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Software & Accessories / Capture One
« on: July 01, 2014, 03:42:48 AM »
We will see those topics multiply in the near future with the Aperture announcement so I'll start mine.

Aperture with Nik suite was (barely) satisfying for my editing needs so I'm not sure I'll go LR/PS via CC but some Capture One abilities seem to be Paramount. So I might go for it and use the future and crippled "Photo" app as an output Library/portfolio only.

Can we have some feedback from capture One users? in other threads there are some mentions that point at good stuff but what are your like/dislike?


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Third Party Manufacturers / Dissuade me to get a Rolleiflex
« on: April 04, 2014, 04:11:43 AM »
Went to my usual shop today for some CF cards.

Since my last visit a Rolleiflex popped up in their Vintage section. 2.8F, visually and optically mint. Asking price of 2300 USD (in local currency). Can probably be bargained down quite a bit (around 10% would be a reasonnable aime just for principles).

Just one comment....now THAT is a viewfinder!!! Why the hell does no company keep making this kind of camera??? The form factor is truly excellent!

I was so troubled that I forgot to ask for the accessories accompanying it and got the wrong serial number (taking lens not camera). I was in a rush to get my bank card away.

Anyone to dissuade me? Or will there be some GAS propaganda?

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Software & Accessories / Feedback on Lowepro Urban reporter 350?
« on: February 13, 2014, 04:54:29 AM »
Since I gripped my 5D3 I'm not so pleased anymore with my Tamrac Rally 6.

I'm usually a Tamrac guy but considering the Rally 7 doesn't seem to offer so much more space, I'm in the market for a Messenger bag that will hold my usual kit: 5d3 grip, 24-70 II, 70-200 2.8 IS II, 85L and Sigma 35. (Rally 6 and most messenger offer only 3 spaces, i know and that's generally a non issue even though 4 out of 4 would be perfect).

Besides the grip, the usual problems are the length of the 70-200 (usual but clear on the descriptions of the bags) and the 85L width (more difficult to judge on websites).

Right now the best option seems the Lowepro Urban reporter 350 but I'm open to other suggestions as long as it's messenger style that doesn't scream "camera in there".

Any input?

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Cool article on Wired today!

http://www.wired.com/rawfile/2014/01/peter-read-miller/

All shot with Canon  8)

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Canon General / "Pure photographic experience"
« on: November 06, 2013, 02:37:02 AM »
"Pure photographic experience"

We see those words tossed around quite a lot recently and more specifically with the new nikon that made it it's tagline (for the cam as no video mode, mainly).

What would be the spec of a camera that would fit your definition of a "pure photographic experience?"

All the talk with the a7r and the df, I thought of a kinda  weird machine. Mirroless FF high ISO and DR performance and so forth, of course, like 99% of us will want but the form factor in my mind is quite different.

The biggest retro conundrum of mine would be to just give up the LCD. We have cards that can store 500+ pics, not 36 expo films, why do we always need to look at a damn 3" lcd? For those who never did, I suggest one photo outting with the LCD blocked, you'll feel way more free. (bonus point, the sucker will stop draining batterie)
That also save space for a big @ss viewfinder with the modern HUD techs.

Second would be fixed lens. I know zooms are more convenient...but they are generally just that, a convenience. I really tend to be more original, more raw, more acid when bringing out the primes.
More space saved to go toward the inards. More calculating power saved for AF and such if they aren't lazy coding.

Give up all the software crap. RAW or jpeg of course but forget about styles, mode and all this crap. TvAvM.

Of course this isn't a "pro gear" as in paying gig gear but a high IQ toy for photog.

I know, Marketing guys called, they said I'd have 2 customers. Meh

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Third Party Manufacturers / In the market for a mirrorless
« on: October 20, 2013, 09:23:04 PM »
Did my homework but still ooking for opinion.

In addition to my kit, I'm in the market for a mirrorless for wife and daily use (man purse use).

Then the idea is to get as close as DSLR results with limiting weight to the max, which precludes from anything with lens ecosystem. I prefer fast glass and I'm more a 35 than 50 person. Fast AF is nice but non critical, basic street speed is enough (and I do some street with a 85L so...clearly no need for speed). Low light performance is indeed very important.

With all that in mind, I'm of course leaning toward the Fuji X100s. Reviews are good and I know quite a few of you have some fun with it...

But is there some naysayers with a better option that fits my criterions??

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Canon General / The library
« on: June 04, 2013, 02:39:29 AM »
I didn't see any discussion on that topic so I'll start it.

I was just getting myself some photography litterature (namely the new Winogrand, collections of Lewis Hines and Andre Kertesz and an exhibition catalogue of O Zhang) and I was rethinking about comments on "photography litteracy".

Actually the more I get social with other photographers, the more I can see the difference in approach between people with "references"and people without. (no judgment there, both approach are valid as creation process ... but maybe less as discussion base ;) )

So please share your "photography readings". Can be famous photog books, can be "how to's", whatever you think helps you shoot better!

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Software & Accessories / Field printer for 5D3?
« on: May 28, 2013, 12:28:47 AM »
I'll be soon going on a field trip and I'd like to add a "polaroid like" printer to my "get friendly with the locals" arsenal.

Of course I've seen the polaroid G10 but I wonder if forumers have another suggestion ;)

Only spec I look for outside of IQ is actually battery life as electricity access will be quite random.

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Software & Accessories / What complement to Aperture
« on: April 05, 2013, 03:15:33 AM »
So I have my library on Aperture and I don't intend changing that for various reasons.

BUT, I feel that the editing tools aren't enough...

I generally do very little post on my pictures as my main style is photojournalism. It's mainly to correct flaws of a shot i couldn't repeat due to "the moment". HDR ability is cool for vacation photo but not a must.

Requirements: pretty much none. Aperture "pluginable" and not hundreds of dollars would be a plus. Hardware isn't an issue but it's OSX only. If relevant for comparison, I only shoot full RAW on a 5d3 (but anyway my library won't be held by this software so shouldn't impact much).

From my readings there is 3 options:
- Adope CS/Elements or whatever: mostly cons (not pluginable, way overkill for what I need, price for the bigger ones). Advice on which one is the best for light work would be welcome.
- DxO: price is a bit on the high side
- Photo Ninja: seems somehow less advanced.

So basicly, except if someone can sell me an adobe product, it's either get the dollars out for DxO or hope that Photo Ninja will be enough.

Any opinion welcome, other solution that I wouldn't have seen too.

Thanks!

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Site Information / Tapatalk
« on: March 12, 2013, 02:23:50 AM »
Dear Santa/Admin

For some time now there are applications on mobile devices that allow fast and easy access to forums. Tapatalk is maybe the most famous. It is supposed to be very easy to set up the forum to be accessible. Could you please activate it?

This message is mostly feedback for admins but other tapatalk users are welcome to join the parade!

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Lenses / Choosing a kit thinking long term
« on: November 02, 2012, 04:40:57 AM »
After many reviews read on the internet, I post this thread to get opinions on "my ideal kit" I came up with.

Short background: Amateur not super rich but not tight on budget. Only recently came to DSLR.
Usual shooting: Street candids and portraiture. Nightlife. Occasional landscape as i have opportunities to travel but no huge passion for it. No interest at all in specialized wildlife. Hates flash.
Gear: 60D, kit 17-85, EFS10-22, nifty fifty.

Ok so the whole idea, as i'm not tight on budget and will probably, in the (very) long run end up with FF is to plan the kit very rigorously for the future by going with high end that will fit the FF. That also implies little or no buy and ressell (complicated where i live). Airplane carry on kit is also a plus so I'm thinking 4-5 lens total.

70-200 2.8 IS v2 is coming next week. That's a fact.

Next is more complicated as the kit sucks balls. Should have done better homework on it before purchase.

BUT on the other hand I really appreciate doing ops at night, without flash for sure. While the 50 is great for the price, I find the focal either too long or too short. It's also too soft wide open (dim lit bar/club or streets) and way too slow to focus. Low keepers rate :(

So the idea is to replace the kit lens (probably 24-70L II) and to get longer and(/or?) shorter night lens. Shorter is easy, targeting for 35L, as it'll be also fine while going FF (I love shooting at 22 on the 60D so used to that focal and until then it'll "be" a 50). Longer is quite ok too as 135L get praised everywhere.

The real questions now are:
1- would you prioritize replacing the bad kit or fixing the night lens issue?
2- how useable is a 135L on a crop? How good is it for very poor light shooting? The 85L would be both quite expensive and not fit for what i do (slow AF in fast & dark environment) and, on FF, would be a focal i seem not to be confortable with (yet?)

Right now my whole plan would actually be in the hands of canon: 35LII before I can purchase the 24-70LII? at what price?

Thx for your opinions
EDIT: Renting isn't an option here.

PS: Yay, first post!

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