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Pricewatch Deals / Re: SanDisk Sale at B&H Photo
« on: July 17, 2014, 02:57:57 PM »
For just photos: overkill. Video maybe at the most, but then you need better CFast by then as the data transfer rates are better.

You ever shoot sports at high fps and using raw? I do.

For most normal shooting, overkill. For sports, no.

Just shoot jpeg small, plenty of room!



Canon could easily make a 'safetylock' where you literally bayonette the EF/EF-S mount/lens when you ship it/store it.

Do it the right way and you could make it easily known if a lens or body was stolen (if the buyer cares) -- once it gets well enough known, it would cut down on some kinds of theft.

I was going to make a 'safe gun' joke but that always gets people going :/

Lenses / Re: Year of the lens....a joke....?
« on: July 16, 2014, 10:20:20 AM »
I'll play devil's advocate, which would be more 'year of the lens':

A refresh of 8 already decent lenses that makes them a little nicer.

Two prosumer grade lens upgrades that end up like the 70-200mm 2.8 mk2 IS.

So far, we've got the wide-angle STM lens, and now a wide-angle with IS.  Seriously, I'd consider it a full-on win if the 100-400mm turns out to be a winner at a fair price. 

Look back, the only "year of the lens" I could see was 2010, which, to me, was a very good year.

Dear "J,"

I supposed I should not be surprised that you chose to announce the end of our relationship in such a public and cowardly way. You were never one for subtlety and discretion.

And, so typical of you to blame all the failures on me. As though you contributed nothing to the breakup. But, then, I guess since you contributed so little to the relationship, I should not be surprised.

The truth is, I've known for a long time this wasn't working. If I could have ended things myself, I would have. But as you know, for me this was an arranged marriage. You picked me and I had no say in the matter. For the honor of my family (and honor is something my culture values very highly) I could not leave you.

At first, your clumsy attempts to satisfy me were amusing and not without a certain boyish charm. But, honestly, it quickly became apparent that you were never going to improve. In fact, I soon realized that you actually thought you were good. I know this is hurtful to say, but since you are the one that began this public conversation, I think honesty is justified.

Never once were you able to bring me to my full potential. No, let me be more candid, never, ever did I come remotely close to achieving the heights I was intended for. You would fiddle with my dials and move my joystick, but it was so mechanical and uninspired that I could hardly bear it. Honestly, most of the time I wished you would just stick to the green box and let me do it myself.

And the trips...well, what can I say? Sure, I enjoyed them, but it was as though you thought that simply going someplace new would solve all our problems. All it did was make me long for the relationships that I saw others enjoying. How I wished that could have been us. But you...all you ever did was worry about whether someone else had a newer, prettier model hanging on his shoulder. 

You were so obsessed with showing me off that you didn't see how many of your fellow travelers lovingly treated their lowly Rebels with respect and appreciation and how they were rewarded in ways that you and I could never achieve together.

Yes, I saw the world. But, really, I would have traded it in a instant for a quiet little town in the Midwest, with someone who understood me and what I was meant to do.

Now, dear D810, believe me, I wish you no ill. In fact, I actually feel sorry for you. I know people say you are nothing more than an overinflated mass of silicon, but I know better. We are both from established families and, like me, you have not had any say in this relationship.

I would like to wish you a long and happy relationship, but I suspect that won't be the case. In the end, you will be blamed for everything. Just remember this. It is not you...it's him.

Ow, ow, ow, stop.  It hurts when I laugh.

Your 5D MarkIII link is only useful for the USA. Any link for the other 95% of us out there?

Hrm . . . you think the world evenly purchases 5Dmk3 by population?

Seriously, there's like five people who post on slashdot on EVERY US-related article complaining about 95% of the world . . . maybe every forum has these guys?

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 LensRentals.com 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

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