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Software & Accessories / Re: Windows 7 install
« on: October 18, 2014, 03:17:28 PM »
The easiest way to prevent most malicious attacks is to set up a User Account without Administrator priveleges.
That works only together proper permissions on files and directories, user privileges are exactly used to check what file they can access and how. Because on any PC there are different software running with different users - besides the logged on one for example there are services running with other users, many with the highest privileged one "local system", if you have something that could be modified by unprivileged user and then run by the privileged ones, you risk big troubles. My advice is: do not try to outsmart the system. There are often good reason if it designed that way. That's why OSX and other systems looks to be more secure. Unlike Windows, users stick to the OS rules, and usually don't care where software gets installed or data is stored, they let them go where they should.

Software & Accessories / Re: Windows 7 install
« on: October 18, 2014, 03:09:00 PM »
Pictures">Properties>Location. If you have two Windows Explorer windows open, you can drag and drop. No need to do registry edits.

The systems will take care of that you - if you do it through a system approved way. Once those capability were in Windows Powertoys, I didn't remember 7 had it readily available - the better. There are special system programming interfaces to get those folder from software applications, thereby the system has to know where they are or you can break some software if you move them improperly.


Software & Accessories / Re: Windows 7 install
« on: October 18, 2014, 03:03:34 PM »
Not correct.
"My Pictures" *is* a folder.

I wrote "Pictures" not my "My Pictures" - and libraries in 7 are shown prominently in any file dialog.
Instead of moving standards folders to other destinations - which require proper knowledge to do, it's far easier to personalize libraries to your taste so you can open and save from your preferred folders.
Also, again, standard folders have usually a permission set that makes them private to the user. Other folders may be readable and writeable by everyone. If for any reason the latter behavior is not what you want, be awar of it when you use other folders.

Software & Accessories / Re: Windows 7 install
« on: October 18, 2014, 12:45:19 PM »
folders to transfer right over, didn't work that way and I failed at figuring out how to cleanly correct my errors.
So I started a third time correcting the My Documents trick the best I could figure though I'm still not happy with the way it plays.

Those folders are managed as "special" ones by the OS. Their position can be changed, but it needs to be done properly (it implies registry changes and so on). There are some tools that can do that. In 7, "libraries" are a much more versatile way to add different paths to those folders.
Music, Pictures, etc. are not true folder but "libraries" instead. Right click them, select Properties, and you will see which folders are in the library. You can add and remove the one you like.

Software & Accessories / Re: Windows 7 install
« on: October 18, 2014, 12:38:04 PM »
I have, in the past, used a Program Files installation location on other than the C:\ drive, seemed a clever thing at the time, long term there's no advantage I can see.
I now leave Program Files right in the root of C:\, exactly where Widows wants them.

Beware of permissions. <program files> folders have permissions where executables cannot be modified but by privileged users. That means some "malicious" application running without those privileges can't modify them. If you put executables in folder where everybody can write, someone or something with low privileges can change them, and wait for someone with high privileges run them. At that point, the whole system is compromised. If you care about your PC and data, be careful about that. You can install elsewhere, but the setup or you must be careful about setting the proper privileges. And that's also the reason why always running with user with high privileges is dangerous.

Software & Accessories / Re: Windows 7 install
« on: October 18, 2014, 12:30:34 PM »
Can anyone give me an idea how long it will take to do a 'clean' install of Windows 7 ???  It will be installed on a

It will depend mostly on your disk(s) speed and internet connection, nor much on CPU or RAM. I may suggest you to download and install SP1 and IE11 separately, and install them manually (you may need to perform a first round of patches before SP1 installs). It will avoid installing a lot of updates for Windows without them, and then install them and patch them again-
A "slipstream" setup would take less time, but you need to prepare it in advance,

You'd have to lay out some money but have you considered virtualization?   A virtualization environment is one

Virtualization is the last thing you should consider when image quality is your aim. Virtualization usually menas your expensive video card(s) are not used directly by the best OS driver written by the video card maker, but trough some software layer. It could also impact monitor calibration, etc.

For imaging, forget virtualization and use your main OS - but for running non imaging software which for any reason can't be run on the main OS.

The newer version of DPP does not support my operating system.  I run Vista 64.  Updating my operating

So it's ok upgrading the camera even if you already have two very good ones - but not upgrading a an old OS (released in 2007), the only one unanimously regarded worse than Windows 8?

From a developer perspective, there are many new features which became available only from 7 onwards (i.e. better support for high DPI displays, color management). while Vista market share is only around 3%, making the effort to support it not so appealing.

If your software runs on Vista 64, it will run on 8 and 7 as well (you can downgrade your OS but with some OEM licenses). LR is still available as a standalone product outside CC. Scroll to the end of the page, and you'll find a link to buy LIghtroom 5 standalone. It won't run on Vista too, anyway.

Today the digital workflow is not the camera only - software plays its role as well. Complaining because we can't use the latest camera on outdated OS looks a bit unfair to me. I understand we all prefer to spend money on the toys we like most and not on something we may regard as "not so imporant", but sometimes we need to accept realilty.

That's partly my point.  We don't need "cameras" as we currently tend to think of them.  Imaging systems are have been integrated into something broader than traditional photography approaches.

That's just for the "instant consumer" market - photos destinated to endure time, to be taken in difficult conditions,  still need dedicated tools designed from scratch for taking photos wherever you need, not a "jack-of-all-trades-and-master-of-none" device designed to be replaced by the next model next year. That doesn't mean that cameras should not integrate new features to be better "connected" or the like, but really, the last thing I want is a camera that is doing other tasks in background (and maybe rings while I'm taking a photo...) instead of being wholly dedicated to the image taking process.

There's a misconception today that "electronics can perform magic and sobsitute everything else". It is not true, although some clever tricks may pretend it.
One of the reason someone wants you to believe it, is that electronics is often far cheaper to design and build than optical and mechanical devices. If you can build a far cheaper device, and still sell it at the same price of previous ones, your revenues increase a lot. Also, tightly integrated fully electronic devices are rarely serviceable, or too expensive to service. And what most companies like is selling new devices over and over to the same customer.

Just for the record - you are takling about a company with a net income of  1.246 billion dollars, and the PS4 isn't the sole reason, why they are profitable.

Sony profitable? Sony has huge losses from its mobile division (it had to write done 1.65 billion last September), and is getting out the PC business.  For the fiscal year ended last March it posted losses for over one billion dollars, and its CEO warned about a 2.1bn annual loss. Sony debt rating is very low.


Does not work for Windows 8

In Windows 8 the codec pack is available and updates are delivered through Windows Update: http://support2.microsoft.com/kb/2712101/en-us

Check among "optional updates"

Canon General / Re: Financial Times - "Digital cameras: out of focus"
« on: October 04, 2014, 09:27:24 AM »
Smart Phone Photos have won World Press Awards :) iPhone photos have been published on the front page of the New York Times :) iPhone photos have been published in Sports Illustrated :) The Stock Photo Agencies are seeing a demand for photos shot with Smart Phones (because of their Authentic look)
Remember that behind phones there are a couple of companies with immense marketing budgets. Samsung alone spends billions in promoting its phones (I guess with that budget Canon could deliver easily a 100Mpx sensor with 20 stop range...) . The press is not insensible to those money spent in advertising and the like, and most journalists are very sensitive to proper PR tactics. I'd be very cautious, and try to understand what is real and what is plain marketing...

Lighting / Re: Recommendations for lighting system
« on: October 03, 2014, 03:07:27 PM »
The largest item is a 3-screen operating console for an air traffic controller. Width about 10 feet and height about 5 feet.

It starts to be large enough to require not-so-small light source modifiers and lamps/strobes powerful enough. Also, depending on the location you have to use and your "set" setup, you may need ways to put the lights where you need them, and it could be simple (and cheap) or complex (and probably more expensive).

Check if you could rent the needed equipment, so you can try without investing too much money.

About unwanted reflections from screens, AFAIK often what a screen displays may be added in post production.

Lighting / Re: Can I use all my old Sunpak 522 Flashes with Canon EOS
« on: October 03, 2014, 01:10:24 PM »
This may help you:


Check also the maximum voltage supported by you camera model - and be aware the PC sync socket may be safer than the hot shoe contact. For example the 5D III supports up to 250V over the PC sync, but the manual advise against using high voltage unit via the hotshoe.

I used a Sunpak 4205G with the 5D III without issues - it just supports the PC sync. Did the 522 had TTL modules for Canon (Canon had no TTL camera until the T90)? Even so AFAIK the old Canon TTL metering doesn't work with EOS cameras - but it should anyway have a low voltage going through - but you should be sure it's within limits.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Why haven't you left canon?
« on: September 27, 2014, 03:32:09 PM »
Because photo are more than gear, and just chasing the "perfect gear" could only distract you from actually shooting good photos.

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