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Wow!  Obviously there are many of you out there with a ton of knowledge about operating systems.  I fell way behind the curve over the years.

In reading everything that has been posted on this thread, I have come to the conclusion that the first thing I need to do is address my computer needs soon.  Probably should be doing something about it now.

I am not about to take on a computer build myself due to lack of knowledge and will buy a pre-built, likely from Dell or HP.  It appears I can purchase a pretty high capacity machine for the price of a small lens.  The best processor with lots of memory.  I'll just go for their maximum available build.  i7 processor, 16mb memory, etc..  The remaining question for me is which operating system.  Dell still offers Win7 along with Win8.

I have heard many advise against Win8.  What is the problem people have with it?  Which should I be going with?

You guys are the experts.  I can use your help with this.

I think if you would consider Mac, then the iMac makes sense. Depending on how much money you are willing to spend, you can stuff the 27" with all there is or go for the 21" version. I think that would be a good option, you can get that with up to 3.1 GHz and 16GB RAM, that should take you a long way. The 27" with 3,2GHz and 16GB RAM should be in the same price range. Of course a fully configured 27" will be faster and better, but it's all down to money.

I spent more than ten years at Dell and swore myself to the PC world, but no longer. I feel that any computer with Windows just keeps getting slower and slower for every pointless update you have to download to it. It took me only a couple of months to get used to the Apple interface.

Good luck!

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I have been a Canon user my entire life.  I love the product, including DPP which is my RAW converter of choice.

I presently shoot with a 1D Mark IV and a 5D Mark III, which are fully supported by my present version of DPP.  The 7D Mark II requires that I update my DPP.

Here is my problem with that.....

The newer version of DPP does not support my operating system.  I run Vista 64.  Updating my operating system requires that I go to Windows 8 which needs a clean install.  Huge job.  Also, I'm not sure that a lot of my current software will run on Windows 8.  I have CS4 as well as plugins such as NIK, Neat Image and a slew of other free standing applications.

As much as I was not comfortable with the user interface of Lightroom when I tried a demo last year, I thought I would now have to go that route.  Guess what?  Right.  It's now only available under CC and I refuse to rent software on a monthly fee basis which is why I still run CS4.

I'm 72 years old so I guess my 1D4 and 5D3 will have to do me the rest of my life or until my computer cr@ps out and I have no choice.

All Canon had to do was continue to support the operating system and I would have added a 7D2 to my bag.

Okay..... rant over.   :D

Quit your ranting and do your homework. LR is available as a perpetual license from any number of sources, even in Canada. Adobe themselves even still sell it!

https://www.adobe.com/products/catalog/software._sl_id-contentfilter_sl_catalog_sl_software_sl_mostpopular.html?promoid=KLXMV

Thanks.  I did my homework but obviously not as well as you.  I searched the Adobe site but never found this link.  All I came up with when I searched was the rental option.  Appreciate your efforts.

I live in Sweden and will upgrade to the latest version of LR when I get a new computer later this year. I have to say that I also found it very difficult to understand if there are any perpetual licenses out there to buy from looking at Adobe's website so I have to agree with your first statement. Only when I checked with my local store where I buy most of my equipment could they show me that they do sell that. I will never ever rent licenses. Never. It simply doesn't make sense for a private user. For pros, yes.

I'm sorry to read about your troubles with DPP. I hope you'll get it sorted out. I've left the PC-world behind since last year. Only Apple from now on, however my editing computer is still a PC (the last ine to switch), but the next will be an iMac, I will likely take a long time before I consider Windows again.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Woe and Pathos in the Sigma 50 Art?
« on: October 06, 2014, 02:14:48 PM »
I just finished renting this lens and the usb dock for the past 2 weeks. Everything that is said about this lens is true. It is wonderfully sharp, and without the usb dock it has severe focusing issues. AFMA does not help except for the exact distance you set the AFMA for. Using the usb dock and software you set the focus for 4 different distances. each of the distances had different calibrations. After some meticulous calibrations (roughly 60 minutes tethered and zooming in at 100%), this lens worked great! Testing for constancy I was able to find the following miss rates:

Canon 50 f1.8 @1.8             = 3/60 miss rate
Canon 24-70 @ f2.8/50mm  = 1/60 miss rate
Sigma 50 art @ 1.4             = 3/60 miss rate  (closer to 2.5 as one was usable, but not tack sharp so I included it)

In summary, unless someone spends the same required attention to detail I refuse to consider their input on the quality and consistency of this lens' focusing ability. This is an awesome lens, but only with the addition of usb dock.

If requested I can upload some of my testing shots and discus my methodology.
Hi, very interesting input. I am getting this lens in a couple of months (when I get paid for an article with pictures I just sold). I'd definitely like to know more on how you went about this.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Dustin Abbott Reviews Tamron 28-300 FF
« on: August 09, 2014, 02:56:11 AM »
Jumboshrimp, are you Dustin's alternate user name here?

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Site Information / Re: Small or Large Thumbnails - Poll
« on: August 09, 2014, 02:54:59 AM »
Definitely want the large thumbnails, I rarely click on pictures but look at them in preview only. Smaller thumbnails ruins the whole gallery idea, my opinion.

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Does this mean we will have to reboot the camera efter every picture we take?

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Lenses / Re: Waiting for the 35 1.4L II
« on: June 25, 2014, 03:49:41 AM »
Well, it's another one of those impossible questions. But as it involves my favourite lens I will reply. Just get it, there's no way you will be disappointed.  It's a 16 year old construction but still performs amazingly well for me on my 5DIII. When the Mk2 comes out you won't have lost much anyway. It has a quality to it, something charts won't show, you'll notice the first time you put it on, feel the balance, snap your first shot and look at it. I love mine and will never sell it. My next purchase is the 50L, no matter how good the Sigma is. I understand the 50L has a similar feel to it as the 35L. But that's only me, that's what photography is to me - feel.

The 50 Art has much more of the same feel of the 35 L than the 50 L, because the 35 and 50 Art has way better sharpness and the shots pop more. You can use corners wide open, not so much with the 50 L.

Beyond that, I have owned six or seven 35 L's and I have shot at least 100k images with them, but IQ wise, the 50 Art destroys it. Much sharper all over, veryvery little ca, no distortion, color and contrast are much better than the 35 L. I know what the feel of a lens is, and I absolutely agree that the 35 L has the x-factor, but for a 50, I would never buy another 50 L when the sigma is out and that much cheaper.

Why I want the 35 L II is because it will be weather sealed, it will be sharper in the corners, less distortion, and color and contrast like the 24-70 mk2 or better and it will absolutely 100% sure be the best AF performance of any 1.4 lens.

Here's a recent 50 art 1.4 shot of my daughter. How sharp is that at 1.4 and how lovely bokeh? LOVE this lens!


Tack Viggo,

that's good information, I might just have to take a look at the Sigma 50 then anyway. I definitely haven't shot 100k pictures with the 35L, maybe 10k. I am also only a hobbyist, I am often not sure of what to look at to determine the quality of a picture, but I like what I get from the 35L, it's like you say an x-factor.

That's a very cute daughter you have, I remember those days with my daughters, food everywhere, now we have a dog to mess up the house instead  ;D

Thanks for the inside.

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Lenses / Re: Waiting for the 35 1.4L II
« on: June 24, 2014, 02:50:55 PM »
Well, it's another one of those impossible questions. But as it involves my favourite lens I will reply. Just get it, there's no way you will be disappointed.  It's a 16 year old construction but still performs amazingly well for me on my 5DIII. When the Mk2 comes out you won't have lost much anyway. It has a quality to it, something charts won't show, you'll notice the first time you put it on, feel the balance, snap your first shot and look at it. I love mine and will never sell it. My next purchase is the 50L, no matter how good the Sigma is. I understand the 50L has a similar feel to it as the 35L. But that's only me, that's what photography is to me - feel.

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EOS-M / Re: Canon EF-M 55-200 f/4.5-6.3 IS STM Gets Official
« on: June 18, 2014, 07:09:10 AM »
I am very happy with this announcement. I have planned for some time to get the M with the 22mm, now this will make the whole package even more attractive as a second camera for travel and also the weekend family outings. They wouldn't launch this lens if they weren't committed to this platform, it's just that they are doing it in their own pace. Well done Canon.

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The somewhat affordable price of the 16-35 makes me worry...
Ha ha, one can't be suspicious enough...

I think it looks good. Makes me want one even if I am not really in the market for a wide. It will be interesting to see reviews.

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Hey there Arctic,

Glad you are so generous.  You described it well.  You are doing the same thing I'm doing, helping out organizations with your time and talents who wouldn't otherwise have what you provide.  I shoot my son's high school swim team, church events, a lot of boy scout activities and various other things.  It keeps me busier than most pros.  But people appreciate it and I get a lot of experience and improve my abilities.  It all gives my amateur shooting an important purpose and pushes me to improve.

I try to be considerate when a pro might be involved.  My church hosted a 5K fun run race event last fall and I shot it along with the hired photog from the company that promoted the event for the church.  I waited a month before I posted my pictures on my site to give the pro a chance to sell images.  The pastor later thanked me and commented that they liked my pictures better.  I was glad the event was a success and my pictures were well received but I was also glad I didn't initially "compete" with the hired photog either.  It's all about a bit of balance and keeping egos in check.   :)
Hi Rusty. thanks for your words. I only do it where my kids are involved, but I know I make other parents and kids happy too which is very nice. Also, it's good practice for me. Just this afternoon I shot horse riding with my oldest daughter, I shot about 250 photos in an hour during very difficult lighting conditions. Fun and challenging. The teacher had me working a bit with the horses so they wouldn't be scared of the camera and the white lens (70-200 2.8) when I pointed it at them. I only shot jpg (there are limits to my kindness  :P ) so I don't have to edit.  The pictures will be used for their Facebook page and their homepage.

Photography is only a hobby for me so I don't need any pay and these places wouldn't hire a photographer anyway so I am not stealing any business.

Keep up the great work and have fun!

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This is the exact opposite approach to what I normally take.  I try to hide my gear, use only the gear required, and it stays protected at all costs.  I appreciate the volunteer work though.  It is surprising that you haven't gotten flamed on the volunteerism piece.  So many photogs complain about people taking food out of their mouths.  My perspective is if someone can do as good a job as you can for free, then you are in the wrong business.

As a self employed business owner (IT Consulting), I always try to take the high road.  There is plenty of business to go around and I don't have time to waste with negative thoughts and comments.  If another IT guy wants the business bad enough, he can have it.  I just try to provide good service and keep my clients that way.  If a client doesn't want my services, I'm not going to beg or try to hold on to them.  It's just not worth it.  Most of my work is obtained by word of mouth and referrals anyway.

So, with that in mind, I sort of chuckle about pro photographers getting angry about volunteer competition.  If the recipient of the photos could afford to hire a pro, they wouldn't use a volunteer.  And if the volunteer is as good as or worth the same as the pro, so be it.  They still probably don't have the money anyway or they would offer to pay the volunteer or just go without the better quality photos.

I think many pro quality photographers are no different than other tradesmen that offer to do pro-bono work.  And you don't usually hear about other electricians, plumbers, carpenters, roofers, IT guys, etc getting upset about losing that business.  What's the difference?  And how much revenue is really being lost anyway?
I've shot for my childrens' school for free and also the horse stable where they go riding. Those places didn't have budget to hire a pro, the school had a communications officer, but she didn't have enough time and I could take better shots than her anyway. The horse stable would have to settle for less images and of worse quality, this way I hope have helped their business to make sure the stable can continue their operations. They now have good pictures, maybe not super pro quality as I'm not a pro. But at least good quality.

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I should clarify, if you don't own L lenses, then you may want to take extra precaution with your cheaper lenses.  All my glass is L or Zeiss, so I'm not sure on the build quality of the lesser lenses, but from what I have read, it is not quite as good.  In that case it might be wise to protect them somewhat.  It really just depends on what gear you have.  Sorry about not being too clear on the first post.

So your first lens was an 'L' lens?  :o
He he  :P

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Lenses / Re: What is the perfect lens for street photography?
« on: April 27, 2014, 12:51:57 PM »
Any, depending on what I try to do. I'd like to say the 35L, but I know I often end up with the 24-105 in the end.

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Canon General / Re: When do you know you have enough camera gear?
« on: April 27, 2014, 02:04:37 AM »
Good luck and have fun. I have just started on the path of flash photography myself,  with good advice from people here, so far all well and plenty of fun. There's a lot to learn and obviously a lot of gear to spend money on.

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