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Software & Accessories / Smugmug, Flickr, 500px etc
« on: January 10, 2014, 11:47:23 AM »
Dear CR friends,
Which of the hosting websites do you prefer, and why is it better for you?
Thank you!
Daniel

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Canon General / Renaming and storing photos
« on: December 21, 2013, 05:03:27 PM »
Hi everyone,
I own a 60D, and bought a S120 about a month ago. Even though I like the little camera a lot for its "pocketability", it has given me an unexpected problem: identical filenames. But it gets much worse...
I used to rename my photos when importing into LR in my own way, which was Name/place - date - file number (e.g., Patricia - 2013 dec 12th - 001); I also had separate folders for each subject, like family, events, trips, portraits and so on. I decided to drop this system because subjects often overlap and I'd end up not knowing if I should put some file in the 2012 Christmas or Family folder. I then started keeping the original files in a single folder, stopped renaming at all, and was waiting for an opportunity (oh well, laziness) to bring old files from HDs and DVDs to that folder.
Making a long story short: now my computer is a mess, and so are my external HDs and DVDs with backups. (I even have duplicated files with different names in different folders.)
So, I'd really appreciate some suggestions:
- How do you suggest I name my files?
- Should I rename, after all?
- Should I just let LR put the files where it wants when importing and never mess with folders? Won't it make it harder to find the files later?
- Is it a bad idea to have them all in a single folder? I've seen people sorting files by year and month, but I'm not sure it makes sense to me since it's unlikely I'll remember when I took the photos.
I need a system that makes sense and that is unlikely to be changed in the future, and can't come with a good one on my own. (I'm sure you have no doubt about it by now...) :)
Sorry for writing too much.
Thank you!
Daniel

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Lenses / Advice on 70-200 lens
« on: December 02, 2013, 10:32:37 AM »
Hi everyone!
I currently own a 60D, that I use much more often with the 17-55mm f/2.8, and only sometimes with the 50mm f/1.4. Having my son quickly growing up and beginning to walk, the need for a telephoto lens is becoming clear.
I'm considering buying the 70-200 f/4L (non-IS), for the price looks very good for the image quality I've read about.
My question: would you consider the IS version, even though it will cost almost twice as much? Do you think IS will be worth the price difference?
I don't plan going FF; will probably buy the 7D mk2 instead. Also, the f/2.8 version os the 70-200L will be probably too big for shooting a casual soccer game or so.
Thank you for your help!
Daniel

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PowerShot / P&S - Faster lens or bigger sensor?
« on: February 27, 2013, 04:59:25 PM »
Dear CR gurus,
Technical question: for P&S cameras, is it better to have a larger sensor or a faster lens?
Background: I want to buy a decent P&S for my wife, but I've seen that truly pocketable cameras have either faster lenses or bigger sensors, but not both at the same time; e.g., the Canon S110 has a somewhat larger sensor than most P&S and is really small, but the max aperture of its lens is only f/5.9 at the telephoto end. On the other hand, a soon-to-be-released Olympus ZX-10 has a faster lens (f/1.8-2.7), but a smaller sensor.
(I'll get myself a Fuji X20 or an Olympus ZX-2 for carrying around later on, but she prefers something even smaller and cheaper.)
Any thoughts on larger sensor vs faster lens?
Thanks in advance!
Daniel

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Software & Accessories / DNGs on external HD only?
« on: February 25, 2013, 03:13:44 PM »
Dear CR fellas,
Does anyone know if it's possible to have the original files (DNGs) on an external HD only and still have labeling/keywording and all that stuff working? The idea is to have the desktop with selected JPEGs only.
Thanks in advance!

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EOS Bodies / Downgrade to crop
« on: December 03, 2012, 07:35:36 AM »
Hi all,
I've been shooting with a 60D (my first dSLR) since 2010 or 2011, and am naturally considering going FF. The thing is, everybody asks, "will I benefit from going FF?", and the answer is more likely "yes" -- although it sure depends on the photographer and his/her uses for the camera. What we seldom know is, do these folks who upgraded and now have better gear take better pics now, or is it all the same? For how many of them has upgrading made significant difference?
So I ask you FF shooters: what is it that you can do nowadays with you FF that you would no longer be able to do if you downgraded to crop?
Hope it doesn't sound too crazy -- it makes sense in my mind... :)
Cheers

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Lenses / Help me choose a lens
« on: November 20, 2012, 10:01:03 AM »
Hi all,
I could use some advice on choosing my next lens, please.
Although I don't have any expensive gear, a few friends of mine (P&S owners) keep asking me to shoot family events, like their kids' birthday parties (one-eyed man in the land of the blind...). The thing is, I fell (well, I am) very limited with my current gear and avoid the events whenever possible.
The "problem":
- 60D
- 18-135 kit lens
- 50 1.4 lens
- Speedlite 430 EX II
- Manfrotto MKC3-P01 tripod
(Yeah, I know, cheap stuff, but I was not sure when I first started and decided to keep it relatively cheap.)
Since I'm enjoying photography much more than I could anticipate when I bought the camera, I think I could make good use of some better gear now. (And maybe the hobby will turn into a part-time job, who knows?) I'm just not sure if I should keep buying EF-S lenses because I will someday, maybe in 1 or 2 yrs from now, upgrade to FF.
Well, anyway:
- FF now, like a 6D with the 24-105 kit and saving for faster lenses in the future, or
- Save for a while and then go FF (body-only) with a 24-70 2.8 for better motion-stopping possibilities, or
- Canon 10-22 + 24-70 2.8, and keep the 60D for now, or
- Keep the 60D, buy a 17-40 instead of the 10-22, and make do with the 17-40, 50 1.4 (and zooming with my feet) and the kit lens until I decide to take the plunge and go FF?
I'm aware the 10-22 is not a fast lens; does this make it a not-so-good lens for group pics at parties?
Main use would be parties and other events, family (wife!) portraits, and of course taking a bunch of pics of my own kid.
(Please have in mind that I live in Brazil, and it will not be so easy to buy/sell used gear down here as it is in the USA when I go FF; not sure how it works in Europe.)
Thanks in advance!
Daniel

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Lenses / Lensbaby
« on: July 10, 2012, 07:04:43 PM »
Has anyone ever tried or bought Lensbaby bodies/lenses? Are they worth it?
Thanks!

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EOS Bodies / Anyone shooting film?
« on: April 05, 2012, 01:54:41 PM »
Anyone shooting film & digital? It occurred to me it may be cool to shoot film sometimes, and I started to look for old 35 mm cameras. I found a Pentax (sorry...) KX, which seems to have been a great camera 30 yrs ago, with a 55/1.8 lens, a flash, a little bag an so on for around US$ 120. Anyone think it's worth it, or is it just to much of a hassle for nothing?

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Lenses / Canon EF 50/1.4 on 60D
« on: April 03, 2012, 10:29:00 PM »
I'm pretty new to photography (one year, more or less) and want to buy my first 50mm prime lens next month. I've been reading quite a few reviews and posts about 50mm lenses from Canon and Sigma, and was mainly considering getting the Canon 50/1.4, but then there's this focussing issue many folks talk about... I know it's not an expensive lens, but considering there is no AF microadjustment on my 60D, well, I'm not sure if it's worth buying it anymore. If I'm not lucky and my copy is not a very good one, well, will I be able to live with it? Any thoughts? Thanks!

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