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

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.

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

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!).

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

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!

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

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!

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

PowerShot / Christmas Camera, Under $100US ??
« on: December 02, 2012, 06:04:48 PM »

I hope someone here knows something about cheap P&S cameras.

I have a five-year-old niece. For our Thanksgiving dinner day, I gave her a Kodak disposable camera to take pictures. Once she stopped taking pictures of her finger, she did well. She actually took a couple of good pictures. So, I've been thinking about giving her a cheap digital P&S for Christmas, but I don't know much about those cameras.

Canon and Nikon seem to have comparable items around $79, but that's the extent of my "shopping."

Does anyone know how durable these things are -- would they hold up well in the hands of a young child? I do know Canon has a problem with zoom lens sticking in some of their low end cameras. That seems to be triggered by foreign objects getting between the lens segments. I know that won't work with a child.

Her mother is computer competent so she could upload for her so she can display.

Any thoughts? Thanks.

Landscape / Sandy -- Ocean Grove, NJ
« on: November 10, 2012, 10:26:29 PM »

Amazing image from one of the finest photographers I know:


The pier at Ocean Grove, NJ during the storm.

Software & Accessories / Perfectly Clear?
« on: November 01, 2012, 06:12:44 PM »

I just got an email solicitation for a plugin called "Perfectly Clear." Has anyone used this? Any experience?

They say it will instantly make a whole range of corrections -- thereby saving lots of time.


Curious to know if anyone has any experience with this.


Landscape / Four Freedoms
« on: October 24, 2012, 07:39:48 PM »

Anyone yet made images of the new Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island in New York?

It looks like a great place, both for park pictures as well as city skyline, river sites, bridges, etc. Can't wait to start seeing some images. The granite blocks have slight separations between them -- tempting to shoot through.

I will go up there if we get a great winter day, otherwise I'll wait until spring. I expect since it's new there will be crowds for a while.

PowerShot / Powershot Perils
« on: October 09, 2012, 09:46:15 AM »

The convenience of the Powershot line is hard to overestimate. With the S95, etc., you can put a lot of photography power in your pocket. Unfortunately, those great little cameras can also be easy to lose, misplace, overlook, etc.

Last Saturday I went out on an all-day imaging spree, doing several events and some general street/transit stuff. DSLR in hand, and lenses, batteries, memory cards, etc. in a bag -- and my S95 in my pants pocket. When I got home, my S95 did not come home with me. So, I spent a couple of days calling event organizers, police departments, etc. I also began pondering if there is a Sony RX100 in my future. (That should give Canon pause.)

This morning I got a call from a transit agency. One of their police officers found my camera in a train station and turned it in as found. Reunion is scheduled for tomorrow morning.

It can happen to you! I was extremely fortunate; I really did not expect to ever see the camera again. I also found I was not as prepared as I should have been. Insurance is the obvious first possibility, but that's got drawbacks, not the least of which is a deductible that may not leave much coverage with the lower values of Powershots.

Somewhere I probably have the camera's serial number, but I'd have to do a lot of searching, and I might not have it around here. I had registered it with Canon though, so the serial number is there -- huge help in documenting it with police in recovery.

Anyway, just a word to think ahead a bit. If you've got a Powershot in your pocket, be ready one day to arrive home without it. As the Boy Scouts say, be prepared.

Site Information / Missing Persons -- Brian??
« on: September 17, 2012, 11:16:49 PM »

Briansquibb was doing 10 posts a day until last month. He seems to have dropped off the earth.

Anyone have any idea why or if he's okay?

I enjoyed his posts and the banter. Miss having him around now.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Regrets -- Your One Missed Picture?
« on: September 04, 2012, 09:41:14 PM »

"Regrets, I've had a few
But then again, too few to mention "

-Frank Sinatra
My Way

I just looked at a picture of a saguaro cactus and suddenly realized I never took a picture of one. From 1996 to 1999, I lived in Tucson -- could have stepped out on my balcony anytime and got a picture. Sadly, I wasn't taking pictures during that period. I don't think I took more than one or two rolls of film pictures in those three years.

Anyway, it got me thinking about missed pictures, ones that good, avid photographers might regret having missed. What was a picture that, for one reason or another, you just didn't get -- one you could have but it didn't happen? I don't mean going to the moon and snapping one of Armstrong's footprints. I mean one you probably could have taken, one you missed, one that failed that will never happen again.

Mine may be a saguaro in a desert sunset, maybe up in the purplish light of Sabino Canyon. I'll have to think about it. I don't think I'll ever get back to the Sonoran Desert, so that's a regret.

I'm curious. How about you?

Pricewatch Deals / EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Available at LensRentals
« on: June 20, 2012, 03:58:16 PM »



They say you can have it for this weekend. Price for a week -- $19.

EOS Bodies / No Refurb Cameras?
« on: June 15, 2012, 12:07:46 AM »

I just looked at the Canon Direct site -- refurb cameras are gone. Lenses still there, printers, etc. Links to the EOS cameras page say it no longer exists.

Anyone know what's up?

EOS Bodies / The Last Flagship DSLRs
« on: June 10, 2012, 05:06:23 PM »
Predictions based on generalized long-term knowledge of the history of technology with neither scientific basis nor specific speculation. Intended only to provoke thought and discussion. If you're response is that I'm an idiot, fine, I'll say that right up front and save you the trouble. So...

1. The Canon EOS 1DX (if it ever becomes reality) is the last 1-Series flagship DSLR Canon will ever make. Like the EOS 1V was/is the last 35mm film SLR from Canon, the 1DS will be the last DSLR. Like the 1V it will be around a long time. Its "obsolesence buffer" will be plenty of room for "upgrading" through software application.

2. A new "flagship" version of the APS-C line will be introduced (e.g. a 7D2), and like the 1DX it will be the final flagship of the APS-C line. It also will be around a long time and see upgrades through software. Given Canon's predilection for super pricing I predict it will be over $2500 U.S. And most people who have a 7D today will buy one! It will seem spectacular.

Meanwhile, Canon will lead a transition to new formats that require far less mechanical apparatus than the tradional SLR. I'll leave speculation about exactly what that may be to others.

The fundamentals of a camera are pretty simple. A lens focuses light on a sensor (chemical using film previously and now a light-sensing semiconductor) and there has to be a means for recording and converting what is sensed into something the human visual apparatus can discern. What we consider a "camera" is a device that enables and manages operator variables between that lens and sensor. Photographic composition drives the decisions that create those variables. Few people buy a camera and just start pressing the shutter button with no concept of a "picture" in mind. That's where need for most of the mechanical and electro-mechanical stuff originates in today's cameras. The operator directs all that electro-mechanical stuff to do different things to fulfill his "vision."

The "mirrorless" design concept has already begun to transform the mechanics inside cameras. I think it will not be long before the flapping mirror and mechanical shutter will be seen as whimsical relics of a primitive age. Since we seem addicted (many of us anyway) to seeing exactly what is seen through the lens (in contrast to rangefinders and today's electronic "viewfinders,") manufacturers may adapt this in new ways. A shutterless camera, for example, might have nothing between the lens and the sensor-- except for maybe a lens cap. When power is turned on, the operator sees exactly what the sensor is seeing (ala today's "live view" projections). I can see this being done through a classic viewfinder and/or using an extremely hi-def display that is part of the camera body as we now have. Pressing the "shutter" would only tell the sensor to save that particular instant. This will likely require different and better sensors than we are using at the moment, and some lens "focus" adaptations may have to be made. I'm guessing most of the fundamental research has already been done, allowing this to be seen as viable options for a camera manufacturer.

I don't know that any of us can predict exactly how this future technology will work, but I do believe it will happen sooner than most us us can imagine. It was less than 15 years ago when I was recording visual images chemically. I could then see that the silicon revolution was going to somehow overwhelm this process just as surely as it was doing with audiotape and videotape and print media, etc., etc. I couldn't
say how, but I knew, sure as shootin', that is was coming.

Perhaps 20 years from now there will be discussions on these kinds of forums about how the old shutter and mirror systems "couldn't be beat" as a recent poster here has posited about film. And ebay may be full of old 1DX cameras for those who want to try their hands at old style picture taking. And, as always, there will be old timers telling newcomers how tough things were in the good old days. "Why, we had to manually clean the dust off our sensors in those days. We didn't have that refractive oxidation process you take for granted today!"

Anyway, that's my sunny Sunday afternoon contribution to the intellectual process here at CR. May the force be with you!

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