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So kind of them to tell us all about their winter project.

Perhaps we should all send Canon news of our winter projects.

As I've said before, trying to figure out Canon's reasoning is like staring at the sun hoping to see a hydrogen atom. You'll never see it, and you'll go blind in the process.

Well, I'm off to start my winter project!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: canon 5D MkIII on sale at B&H
« on: October 23, 2012, 06:12:27 PM »

Thanks for the heads up.

B&H is my bellwether (and supplier of choice) so this gives me confidence that sometime before year's end, I'll see a $2800 price.

Canon General / Re: To take on a partner or not?
« on: October 23, 2012, 01:27:18 PM »

My best guess, given what you've posted is that you see your friend bringing sales strength to the deal. He can be the front man, deal closer, etc.

Nothing wrong with that; people have different talents. The obvious question is, what do you bring to the deal? If he's at least as good a picture maker as you, and he can bring in the business, two years from now, what's he need you for?

Like others have already said here, make sure you both know what you're getting into right from the start.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 40 f2.8 vs. EF 35 f2.0 on crop body
« on: October 22, 2012, 09:03:14 PM »

The 40 is $200. Buy one and try it. If you don't like it, sell it or send it back.

EOS Bodies / Re: Iconic photographs
« on: October 19, 2012, 03:45:00 PM »

Image quality in terms of focus, detail, clarity, composure, etc. all play a part in the perception of an image. But, as any artist would acknowledge, they are not all that matters.

I'll suggest for the tendered images here, there are far more important considerations launching them into the "icon" category -- world history, news, celebrity, etc. And the role of media cannot be overlooked. All these images have had widespread audiences.

We are captives of our times, and we use the tools we have to produce the best we can. I'm glad to be here when we have easy availability of extraordinary photographic tools.

Street & City / Re: 1970s Checker Co. Cab
« on: October 16, 2012, 05:28:28 PM »

Gorgeous images.

I came within a whisker of buying one the year they stopped making them. Tremendous durability, easy maintenance. I'd be driving one now if I'd done that!

Sports / Re: Cars cars cars (and some bikes)
« on: October 13, 2012, 04:52:27 PM »

Mark, those images are gorgeous!! Beautiful to look at! I had no idea you did that kind of work.


Sports / Re: Cars cars cars (and some bikes)
« on: October 12, 2012, 04:56:33 PM »

Great work, V8. Great to look at!

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Rumors Surface [CR1]
« on: October 10, 2012, 07:23:55 PM »
Just back from two weeks vacation and catching up with all the rumours.

It's comforting to see that nothing changes much here. Yet more complaints, moans and hysteria about another camera that hasn't seen the light of day yet (if it ever does). There isn't even a credible spec yet and already we have the usual suspects complaining that it's under-specified, or it's not exactly what they want.

You guys must all have crystal balls. Why don't you take a day off from griping and go take some photographs?

That's funny!

Welcome home.

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.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Rumors Surface [CR1]
« on: October 08, 2012, 06:47:47 PM »
I think we’ll see the APS-C market slow down a bit, now that the D600 and EOS 6D are changing the pricing structure for consumer camera bodies.

This is a puzzling thought. It suggests a consumer who wants to try a DSLR first buys into a Rebel under $1K, and then when he wants to be better, he has two choices:

1. Get a 7D2 at over $2K. There is nothing (xxD) in between, and the 7D2 may be all wrong for him given its intended purposes.

2. Go FF with a 6D at over $2K.

I suppose a third option is a 7D2 AND a FF camera.

Seems to me that leaves a HUGE soft spot between $1K and $2K.

Surely something else is going on.

EOS Bodies / Re: mhm... open letter to canon?
« on: October 05, 2012, 01:37:02 PM »
This thread is absolutely the stupidest thread on this site currently active, and adds to the cesspool that most of the internet already is.  This is embarassing for the site.

Geez, did someone steal your lunch money?

I think the premise of this thread is questionable, but overall, it doesn't seem like the "stupidest" here. There have been some interesting points made.

And if you think this can be characterized as anywhere near the "cesspool" of the Internet, I think you haven't seen the nether reaches!

Nothing wrong with a discussion where people can say wrongheaded things, and perhaps be corrected or at least challenged.

Canon General / Re: Air Shows-How do you shoot them? (my first attempt)
« on: October 04, 2012, 11:10:26 AM »

Albedo, I really like that C130 landing. That is great photography!

Canon General / Re: How do you sell your gear?
« on: October 04, 2012, 11:00:53 AM »

That reminds me -- you really can (perhaps should) give things away sometimes. A woman on CL locally was looking for items for a photography class she was going to give for children this past summer. I gave her a bunch of expired B&W film, couple of old compact film cameras and a couple of Yashica rangefinders -- and a light meter.

The caveat is to make sure it's a legitimate organization. They'll give you a letter for charitable donation to a tax-exempt organization if you want it for tax purposes.

Makes me happy to know there will be some teens in a few years taking pictures with iPhones -- but who also know how to use a rangefinder and film!

I find try to find a direct family member that will appreciate it for free.


Not much help now, I know. But for the future. A box of these is $3 to $5 depending on where and when. Fold one up and keep it in your bag. If that much water comes along, these seem like a good investment.

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