Donnie G

Donnie G

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On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1117 comments in total)
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Donnie G: My gorgeous gal pal, Brandi, and I plan on using the 7D Mk II paired with the new Canon 100-400L II zoom lens as our primary kit during a very special trip with some of our camera club members in 2017. It'll be our way of celebrating our teenagers' high school graduations as they head off to college or prison or whatever. So, in the mean time, Brandi and I will rent that body and lens combo from time to time in order to familiarize ourselves with the AF and other aspects of that kit. As is usual at our house, our 70D will be almost exclusively used with the Canon EF-S 10-22 UWA and our 6D will most often be paired with the EF 24-105L. We tried out those kits before we bought them too. No buyer's remorse here. Oh ok, maybe the teenagers are a questionable investment, but who knew? :)

@prossi,

Whether it's in business, careers, hobbies, or personal relationships, I tend to invest for the long term. That's why I'm very comfortable with Canon's long product development cycles for its EOS camera system. I like knowing that their gear is still relevant in terms of sales and user functionality even after five or more years of competing in today's tough marketplace. Perhaps you do it differently, but I don't upgrade camera bodies every other year. At this time, Brandi and I own three DSLR bodies and five lenses, all Canon. That is our core personal kit that gets plenty of use all the time, but we also rent a lot of exotic camera gear, mostly lenses, or borrow it from our camera club friends. So yes, we do get to use plenty of other camera systems too, but we buy Canon. We have yet to be impressed enough with the products churned out in those yearly upgrades by the new camera companies to buy one. :)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2014 at 16:30 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1117 comments in total)

My gorgeous gal pal, Brandi, and I plan on using the 7D Mk II paired with the new Canon 100-400L II zoom lens as our primary kit during a very special trip with some of our camera club members in 2017. It'll be our way of celebrating our teenagers' high school graduations as they head off to college or prison or whatever. So, in the mean time, Brandi and I will rent that body and lens combo from time to time in order to familiarize ourselves with the AF and other aspects of that kit. As is usual at our house, our 70D will be almost exclusively used with the Canon EF-S 10-22 UWA and our 6D will most often be paired with the EF 24-105L. We tried out those kits before we bought them too. No buyer's remorse here. Oh ok, maybe the teenagers are a questionable investment, but who knew? :)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2014 at 22:53 UTC as 116th comment | 2 replies
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1117 comments in total)

The Canon 7D Mk II will consistently outsell the mirrorless brands, month after month, and year after year, for as long as Canon chooses to produce it, because the camera meets or exceeds all of the expectations of its target audience. Those folks who simply want a camera that has every new and trendy tech gadget ever made built in would probably be happier with a Sony or whatever, because the 7D Mk II definitely was not built for them. The good news is that there is something in the marketplace for everybody. :)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2014 at 14:27 UTC as 144th comment | 2 replies
On Sony announces US pricing for full-frame Alpha 7 II article (177 comments in total)
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Donnie G: Can the FF Sony A7 II gain a sales advantage by undercutting the cost of an APS-C Canon 7D II by $100? I think they can. :)

@HowaboutRAW,

While it's true that among knowledgeable photographers the A7 II and 7D II are aimed at two different kinds of enthusiast users, I think that we automatically assume that the majority of buyers are going to be knowledgeable photographers. That's a false assumption. Novice hobbyists with money to spend will make up the majority of sales, just as they have always done. For them, it's more about the status symbol than the tool, and right now, owning the most compact camera that has the largest sensor is a sure way to one up your camera owning friends. For a few of those buyers knowledge will come, later. This is the first time that an enthusiast FF and top of the line enthusiast APS-C camera have gone head to head on price and that's what makes this matchup interesting to me. :)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 28, 2014 at 04:08 UTC
On Sony announces US pricing for full-frame Alpha 7 II article (177 comments in total)
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Donnie G: Can the FF Sony A7 II gain a sales advantage by undercutting the cost of an APS-C Canon 7D II by $100? I think they can. :)

@HowaboutRAW,

I agree with most of what you said, however, I'm looking at the A7 II price point purely as a sales strategy that should help it to get off to a fast start against a highly desirable competitor like the 7D II. Will enough enthusiasts be willing to ignore any perceived faults in Sony's A7 II camera to buy it in order to save $100 and have bragging rights to owning a full frame camera versus the APS-C Canon 7D II no matter how good the Canon is? Sony is betting that they will. Given today's climate of consumers settling for "good enough at the lowest possible price", I think Sony might be right. No matter how things go, it'll be fun to see how this all plays out in the real world marketplace. :)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 28, 2014 at 02:07 UTC
On Sony announces US pricing for full-frame Alpha 7 II article (177 comments in total)

Can the FF Sony A7 II gain a sales advantage by undercutting the cost of an APS-C Canon 7D II by $100? I think they can. :)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2014 at 15:33 UTC as 9th comment | 8 replies
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Vignes: Looks like Sony spends more $$$ on their mirrorless camera rather than SLT DSLR. These is more of a threat to their own DSLR market. would they ramp down their DSLR in the near future?

Previous post was directed at Vignes, not abortabort. Must be past my nap time. :)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 22, 2014 at 11:12 UTC
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Vignes: Looks like Sony spends more $$$ on their mirrorless camera rather than SLT DSLR. These is more of a threat to their own DSLR market. would they ramp down their DSLR in the near future?

abortabort, you are absolutely right on all counts. The big 2 are not about to alienate their well established customer base by introducing a competing system to their interchangeable lens cameras that's incompatible with what they already sell in order to offer a mirrorless product. Makes no business sense at all. However, if you're building a new camera system from scratch like Fuji, Oly, Pana, and Samsung, then you don't have an established customer base to offend yet, and mirrorless is definitely the most cost effective platform to go with. Sony is at a crossroad where they are going to have to alienate somebody in order for them to move forward. The trick is in how they do it and how soon will they do it? It'll be interesting to see how that plan unfolds. :)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 22, 2014 at 10:54 UTC
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Vignes: Looks like Sony spends more $$$ on their mirrorless camera rather than SLT DSLR. These is more of a threat to their own DSLR market. would they ramp down their DSLR in the near future?

Vignes brings up a valid point in that Sony is competing against itself by offering 2 distinctly different camera systems to exactly the same customer at exactly the same price points, but share nothing else of value to that customer other than their Sony branding. IMO, this conflict of interest is the biggest obstacle to Sony becoming a successful, (as in profitable), camera manufacturer. I'm just curious as to how this drama will play out for Sony, and I imagine that the big 2 are just as curious as I am. I don't know whether it will be the mirrorless E mount or the A mount SLT, but one of those systems is going to have to die or move way upmarket away from the enthusiast consumer space and take on the big 2 as the tool of choice for professionals. Personally, I don't see that tool of choice thing working out for Sony. :)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 22, 2014 at 05:56 UTC
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Donnie G: Looks like Sony has finally figured out how to do useful incremental upgrades that actually enhance the performance of their cameras, just like the big 2 have done for decades, instead of simply tacking on whatever feature that seems popular at the moment. Good job Sony! :)

Thank you T3 for helping me to make my point:

"Looks like Sony has finally figured out how to do useful incremental upgrades that actually enhance the performance of their cameras, just like the big 2 have done for decades, ((instead of simply tacking on whatever feature that seems popular at the moment))." :)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 22, 2014 at 04:26 UTC

Looks like Sony has finally figured out how to do useful incremental upgrades that actually enhance the performance of their cameras, just like the big 2 have done for decades, instead of simply tacking on whatever feature that seems popular at the moment. Good job Sony! :)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2014 at 10:04 UTC as 69th comment | 3 replies

Plan A: If this doesn't work, blame it on the new guy.

Plan B: See Plan A. :)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2014 at 13:38 UTC as 55th comment
On Canon PowerShot G7 X Review preview (412 comments in total)
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Donnie G: I was convinced that I wasn't among the consumers that Canon's G7 X was made for because I have never been interested in owning any compact camera. Boy was I wrong. Although I have no interest in owning compact cameras, my teens are very interested in the category, and I am their "deep pockets". So I wound up buying 2 G7 X cameras, one for him and one for her. Between the 2 of them, they were able to setup the cameras without any input from "the broke old guy". After about 10 days, my gorgeous gal pal, Brandi, and I were able to decipher enough teen slang to learn that the camera features they worship the most are the programable click wheel around the lens collar, the articulated touch screen, and the ability to upload images to social media via Canon's Image Gateway service. I don't think that these kids are even aware of the other features, such as sensor size, lens speed, focal length, or even IQ. It takes better photos than their smartphones and their friends think its cool. :)

What made my kids happy was being able to make their own choices as to what camera brand and model to buy. In other words, what made them happy are the same things that make the rest of us happy when we go shopping for a product or service. Choice!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2014 at 16:13 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G7 X Review preview (412 comments in total)
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Donnie G: I was convinced that I wasn't among the consumers that Canon's G7 X was made for because I have never been interested in owning any compact camera. Boy was I wrong. Although I have no interest in owning compact cameras, my teens are very interested in the category, and I am their "deep pockets". So I wound up buying 2 G7 X cameras, one for him and one for her. Between the 2 of them, they were able to setup the cameras without any input from "the broke old guy". After about 10 days, my gorgeous gal pal, Brandi, and I were able to decipher enough teen slang to learn that the camera features they worship the most are the programable click wheel around the lens collar, the articulated touch screen, and the ability to upload images to social media via Canon's Image Gateway service. I don't think that these kids are even aware of the other features, such as sensor size, lens speed, focal length, or even IQ. It takes better photos than their smartphones and their friends think its cool. :)

Caerolle, I agree that operating a business at a profit is the right approach for any company. People who think otherwise are either delusional or they simply don't have a head for business. :)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2014 at 14:14 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G7 X Review preview (412 comments in total)
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Donnie G: I was convinced that I wasn't among the consumers that Canon's G7 X was made for because I have never been interested in owning any compact camera. Boy was I wrong. Although I have no interest in owning compact cameras, my teens are very interested in the category, and I am their "deep pockets". So I wound up buying 2 G7 X cameras, one for him and one for her. Between the 2 of them, they were able to setup the cameras without any input from "the broke old guy". After about 10 days, my gorgeous gal pal, Brandi, and I were able to decipher enough teen slang to learn that the camera features they worship the most are the programable click wheel around the lens collar, the articulated touch screen, and the ability to upload images to social media via Canon's Image Gateway service. I don't think that these kids are even aware of the other features, such as sensor size, lens speed, focal length, or even IQ. It takes better photos than their smartphones and their friends think its cool. :)

@ The Squire,

My opinion is based on observations during my shopping experience with my family and their friends. Hopefully your opinion is based on some similar kind of experience. In any case, both your comments and mine are just opinions and nothing more. FYI, I was the only old film shooter in the group that day, but I wasn't the one who was making any shopping decisions other than putting a limit on how much could be spent. As I said at the top of this tread, I don't even like compact cameras, not Canon's or anybody else's. I don't own one and I don't want one. :)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2014 at 10:57 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G7 X Review preview (412 comments in total)
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Donnie G: I was convinced that I wasn't among the consumers that Canon's G7 X was made for because I have never been interested in owning any compact camera. Boy was I wrong. Although I have no interest in owning compact cameras, my teens are very interested in the category, and I am their "deep pockets". So I wound up buying 2 G7 X cameras, one for him and one for her. Between the 2 of them, they were able to setup the cameras without any input from "the broke old guy". After about 10 days, my gorgeous gal pal, Brandi, and I were able to decipher enough teen slang to learn that the camera features they worship the most are the programable click wheel around the lens collar, the articulated touch screen, and the ability to upload images to social media via Canon's Image Gateway service. I don't think that these kids are even aware of the other features, such as sensor size, lens speed, focal length, or even IQ. It takes better photos than their smartphones and their friends think its cool. :)

@ white shadow,

I was just surprised at how powerful the Canon brand was as a status symbol among these new photographers. My teen shoppers and their companions made it clear to the salesperson that they were only interested in seeing the Canon products and nothing else. Pretty much the same way that they shop Apple products and exclude all other brands from their selection process. All the salesperson had to do was show them the Canon cameras that were within their/my price range and let them choose one. As soon as the girl settled on the G7 X, I knew that this was not going to end well for my wallet because there was no way that the boy was going to be one upped by his sibling. The parents of the 3 friends who shopped with us bought Canon cameras too without so much as a glance at products from Canon's competitors. This experience was proof enough to me that Canon's brand identity continues to be absolutely huge in the marketplace and is still growing. :)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2014 at 08:55 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G7 X Review preview (412 comments in total)

I was convinced that I wasn't among the consumers that Canon's G7 X was made for because I have never been interested in owning any compact camera. Boy was I wrong. Although I have no interest in owning compact cameras, my teens are very interested in the category, and I am their "deep pockets". So I wound up buying 2 G7 X cameras, one for him and one for her. Between the 2 of them, they were able to setup the cameras without any input from "the broke old guy". After about 10 days, my gorgeous gal pal, Brandi, and I were able to decipher enough teen slang to learn that the camera features they worship the most are the programable click wheel around the lens collar, the articulated touch screen, and the ability to upload images to social media via Canon's Image Gateway service. I don't think that these kids are even aware of the other features, such as sensor size, lens speed, focal length, or even IQ. It takes better photos than their smartphones and their friends think its cool. :)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2014 at 02:09 UTC as 69th comment | 12 replies

Drool worthy and inexpensive too for this class of super-glass. What's not to like? Thank you Canon!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2014 at 23:20 UTC as 19th comment
On Sony launches support program for pro photographers article (114 comments in total)
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Donnie G: Well, it's a step in the right direction for Sony. Now all they need are a couple of pro bodies, about 30 or 40 pro E-mount lenses for those bodies, and maybe 100 or so very brave working pro photographers who are willing to switch from the known pro gear and support sources, Canon and Nikon, to the unknown, Sony. It won't happen overnight, but it could happen. Good luck Sony!

Sony does have very high grade lenses in A-mount, but as you pointed out, Kiril, they don't as yet have a proper pro grade A-mount body to go with those lenses. Sony must also build a similar system of pro bodies and lenses for their mirrorless E-mount if they expect mirrorless to be taken seriously by the pro community. All I'm saying is that it isn't easy or cheap to build 2 different systems at once, but that's what they're faced with.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 2, 2014 at 13:59 UTC

Olympus makes great lenses. It's too bad that these lenses are being made for a dying system. Micro 4/3 will be laid to rest alongside 4/3 because both Olympus and Panasonic together can't generate enough sales volume to keep the standard alive, and 3rd party lens makers are swallowing up the few chances at profit that are left. R.I.P. M4/3.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 2, 2014 at 05:59 UTC as 58th comment | 17 replies
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