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Lenses / Re: Backlit subject focus problems with 300 2.8 II
« on: December 30, 2014, 05:14:47 PM »
I don't see anything about spot focus. You might want to try that.

My suspicion is that since the AF point is actually larger than the viewfinder's depiction of it, focus is actually grabbing at a different spot than you intend.

EOS Bodies / Re: I killed my brand new 7D MK2 today
« on: November 14, 2014, 04:39:53 PM »
C'mon.  Saying that because the CF card can be inserted sideways there is a design flaw is nonsense.  That's like saying that Nissan did not design my car correctly because if I drive it off a cliff it won't run any more.  You can probably destroy most things by using them in ways that were not intended, much less in ways that you have been warned not to do (i.e., RTFM). 

This was an accident.  An unintentional mistake.  But it was a mistake, and not on Canon's part, but on the user's.  This does not make the user stupid, just unlucky.  It just ain't Canon's fault.

I would say it's not a design flaw, per se, since I'm sure Canon is aware of the possibility of CF cards being inserted sideways. It's much more likely a design choice and it was decided that it was less expensive to go the route they chose and deal with warranty claims (whether denied or accepted) and associated loss of goodwill.

I'm impressed that it's still on back-order.

This is from the partial solar eclipse a couple weeks ago. Not the sharpest, but if you look closely you can see there were some thin clouds between the sun and me.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Roger Cicala cracks open 7D II!
« on: November 05, 2014, 05:22:23 PM »
True that a raincover will do the job but it doesn't hurt to have a sealed (as much as possible) camera too.  My biggest issue is that I don't have time to acclimatize my camera during a shoot.  I can go from a warm church, out into a damp and possibly rainy (or snowy) cool day and then back into a warm reception hall, all within hours.  Till now, I've not had any issues and of course, I'm not dealing in conditions anywhere close to your extremes, but still, it would be nice to have better and better sealing (which looks like it isn't that difficult to do).  Maybe I just proved your point that more sealing isn't needed cause I didn't have issues but past performance isn't always in indicator of future events.

Weather sealing does little to nothing to protect against condensation. It's the water in the air that forms condensate, and weather sealing does not make the camera air-tight.

Useless image creation aside, :P, I think technology like AutoAwesome is dangerous. As the guy who wrote the article I linked said, it's creating "moments" that never happened. What happens when it's no longer just an automated process? What happens when someone is guiding that process to create non-real images that can influence people? People are already gullible little saps these days...when someone starts misusing and abusing technology like AutoAwesome for, say, political agendas...

Dangerous technology. If people were on average more intelligent/less gullible, then I wouldn't be concerned...but man, ppls is dum!  :o

I just saw an article about a political campaign that got caught, having altered protest signs in a picture to match their political message. So... yeah. Already happens.

Software & Accessories / Re: Free DxO Optics Pro 8
« on: October 30, 2014, 02:15:30 PM »
And I'm glad you're a happy camper, no offense was intended.  But I thought it funny when I read AP's comment on it being free and the ROI, because the first thought that went through my head was 'well, they're hoping you like it, upgrade to the latest version, and stick with it for the foreseeable future".  I simply found it amusing when you posted something along those lines a few posts later.

You should probably be the one who's offended since I made the silly assumption about what you meant, I just assumed you were implying they were pulling a bait and switch or some such. Internet cynicism, y'know?

I had been planning on buying DXO 9 for a while anyway, then had decided to wait for 10 since I thought it would be soon. Then this deal came along, and $150 seemed too good to pass up. And it turns out I got 10 for that price. Well actually, it ended up being I got 10+ViewPoint 2.5 for $179. I guess maybe I am a sucker.  :P

Still a happy one though.

This one is ISO 12,800 from a 5D3 with a Tamron 150-600. PRIME does a very good job of removing noise without smearing detail. I'd say that 99% of the detail is still there, and the image looks way less noisy. I'm very impressed.

Software & Accessories / Re: BlackRapid FAIL - grrrrrr
« on: October 29, 2014, 10:42:43 PM »
BlackRapid's willingness to pay for equipment repairs when failures do occur speaks a lot to the reliability of their system. If it was failing constantly, then they would quickly be out of business paying for repairs.

Software & Accessories / Re: Free DxO Optics Pro 8
« on: October 29, 2014, 10:00:24 PM »
Considering it is free the ROI is pretty high.   ;)

The coupon code they offer up on the link gets DXO 9 Elite for $149 US. I bit...


DXO 8 is free. I think alongside that promotion, they have every right to try to sell their newer version to you. I bought DXO 9 because I wanted PRIME noise reduction. DXO 10 came out today, 1 day after my purchase, and the upgrade was free. I think their policy is anyone who purchased DXO 9 within the past month gets a free upgrade. I'm a happy camper.

Software & Accessories / Re: DxO OpticsPro 10 released
« on: October 29, 2014, 05:57:50 PM »
I just bought DXO 9 last night. I'm glad their upgrade policy gives free upgrades to recent purchases, otherwise I'd be pretty unhappy with myself. They are probably going to get a few more dollars out of me, since the new version of ViewPoint is quite intriguing.

Faster PRIME processing is definitely a big plus.

Software & Accessories / Re: Free DxO Optics Pro 8
« on: October 29, 2014, 09:24:01 AM »
Everything worked fine today. Thanks, Perio!

Software & Accessories / Re: Free DxO Optics Pro 8
« on: October 29, 2014, 12:17:23 AM »
The coupon code they offer up on the link gets DXO 9 Elite for $149 US. I bit, and now I get the same error that Mitch.Conner got when trying to activate. Very annoying, to say the least. Hopefully just a server crash and all will be well tomorrow.

Lighting / Re: Yongnuo killed my batteries - warranty case?
« on: October 22, 2014, 04:35:47 PM »
Lots of good information here:

There's no reason to not store Eneloops (or any other NiMH battery) at full charge. It could be a good idea to remove them from devices if you aren't going to use it for a while, since they could be drained to the point of damage.

Lighting / Re: Yongnuo killed my batteries - warranty case?
« on: October 22, 2014, 01:55:41 PM »
You could try to revive those cells with a small power supply.

Set it to 3V, current limit (if available) to a few hundred mA and connect the supply to the cell for a few seconds. Plus to plus and minus to minus. A small 3V...9V wall-wart will also work, as long as it puts out a DC voltage. The higher voltage won't be harmful if you connect it for only a few seconds, just enough to polarize the cell again and give it some voltage.

Then insert the cells back into the charger. There's a good chance it will start charging now, if it works you should let it do a few charge/discharge cycles.

WARNING: this only works with 1.2V AA or AAA NiCd or NiMH cells, DO NOT try this with LiPo or Li-ion cells!

You can do the same thing with a NiMH battery that has some charge on it.

See the picture here: (if that link won't work, google NLee paper clip trick).

If you don't have a charger that has individual battery slots to use, you can use another paper clip to connect the negative terminals.

Or if you have a really dumb charger, you can insert the batteries in it for a while.

Scott Kelby makes an hour long infomercial on the 7DII - he's just giving us some information, guys, totally no ulterior motives. Promise

National Geographic photographer makes a blog post about switching to Sony - Shill! Hack! Liar!  Bad photographer!

To be fair, I've seen Kelby referred to as a hack/shill/liar/bad photographer on this forum numerous times. Maybe all that was before he switched to Canon though. ::)


Read into things much? The examples were chosen *because* most people have opinions on the subjects. voted for Obama, love hip hop and celebrate popular youth fashion?  You'll forgive me for assuming that someone posting these things on a forum that skews heavily toward wealthy, middle-aged/elderly American and European white men had a specific opinion in mind.

You are right that ignorance doesn't stop people from forming opinions but it really really should.

This will be my last on the subject, ...continue if you please.

I am "the decider" re. whom/what I  will forgive  ;)

In this case I will base the forgiveness on your obvious lack of situational awareness. You really, really should note that your ignorance re. my voting/music/fashion preferences has not "stopped" you from forming an assumptive opinion about same. ( FYI, your score was 33 1/3%, my experience, this is a failing grade. )   :o
At least we now know who you voted for ROFL

I might be reading a bit too much between the lines, but I think it's much more likely that we have an idea of who Steve didn't vote for.

Anyway, I think the OP was either shilling or trolling. Meh. As far as needing to be a great photographer to critique, that's simply fallacy. To be a credible photography critic, one needs to know something about photography, but a person doesn't need to be a great photographer to have that knowledge. Being a great photographer doesn't necessarily mean you're a credible photography critic either. And anyone can critique photography, much like anyone can critique fashion/politics/music. To be credible though, you need knowledge of the topics at hand.

Of course, I suspect everyone knows this. We just all like to beat each other over the heads since we're all internet tough guys. :P

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