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Canon General / Re: A Rundown of EOS 7D Mark II Information
« on: August 15, 2014, 04:30:20 PM »
I'm gonna stab a guess and say it's going to be $2799 MSRP

Followed by 8-10 threads of "7Dmk2 or 5Dmk3, help me decide!" :D


Fllowed by 8-10 threads "why is the 7D mk2 so expensive?"  ;D


If it doesn't street for close to $2000, I think it's a wounded duck for Canon sales.  If Canon does try to pop early adopters over $2500, I dont think it lasts very long. They need to have this puppy moving by Black Friday. $1999 street prices.

The 5Dmk3 was PROOF they can do exactly that, providing the camera is THAT GOOD.

Don't get me wrong, I think $2800 is too high, I just won't be surprised to see it.  Took me 2 years to pick up my 5dMk3, but that's because it was only worth $2500 to me.

If the 7Dmk2 is a lightning fast, crop version of the 5dMK3 as we're speculating, they can set any price below the cost of a new 5dmk3 and people will pay it up front.

If you can hold out 1-2 years (which, if price matters, it's not that hard), then we can snag it for a more reasonable price.

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Canon General / Re: Gear Realities
« on: August 15, 2014, 02:07:20 PM »
What about photography with the lens cap on?  Seriously, gear matters, I'm looking at you 5Dmk3

For all the buzz about it, there must have been a HUGE demand for that kind of shots.

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Canon General / Re: A Rundown of EOS 7D Mark II Information
« on: August 15, 2014, 02:03:23 PM »
I'm gonna stab a guess and say it's going to be $2799 MSRP

Followed by 8-10 threads of "7Dmk2 or 5Dmk3, help me decide!"

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Software & Accessories / Re: Any NAS Experts? quick question
« on: August 08, 2014, 11:30:15 AM »
+1

I have just bought a Lacie 5 disk RAID connected over Thunderbolt, will report back as I migrate photos onto it. That gives 5 times the speed of a single external HD, in the realms of SSD speed. USB3 would be next best, but would be close to the maximum bandwidth that USB3 is capable of.

The downside of RAID set ups is that a 2 disk system is twice as likely to fail, and my 5 disk system is 5 times as likely to fail. The future is large capacity SSD drives, but it will take a number of years for the prices to come down far enough for a large and fast growing photo library.

The suggestion of mirroring the drives is a good one, and gives immediate backup in case of HD failure, but does bring the speed back down to that of a sigle HD drive. That may not be important, I have just upgraded my system for the first time in 7 years, and have futureproofed the set up as far as possible.

When my existing backup becomes full I will add a 2 disk RAID, probably as a NAS over ethernet - the speed limitation of Gigabit ethernet will not be relevant to backup storage. Hopefully prices will have drifted further downwards by then.
I've not worked with USB3 yet, but, in my experience, USB's throughput wasn't the slowdown, it's how it works with the computer's BUS.

Optimized connections like Thunderbolt and FireWire have a lot better consistent throughput/access.

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I was noticing slowdowns on LightRoom before I switched the drive to a FW800/SSD (then ran out of space) a FW800 enclosure with a hybrid drive (SSD and disk built in one) haven't been much slower.

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Personally, I only ever trusted RAID for mirroring. I have a RAID1 setup in a NAS in the basement that I haven't bothered to keep up to date.  Easier to just wait for the drive I'm using locally to fail, then swear a whole bunch  ;D

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EOS Bodies / Re: Plan B
« on: August 07, 2014, 08:45:40 AM »
The mk2 only has to be a crop 5Dmk3 with faster FPS and not cost a fortune to sell a lot of them . . .

Seriously, if they did nothing more than update to all of the current tech (dual pixel, better high iso, newer AF) for the refresh, yes, the dissenters will be loud, but in reality, few.

The only thing Canon can really do wrong here is botch the release or not release it at all.

Plan B: Use existing gear that works fine (a 5Dmk3).
Plan C: Not sure, but Plan C should always involve a chainsaw, if only to ensure you don't need a Plan D.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Anyone Doing 3D Scanning?
« on: August 05, 2014, 03:37:43 PM »
Our organization in a large company bought a 3D scanner about 1991.  Then the company making the scanner went out of business and as soon as computer operating systems became incompatible with the drivers, we had a $5K piece of junk.  I think we were the early adopters. 

We also used 3d printers for prototyping of parts.  The printers were very expensive, and you did not normally own a printer, but paid $$$ to have your part printed.

Yeah, until the last few years, CNC was much more cost effective.  One of the other members works at a really cool shop that has all sorts of industrial equipment.

Have one machine that functions as an industrial scanner, it has an arm that traces the outside of an object and does a really good job at copying large objects.

Unfortunately, all options I'm seeing now are people doing digital 'selfies'  :o  I want to copy some out of print A/C knobs, not my face.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Anyone Doing 3D Scanning?
« on: August 05, 2014, 02:46:14 PM »
Being a core member of the local hackerspace (Danbury Innovation Center), it was inevitable I'd end up dealing with 3D scanning.  I got tired of the MakerBot Digitizer sitting there, next to one of the 3D printers, and I decided to take it upon myself to get to know it.

I sat down with it last night, prepared for a marathon of adjustments and 'did everything right' -- that is, I set myself up the same way as I did for FoCal with proper lighting, making sure the surface was solid etc.  I only had one hitch in the setup and that was that it wasn't meant to be done in an optimized environment.

The halogens I was using were far too bright for the 'eye safe' lasers used (because apparently everyone tries to stick their face in the thing).

Having now read 99% of their website, the manual etc. the list of limitations are as long as my arm (not too big, not too small, not too dark, not too furry, not too much detail, not too shiny etc.).

For an $800 rig, they're calling it 'for early adopters', beta testers, etc.  Glad it wasn't my money  ;D

So, has anyone else done anything with 3D scanning?  Seems like it should just be an offshoot of macro, no?

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Canon General / Re: Canada Post Thefts Halt Lens Rentals Canada Service
« on: August 05, 2014, 09:31:27 AM »
Insurance on he packages won't help much as I was told directly by a Canada post employee that although you can add insurance to your package good luck getting the value back if there is an issue.  They recommended me to use one of the big guys if insurance was actually important. LOL. Loved the honestly.  Cost a bit more but I felt safer.  Over they last number of years in the hundred of parcels I have received I have only had issue with Canada post.  Be it missing items, delays in shipping while in Canada posts hands.  Then they have the gull to raise prices for continued poor service gotta love government union employees that you can't trust anymore and well you know are out of touch with reality in todays job world.
That's awful! I never had a problem with US Priority Mail insurance . . . seemed like a pride thing talking to our postmaster down here.

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God bless people that have something nice, test it . . . then take it apart to see how it works.

"If you can't take it apart, you don't own it"

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Canon General / Re: Canada Post Thefts Halt Lens Rentals Canada Service
« on: August 04, 2014, 09:37:49 AM »
Craig, totally bummed out to hear about your business loss. I hope the Police nail whoever is responsible for the thefts.

I guess they'd have run a...

(wait for it)

Sting operation?

Jim

Huh? I don't get it...

At least around here Police (capitalized) refers to the band of that name; their lead singer goes by Sting.

Jim
Technically, since we're getting picky on capitalization, wouldn't The have to be capitalized? 

If you're going to be so droll, don't stand so close to me.

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Canon General / Re: Canada Post Thefts Halt Lens Rentals Canada Service
« on: August 03, 2014, 09:18:51 AM »
LR USA is really good.  If I've bought a lens in the last to years, chances are Roger gave it a glowing review.

Hi dstppy.
I was really trying not to say that, though that was my first thought too!

Hi Orangutan.
I forgot about Lens Rentals, I have once or thrice recommended reading one of Rogers blog posts for information as I think they are great and easy to read. Perhaps that was where  the confusion arose!

Cheers Graham.

That is the NICEST way of saying **** ***, *** ****** ******* ****** *******.  Which is what I was going to say.  ;D

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 50 f/1.2L Goes Missing at Canon Germany
« on: July 31, 2014, 09:23:41 AM »
So Canon lost an expensive lens in Germany? Pickpocket?

Why is this news, people frequently lose expensive equipment vacationing in Europe and abroad.

*ducks*

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Canon General / Re: What do you Cheap Out On?
« on: July 29, 2014, 11:54:29 AM »

Hrm; I think I've been scared into buying high-end with everything.  I do swear by an arca-swiss plate to allow a handstrap instead of getting a grip for my camera . . . I think that's more of a weight thing.

I think you are on to something there.  I might cheap out on the intervalometer, the lighting kit or some other peripheral but not anything that puts the camera/lens at risk.

You see it on SlickDeals all the time, someone gets a $600 smartphone, then wants to save $10 on sync/charge cables.

Everytime an iPhone/Android goes up in flames, they blame the manufacturer.

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Canon General / Re: What do you Cheap Out On?
« on: July 29, 2014, 10:36:48 AM »
intervalometer -- I learned a new word.

Cheap Out? Nothing.  To Cheap Out, you need to be buying something not only inexpensive, but inappropriately so.  Most people buy less expensive things that are perfectly serviceable. Like releases or intervalometers . . . at this point, any (even inexpensive) flash wouldn't be 'cheap' since it's not mission critical for me.

Now, how about what do other people think you Cheap Out on?

Hrm; I think I've been scared into buying high-end with everything.  I do swear by an arca-swiss plate to allow a handstrap instead of getting a grip for my camera . . . I think that's more of a weight thing.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D now marked as DISCONTINUED at Amazon
« on: July 28, 2014, 09:45:10 AM »
Bah.  Amazon just wants a better rate with Canon like Hachette and Warner Brothers  ;D

Seriously though, Amazon's been behind other retailers lately (probably for the same reason I kid about above) in offering the latest products.  They'd incorrectly billed the iPod touch as 'current version', got to check the model #.

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