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After all that shooting, are you going to be too tired at the end of the day to use DPP to scan through your harvest and winnow out the chaff?   Wouldn't that cut down significantly, perhaps 25% or more?

Doesn't seem too practical without a laptop, and if you have that, you have at least 1TB of internal, plus you can have a 2TB external.  Now, except for theft or other calamities, you have standard coverage. 

If you also back up on a daily basis to something like a Corsair Flash Voyager Slider 128GB USB 3.0, you could mail it when full (once a week or so?) back home.  That would mean only six or seven trips to the post office (where you do get to mix with the locals, at least).

Jim, I'm glad you posed this question.  It's an important one, and I'm also glad so many good suggestions are being posted.  When our new daughter gets a little older, say about two years old, we do plan to go back to China for a long visit, and I'll be in some very remote areas.  I'll be facing much of what you will be, but for some stretches without the benefit of reliable post offices.

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Portrait / Re: Feedback on these headshots
« on: September 01, 2014, 02:31:03 PM »
3413 is your keeper.  I'd crop a little tighter--esp the head.  Exposure looks very good on face and background.  Next two, poses not flattering, background a bit unpleasant as light falls off.  Last one ok, but little stray lock of hair is a no-no.

Smiles look slightly tense...Did you have little time with subject?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5DIII dual cards
« on: August 31, 2014, 09:04:53 PM »
3kramd5 - I shoot JPEG with the various adjustments and RAW in the hope that I've got something to work with if I cock up.  Also, as you are probably aware, the SD card slot is crippled and it's faster to save JPEGs to SD.

I used to have the same thought, but you might want to test if "it" is really true. With "it" I mean: is the JPEG-conversion plus writing to SD card really faster than writing a larger RAW file away to the SD card?

I did this test a long time ago, but I think writing RAW files to the SD card was faster, because the camera doesn't need to convert to JPEG.

However, I still use the SD card as the place to store the JPEGs and the CF for the RAWs. Not only for backup reasons, but also to have the JPEGs immediately available for easy sharing to others and I also really like the quality of the in-camera processing.

Cheers,

Mark.

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Same results for me--faster writes just with full size RAWs than with jpegs as backups to the SD.

And I can't imagine a scenario where I'd be so eager to show a picture that I'd rather have a jpg straight out of camera than a RAW processed even in DPP.  JPGs as backups would be a big step down in creative possibilities for the gems from a portraits session or wedding, should that rare crash or loss of the CF card every happen.

I really see no reason to crank out both jpgs and RAWs, but that's just my workflow.  A newspaper friend does everything in jpg, then quick edits in her vehicle before uploading to the paper.

Will admit I've never shot sports except for skateboarding, and in that case, short bursts were all I needed, and I had no problem with writing lag.

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Lenses / Re: New Lens Information for Photokina
« on: August 29, 2014, 10:18:25 AM »
Who the heck would want a FF lens that only goes to f/5.6 at 105mm? 
Not me, but people that want a light, cheap lens for landscape, travel, & studio use where shallow DOF is never used.  6D shooters would likely be the target for this lens.

Your logic makes about as much sense as saying who would want a crop sensor, or would want a camera any less tough than the 1D X.

There's this little thing called market segmentation.  It's how big companies make money.  Reference Canon's profits on the Rebel line vs. the 1D line.

I think the logic is ok.  You are talking about what people will accept, not what they want.

I'm thinking about how dSLR's continue losing ground, and that putting out mediocre lenses which will produce disappointing results for new buyers accelerates that.

I'm committed to Canon.  I'm satisfied with my gear, in some cases extremely pleased.  I'd recommend Canon.  Their CPS is fantastic.

But I do think it is ok to point out blunders and express disappointment. 

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Lenses / Re: New Lens Information for Photokina
« on: August 29, 2014, 10:12:32 AM »
Update to the 45mm and 90mm TS-E lenses.

A 50mm 1.2 without significant focus shift issues, and sharp edge to edge.

The endlessly missing ~14-24mm 2.8.

I guess these are lusted after by too few...

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Lenses / Re: New Lens Information for Photokina
« on: August 29, 2014, 09:16:19 AM »
Who the heck would want a FF lens that only goes to f/5.6 at 105mm? 

For years I've been saying American businesses are under a curse of stupidity.  The Japanese might be under the same spell.  What a waste of marketing and manufacturing time.

PATHETIC if this rumor proves true.

Ok, now come the slavish apologist RemarkS.

Consumer demand tells a different story; price is an important factor meaning the glass is slow - which is fine for most people anyway. Check out all the Canon EF f/x-5.6 consumer zooms from the film era:

http://www.canon.com/camera-museum/lens/ef/standard_zoom.html

I think distinguishing dSLR's from smartphones makes better sense than making a lens with relatively deep DoF as a starting point at the long end.

I'm not sure going back to the good old days of film, flash bulbs, no radio control, no AF, and on and on is a great plan either.

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Lenses / Re: New Lens Information for Photokina
« on: August 29, 2014, 08:58:02 AM »
Who the heck would want a FF lens that only goes to f/5.6 at 105mm? 

For years I've been saying American businesses are under a curse of stupidity.  The Japanese might be under the same spell.  What a waste of marketing and manufacturing time.

PATHETIC if this rumor proves true.

Ok, now come the slavish apologist RemarkS.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Shuttercount Now Available for Windows
« on: August 28, 2014, 08:52:37 PM »
I, for one, am happy to have a handy, dedicated utility for this price.  Not interested at this time in Magic Lantern or FoCal.  I'm sure they are great, but simplicity rules during times of job transitions, a new baby, and the whole wonderful hurricane of life!

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Canon General / Re: Canon Announces Photokina Details
« on: August 28, 2014, 09:32:43 AM »
Where are the DETAILS???   :o

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EOS Bodies / Re: Are you planning to purchase a 7D2
« on: August 27, 2014, 04:31:53 PM »

I'm just afraid the noise level on the new 7D2 will be about the same as the old 7D/60D, which would be a deal killer.

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Lenses / Re: 400 f/2.8L II IS: Took the plunge...
« on: August 27, 2014, 05:36:26 AM »
One word for 400mm f2.8 IS II = "SUPER". AF is FAST. Truely designed for sports.

It works very well with 1.4x TC III, still 95% compared to bare. IQ drops quite a bit with 2x TC III at wide open in Ai servo only(still good in One shot mode). Sharpness improve when step down to f7-8 in Ai servo.

 See photos here with 1DX + 400mm f2.8 IS II + 2x TC III: http://dylannguyen.smugmug.com/Sports/Surfing#!/

Congrats ;)

Beautiful shots.  I'm sure the surfers would love #17 and #70 especially.  Do you ever share the images with them?

Now here is a dream lens.

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Lenses / Re: 85mm f1/2L II and event photography?
« on: August 22, 2014, 06:35:22 AM »
First thought when I saw the title of the post, "Oxymoron!"

Reading through and seeing Vern't great detail shot with the couple blurred perfectly in the background, I'm thinking quite differently about my own 85mm 1.2. 

Good old CR.

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I have never seen such a dramatic variation from AF point to AF point, but apparently that is a known issue with this lens.

There is another thread floating around with many people having autofocus issues with this lens on points other than the center point (there appears more that have problems than those who do not).  You might want to call Sigma to see if they have a replacement program, but if you cannot live with this problem I would try another copy from the store you bought it from.  If the next copy has the same issue, buy a different make/model lens.  If you deal directly with Sigma the store you bought it from will not take back the lens Sigma sends you due to different serial#.

Based on all the reports of problematic AF performance on outer points with this lens, I would guess this is a characteristic of the lens.

Not a "characteristic" due to design, but a shortcoming of QC, according to the user experiences reported here on CR.

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I don't like when I post in a forum and am told to read other posts, but in this case, we do have some lengthy, thorough, and insightful discussions about the AF problems some Sigma 50mm Art customers have experienced.

If you read what some of us have been dealing with, you'll understand why I smiled when you said you were "shocked" at the outer-point problems.

Personally, I'll give the lens another chance next year, after Sigma updates the firmware (and makes other tweaks???) and acknowledges that AF issues have been addressed. 

I still cannot see the benefit of buying the USB dock when my camera can perform AF micro-adjustments.  And, in fact, I have the Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art and it does just great with only in-camera micro-adjustments.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D3 No Longer in Production
« on: August 18, 2014, 01:58:36 PM »
Doesn't sound right...it must be some kind of mistake.

In fact, if it's Best Buy I'm almost SURE it's a mistake. Don't get me started with them...

Certain b&m big box retailers understandably get aggravated with all the showcasing and price matching.  The speculation the clerk was rambling on about in the original post sounds exactly like somebody unhappy with the job, unhappy with the customer, but quite happy to yank somebody's chain.


And here we are dozens of posts later.

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