Donnie G

Donnie G

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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. 😎

@Dave Oddie,
The new players in the ILC marketplace had no choice but to go to mirrorless camera designs in order to keep their costs low enough to have a chance at competing against Canon and Nikon, and that is still how things stand. They are competing against Canon /Nikon, and not the other way around. I'm certain that Canon can do a competitive FF mirrorless camera, but I'm just as certain that they won't without first trying a workaround that makes use of their existing DSLR ecosystem. If the workaround doesn't bear fruit, then the 2020 Japan Olympics would be a great time to introduce a FF mirrorless Canon. 😎

Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 17:44 UTC

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. 😎

Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 16:36 UTC as 99th comment | 4 replies
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toni2: You question it's very simple: try some EF and EF-S lenses on a Canon M5. You will see if AF is quick or there are some problems, and you can compare it with some other mirrorless only system.

A thing it's very clear: DSLR will die, as 99.9% of films died. People will have to do something with it's lens...

Very true, NicoPPC. It's about consumers having more choices, and the manufacturers who can provide those choices wins. Mirrorless ILCs are just an alternate choice. They aren't replacements for DSLRs, cameraphones, instant film cameras, or any other type of camera. Of course, there'll always be some folks who, because they enjoy eating oatmeal, will think that everybody should only eat oatmeal. 😎

Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 15:26 UTC
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Matsu: So far backwards compatibility has only helped Nikon and Canon. Moving the extant mounts to mirrorless costs nothing but a bit of body depth. The author's assumptions are not quite accurate regarding lens design. Once phase detection is moved onto the sensor there's no reason to design photographic lenses any differently. There is some difference in the demands of a video versus stills focused lenses, and that's where you see different technologies tried. But, they can all work perfectly well within the same mount.

There are good cost reasons for "each sensor size" to have an appropriately sized mount, which Canon is already addressing with EF-M. I would advise Nikon do the same for DX.

@Matsu,
You nailed it. 😎

Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 14:39 UTC
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(unknown member): Why don't the camera-makes move to more geologically-stable and climate-stable areas? Seems like every week, some flood or earthquake is hobbling the semi-conductor industry.

Good one, rrccad. Funny and so true too. 😎

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2017 at 16:59 UTC

That's odd, weren't the cameras with the longest and cleverest spec sheets suppose to destroy Canon? Guess it'll take more than having 4k video and a built-in cigarette lighter to get that job done. LOL

Happy 30th birthday EOS! 😎

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2017 at 16:56 UTC as 10th comment | 3 replies
On article Serious speed: Sony a9 real world samples gallery (555 comments in total)

The DPR staff made it home without having suffered any third-degree burns. That's good enough for me. LOL 🤡

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2017 at 16:28 UTC as 109th comment | 1 reply
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Donnie G: 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, their 600RT speedlights, and their "best in the camera industry" customer service, far too much to gamble on a "FrankenSony" spec sheet experiment.

Still, it'll be fun to see how many early adopters actually buy into Sony's new marketing creation. Go get em, Sony! 😎

@Scottelly,
One of the reasons Nikon hasn't introduced a viable APS-C mirrorless camera is because they don't want to be burdened with the expense of having to maintain two different lens mount systems like Sony. The new one being all electronic and the old legacy mechanical F-mount. Too expensive for far too little ROI.

Right now, Sony's sensor unit is the only thing keeping the camera unit alive. 😎

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 16:05 UTC
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biza43: So changing systems is not cheap. What's new? In the late 80's and early 90's, when Canon introduced the EOS system, with innovative AF, USM, and IS, lots of folks changed from Nikon to Canon. Not cheap at the time...

Truth is, pros will use what the agencies provide them with, or what they need to get the job done.

Actually, it was the superior performance of Canon's all-electronic EF mount and in-lens AF motors over Nikon's mechanical lens linkage and in-body AF motors during coverage of the first gulf war that turned the tide in Canon's favor. While all metal Nikon beasts were choking on desert sand that was grinding up their innards, the plastic body Canons were humming along and getting the shot with barely a hiccup.

Happy 30th birthday, EOS! 😎

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 15:03 UTC
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Donnie G: 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, their 600RT speedlights, and their "best in the camera industry" customer service, far too much to gamble on a "FrankenSony" spec sheet experiment.

Still, it'll be fun to see how many early adopters actually buy into Sony's new marketing creation. Go get em, Sony! 😎

The difference between Canon and Sony is that Canon had the guts to go "all in" on their EOS system and abandoned their legacy FD mount in order to focus 100% of their R&D on their all electronic EF mount. Sony doesn't have that same level of commitment toward their E-mount system. They, just like Nikon and Pentax, are handicapped in their efforts to move forward by their dependence on their legacy mounts to stay viable in the marketplace. If the day ever comes when Sony commits 100% to the E-mount, then I'll take them seriously, just like I do Canon and Fujifilm. 😎

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 14:19 UTC

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, their 600RT speedlights, and their "best in the camera industry" customer service, far too much to gamble on a "FrankenSony" spec sheet experiment.

Still, it'll be fun to see how many early adopters actually buy into Sony's new marketing creation. Go get em, Sony! 😎

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 04:16 UTC as 67th comment | 6 replies
On article Sony a9: Why being better might not be enough (766 comments in total)

Sony fans have good reason to celebrate because the a9 could be a real game-changer for the brand. However, instead of a direct competitor to sports cameras like the 1DX-II or the D5, I see the a9 as an upmarket version of their higher end a7 series that could actually be a better all-rounder than Canon's 5D-IV. Of course for that to happen the Sony would have to be as robust and reliable as the 5D-IV. The battery grip, improved EVF, AF, and silent shutter, are big steps in that direction for wedding pros especially.

End of the year sales volumes will tell the tale, but right now the a9 appears to be a camera that can expand Sony's user base without cannibalizing sales from their a7 series. Time will tell. Let the games begin! 😎

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2017 at 16:54 UTC as 90th comment
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2711 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 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2711 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 469th comment | 6 replies
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1822 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 (1822 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 (1822 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 35th comment | 6 replies
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1822 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 53rd 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 31st 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
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