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15,000US vs. attorney's fees and half of everything (due to the ensuing divorce)......I'm gonna have to pass.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Samsung NX mini – I'm speechless
« on: March 20, 2014, 05:23:53 PM »
"Luxurious" leatherette.......

I guess that sounds better than "Textured vinyl"

I've had three root canals.  One became infected while the temporary cap was in place and waiting on the crown.  I left on a 4 day trip to dark country for astronomy the day after the root canal and spent the time in wonderful pain.  For another root canal, I arrived in the morning and the receptionist told me I'd have to reschedule as the compressor that runs all the air tools had malfunctioned and they were having to cancel and reschedule all appointments.  I offered to take a look at it, got it running in a couple minutes.  After the procedure I came back to the receptionist to cover my copay portion....the dentist walked over and said, "Are you kidding?  If you hadn't fixed that we'd have had a scheduling nightmare and lost an entire day's work!  You don't owe anything."

Any more comments like that and I will challenge you to a duel of calculus at dawn.

Said duel to be conducted with compass and protractor (a.k.a., Weapons of Math Instruction)

Seems to me (and I suspect most others) this entire discussion comes down to budget.  If budget allows, or it's required because your livelihood depends on it, get the Big White(s).  Otherwise, the Tamron will not disappoint.  I'm talking to you, fellow hobbyists.

I'll wait for the REAL tests........brick walls and cats  ;)   

My HTC One and Acer A500 both work fine with 6D wireless.  The A500 works wired with my 40D, 60D and 6D.  Handy when I'm doing astro work and don't want to mess with a laptop.  As for wallowing in the dirt.....yeah, I've noticed how much farther away the ground gets every year........

Lenses / Re: Review: Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Distagon T*
« on: February 25, 2014, 09:42:49 PM »
We really don't need any more reviews of this lens.  If you want the best normal range lens ever made and can justify the expense, just get it and enjoy; end of story.

Canon General / Re: $4 Million Photograph
« on: February 24, 2014, 09:47:01 PM »
I freely admit I just usually don't appreciate 'fine art'.  Particularly anything that's supposed to be 'edgy' and 'provocative'.

Ansel Adams - I like
The Pond - I like it
Dead troops talk - like it also

Cindy Sherman - I'm sure she's well regarded by many.  Doesn't do a thing for me.  Any time I see "Self portrait of the artist" I'm pretty sure it's crap, I'd rather see a well-done "Dogs playing poker" or Velvet Elvis.  That includes Van Gogh.  Sole exception (for me) M. C. Escher with the reflecting ball.   Just my $.02, and worth as much.

Canon General / Re: Spot to take pictures of skyscrapers in NY in the dark
« on: February 16, 2014, 11:49:18 PM »
Booklyn Heights Promenade?

PowerShot / Re: PowerShot SX700 HS, PowerShot D30 & Rebel Images
« on: February 11, 2014, 09:33:46 AM »
SX700 HS might be fun toy.

PowerShot / Re: 200x zoom on SX50
« on: February 10, 2014, 09:07:43 PM »
Thanks for sharing...I'll bet your shoulder and neck thanked you for toting the SX50 instead of the 5DIII and assorted lenses!  Nice camera, one my wife and I would both enjoy, and a third the price of the new Tammy lens.  With the added bonus of the slow motion feature to play with.

Landscape / Re: Stars above.
« on: February 09, 2014, 02:44:29 AM »
6D on a 2000mm f/10 telescope with 2xTC.   Seas of Tranquility and Serenity, crater Plato and the nearby Alpine Valley, craters Archimedes and Eratosthenes, crater Copernicus at sunrise.  ISO320, 1/25. 

Larger view - macro extenders (total 65mm) added between 2xTC and camera body to increase the effective focal length.  ISO640, 1/80.

Taken evening of 8 February, first decent night in two weeks.

EOS Bodies / Re: Best Sensor Cleaning Products
« on: February 06, 2014, 09:53:41 PM »
If a blower doesn't do the trick, I use a rubber spatula trimmed to a square edge.  A piece of a lint-free wipe (courtesy of the lab I work in) wrapped around it and pure methanol (lab courtesy again) as the liquid.  Many folks use Pec Pads or some such.  I'm leaving details out because this being CR, you'll hear many opinions and gnashing of teeth.   As someone else posted, you'll find a dozen guides on the internet for sensor cleaning.  Read/watch them and figure out what you want to try and practice on a piece of glass.  Kinda like changing oil and tuneups - learn to do it yourself and you'll both save money and know it was done right.  Always always always use a blower FIRST!!  Just don't use canned air.  In a past life I made my living working on optics, so I have my methods and I'm both experienced and comfortable with them.  I'm a fan of that piezo-electric-vibrator thingy built into the sensors now, it knocks the boulders off the sensor and minimizes the potential to scratch the glass when cleaning.  I frequently change out cameras/lenses/telescopes in the field, so my sensors tend to get dirty.  I'd go broke sending them in for cleaning.

"Elegant tungsten silver brand ring"

Well now........

Add light.  :) Halogen work lights like this should be pretty easy to find, they're online and in most home improvement and hardware stores, 500 W and cost ~$20 here. 

Holy photons, Batman!  I hadn't even thought of those!  I have a couple but didn't even think of them when I was trying to AFMA my lenses.  I sometimes use them for their intended purpose but more frequently just sit in the garage with them on during the short days to keep my head screwed on tight.

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