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Lenses / Re: Lenses that inspire you?
« on: July 21, 2012, 10:48:04 AM »
Without being a 'smart ass', a lens does not inspire me one bit. It is the subject that does. Only then I pick a lens to represent the best aspect of the subject.

It's true that most of the time the subject should be what inspires us, but it's also true that a lens can too. Sometimes it's very fun to grab only a "creative" lens when I'm walking out the door to challenge myself to see what I can come up with...something like a tilt-shift or an extreme wide angle lens (Sigma 12-24 on full-frame). I n this way the lens inspires the photographer to try something they ordinarily wouldn't.

EOS Bodies / Re: 1dx a compromise?
« on: July 08, 2012, 09:42:18 PM »
yep thats how I had it (wont fit the otherway round)
I'll play around with it again tonight
it'll be interesting if it works have you tried it on a 5Dmk2? does it AF too

I didn't buy the Kenko until after I sold my Mk II and got the Mk III. Wow, I misread your original post.

EOS Bodies / Re: 1dx a compromise?
« on: July 08, 2012, 09:25:34 PM »

Is this a DG or DGX one

I tried my 70-200 with stacked converters the canon 2x then the kenko on that between the 2x and the camera and it still reports f8 and wont AF my kenko 1.4 is the DGX gives proper AF and exif reporting I think the older ones were supposed to lie

Latest and greatest DGX. Try with the Kenko closest to the body. I discussed this in detail starting with my first post on this page: http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=6319.45

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.

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