Donnie G

Donnie G

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On article Throwback Thursday: Canon EOS 5D (182 comments in total)
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Donnie G: How about doing an article on the fake Canon made by Kodak that I believe was the inspiration for the original 5D in the first place? I've forgotten the name of the thing, but I'm pretty sure that the body was made by Cosina. Anyway, Kodak put their FF sensor in it, slapped an EF mount and Canon flash hotshoe on it and priced it at around $2800. Quite a few studios got sucker punched by Kodak with that one. :))

Thanks for jogging my memory Ran. Yes, the Nikon mount version was the 14n and the Canon mount version was the 14c. Kodak might have started trying to sell them at $5,000 in order to make people believe they were getting a bargain compared to the $8,000 Canon 1DS, but by the time the 5D hit store shelves at $3,500, the 14c was selling for under $3,000. Kodak couldn't give those cameras away after that. Soon after that Kodak folded its tent and left the business. :))

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2016 at 22:27 UTC
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Sdaniella: 5DMkIV serves as a cinemacam (and videocam) with improved practical one-(=same)-person AF operation for consumers
plus
manual control hdr (choose how light shadows should look; choosing blowout point; without resorting to off-camera post-processing on studio image regrading computers), again, for consumers
who want instant shoot-n-share-now (or prosumers wanting shoot-n-broadcast-now)

not old-school working cine/videocam operators relying on manual focus lenses, manual apertures, manual zoom, etc (or as a focus-puller operator) taking directions from others/self

effective PDAF/AF renders need for old-school legacy two-person manual focus video/cine lens focus pulling (with or without old-style "focus peaking" clutter) irrelevant and redundant for pro/consumers shooting on their own, not wanting a shooting "crew", nor a "post-grading" computer/studio.

Good points Max. :))

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2016 at 22:08 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Canon EOS 5D (182 comments in total)

How about doing an article on the fake Canon made by Kodak that I believe was the inspiration for the original 5D in the first place? I've forgotten the name of the thing, but I'm pretty sure that the body was made by Cosina. Anyway, Kodak put their FF sensor in it, slapped an EF mount and Canon flash hotshoe on it and priced it at around $2800. Quite a few studios got sucker punched by Kodak with that one. :))

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2016 at 18:21 UTC as 18th comment | 4 replies
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Sdaniella: 5DMkIV serves as a cinemacam (and videocam) with improved practical one-(=same)-person AF operation for consumers
plus
manual control hdr (choose how light shadows should look; choosing blowout point; without resorting to off-camera post-processing on studio image regrading computers), again, for consumers
who want instant shoot-n-share-now (or prosumers wanting shoot-n-broadcast-now)

not old-school working cine/videocam operators relying on manual focus lenses, manual apertures, manual zoom, etc (or as a focus-puller operator) taking directions from others/self

effective PDAF/AF renders need for old-school legacy two-person manual focus video/cine lens focus pulling (with or without old-style "focus peaking" clutter) irrelevant and redundant for pro/consumers shooting on their own, not wanting a shooting "crew", nor a "post-grading" computer/studio.

Agree 100% Sdaniella. Also, the fact that the folks over at EOSHD hate the 5D IV because it isn't nearly as video centric as they had hoped for can actually be taken as a compliment to Canon's design team for delivering a camera that will absolutely appeal to us stills photographers first and foremost. Yes, we appreciate being able to shoot and upload video straight to social media, but we are not the least bit interested in cinema camera functionality beyond being able to easily acquire and maintain focus on our subject without the need for a crew. If we were, we would buy a dedicated cinema camera. :))

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2016 at 17:24 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Canon EOS 5D (182 comments in total)

Absolutely loved the images produced by that 12.8mp CMOS sensor. My two 5Dc bodies, with 24-105L and 16-35L lenses attached most of the time, received very hard use. They never let me down as I covered events in over a dozen states, day in and day out. Alas, one was stolen in 2009 and the other one finally broke down from extreme wear and tear in 2012.

I'm retired now, so my (compact and light for me) 6D and 80D bodies are more than adequate for the dozen or so events a year that I photograph now. Still, you can bet that I'll be renting a 5D IV body to try out on a couple of those events next spring. Maybe even a 1DX II body as well. :))

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2016 at 15:14 UTC as 27th comment
On article Canon EOS 5D Mark IV First Impressions Review (1055 comments in total)
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bronxbombers4: Hmm dualpixel AF great for when it works, but when it doesn't STILL no 100% view focusing box. Still no zebras. Good grief Canon those a basic LOW end usability features not some high end crazy stuff.

HDR video sounds awesome but it only works in a waxy, blurry sub-1080P 1080P mode.

4k has no LOG profile!? And is it is a sharp and natural as the over-sampled Sony video of a year ago?

Video is a big step up but it feels like it's already partly behind and might be well behind in just another 12 months.

No special fast more efficient compression for 4k is a shame, maybe it would heat up the body, but sometimes you only need to shoot a few minutes at a time, for nature stuff for instance, for much stuff actually, and would rather deal with the heat than the big files.

I could see the 5D5 finally getting video all correct. But man another 4 years out.

One last point. I do get that the A7 series is more video centric than the 5DIV, and that's exactly the way I want it to be. I'm a stills shooter. That the camera happens to have a video function that is easy to use is fine, but its ability to capture video should never come close to competing with its stills capture capabilities. :))

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 06:34 UTC
On article Canon EOS 5D Mark IV First Impressions Review (1055 comments in total)
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bronxbombers4: Hmm dualpixel AF great for when it works, but when it doesn't STILL no 100% view focusing box. Still no zebras. Good grief Canon those a basic LOW end usability features not some high end crazy stuff.

HDR video sounds awesome but it only works in a waxy, blurry sub-1080P 1080P mode.

4k has no LOG profile!? And is it is a sharp and natural as the over-sampled Sony video of a year ago?

Video is a big step up but it feels like it's already partly behind and might be well behind in just another 12 months.

No special fast more efficient compression for 4k is a shame, maybe it would heat up the body, but sometimes you only need to shoot a few minutes at a time, for nature stuff for instance, for much stuff actually, and would rather deal with the heat than the big files.

I could see the 5D5 finally getting video all correct. But man another 4 years out.

@ Melchiorum,
What you are missing is:
1. No one cares that you're feeling a bit of buyer's remorse over choices you've made. I love using DSLRs and I'm happy. I wish you were happy with whatever type of camera you chose for yourself.
2. If you think that I'm making fun of you, you're right, but don't take it personal. Believe it or not, it's not just about you. I'm making fun of all of the trolls who chose to try and takeover this Canon forum.
3. I'm having a great time and enjoying a delicious fried egg and bacon sandwich on toast while I type this reply to you.
PS. No Sony cameras were damaged during the making of my meal. lol :))

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 06:18 UTC
On article Canon EOS 5D Mark IV First Impressions Review (1055 comments in total)
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Oliver KMIA: How much for a used 5D mk 3 or 6D ? I'm interested...

I like my 6D, so you can't have mine, but you're right. Either one of those cameras would be a good choice, whether new or used. :))

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 05:52 UTC
On article Canon EOS 5D Mark IV First Impressions Review (1055 comments in total)
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bronxbombers4: Hmm dualpixel AF great for when it works, but when it doesn't STILL no 100% view focusing box. Still no zebras. Good grief Canon those a basic LOW end usability features not some high end crazy stuff.

HDR video sounds awesome but it only works in a waxy, blurry sub-1080P 1080P mode.

4k has no LOG profile!? And is it is a sharp and natural as the over-sampled Sony video of a year ago?

Video is a big step up but it feels like it's already partly behind and might be well behind in just another 12 months.

No special fast more efficient compression for 4k is a shame, maybe it would heat up the body, but sometimes you only need to shoot a few minutes at a time, for nature stuff for instance, for much stuff actually, and would rather deal with the heat than the big files.

I could see the 5D5 finally getting video all correct. But man another 4 years out.

@ bronxbombers4,
So any stills camera that can actually record 4k video for 30 minutes without having a meltdown is a waste of money, at least according to you. Thanks for clearing that up. lol :))

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 05:45 UTC
On article Canon EOS 5D Mark IV First Impressions Review (1055 comments in total)
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CaMeRa QuEsT: So it's basically got an in-camera polarizer filter set at 180° over the horizontal. Nice. Also, Canon basically runs twice the amount of information from chip to processor compared to everybody else pixel by pixel while still being able to be competitive in DR and NR, quite some voodoo they've got on those DIGIC chips. And it can now focus to -4 EV with DualPixel! Really, really looking forward to see all this in their next mirrorless because they finally made LV AF better than OVF AF!

I agree with rrccad on that point. I'm pretty sure that Canon would have to put a larger battery in their EOS M cameras in order to give them DPAF. That would mean making the body bigger too, which is something I don't think they want to do. Compact and light is what the M series is about. :))

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 05:37 UTC
On article Canon EOS 5D Mark IV First Impressions Review (1055 comments in total)
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bronxbombers4: Hmm dualpixel AF great for when it works, but when it doesn't STILL no 100% view focusing box. Still no zebras. Good grief Canon those a basic LOW end usability features not some high end crazy stuff.

HDR video sounds awesome but it only works in a waxy, blurry sub-1080P 1080P mode.

4k has no LOG profile!? And is it is a sharp and natural as the over-sampled Sony video of a year ago?

Video is a big step up but it feels like it's already partly behind and might be well behind in just another 12 months.

No special fast more efficient compression for 4k is a shame, maybe it would heat up the body, but sometimes you only need to shoot a few minutes at a time, for nature stuff for instance, for much stuff actually, and would rather deal with the heat than the big files.

I could see the 5D5 finally getting video all correct. But man another 4 years out.

If only Canon could make a camera with a sensor in it that you can fry eggs on while recording your 4k video like the big boys do. Oh well, maybe in 4 more years. lol :))

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 05:07 UTC
On article Canon EOS 5D Mark IV First Impressions Review (1055 comments in total)
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TyphoonTW: But does it overheat during 4k video? I mean, only top cameras overheat while recording 4k video, if the 5DmkIV doesn't then it means it's stone-age trash.

/s

Only a top notch Sony FF sensor can fry an egg while recording 4k video. I'm pretty sure that's why food photographers love em. lol :))

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 04:55 UTC
On article Rebel in your pocket: Canon EOS M3 Review (425 comments in total)
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Donnie G: You can quibble all you want about the EOS M10 and M3 feature sets, but both cameras are quietly and consistently building mirrorless ILC marketshare for Canon while the competition struggles to hold on to whatever little bit of market they've got. Canon has already taken over the number three mirrorless marketshare position from Panasonic and, IMO, will own the lion's share of that market by the end of 2018. While I'm certain that Canon's next EOS M body will be geared more toward U.S. and European tastes this time around, it's the cheap, but well made M10 and M3 that will conquer Asia and the rest of the developing world's markets. :))

@ photomedium,
The M3 certainly has its fair share of warts, but it has its merits too, like "bang for the buck", an affordable selection of good quality, compact, and inexpensive lenses, plus Canon build quality, human hand holding ergonomics, and, as you mentioned, those wonderful Canon colors. So, even though you can't see past the camera's faults, there are a lot of folks who can. Must be true if Canon is selling enough of those wart ridden cameras to actually be gaining marketshare in a down market.

Now if Canon is gaining mirrorless marketshare, then somebody (the competition) is losing mirrorless marketshare. So, I'll stand by my statement. Thank you very much. :))

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2016 at 02:27 UTC
On article Rebel in your pocket: Canon EOS M3 Review (425 comments in total)
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Donnie G: You can quibble all you want about the EOS M10 and M3 feature sets, but both cameras are quietly and consistently building mirrorless ILC marketshare for Canon while the competition struggles to hold on to whatever little bit of market they've got. Canon has already taken over the number three mirrorless marketshare position from Panasonic and, IMO, will own the lion's share of that market by the end of 2018. While I'm certain that Canon's next EOS M body will be geared more toward U.S. and European tastes this time around, it's the cheap, but well made M10 and M3 that will conquer Asia and the rest of the developing world's markets. :))

@ thoth22, & photomedium,
Hey guys, I get it. It's much easier to attack me than to explain what it is that you find inaccurate or disagreeable to you in my comments. Is Canon now the #3 seller of mirrorless ILCs? Does anybody remember who used to be #3? Is it possible that Canon could become the #1 seller of mirrorless cameras within as little as two more years? What Canon mirrorless products are spearheading this growth in their mirrorless sales? Do you have any answers to these questions that are different from what I originally posted that you can support with facts? If so, then stop your whining and lets hear them. Thanks! :))

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 19:58 UTC
On article Rebel in your pocket: Canon EOS M3 Review (425 comments in total)
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Mike FL: M4 should be better as this M3 is still a generation behind SONY.

But, If CANON add an EVF and put couple more dials + SONY sensor inside as FUJI did, it should be sale more than FUJI.

Hi Mike,
Personally, I think that offering an accessary EVF is a good thing since some buyers are going to prefer to keep their EOS M system as compact as possible and therefore won't consider a non EVF body to be a deal breaker. Also, we will never see a Sony sensor in any EOS body. Canon only uses Sony sensors in cameras with sensors smaller than APS-C. In other words, PowerShot cameras. EOS cameras use Canon sensors exclusively. :))

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 02:30 UTC
On article Rebel in your pocket: Canon EOS M3 Review (425 comments in total)

You can quibble all you want about the EOS M10 and M3 feature sets, but both cameras are quietly and consistently building mirrorless ILC marketshare for Canon while the competition struggles to hold on to whatever little bit of market they've got. Canon has already taken over the number three mirrorless marketshare position from Panasonic and, IMO, will own the lion's share of that market by the end of 2018. While I'm certain that Canon's next EOS M body will be geared more toward U.S. and European tastes this time around, it's the cheap, but well made M10 and M3 that will conquer Asia and the rest of the developing world's markets. :))

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 02:06 UTC as 82nd comment | 7 replies

Sony fans can take heart in the fact that Sony broadcast cameras will be used extensively by some of the TV networks to cover the Olympic events. And who knows?
It's even possible that Sony might be a CPS platinum member too since most of those broadcast cameras will be equipped with Canon broadcast lenses. :))

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2016 at 02:53 UTC as 28th comment | 1 reply
On article Rock Solid: Canon 1D X Mark II Review (407 comments in total)

Great review DPR! I had no doubt that Canon's 1D X II would be drool worthy. I just regret that since I've retired I really don't have a need to own or rent a 1D series body anymore. The APS-C sensor Canons, like the 80D and 7D Mk II, more than meet my needs these days. At least that's what my wife/personal G.A.S. manager tells me anyway. Darn! :))

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2016 at 20:23 UTC as 81st comment | 1 reply
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Donnie G: But wait! Where are those ultra modern, compact, lightweight, overheating, battery sucking, super cameras with their builtin TV viewfinders and awesome third party EF to whatever lens adapters? You know, the ones that some folks keep shouting will take over the photography world almost any day now. Yeah, those! Don't they get to go to the Olympics too? Guess not.....lol :))

No matter who makes it or what the camera is made for, it's worth "diddly squat" without a Canon lens attached to it. Even the competition knows that to be true. That's why they all advertise that their product has a way to accept EF lenses and can make them work just as good as if they were on a native Canon body. :))

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2016 at 13:49 UTC

But wait! Where are those ultra modern, compact, lightweight, overheating, battery sucking, super cameras with their builtin TV viewfinders and awesome third party EF to whatever lens adapters? You know, the ones that some folks keep shouting will take over the photography world almost any day now. Yeah, those! Don't they get to go to the Olympics too? Guess not.....lol :))

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2016 at 20:52 UTC as 38th comment | 7 replies
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