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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: iPhone Photography Course Instructor..?
« on: September 16, 2013, 01:37:20 PM »
CreativeLive just had an iPhone Photo course last week

Technical Support / Re: Wedding shooter - DO NOT TRY THIS, UNLESS
« on: August 21, 2013, 11:02:20 AM »
... You want to GO TO JAIL.

In the US, where this was taken it is ILLEGAL to fly drones for commercial purposes, UNLESS you have one of the few FAA waivers which are mainly for crops and law enforcement purposes. 

Many companies who do this type of aerial photography for real estate, etc. have been visited by the FAA and given cease and desist.

For each incident, a person faces fines from $10,000 to $100,000 (yes... $100K per incident, and 3 to 10 years in jail.

And while the jacka$$ photographer is happy with All press is good press... Getting viral coverage could cost him a whole lot more.

Lenses / Re: Beware bad customer service Canon Direct
« on: June 24, 2013, 09:06:14 PM »
Gee... And order coming in from Panama on a US Card...

While I am sure it happens, I am sure it is likely that it is 1% of the transactions Canon processes

Did you call Canon, or just try internet?  The fact that it was based upon IP, I guess we know. 

Imagine, if you had called on your cell phone, which would have come in on a US Number... I bet the transaction would have gone through.

This is not to say that your Credit Card company would have accepted it either. 

I was just up in Canada, and had TWO cards deny transactions.  and locked out two cards until I called and went through the BS.

Also had another card a week later flag a transaction online that was placed to another state.

Canon General / Re: Canon service center
« on: June 08, 2013, 07:51:10 PM »
Canon Service is top notch.

Granted.  I am a CPS Gold member.

I recently had my camera fall from about 3 feet because of the LOUSY cheap buckle on the LowePro S&F Deluxe, long story short, my new 5D MK III had a BIG crack from the fall. 

Sent the camera out Monday Morning and was back in my hands by Thursday at noon.  Most of the time was with FedEx

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Bag for 60D - what should I buy?
« on: June 05, 2013, 08:29:28 AM »
The LowePro belt can "release" itself and my nice new Canon took a 3 Ft drop and broke the LCD and cracked the housing.  Saw other comments in forums related to similar things that happened to others. 

Your mileage may vary, but I definitely am regretting swapping over to a LowePro belt from Black Rapid.  At least my repair will be a little cheaper because of CPS... but could have been very costly.

I actually use a police duty belt, which has a release mechanism you have to push in first before the belt can be unlocked:

That looks like the same buckle on the Spider Holster belt

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Bag for 60D - what should I buy?
« on: June 04, 2013, 01:51:34 PM »

Lowepro are very good value and protection, but many brands are top notch.

Yes and no.  I just got their S&F Deluxe belt... very comfortable, and works well with the Spider Holster and Pad... though my 5D MKIII does not like it so much.

The LowePro belt can "release" itself and my nice new Canon took a 3 Ft drop and broke the LCD and cracked the housing.  Saw other comments in forums related to similar things that happened to others. 

Your mileage may vary, but I definitely am regretting swapping over to a LowePro belt from Black Rapid.  At least my repair will be a little cheaper because of CPS... but could have been very costly. 

EOS Bodies / Re: 1D-X with Continuous RAW Video Recording ?
« on: May 29, 2013, 09:07:51 AM »
See the post here:

Third Party Firmware?
I was told by someone at Canon that they would “bring the might of its legal team” to anyone that attempts to modify at the software level, the features of an EOS-1 camera body. So I think the firmware community out there today will probably leave the EOS-1D X alone.

EOS Bodies / Re: 1D-X with Continuous RAW Video Recording ?
« on: May 29, 2013, 08:39:52 AM »
Not sure I would advise doing your own hack.  Besides potentially "bricking" the body, I did see language where Canon is protective on their 1 series bodies and will take legal action for reverse engineering.

There is a reason ML has 5x series hacks and not 1 series hacks... LAWYERS

Lenses / Re: Best Lenses for Canon EOS 5D Mark III according to DxO
« on: May 17, 2013, 10:16:43 AM »
If you use DxOMarks for anything you are an idiot.

Here is an example from the report listed in the post:

"hasn’t tested yet, but it is sure this lens is the best telephoto zoom lens."

Hasn't been tested, but sure it is the best... LOL

EOS Bodies / Sensor Going? Purple Shots 5DMKII
« on: May 13, 2013, 12:12:01 PM »
Did not really see this covered except one small mention.  But occasionally I will be shooting and have one image that comes out like it was shot through a purple or blue filter.  It is almost like I am just seeing a single channel instead of RGB.

Is this a sign the sensor is going or other issues with the body?  The CF Card going bad?  Last time it happened was with the 24-105 and a SanDisk card

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe to Stop Making Packaged Software
« on: May 09, 2013, 02:21:15 PM »
If you are just a photographer and not in multimedia which I find hard to believe, then a version of photoshop is £17 a month which I also see as good value, compared to spending the full outlay on PS Extended which is £649, then a new version will be out in 18 months with an upgrade path of 50% off so thats £900 for one programme. or £204 a year for PS CC.

TBH I feel most of the people who are complaining are not current subscribers to CS anyway and get it some how under the rug...

A price increase is a price increase, no matter how you spin it.  And for most photographers it is a hefty price increase. 

After the initial investment, Photoshop was $11.11/mo. if you bought *every* update ($200/18 mos.) or $5.55/mo. if you skipped a version and bought every other update. Now Adobe wants $19.99/mo., every month, for the rest of your working life.  For many photographers this nearly doubles, or more than triples, the long term cost.  How is that "a good value"?  ???

And yes I am talking about photographers who buy it legally.  Your "feeling" that most of the people who are complaining "get it some how under the rug" is just plain wrong.  Most people who are complaining recognize a big price increase when they see it.  You just have to do the math to see what's happening.

Some people just don't want to see it.  But yes... for MOST people it is a doubling of price and ultimately that cost has to be absorbed or passed on to the consumer

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe to Stop Making Packaged Software
« on: May 08, 2013, 10:56:01 AM »
So, if I read your quoted part correctly...

I could join CC the archived version (current version?) of CS6, which would run stand alone, not requiring CC account, and then quit and still have CS6 which would run indefinitely?

If so, that sounds like a bit of a bargain...?


My understanding is that SOME of the archive software will be available, not all, and since you are not really getting a serial number, your account is maintained through your USER PROFILE.  So when you go through the Adope Cash Cow, the software you download is designed to "call the mother ship" every month and check if you have paid your bill.  You cancel, it may run for a month, but eventually it will fail,.

I can envision hackers doing cracks that either intercept the calls, or remove this from the software, and all and all it just makes upgrading more of a pain.

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe to Stop Making Packaged Software
« on: May 08, 2013, 09:01:37 AM »
Dong believe the BS on how often Adobe will Ping the network from your PC as well as don't believe that they don't track and gather a TON of your personal data.

I run Eset at home for my Virus/FW and have it set to exclusively disallow and every app has to request access. It can be a slow process at first with the pop-up constantly coming up, but the HUGE advantage, you really get an idea of what your software does and how often it "Calls Home" to the mother base.

So of it is of course the "Is there an upgrade" check, but with Adobe products, especially Flash, you would be surprised how you go to certain websites and all of a sudden Flash is asking permission to talk to Adobe. 

And to Tomscott - you are an idiot and many of us don't appreciate you assertion that we are pirates.

Most people here may not be subscribers to CS, but I would assert that most people here ARE Owners of Photoshop.  Hell.  I think I finally tossed out some of my Photoshop 3 discs the other day... Not CS 3, but Photoshop 3.

For myself, I am not a Creative Suite 6 owner.  I am a Creative Suite 5 owner, as well as a Photoshop CS 6 owner... I really had no need to upgrade the other tools, and hell, I was was a Cold Fusion, Cold Fusion Studio user back when they were MacroMedia Products.

Long story short, I like to OWN my software and decide what I need to use on a regular basis and what I need to use on an occasional basis.  I see the big scam going on, which may be beneficial for a small subset of users, or users who were foolish with their money and bought suites that they really did not need, but don't diminish the specialized user whose average cost for a product like Photoshop is below $100 a year.  Some of us time sales, watch for holiday sales and the like, and whether my 5 year cost is $400 or as high as $550, it has been pretty consistent in terms of cost.

For the Photoshop user, the cost is $20/month.  I know there has been mention that it will be as low as $10, but I have been all over the Adobe site and single app on Photoshop is $20/mo.  That is $240 a year, or my cost 5 years from now is 1200.  That is a 60% increase.

What pisses off users, and something you don't grasp - is not all users want to upgrade all the time.  Some of us decide that Photoshop CS 5 might have been worth the upgrade, CS 5.5 not so much, and CS 6, yeah, go for it... So lets say CS7 is worth while, but CS8 only runs on Windows 2015... and a user does not want yo upgrade.  They are F%^*(ked in the CC because they are paying monthly for an upgrade they don't or CAN'T USE. 

I know people who still run LightRoom 3.6.  Why

Gee, they are on XP and don't need or want to upgrade to Win 7.  Yup... Not all the bang and whistles of LR 4, and yes, LightRoom 4 was a nice step up, but as someone who has been in IT for 25 years and on the Internet for 20 (I originally used NCSA Mosaic and still have a Beta .93 version of Netscape lying around)  I have seen a lot of hardware.

And by the way, your comment:

"The CS suite has been in development for 20 years. I don't see anything coming to market at the same scale and quality any time soon."

Really?  That platform back then was Windows for Workgroups 3.11 if you were lucky.  If you wanted to get on the Internet, you used a dial-up modem for the most part, and if you were lucky you had a smoking 2400 baud model.  I still have one floating around.  and man, when you got up to 9600 or even 14.4 or 19.2... you were smoking.

Back then we created two versions of websites, one that handled graphics like backgrounds, and some of us even remember the dreaded "blink" tag, and those that were text only for browsers like Lynx. 

Adobe Photoshop CS came out in 2003.  Some of us remember it because we had of say, Photoshop 3, Photoshop 4, 5, 5.5, 6 and 7 before the CS line of software came out.

So please... Enlighten me... How has Creative Suite been in development for 20 years, when CS was first released in 2003???? 

And sorry... as someone who HAS been using Photoshop for 20 years, I don't like the idea of "Renting" the software going forward, especially since I have a lot of Adobe products I have seen little need to upgrade, and prefer a model where I OWN what I buy and have freedom to use it as long as you want. 

Lenses / Re: Cheap fisheye for canon full frame?
« on: May 08, 2013, 08:04:45 AM »
I hunted down a Sigma EX DG 15 for just over $400 and should be in this week. 

I am not a huge fish eye fan, but have seen a lot of great work with them which is why I opted for the 15mm which I think has more practical usage than the smaller sizes. 

I think it is a lens that can really do some nice shots, but definitely a specialty lens.  Eventually would like to get into the Tilt-Shifts as well, but those are completely another beast

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe to Stop Making Packaged Software
« on: May 07, 2013, 02:44:50 PM »
Man excellent point the stupid 'cloud' stuff could even force you to use OS you don't even feel like using yet. Wht if the next version requires Windows 9 and it still stinks and you don't want to change from 7 until Windows 10 or something?

Well yes and no.  They would not FORCE you to change OS.... you would be forced to pay for basically an upgrade you may never use.

What I have seen in the IT world is a lot slower adoption of Software.  There are still windows XP and 98 machines in the wild, especially XP as well as look at Office and even though there is not only 2007 and 2010... a ton of people are still on 2003.

So the key for Adobe, is to get people to pay, regardless of whether they use the software.  Even if Adobe does not jack up their prices,

5 year outlay = $2760
10 year outlay = $5760

What Adobe wants is for people to sign up for the larger package, find uses for products they may not use because they are there, and then SLOWLY and CONSISTENTLY take more money.

It is far easier to get $50/month out of someone that $3,000, and by selling the $30/mo first, most will forget when the price goes up since it will be just jammed in the middle of the Credit Card statement.

As well.  Ever notice.

Creative Cloud = CC

Credit Card = CC

Basically this is Adobe Credit Card Charging Consortium

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