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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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Software & Accessories / Re: Apple to Cease work on Aperture
« on: June 30, 2014, 04:16:24 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?

Slow, clunky and completely GPU unaware. Takes for ever to render edited images and lot of spinning beach balls. My fingers are crossed for v6. It's all we can do.
Now that's a let-down. And without competition, how much time and money will Adobe spend to spice things up? Or are there other serious alternatives?

What do other people on a Mac use? How are the new version of Canon's tools? For a long time they used to be even worse than the ones from Adobe...

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Software & Accessories / Re: Apple to Cease work on Aperture
« on: June 30, 2014, 03:14:49 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?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 1DX camera
« on: April 24, 2014, 11:33:09 AM »
How reliable is the new Canon 1DX camera ie repair frequency?
I can not imagine a bunch of anecdotal evidence on a forum to give a solid basis for statistical analysis.

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EOS Bodies / Re: dual pixel tech going forward
« on: April 24, 2014, 11:31:35 AM »
The 'dual pixels' are all split vertically, so if they altered the microlenses and CFA to increase the actual resolution of the sensor, you'd end up with images having a 3:1 aspect ratio.
I think that's not the right way to look at this. It'd be more like having two color channels per pixel in the raw file rather than only one as input to the demosaic.

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maybe that´s how canon manages to make a profit..... selling flawed gear to fanboys and making millions for repair.
that's capitalism, perhaps one day we as a humanity will have enough of all the lies and manipulations and greed and find something better

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