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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

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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 I would like to get bit inspired what is obsolete and what is necessary and why  ::)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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 ;D

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Serial Numbers Sensitive?
« on: June 02, 2014, 02:54:06 PM »
Thankfully, FoCal added this feature before my last auction and I simply posted a screen shot of the shutter count ;D, but alas, I still received half a dozen of these messages.

I am so dumb.  I should have checked FoCal . . . I'd used it all weekend on my mk3.

I went independent when someone asked, though, and found out that there's an apple App.  So I paid $3.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Serial Numbers Sensitive?
« on: June 02, 2014, 10:16:06 AM »
This is why I post here.

Thanks guys.

-Ernie

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Site Information / Re: HowTo? Revise "Gear List"?
« on: June 01, 2014, 04:03:19 PM »
It is an example of what in IT and marketing is called "gamification": the use of gaming-style tools and techniques to engage the user. By tapping into the human's natural instinct for competition and status in the way of "rewards" (points, levels, stars...) you increase participation. Ah, the subtle ways they play with our minds...

That could explain an awful lot of my posts.  I don't mind if they play with my mind though, it gets very little use otherwise :)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Serial Numbers Sensitive?
« on: June 01, 2014, 03:57:05 PM »
Hi guys, another odd question.

I've occasionally seen images of cameras that had the serial numbers blurred out, like you do for license plates.

Any reason behind that?

I ask, because I want to post shutter count for sale of some of my bodies.  I can't see a reason the serial shouldn't be posted though.

Is there anything I'm missing here?

Thanks!

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Site Information / Re: HowTo? Revise "Gear List"?
« on: May 30, 2014, 03:37:10 PM »
I'm having a miserable day; this really cheered me up.

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EOS Bodies / Re: New DSLR and PowerShots in May [CR2]
« on: May 30, 2014, 11:41:47 AM »
New 5D and 7D should be out today.

I just bought a 5Dmk3.

You're welcome :P
All sarcasm aside, you will not regret it one bit. A fantastic all-purpose camera. And presumably you're getting it while the price is much lower than it has been since launch.
No, I do like it.  Finally can use my Tamron 24-70 MFAd in both directions.

Have a 5Dmk2, 7D and a 60D, so it wasn't so much of an upgrade as a consolidation.

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EOS Bodies / Re: New DSLR and PowerShots in May [CR2]
« on: May 30, 2014, 09:21:33 AM »
New 5D and 7D should be out today.

I just bought a 5Dmk3.

You're welcome :P

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: C P S Central Warranties
« on: May 26, 2014, 09:26:59 AM »
Our local Craigslist has been remarkably free of this type of thing for several months now.  They've changed it so that Robots have a tough time responding to listings.

I only had one "mail it to me" scam.  The responses all go to my spam folder (yahoo) which I can't seem to correct.  I suspect a lot of inquiries I respond to get lost in spam because I use the Craigslist mail.

One guy offered me $600 for a like-new 5Dmk2 . . . I just don't bother responding to these people.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: C P S Central Warranties
« on: May 25, 2014, 09:09:09 PM »
Purchase with a credit card that doubles the warranty, and get a reliable warranty just in case the original does not pan out.
 
Call B&H or Adorama and see if they will match the price.

You posted this 5 minutes after I decided to bite on it.  ;D

I gotta get serious about selling those bodies now.  Once you put high-priced stuff on CL, the jerk wads really come out.

If you want to sell it to me, I can send you a cashiers check, and make it out for a extra $5,000.  If you refund $2500 of that extra to me, you can keep the other $2500 for your service.  A Courier will pick up the camera tomorrow.
That'd be funny except I have been heavily using craigslist lately and . . . ye gods . . . I'm losing my mind.

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