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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Uneven Battery Usage in 580EXII
« on: November 23, 2014, 05:27:01 PM »
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I had same experience with a 270 II. I was using non-rechargeable batteries. When I used the eneloops, it didn't seem to happen.

We discussed that here, probably a year or so ago.

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Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 22, 2014, 09:33:27 AM »
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Brings to mind a scene in the movie, "Unforgiven." Will Munny (Clint Eastwood) is about to kill Little Bill Daggett (Gene Hackman).

Little Bill: I don't deserve to die like this. I was building a house.
Will Munny: Deserve's got nothin' to do with it.

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Lenses / Re: In praise of the 40mm f/2.8 STM
« on: November 21, 2014, 05:27:00 PM »
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It's been sadly underutilized since I got the Sigma 35mm last year. But it took one of my favorite pictures, on a T2i @ 800ISO wide open...


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Third Party Manufacturers / CPL Advance?
« on: November 20, 2014, 11:30:08 PM »
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Interesting tech piece on new polarizing material that transmits substantially more light...

http://www.rdmag.com/news/2014/11/novel-polarizing-filter-transits-more-light


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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon EF-S 11-24mm f/3.5-4.5
« on: November 18, 2014, 10:12:04 PM »
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Why is a lens rumor in the EOS Bodies section??

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Business of Photography/Videography / Re: Update on SmugMug
« on: November 18, 2014, 03:15:59 PM »
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I rate them as adequate. Biggest problem I have is the place seems to be run by children, very juvenile.

The latest problem is image view tracking. Used to be you could see all image views except yours. Now they've thrown your own views into the results and tout it as some kind of benefit. I think their intent is to move you to Google Analytics.

Still seems to be about as good as is available given the options.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Real EOS M Replacement Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: November 17, 2014, 08:09:14 PM »
I've already bought my last Canon DSLR, and if Canon doesn't come out with a Pro Mirrrrorless I've already bought my last Canon camera.

I'm in that same camp. I've already stopped buying anything Canon related. And my mind is slowly migrating to a full Fuji system after working with the X100S since the Spring.

Things may be different if I had any interest in BIF, wildlife, sports and other distant moving things.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Real EOS M Replacement Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: November 17, 2014, 02:13:51 PM »
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If Canon is getting ready to make their move now, I doubt they will use their own sensor. They have not demonstrated a sensor technology that can compete in the current mirrorless market.

Now that they've gone over that Rubicon by using a Sony sensor, it suggests we'll see more non-Canon sensors. Perhaps they'll get really smart and hook up with Toshiba.

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Canon General / Re: Forum Decorum....Deshmorum?
« on: November 16, 2014, 12:52:50 PM »

I've never had over 1000 posts in a forum, ever.  (And I go back to the BBS days on 2400 Baud modems!)  I learn a lot here and I like to think that I can avoid the temptation to contribute to the 'trolling' and bickering that sometimes happens.

I'll go off on a tangent and enter the oneupsmanship world: I go back to 300 Baud acoustic coupler modems. Things sure have changed!

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Software & Accessories / Re: Must have Android apps?
« on: November 15, 2014, 11:48:54 PM »
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There are countless thousands of photo apps. The real question is what do you want one to do for you?

If you do landscapes, there are sun/moon tracking apps that will show you the light for any location at any time.

Lightroom and Photoshop have mobile apps of questionable value.

There is at least one catalog with the specs of every lens Canon makes/made.

There are lots of DOF calculating apps.

First, decide what you need. If you can imagine it, I'll bet an app exists.

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Pricewatch Deals / Refurb S100 today $109
« on: November 15, 2014, 03:31:39 PM »
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Today last day for refurb Canon Powershot S100 for $109.

It's not today's tech, but it's a hell of a good pocketable camera for not much more than petty cash.

http://shop.usa.canon.com/shop/en/catalog/cameras/refurbished-powershot-digital-cameras/powershot-s100-black-refurbished?cm_mmc=FB-_-Refurbished+PowerShot+S100-_-2014-11-15_0200PM_FB_REFURBISHED-POWERSHOT-S100-BLACK-_-33134%3A1795077

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Landscape / Re: Fall colours
« on: November 14, 2014, 02:41:37 PM »
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Nice picture. Not so great use of grad ND in post...



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Landscape / Re: Railway odds and ends...
« on: November 14, 2014, 02:28:08 PM »
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And now, back to railroad pictures...

Since the snow is making a comeback in the northern climes...



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Landscape / Re: Railway odds and ends...
« on: November 14, 2014, 02:24:14 PM »
Ditto.  Great colors, neat shot but I immediately wanted the background gone.  I suspect this was merely a quick fun experiment shot before the bottle was "less full".   :D

Rusty, you are essentially correct.

I had recently gotten a Powershot A1200, Canon's bottom-of-the-line P&S camera. I was looking for a few test shots. The bourbon was there, the light was right, etc. It's a jpg sooc so processing a RAW file wasn't possible. That camera doesn't do RAW, by the way.

As for the background, there's a point. It's a contrast to the elegant, seductive packaging of a product that has the power to destroy lives. I don't want to get into an argument about responsible use of legal drugs, etc. The point is the sophistication of marketing in contrast to the gritty reality of a world where such products often live.

I took a few shots in a liquor store a while back, and I was astounded at the lushness of the presentation of these products. I know the guy who owns the store, and and said to him, "It's a good thing I don't drink. If I did, I wouldn't know where to stop given how amazing they make this stuff look."

Here's an example of what I saw in that store...


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