Donnie G

Donnie G

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Maybe now some folks who comment here will have a better idea of why the 1DX II is considered to be the ultimate all rounder in the Canon lineup. Its sensor is designed to do well in any environment it winds up in, instead of being built to excel at just a few tasks. That's also the reason for its heft, speedy controls, OVF, and higher cost. I wish I still had a reason to own a 1D series camera. Once you've used one you never want to use anything else. :))

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2016 at 15:09 UTC as 9th comment
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1224 comments in total)
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Donnie G: Looks like yet another home run for Fujifilm. The vertical grip is the right kind of accessary to improve the X-T2's performance. If I were in the market for a compact mirrorless ILC system, this camera and the X-Pro2 would be at the top of my short list. Great job Fujifilm! :))

I like what Fujifilm is doing with their top tier ILCs and I agree with their decision to stick to APS-C bodies for these enthusiast cameras. I believe that APS-C represents the sweet spot for the majority of ILC enthusiasts. However, I still favor my Canon 80D DSLR over all other APS-C ILCs. It's what works best for me and I love shooting with it. So, while I'm not ever going to trade away my OVF for an EVF based camera, I still would have no problem in recommending the Fujifilm X-T2 to anyone looking to build a compact ILC kit. :))

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 03:42 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1224 comments in total)

Looks like yet another home run for Fujifilm. The vertical grip is the right kind of accessary to improve the X-T2's performance. If I were in the market for a compact mirrorless ILC system, this camera and the X-Pro2 would be at the top of my short list. Great job Fujifilm! :))

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 20:53 UTC as 104th comment | 2 replies
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1188 comments in total)
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bernardf12: Copy this...... Japan.

That could happen, iAPX. Of all the camera manufacturers, I think Sony is in a position to respond the quickest because of their RX1R II. Building it up to accept a medium format sensor should prove to be pretty easy. The problem is that there will likely be way too many camera makers doing the same thing, and therefore, nobody will be able to make a profit in that category. Should be interesting to watch them try though. :))

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 00:02 UTC
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1188 comments in total)
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bernardf12: Copy this...... Japan.

This category will be fun to watch. If Hasselblad makes any real money with their X1D, then I wouldn't be surprised to see Canon retaliate with a fixed lens medium format camera. Something along the lines of a 35mm equivalent 28 - 80 fixed lens zoom camera with a Canon designed MF sensor, DPAF and all of their other good tech builtin and for about half the price of the Hasselblad. I doubt that Canon would bother with creating a new lens mount and lens line just to compete in this category. No ROI for them. I think Nikon would take a similar approach. :))

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 23:02 UTC
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Donnie G: High IQ, lightweight, compact size, easy to use without the need for any additional accessaries, cheap to own, and most importantly, fun for photographers of all skill levels to use, carry, and experiment with. People who have never considered buying an EOS M body will buy one now just to be able to use this lens with it. This is how you sell interchangeable lens cameras. Watch the sales figures and learn from the master. :))

The master that isn't wasting resources on making fast and expensive primes to sell to a couple of hundred gearheads until after it sells thousands of these macro primes to every hobbyist on the planet who's not hung up on lens speed as being the only measure of what's useful for taking pictures. :))

Link | Posted on May 11, 2016 at 15:52 UTC

High IQ, lightweight, compact size, easy to use without the need for any additional accessaries, cheap to own, and most importantly, fun for photographers of all skill levels to use, carry, and experiment with. People who have never considered buying an EOS M body will buy one now just to be able to use this lens with it. This is how you sell interchangeable lens cameras. Watch the sales figures and learn from the master. :))

Link | Posted on May 11, 2016 at 15:03 UTC as 34th comment | 14 replies

Looking forward to seeing this movie in IMAX 3D tomorrow along with 3 bus loads of 6th graders on their end of the school year field trip. Our bus will have 28 kids being watched by 4 adults. What could possibly go wrong? Aaaarrggghhh! :))

Link | Posted on May 8, 2016 at 22:58 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
On article Friendly Rebel: Canon EOS Rebel T6 / 1300D samples (177 comments in total)
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MikeFairbanks: I don't understand how this camera is any different than the last few entry level models.

Yeah, I know rrccad, but the haters would say that we were comparing apples to oranges if we didn't stick strictly to the Rebel's digital history. And as much as I enjoy feeding the trolls, I don't want to accidentally lose a finger in the process. LOL :))

Link | Posted on May 3, 2016 at 19:10 UTC
On article Friendly Rebel: Canon EOS Rebel T6 / 1300D samples (177 comments in total)
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Reactive: OK, after reading more snarling comments about the 1300D, I have a confession to make. It's a very difficult personal decision for me, but here goes.... [deep breath, hangs head in shame]... I...I...I... still own a Canon EOS 550D AND I STILL HANG IT ROUND MY NECK IN PUBLIC AND I LET OTHER PEOPLE SEE ME TAKING PICTURES WITH IT!

There! I said it. I own a "prehistoric" camera much like the 1300D, with apparently hopeless resolution (18MP), awful noise problems and appalling dynamic range, and it only does 3.5 fps too! But somehow, I manage to stand tall in public places and let people see me use it. I even put it on a tripod sometimes, despite the crowds of howling onlookers laughing at my ancient and pathetically inadequate kit. The odd thing is, I get some really satisfying photos with it, not sure how.

There, I feel so much better having revealed my dark secret. I hope one day to be rich and stupid enough to upgrade my camera every two years, but sorry, I'm not quite there yet.

I guess it's time for me to confess that while I own a 6D, 70D and 80D, I also still own and use a 10mp 40D, and I use it a lot. As a matter of fact, my entire family uses it, including my two very picky and opinionated teens and their friends. All of us love those 10mp jpegs the camera produces. Does that make us bad people, and if so, can we be forgiven since at least it's not a base Rebel that's crippled by a measly 18mp sensor? LOL :))

Link | Posted on May 3, 2016 at 17:53 UTC
On article Friendly Rebel: Canon EOS Rebel T6 / 1300D samples (177 comments in total)
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MikeFairbanks: I don't understand how this camera is any different than the last few entry level models.

I see your point Mike. To find understanding, ask yourself this one question; Who do you think Canon is more likely to be listening to, the one hundred or so gearheads on this site, or the millions of soccer moms who've made the Rebel the best selling interchangeable lens camera in the world for the last 13 years in a row? :))

Link | Posted on May 3, 2016 at 04:02 UTC

Upon reading this news about Sony's imaging division good fortunes, a friend of mine who shoots with Sony gear put it best when he said, "so far so good". :))

Link | Posted on May 3, 2016 at 02:51 UTC as 24th comment | 1 reply
On article The Canon that can: Canon EOS 80D Review (689 comments in total)

My wife and I received our 80D with EF-S 18-135 nano USM kit lens last Saturday, so we haven't done much more than take a few shots with it around the house and set up its controls per our preferences. This is the first time that we have ever purchased a camera with a "kit lens", so we're really curious as to how this lens will perform compared to our 70D + EF-S 15-85 USM combo. We'll find out over the next few weekends. Our main reason for buying the kit lens is to use it as our video lens, because we are really intrigued by the possibilities the optional PZ-E1 Power Zoom Adapter can provide when it becomes available. Since we don't own any STM lenses anyway, it was kind of a no brainer. Beyond that, we absolutely love how the info is displayed in the OVF. Thank you Canon! :))

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2016 at 17:47 UTC as 73rd comment

While Canon's Q1 results does make for entertaining reading, by itself, it really doesn't shed any new light on the state of the consumer camera market as a whole. I don't think that anyone is surprised that Canon is still able to sell boat loads of ILCs even when the overall market for such devices is shrinking. The success of the 80D clearly shows that enthusiast photographers place much higher value on improvements to IQ, AF performance with lenses as slow as f8, and having the choice of using a brilliant OVF or equally satisfying articulated live view touchscreen than they do on 4k video capture. The camera just has the right feature set to attract a very large and diverse base of users. The same can be said for the much maligned EOS M cameras which are focused more on small size and low price than on all out performance. It's Canon's ability to offer "different strokes for different folks" that keeps them profitable. :))

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2016 at 00:06 UTC as 20th comment | 2 replies
On article Crossing the Bridge: Canon XC10 Review (263 comments in total)

Stuck at home with the grand-babies. Bored, but I did find some click bait that suggests that Canon will debut a FF mirrorless ILC this year. So I've decided to feed the trolls with this comment. Hope I don't lose any fingers.

My guess is that if Canon chose to do a FF mirrorless camera, it wouldn't be as compact as the Sony A7 series, but it would be a heck of a lot more reliable, comfortable, user friendly, and therefore, more desirable for serious enthusiast and pro use. In addition to having a native EF mount, I would expect the camera to use the same LP-E6N battery as the 6D. I would also expect it to be large enough to offer great ergonomic design. Beyond that, my guess is that the camera would likely shoot 4K video and would be priced to compete with the 6D, thus giving buyers a clear choice of 2 distinctly different FF products. The one thing that I'm certain of is that such a camera would not be called an EOS-M since it is not likely to be compatible with EF-M nor EF-S. :))

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2016 at 14:50 UTC as 17th comment
On article Crossing the Bridge: Canon XC10 Review (263 comments in total)
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Donnie G: I rented the XC10 back in November, and much like the reviewer here, I had a mostly positive experience in using this little camcorder. My wife and I used this camera mostly in good light, so I really can't comment on it's low light performance, but its zoom lens reach was more than adequate for our needs. Also, neither one of us considered the lack of an EVF for this camera to be a negative. As a matter of fact, the detachable loupe was so comfortable to use that it became our default viewing setup for working at normal eye level. Still, we found ourselves wishing for Dual Pixel AF and better control over camera functions with the toggle control when the loupe is in place. So we decided to wait for Canon's next generation of this camcorder in the hopes of adding that one to our kit. :))

The XC10 is a very solidly made little brick of an UHD camcorder that ENG professionals will be able to count on to operate flawlessly day in and day out. Unlike typical consumer oriented video cameras that sacrifice IQ and durability to achieve their small size, the XC10 was designed for extended pro use. The ability to extract decent stills from its files is just a bonus feature of the design. ENG pros routinely pay more for HD camcorders that aren't as capable as the XC10. Price won't be an obstacle for those folks, because they know the camera will pay for itself in less than a week. :))

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2016 at 08:10 UTC
On article Crossing the Bridge: Canon XC10 Review (263 comments in total)
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Donnie G: I rented the XC10 back in November, and much like the reviewer here, I had a mostly positive experience in using this little camcorder. My wife and I used this camera mostly in good light, so I really can't comment on it's low light performance, but its zoom lens reach was more than adequate for our needs. Also, neither one of us considered the lack of an EVF for this camera to be a negative. As a matter of fact, the detachable loupe was so comfortable to use that it became our default viewing setup for working at normal eye level. Still, we found ourselves wishing for Dual Pixel AF and better control over camera functions with the toggle control when the loupe is in place. So we decided to wait for Canon's next generation of this camcorder in the hopes of adding that one to our kit. :))

Have you ever used Canon's XC10, EthanP99? Have you ever even seen or held one? I didn't think so! Because if you had seen, held, or used one, you would've had something actually useful to say about Canon's hybrid camcorder instead of trying to bash me for commenting on my real world hands on experience with this camera. Next time, beg, borrow, or rent one of these camcorders yourself so that you can make a comment based on your experience. I'd love to read it. :))

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2016 at 03:05 UTC
On article Crossing the Bridge: Canon XC10 Review (263 comments in total)

I rented the XC10 back in November, and much like the reviewer here, I had a mostly positive experience in using this little camcorder. My wife and I used this camera mostly in good light, so I really can't comment on it's low light performance, but its zoom lens reach was more than adequate for our needs. Also, neither one of us considered the lack of an EVF for this camera to be a negative. As a matter of fact, the detachable loupe was so comfortable to use that it became our default viewing setup for working at normal eye level. Still, we found ourselves wishing for Dual Pixel AF and better control over camera functions with the toggle control when the loupe is in place. So we decided to wait for Canon's next generation of this camcorder in the hopes of adding that one to our kit. :))

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2016 at 01:26 UTC as 42nd comment | 11 replies
On article Retro through-and-through: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review (2489 comments in total)
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Donnie G: I'm not a fan of mirrorless cameras in general, but I would have no problem recommending the X-Pro2 to anyone looking to buy a rangefinder style ILC. The camera is of a decent size, not toy-like, offers good hand holding ergonomics, and its hybrid viewfinder appears to be far better suited to this camera style than anything else I've seen from competing designs. Add to those qualities a nice selection of short prime lenses and you have a compact, large sensor camera kit that is well suited to street photography. Great job Fujifilm! :))

It all depends on your point of view, Turlututu. I don't see mirrorless designs as a replacement to DSLRs, but as an alternate choice for those folks who may value compactness and lighter weight over all other considerations. With that thought in mind, I think Fujifilm's new X-Pro2 is a good compromise between compactness and its ability to be used the way that most hobbyists and other enthusiasts would on a daily basis. DSLR levels of performance might actually be overkill for that kind of photographer. In other words, it's nice to have this kind of diversity of choice available to us in today's ILC marketplace.

PS. I would love to see Canon do a direct APS-C competitor to this camera that features a hybrid viewfinder of Canon design. And before you ask, no, I don't envision Canon doing a FF mirrorless ILC. :))

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2016 at 11:33 UTC
On article Retro through-and-through: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review (2489 comments in total)
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Donnie G: I'm not a fan of mirrorless cameras in general, but I would have no problem recommending the X-Pro2 to anyone looking to buy a rangefinder style ILC. The camera is of a decent size, not toy-like, offers good hand holding ergonomics, and its hybrid viewfinder appears to be far better suited to this camera style than anything else I've seen from competing designs. Add to those qualities a nice selection of short prime lenses and you have a compact, large sensor camera kit that is well suited to street photography. Great job Fujifilm! :))

IMO, consumer mirrorless cameras, including Canon's EOS M10 and M3, are still in their infancy in terms of product development. I think that will continue to be the case for at least another 10 to 20 years for all manufacturers as they grapple with solving EVF lag issues, sensor heat issues, and battery drain, which is largely a byproduct of the EVF and sensor related issues.

DSLR tech solutions weren't developed overnight. It took decades to make the humble SLR camera into the versatile and adaptable photographic tool that it is today. The same will be true for mirrorless camera tech too. :))

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2016 at 03:56 UTC
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