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If you look here:

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=108&Camera=453&Sample=0&FLI=0&API=6&LensComp=108&CameraComp=453&SampleComp=0&FLIComp=0&APIComp=4

it looks like this lens is sharpest around 5.6.  I wouldn't go above F8 unless you really needed the additional DOF.

Good Luck


My 135L is sharpest at F5.0 as per Focal Pro. Is your lens AFMA'd to the body?

For fun you could always try walking up the sync speed too -  it is a function of the camera max sync which was talked about earlier along with the trigger max sync. The worst thing that can happen is you will start to see the banding of the shutter creep into the shot - from there back it off a 1/3 of a stop or so.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom Mobile Version Official
« on: April 09, 2014, 12:27:31 PM »

Yes, I also can confirm that RAW images are not visible to LR Mobile.  Now after a day of playing with LR Mobile, I have concluded that it is next to useless for my workflow.  Others hopefully will find a way to make it useful for them.

The only use I have of it is to create a Collection in LR for my best photos and have that synced to the iPad to easily show people my photos on the go.

I had also considered using it after a days shooting and syncing up the shoot and then using the comfort of the iPad on the couch to sort and reject my photos.  However, there is no key wording function in LR mobile and I usually shoot 500-1000 pics a day (BIF) and reject about 80-90% so it would always take a long time to upload all of those images and really not be worth it in the end.  I also would have used it to maybe do my edits but since I can't do all the Detail edits or set colour space or lens corrections it means I'd have to revisit every file in LR to finish them off...not worth the time either for me.

As of now, LR Mobile is just a glorified portfolio app for me.  I hope others can find some use for it.  I'd be interested to know what workflow others envision for it as maybe I'm missing something.
I am with you - the current intro version of LR Mobile is lacking for my workflow too. I would primarily be interested in doing the initial triage of images, ratings and keywording (beyond the pick/unpick/reject mode). Actual edits are fun but I don't foresee  a big need to do this type of editing on an iPad.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom Mobile Version Official
« on: April 09, 2014, 07:16:06 AM »
On topic,  any opinions on whether it is better to use the iPod SD adaptor vs a WiFi card?

The WiFi card would be one less step, but I think it would be rather slow by comparison, particularly with RAW (I'm assuming LR Mobile supports RAW).  I would like to try a WiFi card but I hear a real mix of good and bad about them.


I have much better luck with the Camera Connector Kit than either an Eye-Fi card or a Canon WFT.

I have an old Eye-fi Pro X2 8GB that was given to me on a shoot last year and I just got it setup this morning and I transferred both JGP and RAW to the 'Camera Roll' on the iPad, not withstanding speed of transfer, it works great.

That said, I went into LR Mobile, created a new collection and added the new photos to the collection. The RAW images were not visible to LR Mobile, only the JPG's.

Summary: RAW images in Camera Roll but not selectable for import into LR Mobile
Anyone else having this issue?

A bit of topic, another thing I noticed is that the images transferring from the Eye-fi card to the Camera Roll get renamed coming into the iPad - anyone else experience that?
EDIT: It seems this is a function of the iPad Camera Roll API: http://forums.eye.fi/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=8715

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom Mobile Version Official
« on: April 08, 2014, 09:42:54 PM »
For all those whining, wailing, and gnashing their teeth at Adobe, again.

If you want a really cool LR syncing iPad App get Photosmith, I have used it for years.
This looks like a very interesting app and quite capable - more so than the LR mobile app.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom Mobile Version Official
« on: April 08, 2014, 09:37:46 PM »
Check out the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro.  i7 CPU, 8G RAM, 256 SSD, ultra-high res display (3200×1800 at 13.3" (276 ppi), higher than retina) and great battery life.  Reviews are mostly great except the ultra high resolution is actually almost a negative it's so high.  Great for photos though!  It's about $1000 or $1200 from Best Buy depending on whether you want the i5/4G/128 version or the i7/8G/256 version.

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2014/03/lenovo-yoga-2-pro-review-you-say-you-want-resolution/

That looks pretty sweet hardware wise

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom Mobile Version Official
« on: April 08, 2014, 07:19:48 PM »
Oh that's good then. Yeah I noticed the mobile downloads folder too.
Out of interest what name did it create for the collection set?
It created the same named Collection Set as Arbitrage - it is called 'From Lr mobile' and the files are placed on the HDD here:
Collection set #1: {HDD}\Lightroom\Mobile Downloads.lrdata\{random_dir_name1}\*.*
Collection set #2: {HDD}\Lightroom\Mobile Downloads.lrdata\{random_dir_name2}\*.*

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom Mobile Version Official
« on: April 08, 2014, 06:33:47 PM »
I just simply created a collection called iPad dedicated for my camera roll imports.
Does that Collection sync back up to your PC? If the Collection does not exist on your main LR PC does it create it for you and then transfer the images from the iPad?

I believe I created it in LR on my PC and it then popped up in LR on my iPad. I then imported from my camera roll using LR on my iPad and these then appeared in the collection on my PC.

I've only tested it this way so far. So not sure what would happen if you create a collection on the iPad first. I get the feeling you may still have to create it on your PC LR too because you have to set the collection to be a synced one.

Makes sense. I will try this later today once I am near my home LR PC.
I just synced the iPad to my main LR PC and low and behold LR created a new Collection Set and under that was the new Collection I created today along with the four images I had gathered from the film roll. It placed the actual images here on my PC:
{HDD}\Lightroom\Mobile Downloads.lrdata\*.*

My third party camera kit card is broken - I guess IOS 7 disabled it, therefore I cannot test out importing a series of .CR2 files to the film roll, creating a collection and importing them. It should work though. That should provide a decent onsite workflow selection process as you can swipe up or down on an image to flag it a Pick/Unpick or Reject.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom Mobile Version Official
« on: April 08, 2014, 04:56:52 PM »
You could run LR 5 on a Windows Surface Pro.  I've used Premiere Pro and After Affects on a Surface Pro, though memory and RAM are a bit of an issue...and rendering is god awfully long.  LR 5 is fine, though it gobbles up RAM pretty quickly.  But if you absolutely need it on a tablet it's there.
A buddy of mine has run LR and PS on one of the EEE ASUS tablet with the built-in Wacom display for on location use - pretty handy indeed. I am sure the more recent Surface devices are way better than the older ASUS boxes.

Once these tablets are a serious contender as a desktop/laptop replacement I will likely step-up but although they are small they still have poor battery life and are heavy compared to an iPad or Android tablet.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom Mobile Version Official
« on: April 08, 2014, 02:14:51 PM »
I just simply created a collection called iPad dedicated for my camera roll imports.
Does that Collection sync back up to your PC? If the Collection does not exist on your main LR PC does it create it for you and then transfer the images from the iPad?

I believe I created it in LR on my PC and it then popped up in LR on my iPad. I then imported from my camera roll using LR on my iPad and these then appeared in the collection on my PC.

I've only tested it this way so far. So not sure what would happen if you create a collection on the iPad first. I get the feeling you may still have to create it on your PC LR too because you have to set the collection to be a synced one.

Makes sense. I will try this later today once I am near my home LR PC.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom Mobile Version Official
« on: April 08, 2014, 01:57:23 PM »
I just simply created a collection called iPad dedicated for my camera roll imports.
Does that Collection sync back up to your PC? If the Collection does not exist on your main LR PC does it create it for you and then transfer the images from the iPad?

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom Mobile Version Official
« on: April 08, 2014, 12:44:36 PM »
This is why I have opted not to subscribe, and continue to use LR6 and PS CS6 (which do everything I need).
For now...
The next upgrade of Canon to say the 5D4 will require a Camera RAW upgrade that would likely only be available on the new CC platform regardless of whether or not they make LR a CC only subscription.

The majority of the features I use in LR and PS could be served with older versions but you fall into the trap of needing an update to support a filter or new device. I limped along with my 5D3 two years ago and I was running LR3 at the time and needed to upgrade to LR4 which at the time involved a new laptop (2k later). For months I converted files to DNG and then imported them - no tethered shooting, etc...

My point is, software has built in obsolescence and Adobe and Microsoft to name a few have adopted this model. If we want the new features we will need to pony up (or pirate) otherwise we can revert to our old perpetual licences or find open source variants.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom Mobile Version Official
« on: April 08, 2014, 12:34:14 PM »
You can add from the iPads camera roll which means you can also use a camera connection kit and add to the camera roll and then into the LR Mobile app.  You have to go to the collections screen and then there is a settings button on the lower right of each collection thumbnail and you get the option there to add from the camera roll.

Tried this and it works well - thanks for pointing it out! Have not tried to import the film roll collection in my PC yet, I will have to wait until later to try that out.

Are you the same Arbitrage from FM?

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom Mobile Version Official
« on: April 08, 2014, 10:13:05 AM »
It says this will import photos taken with the iPad... but it would be more useful to sync photos from my 5D3 to my ipad, do touch ups in the field with the iPad and then sync with my computer when I get home.  Is that a possible use case?  I assume I'd need to buy some accessory to transfer files that way since there's no SD or CF slot on the iPad.  I'll have to do some more investigation with this as it seems like a cool workflow option.

You can buy the Photo Import dongle for iPad, careful with third party knockpoffs - not all of them work. You import photos into your filmroll and then they are on the iPad - I don't know if you can import them into LR on iPad though. I have not yet encountered an import feature - it appears to sync with MAC/PC Collections instead. I have also not found a selection method beyond Pick/Unflag.

The workflow you describe would be awesome. Shoot, upload to iPad, quick selections/edits and then upload to mothership but I don't think the mobile version is there yet.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom Mobile Version Official
« on: April 08, 2014, 08:15:14 AM »
Same argument in the past week with the release of Office for iPad - you need to step up and buy an Office365 license.

Weird. I reverted back to a backup catalog from last night and LR still seemed stuck trying to sync my original files. I deleted the mobile catalog again and synced some RAW files rather than the original TIF and PSD's which I had in existing collections.

Got it working  - will try it out and see how it goes. They will definitely need to fix the DB sync issue I was experiencing as something is gummed up in the sync process for sure.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom Mobile Version Official
« on: April 08, 2014, 07:53:27 AM »
Broken for me. I added the app to my iPad and then upgraded to LR 5.4 on my PC and started to sync a few photos via Collections and I keep getting the message:

"Sync has been turned off. This appears to be a backup catalog which may be out of date with Lightroom mobile."
To make this your sync catalog, go to: Edit > Preferences > Lightroom Mobile and click the "Delete All Data" button to start fresh.

I have done this numerous times and am getting nowhere. A tad buggy out of the blocks, me thinks!

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