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Software & Accessories / Re: Optimizing your monitor for print production...
« on: September 01, 2014, 10:48:51 PM »
I use the datacolor solution for my monitors.  I see that adorama has a basic one for sale right now for $80.  Not sure if that's out of the budget.

http://www.adorama.com/ICVS4X100.html
4.8ish stars on adorama... 4 stars on amazon... seems reasonable.  The complaints about x1 is about the software... so I don't know if that has improved...

There is also the Pro and Elite versions of the Spyder4.  The pro is 149 and the elite is ~225 I believe.   I've had luck with mine, but it's an Elite 3 I got as part of their studio package.  The only software quirk I've had (running v4 software) is that sometimes I can't calibrate my second monitor.  After some research I found it is an incompatibility with the NVIDIA driver.  When I turn off the nvidia desktop I can calibrate the second monitor.  I don't use the desktop anyway, so I leave it off.

There are lots of options out there - xrite, pantone, datacolor.   Most folks respond having the xrite or datacolor solutions when these questions are asked.  One thing to consider is that as monitors age, so does the color they produce.  Most of these products stay attached to your computer and take light readings and either adjust as necessary, or remind you to recalibrate if conditions change enough to affect what's on screen.   

Btw, good synopsis on the 12th man.   The point behind the story is that even though Mr. Gill sat on the sidelines, it was is his response to be ready should he be needed by the team.  That's also the basis for the 12th Man Foundation and the Aggie Network today.  If you need something, there's an Aggie there somewhere ready to help you.

Thanks for the info... but the first time I heard the 12th man story (not sure how old I was, but I was probably young since I grew up in Texas) I was annoyed he didn't get in the game.  That's the hollywood ending I wanted...

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High speed sync?   My 5d mkiii also syncs at 1/200..., but that isn't really germane.
Sure I'd like a 400mm f2.8L is mkii, but I don't have a spare $12,000... though I can check the couch cushions... let me check right now... nope only $8,000, mostly in pennies.  I have mulled over a 1dx, but I'm quite happy with the mkiii at the moment.  Actually, when I shoot sports I time and anticipate... I haven't sprayed and prayed in quite a while.

Good news 400mm f2.8L is mk II down to a rock bottom $10,500!

Actually I was going to mention the 300mm f4 is a hell of a lens for the money.  300 2.8 is nice, but f4 will get the job done.
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I did notice... and I'm going to be perpetually tempted until I finally dive into the pool.  I considered the 300 f/4... but I have the 70-200mm f/2.8L is mkii plus the 1.4 extender. which gives me the 100mm to 280mm range @ f/4 (though admittedly with a hit to image quality).

Right now I'm buying a few accessories I otherwise am too cheap to buy, monitors (and evidently the color correction system), a good monopod,  etc. After all in said and done... I'm going to be a good 6 grand away from a new 400 f/2.8... but maybe a used one will be only 3 or 4K away... and that isn't impossible... though admittedly... not likely. 

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Software & Accessories / Re: Anyone interested in a triggertrap?
« on: September 01, 2014, 10:29:03 PM »
I've seen devices that can be used for light/lightening.  I haven't done this type of work before... I guess it would be interesting...

To answer your question... no thanks... but I could see this being more successful than other kickstarters that have been discussed on this site.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Optimizing your monitor for print production...
« on: September 01, 2014, 08:41:17 PM »
I use the datacolor solution for my monitors.  I see that adorama has a basic one for sale right now for $80.  Not sure if that's out of the budget.

http://www.adorama.com/ICVS4X100.html
4.8ish stars on adorama... 4 stars on amazon... seems reasonable.  The complaints about x1 is about the software... so I don't know if that has improved...

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Software & Accessories / Re: Optimizing your monitor for print production...
« on: September 01, 2014, 05:16:04 PM »
JD,

It's too bad your thread didn't come a few days earlier -- Amazon had the i1Display Pro on sale for $189.

Getting a tool to calibrate your monitor really is necessary if you want the best results. Another thing to keep in mind is that your monitor will need to be recalibrated periodically, as it will drift over time. I recalibrate mine every month or so.

Monitor calibration is just one half of the situation. The other is the printing side. Not sure if they will, but if Costco can provide you with an ICC/ICM profile for the printer/paper combination they use, you can load that in Lightroom to "soft-proof" your images before sending them out to print. I agree with others in asking their techs what colorspace to edit in for best results.

Just a side note, I have a Dell IPS display calibrated with the i1Display Pro. It's paired with the Canon PIXMA Pro-100 that I picked up from Adorama (with 50 sheets of 13"x19" paper) for $34, after rebate (I tell you this because they tend to do these deals a few times a year). As long as I turn OFF color management in the printer driver's advanced settings and then load the Canon profile in Lightroom and tell Lightroom to manage the color, I get beautiful prints that match my display. In fact, I was quite giddy at my first batch of prints (after figuring out to turn off the printer driver's color management -- it gave a magenta cast).

I hope this helps some!

Thanks... I was hoping I could map it once and then be done for a while... I guess not.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Optimizing your monitor for print production...
« on: September 01, 2014, 05:10:23 PM »
Bro, the simple truth is, if you want to play in this league, you're going to have to sack up and invest a little bit.  I'm assuming, and truly hope, that when you print you turn off any color correction or management by the printing lab.  That means, if your print comes back not looking ideal, you're out the money and can't get a refund.  Hardware like the DataColor will easily pay for itself.  It's just one of those pieces of gear that you need, kind of like a tripod if you do landscape photography.

It's such a jaw dropping, amazing, and enlightening experience the first time you run the color calibration software on your monitor.  It allows you to switch back and forth between calibrated and uncalibrated at the click of a mouse button, and you just begin to wonder how you ever even edited photos on the vomit-like uncalibrated settings of the monitor.

Do you know the story of the Texas A&M Aggies' 12th man?  Well, a practice player is in the stands and there are some injuries in the game and they pull him from the stands and he sits along the sideline. 


He doesn't even get into the game... That's me.. I'm on the sideline... sure my gear is the same as the people on the field, but I don't really get to put it into action...

Maybe that's a bad analogy... but at the very least I don't want my family photos looking like crap... so maybe I do get to be the QB in the backyard football game @ Thanksgiving.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Shuttercount Now Available for Windows
« on: September 01, 2014, 04:58:28 PM »
Worth noting is that the shuttercounts reported by the camera do not actually appear to be completely reliable. I've done a bit of testing across various EOS models about 18 months ago and the shutter count does not always increase exactly with the number of shutter actuations. Before you ask, yes, I have tried turned the cameras off and on again and pulling the battery between actuations and readouts.

Simply put, I've seen variances up to 30% during my tests, though I'm not at all sure why sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn't update. If you care about this sort of thing it is easy enough to test yourself, though I have no idea if your camera will behave the same way. Of course, for most uses even a full 30% difference isn't all that relevant, just found it curious enough to mention.

I don't buy used bodies (or I have yet), but I do sell used bodies... And if I get a reading of 10K actuations... and my customer decides to confirm that amount... I hope the camera body tells the other program the same number... regardless if it it is correct or not. 

So... have you tested the variety of programs to see if the number is the same across the board?

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I always increase the green saturation when I'm using lightroom... so I don't find it to be a problem ;).

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Software & Accessories / Re: Anyone interested in a triggertrap?
« on: September 01, 2014, 01:24:39 PM »
Do you have a link?  I have no clue with a trigger trap is.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Optimizing your monitor for print production...
« on: September 01, 2014, 11:59:05 AM »
I looked at the a1... and evidently it sends feedback to the computer and tells the computer to output a different color level... which sounds freaking awesome... $250 is a price to pay, but maybe I can rent it out to others @ $25 a pop so maybe my personal cost can be lower.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Optimizing your monitor for print production...
« on: September 01, 2014, 11:54:28 AM »
Your plan sounds good.  In addition to your colour bars, I'd also get a few regular photos printed to work with, too.  But you're probably doing that anyway. 

Keep your eyes open for some good printer+Paper deals (such as the Pixma Pro 100).  Having your own printer is very convenient and helps with consistent output.

I'm going to pick up a pixima 100... but it is for my daughter and school projects. 

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Lenses / Re: Recent L Price Reductions: Thoughts?
« on: September 01, 2014, 11:50:01 AM »
As noted, the US and the Canadian dollar is quite strong against the yen, so the price needed to be dropped to offset gray market sales.  Due to the stronger dollar, companies can purchase camera inventory overseas for less and sell it in the US at deep discounts and still pocked a lot of profit.

The British pound is strong against the yen, but any price changes will be decided by Canon Europe.  The same issue of gray market imports should force the price down.

Those $250 "M" cameras are a good example of the weaker yen plus poor sales.

That's a really good point, but the consumer still wins... so I guess that means this mostly helps the retailers within their respective markets... seems fair.

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Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm 1.4 vs Canon 50mm 1.2L vs Canon 50mm 1.4
« on: September 01, 2014, 11:44:42 AM »
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If I were you I'd buy a 50 1.8 and see how often you actually use it.

I had the 50 f/1.8 when I only had an 18-55mm  and a 75-300 (and eventually the 55-250mm).  But the lens is soft from f/1.8 and sharpens up around f/2.8... which is where I mostly shot with it.  I eventually upgraded to a canon 50mm f/1.4, but at that time I had a 24-105mm and I think a 100L... so by comparison, the 50 wasn't really that good.  Not enough reach (on my crop 60D), and not wide enough to use indoors.  So even though the f/1.4 is an overall better lens, it was my least used.

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It's a fine lens. So is the 85 1.8.

I had the 85 f/1.8 and I liked it.  I took a bunch of photos of my new born... but the minimum focusing distance (and I realize the 85L mkii also has a mfd of 3ft) was annoying... and I sold my 100L after getting the 70-200mm f/2.8L mkii, thinking it was redundant... it wasn't.  I missed the 100L's MFD and just dramatic sharpness... So I sold the 85 f/1.8 and I bought the 100L again. 

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The 85 1.2 is good in a studio on a tripod. It's harder to use in the fly. At 1.2 there isn't much forgiveness in depth of field and you need an ND filter in sunlight.

I was using a depth of field calculator and the 100L @ 12 inches away has a SIGNIFICANTLY thinner depth of field than the 85L at f/1.2 and 36 inches away.  It can be a challenge working at thin dof's... but not impossible... and if I can get a decent amount of hits with the 100L... the 85L doesn't scare me...

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The 40 2.8 Is an option I don't use it enough but is also quite a nice lens.

I bought one for my daughter... she doesn't use the camera or the lens... but it's an option there.   F2.8 is fine... but I do want something with a wide aperture for situations like last night... we were at an amusement park and it was dark save for the lights off the rides and lamp posts... but I wanted a wider aperture to increase shutter speed/lower the iso... Funny thing... that's why I got the 85mm, for campfires and the like... but evidently I forgot that I need a wider aperture lens when I sold it.
I can see you are going for quality over quantity on you lenses which is quite sensible.

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With your buying pattern I'd say the Sigma art is the best choice for you.

I want the 50 art... and I'm willing to only use the center AF point and only use manual focus... I was comparing the 50 art to the 55 otus (test charts) and the otus is impressive from center to corner, but I can be content just having a really good performance and great performance compared to the rest of the 50's.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5D 4 & 1DX II @ Photokina?
« on: September 01, 2014, 10:05:38 AM »

September announcements are for products for Christmas - user cameras/accessories.  Pro bodies should be expected before major event - like fishing championship  ;D
Fishing championship... funny... really funny.  or the Neighbors annual Labor Day backyard Corn hole event.  I hear ESPN 8 (the ocho) will be doing wall to wall coverage.

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