What did Santa get everyone this year...

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by The Henchman, Dec 29, 2009.

  1. The Henchman

    The Henchman Guest

    I finally got a Speedlite (SBb600) and now I have my first complete slr
    camera.

    Santa (My fiancée) also snagged me a cool 24" wide screen monitor with all
    kinds of auto gamma and brightness and contrast adjustment sensor thingies.

    A good year of photography is ahead I hope.
     
    The Henchman, Dec 29, 2009
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    John A. Guest

    A gorillapod and a shutter release cable.
     
    John A., Dec 30, 2009
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    MikeWhy Guest

    I retired the Mamiya 645 and scanners and replaced it a Canon 7D. Santa
    cooperated with a bagful of related goodies: EyeOne Display2, Colorchecker
    Passport, Lightroom 2, a SpeedLite 430EX ii, two light stands and umbrellas,
    and a Lowepro backpack. Now to ditch the boat anchor of a Bogen 3221 and
    replace it with something appropriately lighter and more packable.

    First impression so far is D65 still feels a little too cool for my taste.
    With the other stuff, I'm really liking the boudoir fashion shoots.
     
    MikeWhy, Dec 30, 2009
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    Ray Fischer Guest

    I need to upgrade to a better Santa.
     
    Ray Fischer, Dec 30, 2009
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  5. The Henchman

    The Henchman Guest


    I don't have a very good opinion of any netbooks but Microsoft is supposed
    to be working with the manufacturers to allow Win7 to work on them. If that
    happens, then my opinion might change.

    What did you like about your netbook?? I can of many ways they should be
    useful!
     
    The Henchman, Dec 31, 2009
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  6. The Henchman

    MikeWhy Guest

    What a let down that must've been, but at least you didn't go home
    emptyhanded.

    I was just eyeing the Canon 35/1.4 wistfully... I do miss having a small,
    fast, light normal prime lens, but a wide tilt-shift is probably next for
    me. It would be awful to catch the Distagon bug right this moment.

    What's the thinking on going back to film? Just the deal you got on the
    Mamiya lens?
     
    MikeWhy, Dec 31, 2009
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    Ray Fischer Guest

    Smirk. More of those "facts" that Rich likes to make up.
     
    Ray Fischer, Dec 31, 2009
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  8. The Henchman

    MikeWhy Guest

    Yes! That's what I'm looking for, a no frills hockey puck that can make your
    eyes bleed from its sharpness.
    Hmm. Now that you mention it, the very deep, over saturated hues seem to be
    missing in the sensor gamut. Saturated reds seem to blow out too easily too.
    Not something that can be post processed back in.
     
    MikeWhy, Dec 31, 2009
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  9. The Henchman

    Robert Coe Guest

    : David J. Littleboy wrote:
    : >> David J. Littleboy wrote:
    : >>>
    : >>>> Santa (My fiancée) also snagged me a cool 24" wide screen monitor
    : >>>> with all kinds of auto gamma and brightness and contrast adjustment
    : >>>> sensor thingies.
    : >>>
    : >>> Cool! (Both the present and the fiancee!)
    : >>>
    : >>> Santa didn't make it here this year. I finally decided to splurge on
    : >>> the Zeiss 21/2.8 (which was in stock a few weeks ago), but they were
    : >>> out of stock today :(.
    : >>
    : >> I retired the Mamiya 645 and scanners and replaced it a Canon 7D.
    : >
    : > It's the opposite here: I'm going back to film. Since the store
    : > didn't have the 21/2.8, I picked up a used 43/4.5 for my Mamiya 7 and
    : > will be scanning film for a while longer.
    :
    : What a let down that must've been, but at least you didn't go home
    : emptyhanded.
    :
    : I was just eyeing the Canon 35/1.4 wistfully... I do miss having a small,
    : fast, light normal prime lens, ...

    You might want to look into the Sigma 30mm f/1.4.

    Bob
     
    Robert Coe, Jan 1, 2010
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  10. The Henchman

    Robert Coe Guest

    : >
    : > : >
    : >
    : >
    : > > On 09-12-29 17:37 , The Henchman wrote:
    : > >> I finally got a Speedlite (SBb600) and now I have my first complete slr
    : > >> camera.
    : >
    : > >> Santa (My fianc e) also snagged me a cool 24" wide screen monitor with
    : > >> all kinds of auto gamma and brightness and contrast adjustment sensor
    : > >> thingies.
    : >
    : > >> A good year of photography is ahead I hope.
    : >
    : > > Nothing photographic, however I did get myself a netbook at an
    : > > irresistible $248.00 at Staples.  This will be my photo tank on an
    : > > upcoming vacation trip and another trip this summer.  If the iTablet (by
    : > > whatever name) meets the need, then I'll craigslist the netbook.
    : >
    : > > Atom processor, 1.6 GHz, 1 GB, 160 GB disk, 10.1" screen 1024x600, WiFi,
    : > > Ethernet 10/100, WinXP, etc.
    : >
    : > > It's about as basic as it can get, but does the undemanding quite well.
    : >
    : > I don't have a very good opinion of any netbooks but Microsoft is supposed
    : > to be working with the manufacturers to allow Win7 to work on them.  
    :
    : Microsoft would just release another resource hog that would need more
    : of everything still. Apparently, windows powered netbooks take almost
    : 3x the power of the ones running Linux. I don't know if it's that
    : bad, but it would figure. Sometimes I think Microsoft owns the
    : memory, battery and motherboard suppliers of the planet too.

    I recently installed Windows 7 on an old Dell Latitude D600 that had
    previously run Vista and, before that, XP. I think it runs faster and better
    with Windows 7 than it did with either of those previous OSes.

    Bob
     
    Robert Coe, Jan 1, 2010
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  11. The Henchman

    Robert Coe Guest

    > I recently installed Windows 7 on an old Dell Latitude D600 that had
    : > previously run Vista and, before that, XP. I think it runs faster and
    : > better with Windows 7 than it did with either of those previous OSes.
    :
    : Exactly why I suggested to Rich that he check for himself before spouting
    : hearsay! I also installed Windows-7 on quite an old system (2003)
    : recently and it works very nicely. 3GB memory, though.

    Yeah, adequate memory is the sine qua non. My old D600 has a really doggy CPU,
    but it does have 2GB of memory.

    Bob
     
    Robert Coe, Jan 1, 2010
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  12. So basically MS didn't do too well with neither XP nor Vista, even
    in comparison with their own products. And it's *not* a case of
    "getting better all the time", as Vista (and many people staying
    on XP) demostrates.

    Now, if we could just overcome the Microsoft Tax on nearly any
    computer ... for too many (read: most) companies don't honor
    the refunds that the Microsoft product promises if not used,
    and enough that do ask you to send in the computer et cetera and
    make you jump through hoops.

    Ah well, as well dream of a world where most P&S cameras aren't
    madly overmegapixeled and over-softened by attempted noise removal.

    -Wolfgang
     
    Wolfgang Weisselberg, Jan 1, 2010
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  13. The Henchman

    The Henchman Guest

    Very nice post indeed.
     
    The Henchman, Jan 1, 2010
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    Robert Coe Guest

    : > I recently installed Windows 7 on an old Dell Latitude D600 that had
    : > previously run Vista and, before that, XP. I think it runs faster and better
    : > with Windows 7 than it did with either of those previous OSes.
    :
    : So basically MS didn't do too well with neither XP nor Vista, even
    : in comparison with their own products. And it's *not* a case of
    : "getting better all the time", as Vista (and many people staying
    : on XP) demostrates.

    Vista wasn't nearly as bad as most people claim, and XP had some important
    advantages over its predecessors (notably in its better organized handling of
    wi-fi). But in terms of stability and reliability, the best OS Microsoft ever
    wrote was Windows 2000. It remains to be seen whether Windows 7 will turn out
    to be as good.

    Bob
     
    Robert Coe, Jan 1, 2010
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    MikeWhy Guest

    Thanks, Bob. It does look very good. The lens charts are reasonable,
    comparing very well with the Canon 28/1.8. Center sharpness for both are
    diffraction limited at f/5.6; corners drop off at f/11. Both look very nice.
    The Sigma is ever so slightly sharper in the center at all apertures, but
    the full converage Canon is notably brighter and minutely sharper toward the
    edges at mid aperture and smaller. Either would be a joy to shoot, even if
    not quite as sharp as the ubiquitous nifty-fifty. The 35/1.4L edges them
    all. Alas. I'll stick with the EF 17-55/2.8 paired with a nifty-fifty until
    the lottery retirement plan makes choosing an irrelevant obsession from the
    past. Any of these will put eye cutting detail in the prints.

    http://www.the-digital-picture.com/...meraComp=396&SampleComp=0&FLIComp=0&APIComp=1
     
    MikeWhy, Jan 2, 2010
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  16. Absolutely, if you ignore all the problems that Mac OS has and
    represents and just look at the shiny interface. All in all,
    Mac OS X is like a camera that's got a really nice automatic mode
    (hey, shiny, does what you want --- most of the time), but no
    "M" and only very restricted aperture and exposure automatics.

    Of course, 99+% of all people aren't knowledgeable enough to
    ever use a full manual mode, and most of the rest don't do
    well there, so what's lost?

    -Wolfgang

    PS: The "M" mode of an OS or program is the freedom to run it for
    any purpose, to study it and change it to make it do anything
    you wish, the freedom to redistribute copies (helping your
    neighbour is not just christian, but basic civility) and
    the freedom to redistrubute copies of your modified versions
    as well.

    Imagine a camera that you may not shoot act with (or nuklear
    research subjects), imagine a camera where you may not find
    out what the automatics and manual modes do to your shots,
    imagine a camera where you may not share such knowledge,
    imagine a camera where you may not share your own shots ...
    and you know what Mac OS does a lot.
     
    Wolfgang Weisselberg, Jan 2, 2010
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  17. Gosh n golly, Wolfie, what are just a few of the "problems" with the Mac
    OS?
    You want something deeper than a CLI??
     
    John McWilliams, Jan 2, 2010
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    Ray Fischer Guest

    You don't know much about Macs.

    I routinely use a C shell on my Mac. There's also the other shells
    available and all of the traditional Unix commands.
    Or even realize that it exists.
     
    Ray Fischer, Jan 2, 2010
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  19. It was bad enough for most people not to use it.
    Never said XP was worse than it's predecessors. I'd point out
    that they were even worse than XP.
    Nice to know it's "best before" date is 10 years overdue. :->

    For stability I prefer other systems.
    One would hope se7en would be better. It's not like the
    competition didn't learn anything in the past 10 years.
    (It's more that MS is a 30.000 Megaton Gorilla and completely
    amoral (as all big comapnies are expected to behave).)

    -Wolfgang
     
    Wolfgang Weisselberg, Jan 4, 2010
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  20. Freedom.

    I've got the choice: fix it myself, pay someone to fix it, beg
    the maker to fix it. I don't depend on a single maker, and I
    don't have my data locked up in proprietary formats.

    Yes, I have found bugs, and a few of them I could fix myself.

    And yes, I want to help my neighbours. Would you want to
    live in a society where that's no longer common?
    Deeper than a CLI?
    That would be "programming a computer", and yes, I want that.
    Shouldn't I? WHY shouldn't I?[1]

    -Wolfgang

    [1] let me guess, it's not for mere mortals to order
    computers around ... sacrilege ... demystification ...
    misuse of resources ... it's giving the serfs dangerous
    ideas ...
     
    Wolfgang Weisselberg, Jan 4, 2010
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