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Post Processing / DxO processing to Lightroom
« on: January 30, 2015, 01:51:29 PM »
Though I use DxO regular, I am not too familar with the export to lightroom.
Here is what I want:
- I open and edit a RAW-photo in DxO (I like to lensprofile adjustments in DxO), I make some additional adjustments
- I would like to transfer the RAW-file including the adjustments I did in DxO to Lightroom for some minor tweaking; like applying specific presets (pre-defined adjustments) only available in LR

Currently I can export JPG, TIFF and DNG and store the photo on the HD
I can export to Lightroom as well but again as JPG, TIFF or DNG - or without the adjustments I made in DxO

How can export the RAW-file with my DxO adjustments as RAW-file?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Ice sculptures - any tips?
« on: January 08, 2015, 12:31:55 PM »
At the end of this month I will attend an exhibition of Ice sculptures. It is a rather big exhibition hall (6,500 m2) with artificial light and it is rather dark. The temperature will be minus 8 Celsius.
I was planning to use following gear:
-         - 6D with 35mm f/2 IS with B+W CPOL HTC MRC Käsemann Nano XS-Pro Digital 67mm
-          - Tripod and remote control RS80-N3
-          -   ……I wonder if I should take my 70-200 f/2.8…. (For that I have a Hoya HD Circular Polarization Filter 77mm)
-          -   ….or take the 135mm (for that I have Hoya HMC CIR Polarizing filter 72mm)
I think a circular polarization filter is a must because of the reflection of the ice and the artificial lights used to give the sculptures special effects. But using it at 24mm and below does give me some effects on my FF that I don’t want. So I was planning to leave my 16-35 f/4 at home also because the aperture is rather slow (the CPOL already takes 1 to 1,5 stop light – I guess) I am not sure if I can successfully setup my tripod since it may be crowded. Though the exhibition is running since December 6th last year and ends one day after my visit. Maybe it will be less crowded….
I will take an extra battery and keep it on my body. Because I understand that the battery may run down faster in that cold. So I don’t take a chance to be there without a spare one.
I will also take an extra memory card.  Just to make sure.
I will dress warm – of course – and will bring some gloves.
I wonder how to prepare or what tips can you give me. What do you think?

Software & Accessories / Tripod center column - yes or no
« on: July 01, 2014, 04:31:09 AM »
I wonder what is better (or preferred?) center column yes or no? What is your opinion or experience?

I currently use a tripod with center column. Advantage is that it is easy for me to adjust height - if needed. Sometimes I use it from a sitposition (walkstool) and pick things up to move to a different location (with different level underground) So very easy (and fast) I can adjust my camera height by adjusting the center column. It is just one ring to turn instead of 3 (from the legs)
However sometimes I feel that, while center column is moved up,  the whole thing is less stable. Don't know if it really is or just my feeling.
I am asking because I am looking for a new tripod and wonder if to buy with or without the center column. I guess I could buy with and remove it or not use it.... :-\

Technical Support / Multi-controller joystick 5D MKIII jumped off
« on: June 01, 2014, 11:46:42 AM »
It looks like we got caught in a stream of bad luck....
Within 3 weeks our iron broke, one week ago our laundry machine, last week my watch, yesterday the laptop of my wife (totally dead) and today .....
the multi-controller joystick of my 5D MK III jumped off. I couldn't select AF-points.  :'(
I hope this was the last issue because we are spending big deal of money to fix/replace stuff here...

My camera is 1 year and 7 months old. I believe we get only 1 year warranty so it looks I have to pay for it myself.
Does anyone have the same experience and can tell me how much approx. the repair costs are?

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

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.


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