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Having GPS allows government snooping :( If you have GPS, NSA will always know where you and your camera are located :( I know, I know privacy is a thing from the past and will never be seen again :(

Um, how is that? I'm very privacy aware, but it's just a *passive* gps *receiver* and you don't need to export the gps tags from your postprocessing software when uploading to the net. The real gouvernment spy device is in your mobile phone because it's easy to triangulate your position using cell phone masts or your login data from public wifi.

Not that I worry about govt snooping on my GPS but that reminds me of a question - how hard would the Canon wifi systems be to hack? Could some malicious hacker format your card?

The way the wifi firmware works, it looks like Canon bought a software part from a 3rd party and glued it to their firmware. Unless there are dedicated backdoors, I'd say it's as safe as it gets if you don't chose "passw0rd" as your password, the wifi uses that latest encryption and authentication standard.

Btw here are the most popular iCloud passwords from the recent hack - is your's included :-p? ...

Site Information / Re: Noisy obtrusive ads
« on: Today at 02:09:53 PM »
thats horse potatoes, just uncheck the box, problem solved.

Indeed, that's just what the Adblock Plus author says. But how many of all these Joe Sixpack users stumble upon this option, and why is it opt-out instead of opt-in?

This box is simply there to as an argumentation aid, just as you can just remove Internet Explorer from your PC or use a Windows N version. Strangely, very few people do, and strangely Microsoft still drove Netscape out of business...

It's not about *you* (being able to opt out), it's about lessening the userbase of such an addon to make the point that this extortion tactic doesn't work. Unfortunately, as you just demonstrated, people tend to think no further than they are absolutely forced to do.

Photography Technique / Re: Cropping
« on: Today at 02:01:21 PM »
I thought a screen capture video would better illustrate the technique so here it is.

Great, thanks a lot for the video, with live commentary and all :-). It's always good to know what you can do better in PS because as a LR user I'm very unlikely just to stumble upon these.

Don't need nothing?

Just trying to get a feel for the language, and my skills are based on watching gangsta movies and series :-p

and a camera that isn't sucking out life of the battery with such things.

It hasn't been mentioned here, but fyi and concerning the poll: gps on the 6d has very little power drain while wifi empties your battery in no time.

EOS Bodies / Re: 6D Mark-II in response to the D750
« on: Today at 09:07:42 AM »
I never thought the 7D-II would have both 10fps and a better AF-system (on paper at least) than the 1D-X.

There you are. Hardware specs mean nothing w/o the firmware, and Canon will a) make sure the 1dx isn't cannibalized (see the removal of spot af 7d->70d) and b) generally the 1d systems get much more fine-tuning and customizations.

Lenses / Re: Wildlife lens setup
« on: Today at 07:31:16 AM »
Other: 70-300L (+1.4x Kenko possibility).

The 70-300L has ok iq and bokeh, as we know the difference of 100mm in the tele range is deminishing, and lugging around less weight, bulk (and price) can be a nice thing.

Last not least: I dispute the assumption that wildlife means tele, I shoot wildlife with my 17-40L or 100L all the time.

EOS Bodies / Re: 6D Mark-II in response to the D750
« on: Today at 07:28:27 AM »
Will the 6D Mark-II be a response to the D750 much like the 6D was a response to the D600.

Given the laughable af system of the 6d, the model wasn't a "response" in terms of specs, but simply of positioning a ff (any ff) in the same price range.

Simply dropping the price of the more expensive produced 5d2 with legacy parts wasn't an option, so they simply created the 6d with more recent parts and some gimmicks. That's why I don't think there will be a 6d2 anytime soon as long as the 6d1 keeps creating profit for Canon.

It seems it has become clear why the 70d doesn't have gps: The superior 7d doesn't have wifi (supposedly because of the full-metal jacket) and we wouldn't have a inferior model to have better specs, would we :-p ...

So after so many threads about the benefits of built-in gps vs. an external tagger and eye-fi vs. idiosyncratic built-in wifi implementation, I think it's time for a poll! Are you the gps- or wifi type of photog?

Site Information / Re: Noisy obtrusive ads
« on: September 18, 2014, 04:43:36 PM »
If you are using Firefox you can use AdBlock plug-in to avoid ads altogether.

If you must, at least don't use AdBlock Plus or plugins from the same company for other browsers. Their "acceptable ads" whitelist is simply a way to ransom sites into paying them to be included, and the author has enough leverage because it's the most popular plugin.

I know this is argued as a service to the community to invite sites to create less obstrusive ads and the payment is a mere service fee, but when you read up on how much money is collected this behavior is imho simply extortion and as criminal as it gets w/o directly breaking a law.

The GP-E1 is pretty nice, but I find that elevation readings can be totally bonkers in anything but the best conditions (outdoors with no trees or buildings).  When I contacted Canon, they informed me the "3D" satellite icon must be present for elevation readings, but this icon is hidden beneath many menus and button presses and can't easily be checked every time you want to take pictures.

The upside is that you can add the height information later on with a program that interfaces to Google Maps. As far as I remember "GeoSetter" (windows) should work to fill in the height field if it's missing, probably even overwrite it if you know it's bogus. I haven't used the software though since LR has the maps interface, and where I live the earth is flat so a 3d gps fix is an optional extra :-)

Lenses / Re: Lens 'resolving power' vs sensors.
« on: September 17, 2014, 03:41:09 PM »
Again, I can see the results in my images when I do that. There is a meaningful difference between f/11 and f/4 through f/8 when it comes to resolution

Thanks for the nice demonstration animation! And I agree, diffraction even at "medium" f-stops is visible - that's why do macro focus stacking @f8 even though stopping down would need way less exposures. Plus of course with macro, the bokeh gets worse on small apertures.

The 6D GPS stays on all the time?

The upside is that it has a very quick gps hot start (since it didn't stop :-p) and - probably the reason for this "feature" - the camera keeps generating the track log you can later download from the camera. So all in all and with the little battery drain, I'm fine with the *option* of leaving gps on even on camera power off.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Pablo Escobar, Canon Shooter
« on: September 17, 2014, 02:12:32 AM »
What do you mean? The company or a camera?

He'd make them an offer they can't refuse :-p

Photography Technique / Re: POLL: Did you peak and what did you do about it?
« on: September 16, 2014, 04:53:53 PM »
I think the word you're really looking for is plateau and that's something we all do.  The plateau doesn't have to be flat, however, but it's unlikely to be the jagged peak it was when we were just learning photography or moving into higher end equipment.

Well, I'm just learning photography :-) and in this case, "peak" is really the word that fits what I'm thinking of. That's because in my experience, when you're new at a genre or style, you're eager and put a lot of work and concentration into it. If you (i.e. I) don't keep moving forward, I'm becoming lazier and the results get *worse* - that's why I chose "peaked". Happened to me with mushroom macro focus stacking, good results, but a hilarious amount of work, so if it's becoming boring the shots aren't as good anymore.

Im going traveling for 5 months, I intend to geotag my images. I just wish the GP-E2 wasn't so big bulky and ridiculous. otherwise I would buy one.

With my 6d I've become lazy and use the internal receiver. But unless you need the electronic compass on a hotshoe receiver, a dedicated gps tracker is more precise and power-saving.

I've been using a €50 receiver for years along my 60d with the advantage that you can put in waypoints in advance or save waypoints when outdoors. Unfortunately, Canon didn't add even a minimal "car finder" mode to the 6d/70d, and neither did Magic Lantern (yet) as all the devs have 5d3 cameras.

I agree, it's very cool.  But, this geotagging business is hard work.  When I turn on the camera in the morning, I go to the menu and turn on the internal GPS.  Before I turn off the camera in the evening, I do the reverse.

Use Magic Lantern - after several requests of distressed 6d users with empty batteries it now has a "gps powersave" feature that turns off gps on camera off and re-enables it on power on.

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