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Get a better DSLR, old one's burnt out and the P&S cameras are too limiting


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Reilly Diefenbach: Your tax dollars at work. More welfare for the military industrial complex. I really don't think it's for shooting Yosemite.

I'm waiting for the 3D model to come out.


Direct link | Posted on Jun 22, 2012 at 17:59 UTC

I remember when I laughed at plastic lenses... I feel so inadequate now.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 22, 2012 at 17:58 UTC as 79th comment
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cercis: Sure, at $50000 less a discount it costs Intel less than hiring real photogs with an investment in the business.

One never knows. There may be the creative spark still existing in people who do not take pictures to fit the formula. Cut some slack - play or don't, don't be a quick critic. Geez.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 21, 2012 at 03:30 UTC
On Stormy photo in ScarletVarlet's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

A winter storm in Capitola. You don't often see these 12+ foot waves. They shook the house.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2012 at 23:59 UTC as 1st comment
On tbirdvapor photo in ScarletVarlet's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Lens maxed out on a very bright day. I believe this shows the near extreme limits of the camera and lens (AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6D ED) Subject was at about 1/4 mile. Rather like the effect on the contrails.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2012 at 23:58 UTC as 1st comment
On Milk_Thistle photo in ScarletVarlet's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Believe it or not, this was taken with the humble Kodak Zi6. Impressive macro work for a very inexpensive camera.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2012 at 23:55 UTC as 1st comment
On I became a royal photographer! in the Queen Elizabeth's 60-year reign challenge (1 comment in total)

Good catch! And she's got a smile on her chops, too!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2012 at 23:19 UTC as 1st comment
On Stockport Pyramid. in the Tilt-Shift challenge (1 comment in total)

Strange to see the child in focus but the middle ground not.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2012 at 21:34 UTC as 1st comment
On Preview:canon-eos-650d-rebel-t4i (274 comments in total)
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Crotonmark: I thought the T4i is faster than the 60D

I see the UHS-I SD cards are supported by the 650D/T4i. Expect at least that one little improvement to follow on the 70D.

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 at 17:04 UTC
On Preview:canon-eos-650d-rebel-t4i (274 comments in total)
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SylvainBdg: nothing really new it seems..except the makes me think that Canon is running out of ideas...let's wait for the iq test, but I am not sure it's worth the money..if your consider the Sony A57 or Nikon D3200...

Ridiculous discussion. Why would you expect more resolution in this format and price bracket? What incredible glass would you mate with this camera to take full advantage of it?

At some point, where Canon clearly is, they're trying to get the most out of the technology they've developed and likely haven't exacted every increment, yet. More improvement is down to sensitivity, speed, accuracy and firmware features, not more pixels.

If you want higher resolution then by all means go spend the money on a very high end camera and glass to make use of it.

I'm an amateur astronomer, with a big heavy telescope with ten inches of aperature. That's about the limit of burden I'm going to cart around, until I win the lottery and can hire servants ;-) I know a little something about empty magnification - buying components which exceed atmospheric limitations. Same sense applies, albeit in different ways, to photography.

Talk about higher resolution when you can afford the bigger glass.

Posted on Jun 15, 2012 at 16:58 UTC
On Preview:canon-eos-650d-rebel-t4i (274 comments in total)
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peevee1: According to your posted specs they dropped digital zoom. Is this true?

On cameras I have With digital zoom, I try very hard NOT to let it engage. If you want to use such a feature to create an 80x80 pixel avatar for some website, hey, great. If you think your magazine covershot will benefit from it, you must be doing one of those avant gard things, though there's probably a better way to do that in PS.

Posted on Jun 15, 2012 at 16:50 UTC
On Preview:canon-eos-650d-rebel-t4i (274 comments in total)
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Frank_NZ: Looks a pretty good camera for the beginners to SLR photography. New digic 5 processor, new lenses as part of the kitset. new autofocus capabilities for shooting video, what more does one need. All I could want now is a matching Canon brand audio recorder matching all qualities of audio from the CD standard upwards so I could have decent audio with my mini movies. (I know that there are plenty of other brand models out there) It was just a thought. I have put off buying a new camera for quite a while now. The 650D might just cause me to move a little quicker to buy now it has been released. Look forward to DPs full review.

There's a good question - assuming I plug in external stereo microphones (do I carry these on my head, like antlers?) How good is that audio sampling? Will it pick up the birds in the field? The shriek of the vole, struck by a garter snake? The rush of the grass as the mountain lion charges?

Maybe not as antlers, then...

Posted on Jun 15, 2012 at 16:31 UTC
On Preview:canon-eos-650d-rebel-t4i (274 comments in total)
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weanor: Yea! And where is that wi-fi connection which will be essential to cameras in the future?

I swear I saw something about support for Eye-Fi cards, somewhere in my research. Set up your laptop nearby and send your pictures to it. Not my cuppa, but it seems to be there.

Perhaps someone has written an application which can auto post your photos to your flikr/picasa/facebook/whatever.

That internet isn't going to just fill itself up with content, we need instantly posted photos and video NOW!


Posted on Jun 15, 2012 at 16:27 UTC
On Preview:canon-eos-650d-rebel-t4i (274 comments in total)
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Crotonmark: I am a total DSLR newbie. I am considering this camera or the Canon 60D for my first DSLR. I have two old EF lenses from an EOS 10S so I thought it made sense to stay with Canon (i have a 50mm 1.8 and a 35-105 3.5-4.5)

I want to shoot nature and the occasional sports as well as traditional family pictures.

Does the new T4i sound like a better buy than the 60D?
Is it worth staying with Canon?

Thank you for your patience.


Build quality? Nikon?!? Look, all of these are assembled by robots. Quality is now down to source of components. I have a 5 year old Nikon D70s, which has had more failures and image corruption issues than all other cameras I've owned in the past 30 years. Let's simply bypass that point on build quality.

I'm a hiker, with occasional contracts to do some outdoor sports photography. (I'm very keen on this particular model because it now allows use of a dedicated GPSr unit, not some garbage built in battery-sucking unit. Because I'll go out and march around 12 miles at the drop of a hat and come home with scads of pictures to sift through.) So I can see where the OP is coming from.

As for features this camera is sick with them, how you take advantage is going to make most of the difference. "Entry Level" as this is, it's stacking up rather well. I like what I'm seeing and I should be able to bail on my Nikon equipment and enter the Canon realm with a modest $1,500 in vestment.

Posted on Jun 15, 2012 at 16:21 UTC
On Preview:canon-eos-650d-rebel-t4i (274 comments in total)
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John Usa: Very angry and disappointed that this newest model comes with the old and slow USB 2.0 instead if the newer and faster USB 3.0.
It is apparent that Canon does not know how to do a proper and thorough update.
Shame on you Canon.

Shocked and apalled this camera does not come equipped with RADAR!

How am I supposed to find great subjects on my own?!?

Woe is me!


Posted on Jun 15, 2012 at 16:11 UTC
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davidthegray: I can't believe it has no built-in gps for geotagging yet!
What are they waiting ofr?

Probably don't want integrated GPSr for Geotagging as most cameras with this feature have terrible battery life and most often have lacklustre accuracy on the integrated receiver/processor, which can be off by considerable distances, further, do not often update position as quickly as desired. Best to leave it as an add-on and let that unit (GP-E2) do the heavy liftring when you want it.

As for use of these, I do a lot of hiking and am notorious for coming home with hundreds of pictures I just can't recall exactly where were taken, but really, really want to add them to my Everytrail trip.

I've got old and pragmatic, shedding my younger, idealistic days. It's a luxury and usually a fantasy, to march around in the woods with a $3,500 camera, taking perfectly framed pictures with ideal lighting. Now I take a fat memory clip and hundreds of pictures and weed them out when I get back home. Some winners, a lot of losers, but hopefully the memory of the trip is faithfully preserved.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 14, 2012 at 22:24 UTC
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