Lives in Canada Canada, Canada
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Joined on Jul 30, 2011
About me:

Not nearly as talented as I would like.


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On article Rock Solid: Canon 1D X Mark II Review (452 comments in total)

One expects a great rating from a C$8000+ camera!!

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2016 at 00:45 UTC as 86th comment | 1 reply
On article X-Factor: Canon's EOS-1D X Mark II examined in-depth (608 comments in total)

Sometimes I sit here contemplating the outrageous amount of natural resources that are wasted to make millions of completely useless products. It's pretty scary.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 19:27 UTC as 21st comment | 3 replies

Well, now I know why they called it the Kodak 360!!!

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2015 at 05:17 UTC as 2nd comment
On article Lens Rentals Canada closes its doors (178 comments in total)
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Francis Carver: Oh, Canada.... land of the world's absolutely worst postal system, bar none.

Heck, in the era of the Great Roman Empire the postal system there worked better than the joke that is Canada Post. It gives a black eye to the whole country. I would NEVER order anything from Canada... nor ship anything to Canada... via postal delivery service.

Too bad, really -- now the cash-strapped folks who might be otherwise renting their lenses in Canada will have to resort to get them any and all other way possible.

@Francis Carver: "in the era of the Great Roman Empire the postal system there worked better" And you experienced that personally? :-) Are you talking about the service within Rome or throughout the whole Empire? At its peak was the Empire even as expansive as Canada?

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2015 at 13:07 UTC
On article Lens Rentals Canada closes its doors (178 comments in total)
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vaclav1: 1.Canada Post has 50% higher prices than USPS.
2.Canada Post is much slower than USPS.
3.I have shipped hundreds packages via USPS, no one was lost, Canada Post is unreliable.

As it is with everything in life people's experiences with Canada Post are quite varied.

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2015 at 13:00 UTC
On article Lens Rentals Canada closes its doors (178 comments in total)
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drawer77: Where can i download quality lenses ?

I'd like to know *how* to download lenses! :-)

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2015 at 12:58 UTC
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mark currier: Soccer moms will now be photographing the Super Bowl.

I doubt it. They're too busy doing selfies!

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2015 at 23:18 UTC
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Boss of Sony: TWO REASONS WHY CAMERA COMPANIES ARE LOSING MONEY: 1. Capitalism is dying (finally), because it is based on faulty mathematics, so it has to end at some point. 2. NOBODY CARES ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHY ANYMORE. The only people who care are the obsessives who think looking at an inferior 2-D representation of something on a screen is better than appreciating the real thing with your eyes in real time. Now that everone has a camera, people are waking up and thinking, what the hell is the point of photography? Why don't I just look at the world with my eyes and stop wasting valuable resources and valuable time doing a pointless activity?

You'll probably get roasted for this but about a year ago I read that researchers are starting to believe that because of the ubiquity of cameras people are losing the ability to remember what they see. So they take photos to remember their holidays, children parties and other meaningful events. And the more photos they take the less they remember. It's a vicious circle. I wish I could find the reference. I'm not convinced because I think that our brains are so overloaded with information that we can't manage it all. Maybe in a few hundred years human evolution will provide the means to do so.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2014 at 12:31 UTC

That's a good one: Canada Post owns Purolator!

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2014 at 12:40 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply
On article ThinkTank Streetwalker HardDrive Backpack Review (86 comments in total)
In reply to:

yassarian: I think I'm gonna wait on the newer Thinktank Pro Escort Turbo Diesel Russian version...


Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2014 at 13:26 UTC
On article Want to remember something? Don't take a photo (183 comments in total)

Why is it that in the past 10 or so years almost every study I've read about has told us something we already knew? I hope these people don't get paid. :-)

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2013 at 15:54 UTC as 87th comment | 1 reply

Well, we know that learning something unfamiliar will fire up new brain synapses. But what happens once you've mastered the new skill? Does the brain go back to a state where it needs to learn something new in order to keep fit. I think that's more important. I find that a lot of studies are either incomplete or tell us things we already know. Well, some of us already know. Lots of wasted resources in human-related research.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2013 at 18:50 UTC as 21st comment | 1 reply

"We will work aggressively to prevent these types of events from occurring in the future."

How can we believe you since you didn't do this time? Or any of the hundreds of other times you left security holes in your software.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2013 at 15:14 UTC as 44th comment

If people don't notice the creases in the background they deserve to be hoodwinked. :-)

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2013 at 15:34 UTC as 36th comment | 2 replies
On article What makes the Microsoft Surface Pro tick? (37 comments in total)

More than ever I am convinced that humans have "whining" hardwired in their DNA. Doesn't matter what you talk about complainers will ALWAYS come out to hear themselves talk (or read themselves type if you will).


Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2013 at 18:25 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
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frankmv: Never opened an account with Instagram...and now I never will. Further, I've deleted the app from my iPhone. I'll take a much harder look at Flickr and other similar social media (read "sharing") sites. I may just swear off them all...

"Unlimited usage does not transfer the copyright to the buyer" In other words, copyright means nothing. One might accept that this state of affairs was common in Dickens' time but in what way have we progressed on social justice. That so many people have egos so large that they don't mind losing their rights for the privilege of exposing themselves in public is quite telling if you ask me. (and even if you don't)

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2012 at 14:16 UTC
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Stephen_H: Just another thought, if I'm art-directing the photographer, how can the photographer claim to have created the image?

I've conceived the concept
I've chosen the message it needs to convey
I've set it up
I've chosen the lighting scheme
I've hired a stylist to fine tune everything else

All the photographer is doing is making sure that all my efforts aren't wasted by being technically skilled and proficient in his art.

If I can't to claim to have "created the image", then I'm going to give Nikon more credit for making the image than the photographer who trusted his light meter, followed the manual that came with his camera and pressed the shutter.

Perhaps there needs to be a distinction between commissioned commercial work where the photographer is just doing what he's told to do, and the more creative, self-inspired artistic photographs where the photographer has genuinely created everything in the final content?

The simplest solution? Take the picture yourself and get all the glory and any money that comes. Problem solved - no more whining.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2012 at 22:35 UTC
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