Talk About Camera Envy... police investigators

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  1. chrisburke

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    So my church got broken into last night.. long story short.. thousands of dollars in tech equipement, the thieves stole 6 bucks from a "world vision" jar, and 4 kool aid jammers..

    well i went over to the church to look around to see what was stolen, and started taking pictures for the OPP (ontario provincial police) with my D50, and my sb50 as well to make sure for best lighting... after speaking with the officer for an hour or so, and giving her my SD Card, who walks in... the evidence specialist... with a beautiful camera... Nikon D200, Nikon SB 900 and a AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200 f3.5-5.6.... i know there is better gear out there... it was just beautiful.. and they had 2 of them... it was so pretty.
     
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    Nikon is what the FBI uses and a lot of departments in the USA followed suit. Canon is also another big company in forensic photography. Both companies have developed specialized software and hardware to ensure that the photos are not tampered with or even retrieved by an unauthorized person.
     
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    That's cool.... I kinda thought that many of these agencies still relied on traditional negatives for better authenticity. Guess I was wrong...
     
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    Digital is very much the wave of the future in forensic science. Things like AFIS (Automated Fingerprint Identification System) are based on digital. The quality of digital with a good printer is as good as film when it comes to forensic work. Remember were not doing artsy stuff, just showing an accurate depection of the scene at the time of the photo.

    The biggest plus with digital for the average officer is being able to look at the LCD and see if they actually got the shot or not. There were lots of rolls of film that were useless in the film days because the person taking the photo screwed up somehow. Way out of focus, under exposed, over exposed. Sometimes grossly one way or the other.

    The final problem with film is cost. Fewer films being made, mass processing machines are harder and more expensive to come by and the chemicals are getting very expensive to buy. A 20TB server is a lot cheaper to buy and maintain.
     
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    I know it's cool to have the most expensive stuff, but if you read the reviews and listen to ....... Ken Rockwell, the SB-800 and 900 are a waste of money, unless you have a need for the excessive power and the extra features, which he says nobody uses.. Maybe I'd like to own one for the wow factor, but as for functionality, I have yet to have a bad exposure from my SB-600.
     
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    i totally agree... I have no need for an 800...it was just impressive.. my, with my piddly little sb 50.. seeing that i druled a little
     
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    the 18-200 ? For forensic work? Ewww.. that lens has horrible optics
     
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    Ken Rockwell's a joke.
     
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    Why would you say such a thing?
     
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    lol at this story XD
     
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    Ever read his articles?

    Like the SB600 vs. SB800 comparison I just finished reading. He's a hypocrite. He say's that the SB800 basically just has all these useless added features on it so Nikon can take your money and that no one should buy it and everyone should buy the SB600. Then he goes on to say that the SB800 is the only Nikon flash that has commander mode built in and is the only flash in Nikon's lineup that can control the other SB's.

    As far as I know, there's a lot of Nikon people that use multiple flashes and have to use the SB800/900 to control them because they don't have a Nikon camera with commander mode built in.

    Just like in one of his old old old articles he was saying that FF sensors were pointless and going the way of the dinosaur and now he's all about FF sensors and the quality you can get from them.
     
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    People can change their minds... Right?! Especially in one article.
    Are you trying to tell me that you expect people to maintain their position throughout the whole article..

    COME ON!!
    lol
     

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