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Third Party Manufacturers / Is Manfrotto Q5 Arca Swiss compatible?
« on: February 20, 2014, 12:31:49 AM »
I'm in the process of updating/upgrading/simplifying from an unwieldy mix of 3 different Manfrotto plate systems. Clearly ArcaSwiss is the way to go. I like most of the higher grade Manfrotto ball heads, but finding it hard to get information as to what the Manfrotto Q5 system actually is. Usually 10 minutes on Google will answer anything.

http://www.manfrotto.com/054-magnesium-ball-head-with-q5-quick-release appears to suit my needs.

It looks right, but is the Q5 100% Arca Swiss compatible?


Lenses / Re: 70-200 2.8 advice
« on: February 17, 2014, 08:25:53 PM »
I've heard the 70-200 2.8 L IS I isn't as sharp as the IS II or non-IS versions. True?
Yep. Pretty huge difference.
Really? Do you have realistic evidence for this? Based on one example?

There are always going to be minor variations from copy to copy in any manufactured goods, even with high levels of factory quality control. If there was a "huge" difference, professionals and astute enthusiasts across the planet would be avoiding the usually stellar IS version of this legendary workhorse in their 1000's. I don't see this happening.

Personal and anecdotal experience right here at CR would suggest that most copies of both lenses are exceptionally sharp.


Lenses / Re: 70-200 2.8 advice
« on: February 16, 2014, 05:05:52 PM »
Just get the 70-200mm L II IS. It's like, what $1800? Not that much more than the others given that it's exactly what you want.
Financial responsibility is an important and valuable life-skill. Nobody questions the awesomeness of the 70-200mm L II IS, but if it's a $$ reach too far, and it's not earning money for you then the alternatives must considered.

The viable alternatives I'd be looking at would be a pre-owned EF 70-200 f/2.8 MkI, with or without IS, and certainly check prices for a pre-owned MkII IS as well. These are tough, long lasting lenses. Most pros give them a solid daily workout and they last for years. The other alternative mentioned by other posters is the EF 70-200 f/4, with or without IS. Read up; this is a lens with a great reputation.


Technical Support / Re: How to use cf and sd cards Mark5d3
« on: February 14, 2014, 11:37:36 PM »
Could manufacturers design a camera that uses solid state drives?  Would that be faster than current transfer rates?

SSD's and CF cards & SD cards are basically the same thing...same tech, different shapes. So you've got what you wanted already! If you have a daily need for speed, just buy the fastest cards you can afford. They genuinely make a very tangible difference.

A bit of best forgotten history...Around the turn of the millennium when a 128Mb card was quite big, a lot of photographers burned their money and lost lots of data on a CF card shaped device called MicroDrive. I had one which was a then massive 512Mb...and it was a tiny spinning HDD. It seems unbelievable now. They were scarey devices with an alarmingly high failure rate.....shudder.....

Check out the wiki page and thank your lucky stars for solid state memory:


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5DIII - too grainy or not?
« on: February 10, 2014, 07:27:00 PM »
ETTR is very simple: Expose to the right! That's really it. You honestly don't have to get too technical about it....
ETTR is the strongest noise reduction tool you have. I'm consistently gobsmacked how much detail there is hidden in the highlights of not just my 5D3 which is plain phenomenal, but in almost equal measure in files from my 1D Mk4 and my little travel camera, the truly tiny APS-C SL-1 (aka EOS 100D).

ETTR can be counter intuitive particularly for photographers who learned shooting film, but once this very simple technique is mastered you'll barely even think about it. Until you get the feel of it, keep an eye on histograms and highlight alert.

With carefully exposed files, it's extremely rare to go to the noise reduction slider in LR5 or call in the useful abilities of Nik D-fine. Too many steps in post-pro slow things down to a crawl. ETTR is your friend!


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's Medium Format
« on: February 10, 2014, 06:19:33 PM »
Canon would have a hard time getting an MF expansion past the shareholders. It's such a tiny market with dubious profit potential.

There's little profit for them in the pro market (1DX, big white glass etc) but these are reputation builders and highly visible, aspirational "halo" products.

MF is generally hidden from view in studios and tightly managed productions, thus no "halo" effect.

As far as cameras go, they'll stick with core business.


If you shoot RAW and tend to shoot "continuous" then the fastest card you can get your hands on will deliver good value for you, especially on a 5D3 with it's slower-to-clear buffer. The difference in my 1D4 with a Lexar 32Gb 1000x vs a Sandisk Extreme 32 Gb 60 Mb/s is palpable. The value lies in how fast the buffer clears just as johnf3f has explained. The value will also be apparent shooting video.

However if "continuous" shooting is not part of your technique, save your money, the slower cards (40-60 Mb/s) are perfectly fine.


Software & Accessories / Re: doubt on wacom tablet size
« on: January 31, 2014, 04:48:29 AM »
I'm with most other people on the size question...check out the Medium. I use it with 30 inch monitors. This smaller size enables you to leave the nice compact Apple keyboard in front of you too. I have the Wacom closest to me and the KB right behind it. Don't cheap out...get the Intuos.

But here's the interesting bit. If you use a Wacom Graphics Tablet and also tend to use a lot of keyboard shortcuts, there's a productivity tool that has transformed the way I work. It's the Nostromo from the gaming device company Razer. http://www.razerzone.com/au-en/gaming-keyboards-keypads/razer-nostromo/  If you have a Wacom and don't use it very often, this may be the perfect companion to get you to use it all the time. It's comprehensively better than using the buttons on the Wacom. The only button I use on the Wacom now is the Touch Ring for brush size.

http://www.pwp3.com/nostromo.jpg This image shows how I have it set up. Of course there is a mouse (Razer Death Adder) on my right as well. The Wacom, the Nostromo & the mouse don't conflict with each other. When you have the Wacom pen in your right hand, it's brilliant to have a scroll wheel and an enter key on the LEFT side. Plus, every one of the buttons on the Nostromo can be custom configured to execute keyboard commands...single keystroke keyboard shortcuts. You can set up a custom set of commands/macros for each program that you use, like the Wacom. So I have a set for Photomechanic, Lightroom & Photoshop. The Nostromo detects which program you're currently using and switches more or less instantly. If you work through large folders of images every day, this gadget will be your new best friend. I doubt Razer had non-gamers in mind when they made the Nostromo, but hey!

The only downsides are that your teenage kids will want one for themselves for gaming. But the cost is around the same as a decent mouse. The irritating teen focused blue glowing lights can be turned off. You save your settings with Razer's cloud solution, Razer Synapse II which also stores my mouse custom settings.   I've bought another Nostromo & Wacom for a second workstation and Synapse II sure beats having to manually configure each command and macro again.

So there you have it! For me this is a cool toy and a powerful productivity breakthrough.


EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: EF-M 18-40 Pancake
« on: January 19, 2014, 07:37:49 PM »
The image shown is for the old EF-M kit lens.
It sure looks like the world's chunkiest pancake! Actually the image is of the 11-22. It's written on the barrel.


I drove my 1D mkIIn hard for years running up over 500k acctuations. It was retired when I got the Mk IV. Right through the years when it was my number one body to my 5D classic, I absolutely loved it and it was easily the best camera I had ever had. Cleaned up, it looks little different to new, amazing considering how its been used. 1-Series cameras truly are built to hack the daily grind.

Just for fun I recently charged up the batteries and used it at a track and field job as a second body to the MkIV. The AF was rocket fast and accurate for long-jump, hurdles and high-jump, and later in the meet the 300th flash sync was handy.

For all its positive points, it's a camera that has had its day for professional work. They do have their hard-core fans, but personally I feel there are better choices. I'd even use a five year old gripped 7D ahead of a Mk IIn these days. The Mk III is a good thing for the money, but do try to get a later build body that has the improved mirror box. If the budget can stretch to a MkIV you'll have one of the all-time classic 1-Series bodies, still very much the go-to camera for busy professionals right across the planet.


yeah, check out the AF assist pattern

Unsurprisingly the AF Assist pattern looks just like the one from the Yongnuo YN-622C.


Lighting / Elinchrom D-Lite & Yongnuo YN-622C
« on: December 18, 2013, 10:30:05 PM »
Who has had experience triggering Elinchrom D-Lite RX4 with Yongnuo YN-622C to achieve HSS?
I know the Elinchroms play nicely in the HSS universe with the with Phottix Odin and I think also Phottix StratoII.


A valid marketing reason to ship the premium APS-C offering with a new name is this. If the new camera is a feature-laden as we hope, it's going to need a higher pricepoint. To name a significantly higher priced release as the 7DII will elicit howls of protest.  >:( "Look how much they've raised the price of the 7D!!!" >:(

But if it's skillfully repositioned as an all new model, the grounds for grumbling will be lessened. The 7D classic may even soldier on for another couple of years...who knows? It's still a very good camera which has aged remarkably well.


Lenses / Re: Another strike against UV filters
« on: December 18, 2013, 07:13:04 PM »
I crashed my car and my seatbelt left a bruise.  Another strike against seatbelts!
;D ;D ;D very good...


Lenses / Re: Another strike against UV filters
« on: December 18, 2013, 05:13:23 AM »
It's always seemed to me that if 'protecting' the front element was a genuine requirement the likes of Canon would be pleased to supply something suitable.  ;)
And they don't .
Lens cap, hood...


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