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Thanks Neuro

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / What to do with an old D60
« on: October 28, 2013, 09:33:29 PM »
Have an old D60 with the battery grip, in good working order.  Not worth enough to bother selling it.  Toyed with the idea of making it a dedicated IR unit.

Any other creative ideas?

BB

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Software & Accessories / Re: OS X Mavericks
« on: October 27, 2013, 08:20:51 PM »
It may vary by machine.  App nap is an energy conservation feature, intended to extend laptop battery life.  It may set different defaults for:

1 desktop machines
2 laptops plugged into AC
3 laptops running on battery power

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Lenses / Re: January in Japan...Advice?
« on: October 25, 2013, 09:34:16 PM »
Ben to Tokyo about 60 times for work, including living there a couple years in 1999-2001.  I'd second (or third, didn't read all the posts too carefully) Kamakura as a good day trip from Tokyo, and Nikko as well.

In the Tokyo area, some interesting sights are Ueno park (museums, scenery, temples) as well as the rather interesting shopping area right outside the Ueno station off the Yamanote line (train that does a big loop around the Tokyo metro area).

On that topic, you might look at buying one of the JR (Japan Rail) passes that are sold at a pretty hefty discount for tourists.

Harajuku is cool, Akihabara is an interesting experience if not photographically desirable.

There some interesting futuristic architecture out by the bay in Lalaport/Divercity including a life size Gundam that makes an interesting spectacle at night.

I'll ponder other suggestions since you have a couple of months before you go.


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Software & Accessories / Re: OS X Mavericks
« on: October 24, 2013, 08:28:16 PM »
I got Pages, Numbers & Keynote for free in my App Store ($60 worth for free) ... It said you are qualified to upgrade to these 3 apps, so I quickly downloaded & installed ... anyone else got those free today? Just wonder why Apple so sweet today.

It's not just today.  Like OS X Mavericks, the iWork and iLife apps are now free.

Not exactly.  The app store will upgrade existing copies within certain limits. For instance, we were able to update our iLife apps from a 1 year old mini for free (iPhoto, iMovie and Garage Band), as they are reasonably current.  But iWork 08 apps are too old for the app store to recognize them and offer them for free.

Reports around the web are that if you have a version of iWork 09 or newer installed (from boxed or downloaded versions), even just a "never paid and activated" demo copy, once you upgrade to Mavericks, the app store will give you the upgrade for free.  It was also evidently working for demo versions of Aperture earlier today, although I imagine Apple did not really intend that.

Otherwise, all iWork and iLife are free now and for the future with any new mac purchase, and the iOS versions are free with any iPad, iPhone or iPod touch purchase.

Anyone tried their Nik plugins with the Aperture upgrade yet?

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Software & Accessories / Re: Weye Feye or CamRanger?
« on: October 16, 2013, 09:01:50 PM »
The only problem I've had with Weye Feye is that they were blatantly padding their Amazon reviews and posting low reviews (2/5 or 3/5 stars) for CamRanger stating that Weye Feye was so much better. Best Part? These reviews were posted a few weeks before Weye Feye was ever released.
Interesting

That was sort of my reaction too, to the point where I went and looked up the weye feye to see when it came out as it seemed odd he'd have both.  Didn't find anything conclusive enough for me to contradict him as I've never heard of weye feye.

Will add I am also happy with Camranger, though I have certainly not used it enough to say I've put it through its paces.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Rokinon Rebates on Select Lenses
« on: October 02, 2013, 09:09:35 PM »
The 14mm is a fun lens and there are custom profiles for it in Lightroom.

Or a $20 program/plugin called PTLens if you don't have Lightroom.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: New iPhone: Final Nail in the Coffin
« on: September 10, 2013, 11:27:08 PM »
There is actually a pretty spiffy app called Snappycam pro that gets you better than 10 frames per second on current and older iOS devices.  Works similarly to what they showed for iOS 7 today.

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Macro / Scientists want you to get personal with bugs
« on: August 01, 2013, 10:27:44 AM »
Article about scientists asking for more public participation in bug photography, with an emphasis on the bugs' privates:

http://arstechnica.com/science/2013/08/how-to-do-scientific-research-without-even-trying-much/

Amusing side topic aside, it's an interesting way to leverage crowd sourcing of research.

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Black & White / Re: light issues
« on: July 24, 2013, 07:54:00 PM »
Cool stuff.  The first two remind me of a lobby in an art deco office building.

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Lenses / Re: Kit for California trip
« on: July 17, 2013, 07:10:52 PM »

24-70 II, 50, 135L, 70-300L.
Week 1:  24-70 II, 50, 135L.
Week 2:  24-70 II, 70-300L.

I'd second this.  Just spent 2-1/2 weeks on a trip with similar circumstances and my older 28-70L and my 70-300L got me basically every shot I wanted.  Didn't use any of the other lenses I brought almost at all.

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Black & White / Re: Starting to work with black and white
« on: June 20, 2013, 05:38:14 AM »
I really like the first one.  The two aspects that make it stand out for me were that you captured the way fender decals "float" just above the woodgrain in the clear coat, and the way the strings going out of focus give a visual cue similar to them vibrating (even though they don't on the head).

On the second one, I would have like to see you shift your POV plane around a bit so that one of the screwheads, or something was in focus as well as the pot knob.  I still like it though.

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Lenses / Re: Cut sized FF alternative to 28-300mm L
« on: June 01, 2013, 08:21:49 PM »
You can check out a Tamron 28-300mm zoom.  Much cheaper.  You get what you pay for and its a lot less expensive than a pro grade lens.  Good luck at finding a competent review, the better reviewers don't have time to waste on bashing a lens.


I believe I shot this whole set with the Tamron 28-300 on my 5DIII  if you want a sampling of what it does:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/brand_b/sets/72157632198594770

You can see what he means, it is definitely a few steps down from something like the Canon 70-300L.

It is, however, reallly compact, and for the price, a decently built and performing lens, and the IS is pretty decent.  Has a lock switch so it doesn't droop on you.  I used it happily for a few years before I got my 5D and some better lenses.

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Abstract / Re: Beautiful bokeh! Let me see yours!
« on: May 29, 2013, 08:09:36 PM »
A couple of attempts at creating custom bokeh for product shots.

Nice.  If you could get her forward knee included with a bit more DOF, I'd call that one great.

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: CamRanger, anyone tried it?
« on: May 24, 2013, 05:19:34 PM »
Another "point" I worry is the heat generated by the sensor while on LiveView. 

Since the camera is engineered to shoot video, I don't think live view will stress it to the point of concern.

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