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Lenses / Re: Help me decide: should I buy an EF 135L
« on: December 16, 2014, 07:01:24 PM »
Darn you guys, I have this creeping feeling that I need to get one of these again...

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Question for 1DX owners
« on: December 11, 2014, 02:48:01 AM »
Congrats JR

1dx will give you a much better handling with your big lenses: 85L II, 70-200, and of course future 200mm f2 IS  ;)

Keep in mind....it might take you sometime to get use to 18MP(larger pixel). Once you passed that state, I doubt you would pickup your 5D III.

Thanks Dylan - I watch out for the larger pixels. The big whites are on my shopping list too - the first one being the 300 II.


I'm tempted to order one too, but I'll wait for the Mk2. After that maybe 200/2 or 300/2.8. New kidneys grow back in few years, right, so I can keep selling them?

I considered waiting for the Mk2 as well but felt that photo opportunities can't wait. That said, if the Mk2 did come around sometime next year, I'd probably sell the 5D3 and get a Mk2.

I've had the 5D3 for almost 2 years now, and can't complain on anything much. Biggest one is the noise when pushing exposure up.

For 1Dx2, my about realistic hope is:
-about 1.5-2 stop better high ISO noise than 5D3
-at least 10fps
-between 20-35 MP

Also I'd love, although not so important:
-dual CF slots with individual bus on each one so it'd dump the buffer at twice the speed if you use 2 CF cards.

Plus of course all the other stuff like stellar AF with gazillion AF points etc. Not sure on the DPAF, first I want to know it works good.

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Technical Support / Re: What kind of photo printer do you use?
« on: December 11, 2014, 12:10:22 AM »
I use cheap ass Canon pixma, ip4700 if I remember correctly. Prints up to 11.5x8.5 or something like that. Much better quality than I'd assume for $40 printer. And I get ink from China, ~$10 for the set and it does somewhere around 100pcs of 4x6s, so about 10 cents a print. Photo paper is next to free if you wait for the good deals. Just got more during BF, 1000x 4x6 + 200x 11.5x8.5, I think it was about $36 after tax. Few cents per photo.

For bigger prints I use e.g. Nation photo lab.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Question for 1DX owners
« on: December 11, 2014, 12:07:11 AM »
Thanks for the replies guys. I've put the 1dx on order, should get it next week.

Cheers ... J.R.

Congrats JR

1dx will give you a much better handling with your big lenses: 85L II, 70-200, and of course future 200mm f2 IS  ;)

Keep in mind....it might take you sometime to get use to 18MP(larger pixel). Once you passed that state, I doubt you would pickup your 5D III.

I'm tempted to order one too, but I'll wait for the Mk2. After that maybe 200/2 or 300/2.8. New kidneys grow back in few years, right, so I can keep selling them?

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Co-worker dumps $5k on Nikon
« on: December 09, 2014, 10:49:14 PM »
My friend dumped $100k on a car.

Good for him.

Are you jealous or why such negative post?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Question for 1DX owners
« on: December 09, 2014, 03:26:04 AM »
Not even in the slightness. I hope that when the 1Dx mark II comes in, that they should keep it at 18 and work even more on the Dynamic Range and ISO performance...   ;D  What you guys think?

That's good point.

If you can choose either 36MP and current ISO/DR, or 18MP with 1 stop improvement on ISO and DR, I think I go with 18MP.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: buying suggestion: a 5D3 or 1Dx?
« on: December 08, 2014, 01:32:39 AM »
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Often when I am using my 600 f4 on my Wimbley I will remove the grip so I have more verticle reach.

You're right on the gimbal thing: I have a 7D2 on a gimbal and its lightness helps. I can't imagine putting a 1-body on that thing for extended shooting.

Not sure I get it.  I guess it's because of the Wimberley II design?  I use a RRS PG-02 LLR side-mount gimbal, as long as I position the 600's barrel over a tripod leg, the body is between the other two legs when going vertically, and I don't think removing a removable grip would matter.

As for the weight of the body, when the load is properly balanced on the gimbal, the whole rig can be easily moved with a fingertip, whether I have my 1D X or my EOS M behind the 600 II.

For a moment I was wondering who shoots tennis matches with 600mm fixed...

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Lenses / Re: Help me decide: should I buy an EF 135L
« on: December 08, 2014, 01:27:24 AM »
My biggest question is since the lens is quite old, if there's even better one coming soon, either Mark II or Sigma ART around that focal length. Give me Sigma ART 135mm F2.0 OS for $999, pretty please :)

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Lenses / Re: Help me decide: should I buy an EF 135L
« on: December 07, 2014, 04:52:24 PM »
I was just about to start new thread with exactly same question.

I used to have 135L when I had crop body, and it was awesome. I took so many awesome shots. I had to sell it after one drunken night I accidentally ordered 70-200 IS II, so it was either sell the 135L or sleep on couch.

Now I have FF body, and I'm really thinking I should get the 135L again. Quite often I shoot indoor sports with the 70-200 (typical settings: 1/500, 2.8, ISO6400), so I could come down one stop on ISO if I get the 135L, although I'd lose the zoom-capability.

Especially if I find good copy used, I could use it for couple months to see how I feel and if I don't like, I'm sure I'd lose less than $100 selling it again. So better option than renting IMHO. And if I like, I can keep it.

At some point I probably want also the 100L macro, but I'm not sure if I like that so 135L is first on the list.

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But for megapixels...I wouldn't apply the term stops to that. It doesn't really work there.


Relax :) I know it's not official, but it's handy.

Stops is perfect word in camera world to describe any units, e.g. if I take 2 stops more picture tomorrow, that'll mean 4x.

In my day job I talk in dBs and dBms all the time, and I usually mix those to anything else too. E.g. if I want a raise, I tell my boss I'm happy for only 3dB raise. Or some night I should have drunk -3dB less beer.

I know they don't make sense if you take them literally, but they work perfectly in these cases and everyone knows what they really mean.

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For sure. Don't even need to improve that much from 1DX and I'll drop $10k easily. 2 stops on ISO performance, 2 stops on DR, 2 stops on MP. Sold.

You think adding 2 stops here and there is worth a $3500 bump in price?

Even the first two, totally. And for MP, 1 stop would be good enough, 2 stop add on MP would be already to much in my mind.

You guys make me laugh, a one stop improvement means twice as good, two stops means four times as good, we are well into product maturity and small incremental increases in performance. What do you think could be done to give you 400% more performance in key areas with a mere 45% price increase?

And what is a stop of MP?

Like you said, it's twice for each stop. So e.g. 2 stop increase in MP from 20MP would go to 80MP.

And like others mentioned, 2 stops extra DR is not 400%. Increasing from e.g. 12DR to 14DR is not 400% more performance.

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For sure. Don't even need to improve that much from 1DX and I'll drop $10k easily. 2 stops on ISO performance, 2 stops on DR, 2 stops on MP. Sold.

You think adding 2 stops here and there is worth a $3500 bump in price?

Even the first two, totally. And for MP, 1 stop would be good enough, 2 stop add on MP would be already to much in my mind.

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For sure. Don't even need to improve that much from 1DX and I'll drop $10k easily. 2 stops on ISO performance, 2 stops on DR, 2 stops on MP. Sold.

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Technical Support / Re: Optimal processing platform of still images
« on: December 04, 2014, 02:05:42 AM »
This means, that you must have a OS, that is capable to adress more than 16GB RAM (Windows 8 64 bit or Wondows 7 64 bit Enterprise) and a Mainboard with 8 RAM-slots. Greetings Andy

You have a nice system there Andy.  However, the Enterprise version isn't necc for the RAM addressing, just 64 bit.  In fact, most consumers can't get the Enterprise version.  The Enterprise version of Windows is just the consumer Ultimate version but licensed for enterprise.  All versions of Windows work the same for home users.  Unless they need domain support, Home Premium is fine.  I prefer Pro because it does have better user tools and remote desktop support but otherwise, it doesn't matter.  I'm guessing that you might be an Action Pack subscriber if you're using Enterprise...  :D

Rusty, the system I use is the one I explained here "My current PC is:" My argument was, if you want to  handle big PS files you should have as much RAM as you can get with at this time available (and affordable) consumer-technology. This is a 2011-3 system with 64 GB RAM. But you are right. Windows 7 64 bit Professional is just the right Version, not Enterprise.

Greetings Andy
Do you guys really feel like you need all of that RAM. I have 16 GB and I rarely ever have to hit a scratch disk and my files can be pretty big. My PS efficiency score rarely drops below 100% and my scan files are far bigger than standard DSLR files. The more ram thing was definitely true when RAM sticks were measure in MB's but 64GB sounds like an awful lot. Just curious .

Depending on intended use, 16GB is likely fine.  I put in 32GB but I bought that RAM about 3 years ago when it wasn't as expensive.  RAM is a bit high right now.

My typical day (Win7):

Chrome with 40-80 tabs open (I use tabs instead of bookmarks), typically takes ~2GB of memory total.

When running LR + PS CC, bare minimum I'm hitting already total ~10GB consumption if I check the task manager.

When editing and opening photos, add layers and such, it's soon 12-14GB total, and around this point the Windows starts asking if it can shut down some programs to free up some memory.

So I'd definitely like to increase up to 32GB.

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Technical Support / Re: Optimal processing platform of still images
« on: December 03, 2014, 12:33:32 AM »
As for graphics cards and displays, yes you can have multiple displays attached to one video card with no problems.  The calibration would be per display because the calibration is display driven from a physical calibration sensor attached to the panel with the calibration software using the sensor input to tune the graphics card to make the adjustments digitally.

I have Spyder3Pro, and if I calibrate second monitor, the first one will change too. If I calibrate the first again, the second one will change. So some reason I cannot calibrate both, but it'll apply the latest calibration for both monitors. Running from same GPU card. I was reading somewhere that 2 cards are required. I didn't bother, so I just calibrated the main monitor, and anything on colors I use on that.

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