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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Speculation [CR1]
« on: June 18, 2014, 10:17:20 AM »
Correction: This point seems contradictory:
  • Quite high MP count
  • Vastly improved AF performance
  • Greatly improved low light and ISO/noise performance
  • Potentially a different sensor and/or technology than expected
  • Good price point
  • Very close to ‘pro’ classification, but non-compete with flagship such as 1dx
  • Release by Fall season as expected
  • Canon holding back 7Dmk2 for a reason. I suspect 100-400 mk2 announcement, or some other coinciding situation.
One of these kids is doing his own thing...
You got it. 

1) if the above list is true, it's gonna cost
2) define 'good' --- I'm saying if this list is true, it's worth $2k . . . other people will want the price below that

Too wish-listy.

When will Canon finally support Linux with their products?

+1 Agreed

Until Adobe does it, I don't think anyone's going to get a clue.

I'm not saying they'll gain market share by integrating linux, however, I think like me or a few other people would build a Linux box for that reason.  Windows 'workhorse' workstations have way too much overhead and garbage associated with them.  Mac 'workhorse' workstations cost a metric fortune.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Save 25% At This Week.
« on: June 12, 2014, 04:25:02 PM »
Any chance at lensauthority too?

I'm not above begging  ;D

Consider this, I have a young friend, who is not really a photographer but likes snapshooting. During community events, when I have my basics covered, I give him one of my cameras and he comes back with expressions that I cannot ever get. The girls of his age are simply comfortable with him. 5-10% keeper but I adore fixing them in post. I simply get things that I cannot get on my own. Obviously, I am not a pro photog yet (amateurs get something "better" than me).

My son (8) over-crops to high-hell most of the time.  I gave him my 7D (yeah, I'm that guy) set up his settings, then told him to assist me when doing a dance shoot that his mother was in.

I got at least 2 shots (out of, admittedly, many) that could only have been taken by a child photographing his mother; precious.  The wife didn't see the artistic eye in it, but I sure appreciated it.

Business of Photography/Videography / Re: Canon CPS
« on: June 12, 2014, 09:26:21 AM »
Canon CPS :


This has to be your shortest post ever =)

That reminds me, I gotta sign up for CPS.

Bring out your dead!
and then you get articles like this one....

'And there we have it! The technique is similar to that used by professional photographers, so you’re basically a professional photographer now.'

I'm confused - the wisest CEO of them all, Marissa Mayer of Yahoo, has already said, "[T]here’s really no such thing as professional photographers anymore."  Why would someone want to emulate the dead? ;)
Ahm not dead yet!

dstppy, I'm sorry if I came off being negative, I don't think things are that bad, and it's been fun to watch (lots of popcorn popping...).  I forgot DxO, will have to fix that ;D

No, I got you were being funny (it is).  I was maybe too subtle in disagreeing right away not strongly enough ;D

Canon General / Re: Let's confess our disgusting perversions
« on: June 09, 2014, 03:09:41 PM »
I use primes.  That's not a perversion . . . but I have Middle-Aged-Male-Syndrome . . . so:
I have to tell you how much better they are.
I know you're not seriously considering them, so I make sure you REALLY know.
Seriously, you should use primes.


I'll chime up and start by taking issue with things being all that bad  ;D

A few notable trolls from 1/2 years back have gone away . . . neuro's gotten a little snarkier (but that's usually snarkier, especially when graphs are involved).

Hrm; maybe I'm getting better at ignoring things that say "DxOMark"  :-X

I feel that cps members with a crap ton of points should get this free...

A free cow-poop ice cream cone is still a cow-poop ice cream cone :/

I'm deeply entrenched in the tech industry and I just can't see using "cloud" at this time:
1) ISPs feel they have the right to choke you down if you use 'too much'* bandwidth or to the wrong provider
2) Likelihood of outage to your ISP, anyone in between, the actual service
3) Data breeches by adverse outside parties
4) Sharing of data with outside sources via pressure (national security letter)
5) Sharing of data for profit (advertisers, 'meta data')
6) Hidden clauses in endless EULAs that turn ownership of your IP into someone else's

Now, I'm beginning to sound like a security nut, but I've had it with the cloud snake oil.  There has been a systematic disingenuousness of most large companies that seems to be the accepted norm, and people are turning over more and more control and aren't really getting anything for it.

Don't get me wrong, I'll gladly hop on board when I might be getting something I really want, but until, at very least, ISPs are forced to disclose limits and advertise ACTUAL average upstream/downstream and who they are blacklisting/whitelisting, I'll take my local software and hard backups.

Oi.  Rant off.   :-[

*an arbitrary number, that they won't ever tell you

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: EDC gear
« on: June 05, 2014, 04:18:00 PM »
I was wondering, do you always carry your dlsr with you? Or do you have some portable mirrorless/PoS setup?

If yes then please share photos/description of your optimal backpack setup. I would like to get bit inspired what is obsolete and what is necessary and why  ::)
I was using an S95/S100 as "in my bag" when I'm not out in the real world.

My personal opinion: anything that can get the FOV @ f/2.8 or lower and shoots raw and you're good to go.  If you can always have something big, bring that.

BTW, do you mean P&S instead of PoS? Because any camera phone is a PoS  ::) IMO

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: The Answer to Everyone's Complaints
« on: June 05, 2014, 04:12:27 PM »
And frequent Nikon forums from then on.

I haunt both Canon and Nikon forums.  And from a purely entertainment standpoint Canon Rumors is the best.  ;)  It is frequently like watching a train wreck.  On the Nikion Rumors forum, it is kinda dull.  People ask questions and other people answer them.  Educational, but hardly entertaining.  For the most yucks and ruefull head shaking, Canon Rumors is the go to forum on the Internets Tubes .

Interesting. So are people always satisfied with Nikon or do they just move on if not satisfied?
I've seen you contribute positively on these forums so I understand your standpoint- watch a little fun, help a couple of guys, ask some questions. We all do that.
But to frequent a forum just for complaining about gear I don't use- that's just weird to the point of borderline sociopathy.

That's because they're ALL HERE trolling us.  Since the 5Dmk3, 1Dx and 70D came out, I sound like a total fanboy, but I'm not (I recommend people buy whichever system their friends shoot) . . .

I count myself blessed because I no longer feel I have to have every lens, and I've gotten hold of the concept that I have to sell old stuff before getting new stuff, so I'm happy with what I want and what I can get.

I just don't get the epic whining and crying about this and that.

Lenses / Re: 200mm f/2.8 with IS?
« on: June 03, 2014, 03:03:12 PM »
+1 for the 200mm f/2.8 --- easily the highest set of keepers, percentage wise, in my bag.

There's a lot to be said for the low-weight of it as well.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: This Is How You Sell a Used Lens !!
« on: June 03, 2014, 02:27:04 PM »
NYC CL is crap . . . Fairfield County CT is listed under it, I get all sorts of weirdos.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: The Answer to Everyone's Complaints
« on: June 03, 2014, 08:42:26 AM »
Been thinking about this for awhile and decided I'd act on it.

If you are unhappy with Canon's perceived failure to offer (choose any of the following)  high megapixel body, mirrorless full frame camera, more dynamic range, shadow detail) I propose the following:

Send me a check or Pay Pal me $2,000 as a deposit, telling me what feature you want improved.

I will deposit it in a special savings account and will not spend the money, except under the conditions I will list below.

After you and 50,000 of your like-minded friends have sent me these checks, I will forward the money to Canon as a deposit for them to use in developing the camera feature you want. It is no guarantee they will comply, but I suspect the fact that 50,000 people have demonstrated a willingness to place a $2,000 down payment on the camera of their choice, will indeed get Canon's attention.

Now, there is one condition I am placing on this offer. Anyone who starts or participates in a thread whining about how Canon isn't paying attention to them or is about to go bankrupt because their personal needs are not being attended to, I will deduct 10% of your deposit as an trolling tax.

Basically, you must put your money where your mouth is. This has the added advantage of demonstrating whether or not there is a demand for the features you find so significant.

I am willing to add accounts for other features, in case I'm missing any. By the way, it is 50,000 x $2,000 for each feature. As some of these features are contradictory, you cannot ask for more than one for each deposit.

If, after two years, any account has not reached the threshhold of 50,000 participants, I will refund the money minus a small handling fee.

I'm pretty sure I hold a Utility Patent on extorting money and/or penalizing trolls by way of threat, coercion, extortion and/or sarcasm.

I'll have to check my portfolio, but I'm sure we can work something out.


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