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EOS Bodies / Re: Big Announcements Coming Next Week [CR3]
« on: Today at 07:24:54 PM »
As much as I want to see 35mm FF at a higher pixel density, the technology that goes with it has to be spot on.

I'm not sure a 50MP Canon will shift my lust for the 645Z, but it'll be interesting to see what they have come up with :)

So the Viglink bits inline with the text isn't ideal, interesting to see if anyone else notices.

There are lots of camera bag threads that the OP really should look at.  The trade off is that any bag designed to be heavily adjustable will not have a lot of structure or padding to it. 

Check out http://www.thinktankphoto.com/categories/camera-backpacks/shape-shifter-backpacks.aspx

Photography Technique / Re: Aperture for total sharpness?
« on: January 13, 2015, 04:43:18 PM »
Is the OP trying to recreate the image being linked to?

Proper technique is critical, and shooting from 1m isn't going to give you the results you want.  Back up (lots) more, shoot both on the long end of the 70-200, with IS off.  Check out http://www.dofmaster.com/dofjs.html

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: POLL: Do you need 1/8000s shutter speed?
« on: January 07, 2015, 01:00:12 PM »
Getting CMOS to ISO50 but limiting to 1/4000th is a trade-off lots of folks would take.

Remember, medium format cameras have been limited to:
 1/500th - Hasselblad V/500 series, lots of LF copal shutters
 1/800th - Hasselblad H series
 1/4000th - Pentax, Mamiya (Phase One) Focal plane shutter

You should see how small that slit is and how fast it's moving to do 1/8000th, especially across a FF sensor.  APC is so much smaller, going a much shorter distance, allowing for smaller moving parts.  The only way to get faster is with a fully electronic shutter.

Canon General / Re: Thanks Adorama and Helen Oster !
« on: December 21, 2014, 04:26:44 PM »
I cheat - I've got a UPS Store mailbox, only address I ever need.  Moved multiple times, no change of address fun.  No stolen packages, no missing a delivery, it's there, and they send me a text message when I get anything.  LensRentals packages show up and they ooh and aah with me as I make sure it's all good.  Even had a set of 4 tires sent there :-p

It could be worse - there was a carrier in the UK whom shut down incoming for a few days to catch up a week or so ago...

Software & Accessories / Re: Easy-access photo backpack?
« on: December 12, 2014, 02:29:31 AM »
Take a look at the MindShift bags from ThinkTank - the slide around to access your camera plus a lens is pretty slick.  Pop two clips to allow the belt to swing around, rotate the bag to the front, unzip.

EOS Bodies / Re: A new high end camera
« on: December 09, 2014, 05:42:17 PM »
OP: Since there is a lot of variable as to what ships when, worry about what you have in front of you.  The 5k iMac is a beast - and while I want one personally, it's due to the 4k video I am playing with.  If you're doing 4k video stuff now, then the new iMac gives you something you don't already have.  Otherwise, wait a few months and see what's going on.  No harm right?

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Co-worker dumps $5k on Nikon
« on: December 09, 2014, 03:08:40 PM »
Spending $5k on a camera system in any situation without prior knowledge and experience is foolish, I don't care what the camera brand is.  But some folks have money to waste, and there will always be Uncle Bob's of the world...

Bit judgmental comment I think. Perhaps she wants to start learning and perhaps can afford it easily. Would you have said the same if she had bought 5d3?

Yep, doesn't matter the brand or technology - there isn't any context of what experience or existing gear the person has.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony - Question of a Differing Variety
« on: December 08, 2014, 11:35:10 PM »
Here's the technical answer you're looking for - two different communications protocol methods on either side of the adapter, and you, in the middle have to make them speak accurately, quickly & reliably over many generations of gear.  Lenses, bodies and firmeware that have been discontinued will be used, yet you are expected to work every time.

Here's a bit on the Canon side of the equation, and ask yourself, at what price is making said adapter worth wild.


Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Co-worker dumps $5k on Nikon
« on: December 08, 2014, 11:28:23 PM »
Spending $5k on a camera system in any situation without prior knowledge and experience is foolish, I don't care what the camera brand is.  But some folks have money to waste, and there will always be Uncle Bob's of the world...

Technical Support / Re: Optimal processing platform of still images
« on: December 01, 2014, 04:59:33 PM »
Too many different tangents that could be had - starting with the PC/Mac debate.

The keys to best performance are solid state drives (SSDs), lots of RAM and a recent CPU.  Most folks don't spend the coin for a top end video card, but should.  With all the 3D stuff in Photoshop dependent on it, plus higher resolution monitors now available, the ability to drive a UHD or 4K displays is critical IMHO.

If you do a self build, go for it.  But if your day job isn't in IT, go the safe route of buying a pre-built, or make friends with a local computer repair shop to do your build.  The computer is a tool, and if you're making good money from photography, dealing with drivers and upgrading components isn't the best use of your time.

Check out the WonderPana system - it has a CPL and isn't extremely expensive.  The thing is that the WonderPana also has the adapter rings to get down to 77/82mm.

I'm also invested in the Lee 100mm stuff, and I think my general point is this kickstarter doesn't do a good job of telling me why I want their product.

The issue is that it's one holder per lens, so the lack of portability between lenses is holding it back.  150mm filters are horribly expensive, and the options are limited.  So why invest in a system that doesn't offer you an advantage over 100mm systems?

The SW150 system also can be adapted to use the 100mm rings, so you can also use it with any lens.  Get 1 set of ND filters and it doesn't matter what lens or camera system you are using.

Lenses / Re: Why don't Canon make lenses for other mounts?
« on: November 12, 2014, 02:30:36 PM »
Why doesn't Chevy make interior accessories for Fords...  Why doesn't BMW make rims that will fit on a Kia...

These are all stupid questions, the OP seems to misunderstand what roles companies have.  Canon makes PL lenses and PL mount cameras because the movie industry requires it - and they're in the movie business.  There is no reason for Canon to make lenses for any other form factor.

Sigma has their own mount, and their own camera.  Sigma's profits are based on making glass that works with other manufacturers camera bodies at a discount.  Canon sells a camera system - with components that work amazingly together, at a premium.  Two completely different business models.

Oh, and Fuji makes the Hasselblad HC lenses because they designed the GX645 - aka the H body.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Need Best Monitor for Photo Edits
« on: November 07, 2014, 10:56:12 PM »
Have you considered the new iMac Retina Display?

Why put this all together and then be dealing with the clutter.  iMac Retina and done (upgraded video card & SSD only, do RAM aftermarket).  Otherwise, the Dell Ultrasharp models are a descent option.

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