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Lenses / Re: Gear for upcoming trip to Italy and Greece
« on: February 25, 2015, 06:23:44 PM »
Most hotels I've been in has free connection with an ethernet cable, and more than fast enough. Might be an alternative.

Depends what you mean as "fast enough". I can shoot 10 gigs of material in a day easily. Even if my laptop is sitting at the hotel uploading to dropbox constantly it'll still only just cover that with a megabit connection running 24 hours a day.

Even in the US I find it rare to get a hotel internet that's faster than my cellphone hotspot (though data limits make dropboxing raw files tough)

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On the side of the RJ aisle with two seats, the underseat area holds a much larger carryon.

Sure but

a) You can't be sure you'll be on that side
b) Even still you won't be fitting a "maximum size" roller bag under the seat in front of you

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On a related note, it's also worth paying for early boarding when you've got a lot of expensive stuff to carry on.

If I've got a lot of gear with me (granted I don't have any big whites) then I'm always terrified that there'll be no overhead space and I'll be forced to gate check $10k of equipment.

Also related is to make sure you aren't flying on any regional commuter jets. United may allow a fairly generous carryon baggage allowance but if you find yourself of a United Express Canadair then you'll be SOL. I doubt you could even fit a bare 600mm in the overhead bin.

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You da boss! 23 kg of hand luggage? Do tell us how you did that!

And if I were to be able to purchase a lens like the 600L, I would not check it in.

I certainly fly with 20-30lbs in a backpack on a regular basis and i'm sure I've had more than that on occasion. Usually if it's with a budget airline then I'm careful to make sure it's just slung effortlessly over one shoulder while i'm waiting in the checkin line. Just be sure and warn the TSA guy that it's heavy if you get pulled off for an extra inspection, I've seen him almost drop it.

Be nice to your airplane staff and never ever fly ryanair!

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Lenses / Re: Gear for upcoming trip to Italy and Greece
« on: February 25, 2015, 05:11:25 PM »
I don't know about your past experiences, but in present day Greece, descent size hotels should have good internet and you can always find an internet cafe with good bandwidth.

My greek experiences were long enough ago that nobody expected wifi to be fast.

The hotel I stayed at in Milan in November charged a fair bit for internet and even then it barely hit a 512k. When I was out in Brescia it was free and usably fast (maybe 3-4mbit). Still I have 105Mbit internet at home in the US and live in a town where most cafe's have at least 20, so i'm a bit shocked when i'm back in Europe and those speeds just don't seem to exist.

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Lenses / Re: Gear for upcoming trip to Italy and Greece
« on: February 24, 2015, 01:20:39 PM »
There is next to no problem in Greece as far as I am concerned. In fact there is probably more safety than ever right now as they work through some horrendous political and social issues, but no hostility to visitors that I could discern - at all! Lovely country, lovely people...

Good to hear. I had absolutely no trouble in crete years ago, was a lovely vacation and the people really were very nice.

The only cities where I've ever felt really uncomfortable were places like Strasbourg, Berlin and London in the 90s. Generally in poorer areas I've found people to be more welcoming.

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Lenses / Re: Gear for upcoming trip to Italy and Greece
« on: February 24, 2015, 01:10:59 PM »
I haven't been to greece in over a decade but I was in italy briefly earlier this year. Generally I've found them to feel like pretty safe places to shoot, although I'd be a bit more wary of greece given the current climate.

I assume your cruise ship room will be fairly safe. With any luck it'll have an actual safe. Wherever possible I do try to find rooms with a safe so I can lock up my most expensive gear any time I want to go out without it. Failing that, having good insurance is helpful :)

Really the worst thing to be stolen would be your photos. On my 5d3 i've got twin card slots so I pull out the SD cards periodically and hide them in my dirty laundry while keeping masters on the CF. If you have a laptop you can figure out a similar backup strategy. Don't bet on cloud backup in either of those locations, hotel wifi is generally quite slow and cellular is pretty hit or miss.

I didn't have any major issue flying with a bunch of gear. The only airport that's ever given me trouble is Paris CDG where they made me actually take every piece of camera equipment out so it could be xrayed separately. That was a pain in the ass  (especially to the people behind me)

My other advice would to be enjoy your vacation and not be so fixated on shooting that you miss what's (probably) more important.

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Technical Support / Re: Do I Need $ 634 US Dollars Light meter ?
« on: October 15, 2014, 05:29:11 PM »
What lights are you controlling?

I have the 758DR because it can talk ControlTL directly. If i have my speedlites set up in different zones then I can actually meter them individually right from the meter. So I can in theory get it to show me the total light falling on a spot, what percentage is ambient and what percentage comes from each of my strobe groups.

That's really the only feature I can think of that really counts above the cheapest used flash spot meters on the market.

It's not super useful for digital since you can chimp as you go, but in test shoots I've been able to use that arrangement of pocketwizards, canon speedlites with my large format film camera. One of these days I'll think of a project that demands all that gear.

On the upside, Sekonic's gear seems to hold its value really well. I bought one of their older meters off ebay in 2002 and sold it in 2008 for $10 more (iirc).

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Best tablet for on-location preview
« on: December 16, 2013, 01:49:54 PM »
Eye-fi card along with an iPad Air :).

I use the Eyefi along with a Nexus 7 and it works really well. Especially with a dual-slot camera - I write low res jpegs to the eyefi so they are nearly instantly on the tablet then drop the raws to the compact flash card.

I wouldn't use it for proofing the exposure or anything like that, but it's really nice for product photography since it works on site and you can use it to proof for composition, making sure things are square, catching reflections that aren't right.


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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: A 40mm f/0.85 for Your EOS-M?
« on: December 16, 2013, 01:45:30 PM »
Looking at the sample images here (scroll to "Sample photos with SONY NEX-7 Camera"), the bokeh looks distracting

Yeah i'm leaning towards not-acceptable. The effect is neat on the xmas tree but it doesn't give the separation that you'd normally want from a fast lens. I suppose it'll be good to see some full resolution crops too - hard to tell how bad the CAs are on those images. If it has stellar loca performance then it might find a niche.

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Your comment was pure speculation and not based on any research. If Adobe is lying in this matter it will bite them in the ass. LR is a money maker for them.

LR competes in a different market than does the rest of CC. If they put it strictly in CC they lose to Aperture and other products. It makes no business sense.

My inquiries with Adobe make it pretty clear that when they say "indefinitely" they mean "we have no plans to change this in the next 12 months". That's their answer on the $10 price, and I have no reason to believe that they have longer plans.

Your point about business sense seems reasonable. Lightroom fills a different need and people who use it often dont need any of the other tools in the creative suite. However this is the same company that now forces print shops to subscribe to things like After Effects - so I'm not necessarily counting it out.

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Software & Accessories / Re: What fits in a CRJ-700 overhead bin?
« on: September 06, 2013, 12:09:36 PM »
I am traveling to Maine to do a workshop at Rockport.  I am afraid to check my camera and lenses and would like to know if anyone has experience on what size camera backpack will fit in the overhead bin on the United Airlines CRJ-700 regional jet?  I have a 5D MkII, lenses are 70-200 2.8 IS II, 16-35 2.8 II, 24-205 4.0, 100 macro 2.8 IS, 40 mm 2.8 pancake, T2i (as backup). I will put accessories flash, tripod etc. in a suitcase to be checked. 

I wanted to use the CaseLogic SLRC-206 but it does not look like it will fit the published 12x14x9 dimensions for the bin.  I have a smaller Canon 200EG but if it has to be checked it has very little protection.

I flew one a couple of weeks ago and I was only just able to get my Mountainsmith Borelais AT into the overhead, although only after removing my laptop to make it slimmer and a fair amount of forcing. I only had a 5D3, 24-105, 100-400 and maybe an 85mm samyang.

Height is your main issue as the bin is probably only 8 inches high. Something like a Lowe Minitrekker works well as long as you don't have anything in the front pocket that would make it overly thick.

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Adobe is being very clear about the price being "not introductory." They go back on that at the risk of a heap of bad PR, but of course in life their are no guarantees. If the price goes up later, I'll re-evaluate. I disagree with what some others have said about this being a "trap" or you'll have no choice if/when Adobe raises prices. You ALWAYS have a choice, AS LONG AS you take steps to maintain your independence. Here, I'm thinking of using the "maximize compatibility" option when you save out Photoshop files, and saving your photo Raw files outside of a proprietary database. (Exporting edited Raws as .DNG is worth considering here, as I expect your Lightroom edits will be preserved if you open them in Adobe Camera Raw later.)

The biggest risk I see is Lightroom. There's a good chance that LR6 will be Cloud-Only. At which point you install it, it upgrades your LR5 catalog and you are stuck. There will be no legal way to get at your lightroom catalog without continuing to pay Adobe.

Photoshop has some of the same issues, you can create files that presumably use features only available in CC and those won't open properly in CS6. Though that's pretty unlikely at this point as most CS6 files open well in CS3 so it's likely we've got a fair few years before that comes into play.

I think you are right that Adobe would look bad if they hiked the price up dramatically. I don't really mind if it goes to $11 next year, but I do worry that they could release LR6, then discontinue this bundle and force us onto the full creative suite.

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If it's $10 for life, I might jump on it even I already have LR4 and CS6.

But if it's $10 for e.g. 12 months, and then some ridiculous amount, no way.

So can someone confirm how long they promise the $10?

From their online support

Janella: I do understand your concern, however, price are subject to change at any time. For the first 12 months, the price for the bundle Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 will remain same i.e US$9.99 per month

Looks like after 12 months they can change the "standard" "non-introductory" price to whatever they like. I suspect what they are trying to suggest is that it won't double like the trial price of the whole cloud membership, but who the hell knows. They could just discontinue it after a year.

Wow, seriously? Because in some of the later semi-clarifications they made it sound like it for for life, so long as you never missed a payment and signed up before 2014.

Yeah so everyone seriously needs to NOT do this. Gotta force them back.

Adobe: You must never again leave the cloud and bring your $35.00 a month to my bank account!
Lando: This deal keeps getting worse all the time!

They promise they'll keep that price for 12 months, but you also have to sign up for a 12 month commitment.

I also don't begrudge them price increases if they are justified. I think I got Photoshop 1 when it was bundled with a black and white scanner, clearly CS6 provides more value than that and I don't mind that the price has risen faster than inflation. However I'd really just like Adobe to say that "Subscription price increases are limited to 10%/year" or something like that. That way I could accurately plan.


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If it's $10 for life, I might jump on it even I already have LR4 and CS6.

But if it's $10 for e.g. 12 months, and then some ridiculous amount, no way.

So can someone confirm how long they promise the $10?

From their online support

Janella: I do understand your concern, however, price are subject to change at any time. For the first 12 months, the price for the bundle Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 will remain same i.e US$9.99 per month

Looks like after 12 months they can change the "standard" "non-introductory" price to whatever they like. I suspect what they are trying to suggest is that it won't double like the trial price of the whole cloud membership, but who the hell knows. They could just discontinue it after a year.

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