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Software & Accessories / Re: So, You Want a Large Format Printer?
« on: March 02, 2014, 01:27:42 AM »
That's not Large Format, this is Large Format...

I worked on these things for years, and it always raises at least one of my eyebrows when I see those office printers referred to as Large Format.

Technically speaking that's not large format either - those printers are marketed as "grand format" which includes anything over 62".  Large format is generally defined as 17-62 inches - at least by most rip providers
(who charge extra for larger sizes).

You can put so many pictures on a card, and cards are so cheap these days, that I buy whatever sansdisk is on
sale and use them.  I keep two or three empty cards in a little case on the strap and changing the card is never a
big deal.  After I transfer the images to a computer I just file the card away just like I used to do with negatives.
They're stored by date with keywords/events in regular envelopes in a plastic box near my computer.

Lenses / Re: what lenses have you sold in the past and why?
« on: February 25, 2014, 08:50:41 PM »
Pentax M42 set - 24/28/35/50/55/85/105/135/150/200/300 - changed systems
Canon FD set  28/35/50/85/135/200/400/35-70/70-210/ - changed systems
Leica R set 24/35/50/80/135 - Leica abandoned system
Kept my Leica M set
Kept my EOS set
Now acquiring Fuji X set

Lenses / Re: General purpose zoom for honeymoon
« on: February 25, 2014, 08:39:04 PM »
Unless your fiance is a photo buff, or incredibly understanding, take something light, portable and un-obtrusive.
You're not going on a photo safari, you're starting a new life and she's the most important part of it.  Cameras,
and particularly camera budgets. are going to slip way down your list of important "stuff" and you might start getting used to it from the start.

Lenses / Re: Review: Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Distagon T*
« on: February 25, 2014, 08:31:51 PM »
It's not automatic - so I think I'd rather have the R summilux with an adapter - and a pocket full of cash.

Lenses / Re: what lens's to bring to Hawaii?
« on: February 25, 2014, 08:30:17 PM »
I'd leave it all at home and enjoy the vacation.  If I needed a camera other than my i-phone, I'd buy the
s110 that one of the new york camera stores has on sale for just over $150 and keep it in my pocket.
Unless your wife is a lot more tolerant than mine, or your children less active, I'd try to remember that it's
"family" time and a good time to be together.

EOS-M / Re: Is the canon eos-m a dead end system?
« on: February 25, 2014, 01:06:25 AM »
How many feathers can you paste on a turkey before you think it's an eagle?

Lenses / Re: Affected with GAS, Gear Acquisition Syndrome
« on: February 22, 2014, 10:19:50 AM »
It's easy to stop - get married, have kids, quit your job and unnecessary purchases will immediately cease.

Canon General / Re: Canon Says No to Retro Design for Them
« on: February 20, 2014, 12:57:39 PM »
What the camera looks like is relatively unimportant - what it does is what matters.  Unfortunately, with the
exception of the dual pixel 70D (which has yet to prove itself), Canon seems to be lagging in almost every
department, sensor development, high iso performance, mirrorless, etc.  On the other hand, it seems to be working for the bottom line when other manufacturers are struggling.

I had the G1X which I thought would replace my DLux 2.  It didn't.  Then I tried a Fuji X20 and was pleased, but
not so much as to get rid of the DLux.  Then I replaced them both with a DLux 5 and I don't think I'll bother with
the G1Xii.  The only way I'll consider it is if someone decides to hack off the lens and replace it with a FD mount.

Lenses / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X II Thoughts from CP+
« on: February 14, 2014, 10:21:01 AM »
The G1X-II looks to me to be a collossal waste of time and money for Canon development.  If they had wanted to
hit a home run, they should have used M lenses, priced it at $499.00 and pushed it as a new mirrorless system.
Now they just have two turkeys on their hands and will have a hard time selling either.

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon EF 24-85 f/3.5-5.6 IS
« on: February 10, 2014, 03:45:08 PM »
Canon had a 24-85 kit lens that it sold with the ill fated IX-APS series.  It was a good - or a terrible - lens depending upon which physical lens you got and the variety was an insult to quality control techniques.
Then came the 28-105 with the A2/A2E series and later the 28-135IS.  Ignoring the "L" lenses, Canon has
tried this range again and again (don't forget the terrible 28-90 throw-aways that came with film Rebels).
Maybe this time they'll get the lens right - but I'll bet the price will be wrong.

Software & Accessories / Re: Comfortable strap?
« on: January 23, 2014, 12:44:53 AM »
Sure they make them - and any good camera store will probably stock them.  Try Orange county (CA.) OC Camera which has several dozen patterns to chose from.  Try google for "colorful camera strap" and you'll be
deluged with responses.

Software & Accessories / Re: First accessory after first DSLR kit
« on: January 23, 2014, 12:39:02 AM »
Probably depends a great deal upon what was in your "kit".  Assuming your purchase was the body, "kit" lens,
charger, battery, software, instruction book and a sturdy box, I would recommend
1.  a memory card - which almost never is included in your "kit".  You'll need it just to get started.
2.  a second battery - yours will always run short just when you need it.
3.  a bag - whichever one you get will be wrong and you'll eventually have to replace it, and replace it and so on.  So get one big enough to hold your stuff, maybe an additional lens and/or flash with a good shoulder strap.
4.  a uv filter for each lens - for protection and it's easier to replace than the lens itself.
5.  a lens cleaning kit - especially if you have children.  Make sure it includes a blower/brush.
6.  a book about your camera - since most of the instruction manuals are terrible.  Then read it.
7. a subscription to a photo magazine to help give you ideas and technique advice
8.  flowers or a box of candy for your spouse to apologize in advance for continuously sticking the camera in his/her face.

Now go take "pictures".

Software & Accessories / Re: How many cards?
« on: January 09, 2014, 09:08:54 PM »
I'm sitting here staring at a stack of CF and SD cards and thinking "why?".  Backup, availability of original shot,
easy filing, and so forth.  If you consider a 16 gig card holds 500 or so 30 meg shots it's so much cheaper than
film to just store them.  I back up on hard drives, but they go bad too.  By the way - that's also the reason that
I prefer multiple cards  over larger ones - I'd rather have 4  4-meg cards than one 16 meg. 

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