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EOS Bodies / Re: Calumet Photo Files Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
« on: March 14, 2014, 05:08:40 PM »
Yes, very unfortunate for the employees, the company and for the market itself.

While I hate to profit from someone's misfortune, I looked up Chap. 7. That's used for liquidations, rather than reorganization. If the stores liquidate their stock in a public sale, I may be making a trip to Chicago. Although I suppose it is more likely that they will sell everything to a third party.

Giving no notice to the rank and file employees is becoming more common. Less likely to be things like theft on the way out.

As far as "bankruptcy sales" go, I have yet to attend one as essentially a retail customer that has any "deals". I don't even bother anymore.

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Photography Technique / Re: How can I get this apple sharp?
« on: March 09, 2014, 08:46:45 AM »
I'm sure that there are standalone focus stacking software solutions.

You may not have to buy a full version of Photoshop, but you will probably have to buy something. Could be open source (free/donate) software too.

An internet search for "focus stacking software" is the obvious place to start looking...  ;D

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EOS Bodies / Re: Suggestions of a NAB 2014 DSLR Announcement [CR1]
« on: March 03, 2014, 07:46:26 PM »
I'm waiting for the 7D MkIII development announcement

:)

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Lenses / Re: Canon 300mm f4 L lens: buy now or wait?
« on: March 03, 2014, 08:14:29 AM »
If you need one now... :)

If you don't need one now... ;)

If you buy one and sell it later, the difference can be looked upon as a lens rental.

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Portrait / Re: Post photos of other photographers in action
« on: February 28, 2014, 07:26:31 AM »

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Everyone has a different definition of "landscape".

Try it out.  ;)

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Dual ST-E3s
« on: February 24, 2014, 07:19:42 PM »
I think so - you can have a master and other sub-masters in the setup.

Uh-oh...

 ;)  ;D

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Lenses / Re: Affected with GAS, Gear Acquisition Syndrome
« on: February 23, 2014, 12:21:10 PM »
I need help! Spring is in the air and I am coming down with GAS, I am spending to much time looking at lens reviews....how can I rid myself of this affliction?..? ;) ;)

Make less money.

 ;)

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And yet even if there are not cataclysmic events, and even if the data survives on the media, will there be supported devices to read that media anyway?

In 1986 a 20Megabyte hard-disk was considered big, 5.25 (360kb) inch floppy disk drives were common, and 3.5 inch floppy (720kb and 1.44Mb) drives on the horizon.
Jump to 2014.  I'd fill that 20MB disk with a single frame from my 5D3 (RAW, of course!).  Many laptops don't come with CD drives as standard, and floppy disk drives are a thing of the past.  Where will you read your CDs and DVDs, BlueRays of today in 2024, let alone 2114.  Will hard-disks be like last generation vinyl records?

The only obvious longevity plan is keep transferring the digital data to the latest technology to at least give it a fighting chance.

Maybe film and archival prints are best after all??

There are already problems with BluRay compatibility, although some of that may be from overzealous copy protection.

I have some music CD's I made back in the early 1990's, and they still play. Kinda surprised because those burnable CD's are dye based. They may yet fail. That said, the CD format has been on the way out for a while- at least for music.

Finding consumer grade VHS players and record players isn't difficult yet. I suspect that some form of optical drive will be available for a while. You can still get minidisc players.

100 years? I'd bet that there will be some sort of practical 3 dimensional atomic level crystal based storage long before 100 years comes around. No one knows what the next 10 years will bring.

The Singularity is supposed to happen by then (2045), optical drives will not be a problem.  ;D 

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Pretty cool. What did it cost new? Probably not too many out there.

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Portrait / Re: Post photos of other photographers in action
« on: February 17, 2014, 09:04:10 AM »
During the google photo walk in San Francisco last year. Photo of a photographer taking a photo of a photographer taking a photo of another photographer. I wonder if another photographer caught a picture of me taking this lol.

Almost like a dream within a dream within a dream...

Could take decades to get that last photo.

 ;D

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I recently picked up a Lexmark cx410dte.

This is the only color laser with 1200 x 1200 output at less than $1k USD. True PS3 too.

It will do wireless, if you buy the wireless dongle. Or, connect it to a wired network and a wireless router.

It will *not* do wireless/network/USB all at the same time.

Color print output is not glossy and plastiky looking. The "printer evaluation image" from breathing color prints out very nicely.

The Lexmark mobile print utility works, at least for Android.

You have to use the included Lexmark utility to initiate scans- Windows will not recognize the machine as a WIA device.

It is a true business class machine and challenging to set up. I had to spend some time with tech support (Lexmark and Adobe) to get the scan features up and running.

Lexmark has a toner recycling program.

I also have an OKI c530, but it is not a multifunction machine. Print output colors are also very good, but the print is shiny. I think OKI has a MF machine based on that model series.


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Photography Technique / Re: Photography fail moments !!!
« on: February 10, 2014, 11:18:41 AM »
I was the "family photographer" when I was younger. Mom and Dad had a Nikon EM that they didn't really know how to use. I took lots of nice pictures with it.

I was charged with photographing my brothers HS graduation.

I shot the whole thing with the lens cap on. Probably made those that noticed chuckle- no one said a word. I could look through the viewfinder with one eye and watch the rest of the scene with the other... so I must have tuned it out.

It still comes up once in a while...  ::)

That's my biggest gaffe, but I'm not a pro.

I also forget about the self timer thing after using it.

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Photography Technique / Re: Photography fail moments !!!
« on: February 10, 2014, 11:10:39 AM »
I know, I have and use the setting in my camera! Are there cameras without it? That's what I was asking. I thought since the OP must know that the function is included in cameras, he must have meant that the camera should somehow recognize if it's teathered and then automatically allow to shoot without a card but never allow it when it's not teathered despite the setting, unless it's overridden with another setting, "disable automatic override of cardless operation setting"? Maybe I'm completely wrong :) It was just my guess of what he was trying to say.

Well, I've never tried tethered shooting, so no idea on how the camera behaves without a card. An assumption that comes to mind is that the image will be sent to the computer over the USB cable, but no idea. I don't have any WI-FI enabled cameras at this time.

I suppose I could try it if I really wanted to...

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Canon non-EF Lenses (TS-E, FD, etc.) / Re: Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro
« on: February 08, 2014, 09:33:41 AM »
This was the setup for these shots except the dragon wings which was daylight only - was lucky with that as a very patient dragon who hung there for some time, plus Dragons will return back to the same spot if they are not too startled and ignore you after a while...

I have changed this a bit to save some weight so now use Godox V850 strobe with wireless control and removed some metal support.. in the field I am always hand-holding with maybe the support of a monopod with a mini-ball head to help take more of the weight but nothing fixed as you need to be flexible and quick for their movements.

Could you expand on some of the specifics about the gear attached to the camera/lens and that is holding and attached to the flash?

Looks like the same bracket is used to attach to the bottom of the lens or camera (with the aluminum finish button/lever) in both photos.

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