Donnie G

Donnie G

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On article Sony a9 shooting experience: Here's why I'm impressed (649 comments in total)
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Donnie G: Small cameras are great when paired with small lenses, but if Sony wants to play with the big boys in the pro sports arena, then Sony will have to come dressed in big boy pants. Maybe a future a10 will "get her done", but definitely not this a9 that they're trying to pass off as a pro sports camera simply because of the 20 fps burst rate. I'm not saying that this new Sony isn't a nice camera, at least on paper. However, it'll take a lot more than another of Sony's pretty spec sheet experiments to compete with the D5 or 1DX-II for the hearts and minds of pro sports shooters. 😎

I'll be willing to consider Sony's a9 a true pro sports camera on the same day that AP and Reuters switches to them. Until then, it's just another experimental Sony ILC that hopefully will bring some positive street creds to the Sony brand. 😎

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2017 at 15:21 UTC
On article Sony a9 shooting experience: Here's why I'm impressed (649 comments in total)

Small cameras are great when paired with small lenses, but if Sony wants to play with the big boys in the pro sports arena, then Sony will have to come dressed in big boy pants. Maybe a future a10 will "get her done", but definitely not this a9 that they're trying to pass off as a pro sports camera simply because of the 20 fps burst rate. I'm not saying that this new Sony isn't a nice camera, at least on paper. However, it'll take a lot more than another of Sony's pretty spec sheet experiments to compete with the D5 or 1DX-II for the hearts and minds of pro sports shooters. 😎

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2017 at 13:37 UTC as 98th comment | 5 replies
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1847 comments in total)
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Donnie G: Sony fans have good reason to celebrate because the a9 could be a real game-changer for the brand. Instead of a direct competitor to sports cameras like the 1DXII or the D5, I see the a9 as a complete rethinking of their higher end a7 series that could actually be a better all-rounder than Canon's 5D-IV. If that does prove to be the case, then Sony will finally be able to concentrate on E-mount exclusively and wean themselves from their dependence on legacy Minolta mount holdovers.

As always, end of the year sales volumes will tell the tale, but right now the a9 appears to be the right camera to generate some positive momentum toward growth for Sony's camera unit.

However, there's nothing about Sony's a9 that would make me want to switch to their still largely experimental camera system. I totally trust and love my OVF equipped, 100% reliable, ergonomically brilliant, Canon DSLRs, their EF lenses, and their "best in the world" customer service, far too much to change on a whim. 😎

I get your point, T3, and it's similar to the point I was going for, in that the a9 appears to be an excellent all-rounder, but IMO, it isn't up to pro sports photography levels of (1) proven reliability, (2) ergonomic design, (3) native lens availability, (4) proven pro level customer service. It takes years to establish a camera's reliability record. Sony would have to be willing to increase the camera's size to address the ergonomic issues. That increase in size might also improve reliability. I'm not going to even bother with addressing (3) & (4) because, well, you know. 😎

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 16:56 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1847 comments in total)
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Donnie G: Sony fans have good reason to celebrate because the a9 could be a real game-changer for the brand. Instead of a direct competitor to sports cameras like the 1DXII or the D5, I see the a9 as a complete rethinking of their higher end a7 series that could actually be a better all-rounder than Canon's 5D-IV. If that does prove to be the case, then Sony will finally be able to concentrate on E-mount exclusively and wean themselves from their dependence on legacy Minolta mount holdovers.

As always, end of the year sales volumes will tell the tale, but right now the a9 appears to be the right camera to generate some positive momentum toward growth for Sony's camera unit.

However, there's nothing about Sony's a9 that would make me want to switch to their still largely experimental camera system. I totally trust and love my OVF equipped, 100% reliable, ergonomically brilliant, Canon DSLRs, their EF lenses, and their "best in the world" customer service, far too much to change on a whim. 😎

Exactly, Thematic. These days I rent most of my more exotic equipment or even gear that I'm just curious about. So far I haven't come across a Sony ILC, including this a9, that warms me up in the least. I say that having tried and mostly liked Fujifilm's X-T2, X-Pro2, and Canon's own M5. The deal breaker for me with those cameras were their EVFs. I just don't like them, but in all other respects, they were nice cameras. Ok, they were all too small for my tastes too. 😎

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 16:26 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1847 comments in total)

Sony fans have good reason to celebrate because the a9 could be a real game-changer for the brand. Instead of a direct competitor to sports cameras like the 1DXII or the D5, I see the a9 as a complete rethinking of their higher end a7 series that could actually be a better all-rounder than Canon's 5D-IV. If that does prove to be the case, then Sony will finally be able to concentrate on E-mount exclusively and wean themselves from their dependence on legacy Minolta mount holdovers.

As always, end of the year sales volumes will tell the tale, but right now the a9 appears to be the right camera to generate some positive momentum toward growth for Sony's camera unit.

However, there's nothing about Sony's a9 that would make me want to switch to their still largely experimental camera system. I totally trust and love my OVF equipped, 100% reliable, ergonomically brilliant, Canon DSLRs, their EF lenses, and their "best in the world" customer service, far too much to change on a whim. 😎

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 15:46 UTC as 24th comment | 6 replies
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1847 comments in total)

At $4,500 USD, the a9 could be the first FF Sony that won't burn a hole in your wallet. Or will it? lol 🤡

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 00:10 UTC as 42nd comment | 2 replies

Sony fans have good reason to celebrate because the a9 could be a real game-changer for the brand. Instead of a direct competitor to sports cameras like the 1DXII or the D5, I see the a9 as a complete rethinking of their higher end a7 series that could actually be a better all-rounder than Canon's 5D-IV. If that does prove to be the case, then Sony will finally be able to concentrate on E-mount exclusively and wean themselves from their dependence on legacy Minolta mount holdovers.

As always, end of the year sales volumes will tell the tale, but right now the a9 appears to be the right camera to generate some positive momentum toward growth for Sony's camera unit. Good job Sony! 😎

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 17:49 UTC as 30th comment
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Donnie G: Sony finally gets some free publicity and is trying to milk it for all it's worth. No harm in that. Every camera company does it. 😎

@Vanisto Photo,
Love your post too. lol, thanks! 😎

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2017 at 21:23 UTC

Sony finally gets some free publicity and is trying to milk it for all it's worth. No harm in that. Every camera company does it. 😎

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2017 at 14:37 UTC as 29th comment | 3 replies
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justmeMN: Canon's 4,000,000 ISO movie camera is a cool product. In addition to this drone, it could be attached to police/rescue/news/etc. manned helicopters.

https://www.usa.canon.com/internet/portal/us/home/products/details/cameras/multi-purpose-cameras/me20f-sh

Governments will be buying Canon's ME20F-SH multi-purpose cameras by the boatload. It's just a matter of getting the word out and demonstrating in practical ways just how versatile, reliable, and well supported the Canon system is. This industrial drone plus camera combo is a perfect platform for doing that. 😎

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2017 at 05:44 UTC

Surveillance is a global growth industry and Canon intends to grow with it. Smart business move and a great way to make the surveillance community aware of the capabilities of their ME20F-SH camera whether the customer chooses to buy it paired with the drone or not. This is marketing done right. 😎

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2017 at 04:54 UTC as 9th comment
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justmeMN: Nikon can't even throw a decent Anniversary Party. (sigh)

A "gunmetal gray" finish and a little logo don't strike me as being sufficiently celebratory for 100 years in business.

@justmeMN,
I hate to say it, but you're right. Lame marketing campaign, lame anniversary celebration. Feels more like a funeral to me. Definitely nothing upbeat to cheer about. Too bad. 😩

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2017 at 15:00 UTC

My favorite Canon lenses these days are the EF-S 10-22 on my 80D and the EF 24-105L on my 6D. Those are my two workhorses for shooting events, such as small weddings, bridal showers, baby showers, and all manner of parties that are typically held in venues where space is tight. My favorite street photography lens is Canon's nifty 50mm f/1.8 mounted on my 80D. I own other lenses as well, but these are the ones, along with my arsenal of Canon speedlights, that I make 95% of my photographs with. I like to keep things simple.

Loved the article DPR. Thanks! 😎

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 16:28 UTC as 85th comment

With Apple, you get what you pay for. The best! Cheap is what the other guys do. Deal with it. 😎

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2017 at 15:57 UTC as 22nd comment | 9 replies
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Donnie G: The majority of smartphone camera users are the same people who would have bought all of those Kodak, Fujifilm, etc., disposable cameras of the film era. They are snapshot shooters, not photography enthusiasts, hobbyists, or pros. Snapshot shooters have no interest in learning the complexities of photography or in investing in the gear that enthusiasts use to create their above par images. And just like during the film era, these snapshot shooters become my customers when they need more than just a quick snapshot to preserve a special memory or event.

For me, nothing has changed but the technology I use and some of the products that I sell to my snapshot shooting clients. Photography enthusiasts, hobbyists, and pros have always been a very small and exclusive part of the picture taking community and that's just fine with me. 😎

@lent305,
Training.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2017 at 15:53 UTC
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Donnie G: The majority of smartphone camera users are the same people who would have bought all of those Kodak, Fujifilm, etc., disposable cameras of the film era. They are snapshot shooters, not photography enthusiasts, hobbyists, or pros. Snapshot shooters have no interest in learning the complexities of photography or in investing in the gear that enthusiasts use to create their above par images. And just like during the film era, these snapshot shooters become my customers when they need more than just a quick snapshot to preserve a special memory or event.

For me, nothing has changed but the technology I use and some of the products that I sell to my snapshot shooting clients. Photography enthusiasts, hobbyists, and pros have always been a very small and exclusive part of the picture taking community and that's just fine with me. 😎

@Old Cameras,
I strongly agree that few people who are really interested in photography are going to be lost to cellphone photography. Cellphone cameras, like the low-end point & shoot fixed lens and disposable film cameras, offer the promise of delivering images that are "just as good as a pro's" to the snapshooter without any investment in learning the craft of photography. Just like buying a lottery ticket, every once in a while that promise of pro results or at least the illusion of pro results is delivered. Million to one odds. So what! Those are acceptable odds for snapshooters. After all, nobody is paying them to provide a service. 😎

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2017 at 19:17 UTC

The majority of smartphone camera users are the same people who would have bought all of those Kodak, Fujifilm, etc., disposable cameras of the film era. They are snapshot shooters, not photography enthusiasts, hobbyists, or pros. Snapshot shooters have no interest in learning the complexities of photography or in investing in the gear that enthusiasts use to create their above par images. And just like during the film era, these snapshot shooters become my customers when they need more than just a quick snapshot to preserve a special memory or event.

For me, nothing has changed but the technology I use and some of the products that I sell to my snapshot shooting clients. Photography enthusiasts, hobbyists, and pros have always been a very small and exclusive part of the picture taking community and that's just fine with me. 😎

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2017 at 15:59 UTC as 39th comment | 5 replies
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MaxFury: People don't give you feedback on the EOS M cameras because they see the competition like Sony, Fujifilm and so on fulfil their needs and go buy that instead of getting into your trashy mirroless line. In other words they don't give a sh!t to begin with. So you won't get any feedback. This is why a company needs a strong leadership because making the right decisions in not always obvious.

Also I wouldn't bet on only the DSLR's being used in the Olympics. Wait till Sony releases their next gen Full Frame cameras and then talk. Because I expect them to absolutely destroy the competition.

Canon is doomed to fail with a weak mindset like this. They don't see mirroless as the future. They intentionally and maliciously cripple their own cameras, like the 5D IV, screwing over their own customers that they lie about caring. And their are too slow to make a decision.

It's still not too late to invest in a MAJOR way into mirroless Canon. But you need to do it NOW and not 5 years from now.

@MaxFury,
Well, seeing as how you're a master at what you do, I guess that really does make you qualified to tell the bosses at Canon how they should run their camera business. After all, if a master at what he does says that mirrorless is the future, and the future is now, and, that Canon isn't embracing it quick enough, then shame on their 5.7 million customers for not listening to you.

As Hillary Clinton would say, "I'm with you". Lol. 😎

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2017 at 15:59 UTC
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MaxFury: People don't give you feedback on the EOS M cameras because they see the competition like Sony, Fujifilm and so on fulfil their needs and go buy that instead of getting into your trashy mirroless line. In other words they don't give a sh!t to begin with. So you won't get any feedback. This is why a company needs a strong leadership because making the right decisions in not always obvious.

Also I wouldn't bet on only the DSLR's being used in the Olympics. Wait till Sony releases their next gen Full Frame cameras and then talk. Because I expect them to absolutely destroy the competition.

Canon is doomed to fail with a weak mindset like this. They don't see mirroless as the future. They intentionally and maliciously cripple their own cameras, like the 5D IV, screwing over their own customers that they lie about caring. And their are too slow to make a decision.

It's still not too late to invest in a MAJOR way into mirroless Canon. But you need to do it NOW and not 5 years from now.

Sounds like you got yourself a real nice kit, Alfonso. As for me, I'm waiting to see Canon's 6D2 even though I don't intend to replace my 6D for another couple of years.

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2017 at 19:13 UTC
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MaxFury: People don't give you feedback on the EOS M cameras because they see the competition like Sony, Fujifilm and so on fulfil their needs and go buy that instead of getting into your trashy mirroless line. In other words they don't give a sh!t to begin with. So you won't get any feedback. This is why a company needs a strong leadership because making the right decisions in not always obvious.

Also I wouldn't bet on only the DSLR's being used in the Olympics. Wait till Sony releases their next gen Full Frame cameras and then talk. Because I expect them to absolutely destroy the competition.

Canon is doomed to fail with a weak mindset like this. They don't see mirroless as the future. They intentionally and maliciously cripple their own cameras, like the 5D IV, screwing over their own customers that they lie about caring. And their are too slow to make a decision.

It's still not too late to invest in a MAJOR way into mirroless Canon. But you need to do it NOW and not 5 years from now.

@MaxFury,
5.7 million shoppers bought Canon interchangeable lens cameras (DSLR and mirrorless) in 2016. That's 5.7 million people who voted in favor of Canon's management decisions with their wallets. Those are the voices that Canon listens to. And no, the voices in your head don't count. If you want to be taken seriously by Canon, Sony, Nikon, etc., then you need to voice your opinions with your wallet too, because shouting and screaming on a keyboard isn't going to get you anything but a time out. 😎

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2017 at 16:20 UTC
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