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  1. Depends. "I want to be a Redskin" may erode a bit of bargaining power with the Redskins(although I'm sure they have talked about extensions for awhile so I'm not even sure if that is true or not) but it strengthens his bargaining power with 31 other potential employers. Even if he hated the Redskins, and I'm not saying he does, it's smart to say he wants to stay.
  2. It's pretty tough to find a camera that fits in your pocket and can shoot sports. A good, small camera for video would be one of the Panasonic micro-4/3 cameras. Really watch the size/weight though because some models are about the size of a dSLR. Best small camera with potential would be the sony's with the APS-C sensor sizes. I sound like a broken record but Sony is one of the best values out there unless you want a big camera. Smallest telephoto lens camera for sports shooting would probably be the Nikon 1 line. It's not clear if Nikon is continuing this line so you might be able to get a screaming deal on these if you don't mind refurb/used but I wouldn't sink major money into that system.
  3. RAW files are just processed less than the normal JPEG files, but because they are unprocessed you can manipulate them more. They are larger files however because they haven't been compressed yet. Pancake lenses are just short, snub nosed lenses so they fit in your pocket easily. Often they are prime lenses but there are a few pancake zoom lenses as well.
  4. I am not saying that you're wrong, but I was curious how you thought the QB situation could get stronger in ARZ? Cutler? Glennon? Palmer actually had one of the best years of his career last year so I don't think you can assume he'll play better as he turns 38 before the playoffs begin. I think part of the reason the ARZ odds are so long is because both Calais Cambell and Chandler Jones are unrestricted FA's that ARZ will have a tough time keeping and we still haven't seen honey badger back to 100%. They look to be more thin at both RB and WR than they were last year. If Fitz ever starts to show his age in a big way this could be a team that missed it's window.
  5. If I were you I would look at the Canon G7X and the Sony RX100 III, but that's partially due to the fact they have been out for awhile and you can probably find a better deal on them. The sensor and lenses on those will really be a big step up despite their small size of the camera. The canon has the bigger zoom range, but the sony has substantially better stated battery life and an view finder which I personally have a tough time going without. Additionally, because the cameras are so small you can use a pocket tripod that you can use on the top of your car or something and that could potentially make a huge difference in your final photos. They both shoot in RAW and you can layer images so you can pull details out of the shadows of bridge/tunnel shots like you never could before. Of course if you were interested in buying lenses and the like you could also go for an even bigger sensor with the Sony mirrorless cameras, even the older ones off ebay or something. For instance the Sony NEX-C3 is very small and light and has some pancake lenses that would still make it very pocketable. Sometimes those can be had for a very low price in nearly new condition.
  6. This is very true, but I just wanted to point out to people that there is a flood of amazing photo editing software out there that isn't as costly and potentially intimidating as Photoshop. Personally, I use Lightroom more often than Photoshop but in general I am trying to move away from Adobe products overall. Often times I feel like using Photoshop is like hanging a poster using 4 thumb tacks and sledge hammer. I would recommend people try Paint.net, RawTherapee, PhotoScape, and/or GIMP and only if those don't fulfill their needs move onto the Adobe products. I will admit there are many more supporting videos/books/tutorials that will help you learn how to best use the Adobe products. Ultimately I would like to move toward cross platform tools like Fotor but it's just not quite enough, and all the other cross platform tools I've tried have some holes in them unfortunately.
  7. Do you typically carry a messenger bag/backpack with you or is the reason you taking pictures with your ipod because you have one with you in a jacket/pants pocket all the time? What pictures would you like to take right now that an ipod doesn't do well? Are you looking for a zoom lens for instance? Or better low light photos?
  8. I agree he's controversial but I'm not sure why he's such a lightning rod. Either in a positive or negative way, really. What makes him a favorite source of information?
  9. Doesn't sound "backwards" to me at all. In fact even if it was backwards I'd say it isn't quite backwards enough. - I always tell folks that ask me about equipment to start with their desired output first of all. Are they after postcard sized prints? Maybe looking to share photos on a website that will heavily compress their images anyway? Or are they trying to make a poster sized print or even bigger? - The hardware to produce the final images. It may be easiest and cheapest to pay a service although printers, even those that produce large size prints, are pretty inexpensive now. I may be in the minority of wanting to make prints at all so many people can skip this altogether. - The software used to be a bigger consideration than it is now. There is just so much great software available at low price points. If anything people go overboard with the software now and overlook so much readily available software that is more powerful than they will ever need. - Next consider the subject and it's location. If you want to shoot birds from your car window the equipment will be much, much different than a person that wants to take photos after they have hiked up to Machu Picchu to shoot landscape shots. Ever want to shoot underwater? That will narrow your search quickly if you do. - Consider the lighting of the subject. Will you have to light it? If so, just as fill flash? Do you have to visit the subject at a certain time of day/year? Do you have to be in a specific position to get the final output you are looking for? Lighting can be some of the best $ you invest in the final image and planning on the lighting the best time you spend toward producing the final image. - Somewhere between the lighting and lens you should consider if that combination will require you to use either a tripod, monopod, or some other physical stabilizer. Be honest with yourself and only get what you will actually CARRY and USE, not what has the best specs. Sometimes it doesn't even have to be high priced "photography equipment" at all to do the job. Plenty of birders use a big bean bag to rest their huge telephoto birding/surfing lenses out the window of their car for instance. People use trees/buildings to brace their camera all the time but those aren't always available, but again you should have narrowed down your subject and the lighting considerations already. - The lenses are the place where you will likely spend the most money(because you'll likely own them the longest) but are also the place where you can "save" the most money. A good monopod, even better technique, and you can have half a dozen quality used lenses for what one bleeding edge new lens with vibration compensation will cost you. My single biggest frustration in lenses is the pancake primes that I love to use aren't embraced by the public enough to get more and better options from the camera makers. - This one may seem nit-picky but the choice of sensor is so important I might consider that as separate from the feature-rich body that surrounds it. A full frame sensor definitely has it's strengths as it collects more light but it also has plenty of pitfalls associated with it as ALL the equipment is typically heavier and more expensive. A micro-4/3 sensor may seem overpriced but the telephoto lenses can be so much smaller and lighter(and in some cases cheaper) than the larger sensor alternatives. Traveling with large telephoto equipment can be a huge pain and even added expense in some cases. The size/weight of your equipment is one of those considerations that just compounds over time. If it feels SLIGHTLY heavier at the start of a trip it will really make a difference by the end of the trip imo. - And overall I completely agree with you... the camera body should be the absolute last consideration not because it's so much less important but because this is where the tech changes so quickly you will own several over time and you will likely replace the soonest. Some camera body features may seem like complete fluff but others are critical to some and not to others. Any video shot in anything less than 4k is going to look awful and dated very, very soon. Ever try to take a hummingbird shot if your camera "only" shoots 1/4000th of a second? The ability to shoot ~10 frames/second is a HUGE feature if you are trying to get a skateboard trick photo, and on the other side of the fence if you want to take time lapse photos the body features you choose is critical to get the best results. I think people pass over Pentax equipment all the time but if you need a weather sealed body and some used lenses on a budget they are the absolute best choice imo. There are so many people that want to take beach, snow, or photos humid conditions on vacation I can't believe Pentax dSLR's aren't more popular. Others will leave anything at home that doesn't slip into a jacket pocket so it has to be mirrorless with a pancake lens. As always be wary of anything that is presented as the "best one-size-fits-all solution". That's why it's pretty important to figure out what I want to output, what subject I want to shoot, and the light that will be available very early on in the process when I choose equipment .
  10. Not bad for a "lost rookie season". Maybe all the hand-wringing in August was just a LITTLE overblown... Joey Bosa wins NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000782828/article/joey-bosa-wins-nfl-defensive-rookie-of-the-year
  11. You make it sound like he got suspended for missing A TEST. That is simply a lie or mistake on your part. He got suspended for missing THREE TESTS: - The first missed test took place in December 2015 and cost him $25,000. It's worth noting his season had already ended because of.... surprise, an injury. - The second missed test took place in January of 2016. That missed test costs him two game checks. - The third missed test took place in April of 2016. That is the one that made him miss games. I consider 2016 a contract year. He missed two of his three drug tests in 2016, although I'd argue his 2015 season had ended before all three drug tests he missed. If any point in this discussion isn't a valid one I'd say it's the person arguing his future actions will be based on costing himself money when his past actions have shown that losing money hasn't resulted in professional behavior on his part. It's already been in black and white how much he would lose by missing a drug test and he has shown he still just doesn't seem to care all that much. But I guess he's learned his lesson since it's been months since he expected to be above the rules because he changed his phone number, or he overslept, or his dog ate his homework, or whatever excuse he can think up next.
  12. ... or pick a Cowboy defensive player. Sheldon Richardson. Aldon Smith. Maybe none of these guys realized they were going to lose $.
  13. You mean, like if he got suspended for another drug related offense in a contract year?
  14. The two highlighted sections are going to be what trips you up as it's very difficult to get anything close to both of these in a single camera. Pocketable cameras that focus fast enough for any sports photography is tough. If you want something that's going to fit in your pocket it has to be mirrorless. If you want sports photography it has to have interchangeable lenses. - The best mirrorless systems in photography right now are probably the Sony cameras. It won't be cheap but there are lots of places(both new and used) to enter into their system. - Another good option would be one of the latest Panasonic or Olympus M4/3 cameras. They have a smaller sensor but aren't really smaller cameras, but the small sensor does have advantages. For instance the telephoto lenses can be smaller and lighter if you find the thought of dSLR size and weight is discouraging. The last few models from each have much faster focusing than previous M4/3 cameras had.You mention burst shooting being important and the frames-per-second are pretty amazing on their latest. The in camera stabilization is also highly regarded. If video is important to you it's tough to beat Panasonic right now. - The best mirrorless to grow into is probably that Canon M line with an adapter to use dSLR lenses so you have the option to use a full fledged dSLR when needed as a second body. Really the best case scenario is a Canon M class camera with a pancake lens or two and a collection of lenses that you can also use with an old EOS 7D when you need to shoot sports. That allows you to go from a pocketable entry level camera, to a collection of lenses that will work on full-frame pro level cameras if you chose to go that route at some point in the future. Go to a place where you can actually hold all three cameras and see how the ergonomics work for you. Carefully compare the lens selection not just in terms of variety but also price and weight. Don't make the mistake of going with the body that works best for you today when the eventual camera bag you are trying to assemble might be MUCH heavier and more expensive in the long run.