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EOS Bodies / Re: 1dx a compromise?
« on: July 08, 2012, 08:00:34 PM »
Regarding f8 AF. My 5D Mk III focuses like a champ @f/8 when using the Kenko 1.4 TC which lies to the body about the max aperture. So, the 1DX should be capable of doing the same.

I would LOVE to see Sigma partner with or license the optics from Samyang for their 35mm f/1.4. Sigma HSM on that lens with proper aperture control would be a dream!

From the Budd's Creek Pro Motocross race last weekend. Both of these need to be viewed at 1600px or larger to really appreciate. 5D Mk III 70-200 f/2.8 L IS II, ISO 100

f/19 @1/60s (cropped and panning to capture motion)

I caught Derek Anderson in action by bchernicoff, on Flickr

f/2.8 @1/1500s (cropped)

I shot Ryan Dungey in action by bchernicoff, on Flickr

Have you seen a desktop with 4 quad core xeons or opterons with over 100 GB ram. Or a gaming i7 with nitrogen cooling or  fan the size of a bowling ball, running at 4.5 GHz, or 4 full sized video cards. With a 1200W power supply??

What's your point? Both are specialized machines...one is optimized for server workloads and the other to give  boners to nerds. While laptops aren't quite a match for high-end consumer desktops, the gap probably isn't significant for the majority of this forums users' needs. Yes, my Core i7 iMac has a faster processor than my Core i7 MBP, but the MPB has an SSD (both of have 8gb of RAM) and it handles all my RAW imports and photo editing much faster. Sure, the iMac would be faster still with an SSD, but my real point is that for the majority of this forum's workload, the difference isn't all that great and depends more on I/O speed than anything else.

About iPhoto.. this latest version of Aperture released Tuesday I think can open iPhoto libraries directly. No need to import.

About backups, I don't have Aperture in front of me at work, but there is an option somewhere to backup your library. I have it setup to backup across a SMB share to my linux file server.

It's probably worth reading the Aperture help on albums, folders, projects, etc. Smart albums are really cool. For instance I have created on for each lens I have. Now I click on it and see all photos taken with that lens regardless of where they are actually stored.

Also, to those of you out there who are complaining about the high price...  why do you think so?  Are there comparable laptops out there for much cheaper?

I don't think asking if there are comparable laptops out there is the right question to ask. I don't see a single Windows user finally coming to Mac just because of this model.

The question is how does it compare to the other 15" Mac Book Pro? Why is this screen option limited to this thinner model. They are asking their customers to choose amongst trade-offs. Want the new screen and slightly decreased weight but willing to give up an optical drive, ethernet etc... buy this new model. It shouldn't be that choice. Both the standard 15" MBP and the new thinner one should have all three screen options (1440x900, 1680x1050, 2880x1800).

I've gone back and forth on this myself. I let Aperture store everything and you can setup Photoshop as an external editor, which allows you to right-click on a picture and choose "Edit with Photoshop". On the occasions that I want to edit in DPP, I export the master (now called original in this week's update), edit and re-import.

I'm not sure it's the best way and to be honest I feel like it might be the time for me to experiment with externally referenced masters again.

I am also anxious to see how such high resolution works in the real world. Viewing some web pages on my 27" iMac with it's 256x1400 resolution is not without challenge. Usually, I just Cmd +  few times to scale the page's contents, but the effect is not always perfect with some UI elements and page layouts not playing along well. 2880x1800 resolution on a 15" screen will be a much greater challenge I think. I'm sure Safari will have special automatic scaling by default, but I don't use Safari. Will Chrome and Firefox their browsers for one model of laptop?

So, if most of the content the laptop consumes must be scaled, I ultimately have to wonder what the advantages of such high resolution will be.

UPDATE: I apparently you can't actually use it at 2880x1800. It forces you to scale the resolution to one of: 1024 x 640, 1280 x 800, 1440 x 900, 1680 x 1050 or 1920 x 1200. AnandTech has the write up: http://www.anandtech.com/show/5996/how-the-retina-display-macbook-pro-handles-scaling

So, now I really have to wonder.. I can't even view pictures at high resolution? So, basically this thing is useful for making text look smoother? Come on...

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS Rebel T4i/650D Touchscreen Example Videos
« on: June 07, 2012, 12:14:01 PM »
Because it's gimmicky and not useful?

Reviewing pictures with pinch to zoom and drag to pan would be a HUGE improvement over push zoom button, scroll dial to zoom, nudge around joystick to pan.

In fact, I would say it's analogous to when Google Maps introduced mouse scroll to zoom and drag to pan. Do you remember what using Maquest with its zoom slider and navigation arrows that you had to click was like?

I don't care about the settings aspect.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS Rebel T4i/650D Touchscreen Example Videos
« on: June 07, 2012, 12:01:57 PM »
Why the hell did a Rebel get this technology first and not a flagship camera like 1DX or 5D Mk III? As a 5DM3 owner, I would seriously like to know.

Software & Accessories / Genie - Motion control time lapse device
« on: May 30, 2012, 03:44:57 PM »
Anyone considering one of these? It seems really cool, but expensive.


Software & Accessories / Re: Best PC product for HDR
« on: May 29, 2012, 01:11:25 PM »
I haven't personally compared the alternatives, but am very happy with what I get out of Niks.

However, that means that you guys are constantly interpreting/guessing what could be the picture with the right saturation/levels right?

When I have a conversation with another photographer I ask about their workflow and I have found that everyone does what works best for them. When doing an initial review after a shoot, I ONLY focus on the image's composition and the subject and not the lighting / color.  I have spent enough time playing around with RAW images that I know it's possible to create nearly any look... from natural as the scene appeared to lots of color contrast for impact...anything is possible. The one key factor in achieving that is making sure the RAW image isn't over or underexposed...which I do while shooting by using the Neutral picture style and RGB histograms to check that there are no clipped shadows or highlights.

If you prefer to review the images with one of Canon's picture styles you can use Digital Photo Pro to batch convert to JPEG while applying any picture style you want (even if you shot them with the Neutral setting). Alternatively, if you want to stick with Aperture for the whole process, import your RAW files, apply some contrast/saturation to one image and then use lift/stamp adjustments to batch apply it to all the others. Then you can export JPEGs for your iPad. Either way it involves an extra step but not as much time as you might think.

Most importantly... play around.. figure out what works best for you.

bcherincoff, I have a question about your 5D III and the Sigma 12-24. Is it the 1st gen 12-24? And if so does the camera communicate with it ok for aperture and autofocus? And the 1st gen has a gel holder on the rear of the lens?

It's the first gen version. Aperture and autofocus worked. It does have a gel holder on the rear. Again, I only tested it with the extender just for the sake of seeing if it worked. Why someone would want to use an extender on a lens that is purposely made for extreme wide angle is beyond me.

EOS Bodies / Re: Any new news about Canon 1D X f/8 AF?
« on: May 11, 2012, 10:51:40 PM »
I may have to grab a 1.4x Kenko and try it on my 100-400 until I can afford something along the lines of a 600/4 II.

Just be sure to order the right model (DGX) and read the post people in which people have had problems with them. It seems like they possibly did a silent update that has increased compatibility, so I would recommend ordering one new from Adorama (I bought mine through Amazon but the order was filled by Adorama).


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