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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).


EOS Bodies / Re: Any new news about Canon 1D X f/8 AF?
« on: May 11, 2012, 08:50:42 PM »
I just tried it with my 70-200 IS Mk II in much lower light and with more complicated backgrounds just in case buildings at near infinity focus against the sky were too easy a subject... and the result is... Wow!

Another video...this one is less clear...parts of it black out as the cell phone camera looking through the viewfinder didn't get enough light, but stick with it. Also, I tried it indoors, handheld with just one lamp on and it works fantastic.

I was using Aperture to read the EXIF information and by default it doesn't show the lens's max aperture. I enabled that field and for the extender stack with 400mm f/2.8, it shows f/5.66, however the body will only let you select f/8, so there is definitely some Kenko trickery going on. All I know is it works!

EOS Bodies / Re: Any new news about Canon 1D X f/8 AF?
« on: May 11, 2012, 08:07:45 PM »
I understand healthy skepticism, so I made a demonstration video and have uploaded two RAW files. The video shows the AF in action and towards the end I even focus on a moving jet after taking off, though it was in One Shot AF. Could have had a better result in Servo. Anyway, everything I was shooting was pretty far off. I should also test it on closer subjects with more complicated backgrounds. Let me know if there any specific scenarios you would like me to test. I suppose I can try the same extender stack on my 70-200 f/2.8 L IS II and see if works...in fact I'll go do that now, while you are chewing this stuff over.

Oh, regarding the Kenko fooling the body... the camera shows f/8 and the EXIF records that, so at least at some level, the camera is aware.


two RAW images:

EOS Bodies / Re: For those interested in 7D2
« on: May 11, 2012, 11:18:39 AM »
I've owned and sold a 7D and a 5D Mk II, and purchased the 5D Mk III and love it. I hope to make some money from this expensive hobby this year.

I earn a living as a cleared software engineer consulting with the federal government in the Washington DC area. The pay is high, but not like a doctor.

My first thought about the lens was that they are simply creating a much larger than needed image circle so that the sensor utilizes the sharpest center part.

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