IvanM

Lives in South Africa Centurion, South Africa
Works as a Photographer
Joined on Sep 15, 2004
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Professional photographer with a love of documentary and landscape photography

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On article Canon EOS 5D Mark IV First Impressions Review (1104 comments in total)
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George1958: i am looking forward to the opportunity to try one. I have the 7d mk Ii and the 6d, both criticised by the spec sheet jury and scorned by some for not having a Sony sensor. My end user experience has been very positive for both the 7d mk Ii and the 6d and I have every confidence the new 5d will not disappoint me.
I have previously used Nikon and Sony dlsr, and fuji mirror less cameras and had good experiences with them. In no way did they feel better or worse, just different. I settled on Canon because as a total experience they just feel right and natural in the hand almost to the point that I don't need to focus on the camera at all, only the photographic endeavour.

I think you've just about perfectly summed it up why so many photographers buy Canon...no matter what Rishi concludes....😀

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2016 at 14:33 UTC
On article Canon EOS 5D Mark IV First Impressions Review (1104 comments in total)
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makistza: If the dynamic range has improved enough from M3
and the dual pixel refocus in post has ~1cm range ( the miss shot of the eye) I will buy it.
Probably it will cost around 4000 but there are too many and expensive L lenses
and flashes I already own to think another company.
The Sony looks like a toy, no professional user can rely on that system,
at least for now, besides if every one year the Sony has a new upgrade then
your old Sony camera are worth nothing.
Just think about how much will be the price of a used Sony Alpha 7R II after 4 years.
It will be three or four models behind the 2020 flagship. It will be 500-700$ at the most.
So you will lose pretty much all your money if you invest to Sony.
The Nikon is a very respected and serious company with superior dynamic range BUT.
1. I don’t like the ergonomics.
2. The Canon lens are far better.
3. The cameras and the lenses they are too ugly for my taste.
My women, my cars and my cameras are and will be beautiful.

And with diminishing entry level camera sales profits are squeezed and therefore they will charge the max they can for each model....which if I was them I would also do....the demand is certainly there . The original M was heavily discounted probably because at the oroginal price point it didn't sell, understandably, so if the 5d4 holds its price it will be a good indicator of strong sales, priced as much as the marked will bear...

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2016 at 14:26 UTC
On article Canon EOS 5D Mark IV First Impressions Review (1104 comments in total)
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Photomonkey: The dual pixel AF hints at the potential advantage Canon would have if it ever brings out a FF mirrorless camera.

Mirrorless would allow real time preview of the scene. Something an OVF will never do. Many of the issues in the wedding examples would be solved by a mirrorless camera even without a huge improvement in DR.

Imagine if Canon made its evf compatible with its dslr's....the evf fits perfectly in the hot shoe and although a bit unwieldy would work...it would also give them good feedback on the actual demand for an evf.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2016 at 04:40 UTC
On article Canon EOS 5D Mark IV First Impressions Review (1104 comments in total)
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Richmondthefish: Ouch, literally almost twice as expensive as the Pentax K1. Cool camera with 4k but seems very pricey

But here's the thing, for most of us switching systems is not an option, and sure in DR etc, Canon may never match Sony and Nikon, but it is the best all round Canon at the moment, and for most of us that is more than good enough....in fact this may be too good for me personally....for my type of photography a 6d is just perfect taking everything including price and the larger system into account..

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2016 at 04:36 UTC
On article Canon EOS 5D Mark IV First Impressions Review (1104 comments in total)
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sportyaccordy: I can't see how anyone who watched that DPAF video is anything less than blown away. This will do for videography today what the 5D2 did when it came out. This is huge, FF 4K or not.

But still image quality wise the 80d in my experience is no match for a ff sensor especially above 400iso, and of course it has no 4K....

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2016 at 04:08 UTC
On article Canon EOS 5D Mark IV First Impressions Review (1104 comments in total)
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makistza: If the dynamic range has improved enough from M3
and the dual pixel refocus in post has ~1cm range ( the miss shot of the eye) I will buy it.
Probably it will cost around 4000 but there are too many and expensive L lenses
and flashes I already own to think another company.
The Sony looks like a toy, no professional user can rely on that system,
at least for now, besides if every one year the Sony has a new upgrade then
your old Sony camera are worth nothing.
Just think about how much will be the price of a used Sony Alpha 7R II after 4 years.
It will be three or four models behind the 2020 flagship. It will be 500-700$ at the most.
So you will lose pretty much all your money if you invest to Sony.
The Nikon is a very respected and serious company with superior dynamic range BUT.
1. I don’t like the ergonomics.
2. The Canon lens are far better.
3. The cameras and the lenses they are too ugly for my taste.
My women, my cars and my cameras are and will be beautiful.

Well when you make money out of the device I suppose it could be called an investment, no? I have invested in a 24tilt & shift lens and it has paid for itself many many times over shooting interiors and architecture, and the wifi capability of my 6d has been a great tool showing clients my images of their products etc....so Yes I would say both have been great investments...

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2016 at 04:06 UTC
On article Canon EOS 5D Mark IV First Impressions Review (1104 comments in total)
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ttran88: After seeing this release I'm truly thankful that Nikon, Sony and Pentax all release their own full frame cameras we can choose from.

Yes and it's this intense competition that keeps on driving innovation and excellence...and I am also truly thankful that Canon makes a cheaper 6 d version, although if I could afford the 5d4 I would snap it up in a hearbeat!

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 20:27 UTC
On article Canon EOS 5D Mark IV First Impressions Review (1104 comments in total)
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tkbslc: Any chance a 6D II is on the horizon? It's been, what, 4 years now?

In a way I'm glad the 6dmk2 will only be here in 2017... My 6d will be 3jrs old come November and if I can use it for another year before replacing it it will be just grand Ito value for money. I have used it for almost every possible shooting situation and still marvel at how good the image quality is.I still use my 10 year old Mamiya ZD and that's like a dynasaur compared to the modern cameras, but it still delivers in spades...

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 18:25 UTC
On article Rebel in your pocket: Canon EOS M3 Review (425 comments in total)
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tkbslc: Canon invents the ultimate sensor based AF system and then only puts it in cameras with a mirror and Optical Finders. And they use old crummy Compact camera tech in their Mirrorless system. Makes absolutely no sense at all! It's like having air conditioning standard on cars you sell in Canada, but not even an option on cars sold in Dubai.

The path for Canon to really compete in mirrorless seems obvious. A camera like the GX85 with a built in EVF and dual-pixel and you'd have a hit. Launch it with a couple more primes along the lines of the 22mm f2 and you'd have m4/3 and Sony APS-C feeling worried.

I 'm sure Canon if they wanted to could easily fit the 80d battery in the m3, with the added benefit of a bigger grip....there is no reason imo why mirror less cameras have to be 'Impractically tiny'...

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2016 at 12:23 UTC
On article Rebel in your pocket: Canon EOS M3 Review (425 comments in total)
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tkbslc: Canon invents the ultimate sensor based AF system and then only puts it in cameras with a mirror and Optical Finders. And they use old crummy Compact camera tech in their Mirrorless system. Makes absolutely no sense at all! It's like having air conditioning standard on cars you sell in Canada, but not even an option on cars sold in Dubai.

The path for Canon to really compete in mirrorless seems obvious. A camera like the GX85 with a built in EVF and dual-pixel and you'd have a hit. Launch it with a couple more primes along the lines of the 22mm f2 and you'd have m4/3 and Sony APS-C feeling worried.

Agreed!!

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 05:02 UTC
On article Rebel in your pocket: Canon EOS M3 Review (425 comments in total)

I bought one for the following reasons.

It was relatively inexpensive
I already have a canon system and via the efm adapter I use it all easily with the m3
Image quality is good. Same image quality as the 80 D
It's small enough to fit in my ' carry with me everyday' billingham Pola bag.
It's got a viewfinder & tiltscreen which actually works better than expected.
Good quality and small 35mm equavalent prime lens

Sure it's got many faults but having a look at the Fuji xpro2 the other day and comparing test shots at higher iso's in a dimly lit environment I thought the m3 was close enough, handled easier not to make much of a difference and it was about a 1/3rd of the price... Sure Canon should do much better..... But here is a link to many images made with the m3 and a review after a trip to Italy & Germany:
www.thelazytravelphotographer.blogspot.co.za.
If you already have a canon system it makes sense....if you are starting fresh, well there are better alternatives out there.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 05:00 UTC as 76th comment
On article Day at the track: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II samples (77 comments in total)

mmmm these images tell me more about the photographer than they do about the camera.....

Link | Posted on May 17, 2016 at 07:59 UTC as 26th comment | 1 reply
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Abbas Rafey: With price tag of this camera I can build an empire of cameras with superb glasses and I won't miss any thing from large print to a high flash sync to whatsoever this cam can get.

tbcass, by you stating what you prefer above I took it to be your personal preference and did not for one second assume that it must be true for everyone else...so I just assumed what were talking about here is naturally just a matter of opinion....

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2016 at 15:21 UTC
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Abbas Rafey: With price tag of this camera I can build an empire of cameras with superb glasses and I won't miss any thing from large print to a high flash sync to whatsoever this cam can get.

agreed on all points but especially the aspect ratio...med format is indeed more pleasing , except maybe for street where the 3:2 aspect ratio has become the norm...

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2016 at 11:01 UTC
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Abbas Rafey: With price tag of this camera I can build an empire of cameras with superb glasses and I won't miss any thing from large print to a high flash sync to whatsoever this cam can get.

No Abbas, these new medium format toys are way too expensive for me! And of course like you say with a bit of tweaking here and there we can get a lot more out of our dslr's...I suppose having cut my teeth on large format film and still having and using my now 10 year old Mamiya ZD medium format camera I have a soft spot for 'ultimate'!

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2016 at 06:07 UTC
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Abbas Rafey: With price tag of this camera I can build an empire of cameras with superb glasses and I won't miss any thing from large print to a high flash sync to whatsoever this cam can get.

Dear Abbas, but of course your practical perspective will differ from others, so lets say for big budget architectural photography, what can be better than a ALPA shift and tilt camera and a couple of Rodenstock or Schneider K lenses...not that the Canon L T&S lenses are shabby its just that the ALPHA will be so much more practical ito shifts and tilts with a wide variety of focal lengths...and for those clients that want a super sharp high res A0 print well 100mp is just going to be better than 50mp!

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2016 at 13:43 UTC
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Abbas Rafey: With price tag of this camera I can build an empire of cameras with superb glasses and I won't miss any thing from large print to a high flash sync to whatsoever this cam can get.

The point is not really that you can get an 'almost'equivalent system for a 10th of the price, the point for me is that you can actually buy something like this or a Phase 1 or a Leica S or a Silvestri etc etc...we live in good times and there is something good for everyone at every price point! Life would be pretty boring if there was only Canon/Nikon and Sony. Re myself I would rather have a Canon 5DSR than the Hasselblad....

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2016 at 07:50 UTC
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Abbas Rafey: With price tag of this camera I can build an empire of cameras with superb glasses and I won't miss any thing from large print to a high flash sync to whatsoever this cam can get.

that of course also holds for 1inch and apsc and 43rds...at the sizes most print no one will see the difference between almost all cameras....the larger you go, thats were the difference comes in...

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2016 at 14:38 UTC
On article Fujifilm X100T Review (695 comments in total)

I have always been very keen on this camera, and maybe I can pick up a cheaper 2nd hand one one day..but I got an M3 instead...why? Seamless integration with all my other Canon stuff, interchangeable lenses, sharp 22f2 lens, 24mp sensor which rivals my 6D quality at low iso, evf, but most importantly the price, which is almost exactly half in my neck of the woods...

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2016 at 10:31 UTC as 13th comment
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IvanM: The Patek Phillipe of cameras! I see they, PP, chastised Tag for their 15 00usd watch - apparently its too cheap.... I wonder if Leicas are also priced this way, if its too cheap then it wont sell? Nevertheless they do make admirable cameras and lenses and oh so stylish...but thank goodness for the Japanese, for where would the rest of us be we without them?

Hi of course you are absolutely 100% right, no argument there, but you know these things happened 60/50/40/30 or more years ago ( I am not really sure here...) when the world was a totally different place then...forgive and forget no?...even though Leica had the freedom train in WW2 they also were an integral part of the Nazi war machine and Ernst Leitz himself was a member of the Nazi party...and you know I dont really care about all of this, it was a long time ago and we have to move on....of course you can argue all sort of extenuating circumstances but facts are facts...the things is not all of us can afford a Leica, as much as we would like to have one, so what a wonderful world we live in today that us lessor mortals can have equipment at a fraction of elitist brands like Leica, and those brands can, also fortunately for us lessor mortals , perform almost as well as a Leica or Zeiss or??...and that's a good thing is it? for us lesser poorer mortals...btw I loved your website...

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2016 at 15:13 UTC
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