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Software & Accessories / Re: Does LR4 do away with HDR for you?
« on: September 22, 2012, 01:54:32 AM »
There is a role for dedicated HDR software, or for a multi layer masking/brushing approach to achieve an HDR effect. But LR4.1 really does go a very long way to delivering great outcomes from a single file.

Another use for these LR4.1 strengths is to flatten out very high contrast images. I'm currently working on files shot for an anniversary event at a steelworks which was outdoors, in bright sun across the middle of the day. Fill flash & HSS and careful use of backlighting helped a lot, but a lot of shots are very tough high contrast killers. The sliders in LR4.1 are truly extraordinary for retrieving images like these, a sort of HDR process with the intention of stretching the dynamic range of an image from being unusable to a half-decent deliverable image.

-PW

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B&H has a deal on Lexar 32Gb 1000x CF cards at the moment which just can't be ignored.
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/841573-REG/Lexar_LCF32GCTBNA10002_32GB_CompactFlash_Memory_Card.html

-PW

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Software & Accessories / Re: What are most people using for processing RAW
« on: September 21, 2012, 11:09:22 PM »
Lightroom V 4.1 is my RAW converter of choice and LR has been number one for me since the first version was in public beta. After test driving just about every RAW converter on the planet, for me it always kept coming back to LR not just for the great conversions but its whole workflow setup, particularly when working with very big shoots.

Most other RAW converters are extremely good, and deliver perfect conversions but it was a business decision as much as anything else to stay with LR. I know it backwards and inside out now and can work through a big batch of files very quickly in a way that only comes with the deep understanding and experience that you get working with the same program every day. One of the very cool features is History in the develop panel.

-PW


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Lenses / Re: Rockwell on the 24-70v2, "holy cow, it's awesome."
« on: September 21, 2012, 08:11:25 PM »
I've never minded Ken Rockwells's style. Frankly it's refreshingly different in an increasingly beige world. He's enthusiastic & passionate, something that makes life more enjoyable.

In regard to his 24-70 review, the more positive viewpoints I read about this lens the better. I can't wait to get mine.

-PW

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Watch those CF pins on your 5D3
« on: September 21, 2012, 08:00:40 PM »
The pin / socket arrangement on CF cards violates rule 101 of connector design. 
Sockets go on the power side, pins on the non powered side. 
It was designed by a total klutz.
in this case ... not so! Can you imagine the amount of bent pins, if all those pins were sticking out from the CF cards???

It really beats me how one can bend the pins inside a CF card slot. The cards are mechanically coded with those grooves along the side ... without brute force one should not be able to insert them far enough to damage pins. And the right way in, they also should not damage the pins. I have never had a single problem with CF cards or CF slots all those years .. neither electrical nor mechanical.

The physical design of the "throat" where you slot the CF card into the camera or card reader is the critical element. A nice tight, deep throat will steer the pins into the sockets perfectly every time.

The two factors that can bring this unstuck are too much movement in the throat, or in the case of my new white Sandisk USB3 CF card reader, the throat is very shallow making careful guidance and alignment of the CF card into the reader important. I bent the pins in the reader a number of times when I first got it but they can be easily straightened with a tiny jewellers screwdriver.

But yes, it's a pretty crazy design. The contacts on an SD card make for a more durable, robust scenario.

-PW

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Best flash for 5Dmk3?
« on: September 21, 2012, 03:18:28 AM »
Like people are saying, it depends completely on the sort of work you plan to do and what kind of images you want to create. For a bit of fill light or relatively simple setups where there is unlikely to be a high volume of images shot in a session, one or two 600 EX-RT speedlights would be handy.

If you need greater control and need to use modifiers then mains powered monolights are the way to go. Einsteins from PCB http://www.paulcbuff.com/index.php represent extraordinary value and have been absolutely selling their socks off for the past couple of years since they started shipping. A more budget solution from PCB are the venerable Alien Bees. They're all explained pretty well on the PCB site or on the PCB Forums http://www.paulcbuff-techforum.com/

Maybe a carryover from your video work will be just as relevant for stills, gutsy LED lights and thoughtfully used reflectors, particularly as your 5D3 is such an awesome high iso performer.

-PW

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I run EOS Utility 2.11.4 on my MBP OS-X 10.7 hooked up to the 5D3 and it's unstable as hell. During a full-day shoot it crashes or freezes a couple of times an hour and four times yesterday required force-quit and shutdown/restart before EOS Utility could be used again. Thankfully I had a patient client, but it sure messes up the flow of the day.

Breezebrowser Remote Pro for Mac is a very cool program, but the current version does not see the 5D3. Grrr. Honestly I'm tempted to get a PC laptop just for shooting tethered.

-PW

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Canon General / Re: How many of us are making money out of photography ?
« on: September 20, 2012, 02:47:02 AM »
I heard a quote from a famous Hollywood movie actor saying that it was as simple as heck to make it as an actor.
"Anyone can make it in Hollywood" he said, "all you need is about 25 really lucky breaks".

After more than 25 years in the business I feel privileged to say that photography has delivered  a professionally incredibly satisfying life, and we live well. And no doubt about it, I've had my fair share of lucky breaks.

Another quote from a photographer this time, when asked why he chose his career as a very busy pro shooter...
"...it sure beats the hell out of having to work for a living!"

-PW

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: A positive feedback for 6D
« on: September 20, 2012, 01:30:29 AM »
Some are even comparing the 7D MK II based on specs they dreamed about.

Aww, don't worry about it. You've got to dream...it can even be fun!  8)

-PW

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EOS Bodies / 7DII feature requests...
« on: September 19, 2012, 08:39:36 AM »
There is another CR thread which is hammering the 180th sync speed of the new 6D. Plenty of photographers don't care one way or the other, and others place a high value on fast sync speeds. Yes, HSS is an option, but often at such reduced power output to render it of little useful value.

Which brings me to the 7DII wishlist. (Yes I know a 7DII may never happen, but let's run with this...)
The smaller APS-C sensor makes it a simpler matter to manufacture a shutter with a higher sync speed.
Remember the 500th sync on the original 1D? It was a flawed camera in many ways, but that fast sync speed rocked.

Listen up Canon DSLR R&D team! How about genuine 500th sync for the 7DII? I'll personally visit Japan and give each one of you a big hug.

What do you want to see on a 7DII?

-PW

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Lenses / Re: Were EF-S lenses a bad idea?
« on: September 19, 2012, 08:23:00 AM »
Was it lower manufacturing costs that triggered the EF-S line? Far and away the highest number of Canon DSLR's that exist on the planet are APS-C bodies owned and enjoyed by photographers many of whom may barely be aware of the difference between an EF-S lens and an EF lens but enjoy the relatively low price of entry to decent EF-S glass.

I'd bet the farm that APS-C DSLR bodies or future mirrorless bodies that may take EF-S lenses will be around for a many years and will ensure a long and useful life for these lenses.

-PW

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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D Sync speed only 1/180s?
« on: September 19, 2012, 07:21:59 AM »
Not photographers.  Maybe armchair spec readers.

Yes it's been a motivator for the armchair spec readers. But it depends how you work. For plenty of photographers shooting style, any loss of sync speed is noticed and missed, even the drop from 300th to 250th from the 1D4 to the 1DX. In reality the 5D3 sync speed of 200th is barely different from 180th, but the incremental losses require modified technique and reduced flexibility.

Remember how useful the 500th sync on the original 1D was? Brilliant!

-PW

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Is it time for the CEO of Canon's DSLR division to resign? That's a mighty big call, but see it as symptomatic of an apparent misreading of the marketplace with the soft feature set of the surprisingly underwhelming 6D. It comes across as a camera designed by a committee.

What a wasted opportunity to consolidate and build on the success of the 5D3 and the 1DX. 

-PW

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70-300L
120-300/2.8
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAArgh decisions.
I can probably console myself with the 70-300L being more "walkaround", which I do a lot when birdhunting. Although i would very much like a 300/2.8, and if that 300/2.8 comes in black with an extra 120-299mm as well...

You bet the 70-300L is more "walkaround". Compare the weight!
70-300L           1050g
120-300/2.8     2950g
EF 300 f/2.8II   2400g
Only Mr Muscles would consider the Sigma as a walkaround. Wouldn't it be cool if the Sigma weighed in at a less punishing weight?

-PW

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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D or 5D Mk II
« on: September 17, 2012, 08:46:15 PM »
so, pwp,
But for someone wanting an economical pathway out of APS-C, the 6D would be first choice over the excellent but now relatively ancient 5DII. The newer sensor, newer processor, no doubt improved AF array and other new features/incremental improvements etc make the 6D the clear choice.

and a couple of days before:
Wow! Eleven focus points. That's progress.  :P
The spec list reads pretty much as beige mush.
I doubt this camera exists.

-PW

so do tell us again, that beige mush is the clear choice?

Hah! You got me! It's amazing the clarity you gain with more information and a good night's sleep. Yes, the 6D exists.

Even so, each comment was valid at the time. In the context of being a new EOS FF camera, the 6D has a fairly beige, uninspiring feature set. I'm surprised by such a relatively  ho-hum release from Canon.

In the context of direct comparison with the 5D2, the newer 6D would appear to be the preferred choice.

-PW

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