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What's the best simple lavalier microphone setup to use with DSLRs?
Only the subjects and their answers need to be recorded -- they'll be looking off-camera to the side to address the interviewer, but the interviewer's questions are only to get the subjects talking in a natural way and aren't a part of the interview itself.

I'd like to stay under $200-300 if possible. Having been strictly on the photography side of things, I'm not very familiar with the audio capabilities of the DSLRs in question and what (if any) additional hardware will be required.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 10:47 AM on May 3, 2013

Good camera equipment for nature photography?
If your interest in birding is anything more than a passing phase, then the setup I strongly recommend is this: a Canon 40D (or 20D/30D depending on availability and budget) and a Canon 400mm f/5.6. The camera body is a strong workhorse with good-enough autofocus for birding (as long as you have enough light), but the real magic is in the lens: there's no such thing as "long enough or close enough" when it comes to birding, and there's no competition at all in any… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 3:00 PM on December 22, 2007

Photography Laureates - info please
However, to confirm his entry he must pay a fee...


The "submit your photo first, then we tell you that you've won something (the hook) but you have to pay to redeem the prize" structure is a scam. Legit photo contests are up-front, explicitly detailing fees, schedules/deadlines, reputable judging panel with clear judging criteria, publication information of winners, and so on prior to submission. This should… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 8:19 PM on November 29, 2007

Can you recommend a quiet PC?
The fine folks at have tons of information about every single computer component from a noise perspective, for the DIY'ers. Since you requested an off-the-shelf system though, SPCR has customed designed a couple of complete systems filled with silent-to-very-quiet components:

Extreme Quiet SPCR Core 2 PC
SPCR Media Center Silent PC
Full Article: SPCR Designed Computer Systems

Happy silent computing! My… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 8:13 AM on November 19, 2007

The Benjamins, while prevalent in nature, are exceedingly rare in this environment. Help me save them!
Regarding the D40X, and digital cameras in general: don't fall into twin pitfalls of either the numerous "lowest on price search engine" scam sites or crappy lens bundle warehouse "deals" (i.e. Costco etc). The former is a great way to either lose your money outright or have it returned after many hours of phone calls filled with mysterious sudden backorders or missing accessories; the latter leaves you holding crappy lenses you'll wind up eBaying at a loss because of the… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 9:44 AM on November 15, 2007 marked best answer

What's wrong with my girlfriend?
She's a very pretty girl and way out of my league

Congratulations, you're dating the archetypal Hot But Crazy.

You can pray that she'll eventually grow out of her narcissistic and spiteful streak, but you're best off doing what better men have done in your situation: run. And watch out for the claws you didn't see on your way in.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 8:51 AM on November 15, 2007

Poetry about migraines / headaches / chronic pain ?
Two favorites by Emily Dickinson:

After great pain a formal feeling comes--
The nerves sit ceremonious like tombs;
The stiff Heart questions--was it He that bore?
And yesterday--or centuries before?

The feet, mechanical, go round
A wooden way
Of ground, or air, or ought,
Regardless grown,
A quartz contentment, like a stone.… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 3:13 PM on October 26, 2007

How can you tell if a girl likes you?
Stare = "I find you interesting on some level. Maybe I like you, or maybe you have a huge booger that you should wipe off your face. If you want to find out, talk to me. "

"if she asks you out to dinner or initiates physical contact, she probably likes you"

The problem is that many, if not most, women never show physical signs of interest beyond looking and/or smiling. You'd be waiting all… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 9:25 PM on October 25, 2007

How to look real in photographs?
Don't look into the lens; take the rare opportunity to look through the lens, directly at the eyeballs of the photographer and straight into his or her soul. Ponder and react accordingly. You may or may not want to smile at what you see.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 11:44 AM on October 24, 2007

The (non)babbling idiot, excluding this question in which I babble rather idiotically
In my experience, the single best axis of communication within a couple is a shared sense of humor. Without it, conversations -- especially intimate conversations -- often become uphill battles. Couples can talk about anything under the sun when they can also laugh about it together.

What makes him laugh? Is it silliness, sarcasm, nonverbal/slapstick, puns, etc? You can answer questions like "How do you feel about me?" in any of those modes, or some combination… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 10:10 PM on October 21, 2007

help me pick EF lenses
It sounds like you're looking for an "investment" lens(es) that you can use to improve your film photos now, and will remain useful when you make the jump into digital later.

First off if you don't have a fast lens yet, you'll definitely want the 50/1.4 or something similar. It's a very versatile lens with film and full frame digital, and a useful portrait lens with a crop body digital.

And here's the rub: without knowing whether you're… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 12:04 PM on October 18, 2007 marked best answer

I'm a lot better looking in person. No, seriously!
Use someone else's pics?

Do NOT do this under any circumstance. Ever.

Also: in the world of online dating, "I look better in person than in photos" is a FAR FAR better problem to have than "I look better in photos than in person", also known as the leading cause of Horribly Awkward First Dates. You're not in a bad situation at all.

In my experience, 95% of "I look bad in… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 3:52 PM on October 17, 2007

how do I met female
At 19, your first priority should be to become a more interesting person, which will expand your social sphere and lead to meeting more women. Trying to become a pick-up artist at 19 is like polishing a turd. Though you may catch some flies.

Spend some time developing your interests without an eye for finding mates. As you grow in competence, confidence, and experience, you'll catch the attention of women sooner than you think. Good luck.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 12:42 AM on October 17, 2007

How to handle unrequited love with a best friend?
I admitted to her that I was in love and we hooked up a few times, but she has told me time and time again that she's not in love with me.

If she said that even after sleeping with you, then no really means no.

She says that she needs time before she gets into a relationship because we have the potential to go long-term. [...] I simply can't withstand the jealously I feel when she talks about other guys.… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 10:29 PM on September 10, 2007

Stay or play?
You're not ready to settle down yet, so it does neither you nor your boyfriend any good to go through the motions. Be honest, make a clean break of it, leave at once, then go play with the new guy with a clean conscience.

Very few people partner up for life at 21, and you're already envisioning eventually breaking up with him anyway. If you're going to do it, just do it already. Dragging things on makes it worse for all three parties here.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 7:35 PM on August 31, 2007
At 21... breaking up with a "loving," "adorable," "exceedingly kind" boyfriend because you got attracted to another guy at a party? That seems nuts to me.

If so: regret is a lesson best learned early.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 7:41 PM on August 31, 2007

SF on a whim?
As more and more years go by, it becomes harder and harder to pursue feelings like this. Life's various attachments naturally entrenches us into our current surroundings. It's good to be young.

If you really feel that strongly about it and it's not just a fleeting thought, then make (lots of) plans at once. And go. Because this will be your best shot at it in this life, right now.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 1:48 PM on August 30, 2007

Camera and lighting kit suggestions, please.
To get serious, you'll need to choose a system. Canon is still doing better on the low-light end of things (as well as having better lens pricing/availability and a much stronger used market), but Nikon's wireless setup for multiple flashes is easier and more capable, if that's how you intend to do lighting. At this point in the digital game I really can't recommend buying into any other the alternative systems (Olympus, Pentax, or Sony/Minolta) for non-amateur use. In any case, I'll let… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 6:28 PM on August 29, 2007 marked best answer

Nikon goes full frame
first they create the DX line and seem to indicate that cropped is there to stay, now they go full frame. What should a serious film photographer who wants to go DSLR and already owns a bunch of excellent manual focus Nikon lenses do now?

Nikon guru Thom Hogan has a few things to say about Nikon's strategy. Specifically, Nikon is aiming to support both full-frame and crop-frame lineups (FX and DX respectively in Nikon parlance), just as Canon has… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 12:43 PM on August 29, 2007 marked best answer

the hardest thing i've ever done/to be so in love with you and so alone
You're not ready to be friends yet. Give yourself at least another 4.5 years apart first. After that period, if you were meant to be friends until then end, you'll have no problems picking up the friendship where you left off.

Closure will come from talking to him again for the first time as a new person years from now. Wait for it.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 12:20 PM on August 23, 2007 marked best answer

We need some simple mapping software!
Many newer MUD clients have various mapping/automapping features built-in. (For example, zMUD.) If you're not familiar with MUDs, they're text-based multiplayer RPG's that almost always feature NWSE/UD/etc room-based worlds. Your husband can probably find a freeware MUD client (such as an older version of zMUD, for instance) or a else cheap shareware one, load up its automapper offline (or else create a dummy MUD profile), and go to town "walking" around and creating his own maps.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 11:43 PM on August 22, 2007

How to get over my feelings about my ex's conduct?
You've already chosen to break it off and move on. Don't pick at the corpse of the last relationship and backslide emotionally (and that's exactly what you're doing by getting emotionally involved with her current activities).

Move forward. Because forward momentum is a necessary condition of growth. Become a better person. Change.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 11:39 PM on August 11, 2007

A replacement lens for a Canon 20D
What would be a good lens for my girlfriend to replace the EFS 18-55?

What does she prefer -- long reach or wide view? Extended zoom range or extended aperture range? (i.e. larger aperture lenses with the ability to shoot under less light.)

The longer lenses suggested here (Tamron 28-75, Canon 28-135 IS, etc) are really too long on the wide end to be an effective "all purpose" lens on a 1.6x crop body like the 20D.… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 1:36 AM on July 26, 2007

Little scary.
It wasn't so much a huge quake as that we were so damn close to the epicenter here in Berkeley.

As a native Californian taught to fear the Big One since elementary school, I'm always glad for pressure-relieving quakes like this.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 5:35 AM on July 20, 2007

Former GF, now friend, and now I wonder if she should be my wife . . .
ikkyu2 is 100% right -- court her and get it out of the way. It's tempting to lay out your Grand Exposition to her, but that will ultimately do more harm than good. If she's still interested after all you've said and done in the past, then your present explanations are immaterial. And if she needs to be "convinced", then that's not a good position to restart from anyway.

Mathematically speaking, being good friends after a breakup makes it 258.1% harder to move… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 10:00 PM on April 22, 2007

Which camera should I get?
I trust myself for the content but when it comes to clarity and low-light stuff, there's only so much I can do to correct on the Canon.

If the low-light stuff is important to you, then the Canon DSLR's still have about a stop or so (give or take a half, depending on who you ask) over comparable Nikon offerings. Be honest with yourself though; if you only shoot available light with fast primes occasionally, then the Nikon D200 is better since it's… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 6:14 PM on March 22, 2007 marked best answer

How many baby pics can you look at without vomiting?
What you want is something in the Fuji F-- series: F10/F11 (discontinued), F20 (budget), F30 (more controls), F31 (more controls plus face detection AF), or F40 (newest iteration of this series). Canon compacts are wonderful good-light cameras, but the Fuji F-- series is simply incomparable indoors (close to DSLR high-ISO quality, without the bulk or the expense). Some things to consider: virtually all compact cameras have slowish (roughly f/2.8 or worse) lenses, image stabilization does… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 8:14 PM on February 21, 2007

Physics filter
The short answer is, issues like correcting for many optical abberations on one end of the zoom lens also affects the other end of the range, and the problem is dramatically exacerbated with longer zoom lenses. Thus, on an interchangable-lens system you'll get the best optical performance by switching between lenses with the specific focal length(s) and apertures you need, rather than trying to use one permanent mega-zoom that attempts to do everything comparatively poorly. For more details,… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 3:12 PM on November 1, 2006 marked best answer

CameraFilter: Ever fix a broken retractable Powershot lens?
Assuming you liked your A520: if you're looking to take this opportunity to replace/upgrade it (which is very likely your only resort here), Amazon is selling the higher MP count PowerShot A530 for $136 right now.. Buying a retail replacement in Hawaii can be an expensive proposition.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 3:39 PM on October 5, 2006 marked best answer

Canon 17-40mm f/4 L
User Reviews for the 17-40 at Overwhelmingly positive.

It's a very popular lens on 1.6x cameras for a slew of reasons: great optics (on 1.6x crop bodies), extremely robust build, fast and foolproof AF, and also being one of the most reasonably priced L-series lens that Canon offers. Picking up this beauty is almost never an outright bad investment for anyone.

However, there are a few niggles with this lens… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 1:53 PM on September 29, 2006 marked best answer

Budget first-lens wide-angle options for a Canon 350D purchase?
The kit lens (18-55/3.5-5.6) is fairly usable stopped down to f/8 or so, but is downright bad wide-open (and it's not even fast there). IME, it's very much a sunny-day lens.

The old adage about lens goes "pick any two: fast, good, or cheap", and it's especially true with wides. Therefore, you're going to have to compromise make some compromises on one of those three factors. IMO, for fast (i.e. faster than f/2.0) crop-body primes, your… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 12:51 PM on September 12, 2006

Which digital camera should I buy?
Is there a better point and shoot camera out there for me? Am I just too picky now for one of these tiny pocket cameras?

No to the former, and yes to the latter. To get the results you want, you're going to carry more camera than you'd like to, and also work harder than you'd like to for the final picture. Or, you could accept what you're getting now.

You've listed as shortcomings so far:

* "I… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 7:09 AM on June 1, 2006
By the way, remember that point-and-shoots are all fundamentally very limited cameras. Typically, they "cheat" using tricks like slower lenses (and with the rise of digital, very tiny sensors) to keep their costs and sizes down, then try to compensate for their hardware limits by "guessing" what your needs are and trying to meet them with all sorts of preprogrammed modes that are designed to (sort of) make up for the camera's various shortcomings. When… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 7:39 AM on June 1, 2006
Here's what I don't understand. With a $200 point and shoot 35mm with autofocus, I was able to take sharp photos with good exposure most of the time. This was without playing with any manual controls.

Negative film is much more forgiving of exposure variation than digital sensors. Shooting digital is much closer to shooting slides, which requires a great deal more precision in exposure.

Not only that, but small digital… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 12:16 PM on June 1, 2006

Digtal Camera for low light?
Pick any from the Fuji F10/F11/F30 series.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 11:28 AM on May 9, 2006
The current Panasonics compacts all have IS, but contrary to the OP's criteria, the Panasonic sensors are the opposite of sensitive: noisy and react badly to underexposure. You'll have to nail your exposures and do some noise reduction afterwards to get good low-light photos using a Panasonic. It's doable, but it's not as much of a done deal at it looks on paper. My brother purchased one of the newer Panasonics at my recommendation and I love shooting with it whenever I get a chance to -- but… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 12:45 PM on May 9, 2006
The F11 was only released in Europe (and maybe Asia), and the F30 has been announced but has not been released yet (though some people claim to have handled or even own early units).

Be wary of high ISO's in digicams: many companies are now offering high ISO settings for their cameras that are basically unusable, unless you're going to resize your photos down to a small web jpg. Even the aforementioned Fujis don't degrade very gracefully above ISO 400/800 or so. For… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 2:23 PM on May 9, 2006
I use Canon DSLRs and fast primes, my favorite meetup lenses being the Canon 85/1.2 and Sigma 30/1.4. I used to shoot with a 20D, but have since downgraded to a DRebel XT for financial reasons. For shooting meetups, the body doesn't really matter very much.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 2:54 PM on May 9, 2006

Photographic effect
For the ultimate in bokeh, be prepared to shell out $6,000 for a Leica body and the Noctilux F1.0.

Actually, most Leicaphiles would say that the "ultimate in bokeh" is the 35mm Summicron 4th generation pre-ASPH, if by bokeh quality you mean smoothness in transition of tones (and not merely how shallow of DOF you can achieve with the lens). The Noctilux is infamous for its "swirly" bokeh due to its severe coma (a type of optical… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 6:51 PM on April 29, 2006

How to take lots of photos while abroad for a long trip
It may be cheaper to buy a photo vault (i.e. a portable photo storage device) rather than pricy "really big" flash memory cards. Alternatelly, if a few gigs is enough for you (i.e. you're not shooting in raw mode) and your camera takes CF type II, MicroDrives are your best bang for the buck in the memory department.

If you do try to transmit your photos online, bring a USB card reader (almost all are PnP compatible). Don't expect the Internet places abroad to… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 11:40 AM on April 29, 2006

Learning photography with the Nikon D50
I heartily recommend Thom Hogan's Complete Guide to the Nikon D50. It goes from very basic explanations of fundamental SLR concepts all the way to expert tips and tricks specific to maximizing the performance from your D50 under different situations. Thom's guides are considered the authorative Bibles for their respective cameras over in Nikonland; as a Canon shooter myself, I can tell you that it's our loss not to have a similar guru for on our side of the divide.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 2:31 PM on April 13, 2006

Keeping a kid on-task
Speaking as a MUD admin for nearly a decade now (and a MUD player for... oh god):

For kids (and many, many adults), the time spent MUDding can easily spiral out of control, and MUD dealers admins are sensitive to this issue. Also, MUD admins can easily freeze/deactivate characters or even temporarily ban players from connecting at all. In fact, it's all rather trivial. The hard part is to demonstrate that a) the player involved is a minor, and b) you're their guardian… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 10:21 PM on April 4, 2006

It's all about the benjamins (and ulysseses), baby.
I submit that, unless you're willing to let go of your biases about whether your customers have "legitimate reasons to pay for $20 with a $100 bill" and "more money than common sense", you're not going to be able to evaluate your options (including the suggestions offered here) in an effective and impartial manner.

That said, IMO posting signs about which denominations are accepted at a particular business establishment is a fair practice. Assuming… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 7:43 AM on April 4, 2006
Refusing to take a bill because its denomination is larger than your policy puts you in conflict with the Treasury.

Wikipedia: "legal tender"

It's a legal practice in the United States.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 9:24 AM on April 4, 2006
On the posting rules vs asking nicely for small bills issue: the existence of cranks and wags is why almost all signs read "no smoking" rather than "thank you for not smoking". I suppose which method is better depends on one's view of human nature.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 11:20 AM on April 4, 2006
Not here. In the U.S., the signs read 'No Smoking' because it's the law.

This is not a nation-wide standard. See also: Wikipedia: smoking bans and state tobacco laws. There are still many states where smoking at various establishments, especially bars, is still perfectly legal. Those who do want to run non-smoking establishments in those localities will post appropriate signage as they see fit, and the wording on these signs do… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 12:13 PM on April 4, 2006

Photograph Reproduction Methods
Is a magazine photograph a true photograph or is it really something else? Can a magazine illustration accurately portray what a photograph from a negative looks like?

"The negative is comparable to the composer's score and the print to its performance. Each performance differs in subtle ways." -Ansel Adams

There is no "true" print of any particular photo, just as there is no "true" performance… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 4:15 PM on April 2, 2006

Close-up shots of snakes on a plane.
I would advise against choosing a DSLR just because you are looking for a "better camera". Go the DSLR route only if you want to do things that DSLR's excel at: building a system of specialized lenses and learning when to use which one, using shallow DOF for specific uses (subject isolation in portraiture is a popular one), using advanced servo AF to track fast-moving subjects, full compatibility with external flash and lighting systems, etc.

Digicams are… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 6:46 AM on March 27, 2006
Should I opt for an "SLR-like" camera, such as the Panasonic FZ-30, or should I shell out for a digital SLR?

voidcontext: The FZ-30 that the OP listed as one possible option is a P&S, not a DSLR. And size is an issue here: "SLR-like" refers to a certain shape/form factor which varies quite considerably in size, some being modestly "digicam-sized" while others (such as the Samsung 815) being even larger than DSLR's.… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 8:29 AM on March 27, 2006

Digital SLR
I would go with the D50 since a) you expressed an interest in the D200 (possibly somewhere down the line) so you'll probably want to invest in Nikon to begin with; and b) it's currently better priced and featured than the DRebel XT, IMO. Nikon's 18-70 is a great medium zoom lens masquerading as a kit lens (avoid the D50's own kit lens, the 18-55), but if you care about available light photography at all, I'd go with the Sigma 30/1.4 instead for a very versatile 45mm equivalent FOV. The… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 1:59 PM on March 21, 2006

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