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Software & Accessories / Re: i folded and bought CC :(
« on: December 18, 2014, 01:45:06 AM »
I wonder if anyone can answer a question about CC.

If in the future I decide to stop paying could I still use those files (let's say they are DNG for argument's sake) that are stored locally in an older version of LR? I don't really see that situation happening but was just curious as someone mentioned being stuck paying forever. The RAW files themselves stay on your hard drive, right? So you could do what you want with them. You just lose your edits and ability to edit. And if you start paying again you get them back, right?

So the issue is you can't play with your files without paying? That seems like a funny complaint since you have to pay anyway, even with perpetual license.

I pay for Netflix monthly. Stop paying - no movies. Seems unfair to say "Hey, Netflix gimme the movies I've watched already even though I'm not paying". Why should it be different for Adobe?

That said, you can still access some features such as the Slideshow, Web, Book or Print creations if you decide to quit according to the CC help pages. I wonder if you can export at all?

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Software & Accessories / Re: i folded and bought CC :(
« on: December 16, 2014, 07:38:39 AM »
One thing bugging me is it doesn't seem to have or I can't find the ability to copy settings and paste to another image
 :-\

Not even the old shift ctrl and C / V?

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Software & Accessories / Re: i folded and bought CC :(
« on: December 16, 2014, 06:56:00 AM »
after trying the LR app on my new iphone 6+ its just soo awesome i folded and bought Adobe CC for the $9.99/month deal since LR 6 is bound to be along soon too...

yep i'm a turncoat :(

Haha! No worries, so did I at the end of Nov. Still haven't had time to use it though, looking forward to messing around with that iPad app over Xmas break.

I did it mainly because I wanted to improve my PP skills, get the latest lens profiles, latest process version and hopefully LR6 will be out soon. New year, new software all that jazz. Plus I want to move forward and only way to do that is to get on this Adobe gravy train.

Let's all confess. Who else did it?

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Lighting / Re: Best way of setting up the lighting
« on: December 12, 2014, 10:16:14 AM »
I experimented with different lighting set ups at home to figure out which look I liked and was easy to work with. I recommend doing a lot of different set ups. My go to portrait is a simple two umbrella set up. One key one fill. You could even just have one key and one reflector. All depends on the look you want. I like to keep it simple as possible. When I start thinking about multiple lights I know something will go wrong!

Table top can be done various ways. Easy way is to place the object on white seamless paper and hit it with a large enough light from above and to the side. Stick a reflector on the opposite side to bounce light back. Foam core is really good for that. You can create a little foam core enclosure so light bounces around and wraps the subject nicely. You could do it with just one light.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Thinking about upgrading to a 6D from a 60D. Thoughts?
« on: December 11, 2014, 07:56:16 AM »
You could sell your 60D and EF-S lens on Craigslist and use the money towards the 6D. I might not be much, maybe about $500 for both, I dunno how much they're worth depends on condition. (Edit - just checked some prices online and you could get more than $500 easily for both).

I had two bodies for a while, a FF and crop. I almost never used the crop and it collected dust before I sold it. You won't want to shoot with the 60D because you will think "hmmm, I could shoot with a camera with very good IQ or one with slightly less IQ; might as well use the better one".

Yes, I have an EOS M but that fills a different need. Something small and discreet. 60D isn't any smaller than the 6D. The only advantage is reach and cropping the 6D image will be almost as good if not better up to a certain point. If you are going to be doing a lot of telephoto stuff then maybe keep the 60D. But sell the EF-S lens and swap it out for a 24-105 (the L, the Sigma or the new cheap one) if you need an all purpose lens to replace it.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Co-worker dumps $5k on Nikon
« on: December 09, 2014, 08:52:01 AM »
What we can deduce from Dilbert's OP -

This person has a lot of money as she can spend $5k on camera gear and still afford to go on holiday. If she is earning enough to do this she has done something right in life. Not to mention she is smart enough to not ask Dilbert for advice. Therefore there is a high probability she did her research and made an informed decision based on her needs.

Case closed.

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Lenses / Re: What is your favorite lens/camera combo in your camerabag?
« on: December 04, 2014, 08:13:17 AM »
Oh man that's a tough one! I'm really liking my 17-40L on my 6D. I dunno why but it seems to have gotten better on the 6D. It's like the perfect size too. Takes filters. Landscape heaven really.

Another surprising combo I like is the old Sigma 50mm f/1.4 (non art) with my 6D. Seems the focus is more accurate with the 6D now compared to the 5D2. IQ is pretty awesome for a $300 lens! And it takes same size filters as my 17-40L. Dynamite combo these two!

And of course the 135L always pleases me!

I can't choose! Sorry!

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Post Processing / Re: Post processing opinion/advice
« on: November 29, 2014, 10:19:41 PM »
OK I had a go. I used ACR to do some initial processing then converted to DNG and then imported into Lr 4. (I couldn't open with Lr 4). Anyway ...

Took about 20 mins tops.


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Post Processing / Re: Post processing opinion/advice
« on: November 29, 2014, 05:20:17 AM »
Just posting so I can keep track of this thread. I've grabbed the RAW file and will give it a bash tomorrow.


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Lenses / Re: EF 35mm f/1.4L II to Finally Come as Well? [CR2]
« on: November 24, 2014, 09:24:21 AM »
This lens is over-kill for me. I'd have preferred it being f/3.5, weather-sealed and possibly with IS ... unless the latter significantly increases the size. It being an L-grade lens goes without saying, but just for clarification: L, of course. Such a lens, with great optics, would be the ideal travel lens with a "full-frame" camera.

It's called 2470 f4 L IS or 17-40 or 16-35.

Why 35 f/3.5 when there is an 35 f/2 IS already in existence? The point of a prime lens is speed*. No use owning a f/3.5 prime L when there are f/2.8 L zooms kicking about.

Edit - *exception TS 24mm f/3.5 L

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Lenses / Re: Help me decide: should I buy an EF 135L
« on: November 24, 2014, 09:12:59 AM »
The 135L rocks on FF. Crop doesn't do it justice. However that lens was so freakin good that even on the mushy 7D shots looked crisp and full of detail. Focal length wise if you want discreet reach (over 200mm) it can be useful.

In this case I'd say leave it. 100L got you covered.

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EOS Bodies / Re: what is the body you want to see canon release next ?
« on: November 23, 2014, 09:49:13 AM »
Only want to see the 5D Mk4 for curiosity's sake and to see what kind of features it'll have. No plans to buy it or any other new body for a while.

Definitely don't want to see a 6D MkII anytime soon as I just got the MkI recently!  ;D

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Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 23, 2014, 07:47:47 AM »
I'm more than happy with my Canon gear and think the recent negativity is largely undeserved. They make fine equipment that works as expected without fail. Seriously, the stuff is rock solid reliable. OK, so the eyecup cover of  my used and abused t2i viewfinder came off (shocker) so it's not all roses!

Sony sensors - yeah, they're all right I guess. Am I jealous? Not really. I'd rather have Canon ergonomics and I've been shooting RAW from day one and can squeeze a lot of detail out of a single exposure now. No issues at all. The 6D files are really nice to work with!

As a tech geek I would love to see some cool new gadgets but then again I have no need for them as the gear I have gets the job done. After that it's pure lust!

Sometimes reading CR forums you might think Canon is some kind of old has been grandpa of a company but like someone mentioned before look at all the cool stuff they gave us recently -

7D Mk II - how many of us had given up hope? It's real and it's badass!

100-400 II - did someone say unicorn?

16-35 f/4L IS - oh, hello wide angle lens that is super awesome! (Who doesn't want one of these?)

10-18 IS STM - people complained about good cheap lenses. Well?

EF-S 24mm f/2.8 - pancake in crop flavor. Who doesn't like pancakes?

But hold on wait a minute none of that matters guys, you know why? Because DXO who like to pull numbers out of their rear aperture said that the DR is poor at ISO 100, so forget it. Throw it all away. Nothing to see here.  :P






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EOS Bodies / Re: A Real EOS M Replacement Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: November 19, 2014, 09:18:45 AM »
As soon as Canon releases a full frame EOS M or similar mirrorless, they have me onboard with the M system.  Of course assuming a similar IQ as the modern full frame DSRL cameras. For landscapes and general photography I will trade my 5D mark II for a much lighter mirrorless, any time (hiking is getting harder with all the weight of the camera + lenses).
then for wildlife and some sports I do, 7D mark II with tripod/monopod wouldo do.

Now the question is how long do we have to wait?

Cheers!
Victor

For landscapes the EOS M + 11-22 is a pretty good alternative for hiking. The IS makes it really useful for those sunset and blue hour shots. Plus if you need a tripod a much smaller and lighter one is all you really need. If you shoot RAW you'll not notice a huge difference between the end result (after PP) of this set up and FF. It surprised me how good the IQ from the M actually is. 

The closest lightest FF equivalent of the above combo is a Sony A7 / or 6D with a EF 16-35 f/4L IS. I'll let you calculate how much the difference in cost is. You have to ask yourself are you getting that much better IQ? Better - yes but ten times better? No way.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon EF-S 11-24mm f/3.5-4.5
« on: November 18, 2014, 09:23:08 AM »
I used to have the EF-S 10-22 and I don't think it needs an update, does it? Works perfectly fine and has a solid build.

For the cheaper option Canon already brought out the EF-S 10-18 so I doubt we'll see another UWA EF-S lens so soon. I'm glad they're still developing EF-S lenses though. They've got some really good lenses such as the 17-55 and the 10-22, and the quality of the recent ones has been stellar too. 


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