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Canon General / Newspaper Dumps Photographers, Wants Video
« on: May 30, 2013, 09:21:53 PM »
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Claiming readers are clamoring for more video news coverage, the Chicago Sun-Times has dumped its entire photography staff.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-chicago-sun-times-photo-20130530,0,4361142.story

Seems a bit drastic, and probably related to short-term budget thinking, but it's what I'm expecting to see long-term. Still photos are going to struggle to maintain relevancy.

They're going to use stringers/freelancers for some still photography in the print edition, I guess.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Color Bombs Kill Cameras
« on: May 08, 2013, 05:07:49 PM »
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Roger at LensRentals has posted a warning about the color bombs used at some running events:

http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2013/05/how-to-ruin-your-gear-in-5-minutes-without-water

He says they will consider damage done to rental equipment at such events as negligent use of equipment.

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Pricewatch Deals / Pancake for $80
« on: May 05, 2013, 10:27:32 AM »
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Sale at the Canon refurb store now. The 40mm pancake lens is priced at $79.99, although out of stock at the moment.

Keep checking as things come back in stock in quirky fashion sometimes.

That's the lowest price I've ever seen for that lens.

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Site Information / Minimum CR Forum IQ?
« on: April 11, 2013, 10:29:42 AM »
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Just curious -- what is the minimum IQ requirement for posting in the forum here? And by "IQ" I mean the old school variety -- Intelligence Quotient.

We just had a thread shut down for being "beyond stupid." That would suggest that posts must meet a certain intellectual level before proceeding to full forum discussion. What's the standard? Surely we would not be capricious about such a thing.

Or, is it possible people may be stressed over an upcoming taxes due date in the U.S? That may explain some reduced tolerance for our mentally challenged members.

Since I'm not the brightest lens in the mix here, I'd like some guidance on this matter so pressing to me.

Thanks.

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Lenses / Mid-Atlantic Macro Fest -- Cicadas!!
« on: April 06, 2013, 10:25:17 AM »
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The 17-year Cicadas will be emerging this spring -- coming to a U.S. mid-Atlantic location near you!

http://www.cicadamania.com/where.html

If you're anywhere from Connecticut to Virginia, mount a macro next month and show us your bugs!!

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Canon General / A Camera Walks Into a Bar, Scary Review
« on: March 22, 2013, 08:37:37 PM »
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A Camera Walks Into a Bar

This is worth reading if only for the great characterizations of camera manufacturing companies.

The scary part is it suggests how far behind Canon (and Nikon) is in current photographic technology. Professional photographers are beginning to migrate to this -- and Canon could be left in the dust.


http://zackarias.com/for-photographers/gear-gadgets/fuji-x100s-review-a-camera-walks-into-a-bar/

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Third Party Manufacturers / Art Tool or Art Object?
« on: March 02, 2013, 11:51:25 AM »
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A while back we briefly discussed a Wired article by Pete Brook:

Do We Love Cameras for Their Brains or Their Bodies?

http://www.wired.com/rawfile/2013/01/daniel-arsham-reach-ruin/

It was about an art exhibit in Philadelphia using camera sculptures. The exhibit seems to ask the question is a camera a tool to make art or a piece of art in itself. After some discussion with another person on this forum, I said I'd go see the exhibit and file a report. So, for what it's worth, here's my report:

http://deadreckoning1.wordpress.com/2013/03/01/reach-ruin-or-not/




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Software & Accessories / Stolen Camera Finder?
« on: February 17, 2013, 10:18:32 AM »
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Anyone familiar with this stolen camera finder service??

http://www.stolencamerafinder.com/

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Software & Accessories / Nice Folks at Flickr
« on: February 14, 2013, 04:09:24 PM »
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Some here may recall I got a Powershot A1200 on clearance from the Canon refurb shop a couple of months ago. For $35, it was too much good technology to resist.

I quickly joined the group for that camera at Flickr, and I posted a note letting people know it was on sale. Last week I posted my first picture from that camera, and I got this surprise Flickr message a few days later:

"When you joined the Canon a1200 flickr group you were our 100th member as pointed out to me by Wayne, another group admin. We waited to see if you became an 'active member' and you you have now done so by adding image(s) to the group from said camera: you win a prize.

"Wayne and I discussed doing this ages ago and as I started the group I get to choose. I thought an 8gb memory card and some Duracell batteries for your A1200 might be useful.

"This is not a scam and feel free to check with Wayne Wilkinson also from the states.

"All I need is A postal address to post the prize to. Nothing more. It doesn't even have to be your address, just one that you have access to.

"I live in United Kingdom so can't deliver personally I'm afraid!

"I wish you much continued success and use of the A1200. It's a great little cam when a dslr is just too much!

"Kind regards

Paul gallagher"


While the "prize" doesn't mean a lot, what does is the active management these guys are doing to run a good Flickr group. I've not seen another group like it.

And the fun part is the challenge of making good images without high-end equipment, RAW files, virtually limitless post processing, etc.

Makes for some good, clean fun!!

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Third Party Manufacturers / Argus 1.8 Billion Pixels
« on: January 27, 2013, 02:45:05 PM »
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From the "I'm glad I'm too old to look forward to this kind of world" department:

http://www.truthdig.com/avbooth/item/nova_the_next_generation_of_drone_surveillance_20130126/

The fear mongers of our world are developing a surveillance camera for drones they are calling the "Wide Area Persistent Stare" that can watch and record everything that happens in a small city.

"This is done by stitching together streams captured by a curved mosaic of 368 lens chips into one fluid video. Standing at a monitor, an operator can zoom in on specific areas anywhere within the image, opening up to 65 windows that contain magnified views while maintaining the larger context.

"From an altitude of 17,500 feet, Argus can see an object 6 inches off the ground, and automatically identifies everything that moves. Its recordings can be stored at a capacity equivalent to 5,000 hours of high-definition footage and are instantly retrievable at every level of magnification."

I'll bet when this comes about someone makes a small fortune selling hats with big mirrors on top.

Recently, I found out how much we are already being watched. A man killed a woman inside her house in Philadelphia. Cops gathered all the records from all video "security" cameras in the neighborhood. They zeroed in on one man they saw on the street, did some enhancement on his face and compared that image to the state driver license records to identify him. He confessed after 10 or so hours of persistent interrogation. Glad they caught him, but that kind of power scares me just as much as any criminal does.

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Canon General / How many clicks in 2012?
« on: January 01, 2013, 08:13:52 PM »

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Anyone have any idea how many pictures they took in 2012?

I did a little research and learned I took about 30,000 pictures last year.

The files in my T2i indicate 26,000 with that camera. So, I'm guessing combining with the other cameras (S95, 1V, a Lumix, a Yashica, etc.) it's in the 30,000 range.

I don't think I need to do another of those 365 projects! Wore me out.

Just curious where other folks are with this.

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PowerShot Cameras / A1200 for $35
« on: December 29, 2012, 10:26:26 AM »

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Just ordered a little Powershot A1200 from the refurb store. At $35, how can you go wrong? Sale ends today.

The OVF is what got me. That, and the simplicity, I guess. Throw in a couple of AA batteries, paste it to your face and go shooting.

No RAW, no IS of any kind. But an f/2.8 28mm zooms to f/5.9 at 112mm.

And if it gets run over by a bus, no big deal (just get it off your face before the bus comes!).

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EOS Bodies / It's Christmas Eve !!
« on: December 17, 2012, 07:51:43 PM »

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I just checked the tracking number and found out my 5D3 will be delivered TOMORROW !!

Hadn't expected it until end of week. Isn't B&H just the best!

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Software & Accessories / Web-based Slide Show Creation & Hosting?
« on: December 10, 2012, 04:03:44 PM »

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I'm looking for suggestions, recommendations, information, etc. about creating a still pictures slide show that can be accessed on the Web. The only thing I've ever done related was a simple slide show with accompanying music using the standard Windows 7 media software, and I don't think there's a way to access that via Web.

The project is a "year in the life of a farmer's market." Most Saturday mornings this year I went to a local farm market and took pictures. I've got everything from tomato plants and spring peas in May to sweat-drenched shoppers/workers in August to Christmas wreaths carried by gloved hands n November. I've got 3000 images I'll have to cull down into the five to 10 minute range.

I'd like to put some music behind it, but I don't want to pay royalties for owned works. I understand there is public domain stuff around. Also, if possible, I'd like the ability to add my own voice-over.

This isn't being sold to anyone, and there's no commercial aspect involved. I'd just put it on the Web the same way I do with my photo site. My two hosting options, if they are options, are Smugmug where I have my photo galleries and Wordpress where I put my ravings and ranting into words.

If there's something free that can do this, I'd like to know. Failing that, I'm guessing there must be some sort of software that can be purchased -- economically, of course.

Thanks in advance!

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Contests / CR Christmas?
« on: December 07, 2012, 10:48:28 AM »
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When is Tuesday, December 15, 2012?

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