Donnie G

Donnie G

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On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Sony a99 II (439 comments in total)

Preorders show that Canon's M5 is already way too easy to sell. Costco, Best Buy, and the other big box stores won't be able to keep up with the demand for this cleverly designed compact ILC when it hits their stores. And the halo effect surrounding this camera is certain to drive up sales of the M10 and M3 cameras. Maybe even the sales of G-series PowerShots and Rebel DSLRs too.

Fujifilm is proving that they too know how to play this game with their X-T2, X-Pro2, compact ILCs and well designed GFX 50S MF system. Also, Pentax and Olympus have found their markets.

Meanwhile, Sony applies an a99-II bandaid to the sucking chest wound that is their legacy A-mount line of DSLTs, and Panasonic's GH5 and G85 are the paddles being pressed against the chest of its camera business in a frantic attempt to restart its dead heart.

Nikon? They had an "old geezer" moment. They fell down, but are expected to get back up. Easy does it, grandpa. :))

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2016 at 15:04 UTC as 7th comment | 2 replies
On article Photokina 2016: Canon EOS M5 quick look video (254 comments in total)

Canon's M5 is already proving to be way too easy to sell. Costco, Best Buy, and the other big box stores won't be able to keep up with the demand for this cleverly designed compact ILC. And the halo effect surrounding this camera is certain to drive up sales of the M10 and M3 cameras. Maybe even G-series PowerShots and Rebel DSLRs too.

Fujifilm is proving that they too know how to play this game with their X-T2, X-Pro2, compact ILCs and well designed GFX 50S MF system. Also, Pentax and Olympus have found their markets.

Meanwhile, Sony applies an a99-II bandaid to the sucking chest wound that is their legacy A-mount line of DSLTs, and Panasonic's GH5 and G85 are the paddles being pressed against the chest of its camera business in a frantic attempt to restart its dead heart.

Nikon? They had an "old geezer" moment. They fell down, but are expected to get back up. Easy does it, grandpa. :))

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2016 at 14:16 UTC as 6th comment
On article Photokina 2016: Canon EOS M5 quick look video (254 comments in total)
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skanter: Not quite a Sony killer.

While the gear heads obsess over the a99-II's specs, which do look impressive on paper, I tend to take the approach that sales are far more important than specs. When it comes to preorders/sales, the a99-II sucks. It seems as though Sony can't even giveaway that camera at any price. Meanwhile, Canon's M5, 5D-IV, 5D-III, and even the original 7D are selling like crazy.

So I'll ask the Sony fans again, if the a99-II is as great as its specs would have us believe, then why aren't people voting for it with their pocketbooks with preorders? :))

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 06:49 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Canon EOS M5 quick look video (254 comments in total)
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skanter: Not quite a Sony killer.

No need for Canon to build a Sony killer since Sony is doing such a good job of killing itself. Just look at the a99-II. It was announced on Monday and DOA in the marketplace before Friday. :))

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2016 at 22:05 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Canon EOS M5 quick look video (254 comments in total)
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Donnie G: Canon's M5 is already proving to be a sales success as preorders are very strong for this handsome little ILC and for all the right reasons. Excellent design. Quality build. Easy to use. :))

TORN, you nailed it. Thanks! :))

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2016 at 16:00 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Canon EOS M5 quick look video (254 comments in total)
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Chris2210: "...but Canon clearly knows how to make a camera that is both comfortable to hold and pleasing to use. And massively overpriced for what it offers".

See - you missed a bit.

Chris2210, sounds to me like you want to own a M5, but you're disgruntled because you can't afford to buy it, which is ok. Just save up for one or buy what you can afford. Problem solved. :))

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2016 at 15:50 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Canon EOS M5 quick look video (254 comments in total)
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Donnie G: Canon's M5 is already proving to be a sales success as preorders are very strong for this handsome little ILC and for all the right reasons. Excellent design. Quality build. Easy to use. :))

Don't bash the camera just because it's out of your price range, Chris2210. Judging by the large number of preorders, there are plenty of people who disagree with your price/value assessment of the M5 and are willing to put their money where their mouths are. :))

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2016 at 15:29 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Canon EOS M5 quick look video (254 comments in total)

Canon's M5 is already proving to be a sales success as preorders are very strong for this handsome little ILC and for all the right reasons. Excellent design. Quality build. Easy to use. :))

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2016 at 14:44 UTC as 41st comment | 10 replies
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Sony a99 II (439 comments in total)
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Interestingness: PRE-ORDERS NOW OPEN FOR IT! Time to walk your talk guys. On the weekend the Canon M5 made the Amazon Top 100 but has now fallen off, the initial pre-order'ers have pre-ordered. Can the A99-II break the Top 100 on Amazon?

https://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Electronics-Interchangeable-Lens-Cameras/zgbs/electronics/12556502011/ref=zg_bs_nav_e_3_281052#1

The A58 is at 100th position as of posting this. Surely with all the noise and how this is the death warrant for Canon, it can break 100th place? The Canon 5D-IV has been hovering in the Top 4 to Top 10 for quite awhile now, it's sitting at 6th as I post this. It's also the most expensive camera on the list as well so don't be using cost as an excuse.

Vote with your wallets! And don't feel bad if you choke at the buy button, apparently you're in good company. A bunch of 'definitely gonna buy it right away' folks over on SAR are now coming up with excuses why they aren't. Everything changes when rubber has to hit the road eh?

Well Quisquis, you're in luck, because I'm a fan of Apple products as well as Canon's. Shucks, I even like some Fujifilm, Pentax, and Sony products, just not the A99-II. I think that the A99-II and Panasonic GH4/5 are primarily video cameras masquerading as stills cameras. Which is ok, but that makes them forever doomed to be niche cameras that are only going to appeal to a very small group of shoppers. The preorder/sales numbers, or lack thereof, seems to validate my niche camera theory. :))

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2016 at 01:10 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Sony a99 II (439 comments in total)
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Interestingness: PRE-ORDERS NOW OPEN FOR IT! Time to walk your talk guys. On the weekend the Canon M5 made the Amazon Top 100 but has now fallen off, the initial pre-order'ers have pre-ordered. Can the A99-II break the Top 100 on Amazon?

https://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Electronics-Interchangeable-Lens-Cameras/zgbs/electronics/12556502011/ref=zg_bs_nav_e_3_281052#1

The A58 is at 100th position as of posting this. Surely with all the noise and how this is the death warrant for Canon, it can break 100th place? The Canon 5D-IV has been hovering in the Top 4 to Top 10 for quite awhile now, it's sitting at 6th as I post this. It's also the most expensive camera on the list as well so don't be using cost as an excuse.

Vote with your wallets! And don't feel bad if you choke at the buy button, apparently you're in good company. A bunch of 'definitely gonna buy it right away' folks over on SAR are now coming up with excuses why they aren't. Everything changes when rubber has to hit the road eh?

Annoyingly accurate in accessing Sony's dilemma with the A99-II. I agree. :))

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 22:44 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Sony a99 II (439 comments in total)
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Interestingness: PRE-ORDERS NOW OPEN FOR IT! Time to walk your talk guys. On the weekend the Canon M5 made the Amazon Top 100 but has now fallen off, the initial pre-order'ers have pre-ordered. Can the A99-II break the Top 100 on Amazon?

https://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Electronics-Interchangeable-Lens-Cameras/zgbs/electronics/12556502011/ref=zg_bs_nav_e_3_281052#1

The A58 is at 100th position as of posting this. Surely with all the noise and how this is the death warrant for Canon, it can break 100th place? The Canon 5D-IV has been hovering in the Top 4 to Top 10 for quite awhile now, it's sitting at 6th as I post this. It's also the most expensive camera on the list as well so don't be using cost as an excuse.

Vote with your wallets! And don't feel bad if you choke at the buy button, apparently you're in good company. A bunch of 'definitely gonna buy it right away' folks over on SAR are now coming up with excuses why they aren't. Everything changes when rubber has to hit the road eh?

Sounds like the Sony fans don't think that profits from camera sales matter. Maybe they're right. Maybe when it comes to A-mount bodies Sony is the one company in the industry that can afford to operate like a charity. :))

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 22:20 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Sony a99 II (439 comments in total)
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Interestingness: PRE-ORDERS NOW OPEN FOR IT! Time to walk your talk guys. On the weekend the Canon M5 made the Amazon Top 100 but has now fallen off, the initial pre-order'ers have pre-ordered. Can the A99-II break the Top 100 on Amazon?

https://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Electronics-Interchangeable-Lens-Cameras/zgbs/electronics/12556502011/ref=zg_bs_nav_e_3_281052#1

The A58 is at 100th position as of posting this. Surely with all the noise and how this is the death warrant for Canon, it can break 100th place? The Canon 5D-IV has been hovering in the Top 4 to Top 10 for quite awhile now, it's sitting at 6th as I post this. It's also the most expensive camera on the list as well so don't be using cost as an excuse.

Vote with your wallets! And don't feel bad if you choke at the buy button, apparently you're in good company. A bunch of 'definitely gonna buy it right away' folks over on SAR are now coming up with excuses why they aren't. Everything changes when rubber has to hit the road eh?

A99-II appears to be DOA. Why? Because DSLR/SLT shoppers aren't interested in an ultra video centric camera dressed in stills camera clothes. Those buyers want ultra stills capable cameras, but don't mind getting a little easy to use video as a bonus feature. I guess Sony wasn't paying attention when Canon's 1Dc died. :))

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 22:08 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Sony a99 II (439 comments in total)
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Tiderace: I hear that the A lenses are able to take third party lenses like Canon Nikon if so very interesting very

The camera wars have begun in ernest

As long as those A7-series camera owners continue to buy Canon EF lenses, everybody wins. :))

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 21:51 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 (40 comments in total)

Panasonic is great at making video cameras with stills camera ergonomics. The camera should be popular with those folks who are primarily into video but do some stills shooting on the side. :))

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 16:36 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (663 comments in total)

While I'm not a fan of MFT cameras in general, I do think that this camera will do well against competing APS-C mirrorless designs. Well done Olympus! :))

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 15:54 UTC as 88th comment
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Sony a99 II (439 comments in total)

Despite the rants of the "mirrorless will kill off the DSLR" fanatics, not even Sony is dumb enough to put all of their apples into one basket by betting solely on mirrorless designs. They very much want and need to keep a foot in the DSLR/SLT space. The only real question is can they?

Did you really think that Sony bought the legacy Konica Minolta system just so that they could flush that investment down the toilet? Sony needs their A-mount users every bit as much as Pentax and Nikon need their respective legacy mount fans. Sony is fully aware that they have to have as diverse a product lineup as Canon and Nikon if they ever hope to be able to truly compete with the big 2. Keeping the A-mount alive and growing its user base plays a big part in Sony's endgame. Let the games begin! :))

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 14:24 UTC as 57th comment | 1 reply

This camera makes perfect sense for Fujifilm, and by making it multi format friendly, they won't have to develop a separate FF camera. Kills two birds with one cleverly crafted stone. :))

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 17:39 UTC as 66th comment | 2 replies

It's easy to miss the whole point behind the development of the M5 if you're not paying attention. While today's gear heads are constantly obsessing over their desire to be wooed by new tech in order to deem any new camera worthy of the title "new", Canon is showing the industry how to make a camera that allows its users to get the most use from the available tech built into it in the most comfortable and intuitive manner possible.

With the M5, Canon teaches the EVF, touchscreen, and top deck operating controls how to play nice together so that the user doesn't have to remove their eye from the eyepiece to accomplish any picture taking or video recording task. I wouldn't be a bit surprised if, through the use of a hybrid OVF that switches to EVF for live view use, Canon will have taught the 6D's replacement the same tricks, likely by using the big dial on the camera's back to control the touchscreen during live view shooting with your eye at the viewfinder. Ease of use sells! :))

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 17:26 UTC as 53rd comment | 4 replies

Sony isn't about to put all of their apples into one basket by betting solely on mirrorless designs. They very much want and need to keep a foot in the DSLR/SLT space. The only real question is can they?

Did you really think that Sony bought the legacy Konica Minolta system just so that they could flush that investment down the toilet? Sony needs their A-mount users every bit as much as Pentax and Nikon need their respective legacy mount fans. Sony is fully aware that they have to have as diverse a product lineup as Canon and Nikon if they ever hope to be able to truly compete with the big 2. Keeping the A-mount alive and growing its user base plays a big part in Sony's endgame. Let the games begin! :))

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 16:31 UTC as 97th comment | 4 replies
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BarnET: holy crap A-mount was supposses to be dead?!

No BarnET, Sony isn't about to put all of their apples into one basket by betting solely on mirrorless designs. They very much want and need to keep a foot in the DSLR/SLT space. The only real question is can they? :))

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 15:43 UTC
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