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On The Road / Re: Car Rental Corporate Codes Roundup
« on: July 01, 2019, 12:12:04 PM »
I don't have any I'd like to use, tying to shop for the best deal. Currently getting quoted upwards of over $1k for a 2 week rental. Hoping to get that well below the 1k mark... I guess I'll just keep trying everything until something works. Was just hoping there was a better way.

On The Road / Re: Car Rental Corporate Codes Roundup
« on: June 30, 2019, 05:57:40 PM »
I haven't done this in a loooong time.
Going to be in SF/San Jose area for 2 weeks, trying to find best rate on a minivan.
Last time I did this, I just tried all the codes on the front page until something worked and seemed a good enough deal. Is that more-or-less still the deal? Looks like that front post hasn't been updated in a while and I'm not sure if some of the codes are even still codes!
Anyone who's done this recently able to shed some light and save someone like me some time? Thanks!

Tech Talk / Re: Which Camera Should I Get? Master Thread
« on: July 12, 2018, 01:32:36 AM »
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'!

On The Road / Re: Car Rental Corporate Codes Roundup
« on: January 19, 2018, 01:51:41 PM »
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::

On The Road / Re: Car Rental Corporate Codes Roundup
« on: January 18, 2018, 11:57:56 PM »
Hey- why did someone edit the codes on the front page today? I had a code that was working when I was price shopping half asleep last night. I came back today when I'm more awake to actually book the deal, and a while bunch of the codes are GONE. Why were they deleted?? They were working...

On The Road / Re: Car rental return to another location?
« on: June 27, 2016, 11:08:19 PM »
I actually don't see any National codes in the codes thread. Are they found somewhere else?

Tech Talk / Re: Which Camera Should I Get? Master Thread
« on: June 16, 2016, 10:19:48 PM »
Oh, there are TONS of forums with buy/trade/sell sections across the world wide interwebs. I've bought stuff from many of them. I happen to moderate one in particular related to filmmaking, which is where I found this gem. It was body only, no lens, and with scratches on the rear. It looks like $350 or so is normal on ebay for body only used, so it isn't too far off.

Tech Talk / Re: Which Camera Should I Get? Master Thread
« on: June 16, 2016, 09:06:34 PM »
Other than the viewfinder its basically the same as the A6000 ?
The differences are mostly physical. The A5100 not only lacks a veiwfinder, but it also lacks a flash hot shoe, so you can't add any accessories to the camera (off camera flash, microphone, etc). It also heats up faster than the A6000 because of the smaller body design, so recording video for extended periods of time might shut you off early to cool down.

The ergonomics are different as are the buttons, which changes some of the features. But the features are very comparable, and IQ should be the same. In fact, the A5100 came out AFTER the A6000 did, so it had some nifty features like XAVCS video recording where the A6000 did not! The touch screen to focus and zoom rocker buttons are pretty nifty features that the A6000 doesn't have either... but a later update added XAVCS to the A6000, so the feature set is pretty similar across the board now.

Pickup location: San Jose (or anywhere in Bay Area)
Drop Off location: LAX
Pickup date & time: June 29 (unsure of time?)
Drop Off Date & Time July 12 noon
Preferred Car Size: minivan
Age (if under 25): older than 25
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Tech Talk / Re: Which Camera Should I Get? Master Thread
« on: June 16, 2016, 07:37:32 PM »

i'm looking at the sony a5100 and 5000. what's the difference?

A5100 is a newer version of the 5000. Its actually an A6000 (same guts and sensor) but in an A5000 style body. That means it has the features of the A6000 and is more comparable to that model, including the amazing AF speed, but since it is the smaller body design, it lacks a viewfinder. It does, however, add a flipping touch screen which is super cool- I bought one to shoot alongside my A7s and I love it. The screen flips all the way around for selfies (yes, I'm guilty of doing that), and you can actually tap the portion of the screen you want it to focus on (very cool for moving spot focus). But it has less buttons and dials so the A6000 with its viewfinder might be a better choice if you want to replace a DSLR style experience.
I bought mine super cheap (it was $250 on a forum marketplace because it had some cosmetic scratches on the back from an attachable VF), and its totally worth getting if an A6000 is out of your budget.

On The Road / Car rental return to another location?
« on: June 16, 2016, 07:26:46 PM »
I'm looking to rent a car in northern California to return in southern (flying into San Jose, flying out of LAX 10 days later). In the past when I did something like this, there was a fee to return it to another location, but it was nominal. This time, I'm being quoted ridiculous fees (nearly $1,000 more than if we returned it to the same location!).
Aside from trying to find someone who can return the car, is there any way to make this more affordable?

Tech Talk / Re: Which Camera Should I Get? Master Thread
« on: March 16, 2016, 06:26:54 PM »
How do you read 89 pages when trying to decide which camera to upgrade from my T2i purchased in 2011?
I'm looking for an upgrade to take more consistently sharper pictures of my family as I feel like I'm struggling to obtain tack sharp images from my current. I borrowed a 60D and felt the pictures were superior to those taken with mine. I currently own 3 lenses  Canon 18-135, Tamron 28-75 2.8 and Canon 50mm 1.8.
price Range $800- 1300

Do I do the 70D- 7d or other?  or try the sony line of mirrorless (and my current lenses will be useless)

I appreciate your help and advice
thank you

Strange, the 60D is actually the same guts as the T2i... the differences between the two are ergonomic and external. I remember when they were porting Magic Latern to the 60D, the chipsets were so closely matched that it barely needed anything to be changed from the T2i version! They are the same camera.
What lens were you using on the 60D? I'll bet that made a bigger difference than the camera body.

What you need to do is figure out why your pictures aren't coming out as sharp as you'd like. That could be technique, lenses (the tamron is super soft at 2.8, you need to stop down to f/4 or farther to sharpen it up), focus calibration, lack of lighting (so lower shutter speed = blur), etc. I truly doubt the camera body is the source of your problem. The reasons to upgrade from a T2i to a 60D or 70D are mostly ergonomic and workflow related (dials, buttons, ability to set precise kelvin values, etc) or for a feature you wish you had (dual pixel AF for movie focusing on the 70D). IQ won't be noticeably different.

For better or worse, most Canon cameras have extremely similar image quality, unless you move on up to their larger sensor flagships (5D, 6D, 1D, etc).

Tech Talk / Re: Which Camera Should I Get? Master Thread
« on: February 23, 2016, 08:21:34 PM »
Mirrorless innovation VS. DSLR Innovation (A6300 Vs. 80D)
More Video-centric, so obviously very biased.

Yes, but if you know Andrew Reid as well as I do, you also know he's a heavily biased bloke. Really nice guy to talk to, but heavily HEAVILY biased. He's hated Canon for nearly half a decade.

Tech Talk / Re: Which Camera Should I Get? Master Thread
« on: February 17, 2016, 09:02:15 PM »
That is one thing that Olympus nailed when they made their "PRO" lenses for M4/3. They are focus-by-wire, with the whole variable speed thing, but you can pull back the focus ring to reveal another ring that acts just like a MF ring with hard stops, decent resistance and is not speed sensitive.

My only issue with that was that it only has a ~90 travel distance, compared to MF lenses with 150 - 250. If it is by wire under the hood, why not give it a decent travel?
But I did get used to it after a few days.

I never tried one of those, but it doesn't surprise me. It might have been a manual gear, which would also explain the short throw- in order to keep the size of the element down so that a contrast system could hunt for focus quickly, they might have needed to restrict the size of the gear, or element, or both. Just a guess.
Olympus did have some solid m4/3 offerings that I recall. But I also recall the pro Oly line being bulkier and heavier, more akin to a DSLR style lens than the light plastic Lumix m43 variants.

Tech Talk / Re: Which Camera Should I Get? Master Thread
« on: February 16, 2016, 12:21:57 PM »
That's what I thought as well, but I was checking out the a7 last week and the native lenses were all smaller and lighter than the Nikon full frame ones I'm used to.
It does seem to make sense to me that because it's closer to the sensor they can make it smaller.
That being said, Sony doesn't yet have the lenses that tend to be really big and bulky so it's not necessarily a fair comparison. One of the lenses I tried was a 24-70 f/4, I don't have a direct comparison for that so even though it's MUCH smaller and lighter than my Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 it's not really a fair comparison. I'm curious to see what the size & weight of the just-announced sony 24-70 f/2.8 will be.
OTOH, another lens I tried was a wide-angle zoom, (sorry, I don't remember exactly what it was) and it was significantly smaller and lighter than the Nikon wide-angle zoom I've used.

Yes, clearances can be made smaller because it goes up to the sensor, but the bigger difference (as I understand it) is that they prefer focus-by-wire gears instead of big manual gears. I have a couple of theories as to why that makes a difference.
Many of the newer E-mount cameras are getting hybrid PDAF, but a lot of the older ones still rely on contrast detection, which means the lenses need to be able to hunt back and forth at high speed to nail focus in a reasonable amount of time (contrast involves a lot of trial-and-error). In order to do that, they need to make smaller focusing elements so that the motors can shift at high speed, whereas a lens made for a PDAF DSLR will not only have a big manual gear for those who want to MF, but the motor is designed to make one swift movement which it can afford do a little bit slower. Additionally, the PDAF lenses needs to be more precision designed, since if they go out of alignment, they can't correct themselves the way contrast can. These are just my educated guesses, but they made sense to me after speaking to some engineers on the subject.

The upside is that focus-by-wire lenses can be made smaller and can move faster (which is why they are great for small subtle video AF tracking), but the flip side is that you lose the tactile ability to manually focus accurately most of the time (things like how fast you spin the gear might land you in a different focal point than if you turned it slowly). Its a tradeoff- and also why I personally like adapted lenses.

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