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Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« on: July 31, 2014, 11:16:16 AM »
My Nikons............

......I should post the video of it on a stunt kite.......
Yeah, sure.
Pics or it never happened.

Seriously, I think stunt kite footage just might be entertaining, I would love to see some. Probably not a whole lot too much you know though.

Canon General / Re: What do you Cheap Out On?
« on: July 30, 2014, 11:04:40 PM »
Spent about $1,400 on Gitzo, Acratech and RSS, maybe as much as $6 making a carrying strap.
Spent about $300 on an ASUS tablet for tethering instead of $800 to $2,000 for a Microsoft Surface.
Built a monster PC, ASUS board, 32gb ram, 2 256gb SSDs, 1tb HDD, i7 Haswell @ 3.4 GHz, gorgeous Lian-Li aluminum case, er, no video card, using on board DisplayPort.

Reviews / Re: Pentax 645z Review
« on: July 30, 2014, 09:42:22 PM »
Oh my, that is tempting.
I could budget that, not certain I'm worthy.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Fun Arias rant on APS-C vs. FF
« on: July 29, 2014, 12:32:16 AM »
So, he'll shoot his assignment with an APS-C camera, wonder if he would have shot a similar job back in the film days with a Pentax 110?

Software & Accessories / Re: RRS or Markins?
« on: July 28, 2014, 08:56:13 PM »
..... I keep coming back to are the recommendations for Acratech. ......

Acratech don't however do custom L-plates,.....

Would the Acratech GP be a good choice, do you think? And if so, where would I best go for my L-plate? ....
Here's another Acratech recommendation.
I'm using an Ultimate GP Ballhead on a Gitzo GT2531LVL with a Really Right Stuff angle plate.
This Gitzo has a leveling post so I've no need for a leveling head feature.
I compared photos as that's what's possible on this internet thingy between Kirk and RRS angle plates, liked the look of the RRS a bit more than I liked the look of the Kirk.
10s on the 1 - 10 scale for Acratech and RRS.
One of these days I'ma rant on Gitzo though, grumble grumble, I did keep it though, actually, I kept the second even though it had the same issues as the first.


Photography Technique / Re: Getting photos home from overseas
« on: July 26, 2014, 12:03:24 PM »
......... run on my Asus tablet.......
Does your ASUS have removable storage?

Macro / Re: Mechanicals
« on: July 25, 2014, 04:21:22 PM »
....... hiding scratches is super hard, the light seems to catch them and really show up in photos.....
Some irony here. You want to hide the scratches, for me, the scratches often tell the story, without the scratches I don't get paid.............

Macro / Re: Mechanicals
« on: July 25, 2014, 04:15:10 PM »
I have lots of mechanicals, mostly broken stuff. No art attempted, strictly visual verification of failures.

Software & Accessories / Re: laptop for tethered shooting?
« on: July 25, 2014, 02:39:52 PM »

You can create symlinks with the 'mklink' command.

You can mount drives at folder mount points with the Disk Manager (right-click 'Computer'/'This PC' and then click Manage.)
Did you feel the breeze as you soared right over my head? You quite lost me.
No matter though, I appreciate and thank you for the effort.

Understanding what you've suggested above is on the list of things I'd like to know and understand but I don't think it's on the list I need to know.
My data is safe from an OS reinstall now, data being on it's own drive, I think that's the important (to me) part.

Let's get back to taking and viewing pretty pictures, I don't want to take any more of your time on this topic nor continue to continue dragging this thread off topic.

Software & Accessories / Re: laptop for tethered shooting?
« on: July 25, 2014, 01:18:56 PM »

There is another option for this as well. Windows has supported inline mount points, hard links and symbolic links for quite some time. You could just xcopy your entire user folder to another drive, log into another account (preferably administrator), then either mount that whole entire drive at C:\Users\YourUserName, or symlink it (basically point C:\Users\YourUserName to, say E:\). Then, it would be a simple matter of simply remounting your relinking your user profile any time you reinstalled the system. …..

…....Anyway...I guess I'm rambling...

You ramble just fine, no need to apologize.
Anyway, how does this other option you mention, inline mount points, hard links, symlinks get implemented, how does one go about accomplishing any of these options?
I'm good as far as getting my files on another partition or drive, been doing that for years.
After a fresh install, I use right click > properties on the desktop My Documents, then change it from default to my choice on another partition or drive. It sounds like you have other options or methods?
Or, am I already doing as you suggest without knowing the proper nomenclature, basically getting the job done without knowing the underlying mechanics of the thing?

Lenses / Re: Ditching the Primes - Advice/Opinions Needed
« on: July 25, 2014, 02:52:21 AM »
I suggest you try an oh so inexpensive yet absolutely marvelous 40mm pancake.
Mount it up on the 6D, use no other lens for a few weeks, see if it meets your needs. It sure meets most of mine with a somewhat similar usage scenario.
If you don't like it, you're not out much, you can add it to your for sale stack o' primes when you switch to zooms.

Software & Accessories / Re: laptop for tethered shooting?
« on: July 25, 2014, 12:50:06 AM »
Back to the OP's stated use case..........

….tethered shooting.....
….. I don't use the laptop for any image editing and doubt I will even install photoshop on the next one. .... I am using it for emails and as an electronic Polaroid.

….... works good for tethered shooting?......

…...... Will there be any major problems transferring Raw files from an external drive recorded via a Windows machine to the MacPro?.....

For this use case, a laptop is not needed, nor an M$ $urface device, a simple and inexpensive android tablet will do just fine, can actually excel at your stated purposes.
I linked to DSLR Controller in a post back on the 1st page of this thread, maybe you'd like to review.

Do make certain that your choice of android tablet supports the USB host protocol which most do.
Also, avoid KitKat which is android versions 4.4 and later. With KitKat, only O.E. installed apps can write to removable SD cards, many (or most) apps installed from Google Play can only write to internal storage or USB host connected storage.
For file transfer, choose a tablet with removable storage, transfer to your MacPro with a card reader. As an example, my ASUS tablet takes microSD cards up to 32GB, if that's insufficient short term storage, another 32GB card can be had for around $40.
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Regarding $urface, it does sound like almost a perfect portable device for a Windows user.
My only issue with it is that it is glued together so thoroughly it may as well be a monolithic block of plastic, no internal tinkering, modifications or upgrades are possible. If I wanted a monolithic computing device, I think I know where to find Apple products, they do still run Boot Camp don't they?
I'm indeed intrigued by your Windows 8 observations and comments, you may have just convinced me to add yet another internal SSD to my workstation just to dual boot.
As far as Windows' interfaces go, even Windows 7 I dislike a lot, had to install Classic Shell to make it tolerable. I never even liked the XP interface, every time I used search I longed for Windows 2000. I though the interface on 2K was just perfect, too bad that version fell so far behind in so many ways.


Good video work, but I prefer Jeff Cable's work with the Phantom drone:

He will be doing a B&H presentation next month on flying the Phantom.
There's a tough call to make.
I'm seriously a Jeff Cable fan, love his work ethic, his work and his presentations.
San Francisco is far and away my most favoritest city.
And, yup, I too like the youtube vid you've posted, I especially like the segment rising from behind trees on Angel Island to reveal the Oakland-Bay Bridge.
But I'd 100% rather be up in and shooting from a real helicopter over S.F. than shooting R.C. model footage.

Photography Technique / Re: Black & White
« on: July 23, 2014, 05:21:32 AM »
Shoot RAW + .jpg in monochrome and you'll have both.

Your on camera review and the .jpgs will be monochrome reflecting both the software engineers' intent as well as your own.

The RAW files will have full color information so that you can tweak in post to exactly suit your tastes and artistic vision.

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