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EOS Bodies / Re: All I Want For Christmas...
« on: December 15, 2014, 04:00:56 PM »
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To the OP: Welcome to CR. Nothing personal, but I will not tolerate another person using the term "ecosystem" for an imaging system consisting of cameras and lenses. Your cameras, etc. are not living organisms.

To the folks who have nothing better to say than to suggest the OP is a "troll," try a little harder. He makes an excellent point regarding bodies and lenses. Frankly, from what I've seen, the Nikon D750 looks like the best general use DSLR being made today. If Nikon only had Canon's selection of high quality lenses, they'd have a thoroughly compelling imaging system. The D750 will probably be equaled (not bested) by a 5D4 whenever it shows up on Canon's slow boat to wherever.

And since I'm on a rant here, to those who think they somehow sound erudite by using the term "price point," stop it -- unless you're discussing a marketing plan or strategy. The price you're going to pay for an item is only a "price point" to the marketing organization. To you, the buyer, it's just the price.

As for what I want for Christmas.... For years I've been asking for a helicopter; Santa has failed for more than 20 years now. Maybe I'll have to eventually settle for one of the new camera-carrying, remote-controlled quad-copters. I suspect the FAA will quash that dream before it can happen.

So, anyone I haven't offended?

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I've successfully sold a few things on CL -- and found a very nice side benefit.

Ever since my first listing I've been getting daily invitations from lovely young ladies to all sorts of social activities. Makes me think of the ending to the movie, "It's a Wonderful Life."

"No man is a failure who has friends."

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It's never enough for jerks like that.

What he really needs is some CIA style enhanced interrogation.

I feel bad for his wife -- she's got a tough life ahead with that kind of creep.

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Photography Technique / Re: What can old-school photogs do better (or not)?
« on: December 08, 2014, 07:46:07 PM »
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There may be more going on here than meets the eye, so to speak.

I'd suggest the OP may want to gently suggest his photographer have his eyes checked. That OOF percentage suggests two things to me. First, failing eyesight generally. Second, the known difficulties of manual focus on current digital bodies. Back in the "old-school" days we had much better tools for seeing proper manual focus.

The failing eyesight thing happened to Ansel Adams. In his last years he was printing sub-par work due to his failing eyesight. Naturally, when this was pointed out to him, he didn't see it and rebelled at the suggestion. It still looked good to him.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Co-worker dumps $5k on Nikon
« on: December 08, 2014, 02:52:36 PM »
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The point of the original post, to me, simply confirms what I believe. Most people buying high quality photographic equipment know little about either photographic equipment or photography. The fact of buying Nikon seems of little note, except to possible marketing and sale pressures taking advantage of Canon's growing performance deficiencies.

What is more troubling is a response to such a post. It reminds me of a bunch of kids on a high school bus. One kid says something he believes has some value or is interesting to him. Then a bully berates him and all the bully's worshipers chime in to pile on and win points with the bully. It's become an unattractive aspect of this forum, sadly.

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I don't waste my time on jerks!

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Lenses / Re: The Long and Short of it. 2 Photos from the same Place
« on: December 05, 2014, 12:37:34 PM »
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Are you saying telephoto lenses make objects appear closer than they actually are?

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EOS-M / Re: Portfolio of my favorite Eos M pics of the last year...
« on: December 04, 2014, 09:15:33 AM »
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Thanks, IM. Your images are always a great treat!

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Lenses / New Lens Rental Business Model
« on: December 03, 2014, 07:17:43 PM »

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Seems like more an issue of semantics.

"Donation," for many folks, suggests charitable giving, i.e. a gift. When the recipient is a recognized non-profit/charitable organization there are tax implications. The organization does not pay income tax on that revenue, and the giver may be able to deduct the amount against his own income.

When the organization is for-profit or personal, a donation or gift is subject to income tax. In the cases cited here, I suspect the donations are indicated as income, and expenses, such as Web site expenses, etc., are charged against that income. If it is listed on a tax return simply as a gift, no expenses could be charged and the entire amount would be taxable.

Nothing here is tax and/or legal advice. I am not a professional in that field, and my knowledge (or lack thereof) stems from personal experiences having managed for-profit and non-profit charitable organizations. Tax law in the U.S. changes every year so what I've said may not be current.

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Advertising/marketing people are a scourge on humanity and responsible for most of the grief in the world.

Comedian Bill Hicks rightly called them satan's little helpers and advised them all to kill themselves.

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Photography Technique / Re: travel advice - winter in Yellowstone
« on: December 01, 2014, 07:08:24 PM »
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While it may be chilly, be thankful every single minute you are not bitten by a mosquito!!!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Sony to capture all the non-Canon sensor sales
« on: December 01, 2014, 11:29:42 AM »
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Interesting forecast suggesting the maturity of the digital camera market.

The glaring error for me is the assumption that no one makes image sensors except Sony and Canon. There are other companies involved and to varying degrees.

Also, this post doesn't seem to belong in the EOS Bodies section.

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Portrait / Re: Post your best portraits(street, studio, candid etc...).
« on: November 30, 2014, 09:25:42 PM »
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Friday, shopping center...

5D3, EF 135mm @ f/2.8, 1/180, ISO 6400, +1EV


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Life is not about what you have.

Life is about what you DO!!

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