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Site Information / Re: Noisy obtrusive ads
« on: September 15, 2014, 02:13:08 PM »
Even if I want the article they are selling, and even if the price is the lowest, I will never order anything from a pop-up ad. 

But clearly I am in a minority as these ad companies would not invest in such technology unless they got back a good return.  So some people (probably many people) are using these pop up type ads to order stuff.

The problem I have is that with a "traditional" pop up ad, the person has to deliberately click on the ad.  This generates a report back to the advertisement company and they can, in turn, report that their ads generated so much interest because a number of people were interested enough in the product to click on the ad.

Hence the term click-revenue.

Since I have no interest in any pop-up type ad, I never click on them.

But these mouse-over ads are a way for the advertisement companies to report higher interest in the ads by reporting mouse-overs as interest in the ad.  Unfortunately, a mouse-over does not always indicate interest.

But as a customer of a website, I don't really care.  As long as product manufacturers can be conned into paying to support websites that I can access for free, I am happy. 

I think that the product manufactuers might have a problem with the advertisement companies, but advertisement companies are in the business of manipulation and lies.   ;D

Someone has to pay for my access to these websites.  I am not miss-representing anything so morally I am in the clear.  But if some ad company can scam a product manufacturer/seller into paying so I don't have to pay, more power to them.

At the end of the day, I am still getting something of value for free so I really can't complain.

The ads we see are tailored to each user using the cookies placed on your computer from previous visits to other web sites.  If you look at a Nikon D810 on Amazon, you will likely see ads almost everywhere you visit.

You can turn off some of the annoying ones by clicking on the tiny icon in the corner of a ad and then selecting your preferences.

CR can, or used to be able to block a few ads (Limited number) and they used this to block obvious camera scam ads).

Site Information / Re: Noisy obtrusive ads
« on: September 15, 2014, 12:46:26 PM »
I am generally opposed to the whole shift towards video content.  I hate how many news articles are available as video only,  I can process information so much faster as text, I don't want to spend 3-4 minutes to learn what I could read through in less than one.

I agree video ads are particularly obnoxious, especially if you are like me and open 4 or 5 tabs at once, and they all start spewing the same video ad, slightly out of sync.


Lenses / Re: What telephotos do we own?
« on: September 15, 2014, 12:45:18 PM »
I've owned far too many over the years, and resold all of them but my current 100-400mm L.  The third party ones all tended to be poor by comparison, and I don't think I can even remember all of them.

I'll try to list the 300mm or longer ones from the last few years.

Canon 100-400L (2 of them, the first was not so good)
Canon 400mm f/6 L (Great lens, lack of IS and, mfd too long, and length caused me to sell it)
Canon 300mm f/4L  (Another great lens, but I kept the 100-400)
Canon 600mm f/4L  (Non-IS version - too much work for me to set it up and haul around)
Canon 35-350L   (Very nice, but lacked IS)
Canon 28-300L  (Nice lens and sharp for a superzoom.  Big and heavy)
Tokina 400mm f/5.6 (The sharpest 3rd party lens I've owned, but poor construction)
Sigma 400mm f/5.6 (would not work on digital, became junk)
Tamron 200-500mm f/6.3 (Pretty bad,)
Sigma 600mm Mirror lens (2 of them) - Good for a mirror lens, but difficult to use with no IS and fixed aperture
Nikon 500mm Mirror lens (the best mirror lens I've owned)
Nikon 300mm f/2.8 (Manual focus when adapted to Canon, but nice and sharp)
Nikon 200-400mm f/4 VC I  (My Nikon to Canon adapter could not adjust aperture, so I bought a cheap D300s.  Nice lens)

I've also had a ton of the lesser XX-300mm lenses, some were just ok, others were bad  70-300, 75-300, 28-300, 100-300, and so on.

I buy used equipment from Craigslist if its too cheap, and get this stuff along with cameras, TC's, etc.  I play with it and keep what I like.  I buy new as well, when I need something specific.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark II- September 15th at midnight? Whose midnight?
« on: September 15, 2014, 12:20:13 PM »
Outside of Photokina, I've noticed that the first announcement often comes from the UK or Europe at around 6 am there, meaning midnight or 1 am in the Eastern US.

Yes, we usually see the announcements about 8 or 9 pm here on the West Coast, but I did not bother to check last night.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Upgrade Path Dilemma
« on: September 15, 2014, 12:17:27 PM »
The 50 Sigma is great on a crop where only the center portion of the image is used, but the Canon 50 1.4 beats it on FF where the Sigma edges are poor.

Its should not be a big deal, but I would not buy one for FF, even if it did focus accurately.

One thing you need to be aware of is that FF cameras have a shallower depth of field, and as a result, AF needs to be more accurate, since errors are not lost in the deeper depth of field that a crop body has.  Fortunately, the FF bodies all have AFMA so that you can fine tune autofocus.

OH, and Syed Naseer, the Director of Tronix Limited (Parent Company) seems to have come from Singapore.

Gray market cameras are sold in the USA by the millions, only a tiny few that were traced back to China had that fake serial number.  There is no law against selling gray market cameras.  I'd also suggest reporting it.  It seems a risk that the camera was stolen then shipped overseas and a attempt was made to hide the original serial number which was probably reported to the police.  The dealer may be innocent, part of a scheme, or just looking the other way.

The police are the best way to track it down if a theft ring is involved, don't get involved in trying to track it down yourself.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Upgrade Path Dilemma
« on: September 15, 2014, 11:50:28 AM »

This was a thing that happened literally 20 years ago.  Its not an issue at all anymore.  This is basically the same thing as telling people not to trust Canon ever because one time they completely changed their mount and screwed everybody who had huge investments in FD lenses. 

FD lenses were not marketed as being EOS compatible, that's not a good example, but it was painful.  The issue happens to 3rd party flash and flash accessory buyers with almost every new Canon model.  Up to a year to get your equipment working.

It can happen to Sigma again, it happened to them twice, they fixed lenses to work with the early Canon DSLR's, and they broke a 2nd time when the 10D came along. 

Since then, they work, but AF is still a thorn in their side. 

I didn't realize you were within the 30 day return period. By all means return it to B&H. Their customer service is as good as it gets. I'm sure Helen will work it so you aren't out anything more than some inconvenience.

Who is Helen?  Should I have asked for her (or rather, should I ask for her in the future when dealing with customer service)?  I didn't catch the name of who I spoke to.

Ask for Henry Posner if your calling B&H, Helen Oster works at Adorama.  Both are excellent and will try to help you if the regular reps can't.

Site Information / Re: Noisy obtrusive ads
« on: September 15, 2014, 11:24:38 AM »
What Ads?  I've never seen any for two years.  I use Adfender, its free (I donated to them).  If enough people block Ads, Google might get the idea. 

In the meantime, its expensive to maintain a high traffic website, and Google helps pay for it.

EOS Bodies / Re: Time wasted... re: 7D Mark II
« on: September 15, 2014, 11:20:25 AM »
No time wasted, the rough specs have been out for 6 months, only those hoping for something that defies the laws of physics will be disappointed.

Same price initially as the original 7D.  In a year, it will drop $300, but will be a hot item this Christmas. 

I ordered the original 7D from Amazon.  2 months later, they cancelled my order due to a error in their description, so instead of being at the front of the line, I had to reorder.  I did reorder at Adorama, and they took care of me.  Then, when I received it, I found that all the glowing reports were greatly overstated, and returned it for a refund.

My thought is that if they can improve the High ISO on a APS-C sensor, the FF versions coming out next year will be amazing.  Then, I'll take the hook ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark II- September 15th at midnight? Whose midnight?
« on: September 14, 2014, 10:53:57 PM »
Canon will hold a press conference in Germany at Photokina (They have a press room).  Depending on the day and the time, it will be midnight somewhere in the world.  Canon also makes press releases from every business unit around the world but not at the exact same time.  If its midnight in Toronto when the announcement is made in Germany, there will be a press release the next day.

I've long ago learned to never judge a product from a paper review.  It could be a great camera, or a loser.  Since lenses are far more important than the body, what is the story about lenses?  Any reviews or tests of lenses?

Software & Accessories / Re: 5D III connected to iPad 4 Retina
« on: September 14, 2014, 06:03:20 PM »
Do you have the tethering software on your ipad?  The software instructions should tell you how to do it.Just hooking them together is not enough.

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