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Probably a longshot, but have you contacted Lexar?

Good luck!

+1

Lexar may be interested in doing a forensic exam to find out why their chip failed in a premium product.  It could benefit both of you: they get info, you get your data back.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: New Samyang Lenses Go On Sale Tomorrow
« on: April 28, 2014, 12:23:33 PM »
Neuro, do you know what causes donut bokeh?  Is it the primary mirror itself, or is it to do with the support mechanism for the secondary mirror, or poor coatings typical of cheap lenses, or...?

It's the fact that the entrance pupil (the image of the aperture itself) is an annulus.  Actually, you can give that look to a regular lens by sticking a small, round sticker like one of these:



…on a cheap UV filter and putting it on the lens.  If you like donuts, that is…  ;)

I would have thought you'd need a surprisingly large dot sticker to get "the look".


Presumably, it would not need to be any bigger than the secondary mirror on one of those reflex lenses.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: New Samyang Lenses Go On Sale Tomorrow
« on: April 28, 2014, 12:18:16 PM »
Neuro, do you know what causes donut bokeh?  Is it the primary mirror itself, or is it to do with the support mechanism for the secondary mirror, or poor coatings typical of cheap lenses, or...?


It's the fact that the entrance pupil (the image of the aperture itself) is an annulus.  Actually, you can give that look to a regular lens by sticking a small, round sticker like one of these:

…on a cheap UV filter and putting it on the lens.  If you like donuts, that is…  ;)  Same principle as those bokeh effects kits.


Thanks.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: New Samyang Lenses Go On Sale Tomorrow
« on: April 28, 2014, 12:06:16 PM »
Why in the world would anyone produce a mirror lens in the year of our lord 2014?

Mmmmmm…donuts!   ;)

"Donuts - is there anything they can't do?" -- Homer Simpson

Neuro, do you know what causes donut bokeh?  Is it the primary mirror itself, or is it to do with the support mechanism for the secondary mirror, or poor coatings typical of cheap lenses, or...?

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Lenses / Re: any 100-400 mark 2 update?
« on: April 27, 2014, 08:17:26 PM »
so it should be any day now :)
Geologically speaking. Like the world was created in 6 days  ;D

So you're saying the 100-400 II will require a supreme being to will it into existence?   ;)

Or a few centuries of accumulated lore to convince us that we could have it now if only we believe in The Holy Canon. 

Or do we click our heels three times...I forget.   :P

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Photography Technique / Re: Am I the only one this has happened to?
« on: April 25, 2014, 10:51:38 PM »
The mere fact of my taking pictures in public does not make me a special representative of the photographer class so that my every act speaks for "photographers" and may enhance or taint the perception of photographers in the world.


Sites such as these (of which there are many)

http://www.peopleofwalmart.com/
http://youarenotaphotographer.com/

may be funny the first time you look through them, but if you think about the subjects as real people with lives, friends, etc, it becomes clear that we all open ourselves up to humiliation if we happen to pick our noses or pull on our shorts absentmindedly, or even dress badly one day.

So yes, actually: whether it's fair or not, everyone with a camera in public is a representative of "photographers."


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I see many people wearing crosses as religious symbol -- am I to judge a whole religion by what one of them does?

It's an "in-group" vs. "out-group" thing: my beliefs should never be impugned based on a few bad apples, but yours?  Well, it's just proof of what we should expect from your kind!   

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Photography Technique / Re: Am I the only one this has happened to?
« on: April 25, 2014, 10:38:17 PM »
I'm a little off kilter
That's what makes it all worth it.

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but the wife occasionally laughs.

And that's what makes it possible.

 ;D :P


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I'll add one more "it depends."

What's it depend on? 

Artistic:
  • Style -- do you want a glam shoot or photojournalistic shoot?  Or something else entirely.
  • Do you want someone with experience creating dramatic, elegant or elaborate poses, or do you want someone who does minimal direction
  • People skills: do you want someone who will make the bride feel like a princess for the day, or someone who'll just "git 'er done" like a sports shooter.
Technical:
  • One shooter?  Two?  Three?
  • Let's face it: gear does count, though it won't make up for lack of skill or experience.  Keeping up with recent body/lens/software advances takes money, especially when you need to outfit more than one.
  • Ambient light?  A few Speedlites?  Or a full mobile studio kit?  Maintaining gear costs money, and maintaining skill with lighting takes even more time.
  • Will there be non-shooting assistants?
  • Is it a challenging shoot location?
  • Video too?  If yes, that's another huge topic for someone else to address.
Deliverables:
  • How many images will be delivered?
  • Prints, files or some of both?  Quality of the print medium?
  • Albums or other mementos?  (coffee mugs?   :) )
  • How much editing?  Basic crop, exposure adjustments and color balance, or full artistic treatment with retouch?
Experience/reliability:
  • Most people who shoot enough weddings will be able to assemble a portfolio that looks impressive.  Ask to look at several full wedding sets, including at least one under challenging conditions.  I remember seeing some photos from an evening wedding where the bride had beautiful deep brown skin.  I remember thinking that, with the bright white wedding gown, dusk lighting and dark skin, I certainly didn't have the skills or experience to get nice shots like those under such challenging lighting.
  • Talk with several previous clients.  Find someone reliable -- it doesn't matter how good, if they don't show up on time, or lose their memory cards it's all worthless.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS-1D X $5599
« on: April 23, 2014, 09:05:38 AM »
Start of a nosedive??

Maybe the first hint of the pre-dev announcement of the marketing campaign for the dev announcement of the 1DX Mk II.   ;D

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well that´s obvious not?

the camera had to know if you moved it.
that would mean constant focusing all the time.

otherwise the camera does not "know", if the focus it is set too is the correct focus.

and to know if it has achived optimum focus ist has to have a something it can measure against. that´s why it has to move the focus.
I was about to respond that what you describe sounds like contrast-detect focus, not phase-detect focus, but then I figured: I'll just wait for Neuro to respond: he probably has already researched the problem and filed a patent application for it.   ;D

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Photography Technique / Re: Am I the only one this has happened to?
« on: April 22, 2014, 01:17:18 AM »

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Quote from: johnrudoff@yahoo.com on April 21, 2014, 11:44:14 AM
Remember that you have every right to shoot whatever is publicly available

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And they have the right to insult and berate you for it; neither is civil.  If you wish to claim every millimeter of the law, you must concede to others the same.


Orangutang, I must respectfully disagree with you. It is correct that I have the right to shoot whatever is publicly available. And onlookers (including police or security guards) do have the right civilly and politely to ask me about my activities. But they do not have the right to threaten, harass, detain, intimidate, or in general cause fear or disruption to me. If I as a reasonable person (and I do NOT mean those professionally-offended professional victims) am intimidated or made fearful by an insulting or berating onlooker, I have the right to be free of that intimidation. (The handout on the adkins website is quite clear on this point.)


I said "insult and berate," not "threaten."  Of course, exercise of free speech rights does not exempt anyone from other applicable laws.  But then, engaging in photography doesn't exempt anyone from other applicable laws either.

The US Supreme Court gives wide latitude to free speech:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snyder_v._Phelps

In short, someone is legally entitled to come up to you and call you all manner of nasty names for any reason, or for no reason.  So long as it doesn't cross that magic, legal line, it's "free speech."

If you want to stand on the law as written and decided by the courts, it applies both ways.  If you want to celebrate your own right to engage in activities that some people would find offensive and intrusive, you should be prepared to celebrate the rights of others to engage in activities that you find offensive.  My argument, however, is an ethical argument, not legal.

http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/n/nealboortz210988.html

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Photography Technique / Re: Am I the only one this has happened to?
« on: April 21, 2014, 12:07:34 PM »
Remember that you have every right to shoot whatever is publicly available

And they have the right to insult and berate you for it; neither is civil.  If you wish to claim every millimeter of the law, you must concede to others the same.


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Photography Technique / Re: Am I the only one this has happened to?
« on: April 21, 2014, 12:03:56 PM »
You can always wear a burka.  They are fashionable, GREAT in the summer, and hide your face extremely well.

jdramirez does an excellent job of using reductio ad absurdum to illustrate the fact that law has, perhaps, not kept up with modern society.  In our world, one would have to go to extreme, even absurd, measures to be free of the intrusions of wannabe paparazzi with long telephoto lenses.  The image of the burka, with its allusion to the disempowered, evokes the timeless argument that the law only protects those who are aware that their image has been misused, and have the resources to pursue remedy in the courts.

Thank you, jdramirez, for your concise and elegant contribution.

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Photography Technique / Re: Am I the only one this has happened to?
« on: April 21, 2014, 10:06:19 AM »

Understand the way society has become because of how other people actions they want to error on the side of caution or "bad" instead of giving some slack.  Smart phones are far more prevalent than cameras today and someone walking around with a DSLR and a lens walking openly in public spaces in my opinion does not scream “this person must be up to no good”.    I would have asked did he check all the smart phones in the area to make certain there wasn’t someone taking pictures of his kids because the percentage of that happening would likely be greater. 

It's not about danger... it's about the appearance of danger... The cell phones are tiny and go unnoticed. The DSLR, particularly with a "big white" mounted on it, screams out "look at me" and you get noticed. People have watched so many stupid television shows that they are loosing connection to the real world and have trouble putting things in perspective.

It may be something else: if you take photos of public spaces, and people happen to be in those photos (e.g. museum) then it's OK.  If you zoom in on individuals then it's not OK.  Cell phones don't yet zoom well, and they're slow.  I think people know that if you're in a cell phone photo it shouldn't be a surprise.

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Photography Technique / Re: Am I the only one this has happened to?
« on: April 21, 2014, 09:16:52 AM »
Also, if a photographer is "free" to take photos in public places, people in the area are equally "free" to express, even in very strong terms, their disapproval of his public photography.  Having a camera in hand does not exempt a person from being the recipient of someone else's "free speech."

Absolutely correct and this is why I said in my previous post that the best response is to just politely respond such as "thanks for the advice" or "I'll keep that in mind".   There is no law prohibiting others from speaking to us, what is in our control is how we respond and react.  Getting angry and/or escalating the situation is what is going to ruin your day.  We live in a society.  There are other people and  we are going to "bump into them from time to time" whether that is in a verbal interaction, a disagreement, a difference of opinion, or even physically bumping into someone.  I just read in the news some kid got shot in the foot because some other kid thought he was cutting into line to buy shoes.  In the words of Chris Rock... "if someone scuffs your Puma, let it slide".

Agreed.

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