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EOS Bodies / Re: Who is going to buy the new 5Ds's?
« on: February 05, 2015, 10:48:20 AM »
Perhaps a 5DSR.

First I'll wait for Bryan's test of the camera.

Then I'll decide whether I'm glad that it's smaller and cheaper than my 1DX, or whether I'm now too used to the size and additional controls of the 1DX.

By that time I'll see what rumours there are about the 1-series, a 30 MP 1DX2 would satisfy all my requirements in a single body which would be nice.

Or I might go 1DX + 5DSR, one for events and kids, and one for more controlled situations.

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Technical Support / Re: Alternating colour shift in sequences of photos
« on: December 20, 2014, 11:01:08 AM »
Ok, thanks everybody, I was really worried there or a moment!

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Technical Support / Re: Alternating colour shift in sequences of photos
« on: December 20, 2014, 06:24:56 AM »
what are the lighting conditions? under fluorescent light?
Yes, many long tubes on the ceiling, in both places.

You mean it's their flicker?

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Technical Support / Re: Alternating colour shift in sequences of photos
« on: December 20, 2014, 05:17:34 AM »
Two more files from a different burst, a crop of a strip of the photos going from the top of the frame (left) to the bottom (right). Here the effect is not uniform at all.

Could it be an issue with the shutter?

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Technical Support / Alternating colour shift in sequences of photos
« on: December 20, 2014, 04:57:15 AM »
I have recently noticed this strange behaviour, it looks like the WB is changing between two values when shooting a sequence of photos; attached is an example, two crops from two successive shots from a single burst, from the same part of the frame, manual white-balance, and everything else identical (ISO, aperture etc.). This same behaviour shows up in most, if not all, burst sequences.

Does anybody have any idea what might be the cause or how to fix it?

I can't even imagine what would need to be broken to cause this issue!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Variable Diffusion Focusing Screen
« on: October 15, 2014, 10:46:24 AM »
So where when can I buy one?

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Lenses / Re: Is FoCal worth ~$150?
« on: October 07, 2014, 03:05:53 PM »
I have the Pro version, I've used it on most of my lenses (all my AF lenses except the EF-M lenses).
How annoying is it in practice with the 1DX (given that it doesn't do everything automatically)?
Not bad.  I got the 1D X before it was supported at all, and started using Manual Mode analysis (taking pics myself, loading images into FoCal for analysis).  That's easy enough that I've just kept doing it that way even after there was some level of support (as much as Canon's SDK permits).
Ok thanks that sounds good enough, I've been thinking about pulling the trigger for a while now.

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Lenses / Re: Is FoCal worth ~$150?
« on: October 07, 2014, 09:22:43 AM »
I have the Pro version, I've used it on most of my lenses (all my AF lenses except the EF-M lenses).
How annoying is it in practice with the 1DX (given that it doesn't do everything automatically)?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Poll: Would you buy a high MP Canon EOS 5DIV?
« on: September 26, 2014, 08:13:55 AM »
No, but I'd likely buy a high MP 1-series body.

+1

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35 F/4L IS -- Reviews are trickling in...
« on: July 15, 2014, 12:09:27 PM »
Just took it for a spin in Glacier and Banff. So sharp I never felt the need to get the Zeiss 21mm out of the bag.
Thanks, just what I needed to hear for a severe attack of GAS :-) The perfect companion to my 70-200 f/4 IS.

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Lenses / Re: DigitalRev review of the new 16-35 L IS
« on: July 04, 2014, 09:07:29 AM »
The "reviews" that Kai makes are not very thorough or balanced, but he occasionally mentions something important. I like watching a video or two of his after to relax after reading some of Bryan's reviews top-to-bottom.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Apple to Cease work on Aperture
« on: July 02, 2014, 09:38:25 AM »
Thanks!  This bit:

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Today, after weeks of speculation—fueled particularly by beta versions of Yosemite not supporting Aperture

...means Yosemite won't see much use on my Macs for the time being.

Well it's not out yet, and hopefully they'll have Aperture patched up by the time Yosemite is released. I mean, hopefully they didn't use too many of their "secret"/private OS APIs to make it a difficult task!

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Software & Accessories / Re: Apple to Cease work on Aperture
« on: July 02, 2014, 06:52:42 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.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Apple to Cease work on Aperture
« on: June 30, 2014, 09:00:12 AM »
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?
Still clunky, but bearable with an SSD.  Native, properly-coded apps are much faster.  Adobe obviously feel no need to update their code for the current decade.  Even DxO has used the GPU for a few versions now.  Adobe seems to have made some minor improvements in usability...⌘-H actually hides the apps now.  :P
Doesn't sound particularly encouraging, even though a 2013 RMBP should be fast enough. "Luckily" I've stopped using case-sensitive file-systems for other reasons, IIRC Adobe software was one of the few that didn't handle a case-sensitive FS correctly. So many signs of bit-rot and badly maintained software.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Apple to Cease work on Aperture
« on: June 30, 2014, 08:56:35 AM »
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?
As long as Apple keeps on changing development languages to lock-in application developers it will cause this kind of problems to large, complex applications like Adobe's. Carbon was a C/C++ interface, while Cocoa is Objective-C, and porting from one to the other required a whole rewrite of the user interface code in a very different language.
Slow - this kind of applications usually require enough powerful and fast hardware is you're going to work on large images - CPU, memory and disk.
There are trial versions of Adobe software you can try it yourself. Lightroom user interface is far more intuitive than Photoshop, being designed for the photographic workflow, but as any powerful applications it requires some knowledge of how it is designed and works to really take advantage of it. Don't believe to start it, move some sliders and get great photos...
Anyway if there was software that keep Apple alive before the iPhone it was Adobe software. Without it, Apple would have gone years ago, only the media/graphics market keep it alive thanks to Adobe applications. It's funny how many Apple users complain about Adobe... :)
Cocoa has been around for quite a while, and given the quality of Adobe's code-base they had to do some serious rewritings for 64bit anyhow. I also do not understand the Objective-C and vendor-lock-in argument; it's the technology they inherited with NextStep, and they've been as much hostage to that language and run-time as everybody else!

I will try Lightroom; at first it seemed that the "cloud"-stuff subscription was the only option to get it, but there does seem to be a possibility of buying it, too. I don't mind that it's a professional application that needs some know-how, otherwise I'd be happy using iPhoto, which I'm not.

Regarding the complaining about Adobe: I'm not one of the old-school Apple users, i.e. not a creative guy that has been using a Mac since the pre-OS X days. I never even looked at a Mac before OS X, when suddenly a Mac could do 99% of what a Linux could do, natively :-)

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