plantdoc

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GO surrenders to the machine. Watch EX MACHINA to see the future. HAL said only humans can make mistakes. Interesting times.

Link | Posted on May 26, 2017 at 06:50 UTC as 80th comment

I am no expert on lens design and focusing systems. However if a new mirror less camera system requires all new lenses, then there is no motivation to stick with Canon. Also, with the camera phone onslaught even enthusiasts on a budget, like me, may drop out on any new gear. If I can use my existing lenses even with an adapter and perhaps minor compromises, then I am still in the market. I think there are already too many confusing cameras and systems to introduce another non compatible product in a slow market. Perhaps, pros don't care or rich enthusiasts who can buy the latest and greatest, but is that market big enough for the industry to support shooters not wanting just a phone?

Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 18:42 UTC as 76th comment
On article Canon EOS Rebel T7i / 800D review (386 comments in total)
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Tonkotsu Ramen: This beats the crap out of the M5 and M6 in terms of value, I'm not even sure what canon was thinking with the price range for their mirrorless.

Agree about the M5 pricing. Compared to the competition of other mirrorless cameras, I believe the M5 body should be about $650 for what it offers. Not a bad camera, but over priced compared to the competition, which is frequently more advanced or cheaper. I would be interested at $650 since I have plenty of Canon gear. If not, I would look at other brands of leading mirrorless.
Greg

Link | Posted on May 5, 2017 at 19:42 UTC
On article Canon EOS Rebel T7i / 800D review (386 comments in total)
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plantdoc: The lack of MFA is a serious omission. I know it's a Rebel but MFA is more important for accuracy and fixable focusing than some other features. I have owned several Rebel models over the years, but no long would buy one for this reason. The choice is either a much heavier and larger camera, like the 70D I bought or switch to mirrorless. Live view is great, but I don't buy an OVF camera to frequently use a screen. When the M5 or successor drops in price to something more competitive with other moderately advanced mirrorless cameras, that's where I will be heading because I have too much invested in lenses, flashes, etc. Just my .02

I also believe that all OVF cameras should have an auto MFA built it. Shouldn't not need to buy software to run on tethered PC. Agree. Not rocket science
Greg

Link | Posted on May 5, 2017 at 00:16 UTC
On article Canon EOS Rebel T7i / 800D review (386 comments in total)

The lack of MFA is a serious omission. I know it's a Rebel but MFA is more important for accuracy and fixable focusing than some other features. I have owned several Rebel models over the years, but no long would buy one for this reason. The choice is either a much heavier and larger camera, like the 70D I bought or switch to mirrorless. Live view is great, but I don't buy an OVF camera to frequently use a screen. When the M5 or successor drops in price to something more competitive with other moderately advanced mirrorless cameras, that's where I will be heading because I have too much invested in lenses, flashes, etc. Just my .02

Link | Posted on May 4, 2017 at 20:47 UTC as 31st comment | 5 replies

$499 and a plastic lens mount and 6.3. Seems a bit too much for not enough when the 18-135 stm is $350 and even $129 as a Canon refurbished.

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2017 at 07:57 UTC as 1st comment
On article Close-up: Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 (127 comments in total)

Another amazing camera with features and technology that I want but actually really don't need. I hope some of the key features move down into a somewhat less spec camera for about 1/2 the price or less. My video needs are more basic and easily handled by a $200 camcorder. Never the less, a very impressive piece of technology.

Greg

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2017 at 06:04 UTC as 20th comment | 1 reply

Can not comment on the optical quality. However, $500 does seem a bit steep for a slow lens and the plastic mount is disappointing. I know plastics can be amazing, but when the 18-135 stm versions have metal mounts and a bit more speed for the same price. Even the under $150 stm primes have metal mounts. Still I prefer metal over plastic unless the price put the lens in a throw away category if something goes wrong. $500 isn't throw away for me. I will just continue to use my 18-135mm stm with adapter. With box versions can be had for about $300 as well.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2017 at 23:12 UTC as 21st comment | 5 replies
On article Modern Mirrorless: Canon EOS M5 Review (1640 comments in total)

Certainly not perfect, but few devices are. Does it meet your real life needs? Unfortunately, the price seems too high for what you get, especially if you need to buy the EF lens adapter. The Canon version is certainly solid and well made but $200. I think for the current price the adapter should be part of the kit since the lens selection is limited. Also, part of the appeal for me is not having to reinvest in more lenses. If I could spend for more lenses then I could well consider other systems. Flash compatibility is another factor. I am more cost sensitive.

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2016 at 16:59 UTC as 174th comment
On article Action-packed: Sony a6500 review (1158 comments in total)

Wow, another new camera from Sony. They really must have a big R&D budget. Is Sony making any profit for long run stability? I wonder if they will burn out with amazing technology.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2016 at 19:26 UTC as 185th comment | 6 replies

Seems like a rather amazing package of technology. Great reading, but I'll admit I would rarely if ever use some of the features, and my income doesn't depend on getting the shot. I hope companies continue to make cameras that offer a step down in the latest do everything for prices I can afford. Advancements in video are impressive, but I see few people really making home movies. U Tube clips mostly. Odd with TVs that are truly impressive how more people (younger mostly) are watching everything on a small portable screen device where even DVD resolution can look decent.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2016 at 00:40 UTC as 34th comment
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10/LX15 Review (387 comments in total)

I am sure this camera will be just the ticket for some shooter. However, not me. No EVF and a very short zoom range for $700. Not what I am a looking for.
Greg

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2016 at 21:40 UTC as 54th comment
On article Nikon reportedly eliminating 1000 jobs in Japan (518 comments in total)

All camera sales will continue to drop regardless of how much technology is advanced into the cameras. For a vast majority of people, smartphone cameras are plenty good enough. Also, many people have cameras that are also good enough for what they need while not usually the absolute state of the art. The latest and best technology cameras will continue to sell at high prices to rich enthusiasts and pros, but the overall numbers will be down. R&D will need to be cut to match the more limited market and profits. Is Sony making profits on anything these days?

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2016 at 00:41 UTC as 28th comment

I think I may revisit the current M1 offer with the 12-40mm lens for $1300. Total is less than half the price. Tremendous features but really don't need many of them for my photos.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 15:02 UTC as 89th comment

Impressive technology for sure. Just need to add a smartphone as well. Interesting how Sony is pumping money into imaging products when reports I have read (maybe wrong) show little or no profit in other product segments, like TV and not much presence in phones or computers,tablets.
Greg

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2016 at 15:14 UTC as 280th comment
On article Google Pixel tops DxOMark's Mobile rankings (116 comments in total)

Nice but expensive phone. Not all of us need $600+ phones with loads of bells and whistles to call, text, check the WEB, and take pics. Would like to see some reviews and comments about phones in the $150 - $200 sale price range. For posting on social media, etc. the highest quality is not really required. Pics are viewed and soon forgotten, like a text message.
Greg

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2016 at 01:38 UTC as 15th comment | 3 replies

For an interesting and disturbing view of the near future, watch the movie Ex Machina. HAL was just a child. Turing test anyone?
Greg

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2016 at 15:13 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply

If I had bought the OMD MK II that I was considering, this would be an very nice all around lens. Don't really care for primes for my travel photography. $1300 seems a bit steep for a smaller image lens. This price is in the range for some very good APS-c and even full frame glass.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2016 at 19:01 UTC as 54th comment

A couple of months ago, we upgraded from 5s to 6s. Almost considered top Samsung model but the wife wanted to stay with what she knew. Fair enough. Deals were about the same. If I had to upgrade now, I probably with go with the Samsung. Why? Expandable memory so I can carry my extensive music and photo collection and swap memory cards easily. Longer battery life I believe. More water resistance. Headphone jack. I have several very good headphones and don't care to use another adapter to lose. Micro USB charging like several other devices. No need to learn and use Itunes and its logic for managing music, photos, etc to the device. Android supports sound equalizers apps that can be used for all music including streaming. important feature for my ears. Has Apple added this feature yet. Preset adjustments just don't cut it for a music player. Phone photos are mostly used for emails, etc. Also, too easy to drop a phone compared to a camera with a wrist strap or should strap. My .02
Greg

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2016 at 20:15 UTC as 114th comment | 2 replies
On article The Canon that can: Canon EOS 80D Review (729 comments in total)

I think I'll stick with my 70D, SL1 and t4I. They all take excellent photos and enlargements to 13x19 with cropping if the lens is sharp and focuses reliably. Interesting all the comments about 4k video. I shoot video with a very good HD camcorder. I live in a heavily touristed city (San Francisco) and I see few people shooting video except maybe with a smartphone to send a short clip to social media, I suppose. Most video shooters I see are for weddings, events, and news. Other than these uses, I wonder how many people shoot video, edit it, make a movie, etc. I am sure 80D is good camera. What about dust spots during video? Can they be fixed like stills?

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2016 at 03:07 UTC as 79th comment
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