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EOS Bodies / Re: POLL: How many mp do you want anyway?
« on: January 31, 2015, 09:25:07 AM »
I would not mind something more than what my 5D3 already has, but Lightroom is already slow enough when messing with the raw files.

What can be done to speed up the file manipulation process?  I already know my desktop is more powerful than what 95% of the world has.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Two monitors vs ultra-wide one?
« on: January 02, 2015, 07:41:04 PM »
I am personally ticked off the 2560x1600 size has gone away.  Love my Dell 3007 to death.

My 2nd monitor is a cheap 28" Dell 4K that fails to impress me for much of anything. I believe that 4K only works on larger screen sizes.  Scaling issues make me wish I had another 3007...

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Technical Support / Re: Question for 4k monitor users?
« on: December 23, 2014, 08:44:28 PM »
I just also noticed another thing.  There is a lot of wasted space around the photo in my normal single viewing mode.

This is without scaling applied...

With a Y-Y view things are better, but just something to think about.  Going with an even higher ratio monitor will make it worse.


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Technical Support / Re: Question for 4k monitor users?
« on: December 23, 2014, 08:23:53 PM »
So I picked up a cheap Dell P2815Q (28" 3840x2160) during the holiday bonanza.  For photos the color gamut is crap, but I expected that and I only wanted it for the real estate in my engineering job.  My primary monitor is a Dell 3007WFP (30" 2560x1600).

So some conclusions I have come to....

28" is too small for "native" 4K.  I am 46 years old and text on the 4K is just too small in its natural format.  I believe that a 4K monitor needs to be at least 32" to be useful as is.  The one you are looking at is even wider than mine so I am not sure that 31" is enough to avoid scaling.

With the extra pixels things do change in Lightroom.  When you go to magnify a picture it does not zoom in like it did before.  If I kick up the text scaling in Win 8.1 to 125-150% the menu text becomes usable and the picture zooming "behaves" like it does on my 30" monitor.  I am not sure why LR invokes scaling on all aspects.  Is this a desirable feature or not?  I am not sure...  Maybe LR needs adjustable magnification to compensate for the monitor resolution you are using.

Is the extra real estate nice?  Hell yes, if you can actually use it.  I am finding that with the scaling I need to make things readable I might as well have gone with another 2560x1600 screen.

My recommendation is to wait for larger 4K screens to appear.  Having a crazy tiny pixel pitch is not all its cracked up to be.

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
« on: November 15, 2014, 10:42:01 AM »
It seems hard to get a bad shot with this lens...

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Bears in the Wild
« on: September 18, 2014, 09:47:10 PM »
Couple of black bears in Waterton 5 weeks ago...they are like stray dogs running around there.

Taken with a SL1 and 70-200 f/4 non IS


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Lenses / Re: Which lens to take on bike trip?
« on: August 29, 2014, 11:31:57 AM »
Ditch everything listed previously.  Pick up a SL1 and the new EF-S 10-18.  Then add the 70-200 f/4.  I use this trio while hiking Glacier National Park and loved it to death.

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Site Information / Re: NEW ___ Sell Your Gear - Beta Test
« on: August 19, 2014, 07:36:22 PM »
I actually have several lenses I want to sell...please add me to this test.

I love this idea...I feel people on this forum understand how a lens actually works and will not cut off communications when told there is actually a speck or two of dust in a pumper :-)

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EOS-M / Re: Difficulty attaching lenses to my new EOS-M
« on: July 26, 2014, 01:32:11 PM »
I wish my 5D3 mounted its lenses as tightly as my M.  I was shocked the first time I mounted the 22/2 and *loved* the precision feel.

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Lenses / Re: Buying a used lens from Adorama
« on: July 23, 2014, 11:06:07 PM »
I have bought many refurb lenses from Adorama and have never been let down:  50 f/1.4, 85 f/1.8, 24-105 f/4, 135 f/2, 70-200 f/4.

The last 3 in the list showed up *brand new* with warranty cards and all accessories.  I am not sure why they did that, but I have not bothered to ask :-)  And even the true refurbs looked and performed as new.

Adorama has a buyer for life in me...


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Sports / Re: F1 Photography Advice
« on: November 19, 2013, 10:14:17 PM »
Guess I can throw in my own $0.02 worth...  I am an engineer by trade and I still don't get why soooo many people around the world LOVE F1.  I appreciate and love the tech, but I have to think that 99% of the world does not.

Once Vettel took pole position it might as well have been over.  He easily led the race and even set fast lap right at the end, as if to say he could have won it by more.  I personally found the practice laps more exciting than the actual race.

For me, taking pictures at multiple corners actually helped make the race more interesting.  Sitting at one spot waiting for the long train of cars just got old.  They all did the same thing and drove by.  I think I got a better sense of the driving by watching how they setup for the different corners.

In the end the weekend itself was fun.  Austin is a GREAT town to hang out in and check out the scene.  The track is immense and offers a lot of visual activities.  But the actual race?  Maybe I just don't get it...

But I don't feel like I lost anything by taking pictures...

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Sports / Re: F1 Photography Advice
« on: November 19, 2013, 10:56:18 AM »
Just finished processing my COTA F1 pics from the weekend.  We went all 3 days scoping the place out.  Our plan was to camp out at turn 11 thinking a lot of cars would overcook their brakes/tires and get some good action in the turn.  We saw some doing it in practice, but on game day nobody slid off!

At the start of the race I was at the hill edge sharing space with a lot of big lenses.  Everything I shot was with a 5D3 and a rented 400 f/5.6  Turned out to be a great combo and I can highly recommend it.  So I took a few frames and then went to join the family on the hill.  Bad idea...  The heat and lack of breeze down there, combined with the crowd just made it...boring.  So me and the woman ended up packing our stuff and walking around to turns 9 and 10.  The race is truly different at every turn and if I go back next year I will just walk as many of the corners as I can in the 2 hours.

The worst part of the weekend was the heat and harsh sun.  There were a lot of sick looking euros out there about to pass out.  Good thing I am a native Texan.  I am not a pro but spent some time trying to get rid of the washed out look of the raw photos.


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Sports / Re: F1 Photography Advice
« on: November 12, 2013, 09:43:09 AM »
I will be going to Austin this weekend for the F1 race.  I have been to the track before to watch the ALMS series.  I had a 5D3 and a 70-200 f/2.8, non IS.  I ended up cropping like crazy...

Now I have a 70-200 f/2.8 IS II and am renting a 400 f/5.6...  I hope that combo gives me some better results.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Anyone still using their 450d?
« on: November 10, 2013, 08:01:19 PM »
For an old SLR I still wish I had my old XTi.  Even more simple and actually great image quality under iso 800.  And I just loved the shutter quality.  It was quiet and muted, yet very solid feeling.  I eventually worked up to a T2i which I still keep to this day.  I let the kids take it with them to granny's house with a 50 1.4

It just does not seem worth it to sell for a couple hundred bucks...

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Any deals coming for 70-200 IS II?
« on: October 29, 2013, 02:51:56 PM »


You can always go refurb + coupon code at the Canon store:
http://www.canonpricewatch.com/blog/2013/10/canon-refurbished-sale-20-off-lenses-bodies-including-6d/

$1599 for a 70-200 F/2.8L IS II...

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If it ever comes back on the site...I ordered one the other day when it was $1999 - $300 coupon.  They lasted for literally 5 minutes and have been out of stock ever since.  I had just put in a price watch notify and got an e-mail like 2 minutes later.  I was in a state of panic trying to find my credit card...

But I am very excited to finally have this lens coming, even if it was not quite as good of a deal.

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