Oh, and like many others, I think DxO's software is good (probably the best for noise reduction).
I'd argue for automatic distortion correction as well.
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There are two bug fixes I am interested in. One for a crash and the other where it says can't save the configuration. I will download it next week. Apparently you need to get a new license. So did somebody hack the old one?
Once you've moved away from the traditional neck-strap, it's very hard to go back. But the whole sling-strap and holster industry is still very young and evolving fast. PeakDesign has been one of the bigger Kickstarter successes. Is anyone using the Peak Design Capture system?
The Peak Design CapturePro looks to me to be a sophisticated, evolved, compact design. The DualPlate is an intriguing design compatible with both Manfrotto RC2 and Arca-Swiss. Any reviews I've read are gushing, but appear to have been written by acolytes or affiliates. Any real-world feedback?
The Leash strap system can convert in seconds from a sling strap to a conventional neck strap. The Leash looks a little thin, so I emailed Peak Design who replied almost immediately saying a wider, more comfortable strap suited to the weight of a pro body with 70-200 zoom will be shipping very soon.
I often work long days on my feet carrying a load of gear. The search for a perfect carrying system is a bit like the search for the holy grail. I have a Spider Pro system www.spiderholster.com with the dual holster belt which has been very good but is now worn out and needs replacing.
Recently I had a case of buyers-regret on a full set of CarrySpeed straps; the Extreme, the Pro and the Dual plus extra F1 foldable plates. Initially the system looked full of promise, and I figured I'd get used to the clumsy attachment system and bulky components. What I will say about CarrySpeed is that it is just great if you're only carrying one body/lens so long as that does not include a 70-200 f/2.8. The ability to instantly hitch the camera up tight solves the BR bouncy-bouncy issue. Two straps doesn't work together and the design implementation of the Dual is a mess.
So what to choose? The new kid from Peak Design? More Spiders? BR? And CarrySpeed appear to have been wiped off the face of the map, litigated out of existence by a cashed-up BR for having the audacity to make a sling strap.
So finally payed up and bought a few pelican cases. 1540 I think and the 1740. Sadly the 1740 got shipped to me cracked! I am blown away! I thought this was the unbreakable box. Super nervous now. The cracking happened when there was nothing in it and the cardboard shipping box had very little to no damage on it. Bought this so I can ship my stuff to Jamaica to do a job. Now wondering if I should switch! Any one had this happen to them ? Should I stay with pelican?
My attachment points for my camera strap is a pair of sewn on nylon loops. I either have a neck strap hooked into the loops or when hiking, a pair of short tethers to the shoulder straps of my pack.
For me, attaching something to the tripod mount is not going to work as it will interfere with tripod use or using it on my hiking pole/monopod.
Mater: Oh, for a second there I thought you was trying to fix my dents.
Holley Shiftwell: Yes, I was.
Mater: Well then, no thank you. I don't get them dents buffed, pulled, filled or painted by nobody. They way too valuble.
Holley Shiftwell: Your dents are valuble? Really?
Mater: I come by each one of 'em with my best friend Lightning McQueen. I don't fix these. I wanna remember these dents forever.
... First, my gut instinct tells me that the camera came off because the little tubular thingy that in theory locks the carabiner came unscrewed, and the coat compressed the spring on the carabiner....
I attended a rock climbing class and one of the first warnings the climbing instructor told us was not to trust locking carabiners... they will unlock eventually. He also showed us how to use two carabiners in the yin/yang position for added security.
I'll have a look, but I don't think my Dell has USB 3.0, I'll be surprised if it is.
Thanks I'll read that later.
What is the gamut for the 27" iMac?
Botts, how can I find out if my Dell has USB 3.0?
So would you say that wide colour gamut displays would be for people doing colour critical work? Many professional photographers use calibrated iMacs/thunderbolt displays with no problems and that does not have a wide colour gamut.
Thank you for the link to the enclosure.
Ruined, if I was to go Mac then I would keep the programs and the Lightroom catalog on the internal 256gb drive which will be fast, and then put a 960GB Crucial M500 drive into a USB 3.0 enclosure like the OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini, I wouldn’t have thought there would be much of a drop in speed in doing this. Anything is faster than my Dell!
I don’t know how accurate this is, but I downloaded a free program which read the speed of my current drive:
Write Speed = 100MB/s Read Speed = 110MB/s
So I would be getting a MASSIVE increase in speed on the iMac. What would you think the speed of the 960GB Crucial M500 would be if put into my Dell?
QuoteWell if I was to go down the route of iMac, which I am now thinking this is not the right time to do so, I would not want to attempt to change the hard drive!
That is part of the problem. The one you are mentioning in the Mac is not impressive to begin with, and it is a pain in the butt to change (plus voids your warranty).
Regardless of if you go MAC or PC I think the 1TB Fusion drive is a huge mistake, you should get the Crucial M500 960GB SSD. M500 is 10x faster, the Fusion drive will bottleneck your system.The 960GB SSD would be the quickest option, but you're screwed when you pass 960GB in total space used.
Will probably get the x-rite i1 Display Pro soon, the cheapest I have found is £159 on Amazon.
Could someone tell me if there is any difference between the dell u2413 and u2713h? Is it just the screen size which is different?
Did you build your own Fusion Drive? It seems like you must have opened your iMac as that config isn't available as a BTO. I would caution others against this route, as:
a) It is currently untested, and slightly unstable. At the Apple Store we had some serious grief maintaining even Apple supported implementations of Fusion Drive.
b) You have to cut the adhesive holding the display in place.
c) Totally voids any semblance of AppleCare you ever had.
Yes I did.
A. My drive is untested and unstable? or all fusion drives?
B. Uh? Nope.
C. My iMac totally voided any semblance of AppleCare I ever had all by itself when it reached the age of 12 months. They should teach you guys this stuff.
Opinion is very much divided on this topic, some people love PC’s some love Mac’s, some people hate PC’s some hate Mac’s…
I definitely think the first thing I need to do is calibrate my monitor, the i1 Display Pro seems to be the one to go for. This can then be used with future monitors whatever they may be.
RLPhoto, your current setup is VERY impressive, but that is DEFINITELY overkill for my needs. Yes if was rich, why not haha
I am only really in the early stages of setting up my photography business, so in terms of massive Hard Drives, well I do not see the point of them for me. So if I went down the route of iMac, a Fusion drive makes sense and if I want to go SSD in the future I’ll buy external storage. As said before, keeping things like the Lightroom catalog on the SSD/Flash part will speed things up.
I decided to buy Adobe 5 with the last sale.Yup.
It arrived yesterday so I started loading it on an IMac I bought a few years back.
I found out that Adobe 5 will not work with Snow Leopard, bad thing right. Lion came out just a few weeks after I bought this machine.
No problem, I go to Apple's website to see about upgrading. Uploading past Lion, Mountain Lion to Maverick cost exactly $0. It is free. Microsoft you will pay for each and every upgrade so no savings there in a few years.
I started loading the new system at 8:00 my time. In less than 1 hour the new system was downloaded from online and I had it installed and running. In the last three hours since I started uploading the new system I have already uploaded 1600 files over a wireless connection in to Lightroom 5 and have been editing them. No fuss, no fight and no problems.
Lightroom is opening in less than a second. The machine is restarting in just a few seconds. It is an i5, 2.7 ghz and 4GB and has enough power you will not notice Lightroom. It is limited by its wireless connection to the other computers only.
You can buy a Dell, but how I spent my day at work today was troubleshooting problems on my $2500 Dell Laptop that is only a few months old.
This is the key. Your limitations will be drive speed for LR use. PS and video work will tax CPU/GPU, but Aperture/LR are really glorified database software for most of their work, so read/write speed is the crucial part.I am about to get an iMac for my LR editing so I had a look at how to configure it. Fast HDD and lots of memory will be of benefit. However, the upgrade from i5 to i7 might not be worth it. It seems LR doesn't benefit from the hyper threading, google it, I read it at a couple of different sources. Thos is gopd news as I then can use that money to max out the the graphics memory.
Just verified, it is 100% using multi-threading, it's tough to separate multi-threading from hyper-threading though. It **looks** like an Adobe employee once said that their software will use hyper threading when it thinks it will be faster, but keeps it off otherwise. I have only seen it use around 450-500% CPU on my iMac though, so that could be 100% on four physical cores, with the other background stuff running on the hyper threaded cores.
That is true. Actually your biggest speed benefit will have little to do with your processor and only some about memory.
If you are like many of us you have an extensive library which limits your ability to store your photos on the same machine that you use. IMO you need the fastest hard drive and the fastest connections you can get. The transfer of data is the biggest bottle neck.
The exception would be if you only have enough pictures that you can work on your hard drive. Sometimes I can do that, but more often I find myself pulling files off an external.
So it has come down to these 4 options:
Option 1 – Keep current Dell PC
Buy a Dell 27” (£535)
Buy an i1 Display Pro (£160)
Upgrade parts another time
Option 2 – Start again, build a new computer
Sell current Dell PC
Option 3 – Sell current Dell PC
Buy a Mac Mini (Depending on spec from £860 to £1280)
Buy a Dell 27” (£535)
Buy an i1 Display Pro (£160)
= From £1555 - £1975
Option 4 – Sell current Dell PC
Buy an iMac Depending on spec from £1760 to £2100)
Buy an i1 Display Pro (£160)
= From £1920 to £2260
One final comment on everyone suggesting the Dell Ultrasharps, when you consider everything, the ultrasharp vs the Apple Thunderbolt Display get pretty close in cost. The ATD also has decent speakers, FW800, Gigabit ethernet, and 3 USB 2.0 ports.
Apple Thunderbolt display is £899 from Apple. Dell 27 Ultrasharp is £535 from Amazon. That's a £364 difference. The wide gamut dell is currently £790 incl. VAT. The Apple is £899 with VAT.
You're closer to getting 2 Dells to 1 Apple (£171 difference). Or you could spend some of the difference on some decent speakers (not rubbish built into your monitor). Or a new lens. Or anything else...
Now lets look at specs... Apple display max brightness is 330cd/m2 Dell 350cd/m2 (both far brighter than you'd actually really want them to be). Apple 16.7 million colours Dell 1.07 billion colours (admittedly you need a pro graphics card to take advantage of this at present - but if you're looking at future proofing 10bit>8bit). Dell 4x USB 3.0 ports Apple 3x USB 2.0 ports. The Dell also has a 9 in one card reader. Although the Apple does have a FW800 port (which frankly aint of much use)...
And the really important bits... Adobe rgb colour space coverage - Dell 99% Apple 76%. So for colour critical work like photo editing the Dell is a far better monitor for just over half the price.
So again... With Apple you pay more and get less.