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Software & Accessories / Re: Windows 10 Upgrade
« Last post by Mt Spokane Photography on July 27, 2015, 04:58:57 PM »
I got an e-mail from Zeiss microscopy, that their microscopy software will NOT be compatible with W10, and strongly discourage customers from upgrading. It will be a long time before I will upgrade. Our scanning electron microscope still runs on XP (for which I still get updates!); upgrade would be ~$20K, i.e., not worth it.

Old equipment that runs on vintage OS can be a pain.  I have a old machine that runs on DOS and requires a old ISA card to interface with multiple machines via a proprietary network.  I tried a machine running Microsoft DOS with a ISA port, but NO, it wants a original IBM PC with IBM DOS.  Those machines had a different Bios which was supposedly emulated in Microsoft dos.

The machine did have a floppy drive port and worked with another anachronism, a 720 KB floppy disk Drive.  I found a USB Floppy emulator that pretended to be a old 720K floppy reader, and its working fine using USB Drives.

Windows XP is modern my comparison.
Canon General / Re: Canon Profits Drop 16% in Second Quarter
« Last post by keithfullermusic on July 27, 2015, 04:58:18 PM »
canon is going to turn things around by raising the price on all their lenses by about 200%
Software & Accessories / Re: GPS Receiver GP-E2-opinions, comments?
« Last post by Birger.Niss on July 27, 2015, 04:51:57 PM »
I bought mine last autumn on a trip to Japan to use with my 5DIII. It works very well now, but when I first used it in the hot shoe I encountered a very strange problem: Even with a strong GPS signal it took about one second (sic!) to take a picture no matter the shutter time. When using it tethered, the problem disappeared.
I tried it on my son's 5DIII without any problem, also in the hot shoe. I then concluded that the hot shoe on my camera  was the problem.
Returning to Denmark I took it to a Canon pro workshop, and they found out that the hot shoe was working  fine. So they upgraded the camera firmware to a special workshop version and the problem disappeared.
Subsequently I have upgraded the camera firmware with the new ordinary version, and it still Works without problems.
So I can fully recommend it:-)
Reviews / Re: Review: Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L via DXOMark
« Last post by Eldar on July 27, 2015, 04:51:52 PM »
Here is one (posted on another thread), where I have just cropped to 1:1. It is a lot more difficult to judge the focal length here (... it is 11mm).
Canon General / Re: Canon Profits Drop 16% in Second Quarter
« Last post by jonathan7007 on July 27, 2015, 04:51:40 PM »
Some pros are trying out Sony bodies for their work. Some high-end amateurs are buying kits. But do you have any knowledge that there are big enough sales to satisfy a corporate bean-counter who does not care about a company's long-time tradition in the photo market? (Canon may have the older brother of the same bean-counter...)

I agree that Samsung may inherit their place. It depends, for these entrants, on their willingness to suck up losses in the first, what, 2 years? 5 years? 10 years?

Sony told the world recently they were NOT making enough to continue. You can look it up. Maybe a fib to [temporarily]help the stock but probably not. They had stuff in the pipeline and must have decided there is some upside to releasing it. I have no knowledge that they would exit at a dead run but they have said they will exit.

BTW, Nikon and Canon do NOT exhibit the same corporate/business unit breadth: Nikon is way more driven by camera sales revenue than Canon, who DOES have a lot of other businesses. Fuji seems to have parallels to Canon. They are said to be subsidizing their high-end photo gear with the other pieces.

I am glad I didn't buy a Sony A7-whatever, although I considered trying it out. I figured it needed some maturation, and many must have thought the same way.
Reviews / Re: Review: Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L via DXOMark
« Last post by Eldar on July 27, 2015, 04:49:13 PM »
At 11mm you will have strange artifacts at the edges. That is unavoidable, unless the scenery is discontinued at the right places. I agree that it looks unnatural and this looks a bit funny. But I did so at 16mm with the 16-35 f2l8L IS II also. I have shot a number of other shots, where you donĀ“t get that over exaggerated line distortion on the edges.

However, this is a fantastic lens!!
Canon General / Re: Canon Profits Drop 16% in Second Quarter
« Last post by unfocused on July 27, 2015, 04:42:21 PM »
Once again, I'm amused at how people respond without reading the article.

The world's largest camera maker said on Monday its second-quarter net profit fell to 68 billion yen ($552 million)... Analysts on average expected 65 billion yen...

So they beat analysts expectations by $3 billion yen.

Shares of Canon fell 0.75 percent ahead of the earnings release, compared with a 0.95 percent fall in the broader market.

So, even with the drop in earnings report, they beat the market.

So, Canon is doing better than the broader market and doing better than analysts predicted. And, let's not forget the bottom line: this is an announcement of smaller profits not an announcement of any loss.

It looks to me that Canon knows the market better and has better strategies than anyone on this forum.
Interesting discussion, but we all lack facts.  Consider the following hearsay, but it does add another perspective to the topic...  I came across comments on a British modeling forum that claims there has been extensive on-going discussion on the Army Photographers Facebook page.  It states the photographer in question earns virtually all his income from doing in-house portraits and groups within London Army District.  (That explains how he happened to have 8 different individuals photos involved.)  The comment goes on to explain that all Army social and in-house PR photography is conducted on a full rights transfer to the client for security purposes.  In this case the client was the Battalion PRI fund. The Unit 'owns' those images and all distribution rights, not the photographer.   It further challenges whether the 8k he has made so far was illegal.  The MoD declined to pay for the photo arguing the government already owned the rights.  Clearly the photographer doesn't agree with that position.

I also notice that any current reproductions of the image carry the copyright symbol with the letters PA.  No idea who PA is or how that relates to the rest of the discussion.
Canon General / Re: Canon Profits Drop 16% in Second Quarter
« Last post by unfocused on July 27, 2015, 04:33:19 PM »
The demand for cameras that cost the equivalent of a years salary for the average Joe in third world armpits is low? What a surprise!

Wow! That's offensive.
Canon General / Re: Canon Profits Drop 16% in Second Quarter
« Last post by Tugela on July 27, 2015, 04:30:45 PM »
If that were so they would not be refreshing so many of their branded camera products with new significant updates.

From Wikipedia:

Sony Vaio's latest designs were released during a period of low PC sales and included models with innovations such as magnetized stands and the Vaio Tap, which was designed with a completely separate keyboard. The latest models were complemented by the Windows 8 operating system.

Soon thereafter, Sony divested the Vaio line.

That is because no one was buying their laptops. That isn't the case with their cameras.

You seem to be forgetting that their camera line up is driven by technology largely being developed on the backs of the cell phone market. There is relatively little additional investment required to be on the cutting edge as a result. For Sony the camera market is essentially free money.

That is not the case with Canon and Nikon. For them, new technology will require significant investment that is not being subsidised by other related industries, and in the end that burden will render them uncompetitive. It is like the arms race between the Soviet Union and the USA, ultimately the resource strain imposed by the arms industry and the lack of useable flowoff from that endeavour caused the collapse of the soviet system. Companies like Sony and Samsung WILL win in the end, if they stay the course. The technological dynamics are in their favor.
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