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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5DIII dual cards
« on: August 31, 2014, 11:05:36 AM »

Is SD so inferior in comparison to CF?

Actually, since I am missing SD slot I was planing on buying this SD to CF adapter:



Good luck with that.  I've used two or three adapters before when I was trying to get the Eye-Fi card to work in the 5D Classic.  The CF-SD adapters are extremely buggy.  You will likely experience some file corruption.  My advice is to buy every one of them you can find in the hopes of getting one that you can trust.  Please let everyone know what worked for you in which camera and which adapter it was.  Thanks.  It's always nice to have this option if it will work.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: EOS M w/22mm f/2 STM $249
« on: August 30, 2014, 08:50:55 AM »
Btw, for those wondering how good the EOS M image quality is, here's a small album of photos I've taken with it.

http://imgur.com/a/F5NqT

Half was taken with the 18-55 kit lens, the other half with the 22mm. No photoshop, just lightroom adjustments and B&W conversion, except for the tree shot, I used a filter for that one.

I think those shots are nice.  I also think it might be possible for one regular size guy (such as myself) to carry at least 4 of those girls at once (2 under each arm).   ;D
Thanks for sharing Taemobig!

And now thanks (in part) to you sharing your great shots and my own personal G.A.S. affliction, I ordered one of these.  Great.  Now I have to go find an EF adapter, more batteries, maybe a case.... geez!   ::)

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Rusty, that is amazing, and it's nice to hear about good customer service for once.
Yeah, I agree.  However, service like that has got to be expensive for Epson.  IMO, there are different levels of customer service that apply to different products and price points.  If a price is the only concern, I don't expect service at that level because it would drive up the price.  But for products that are luxury items in the first place, cost thousands of dollars and reputation is important, I think this is the best way to go.  With that in mind, wouldn't it be great if this was how Canon took care of all their camera problems?   :D

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Sony is not going to sell you a product that they think will die while still under warranty...
Then why have the last 3 products I've bought from them done just that - whether it was a 90-day, 1-year or 3-year warranty.  Wait, they died just days after the warranty was up - making me a tad perturbed.  I know you're kidding, but I'm not.  I've given up on expecting quality from Sony, which is sad given that they used to be famous for it.
My Olympus E-510 died on the day after the warranty expired.... To be fair, they fixed it for free....
Now that's service and I'm happy to hear that.  Panasonic also has great service from my experience and as an example - another hobby of mine is home theater - I used to be a movie theatre projectionist.  I bought a Sony Blu-ray player when it first came out.  It was a POS and Sony released a new model less than a year later and essentially stopped supporting my model.  On the other hand, I have an old Panasonic DVD player (and new Blu-ray as well) and was shocked about a year ago to see that they had just released a firmware update for the 7-year-old DVD player!  They did the same with my Lumix LX-5 camera as well.
Speaking of outstanding customer service... EPSON.  A client had a high end projector that was about 5 months out of the 2 year warranty and it had a problem with the motorized lens cover.  After trying a firmware update, my client called them, provided proof of the sale with the receipt and they SHIPPED HIM A NEW PROJECTOR FREE OF CHARGE with instructions to return the faulty projector back to them afterwards in the same container.  THEY EVEN PAID FOR SHIPPING.  Simply amazing!   8)

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This isn't Ethics, it's Business.  Thread posts like this tend to generate angst where none is needed.  Has the OP considered the big picture?  (Pun alert.)

As a consumer, I understand (and sympathize) with wanting as much camera and as many features as possible from a given design, esp when it costs thousands of dollars.  However, Canon is a business and they do whatever they think will make them profitable and desirable at the same time.  If this means making one camera design for two cameras and restricting one with firmware to save production cost, fine.  I don't care.

Be glad that Canon doesn't stomp and mash entities like Magic Lantern for messing with their firmware and exposing features or causing errors that very well might cost Canon money in negative product perceptions or slightly elevated support/warranty costs.  Compare Canon's tolerance with ML hacks to Apple.  ML has existed for years and Canon hasn't done much to thwart them in firmware roadblocks or shut them down with lawyers.  We all know what would happen if ML was trying to hack Apple products!!  If you want to discuss poor ethics, take a look at Apple.  They've been suing people since the 80's.  They even sue people for petty things like having a name that just sounds like "apple".  http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2409669,00.asp

And while we're on the subject of ethics, be glad Canon's ethics don't dictate that they should wage all out legal war on third party companies that make tons of identical third party accessories like intervalometers, flashes, grips, etc to compete with Canon's overpriced accessories.  (Because Canon could if they wanted to, that's what Apple does constantly all over the world.)

Fortunately, Canon is savvy enough to realize that their upper end market is intelligent and entities like ML actually help boost the popularity of Canon products in the long run.  Many photographers that can afford the Canon EOS line usually buy new gear regardless of what ML may offer them on their older gear.  In fact, they might buy new gear because of what ML can give them with that too!  I put ML in the same realm as the IR mod folks who give you a new way to use a great camera that Canon doesn't offer.  And that's great in my book.

Thank you Canon for resisting the urge to bully the little guys who hack your products!  (And expose a few little features and secrets in the process.)

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Photography Technique / Re: Cropping
« on: August 28, 2014, 07:10:28 PM »
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Excellent discussion.

I don't think I've ever seen it talked about here, and I think lots of folks will find it very helpful.

Definitely!  If I can ever find it again!   ;)

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Photography Technique / Re: Swim Pictures - Share your tips/ideas!
« on: August 28, 2014, 04:27:54 PM »
Get a GoPro, set it up to do time lapse, and leave it on the bottom of the pool...

Is a time lapse GoPro how you post those cool cat pictures Don?   ;D   Thanks!  I have a buddy who has a GoPro that I can probably borrow.  I'll have to learn more about it.

It's funny you mention underwater.  I was considering a more complicated approach of putting my scuba cert to use and laying on the bottom of the pool during practice with various gear I already have.  Canon D10, D20 and a S95 in a dedicated underwater case.  I wish, wish, wish that Canon would make intervalometers a standard feature on all their cameras like Nikon and Pentax have for years!!  Aaargh!   >:(

Anyway, thanks for the tip and please keep 'em coming!   :D
I have an IPad app and a special cable so I can use my 60D as an intervalometer.... but no way am I going to try that at the bottom of a pool.... although it would clear the way to getting a 7D2 and a new tablet :)

Yeah, that's pretty much my point.  I have several options for tethered intervalometers.  But those are useless in this application.  Sigh....  :-\

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Photography Technique / Re: Swim Pictures - Share your tips/ideas!
« on: August 28, 2014, 04:09:44 PM »
Get a GoPro, set it up to do time lapse, and leave it on the bottom of the pool...

Is a time lapse GoPro how you post those cool cat pictures Don?   ;D   Thanks!  I have a buddy who has a GoPro that I can probably borrow.  I'll have to learn more about it.

It's funny you mention underwater.  I was considering a more complicated approach of putting my scuba cert to use and laying on the bottom of the pool during practice with various gear I already have.  Canon D10, D20 and a S95 in a dedicated underwater case.  I wish, wish, wish that Canon would make intervalometers a standard feature on all their cameras like Nikon and Pentax have for years!!  Aaargh!   >:(

Anyway, thanks for the tip and please keep 'em coming!   :D

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Photography Technique / Swim Pictures - Share your tips/ideas!
« on: August 28, 2014, 01:44:51 PM »
Hi all,

I'm starting my forth year of swim team shooting for my sons' high school.  Up to now I've felt like I was on a learning curve as my gear/technique improved, esp the first year.  Now I'm looking for ideas to be more creative and keep it interesting.  The venues are the same and basically repeat every year.  The rare events that are held outdoors are well lit and colorful.  Unfortunately, the majority of the pics happen inside poorly lit natatoriums.  So there is always plenty of post processing happening to fix WB, lighting, clarity, shadows, etc.  Any ideas on post processing improvements is also welcome.

I have shot the last 3 years with a 60D and then a 5D3.  The lenses improved as I acquired better gear.  Now I have a 70-200/2.8L-II and a 70-300L and I have used a Kenko 1.4 TC with both on the 5D3.  I now also have a 70D to try out.  So I'm trying to also decide what lens combos I'll do now.  I'm considering putting the 5D3 on backup status (hanging left side) with a 24-105 for up close and using the 70D (faster fps, more reach) as the primary with the 70-300L or the 70-200/2.8-II with/without TC.

To summarize, I'm looking for composition and shot ideas, post enhancement tips and I'm looking for thoughts on lens+body combos.

Here is a link to all the swim pics I've posted from the last 3 years.  That should keep you busy for a while!   :P  (And THANK YOU!)   :D

http://rustythegeek.zenfolio.com/lamarswim

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Don't knock "lower cost", not to mention lower weight. Not everyone is going to be forking over $6,600.00 for an action camera. A reasonably priced "mini-1DX"-spec'ced (wrt fps and buffer) 7D2 is a very attractive compromise for those who ALSO don't have a Big White yet.

LOL Nancy!   ;D  Funny, I was thinking the same thing!  I really like nuero but it's easy to make his statement when one owns the gear he does.  (And over the years I've spent more than I care to admit as well.)

Note:  I just purchased a Canon Refurb 70D 18-55 Kit for $836 from Canon because I don't want to spend the huge $$ on the likely over $2K 7D2.  (And I think it will likely follow the same path as the previous 7D/60D releases and have a similar if not the same sensor anyway.)  My reason?  More reach with better crop sensor and higher fps (than the 60D).  That's about it.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Camera bag for camping
« on: August 27, 2014, 10:54:07 PM »
Thanks rowancastle.  The BetaShell cases are nifty, they have them at my local camera store.  I think these would be ideal for an ocean, river or other kind of water/boat based trip.  But unfortunately they almost weigh more than some lenses.  IMHO, while the BetaShell cases are ultra tough, they are overkill for hiking because they take up a lot of extra space and they are simply too heavy, esp if you need more than one.
There are a few sizes that are available in a lightweight model.....

Good to know!  I'll check into it.  For hiking I am more concerned about water sealing than crush/shock protection.  A couple of Ziplocks and/or a good drybag fills that need fine around a basic lightweight soft case or wrap.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Camera bag for camping
« on: August 27, 2014, 09:13:05 PM »
Thanks rowancastle.  The BetaShell cases are nifty, they have them at my local camera store.  I think these would be ideal for an ocean, river or other kind of water/boat based trip.  But unfortunately they almost weigh more than some lenses.  IMHO, while the BetaShell cases are ultra tough, they are overkill for hiking because they take up a lot of extra space and they are simply too heavy, esp if you need more than one.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Camera bag for camping
« on: August 27, 2014, 08:33:57 PM »
I love the MSR Whisperlite and also my Snow Peak Canister Stove kit.  We just do simple Mountain House Dehydrated meals for dinners.  Trail Snacks during the day.  And of course - VIA Coffee in the morning!   :P

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Software & Accessories / Re: Camera bag for camping
« on: August 27, 2014, 05:34:44 PM »
Yikes!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Are you planning to purchase a 7D2
« on: August 27, 2014, 04:32:52 PM »
Not likely...

...unless it turns out to be an amazing fantastic ground breaking camera for less than $2000.  I doubt that happening enough that I just purchased/received a Canon Refurb 70D 18-55 STM Kit for around $900 after tax.  I think it will suffice for my APS-C reach and 7 fps shooting needs enough working along with my 5D3 and 6D.

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