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EOS Bodies - For Video / Canon 6D video feed to projector?
« on: November 24, 2013, 12:32:42 AM »
I want to feed video directly from my 6D to a projector for a club meeting and may also want to record the videos for our website.  Have not done much video but assume the EOS software will manage this interface thru wifi into my mac laptop and then usb into the projector?  Any tips or "watch out fors" here?  I did some searches on this forum and came up empty handed. Thanks for any advice.

Tony M

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 5 versus Photoshop Elements 11
« on: August 11, 2013, 09:32:18 PM »
Harry: that's exactly why I bought LR 4 and upgraded to LR5 when it came out. I could not easily/naturally find a good workflow with PSE and LR was inherently easier to work through - the ""top to bottom" normal workflow just plain works for me!

Tony M

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 5 versus Photoshop Elements 11
« on: August 11, 2013, 09:10:54 PM »
Hands down, first. choice is LR5. You may find needs/opportunities in some cases for using Layers in which case you can then consider PSE or OnOne Software's Perfect Photo Suite (one module of which is Perfect Layers with several other highly useful modules). I had PSE first, then got LR5 and find most of my post processing needs (95+%) are met with LR. I now use PPS for all the balance and don't go to PSE anymore.

Tony M

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 5
« on: August 10, 2013, 06:15:35 PM »
My experience is that I was using PhotoShop Elements and PS CS4 sort of randomly interchangeably and was finding the whole experience mystifying - hit and miss on learning, remembering and I realized later, not learning an efficient workflow.  Then I stumbled on LR4 and it was like a window opening to a clear room outside.  I immediately found the workflow natural and with a few internet tutorials was well on my way to a structured post processing world.  I now do probably 95% of my post processing in LR5 - when I need layers, I was going back to PSE, but discovered OnOne Software's Perfect Photo Suite and am now not even using PSE or PS.  I also use Photomatix for HDR and Helicon Focus for macro 100% in focus processing, but I'm solidly in the LR5/PPS Suite for 95+% of work. 

One of the best training sets I found really helpful was the two sets of videos on LR by George Jardine - cost was $25 for each of two sets -- worthwhile, will save lots of fumbling around on the net by yourself time.  (mulita.com/blog/).  OnOne Software has lots of tutorial videos free that are very useful.

Tony M

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I have been told by some experts that I respect, that if you are printing on paper, the ink droplets spread and/or are absorbed by paper surface resulting in less contrast/sharpening -- therefore post processing sharpness is desirable and likely more sharpening is needed for printing than viewing on monitor screens.

Tony M


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Maps module is coming up "Offline" - my other internet access/applications are working fine, my download speed is 85 mbps, upload is running normally at 10 mbps - running on mac mini with Mountain Lion.  Anyone have any experience fixing this or have suggestions ?  I know I have gps data on the files, but when I click from coordinates or activate the Maps module, it shows offline ?

Thanks for any ideas.
Tony M

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Software & Accessories / Circular Polarizer + step-down ring ok ?
« on: July 29, 2013, 08:12:24 PM »
Want to get a 77mm polarizer filter (B+H Circular MRC coating) and want to be able to use it on my 67mm lenses.  I understand stepping up is a possible problem (vignetting), so going this step-down route.  I haven't done any size adapting and want to buy a good filter with multiple size usage (may also get a 77-58 step-down to replace my lower priced 58 Tiffen polarizer, as well).  Also have heard of "sticking" filters, so should I also get a filter wrench ?  Thanks for any advice/suggestions.

Tony M

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Reviews / Re: Review: Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 VC USD
« on: July 26, 2013, 06:51:27 PM »
Dustin:  thanks for a once-again excellent, informative review - your reviews give me a much better feel for the real-life performance of equipment than the "by-the-numbers" reviews.  I'm impressed by your willingness to sit down and compile your experiences with equipment - I know it takes effort and desire to share with us and I appreciate it.  However, now I'm scratching my head as to whether I should sell my Canon 70-200 f4 for one of these .....

Tony M

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EOS Bodies / Re: So I made the jump to FF - now what?
« on: July 07, 2013, 09:55:33 PM »
Blaganzbe:  re "Tony - do you feel like you need the IS?"

Yes, I value it - I prefer to take macro shots off a tripod, but fairly often am roaming around prospecting and find subjects like dragonflies, butterflies and flowers when tripod is not handy -  I can ramp up the ISO and shutter and handhold - I get the shot more often with IS than I would w/o, I think.


Tony M

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EOS Bodies / Re: So I made the jump to FF - now what?
« on: July 07, 2013, 06:46:13 PM »
I also made the jump from crop to 6D.  I had 70-200L f4 and immediately saw the improvement in IQ -- and the higher ISO capability of the 6D makes crops from the 70-200 that look great, I have not felt the need for longer lens yet.  of course, if you more regularly do wildlife, birds, etc., you may want to go longer - but the utility and build of the 70-200L is really pretty good.....

Tony M

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom vs. DPP
« on: July 05, 2013, 09:20:34 PM »
Pi:  I gather you are saying that the LR slideshow or full screen view of a finished Developed image is not as good as what you would see on another viewer (software app?) ?  I use the final calibrated monitor screen as my objective for final printing (I use soft proofing to visualize printing with a specific paper and paper profile).  I realize that there are other destinations for viewing and would take the lighting in a specific destination into consideration as well as paper choice and brightness, etc.  For other screen viewings, I know there are other adjustments necessary, but likely not as good IQ as what I'm seeing on my monitor.

With all these choices, what "viewers" do you use/consider best and why are they better/when should I use them vs. my monitor on LR ?

Tony M

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom vs. DPP
« on: July 05, 2013, 12:16:56 PM »
I'm using LR5, sorry for not specifying.

Tony M

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom vs. DPP
« on: July 05, 2013, 12:16:01 PM »
I. too, would like to apply a Camera Calibration>Profile>Canon Faithful (or another such as Landscape), but as far as I can see, there is no way to "set this as a Preset" for import.  I have to import all the files, then select them under Develop and then apply the Camera Calibration Profile I want for the selected set of images - two steps I could eliminate if I could just set a default Import Preset.

Am I missing something and I can set up a Preset under Import>Basic Development ?

Thanks for any help here.

Tony M

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Software & Accessories / Re: Best budget printer to begin ?
« on: June 14, 2013, 09:55:31 PM »
Whoa ??  I googled Canon Pro-100 and came up with a $499 price (Canon site, street likely some less, but $89 ?

http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/printers_multifunction/professional_photo_inkjet_printers/pixma_pro_100

Tony M

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Software & Accessories / Re: Cheap tripod
« on: June 14, 2013, 09:17:30 PM »
Regarding low cost tripods:  I have a pro friend who swears by Induro tripods and ball heads which I think have models in the low $100 range each (see below).  I have a Manfrotto tripod with the Manfrotto 498RC2 ball head (which comes with a clamp and plate) and have replaced the tripod with a lightweight Gitzo, but still using the 498 RC2 head with Arca-Swiss type clamps and plates.  I think the Induro ballhead may be better per my friend, but I have no direct experience with it.  Sounds like $200+ for a minimal setup.  Try for used for initial foray?

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/655334-REG/Induro_479_001_BHD1_Ballhead.html
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/655216-REG/Induro_472_014_Alloy_8M_AT014_Tripod.html
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/660311-REG/Manfrotto_498RC2_498RC2_Midi_Ball_Head.html

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