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Third Party Manufacturers / Wacom Intuos Creative Pen & Touch tablet
« on: March 16, 2014, 01:27:43 PM »
About 2 weeks ago I bought the Canon 6D. With it, I got a full license of Adobe Lightroom 5 & Premiere Elements 12. On top of that I got for free the Wacom Intuos Creative Pen & Touch tablet.
Nice package deal.

Now, I just wonder what to do with the tablet. I never used a pen and tablet for post-processing my photos. It is really something different.

Do you use a pen and tablet for post-processing your photos? Can you share your experience in what is good and what is less good? Maybe there are huge advantages and I just need to get into it  :-\


Software & Accessories / Fail to contact support Reikan (Focal)
« on: March 07, 2014, 07:32:51 AM »
I wonder if just I have this problem.

I use the web-form to contact Reikan support
After I have filled in all the required information I press 'Send'
The errormessage: "Failed to send your message. Please try later or contact the administrator by another method"

I have tried this form now several days. It doesn't work
Does anyone know another way to contact them?

I want to register my 6D in the Reikan License. But the software crashes. I am using Focal Pro v1.9.5w on windows 8.1 (64-bit)

Software & Accessories / Datacolor Spyder result
« on: January 08, 2014, 02:02:53 PM »
I use a datacolor Spyder4 Pro to calibrate my monitor
I do not have an expensive or specific IPS monitor for photo editing. Mine is a Philips Brilliance 242G5DJEB
I am sitting in a small room with artificial light but not directly on the monitor.

After calibration the result is 95% sRGB
This is as high as it gets - tried a few times. Should it be higher?
And, the neutral color grey of - for example - my browser seems to have a very little kind of red in it.
(I am thinking about replacing my monitor with an Eizo FlexScan EV2436WFS and make my son happy with my monitor (he likes gaming on his PC))

What is your opinion and advise?


EOS Bodies - For Stills / What a waste of 1-serie camera
« on: December 22, 2013, 07:10:26 AM »
Soccerplayer Jake Livermore (Hull City UK) damages the camera of Richard Heathcote

He committed to pay the 7000 euro damages and promissed to donate the same amount to charity

Interesting is why the 1-serie camera, standing behind the goal, is taped. Is it a new 1-serie model or....just photographers habit....

Lenses / Advice: extension tubes Macro
« on: August 12, 2013, 11:43:48 AM »
I would like to extend my canon 100L Macro with extension tubes.
I have a few options but like to hear what option you would choose and why:
1. Canon 5D MK III + 100L+canon 12mm+canon 25mm
2. Canon 5D MK III + 100L+kenko 12mm+kenko 20mm+kenko 36mm
3. Canon 7D  + 100L+canon 12mm+canon 25mm
4. Canon 7D  + 100L+kenko 12mm+kenko 20mm+kenko 36mm
Of course I can use extension tubes also single instead of stacked
Price Canon vs Kenko tubeset is similar: around 200 euro

I hope someone can help me. I checked the DxO help and internet. I just couldn't find it:

When I process my RAW file to JPG-format, it also creates a DNG-format. So after processing I have 2 files. The DNG sometimes is 3-times the size of the RAW. EDIT: as can be read on the website: "The  DNG file generated by DxO Optics Pro is therefore a “demosaiced” DNG flie, which is by nature three times larger because it contains three times as much color information per pixel". 

For me, it just takes too much diskspace.

Can someone tell me how/where in DxO Optices Elite I can switch off the DNG processing? I only want a JPG-format file.

Software & Accessories / Advice: Black Rapid shoulderstrap
« on: June 14, 2013, 04:49:25 PM »
Just walking around with my 5D MKIII and 7D (both with batterygrip) with 70-300L (or 70-200 2.8 II) and 24-70 VC or 16-35 2.8 II attached, while using the canon shoulder straps, I am looking for something that makes carrying more easy and grabbing the cameras more easy.
Like the Black Rapid Yeti shoulder strap:

BlackRapid Yeti & Yeti Slim Straps - How To Instructions Small | Large

Does anyone have experience using this strap with heavy cameras and lenses attached? Does it hold good?
Isn't it to easy to cut the strap from the back and take to camera while walking in a more crowded area?

Is there some same solution but with steal wire inside the strap? I thought that black rapid would have such a solution. Sun sniper has. But it looks like only a strap for one camera :(

Lenses / Best shop & sharp prices in California (Van Nuys)?
« on: April 25, 2013, 02:07:32 AM »
Can someone advice me where to buy the Canon 24-70 f/2.8 MKII in California? Should be close to Van Nuys. I am not there to test the lens myself. So, it is an order by maildelivery and addressed to my friends. They won't be able to test it, they just take it abroad.
In that context it must be a reliable shop and with some sharp prices.

Software & Accessories / Dutch Gear insurance for travelling abroad
« on: January 03, 2013, 01:03:56 PM »
A question for my fellow country men/women:

What gear insurance did you take? At what company? Pros and cons? Prices? Recommendations?

I did some major gear upgrade recently and noticed that I will be travelling with some 15.000 euro gear.
Travelling is by airplane abroad / middle east.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Menuoption 'AF status in viewfinder?' (5D MK III)
« on: December 23, 2012, 07:40:46 AM »
I am going through the 'AF Setting Guidebook of the 5D MKIII'. Great document.
Reading about all AF-related menu functions on page 5, I noticed in AF5 the menu option 'AF status in viewfinder'.

Now, maybe this question was raised before, just couldn't find it. So sorry if I raise it again:

I checked my 5D MKIII menu and this menuoption is not visible. I have the other 4 options that this Guidebook is showing.

My firmware is 1.1.3

What other menuoption must be enabled for 'AF status in viewfinder' showing up in the AF5 menu?

I have 2 questions regarding the GPS Receiver GP-E2.

1. Are there restrictions when entering a country like Israel to bring and use this receiver? (Maybe someone from israel can answer this)
2. What is your experience in the use of the GPS - accurate etc

I read this : http://blog.martinbaileyphotography.com/2012/05/14/podcast-335-canon-gps-receiver-gp-e2-review/

Hoping to get some replies here from your experience. Thanks!

Lenses / Need some advise: light sensitive lens indoors
« on: November 08, 2012, 02:51:55 AM »
I am looking for a lightsensitive lens for indoors use.
I have some lenses i.e. 135mm f/2 L that are lightsensitive but very often its focal length is too much.

Personally I like the flexibility of having a zoom when taking photo's indoors since not always I know how much space there is. And, the lens should be easy to handle from size and weight point of view (so my 70-200 f/2.8 is less convenient here)

My budget is max. 1000 euro

The Canon 24-70 MK II L is not an option from pricing point of view. Neither is the Canon 85mm f/1.2 L

I am considering either the Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 VC or the Sigma 85mm f/1.4
I know I know, I already own the 24-105 but this lens is my outdoors walkaround lens. So I don't mind overlap

Can anyone share his/her experience about the Tamron and/or the Sigma?
And, what would you do?

Just recently I purchased the 5D MK III
I noticed that while using AV(did not check M or TV) in combination with Evaluative metering my photos (using 24-105 and 70-200 MK II) are about 1 stop underexposed. I do not have this with my 7D. I thought both use the same meteringsystem. Did the metering change in the 5D MK III? Or do I need return the camera for a check?
I can correct of course the exposure. Even in post-processing. I can use also a different metering but I am just surprised of different behaviour compared to my 7D. It now means that all the time using AV icw EM I have to use + 1 stop EC
Can someone help me with some advise and explanation? Thanks!
ps sorry if this subject was already addressed. Couldn't find it

Lenses / 24-70 MK II or 70-200 MK II?
« on: September 30, 2012, 06:40:58 AM »
I am going FF in October with 5D MKIII
I would like to add the 24-70 f/2.8 MK II. I like the aperture f/2.8 & zoom flexibility in one lens for indoor photography.
However, maybe the 70-200 f/2.8 MK II may be a better option. I don’t have experience on the different ranges (from 24 to 200) on a FF, just the crop (7d) So, I don’t know what I will notice or miss.
I couldn’t check all my files but I would say 1/3 of my photos are between 24-70, 1/3 between 70-200 and 1/3 between 200  to 300mm.
I currently own a 24-105mm for walk around. I really like this zoom for outdoor photography because it is giving me a good range which is important to me.
I currently own a 70-300mm L for sports mainly (with my 7D) but as walk around lens as well (small , not too heavy)
What would you do? 24-70 MK II or 70-200 MK II?

Ps (I will also add the 135mm f/2 to my primes)

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