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I'm a PhD student in computational biology at the University of Birmingham in the UK. I've been programming steadily for nearly 15 years, though rarely professionally. I started programming in C, took an unpleasant detour through VB6 then learnt Java, C++ and most recently, Python.

Apr
3
answered How long is too long to leave the shutter open before prolonged exposure to light damages the sensor?
Apr
1
comment How to cover all your needs with just one lens?
If you shoot Canon and have an extra ~$2700 to spend, look no further than the 28-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM. This is probably the widest range wide-to-supertelephoto zoom lens that still produces decent images. If that sounds ridiculous (because it is, for most people), perhaps something like an 18-200 lens would fit your needs. These can be had cheap, but won't win any image quality prizes.
Mar
27
comment Where to fix Canon lens, other than Canon
Also, the 70-200 2.8L IS II is a pretty hard lens to service (lots of elements, IS group, weather-sealed). I wouldn't necessarily trust a third party shop to get it right, not on lenses of that much complexity and cost.
Mar
15
comment Is there any reason to prefer a T3i if a T4i has the same price?
The T4i also has a touchscreen interface, which is apparently really nice to have.
Mar
15
comment Why does my Canon 7D get blurry pictures with a 70-200mm f/2.8 IS (series 1)?
No, no, you're not getting it. What I'm saying is, that before going out and buying/renting focus adjustment software/hardware, why not check if there are other issues with the lens by taking a photo using CDAF in live view. It could be a decentered element, for instance, not unheard of in used lenses. Generally, I'd try to eliminate those problems that don't require me to spend any money first!
Mar
15
comment Why does my Canon 7D get blurry pictures with a 70-200mm f/2.8 IS (series 1)?
Yes, but it would tell you if the lens was faulty...
Mar
14
comment Why does my Canon 7D get blurry pictures with a 70-200mm f/2.8 IS (series 1)?
@jrista: Would it be better to use CDAF in Live View against a stationary target to test whether the lens indeed needs AFMA at all? From everything I've read on this site, CDAF is close to 100% accurate and doesn't suffer from front/back focus issues.
Mar
14
comment How do lens lineups vary across Mirrorless camera systems?
With the release of the A7/A7r, Sony's E-mount has now been split into two (full-frame, designated FE and APS-C, designated E). While (I think) all E-mount lenses will fit the full-frame cameras, only some of them will actually project a large enough image circle to cover the whole sensor. At the date of posting, there seem to be only 5 FE lenses.
Mar
13
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Mar
13
comment What does the pentaprism/pentamirror do?
This might be better off as a separate question, but in a modern DSLR, it is my understanding that the manufacturer-fitted focusing screens are always clear while in a film SLR, split/micro prism screens were often used. So why not do away with them entirely?
Mar
13
accepted What does the pentaprism/pentamirror do?
Mar
13
asked What does the pentaprism/pentamirror do?
Mar
13
comment How can I increase the battery life of my SLR?
What kind of settings are you using to shoot your timelapse? My 30D will easily last the 8 hours if you're say, taking one photo a minute. It'll probably do twice that if I'm careful and turn the LCD off and don't use the flash at all. I'd assume the 70D's battery life would be as good or better.
Mar
10
comment Best and cheapest lenses for wildlife photography?
What is cheap? $100? $500? $1000? You need a long focal-length lens. I'd suggest the Tamron 150-600 mm f/5-6.3, but at $1062, it may be too expensive.
Mar
2
answered What are good gifts between $50 and $100 for photographers?
Feb
25
comment Lens rental opportunities in the US
For me, this is a) too localised, b) too subjective and c) tantamount to asking for a shopping recommendation. I've flagged this for a close.
Feb
7
comment Why do some professional DSLRs have a lower dynamic range than the mid-range ones?
It's probably also worth mentioning that ISO and dynamic range are linked and a camera that performs better at high ISO is probably also way better in terms of DR at those ISOs.
Jan
26
comment What will happen to a camera if it is taken to an environment beyond its operating temperature?
Note that at least on Canon DSLRs, the rubber flap covering the ports gets soft and sticky when the camera is exposed to direct sunlight for an extended period of time (several hours). To be honest, I've seen this happen more often when the camera is left uncovered in a closed vehicle, but I've also seen it happen on occasion when walking around. The rubber doesn't melt and fall off, but it does get sticky, almost as if a layer of glue has been applied on top.
Jan
25
comment Can firmware upgrades significantly increase JPEG quality?
The JPEGs seem to have polarised opinion, with some saying that they're great and others not so happy. Perhaps renting the camera would give you a better idea of which camp you fall in. Also, with the a7/a7r, I'd be more concerned about the supposed shutter vibration problem, which seems to be a real issue under certain use-cases.
Jan
21
comment Why is the Tamron 150-600mm lens so cheap?
@MichaelClark Again, I'm trying to point out that the "L" designation tells you very little about the underlying characteristics that caused it to be designated as such. For some it may be optical quality, for others reliability or weather sealing or whatever. And as such, it's just branding. As a counter-example, "DO" is not just branding. It tells you that the lens is likely to be lighter than a conventional design and (at least with current designs) a fair bit softer than its non-DO brethren.