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Discussions - Public / Re: camera experiments
« on: April 26, 2017, 03:48:54 PM »
So the standard for autism now is having high standards.  :P I can cop to that.

I REALLY like the idea of that EOS M3. The prices for the body aren't bad at all.

I read somewhere that professional photographers like carrying the Canon G series PowerShots as their leisure time camera of choice.

Yep high standards :) does it. Let the autism run free!

Here are some pics of my EOS M (the first one) versus a Canon Rebel T2i and Panasonic GX7 micro 4/3 camera. You can see the size differntial. The lens on the T2i is a 15-85mm lens and is quite large because its pretty wide for a zoom.





You can get the M3's pretty cheap now as Canon came out with an M5 and M6. The M5 has a integrated viewfinder like a DSLR, the M6 is like the M3. One of the thing about the M & M3 is they are sluggish to autofocus particularly in low light or low contrast. 

My friend is a pro photographer and is always bringing home new cameras to play with. After he is done I usually get to play with them for a week :) . I have gotten to play with Canon's pro cameras, though they are crazy fast I can't imagine carrying it all day long. LOL.

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The comments about recruiters only being interested in employed people is dead on. The end result is I lie if I am unemployed, I just don't tell them.

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Discussions - Public / Re: camera experiments
« on: April 25, 2017, 06:06:20 PM »
I have contemplated selling my DSLR multiple times or upgrading. I am still on the fence - the big thing is I hate carrying it. Its just bulky and gets in the way unlike my G9. But once you shoot with it, there is no going back. The controls and response are instantaneous but who likes carrying it.

I have contemplated getting a Canon G7X MKII - it has a bigger sensor and is much quicker than my G9. And the screen articulates and has a fast lens. But its not cheap.

https://www.amazon.com/Canon-PowerShot-G7-Mark-Black/dp/B01BV14OXA

I completely agree about DSLRs. I bought the G16 in preference to a couple of low end DSLR outfits that Sam's Club and Costco were both carrying at the same time (summer of '15.)  I reallly wanted the image quality and responsiveness of the DSLR but I wasn't interested in hauling around that camera or lenses.  The G16 is a great compromise. It is a lesser camera in some ways than a DSLR but I want to be able to carry and use the camera, not leave it on a shelf for special occasions.

Re: the G7X - I simply must have an optical or digital viewfinder for my eye. It's old-school but for me a must-have. And eye-level viewfinders have become a high end premium feature for many point and shoots.

There is an entire class of higher end mirrorless cameras with interchangeable lenses coming out. I could go for that.

And that is the quandary about the DSLR - we want the responsiveness and image quality but not the bulk and weight. Thats why I bought the EOS M3:

https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canon-eos-m3-review

It has the same sensor as a DSLR but it has no where near as responsive. The pics are indistinguishable from a DSLR but its not really good at moving things and the controls are quite fiddly. I am not a fan of it though it takes good pictures. It has crappy battery life and its slow to focus. Drives me crazy at times, lol.

I hear you about the viewfinder, the EOS M3 has a detachable EVF. Though the picture in the EVF is good its very clumsy IMO as it sticks way up from the camera when attached. And its irritating to have to attach it.



After having had 2 EOS Ms - the original and the M3 I have come to the realization that though they are smaller they are not really that much smaller. With the lens attached they are hardly pocketable - they are just less bulky/heavy but they are nowhere near the size and weight of your G16 or the G7X.

Maybe we have applied autism :)

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Discussions - Public / Re: camera experiments
« on: April 25, 2017, 10:28:14 AM »
This thread shows how autism can be harnessed for productive purposes. Not just weaponized in the name of Kek.

The general idea I'm following here is that anything that you do that is highly technical and time absorbing makes you autistic.

We beat swords into plowshares around here.

Or you can beat swords into bigger swords. LOL. Praise Kek.

PS. I just like the pic ;) .


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Discussions - Public / Re: camera experiments
« on: April 25, 2017, 10:25:32 AM »
I also had a Canon G9 which was like point and shoot on steroids. I had the controls of a DSLR but was a little bigger than a point and shoot. I took that camera everywhere because it was compact and no fuss. I was thrilled with it till the day the lens jammed open. Apparently all these cameras that have these motorized lenses tend to suck in dirt and dust as it acts like a bellows. People suggested that I push the lens hard and sure enough it worked again. But after that I sold it.

I own the Canon G16 which is my primary shooter currently. Best $400 I spent in the last 10 years. It's got the spirit of classic Leicas or vintage rangefinders and feels like a nice little brick in the hands. Fully manual controls if you want that and variations like aperture or shutter speed priority. It has built in HDR mode which really doesn't look much different than normal images. Even a full hot shoe. 3K x 4K images.

The one feature that the G16 lacks that earlier Powershot G-series had was the articulateable back display. The back display is fixed like any other camera. Not a huge loss but shooting in crowds, like the Trump rally I went to last summer, I really could have used that for taking pictures overhead. Instead I had to guess but it turned out OK.

The G16 is a very nice camera and was the successor to my G9. The Canon G series are made like little metal bricks. You can get really nice pics out of them. My G9 would get sluggish when the light got dim, not so much on the new ones.

I have contemplated selling my DSLR multiple times or upgrading. I am still on the fence - the big thing is I hate carrying it. Its just bulky and gets in the way unlike my G9. But once you shoot with it, there is no going back. The controls and response are instantaneous but who likes carrying it.

I have contemplated getting a Canon G7X MKII - it has a bigger sensor and is much quicker than my G9. And the screen articulates and has a fast lens. But its not cheap.

https://www.amazon.com/Canon-PowerShot-G7-Mark-Black/dp/B01BV14OXA

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Discussions - Public / Re: camera experiments
« on: April 25, 2017, 06:41:52 AM »
Interesting stuff, I didnt know you could even do this. But I guess it makes sense as camers today are basically little computers with a lens.

So are you more into the picture taking or the playing with the camera itself. I have noticed camera buffs are usually into one or the other. For some its all about the picture taking while for others its all about the camera equipment along with the pixel peeping that goes along with it.

I have been a long time Canon EOS user since film. I have a Canon EOS T2i Rebel, its about 6 years old now. It still takes great pictures because of the size of the sensor and the speed of the camera. I have 3 other lenses including an ultra wide, a longer zoom and a macro lens. I prefer taking pictures of nature, landscapes and people. The only thing that I have never cared for was the weight of the DSLR. It is a bulky thing even though the Canon Rebels are relatively small compared to their semi-pro models. But that being said the pics it takes are amazing even being 6 years old. You cant beat the speed and responsiveness of a DSLR.

I also had micro 4/3s at one point by Panasonic. Never cared for it and sold it.

I also had a Canon G9 which was like point and shoot on steroids. I had the controls of a DSLR but was a little bigger than a point and shoot. I took that camera everywhere because it was compact and no fuss. I was thrilled with it till the day the lens jammed open. Apparently all these cameras that have these motorized lenses tend to suck in dirt and dust as it acts like a bellows. People suggested that I push the lens hard and sure enough it worked again. But after that I sold it.

I also have the Canon EOS M series of cameras. I bought these as they have the same sensor as DSLR but are small. The problem is they tend to be sluggish and very fiddly. Didnt care for them either and am probably going to sell them.

Truthfully though I use my iphone more than anything now as its with me all the time. I can just whip it out and take a picture. Some of the phone apps are pretty sophisticated now and you can control aperture, shutter, film speed and more. My iphone is 6 years old and its ok but the newer iphones and samsungs take amazing pictures. 

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So now Linkedin is going to share information with "service providers". How nice

"Increased visibility of your LinkedIn Profile - Service partners will show your profile to their users, similar to the way your profile shows up in search engines, so you can be more easily found for opportunities."

Yeah I dont think so, this is why I dont have an account on Linkedin.


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On June 7, 2017, we are updating LinkedIn’s Terms of Service - our Privacy Policy and User Agreement. These updates to our terms will let us introduce new features, while continuing to give you control over how your information is used.

While I encourage you to read the full terms and my blog post about the changes, below is a quick glance at what’s new.

Our goal is to increase the value you get out of LinkedIn, but you can also opt-out of these new features, if you’d like.
Increased visibility of your LinkedIn Profile - Service partners will show your profile to their users, similar to the way your profile shows up in search engines, so you can be more easily found for opportunities.

Easier to share your achievements with your network - We’ll suggest positive and public professional accomplishments, like new patents or publications, to add to your profile so others can see.

In addition, here’s two more new features you can choose to opt-in to:

Productivity bots to improve communication with your network - New automated systems will use information in your messages to suggest responses, meetings, ice breakers, or insights to help you have important conversations more easily.
Easily meet up with other members - You’ll have the ability to see members nearby who have also opted-in, so it’s easier to meet up when you’re at a conference or out for lunch.

If you’ve not already heard, we are now a part of Microsoft, but our services are still provided under a separate Terms of Service. We hope you find value in the updates we’ve made. If for any reason you don’t agree to the new terms and would rather close your account than opt out of specific new features, you can do so.

Thanks for being a member,

Sara Harrington,
Vice President of Legal at LinkedIn

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Loco Stories / Humor / Re: Sign this Petition
« on: April 22, 2017, 04:57:13 PM »
The uniforms are already picked out. How could they lose ;) ?

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LOL. Too funny.

So again does anyone know a safe place to do this? LOL

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Loco Stories / Humor / Re: Global Hide and Seek
« on: April 21, 2017, 11:51:41 AM »
You know whats funny, if these antifa and sjw assholes encountered a real nazi from back in the day they wouldnt be laughing.

I downloaded Gimp this afternoon and going to play with it. Its free so I have nothing to lose. Thanks for your help.

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I want to buy some bitcoins as some small sellers of one of my hobbies accepts it as payment.

Does anyone have a recommended coin exchange? I understand the concept but there are so many web sites its hard to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Any help is appreciated.

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Loco Stories / Humor / Re: Global Hide and Seek
« on: April 21, 2017, 08:59:13 AM »
^ Great, we're going full Stormfront here.  ???

Adobe Photoshop and Gimp are both advanced image editors. Each has support for layers, transparency, and tons of raster graphics operations. Gimp is GNU open source, and Photoshop is either costly or rented and cloud based.

Doing something like my mashup is well beyond the capabilities of simpler editors like Paintshop Pro or Paintbrush. You really need layers (individual sub-images that are combined when you save a JPG or PNG or GIF version of your image.)

Inside everyone there is a little fascist waiting to come out ;) . If you want I can delete it, I hope everyone realizes I am just playing.

Interesting stuff about Photoshop and Gimp. Photoshop is expensive if I remember. Is Gimp just as powerful?

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Loco Stories / Humor / Re: Global Hide and Seek
« on: April 21, 2017, 07:30:25 AM »
Very talented editing. I dont know anything about Photoshop/Gimp beyond that its used for editing pictures. Photoshop always seemed like a huge hassle to do even basic things  so I never learned it.


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