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By the first month of use, at least by me, that camera will be off white, then bone white, then crusty creme, then sandy brown, then dirt brown, then burnt sienna brown, then marbled black, then pretty much the color I have now, minus a few buttons.. so whats the point!?!?!   ;D

EOS Bodies / Eos-M2 available now in the USA!
« on: April 01, 2014, 01:11:00 PM »
Canon USA announces that the EOS-M2 will be available in the US starting in May.

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., April 1, 2014 – Canon U.S.A., Inc. has announced the availability of the EOS-M2 to the US market now that inventory has been cleared of its predecessor the EOS-M.  According to Sakuichi Ishizukara, Canon’s Executive Vice President and General Manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A., you are being fooled due to the nature of calendar events, known as April fools.

Ain't I a stinker?!?!

Lighting / Re: Tired and Frustrated of the Pocket Wizards
« on: February 18, 2014, 10:07:41 PM »
Someone just posted about layoffs at pocket wizards:

I had problems with the flex system on my 580exii.  Moving to canons 600 changed all that.

Lighting / Re: PocketWizard Layoffs
« on: February 18, 2014, 10:02:33 PM »
This is unfortunate.  There was a burst in growth in photography which always reaches a saturation point.  But I think it was the Chinese knock offs which took sales from pocketwizard.  Canon's new radio system I'm sure took some of their high end sales. They had to shrink.

Photography Technique / Re: Photography fail moments !!!
« on: February 06, 2014, 10:24:03 PM »
Thats nothing'!   In my last shoot with my 5D, I didn't even have any film in it!  (bud-dam-CHING!)  ;D


That and get a mac, but then I'd have to duck and dodge the flame throwers!   ;D

I've dropped every one of my mac laptops, each landing on a corner, with a nice "daily beater" dent on it. No operational issues.  I get them refurbished to save some money.  I can understand, despite the many reason to not get a mac (less GFX support, less versatility, premium price), the fact that 17" and 19" screens aren't available... thats a big fail on mac.  I got the last of the 17" as a refurb. However my biggest gripe on the PC's is that, even after spending $2000 on one, you are getting non premium parts... it may just be a fan or power supply or even a firmware incompatibility with a component, but any of those can potentially stop your productivity.  One youtube tech guy put it best: "I don't make money by saving money".  His point was that he bought premium gear because he makes money being productive. Downtime means he's not earning. His point was to his audience who often tout their frugality.  Thats fine, but he pointed out that getting premium gear doesn't mean you are an elitist, it means you need reliability.  ECC memory, xenon processor, server grade over provisioning SSD... these all cost more because they are more reliable. 1Dx over the 5D over a rebel, again more reliable.

Best example of this I had a colleague that had a powerhouse of a laptop PC with uber fans, i7, workstation class nvidia... beautiful machine.  He popped in a DVD to show me his reel and he got a blue screen of death.  I had just gotten my $2150 17" refurb mac pro which he deemed too expensive. I mean the timing couldn't be more perfect. He claimed I paid too much by $400 by his calculations.  I told him that had he been doing a client presentation of his reel, that $400 "savings" would have been peanuts compared to losing the client.

I've been out of the PC market for a while. But I hope for the many folks that need and want to stay in the windows world, that there is a PC manufacturer that you know uses premium components. That level of reliability is worth any premium price.

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom for iPad Coming Soon
« on: January 17, 2014, 08:38:30 PM »
99$ per annum? LR5 is 149$ one-time for PC... I don't understand this pricing.

Its not supposed to make sense... just make Adobe richer!   ;D

My concern isn't the annual upgrade... well it should just be $79..damn thing shouldn't be more than the current upgrade price.  My problem is the necessity to always be connected to the Adobe Borg Collective to do anything with their software.  I believe the current model is that it has to talk to adobe every 60 days or else you're officially a pirate.  The irony of course is that the actual pirate version will circumvent this likely, making this just an inconvenience to the user and effectively zero impact on piracy.
People often countered this by saying the likelihood of not having wifi access in two months is slim.  But I offer you an equivalent situation: Imagine if my canon had to talk to canon every two months or else it doesn't work anymore.  Doesn't seem like you own it any more. Yes software is licensed, not "owned" .. . so that license is effectually only good for 2 months..

Yet folks with the crack would likely enjoy trouble free operation.

As a paying customer of my software, this pisses me off.

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom for iPad Coming Soon
« on: January 17, 2014, 08:28:50 PM »
What I'm looking for is:

1) access to eyefi or like tech to access album of streaming images. Pretty much the import model that references the album of the uploaded images via wifi.

2) ability for LR to cloud sync catalogs.  meaning changes you do in LR ipad to be updated in desktop. The idea is that you can set it to a mirror mode so that you can bounce between two live sessions.. not realtime, but that sync will be maintained.

3) JPG/highspeed mode... meaning that you upload your jpg from your raw+jpg's.  (too bad you can't do raw + SRaw) You select your picks, priorities, flags and metadata from the ipad. Maybe even ballpark some exposure/color/presets.  You get home, load up your card, load up the catalog from the cloud (copied locally for speed) and you already have the selects you did on the road. Perhaps Eyefi or LR can do a pixel skip thing where they load every other pix from a RAW transfer to give you a half rez RAW without rendering. That way you can do color and have low bandwidth

4) support for slideshow directly from ipad to an external display via airplay/appleTV or some hardwired display.

5) some sort of screen calibration for the ipad? not sure how this would be done.. perhaps some sort of compatibility with third party screen calibration? The idea is to bypass the default, contrasty and blue ipad display and load an appropriate LUT for the ipad screen for photography.  Only operation within Lightroom, of course, but thats all you would need.

Pipe dream? Pie in the sky?  High as a Kite? Hope not!

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS M2 announced in Japan
« on: December 03, 2013, 03:00:26 AM »
Seems more like a firmware update than a whole new camera...

Fotodiox makes a similar kit that isn't strobe specific, so it fits most flashes. It also includes a large foldable beauty dish with diffuser.  Its heavy grade platic and snaps together oragami style.  Not as sturdy maybe but still fairly solid, not to mention light.

EOS-M / Re: My almost complete Collection of EOS M Equipment
« on: September 24, 2013, 04:54:08 PM »
What is the cap with the hole in it immediately in front of the 22mm?  Is that the lens hood?

Canon General / Re: I'm so sick of Canon ...
« on: September 24, 2013, 04:48:09 PM »
This is kind of funny. Recently I had a new bathroom installed at home, so I vowed to restrain myself purchasing new lenses until I had payed for it, but as soon as the bathroom was finished, I found myself going out and purchasing an 8-15mm fisheye zoom and a 135mm f2 in a hurry. I just couldn't hold myself back any longer  :o.

I recently completed modifying couple closets at home, myself.

1st photo - my kids play room(basic shelving)
2nd photo - my kids closet

I called around and asked for quotes from dif. local contractors. They wanted $200-$350 for kid playing room - basic shelving. $875 to $1200 for the kid closet.

To build kid playroom shelving, I paid $62 for woods and 2hrs of labor

To build kid closet, I paid $274 for all material and 5hrs of labor

That's an inspiration.  I need to do the same...

Canon General / Re: I'm so sick of Canon ...
« on: September 24, 2013, 04:45:47 PM »
... I just ordered a 16-35L f/2.8 II and a 70-200 f/2.8 II ... What to do of this addiction?

It's called 'L' fever. The only partial cure that I know of is the Sigma 35 mm f/1.4 :D

Thats an old wives tale. Everyone knows its a 15mm Zeiss Distagon that cures all!  ;D

Canon General / Re: I'm so sick of Canon ...
« on: September 24, 2013, 04:42:46 PM »
... I just ordered a 16-35L f/2.8 II and a 70-200 f/2.8 II ... What to do of this addiction?

The good news is that those are workhorse lenses and they can earn you money, unlike her shoes (that's right, I thought it, I said it!)  ;D

Although some ladies with the right shoes can also earn as much money, but that's something else!!!  :o

And you got markii's which are good until the 40mp sensors come out and the mkiii lenses come out!

Usually around that time, the cheapest smartphone will have 21 mp, making your dslr look like your Sharper Image 6 cd changer...

Man this went south quick!  :-[

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