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Canon General / Re: Seeing Rebels....
« on: July 07, 2014, 06:41:21 PM »
In China I see the same on a different Level:
EOS 5D, 5DII or 5DIII but always with the 24-105 L and the Standard Canon Strap

No surprise there. The 24-105 L is the best walk-around lens you can carry with a full frame camera. Never been wild about the Canon straps though – not particularly comfortable. Although I do like the CPS strap that Opti-Tech makes for Canon.

Am I the only one who doesn't care what mode random people use? It's one thing to observe what camera someone has (and since manufacturers often put the model name on the strap, it's easy for those of us to don't follow the mass market offerings closely) from afar, but getting up close enough to observe mode-selection dials? That's weird. IJS.
Canon Rumors is full of weird people. :P

Clearly.

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I agree with Jon. Wordpress is probably your best bet. Easy to use and very flexible. (Canon Rumors uses WordPress the last I checked).

As far as hosting goes, I would strongly endorse Dreamhost. I've used them for years and have always been pleased and impressed with their service. They are a  massive server farm, but treat their customers like a small firm. Every time I've had a problem (which is rare) they responded quickly and with clear instructions (usually getting back to me within an hour.)

They are inexpensive (I think I pay less than $200 a year for hosting), very reliable (I don't recall ever having a site go down), responsive and helpful. They will automatically upgrade your site to the latest versions of Wordpress and PHP if you request that service (free), their one-click installation of Wordpress and other content management systems (Joomla, Drupal etc.) gets you up and running without having to do much of anything, they will take care of all the necessary domain registration for you, including keeping your domain registration current.

They also offer free sub-domains, which could be a nice option for a club. This would allow you to register as "ourphotoclub.com" and then later, if you choose individual members could have their own sites as johndoephotography.ourclub.com. Members can use the same Wordpress theme or pick their own themes. In fact, with a subdomain, one member could even be on Joomla or Drupal, while the rest of the club is on Wordpress.

As Jon said, there are tons of free Wordpress themes and if you can't find something for free, there are lots of companies that sell themes (RocketTheme being one I've used in the past). The way most of these services work is you buy a "membership" for maybe a month or so and have the option to download as many themes as you want. Once you've downloaded them, the themes are yours to use forever, so it's not an ongoing expense.

I built my personal site in Dreamweaver, because I really wanted to learn the program. But, if that hadn't been the case, I would have used Wordpress (I do use Wordpress for my blog, but like most bloggers I'm very bad about keeping it current).

Simplified glossary in case you need it. (Warning to Geeks, this is simplified, so let's not quibble over insignificant points)

PHP -- that's the open-source software that is "under the hood" of Wordpress, Joomla, Drupal, etc.
Wordpress -- That's the content management system. All the systems work basically the same. Instead of adding content directly to the webpage, you add it through a dialogue box (just as you do on this forum).
Themes -- These control the "look" of your content. They provide the shell that it presents to the world.
Plug-ins -- Specific enhancements that you can add to your basic theme, such as a slide show, gallery, contact form, order form, etc. etc.
Hosting Service -- Such as Dreamhost. These are the companies that own the servers that connect to the web and put your site on the web so the world can access it.

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Lenses / Re: Best short telephoto?
« on: July 05, 2014, 06:30:28 PM »
Okay, I'm having a really difficult time getting past the whole concept here.

The OP is planning to go to one sporting event, and wants to buy a lens based on the length of its barrel, without any consideration as to what other lenses he already owns or would like to own and what he ordinarily shoots.

I am assuming the OP is a man, BTW because no woman would be that bat-guano crazy.

If you really are bent on doing this, your best bet for an outdoor venue is the 55-250 STM coupled with the 7D. Very sharp lens and since the venue is outdoors, the maximum aperture won't matter. Plus, it's cheap.

That said, though, the obvious question that has yet to be asked is, what do you ordinarily shoot and what short telephoto would you be most likely to use in the future, if any? If there isn't one that fits into your criteria, then the 55-250 at least won't cost you a fortune.

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EOS Bodies / Re: The Always Hidden Camera at the World Cup
« on: July 04, 2014, 04:15:20 PM »
Camera actually being used by a little alien sitting in a bike basket. Guy behind him had to keep him covered so the government guys wouldn't spot and dissect him.

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Canon lens classification is very specific.

Telephoto is a designation that includes 135 to 300 mm non-zoom lenses.

It does not include anything else.

http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/ef_lens_lineup

My wild guess is an Image Stabilized 135mm f/2 for want of any better idea.


You are mixing apples and oranges. Canon's official designation has nothing to do with what the source of the rumor may consider to be a telephoto lens.

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Anyone know how NDAs generally work?

Do they usually expire or get lifted before the product is announced, or do companies purposely set the NDA expiration date after their projected announcement date and then lift it once the announcement is made?

I'm guessing the latter. It doesn't seem like they would lift an NDA until they release or announce the product.

So, if the NDAs expire in September, that would be the latest date for a release announcement?

You pretty much want the NDA/Embargo to be lifted coincidentally with if not slightly before the actual announcement. Example: Canon wants to announce something on date X. The NDA/embargo would be lifted at the very latest just before the announcement, but likely a day or more before.

The reason for this is if you want the biggest impact for your announcement, you want everyone who was under the NDA/Embargo - photographers, columnists, reviewers, etc. - to be crowing about your product at the same time as your announcement.

Yeah, as often happens, I don't think I was as clear as I should have been about what I meant. My point really was that if Canon tells those under the NDA/Embargo that "The embargo will expire in September" then it's a near certainty that it will indeed expire in September, because it would be very hard to put the genie back in the bottle and say, "Oh wait, we are now extending the embargo until Oct. 7."

On the other hand, if they tell those under the embargo that it will expire on, say Sept. 15, it is a lot easier to then notify everyone that "we are moving the release date up, so instead of Sept. 15, it will now expire Sept. 7."

I guess what I was clumsily trying to suggest is that if there is a CR3 rumor that the NDAs will expire in September, we can say with some certainty that the announcement will occur no later than September.

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Anyone know how NDAs generally work?

Do they usually expire or get lifted before the product is announced, or do companies purposely set the NDA expiration date after their projected announcement date and then lift it once the announcement is made?

I'm guessing the latter. It doesn't seem like they would lift an NDA until they release or announce the product.

So, if the NDAs expire in September, that would be the latest date for a release announcement?


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Third Party Manufacturers / Nikon offers worst promotion...ever
« on: July 01, 2014, 10:08:16 AM »
Nikon is offering a "switch and save" promotion that has to be one of the worst deals ever. If you buy a D810 ($3,300) and at least $1,700 in lenses or strobes, they'll send you a whopping $200 voucher good for a future purchase.

Seriously? Spend $5,000 to get $200 against another purchase. Okay, it does get a little better – if you spend an extra $7,000 on lenses, etc., ($10,300 total with the D810) they'll send you a $1,000 voucher.

Oh, and by the way, the voucher is only good at the retailer where you bought the D810.

I certainly hope this isn't the start of a new trend among manufacturers and retailers.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: D810!!!
« on: June 29, 2014, 12:30:20 PM »
Some People seems to have too much Time  :D .

I've got enough Time today on Sunday to read this Thread - while enjoying a great Cup
of Coffee - trolls in Internet should be ignored, so they go quit by themselves ...

Most of us are limited by their own Capabilities - not by the Hardware.

Slow down  8) .

( Sorry for my poor English )

Greetings

Bernd

Your English may not be perfect, but your thoughts and perspective are flawless. Thanks for posting.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: D810!!!
« on: June 29, 2014, 12:26:15 PM »
I can't believe how many of these images have blown highlights.

So, I wonder if someone else is posting under the same "Dilbert" name...if Mr. Dilbert has multiple personality disorder or if he considers it acceptable social behavior to make rude, denigrating comments to insult the abilities of others.

I forgot to ask: how is my comment above rude, denigrating or insulting?

If you have to ask why it is unacceptable and inappropriate to inject an unsolicited and disparaging comment on a thread where people are simply sharing images they have taken, when they have not asked for or shown any interest in your opinion, then neither I nor anyone else can help you.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: D810!!!
« on: June 28, 2014, 04:24:28 PM »
I read this:

But I will say this - I almost never criticise (sic) a person for what they've said, my beef is always with the companies that produce the stuff we consume. I find little to no reason to get personal in arguments because it will never end well. Finally, I'm not going to get into a conversation about personal behavior or posting.

And then I saw this just a few lines up:

I've looked at the images you've posted to CR and if you're proud of them then I'll just say that we have very different tastes in photographs or what makes a photograph good.

And then I remembered this:

I can't believe how many of these images have blown highlights.

So, I wonder if someone else is posting under the same "Dilbert" name...if Mr. Dilbert has multiple personality disorder or if he considers it acceptable social behavior to make rude, denigrating comments to insult the abilities of others.

I've certainly been critical of Neuro in the past for some of his sarcastic comments, particularly when they are directed at novice posters. But, I will say this: he has demonstrated the capacity to ratchet down the sarcasm when he's gotten out of line. Mr. Dilbert seems to thrive on making outrageous, rude and insulting comments. To now pretend to be an injured party when he has never hesitated to launch into cruel (and I might add, generally off-base) critiques is pretty much the epitome of hypocrisy.

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It's unfortunate the Canon didn't have the foresight to design the EF-S system to accommodation both APS-H and APS-C.

I shouldn't have been too difficult, given that Tokina's 11-16 is functional (with vignetting) on even full frame. Had they done that, and had a viable lens system that fit both APS-H and APS-C it might be plausible that we could see a return of APS-H.

But, that's water under the bridge now and spotting Elvis sharing a fried peanut butter and banana sandwich with Bigfoot, while riding unicorns together is more likely. 

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Pricing tip for buyers and sellers: Search for the item on eBay and then use the "refine" dialogue to locate a selection called "completed items."

This will show you all the completed sales for that item for the past several weeks/months. You can see which items sold and what they sold for. It's a good reality check.

I'm also frequently amazed at the number of items that sell used for as much or more than Canon refurbs. especially strobes.

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I've used eBay forever. Never had any problem but I follow the rules and I'm careful. I buy more often than I sell though.

I liked it better before it was taken over by professional sellers and was more of a massive garage sale site. But times change.

My experience is that you generally pay and receive a fair price because there is enough competition for the market to set the prices. You generally won't get absolutely top dollar and you won't find any "steals" but you'll sell your item at a fair price and the transaction will go smoothly if you are honest and follow the system.

I'm willing to pay a little more for the convenience of doing everything from the safety of my home and not having the risk that comes with having to meet someone in person carrying either a valuable item or a bunch of cash.

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Photography Technique / Re: The definition of insanity
« on: June 25, 2014, 03:21:46 PM »
...But I have to disagree with him about shooting what everyone else has already shot.

Don't get me wrong. I do the same thing. Just trying to make the point that there are pictures you take to preserve memories and pictures you take to boost your portfolio. Sometimes you can do both on a vacation. But there is nothing wrong with putting aside the portfolio pursuit and simply enjoying the experience.

There are studies, by the way, that show that memories are more vivid and lasting when you don't take pictures than when you do.

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