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  1. How unApple .. they have made the phone ugly ? why ?


    they even just released the ipad with similar looks to the iphone .. and yet this thing is really more htc from last year looking.


    edit .. i say ugly but i kinda like it .. i guess i meant they have deviated from their what we have come to think of normal look !


    I do like the look of the current version but think it's design is somewhat impractical. The round smooth bottom has such low friction on a smooth surface that a little tap can send it flying off a desk. Mine probably would not have survived more than a few days without a skin. I don't know anyone who uses a naked iphone. It seem such a waste to put in what must have been a great deal of engineering to make it so slim only to have to put a thick rubber skin on it for practical use. I would much rather have the bottom flat and a little more sticky.

  2. Well, of course it may sound a bit biased, but I really liked the Port Hardy article by Alex. Almsot like I was there. THe cover is a beautiful shot. I also enjoyed Eric's story on his turtle photos.





    Not biased at all. Great shot Rand!

  3. Jeff, it seems Matt and Herb are on the party of noise reduction. I sorta like a bit of noise to add grit and mood to certain shots. I certainly dislike the lack of detail with the new NR and AA filters on the newer cameras.


    No. I'm on the party of having sensors with lower noise to begin with. That was the reason for choosing Canon. A little noise is much better than heavy NR.


    The amount of AA filtering trades off sharpness for digital artifacts, and does not affect noise which is produced by the sensor under the filter.

  4. I do want to bring up about the illusion of grain and how some noise can simulate grain. Matt once said he's of the digital generation of no grain pls. I like grain for a look but maybe I'm dinosaur about things?



    There's probably a grain-o-matic plug-in for photoshop somewhere on the web. If not I'm sure you can write one. I'm with Matt on this one.

  5. Is there a reason you chose high ISO for a macro shot? Macro was not something I would have been thinking about with high ISO. Was your reason for using high ISO here to bring out the background more? Do you have indications for when you would choose high ISO for macro images such as this, especially with strobe?


    Yes. I chose the high ISO to get the natural water color background. Because of the low light level, high ISO was the only way to get that. I was already at the limits of low shutter speed and wide aperture (for the DOF I wanted).

  6. Yet another thread that gets pulled into the pit of C vs N.


    I really wasn't trying to start that. I was amused to see Alex now has ISO800 as the default setting for temperate waters. I seem to remember reading his post on this board that he sees no value in good high ISO image quality for underwater use when he was shooting with the D2x. So I couldn't resist commenting.

  7. Hardly a recent development. The Canon 5D has been around for over 3 1/2 years now.



    Jeff, I do think that you raise an important point - that with the latest cameras that ISO needs to be thought of as an additional control of exposure - as the cost on image quality is very small.


    I shoot ISO 800 pretty much as a default in temperate conditions.



  8. Maybe not my prettiest photo of the year. I took a few photos of black froggies on the previous trip and didn't like any of them which got me thinking a little about what to on my next opportunity to shoot this subject. I came up with a couple of ideas and I think they actually worked fairly well.




  9. Here are more specs:


    1080/30p at 30 mins= 4GB file limit of FAT32. Seems to be MPEG4 encoding. Now this makes me sit up and pay attention.

    No weather sealing though. And they didn't upgrade the AF to match the D700, although the "6 invisible focus assist points" sound mysterious.

    Did anyone notice the new 24/1.4? I think Matt did.


    Oh and Herb... no such luck... the dimensions are the same but the layout looks significantly different. Maybe an upgrade kit. It's got more buttons on the back and right top side


    Most of the buttons and dials are at about the same places including the all important PRINT button. There's a new one AF-ON that's in a new location. If this replaces AF function of the * button then that function would be missed.


    With a sensor that has 5616 photosites across it should be possible to do 1080 with a ~3x digital zoom without losing any resolution! Have you seen any more details about how they're doing it?


    Canon's new Powershot has a CMOS sensor and will also do 1080/30p.

  10. The Canon LO setting is useless. It does not change the sensitivity of the sensor and won't help against blown highlights. All it does is change the metering and tags the ISO 100 raw file as LO. A similar thing is done at the HI setting. It changes the metering and doubles the value of the numbers in the raw data file. It dose not changes the sensor sensitivity from the highest ISO setting in the normal range.


    I read a post in dpreview awhile ago where the author looked at the numerical content of a HI raw file and found it has all even numbers.

  11. I started underwater photography with liveview. I think I would use it fairly often if I had it and the shutter lag is not too bad.


    I can't think of a type of shot that can only be done with liveview; however, I do still see situations where I can get a more desirable angle on a shot if I didn't have to include space for my fat head for camera placement. It's true for both WA and macro.

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