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Software & Accessories / What monitor????
« on: January 16, 2015, 11:07:53 PM »
I am finding it hard to get my head around which monitor to buy.  I cannot spend more than $800, and if i can get away with it I would like to keep it to more like $500.

I guess I need an IPS monitor. (Right?) 
I do not want a huge one; a 24 is fine, probably perfect.  A 27 would be the very largest I would want. 
A refresh rate that is not so slow I can't use it for the occasional computer game would be nice.
I have a pretty new NVidia video card (GTX 770), but I think it will NOT do 10 bit color per channel; only the Quad Pro cards do.  (right?)

I really want one that can be properly calibrated.  I have a Spider Cal but I am not any expert at using it.

I found one that seems good but some people say some units emit a "squealing" sound that is bad.  http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/974400-REG/asus_pa249q_24_led_backlit_ips.html

Any recommendations?  Thanks.

Would like to get the Canon version but not until I see what the Sig Art version will look like/price like, and almost certainly it will get vibration control.  Would hate to see something insanely good from Sig right AFTER I dug deep for the Canon.  I love my 35 Art.

Hurry up, Sigma, %*#€!%#!!!


Only 3 lenses?  And I guess you will definitely want the Sigma dock for updates?


Lenses / Roger Cicala: Canon v. Nikon lenses on optical bench (no camera)
« on: September 06, 2014, 09:30:40 PM »

Roger at Lens Rentals is comparing 24-70's and 70-200's from Canon and Nikon.  Interesting because it removes the huge variable of the different camera bodies you usually have. 

I found this Nikon Rumors thread kind of interesting to snoop on.


Personally, if I had to pick one aspect about bad image quality at high ISO to address through sensor tech, I think it would be the low detail problem rather than the grain/noise problem.  It is not a slam-dunk choice, but I think the available software does a halfway decent job in smoothing out the noise artifacts, but not much good at all at supplying detail which was not captured by the camera if you intend to crop much.

In other words, it seems like a high MP sensor would solve more problems with its increased detail than it would cause with its tiny noisy pixels.

  Is this completely wrong? 

Third Party Manufacturers / What's next, per Sigma Rumors site
« on: May 17, 2014, 10:17:44 AM »
This is an interesting site to check in on every once in a while.


Supposedly a 24mm and a supertelephoto coming next?

Animal Kingdom / Designing a bird shooting station?
« on: May 04, 2014, 09:12:18 PM »

I am not enough into bird work to justify investing in a 500 or 600mm lens, but I like feeding them, and thereby luring them in close for easy shooting with my 70-200 lens.  My past setup was to hang feeders on the old awning frame over my deck, but the mess it made had become such that I am stopping that.

Now I want to set a post for bird feeder(s)s in the ground outside my picture window, mask off everything but a little hole to shoot thru, and let the mess happen in the grass. How does this sound:

A 4 x 4 post in the ground.  A cross arm of some kind from which to hang the feeder.  A thing like a flag holder or two mounted below so I can cut branches and have them stick out away from the feeder, so I can get shots of birds on a branch, not birds on a feeder. 

Has anyone done something similar?  I welcome input.


EOS Bodies / EF lenses could work on a mirrorless body, right?
« on: March 16, 2014, 03:29:13 PM »
I don't have this wrong, do I?  If they made a mirrorless body that wasn't super thin, but rather the same basic thickness as a DSLR, then there would be no problem?  The adaptor that lets the M camera use EF lenses is really just a spacer to get the lens farther from the sensor, right?

If so, given the huge line of EF lenses that the DSLR makers all have, couldn't they go mirrorless without needing to create all new M lenses, and making EF lenses obsolete?  I don't think most serious amateurs would really want cameras to get small.  A lot of folks say they like the bigger cameras because they are the right size for handling. .

Third Party Manufacturers / Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art: Next week at CP+?
« on: February 04, 2014, 08:54:11 PM »
Will we see this next week?  I had just broken down and bought the Sigma 35 Art 2 for Christmas, barely a month before this development announcement.  I had wanted to wait for a Sigma 50 Art, but I like the 35 so well I honestly can't say I regret it at all.  If this new 50 does live up to some of the hype I may still be tempted.

Would a 50 and a 35 be too redundant?  Would I be better off waiting for the Sigma 135mm they also are supposedly working on?

Canon General / NYT: Only Canon, Nikon and Sony will survive?
« on: January 01, 2014, 07:58:06 PM »
Interesting article from December 20.  Says smartphone selfie-shooters are not embracing the mirrorless bodies in the way it was hoped they would take to a somewhat smaller setup.  Perhaps they will eventually leave off trying to make a "kinda smaller" camera that is too small for most serious shooting, but still too big for selfie-phone man, and keep making cameras that are the proper size for 2-handed shooting. 

Also says the Big 3 will endure but the also-rans like Panasonic, Pentax, Olympus, and even Fuji don't seem like good bets going forward.

Personally I hope Fuji at least makes it.  Original sensor tech and an elegant package. 


I have recently purchased three Phottix Mitros+ flash units. I have been playing around with them, and a couple of light stands and shoot through umbrellas.

The manual says that the power cuts on the transmitter and on the receiver are "cumulative" to each other.  This definitely proves true in my experiments with them so far.

Does this mean that I am basically getting a lot more low-power settings using two units than you could get using just a single unit on camera which would bottom out at 1/128?  I Have noticed that sometimes 1/128th power is too much up close. So does using a wireless flash like this really extend the low-power capability of the flash in the way that the math seems to suggest?  If so, that is a serious extra benefit to having the two units and the wireless connection.


What makes one monitor vs. another good for photo editing?  (If anything).   

I want to get a new one, and I want to get the right type. Not looking to spend more than $400 or so unless there is a good reason, and I really don't need anything bigger than about 23" or 24" or so.   I use Lightroom, but plan to get into Photoshop Elements sooner or later. 


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