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  1. Did you guys see the latest from Nikon Rumors? Now they are certain there will be a D4 as well, likely to be introduced together with the D800. Possible (interesting) specs:


    - 16.2 MP

    - 11 fps

    - 100-102,400 native ISO range, expandable to 50 and 204,800

    - Face detection/recognition

    - Improved video

    - Improved 51 AF points

    - AF detection range will go down to EV-2.0 (the D3s went to EV -1)

    - Autofocus system: 9 cross-type sensors that are operational up to f/8

  2. Hmmm... Rumors seem to be picking up steam, the guys at NikonRumors swear they have the inside scoop. But I too wished it was 18mp instead of 36 (which I think it's a bit overkill). I also hope it comes out cheaper than $3k, but that's wishful thinking I guess.

  3. I think the post above clearly exemplifies why this problem happened in the first place. LAUPS allows for "some" manipulation but not "lots" of manipulation, so that is open for interpretation. I think you would eliminate more than half of your reported cases of "cheating" if you simply set the rules to NO MANIPULATION AT ALL.


    In other words, I don't think this has anything to do with a $2500 prize, and everything to do with how people interpret rules. And as stated above, instead of asking for RAW images for every file, it would be a lot easier to simply make the rules of zero manipulation and state that RAW files will be required from all finalists.

  4. John McCosker's office is next door to mine, we just looked at the photos again and think it is an Echiophis, and very likely Echiophis punctifer, but we can't be sure without looking at a photo showing more of the fish (or ideally examine the specimen). But either way it is an interesting new record to the Canaries as those species usually don't occur in waters that cold.

  5. Yeah, the spots are odd for that species, but some people say that as they grow the spots fade and the tail gets darker. So definitely not sure on the ID. I will forward the image to some specialists, but I am sure that whatever it is, it will be something interesting as most species in this family don't come that shallow.

  6. The fish is probably a Yellow Jack (Carangoides bartholomaei), they always follow rays like that and hunt together with them. When a ray digs burrows in the substrate a lot of small invertebrates and fish "jump" out and the jacks take advantage of that. And I agree with Southern Stingray for the ID of the ray.

  7. It doesn't matter if there was food in the water or not, the shark is not to blame. Every diver takes a risk when diving, in this case the diver knew there were Great Whites on those waters. It is absolutely normal for a Great White to attack a diver, their natural prey is marine mammals, we are close enough, and actually I am surprised there aren't many more attacks. Culling is just wrong. The only instance where a shark attack would be considered "abnormal" is if the shark jumped out of the water to grab people on the beach.

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