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Reviews / Re: Why the DxO bashing?
« on: February 08, 2014, 11:23:58 PM »

Beautiful..... I also ran into a member of the Canine family, but (thankfully) not as wild as yours...

Perhaps it's time to start posting squirrel pictures in the hope of restoring sanity here :)


OK  ;D






I thought I would throw in a Chipmonk and Jackrabbit to add variety for more sanity. :P
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It was clearly established (quite some time ago) that Squirrels are indecent folk ;D ... but I like the Jack Rabbit ... very nice image.

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Reviews / Re: Why the DxO bashing?
« on: February 08, 2014, 11:13:07 PM »
Atheist: I do not believe in DR, but I have no problem if others believe in it.
Believer: You must believe in my religion, else your image is doomed.
Atheist: But I've done fine without worshiping DR for decades.
Believer: No you ignorant fool, worshiping DR is the only way to image salvation.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Here is what Earth looks like from Mars
« on: February 08, 2014, 01:37:12 PM »
Dear Friends.
Two years ago, I am the most lucky photographer in North Carolina, USA, to take the photos of The Planet Jupiter and her 3 Largest moon, with my Canon 5D MK II, EF 600 mm  + 2X---When I see the bright star in the dark sky-----I just shoot, and  CROP and enlarged 500%, and see this attached Photos----I do not know the name of this star, I send the Photo to my dear friend, Scientist. And he tell me that = Jupiter with her 3 Largest moons.
Lucky Surapon
That's AWESOME!

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Here is what Earth looks like from Mars
« on: February 08, 2014, 12:15:28 PM »
That's a Carl Sagan quote: http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/409356-consider-again-that-dot-earth-that-s-here-that-s-home-that-s

... and this is a comment posted by someone that goes by the online ID "NJ" ... I thought someone of you might like it as much as I did:

Consider again that dot. That's here, that's home, that's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there –on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam. The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where....


I did not know that, thanks for clarifying ... looks like the NJ guy was trying to post as his own  :o

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Canon General / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X II Image
« on: February 08, 2014, 12:13:20 PM »
$700 with, or without the EVF?
Expensive no matter with or without (especially without).

I would consider SL1/100D with a decent EF-S zoom instead...
Wait for a few months and the price will be around $500 ... I bought the Canon G1X + EF-M 18-55 IS STM + Sunpack RD2000 flash for $500 (so the G1X actually cost me around $300 or less), but when the G1X was launched I believe it had a price tag of $799

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Here is what Earth looks like from Mars
« on: February 08, 2014, 11:53:36 AM »
... and this is a comment posted by someone that goes by the online ID "NJ" ... I thought some of you might like it as much as I did:

Consider again that dot. That's here, that's home, that's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there –on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam. The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where....

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Here is what Earth looks like from Mars
« on: February 08, 2014, 11:48:21 AM »
For those of you (like me) who are curious to know what camera was used to make this image:

From Wikipedia:
The MastCam system provides multiple spectra and true-color imaging with two cameras.[56] The cameras can take true-color images at 1600×1200 pixels and up to 10 frames per second hardware-compressed, video at 720p (1280×720).
One MastCam camera is the Medium Angle Camera (MAC), which has a 34 mm (1.3 in) focal length, a 15-degree field of view, and can yield 22 cm/pixel (8.7 in/pixel) scale at 1 km (0.62 mi). The other camera in the MastCam is the Narrow Angle Camera (NAC), which has a 100 mm (3.9 in) focal length, a 5.1-degree field of view, and can yield 7.4 cm/pixel (2.9 in/pixel) scale at 1 km (0.62 mi).[56] Malin also developed a pair of MastCams with zoom lenses,[61] but these were not included in the rover because of the time required to test the new hardware and the looming November 2011 launch date.[62]
Each camera has eight gigabytes of flash memory, which is capable of storing over 5,500 raw images, and can apply real time lossless data compression.[56] The cameras have an autofocus capability that allows them to focus on objects from 2.1 m (6 ft 11 in) to infinity.[59] In addition to the fixed RGBG Bayer pattern filter, each camera has an eight-position filter wheel. While the Bayer filter reduces visible light throughput, all three colors are mostly transparent at wavelengths longer than 700 nm, and have minimal effect on such infrared observations.[56

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Third Party Manufacturers / Here is what Earth looks like from Mars
« on: February 08, 2014, 11:44:12 AM »
Many of you might have already see this image ... if you haven't then here it is ... and one of the many articles that was published in almost every newspaper on the planet:
 
Nasa's Curiosity rover has taken a photograph of Earth from the surface of Mars, showing what our planet looks like from 100 million miles away.

It's rare that a single dot on a computer screen can elicit such a strong reaction, but there is something mind-blowing about Earth's diminutive appearance in the image.
While we are used to seeing vivid greens and blues and swirling cloud when the Earth is photographed from space, from this distance the planet and its moon appear like no more than a couple of bright 'evening stars'.

The picture was posted on the official Twitter account for Curiosity, which Nasa has taken to anthropomorphising, with the rover tweeting on Thursday: "Look Back in Wonder... My 1st picture of Earth from the surface of Mars."

Taken about 80 minutes after Mars' sunset on Curiosity's 529th Martian day using its 'left eye camera', the image was 'processed to remove effects of cosmic rays', with Nasa releasing a second image blowing up the smudge to make Earth and the Moon clearly visible.

"A human observer with normal vision, if standing on Mars, could easily see Earth and the moon as two distinct, bright evening stars," a Nasa spokesperson said.

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Canon General / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X II Image
« on: February 08, 2014, 07:13:04 AM »
I wonder if the electronic viewfinder will work with the eos m? 

(p.s. - I finally signed up after at least a year of lurking!)
Welcome to CR ... and a good point ... it'd be nice if it also works with the EOS-M

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Photography Technique / Re: The Cheapo Camera bag to fool the bad guys.
« on: February 08, 2014, 07:08:28 AM »
that's a sweet setup (cam/lense)
That tripod looks like it couldn't possible hold that weight.
Is it stable?
I was having trouble reading the label, did it say "Desmond"?
what is the manufacturer and model?

Actually, as long as you stay reasonably level, it's quite stable. It's a set of Manfrotto 209 legs with a Manfrotto 494RC2 head on top that I converted to the arca system with the $25 Desmond clamp. They also sell the legs with a dedicated ballhead, but it's far too weak to be of any use with a DSLR.
Cool  8)

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Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Price leaked
« on: February 08, 2014, 07:06:18 AM »
If it's true then they got too greedy too early.

Agree x 1000  :-[
+1 ... I would not spend over $1000 for a third party prime lens (if it has 100 mm or below focal length).

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Photography Technique / Re: The Cheapo Camera bag to fool the bad guys.
« on: February 08, 2014, 01:51:19 AM »
Secured my Camera last year in Mexico by carrying in an baby bag (normally filled eg.  with nappies) that fits exatly for the 7D with Grip, Tokina 12-24mm and the 28-70 mm 2.8. Material waterproof outside, inside neopren to keep drinks warm.

In Africa and Russia, the Cam was secured in an red first-aid bag, you normally carry if you climb up mountains to rescue persons. I own an big and an small one, that fits on the waist-belt. We travelled in an big group, so some thought, I am the paramedic of this group. (and it worked, 3 groupmembers got their cams "lost". My bag was ignored.) The same trick worked some decades ago, when we smuggled our cams on board of our "rhino"s.
Very clever idea. 8)

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So unless there is an error in their measurments the old Tamron should be sharper across the focal length than the Canon L....
... and you believe this?

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Reviews / Re: Why the DxO bashing?
« on: February 07, 2014, 02:56:09 PM »
Many Canon devotees may also experience sour gripes that those DxOmark base ISO sensor measurements consistently demonstrate Canon's ~2 stop weakness no matter how expensive a body you buy.
Which leads to much knashing of keyboards as staunch Canonites defend their choice to use such gear and providing many valid reasons and lame excuses why it doesn't matter that a $400 entry-level Nikon DSLR has better low ISO performance than any canon DSLR.
Just watch. ;)
But for those who would like to persist in this debate, I have found a relevant example showing how an extra two stops of DR can keep the sunlit outdoors from blowing out when shooting an indoor candlelit scene...
;D ;D ;D those images show how much DR is available in my Nikon & Sony cameras ;D

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Lenses / Re: Lens Announcement Coming in February? [CR1]
« on: February 07, 2014, 02:33:35 AM »
I actually find this believable, as Canon probably wants to stem the bleeding from the Tamron 600 zoom.
+1 ... that's exactly what I thought when I read: "replacement for the EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS will be unveiled. It was also mentioned that availability would not be immediate”.
I wouldn't mind waiting for this lens and see what Canon comes up with ... I'm pretty sure it will be awesome but I want to see at what price ... going by Nikon's pricing for the 80-400 VR II, I think Canon most likely will charge close to $3000 ... but again, if the IQ of the new Canon 100-400 beats the crap out of the Tamron 150-600 VC, then it is worth it ... but if its just a little better  :-\ ... choices/decisions are not good for people suffering from GAS.

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