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Third Party Manufacturers / Xiaomi launches cheap action camera
« on: March 02, 2015, 08:23:45 AM »
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-31692908

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Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has launched a cheap action camera that costs only 399 yuan (£41).

The Yi Action Camera shoots video in 1080 high-definition, has a 16 megapixel camera and a wide-angle lens.

The device can also be used to make time-lapse films and is waterproof to depths of 40m.

More cat pictures coming your way soon... Still, the price is good!  More details at the link. 

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Fujifilm like the EOS 7D mark II
« on: February 28, 2015, 08:01:44 AM »
A couple of excerpts from an interview with Fujifilm's Senior Manager for Sales & Marketing over at DPReview.
http://www.dpreview.com/articles/0704217094/cp-2015-fujifilm-interview-our-lenses-are-waiting-for-higher-resolution-sensors

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Digital SLRs. Mid-range and high-end DSLRs like Canon’s EOS 7D Mark II, for example. Canon did a good job with that camera. And as we move into the telephoto lens area for wildlife photography and so on, those customers definitely need a better autofocus system. Just introducing a telephoto zoom is not a solution. Focus accuracy and speed has to be there. 

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One of the most interesting cameras in the past six months or so was the Canon EOS 7D Mark II. Historically Canon keeps its high-speed cameras at the top-end, in their professional cameras, but with the 7D II they’ve moved those features down into APS-C. So they see an opportunity in that format. The focusing system is really good.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / New firmware for 1DX ?
« on: January 07, 2015, 05:37:31 AM »
A forum user over at dpreview says his new 1DX arrived with firmware 2.0.7.

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/55055606

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Lighting / Centon MR40AFC
« on: November 16, 2014, 10:46:53 AM »
I've been given the above ringflash.  I'm assuming that it should work with my 5D3.  Is anybody still using one of these (it probably dates from circa 2000) and can give me any pointers?

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Software & Accessories / Use your phone as a cosmic ray detector!
« on: October 13, 2014, 04:41:20 PM »
http://arstechnica.com/science/2014/10/cosmic-ray-particle-shower-theres-an-app-for-that/

Physicists are looking to use the CMOS detector in your phone's camera to detect cosmic rays. Interesting, but they need 1000 inactive phones per square km.  :o Maybe you'd like to help them out?

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Just noticed this report on the BBC. The serious issue is that Canon's Pixma priters have a major security flaw, the frivolous part is the hacker exploited it to run Doom. :)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-29203776

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Software & Accessories / Corel AfterShot Pro 2 Free For Mac Users
« on: September 08, 2014, 05:53:49 PM »
http://www.canonwatch.com/freebie-corel-aftershot-pro-mac-os-x-discounted-winlinux/

Thought some people would be interested in this! There are discounts for Windows/Linux users, but you'll still have to pay $60/€50. Obviously Corel are going after Aperture users...


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Photography Technique / photographing Lyrid meteor shower -advice?
« on: April 17, 2014, 01:18:52 PM »
I'm planning on trying to photograph a meteor shower for the first time. I've checked, and there should be dark moonless skies for the nights of the 22nd and 23rd April (UK).  I have a 5d3 and am planning to use my 17-40 lens. I have a tripod, a Hahnel Giga T Pro II wireless remote, a spare battery and warm clothing!  :) Unfortunately, I won't be able to totally avoid light pollution, but am prepared to just have a go and see what I can do, assuming that there will be some clear skies.

What settings should I use on camera/lens/remote? Any other pertinent advice?

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