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Canon 7D Mk II with Meike battery grip

Canon 100-400mm II + 70-200mm f4 IS + 24-105mm + 10-22mm
+ 100mm f2.8 macro
Canon 1.4x II teleconverter, Kenko 2x teleconverter

Canon TC-80N3 timer remote controller

Manfrotto 055XProB tripod with Manfrotto 410 geared head
Manfrotto 681B monopod with Manfrotto 234RC head

Lowepro Flipside 400 AW backpack
Lowepro Nova 5 AW bag

Adobe Photoshop CS5
Adobe Lightroom 5.7
Cyberlink PhotoDirector 8 Ultra
Portrait Professional Studio 64
Cyberlink PowerDirector 14 Ultimate
Zerene Stacker
Stackshot Extended macro rail


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dustymac: I'd like to put in a plug for TSA Pre-check. My wife and I had FBI background checks a few years ago and for the last couple years it's just been showing up on our boarding passes automatically. It's real sweet: no shoes off, no belts off, no laptops out, no body image X-ray or pat-down. Five minutes tops. And since we're usually late to the airport, it's saved our butts more than once in making a flight.

All that said, and at the risk of getting a visit from the FBI, there is something wrong with this country. On our last trip I watched a young mother get a full pat-down in front of everyone with her two kids looking on. Has anyone asked what it would take to make the world so great that no one wanted to blow up planes?

Just an idea...

Unfortunately FBI pre-checks won't stop terrorists or others from deliberately crashing aircraft. The problem is that, at the moment, mind-reading cannot be done or is inaccurate at best - and I expect FBI checks don't involve mind-reading. Background checks may suggest someone is safe to travel without their baggage being properly checked however their (true) mental state and/or (secret) allegiances may provide a different story.

If I was a terrorist or deranged - I'm not a terrorist and in my opinion I am not deranged(!) - a FBI background check would be a good way to fool "the system" and make it easier for to board an aircraft to achieve my nefarious deeds.

In summary, I would not feel particularly confident that someone who has boarded an aircraft with a FBI "pass" is safe to travel with. As with most things in life you take your chances and hope for the best.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2017 at 07:13 UTC
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jerry7171: This story reminded me of a photograph we're all familiar with. Being risky for the sake of a photograph isn't anything new, but far more people are doing it now since cameras are in everyones hands. Please note Kitty Tatch and Katherine Hazleston doing their version of the twerk in 1900:

More photos at:

Peoples' stupidness reinforces Darwin's theory of natural selection and also possibly partly accounts for the observation that IQ scores are increasing - stupid people tend to die earlier than average and avoid passing on their genes. There are outliers of course, Trump being a prime example....!

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2017 at 00:19 UTC
On article Affinity Photo beta now available for Windows (85 comments in total)
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Nobby2016: good..... adobe needs to lose it´s market position some day.

That sounds like the development team at Serif. Their Mac version of Affinity Photo has won numerous awards in the couple of years it has been around. Adobe should be worried now that the beta version of Windows Affinity Photo has been released.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2016 at 22:16 UTC
On article Affinity Photo beta now available for Windows (85 comments in total)

...and one of the best things is that we will be able to purchase Affinity Photo outright at a very reasonable price, with no monthly licence fees. Goodbye Adobe!

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2016 at 18:08 UTC as 24th comment | 2 replies
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HeyItsJoel: Of all the bad things android users say about the iPhone, at least one they can't say is that it threatens your life by spontaneous combustion.

@magneto shot
You are another that clearly qualifies yourself as a Trump supporter as you can't seem to grasp even basic logic.

The fact remains - and this is where YOU are in denial - that ANY lithium battery-powered device has the potential to catch fire or explode, just as Samsung's Note 7 has. As I pointed out, some quick Google searches will prove this is the case. How hard is that for you to understand or are you just such an uneducated moron that nothing will convince you?

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2016 at 03:47 UTC
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HeyItsJoel: Of all the bad things android users say about the iPhone, at least one they can't say is that it threatens your life by spontaneous combustion.

"Are you a Trump supporter by any chance? hahaha"
No, but I bet you are. Many (most?) of them seem to have a narrow world-view, an inability to see both sides of an "argument", a propensity for disparaging others, and the clincher - a distinctly average/below average IQ - all of which clearly identify YOU as a paid-up member of the Trump supporters club.

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2016 at 18:16 UTC
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HeyItsJoel: Of all the bad things android users say about the iPhone, at least one they can't say is that it threatens your life by spontaneous combustion.

Suggest you do a Google search of "iPhone fire in aircraft" or something similar to that then come back here and tell everyone that it doesn't happen. To date the airlines have been lucky that no aircraft has been brought down by a cellphone fire or an exploding iPhone (or Samsung or any other brand phone for that matter) but it is likely only a matter of time before one is. When - not if - it happens the airlines will (re)act accordingly. I absolutely assure you of that.

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2016 at 07:37 UTC
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HeyItsJoel: Of all the bad things android users say about the iPhone, at least one they can't say is that it threatens your life by spontaneous combustion.

Good luck flying at 30,000' mid-Atlantic when an iPhone catches fire - and they do.

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2016 at 03:18 UTC
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HeyItsJoel: Of all the bad things android users say about the iPhone, at least one they can't say is that it threatens your life by spontaneous combustion.

@HeyItsJoel Not correct. Just Google "iPhone 7 fire" or "iPhone exploding battery".

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2016 at 23:15 UTC
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The Name is Bond: One of the nearest (true) alternatives is serif photoplus. nested layers, non-destructive adjustment layers, etc etc

I bought Serif Photoplus about 4 years ago. It was super slow at processing images, applying filters, and so on that watching grass grow would've been more fun. It was so slow on my decent spec'd laptop that I gave it up as a complete waste of money.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2016 at 21:58 UTC
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desmond2046: A smart design I've been waiting for. But I'll wait to see if the build quality is good enough.

The Lowepro Flipside backpacks can also be swung around to the front while still being worn, but using the waist-belt instead of over the shoulder. The build quality of Lowepro's packs and bags is excellent.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2016 at 22:25 UTC
On article Canon USA launches new online photography courses (24 comments in total)

"Courses will be priced from $19.99 to $59.99."

Er, thanks but no thanks.

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2016 at 06:36 UTC as 17th comment
On photo P5096712 in J Warren's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Very nice and I like the painterly effect you have achieved. What program did you use?

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2015 at 00:28 UTC as 1st comment
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Capture the Moment: Serif are an excellent company to deal with. As a now retired teacher I use to use a lot of their software on the PC (no Mac involvement then) and they were just so supportive. I now use a Mac system and am really looking forward to trying this software and maybe dumping Adobe for good. I'm sure I can use DXO Optics pro as my RAW converter.

I think the launch of this software is great news.

Don't you mean they're an appalling company, not an appealing one?

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2015 at 09:12 UTC
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MisterPootieCat: Why would Canon offer such an improved version of DPP and limit it to just 4 pro camera bodies? I'm hoping the list of supported cameras will grow over time, it took a couple years for the DLO modules (lens correction) to be released for the earlier versions of DPP.

MisterPootieCat, where did you see that a new version of DPP 3 will be released soon? Are you sure it is not EOS Utility 3.0 that was announced at the same time as DPP 4.0?

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 11:49 UTC
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Lee Jay: So, Canon supports a whole 4 of their own cameras, while Adobe supports around 300 cameras from many manufacturers. Heck, Canon isn't even supporting half of their current models!

I've tried using DPP 4.0 with my Canon 7D RAW files and it doesn't work. Same for EOS Utility 3.0 when trying to operate the 7D - it doesn't work, but reverts back to EOS Utility 2.0. Matthew (m at the w), it seems you are wrong and the previous posters are correct.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 01:26 UTC
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Jan Luursema: If only they would make DPP faster. I bought a new computer just to make DPP work faster, but it's still almost as slow to use as on my old PC! Only the batch processing is faster, but making edits in the program is annoyingly slow.
Maybe they need to hire someone from Adobe.

To save anyone the trouble of installing DPP 4.0 and/or EOS Utility 3.0 without one of the specified cameras (Canon EOS-1D X, EOS 1-D C, EOS 5D Mark III or EOS 6D) I can confirm that neither program will work. Using a 5D Mk III serial number I found on the internet, I downloaded both programs and tried using them with my 7D. Images couldn't be shown bigger than thumbnail size in DPP 4.0 and were unable to be edited. EOS 3.0 wouldn't open, but EOS 2.0 did. Here's hoping Canon widens the range of cameras that can use these updated programs.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2014 at 10:04 UTC
On article Battle of the titans: Top ball heads tested (291 comments in total)
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rednec: Manfrotto head should have been included. They are GOLD standart and widely used. This refers about the quality of the reviewer....

I don't agree that they are the gold standard, but they make good stuff and are pretty good value. I have a Manfrotto 410 Junior geared head and *love* it. I found with ball heads that I could never get them to stay in the same place after tightening them (during macro photography) but not so with the Manfrotto 410. It has coarse and fine adjustments in 3 directions and stays where it is set - not like the Manfrotto 486 & 496 ballheads that I used to own.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2014 at 22:57 UTC
On article Vanguard Abeo Pro Tripod Kit (14 comments in total)

"However, the ABEO Pro 283CT majorly one-ups the Manfrotto 190 series with the ability to move the center column vertically from 0 - 180º angles."

Not correct - the Manfrotto can also invert the centre column upside down. This is done by pulling it fully out of its holding "sleeve" and reinserting it upside down. It is not an all-in-one movement, but it nevertheless can be easily done.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2014 at 23:43 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply
On article Leica announces X Vario zoom compact with APS-C sensor (757 comments in total)
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vroger1: This my third or 4th post on this subject,-hopefully the last... I am that indignant. - In sum...this digicam insults us. That's all... it's an insult to those of us (like me) who own Leicas from IIIc to M6, braces of lenses, and followed up with Digilux- and D-Lux all because we felt that the results were worth it. To produce a piece of c**p like this with NO redeeming qualities for a serious photography is, solely produced for the money spent for the cachet (see the case with the cutout for the logo)- I repeat is nothing short of a gross insult. How dare they?

That's nothing that a bit of black electrical tape or black paint can't fix. Which leads me to a good idea - I may block out the Canon name on my 7D and paint a red dot on it and pretend it's a Leica. I would then get the adulation but without the cost.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2013 at 01:22 UTC
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