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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 12, 2014, 09:16:44 PM »

Male Flaming Sunbird (Aethopyga flagrans) by alabang, on Flickr

The Flaming Sunbird (Aethopyga flagrans) is a species of bird in the Nectariniidae family. It is endemic to the Philippines.

Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

Male: Very colourful feathers.

Female: Less colourful feathers.

Philippine Birds

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flaming_Sunbird

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Ba%C3%B1os,_Laguna

Settings: 1/250 ƒ/5.6 ISO 1250 800mm

Retina Display: http://500px.com/photo/57450530

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
« on: January 11, 2014, 05:29:41 AM »

sPiNN by alabang, on Flickr

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Lenses / Re: The 10 Oldest Canon Lenses in Production
« on: January 10, 2014, 02:20:42 AM »
I expect all these lenses will become Ls or get IS.

I also expect prices to double for the updates.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Will Canon ditch the AA Filter?
« on: January 09, 2014, 11:01:20 PM »
I'd be the first in line to get a single digit AA-less SLR from Canon.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Do you have a 4K display?
« on: January 08, 2014, 04:37:11 AM »
I'd love to sell my 27-inch Dell U2711 now and get a 32-inch Sharp 4K display but my 27-inch iMac would probably not be able to drive it properly and not to mention not match in terms of resolution and screen size.

I hope in 3 years time all the issues for 4K displays will be resolved for the largest 4K iMac I can get.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Do you have a 4K display?
« on: January 07, 2014, 10:34:00 AM »
It's good to see that you're aware of the difference, a significant majority of the people I talk to are completely unaware. In my opinion it basically amounts to false advertising.
Bravo I'm informed of the lies of the industry. Dude, get over it! It's just a marketing term to highlight a new feature that I am particularly thankful for.

Lower power consumption is _always_ welcome.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Do you have a 4K display?
« on: January 06, 2014, 09:13:20 PM »

Remember that there are no "true" LED TVs out right now. The difference in power consumption is between using a florescent backlight and an LED backlight. Both displays use an LCD panel to produce colours.
This will become immensely confusing once they actually start producing displays that use LEDs to produce the image.

Yes if you want to be pedant about it, but no one sells flat screens as CCFL TVs do they?

For the general public who wil go to the manufacturer websites they will be presented with TVs divide into LED, LCD, Plasma, OLED, etc etc. So using a generally accepted term is correct. It is about communicating effectively.

And AFAIK they do sell "true" LED displays already but for industrial/commercial use for outdoors. Very visible during the day and blinding at night.

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Looking online a no-name 16-inch LED TV sells for $80 inclusive of 12% VAT. It can play media plugged into a USB port. I expect it to work for 6 months after which you will need to buy a new one.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Do you have a 4K display?
« on: January 06, 2014, 08:02:35 PM »
Don: From a name brand like LG, Samsung, Sony, Toshiba, Panasonic or Philips?

I've tried TCL, Devant, Haier & "My View" and the image quality has a lot to be desired. GUI is uhhhhh.

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Some fun facts that I learned on TV upgrade cycle for a typical household

- New display is bought every 6.9 years on average
- Replacing an aging CRT TV
- Replacing a first generation LCD TV
- 32-inch is the most popular screen size for developing countries
- 44-inch is the most popular screen size for developed countries
- $940 tends to be the budget for new TVs in developed countries
- Declining price is a motivation to buy
- Newer technology
- More sizes available

Source:

http://www.displaysearch.com/cps/rde/xchg/displaysearch/hs.xsl/120529_global_tv_replacement_cycle_falls_below_7_years_as_households_continue_to_replace.asp
http://gigaom.com/2012/01/05/tv-replacement-cycle/

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I like the LED TVs with WiFi and Ethernet as I can stream my vids directly to the TV. A USB plug is also useful when networking is not practical.

I'm not that hot with Smart TVs unless they sport a more uniform GUI like that of iOS or Android for phones/tablets.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Do you have a 4K display?
« on: January 06, 2014, 07:31:38 PM »
A tad out of topic but...

My 5yo 46-inch Samsung LCD TV's panel needs to be replaced. This happened after 24 hours attached to a IPTV box.





Parts and labour will cost me $850 and a week's wait.

Went TV shopping yesterday and my takeaway is that the most basic of 46-inch LED TVs can be had for $850. Add $100 and I get a 50-inch LED TV. Add $500 and I get a 60-inch LED TV.

Power consumption of LED is a fraction of what I am getting with LCD.

Smart TVs are nice if you dont have a smartphone, tablet or computer. Wish Apple would make one, I'd be more inclined to buy a solution from them.

Of course this isn't a 4K display. I was initially planning to wait 3-5 years before picking up one. In time for a slim Xbox One & slim PS4.

Now I'm back to my 8yo 32-inch Samsung LCD TV and 4yo 40-inch Samsung LCD TV. Which is really sad considering we switched to HD cable this year.

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Now for the 4K TV part.

I auditioned the following

LG 65LA9700 (65-inch LED)
Sony Bravia KD-65X9004 (65-inch LED)

Both look awesome with a 2048px on the longest side JPEG even zoomed in at 200%

Playing a 1080p & 720p MP4 with a low bitrate looks like a SD content

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 03, 2014, 05:03:54 PM »
Those cock fighters looking great guys!

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
« on: January 01, 2014, 06:41:22 PM »
Awesome application JClark.

Thanks CLick!


Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) by alabang, on Flickr

The Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea), is a wading bird of the heron family  Ardeidae, native throughout temperate Europe and Asia and also parts of  Africa. It is resident in the milder south and west, but many birds  retreat in winter from the ice in colder regions. It has become common  in summer even inside the Arctic circle along the Norwegian coast.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grey_Heron

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candaba,_Pampanga

Settings: 1/1000 ƒ/5.6 ISO 160 800mm

Full Screen Retina Display: http://500px.com/photo/56440134

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About this image.

I normally ignore Grey Herons as they tend to fly too high or perch too far. I also ignore em because I have a lot of good photos of them already.

What made me record this image is the fact that the bird was flying so low off the water. Something I yet to have.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 01, 2014, 06:34:56 PM »

Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) by alabang, on Flickr

The Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea), is a wading bird of the heron family  Ardeidae, native throughout temperate Europe and Asia and also parts of  Africa. It is resident in the milder south and west, but many birds  retreat in winter from the ice in colder regions. It has become common  in summer even inside the Arctic circle along the Norwegian coast.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grey_Heron

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candaba,_Pampanga

Full Screen Retina Display: http://500px.com/photo/56440134

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About this image.

I normally ignore Grey Herons as they tend to fly too high or perch too far. I also ignore em because I have a lot of good photos of them already.

What made me record this image is the fact that the bird was flying so low off the water. Something I yet to have.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: December 31, 2013, 08:01:52 PM »
Lovely Cockatoo!

Happy New Year to All!


Philippine Serpent Eagle (Spilornis holospilus) by alabang, on Flickr

The Philippine Serpent Eagle (Spilornis holospilus) is an eagle found in  the major islands of the Philippines. It is sometimes treated as a race  of the Crested Serpent Eagle (Spilornis cheela). This species is  usually found in forest clearings, open woodlands, and sometimes in  cultivated lands with scattered trees.

It is endemic to the Philippines. The species is found on most part of  the major islands, except for Palawan. It inhabits primary and secondary  forest. The bird is often seen soaring over clearings and river  valleys. The bird feeds on amphibians, reptiles and other live prey. The  Philippine serpent eagle is distinguished from other species of serpent  eagle by more well-defined spots on the underpants and wings.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippine_Serpent_Eagle

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ternate,_Cavite

Settings: 1/1000 ƒ/8 ISO 160 800mm

Have a device with a retina display like the iPad Air? Click http://500px.com/photo/56426458

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM
« on: December 31, 2013, 03:37:34 AM »

Blue by alabang, on Flickr

Settings: 1/320 ƒ/10 ISO 160 24mm

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
« on: December 29, 2013, 07:41:13 PM »
Thank you Eldar. To you as well!


Chestnut Munia, (Lonchura atricapilla) by alabang, on Flickr

The Chestnut Munia is 11–12 cm in length. The adult has a stubby pale  grey-blue bill, black head, and brown body, with a brick red patch on  the lower back, visible only when it flies. Some races also have a black  belly.

The sexes are similar, but immature birds have uniform pale brown  upperparts, lack the dark head and have white to pale buff underparts.

The Chestnut Munia is a small gregarious bird which feeds mainly on  grain and other seeds. It frequents open grassland and cultivation. The  nest is a large domed grass structure in a bush or tall grass into which  4-7 white eggs are laid.

Philippine birds

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chestnut_Munia

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candaba,_Pampanga

Settings: 1/250 ƒ/5.6 ISO 160 800mm

Notes: Hand-held shooting. Cropped 10.7MP from 16MP frame

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