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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Laptop Editing - Best Setup
« on: August 15, 2014, 10:38:29 AM »

I would not get a high end gaming laptop for photo editing, since a lot of your money will go towards a nice video card for gaming, which is not all that relevant for photo editing.  My laptop has the Intel video card AND an Nvidia card, and even using Photoshop 6 with 36 GB RAW files, the graphic card doesn't even kick in (Nvidia Optimus function).

Optimus doesn't change/switch automatically between your onboard and nvidia gpu. You have to manually set an dedicated GPU for each application (e.g. Photoshop) in nvidia control panel.

Not all programs works flawless with the 'auto select' feature. So your quote above doesn't make any sense. Select manually your nvidia GPU and you will see that things do speed up.

MxM

Very cool idea.  I'd not thought of doing that.  Thanks!

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24 1.4?

Dangit.  I was looking forward to an 85 1.4 Art this Fall.

The 24-70 f2 possibility is very cool, however.  Might drown my sorrows then look forward to that beast!

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Laptop Editing - Best Setup
« on: August 13, 2014, 06:28:58 PM »
Hi everyone!  With my crazy schedule, I typically purchase a very high-end laptop and edit using it (since I've gotta be mobile).  My current model is a powerful ASUS which is in their Republic of Gamers lineup.  I've forgotten the actual #, but it's only 1 year old as of now.  I have had no problems with the ability to handle my editing needs, and the monitor (sometimes bashed as the weak point of Asus and their laptop lineup) has been good for me once I purchased/used the Spyder Pro 4.

Here's my question:  I'm getting a new laptop soon, but the specs I'm looking at are the high-end gaming ones.  I guess my question is this:  Is it overkill?  Should I be looking at a particular linup of laptops which someone here's had good success with?  I like having the newest stuff, but I don't wanna buy a gaming system which I'll never game on. 

Oh, and Photography only.  No video, or plans to go that direction.

Any thoughts?  Thanks in advance.

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I need to say this, with Peace & Love:

Please, Sigma, I need your 85 1.4 Art.  The 24 prime is useless to me.  Peace & Love, Peace & Love!  The 85 needs to be your next lens.

If you send us a 24, it will be tossed.  I'm saying this with Peace & Love.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 85 1.8 to replace 50 1.4?
« on: August 11, 2014, 01:57:28 PM »
The two lenses I use the most in my bag are my Sigma 35 1.4 Art and my 135 f/2L (which is flat-out awesome).  I'm gearing up to get the Sigma 85 1.4 Art when it comes out (if the buzz delivers) because I've been doing lots of Brenizer method photos lately, and the 135 works, but is just a little long.  I understand the 85 is ideal for that method.

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Lenses / Re: Brenizer Method Photos/Tips
« on: July 26, 2014, 03:54:04 PM »
Hi everyone, I've only recently begun shooting with this method, and I'm totally LOVING the results I'm getting!

I'm wondering, however:  I shoot using my 135L on a 5DM3.  Does anyone here use the 85mm?  I've noticed that with the 135, I'm shooting probably more photos than I need to, but that's because I'm scared I'm going to miss an area (those of you who shoot these photos know what I'm referring to). 

Should I get an 85L just for this type of shot?  I actually don't have one, but I'd love to have one.  Maybe this is the catalyst to push me into that camp.

I've also tried it with my 70-200mm 2.8L m2 at approximately 85mm, but I'm more nervous because of the zoom ring.

Thoughts?  Also, if you have good Brenizer Method photos, please share!

One of the things Brenizer suggests is making sure you have the entire primary subject in one of the shots. This prevents any stitching issues within the main subject. It is very difficult to achieve that with the 135mm. So yes, I think an 85mm FL is necessary. You might be able to make do with a 50/1.2 or even better, the Sigma 85/1.4.
I am waiting for Canon to come up with the 85/1.4 USM (day-dreaming...)

I'm with you there.  I've noticed that it's tough to NOT include the subject in the follow-up shots when using the 135L.  That's the primary reason I'm getting that 85.

One of the reasons I'm holding off slightly is to see what Sigma comes out with.  Their new 50 and 35 are awesome (I use both and love them deeply), so I'm kinda holding out for their rumored 85 1.4 Art.

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Lenses / Brenizer Method Photos/Tips
« on: July 26, 2014, 02:23:15 PM »
Hi everyone, I've only recently begun shooting with this method, and I'm totally LOVING the results I'm getting!

I'm wondering, however:  I shoot using my 135L on a 5DM3.  Does anyone here use the 85mm?  I've noticed that with the 135, I'm shooting probably more photos than I need to, but that's because I'm scared I'm going to miss an area (those of you who shoot these photos know what I'm referring to). 

Should I get an 85L just for this type of shot?  I actually don't have one, but I'd love to have one.  Maybe this is the catalyst to push me into that camp.

I've also tried it with my 70-200mm 2.8L m2 at approximately 85mm, but I'm more nervous because of the zoom ring.

Thoughts?  Also, if you have good Brenizer Method photos, please share!

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Lenses / Re: Sigma 35mm f/1.4 ART questions
« on: July 16, 2014, 03:35:16 PM »
To sum up, it seems like Sigma is much less reliable than canon here. 35L has been tested for more than 10 years and the only real problem is CA when wide open, though it's not often seen. The AF is more stable on canon's side.

Seems like I'd better remove CA when retouch a pic... yeah, 35L is my choice, for sure.

Have we been reading the same thread posts?  I'm gathering it's actually trending towards Sigma.  At best for Canon, it's 50/50.

I've used both on my 5DM3, and there's no comparison - I love my Sigma. 

I guess that's harsh...Canon is good, but Sigma is great.

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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 135mm f/2L
« on: July 15, 2014, 03:00:23 PM »
easily my favorite prime.

I'm stoked to see what Sigma comes up with in this range!  What's next for them in their ART line, the 85mm?  That would be cool, too...

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I've been wanting to upgrade my camera body for about two years now... I'm still shooting with my old-ass XTi (yeah, yeah, I know) but it's not been a huge deal since I don't try to make any money off my photography. It's just a hobby, although I do shoot events and stuff for my family and friends sometimes (for no charge, just for fun).

Anyway, so I was all set to buy the 70D but then I read the last few posts on this site about the 7D replacement coming soon and I'm wondering if I should wait and see what that will have. My budget is $1,200, and while I'd like to have a new camera for the summer I really don't *need* one until early fall when I'm taking a big trip.

I know nobody here is a soothsayer, but I am really wrestling with what to do. Do I go ahead and get the 70D? At $1,000 it's well within my budget. Or do I wait until August (if that's when they're expected to announce) and see what the 7D replacement will have?

My concern with waiting is that it will be more than what I want to spend, and unless it's just really super awesome and way better than the 70D I can't see myself going above my budget. So I will have spent three months without a 70D just to go ahead and get the 70D anyway. But I'm also concerned that if they announce in August, it might not come out until later in the fall—after the trip I am really wanting a new camera for.

My concern with buying a 70D now is that the 7D replacement will be announced and it might be within, or around, my budget, and I'll regret getting the 70D instead of waiting for a presumably better camera. Or do people have an idea of what the replacement would likely sell for?

I saw the 6D (FF) with a 24-105 f4 lens for 1899 posted today.  If I were you, I'd consider grabbing that 6D and selling that lens (unless you don't have it) to just about get to your 1200 target.  I'd take that 6D over the 7DM2 any day.  Once you go FF, you'll never go back.  =)

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Lenses / Re: Waiting for the 35 1.4L II
« on: May 30, 2014, 01:28:51 AM »
I had a poor copy of the 35 Art, but I know now they are not all like that, and calibrated with the docking they are very good.

I bought the 50 Art and I had also dismissed Sigma, but the 50 Art is a staggering good lens, and is now my all time favorite lens. And I have owned 90% of the lenses Canon has ever made in EF mount.

Get the 35 Art with the docking, you'll be much happier with money left over for the 50 Art as well. The 35 L II will NOT be cheap.

+1

The Siggy 35 1.4 Art is amazing, and I've used everything.

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Lenses / Re: New 50mm Sigma ? There are other options !
« on: April 11, 2014, 09:06:00 AM »

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Lenses / Re: Should I buy the 35L now or wait for the price drop?
« on: March 29, 2014, 11:37:46 PM »
forget the 35L.  Get the Siggy 35 Art.  You'll not regret it (and you'll have $700 left over in your pocket).  I'm constantly stunned at the sharpness fully open at 1.4. 

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EOS Bodies / Any New Bodies in Sochi?
« on: February 16, 2014, 07:51:43 AM »
I've been watching the Olympics and in years past, I've occasionally noticed photographers carrying interesting (and new) gear which ends up on store shelves shortly thereafter. 

I was wondering if anyone had noticed a possible 7DM2 or other bodies they didn't recognize during any of the coverage viewed.  Anyone see anything?


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I do need mobility.

There's no other option then, I guess.

Some of the small form factor workstations looked quite tempting.
And seeing your child on something larger than 15.6" would be nice, too.

As for laptops the only advice I can give you is to stay away from the "consumer" market.
The asus promotes itself with:
"Entertainment laptops with unparalleled quad-speaker sound and a striking Full HD IPS display"
I think you don't need a quad speaker and with a Spyder 4 you want your display to be real, not "striking" (whatever that means)

good luck with IMG_0001 Jr II btw ;D

Thank you,

You've put the finger on exactly what worried me with ASUS, lots of buzzwords for the price.


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I've owned an ASUS for 1+ years, and it's exceeded my expectations.  Super pleased.  I know three other photographers who have had the same success with their units.

Before I purchased any laptop, I went in to a service department of a big-box electronics store.  I asked which brand comes in the LEAST.  "Hands down, ASUS" the dude said.

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