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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Buying 2nd hand 70D, what to check?
« on: October 12, 2014, 10:19:06 PM »
I don't think he is buying a $200 camera from wherever... I think he is citing it as a possible scam and he wants to make sure he isn't scammed by someone selling him a knockoff...

Samsung Galaxy S3... camera... no.  It is ok in a pinch, but not good. 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Buying 2nd hand 70D, what to check?
« on: October 12, 2014, 10:12:19 PM »
Take a cheaper lens, attach it, take a photo, if you can take a laptop, take the image and look at the metadata and the dimensions.  I guess someone could remove a 60D emblem and put a 70D... but I doubt it.  Check the foil at the bottom to look for a puncture hole, that means it is refurbished.  If you have your laptop and internet access, go to and pay the 2 bucks to get a actuation count.

Look for scuffs and dings... know what a 70D looks like before you buy it... If they sell you a 30D, it's kinda your own fault for not knowing...

Also... with the cap on... do a low iso shot and a high iso shot, and see if there are a ton of hot pixels... there shouldn't be... but it is worth looking at.

My wife threw me away!

Sadly for both of us, she deeply regretted it a year later. Maybe if she had just put me in a recycle bin, it would have ended better.

I assume if I ever get divorced... I will hit on women with many photography prowess.

 You are so striking... I'd love to photograph you...

You purchased boxed software?  There's a reason all you need is a download link and a key ;)

My only rule is that I'll clean any time she wants to, she's just not allowed to clean without me.
I got it as part of a camera package... I sold the camera and it basically cost me $3 and change to upgrade light room.  But the key was inside the unopened box.

I suggest building shelves.

Personally I get annoyed when I have to keep too many things on the floor.

I want a corner liquor cabinet.  But I can't find one at the right size and price... but I would keep my camera gear there...

Portrait / Re: Wife Portrait
« on: October 10, 2014, 01:37:47 PM »
I like the shot, but I'm always afraid to look right up someone's nostrils.

Business of Photography/Videography / Re: 4K, 5K, 6K and Up Video
« on: October 09, 2014, 04:44:00 PM »
Can I just say for the record I am really glad we do not have 4ki v 4kp.

by far that was the stupidest debate I've ever participated in.

Outside of selling my services.. I sold a very mediocre photo of a girl playing basketball... which is a shame, because I have some really good shots of other kids, but no one wanted to pony up a very meager amount.

Business of Photography/Videography / Re: 4K, 5K, 6K and Up Video
« on: October 09, 2014, 02:14:05 PM »
I'm a video geek... so I would be willing to make one entire wall a display.. so roughly 20 or 30 ft... that's what the wife gets for not letting me have my pool table. 

One limit is the resolution of our eyes. If you look at a 42'' Screen from 4 meter, between 720p and 1080p there is no visible difference.

To fully enjoy a 4k Screen i have to be 1.5m in front of a 55'' screen. That's not the normal living room configuration.

4k Needs a 80'' Screen at 3m viewing distance, and it is a aestetical question if y want to have a TV in your living room, which is so domitating optically, otherwise its not giving much benefit.

See, nobody seems to understand that...
Retina display is all you would ever need, and even that is not 4K sometimes... forget 6K and above...

Sure, I have no real authority... and you might think I am spouting non-sense.
So here, listen to what Phillip Bloom has to say about 4K & he shoots 4K...

To answer your question:
 - No, not since I chopped her up and fed her to the squirrels. Sadly, now I have to do my own cleaning, and keeping track of all my gear. ;)

 /Single, but I can't understand why

Funny.  I bet your grass is lush.

Business of Photography/Videography / Re: 4K, 5K, 6K and Up Video
« on: October 09, 2014, 12:01:28 PM »
I saw the makeup when hd first came out... not so much lately... so I wonder if they were more careful about that after hd became more widely available.

i will buy a 30" UHD 4k monitor as soon as a reasonable product comes along.
Next product I will buy will be an 8k monitor .. as soon as a reasonable porduct comes along.
After that? A 16k monitor.
And if I happen to live lng enough, after that a 32k monitor.

Power of 2. Definitely stay away from uneven numbers in all things digital.
5k ... most stupid thing on earth. Dell should have tried to first get a relly good 4k monitor made.

Not to be THAT GUY... but eventually there are diminishing returns.  There are 120 hz tv's out there... and there will eventually be 240hz (if there aren't already), but does it make a difference?  to some sure... but I can't imagine there are super human people who can detect the difference.

when I checked out a 4k t.v.s  from samsung  and sony.. you could see the makeup on the actors…the mystery was gone...

She was looking for it too, so that would be effort I would imagine she wouldn't expend if she is trying to prove a point.

I got a new copy of Light room 5... in a retail box and somehow it found its way into the recycling bin.  Yeah... maybe I shouldn't have left it on the floor until I was ready to install it, but it didn't look like trash.

The person who I'm related to by marriage and lives in my home  is the only one who cleans, so I'm ok with the occasional why is this now missing for the rest of my life... because it is a fair trade off to having to clean.

Maybe I need labels that say, NOT TRASH.

Canon General / Re: Funny things I read on ebay about lens
« on: October 08, 2014, 10:25:37 AM »
Alternative: Someone is trying to scam you with an ad for a ridiculously low priced Big White without reserve. Never pay if they ask you to not go through e-bay/ PayPal.

I play with them from time to time.  I give them a po box and they claim to seems a check... then after a while they say they will get the fbi and cia involved...

Good Lord... the cia...?

The CIA was founded to monitor and protect camera gear sales.  You didn't know that?  It was only later that they started using camera gear for spying, which then led to them turning their focus towards espionage.  In 1937, the president (FDR at the time) signed the Photographic Instrumentation Sales and Service act (PISS) which eliminated the CIA's budget for monitoring camera gear sales.  It was from that point on that the CIA focused on what they do now.  At the time they weren't known officially as the CIA though.  That didn't happen for another 10 years.

I learn something new everyday.

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