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Here I thought these people were all on slashdot decrying how apple is doomed DOOMED . . .

Good to see Canon is doomed too . . .  ::)

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EOS Bodies / Re: How does the reveal of the final 7D2 specs make you feel?
« on: September 11, 2014, 03:02:54 PM »
Wait, where's the option for "I have an arbitrary bias and will threaten to move to Nikon, but, in reality I'm either not currently with Canon or would never buy/shoot in this price/spec range"?

Or was that "Laughable.  On aggregate, these specs are a day late and a dollar short compared to what Canon's competitors are offering."

 ;D

I voted 'what I was expecting' but I wanted to get a read of the most incendiary alpha-fanboys and DXO believers vs. the most dyed-in-the-wool Canon believers.

- A

You know, people complained about the 60D . . . then complained that the 5D mk 2 took too much time to replace, but honestly, though they didn't have 'it all', they were good cameras. 

Now we've got a 70D (which is a true successor to a 50D, even from the complainers), the 7Dmk2, 5Dmk3, and 1Dx . . . the only tradeoffs are price.  Big Fat Hairy Deal. I got my 5Dmk3 for around $2600 with an aftermarket warranty  . . .

Assuming Nikon's stuff is about as good as Canons (or better if you believe some), we've got the best choice of cameras with the fewest drawbacks ever . . . I think people just like to complain.

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EOS Bodies / Re: How does the reveal of the final 7D2 specs make you feel?
« on: September 11, 2014, 01:53:49 PM »
Wait, where's the option for "I have an arbitrary bias and will threaten to move to Nikon, but, in reality I'm either not currently with Canon or would never buy/shoot in this price/spec range"?

Or was that "Laughable.  On aggregate, these specs are a day late and a dollar short compared to what Canon's competitors are offering."

 ;D

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Lenses / Re: Another standard zoom advice topic
« on: August 29, 2014, 04:14:28 PM »
The Macro function is a gimic as you have to be so close to the subject your most likely to scare it away

I haven't managed to scare away a flower, coin, or textile yet...if they run from you, it's likely they're scared of you and not the lens!   ;)

I have to do my garden shots with a 400mm  :'(   Dahlias and Daffodils quake in my presence.

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I'm holding out for the 85mm f/1.0 L, myself.  More light, not less.  IMO, the notion that sensor improvements negate the value of fast lenses is just silly.  Sensor improvements make fast lenses more capable.  :)

Yes.  I want to be able use my aperture as much for creative decisions as just technical(exposure).  It's baffled me for years hearing the excuse thrown around from manufactures and other photographers alike that we no longer need fast glass because cameras are now capable of ISO speeds in the realm of science fiction when all you had was film or even just 5-10 years ago with digital.  Hell, because we have cameras that can shoot in the 100K+ and 200k+ ISO realms, should manufactures just start making all lenses starting at f/8?  8)

I agree as well.  I always use aperture to control DoF and shutter speed to control hand-shake/stopping/slowing motion. 

If nothing else, better sensors allow us to choose a wider DoF in darker situations . . .


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Lenses / Re: Another standard zoom advice topic
« on: August 28, 2014, 09:03:18 AM »
The 24-105 for the price is a no brainer IMO.

I agree. It's just such a good lens for the price. 

I'm a total freak for Primes, but this is one zoom I have/am keeping. 

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Canon General / Re: A Rundown of EOS 7D Mark II Information
« on: August 15, 2014, 04:30:20 PM »
I'm gonna stab a guess and say it's going to be $2799 MSRP

Followed by 8-10 threads of "7Dmk2 or 5Dmk3, help me decide!" :D


Fllowed by 8-10 threads "why is the 7D mk2 so expensive?"  ;D


If it doesn't street for close to $2000, I think it's a wounded duck for Canon sales.  If Canon does try to pop early adopters over $2500, I dont think it lasts very long. They need to have this puppy moving by Black Friday. $1999 street prices.

The 5Dmk3 was PROOF they can do exactly that, providing the camera is THAT GOOD.

Don't get me wrong, I think $2800 is too high, I just won't be surprised to see it.  Took me 2 years to pick up my 5dMk3, but that's because it was only worth $2500 to me.

If the 7Dmk2 is a lightning fast, crop version of the 5dMK3 as we're speculating, they can set any price below the cost of a new 5dmk3 and people will pay it up front.

If you can hold out 1-2 years (which, if price matters, it's not that hard), then we can snag it for a more reasonable price.

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Canon General / Re: Gear Realities
« on: August 15, 2014, 02:07:20 PM »
What about photography with the lens cap on?  Seriously, gear matters, I'm looking at you 5Dmk3

For all the buzz about it, there must have been a HUGE demand for that kind of shots.

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Canon General / Re: A Rundown of EOS 7D Mark II Information
« on: August 15, 2014, 02:03:23 PM »
I'm gonna stab a guess and say it's going to be $2799 MSRP

Followed by 8-10 threads of "7Dmk2 or 5Dmk3, help me decide!"

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Software & Accessories / Re: Any NAS Experts? quick question
« on: August 08, 2014, 11:30:15 AM »
+1

I have just bought a Lacie 5 disk RAID connected over Thunderbolt, will report back as I migrate photos onto it. That gives 5 times the speed of a single external HD, in the realms of SSD speed. USB3 would be next best, but would be close to the maximum bandwidth that USB3 is capable of.

The downside of RAID set ups is that a 2 disk system is twice as likely to fail, and my 5 disk system is 5 times as likely to fail. The future is large capacity SSD drives, but it will take a number of years for the prices to come down far enough for a large and fast growing photo library.

The suggestion of mirroring the drives is a good one, and gives immediate backup in case of HD failure, but does bring the speed back down to that of a sigle HD drive. That may not be important, I have just upgraded my system for the first time in 7 years, and have futureproofed the set up as far as possible.

When my existing backup becomes full I will add a 2 disk RAID, probably as a NAS over ethernet - the speed limitation of Gigabit ethernet will not be relevant to backup storage. Hopefully prices will have drifted further downwards by then.
I've not worked with USB3 yet, but, in my experience, USB's throughput wasn't the slowdown, it's how it works with the computer's BUS.

Optimized connections like Thunderbolt and FireWire have a lot better consistent throughput/access.

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I was noticing slowdowns on LightRoom before I switched the drive to a FW800/SSD (then ran out of space) a FW800 enclosure with a hybrid drive (SSD and disk built in one) haven't been much slower.

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Personally, I only ever trusted RAID for mirroring. I have a RAID1 setup in a NAS in the basement that I haven't bothered to keep up to date.  Easier to just wait for the drive I'm using locally to fail, then swear a whole bunch  ;D

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EOS Bodies / Re: Plan B
« on: August 07, 2014, 08:45:40 AM »
The mk2 only has to be a crop 5Dmk3 with faster FPS and not cost a fortune to sell a lot of them . . .

Seriously, if they did nothing more than update to all of the current tech (dual pixel, better high iso, newer AF) for the refresh, yes, the dissenters will be loud, but in reality, few.

The only thing Canon can really do wrong here is botch the release or not release it at all.

Plan B: Use existing gear that works fine (a 5Dmk3).
Plan C: Not sure, but Plan C should always involve a chainsaw, if only to ensure you don't need a Plan D.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Anyone Doing 3D Scanning?
« on: August 05, 2014, 03:37:43 PM »
Our organization in a large company bought a 3D scanner about 1991.  Then the company making the scanner went out of business and as soon as computer operating systems became incompatible with the drivers, we had a $5K piece of junk.  I think we were the early adopters. 

We also used 3d printers for prototyping of parts.  The printers were very expensive, and you did not normally own a printer, but paid $$$ to have your part printed.

Yeah, until the last few years, CNC was much more cost effective.  One of the other members works at a really cool shop that has all sorts of industrial equipment.

Have one machine that functions as an industrial scanner, it has an arm that traces the outside of an object and does a really good job at copying large objects.

Unfortunately, all options I'm seeing now are people doing digital 'selfies'  :o  I want to copy some out of print A/C knobs, not my face.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Anyone Doing 3D Scanning?
« on: August 05, 2014, 02:46:14 PM »
Being a core member of the local hackerspace (Danbury Innovation Center), it was inevitable I'd end up dealing with 3D scanning.  I got tired of the MakerBot Digitizer sitting there, next to one of the 3D printers, and I decided to take it upon myself to get to know it.

I sat down with it last night, prepared for a marathon of adjustments and 'did everything right' -- that is, I set myself up the same way as I did for FoCal with proper lighting, making sure the surface was solid etc.  I only had one hitch in the setup and that was that it wasn't meant to be done in an optimized environment.

The halogens I was using were far too bright for the 'eye safe' lasers used (because apparently everyone tries to stick their face in the thing).

Having now read 99% of their website, the manual etc. the list of limitations are as long as my arm (not too big, not too small, not too dark, not too furry, not too much detail, not too shiny etc.).

For an $800 rig, they're calling it 'for early adopters', beta testers, etc.  Glad it wasn't my money  ;D

So, has anyone else done anything with 3D scanning?  Seems like it should just be an offshoot of macro, no?

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Canon General / Re: Canada Post Thefts Halt Lens Rentals Canada Service
« on: August 05, 2014, 09:31:27 AM »
Insurance on he packages won't help much as I was told directly by a Canada post employee that although you can add insurance to your package good luck getting the value back if there is an issue.  They recommended me to use one of the big guys if insurance was actually important. LOL. Loved the honestly.  Cost a bit more but I felt safer.  Over they last number of years in the hundred of parcels I have received I have only had issue with Canada post.  Be it missing items, delays in shipping while in Canada posts hands.  Then they have the gull to raise prices for continued poor service gotta love government union employees that you can't trust anymore and well you know are out of touch with reality in todays job world.
That's awful! I never had a problem with US Priority Mail insurance . . . seemed like a pride thing talking to our postmaster down here.

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God bless people that have something nice, test it . . . then take it apart to see how it works.

"If you can't take it apart, you don't own it"

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