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PowerShot Cameras / Re: A1200 for $35
« on: December 29, 2012, 12:41:55 PM »


Sale ends tomorrow, midnight. (December 31, 2012)

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Need you to critique this annual calendar
« on: December 29, 2012, 12:40:05 PM »

Personally, I don't like the green color, at least on screen. Maybe in print it looks okay -- again, just a personal preference.

Anyway, that got me thinking maybe the months could be different colors. January/February maybe a cold bluish shade and green through summer and fall colors for Sept/Oct/Nov -- and maybe holiday colors for Dec. Something like that, or something more appropriate if you're in another hemisphere.

I also thought about playing with the layout, but I don't see any way to really improve it.

Thanks for asking.

Lenses / Re: A few words on Adorama's customer service
« on: December 29, 2012, 12:29:52 PM »

Thanks, Rigo.

Nice to see good companies acknowledged by appreciative customers. My experience with Adorama and B&H is nothing but the best.

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!).

PowerShot Cameras / Re: Canon France Teases New Products
« on: December 28, 2012, 08:14:49 PM »

The more I look at it, the more I think it's pathetic.

That's advertising and marketing geniuses for you!

Heed the wisdom of Bill Hicks.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: World's First EOS-1D C Motion Image Shoot
« on: December 27, 2012, 04:06:55 PM »

Exactly right. This is the future, and it's not that far away. This is why I've said before the 1Dx is the last conventional stills DSLR Canon will ever make. The 1Dx is good enough that it will bridge into this form of photography/videography that will become common in that high end professional market.

Reading this and watching the video makes me feel extremely primitive in how I make pictures. What I strive for in head-hunting street photography is that real moment, that "micro-expression" that is so recognizably REAL! For me, that's what makes a good picture. Even shooting honest 10 FPS stills it can be missed -- if you were fast enough to achieve AF to begin with.

I'm going to predict the next summer Olympic games will see many image producers using these kinds of tools. A company like Reuters will jump at the chance to have video to go along with the stills they can provide clients -- and all of it coming from one camera.

Maybe 10 years from now people will look back at the tools we covet today and think it was the stone age.

What is not important here is what this camera can or cannot do.  What is important is the shift in direction and marketing that this camera brings.  It is true that a camera that can take continuous footage at a decent resolution will change a lot of the photo industry.  Canon sees this, and that is where they are heading.  If I were younger and had a desire to move into a cutting edge industry, I would probably mortgage the house and buy two of these things with a heck of a lot of memory cards.  I would start marketing myself in a way that differentiated myself from my competition, and as technology catches up, I would employ that too.  With an existing client base and experience at this craft, you would be at the forefront ready to handle raw video 5K, or whatever is next.  Who knows, the future hardware could shoot 5K at 24FPS and then when you press the stills button you get a temporary bump to 60 FPS with multi-exposure blur to still have smooth video and still be able to use a high shutter speed for great stills.  Its possible.  Some company will figure this out, and things will change.

Exciting stuff.  Too bad I am old, tired, and in a different industry.

Lenses / Re: attaching lens hoods
« on: December 26, 2012, 09:34:14 PM »
The alternate orientations that you can put the hood on when you do not align the spots also generate the same final symetry of the hood on the lens (even when using asymetric hoods like this petal one for the UWA zoom). This is the way I found my lens on the body when I read this post. So apprently I wasn't paying attention to Canon's instructions.  ::)

So just put the hood on anywhich way that it will go smoothly onto the threads.  I personally never cared if the writing was on top or bottom.  :P

You  must be one of those anarchists I hear about!!


There are some retailers I'd be cautious about.

EOS Bodies / Re: "Do you want to borrow a 1DX" ?
« on: December 26, 2012, 10:33:14 AM »

Avoir l'esprit de l'escalier, I know, but you should have told him, Piss on borrowing one, I'll just buy it.

You're going to end up buying one anyway. Get on with it!

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5D MKII Pricing Question
« on: December 26, 2012, 10:20:28 AM »

If the 5D2 does what you need in photography, but it right now. If the price goes down any between now and the time they're all gone, what's it going to be? $50? $100 at most? Even that isn't likely.

You could get one today at Canon Refurb for $1407.

If the 5D2 does not satisfy your needs, find the camera that does.

Since you may not really know Canon, I'll say yes, your concerns about being a beta tester or buying problems do sound silly. Canon is not perfect, but they do not hang their customers out to dry. If there is a problem with new equipment, they take care of it promptly.


For pure nostalgia sake, the Kodak Pocket Instamatic 20. Not that there was anything great about it, but I took some good pictures with it. That prompted me to think I could take even better pictures with a 35mm SLR -- so I went big time with the Minolta SR-T102 -- TTL light metering, ground glass focusing, great stuff. I've been striving to take better pictures ever since!

Happy holidays to all!


If this is all you've got to be angry about, I'd say you have a lot to be thankful for.

Suggest you focus on all the good stuff in life -- seek joy!!

Happy holiday season to you!!

Software & Accessories / Re: Web-based Slide Show Creation & Hosting?
« on: December 24, 2012, 01:35:07 PM »

Thanks Awin. I'll look into that.

It appears the programs turn a slide show into video format -- so any video host will do. I can even use Smugmug where I store my image files.

Software & Accessories / Re: Web-based Slide Show Creation & Hosting?
« on: December 24, 2012, 12:03:56 PM »

Since no one seems to know, here's something I've come up with, finally:

I'll probably go with the ProShow Gold.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 60D Stock Levels Getting Low?
« on: December 23, 2012, 01:13:51 PM »
Before the 6D announcement, it looked as though the 70D was going to be a replacemenet for both the 60D and 7D.

No, it did not.

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