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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.

Lenses / Re: Announcement on January 8, 2013? New Lenses [CR1]
« on: December 23, 2012, 10:46:06 AM »

How many aunts do they have?

Great rouse to stem the sigma tide, but "end of march" will eventually become "delayed due to my aunt falling on her back till late July"

Lenses / Re: attaching lens hoods
« on: December 22, 2012, 09:14:24 PM »

As always, it's marketing.

With the identifying markings on the bottom, it wears off when you set the camera down with the hood on -- as mine are doing. Eventually, they wear away and you don't know which hood is which -- so you have to buy a new one!

A reach, I know. Who the hell knows really.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5d3 is the 2012 camera of the year!
« on: December 22, 2012, 04:10:55 PM »
Really? And not the 1DX? Why? I guess I need to read the article...

I asked same question in the original thread.

Answer is the 1Dx was announced in 2011. So, in spite of no ordinary person having one until deep into 2012, Canon has reordered time by now having the 1Dx in its second year.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5d2 officially discontinued.
« on: December 22, 2012, 10:48:32 AM »

Most interesting thing to me is that the EOS 1V is still alive.

$1699 new at B&H, film not included.

Street & City / Re: Shots from Detroit
« on: December 21, 2012, 10:13:25 PM »


I like the pictures, and I love Detroit. You could shoot all day in any part of Detroit and never get a boring image.

I'd love to see more pictures.

Canon General / Re: necessity of photography school
« on: December 19, 2012, 05:11:06 PM »

These are the kinds of things I kept thinking as I read this thread. In addition to basic critical thinking, the greatest power of formal education is to enlighten you about everything you DO NOT know. A good school cannot teach anyone all they need to know, but you sure better come out of a school knowing everything you need to be working on. You should have an overview of your field that enables you to know where to put your everyday learning energies. This is especially true of photography as your learning will take place throughout your lifetime.

It's funny how hindsight works... before school, I thought I was pretty decent... maybe a 6-7... I developed my own film, dark room, etc... but after school, I realized i was no where near where I thought I was when first started and was closer to a 2-3...  And now, being out of school for so long, I have grown since the digital revolution and all the advances in technology...  Every time I think I'm a 9-10, something new comes out, a new facet in technology occurs, a new AF system, a new learning curve occurs...  The more I learn, the more I know I need to keep learning... 

What you've observed about your own photographic progression is a very real thing, and has been studied and written about numerous times. The less someone knows about a subject the less accurately they can judge their own skill/knowledge in that subject.  It's the old "you don't know what you don't know".

EOS Bodies / Re: It's Christmas Eve !!
« on: December 19, 2012, 04:36:27 PM »
This is my Christmas gift - but taken with a 5D3 and 24-70 II


That's just a car! If it can't make a picture....!

Lenses / Re: Lens dilemma
« on: December 19, 2012, 10:14:56 AM »

As much as I love my 135, I got my 70-200 first.

I'd do it the same way if I had to do it again.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Price War! Canon EOS 5D Mark II at Amazon for $1529
« on: December 18, 2012, 01:47:12 PM »

Yep. B&H seems to be matching Amazon, at least on bodies. The 5D3 kit price has dropped twice, $50 each time since Friday.

How low can they go? Or how many special treats can they throw in to make it work?

EOS Bodies / Re: It's Christmas Eve !!
« on: December 18, 2012, 11:14:57 AM »
Just curious, why did you buy from B&H when there are all these people selling it for $400-$600 cheaper than them?

I don't want to say thing I shouldn't in public. But for my circumstances, B&H is the most economical AND most dependable of any vendor I could use. I also have a long relationship with them, and I've got sort of a loyalty thing I guess.

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