Donnie G

Donnie G

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Donnie G: My guess is that Nikon will take a similar approach to new camera development as Canon. They will come up with an easy to use, quick focusing, touchscreen plus on-sensor phase detection combination that can be used with equal success throughout their camera product line, both mirrorless, and DSLR. Such a combination will make their APS-C compact mirrorless designs extremely attractive to a wide range of users while also turning their DSLRs into cameras with all of the advantages of pure mirrorless designs when used in live-view mode, just like the Canons. No need for a FF mirrorless body when your DSLR already gives you the same functionality. No worries about lens compatibility either. Very cost effective. Maximizes ROI. 😎

The next generation of users is already able to go "full mirrorless". They just aren't doing it in the manner that T3 envisions. The overwhelming bulk of mirrorless ILC sales is concentrated within the $800 and lower price point, or about the same price as a top-end smartphone. That's where the money is to be made off of mirrorless buyers and that's why all of the camera makers are fishing in that pond.

OTOH, enthusiasts and pros expect to pay more for their DSLRs and happily continue to do so. The DSLR is a highly adaptable design that is proving once again it can keep pace against all comers now that Canon has shown everybody how to make live-view shooting as easy and enjoyable as using a mirrorless camera. For the first time, live-view becomes a worthwhile DSLR bonus feature. All of the DSLR makers will follow this new path except for those who can't. Nikon can. Pentax can. Sony can't, so FF mirrorless is their workaround to stay competitive. 😎

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2017 at 05:44 UTC
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Donnie G: My guess is that Nikon will take a similar approach to new camera development as Canon. They will come up with an easy to use, quick focusing, touchscreen plus on-sensor phase detection combination that can be used with equal success throughout their camera product line, both mirrorless, and DSLR. Such a combination will make their APS-C compact mirrorless designs extremely attractive to a wide range of users while also turning their DSLRs into cameras with all of the advantages of pure mirrorless designs when used in live-view mode, just like the Canons. No need for a FF mirrorless body when your DSLR already gives you the same functionality. No worries about lens compatibility either. Very cost effective. Maximizes ROI. 😎

And just like Canon, Nikon will laugh, boringly, all the way to the bank. 😎

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2017 at 02:06 UTC

My guess is that Nikon will take a similar approach to new camera development as Canon. They will come up with an easy to use, quick focusing, touchscreen plus on-sensor phase detection combination that can be used with equal success throughout their camera product line, both mirrorless, and DSLR. Such a combination will make their APS-C compact mirrorless designs extremely attractive to a wide range of users while also turning their DSLRs into cameras with all of the advantages of pure mirrorless designs when used in live-view mode, just like the Canons. No need for a FF mirrorless body when your DSLR already gives you the same functionality. No worries about lens compatibility either. Very cost effective. Maximizes ROI. 😎

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2017 at 00:57 UTC as 116th comment | 10 replies

Unfortunately, fines won't deter those morons or change their behavior. Serious jail time won't stop them either, but it should, at the least, slow some of them down. Lock them up for at least a year for their first offense and two years for the second. Don't pamper them with house arrest. Make the jail time mandatory. 😎

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2017 at 10:32 UTC as 15th comment | 3 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
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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 (264 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 20th comment | 3 replies

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 31st 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: 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. 😎

@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 | 9 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. 😎

@T3,
So now you're saying that Sony no longer has any excuses for flat mirrorless sales since they now have all of the tools in place to generate positive sales momentum and marketshare growth, right? Or, are you simply trying to deflect away from the fact that nothing Sony has done has threatened Canon's dominance in ILCs in any way, shape or form?

Well, it'll be interesting to see if the full year sales for 2017 agrees with your theory. I'm willing to wait and see if Canon can dominate in the mirrorless ILC space without ever resorting to doing a FF mirrorless model. Are you? In any case, let the games begin. 😎

Link | Posted on May 26, 2017 at 08:48 UTC

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. 😎

Link | Posted on May 25, 2017 at 18:54 UTC as 10th comment | 10 replies
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Donnie G: Just for fun, let's pretend that Canon does introduce a FF mirrorless camera next year. If such a camera were to become available, my guess is that it would take EF lenses natively and that Canon would position it above the 6D-2, but below the 5D IV. In other words, around $2800 USD, body only. How many rabid mirrorless fans would actually be willing to cough up the dough? Yes, it would include all of your favorite buzz words, EVF, 2 SD slots, 4k video, silent mode, etc.. 😎

Just as I thought, nothing but the sound of crickets and, oh, that one guy who's been trying to use his new favorite word, unicorn, in a sentence all week. 😎

Link | Posted on May 24, 2017 at 16:07 UTC

Just for fun, let's pretend that Canon does introduce a FF mirrorless camera next year. If such a camera were to become available, my guess is that it would take EF lenses natively and that Canon would position it above the 6D-2, but below the 5D IV. In other words, around $2800 USD, body only. How many rabid mirrorless fans would actually be willing to cough up the dough? Yes, it would include all of your favorite buzz words, EVF, 2 SD slots, 4k video, silent mode, etc.. 😎

Link | Posted on May 24, 2017 at 14:24 UTC as 38th comment | 4 replies
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Donnie G: Personally, I'm not buying into the speculation of Canon doing a FF mirrorless camera anytime soon or even at all. I believe that Canon will go its own way, as it has in the past, and develope their OVF's intelligent viewfinder into a system that offers all of the advantages of EVFs but without the disadvantages, such as excessive battery drain, etc.. A DSLR equipped with their DPAF sensor and an OVF like the one I described would pretty much put an end to the FF mirrorless/DSLR debates.

Often, the solution to a problem hides in plain sight. I think that Canon's intelligent viewfinder system for DSLRs is one of those. 😎

@Kerensky97,
There's a reason why Canon consistently registers more patents per year than any other Japanese corporation. In time, even you will be able to figure it out. 😎

Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 21:08 UTC
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