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EOS Bodies / Re: Global Shutter Coming to Canon DSLRs? [CR1]
« on: January 23, 2015, 10:17:34 AM »
I'd like to hear why people want a very fast sync speed.  I know quite a lot about this topic and can see direct applications for sync speeds up to about 1/1000th, but at that point applications get a lot more limited.

Up to 1/1000 would be incredible. Hell, a 1/500 for full frame would be pretty damn fantastic.  I think people are just commenting on the idea of no sync speed, but they're getting excited about faster sync speed...  any improvement is a good one.  It's something you don't see with all these new cameras, for some reason. 

A lot is happening between 1/160 (real world max sync of 6D) and 1/500; long lenses can be problematic at that slow a speed, normal movement and certainly sports can blur, etc.  Having that flexibility would have a big impact on my photography, and I'm sure many others.

Obviously you're going to run into limitations, well before 1/1000.  I find (unscientifically), my flashes at full power seem to be somewhere around 1/200 - 1/300 range.  So there's limits of what you could do.  Many flashes might be down to 1/4 power by 1/1000...  but it's still better than HSS.

EOS Bodies / Re: Global Shutter Coming to Canon DSLRs? [CR1]
« on: January 22, 2015, 11:56:55 AM »
Would this allow to sync flash at any shutter speed if we have a flash trigger that is quick enough?

First thing that went through my mind as well.  I couldn't care less about 30 fps, but no max sync speed sounds awesome.

Post Processing / Re: Choose a Monitor?
« on: January 21, 2015, 10:27:11 AM »
27'' is fine if you have the room, but it doesn't give you any better res - in fact lower - than the 24".

I saw that as a plus, at the moment, given all the complaints about scaling and how small the fonts and icons are in Photoshop and Lightroom on a UHD monitor.  I don't have CC, so I don't have that experimental 200% font feature that they added.

Software & Accessories / Re: What monitor????
« on: January 20, 2015, 06:02:36 PM »
How is the user experience with the UHD displays?  As far as lag and refresh rate.  I read some articles last year that a lot of computers would choke on all the data, needing special cords, GPU, etc.  Didn't know if that's still applicable or if things have changed.

I've got a pretty good desktop at home (Haswell 4770k, 16gb, SSD, etc), no GPU but I'd get one.  I just want to make sure that I can still quickly sort through photos in LR and quickly kick them to PS.  The higher resolution just isn't worth it if it slows me down.

Any of you have the P2715Q?

Post Processing / Re: Choose a Monitor?
« on: January 20, 2015, 04:22:07 PM »
If you're willing to go up to say, $700, you could get that in a 27".  Dell P2715q.

Some people shun Dell, and go toward Eizo or NEC or whatnot.  But that's out of your budget.  Dell makes a decent middle of the road (but still far better than standard) monitor, in my opinion.

Been doing some shopping myself lately. Just noticed the P2715Q is on sell for $524.99, so I jumped on it yesterday.

Wait, where?

Edit - nevermind.  Wow, straight from Dell, who would have guessed.  A good $100 cheaper than online retailers.

Post Processing / Re: Choose a Monitor?
« on: January 20, 2015, 04:21:49 PM »
I've not a clue what a monitor costs that will do a good job on images ... I have an idea what monitors cost, but that doesn't help me. Generally, as soon as an OP asks a Q like this - the first of many replies say:  "What's your budget" ... so, I guessed at mid-range monitors, wondering if a monitor cost matters much - Why buy a $10K monitor if I don't need it, but yes, buy one if that's what it takes.  That's my dilemma - and why I asked guys that know the technology better than me.   I'm not, nor will I ever be, a 'cheapie' when it come to my gear or satisfying my clients.   

My question is always, "What will do the job well, not how cheap can I do it."  Sorry if that wasn't clear to some of you.

I really wasn't intending to criticize you on it, just pointing out a common line of thinking.  I've followed the same, up till now, and am in the same boat as you.  In my opinion the Dell UHD line is a nice midpoint between the high end, and the cheap standards.  Many disagree.

In my opinion IPS is worth it.  And it's probably worth it for most anyone who values things like full frame sensors and good glass. 

Resolution is a personal choice.  I've never had a UHD, but I'd like to give it a try.  Just make sure you've read up a bit on the requirements for 4k; make sure your computer can support it.  And you can deal with possible scaling issues.

Other than that is just choosing size and brand.  Again, some may hate Dell, but I think they make a decent product (so long as you're not getting the low line stuff they sell).   Based on your size needs, I'd recommend the 27" Dell, if you're ok with UHD.

Post Processing / Re: Choose a Monitor?
« on: January 20, 2015, 01:37:28 PM »
Shoot with a 7D2 and a 5DM3 w/ all "L" zoom lenses ... if that matters ?

It doesn't matter as far as you're editing is concerned.  But I will point out that you have over $5000 worth of camera - two of the best that Canon makes, and who knows how much in L lenses.  Maybe you should give yourself a bit more leeway in budget for a monitor?

If you're happy with 24" you can get a good monitor.  Not upper end, but not basic level either.  IPS for good color and consistent viewing angle.  Ultra HD display, so even though it's only 24" you can pack a lot more on the screen.  Have a look at the Dell P2415Q, you can find it for $500 if you look.

If you're willing to go up to say, $700, you could get that in a 27".  Dell P2715q.

Some people shun Dell, and go toward Eizo or NEC or whatnot.  But that's out of your budget.  Dell makes a decent middle of the road (but still far better than standard) monitor, in my opinion.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Body + lens for design office
« on: January 20, 2015, 12:52:11 PM »
I don't see why you'd get anything above a Rebel; it'll work find for your use.  If you're using in the studio with lights, for static subjects, there's not going to be much difference with higher end lines.  Even the lack of AFMA, isn't going to matter much for product shots.  Portraits?  Maybe, but I'm guessing we're not talking high end portraits here.

I don't know if one lens will do it all.  You say wider than 50, but for product shots?  You're really going to want a macro lens.  I prefer working with a 100mm, but the 60mm macro is a good choice if you're concerned about your working space.  You could also shoot portraits with it.  Then use the 17-55 kit lens if you really need wide.  You can stop down and it'll be just fine.  If you end up wanting wide and wide aperture you'll have to get a wide prime or step up to an expensive lens.

Get a couple of Yonguo 560 III (or IV).  They're $70 and have a RF receiver built in.  Then get either an RF-602 or RF-603 transmitter.  Best thing going for non-eTTL use.

I would recommend shooting on a tripod indoors/studio.

Lighting / Re: On Camera Flash Diffusers For Fill
« on: January 19, 2015, 05:06:04 PM »
I tried the foam thingy at home just to give it a go, and it seems to have worked fine.  But any time I've done it while actually out shooting I've grabbed any old piece of whitish paper and wrapped it around my flash (I keep hair ties on all my flashes).  Worked as good as a foam thingy.

I don't shoot on-camera flash enough to drag around yet another piece of gear, and it's usually not hard to find a white piece of paper

Post Processing / Re: simple before and after architecture photo
« on: January 19, 2015, 01:05:14 PM »
Only am I think the perspective correction is exaggerated? When I see pictures of buildings, seen from below, I hope the top look more narrow, the way my eyes see.

If the top seems wider, it is unpleasant to my eyes.

It takes getting used to, but eventually not having straight verticals bothers you more than the exaggerated look.  If you work in the architectural/Real Estate world, you get used to it, as it's just how it's done.

EOS Bodies / Re: NEW CAMERA - EOS 80D?
« on: January 15, 2015, 04:06:26 PM »
I love going back and reading comments in threads like these after the truth has been revealed.

Software & Accessories / Re: Photo Editing Laptop Recommendations
« on: January 14, 2015, 01:58:28 PM »
I recently purchased a Lenovo Thinkpad W540, i7-4700MQ, 16 GB RAM, 1 TB drive, with a 15.5" IPS 2880x1620 non-glare display.  Also came with a built-in xRite color sensor.  The display and sensor was a big selling point for me and it works great.

I have had issues with the Intel 7260 single-band wifi card.  Might want to try a different one.

Be careful.  Do some research first.  If it's not a Lenovo approved card, the BIOS will not allow it to work.  Your best best is to get it replaced under warranty first or switch to a different WiFi module that Lenovo sells for that laptop.

For a WiFi card?  Interesting.  I didn't realize that laptop manufacturers put that kind of control on upgrades.  I assume they do this to force you to buy their recommended parts instead of cheaper ones?

Software & Accessories / Re: Photo Editing Laptop Recommendations
« on: January 13, 2015, 04:55:37 PM »
Thanks for the replies.

Regarding Apple vs. Windows PC, I am open to looking at a Mac, just don't have any experience with them.  Would I need to purchase new copies of my software (MS Office, LR5, PSE13)?

I'm less inclined to purchase a desktop, even though I know you can get more computer for the money.  I travel often for business and don't spend much time at home.

All I had to do was call support and they gave me a link to download a mac version from adobe . It was a 45min  fight with Microsoft but they gave it to me. I just wish I would have changed 10 years earlier.
May not be that easy now, that was several years ago. Good luck

I don't know if Adobe still allows a platform swap now that they moved to the cloud.  But they might.

As far as switching to Mac - why?  If you love the OS, then by all means.  But otherwise, why move to a new platform you're unfamiliar with, that will also cost more for the equipment.  Photoshop, Lightroom and anything else are going to perform the same, regardless of the OS.

Software & Accessories / Re: Photo Editing Laptop Recommendations
« on: January 13, 2015, 12:02:55 PM »
The laptop computer I use for most of my photo editing is nearing the end of its useful life.  It's over 5-years old now and starting to act erratically.  I recently reformatted the hard drive and re installed everything and its working better, but I am planning to replace it this year.

I'm looking for recommendations, my budget is roughly $3K.  I only have experience with Windows PC's, so I will probably be looking in that direction instead of a Mac.

Does it have to be a laptop?  For that budget you could have a top of the line desktop and IPS monitor.  You could do it for much less too, if you'd like

I just got my kid an office-grade desktop (SSD, i7, 32GB RAM) and Windows 8.1 takes a LOT of getting used to; it's frustrating because I can set up a Win7 box so an XP user can find everything in 20 minutes.

Agreed, but the key word there is office grade.  Windows still dominates the work place, and will most likely continue to do so.  So unless Microsoft gives up on the new interface style, or decides to maintain two styles, one for personal/tablets and one for professional use, you're going to have to learn it sooner or later.

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