RED Dress Project (REDress), At The National Mall, To Highlight Violence Against Native Indian Women.
This the empty redress project is a wonderful thing IF NOT for the fact that it is trying to draw attention to a HORRIBLE crime taking place in this country — i.e., the violence against Native Indian women as well as their disappearance (as in gone forever).
It is tragic.
What makes it worse that much of it is perpetrated by Native Indian men, their relatives and their kinfolk.
The Native Indian authorities are doing an atrocious job protecting their own females, young and old.
I have seen it first hand in my many trips to the Navajo Nation.
The Native Indians have issues. This, the violence against women, is one of them.
We need MORE than just this eye-catching project. But, it is a good start. Bravo and THANKS.
It really is getting time for me to get a new camera — in place of my aging Sony a7 II. But, I am still going to wait until late March. No point getting one while it is cold and there is snow on the ground. So, I am willing to wait until Spring. But, I wanted to start getting ready.
I listed the 90mm, on eBay, on a whim on Friday morning. I set a ‘Buy-it-Now’ price at $760. That was a win-win price. I would be happy with it and it would still represent a good deal for the buyer. Well this gentleman, from Texas, figured it out. I had also thrown in two of my six Sony batteries to sweeten the deal. So, it all worked out.
I am HAPPY. I am fairly sure I am now going to get the Canon EOS RP that was announced yesterday. Unlike with the Sony I am not going to get a bunch of lenses. I am going to limit myself to three at most four BUT here is the crazy thing. Canon lenses, compared to Sony, are so affordable that I can get TWO lenses for the price it costs for one Sony. That is the main reason I am switching from Sony. The lenses were way too expensive.
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I got it directly from Canon. It takes a bit of effort to reach it. They do not make it easy. So, I thought I will simplify it for you. Instant gratification. Just click on image — and BINGO, “Bob’s your uncle“.
That Nikon does not have a native Z-series 24-240 mm (or close) all-in-one zoom kills me. I have a 24-240mm on my Sony a7 II and it is what I use 95% of the time. That is a good all-purpose zoom for I.
What I hate about the Canon EOS R family is the lack of In-Body Image Stabilization (IBIS). But, as Canon points out they do offer 5-stop Image Stabilization (IS) on some select RF lenses, the 24-240 being one of them.
Then the other lens that I might initially consider, the very-affordable 35mm MACRO also has IS.
I can live with just these two lenses for a long time. I really am not that fussy. Yes, I would like a decent f/1.4 50mm, just in case, BUT for this I am willing to consider an adapted lens.
And then there is the NEW Canon EOS RP.
Much more to my liking than the Canon EOS R. 30MP was overkill for I. I do not need that amount of resolution. I also hated the top LCD window. Don’t need it. Just adds weight and complexity. I have a 3″ LCD that has all the same info. So, the EOS RP is a much better match — though the 250 shot battery life is crushing (though I do walk around with 3 batteries for my Sony a7 II).
So, back to the drawing board again.
I want that 24 -240 and the Canon EOS RP looks like a good fit for it. Small and light. Ideal for my needs, especially when hiking. At 65 I really am not that keen about lugging 6 lbs of camera gear around.
This, from the top-right quadrant was what grabbed my attention.
The point-and-click market has been decimated — as you would expect. A smartphone is as good, if not better, than most low-end point-and-clicks.
An 84% drop is nothing to sneeze about. But, the camera companies, from what I can see, are still continuing willy-nilly with little apparent strategy. No wonder they are being forced to hike prices on their higher end models. Those are the only ones selling.
IF The Supposed Canon EOS RP, Due Soon, Does Not Have In-Body Image Stabilization (IBIS), It Is DOA!
It was lack of IBIS that was the deal killer for I.
If it doesn’t have IBIS it will be a total waste of time — let alone money.
Just last week, as you can see above, Canon’s CEO said that they expect the camera market to FALL 50% by next year! That is a HUGE drop in sales, BUT easy to see. Smartphones are making cameras obsolete. Even I, a camera buff, use my Google Pixel 2 much more than my two high-end cameras! Yes, I plan to get a new full-frame mirrorless soon, but I am in that shrinking pool of folks still interested in buying a real camera.
So, I am keeping a very close eye on this upcoming Canon announcement. I will, of course, keep you posted.
B&H’s Nikon Z Series Trade-In Event Impresses Me None. They Are Just Trying To Harvest Contact Information.
I have, alas, been suckered into previous trade-in SCAMS by B&H. They are not dealing in good faith. From what I can see there are just trying to get your contact information and then say that they are not interested in your trade-in.
So, I am not going to bother, though I do have a rather nice Sony a7 II to trade-in. Instead, I am going to sell it myself. I hate being scammed.