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Canopus ADVC300 Advanced Digital Video Converter

Canopus ADVC300 Advanced Digital Video Converter

ADVC300 - Bi-directional Analog / Digital Video Conversion... The ADVC300 is the ultimate bi-directional analog to digital video converter unit for the video enthusiast. Featuring high-quality image enhancement technology including digital noise reduction and image stabilization using Line Time Base Correction (LTBC), ADVC300 instantly cleans, stabilizes and preserves old VHS and Hi8 videos in clean DV format. Supporting Windows and Mac OS, ADVC300 is compatible with all widely used video editing applications including Canopus EDIUS, Final Cut Pro®, Avid Xpress® DV and Adobe® Premiere® Pro.

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Lens Test Canon EF 70-200mm IS USM vs the Non-IS Both With the EF 1.4x II Extender and at 280mm and Closest Focus

Lens Test Canon EF 70-200mm IS USM vs the Non-IS Both With the EF 1.4x II Extender and at 280mm and Closest Focus

Since I use Canon's EF 1.4x II Extender much of the time, this test particularly interested me.

Key limitations to this lens test:

This test examines the performance of single copies of the EF 70-200mm f/4L USM and EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM, on one Rebel XSi body, when combined with an EF 1.4x II Extender. Results may differ with different copies of same kinds of photographic equipment, and maybe even more so with the same type of lens/teleconverter on a different model of camera body.

This test examines images taken at the maximum focal length, 280mm (200mm x 1.4 = 280mm), for each lens. Results may differ at smaller focal lengths. Indeed, most zoom lenses appear to have an optimal focal length that has maximum sharpness, though this appears to be better controlled in pro-quality glass. This test also examines images taken at the minimum focus distance, 1.2m. Result may differ at longer focus distances. As with focal length, most lenses seem to have an optimum focus distance, at which point image clarity slowly softens at longer focus distances. The optimal distance specific to a given lens is likely related at least roughly to the minimum focus distance (and, as a result, roughly to focal length).

In essence, by looking at maximum zoom and minimum focus distance, this test examines the performance of these lenses at two extremes. Adding the 1.4x extender multiplies any aberrations that may be present in the native lens and camera system. This makes for a fairly challenging test. A high-contrast subject was also used in this test, adding a further challenge.

The test is primarily directed at image sharpness.

The test subject is an ink drawing done on stiff Bristol board. Ink tends to bleed into the paper a little, rending the line edges a tad fuzzy. The paper also has a somewhat grainy texture. Keep these realities in mind when looking at the image crops. The drawing in question are details from the compass from a stylized map; tree leaves mark the compass points.


The camera body was mounted on a heavy tripod. A 10-second timer was used for each shot. All photos were taken at the maximum resolution of 12.2MP and were initially stored in JPEG format (e.g. not raw). ISO 100 was used. Photos were taken indoors under relatively bright artificial light (1/60 shutter speed at f/4). All images were underexposed by -1/3 stop to prevent over-exposure of bright areas. Center-weighted average metering was used. The ink drawing was mounted flat, and care was taken to make sure that the lens orientation (and the attendant focal plane) were parallel to the image plane.

Three series of images were taken, with the focus being re-established for each series. Focus was established manually using the camera’s “pass-through” ability, with the image on the screen magnified to 10x. A test shot was done at f/8 to confirm sharpness, before beginning a given series. For the final composites, and therefore comparison, the sharpest series for each lens was used.

Each series consisted of photos taken at full-stop intervals starting with the widest aperture: f/5.6, f/8 and f/11.

For the image-stabilized lens, IS was switched off.

From the final image series for each lens: Two 4x4” crops at 72 dpi were extracted from each photo (essentially a 4x4” square at 100% zoom). One series of crops show the image center, and the other series the lower right corner. Photoshop was used for these tasks, and final compositing.


The IS version of the 70-200mm f/4L is slightly longer than the non-IS version, one of several indicators that these two lenses are markedly different despite similar-looking cosmetics. The minimum focus distance of the IS lens was a tad further than its non-IS sister, approximately by a centimeter (maybe slightly less). Correspondingly, the angle of view for the IS lens was slightly wider at 200mm and closest focus when compared the non-IS lens. These differences are very minor, only showing up in a sensitive test such as this, and would not be noticed in the field.


Image center: The EF 1.4x Extender appears to put both lenses on nearly equal footing. Perhaps the additional elements required for the IS system cause enough interference with the extender attached that the IS sharpness advantage seen in the test of the native (e.g. no-extender-attached) lens is nearly completely lost. In other words, the IS lens appears to take a stronger image-quality hit with the extender attached than does the non-IS lens. Remember, the more elements in the lens, the more chances there are for some kind of aberration.

Both lenses perform remarkably well at all f-stops, and much fine detail can be seen in each 4x4” frame, including the granularity of the paper. Both lenses at f/5.6, f/8 and f/11 are extremely close. Both lenses suffer from some spherical aberration at f/5.6, which tends to wash out the contrast somewhat. After spending way too much time focusing these lenses for this test, it ap

August 2009 Part 3

August 2009 Part 3

::: August 2009 Part 3 Of 3 :::

August 6, 2009 I reply:
“It’s okay to be random and numb, it’s a lot to deal with, seems we are all in that boat.

The one thing you were forgetting is the tracking numbers, I need those.

Everything else seems to be pretty upfront... Though I wasn't sure when you are doing the drainage surgery and when you are going to Memphis.

Hope you are doing okay.”

August 6, 2009 Graham replies:

In car now tracking numbers tomorrow

August 6, 2009 I reply:
“In your car?
Can't get them until tomorrow?”

August 12, 2009 I send an e-mail to Graham as I hadn’t heard from him between August 7, 2009 and August 11, 2009. UPS never dropped checks off, there were no checks from them period, and even the ones they stopped payment on never came.

August 12, 2009 Graham e-mails me:
“I don't know what they are going to offer tomorrow. He started off with one box max. But I’ll have a better idea in the morning.”

August 12, 2009 I reply:
“Okay, try your very best tomorrow, my goal is for you to get it all, but if we can get $6,500.00 tomorrow we will be better off until mid next week

Any idea on when you will be going to Memphis?”

August 13, 2009 Graham sends me an e-mail
“I will do my best. I just got a message telling me to be at admitting at hospital in am for 9am but no details. Went to hospital couldn't find test info. So I have to go and cancel in am and then will get on the rest of this. I will get as much as possible. I'm not thrilled the way things are going.”

August 17, 2009 I e-mail Graham since it’s been 3 days and no word from him about airline miles, UPS, FedEx or anything.

“I just wanted to let you know I haven’t heard from you in a few days.

I had sent a few messages to your phone yesterday but did not get any replies.

Have you heard anything today?

Thank you and hope you are doing okay, James”

August 17, 2009 Graham replies:
“Nothing yet. I have left messages. As soon as I know something I will let you know. I will look for messages from the weekend. My phone was mia for a while there.

August 17, 2009 I reply:
“Okay yeah keep me posted. It might be time to go down to UPS in person.”

August 17, 2009 Graham replies:
“They are really taking their time but said something about packages being picked up on the fifth - do you know anything about that? Did they attempt to pick up anything that i already had and you told them you had nothing? Which is fine, btw they are trying to figure out if an inspection was done out in that area - redound or Tukwila in addition to Memphis.

also, do you still have those boxes of mine in the garage? I need to pick up all of them but most importantly the one that has the label device in it.

Please advise on both subjects asap - I am not sending anything else to them without putting labels and contact information first.

I said I'd call around 3:00 hoping that an hour would give you enough time to respond - please let me know you know i am as desperate to settle this as am i and by the way they will not change the mailing address so please just in case, please keep a note on the door every day.

i am dealing with two different division and one issue is that they don't communicate and they overpaid even though never sent the checks and no can't reissue because it is two different systems so they are thinking of hold one check back for freight - it is very 'decentralized' and that is their quote not mine.

any clarification on packages would help - even if it was something that had nothing to do with me they are trying to figure out why packages were being picked up when they were with me - if you had something going back to Amazon etc please let me know a tracking number or company name so they can eliminate trying to find someone in Redmond who knows something about it - right now that seems to be the biggest snag in all of this.

take care - I hope you are well and please try to get back to me by 1pm our time so I know what to tell them.

Also they are returning a laptop and the another half of the KSU - in parts when found so if you get a package you can sign for it and let me know or you can refuse it and put the following address on it;

gh - wing 5EAST - Neurology (I don't have a room assigned to me yet)”

August 17, 2009 I reply:
“The only packages they picked up were the ones I had shipped to you at the hospital. They didn’t pick any of them up for inspection or anything related to that.

The boxes you had in the garage are still there yes. I thought you label device was in your red suitcase, though I could be wrong about that.

I know you are desperate as well; it’s coming from us from every direction.

I am not at the house on a daily basis, I am not allowed to stay there. I can and have left things in the garage but that is it. There is a sign on the front door as well for UPS with directions on where to put items and my cell phone nu

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Actron CP9449 BrakeScan Anti Lock Brake System (ABS) Diagnostic Scan Tool

Actron CP9449 BrakeScan Anti Lock Brake System (ABS) Diagnostic Scan Tool is designed to read and display the ABS trouble code and definitions. It is updateable online and its ABS code library is featured on tool. This scan tool retains most recent vehicle scans and provides coverage for OBD II domestic vehicles.

The Actron ABS BrakeScan is an innovative and affordable solution to brake repairs. Developed by the same experts that designed the first retail Check Engine Light reader and scan tool, the Actron ABS BrakeScan connects to most domestic vehicles 1996 and newer and allows you to diagnose Anti-Lock Brake problems on your own. View the Vehicle Coverage Guide.

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