Donnie G

Donnie G

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On article Friendly Rebel: Canon EOS Rebel T6 / 1300D samples (87 comments in total)
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MikeFairbanks: I don't understand how this camera is any different than the last few entry level models.

I see your point Mike. To find understanding, ask yourself this one question; Who do you think Canon is more likely to be listening to, the one hundred or so gearheads on this site, or the millions of soccer moms who've made the Rebel the best selling interchangeable lens camera in the world for the last 13 years in a row? :))

Link | Posted on May 3, 2016 at 04:02 UTC

Upon reading this news about Sony's imaging division good fortunes, a friend of mine who shoots with Sony gear put it best when he said, "so far so good". :))

Link | Posted on May 3, 2016 at 02:51 UTC as 4th comment
On article The Canon that can: Canon EOS 80D Review (587 comments in total)

My wife and I received our 80D with EF-S 18-135 nano USM kit lens last Saturday, so we haven't done much more than take a few shots with it around the house and set up its controls per our preferences. This is the first time that we have ever purchased a camera with a "kit lens", so we're really curious as to how this lens will perform compared to our 70D + EF-S 15-85 USM combo. We'll find out over the next few weekends. Our main reason for buying the kit lens is to use it as our video lens, because we are really intrigued by the possibilities the optional PZ-E1 Power Zoom Adapter can provide when it becomes available. Since we don't own any STM lenses anyway, it was kind of a no brainer. Beyond that, we absolutely love how the info is displayed in the OVF. Thank you Canon! :))

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2016 at 17:47 UTC as 43rd comment

While Canon's Q1 results does make for entertaining reading, by itself, it really doesn't shed any new light on the state of the consumer camera market as a whole. I don't think that anyone is surprised that Canon is still able to sell boat loads of ILCs even when the overall market for such devices is shrinking. The success of the 80D clearly shows that enthusiast photographers place much higher value on improvements to IQ, AF performance with lenses as slow as f8, and having the choice of using a brilliant OVF or equally satisfying articulated live view touchscreen than they do on 4k video capture. The camera just has the right feature set to attract a very large and diverse base of users. The same can be said for the much maligned EOS M cameras which are focused more on small size and low price than on all out performance. It's Canon's ability to offer "different strokes for different folks" that keeps them profitable. :))

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2016 at 00:06 UTC as 18th comment | 2 replies
On article Crossing the Bridge: Canon XC10 Review (260 comments in total)

Stuck at home with the grand-babies. Bored, but I did find some click bait that suggests that Canon will debut a FF mirrorless ILC this year. So I've decided to feed the trolls with this comment. Hope I don't lose any fingers.

My guess is that if Canon chose to do a FF mirrorless camera, it wouldn't be as compact as the Sony A7 series, but it would be a heck of a lot more reliable, comfortable, user friendly, and therefore, more desirable for serious enthusiast and pro use. In addition to having a native EF mount, I would expect the camera to use the same LP-E6N battery as the 6D. I would also expect it to be large enough to offer great ergonomic design. Beyond that, my guess is that the camera would likely shoot 4K video and would be priced to compete with the 6D, thus giving buyers a clear choice of 2 distinctly different FF products. The one thing that I'm certain of is that such a camera would not be called an EOS-M since it is not likely to be compatible with EF-M nor EF-S. :))

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2016 at 14:50 UTC as 16th comment
On article Crossing the Bridge: Canon XC10 Review (260 comments in total)
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Donnie G: I rented the XC10 back in November, and much like the reviewer here, I had a mostly positive experience in using this little camcorder. My wife and I used this camera mostly in good light, so I really can't comment on it's low light performance, but its zoom lens reach was more than adequate for our needs. Also, neither one of us considered the lack of an EVF for this camera to be a negative. As a matter of fact, the detachable loupe was so comfortable to use that it became our default viewing setup for working at normal eye level. Still, we found ourselves wishing for Dual Pixel AF and better control over camera functions with the toggle control when the loupe is in place. So we decided to wait for Canon's next generation of this camcorder in the hopes of adding that one to our kit. :))

The XC10 is a very solidly made little brick of an UHD camcorder that ENG professionals will be able to count on to operate flawlessly day in and day out. Unlike typical consumer oriented video cameras that sacrifice IQ and durability to achieve their small size, the XC10 was designed for extended pro use. The ability to extract decent stills from its files is just a bonus feature of the design. ENG pros routinely pay more for HD camcorders that aren't as capable as the XC10. Price won't be an obstacle for those folks, because they know the camera will pay for itself in less than a week. :))

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2016 at 08:10 UTC
On article Crossing the Bridge: Canon XC10 Review (260 comments in total)
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Donnie G: I rented the XC10 back in November, and much like the reviewer here, I had a mostly positive experience in using this little camcorder. My wife and I used this camera mostly in good light, so I really can't comment on it's low light performance, but its zoom lens reach was more than adequate for our needs. Also, neither one of us considered the lack of an EVF for this camera to be a negative. As a matter of fact, the detachable loupe was so comfortable to use that it became our default viewing setup for working at normal eye level. Still, we found ourselves wishing for Dual Pixel AF and better control over camera functions with the toggle control when the loupe is in place. So we decided to wait for Canon's next generation of this camcorder in the hopes of adding that one to our kit. :))

Have you ever used Canon's XC10, EthanP99? Have you ever even seen or held one? I didn't think so! Because if you had seen, held, or used one, you would've had something actually useful to say about Canon's hybrid camcorder instead of trying to bash me for commenting on my real world hands on experience with this camera. Next time, beg, borrow, or rent one of these camcorders yourself so that you can make a comment based on your experience. I'd love to read it. :))

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2016 at 03:05 UTC
On article Crossing the Bridge: Canon XC10 Review (260 comments in total)

I rented the XC10 back in November, and much like the reviewer here, I had a mostly positive experience in using this little camcorder. My wife and I used this camera mostly in good light, so I really can't comment on it's low light performance, but its zoom lens reach was more than adequate for our needs. Also, neither one of us considered the lack of an EVF for this camera to be a negative. As a matter of fact, the detachable loupe was so comfortable to use that it became our default viewing setup for working at normal eye level. Still, we found ourselves wishing for Dual Pixel AF and better control over camera functions with the toggle control when the loupe is in place. So we decided to wait for Canon's next generation of this camcorder in the hopes of adding that one to our kit. :))

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2016 at 01:26 UTC as 41st comment | 11 replies
On article Retro through-and-through: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review (2442 comments in total)
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Donnie G: I'm not a fan of mirrorless cameras in general, but I would have no problem recommending the X-Pro2 to anyone looking to buy a rangefinder style ILC. The camera is of a decent size, not toy-like, offers good hand holding ergonomics, and its hybrid viewfinder appears to be far better suited to this camera style than anything else I've seen from competing designs. Add to those qualities a nice selection of short prime lenses and you have a compact, large sensor camera kit that is well suited to street photography. Great job Fujifilm! :))

It all depends on your point of view, Turlututu. I don't see mirrorless designs as a replacement to DSLRs, but as an alternate choice for those folks who may value compactness and lighter weight over all other considerations. With that thought in mind, I think Fujifilm's new X-Pro2 is a good compromise between compactness and its ability to be used the way that most hobbyists and other enthusiasts would on a daily basis. DSLR levels of performance might actually be overkill for that kind of photographer. In other words, it's nice to have this kind of diversity of choice available to us in today's ILC marketplace.

PS. I would love to see Canon do a direct APS-C competitor to this camera that features a hybrid viewfinder of Canon design. And before you ask, no, I don't envision Canon doing a FF mirrorless ILC. :))

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2016 at 11:33 UTC
On article Retro through-and-through: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review (2442 comments in total)
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Donnie G: I'm not a fan of mirrorless cameras in general, but I would have no problem recommending the X-Pro2 to anyone looking to buy a rangefinder style ILC. The camera is of a decent size, not toy-like, offers good hand holding ergonomics, and its hybrid viewfinder appears to be far better suited to this camera style than anything else I've seen from competing designs. Add to those qualities a nice selection of short prime lenses and you have a compact, large sensor camera kit that is well suited to street photography. Great job Fujifilm! :))

IMO, consumer mirrorless cameras, including Canon's EOS M10 and M3, are still in their infancy in terms of product development. I think that will continue to be the case for at least another 10 to 20 years for all manufacturers as they grapple with solving EVF lag issues, sensor heat issues, and battery drain, which is largely a byproduct of the EVF and sensor related issues.

DSLR tech solutions weren't developed overnight. It took decades to make the humble SLR camera into the versatile and adaptable photographic tool that it is today. The same will be true for mirrorless camera tech too. :))

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2016 at 03:56 UTC
On article Retro through-and-through: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review (2442 comments in total)

I'm not a fan of mirrorless cameras in general, but I would have no problem recommending the X-Pro2 to anyone looking to buy a rangefinder style ILC. The camera is of a decent size, not toy-like, offers good hand holding ergonomics, and its hybrid viewfinder appears to be far better suited to this camera style than anything else I've seen from competing designs. Add to those qualities a nice selection of short prime lenses and you have a compact, large sensor camera kit that is well suited to street photography. Great job Fujifilm! :))

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2016 at 03:11 UTC as 97th comment | 5 replies
On article Canon announces budget-friendly EOS Rebel T6 (1300D) (931 comments in total)
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Donnie G: All of Canon's consumer ILCs will be updated with hardware and software that will support connectivity to Canon's Connect Station CS100. In the Rebel T6 that meant going to a different processor from the one used in the T5. Canon sells its cameras the same way that Toyota sells cars, by offering 3 different levels of equipment options. Everything from stripper to higher end. The T6, like the T5, is Canon's stripper ILC body in the Rebel lineup, and as such, was never going to be moved up-market from where the T5 was. Those consumers who want a more capable Rebel have the option to buy a T6i or T6S or shop somewhere else. Those are the same choices that Toyota offers its customers. It works just as well for Canon as it does for Toyota. Whether or not it works for you is, well, up to you. :))

Holy cow, BarnET, are you saying that even if you could steal someone else's design and put your name on it, you'd still have to pay for retail shelf space, advertising, and branding too. Gosh! What part of that $300 selling price are you going to have left to eat out of? Hope you can sell more than one. LOL :))

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2016 at 22:23 UTC
On article Canon announces budget-friendly EOS Rebel T6 (1300D) (931 comments in total)

I knew we could do 800 comments today. I just knew it. Gosh, I had a speech all written and everything, but I guess I lost it. So I'll just say thanks to all of the people who helped to make this moronic milestone day possible. 800 comments for a basic ILC camera from Canon that no one's even held yet. What an accomplishment! :))

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2016 at 22:07 UTC as 22nd comment | 7 replies
On article Canon announces budget-friendly EOS Rebel T6 (1300D) (931 comments in total)
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Donnie G: All of Canon's consumer ILCs will be updated with hardware and software that will support connectivity to Canon's Connect Station CS100. In the Rebel T6 that meant going to a different processor from the one used in the T5. Canon sells its cameras the same way that Toyota sells cars, by offering 3 different levels of equipment options. Everything from stripper to higher end. The T6, like the T5, is Canon's stripper ILC body in the Rebel lineup, and as such, was never going to be moved up-market from where the T5 was. Those consumers who want a more capable Rebel have the option to buy a T6i or T6S or shop somewhere else. Those are the same choices that Toyota offers its customers. It works just as well for Canon as it does for Toyota. Whether or not it works for you is, well, up to you. :))

Everlast66, pick a camera that you like, buy it, or build your own. Heck, if you and a few of your like minded friends can figure out a way to build the perfect large sensor ILC and sell it for $300 or less, then you could steal all of Canon's customers easy and you'd be rich, right? Heck, I'd even buy one from you. So hop to it before someone else beats you to market with their version of your product. After all, how hard could it be? :))

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2016 at 21:39 UTC
On article Canon announces budget-friendly EOS Rebel T6 (1300D) (931 comments in total)
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Donnie G: Its amazing! Canon's new Rebel T6 entry level ILC has received over 700 comments here. Of course most of those comments were from closet Canon fans who whine to hide their lust for all things Canon. Well whine no more folks because Canon will be shipping the first gazillion T6 cameras to your favorite big box store in April. Isn't that exciting? That way you'll be able to come out of that dusty old closet just in time for the start of this year's summer vacation season. See you on the beach. :))

If not happy with Canon, then you should make another choice or start a company and build your own camera. In the end choice is what its all about. I don't care if your choices are different from mine. As a matter of fact, I hope they are. I'm just glad that the camera company I choose to spend my money with offers me more ILC choices than any other camera company on the planet. So you do you and I'll continue to do me. :))

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2016 at 20:48 UTC
On article Canon announces budget-friendly EOS Rebel T6 (1300D) (931 comments in total)
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Donnie G: All of Canon's consumer ILCs will be updated with hardware and software that will support connectivity to Canon's Connect Station CS100. In the Rebel T6 that meant going to a different processor from the one used in the T5. Canon sells its cameras the same way that Toyota sells cars, by offering 3 different levels of equipment options. Everything from stripper to higher end. The T6, like the T5, is Canon's stripper ILC body in the Rebel lineup, and as such, was never going to be moved up-market from where the T5 was. Those consumers who want a more capable Rebel have the option to buy a T6i or T6S or shop somewhere else. Those are the same choices that Toyota offers its customers. It works just as well for Canon as it does for Toyota. Whether or not it works for you is, well, up to you. :))

If not happy with Canon, then you should make another choice or start a company and build your own camera. In the end choice is what its all about. I don't care if your choices are different from mine. As a matter of fact, I hope they are. I'm just glad that the camera company I choose to spend my money with offers me more ILC choices than any other camera company on the planet. So you do you and I'll continue to do me. :))

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2016 at 20:40 UTC
On article Canon announces budget-friendly EOS Rebel T6 (1300D) (931 comments in total)
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Donnie G: All of Canon's consumer ILCs will be updated with hardware and software that will support connectivity to Canon's Connect Station CS100. In the Rebel T6 that meant going to a different processor from the one used in the T5. Canon sells its cameras the same way that Toyota sells cars, by offering 3 different levels of equipment options. Everything from stripper to higher end. The T6, like the T5, is Canon's stripper ILC body in the Rebel lineup, and as such, was never going to be moved up-market from where the T5 was. Those consumers who want a more capable Rebel have the option to buy a T6i or T6S or shop somewhere else. Those are the same choices that Toyota offers its customers. It works just as well for Canon as it does for Toyota. Whether or not it works for you is, well, up to you. :))

I doubt that Canon is interested in dragging their ILCs down to the bottom of the pricing barrel. They have lower end PowerShot all in ones for that consumer. People who choose to buy Canon ILCs know that they are going to pay a little more in order to receive a lot more, like the best service support in the industry, access to the largest and most complete lens and accessary system on the planet, extreme reliability, easy connectivity to their smartphones and other devices without the need to own a computer, and quick and user friendly camera operation with each and every purchase, whether they want it or not. Let the competition rush to the bottom of the pricing barrel. All they're going to do down there is starve to death. :))

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2016 at 18:19 UTC
On article Canon announces budget-friendly EOS Rebel T6 (1300D) (931 comments in total)
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Donnie G: All of Canon's consumer ILCs will be updated with hardware and software that will support connectivity to Canon's Connect Station CS100. In the Rebel T6 that meant going to a different processor from the one used in the T5. Canon sells its cameras the same way that Toyota sells cars, by offering 3 different levels of equipment options. Everything from stripper to higher end. The T6, like the T5, is Canon's stripper ILC body in the Rebel lineup, and as such, was never going to be moved up-market from where the T5 was. Those consumers who want a more capable Rebel have the option to buy a T6i or T6S or shop somewhere else. Those are the same choices that Toyota offers its customers. It works just as well for Canon as it does for Toyota. Whether or not it works for you is, well, up to you. :))

Progress was never the intent with the stripper model. WIFI/NFC/Connect Station CS100 across Canon's entire consumer product line is the only reason that there is a T6. A firmware upgrade to the T5 wouldn't have gotten that job done. As for comparing the T6 to a competitor's entry level ILC, keep in mind that Canon is able to offer 3 options, whereas its competition can only offer one or in rare cases 2 options in their entry level ILC product lines. So yes, the T6, as was the T5, is a bare bones product in the same way that Toyota's Tercel is a bare bones car when compared to their Camry. Both have an engine, steering wheel, windows, and seats, and both will get you from point A to point B, but you're going to pay more for those extra comfort and convenience items, like power windows, if you find you can't live with cranking the window up by hand. That means buying the Camry. :))

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2016 at 17:38 UTC
On article Canon announces budget-friendly EOS Rebel T6 (1300D) (931 comments in total)

All of Canon's consumer ILCs will be updated with hardware and software that will support connectivity to Canon's Connect Station CS100. In the Rebel T6 that meant going to a different processor from the one used in the T5. Canon sells its cameras the same way that Toyota sells cars, by offering 3 different levels of equipment options. Everything from stripper to higher end. The T6, like the T5, is Canon's stripper ILC body in the Rebel lineup, and as such, was never going to be moved up-market from where the T5 was. Those consumers who want a more capable Rebel have the option to buy a T6i or T6S or shop somewhere else. Those are the same choices that Toyota offers its customers. It works just as well for Canon as it does for Toyota. Whether or not it works for you is, well, up to you. :))

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2016 at 16:23 UTC as 25th comment | 11 replies
On article Canon announces budget-friendly EOS Rebel T6 (1300D) (931 comments in total)
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Donnie G: Its amazing! Canon's new Rebel T6 entry level ILC has received over 700 comments here. Of course most of those comments were from closet Canon fans who whine to hide their lust for all things Canon. Well whine no more folks because Canon will be shipping the first gazillion T6 cameras to your favorite big box store in April. Isn't that exciting? That way you'll be able to come out of that dusty old closet just in time for the start of this year's summer vacation season. See you on the beach. :))

I get where you're coming from Hellraiser, because I felt exactly the same way you do when I was 12 years old and still living off mommy and daddy too. When you grow up you'll see things differently and just maybe you'll learn how to spell "zealot" too. :))

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2016 at 08:58 UTC
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