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Messages - Jim Saunders

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Landscape / Re: Fall colours
« on: October 14, 2014, 12:04:38 AM »
This was taken recently at smokies.

I like it.  I can't qualify why, but I like it.

Jim

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Thanks for the lead; after "Lowell" on Wings smearing the good name of air maintainers everywhere, it'd be a pleasant change.

Jim

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Lenses / Re: Stacking drop-in filters?
« on: October 12, 2014, 11:32:21 PM »
The two logical options are putting ND film on the front element or the back element; I don't know about the reality of accomplishing that though.  A CPL holder with provision for an ND internally seems like the elegant fix, but I have a feeling doing that would make the lens look like a bargain.  :-/

Jim

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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: October 12, 2014, 10:53:20 PM »
The local plague rats.

Jim

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: October 12, 2014, 10:36:07 PM »
I think I found the clever one out of the bunch.

Jim

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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: October 12, 2014, 09:57:05 PM »
At the Nooksack River in Washington state.  70D, 300 2.8 II, 2x III, handheld.


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Jim

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Photography Technique / Re: Getting the right exposure for outdoor sports
« on: October 12, 2014, 02:38:10 PM »
AEB and burst mode?

Jim

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I had a lot of trouble setting my 1 GB unit to be programmed to automatically upload an SD card to the internal hard drive.

I'm surprised; the software worked well for me.  I used the Quickview software on my laptop to good effect.  I'd be curious to try managing it with an Apple device to see if it works differently compared to Android too.  The automatic copy-on-insert works for me too, is it that it doesn't work for you even with that option set?

Jim

PS I hear you on the screwy SD card subfolder names; I'd be happier with an option to merge folders if they exist.

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Exactly what did you transfer images from?  You mention using a SD card, and that it has a solid Wi-Fi connection. 
 
Was this from a smart phone of some sort, or a camera, or did you insert a SD card in the drive.
 
I'd hate to have to wait for one of my 64GB cards to download if a 8GB card takes 18 minutes.

That was from an SD card inserted into the device.  A slow format is in progress, for a 2TB volume it'll take probably overnight; I'll try again tomorrow.  Even if the performance is the same afterward it doesn't make a big difference for me, I'm sure I can find someplace to sit and let it hum away while I drink espresso and admire the scenery.

Now if it was a CF card version and I was playing for keeps, yes I'd expect a lot better performance without any fooling around.  My laptop and a Lexar USB 3.0 card reader does that, but it comes back to not wanting to haul it around.

Jim

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Software & Accessories / WD My Passport Wireless - initial observations
« on: October 11, 2014, 08:29:44 PM »
What this thing needs to do for me is copy and store the photos on an SD card without the need for a laptop.  I spent some time with mine today, here is what I've learned so far:

  • TL:DR It accomplishes its mission, once you figure out a quirk or two.
  • The Android app for managing the device and the wifi connection to it appears - so far - to be solid.
  • 7.6 GB of content on a 600x Lexar card imported onto the device in approximately 18 minutes
  • The progress of that import may be monitored in the app.
  • The manual appears to contain a factual error in that it is the wifi light which blinks when it imports from a card.
  • In a power-on state (and set to import automatically) it takes around ten seconds to begin importing from a card.
  • The device creates a subdirectory for each unique card (with any subdirectories on the card in it) which has ups and downs.
  • After changing content, refreshing the directory appears to be necessary; this may be accomplished by dragging a finger downward in the display pane and then releasing.
  • The 2 TB version contains a mechanical hard drive, I can't speak for the smaller-capacity ones.
  • The USB port can be disabled to data access in the menu, but the means to reset the access controls is published in the manual.

So at the end of the day it appears to be a sound solution to a problem I had.

Jim

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Lenses / Re: Which prime lens for nature fotography?
« on: October 11, 2014, 07:41:04 PM »
Speaking of the 300 f/4, if you can borrow or rent one take it out for a weekend.  After that, the amount of cropping you need will be an indication of how much lens you'll need.

FWIW I miss the one I had also.

Jim

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Software & Accessories / Re: Step up or down rings?
« on: October 11, 2014, 04:20:54 PM »
Here's what a 77mm filter does on a 24-70 II.  I upped these a stop in LR but they're otherwise unaltered.

Jim

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Software & Accessories / Re: Step up or down rings?
« on: October 11, 2014, 02:37:57 PM »
A big filter on a small lens might stop you from using the hood.  A small filter on a big lens will vignette.  Depends on what you can live with.

Jim

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Lenses / Re: 45mm vs. 90mm tilt-shift
« on: October 10, 2014, 10:27:02 PM »
Schneider has a 50 f/2.8 tilt-shift.  Just don't let the wife see the pricetag  ;)

Jim

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Canon General / Re: seeimpossible.usa.canon.com?
« on: October 05, 2014, 04:57:00 PM »
New lens caps.

Threaded ones which seal better, no more of this leaky center-pinch nonsense.

Jim

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