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PowerShot / Re: Canon PowerShot G7 X First Test
« on: September 16, 2014, 08:13:05 AM »
It really looks like an advertising more than a review.
Anyway, if the video itself was shot with a G7X, it would speak by itself in favor of such new camera.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Zoo Pics 3
« on: August 22, 2014, 09:30:12 AM »
Servion Zoo, Switzerland.

Lenses / Re: How resistant are L lenses against the shocks/vibrations?
« on: August 04, 2014, 10:19:54 AM »
I was just curious, reading this post, so I took my EF 400mm f/2.8 L IS II and slammed it in the ground (it's a mixed stone-marble ground, not so sure about its Young modulus). It still worked fine.
So I went out and found a more defined surface, made of concrete (25 GPa modulus), and made something more serious (I hate answers based on "I think" and "maybe", like "it bounced on rock and Landed on mud"), dropping it vertically (front element facing the ground) from 1 meter.
Still perfectly fine, just few scratches.
Since a single test is not representative, I would suggest that we all do the same, and collect data on a statistically significant number of specimens.
Just my two cents.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Wet Spaniel
« on: May 12, 2014, 03:50:42 PM »
Great shots Dan, particularly the last one shown here (FQ2A9947). It seems really flying! You caught the action.
Looking through your gallery in Flickr, it's fun to see a lady which hairwise really looks like the dog (FQ2A0475)! :)
5D3+200mm f/2+talent = great results!

Lenses / Re: How about a new 28-135mm?
« on: April 30, 2013, 08:15:26 AM »
That would be my dream lens.

I come from 7D + 15-85mm, and it was my ideal focal length range. Now I switched to FF (5D3), getting enormous improvements on low light that I really needed, but I'm always swapping 24-70 with 70-200 (that I rarely use at full extension).

A 24-135mm would perfectly cover like the 15-85mm did on APS-C (it would be enough 28-135 in my case)... To me it would be also enough f/4, fair quality (not necessarily super-sharp) with updated IS. I could afford the weight, and I could pay up to 1500$.

Street & City / Re: My surroundings at night.
« on: April 09, 2013, 03:43:31 PM »
My little add.
I went there in 2006, I was still shooting with my old 350D w/Sigma 18-200mm not-OS.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Resetting the shutter count
« on: April 04, 2013, 11:01:00 AM »
Sorry if my post in annoying as it seems.

We work in IR imaging in a spin-off University company (Germany+Switzerland), our electronics-guys daily manipulate EOS bodies, adding wires (via pogo-pins) from the board, and they developed firmwares (like magic lantern or so) and other tricks to insulate portions of the sensors to "lock" on specific regions to treat in quasi-realtime the data. We don't use the shutter too much, since most of the time we are in a kind of live-view mode.

Such guys have no issues to change anything, including shutter count. That's not my need.

I just wanted to know if someone could sell cameras "as new" just using simple applications or tools. It seems not...

Sorry for bothering

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Resetting the shutter count
« on: April 04, 2013, 06:45:21 AM »
Dear All,

Sorry if this subject has been already treated - in that case, I'd appreciate if someone could link me the proper post.

How easy it is to reset the shutter count in a camera? I'm always buying used stuff (in this case a 5D3), and I would like to know how trustable it can be.

I perfectly know that in Canon they sell refurbished cameras with shutter count of 0, and in custom firmwares (self compiled) you can reset to zero the counter, but they are both operation that require much more skill than a normal user can have.

Thank you in advance for your replies.

Portrait / Re: A Portrait of Poverty . . .
« on: February 13, 2013, 04:26:29 AM »
Great shots, where you focus on the subject instead of pixel-peeping. Really "alive" images.

One question:
How do you cope with the poverty and the situation, during your photography? In other words: you just pop in and say "hello, I just take a few pictures of you, can you sit here and watch the camera please?".
I think that it would sound quite awkward.
You do a good job, reporting these situations. But I would feel unconfortable. I would be afraid that people would answer me "leave me alone", and I would feel bad, with my high-tech camera in this dramatic situations.
Can you share your point of view, and approach?

Thank you for your post, made me reflect.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 Di VC USD Hands-On
« on: November 28, 2012, 05:24:39 PM »
"LEGENDARY" quality for Tamron? Let's say it's acceptable. How can that guy call it LEGENDARY? Did they try the 18-270?!

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