like the A6300 around. Yes, I know they are still the sales leader - and DT is still leading the R primary race - that doesn't mean he is the smartest choice - he is just shouting the loudest.

@brownie314 - the simple fact that you wrote this "I am saying I don't think the big black boxes are really the best choice any more", which is an absolute statement which encompasses everyone and every situation, ever, tells me that you've completely disregarded OTHER people's personal preferences in favor of your own. So why would I bother typing anything else?

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2016 at 01:45 UTC
On article Taking it easy: Canon EOS 80D shooting experience (292 comments in total)
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brownie314: I just can't see how Canon can sell more big black plastic boxes when there is competition like the A6300 around. Yes, I know they are still the sales leader - and DT is still leading the R primary race - that doesn't mean he is the smartest choice - he is just shouting the loudest.

I think your personal preferences are creating a selectivity issue. You're either selectively reading, selectively comprehending, or selectively forgetting much of what was written by the author. Also, there are PLENTY of reasons not to even want to consider trying the A6300... unless of course you're completely impartial and in love with Sony.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2016 at 23:20 UTC
On article Taking it easy: Canon EOS 80D shooting experience (292 comments in total)
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vickylou: If you are upgrading from a 60D and the video capabilities are not top of your list do you go 80D or 7D mkii? I know some people are quite flippant about the swivel screen but a few times I have found it quite useful for shot I would not have been able to get other wise but on the 60D AF in live view if awful!

Well, do the features/benefits of the 7D Mark II outweigh the features/benefits of the 80D, for you? The 7D Mark II has a more robust AF system, EXCEPT when using teleconverters. 7D2 has a much better build quality, but the 80D is no slouch. Consequently, it's larger and heavier too (could be a positive or negative depending on your preferences). 7D2 has dual card slots. 80D has a much better live view and video experience and better image quality, especially when increasing brightness, locally or globally, in RAW files.
I think for the majority, the 80D is the better buy. But I still believe the 7D2 has it's place in the market.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2016 at 11:02 UTC
On article Taking it easy: Canon EOS 80D shooting experience (292 comments in total)
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Jonathan Brady: It seems that Dan is more impressed with the results from the live view AF than the OVF with regards to AF and tracking. Is that based on a preference (or skill level) difference for Dan, or is it due to the prowess of the live view AF? I ask because I have a 70D and find that it rarely, if ever, fails me regarding AF through the OVF, but simply having a subject turn their back to the camera when using live view is enough to make the DPAF system start hunting. And I've placed much higher demands on it (OVF AF) than a guy on a skateboard coming basically straight at the camera. Honestly, I hope it's that the live view AF is SO good that it makes the OVF AF look average by comparison. That would indicate DRAMATIC progress with Canon's DPAF which would of course, imply a great future for Canon's M line as well as all of their other DSLR.

EDIT: Dan, you may want to mention that while the Sony A6300 may have 425 AF points, when using live view, the 80D has 24 million.

actually, it looks like I messed up quite a bit in my brain (thanks to my infant son for waking me up at 4am! and thanks to insomnia for keeping me awake after that). The skateboard was in live view.
But I'm still perplexed how his impressions for live view AF were better than OVF AF. Or maybe my sleep deprived brain transposed that too!

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2016 at 10:55 UTC
On article Taking it easy: Canon EOS 80D shooting experience (292 comments in total)
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Jonathan Brady: It seems that Dan is more impressed with the results from the live view AF than the OVF with regards to AF and tracking. Is that based on a preference (or skill level) difference for Dan, or is it due to the prowess of the live view AF? I ask because I have a 70D and find that it rarely, if ever, fails me regarding AF through the OVF, but simply having a subject turn their back to the camera when using live view is enough to make the DPAF system start hunting. And I've placed much higher demands on it (OVF AF) than a guy on a skateboard coming basically straight at the camera. Honestly, I hope it's that the live view AF is SO good that it makes the OVF AF look average by comparison. That would indicate DRAMATIC progress with Canon's DPAF which would of course, imply a great future for Canon's M line as well as all of their other DSLR.

EDIT: Dan, you may want to mention that while the Sony A6300 may have 425 AF points, when using live view, the 80D has 24 million.

Good point! Thanks for bringing that up. I read it, but it didn't manage to stick in my brain :-)

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2016 at 10:52 UTC
On article Taking it easy: Canon EOS 80D shooting experience (292 comments in total)

It seems that Dan is more impressed with the results from the live view AF than the OVF with regards to AF and tracking. Is that based on a preference (or skill level) difference for Dan, or is it due to the prowess of the live view AF? I ask because I have a 70D and find that it rarely, if ever, fails me regarding AF through the OVF, but simply having a subject turn their back to the camera when using live view is enough to make the DPAF system start hunting. And I've placed much higher demands on it (OVF AF) than a guy on a skateboard coming basically straight at the camera. Honestly, I hope it's that the live view AF is SO good that it makes the OVF AF look average by comparison. That would indicate DRAMATIC progress with Canon's DPAF which would of course, imply a great future for Canon's M line as well as all of their other DSLR.

EDIT: Dan, you may want to mention that while the Sony A6300 may have 425 AF points, when using live view, the 80D has 24 million.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2016 at 10:21 UTC as 36th comment | 17 replies
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