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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Argus 1.8 Billion Pixels
« on: February 11, 2013, 05:30:13 AM »

Impressive indeed, but conversely very, very scary should it fall into the 'wrong' hands.

HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Best HDR Software?
« on: January 12, 2013, 06:23:50 AM »
LR enfuse is an awesome awesome plugin for inside lightroom
there are some standalone enfuse programs

Yeah, LR/Enfuse looks great, but, would be better if it had additional sliders covering Mu and Sigma, for fine tuning the Expusure weighting. Not sure why these adjustments are missing, given that these are included in the command line versions and can come in quite handy.

I guess you could probably use the "command line options" field to get around the problem, even though it's a bit awkward.

Canon General / Re: 70-200 F2.8 mark I or mark II?!
« on: January 06, 2013, 06:15:48 AM »
As indicated above, the 70-200 f/2.8 II is far superior, as virtually every review out there will indicate. Significant difference in resolution quality, amongst other things (e.g. bokeh quality). Regarded as one of Canon's greatest lenses.

Yes, pricing is quite steep, and if this is an issue you should consider the 70-200 f/4L IS if the 1-stop difference is acceptable to you. The f/4L is optically superior to the f/2.8L I, and many would argue that it is not far behind the f/2.8L mark II.

Contests / Re: Gura Gear Giveaway!
« on: December 11, 2012, 04:57:50 AM »
This Gura Gear stuff would come in really handy for me right about now  ;D

Also comes in handy for candid street photography, where you don't want to make it too obvious who your subject(s) are.


I would try to avoid, if at all possible, reflecting off anything that isn't in the realm of a neutral color, let alone blue. It has the potential to be very difficult to correct, as eluded to above.

The suggestion above to stick a white paper/board and reflect off that seems like a good idea. Or, if you have one, place a white reflector (triangle or circular) against the wall. There is also the option of using the built-in reflector card (if your flash has it), although, I suspect this will be the least effective option.

Good luck with the shoot.

Software & Accessories / Re: Eye-Fi Card on 7D
« on: November 13, 2012, 04:18:21 AM »
I haven't been able to get it to work.

Does anyone know why Eye-Fi does not make a CF card?

It's a very good question. Maybe it has to do with the relative demand of SD cards versus CF cards, or perhaps the relative manufacturing costs for adapting the tech to CF?  It's really frustrating, I tell you, and so I'm tethered like a helpless goat  :'(. Just thought I'd also add: stay right AWAY from SD-to-CF adapters as they are notorious for being very unreliable.

Canon General / Re: How do you display your pictures?
« on: November 13, 2012, 02:41:33 AM »
I used to view my photos on screen only (27" Dell) but once I started to get prints few years ago I can not go back to the monitor. Try it! Nothing beats a nice big print in a nice frame on a nice wall :)

Agreed, particularly for the more 'special' images.

I also use poster holders to display various "largish" photos around the home, which are handy because I like to change things up a bit from time-to-time (and I have an enormous living room to experiment with ;-) ). You can get all sorts of poster holders, and they're generally pretty cheap. Here in Australia I bought some really nice-looking ones from

But, yeah, for the stuff that's special that is a real keeper, you really can't go past proper framing.

Site Information / Re: Missing Persons -- Brian??
« on: November 10, 2012, 07:26:14 AM »

I dunno, do his last 3 or 4 last posts give any clue???

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Free and Inexpensive Video Editors
« on: November 04, 2012, 08:21:24 PM »
I just installed the trial for Adobe Premiere Elements 11.
Which Sony Movie Studio would you suggest might suit my needs?
$45 Movie Studio 11
$95 Movie Studio Platinum 12
$124 Movie Studio Platinum 12 Suite


I have only recently purchased Sony Vegas Studio Production Suite 11. I purchased mine for $60 off Ebay. Be aware that version 11 does not support a 64-bit O/S, which will potentially slow things down too much for your liking.

I have only started using it. Nice interface and quite powerful/flexible for a supposedly "home-user" version.

Here is a review that I found:

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark III sensor cleaning noise (squeaks)
« on: October 31, 2012, 08:55:44 AM »
I wonder how you folks go when you stand near people operating hair dryers or power tools - the high-frequency harmonics must drive you nuts!

This is the kind of statement that, if made at high school, would lead to a serious beating. At least, at the high school that I attended  :(

Software & Accessories / Re: How do you get rid of (de)banding noise?
« on: October 06, 2012, 05:55:36 AM »
Thanks guys for taking the time to write an answer. But it seems that I did not make clear what my problem is. To get rid of banding and other noise in my 7D RAW's I use NIK Dfine 2.0. But in some cases the debanding algorithm seems to introduce some really annoying artifacts of its own (see the picture in the original post –> the encircled "spikes"). This seems to occur especially where starkly contrasting edges are involved, like a snow covered mountain ridge against a (fairly) blue sky.
My question now is how to prevent or to get rid of these NIK-introduced artifacts?

You could try Topaz Denoise 5, although, it may produce the same artifacts.

After debanding, you may want to resort to layer masks around the affected edges. For instance, use a soft brush to select the area(s) in the sky, then apply a slight blurring (e.g. using Median Filter or the like).

Software & Accessories / Re: How do you get rid of debanding artifacts?
« on: October 06, 2012, 05:41:24 AM »
I am told that Topaz Denoise 5 does a good job with vertical/horizontal banding. Previous versions do not have that feature. Although I have this software, I am yet to see any banding on my 30D (I love this camera, even thought it's 124 years old), and so can't vouch for its effectiveness.

With images that are only partially affected by banding, it may be worth considering the use of layer masks to protect other areas from the processing.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 5Dc as an entry for FF? yay or nay?
« on: October 01, 2012, 04:43:37 AM »
Strange voting setup  :o

Edit: I voted for Yay (aka "Yes").

Great sharpness capabilities, beautiful colour rendition. Also love the simplicity of the thing.

Sold mine about 8 months ago. What a mistake that was  :(

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 3D X [CR1]
« on: August 21, 2012, 12:58:59 PM »
The Canon 3D X: the first camera with a tiny built-in fan!   ;D

Bahahahahahaha !!!!!!

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