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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: DXO uh-oh?
« on: July 27, 2014, 04:07:30 PM »
as a multi-system user I have to agree with DXO guys, they are honest, much more so than DPR or any other unscientific review sites online.

The problem is that DXO's "science" is in dispute. How can you trust something that produces inconsistent and obviously incorrect results?

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: July 26, 2014, 05:12:14 PM »
Curious Deer








love the light on the fuzzy antlers! nice shots.


Thanks! That's velvet, the proper name for the fuzzy covering on a deer's antlers, until their rutting season. Just before the rut, velvet falls off, they scrape off the remnants while they sharpen their antlers on tree trunks, after which they are left with the sharp, bony antlers were most familiar with.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 25, 2014, 04:01:29 PM »
Here's hoping they have a much simplified mode dial on the 7D2....

Could I suggest the following layout.....

Add C1-5, and I'd be happy. :D
Even better!

Yes! (but make it six, just in case)
Such a thing might even take the steam out of my desire for a Fuji.

Yes but how would you guys remember what your five or six custom settings actually are ? I have trouble remembering which one of three to use.

I agree with that. Canon should add the ability to name them, and when you switch to a custom user mode, it should display the name on the LCD readout, and if it's on, the background LCD display, for a few seconds.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 25, 2014, 01:43:23 PM »
Here's hoping they have a much simplified mode dial on the 7D2....

Could I suggest the following layout.....

Add C1-5, and I'd be happy. :D
Even better!

Wow....that would make it essentially useless for fast-moving subjects in fast-changing light.

M mode with Auto ISO is great for fast-moving subjects in fast-changing light!  You pick the shutter speed to freeze or show motion, the aperture to give you the DoF you need, and the camera picks ISO for a metered exposure.  On the 1D X, you can bias the metered exposure by setting EC.

Aye. In the case of bird photography, the primary means of setting exposure is shutter when in manual mode. The shutter is pretty much the only thing you change once you have set ISO and aperture for a given light. For still subjects, you usually use a lower ISO, like 800. For fast subjects, you usually use a higher ISO, like 2000-6400. Whenever the light changes, you generally want to "reset" anyway, and rebase your exposure for the different light (and that can occur if you simply point the camera in a different direction.) Manual mode is pretty awesome once you know how to use it...it's infinitely flexible.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 25, 2014, 01:40:27 PM »
Exactly! :D And with five custom settings, you'ed pretty much be set for...anything.

I guess I've never used the custom settings so I don't know what they can do.  Not having them on my cameras could be the root cause.

They let you choose...pretty much any setting, such as AF settings, metering settings, etc. including mode (Av, Tv, M, B), save it to a custom user mode profile. You can then switch to that profile simply by moving the mode dial to C1-N (some cameras only have C1, some have C1-3). I guess technically speaking, you would still need some way of choosing Av, Tv, M or B so you could save it when saving a custom user mode...that could be on the mode dial.

If you had a bunch of custom modes, though, you could then set up several Av modes with different AF settings...one for slower moving subjects, one for fast moving subjects, one for erratically moving subjects, one for still landscapes, and one other for say portraiture. Then it would be a simple matter of switching to the right custom mode to instantly change all the camera settings for whatever it is your shooting. The 7D, 5D III, and 1D X all have C1-3. I believe the 6D only has one custom mode.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 25, 2014, 01:28:47 PM »
Here's hoping they have a much simplified mode dial on the 7D2....

Could I suggest the following layout.....

Add C1-5, and I'd be happy. :D
Even better!

Wow....that would make it essentially useless for fast-moving subjects in fast-changing light.
all depends on what you set your custom settings to......

Exactly! :D And with five custom settings, you'ed pretty much be set for...anything.

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Software & Accessories / Re: laptop for tethered shooting?
« on: July 25, 2014, 01:27:57 PM »
.......

There is another option for this as well. Windows has supported inline mount points, hard links and symbolic links for quite some time. You could just xcopy your entire user folder to another drive, log into another account (preferably administrator), then either mount that whole entire drive at C:\Users\YourUserName, or symlink it (basically point C:\Users\YourUserName to, say E:\). Then, it would be a simple matter of simply remounting your relinking your user profile any time you reinstalled the system. …..

…....Anyway...I guess I'm rambling...


You ramble just fine, no need to apologize.
 
Anyway, how does this other option you mention, inline mount points, hard links, symlinks get implemented, how does one go about accomplishing any of these options?
 
I'm good as far as getting my files on another partition or drive, been doing that for years.
After a fresh install, I use right click > properties on the desktop My Documents, then change it from default to my choice on another partition or drive. It sounds like you have other options or methods?
Or, am I already doing as you suggest without knowing the proper nomenclature, basically getting the job done without knowing the underlying mechanics of the thing?

You can create symlinks with the 'mklink' command.

You can mount drives at folder mount points with the Disk Manager (right-click 'Computer'/'This PC' and then click Manage.)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 25, 2014, 12:42:14 PM »
Here's hoping they have a much simplified mode dial on the 7D2....

Could I suggest the following layout.....

Add C1-5, and I'd be happy. :D

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: DXO uh-oh?
« on: July 25, 2014, 02:44:36 AM »
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Seriously, dude?  :o

Your going to ask me for "evidence" when I'm using an OBVIOUS FIGURE OF SPEECH now? Every time I use a PLAY ON WORDS?  ???

The other take away from this is that you don't actually believe that they're "joined at the hip" and that you made that comment just to be inflamatory. i.e. you were being a troll.

Of course I don't believe they are "joined at the hip"...companies don't have hips.  ::) The only person on these forums who could possibly take that comment as being "inflammatory", Dilbert, is you...and as I already stated, that isn't surprising. So, moving on...

So why did you say it?

Why are you making such an issue out of a trivial, pointless thing? Are you personally offended by a figure of speech? Seriously, who's the troll now?  ??? Who's disrupting the potential useful discussion in this thread to grind their own personal axe? Hmm?  ::)

If you can't answer a simple question without being evasive then obviously you were just trolling in the first place and hoping that nobody would pick you up on it. So I'll ask you again, why did you say that Nikon and DxO were joined at the HIP? Please answer the simple question without being evasive.

I have no obligation to answer you, Dilbert. None whatsoever. I already explained why I said it, you either missed that, or it simply wasn't good enough for you. The thing that is most curious is how persistent and insistent you are that I "explain myself for my heinous, disgusting and evil words against the god of DXO!" You clearly have a personal issue here, this has nothing to do with what I said...what I said was and is meaningless. It's just a stupid phrase, it doesn't mean anything. This is you pushing me to see if and where I'll break. This is you being...well...you: A troll. You're the troll here. You've always been the troll here. You will ALWAYS be the troll here. Everyone knows that. I have nothing to defend myself about, and EVERYONE knows that. Your embarrassing yourself. You can go ahead and keep right on at it if that's what you intend, but it's just getting pathetic. Your one weird duck, and I have no interest in continuing ANOTHER pointless discussion with a guy who's got personal axes to grind and who can't get his head out of the DXO cesspool and stop irritating everyone. (Oooh...lets see how THAT sentence sets Dilbert off! :P  ::))

Good NIGHT, Dilbert. (I'm really bummed that's your nickname...Dilbert in the comics was such a lovable guy...real shame...)

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: DXO uh-oh?
« on: July 25, 2014, 02:30:22 AM »
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Seriously, dude?  :o

Your going to ask me for "evidence" when I'm using an OBVIOUS FIGURE OF SPEECH now? Every time I use a PLAY ON WORDS?  ???

The other take away from this is that you don't actually believe that they're "joined at the hip" and that you made that comment just to be inflamatory. i.e. you were being a troll.

Of course I don't believe they are "joined at the hip"...companies don't have hips.  ::) The only person on these forums who could possibly take that comment as being "inflammatory", Dilbert, is you...and as I already stated, that isn't surprising. So, moving on...

So why did you say it?

Why are you making such an issue out of a trivial, pointless thing? Are you personally offended by a figure of speech? Seriously, who's the troll now?  ??? Who's disrupting the potential useful discussion in this thread to grind their own personal axe? Hmm?  ::)

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: DXO uh-oh?
« on: July 25, 2014, 02:29:28 AM »
Well, the interesting part of the test data is showing the d810 has a real ISO 50 (47) available, labelled as 64 and 32 extended.

The SNR at the new low ISO is now pushed down to .008% gray scale, a number only attained by Pentax' K5ii series at its measured ISO of 68 (80) until now.  The pixel-level DR is increased to 13.67 in the d810 vs 13.59 in the K5ii

That is interesting, as the K5 and K5-II both also use very heavy in-camera processing of the RAW to achieve that. Before Pentax started using Sony sensors, the sensors they were using were very noisy. Pentax combated that with RAW signal processing, which they brought over to their Sony sensor cameras, which is why they had the best SNR and some of the best RAW dynamic range of any cameras till now.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: DXO uh-oh?
« on: July 25, 2014, 02:22:00 AM »
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Seriously, dude?  :o

Your going to ask me for "evidence" when I'm using an OBVIOUS FIGURE OF SPEECH now? Every time I use a PLAY ON WORDS?  ???

The other take away from this is that you don't actually believe that they're "joined at the hip" and that you made that comment just to be inflamatory. i.e. you were being a troll.

Of course I don't believe they are "joined at the hip"...companies don't have hips.  ::) The only person on these forums who could possibly take that comment as being "inflammatory", Dilbert, is you...and as I already stated, that isn't surprising. So, moving on...

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: DXO uh-oh?
« on: July 25, 2014, 02:01:55 AM »
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This really isn't a surprise. DxO and Nikon are inseparably joined at the hip.
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Do you have any evidence of this?

All of this (everyone's comments) just sounds like more sour grapes from Canon fans because their cameras don't score as well and it is well recognised that Canon's sensors aren't as good.

Does anyone complain that the scores for Canon sensors are too high?
Or that DxO incorrectly says that Canon camera X has a better/worse sensor than Canon camera Y?

^--- This ---^

Isn't a surprise, either. :P  ;D Our resident Nikon foreverfanboyyayz!

BTW, Dilbert...are you ACTUALLY asking me if Nikon and DXO are "literally" joined at the hip?

Well you're the one making the claim so what I'm doing is asking you to provide evidence to back up your claim.

If you can't see how companies would be joined at the hip then why claim that they are?

Seriously, dude?  :o

Your going to ask me for "evidence" when I'm using an OBVIOUS FIGURE OF SPEECH now? Every time I use a PLAY ON WORDS?  ???

Let me make it easier for you.

Why do you think that it is appropriate to use that figure of speech with Nikon and DxO?

Because it is! :) Man, Dilbert...it's always the same old thing from you. There wasn't even any material for you to REALLY get your fingers into this time...and yet you still can't let up. It was a simple figure of speech, one meant to be a little humorous. Everyone else got it...but you? No...you gotta make an issue out of a freakin figure of speech. Man...I kinda feel sorry for you...you MISSED SHAKIRA'S HIPS, MAN!!

And yes, just to be completely clear, it was, is, and will forever be entirely appropriate to say Nikon and DxO are joined at their virtual corporate hips. Because THEY ARE! :D

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Software & Accessories / Re: laptop for tethered shooting?
« on: July 25, 2014, 01:34:50 AM »
@jrista,
I'm indeed intrigued by your Windows 8 observations and comments, you may have just convinced me to add yet another internal SSD to my workstation just to dual boot.
As far as Windows' interfaces go, even Windows 7 I dislike a lot, had to install Classic Shell to make it tolerable. I never even liked the XP interface, every time I used search I longed for Windows 2000. I though the interface on 2K was just perfect, too bad that version fell so far behind in so many ways.

You might like the Windows 8 default interface. It's flat, but it's simple and non-glassy, not overdone and to colorful like XP. I just set it to a dark gray, and I've been quite happy with it. I stopped liking the 'primitive' Windows 95 "3D" look a long time ago...I was in with flat and photographic before Microsoft (and then everyone else, including web designers) went flat. I'm about as happy as I can be with modern user interfaces. Flat (and photographic), in my opinion, is the pinnacle of design. :D

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: DXO uh-oh?
« on: July 25, 2014, 12:59:08 AM »
I've been racking my brain for a way to describe how organizations and companies have "hips", conjure up some kind of...evidence, for that...but I'm at a loss for...anything...here...... :P

Well, the US Supreme Court has ruled that corporations can have religious values, so presumably they also have all other aspects of human experience, including physical bodies.  I'm sure if you ask one of the majority voters, *cough* Scalia *cough*, he could conjure up some hocus-pocus-juris-prudence to support hips on a corporation.

</snark>

Yeah...not gonna touch that...not on these forums...

A guy tries to start a pleasant flame war and you just have to spray halon 1301 all over it.   :P

Hey, be careful with the BoTtoM man! We don't want to extinguish Shakira's Incorporated Hips! :P

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