Donnie G

Donnie G

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Donnie G: I love my six ink tank Canon MG8220 all-in-one printer. It does everything that I need it to do, including proofs, DVD labels, and document scans. I've never had an issue with the printer, probably because I stick with Canon inks instead of using 3rd party substitutes. Why anyone would expect cheap, crappy 3rd party inks to work in a high quality printer as well as the OEM's inks, then complain when it doesn't work out for them, is a mystery to me. Crap in equals crap out. Oh well, different strokes I guess.

I'm aware that inks, like most liquids, will dry out and printer heads will clog if not used for extended periods of time. That's true of any inkjet printing device, and that's why I make sure to run a print, DVD label, or colorful document through my printer at least once a month during my slower photo activities season. However, even if I didn't take those precautions, which by the way, have allowed me to get very long service out of all of my printers, the fact that Canon practically gives these excellent printers away makes replacing them a relatively painless task IMO. Inks and paper are where the real costs are, but I knew that in the first place, which is why my casual photo printing is limited to quick gifts and proofs. The serious stuff goes to an online lab.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2014 at 16:33 UTC

I love my six ink tank Canon MG8220 all-in-one printer. It does everything that I need it to do, including proofs, DVD labels, and document scans. I've never had an issue with the printer, probably because I stick with Canon inks instead of using 3rd party substitutes. Why anyone would expect cheap, crappy 3rd party inks to work in a high quality printer as well as the OEM's inks, then complain when it doesn't work out for them, is a mystery to me. Crap in equals crap out. Oh well, different strokes I guess.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2014 at 12:46 UTC as 6th comment | 2 replies
On Sony a5100 First Impressions Review preview (499 comments in total)
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ADRNATURE: The bigwigs in the industry [nikon and canon] are far behind in this segment.
Weldon Sony.

Leandros, actually it sounds like Fujifilm is hoping to make a profit sometime soon and I hope they do. But, just like CaNikon, I'm not willing to place a serious bet on it happening just yet. The big 2 have more choices in how they want to invest their resources than the rest of the camera companies. So, it makes sense for them to continue to fish for profits far upstream from that crowded little pond the other makers are fishing in until those fish start biting in large enough numbers downstream to justify a move away from CaNikon's favorite fishing spot. Given the slump that the entire camera industry is in right now, I really don't see any of the other companies making any real gains against the long established big 2 anytime soon. Long term, maybe, but definitely not anytime soon.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 19, 2014 at 03:45 UTC
On Sony a5100 First Impressions Review preview (499 comments in total)
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ADRNATURE: The bigwigs in the industry [nikon and canon] are far behind in this segment.
Weldon Sony.

When the market becomes profitable.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2014 at 23:49 UTC
On Canon India teases 'something big' coming soon article (153 comments in total)

Something Big. My guess is a contest for that part of the world. Meanwhile, I'm dreaming of an EF 100-400 Diffractive Optic lens that's much smaller than the current 100-400L. Are you listening Canon? Oh, and maybe a weather sealed, fixed aperture EF-S 10-22 UWA lens too.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2014 at 02:21 UTC as 30th comment
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Donnie G: Now that I've finally used a friend's SLT A77 II for a couple of hours, I've come to the conclusion that while Sony's fixed mirror design appeals to the camera tech geek in me, the camera just doesn't improve upon, nor would it add value to my current kit. IMO, the camera is as good as, but not better than, any of the other APS-C DSLRs out there. So for someone like me, who is already invested in a quality DSLR system, there's no good reason to buy into the Sony system. However, if, like my camera club friend, you are buying and building your first serious system, then Sony's SLT A77 II deserves a serious look.

I never said that the A77 II wasn't a good camera. I absolutely think it's a good camera, but for the way that I use my cameras, there's nothing about it that could compel me to switch from what I already own or add it to my existing kit for some specialized purpose that couldn't be handled by my kit. I shoot in small, cramped venues so much so that my EF-S 10-22 Wide angle zoom lens is hardly ever removed from my 70D body. That body/lens combo has proven to be perfect for my needs, so why would I switch? Do I need subject tracking across the frame? No. What about 12fps capture? No. Video? Not really, but the 70D does have it. Everything else that I use my cameras for is handled by my 6D plus assorted lenses, so why switch? Someone with different needs would likely make different choices. This is the point I'm trying to make. No more, no less.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2014 at 13:16 UTC

This deal is wonderful news for Kodak and the movie industry, and great news for movie buffs like me.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2014 at 04:57 UTC as 24th comment

Now that I've finally used a friend's SLT A77 II for a couple of hours, I've come to the conclusion that while Sony's fixed mirror design appeals to the camera tech geek in me, the camera just doesn't improve upon, nor would it add value to my current kit. IMO, the camera is as good as, but not better than, any of the other APS-C DSLRs out there. So for someone like me, who is already invested in a quality DSLR system, there's no good reason to buy into the Sony system. However, if, like my camera club friend, you are buying and building your first serious system, then Sony's SLT A77 II deserves a serious look.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2014 at 04:41 UTC as 4th comment | 10 replies
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1486 comments in total)

If you need or want a 36mp camera, then the Nikon D810 is an excellent choice. Lets just hope that Nikon doesn't shoot itself in the foot again anytime soon, because the D810 is a camera that could make users forget about the company's recent missteps and put some of the polish back onto the brand's image.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2014 at 03:29 UTC as 73rd comment

Doesn't matter whether you love em or hate em, these Canon superzooms will outsell all of their mirrorless competitors combined. And Canon will continue to make tons of money while the rest of the industry starves due to lack of interest from the average consumer. Only gear heads are concerned with specs, and they make up less then 10% of camera sales. These cameras are being sold to the 90% of consumers who are not camera geeks. Deal with it!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2014 at 00:06 UTC as 12th comment | 6 replies
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1486 comments in total)

Combining the D800 and D800E into one camera will cut production costs and justify the bump in price for the D810. That's 2 wins for Nikon and one for D810 customers who will no longer be forced to choose between AA filter or none. IMO, this is the Nikon D800 that should have been made in the first place. Still, better late than never. Go Nikon!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 14:06 UTC as 272nd comment | 2 replies
On Tamrac brand and assets acquired by Gura Gear article (30 comments in total)

Lowepro forever!

Ok, I'll admit it, I'm bored. I get this way when Brandi's not here to pour my brandy for me, (yes, I could do it myself, but not like she does it), or when I'm between photo gigs, (I'm a workaholic), or during really slow photography news weeks, (of which there have been so many this year). All of which is happening right now. Arrrghhh!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2014 at 19:01 UTC as 9th comment
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Review preview (750 comments in total)
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Donnie G: As nice as the RX100 III is, its most drool worthy impulse buyer's feature, that pop up EVF, will wind up making more enemies than friends for Sony. Why? Because it's not idiot proof. The pop up EVF is the one feature that the new owner is going to want to play with and show off the most, and it's also the thing that will suffer the most abuse and break, or, will be the culprit that constantly drains the battery due to being left in the up/on position. When this happens to enough owners, there will be a revolt, and Sony will get blamed for the operator errors of those owners. This is an easy prediction to make based on what I've seen even experienced photographers do to their new toys. Now imagine that pop up EVF being operated by the casual user, or, dare I say it, your teenagers. Idiot proof? Not! :)

@ Zeisschen,

I'm happy that you're happy with your camera. That's always a good thing. And you're right about waiting for the feedback from end users like yourself. Hope you are right about the robustness of that pop up EVF mechanism as well, although I'm still betting against you on that one. Time will tell. It always does. As for the bit about brand loyalty not being important among CSC buyers, I'm pretty sure that Sony would strongly disagree with you on that point.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2014 at 04:17 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Review preview (750 comments in total)
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Donnie G: As nice as the RX100 III is, its most drool worthy impulse buyer's feature, that pop up EVF, will wind up making more enemies than friends for Sony. Why? Because it's not idiot proof. The pop up EVF is the one feature that the new owner is going to want to play with and show off the most, and it's also the thing that will suffer the most abuse and break, or, will be the culprit that constantly drains the battery due to being left in the up/on position. When this happens to enough owners, there will be a revolt, and Sony will get blamed for the operator errors of those owners. This is an easy prediction to make based on what I've seen even experienced photographers do to their new toys. Now imagine that pop up EVF being operated by the casual user, or, dare I say it, your teenagers. Idiot proof? Not! :)

@ Zeisschen,

My comment about the vulnerability of the pop up EVF would apply equally to any CSC or MILC sporting that feature. It's an eye catching marketing feature that will definitely help make the initial sale, but is not likely to encourage repeat sales or brand loyalty if it proves to be as problematic, as I believe it will, in everyday real world use.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2014 at 03:51 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Review preview (750 comments in total)

As nice as the RX100 III is, its most drool worthy impulse buyer's feature, that pop up EVF, will wind up making more enemies than friends for Sony. Why? Because it's not idiot proof. The pop up EVF is the one feature that the new owner is going to want to play with and show off the most, and it's also the thing that will suffer the most abuse and break, or, will be the culprit that constantly drains the battery due to being left in the up/on position. When this happens to enough owners, there will be a revolt, and Sony will get blamed for the operator errors of those owners. This is an easy prediction to make based on what I've seen even experienced photographers do to their new toys. Now imagine that pop up EVF being operated by the casual user, or, dare I say it, your teenagers. Idiot proof? Not! :)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2014 at 03:15 UTC as 85th comment | 12 replies
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Review preview (750 comments in total)
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Marty4650: I'm really impressed at how good the image quality is coming from "the smallest of the large sensors."

I am also baffled at why Sony hasn't made market share gains against Canon and Nikon in light of all the innovation coming from Sony, and the absence of much innovation from the two market leaders.

@ Babka08,

One day MILCs will take over the world and DSLRs will be dead and gone from the face of the planet. My prediction is that this event will take place the day after flying cars become mainstream transportation. :)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2014 at 17:24 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Review preview (750 comments in total)
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Donnie G: Nice camera. Too bad it's not what American consumers crave. Still, if it sells well in Japan and Asia, then it will have been worth the effort for Sony.

I'd be almost as tickled as you guys if this were the camera that led Sony's camera unit to profitability, and better yet, helped Sony to take marketshare from one or both of the big 2. That would be refreshing, exciting, and yes, interesting, but, I wouldn't bet a dime on it actually happening, especially in the U.S.. But lets wait and see.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2014 at 17:06 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Review preview (750 comments in total)
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Marty4650: I'm really impressed at how good the image quality is coming from "the smallest of the large sensors."

I am also baffled at why Sony hasn't made market share gains against Canon and Nikon in light of all the innovation coming from Sony, and the absence of much innovation from the two market leaders.

Marty,

Nikon is very serious about MILCs. They've just been making bad bets with their 1 series. Canon is the champion poker player at the table who knows how to hide it's hand in plain sight. Canon won't show its cards until all the other players have gone "all in" on their bets. It's what they do.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2014 at 15:51 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Review preview (750 comments in total)
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Marty4650: I'm really impressed at how good the image quality is coming from "the smallest of the large sensors."

I am also baffled at why Sony hasn't made market share gains against Canon and Nikon in light of all the innovation coming from Sony, and the absence of much innovation from the two market leaders.

Hi Marty,

I think most Canon and Nikon fans realize that slow and steady is often preferable to fast and furious. So while the big 2 may not give folks a remarkable new innovation with every new iteration of their cameras, when they do bless a camera with a ground breaking new technology, it almost always winds up being something that sends the rest of the camera makers scurrying back to their drawing boards to try and copy it in order to stay in the game.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2014 at 15:04 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Review preview (750 comments in total)

Nice camera. Too bad it's not what American consumers crave. Still, if it sells well in Japan and Asia, then it will have been worth the effort for Sony.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2014 at 14:47 UTC as 152nd comment | 9 replies
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