Donnie G

Donnie G

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On Video preview of the Canon Powershot G7 X article (75 comments in total)

Home run!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 21, 2014 at 05:03 UTC as 1st comment
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (1686 comments in total)
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Donnie G: I'm surprised at the number of armchair camera designers here who are so upset with Canon for not turning its excellent pro-grade, deliberately built for action photography, APS-C camera into just another consumer grade, jack of all trades, wannabe pro pretender. Meanwhile, the real camera designers and engineers at Canon will again be laughing all the way to the bank as the EOS 7DII proves once again to be the only true professional level APS-C interchangeable lens camera system in existence, today, tomorrow, and into the foreseeable future. :)

@ arhmatic

Name one other current APS-C or smaller sensor interchangeable lens camera that features all metal construction, weather sealing, a 100% view in the viewfinder, a better than 1DX AF and focus tracking system, 10 fps capture, a buffer large enough to swallow over thirty 20mp raw files in a continuous burst, is supported with dedicated radio controlled speedlights, has an arsenal of over 70 native lenses for its system, and is supported by a world class customer service organization. Oh, and its on sensor video tech makes shooting videos really easy for anybody regardless of skill level. Name one other APS-C or smaller sensor camera that has all of this going for it. Name one!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 00:45 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (1686 comments in total)

I'm surprised at the number of armchair camera designers here who are so upset with Canon for not turning its excellent pro-grade, deliberately built for action photography, APS-C camera into just another consumer grade, jack of all trades, wannabe pro pretender. Meanwhile, the real camera designers and engineers at Canon will again be laughing all the way to the bank as the EOS 7DII proves once again to be the only true professional level APS-C interchangeable lens camera system in existence, today, tomorrow, and into the foreseeable future. :)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 22:16 UTC as 190th comment | 8 replies

Canon is easily on pace for reaching a new 110 millionth EF lens production milestone with the addition of these fine lens choices. The EF 24-105 STM lens and EF-S 24mm pancake lens are going to sell like crazy. Great job Canon!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 16:18 UTC as 15th comment
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (1686 comments in total)
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Donnie G: What we have here is a Canon 1D X done with an APS-C sensor. Just like the original 7D, this new Canon 7D mk2 will be the king of the hill in pro grade APS-C cameras for the next 5 or more years. Pros and hardcore enthusiasts will be very happy with and very loyal to the 7D mk2, just like they were with the original. A lot of that loyalty will be due to Canon wisely sticking with a body style and control layout that the targeted buyers are already familiar with. Unlike some amateur and most casual camera users, pros require consistency in the layout and design of their tools. That's why Canon's 1D, 5D, and 7D cameras will all look, feel, and operate the same from one upgrade to the next. Great job Canon!

@GatanoII

The 7DII, just like the original 7D, is not aimed at most users but instead is targeted at working professionals. Huge difference in design expectations. Most users, as you put it, will buy one camera that they hope can do all things well. Most pros however, tend to buy gear that is dedicated to doing a specific job extremely well, and therefore own or have access to lots of equipment choices so that they can match the right tool to the job at hand.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 15:13 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (1686 comments in total)
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locke_fc: Not really interested in the camera, but no wifi caught my attention.

It's 2014. At what point will camera makers decide it is no longer acceptable to release a flagship camera with something as simple, but highly useful, as wifi??

The 7DII features 1DX style pro grade all metal construction. Built in wifi doesn't work reliably in that kind of armored body construction. That's why pro bodies use accessary external wifi devices.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 14:45 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (1686 comments in total)

What we have here is a Canon 1D X done with an APS-C sensor. Just like the original 7D, this new Canon 7D mk2 will be the king of the hill in pro grade APS-C cameras for the next 5 or more years. Pros and hardcore enthusiasts will be very happy with and very loyal to the 7D mk2, just like they were with the original. A lot of that loyalty will be due to Canon wisely sticking with a body style and control layout that the targeted buyers are already familiar with. Unlike some amateur and most casual camera users, pros require consistency in the layout and design of their tools. That's why Canon's 1D, 5D, and 7D cameras will all look, feel, and operate the same from one upgrade to the next. Great job Canon!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 14:32 UTC as 336th comment | 13 replies
On Canon confirms price drop on select EF lenses article (140 comments in total)
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Donnie G: I find it amusing that we now live in a world where we feel the need to upgrade our cameras every other year, just like we do with our cell phones, not to improve our user experience, but to simply provide our egos with bragging rights for one upping our neighbors. Instant gratification, internet style, has really changed how we satisfy our lust for stuff, and not for the better. BTW, thanks Canon for the permanent price reductions on these lenses. While I won't be buying a new camera body again for at least six or more years, new lenses are always on my shopping list. :)

@garyknrd,

16-24mp DSLRs have flooded the market and because those buyers are happy with the IQ from those cameras, like us, they don't feel the need to upgrade as often as they did in the past. So what's a camera company going to do to make up for that lost revenue in camera sales? Well, if you're a giant camera and optics company like Canon, you're going to make it easier for everybody to buy more Canon lenses. Canon has spent the last 27 years making their EOS EF lens mount the dominate lens mount in the industry, so they don't care about what brand of camera (Canon, Sony, Panasonic, Arri, Red, whatever), or even what type (DSLR, SLT, MILC, ILC, FF, APS-C, MFT, stills, video, cinema, hybrid), their lenses are attached to. That's how Canon sells 100 million lenses while its competitors sell a handful of lens mount adapters. See, it's a win win for everybody, sort of. These price reductions mean that Canon is aiming for 110million lenses sold real soon. Happy Photokina! :)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 4, 2014 at 08:34 UTC
On Canon confirms price drop on select EF lenses article (140 comments in total)

I find it amusing that we now live in a world where we feel the need to upgrade our cameras every other year, just like we do with our cell phones, not to improve our user experience, but to simply provide our egos with bragging rights for one upping our neighbors. Instant gratification, internet style, has really changed how we satisfy our lust for stuff, and not for the better. BTW, thanks Canon for the permanent price reductions on these lenses. While I won't be buying a new camera body again for at least six or more years, new lenses are always on my shopping list. :)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2014 at 18:03 UTC as 9th comment | 5 replies
On Canon confirms price drop on select EF lenses article (140 comments in total)
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Bernard Carns: Canon...Kodak....they sort of start with the same sound. Canon will have a softer landing. Are Canon lenses gonna be like Hasselblad lenses someday where you cant give them away? Both Canon and Nikon have not innovated enough. I have their glass but I'm using it on other brands bodies. Haven't bought a Canon body in years . Not buying their glass will follow.

Some stone age technologies, like the wheel, just keeps getting better and better with age. Don't be surprised if those reflex mirrors are still the technology of choice for most DSLRs on the day we drive to the shopping mall in our "wheel-less" cars to buy one.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2014 at 03:23 UTC
On Hands-on with the Pentax K-S1 article (317 comments in total)

Is there a real demand for a more compact version of the Pentax K-50? If there is, and if size really matters among entry level DSLR buyers, then the K-S1 should be a winner for Pentax. Time will tell.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 2, 2014 at 16:38 UTC as 10th comment
On Hands-on with the Pentax K-S1 article (317 comments in total)

The Pentax K-S1 is a pimped out fashion accessary that screams " Hey, look at me!". There are lots of people, especially among P&S camera buyers, who will find this approach to DSLR design to be very attractive. The only question that remains to be answered is how many of those buyers will actually spend $800 on this trendy designer look DSLR? The answer to that question will determine whether the camera makers at Ricoh/Pentax are "on to something", or, whether they were simply "on something" with this approach.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 11:33 UTC as 61st comment
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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 7th comment | 2 replies
On Sony a5100 First Impressions Review preview (572 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 (572 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 (150 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 31st 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
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