Richard Franiec

Richard Franiec

Joined on Feb 14, 2007

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On article How do you know you need a new camera? (410 comments in total)

Depends who you ask the question, really.
Pro's might need it because the old one is falling apart.
Enthusiasts might need it because they got a tax refund and don't know of better way to use the money and they just have a lust for a new gear.

Smart phone users are already smart enough to figure that they are upgrading their cameras on average every 2 years with new smart phone and don't need the dead weight to carry around, so, they are out.

I think that the camera manufacturers are the only one without the answer to the question you asked, Carey, and they, themselves would be in trouble to answer your question.

Link | Posted on May 29, 2017 at 07:22 UTC as 49th comment | 1 reply
On article Canon 16-35mm F2.8L III real-world sample gallery (121 comments in total)

I believe that this lens is one of the greatest optics ever created by any of manufacturers.
Since printed media are in the decline, this lens appeals less and less to the mainstream (smartphone and tablet users) and the trend will continue.
Use of such lens is shrinking by the minute because people want to share their pictures instantly on the smartphone and tablet screens. It is hard to discern the difference at these sizes.
Add $2200.00 to the mix and you'll have the picture of a struggle that typical wedding photographers have to meet to stay in business.
That is why gear like that is less and less appealing. Even for the people who make a living using such lens.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2016 at 14:58 UTC as 18th comment | 5 replies
On article Modern Mirrorless: Canon EOS M5 Review (1647 comments in total)
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keeponkeepingon: " asking people to invest in a small camera with the expectation that they'll use larger EF and EF-S lenses doesn't sound like the easiest sell."

I would think asking Canon photographers to invest in a camera with some fantatic native lenes and the ability to use every lens they currently own would be an easy sell. The adapter is so cheap to make (A third party sells one for $40) it's a wonder they just don't throw it in with the original kit.

Regarding size, There are some crackerjack EF/EF-S lenses that are pretty small. The 24mm F2.8, 40mm F2.8 pancakes and even the 50mm F1.8 are all not terribly large even when you add the adapter (betcha canon's 50 with the adapter is not much bigger than sony's 50mm F1.8)

For this Canon user the adapter is the more important thing than a couple of native prime lenses.

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2016 at 12:37 UTC
On article Nikon reportedly eliminating 1000 jobs in Japan (518 comments in total)

When I carry my DSLR with rather bulky L lens, I'm getting more and more strange looks from typical smartphone/tablet users who are majority at every venue.

I've seen wedding album shoot entirely on the iPhone with all ohh's and ahh's from the people looking at it at 5" diagonal size.
But that is becoming a norm, rather than exception.
In short, using stand alone digital camera becomes the equivalent of shooting film for digital camera users.

I think that Nikon's decision is an example of reality check, more than anything else. I suspect that others will follow the suit to some degree.

In general the mindset is already here and nobody can turn the time back to prove that 90% of "photographers" need more than they sign the contract for their next smartphone.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 13:47 UTC as 64th comment
On article DPReview Asks: What was your first camera? (766 comments in total)

It was Zorki 4, courtesy of my dad.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 22:16 UTC as 330th comment | 1 reply
On article Fast Five: Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V Review (429 comments in total)

Downgrading the latest RX100 to "only" silver award would suggest that the (possibly most successful compact) series are getting long in the tooth.
But since Sony is dealing the cards (sensor technology), it is hard to imagine that regurgitating the original concept with only incremental improvements will fail their marketing and sales success in the near future. As long as they'll keep the direct competition in the corner, Sony will laugh their way to the bank with escalating prices for every new model of RX100. It's a brilliant approach and Sony knows that they can get away with it.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 22:54 UTC as 122nd comment | 1 reply
On article Field Test: Birds in flight with the Nikon D500 (92 comments in total)

Congratulations on great series video initiative. Well done, informative and entertaining. My favorite is video pertaining to Samsung NX1. Looking forward to see more.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 13:38 UTC as 25th comment
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Richard Franiec: RX100 series is a milking cow for Sony. Possibly a best selling compact ever, encapsulated in pretty much same body.
Good specs, a huge following and lack of real competition makes RX100 series a sales winner.
The only sour grape would be ever escalating price of every new model.

That goes with the territory, Stephen...LOL

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2016 at 03:54 UTC

RX100 series is a milking cow for Sony. Possibly a best selling compact ever, encapsulated in pretty much same body.
Good specs, a huge following and lack of real competition makes RX100 series a sales winner.
The only sour grape would be ever escalating price of every new model.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2016 at 18:26 UTC as 37th comment | 3 replies
On article iPhone 7 Plus real-world sample gallery (262 comments in total)

I guess is O.K. for intended target market and at iPhone screen sizes.
A lot of "Nutella" as they often say at Sigma forum about Bayer sensor.
But most of the users of this device won't be scrutinizing pictures at the pixel level.
And this is the point which validates enthusiast and high end cams existence.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2016 at 21:45 UTC as 60th comment
On article Video: Photokina 2016 wrap-up (151 comments in total)

Drinking on the job seems appealing and highly liberating as this video shows.
Even Canon can be forgiven for being 2 years late to the party with M5.
Well, if you work 24/7, you deserve libation from time to time in order to clear the head LOL.

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2016 at 17:37 UTC as 38th comment | 5 replies
On article Photokina 2016: Canon EOS M5 quick look video (259 comments in total)
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lacikuss: Because the lack of native lenses this camera is targeted to existing canon users via adapted lenses. I cant imagine anybody investing in this as a system.

If you're thinking about a portable high quality camera system Canon still has a long way to go.

That is why they call every new (non-revolutionary) product: another choice.
Fuji created a very nice system, no doubt. A pricey one as well. I love the execution of the concept on part of Fuji.
Eos M5 might not appeal to current Fuji users but it has a massive appeal for every Canon shooter and everyone who recognize the solid position of Canon in the marketplace. Can you say that about Fuji cameras?

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2016 at 13:04 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Canon EOS M5 quick look video (259 comments in total)
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lacikuss: Because the lack of native lenses this camera is targeted to existing canon users via adapted lenses. I cant imagine anybody investing in this as a system.

If you're thinking about a portable high quality camera system Canon still has a long way to go.

The target market for this camera is enormous number of Canon DSLR users wanting a discreet, ergonomically well designed, capable cam which can be easily adapted to plethora of Canon lenses and accessories. Also upgraders from previous M and Powershot users. And finally, people who are dissatisfied with M4/3 format.
I think, the camera will do just fine (read: will easily beat the existing competition) in terms of sales and popularity.
More good quality lenses in M mount will follow shortly. Just the logical consequence of hitting the "bull's eye".

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2016 at 19:38 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Canon EOS M5 quick look video (259 comments in total)

The more I see about M5, the more I like it.
Not a record or trend setting beast in every respect but convincingly solid photographic tool designed to work extremely well within the Canon ecosystem of lenses and accessories.
For this Canon DSLR user, EOS M5 seems to be about the perfect "take me everywhere" camera for now. Something, I was waiting since the first M.
I'm convinced that sales success will promote further development of Canon's mirrorless line.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2016 at 16:55 UTC as 38th comment

A good editorial piece with self-inflicted wounds of controversy from the perspective of a passionate photo enthusiast who, happens is also an editor, entitled to his opinion.
I cannot agree with everything he wrote, but, as an EOS M user I fully associate with his reflections not only regarding the EOS M5 but also with a state of affairs at Canon's way at reacting to the changes in the photography gear sphere of creation. (not a marketplace, which is a totally different thing).

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 22:36 UTC as 19th comment
On article Modern Mirrorless: Canon EOS M5 Review (1647 comments in total)
In reply to:

keeponkeepingon: " asking people to invest in a small camera with the expectation that they'll use larger EF and EF-S lenses doesn't sound like the easiest sell."

I would think asking Canon photographers to invest in a camera with some fantatic native lenes and the ability to use every lens they currently own would be an easy sell. The adapter is so cheap to make (A third party sells one for $40) it's a wonder they just don't throw it in with the original kit.

Regarding size, There are some crackerjack EF/EF-S lenses that are pretty small. The 24mm F2.8, 40mm F2.8 pancakes and even the 50mm F1.8 are all not terribly large even when you add the adapter (betcha canon's 50 with the adapter is not much bigger than sony's 50mm F1.8)

Native lens selection is not terrible, although it has room to grow.
EF/EF-S lenses works very well via adapter, at least based on previous M models.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2016 at 04:12 UTC
On article Modern Mirrorless: Canon EOS M5 Review (1647 comments in total)
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CE3: Looks like a great update, just needs more native lenses.

If that great update transforms into sales success, I'm sure that we'll see more native lenses. Until then, their adapter for EF/EF-S lenses works exceptionally well on M series so there is no shortage of a good glass to choose from.
But I understand that your mention of native lenses relates to the size of optics rather than a poor variety choice of available lenses.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2016 at 04:02 UTC
On article Canon EOS M5: What you need to know (564 comments in total)

Finally, M5 looks like nice, capable all purpose camera from Canon. Compact body with what appear to be a nice ergonomics and UI. I can see it as my next travel cam since I already have lenses i need for it (via adapter).
It is a great addition to already excellent Fuji and top M4/3 offerings making our choices harder but not for someone who already invested in excellent Canon optics, like myself.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2016 at 22:08 UTC as 50th comment | 1 reply
On article Modern Mirrorless: Canon EOS M5 Review (1647 comments in total)
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Richard Franiec: When the original Eos M was introduced, it quickly became a laughing stock for already well developed M4/3 and Sony Nex users and reviewers. Maybe rightly so.
Now, after four years, Canon has something that other mirrorless makers might to start worry about.
It is not uncommon that adapting to the new realities takes time for a large corporation but when they finally do, they can make difficult for smaller companies to compete for the long run. Looks like that time is around the corner.
Likely, Nikon will do something similar if not better. We'll see.

I see... If the native lenses are not enough, there is the largest collection of lenses from any manufacturer available via adapter. EF and EF-S mount.
EF1200mm anyone?

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2016 at 23:01 UTC
On article Modern Mirrorless: Canon EOS M5 Review (1647 comments in total)
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Eric Glam: The battery life says it all - meaning, it's not for me.
Thanks, but no thanks, Canon.

You would likely to be able to buy the spare for just a few bucks.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2016 at 18:07 UTC
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