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I was in a thread about someone going to Africa and the obligatory word of warning was given about theft of gear...

It occurred to me... what about locking or bodies with s code the way we do our phones.  Photographers need immediate access to their gear, so doing so each time it powers up isn't an option... but what about every 24 hours?  In the morning, enter the code and it won't require the code to be entered until the next twenty four hours...

If the body has wifi, you can back up the code to Canon interwebs and if you forget, you can have an email sent to your account.

Would this deter theft at all... certainly might deter resale value... to get the camera working again, a thief would have to connect it to the computer and re flash the firmware to the device... which might be too much work for a thief.

I guess they could sell it for parts.. Huh...

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Lenses / Re: Safari 300 2.8 Mkii or 200-400 1.4x
« on: July 17, 2014, 08:43:37 AM »
I know we need our cameras asap... So we wouldn't want to unlock it each time we turn it on like a phone... but what about daily locks?   In the morning we have to enter a code to unlock the camera functions.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: SanDisk Sale at B&H Photo
« on: July 17, 2014, 08:13:47 AM »
How far off are 1 TB CF cards?

Too far off for my budget... like a decade far off. 

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Reviews / Re: Long-term Review | Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
« on: July 16, 2014, 06:50:50 PM »
I played with it for some time at B&H.
The AF is certainly fast enough, even on a 5Dc (especially with focus limiter).
The bokeh, however, was not that great.

I owned the 135L for about a week... So I really wasn't able to run it through its paces.  I wanted the 85L, but then I didn't... ditto with the 200mm f2... the reason I bring those lenses up is because the bokeh for each has been referred to as magic. 

I have used the 70-200mm f2.8L is miii and the 100L.  I personally lean towards the 100L. In bokeh... and in regards to sharpness, the 100L is the clear winner. 

So my point is that there may be better bokeh, but it isn't a slouch.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Post processing workflow
« on: July 16, 2014, 06:39:27 PM »
I play with light room... for instance, I had a shot at 24mm and I was maybe three feet from my subjects.  I normally remove the distortion... but in this case, distortion added to the aesthetic of the image.

Also, with lr, you can just copy the setting of a previous image to the new image.  Much was the same, the light, the subject, the distance to the subject, the focal length and aperture... but when I used the last button the new image was dramatically different from it's cousin.  So I had to fix that individually.  My point is that similar isn't identical. 

Also... I have a really bad habit of over contrasting and over saturating my images... So I go back later and check them and fix them.  So that's probably my most important step... making sure I don't go off the deep end.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: SanDisk Sale at B&H Photo
« on: July 16, 2014, 03:40:59 PM »
I love my card, but I have a f'd up card reader that desks my info... So that obviously needs to be fixed.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: SanDisk Sale at B&H Photo
« on: July 16, 2014, 02:17:16 PM »
Not bad.  A few months back I picked up a San disk 32 160mb/s for 119 and I though I got a good deal... then the price kept falling and I kept price matching... my final price was $92ish... that was a good day.

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Interesting... such a vague term. 

Back in my Canon xs days, I like the 60d over the t3i because of the auto focus points and the fps. 

That was interesting to me. 

What would Canon have to do to improve the t5i so someone in my similar position, a t3i or t3 owner, would be interested?  We know it can't be better than the 70d.  It can't be worse than the t5i.

How about this.  Wi-Fi plus video out to your cell phone with wireless triggering and pinch and zoom focus capabilities.  Zoom in using live view, control auto focus over your phone, take the shot and it auto shares to Facebook. 

While we are at it... built in rf control over the 450ex-rt (guessing this will come out).  Built in swivel bounce off the flash... just up and behind, but it would be better than head on. 

You stay with sd... but also have a usb input to flash drive to copy.

Also have digital zoom that saves the original image and the in camera crop.  Obviously a live mode function. 

Auto saves to the stupid Canon cloud.

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Oh... and stream images over a network to a smart tv... like my phone does.

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Two questions:

What can Canon put into a T6i to make it interesting?

What can another brand put into theirs to make Canon envious?

At the moment I can't think of anything to answer either of those questions.  Anyone?

Jim

For the soccer mom sect... connect via Bluetooth, post directly to Facebook from the camera via the mobile phone...


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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Searching for a lightroom 5 deal...
« on: July 14, 2014, 12:16:29 AM »
There have been some deals lately for a camera/kit lens/other crap/ and lr5.  I've been meaning to get one and sell all the stuff I don't want... but nothing appealed to me @ the price they were selling it at.

I have LR5 as well as CC.  Each allows use on two computers.


I'm not sure what you mean by Add-On, mine is a upgrade copy, if I remember.  It was a download, so I only received the key from Adobe, and downloaded the software.  I also had to enter the key from a previous version, even if it was also a upgrade version.


If you still have the key to yours, you can download it and use the key.  I've been keeping my old versions, just in case I do away with CC.  So far, CC is fine for me, and the price is right.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Searching for a lightroom 5 deal...
« on: July 14, 2014, 12:15:16 AM »
I was content with using lightroom 5... and then my desktop computer decides to commit suicide... thought it might have been auto erotic asphyxiation considering the materials on the hard drive... but I digress. 

If yall come across any decent deals with LR6 as an add-on or on just the software alone... I'd be very interested. 

I'm sure this goes without saying for most people, but I'm not interested in the Creative Cloud.

Also, when you buy the software... you can get a multi-use registration code... because I would want one for my laptop and for my desktop's successor.

There is no Lightroom 6, yet.


Their website does not seem to offer the option of downloading a "standalone" version anymore

On the other hand......   https://www.adobe.com/products/catalog/software._sl_id-contentfilter_sl_catalog_sl_software_sl_mostpopular.html?promoid=KLXMI

Typo.  Actually my desktop revived itself.  Though it certainly does seem it is time to replace the machine.  It is two years... and while I'd love to get more time out of it... it seems an update is required.

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Pricewatch Deals / Searching for a lightroom 5 deal...
« on: July 13, 2014, 11:43:03 AM »
I was content with using lightroom 5... and then my desktop computer decides to commit suicide... thought it might have been auto erotic asphyxiation considering the materials on the hard drive... but I digress. 

If yall come across any decent deals with LR6 as an add-on or on just the software alone... I'd be very interested. 

I'm sure this goes without saying for most people, but I'm not interested in the Creative Cloud.

Also, when you buy the software... you can get a multi-use registration code... because I would want one for my laptop and for my desktop's successor.

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Yes, times do change and JD, you actually made a profit selling a body???  I've always lost 30% or more on them - mainly because I buy w/o rebates, and sell when they have a $200-400 rebate :'(

I'm patient... kinda.  I seriously wanted the 50 art, but Damn if I don't wait for a sale.

When I bought the xs, there was a loyalty rebate and I got a cheap 75-300.  Sold the 75-300 after a year, sold the xs and the kit lens after 2 years and I made a few bucks because I sold it to a guy who was buying it for his wife.  Basically I got lucky.

I lost $300 on my 60d and I suspect I'll lose $1000 on my mkiii.  But this is the business we chose...

Is that a godfather reference?

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Ha ha - I know that feeling. How times change?  (or is it us and our outlook that's changed since getting into photography? )

What really changed my perspective is when I sold my Canon xs for what I paid for it originally. I might have even made a small profit... everything else in my house takes a loss in value after I use it... to include my wife... but not my gear.

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