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Software & Accessories / Re: Louis Vuitton bag
« on: March 03, 2014, 01:27:55 PM »
My colleague will be interested in this one for her 5D3 even though she has used her 5D3 only few times in the past 1.5 year.

EOS Bodies / Re: Hardware Hack for EOS Cameras Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: February 28, 2014, 12:40:18 PM »
Sounds like a 5D4 upgrade without warranty for 1K.  If the mod really can bring a lot of benefit, I would consider for it since my 1.5 year old 5D3 is out of Canon warranty.

PowerShot / Re: Canon to Leave the Entry Level Point & Shoot Market?
« on: February 24, 2014, 07:54:58 PM »
Optical zoom will always outperform digital zoom, and there aren't yet many smartphones with optical zoom (and those that do look like the neighbor kid's toys on Toy Story), so smartphones haven't yet replaced, for example, the $90 Canon PowerShot A2200.

Of course people know the $90 A2200 has better IQ.  Years ago people use P&S camera because of the convenience.  Now they have better choices, smartphones, because it's much more convenient.  If they really care about IQ, they probably use dSLR already.  Nokia phone has 40MP camera, Sony phone has 20MP camera, and now Samsung phone has 16MP camera.  In two years every phone maker will have build-in 20MP+ camera.  I can see most people don't need a P&S camera in few years.  Canon should make FF attachable Lens-style camera like Sony QX10/QX100.  I think that's the future of the P&S.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: In-Depth Review: Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC
« on: February 20, 2014, 05:19:04 PM »
Enjoy your new lens and stay away from "correcting" my posts, otherwise i will have to chop your typing fingers off.
 And think about what i wrote, every time you turn the zoom ring of your tammy 600 the wrong direction.

LoL.  I have no problem with the zoom ring direction of my Tomron 24-70 f/2.8 VC form the day one I got it.  It's hard to believe people would make this simple mistake and cannot tell the differences between 150mm and 600mm.

How about year 2013?  Dose Canon have higher percentage than last year?

Any reason you wouldn't just dump the cr2 once you had the converted DNG?
Because alex keeps improving cr2hdr all the time, next up is floating point dng because it allows more resolution from dual_iso output ... but to profit from that, you have to have the original cr2s available.

Awesome, that's really interesting.  So can these cr2hd files that it puts out still be read by LR/ACR?  Feel fee to point me to documentation or a FAQ or something.

I've been keeping a lazy eye on how things are coming along for the 6D (e.g. tragic lantern), wondering when it'll be stable enough for me to take the plunge...

cr2hd will convert dual ISO cr2 file to DNG file format.  Actually the converted DNG files are the files you need, not the cr2 files.  However, you want to keep the cr2 files because Alex is keep improve his cr2hd program and you can always use the new version of cr2hd to get better converted DNG files.

Any reason why Alex hasn't be snatched up by Canon?

He likes to innovate, Canon doesn't :->

He might not be welcomed by Canon's firmware department because all developers there hate him.

Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Price leaked
« on: February 07, 2014, 01:15:24 PM »
Just to re-iterate my point, that price is just a guess to allow for pre orders. Much like this other Australian retailers guess:


899 is good price.  However, I feel that 35mm is more useful for me.

I just had a good rebate experience from Canon with my 70-200 2.8LIS2 purchase. The $300 Amex rebate card came quickly and the website was simple to use. I don't know about others experiences but there was no reason to cry about mine.
You are very lucky.  I had two bad experiences.  One was for a printer rebate in 2009.  The rebate center told me there was no serial number with the UPC code.  After I send them my rebate scan which actually included the serial number, then they send me the rebate check.  One was just happened months ago for my 100mm Macro L.  They didn't want to honor the rebate because of the mismatched information between the rebate form and invoice.  The biggest problem is Canon's rebate form didn't mention that and how they can deny the rebate.  After I search from Google and found out thousands people had problem with Canon rebate, I decided to file the problem to BBB and noticed to their customer department.  Then I got my rebate approved in the next day.

I do hope the new version will keep the same bokeh quality.
I believe it will be better.  However, I don't like the rumor price.

If the IQ of this lens is close to Canon 28-300mm L and price is about 1000, I will get one as my travel lens.

I have tried Tamron 18-270mm years ago when I still have my 7D.  The IQ was soft.  Hopefully this one will be as sharp as Tamron's current lenses.

CONGRATULATIONS Canon ... how about putting out some really good discounts to celebrate this milestone? but instant discounts please, without the mail-in-rebates!
Canon's rebate department sucks.  They try to dishonor rebates to their customers.  I have argued with one rebate few months ago because the name / billing address was not matched to the name and rebate address.  I asked them show where the term and condition for that part.  However, they could not.  And they just gave me the answer "You are just not qualified for the rebate."  Finally I got the rebate after I told them I was going to file on BBB and CC the email to their customer service department.

Lenses / Re: 24-70/2.8 Canon or Tamron: Which did you choose and why?
« on: February 02, 2014, 03:06:28 AM »
That really depends on what kind photos you take.  Do you need slightly better corner sharpness and faster AF or do you need the VC/IS feature.
Canon 24-70 MK2 has slightly better corner sharpness and faster AF.  Tamron has incredible VC and cheaper price.
If you think better IQ/AF is worth for the extra 1000 dollars, go with Canon.  If you need slow shutter speed, go with Tamron.  I need a general purpose walk-through lens, so I pick Tamron.

Multiple drives, multiple locations - even when traveling.  In addition to my current working copy, I have 2 complete backups (one 2.5" USB3.0, one 3.5" SATA drive that are updated when I download from camera or weekly) in a firesafe, and another 2.5" USB3.0 I store offsite and update monthly.  All this times 2 since I have a different sets for different purposes.

The 2.5" backup travels with my so I can download to it on the road from my laptop.  I also download to my Ipad and let it upload to a PhotoStream on the road when I've got a WiFi connection for my offsite backup.

I retire my drives every 2-3 years and start with a fresh set.  I keep the old ones around for archive, just in case.  I store them offsite with other family members.

The only failures I've had were not the drive mechanism itself, but the cheap USB interface card (Seagate and WD, 2.5" and 3.5").  In both cases I was able to remove the hard drive from the enclosure and plug it into a SATA enclosure with no problems or lost data.  After that I began buying enclosures and drives separately.  I'm currently using a Thunderbolt enclosure on my Mac - noticeably faster than USB3 and FireWire.

I currently store all my photos and videos in a 9TB RAID5(3TB x4) with WinFS.  I backup all of them into another 4TB internal hard drive and backup two external hard drives.  I rotated the two external hard drive every month and bring one of them to my company to insure the data is safe.

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