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Hi Eldar.   As others have pointed out, you may want to stick with Mac since you already have an investment with Apple. 

My set up is pretty basic.  I used to build all of my systems, spending hours and dollars trying to create the fastest system possible, but now I've changed and would rather use the tools than tinker with getting them to work.

I purchased a refurbished HP Z400 workstation and 2 x 24" Z2440w monitors.  I run windows 7 on them and use adobe photoshop cs6, premiere elements, and lightroom.  I've had this system since 2009 and it just now is starting to show its age.  I highly recommend looking at a workstation class computer from your computer vendor of choice because they are built differently and they just run.   I wouldn't expect it to show great performance stats like you see in the reviews, but they are built to work rather than for entertainment and everyday activities and adobe provides optimizations for workstation products.   To date, I've not had a crash or component failure.  That's what I was looking for - something that would enable me to enjoy my photography and not be a distraction from that. 

Of course, YMMV and I'm not trying to discount any other compute solutions.  Just conveying what works for me.

I will buy another HP workstation and would recommend you check them out.  Do a search for HP Remarket workstation and you can find the refurb website for HP.

Regards and good luck.

Lenses / Re: Affected with GAS, Gear Acquisition Syndrome
« on: February 24, 2015, 10:42:05 AM »
Ouch - sorry to hear that.  Hopefully you weren't on the hook for any of that.

Lenses / Re: Affected with GAS, Gear Acquisition Syndrome
« on: February 24, 2015, 10:15:57 AM »
For all of those afflicted with GAS, I'll offer some assistance.  You can charge all of your gear to my credit card.  The number is 37 - oh wait, I have to run - will give you the rest of the number later...

still waiting...... :)

Lenses / Re: APS-C 60mm or 100mm macro lens?
« on: February 23, 2015, 09:20:36 AM »

... the sample shot just above is a good demonstration: the fur near the camera is in focus, the eye just barely and the head is already clearly out of focus even for web size, never mind the wings.

Btw in my experience the working distance isn't so important for butterflies, either they decide to flee very early on or sit still unless you bump 'em with the lens. It's more about getting your own lens into the way of the ambient light or flash(es) that makes the difference with longer focal lengths.

Agreed - this shot was taken with the aperture wide open and the light source was troublesome in relation to the position of the lens.

Lenses / Re: APS-C 60mm or 100mm macro lens?
« on: February 22, 2015, 11:04:58 PM »
Yes, working distance with an insect,or arachnid, will be tricky with the 60 macro, but it can be done.  Sometimes you get a subject that is well behaved like the one below (which was taken with a 60 macro).

Lenses / Re: APS-C 60mm or 100mm macro lens?
« on: February 22, 2015, 02:15:19 PM »
I'm in the same boat as you, but I do have the 60 macro.  I really enjoy this lens, but late last year I purchased a FF camera and I'd like to have just one macro I can use on both cameras.   I'll get the 100L when that time comes, but my 60 macro is on the "to sell" list.   I would recommend you go for the EF lens. 

Lenses / Re: which telephoto for travel?
« on: February 21, 2015, 05:13:05 PM »
you can use it w/ or w/o the tripod collar.

Which is nice because for only €1300, you don't get a tripod collar with the lens from Canon ... but I won't bitch around, they did include the lens hood so there's good value for you :->

Your not bitter at all are you...... :) :) :) :)  j/k

Lenses / Re: which telephoto for travel?
« on: February 21, 2015, 05:12:22 PM »
I would stick with the 24-70F4 and 70-200F4.   Find a nice shoulder bag and enjoy your travels.

I've not shot a collegiate dive/swim meet, but my daughter is a novice diver.  I don't have experience shooting swimming, but with diving my go to lenses are the 85 1.8 and the 70-200 F2.8 Mk II.  My cameras struggle with lower light and I've found that the natatoriums I've been to have poor lighting.  I think you will be fine with what you have, but you may want to consider renting the 200 F2 so you can keep your shutter speed up.

Couple of pics - first is a 5D with the 70-200 @ 200mm and the second is a T1i with the 85mm @ 1.8.

Lenses / Re: Which Lens to buy for Portraits
« on: February 19, 2015, 02:42:35 PM »
From your provided list of choices, I would recommend the 85mm f1.8.  It's a great lens that would have a similar FOV as a 135mm on a FF camera.  Good for headshots.  After that, I think you are set with your nikkor.  I typically view 50mm-135mm as the portrait lens range, but on a crop that would be around 35-85mm. 

If you are happy with your 50mm, you may want to think about a 35mm F2.0 IS.  I don't own one, but I've read that it's a good lens for the money and would fill any need for a full body photograph without having to backup as far.

I also have used the 60mm 2.8 macro for headshots.  It's a very sharp lens for crops, but may not offer any advantage over the 50mm you already own.

And, as previously stated, the 24-70 2.8 mk II is a great lens (if you aren't looking for faster than 2.8) if you would rather have 1 lens than a handful of them.

Last, if you are shooting over f4.0, then there also is the 24-105L.  I've got that one too and you can find them at good prices if you shop around.  I would recommend the 24-70 over this lens if money is not an issue, but this lens does produce some nice images.

Good luck!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7D Classic Good Enough for Pros?
« on: February 19, 2015, 12:14:22 PM »
... how did the pros survive before the 5D Mark III?

They survived by using the technology available at the time.

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom 6 Coming Very Soon
« on: February 18, 2015, 08:25:06 AM »
And just yesterday I was thinking it was about time for the next version of Lightroom...  What a coincidence.   Interested to see what will be added and refined.

Canon General / Re: CPS-Canon Professional Servies.
« on: February 17, 2015, 04:04:54 PM »
I've had some of my gear serviced and got a 5D MK III loaner from them.  They've always been prompt for the short time I've worked with them.  I also have the gold service.

Canon General / Re: Lost half of my Canon DSLR
« on: February 17, 2015, 04:02:26 PM »
I'm glad that you and for family are okay, but am so sorry for what's happened.  I'm crossing my fingers in hopes the insurance folks come through for you.

Lighting / Re: Setting up a speed light studio for remote locations
« on: February 16, 2015, 10:53:07 PM »
I do a lot of remote travel to Canada's far north and have recently started carrying a speed light portrait studio. I am finding 2x 430exii and 2 shoot through umbrellas on ultra light stands to be insufficient for high quality images. I am using one for the backdrop and on to light the subject. I carry a white muslin and backdrop stand. I am likely to add at least 1 more 430exii for lighting the backdrop and one for the subject.

I am currently using the 7d radio trigger capability to trigger the 430's. So far it works very well for this application, I would just like to add more light to the backdrop. Carrying my studio strobes is not an option. All the travel is via small bush plane.

What I am wondering is if I add a 600ex-rt as an on camera flash/trigger, will 3x 430exii trigger with the 600ex-rt?


I use an ST-E2 to trigger my 430EXii's.   It's older technology, and most people are wanting radio triggers, but it does the job for me.   Even has an autofocus assist beam. 

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