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Canon General / Re: Lose or Loose?
« on: October 29, 2013, 03:01:46 PM »
"Irregardless"

LOL. Nice!

And lets not even think about the word irony.  I am convinced that no one on the Internets Tubes seems to know really what that means.   ;D

Agreed! It seems that most people should use "coincidental" rather than "ironic". Irony is Oedipus vowing to bring to justice the man who killed the king, not knowing at the time that it was himself all along.

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Lenses / Re: DIY carbon hood for 40mm stm lens
« on: October 28, 2013, 06:48:15 PM »
TIL: "flocculated" is a word. And sounds funny.

It's a perfectly cromulent word. I think we've all embiggened our vocabulary today.

Simpsons fan, perhaps?  8)

"A noble heart embiggens the smallest man." -- Jebediah Springfield

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Canon General / Re: Technique...
« on: October 27, 2013, 11:40:04 PM »
I was hoping that you can share a technique or two with the forum...

You might check out Mike Browne's YouTube channel. His teaching style is easy to digest and his videos cover all the basics and then some. If you start with his older videos and work your way up to the newest, the videos will build on one another and make more sense as you gain knowledge.

Other channels you might check out include those from Adorama and B&H Photo. You'll find everything from 5-minute videos on a particular technique to 1 1/2 hour workshops that go into great detail.

I hope this is helpful...

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Canon General / Re: The truth behind our gear
« on: October 22, 2013, 08:12:55 PM »
LOL...is that Mark Wallace?  ;)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D Announced
« on: October 20, 2013, 11:55:46 AM »

Also the 70d's price is already surprisingly low for Canon's standards...


You have a point there. I was pleasantly surprised when the 70D announcement came with a price $100 less than what I was expecting. Maybe I'll get lucky and the holiday price drops will be for the lens I'm planning to get (EF-S 17-55 F2.8 IS).  :D

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D Announced
« on: October 19, 2013, 04:35:02 PM »
I'm still planning on a 70D purchase in the next few months (mostly waiting for holiday pricing). The Nikon D5300 should put some nice downward pressure on the 70D prices -- I hope!

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EOS Bodies / Re: 70D Diagonal Image Processing (DIP) Defect
« on: October 19, 2013, 04:13:36 PM »
TheNickDude's explanation seems most plausible to me, though, so while it might not be 100% confirmed (yet), it still falls into the "likely" category in my opinion. 

Highly unlikely. The artifacts are in the OOF parts only.

That's a curious statement. Isn't bokeh a phenomenon only found in out-of-focus areas?

Have you seen kits (or DIY cardboard equivalent) for making bokeh into the shapes of musical notes, snowflakes, hearts, et cetera? Those shapes only appear in the bokeh (out-of-focus areas) and not all across the image.

In TheNickDude's example photo, you can see the cable release reproduced in the bokeh circles. This is the equivalent of the custom bokeh kits except the reverse (instead of blocking all but the the cut-out shape in the bokeh, it shows all but the shape/obstruction in the bokeh).

Maybe I'm missing something...

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EOS Bodies / Re: 70D Diagonal Image Processing (DIP) Defect
« on: October 19, 2013, 02:52:14 PM »
Anyway, it's nice to know this "issue" is likely not a camera issue.

It may not be but we do not know it yet.

True enough.

TheNickDude's explanation seems most plausible to me, though, so while it might not be 100% confirmed (yet), it still falls into the "likely" category in my opinion. That's enough for me to not worry too much about this issue when considering a 70D purchase. Others may feel differently...

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EOS Bodies / Re: 70D Diagonal Image Processing (DIP) Defect
« on: October 19, 2013, 12:03:57 PM »
Oh, and welcome to the forum, TheNickDude! :D

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EOS Bodies / Re: 70D Diagonal Image Processing (DIP) Defect
« on: October 19, 2013, 12:01:33 PM »
The birds look blurred to me, too.

That's exactly the effect you see if there's an object really close to the end of the lens, like grass in front of the lens. It causes an image of that object to appear in all of the bokeh in the background.

For example, in this photo of mine, my release cable inadvertently crossed in front of my lens, you can see a perfect image of it in every point of bokeh.

You might also see this effect by using a crappy UV filter on your lens. It definitely would not be the camera's fault.

Astute observation. Thanks for posting, and it makes sense -- like using a cardboard cutout over the lens to create custom shaped bokeh, only accidentally with grass, branches, release cables or other things in the extreme foreground.

I've been saving up for a 70D, so reports of issues and flaws are on my radar (like when MichaelTheMaven? had a row of dead pixels on his 70D sensor). In my other "shooting" hobby, it's generally good practice to wait until a new model has been out a year or more to establish a reputation for reliability or to reveal any issues inherent to the new design. Since the 70D uses brand new sensor tech, it kinda falls into that category for me (although, I don't think I'll be able to wait a year :)).

Anyway, it's nice to know this "issue" is likely not a camera issue.

Thanks again!

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Canon General / Re: Lose or Loose?
« on: October 15, 2013, 07:09:14 PM »
"Loosed" is a perfectly good English word.  Many arrows were loosed by English bowmen at Agincourt.  I suppose that a large number of those arrows were also lost.

If I loose some money, does it actually fly from my wallet?

Definitely possible. I expect that's exactly what would happen to mine if a new 5DIII were to go on sale right now for under USD$2,000.  :D

Also....There, their, and they're are misused so frequently it's shocking to me.

I think that the people that make these types of spelling errors don't understand how they are perceived by some people.


Agreed. It's not about being a grammar/spelling troll. Rather, it's that in an environment where communication is primarily in written form, spelling and grammar accuracy influence the perceived credibility of the writer. If someone is either ignorant of the proper spelling or carelessly relying on spell-check to fix things, it speaks to a lack of thoroughness and attention to detail -- both of which are desirable attributes in a largely anonymous environment (like this forum) where information and opinions are exchanged.



Really though... Grammar flaws kill messages.

LOL...great image.

I saw a sticker on a car window the other day that cracked me up. It read (this is how it was spelled and emphasized): "Your entitled to your WRONG opinion."  :o

Grammar and spelling flaws kill regular messages, but in preachy car stickers? They're priceless!

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I would never fake or stage a "wildlife" picture :)

You may have fooled others, but not me. A common loon in a tree? Nice try! ;D

How about a groundhog in a tree?

LOL...now that is something I've never seen.


Jackson_Bill, love that great blue heron shot!

+1...how about a juvenile AND an adult BCN Heron in the same Octopus tree? ;D

Fake, fake, fake. Everyone knows an octopus isn't a tree.

 ;)

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I usually read a thread all the way through before replying, but I just haven't the time tonight. My apologies if I'm repeating what someone else has said...

I've heard the "pros compose in-camera and never crop" but don't subscribe to it myself. While composition is always in mind as I shoot (for that matter, I'm constantly composing in my mind just looking at things), cropping can be a powerful artistic tool. Even if you nail the composition you had in mind at the time you pressed the shutter button, another (sometimes better) composition can be created with the crop tool.

I'll often be looking through "throw-away" images and suddenly see a different (crop-enabled) composition that takes the image from chopping block to cropping block to favorites folder.

I can't help but mentally crop nearly every image I see, anyway. :) 

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Lenses / Re: Gateway lens
« on: October 10, 2013, 07:09:55 PM »
Mine wasn't a hard street drug, but rather a prescribed painkiller that got me hooked...

It was the terrible Auto Mode of the G12. It constantly overexposed, would boost ISO to spare the flash at the expense of noise. The photos from my faithful 4MP A80 looked better! I had decided to return the G12, but I couldn't help but wonder, "What is this 'M' on the dial for?"

That's all it took.

With only a little Google-fed knowledge, I started to get great results out of that little camera. That led to consuming ridiculous dosages of photography tutorials, then switching to RAW, then more tutorials, then Lightroom. There was no going back. Once an addict, always an addict. 

Canon -- thank you for the crappy Auto Mode on an otherwise stellar G12. Had Auto Mode performed in a pleasing way, I would know nothing of photography and might never have moved to a DSLR and a nice lens...and another lens...and another...and...

Maybe that was Canon's intention all along? After all, my doctor is now the dealer that feeds my habit...

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I would never fake or stage a "wildlife" picture :)

You may have fooled others, but not me. A common loon in a tree? Nice try! ;D

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