I set up this Facebook page, on a whim, on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 — 24-hours ahead of the announcement of the Canon EOS R Full-Frame mirrorless. At that point I had convinced myself that the EOS R was going to be my next camera — in place of the Sony a7 II that I have now had for nearly 18-months (and 25,000 shots).
I am no longer sure that I will get an EOS R, BUT I might as well have fun with the page I created while I am still somewhat interested and motivated.
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Wow, that was an epiphany this morning studying the actual Canon EOS R announcement. I had kind of convinced myself that the Canon EOS R, with its supposed ‘better’ autofocus capabilities, would suit my needs more than the Nikon Z6 unveiled last week.
But, over the day I started having doubts, serious ones at that.
I had initially thought that the LACK of IBIS — In-Body Image Stabilization — was but a nasty rumor put out there to detract from Canon. Not so. The Canon EOS R does not have IBIS. I need to study this. Maybe Canon, with its lens-specific image stabilization, can get away with it. But, I need GOOD IBIS. I rely on it, heavily, on my Sony a7 II. I rarely if ever use a tripod and I also shoot at low shutter speeds. So, I need IBIS.
IBIS is the biggie. Then there is ISO and the lack of JPEG image sharpening in-camera.
On the other hand I am in LOVE with the adapters. Never mind the camera I want one or two of those adapters — the one with the added ring and the other with the filter-slot. These are NEAT. Love how THIN they are. I have stayed away from adapters because they always looked bulky. Not these. These look just right.
So, a LOT of research to do. But, time is on my side. No hurry. I, however, put two of my remaining Sony lenses for sale on eBay.
I fully understood why Nikon and now, supposedly, Canon, would announced Full-Frame mirrorless cameras. Nikon & Canon are leaders in Full-Frame DSLR cameras and have tons of Full-Frame lenses for their DSLR. For them it was the transitioning from DSLR to mirrorless SOMETHING that I knew was inevitable 4-years ago when I decided that I was going mirrorless from the start.
Panasonic makes good cameras and I loved the Panasonic FZ1000 I owned a couple years ago. It took lovely pictures. But, Panasonic doesn’t even have APS-C lenses.
This makes NO sense to I. But, the rumored Canon EOS R sure does.
The Nikon Z6 announced last week had me quite interested, but I acknowledged that I was going to wait to see what Canon was going to rejoin with. Well, it is still rumor and conjecture, BUT I think there is some fire behind this smoke.
IF the rumors are true we should get an announcement next week! Wow.
Again, as with the Nikon Z6, much of my interest is in the possibility of getting my hands on a broader selection of affordable lenses — albeit via an adapter.
This Canon, like the Nikon Z6, is unlikely to be available much before Christmas 2018 — and I will NOT preorder. Have been burned too many times. Will wait for the second batch of production units. By then I would have gone past the 30,000 photo mark on my now 18-month old Sony a7 II. 30K is a respectable number of shots with any camera.
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Up until about a week ago when I started seeing pretty realistic images of what the lower-resolution (i.e., 24.5MP) Z6 is supposed to look like I wasn’t that interested. The teaser images that had been provided by Nikon made it look ugly.
I will confess I kind of like the look of it, THOUGH the LCD panel on the top is a turn-off. Waste of money on a mirrorless. C’est la vie.
I am glad that they are making a lower-resolution, i.e., 24.5MP, model. A higher-resolution camera is of no interest to I — for my work.
The three full-frame lenses being announced with the Z6 leave me stone cold. They are nowhere close to the zoom focal lengths I prefer; i.e., 24mm — 240mm (at least).
But, it is the ‘FTZ’ adapter ‘F-to-Z’ (meaning Nikon F-mount to the new Z-mount) that has me most interested. I am so fed up with not having enough choice when it comes to AFFORDABLE Sony Full-Frame lenses.
I haven’t really started studying the specs. as yet. Might as well wait till the announcement next week.
I am close to the 20,000 photo mark on my 18-month old Sony a7 II. That is a fair number of pictures. I can still probably get a good price for it on eBay. I am not in any hurry. Definitely not planning to pre-order one. I can wait. Might be a nice Christmas present for myself. You will, of course, be the first to know.
Then … there is the Canon Full-Frame mirrorless that is supposed to get announced next month. What will be more tempting?
I am telling myself that the Nikon will not be that much better than the Sony a7 BUT I could be deluding myself — and it could already just be ‘sour grapes’.
I have been thinking of getting a new lens for the Sony a7 II in that I sold my Sony a6500 and 5 APSC lenses that went with it. Then, I think …. wait 2-weeks. What happens if you really like what you hear/see re. the Nikon.
Now Nikon could turn me off by making it into a megapixel PIG! What do I mean by that. I don’t need much more than 24MPs. So, if Nikon starts off with 40MP or more, I am out. Having that much resolution is totally wasted on I.
A 3,000mm zoom is mega-impressive, but, alas, that appears to be the only selling point of the P1000. That is galling.
Everything else is essentially the same, though I get the impression they have improved the Image Stabilization to help with keeping the monster lens steady. The RAW support is totally irrelevant to I. I do NOT do post-processing. I am not sure how many folks buying a ‘Coolpix’ will want to deal with RAW. ‘Coolpix’ is for us ‘point, shoot and post’ brigade.
It is still 16MP and most disappointing the Max. ISO is still 6400. And that is a killer in my book. [I was wrong on this — and I was going by the initial reviews. SORRY. Appears that there is a 12800 option.] Yes, Nikon is going to say shoot in RAW and then add lightning after. I would RATHER not do that, ‘thanks’.
This is what I said in April 2017 when we first started talking about the P1000.
So, the P1000 like the P900 only truly excels in good light. Forget the built in flash. The extended lens gets in the way.
The P900 was $599. The P1000 is $999. Yes, 3,000mm lenses are NOT cheap. I appreciate that. But that is a 67% price increase.
So, this is not sour grapes, but I doubt whether I will be rushing out to get one. I still have my P900 and to be honest I rarely use it. So, I cannot justify getting a P1000. Over the last year I have discovered that I am truly a FULL FRAME guy. I love my Sony a7 II. It just feels right. When not using that, I use my Google Pixel 2 — mainly for the convenience.
So, that is my take. The 3,000 lens is very impressive and tempting. But, that is all that the P1000 offers over the P900. To, I, that is not enough. Plus, in the end, it is still a 16MP 1/2.3″ sensor. That is basically the same as that on a phone.