Donnie G

Donnie G

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On article Hands-on with Canon EOS Rebel SL2 / EOS 200D (105 comments in total)

The new 6D II will get all of the headlines, but it's the Rebel SL2 that the other camera makers need to really fear.

With the introduction of the SL2, Canon has finally made a compact ILC that even I can love. This new compact DSLR is the first Canon Rebel that I've ever been excited about. It offers amazing value and performance for the price and should be a very strong competitor against Micro 4/3rd and all APS-C mirrorless and DSLR cameras, including Canon's own EOS-M series cameras and its own Rebel family. I firmly believe that this little Rebel will quickly become Canon's best selling ILC and that it will singlehandedly snatch marketshare from everybody.

It won't take long for soccer moms and other big box store shoppers to realize that the SL2 is a real bargain that isn't a bare bones model. Canon nailed it with this one. 😎

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2017 at 16:25 UTC as 5th comment | 3 replies

I'll say this, Canon sure knows how to throw a party for their EOS camera system. Everybody gets something drool worthy this year. The Big Dog has your Mirrorless, your DSLR, and your Cinema EOS cameras, plus unique Canon lenses and accessories. Sony even volunteered to light the candles on the cake, again. LOL

Don't know if Sony is invited to the "after party" that's planned for the holiday shopping season at the end of the year, but I hear that Nikon will once again be Canon's wingman and Fujifilm will be their designated driver. Also, Pentax and the micro 4/3rd sisters, Olympus and Panasonic, will entertain us with their lemons or lemonade pole dancing acts. Yes, checks, small change, and lint, will be accepted.

Wow! Happy 30th Birthday EOS! 😎

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2017 at 09:14 UTC as 72nd comment
On article Hands-on with Canon EOS Rebel SL2 / EOS 200D (105 comments in total)

With the introduction of the SL2, Canon has finally made a compact ILC that even I can love. This new compact DSLR is the first Canon Rebel that I've ever been excited about. It offers amazing bang for the buck and should be a very strong competitor against M4/3rd and APS-C mirrorless cameras, including Canon's own EOS-M series cameras. I firmly believe that this little Rebel will quickly become Canon's best selling ILC and that it will singlehandedly snatch market share from everybody. 😎

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2017 at 08:26 UTC as 27th comment | 2 replies
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Donnie G: Sony wants to be regarded as a full line FF camera maker. That requires having a sports oriented body that pros trust to get the job done. I'm convinced that they will get there eventually, just not with this current A9. The A9 mk IV should be available in time for the 2020 Olympics and that is most likely when we'll see a couple of Sony shooters working the sidelines along with the Canon and Nikon sports shooters. 😎

True, A-Sign, but that's not a crime. If their marketing methods can help to generate sales for them, then they are accomplishing their primary mission, which is to sell cameras. It's up to the buyer to separate fact from fiction before he or she makes that purchase. 😎

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2017 at 00:38 UTC

Sony wants to be regarded as a full line FF camera maker. That requires having a sports oriented body that pros trust to get the job done. I'm convinced that they will get there eventually, just not with this current A9. The A9 mk IV should be available in time for the 2020 Olympics and that is most likely when we'll see a couple of Sony shooters working the sidelines along with the Canon and Nikon sports shooters. 😎

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2017 at 00:21 UTC as 86th comment | 4 replies
On article Nikon D7500 vs Canon EOS 80D (265 comments in total)
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Donnie G: I shoot 100% Raw and in Adobe RGB, so it's all about the ease of post processing for me. That means getting my exposures and compositions right, in-camera, first and foremost. All of my cameras must have OVFs with all glass pentaprisms, excellent battery life and accept an optional battery grip. They must be comfortable to hold all day and have their main controls in the same locations regardless of whether it's a FF or APS-C body, and they must be 100% reliable. My 80D delivers on all counts.

When I need a compact kit, I choose my APS-C 80D instead of a FF body. The fact that it makes video shooting way easier than it's suppose to be is just icing on the cake. I'm not into video anyway. If the camera is smaller than my 80D, then it's too small for me no matter how many tricks it can perform. 😎

I don't have a need for quick access jpegs. I sell prints and photo books of people who are celebrating a milestone occasion in their lives with their family, friends, and co-workers. Some of my customers have entire sets of my photo books that they have collected over the years. Those are lifetime keepsakes or heirlooms for them. It takes time to create a family heirloom. My customers know this and don't mind waiting.

That is not to say that my customers don't get to post an image or two to their favorite social media sites. I text message up to two images straight to their phones within a few hours after the event so that they can share them with whoever and however they want to. I personally don't post any image to any site, ever. I leave that decision up to my customers. 😎

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2017 at 12:55 UTC
On article Nikon D7500 vs Canon EOS 80D (265 comments in total)

I shoot 100% Raw and in Adobe RGB, so it's all about the ease of post processing for me. That means getting my exposures and compositions right, in-camera, first and foremost. All of my cameras must have OVFs with all glass pentaprisms, excellent battery life and accept an optional battery grip. They must be comfortable to hold all day and have their main controls in the same locations regardless of whether it's a FF or APS-C body, and they must be 100% reliable. My 80D delivers on all counts.

When I need a compact kit, I choose my APS-C 80D instead of a FF body. The fact that it makes video shooting way easier than it's suppose to be is just icing on the cake. I'm not into video anyway. If the camera is smaller than my 80D, then it's too small for me no matter how many tricks it can perform. 😎

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2017 at 17:50 UTC as 19th comment | 3 replies
On article Nikon D7500 vs Canon EOS 80D (265 comments in total)

They'll have to pry my 80D + EF-S 10-22 combo from my cold dead hands. Love em! 😎

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2017 at 02:09 UTC as 40th comment

I'm so glad that I waited for these new iMacs. Thank you, Apple! 😎

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2017 at 12:36 UTC as 30th comment | 5 replies

This is where I expect Panasonic to shine, even though at this point their EVA1 isn't quite finalized for production. I think the choice of the EF mount was very smart for them since that is what's fast becoming the movie industry's standard mount anyway. Both the C200 and EVA1 should prove to be very popular rentals. 😎

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2017 at 14:18 UTC as 10th comment | 11 replies
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Donnie G: I'll say this, Canon sure knows how to throw a 30th birthday celebration for their EOS camera system. Everybody gets presents, mirrorless and DSLR bodies, Cinema EOS bodies, and unique Canon lenses everywhere. Sony even volunteered to light the candles on the cake. Happy 30th Birthday EOS! 😎

If Canon ever does choose to do a FF mirrorless camera, I'm betting that it will look a lot like this C200B, but without the active cooling system, and be just as modular, with multiple grips, EVFs, and power choices available for the body. 😎

Link | Posted on May 31, 2017 at 23:07 UTC

I'll say this, Canon sure knows how to throw a 30th birthday celebration for their EOS camera system. Everybody gets presents, mirrorless and DSLR bodies, Cinema EOS bodies, and unique Canon lenses everywhere. Sony even volunteered to light the candles on the cake. Happy 30th Birthday EOS! 😎

Link | Posted on May 31, 2017 at 20:21 UTC as 14th comment | 6 replies
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Donnie G: Sales-wise, the picture isn't pretty at Sony, but I think they will do ok once the overall market for ILCs stops constricting. If not this year, then next. Of course, the real trick for Sony will be in finding ways to keep their investors happy so that they don't pull the plug on the camera unit prematurely. From the investors' point of view, there's not much point in being #3 if there are no profits in it. Time will tell. 😎

Well T3, my medication is walking toward me with a big plate of ribs and a smile. I hope they let you out of the basement long enough for you to enjoy this Memorial Day holiday. Happy trails! 😎

Link | Posted on May 29, 2017 at 21:09 UTC
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Donnie G: Sales-wise, the picture isn't pretty at Sony, but I think they will do ok once the overall market for ILCs stops constricting. If not this year, then next. Of course, the real trick for Sony will be in finding ways to keep their investors happy so that they don't pull the plug on the camera unit prematurely. From the investors' point of view, there's not much point in being #3 if there are no profits in it. Time will tell. 😎

End of the year sales results are going to be so much fun to discuss with you guys. I can hardly wait. So, let the games begin.

Happy 30th birthday EOS! 😎

Link | Posted on May 29, 2017 at 20:36 UTC
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Donnie G: Sales-wise, the picture isn't pretty at Sony, but I think they will do ok once the overall market for ILCs stops constricting. If not this year, then next. Of course, the real trick for Sony will be in finding ways to keep their investors happy so that they don't pull the plug on the camera unit prematurely. From the investors' point of view, there's not much point in being #3 if there are no profits in it. Time will tell. 😎

@osv,
Sony is doing the exact same thing that Canon is, which is trying to sell cameras in a down market. Both companies are refreshing their entire ILC product line this year. The difference between the two companies is that one is firmly established and can take a hit on growth if need be, while the other one isn't established as yet and can't stand anymore body punches to their sales without risking their legs (their investors) giving out on them.

If you had bothered to read my comments you would have seen that I think that Sony will make it through this rough patch, but they need strong performances from their newly introduced ILCs to pull it off. Although Canon is also hoping for strong sales from their new ILCs, they aren't in anywhere near as desperate a situation as Sony. If Canon fails, they can try again. Not so for Sony. For Sony, failure this time around means game over. 😎

Link | Posted on May 29, 2017 at 19:44 UTC
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Donnie G: Sales-wise, the picture isn't pretty at Sony, but I think they will do ok once the overall market for ILCs stops constricting. If not this year, then next. Of course, the real trick for Sony will be in finding ways to keep their investors happy so that they don't pull the plug on the camera unit prematurely. From the investors' point of view, there's not much point in being #3 if there are no profits in it. Time will tell. 😎

Sorry, got interrupted before I had finished my thought. If the A9, A6500, and a99-II all do their part to generate profits and renewed interest in Sony's ILCs, then Sony will have dodged a bullet and will continue to live on as a camera company. If not, then I'm convinced that the ax will fall by the end of 2018. 😎

Link | Posted on May 29, 2017 at 14:17 UTC

Sales-wise, the picture isn't pretty at Sony, but I think they will do ok once the overall market for ILCs stops constricting. If not this year, then next. Of course, the real trick for Sony will be in finding ways to keep their investors happy so that they don't pull the plug on the camera unit prematurely. From the investors' point of view, there's not much point in being #3 if there are no profits in it. Time will tell. 😎

Link | Posted on May 29, 2017 at 13:33 UTC as 10th comment | 10 replies
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Donnie G: APS-C, not full frame, represents the sweet spot for mirrorless ILC design economies and sales to mass market consumers. The FF enthusiast and pro user markets are far smaller as a percentage of ILC sales and are not likely to ever generate enough sales volume on their own to entice established players, like Canon and Nikon, into abandoning their highly successful FF products just to appease less than a handful of techno-nerds.

Just like Fujifilm and Sony, Canon knows where the profits are to be made, and it ain't in FF mirrorless. If it was, then Sony's market share would be growing instead of Canon's. 😎

@T3,
Now that we're finally in agreement that Canon doesn't need to offer a FF mirrorless camera to remain competitive within the ILC market, let's work on your theory about OVFs being completely displaced by EVFs. In your future world, all photographers will have only one viewfinder available to them, EVFs. No other choices wanted or needed, right? Well, I disagree.

I think that EVFs and OVFs will coexist together long after you, I or even our children are dead because people like having a choice. Cameras with and without mirror boxes will coexist for that same reason. I don't ever envision a day when camera companies don't offer choices to their customers. Will every camera company offer the exact same choices as its competitor? No!

Canon should be as different from Sony as Sony is different from Olympus who is different from Fujifilm, etc. Mirrorless designs aren't better than DSLRs, just different. Choose what you like, but don't choose for me or anybody else. 😎

Link | Posted on May 27, 2017 at 13:31 UTC
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Donnie G: APS-C, not full frame, represents the sweet spot for mirrorless ILC design economies and sales to mass market consumers. The FF enthusiast and pro user markets are far smaller as a percentage of ILC sales and are not likely to ever generate enough sales volume on their own to entice established players, like Canon and Nikon, into abandoning their highly successful FF products just to appease less than a handful of techno-nerds.

Just like Fujifilm and Sony, Canon knows where the profits are to be made, and it ain't in FF mirrorless. If it was, then Sony's market share would be growing instead of Canon's. 😎

Well then call me an optimist, T3, but I see that you are still ducking the real question. "The question is can Canon continue to dominate the FF ILC market without producing a FF mirrorless camera of their own?" This time try not to hide under the skirts of young Japanese women. 😎

Link | Posted on May 26, 2017 at 18:50 UTC
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Donnie G: APS-C, not full frame, represents the sweet spot for mirrorless ILC design economies and sales to mass market consumers. The FF enthusiast and pro user markets are far smaller as a percentage of ILC sales and are not likely to ever generate enough sales volume on their own to entice established players, like Canon and Nikon, into abandoning their highly successful FF products just to appease less than a handful of techno-nerds.

Just like Fujifilm and Sony, Canon knows where the profits are to be made, and it ain't in FF mirrorless. If it was, then Sony's market share would be growing instead of Canon's. 😎

@T3,
Nobody is arguing that Sony's sensor tech isn't top notch. That's not the issue. The question is can Canon continue to dominate the FF ILC market without producing a FF mirrorless camera of their own? I say that they can, while you keep dancing around trying to avoid answering the question. I also believe that Canon's EOS-M cameras will outsell Sony's entire mirrorless product line this year and make Canon the top mirrorless manufacturer despite their lack of a FF mirrorless product. As I stated in my original comment, APS-C is where the potential for growth is in mirrorless designs, not full frame.

Or to put it another way, Sony has about as much chance of shaking up Canon's ILC kingdom as Hillary Clinton had of becoming the 45th president of the U.S.A. LOL! Can you hear me now? 😎

Link | Posted on May 26, 2017 at 11:57 UTC
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