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When Zeiss Glass does warm the heart…or at least, the cultured human cardiac myocytes in the lab this afternoon.    ;D

Really awesome stuff

Software & Accessories / Re: RLPhotos Computer upgrade 2013
« on: November 30, 2013, 03:18:57 AM »
Raid or Redundant Array of Independent Disks is a method of increasing redundancy of your hard drives.  one of the drives can fail without losing your data.  Depending on the controller, it can be faster than a single disk or slower.  Raid 6 is now becoming popular, it allows for 2 disk failures.  You give up storage capacity for redundancy.

My general advice is that you should not use RAID unless your goal is to increase performance or capacity beyond the limits of a single drive.  The purpose of the redundancy in RAID is not to improve reliability, but rather to help ameliorate the colossal loss of reliability that would otherwise occur in a multi-drive set.

There are two main problems with using RAID:

1.  You usually build RAID arrays using hard drives that are substantially identical, because otherwise you take a significant performance hit.  The odds, therefore, are good that any mechanical flaw in one will also be present in all the others.  Now bear in mind that most of the operations performed on one disk are also being performed on all the others—the same seeks, the same head parking, the same number of powered-on hours, etc.—which means that a staggering percentage of those mechanical flaws tend to show up at about the same time.  When one disk fails, the odds of a second disk failing before you can clone the first one is pretty high, and if the second disks fails during that interval, the odds of a third disk failing before you can clone either of the first two approaches 100%.

2.  The mean time between failures (MTBF) for a set of n drives is equal to the MTBF of a single drive divided by n.  So if you have five drives, you are five times as likely to experience a failure as if you have only a single drive, assuming your failures are, in fact, random rather than being caused by a design flaw.

The additional parity disks compensate for #2 somewhat, though not completely.  They do nothing to help with #1.  And that's not even factoring the added risk of catastrophic data loss caused by bugs in RAID controller firmware.  When you factor that in, your need for backups is likely to be significantly greater for a RAID array than for a single drive of equivalent size (assuming such a drive exists).

Also, although it might go without saying, it is still probably worth pointing out that even under ideal circumstances, RAID is not a substitute for proper backups.  That file you overwrote is still gone whether you're using a RAID volume or not.

In short, unless a single hard drive can't keep up with your throughput needs (e.g. if you're working with uncompressed 4K video) or you cannot buy a hard drive big enough to meet your needs, you're almost always better off not using RAID, and instead using an additional hard drive as a true backup.  With that said, if you absolutely have to have a single volume with larger capacity or faster performance, RAID is a good solution.

I agree with this, specially with having same models etc. At work we had one array with 10 drives that over 5 days had 6 drive fails. At least we had good backup but data was lost.

Privately I run the small NAS-drives with mirrored disks and then I backup to other disks

Software & Accessories / Re: External HDD for backups
« on: July 31, 2013, 05:08:05 PM »
I use LR to import from camera then directly another copy to another drive in the PC. Then I use a script to backup these to a Synology NAS with 12TB storage 2+2x3TB RAID 1. Then once a week I backup the NAS to a external(offsite, far away) QNAP NAS with 2x3TB RAID1

Seems advanced but with scripts and the built-in rsync capabilities its pretty straight forward.

I used to see this problem as well but my workaround was to have EOS Utility running in the background. Then the .CR2 files appeared.

Short list ;)
2008: 450D + EF-s 18-55 kit
2009: EF-S 55-250
2010: Sigma 17-70
2011: EF 50 1.8II
2012: 5DMkIII
2012: 70-200mkii 2.8L IS

Yeah took a big leap in terms of technology but oh my it was worth it  :)

What sort of fantasy land is this?  We have picture of a gnome in a thread started by an elf on a forum with lots of trolls


Ok, now this made me laugh.

thanks neuro!

Canon General / Re: Buy canon gear from the States (for Europe)
« on: September 13, 2012, 09:45:10 AM »
I wouldn't worry about customs much, just post the flattened box, manuals, receipt etc to someone you know back home and take an old lens and carry case to bring it back in so it's not too obvious.

I would be careful about this. Customs often can in fact identify bodies via serial numbers and check their origin. Then it really doesn't matter if it looks used or even if you have already successfully taken it into and out of the country once. Every time you go through customs with that body it might be checked and then they will want to see proof that you paid taxes for it. If you cannot provide that you may be charged with tax evasion which is a SERIOUS crime in some European countries.

Chances might be low, but I find the risk of having a criminal record too big a gamble for this...

This would be interestin to see, I dont see that the Swedish customs are allowed to do this but I can be wrong. if you buy within EU there should be no problems.

Canon General / Re: Buy canon gear from the States (for Europe)
« on: September 13, 2012, 09:33:29 AM »
At Stockmann, authorized Canon Dealer, in Finland you can get a 5D mkIII for 2899€


Only problem is you need to pick it up there or have someone do it for you ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5D Mark III - Price Drop Details
« on: August 31, 2012, 02:34:15 PM »
Calumet.nl has it for € 2700 now.

2999  now  >:(

Any price drop probably won't reach the Euro-Countries because of the currently weak currency...

It was 2700 euro last week. So it probably has to do with the specific batch. Or they simply decided they were selling too cheap. Anyway I have 5DII and I am mostly interested in landscape photography so no rush to get 5DIII.

I got mine in Finland at Stockmann for €2899:

There is also Verkkokauppa.com who got both body and kit:
Body €2899,99:
Kit: €3899

Sorry for the languages, first is Swedish, second Finnish
Both these seems to be pretty good prices compared to other european places...

Software & Accessories / Re: Tethering to IPads
« on: August 31, 2012, 08:31:47 AM »
Isnt this one of things the "new" iPad will get with IOS6? I might also depend on the operators to offer it I would assume.

To do it properly you NEED USB host functionality something android has and apple refuses to implement

I guess you are right when it comes to real tethering but using the "hotspot" functionality is possible today with Verizon and iPad (New, 3rd gen):

Software & Accessories / Re: Tethering to IPads
« on: August 31, 2012, 02:33:04 AM »
Isnt this one of things the "new" iPad will get with IOS6? I might also depend on the operators to offer it I would assume.

Lenses / Re: Canon Celebrates the Production of 80 Million EF Lenses
« on: August 22, 2012, 07:31:21 AM »
Think I will need one more.... 8)

Software & Accessories / Re: EOS Utility and osX 10.8 Mountain Lion
« on: August 21, 2012, 12:13:47 PM »

As I work in the computer software business I know that the best way to get anyone (Canon, MS, IBM, Apple etc) to fix this really quick is to report this to the support.

I enough reports comes in the will turn their attention to the issue and create a fix.

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