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Canon General / Re: Total File Size - All Your Images and Keep or Delete
« on: January 02, 2013, 02:09:37 AM »
36GB isn't a big drama.  Also, if a photo is good enough for you to upload to a website, I wouldn't even consider deleting it.

Personally, I only delete the photos that clearly have problems.  Photos that are suffering focusing or exposure issues which don't have any redeeming features will get deleted.  Often, I might take multiple photos of the same thing and will delete the poorer efforts.  Unflattering photos of my wife also tend to find their way into the trash (sometimes by magic).

Lenses / Re: Buying used lens
« on: December 27, 2012, 08:37:41 PM »
I buy a lot of used camera gear on eBay (and occassionally sell things too).  I've found most people are very careful to list their items correctly and I've never had any significant problems.  To help reduce issues, I adopt a few strategies.  I only buy from people with a very high positive feedback (ideally 100%, and rarely below 99.6%).  For expensive purchases, I'll ask the seller a question about the item and see how they respond.  I'll also look at the seller's other items and see how they're described.   One of the more interesting new features from eBay is the ability to pay for the item after it arrives.  In theory, that give you time to test the item and raise any problems before having to pay for it.

A "JJC Multi Exposure Timer" - It is used for setting long exposures and doing time lapse photography.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Cannot Keep Screwing It's Customers Over
« on: December 22, 2012, 04:11:23 AM »
I know being a professional photographer is very competitive, but I don't know if camera choice is that relevant.  At work, we regularly engage photographers for assignments.  And I see a wide variety of equipment used.  The majority are using 5Dii's and 1 series bodies.  I saw my first 5Diii only a month or so ago.  But I've seen rebels being used.  There was even a bloke who turned up with a Nikon!  Generally, when we're meeting photographers, just out of curiosity, one of the first questions is "what type of camera do you have?".  I remember one girl who said a 500D.  It raised an eyebrow, but a quick meeting made it clear that she knew her stuff and a car full of lighting equipment reinforced this.  At the end of the day, we put our trust in the photographer to deliver.  And a professional photographer generally will.  To us, it more important that the photographer understands what we want than the camera they use. (....although...admittedly....if you have a 1Dx, Hasselblad, etc it does make a very good first impression).

We've used the Nikon guy for a few jobs.  Shows how little the marketplace cares about the camera used.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Cannot Keep Screwing It's Customers Over
« on: December 21, 2012, 03:55:13 AM »
Yes.  Canon should give their cameras away for free.  Or, more realistically, provide them on a subscription basis.  They probably don't cost that much to manufacture anyway, so if they did this directly from the factory it wouldn't cost them too much.  They'd easily make up the cash in extra lens sales to the millions of new Canon DSLR users.  Basic Marketing 101.  ;)

Would you pay $400/yr to rent a 5Diii directly from Canon on a 3 year agreement?  $1000/yr for a 1Dx?

Software & Accessories / Time Lapse Movie Software
« on: December 20, 2012, 05:13:07 AM »
Hi, I'm going to try my hand at making time lapse movies.  Just wondering what your favourite software is?  Can you recommend some software that allows you to zoom and pan but is also suitable for a beginner?  I currently have Photoshop CS4 (non-extended version) and Lightroom if that makes a difference. 

TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II
40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake
100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
135mm f/2.0L USM
600mm f/4L IS II USM

Lenses / Re: Buy Canon 24-70l II today or wait for Newer version with IS?
« on: December 20, 2012, 12:14:47 AM »
No, return the lens, skip the 24-70/2.8 IS, too.  There'll be a 21-80mm f/2.8L IS a year after that...that's the one you want to wait for.

Well, I've heard that the 21-80mm will be the kit lens for the new FF mirrorless that will be released once the 0.2 μm copper sensor factory is up and running.  You've got to love Canon.  Get all the 5Dii people to upgrade to the 5Diii then a year later release a significantly improved sensor in a mirrorless body to encourage everyone to buy a second camera with an awesome kit lens.  It's marketing genius.

But, it's probably all rumours.  Best stick wth your current 24-70 for now.

Macro / Re: A small(pun intended) game
« on: December 19, 2012, 11:30:43 PM »
I'll play.  I guess: -

ballpoint pen
takeway coffee cup

Canon General / Re: some money left. what should I buy?
« on: December 19, 2012, 05:19:37 AM »
I've asked Santa for a TC-80N3.  I notice its missing from your list.

Operating systems are a real pain.  My 9950F won't work on a windows 7 or 8 64bit - Canon has only released 32 bit divers.  Consequently, I've got an old Vista computer plugging away in the corner solely to run a scanner.  As soon as that computer dies, my perfectly good scanner becomes obsolete.  I've tried XP mode on Windows 7 and that doesn't work.  The joys of working with ancient technology like film and scanners.

EOS Bodies / Re: When will we have a full frame body below $1,000?
« on: December 18, 2012, 04:05:19 AM »
Its from B & H.  $1996.  This is the link: -

BTW, don't buy it.  Its obviously a piece of junk if Nikon has to drop the price so dramatically just after launch.

Lenses / Re: Long lens recommendation for surveillance.
« on: December 18, 2012, 12:21:38 AM »
What does this mean: "Oh, and doesn't Canon have some kind of strong signing of an image that it comes from a person/camera? Maybe he should look into that, since it probably would help with chain of custody kind of thing for any evidence." Strong signing?
Canon offers a Data Security Kit for some cameras, although a quick google suggests it's been cracked.
Each jurisdiction will have its own standard operating procedure for handling and post processing of photographs (whether taken by a police officer, the general public or CCTV security cameras).  As long as the steps are followed, the photos will be admitted as evidence.  If there are claims that the photo has been tampered with, the officer that took the photo will usually be required to testify that it is the photo they took.  In the case of UV and IR forensic photographs, they might also have to explain any steps they've taken.  The jury will weigh up the credibility of the police officer in coming to their verdict.  In itself, nothing hard, but photographic evidence is obviously very damaging to a defendent, so they'll argue any way possible to have it excluded.  The data security kit makes it a little harder to raise objections as it is one less step to overcome.  (Yes - I watch a lot of CSI and Law & Order)
If you friend wants something discreet, try a micro four thirds camera with a 100-300 lens.  The Nikon V1 with a 70-300 would also be pretty competent in daylight - That gives you about 810mm in real lens talk. 

If you're just doing a few scans and its not 100% crucial to get the best possible scan, I'd stick with a cheaper scanner such as the 9000F or Epson V600.  I've never used the 5mpx ones you've mentioned, but I know they're cheap so why not give them a go?  But if you're going to be doing a lot of scanning, I'd encourage you to get to the next step up or outsource it.  Scanning is a very tedious and time consuming activity.  I couldn't think of anything worse then spending a lot of time scanning negatives and not being happy with the results.

For what it worth, I do a lot of scanning and use a Canon 9950F (Hey...we're a Canon family!).  This works well and was good for its time, but this model was discontinued years ago.  Because I need to scan in many different formats, if I was shopping today, I'd look at the Epson V700 / Epson V750.  For 35mm I typically scan at 2400dpi.  At 2400dpi, on the best quality settings, it takes me just over an hour to scan 30 colour images.  Its less than half that time for B & W.  Higher dpi leads to much bigger file sizes and slower scans. 

If you get into it and you budget permits it, a quality dedicated film scanner is the best way to go.  The quality of scans, ease of use and capabilities (eg scanning more slides in one go, scanning a while uncut roll of film, slide holders, different film sizes) improve as you spend more.  You occasionally see used Nikon and Minolta film scanners sell for reasonable prices on eBay. 

EOS Bodies / Re: When will we have a full frame body below $1,000?
« on: December 14, 2012, 10:57:46 PM »
You can currently pick up a Nikon D600 Digital Camera with a 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR Lens and other accessories for $1996.  If you take the normal sale price of the lens ($597) and accessories ($174) away, you could say that the underlying price of the camera is $1225.

Getting very close to your $1,000 mark.

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