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There's an unruly mob of these at the 2 feeders outside my dad's house.  About 15 minutes of hanging around to get them used to you standing there, and you can then snap away at will, pretty much all day.


282A0109 - 2013-10-20 at 09-33-08 by Brand B, on Flickr


282A0043 - 2013-10-20 at 09-25-48 by Brand B, on Flickr


282A9939 - 2013-10-19 at 10-03-00 by Brand B, on Flickr

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom for iPad Coming Soon
« on: January 18, 2014, 07:54:26 PM »
Will it work with RAW, and how to get RAW transferred onto the iPad? 

Importing RAW onto an iPad works the same as importing JPEG.  I assume you'd use the USB or SD card - dock/lightning adapters to connect the camera and import them into LR just like you do with the iOS photo app.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Reco Config for Mac Pro (2013)
« on: January 03, 2014, 01:33:13 PM »
If you read the Anand review section on busses, you'll see that going with two memory sticks instead of 4 is going to have an impact on your memory speed, i.e. 4 sticks of 8GB will perform a bit faster than 2 sticks of 16GB, so unless you're firmly planning to up it to 64GB in the near or medium term future, I'd not go that route.

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Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: December 27, 2013, 01:32:18 PM »
I just got their 8mm for Xmas.  Pretty pleased with it.  Doesn't give you a full circle on the 5D, but nonetheless it's fun, and I was not going to spend the $1.5k for the canon for a novelty (for me) lens. 

So given they are able to make a quality 8 and a quality 14, I'd have high confidence int he 10 being worthwhile.  The distortion on the 14 is totally manageable with software correction.  I bought PTLensedit for $20 pretty much just for that purpose, as I don't have Adobe software.

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Lenses / Re: Review: Samyang/Rokinon 14mm f/2.8
« on: December 23, 2013, 08:01:05 PM »
But I'm concerned about the various names this manufacturer markets these lenses under. For example, B&H carries this focal length under Samyang, Rokinon and Bower with the Samyang costing $30 more than the Rokinon and Bower versions ($329).  If they are the exact same lens, then why the difference in price?

Aside from price my other concern is the lack of available actual test reports.  The only one I've been able to find is dated 10/14/13 on SLRgear.com

My thoughts -

I scoured the internet for reviews and comments on this lens by most of its names, and pretty much everything was positive, especially at the price point.  I think it's a safe bet the lens is a good buy.  I am definitely happy with mine, at least as good as I hoped it would be.

On the name, I think the brands are targeted at different geographical areas, and the pricing reflects the lens being acquired through different distribution channels and possibly exchange rates.  That's a guess on my part, though.

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Software & Accessories / Re: LCD screen protector for Mark5dIII?
« on: December 20, 2013, 07:37:00 PM »
It is a glass screen.  Any protective plastic plate or film you put on it will be more easily scratched or marred, and compromise its viewability.

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Software & Accessories / Re: My Dell vs iMac
« on: December 09, 2013, 09:47:19 PM »
Can't speak authoritatively about your dell, but a new iMac, even the base model i5 27" will be a decent speed bump.  Going for the faster model or the i7 more so, just based on a more modern faster processor.

One note on the RAM.  On the 27", the RAM IS user upgradeable.

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5540?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US

What's more, the iMac comes with the DIMMS in 2 slots, and 2 more slots empty, so if you buy the base RAM config at 8GB, you can buy another 8GB for about $100 (UK pricing should be somewhat similar, which is half what US Apple store charges to go to 16GB, although again they only fill 2 of the 4 slots.  So you might think about bumping the RAM yourself and using the 80 pounds or so you save towards other upgrades you can't do your self.

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Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Samyang 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC
« on: December 06, 2013, 02:34:46 PM »
I'm getting their 8mm fisheye for Xmas, hoping it is as sharp as the 14, which I've been happy with.

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Canon General / Re: Question re: 4K
« on: November 27, 2013, 12:29:08 PM »
It depends on what you mean by view it.

If you want to see the full 4K resolution, yes you need a 4K display.  But 4K will still look good on a regular HD display.  So what exactly are you asking?

Also, there is no such thing as a 1080 DVD.   The DVD spec is NTSC which is 480.

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Lighting / Re: Honeycomb Grid
« on: November 18, 2013, 10:28:41 PM »
Brad,
Were you able to find somewhere the gridded material alone in a bulk/bigger size? Will you share that source if so? Would love to have access to some of this stuff in about a 9" width.

There are people selling square foot sheets of it on eBay:

http://www.ebay.com/bhp/aluminum-honeycomb

Alternatively, find an industrial metal supply place in your city and they are likely to have some, maybe already anodized black so you don't need to coat it.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Will the new MAC Pro support 10 bit colour?
« on: November 18, 2013, 10:09:31 PM »
The Xeon in the upcoming low end Mac Pro is only a $280 chip or so.  Not too big a deal.

Uhh no. The mac pro is unreleased and so are the Xeon chips it will use so pricing is not known. The Mac Pro will have options for 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12 cores on a single die. The closest available current E5 Xeon models (clocks/core) range from ~$800 to $4000.

Uhh yes, the half dozen or so places I have seen do some sleuthing to figure out which Xeon will be in the base model have all concluded it will be the Xeon E5-1620 v2, like here:

http://www.primatelabs.com/blog/2013/11/estimating-mac-pro-performance/

and all have noted it is a sub-$300 chip.  The specific Xeon chips it will use are not "known", but the general specs are and it can be surmised from those which model it is.

You can price it here:

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=E5-1620V2

That aside, my point was not to belittle the Pro, but rather to say I disagree that the base model Pro's Xeon is "overkill" for photo editing, as it is not a super high end chip.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Will the new MAC Pro support 10 bit colour?
« on: November 09, 2013, 09:46:22 PM »
It seems that D300 is AMD FirePro W7000 that supports 10-bit output: http://architosh.com/2013/10/the-mac-pro-so-whats-a-d300-d500-and-d700-anyway-we-have-answers/

I believe you can call Apple and ask whenever you decide to buy a Mac Pro. Though I feel that a Xeon processor is an overkill for photo editing and is a waste of money  :-\

The Xeon in the upcoming low end Mac Pro is only a $280 chip or so.  Not too big a deal.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: What to do with an old D60
« on: November 09, 2013, 09:39:33 PM »
If you don't let him near your stuff, what would he use for lenses?

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Actually, I read in a Popular Mechanics - type magazine just a few minutes ago that a TV maker will be coming out with a 4k resolution monitor in 2014..  For $1500.

Don't think this is going to sell quite as well as hoped...   ;)

Asus is already selling a decent 4K monitor for about $3k.  The market overlap for that product and this canon is literally zero.  Like the accuracy of your last sentence.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: What to do with an old D60
« on: November 01, 2013, 09:03:21 PM »
Time lapse I would do with my 5D.

I would donate it to a group or person I thought would get good use out of it.  The local schools and colleges all have newer equipment and wouldn't really be interested in it, same with my kid's friends.  Seems like things become harder to give away when they hit about 10 years old. 

As for eBay, I see several listings for them at about $150, but no completed auctions, so I can see it being one of those things that has to be listed 4-5 times before it ever sells.  Rather not waste my time.

Hence my post.

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