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Why Go Sony Mirrorless?

This video speech makes you think. Main reason not to move away from Canon yet is the number of lenses suitable for the Alpha 6100 and Alpha 7 series.

Canon 5D Mark II review

This is an old review and I would have loved if I had seen it and grasped it when I moved from an APC Canon (30D) to a fullframe D5 Mark II Camera, as the Auto Focus of the D5 Mark II is poor, really poor. Especially now I’ve changed the Mark II for a Mark III.

I’ve already said, but it bears repeating, that the AF cluster is probably the biggest adjustment a shooter switching from one of Canon’s APS-C-sized digital SLRs will have to make. I think a lot more such people will and ought to make this move, but I think the caution is important. You’ll have to adjust the way you shoot. It really is quite something to have a camera’s AF system covering most of your frame. Even though I generally shoot with the center point, when shooting candids I will sometimes lean on Mulit-point AF systems to just make the best guess for me. Guesses were pretty reliable with the APS-C designs, but with a full-frame sensor, you not only have more to consider in the frame overall, the existing sensors, especially the center point, cover a far smaller percentage of the subject per point.

Add that the 5D Mark II’s extremely high resolution full-frame sensor demands more from these lenses than ever before, and you start to see why getting focus right is so critical. The very narrow depth of field offered when shooting a closeup portrait indoors means that getting the eye instead of the eyebrow in focus will make or break a picture. I’m very grateful for the 5D Mark II’s AF Microadjustment feature, because I was able to dial in several lenses before a recent shoot to ensure that my shots were indeed spot on, because I had a bad experience with the original 5D at times, especially when shooting portraits.

Spot-on. I was pleasantly surprised that though the depth of field in this shot was very narrow, it’s right on his eye.

My first shot with the 5D Mark II illustrates the point nicely. It’s not particularly noteworthy as a photograph, but I like it all the same. Click (twice) to see the full-size version, and you’ll see that my son’s eye is the only sharp point of focus on his face, as well as the halo of his hair right within the same plane. It’s a good illustration of the problem one has when shooting wide open with any prime lens, as well as the main reason one chooses to shoot with a prime lens. The color balance is very cold on this image, but that was accurate for the light, so it’s hard to fault the camera.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II Camera – Full Review.

To VPS or Not to VPS?

Hosting logos

Introduction

The above image I compiled from ad banners that started showing on Google advertizing on Chair Blog as soon as I started searching the web for vps hosting alternatives to VPS.net.

I’m forced to spend too much time dipping into hosting details. In addition I’ve a feeling hosting country is a Wild West and cutthroat business. As a single person it is far from easy to find your way.

In writing about my own experience I Try to keep focus on reasonably non tech and afordable

Hosting overviews

Can be helpful in finding your way.

Dutch hosting Companies

Given the fact that I’m located in The Netherlands and preferably want to be hosted in The Netherlands Webhosters.nl gives a handy overview of Dutch Hosting companies. From their listing come the following VPS hosting candidates with reasonable reviews and support outside business hours:

Lowend Box gives an idea how to configure a WordPress dedicated low end VPS server solution.

Disabling all DNS daemons (use vps.net dns) , disabling mail daemons (use gmail), turning off local log processing (use getclicky/google analytics/etc), turning off spamassassin, etc – it might be a worthwhile post since everyone seems to have the idea that cPanel is simply a resource hog.

LiteSpeed is a server that is lighter than an Apache server.
Admin panels for your VPS
Solus VM is a VPS management panel

Nginx is another lighter than Apache server.

ISPmanager

Gabriel Koen gave some interesting pointers for High traffic sites they put on Amazon S3.

  1. Speed Up WordPress – Ultimate Guide to make Sites Super Fast
  2. 38 Ways to optimize and speed your WordPress Blog
  3. It would have saved me tons of time if I had known this little trick on beforehand: Host Images in Subdomain

https://hub.turnkeylinux.org/pricing/

cPanel can be tweaked to the point of using very little resources. Afterall, unless someone is using the cPanel interface, or processing logs, etc, what is cPanel doing? There’s a lot of myths about cPanel uising a lot of resources, with some simple tweakage.

Disabling all DNS daemons (use vps.net dns) , disabling mail daemons (use gmail), turning off local log processing (use getclicky/google analytics/etc), turning off spamassassin, etc – it might be a worthwhile post since everyone seems to have the idea that cPanel is simply a resource hog.

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