Donnie G

Donnie G

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Donnie G: Panasonic has proven that there is a niche market for interchangeable lens video cameras with SLR ergonomics at the $2,000 price point. My question would be whether or not their GH5 delivers the most bang for the buck once it's outfitted with a lens and the other accessories needed for film making compared to an all in one video camera like Canon's XC-20. I suppose it all depends on user preferences, but I'd love to see a comparison between the two anyway. Oh, and, good job Panasonic. :))

Actually Steve, I think you summed things up quite nicely. The GH5 being of greater value to the person who's investing, long term, in a system, while the XC-20 is a stand alone product with no system requirement. Both are valuable in their own way, but to different types of customers. :))

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2017 at 12:32 UTC

Panasonic has proven that there is a niche market for interchangeable lens video cameras with SLR ergonomics at the $2,000 price point. My question would be whether or not their GH5 delivers the most bang for the buck once it's outfitted with a lens and the other accessories needed for film making compared to an all in one video camera like Canon's XC-20. I suppose it all depends on user preferences, but I'd love to see a comparison between the two anyway. Oh, and, good job Panasonic. :))

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2017 at 11:35 UTC as 53rd comment | 4 replies

Keep the wife or get new gear. Keep the kids or get new gear. Keep the house or get used gear. Decisions, decisions! Happy Holidays! :))

Link | Posted on Dec 27, 2016 at 16:52 UTC as 42nd comment
On article Modern Mirrorless: Canon EOS M5 Review (1599 comments in total)
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Donnie G: With the M5, Canon delivers an enthusiast level, compact mirrorless ILC that is so easy to use it will sell by the boatload, much like their Rebel line has done for the last 13 years. Seems to me to be exactly the kind of product I would want to be able to offer to shoppers if I were running a 32 billion dollar optical and imaging company. Just saying. :))

@fateeman,
I see the problem now. You think that just because I've predicted that the Canon M5 will be yet another sales success for that brand then your "no name" product will be banished to the trash heap of laughable camera history, kinda like Hillary Clinton's comical political defeats. Frankly, I'm surprised that you or anyone else could actually think that anything posted here could be such a powerful influence on the world's shopping habits. Thanks for the vote of confidence in my powers of persuasion anyway. Merry Christmas! :))

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2016 at 15:58 UTC
On article Modern Mirrorless: Canon EOS M5 Review (1599 comments in total)
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Donnie G: With the M5, Canon delivers an enthusiast level, compact mirrorless ILC that is so easy to use it will sell by the boatload, much like their Rebel line has done for the last 13 years. Seems to me to be exactly the kind of product I would want to be able to offer to shoppers if I were running a 32 billion dollar optical and imaging company. Just saying. :))

@pdelux,
You should take your meds before trolling so that you might at least accidentally bring some meaningful thoughts to the conversation. Also, while it's true that I like the M5, I'm not the least bit interested in owning one because I don't enjoy using stills cameras equipped with EVFs, no matter who makes them. I love using my OVF equipped 80D and 6D DSLRs and I'm not about to change. OVFs for stills cameras. EVFs for video cameras. That's how I roll.

Canon provides me with a wide range of ILC choices so that I can choose the ones that work best for me. I can only hope that you are as happy with your brand of choice as I am with mine. :))

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2016 at 10:13 UTC
On article Modern Mirrorless: Canon EOS M5 Review (1599 comments in total)
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Donnie G: With the M5, Canon delivers an enthusiast level, compact mirrorless ILC that is so easy to use it will sell by the boatload, much like their Rebel line has done for the last 13 years. Seems to me to be exactly the kind of product I would want to be able to offer to shoppers if I were running a 32 billion dollar optical and imaging company. Just saying. :))

Canon has an excellent reputation for delivering products that just plain work and they are backed up with the industry's best customer service. So yes, the Canon name will definitely help to drive up sales. Isn't that the kind of brand recognition that every camera maker wants to have?

Specs mean nothing by themselves. A camera has to be more than just the sum of its specs. It has to sell and also it has to offer a user experience that will make people want to buy that brand again. Canon knows that "ease of use", "bullet proof" reliability, nearly infinite product choices, and customer service sells more cameras than any other specs the competition can come up with. :))

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2016 at 00:37 UTC
On article Modern Mirrorless: Canon EOS M5 Review (1599 comments in total)
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Donnie G: With the M5, Canon delivers an enthusiast level, compact mirrorless ILC that is so easy to use it will sell by the boatload, much like their Rebel line has done for the last 13 years. Seems to me to be exactly the kind of product I would want to be able to offer to shoppers if I were running a 32 billion dollar optical and imaging company. Just saying. :))

Jim, Canon is already the leading DSLR maker and they fully intend to be the leading mirrorless ILC maker as well, within the next year or two. The M5 is a means to get there. Wait for the holiday sales figures next month. You, me, and everybody else will be able to see all of the marketplace winners and losers quite plainly then. :))

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2016 at 22:08 UTC
On article Modern Mirrorless: Canon EOS M5 Review (1599 comments in total)

With the M5, Canon delivers an enthusiast level, compact mirrorless ILC that is so easy to use it will sell by the boatload, much like their Rebel line has done for the last 13 years. Seems to me to be exactly the kind of product I would want to be able to offer to shoppers if I were running a 32 billion dollar optical and imaging company. Just saying. :))

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2016 at 21:39 UTC as 137th comment | 13 replies

The interment of Americans of Japanese ancestry is merely one of many examples of government mandated American racism gone wild. Ours is not a perfect society by any stretch of the imagination, but then again, there really aren't any perfect societies anywhere on earth. And those governments that think that they are perfect always prove themselves to be the most repressive regimes ever created.

That's why I'm grateful for the safeguards afforded to me, as an American, within our constitution that allows for do overs when things get sketchy. I'm especially thankful to have the expressed right to self defense acknowledged by our 2nd Amendment.

Hope for the best, but be prepared for the worst. Works for me! :))

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2016 at 23:45 UTC as 42nd comment | 27 replies
On article 2016 Roundup: $1200-2000 ILCs part 2: Full-Frame (366 comments in total)

I use my Canon 6D primarily for wedding and High School senior portraiture. Usually tripod mounted with either a rented 200mm f2 L or 70-200 f2.8 L lens attached. If off the tripod then I'm working in close with my trusty 24-105 L glass. For me, my 6D is perfect for this kind of work. However, if Canon decides to bless its replacement with a fully articulating touchscreen and DPAF, then I will upgrade ahead of my usual schedule because I love using those features on my 80D. :))

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2016 at 00:43 UTC as 31st comment
On article Throwback Thursday: Olympus E-10 (159 comments in total)

I have very fond memories of my Olympus E-10. It was my first digital camera. I used mine mostly in nightclubs and lounges to produce 3x4" instant photos with the small accessory printer. That combo allowed me to retire my Polaroid 600SE bodies. My party customers loved being able to review their photos on the rear screen. That was the main feature that sold me on digital capture even though I still hung on to my EOS 1v and EOS 3 bodies for my more serious work, like weddings, etc, until Canon brought the 5D to market. So, even though I haven't owned an Olympus camera since, I still respect their pioneering work in digital capture that, for me, is best exemplified by their E-10 cameras.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2016 at 18:32 UTC as 36th comment
On article Canon is selling a gray version of the Rebel T6 (146 comments in total)

While it may mean nothing to the folks who comment on these enthusiast photo sites, there are a lot of buyers at this price point who like these "other than black" themed camera makeovers. Cheap and easy way to move some more product during the holidays. If it works then what's the harm? :))

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2016 at 15:02 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Nikon reportedly eliminating 1000 jobs in Japan (518 comments in total)
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Donnie G: While there are a lot of folks here who will enjoy predicting doom and gloom for Nikon as a result of these jobs cuts, those of us with some degree of business experience will recognize that those cuts are standard operating procedure during a downturn in any industry where growth is stagnant. Nikon is simply cutting costs so that they can more easily ride out these bad times for camera companies. Nikon will still be around long after some of its lesser competitors are gone and forgotten.

You can bet that those folks who are predicting Nikon's doom are the same folks spreading nonsense about a Nikon / Sony merger. Well, that ain't gonna happen either, but keep tripping if you must. :))

It's true that the ILC market is changing, but it's not disappearing, Sonyshine. ILCs are so good these days that it doesn't make sense to upgrade to a new model with every new product cycle. I typically keep my cameras a minimum of 6 years before upgrading. So, even though I presently own an 80D and 6D, I also own and frequently use a 10mp Canon 40D that has proven to be indestructible and still produces very sales worthy images.

Instead of buying the latest new camera that I might lust for, I rent it once or twice a year. Good for me, but bad for the camera companies since that's a sale they won't make with me for at least 6 years. Well you know that I'm not the only one who operates this way. So while I'm a very loyal Canon customer, I'm also an infrequent buyer. Its hard to make a profit off of guys like me unless you raise the price of your product to compensate for the lower volume of sales, because I will buy-----Eventually. :))

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 17:16 UTC

Privileged pricks who still don't believe that the rules apply to them. Prosecute them, then lock them up for a year and fine them $8,000 plus court costs. Maybe they'll get the message then. :))

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 16:13 UTC as 56th comment | 2 replies
On article Nikon reportedly eliminating 1000 jobs in Japan (518 comments in total)

While there are a lot of folks here who will enjoy predicting doom and gloom for Nikon as a result of these jobs cuts, those of us with some degree of business experience will recognize that those cuts are standard operating procedure during a downturn in any industry where growth is stagnant. Nikon is simply cutting costs so that they can more easily ride out these bad times for camera companies. Nikon will still be around long after some of its lesser competitors are gone and forgotten.

You can bet that those folks who are predicting Nikon's doom are the same folks spreading nonsense about a Nikon / Sony merger. Well, that ain't gonna happen either, but keep tripping if you must. :))

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 15:14 UTC as 55th comment | 8 replies

but but but••••• can it milk an almond? :))

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2016 at 22:19 UTC as 109th comment

Last month it was Fujifilm bragging that they couldn't keep up with demand for their X-T2 cameras. Now it's Sony's turn to do the same for the a99II. Trending holiday marketing tactic or fact? Who knows? I hope it's fact because that might mean that ILC sales are starting to rebound for all the manufacturers. Its been a long drought and the industry could use some good news. :))

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2016 at 21:48 UTC as 19th comment | 3 replies
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Donnie G: You want to do drone photography, then get a permit or license. Good idea. :))

@JensR,

Good!

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2016 at 16:51 UTC

You want to do drone photography, then get a permit or license. Good idea. :))

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2016 at 19:40 UTC as 44th comment | 2 replies

Samsung should do what Sony did. Blame the new guy. :))

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2016 at 19:18 UTC as 38th comment
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