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Canon General / Re: seeimpossible.usa.canon.com?
« on: October 07, 2014, 01:59:03 PM »
This just reminds me of a great scene from Mad Men:

Don Draper: This is the greatest advertisting opportunity since the invention of cereal. We have six identical companies making six identical products. We can say anything we want. How do you make your cigarettes?

Lee Garner, Jr.: I don't know.

Lee Garner, Sr.: Shame on you. We breed insect repellant tobacco seeds, plant them in the North Carolina sunshine, grow it, cut it, cure it, toast it...

Don Draper: There you go. There you go.

[Writes on chalkboard and underlines: "IT'S TOASTED."]

Lee Garner, Jr.: But everybody's else's tobacco is toasted.

Don Draper: No. Everybody else's tobacco is poisonous. Lucky Strikes'... is toasted.

Roger: Well, gentlemen, I don't think I have to tell you what you just witnessed here.

Lee Garner, Jr.: I think you do.

Don Draper: Advertising is based on one thing: happiness. And do you know what happiness is? Happiness is the smell of a new car. It's freedom from fear. It's a billboard on the side of a road that screams with reassurance that whatever you're doing is OK. You are OK.

Lee Garner, Sr.: It's toasted.

[Smiles]

Lee Garner, Sr.: I get it.

Canon. See Impossible.

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Abstract / Re: This image may have been photoshopped
« on: October 07, 2014, 01:40:07 PM »
Took out the trampoline:

Flying Fairy by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

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Post Processing / Re: How to start using Photoshop
« on: October 06, 2014, 08:47:38 PM »
I actually get Lynda.com for free by having a public library card. I live in the US. If you have a good local library check their website to see if there is a portal link. I just type in my last name and library card number!

I used to have a paid subscription to Lynda, but obviously recently canceled as I get it for free. It is worth it regardless of cost.

Deke is a brilliant teacher too.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon's 2.300$ D750 said to best 5DIII
« on: September 30, 2014, 05:02:48 PM »
Until I can look through a Nikon viewfinder and change ISO settings with my right index while also adjusting any other setting I need, I'm sticking with Canon. All digital cameras are capable of capturing a quality image. I just like USING Canon cameras better.

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I'll get the 7DII to mess around with, but will wait for it to hit the Canon Refurb site during one of their sales! It will be sweet at 1200 ;)
No reason to preorder "new" technology before all the bugs are worked out!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Sample Images From the EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 19, 2014, 02:42:53 PM »
Looks good for an aps-c camera. I never go above iso 800 on my 7D. This looks good up to 3200!

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EOS Bodies / Re: How excited are you about the new 7D II?
« on: September 16, 2014, 07:32:11 PM »
Excited. Like the 5DIII, it has improvements in every area of the CAMERA. Sensor maniacs will complain about minor IQ improvements, but I buy a camera for more than one part.

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EOS Bodies / Re: How does the reveal of the final 7D2 specs make you feel?
« on: September 11, 2014, 08:08:22 PM »
Wait! Where is the 1D style top?????? That does it for me, I'm switching to Samsung.

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Photography Technique / Re: POLL: Do you crop (and why)?
« on: September 11, 2014, 11:47:02 AM »
I don't crop when I shoot slides. Digital is easier to crop ;)

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Lenses / Re: The New Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Pancake
« on: September 11, 2014, 09:08:54 AM »
Nice!!! Why are people complaining that it is EF-S?! We already have a 40mm pancake for ff (if you want that normal view), and 24mm f/2.8 IS USM (if you want that 24mm). Chill.

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NY, NY

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Lenses / Re: Canon Price Drops on L Lenses
« on: September 02, 2014, 04:12:26 PM »
Come on people, these "price drops" are just pure marketing! Who here ever buys Canon lenses at full MSRP? Don't you all wait for those "deals" like instant rebates and mail in rebates?

The MSRP prices are always artificially high, so when they are lowered you feel all warm and fuzzy dropping 1600 on a new lens- but at least you "saved" 100 bucks!

The sky isn't falling. This has nothing to do with Sony's magical sensors, or Sigma's world beating lenses, or mirrorless taking over... It's just marketing.

The point of marketing to boost sales.

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Lenses / Re: A New Pancake Lens? [CR1]
« on: August 23, 2014, 11:36:56 PM »
I wonder what the limits of a "pancake"'lens are. Could they make a 14mm or 85mm pancake?

Since Pentax can make a 70mm f2.4 Pancake and a really small 15mm f4.0 for APS-C, I think it is not completely impossible but the Limiteds are a bit pricy unlike the EF40.

I believe the pentax pancake lenses don't have AF motors built in to the lenses. They are screw drive from the camera. How much space does an AF motor take up?

I have no idea.

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Canon EF-S and EF-M Lenses / Re: Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM
« on: August 18, 2014, 11:08:48 PM »
And a few more from the other morning.

The Beginning by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

Lighthouse by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

For all those not from USA/ NY: These shots are from Montauk, NY. This point is the eastern most point on LI (Long Island). A beautiful spot to stand and watch the sunrise.

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Canon EF-S and EF-M Lenses / Re: Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM
« on: August 17, 2014, 04:39:51 PM »
Sunrise in Montauk

Montauk Sunrise by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

Montauk Sunrise by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

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