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Site Information / Re: Moderators: You are Too Sensitive
« on: February 03, 2013, 10:42:49 AM »
Well, if it's turning into a poll- although I believe in free speech- I support the moderators on this one. I've run internet forums, Compuserve forums and even a fidonet BBS back in the early '90s. The value of the entire place diminishes greatly when a free-for-all erupts. People get crazy behind the anonymity of a keyboard and as much as we like to think we're all adults- the conversation often needs to be nudged back in proper directions.

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6D Sample Images / Re: for those who snub the 6D AF...
« on: February 01, 2013, 05:49:36 PM »
My sincerest apologies, wellfedCanuck, but this was all I could think about:

Thanks, we had just a little more separation than that.  ;)

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6D Sample Images / Re: for those who snub the 6D AF...
« on: February 01, 2013, 05:38:26 PM »

Making pictures of planes can be done fairly easily with my 500mm manual focus FD lens...
You've tried this in a small flightdeck going 440 kts while trying to focus on another airplane going the opposite direction at roughly the same speed?  ::)

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Landscape / Re: 2013 Vistek Emerging Photographer
« on: February 01, 2013, 01:01:13 PM »
Wow, tough competition! (But you got my vote)  Good luck!

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6D Sample Images / Re: for those who snub the 6D AF...
« on: February 01, 2013, 09:30:58 AM »
Wow, weeks of silence, then suddenly so much criticism... Thanks CarlTN for helping out.

To repeat- the original post was not intended as a scientific/pro analysis of the 6D AF. Just me- a hobbyist- pleasantly surprised that the camera could easily achieve something that my previous camera- a Rebel- could not. (Almost never, in fact.) Believe me, guys- these air-to-air shots are not so straight forward. So far the 6D has nailed it every time I've tried to take one of these shots.

Yes, the closure rate was about 900kts. You have to add the groundspeeds which include the headwind/tailwind components, not just the true airspeed. I was there, I saw the numbers for myself- I was in the flightdeck of another airplane going in the opposite direction one thousand feet below the aircraft in the photo. The two aircraft tracks were almost reciprocal- the divergent headings are mostly a result of the very strong jetstream that existed at the time the photo was taken.

The shot is cropped but is otherwise SOOC- no post.

Sheesh. Any more hairs you fellows wish to split?   ::)

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6D Sample Images / Re: for those who snub the 6D AF...
« on: January 31, 2013, 02:20:04 PM »
It wasn't meant to be a scientific analysis, just a sucessful first attempt at a shot my previous camera could never have captured. Colour me pleasantly surprised, is all.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS not good for NASA?
« on: January 26, 2013, 08:28:37 AM »
Chris has an amazing photo album posted on Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/#!/AstronautChrisHadfield

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No Maserati, but to quote Joe Walsh "life's been good to me so far" = wellfed + my nationality. 

The photo is technically poor but it amuses me. One of my dogs (the male chocolate lab)  was sitting on my boat when one of my brother's dogs (a very domineering female) muscled in. My off-kilter sense of humour sees this as a harangued married man being told off by his wife. (But maybe I've just been married waaay too long...)


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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: January 24, 2013, 09:11:46 AM »
Old Boat In Barbados.
Nice shot. I was in Barbados yesterday and saw a number of boats like this beside the Oistins Fish Market. Pity I didn't have my camera with me. Beautiful island!

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Canon General / Re: IS canon 650D going to be discontinued?
« on: January 23, 2013, 06:00:58 AM »
Your salesperson is attempting to take advantage of you. There is an element of truth in his statement- the Rebel line is usually refreshed every spring, so the 650D will be replaced by something slightly newer. But the camera will continue to be supported as are all older models.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D's Wifi Drain on Battery (?)
« on: January 19, 2013, 01:26:18 PM »
you don't need anything with more update frequency- you can't move around fast enough on foot to make a signficant difference to your track position.

I've been carrying around a small gps logger with my 60d for years now, and I'd tend to disagree - when doing documentary shots it can be very important to see where exactly you were standing,
Interesting. Ordinary GPS is seldom accurate enough to get you within 30 feet, I would have thought that'd be good enough for most photographers. If you're talking accurate camera-shot line-ups- GPS ain't gonna get you there without survey-grade enhancement.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D's Wifi Drain on Battery (?)
« on: January 19, 2013, 10:50:30 AM »
I usually disable wifi, enabling it only when I'm using my phone to remote-shoot or email images. Same for the GPS.  Also, I have the tracklog set to 5 minutes- unless you're shooting from a moving vehicle- you don't need anything with more update frequency- you can't move around fast enough on foot to make a signficant difference to your track position.

If I forget to disable the GPS I'll lose a half-charge over 2 days with the camera switched off. The GPS will continue to update which they should fix with firmware. Why track-log if the camera is shut off? This doesn't make sense unless you're using a Lojack-type where-the-hell-is-my-camera system...

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EOS Bodies / Re: New Rebel T4i vs 60d/7D
« on: January 19, 2013, 10:36:53 AM »

Not that the 60D is one- but if you just need a decent car- a Hyundai will do- don't let someone upsell you to a Cadillac. If you plan on building a hotrod, entering car shows or going on rallys- buy a Chevy, Corvette or Range Rover.

This analogy I understand. I guess my question is is it better to get a brand new Hyundai vs a 2year old Cadillac with slightly older technology.
The 60D isn't a Cadillac. It's just a Hyundai with cruise control and power seats.

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EOS Bodies / Re: New Rebel T4i vs 60d/7D
« on: January 18, 2013, 07:08:58 AM »

 the features that make the 60D a slightly  higher-ranked camera. The image quality would be about the same,

I guess this is where I get confused. If it is a higher ranked camera shouldn't picture quality be better?
Not necessarily, there are many other things to consider- features that make the photographer's life easier, features that make it more likely that a sucessful photo can be achieved under conditions that may be difficult, the ability to tweak and adjust the machine or expand the system...

Not that the 60D is one- but if you just need a decent car- a Hyundai will do- don't let someone upsell you to a Cadillac. If you plan on building a hotrod, entering car shows or going on rallys- buy a Chevy, Corvette or Range Rover.

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EOS Bodies / Re: New Rebel T4i vs 60d/7D
« on: January 17, 2013, 09:40:17 PM »
I'm a very amateur amateur. I'm really using the camera for fun.

I think this puts you squarely in the T4i demographic. There are various side-to-side comparisons available on the web t4i vs. 60D, but it sounds to me like you wouldn't use the features that make the 60D a slightly  higher-ranked camera. The image quality would be about the same, the t4i should handle low-light a bit better and it has continuous auto-focus for video.

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