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Site Information / Re: 1dx users now 300L IS II?
« on: August 07, 2014, 12:12:30 PM »
Did anyone notice the change in ranking?

Also, it'd be cool if I could have my ranking as the 200mm f/2 L IS being that's my favorite lens/dream. :D

As the number of members grows, there was a big disparity in the numbers of user groups, so I added a few with big white lenses as their user icon.  I also adjusted the settings for number to balance the number in each group better.  This happens occasionally, when I'm bored ;)

Since members don't want to be moved back a notch, I usually insert a new group and leave the old one as is, or I change the settings to allow users with fewer posts into the group to increase its size.


We only have 1 CR Geek, so get to work!!

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Site Information / Re: Participant grading
« on: August 07, 2014, 12:06:44 PM »
Far as I can tell, everyone's name is still the same color RED so we're all still equal on a pretty fundamental level, eh?   ;)

Except for the Black Sheep who have left the group without removing their posts.  Their name is colored Black. ;)

Hi Mt Spokane Photography,

Look forward  to seeing you becoming the 2nd CR Geek.

 :D

I think the bar will be raised before that ;)

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Site Information / Re: Critiques
« on: August 06, 2014, 08:20:42 PM »
The advantage of posting an image for critique on the Internets Tubes forum is that anyone can give their opinion on the quality of the image.

The disadvantage of posting an image for critique on the Internets Tubes forum is that anyone can give their opinion on the quality of the image. ;D

Getting critique from strangers about whom you know little about is of questionable value to me.

I would much rather get critique from people I personally know have experience, knowledge, and ability that goes beyond a post count on some internet forum.

That pretty well sums it up, but a photographer can also benefit by a critique given by a stranger as long as he is honest and polite about what he thinks.  The issue may be that we do not create photos for other photographers, but for a customer or the general public.  They often have 180 degree views, hence the million dollar photographs that photographers criticize.

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Reviews / Re: Lens security
« on: August 06, 2014, 08:00:23 PM »
If it was secured to the camera, you would have lost the whole thing, and maybe a hand as well.

I haven't heard of a locking device but something could be used to cover the release button pretty easily.

BTW, the girl that distracted you must have been very good looking for you to have not noticed the thief ;)


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Post Processing / Post Processing Forum Now Active
« on: August 06, 2014, 05:19:52 PM »
Many have requested the forum.

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Site Information / Re: Post Processing Section
« on: August 06, 2014, 05:14:39 PM »
I'll work on it, I've been busy designing the selling forum. 

The post processing will be added shortly

Ed

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Site Information / Re: Selling Forum Beta Test
« on: August 06, 2014, 04:57:16 PM »
My "huh?" was because I did not understand the original post and what the message was. Perhaps someone could translate ... ?


In essence, the post is saying that the (owner of CR) is closer to making a decision on providing a classified (buy/sell) section on CR, so that CR members have an outlet to buy and/or sell photographic equipment and that PayPal will be the mechanism to handle transactions between buyer/seller. 

But first they want to test (beta) and gather some data on how this will work before making the feature widely available.

Exactly, there is a lot of concern among the moderators that buyers and sellers will have issues with scams or just not getting what they expected, or getting equipment that has problems, and sellers can be scammed as well.

This will cause a lot of extra work for the unpaid volunteers.  The small fee that will be charged is intended to pay them a little or give a Christmas bonus or gift.

While I suggested using your credit card via PayPal as a relatively safe way to do business remotely, its totally up to the buyer and seller.  They can use bitcoin or any other way that they agree on to do business.  We are out of that loop.

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Site Information / Re: Selling Forum Beta Test
« on: August 06, 2014, 04:47:47 PM »
Huh?

I'm assuming that Huh is for why only members with 200 or more posts.  On that accord, I 2nd your Huh?

                                        ???   ???

I've personally never encountered a restriction based on posts but after all -- its a beta site, ergo 200+ posts qualifies you as a beta tester.

The reason for 200 posts was merely to keep me from having to deal with hundreds of requests.

I'll open it up to requests from those with 30 or more posts, I have to manually add each person to the test forum, so I did not want too many asking to try it.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Anyone Doing 3D Scanning?
« on: August 05, 2014, 02:54:41 PM »
Our organization in a large company bought a 3D scanner about 1991.  Then the company making the scanner went out of business and as soon as computer operating systems became incompatible with the drivers, we had a $5K piece of junk.  I think we were the early adopters. 

We also used 3d printers for prototyping of parts.  The printers were very expensive, and you did not normally own a printer, but paid $$$ to have your part printed. 

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FOR SALE Photo Equipment / Welcome to the Seller forum
« on: August 05, 2014, 02:12:26 PM »
Welcome to the Beta Test of the Sellers Forum.  This is a Canadian based Forum, so Canadian Laws and regulations must be followed.  We have members from around the world, so be sure to indicate where you and the equipment are located.  I'd suggest avoiding international sales unless you are experienced, there are lots of customs rules shipping surcharges and the like that might come back on you.

Everyone Can View this board, and e-mail a seller, but only those who are part of the test can post equipment for sale.

Its not totally clear if we can make this work successfully, there are some limitations that would require custom programming to handle, so we will live with them.

This is a test, so only a few will be accepted.  We will have to manually grant them access.  I'll  let those who are accepted know, and post a update here when the beta is full.  I don't know when the beta will be ready to start, we have had some very preliminary tests with the moderators and three members.

I suggest that you do not actually try to sell something during the test, the reason is that the test forum may be brought down without notice if it causes system problems or interferes with the CR forum.

If all works out, then the site owner (Craig) will decide on giving a ok to open it up to a wide group of users.

The Beta will have its members and posts removed before it can move to production, this is a limitation of the subscription based software.  Members are called subscribers by the system.  I'll have more about that later.

The Production Version will likely be available to members who have a significant number of posts. It is also planned to charge a fee (TBD) via PayPal to subscribe to the service.

Canon Rumors is not responsible for Fraud by seller or buyer or for failure of purchased equipment to meet your expectations.  We merely put you in touch, but from that point on, you must accept the risk.

Using PayPal can reduce the risk, you must use it properly.  Both the Buyers and Sellers need to be on the lookout.  We do not have a "Reputation" system for sellers or buyers, that would require custom programming.  PayPal proceeds can be grabbed back by PayPal if bogus payment sources are used, and only certain transactions are guaranteed, such as in country merchandise sales with signature required for over $250.  Even if you follow the rules, it can take a while to get your money.  Buyers are at risk as well, if you get a box of rocks, it might be very difficult to get your money back.  Using a credit card (In the USA) can help protect you from a bogus shipment.

Anyone caught misusing PayPal by violating or flaunting their rules will be permanently banned.  For example, PayPal rules do not allow requiring  buyers to pay surcharges for use of PayPal.  If you charge a shipping and handling fee, it must not be just for PayPal or credit card users.

"4.6 No Surcharges. You agree that you will not impose a surcharge or any other fee for accepting PayPal as a payment method. You may charge a handling fee in connection with the sale of goods or services as long as the handling fee does not operate as a surcharge and is not higher than the handling fee you charge for non-PayPal transactions."


https://www.paypal.com/webapps/mpp/ua/useragreement-full?country.x=US&locale.x=en_US

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Site Information / NEW ___ Sell Your Gear - Beta Test
« on: August 05, 2014, 02:09:40 PM »
Those interested in testing a beta photography equipment selling board may contact me to signup.  This is for test purposes only, and only the first 15 who have 30 or more posts will be accepted.  If you do not have at least 30 posts, you will have to wait for a later test, or for the final implementation.

The Beta has been extended for about 2 months, because a major revision to the forum is in the works and its wise to test on that  before any firm implementation.  I typically give members a two month trial period, but can extend it on request.

I'll  let those who are accepted know, and post a update here when the beta is full.  I don't know when the beta will be ready to start, we have had some very preliminary tests with the moderators and three members.

If all works out, then the site owner (Craig) will decide on giving a ok to open it up to a wide group of users.

The Beta will have its members removed from the new selling board (Not from CR) before it can move to production, this is a limitation of the subscription based software.

The Production Version will likely be available only to members who have a significant number of posts. It is also planned to charge a fee (TBD) via PayPal to use the service.  The fee will probably be $15 for a 90 day period, but its not determined.

Canon Rumors is not responsible for any scamming or failure of purchased equipment to meet your expectations.  We merely put you in touch, but from that point on, you must accept the risk.

Using PayPal can reduce the risk, you must use it properly.

Anyone caught misusing PayPal by violating or flaunting their rules will be permanently banned.  For example, PayPal rules do not allow asking buyers to pay surcharges.

"4.6 No Surcharges. You agree that you will not impose a surcharge or any other fee for accepting PayPal as a payment method. You may charge a handling fee in connection with the sale of goods or services as long as the handling fee does not operate as a surcharge and is not higher than the handling fee you charge for non-PayPal transactions."


https://www.paypal.com/webapps/mpp/ua/useragreement-full?country.x=US&locale.x=en_US

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Lenses / Re: Tamron 150 600 woes
« on: August 04, 2014, 12:53:37 PM »
If the new 7D MK II and subsequent bodies have dual pixel technology with improved focusing technology over the 70D, the biggest benefactor may well be third party lenses.  The 70D when used with live AF has been reported to focus very accurately even with  difficult to focus 3rd party lenses.

Once Canon gets the tracking and other features working well in generation 2 of the dual pixel system, I'd be much more likely to go for a 3rd party lens.


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Site Information / Re: Participant grading
« on: July 05, 2014, 01:24:15 PM »
I added several new user groups today in order to even up numbers of members in the groups, and break out the high posting members a bit finer.

I apologize if your group changed to something you don't like, its all a compromise.

Those with over 2000 posts now have a big white user group name, except for the CR Geek Category, which was indeed a private joke.  I don't think anyone can catch him unless I cheat and give myself 1,000,000 posts ;)

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I've removed the link, and am locking this thread.  Whenever a new member from Croatia posts a link to a website that seems to specialize in software cracks and creating Trojans, I prefer to be on the safe side.

There are many Trojans able to get by virus checkers, so a antivirus software is no guarantee of safety.  They can quietly turn your computer into part of a bot network, and you'll never know.

EOS Info was produced by Astrojargon, there is nothing on his web site that says it has been updated.

http://astrojargon.net/EOSInfo.aspx

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well... i am receiving a pm from aglet due to my previous post.  below is the whole content and i personally do not really mind that i am being banned from the site if the admin feels that that is the right thing to do. 

Sending a private message that implies the sender has the ability to get you banned is a misuse of the private messaging system, and is more likely to get the sender banned if it is deemed serious enough.


Bans are generally issued only after repeated warnings and a series of issues with a member.  The mods have their own forum where they discuss bans.  In clear cut cases, a ban is just issued, and noted in the forum along with a copy of the offending post.

We look at each reported post to decide what action to take, if any.  Mostly, they result in a deleted post, or if there are a lot of posts that we have to remove in a topic, we may lock it.

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