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Street & City / Re: Street Portraits from a small Karoo town...
« on: March 12, 2014, 02:59:00 PM »
Always a good day when I come here and see you're posting some of your fine images!!


Canon General / Re: 19 ways to become a hated photographer
« on: March 11, 2014, 01:12:22 PM »
Or instead, you could join my new group:


It begins here:


Landscape / Re: Ugly landscapes
« on: March 11, 2014, 12:55:02 PM »
I wondered about this Sunday as I was driving down the Atlantic City Expressway. Does anyone specialize in otherwise beautiful landscapes scarred by electric transmission lines, microwave towers, pipelines, etc? Something like this -- nuclear plant cooling towers:

Street & City / Re: 37 Once-In-A-Lifetime Photos From 2013
« on: March 10, 2014, 11:24:41 AM »
Looks like it was a lousy year. Sure doesn't make me proud to be one of the humans on this planet.

EOS Bodies / Re: What Happened to the Photography Industry in 2013?
« on: March 06, 2014, 11:57:36 AM »
Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.

I don't own stock in any imaging company, and my only concern is how well they are able to meet my needs as a photographer.

So far, Canon has succeeded. In 2010, I bought their T2i, and it still gives me good results. In 2012, I bought their 5D3, and that does everything the T2i can't. Sigma is supplying fine quality lenses at reasonable (comparatively) prices, and I'm buying them.

All companies and industries have their ups and downs. Apparently, the imaging industry picked up a great wave a few years ago, and now that ride is over. Like good surfers, they'll sit on their boards in the lull and watch for the next big one. Some will get tired of waiting; they'll go home. The serious ones will be there to ride the next big wave. And unfortunately, there will always be the gaggle of gossipers on the beach with nothing better to do than whine about what was or was not or what might have been or could have been or was or will be -- and they'll keep building their sand castles and have the tides relentlessly knock them down.

Meanwhile, I'll go on doing what I'm really interested in -- taking/making pictures. If a company comes up with anything that better satisfies my needs in the future, they'll get my dollars. Beyond that, I really don't care about the whys and wherefores of their sales volumes or units shipped or profitability. There will always be enough of us who care about pictures to support manufacturers that supply what we need.

Site Information / Re: CR buggy for anyone else?
« on: March 05, 2014, 06:31:11 PM »
I've noticed that also. Nothing has updated for two days. The list of recent posts hasn't changed and several of them give me the same message you received. Tried clearing my cache and history but nothing improved.

Yep, it's failing to refresh again. A tiresome problem.

Canon General / Re: Interview With Canon Executives
« on: March 05, 2014, 11:05:00 AM »
They better bring back unlimited data plans if that's the case, because I would use my monthly shared GBs pool 1/10th of the way through a single shoot if I was uploading RAW frames or 1/2 way through with JPEGs.  If the next model is a 30+ MP body, we're all screwed ;)

Bring back?

I have and have had unlimited data with Sprint for years now. Ironically, my typical month is about 20MB.

Canon General / Re: Interview With Canon Executives
« on: March 04, 2014, 09:50:16 AM »
Most interesting to me was the clear statement that the EOS-M was an "experiment."

It's plain to me Canon has backed away from mirrorless for now. Likely they will let the other guys (Sony, Olympus, Fujifilm, etc.) sort it all out before they commit to anything seriously.

EOS Bodies / Re: UPDATE: EOS M2 Not Coming to North America
« on: March 01, 2014, 10:04:46 AM »
Lost in translation.

What the guy meant was...

I HAVE an M2, and I'll bring it with me on my trip to North America.

Canon General / Re: Nine Canon Designs Recognized With iF Design Awards
« on: February 28, 2014, 10:52:31 PM »
No surprise!!

Congratulations to all at Canon.

I'm about 90% of the way toward a decision to buy this instead of the new Canon G1X.

There seems to be a lot to like about it. One of the most convincing things I hear is its ability to "see light" as a photographer sees it. The images I've seen suggest the metering is pretty extraordinary.

Looking forward to using it for this year's outdoor events season.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Announcement in Q2 of 2014 [CR1]
« on: February 27, 2014, 08:18:50 PM »
What I'm hearing is that when they finally do produce a 7D2...

Anyone who buys one will also get a free toaster!!

Now, that's marketing.

I've found these helpful.

Adam Marelli's "Bridging the Gap: Classical Art Designed for Photographers," is one I like:


Marelli did a followup:


Vendula Ralkova has a very academic approach that may or may not be useful to you:


Lenses / Re: Review: Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Distagon T*
« on: February 25, 2014, 06:23:55 PM »
I've been told that Zeiss and Leitz lenses are manufactured in Japan now and that these brand names are just licenses leased out by international trading companies that own those names. Is this true? Or, does Zeiss and Leitz still manufacture everything in Germany? Thanks

What difference would it make?

If Zeiss puts their name on it, I don't care if they had Aunt Mabel make it on Mars.

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