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Reviews / Re: Pentax 645z Review
« on: Today at 09:42:22 PM »
Oh my, that is tempting.
I could budget that, not certain I'm worthy.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Fun Arias rant on APS-C vs. FF
« on: July 29, 2014, 12:32:16 AM »
So, he'll shoot his assignment with an APS-C camera, wonder if he would have shot a similar job back in the film days with a Pentax 110?

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Software & Accessories / Re: RRS or Markins?
« on: July 28, 2014, 08:56:13 PM »
..... I keep coming back to are the recommendations for Acratech. ......

Acratech don't however do custom L-plates,.....

Would the Acratech GP be a good choice, do you think? And if so, where would I best go for my L-plate? ....
Here's another Acratech recommendation.
I'm using an Ultimate GP Ballhead on a Gitzo GT2531LVL with a Really Right Stuff angle plate.
This Gitzo has a leveling post so I've no need for a leveling head feature.
I compared photos as that's what's possible on this internet thingy between Kirk and RRS angle plates, liked the look of the RRS a bit more than I liked the look of the Kirk.
 
10s on the 1 - 10 scale for Acratech and RRS.
One of these days I'ma rant on Gitzo though, grumble grumble, I did keep it though, actually, I kept the second even though it had the same issues as the first.
 
 

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Photography Technique / Re: Getting photos home from overseas
« on: July 26, 2014, 12:03:24 PM »
......... run on my Asus tablet.......
Does your ASUS have removable storage?

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Macro / Re: Mechanicals
« on: July 25, 2014, 04:21:22 PM »
....... hiding scratches is super hard, the light seems to catch them and really show up in photos.....
Some irony here. You want to hide the scratches, for me, the scratches often tell the story, without the scratches I don't get paid.............
 
 
 

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Macro / Re: Mechanicals
« on: July 25, 2014, 04:15:10 PM »
I have lots of mechanicals, mostly broken stuff. No art attempted, strictly visual verification of failures.

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Software & Accessories / Re: laptop for tethered shooting?
« on: July 25, 2014, 02:39:52 PM »
......

You can create symlinks with the 'mklink' command.

You can mount drives at folder mount points with the Disk Manager (right-click 'Computer'/'This PC' and then click Manage.)
Did you feel the breeze as you soared right over my head? You quite lost me.
No matter though, I appreciate and thank you for the effort.

Understanding what you've suggested above is on the list of things I'd like to know and understand but I don't think it's on the list I need to know.
My data is safe from an OS reinstall now, data being on it's own drive, I think that's the important (to me) part.

Let's get back to taking and viewing pretty pictures, I don't want to take any more of your time on this topic nor continue to continue dragging this thread off topic.

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Software & Accessories / Re: laptop for tethered shooting?
« on: July 25, 2014, 01:18:56 PM »
.......

There is another option for this as well. Windows has supported inline mount points, hard links and symbolic links for quite some time. You could just xcopy your entire user folder to another drive, log into another account (preferably administrator), then either mount that whole entire drive at C:\Users\YourUserName, or symlink it (basically point C:\Users\YourUserName to, say E:\). Then, it would be a simple matter of simply remounting your relinking your user profile any time you reinstalled the system. …..

…....Anyway...I guess I'm rambling...


You ramble just fine, no need to apologize.
 
Anyway, how does this other option you mention, inline mount points, hard links, symlinks get implemented, how does one go about accomplishing any of these options?
 
I'm good as far as getting my files on another partition or drive, been doing that for years.
After a fresh install, I use right click > properties on the desktop My Documents, then change it from default to my choice on another partition or drive. It sounds like you have other options or methods?
Or, am I already doing as you suggest without knowing the proper nomenclature, basically getting the job done without knowing the underlying mechanics of the thing?

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Lenses / Re: Ditching the Primes - Advice/Opinions Needed
« on: July 25, 2014, 02:52:21 AM »
I suggest you try an oh so inexpensive yet absolutely marvelous 40mm pancake.
Mount it up on the 6D, use no other lens for a few weeks, see if it meets your needs. It sure meets most of mine with a somewhat similar usage scenario.
If you don't like it, you're not out much, you can add it to your for sale stack o' primes when you switch to zooms.

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Software & Accessories / Re: laptop for tethered shooting?
« on: July 25, 2014, 12:50:06 AM »
Back to the OP's stated use case..........

….tethered shooting.....
….. I don't use the laptop for any image editing and doubt I will even install photoshop on the next one. .... I am using it for emails and as an electronic Polaroid.

….... works good for tethered shooting?......

…...... Will there be any major problems transferring Raw files from an external drive recorded via a Windows machine to the MacPro?.....

 
For this use case, a laptop is not needed, nor an M$ $urface device, a simple and inexpensive android tablet will do just fine, can actually excel at your stated purposes.
I linked to DSLR Controller in a post back on the 1st page of this thread, maybe you'd like to review.

Do make certain that your choice of android tablet supports the USB host protocol which most do.
Also, avoid KitKat which is android versions 4.4 and later. With KitKat, only O.E. installed apps can write to removable SD cards, many (or most) apps installed from Google Play can only write to internal storage or USB host connected storage.
 
For file transfer, choose a tablet with removable storage, transfer to your MacPro with a card reader. As an example, my ASUS tablet takes microSD cards up to 32GB, if that's insufficient short term storage, another 32GB card can be had for around $40.
 
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Regarding $urface, it does sound like almost a perfect portable device for a Windows user.
My only issue with it is that it is glued together so thoroughly it may as well be a monolithic block of plastic, no internal tinkering, modifications or upgrades are possible. If I wanted a monolithic computing device, I think I know where to find Apple products, they do still run Boot Camp don't they?
 
@jrista,
I'm indeed intrigued by your Windows 8 observations and comments, you may have just convinced me to add yet another internal SSD to my workstation just to dual boot.
As far as Windows' interfaces go, even Windows 7 I dislike a lot, had to install Classic Shell to make it tolerable. I never even liked the XP interface, every time I used search I longed for Windows 2000. I though the interface on 2K was just perfect, too bad that version fell so far behind in so many ways.
 

 

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Good video work, but I prefer Jeff Cable's work with the Phantom drone:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pKcDVjb2_w

He will be doing a B&H presentation next month on flying the Phantom.
There's a tough call to make.
I'm seriously a Jeff Cable fan, love his work ethic, his work and his presentations.
San Francisco is far and away my most favoritest city.
And, yup, I too like the youtube vid you've posted, I especially like the segment rising from behind trees on Angel Island to reveal the Oakland-Bay Bridge.
 
But I'd 100% rather be up in and shooting from a real helicopter over S.F. than shooting R.C. model footage.

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Photography Technique / Re: Black & White
« on: July 23, 2014, 05:21:32 AM »
Shoot RAW + .jpg in monochrome and you'll have both.

Your on camera review and the .jpgs will be monochrome reflecting both the software engineers' intent as well as your own.

The RAW files will have full color information so that you can tweak in post to exactly suit your tastes and artistic vision.


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Software & Accessories / Re: Help..
« on: July 23, 2014, 02:09:48 AM »
After clicking the .dmg it creates a drive.....

Creates a drive? Must be a MAC thing, ignore my incredulity.


…...It's on the card, in the right spot(root)...

Is the IT that's in the right spot (root) of the card 7D000205.FIR ?

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Software & Accessories / Re: Help..
« on: July 23, 2014, 12:52:06 AM »
@mkeschinger.

Double checking, the file you copied to the root of your freshly formatted CF card, it should be named
7D000205.FIR
 
The Mac download file is named eos7d-v205-mac.dmg, the Windows version is eos7d-v205-win.zip.

Both eos7d-v205-mac.dmg and eos7d-v205-win.zip are compressed files for each platform that must be uncompressed to find the 7D000205.FIR file inside.

The eos7d-v205-mac.dmg file should self extract it's contents, the 7D000205.FIR that the camera needs is a couple levels deep.
I don't use anything Apple, I'm in the “Friends don’t let friends use Apple” camp, so I cannot offer specifics as to how to get to the needed 7D000205.FIR file, but on Windows 7 using 7zip (7zip is an open source Windows file compression and decompression program) I was able to open and find the 7D000205.FIR file inside both the downloaded eos7d-v205-mac.dmg and eos7d-v205-win.zip files.

I imagine that you just double click on the eos7d-v205-mac.dmg file, hopefully you are offered options as to exactly where the eos7d-v205-mac.dmg file should be decompressed so that you can easily find and copy the needed 7D000205.FIR file, then paste it to the root of the CF card.
If, after double clicking eos7d-v205-mac.dmg you cannot easily find the 7D000205.FIR file, there must be a find or search function in Apple's Finder, use that to find 7D000205.FIR, copy, paste and reboot the camera, follow the rest of the instructions.
 
The 7D000205.FIR file IS the firmware update file. Neither Mac nor Windows has any idea what to do with the .FIR file extension, they need only to be able to copy or move that .FIR file to the root of your CF card where your 7D does indeed know exactly what to do with that file.
 
edit.....
Do not simply rename the eos7d-v205-mac.dmg to 7D000205.FIR, that should not work at all.
 

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....make sure my planes are all parallel, kill all ambient light, shoot at about f/8 with mirror lockup, either live view or shoot tethered to fine tune focus......

To square your tripod mounted camera to the viewing surface, lay a mirror flat on that viewing surface. When the center focus point in the viewfinder is centered in the reflection of the lens, you're squared up.
With some lenses, you'll be able to see a refection of your own eye out through the finder, prism and camera's mirror to the viewing surface mirror and back again when all is squared.
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The petapixel page that Don Haines linked mentions setting a custom white balance, yes indeed, do that.
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I've not tried the rest of those petapixel techniques but they all sound great. I especially like the one about focusing on the film's grain though I'm unclear why each subsequent shot would need to be re-focused.
When I last DSLR'd film, I had no live view, no tethering, no extension tubes, a marginal PC. Your posting here inspires me to give it another go.
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If you stitch multiple frames together, another free stitching program is Microsoft's ICE, very easy to use, can take .cr2s, output tiffs and several other easily configured options.

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