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Video & Movie / Re: Canon 6D - RAW and stabilizer test
« on: August 19, 2014, 09:17:13 PM »
Well done! Didn't know Magic Lantern was available for 6D now.

Video & Movie / Re: My latest Cooking Video
« on: August 19, 2014, 09:14:41 PM »
Congratulations on a job well done :-)

Lenses / Re: Help deciding on going full frame
« on: August 16, 2014, 07:53:36 AM »
I have the 6D, 24-105 combination and I have been happy with it for convenience and flexibility. I will tell you however that more and more, when I know what I'm shooting and I'm not just "walking around", I am using the 85mm 1.8 for portraits. I believe you also have that lens. It gives me the level of sharpness and bokeh I'm looking for consistently. I will say probably 30% of my pictures today are taken using the 24-105. Think of it as a high end kit lens. I'm also a recent strong believer in AFMA.

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Creative Cloud 2014 - Jumped yet?
« on: August 05, 2014, 09:51:07 PM »
Just shot my niece's senior pictures. Since I did if for free, I had no problem having her participate in the work. I had her download LR on her iPad and she has successfully gone through all 400 pictures and narrowed it down to 51. I was then able to go through the remaining 51 on my computer and rate them based on focus and other things I as a photographer might notice on a big scree that she might not on an iPad. I am really enjoying being able to collaborate with her and she is enjoying being able to see the changes as I make them.

So....size DOES matter!

Lenses / Re: Help me to decide: 35 vs 50mm
« on: July 28, 2014, 07:35:38 AM »
I posted this a while back. The video was helpful to me, it might be to you.

That was my first question. Does this happen only when a flash is used?

EOS Bodies / Re: Which is better for high ISO, 6D or 5D Mk III?
« on: July 08, 2014, 07:58:45 AM »
Isn't it awesome that we can actually be having this discussion?! Usable iso 6400 pictures? I remember the first time I heard of iso 1000 film  ;)

Lenses / Re: DigitalRev review of the new 16-35 L IS
« on: July 06, 2014, 05:27:18 PM »
All this talk inspired me to watch the 35mm f/2 IS video since I own that. I must say I enjoy his videos and take them for what they are worth. He seemed to like the 35mm but his objections were where it fit in the lineup. Back when he reviewed it, I think Canon wanted $849 for it. I think if he had reviewed it at its current $549, he would have been more excited.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon 35mm F2 IS
« on: July 06, 2014, 11:50:57 AM »
Playing with the new toy.

Software & Accessories / Re: Apple to Cease work on Aperture
« on: July 03, 2014, 10:29:43 AM »
"Support for Photo Editing Extensions means that developers don't have to try to woo users into switching to an entirely new app in order to try their imaging tools. Instead, after installing a new app that includes a Photo Editing Extension, any new editing capabilities the developer implements as an Extension will show up right within Photos, allowing users to integrate new features from third parties into the existing Photos app."

Sounds almost like if those of us who liked Apples file management, but preferred to post process on a different app could be in for a pleasant surprise. Of course, we would have to wait for Apple to roll out their app, then, for Adobe to roll out their plug in.

Software & Accessories / Re: Apple to Cease work on Aperture
« on: July 02, 2014, 07:20:30 AM »
Recent news suggests that the Aperture and iPhoto "replacement" will have some kind of plug-in support, I have read "third party extensibility", which might actually open the door to it, with some good add-ons, becoming a valid tool. Time will tell.

Personally I'll have to balance the perhaps not-so-nice, and not-immediately-powerful-enough new photo app from Apple against the licensing and general barf-ness of Adobe's software. I'm really looking forward to that. Not.

If you force developers to use a language nobody else uses (and outside Apple nobody uses Objective-C, and now Apple would like to replace it with the new Swift too) ...

While a more in-depth discussion could be had, it's a bit too off-topic here.

Update: When asked about what Aperture-like features users can expect from the new Photos app, an Apple representative mentioned plans for professional-grade features such as image search, editing, effects, and most notably, third-party extensibility. The representative also clarified the timeframe when Aperture development will end, along with an announcement about its other Pro app offerings receiving updates today; those details have been updated in the text above.

In addition to telling users that iPhoto will be discontinued and rolled into the new Photos app, Apple also confirmed to Ars Technica that Aperture will be updated to ensure Yosemite compatibility, but users shouldn't expect any further development or updates beyond that.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L USM For Sale
« on: July 02, 2014, 07:09:49 AM »
The listing seems to have been removed :o Or perhaps there is something preventing my computer from reaching that listing.

Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 5 Plugin for focus points?
« on: June 30, 2014, 07:59:26 AM »
Never seen it, but I can see where that would be helpful to have.

Software & Accessories / Re: Apple to Cease work on Aperture
« on: June 30, 2014, 07:58:36 AM »
I am quite shocked as to how many people actually care that Aperture isn't going to be supported anymore. I don't use Aperture, I use Lightroom on the Mac and until a few minutes ago, I didn't know anyone who used Aperture. My understanding is that Aperture hasn't seen an update in quite a while so I guess my question is, why be all upset at Apple now? If you were using Aperture and liked it, keep using it till you can't anymore then migrate.
The people like me who were holding out on Aperture were waiting for "Aperture X", i.e. a complete overhaul of the application like Final Cut Pro and Logic received. Seems that we have to change to Lightroom after all.

How is Lightroom on the Mac anyhow? From some years back I remember Adobe software being really crappy Carbon-based legacy-ware, many bugs, slow, unintuitive. Is Adobe software from today state-of-the-art 64-bit Cocoa? With good usability?

The funny thing is, my decision to use LightRoom had nothing to do with features or benefits. I am usually an Apple Fan Boy and I eat anything Apple  :-\ Unfortunately for Apple, when Aperture was released, I was rocking an Apple eMac (remember those?) and the system requirements for Aperture were beyond my hardware. Enter LightRoom which had no problems playing on my eMac. I was growing as a photographer, was learning that RAW was the way to go, and I don't think back then iPhoto did RAW. So, my decision was made for me. If I had a more powerful Mac back then, I probably would have went down the Aperture path.

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