Desertbilly

Joined on Nov 18, 2011

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If the AF and EVF are fast enough for birds in flight, I'll probably buy one, and demote the R to backup body.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2020 at 19:42 UTC as 90th comment | 9 replies
On article Canon EOS-1D X Mark III review (1372 comments in total)
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cheesesteak: I'm not part of the market this camera is aimed at, but a casual inspection of the specs makes me wonder about the advantages over the A9/II. Looking at the table on page 2, why chose this over the Sony? Is it the OVF?

Yeah, that's what the reviewers don't talk about. If you already have 4 or 5 other bodies, and 10 to 20 lenses that have cost many, many thousands of dollars, it's very painful and expensive to switch brands.

Not many people buying their first body and sense are buying at the $5-$7k level.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2020 at 02:11 UTC

This will be so useful for all of the millions of people, who have no legacy camera equipment, going out to buy a new, elaborate camera system costing $3,000--$4,000.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2019 at 17:54 UTC as 94th comment | 5 replies

I've had my R for a week:
- It's a solid, mid-range camera. I'll use it for travel.
- I took it birding yesterday, hoping to be pleasantly surprised. I wasn't. The AF can't keep up with ducks and geese landing on a pond; at least not in my hands.
- I like the new mode dial, and the two-dial FV controls.
- I like the lens control ring; I have it set to aperture.
- I like the MFn bar when it works, but activating it is finicky. I think I've figured it out: Set my right thumb just underneath the bottom edge, and roll the thumb up very gently until it starts the 1-second activation. I have it set to AF mode.
- The low light AF is very impressive. I can take pictures outside at night in light too low to see, and they turn out well.
- I got the control ring EF adaptor and it works fine.
- There is IBIS for video; I don't know why that isn't being publicized.
- Moving the focus point with the upper right corner of the screen works well.
- Using the same battery is nice.

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2018 at 17:49 UTC as 25th comment | 5 replies
On article Canon EOS R review (3302 comments in total)
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Desertbilly: Thank you for not obsessing over the single slot, and the absence of IBIS and FF4k. That has grown so, so tedious over the last month. I have unsubscribed from a number of websites because of it.

In addition to the mount, Canon has clearly decided to rethink and innovate the user interface. Some of it may work and some of it may not. I'm not at all concerned about it. I expect to get my R next week, and will simply use it (mostly for travel) for several months to see how I like it. Clearly there will be a learning curve and adjustment period. I'm okay with that -- that's how innovation works.

I don't understand the hater mindset, but it has become a fact of life. People who hate some aspect of this camera obviously don't have to buy it. And people who are upset that it has some limitation will probably have other R-mount bodies to choose from in the future.

I was actually saying that I appreciated the fair review by the DPR staff.

It's all of the other haters who have flooded this and just about every review or forum thread about the R since it was announced, that I'm annoyed by.

As to the MFn bar, I haven't used it yet. Maybe I'll hate it. Maybe I'll like it. I'll figure that out over the next several months.

More to the point -- I think it's great that Sony users love their gear. I'm sure it's fantastic stuff. I bought my son an a6300 last year. I just don't understand the compulsion to troll Canon threads and forums. Don't they have better things to do with their lives?

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2018 at 02:18 UTC
On article Canon EOS R review (3302 comments in total)

Thank you for not obsessing over the single slot, and the absence of IBIS and FF4k. That has grown so, so tedious over the last month. I have unsubscribed from a number of websites because of it.

In addition to the mount, Canon has clearly decided to rethink and innovate the user interface. Some of it may work and some of it may not. I'm not at all concerned about it. I expect to get my R next week, and will simply use it (mostly for travel) for several months to see how I like it. Clearly there will be a learning curve and adjustment period. I'm okay with that -- that's how innovation works.

I don't understand the hater mindset, but it has become a fact of life. People who hate some aspect of this camera obviously don't have to buy it. And people who are upset that it has some limitation will probably have other R-mount bodies to choose from in the future.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2018 at 19:30 UTC as 548th comment | 4 replies
On article Canon RF 24-105mm F4L IS USM sample gallery (174 comments in total)

Works for me.

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2018 at 17:33 UTC as 25th comment
On a photo in the Canon RF 24-105mm F4L IS USM sample gallery sample gallery (3 comments in total)

For a travel lens, it looks pretty good to me.

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2018 at 17:31 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
On article Which is better: Nikon Z7 vs Sony a7R III (1516 comments in total)

Since probably 99% of your readers are probably pretty serious photographers with pretty significant investments of time and money in one or more photographic ecosystems, and the barrier to changing ecosystems is quite high, another possible story theme might be which brand ecosystem is the better choice, taking into account the breadth, depth and likely future of the ecosystem.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2018 at 17:07 UTC as 107th comment | 4 replies

I have a few Art lenses, and I use them a lot. Sure, they're big and not always the best choice, but overall I am very happy with them.

To me, this ups the pressure on Canon. I've been patiently waiting for new bodies for years, but my patience is starting to wane.

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2018 at 20:26 UTC as 38th comment | 18 replies

Zoinks! I'm a RRS fan. I love the SLO area. And southern Utah is stunning. I'm not optimistic, however, that this is really going to be good news for RRS and it's customers in the long run. I pay $1,400 for a tripod, but they're moving to Utah to save a few bucks on rent? It sounds fishy to me.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2018 at 03:22 UTC as 40th comment | 1 reply

I did a Milky Way photo workshop at Santa Fe, about a year ago with a Sigma Art 20mm (on a 5DS-R) and just loved the lens. Mostly around F2-F2.5, 20 to 25 seconds, ISO 1600-2000, and on a Really Right Stuff tripod. I can't recommend it too strongly.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2017 at 04:31 UTC as 4th comment

Thank God for this article. Now I know exactly what camera to get, if I want a $5,000+ body and a single lens, but have no pre-existing equipment, in order to get the best jpeg's appearing in a Youtube video!!

; )

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2017 at 19:05 UTC as 100th comment
On article Canon EOS Rebel SL2 sample gallery (220 comments in total)

Thanks. I've used an SL1 for a backup/pocket body for a few years. If there's a noticeable increase in sensor performance, I'll upgrade to the SL2.

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2017 at 20:28 UTC as 22nd comment | 1 reply

Sure, on it's face it sounds amazing, but who would really use a 400 f2.8? A professional sports or wildlife shooter? And would they use a medium format?

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2017 at 05:27 UTC as 8th comment | 2 replies

Also, there's no talk yet of the A9 viewfinder. I prefer optical viewfinders to digital viewfinders. I would expect that this would be relevant to some others, as well.

And come to think of it, I also take some comfort in the, literally, decades that Canon and Nikon have been in (defined) the professional photography segment. I have a high level of confidence that they will still be major players 10 years from now.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 19:33 UTC as 113th comment | 4 replies
On article Juggling with one hand: Leica M10 shooting experience (489 comments in total)

Thanks for this article. I enjoyed it.
I'm thinking of taking the plunge on an extravagant, foolish, hopelessly-romantic M10. This article helped.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2017 at 22:00 UTC as 83rd comment

I've used both Windows and Mac over the decades and consider both to have pros and cons. i currently have mostly Mac and was planning on buying a new 5k iMac and MBP next year. This looks very interesting, and I would be very interested, assuming the hardware works out well. A critical factor, for me, will be how well Adobe adopts and integrates the new UI paradigms. This could be great, or it could be a big dud. Time will tell.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2016 at 02:28 UTC as 95th comment | 2 replies
On article Rebel in your pocket: Canon EOS M3 Review (465 comments in total)

I've had an M3 and the 22mm for a couple of months and have been pleased with it. I have a lot of Canon gear, and wanted a simple, pocketable utility camera that could use EF lenses in a pinch. This was to be a street/coat-pocket/briefcase camera for me. I prefer optical viewfinders, but couldn't swallow the size and expense of an X-Pro2 and a few lenses. For what I wanted, the M3 & 22mm is a peach. It's got a nice feel, and the image quality is better than I was expecting. I agree with the review, the AF is weak, but that's not something I need in this body.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2016 at 18:54 UTC as 144th comment | 1 reply

I've been wanting to try a Sigma Art, and 20mm works great for the stuff I do. I'm going to buy one of these once they are out.

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2015 at 17:29 UTC as 91st comment
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