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Canon General / Goodbye Cruel Canon
« on: March 31, 2013, 11:22:17 AM »
    Well, congratulations. You’ve convinced me. After reading these forums all of the erudite and eloquent comments have convinced me to totally toss my vast collection of Canon cameras and lenses and seek a better alternative.
With that in mind I have hired the entire graduating class of the closest Art Institute of America location to follow me around and paint everything I used to take photos of on primitive digital camera equipment. It is a simple point and shoot interface. I point at something and one of the kids sits down and starts to draw it. The image quality is superb. No matter how much you magnify the images, you can’t get down to the pixel level, unless you are using the pointillist module. Well, I suppose you can with an atomic force microscope, but it will be a few years before I can afford accessories like that. Depth of field and dynamic range are infinitely flexible.
    Processing time is slower than with my 7d. Some images can take months to develop. But the filters are amazing. The impressionist module does wonderful things with landscapes and abstract module makes portraits fun and surprising. The tagger module allows for incredible enlargements, limited only by the size of available wall space.
    Granted, my system is a little expensive and clearly not for everyone. It came as surprise that artists these days expect to eat every day. Storage is also a challenge. However, I believe that anyone who is serious about producing great images will quickly realize that my setup is the only conceivable way to get the kind of images we all know we want. Anything less is ludicrous.

Landscape / Re: Post Your Comet Pictures
« on: March 07, 2013, 10:48:02 AM »
Grumble.  >:( Looking at the extended forecast for my area, what I need is a filter that will let my camera see through clouds. I'll have to hope for a timely break in the next two weeks of "mostly cloudy" weather.

Lenses / Re: your goto everyday lens and why?
« on: March 04, 2013, 11:18:03 AM »
As I work as the editor/reporter/photographer for two small town weekly papers, I go with the Tamron 18-270. Some of my best shots have come on very short notice, and if I have to change lenses, I may miss the moment. I seldom know if my subject will be a mother and child or a building on fire, or whether I will be five feet from the subject or a quarter mile away. My biggest need it flexibility, and it gives me photos that look as good or better than my kit lenses.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How Do You Clean your sensor? And how often?
« on: February 24, 2013, 05:23:22 PM »
A metal scourer gets the baked on stains off when it gets really dirty
I smear mine with tuna and let the cat lick it clean. ;D

Canon General / Re: With the Yen plunging, will we see price drops now?
« on: February 23, 2013, 12:02:50 PM »
I think the decision would involve several calculations on Canon's part. To start, will the company make more money from retaining the added profit from currency fluctuations or from selling more units at a lower price? Are other competitors lowering their prices, which could take a bigger bite out of Canon's sales? Does the company expect the drop in the yen to be long lasting, which could cost the company sales if it has to raise prices relatively soon after dropping them? As pointed out above, what has the yen done to Canon's raw material expenses? I'm sure there are a dozen more considerations they have to make that I wouldn't even think of. So after all that, my answer would be an incredibly firm, "It depends."

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Filling the buffer
« on: February 08, 2013, 11:36:50 AM »
Here is a link to an article what NR does and how it affects shooting.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Filling the buffer
« on: February 07, 2013, 04:43:29 PM »
The High ISO Noise Reduction (which is actually active at all ISO settings) on the Canon cameras will drop the camera's ability to buffer photos drastically. I shoot some basketball games in some poorly lit high school gyms and rather than limit myself to single shots with a flash I pump up the ISO to 4000 or 5000 most nights. I shoot with Noise Reduction set to high and I can only shoot four photos in a burst with my 7d.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: 12 Days of Christmas at Gura Gear
« on: December 14, 2012, 12:55:43 PM »
BTW, who won the CR guragear giveaway? I thought that drawing was Tuesday.

Grand Prize Winner
Accessory Pack Winners
Or in other words, not me. Sigh. Thanks anyway.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: 12 Days of Christmas at Gura Gear
« on: December 13, 2012, 02:05:45 PM »
You have to go to the guragear blog to see the ways.

BTW, who won the CR guragear giveaway? I thought that drawing was Tuesday.

Contests / Re: Gura Gear Giveaway!
« on: December 07, 2012, 11:38:50 AM »
Winning this would be a slam dunk on my holiday season

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: October 29, 2012, 12:53:01 PM »

A downy woodpecker that was at a feeding site on the Sully's Hill National Wildlife Refuge in North Dakota.

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