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Canon General / Re: Spartans, What is your profession?
« on: Today at 10:05:51 AM »
I always wondered what was Neuranatomist job...

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Canon General / Re: Spartans, What is your profession?
« on: February 28, 2015, 09:32:29 PM »
I'm a Ph.D candidate in engineering with background in mechanical and aerospace structural engineering. My research is on the durability of composite materials under arctic climate (for the wind energy industry).

I've only been into photography for about six years now, but previously did quite a bit of drawing/illustration as a hobby. I have no intent on ever being anything close to a professional photographer, but I enjoy the challenges of the medium so I keep on going. Honestly, I am much better at finding what I did wrong in my photos after taking them than in making them right in the first place so that photography would not be a good business for me.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom 6 Coming March 9
« on: February 25, 2015, 01:44:40 PM »
Canvas extension would be a nice feature!

Btw the lack of canvas extension results in a really strange behaviors: If you do some aspect ratio or perspective correction with automatic "upright" or with the manual lens correction sliders, you get white parts on the edges of the frame you cannot touch or fill and have to crop away. Doh.

Yeah, that is pretty much my experience too. However, I would need to admit that many of the shots I would have wanted to straigthen had quite complex borders that could have been a serious challenge to 'heal' after a canvas extension...

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom 6 Coming March 9
« on: February 24, 2015, 05:19:16 PM »
How is it not already?  Because it can't do layers?  Or pixel-level editing?

My one major grief is that you cannot extend the canvas, i.e. on rotate there's no way to heal-fill an area, you *have* to delete the part that is rotated out of the rectangle. The same goes for fixing a too tight framing. This is stupid because after a trip to a pixel editing app (converting raw->tiff, doh) and adding some space around the shot LR's heal/clone brush works just fine for this purpose.

Canvas extension would be a nice feature! Or possibly support for non-parallelogram canvas shape, although that would be somewhat specific and might allow for use by people with dubious tastes to express themselves more freely...

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I'm neither an art critic, an art dealer and even less a recognisex artist, but yet, here is my point of view. I would think there is a great distance between art and the art market. Art, I think, should be 'autonomous' and 'self-consistent' if that means anything. I doubt that a performance that would be thought solely with the goal of being sold at great profit would be likely to succeed. All the artist can do is express is own vision. As for talent, I'm not sure it is easy to identify who's got it and who does not. The 'beauty' of an art piece is likely to not be evident at first sight. As far as I know, many artists perform 'for themselves' instead of for others. Being seen and appreciated is only incidental for them. That might be why most are not commercially successful.

As for the art market, well it is just that, a market. Art does not have a use value, all it has is a market value. I think that when a very high price is given for an artpiece, it has a lot more to do with speculation than with the real worth of the work. Trends and fashion might have a bigger role than the artistic essence of the work. Moreover, it is likely that there are many markets with different requirements.


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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom 6 Coming March 9
« on: February 22, 2015, 07:57:30 PM »
In LR 6, I would like to see some new filters for star trails photography. Expecially "gap filling" function.

You're trying to discuss features - don't you realize no one cares? Can we please get back to ranting about the subscription model :-p ?

A perpetual licence qualifies as a feature for me. But the ultimate feature would certainly be a Canon Rumours tab where you could follow your favourite forum topics while editin without having to navigate to another application. That would certainly help that loath LR sluggishness.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom 6 Coming March 9
« on: February 20, 2015, 08:45:37 PM »
Let's get the debate back on track after those nice digressions.

I'm still on my old LR4.4 and skipped LR5 as, for as far as I could tell the main improvement was in some more filter and brush flexibility (assuming you have an old camera like I do). Now if LR6 continues on improving the masking options and the panorama tools are nice, I could be interested. Even more so considering it will still be available in perpetual license. Personally, although I understand that 10$/month is a good price compared to the old PS price, I find that 'software as a service' is unethical in the context of 'home users'. In a business context, it is akin to outsourcing, which has its own evils but is justifiable on the basis of flexibility. However, in a 'personal use' context, it is just the software counterpart of planned obsolescence in physical goods. It forces a casual user for whom an older version might be perfectly suitable to pay upfront, on a monthly basis, to be 'forced' to upgrade. For someone who might use the software only a few hours a month, or even a few hours a year, it is non-sense...

Oups, wrong debate again...


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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom 6 Coming Very Soon
« on: February 20, 2015, 03:25:10 PM »
I'm hoping we get user preferred GPS formats in Lr 6. Decimal Degrees are SO much easier to type and read.

Maybe, if you are not trained in writing them, but they are nowhere near as easy to find on a map or chart.

Are you kidding me? I can type an N and a W as well as anyone, but why would I subject myself to having to type "37°39'47" N 105°49'45" W", as Lightroom 5 now requires, versus "37.663056 -105.829167". Both formats get you to the exact same spot on any map, but the latter is far, far easier to input. I'm sure this is why Google Earth and many other apps and GPS units use Decimal Degrees as their default GPS format--and why it's so unbelievable that Adobe has thus far forced us to use the anachronistic Degrees, Minutes, Seconds.

Either way, if you prefer typing ""37°39'47" N 105°49'45" W" have at it, all I'm asking Adobe to do is give us a Preference to choose the format each individual prefers working with.

Don't you estimate your travel time or pace based on the fact that a nautical mile is worth 1' of arc along a meridian. I always do...

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Help with an unusual macro setup
« on: February 16, 2015, 09:02:39 PM »
Apart from the ruggedness of industrial camera and the fact they are designed for continuous usage, I would expect they would often use smaller sensors, which would help for depth of field. You may find it hard to have a sufficient depth of field on full frame. I'm also unsure if the increased resolution from the latest sensors would not be wasted to diffraction considering you may have to stop down a lot for depth of field requirements. I understand that electronic boards might not be that deep to start with, yet I'd be wary.

But then, if you want that toy and can't find another way of justifying it, anything goes...

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Help with an unusual macro setup
« on: February 10, 2015, 10:23:13 PM »
Canon mpe 65 - 5x max magnification
Canon 5d S - 8688 px / 1920 px screen résolution - 4.5 x
Total magnification of about 22.5 x. That is pretty much it I think.

And then, you can be sure that any slightest vibration will make your images blurred so a very sturdy mount for the camera and subject would be required. And you'll need lots of light. By then, you'll have spent enough you may want to have a look at a real microscope. I think Olympus has some good and relatively inexpensive camera to be mounted on microscope columns or eye piece. You may be able to find a used microscope and adapt one of those units.

Macro and micro are not the same.

Good luck.

What was I thinking, it is absolutely obvious that the screen resolution thing only means looking at a 100% crop of your image. It does not give you any more magnification. A 5ds might resolve fine details at a given magnification than lower resolution full frames, but then aps-c cameras have similar pixel size so it might not be worth it.

Also, it seems just as obvious to me that a bigger screen does not provide more magnification, but only makes pixels bigger without providing more details.

Please excuse my erroneous and  misleading earlier post.

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Help with an unusual macro setup
« on: February 09, 2015, 09:02:56 PM »
Canon mpe 65 - 5x max magnification
Canon 5d S - 8688 px / 1920 px screen résolution - 4.5 x
Total magnification of about 22.5 x. That is pretty much it I think.

And then, you can be sure that any slightest vibration will make your images blurred so a very sturdy mount for the camera and subject would be required. And you'll need lots of light. By then, you'll have spent enough you may want to have a look at a real microscope. I think Olympus has some good and relatively inexpensive camera to be mounted on microscope columns or eye piece. You may be able to find a used microscope and adapt one of those units.

Macro and micro are not the same.

Good luck.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's Lineup Restructuring?
« on: January 30, 2015, 10:09:00 PM »
I'm notre sure that canon will (or should) try to match any competitor lineup. I think they are targeting specific markets rather than trying to to see what the others do and react. Moreover, wouldn't it be wiser to try to differentiate their products from the competition's instead of mimicking them?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Buying second hand, avoid low shutter count.
« on: January 26, 2015, 04:42:46 PM »
Engineers, we are fussy nitpicking little critters aren't we? Looking back, I feel like most great things we accomplished were made to prove someone else wrong...

*EDIT: please take this post with a pinch of salt.

I was a science major in college.. for me it was not finding the truth, but getting close to what may be considered the truth...  I was also a philosophy minor, but that was mostly deleted over time.

Truth is never found in science, its just made up from a bunch of hypotheses. Personally, the more involved in sciences I get, the more I feel like I NEED Philosophy to get by.

I like to think I take care of my stuff... I too keep the boxes... So maybe we are simply wanting to buy from those who share our presumptions...  is that projecting in psychology?  I took psychopathology in college... So I could diagnose cramming a lens where it doesn't belong... Butt, that is neither here nor there.

I see what you did there  ;D. I think I'll butt out of the conversation, it's getting stuffy in here.  :P

Just because someone has the original box doesn't mean they've taken care of the item, but as you pointed out, those of us who do keep the original stuff feel more comfortable buying from others who do the same. Doesn't guarantee they took better care of the equipment, but it feels a bit more reassuring . . .  ;D

As for keeping boxes, I keep mine. However, I'm not sure how well I keep my gear compared to others. I have to admit shooting in pretty cold, or pretty wet, or dusty conditions without caring much. However, after shooting I try to clean a bit and store everything in a protective bag. I guess I'm in the lower echelons of people who take good care of their equipment.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Buying second hand, avoid low shutter count.
« on: January 26, 2015, 01:38:12 PM »
Engineers, we are fussy nitpicking little critters aren't we? Looking back, I feel like most great things we accomplished were made to prove someone else wrong...

*EDIT: please take this post with a pinch of salt.

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As the song goes:

'Get a haircut... And get a real job!'

If such a thing still exists...  :(

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