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Re: wireless router? I recommend Linksys as well, however make sure its a Linksys that supports DD-WRT... it makes the router much more efficient and less dropped connections than the stock Linksys firmware.
Do a search and read some of the reviews... Seems like anyone who ever had a problem with a router fixed it using DD-WRT.

However, some of the newer routers (the fancy black looking ones I think) don't support it...

July 26, 2009, 08:13:54 PM
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Re: Which Camera Should I Get? Master Thread
So the zoom is basically very lame on the PL3. Would you choose the S110 instead of it?

No no no. The PL3 is an interchangable lens camera, so the zoom is whatever you put on it. If you want an AWESOME zoom, you can put something truly epic on it, like this old Canon FD lens I threw on it with an adapter (for giggles, just because I can!):



That'll give you an incredibly versatile zoom, but not very pocketable! The zoom it comes with isn't too bad, here's a picture of it with some of my other cameras for reference:
(its the one lowest in the picture, a bit off the left- I don't use the kit zoom very much, it still has the protective blue tape on the nose)


Behind it is an old Canon Powershot point and shoot for size reference. Notice how the E-PL3 is roughly the size of the Powershot save for the lens protruding. But more interesting, is the Lumix camera on the right (Panasonic GH2, one of my personal favorites for video), which has on it currently a pancake 17mm prime lens. That lens is usually sitting on my E-PL3, which just barely protrudes at all, and makes it roughly as pocketable as the Powershot. But you can't zoom with a prime lens (that's the difference between a prime and a zoom). If you want to zoom, a slightly larger lens is necessary, just because of the more complicated optics involved.

Or you can get the telescoping Lumix lens, shown here:


That lens works like a point-and-shoot style, it has a servo motor to zoom in and out, and collapses into itself when done, making it closer to a prime lens in size when not in use. But they aren't cheap, and they aren't as sharp or wide aperture as other options. Still, will probably get you better pics than a point-and-shoot if you have the budget for it!

I just keep the 17mm on it. It's good for most things, and sometimes if I know I'll need it, I keep a second prime in my pocket (85mm) for extreme closeups with lots of beautifully shallow focus. I'm not sure why the 17mm isn't on it for this picture, but whatever- this was taken a long time ago when I was illustrating how much smaller the GH2 can be than a Canon DSLR.

My picture to illustrate that:


The GH2 is bigger than the E-PL3, so you can just imagine the difference here.

December 12, 2013, 08:31:59 PM
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Re: Car Rental Corporate Codes Roundup
Are you referring to the wiki? You can look at previous versions of the wiki, and re-add a code if you find it to be working.

I'm.... apparently an idiot. And need more sleep.

The wiki appears before the first post. For whatever reason, the forum view I was using last night let me go back to the first post, but didn't show me the wiki before it. Just the original post by Jack12 which was edited July 18, 2017, 06:01:02 PM by jj1000.
In my sleep deprived frustration, I couldn't figure out why there were so many codes missing now and read the edit timestamp as Jan 18, which would have been yesterday.
If yesterday were in July.
And it was still 2017.

Whatever, don't judge me. Been a tough week.

::whistles away::

January 19, 2018, 01:51:41 PM
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Re: Which Camera Should I Get? Master Thread Since Fishy hasn't responded in a while, I'll jump in for a sec.
Are those not worlds apart?
If my analysis is right, even Fishy who (IINM) loves Sony would go for the 70D.
Yes they are- I just want to know how much better the 70D is- if it's worth losing the pros of the NEX- trying to think/talk this out.
Well, I can't speak for Fishy, but I'd totally go with a Sony. Its a much more forward thinking platform, the only thing the 70D has going for it is Canon's lens ecosystem and battery life in my opinion. This is from someone who has spent time with both systems. Despite both being crop sensors, the Sony actually has a LARGER sensor since Canon decided to define APS-C as a marginally more extreme crop of 1.6x instead of the 1.5x that everyone else does. The Sony also has a more technologically advanced sensor that is capable of recording more stops of dynamic range. The focus system on the A6000 was decent- perhaps not as good as some of the DSLRs with their full time phase detection, but still totally usable, and only got better in the A6300 if you can swing that model. Its not like the 70D was Canon's best autofocus system either, so I don't see why the 70D would be "better" if we're comparing these two. If Fishy would recommend it over the Sony, I'd love to hear why.
Again, the lenses are another story- Canon has a significantly larger lens library with enough years behind them and 3rd party support to find almost anything in almost any budget. But to be fair, the newer Sony's with their OSPDAF can drive Canon lenses via an adapter. One of my favorite walk around lenses on my Sony A7Rii is actually a Canon 40mm pancake on an adapter. It focuses as fast as it did on my Canon bodies, and its a vastly superior camera to anything I ever owned from Canon.
That's an NEX? Or are all Sonys NEX?
Sort of. A great question. Short version: The naming got complicated.
Long version: Before Sony made mirrorless cameras, their flagship DSLR/TSLR cameras were based on the A-mount they had bought from Minolta, and had an Alpha-symbol looking A in the name. The mirrorless concept needed a new and more compact lens system, so they came up with the newer E-mount, and named the camera bodies NEX for "New E-mount eXperience" (weird, right? Hang on, it gets weirder). So the older mirrored cameras were named the Alphas, had the trademark A in the title, and stood as their more professional and traditional cameras... meanwhile, all their mirrorless bodies were named NEX, and had, um, those letters in the title. Makes sense right?
But then Sony starting making mirrorless cameras with the Alpha A name. The two prevailing theories are that:
A) They were messing with us and thought it would be funny
B) They wanted to make mirrorless systems that would be taken more seriously, so they decided to adopt the Alpha moniker of their professional line.
Either way, it confused the heck out of consumers, stores trying to market their equipment, and in some cases their own company representatives.
Long story short, all of their photography-style body cameras are now called Alpha with the A symbol, there's nothing named NEX anymore, however those of us who have been around long enough recognize NEX to mean E-mount, as opposed to their older A-mount cameras (which they DO still make, btw).


Whew, I haven't been around in a while! I actually signed in because I had some private messages to reply to and figured I'd come by and see what's going on this thread again. Good to see it's still goin'!

July 12, 2018, 01:32:36 AM
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