The good or bad news is that I have plateaued. I am not going through cameras at a fast rate anymore. Plus, following the acquisition of my Google Pixel 2 for Christmas 2017 I no longer feel the need to have two cameras — a big one and a compact. The Google Pixel is my 2nd camera. So, just need one full-frame camera at any one time.
I kept my Sony a7 II for 690-days and took 30,455 pictures with it. I also kept the mega-zoom Nikon P900 around for long time but did not use it much after the first 9 months or so. The zoom was nice but I had become fond of BIG sensors.
Getting to know my new, 3-week old, Canon EOS RP. Need a couple more lenses. Plan is to keep it for at least a year, if not more. It seems pretty capable. Goal is to hang onto the lenses. That is why I went (bcak) to Canon.
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.
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.
I am a bit of a contradiction when it comes to full-frame. I like the SIZE of the full-frame sensor and the BIGGER picture I get with it — BUT, at the same time I have never been that fond of wide-angle shooting! The irony here being that the largeness of a full-frame sensor is such that you are already into wide-angle even before you start. Hence, the contradiction.
Appears that I am in the minority.
Yes, I can get non-Z Nikon lenses that cover this range, BUT I would like native mirrorless glass.
So, that is my problem.
I am definitely, of course, getting the 24-70mm — the only native zoom. I was thinking of getting the 50mm. MAYBE I might think about the new 14-30mm — and experiment with ultra-wide-angle (at least for I).
It was lack of IBIS that was the deal killer for I.
Way back in August — September 2018 I genuinely thought I was going to get the Canon EOS R. I initially did NOT believe that it was NOT going to have IBIS. Well, when that was confirmed, I totally lost interest. I like and rely upon IBIS. I tend to shoot at low shutter speeds and IBIS in my Sony A7 II indulges I.
I was then all set to get a Nikon Z6. But, I had said all along that I would not buy it ahead of the Holidays and wait until the new year. Recently, with winter upon us, I decided to push that back to at least March — possibly April. No point getting a fancy, brand new camera when the light isn’t great and it is freezing outside. I am just going to be dissapointed with picture quality.
So, if I am willing to wait until March — April …
If the announced a Canon EOS R with IBIS early in the year with April availability I will definitely wait to see what it is like. I like the Canon FF mirrorless lenses and their adapters. Kind of exciting. CHOICE. The only problem might be that Canon makes it a high resolution camera, i.e., more than 35 MP.
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