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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
« on: February 09, 2013, 10:18:42 PM »
serendipidy thanks! I live mostly in the Philippines. We got 200+ poorly documented endemics, 200+ residents and 200+ migrants

Excellent image Maxis.

Philippine Bulbul (Hypsipetes philippinus) by alabang, on Flickr

The Philippine Bulbul (Hypsipetes philippinus) is a songbird species in the bulbul family (Pycnonotidae). It is often placed in the genus Ixos, but is better retained in Hypsipetes as long as this is not entirely merged into Ixos, as it is quite closely related to the type species of Hypsipetes, the Black Bulbul (H. leucocephalus).

It is endemic to the Philippines. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests; on Mount Kitanglad on Mindanao for example it is abundant in any kind of primary forest at least between 500 and 2,250 m ASL.

Fledglings of the Philippine Bulbul were recorded on Mindanao in late April, but the breeding season seems to be prolonged as females with ripe ovarian follicles were still found in April and May. Territorial songs are heard at lower altitudes as late as May, while further upslope the birds are silent at that time of year and presumably engaged in breeding activity. The Besra (Accipiter virgatus) has been recorded as a predator of young Philippine Bulbuls, and this or other goshawks might also catch adult birds.

A common and adaptable bird as long as sufficient forest remains, it is not considered a threatened species by the IUCN.

Source: Philippine Bulbul - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Taken in Bataan National Park

Settings: 1/500 ƒ/8 ISO1600 800mm

Software & Accessories / Re: Best Practices for using a Monopod
« on: February 09, 2013, 10:15:14 PM »
ballheads are no good with monopods. look for a monopod head or screw your 100-400 feet directly to the monopod.

Lenses / Re: Which Gitzo: GT3532LS or GT3542LS?
« on: February 09, 2013, 10:12:17 PM »
Went cheap with the Manfrotto and really regretted buying it. I ended up buying a Gitzo that I am superbly happy with.

Three years ago I bought a GT3541LS and it's extraordinarily stable compared to any Manfrotto I've tried. But it's achillies heel is sand and sea water. In fact it's so bad in coastal conditions that they are appalling. I recently did a trip on the Lincolnshire coast shooting grey seals and the tripod needs so many replacement parts in only 9 hours of shooting. It needs three lower tubes and all the locking joints need replacing.
In my opinion, these tripods are useless in extream sea salt and sandy conditions. They literally seize up or fall apart.

Software & Accessories / Re: Which iMac
« on: February 09, 2013, 10:10:08 PM »
paul the 2013 Mac Pro is expected to come out once the 2012 Mac Pro sales are halted in the EU. That is the rumor now.

As a non-working photog I see little point in the Mac Pro. I rather buy a top-end iMac everytime a new hardware redesign happens and expand my storage either through USB 3 or Thunderbolt.

Canon General / Re: What's your definition of "Pro"?
« on: February 09, 2013, 10:07:05 PM »
The thing with photography is the quality of work is often subjective. What is beautiful to one is plain garbage to the other.

So I largely prefer to describe photogs as working & non-working. Those who make a full time, part time or no time living in photography.

Dictionary definition and anyone who takes compensation for their work. No matter how badly it looks. :)
I think the Dictionary definition defines the skill level too.
The main criteria for professionals include the following:
  • Expert and specialized knowledge in field which one is practicing professionally.[5]
  • Excellent manual/practical and literary skills in relation to profession.[6]
  • High quality work in (examples): creations, products, services, presentations, consultancy, primary/other research, administrative, marketing, photography or other work endeavours.
  • A high standard of professional ethics, behaviour and work activities while carrying out one's profession (as an employee, self-employed person, career, enterprise, business, company, or partnership/associate/colleague, etc.). The professional owes a higher duty to a client, often a privilege of confidentiality, as well as a duty not to abandon the client just because he or she may not be able to pay or remunerate the professional. Often the professional is required to put the interest of the client ahead of his own interests.
  • Reasonable work morale and motivation. Having interest and desire to do a job well as holding positive attitude towards the profession are important elements in attaining a high level of professionalism.
  • Appropriate treatment of relationships with colleagues. Consideration should be shown to elderly, junior or inexperienced colleagues, as well as those with special needs. An example must be set to perpetuate the attitude of one's business without doing it harm.
  • A professional is an expert who is a master in a specific field.

In the USA, the Government Defines Professional workers, and if you are working for someone else, it  determines how you are treated pay wise.  A professional is not paid hourly, or paid overtime, for example.  I hold a professional Engineers license, tough to get in my state, fewer pass the exams than attorneys.

Lenses / Re: Which Gitzo: GT3532LS or GT3542LS?
« on: February 09, 2013, 09:56:01 AM »
The suggested Gitzo tripod legs that has been suggested are the 3, 4 and 5 Series for the 600mm IS II. I'm eying the GT3542LS.

I am also looking for legs as well. Will be attaching it to the Mongoose 3.6 due to the weight. It weighs 1 lbs. 8 ounce or about 680g.

I hate the idea that the paint job of my lenses flakes off.  :'(

Canon General / Re: What's your definition of "Pro"?
« on: February 07, 2013, 11:35:34 PM »
Dictionary definition and anyone who takes compensation for their work. No matter how badly it looks. :)

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Inside the Canon EOS-1D C
« on: February 06, 2013, 10:18:29 PM »
I see Canon consolidating a 4k-capable 1D camera in 3 years time for about 6-8k.

EOS Bodies / Re: on the verge of buying, just need some final moral support
« on: February 04, 2013, 05:05:32 PM »
Stop thinking! Just buy!

If you think you start wondering if it is better to invest for the future.  ;D

Software & Accessories / Re: Which iMac
« on: February 04, 2013, 03:25:53 PM »
It boils down to how much you want/can spend and what is your intended intent.

I for example would never recommend a Mac if you intend to play high-end computer games but I would push for it if for creative and home use.

9gag.com is a humor site whose audience is basically highschool and college kids so the graphic I posted is rather shortsighted. What is humorous is insisting on buying a 1,000 pound used Audi without considering the cost of maintenance and other ownership cost for the next 5 years. I like for everything but Apple-related posts. It shows how immature they are without the benefit of years of experience.

Again, people will pay a premium for refined and polished products and services because they understand and appreciate such things. That's why Apple is the 2nd most valuable company in the world because there are not alternatives.

Apple's target market is the mass market high-end. Not high-end enough to only sell hundreds of thousands of machines but millions of machines. This is why they rarely offer Macs with Intel "Extreme" badged chips. Not enough volume to make it their while.

As for me, I want OS X on the fastest non-Mac Pro machine. I bought a Power Mac (PowerPC equivalent to the Mac Pro) back in 2002 and the only benefit I got from it other than processing grunt are the PATA slots. So for my uses it isn't worth buying. I would rather upgrade my Macs annually or biannually. I always have someone to pass the older Macs after 1-2 years use. And when I sell my Macs I get a good used price. There is always someone willing to pay a premium over a similarly spec'd PC.

Often people overlook and put down "great aesthetic design" but to be honest who doesnt want a small desktop that occupies less than 21"x26"x8" and weighs less than 22 lbs? Not to mention consumes less than 200w and thermal output of less than 682 BTU/h?

These things may not matter to places with cheap power and large spaces but they do matter to people in places like Japan where space and power are sold at a premium.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Times running out 5D Mk3 or 1DX
« on: February 02, 2013, 11:26:33 AM »
It isn't the gear! It's the photographer.  ;D

Save your money for something that has a chance to appreciate.  ;)

Software & Accessories / Re: Which iMac
« on: February 02, 2013, 11:06:13 AM »
Sometimes I just want to add fuel to the already raging fire!  ;D

Source: http://9gag.com/gag/6479559

Software & Accessories / Re: Which iMac
« on: February 01, 2013, 06:33:57 AM »
I am well aware of the attempts to replicate expensive exotic cars or even build tuner cars from kits (such as the ultima gtr720) that purely built for handeling and speed. Most of which are not street legal in the united states and have little practicality in the real world. Given that these are so different than luxury cars such as BMW, mercs, audi, etc., I still do not think the car example relates. On a side note, I build go karts for fun. They are definitely not street legal, the interior doesn't look anything like a 750LI, but damn it can drift around a turn. Not so sure I would be willing to do that in a $100k bmw haha. But hey if my go kart was street legal, I would drive it everywhere!

Anyhow, I build computers for fellow engineers along with people doing 3D rendering, audio engineering, video editing, etc. I guarantee you that computers are not just for the gamers and those who feel like giving building a try. In the custom computer world, home built computers utilizing raid controllers to control the flow of data to SSD's and overclocked processors have overpowered the 5k+ custom ordered computers from dell (or hp i cant remember). When professionals request a custom build, they are set up in such a way that factories cannot meet their expectations or would charge insane amounts to do so. That is the driving force behind why I build computers for others (i dont charge for my work either because I enjoy it too much  ;D)

I actually know quite a few engineers who work at intel (a major intel facility is just 20 minutes from my house) and are very knowledgeable about the 14nm integrated processor architecture. This is the way of the future, but is not going to cause custom build computers to cease to exist. Intel makes far too much money from the custom pc world to risk that. But it also will have a profound effect on advancing major computer companies (dell,hp,etc) 

I realize 95% of the computer market is just looking for a computer to turn on an preform basic tasks. I just find it astounding when they spend twice as much for an iMac than a custom build that I recently did for a client that has 2 to 3 times the processing capabilities. (not just the processor alone - this takes into account overclocking on the processor, ram, having an ssd raid array, motherboard to handle the sensitive current and high data flow, etc.) In the end, all that matters is how many floating-point operations per second is achieved.

But hey, if owning that beautiful aluminum computer is what makes you happy, more power to you  :)
People dont build their own cars because it requires skill, time and interest that they neither not have or are not interested in. The only difference between a custom car and a lux car like say a Pagani is that a car requires to pass govt regs to be sold legally while custom cars can be built but not operated in public roads.

I've seen custom cars fitted with pretty good interiors made from scratch. You just need to find the people with the parts or craftsmanship to do it properly. Again, some people enjoy doing such things while others rather fork out the money for something nice.

The software on the Mac is different than those on the PC. Hardware design is also different. End user experience is also different.

These are parallels of Apple products to luxury cars that I named earlier. Apple also follows the customer experience model of the Ritz-Carlton. Why else would people pay "double" for a Mac that does the same thing with a prettier case? Does Apple have to slather their products in leather and chrome to make the connection ever stronger?

People can go to the grocer and make themselves a pretty good meal for 1/10th the price of going to a 5 Michelin Star resto but people still get wait listed months in advance to get a table. Call them crazy for wanting to eat in a fancy place rather than the comfort and privacy of your own home.

There's a saying, you can fool some people some of the time but you cannot fool all people all the time.

Of course Apple and to some extent Dell et al cannot cater to the whole market like custom jobs as these are not economical or even profitable for them to do so. You did mention not charging anything for your labors.

Intel and other parts makers see this also as demonstrated by the declining sales of desktops.

The market will dictate when custom computers will cease to exist in the same way as Linux on the desktop/notebook has been a running meme since the 90s.

Remember, this is Canon Rumor forum and not Anandtech or HardOCP. We just want our pretty pictures (and maybe video) processed with little fuss.

Not putting down custom jobs or commodity PCs. I've seen my brother's gaming setup and it's insane for what he can do but for me I rather spend the extra as I am looking for an appliance more than a project within a project.

Software & Accessories / Re: Which iMac
« on: February 01, 2013, 03:50:42 AM »
Mac Pro's upgradeability is only useful for those who upgrade biannually or annually. Or else you must just end up getting a iMac or MBPro and expand via Thunderbolt.

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