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I'm not sure they'd care much about zoom. It's what, 330mm at the long end, give or take? I'd rather sit in a car with a super tele pointed at my subject, looks more like the movies :P

330mm? Long end is 2000mm. You can sit in your breakfast nook! I suspect you haven't done sub rosa work.

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I thought about buying one of the superzooms, just as a fun thing, but they all seem to have some drawback I didn't want to deal with.

The private detective industry must be drooling over this new gizmo from Nikon.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Nikon Trumps Super Zooms with Mega Zoom
« on: March 02, 2015, 04:51:32 PM »
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The 83X zoom Nikon Coolpix P900 goes 24mm to 2000mm...

http://www.digitaltrends.com/photography/nikon-gets-all-rear-window/

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Canon General / Re: Spartans, What is your profession?
« on: March 01, 2015, 11:55:21 PM »
No, name doesn't ring a bell.
I remember walking into Midge Farrally's shop to buy some surfboard materials late 1980, walking up the road I saw Simon Anderson's old brown ford parked there with a 3 fin surfboard sticking out the back window .. I asked Midge what's with Simon's board with 3 fins .. he brushed it off, saying Simon is "out There" and each to his own ... Simon won the Bells Beach surf comp Easter 81, one round was 12- 15" and the "thruster" ripped it apart, that was a huge change in surfing. I made plenty 3 fin boards from that day on. It was only ever a hobby for me.

Wayne had a board manufacturing operation in Hermosa Beach, CA and was a legendary surfer in the area. He was in the movie "The Endless Summer." The opening scene is Wayne surfing in Hawaii where he was born. Born in Hawaii of Japanese descent, they put him in the Japanese-American sports hall of fame. I was lucky to know him and work with him, in a manner of speaking, at one time. He was a guy who lived his life with the purpose of enjoying every minute. Because of that everyone who came in contact with him loved him. He is very much missed (died in 2005). Here's his shop site...

http://www.waynemiyata.com/

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Canon General / Re: Spartans, What is your profession?
« on: March 01, 2015, 11:48:40 PM »
As a note I like to point out that most accomplished leaders in technology were/are people claiming to listen to intuition and gut feelings beside numbers, formulas and statistics, just like Tim Cook stated only couple of weeks a go :)

Richard Feynman comes immediately to mind. And he knew how to have FUN!!

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Canon General / Re: Spartans, What is your profession?
« on: March 01, 2015, 10:41:14 AM »
Bowser boy at 13, started to make my own surfboards in 1974, left school in 76 and worked a year in a fibreglass factory.

Did you ever come across Wayne Miyata in your surfboard activities?

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Canon General / Re: Spartans, What is your profession?
« on: February 28, 2015, 06:35:46 PM »
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I'm not exactly an employer's dream. My all-time favorite line from an employee performance review said: "Bill does not compromise easily." I consider that a positive thing; they did not. Various iterations of my "career" have included:

Paid killer for the U.S. government (Vietnam)

Loan company collection manager

Truck driver

Wedding photographer

Magazine writer/editor/photographer/reporter

National trade assn exec

Community activist

Non-profit founder & ceo

Web publisher for major software company (tax & financial mngt)

Counselor -- state corrections dept.

Public safety dispatcher, state police dept.




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EOS Bodies / Re: Smartphones Already Won -- Laforet
« on: February 27, 2015, 03:25:32 PM »
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I like the way you think. Especially like the "highly integrated imaging systems."


I'm not sure Laforet took the idea far enough.

To me it's not a matter of whether in the future still cameras will sell in the kinds of volume they do today.

To me it's a fundamental question of how images are and will be distributed and consumed.  In short, what will images "mean" to those who look at them?  Where will they go to look?  What technologies will be offered in response to market demands?

With 1.8 BILLION images a day uploaded to the 'net what is the "purpose" of an image?   In the age of the "selfie" who will look?  What "need" will there be to pay for someone to monkey a camera when the art director in the back room can and does today! do a quicker, better job of it?

Whatever the answer(s), the still camera/imaging market will shrink.  Yet, as the advent of dry plate silver halide recording media failed to fully kill oil painting (pro or amateur), the cultural narcissism currently fueled by highly integrated imaging systems will not fully kill the desire or use for still cameras.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Smartphones Already Won -- Laforet
« on: February 26, 2015, 05:35:45 PM »
The problem with stupid people, such as the writer of that blog, is that they only look at what is happening in the last few years and not at the whole history of photography. There have been a great number of "cell phone" type cameras for the masses that have come and gone, but high end cameras are still with us, and they are there because they have performance capabilities that the common cameras of the day do not.

You sure you want to call Vincent Laforet "stupid"?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vincent_Laforet

Show me your Wikipedia entry.

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Business of Photography/Videography / Re: SmugMug or Zenfolio?
« on: February 26, 2015, 11:44:03 AM »
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Why do you ask?

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EOS Bodies / Smartphones Already Won -- Laforet
« on: February 25, 2015, 11:27:53 AM »
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"This is bold prediction, but it’s clear to me that over the next several years, the standalone still camera will disappear from the hands of everyone – with the exception of a few high end professionals."

http://blog.vincentlaforet.com/2015/02/24/prediction-the-age-of-the-standalone-still-camera-is-coming-to-and-end-for-all-but-pros/

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Landscape / Re: Telephoto landscapes / seascapes
« on: February 23, 2015, 11:50:48 AM »
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Specs:
EOS M
70-200 @ f/4.0
ISO 800
1/1600 sec
172mm (270 equiv)

Nice thing about this is it allowed me to take an apparent blizzard image without even going outside. I just opened the front door, stuck the lens barrel out and snapped...





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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art Lens Next? [CR2]
« on: February 17, 2015, 04:05:41 PM »
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My Canon 135 is the best lens I own. For me, there is no improvement that would be worth making a change.

If they produce an 85 Art while I'm still using Canon, I want one -- and have wanted one for almost two years now. But as Fuji, and their superior lenses, advances, Canon begins to fade for me.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Sony Doing Glasses
« on: February 17, 2015, 12:54:46 PM »
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Sony will go anywhere anyone else goes. Since Google has abandoned(?) the google glasses thing, Sony is getting in.

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-31502579

I suspect they're developing some bacon flavored products to compete with the fast food joints!

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This appears to relate to what happened in (not to) the photographic equipment manufacturing. That's a far sight from what happened in the photographic industry.

Seems to me like suggesting the number of wooden toothpicks sold indicates the state of dental hygiene!

I see nothing but great things happening for and with people who are creating photographic images for whatever reasons. Times have never, ever been better.




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