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EOS Bodies / Re: Smartphones Already Won -- Laforet
« on: February 26, 2015, 12:51:16 PM »
Well, we might as well throw out all the DSLR cameras anyways.  According to Phonearena, the Samsung Note 4 takes better pictures than a Canon DSLR.  It's a big article on the website and a lot of people seem to be buying into it.

Of course, the Canon has a 3rd party lens, none of the shots involve dynamic subjects, they shot the Canon on full Auto but then used the RAW images and "minimally processed" them and then compared them to fully automatic, fully processed cell phone images.  They also don't make it really clear where they were in the images that they were zooming in on, and gloss over the fact that DSLR have a narrow depth of field (depending on settings and typically considered an advantage)compared to a cell phone, making certain parts of the image appear soft.

These articles frustrate me because they consistently focus on the type of pictures where cell phones can compete, and ignore the types they cannot, like anything that moves in anything but bright sun light.

Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EF 24-105 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
« on: December 18, 2014, 12:35:52 PM »
I haven't been following this lens, so this has probably been discussed already.

It would seem that since this lens has STM, and since it is clearly not targeted at the pros, then it would seem that this lens foreshadows the coming of a 6D2 with Dual Pixel tech.

Landscape / Re: Fall colours
« on: September 22, 2014, 10:55:23 PM »
Colors are just starting to change here, but I'm inspired to look for opportunities in the coming weeks.

In the mean time, here is one of my favorites from a while back. 

This was shot on a 35mm Canon T-70 around 1997.

The photo is of the road coming up to my Aunt and Uncle's house in Saxtons River, Vermont.

I was disappointed in the grain, but I don't know if that is to be expected with a film scan or not.  These were done by a drug store, but couldn't tell you who anymore.

Either way, I really like the picture, but I suppose the nostalgia might have something to do with it.

I traded in a T3i and bought a refurbished 60D a few months ago and have been happy so far.

I wanted the 70D or the 6D, but as much as the 70D is nice I couldn't see paying $500 to $600 more for it.  I don't think it's that much better and I'd rather put that toward glass. 

As for the 6D, we'll I still want that, but I think I'm waiting to see what the next iteration brings.

For the $460 that I paid I couldn't go too far wrong for right now.  They were $900 not too long ago.  I figure when I'm ready to move on I won't loose much if anything because of how little I paid for it and it was a definite step up from the T3i.  I like the ergonomics over the T3i.  The battery life is much better and very noticeable.  I like having the top LCD.  It's easier to change parameters and easier to see where you have settings at a quick glance.  The faster burst is a nice bump up and is fast enough to make it useful, but I agree, the timing of the first shot is the most important (and not always easy).  I like that I can shoot RAW with a small JPEG, which I could not do with the T3i (you could only do RAW and full size JPEGs).  I like the increase in buffer size.  It has been sufficient for me so far where the T3i would occasionally fill up and cause a delay.

I'd like to say the autofocus is better, but I never had too much issue with the T3i for how I was using it.  What I am finding now, however, is I have started using the back button focus and AI Servo when shooting action.  I tend to use single point focus and sometimes the available focus points aren't exactly where you would want them with only 9 to choose from.  So from that perspective, sometimes I wish it had a few more points, but in reality it probably has more to do with refining technique than a need for more camera capability.

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom Mobile Version Official
« on: April 08, 2014, 10:37:57 PM »

I have much better luck with the Camera Connector Kit than either an Eye-Fi card or a Canon WFT.

Which iPad and I assume iOS7?

I heard some people were having issues with the connector kit and I don't recall if it was the iPad Air they were blaming or iOS7.

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom Mobile Version Official
« on: April 08, 2014, 10:30:27 PM »
On topic,  any opinions on whether it is better to use the iPod SD adaptor vs a WiFi card?

The WiFi card would be one less step, but I think it would be rather slow by comparison, particularly with RAW (I'm assuming LR Mobile supports RAW).  I would like to try a WiFi card but I hear a real mix of good and bad about them.

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom Mobile Version Official
« on: April 08, 2014, 10:26:37 PM »
I'm a Techhie and I 'do' Apple..... hate Android and linuxy type systems....... 4 years of 'converting' to Apple.... never a virus or sign of one in all that time!!

I really don't know what the demographics are for each type of user, it was really just a guess based on observation. 

Our IT department has one guy who is very pro Windows - he has the Windows phone, a Surface Pro and a rather healthy dislike for Apple.

We have another guy who loves Apple - iPhone, iPad, etc. 

I don't know what the IT manager likes, but she was looking at him like he was crazy when he was joking around and praising Apple.

Like I said, it really amuses me how strongly people will defend one system over the other.  It is the Ford Chevy argument of the tech world.

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom Mobile Version Official
« on: April 08, 2014, 10:16:14 PM »
...while I sound like an Apple hater

Just so you know, I was rather careful not to call you a 'hater'.   8)

and they don't sue what seems like the entire world at the same time they fleece the consumers within their ecosystem.

This is one way in which Apple is not perfect.  I think they would be better off focusing their time, money and energy on product innovation instead of lawsuits.  Whether Samsung is right or wrong, when you're at the top the competition is going to go after your market share.  They are not going to sit still.  Apple needs to focus on moving forward, not worrying about the competition copying what they did in the past, particularly in a field that changes so fast and the past is rapidly irrelevant.

And yes, they are expensive, really too expensive.  It disturbs me that they charge $100 for each bump in storage when storage is so cheap.  It disturbs me that the iPad 2 lived so long for so much money.  I think Macs are incredibly expensive, though I am thinking about one at some point.  But I do think they make a good product (not perfect) and it's really a personal choice if the cost is worth it for all the pros and cons.

That said, Samsung isn't shy about what they charge for their top tier products and even Amazon cranked up the price of the Fire HDX from the HD to a level I don't think they are worth.

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom Mobile Version Official
« on: April 08, 2014, 01:14:30 PM »

I'm a techie but I don't do Apple. 

Actually, I think most techies 'don't do Apple' since Android offers more customization.  I think it is actually the non-techies that like Apple for it's simplicity.

And Apple stuff isn't as perfect as people who have never used it think because many who do use Apple stuff sugar coat the experience. 

No company or product is perfect and Apple is no different.  What I find entertaining is how many people love to hate Apple.  If you were to base a buying decision on opinions from certain sites on the internet on Apple, you would probably never buy any.  Specifically check out the opinions of forum posters on Phone Arena.  Most people there would have you believe that the iPhone and iPad are horrible products that only a 'stupid comsumer' - iSheep as they like to call them - would ever buy. 

So while it may be true that some Apple users sugar coat the experience, there are plenty of Apple haters that will give you a very poor impression of the products that is just as far from reality.

Apple products are primarily designed to generate revenue for Apple, not provide user functionality as a primary function.

All companies products or services are designed to generate revenue - that's what keeps them in business and if said products or services didn't "provide user functionality as a primary function" the company wouldn't be successful for very long.  I think we can agree that Apple has had some success.

I'll continue to support the alternative Nexus, Kindle and Nook tablets that offer more functionality, better and more versatile hardware and a more diverse and supportive ecosystem.

I have and love the Kindle Fire, but it has been widely considered to be nothing more than a portal for Amazon sales and it is very limited due to Amazon locking down the Android system it is based on.  Nothing wrong with that and I knew it going in, but considering your opinion about Apple only making products to drive revenue, I am surprised you would be interested and supportive of the Kindle.  I do suspect, though, that you may have hacked yours and use it beyond the intentions Amazon had in mind - but maybe not.

To clarify, I had 2 Android phones (my wife still has hers) and now have an iPhone 5c and an iPad Air, so I have used both OS.  I think they are both good systems with different strengths and weakness like anything else.  For someone like yourself, Android is no doubt the better choice for most of what it seems you like to do.

Landscape / Re: Ugly landscapes
« on: April 07, 2014, 12:44:24 AM »
Maybe this is closer to what the OP was looking for.

Shot today in WNY/Buffalo area.

Right now everything is rather drab in our area.  The grass is yellow and the trees are bare.  Everything is wet and muddy.  I could not find one sign of spring in terms of foliage.  To me, this is what makes the landscape less than attractive.  The sun and blue skies are what looks nice after not seeing much of it for the last 4 months.

Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: April 06, 2014, 11:25:29 PM »
Taken March 30th, 2014 - 9 days into Spring in WNY / Buffalo Area!   ::)

Animal Kingdom / Re: Portrait of your "Best friend"
« on: April 06, 2014, 10:57:56 PM »
Taken today - enjoying some spring weather!

It would seem the contracted pro should have collected the photos from the guest shooter and presented them to the bride as one package - blind to her who took what.

Either way, the contracted photographer needs to be brought in.  It was their established business that put the OP in the situation in the first place, so they have a right to whatever monetary gains come out of it.

Now the risk is offending (unintentionally) the pro when they find out the bride preferred the other photos.

EOS Bodies / Re: New DSLR and PowerShots in May [CR2]
« on: April 02, 2014, 12:43:01 PM »
Frankly, I think they need a new Rebel.

The T4i was well received, but that was 2 years ago.  The T5i was largely considered a rebadged T4i and was NOT well received because of it.

To most, the T5i is a 2 year old design.  Looking at what Nikon has to offer, at least on paper, their entry level cameras look more appealing.  I believe they all (at least the current versions of each series) have wifi and (for what it's worth) auto focus in video, which the T3i does not (not sure about the T5).

Since these are the models that sell in the highest volume and they are a gateway product, they need to be kept fresh and competitive.

I think the T6i needs dual pixel and wifi, which will in my opinion, make it class leading.  This doesn't seem like a stretch for the next Rebel, but we'll see.  I don't think anybody expected the T5i was going to offer so little over the T4i.

Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: March 20, 2014, 12:18:25 AM »
Buffalo Blizzard

Is that the water front?

While it was a decent storm, it was a poor excuse for a blizzard, but as always, very nice photo.

Always enjoy seeing your local photos.

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