plantdoc

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Good enough is the key. Most photos will never be printed or saved. They will be viewed on a small device and most likely not be around in a few years unless shooters take a special effort, which I suspect few do. Photography as a serious hobby is not what most folks want. They dont want to learn about exposure, shutter speeds etc. Not interested or too much work. Just take the pics and under any and all conditions, the pics should be acceptable without any knowledge or work. This is where smartphone cameras are rapidly heading. AI, software can do it. No knowledge or skill required. Just point and shoot.. perfect pic. Hit the road in your self drive vehicle. No need to learn that ancient skill of driving. Tell your 3D printer and cooker to make a nice steak. No skill required. No sense playing chess or Go because your household Bot can always be you. Ah... the future. But no need to worry about that need heart transplant. A cloned version is waiting for the robo surgeon.
Greg

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2017 at 18:27 UTC as 153rd comment | 1 reply

No debate about marketing, sales, etc. Just watch Mad Men for a good depiction. What bugs me is not more expensive hardware added to lower priced models, but apparently, intentionally leaving about capabilities that are firmware based while adding a confusing mix of features that I doubt many people use. My complaint is not including Micro Focus Adjustment on the newest Rebel models. This omission can create a significant problem that can easily be fixed with MFA.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2017 at 18:27 UTC as 35th comment

What will most people do with 4k and 60fps except watch it on their Phone? Then does 4k matter?

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2017 at 15:09 UTC as 45th comment | 7 replies

The connection description has me confused. Does the printer support direct wireless connection to a phone or camera? All the info talks about using a network, which has me confused. I want to use phone, camera, tablet and apps to connect directly to the print and not through some other network connection. I found Canons directions for setting up my Pixma all in one rather cryptic and brief. Hope this has better instructions for the moderately computer literate.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 18:25 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply

I think part of QC for hardware and firmware is the necessity for companies to create and produce a rapidly changing and upgrading stream of models. Thorough testing before release may not be adequate. Move on to the next new model with ever increasing complexity

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2017 at 20:58 UTC as 102nd comment | 2 replies
On article Hands-on with Canon EOS Rebel SL2 / EOS 200D (234 comments in total)

I don't find 9 Af points to be a big issue because I always use the center AF point for servo focusing and focus and reframe for still pics. With my 70D, I rarely use the cluster of AF points because I find the focusing to be less accurate. MFA may or may not be an issue depending on the luck of the draw with your lens. Certainly, fast lens with less DOF will be more sensitive but even slower lens can have a problem or perhaps not. The lack of MFA is the one significant error I think Canon has made with the new Rebels. Sending lenses and cameras to service for calibration makes no sense when firmware could provide a do it yourself solution. I don't think MFA requires more or different hardware because I believe it's a firmware feature. Correct me if I wrong on this.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2017 at 00:42 UTC as 16th comment | 3 replies
On article Hands-on with Canon EOS Rebel SL2 / EOS 200D (234 comments in total)

Amazing price for body only and overall feature set, especially compared to the M5. Is Canon really selling the M5? I see no advertisements or promotions for it. Strange. Just wish it had MFA but I will probably buy one in the near future as my travel camera. Overall a smart move by Canon in my opinion. Of course, there are higher spec and more expensive options if they meet your needs and budgets.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2017 at 07:46 UTC as 51st comment

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 78th comment
On article Canon EOS Rebel T7i / 800D review (373 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 (373 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 (373 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 33rd 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 (1644 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 179th comment
On article Action-packed: Sony a6500 review (1168 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 188th 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 (388 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
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