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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!   ::)

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

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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.

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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.

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Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: March 20, 2014, 12:18:25 AM »
Buffalo Blizzard 2.0....lol

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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Photography Technique / Re: What could I do better?
« on: March 19, 2014, 07:06:25 PM »
Remember that f/4 won't be enough (without a FF body at least) to shoot fast moving subjects in low light without reaching to ISO 3200 or above.

Yes, I'm aware, but ultimately I want to pair it (or the 70-300 L) to the 6D which should be a nice combination that would be roughly 2 stops ahead of what I have now at 200.  And on the 60D (the 70-200) it'll still be 2/3 faster at 200 along with all the other benefits of the L.

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Photography Technique / Re: What could I do better?
« on: March 19, 2014, 01:02:01 PM »
Lens quality is typically more important and if you really want to get into wildlife photography, your money is best spent on the Canon 70-300L or the Tamron 150-600 vs. upgrading your 60D.  Both of those lenses are considerably sharper than the 70-300 non-L is at 300mm and will make the most difference.  I think the Tamron is a steal and unless you are really good at getting close to wildlife, the 600mm (960mm on a crop sensor) would make a massive difference in the type of photos you can take.

Wildlife is more of a secondary interest...kids, soccer games, indoor school events where low light is an issue (and why I eventually want FF) are more typical at this point. 

I have been targeting the 70-200 F4 IS as a purchase, but I was wondering about the 70-300L as it gets many positive comments here and now I was curious as to what the minimum F stop is at 200 mm.  If it is F4 (probably not) it would give up nothing to the 70-200 F4 IS in terms of performance.

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Photography Technique / Re: What could I do better?
« on: March 19, 2014, 12:04:08 AM »
I don't have time to read through this whole thread right now but I did see a few things you said relative to your skill level influencing the quality of that picture. I just want to encourage you that if your photography interest continues to grow, so will your skills - and so should your equipment. Don't underestimate the difference between pro gear and consumer gear. Check out this link as food for thought... it's the difference between a crop sensor camera and the 70-300, and a full frame sensor camera and the 70-300L:

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=358&Camera=736&Sample=0&FLI=4&API=1&LensComp=738&CameraComp=453&SampleComp=0&FLIComp=4&APIComp=1

BTW, awesome photo! I'm sure you'll be a little better prepared next time...    ;)


I've played around with that site before.  What I would like to see is what a 6D looks like with the 70-200 f4 IS.  I wasn't able to find that, just the 1D and I don't know if that would be anything like a 6D. 

However, I could pit the 70-300 non L mounted on a 60D against the 70-200 F4 IS mounted to both a 60D and the 1D.  Either way the L glass was cleaner at 200, but the 1D seemed to make a much bigger difference, which is why I am curious how the 6D would compare since the 1D is way too expensive for a hobby.

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Photography Technique / Re: What could I do better?
« on: March 18, 2014, 11:56:03 PM »

If you hold the focus button then the camera will continue to refocus.  This is where some confusion comes in. What I've read, but the author stated that canon would not confirm or deny, is that the camera will continue to track focus even while the shutter button is pressed.

This may be why it doesn't seem clear in the manual, it just says that it may slow down (continuous shooting speed).


It's hard (impossilbe) to say exactly what happened and why the focus was on the bushes.

I think trying to focus on the nose at 60 feet away was probably unrealistic.  I think either I moved or there was just enough error in where it focuses to miss the deer and either way it focused on what does appear to be the bushes.

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