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Lenses / Re: Advice - what to take to Europe
« on: January 23, 2015, 12:49:40 PM »
Hi All,

I will be travelling with the wife, who can't understand why it can take longer than 15 seconds to take a photo, and why would you bother walking around to find another angle.  So I am normally under time pressure which also means that constantly swapping lenses just ends up annoying the wife, which in turn end up annoying me.  But I am sure a lot of you can understand that situation !!!


When my wife and I were last in Paris, I very nearly ruined everything by being too preoccupied with taking photos.  Since that experience (over six years ago at this point), we have come to realize that having some separate time when she can shop and I can snap is invaluable to continuing our loving relationship.  If your wife is amenable, try to have some apart time when you can take the time you need to get your photos and she can do whatever she wants to do.  She will enjoy the photos; what she hates is standing there while you are fussing and she is getting bored.

Looks like you are getting a split of advice between the wide angle folks and the telephoto folks.  I fall into the latter camp and would not go on vacation without at least my 70-200 f4 L IS.  For that reason, I recommend that you take your 70-300 for capturing detail.  I agree with the 16-35 as well.  The harder one is the 24-105 vs the 50.  In your case, I would opt for the 24-105 because often you won't have time to swap out to the UWA or telephoto and much of what you want will be in the 24-105 range.  I would echo the 40 pancake.  If you can, pick one up and have it for an ultra light option.

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Post Processing / Re: Backup to Blu-ray
« on: January 02, 2015, 10:39:45 AM »
So far, I've been downloading to an external hard drive (I use a laptop as my main computer and don't have enough room on it for anything except my LR catalog), burn to a DVD (and more recently, BluRay) then reformat the camera card.  I have a second external hard drive.  Once a day, drive one synchs with drive two (any changes on drive one are repeated on drive two, whether new CR2s, changes to XMPs, deletions (from culling), etc.).  The point is that I should be reasonably secure from a mechanical failure of one hard drive.  And at least in theory I have a back up of the original CR2s and the initial XMPs on DVD or BluRay - so that if there is data corruption on the hard drives (and any corruption would be copied from drive one to drive two as I understand it), at least I could restore originals from DVD or BluRay.  Obviously, any post processing of a corrupted file would likely be lost.  My LR catalog is in my Dropbox, so is stored on the cloud as well as on my internal hard drive. And drive one is a portable, so I can take it all with me when I travel.

Holes that I see in my system:  (a) loss of all drives and DVDs/BluRays from, for example, fire; (b) no "future proofing" (archiving so that my kids/grandkids can see my photos in 30 years (when I am likely not around to continue upgrading to new hardware) - not that they care; (c) the aforementioned lack of protection of post processed files from data corruption. 

I guess the points are:  in the long run, storing on multiple HDDs seems to be the way to go, because they can be kept current with most recent changes.  Cloud storage would solve the fire/earthquake issue, but at what cost (even as an amateur, I have over 1 TB of old dog photos) and convenience (with a fast connection, it would still take shortly less than forever to initially put everything into the cloud).  Is there some way to easily (regularly and automatically) check for data corruption?

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Post Processing / Re: DNG vs. original RAW in the long term
« on: December 22, 2014, 12:54:47 PM »
How do you plan to archive the photos, whichever format you select?  Just curious. 

Interesting:  the automatic ad (or whatever it is) that pops up on this thread between the posts, at least for me, is for a file converter.  Is everyone else getting that?  I presume that whatever software Canon Rumors uses to place those ads reads the content of the thread and selects an ad that is pertinent (I also get a lot of "Canon vs. Nikon" ads).

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EOS Bodies / Re: Built in adapter?
« on: December 20, 2014, 10:44:57 AM »
If/when canon brings out a FF mirrorless, would it be possible to have a built in adapter for EF lenses?

Surely they'll over some means of transition, or people are bound to take the opportunity and switch to another brand. However, with the film-lens distance ef is designed for, the adapter will be quite awkward esp. for smaller ef lenses and counteract the "small camera body" opportunity of mirrorless.

That's probably the reason why there isn't a ff mirrorless from Canon (yet) and their ef-m lens lineup isn't very large: They're still unsure which way to jump and if to produce a new ff mirrorless lens line.

As they did when transitioning from FD to EF?  Just sayin'.


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I'm trying to learn here.  I've tried HDR (Photomatix and PS CC 2014) with my own photos.  In most cases, I prefer my results when I simply adjust the best of the multiple shots I took of a subject.  But, I probably don't know how to properly merge the multiple exposures.

And, unlike the motionless scene in the deserted house in the photo linked by the OP (which Neuro has so artfully pointed out), it seems to me that in many (or most) shots in the wild, something is moving.  It may be the ocean, branches on a tree, tall grasses, whatever.  So, an HDR image is never gong to look crisp in all of the detail in those situations (anti ghosting seems to work if one thing moves, but not if there are multiple things moving in multiple directions???).

So, with everything else being equal, if Canon were to produce a sensor with more low ISO DR, say like the A7r, would that be a bad thing?  And, knowing it is possible, do we really blame loyal Canon users for wishing that Canon would get on with it and provide cameras that match or exceed the Sonys?  (Perhaps not so coincidentally, two landscape photographers I know from going on workshops with them have recently switched, in whole or in part, from 5DIIIs to A7rs.  Not a scientific sampling, but perhaps indicative of what is happening in the real world.  I know many folks who haven't purchased an "American" car in 40 years (and yes, I live in California).  Don't think it couldn't happen to Canon).

It will be a long time (if ever) that my technical knowledge and artistic abilities exceed the capabilities of my 6D.  But I wouldn't mind knowing that as I expand my Canon glass collection, the back end of the system is evolving a pace.

I'm not a DRone or anti-DRone.  I'm just trying to learn and understand the issue.

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Photography Technique / Re: Night Shot- Brooklyn Bridge
« on: December 03, 2014, 11:02:46 PM »
Your pictures are very good. I especially like the 3rd and 4th one. I do have other shots when I moved right and left. Also, barcketted some exposures in RAW. Somehow I picked this one first to review and was discouraged to see that there might have been some blur. Coming weekend I intend to work on the images and take the suggestions made on this thread. This was such an amazing spot! I went to shoot the Brooklyn Bridge but turn around and the Manhattan Bridge was also equally amazing shot! Next time I would shoot this scene from the Brooklyn tower of the Manhattan bridge which will avoid most of the water and give an elevated perspective of the Brooklyn Bridge with Manhattan skyline behind it. Thanks for your insight.

When I was last in New York, I walked the Manhattan Bridge to Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Bridge to Manhattan (kind of backward, but whatever).  Of course, with camera and tripod.  I remember a lot of vibration on the Manhattan Bridge and ended up increasing ISO and hand holding shots of the Brooklyn Bridge because of the motion.  Something to think about, especially for night shots.

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Portrait / Re: H.O.G.--PLEASE POST YOUR H.O.G. HERE
« on: December 02, 2014, 02:35:11 PM »
OK, we see your self portrait in front of the Hard Rock Cafe.   ;D

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I had a third party grip (I think it was Vello) for my 6D.  Worked fine.  Then, I bought a RRS "L" bracket (thinking that it would fit the Vello).  Not so much.  Now I have the Canon grip.  I don't use it that often any more because I am on a tripod most of the time.  Ended up getting a third party "L" bracket for use on the 6D without the grip.  Works fine.  If I am hand holding the camera, I prefer having the grip.  On the tripod, I don't really need it.  So, I could have kept the Vello, gone to the "L" for use without the grip and saved myself some money and time.  Oh well.  The lesson in all of this:  go with the Canon if you think you might ever want to use a specific bracket with the grip.  If not, third party grip probably will be fine.  And yes, get a grip, particularly if you shoot a lot in portrait orientation.

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Technical Support / Re: Or you can just use IrfanView
« on: November 17, 2014, 11:21:42 PM »
www.irfanview.com

(And don't forget to download and install the plug-ins!)

I downloaded irfanview, based on this recommendation.  Big +1 

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Real EOS M Replacement Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: November 17, 2014, 01:14:59 PM »
What it will probably have:

20.2 MP, from the 7D mk II
DPAF
5 fps
Digic 6 processor
1080p video at 60p, no aliasing as 7D mk II
Clean HDMI out with audio/timecode
An EVF
3" touch screen
Intervalometer
Wifi

-I would really love such a small stills and video workhorse but only if the video aliasing part is true in that it's similar to the 7D mk II not the 70D. Don't screw video with your damn aliasing Canon, the A5100/6000 all got rid of it and have similar video to the 7D mk II and 5D mk III, this one should have it too considering the competition.
Another item on the wish list: ability to disable and enable the touch screen easily( via a button??) with the AF selection on all the time.

As long as we are wishing:  +1 on the ability to disable the touch screen;  something to hang on to; and when shooting manual, a more robust dial (or separate controls) for adjusting aperture and shutter speed (so that one can avoid inadvertently switching between the two).  These in addition to the list above (except the AF doesn't have to be on all the time and I really don't know or care about 1080P or aliasing - but understand others do).  (And yes, I have used the M, and yes, very difficult to frame a shot in sunlight without EVF).

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6d:  on in the morning, power up the GPS, then leave on all day (except if I have to change the card or battery or 50% of the time if I change lenses - that is turn off if I remember and have time).  Turn GPS off and power down when done for the day.
M:  turn off when I'm done shooting at any point during the day, then turn back on when ready to shoot again (this because the touch screen changes my settings as it bounces along if I don't turn off the camera).

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: My Super Fresh New TOY, Canon 7D MK II
« on: November 08, 2014, 06:19:52 PM »
Does this mean you won't be playing with your M for a while?   :P  Enjoy your new toy. 

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Software & Accessories / Re: Free DxO Optics Pro 8
« on: October 28, 2014, 10:54:58 AM »
Hi J.R.
I did it the first night it was posted, got the emailed serial no but haven't tried to download the file yet!

Cheers, Graham. 

Is anyone able to get this to work? I'm submitting the required information but the page simply reloads when I click "Submit".

Downloaded, installed and played with a bit.  Thanks for the link.

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Does not work for Windows 8

In Windows 8 the codec pack is available and updates are delivered through Windows Update: http://support2.microsoft.com/kb/2712101/en-us

Check among "optional updates"

Thank you.  Since I downloaded the optional updates, Windows "Photos" now seems to be working for Win 8.1 64 bit for the 6D and M.  Finally.  Now I don't have to open LR or DPP if I just want to glimpse at a photo.  Of course, I haven't yet figured out how to get back to civilization from the Win 8 interface after I open a file in "Photos."  I truly believe there is something in the water in Microsoft land.  No rational person could have thought Win 8 was a good idea........on any level.  ("Civilization" means the add on "start menu" program I added so I wouldn't have to have the geeks put me back to Win 7).  [End Rant].

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Photography Technique / Re: Filters
« on: October 05, 2014, 11:15:11 AM »
Ok, so both of you are suggesting that I get the 82mm CPL and Lee if I want to experiment with them? I looked at some videos and articles on line, looks like there is a pretty steep learning curve for them? I have a trip planned for Southern UT/Northern AZ next year and found on reading that ND filters are almost a must for that landscape. I want to practice for a while so by the time that time comes around I can be comfortable. But, it's a substantial investment in money as well. But I think I agree with both of you to get another CPL as that is my most used lens and using a step up/down ring will be a pain and of course I will not be able to use the hood, though using a hood with a CPL is quite the pain as well.
Are there good and reliable resources on how to use the Lee filters? Thanks

I found using the ND grads to be fairly intuitive, especially using live view.  Once you have the Lee holder on and slip in the grad, you can see the effect very clearly in live view.  So, positioning isn't really a problem.  And you can get a sense fairly easily of how many stops you want to, for example, darken the sky.  If you get into Lee, you may want to pick up one or two soft grads for your planned trip.  I understand they are more useful for irregular horizons, as you will likely find in Utah/Arizona.  Hard grads work better for flat horizons (oceans, flat deserts).  (Disclosure:  although I now own a soft grad, I have only used hard grads so far).  I too recommend getting the CPL that fits the lens.  And keeping your 77mm for other lenses.  If you are shooting where you need/want the CPL, you will really want to have one on all the lenses you are shooting with to save swap time.  (Assumes you are using the CPL without the Lee system, which happens for me fairly often).  One issue you will need to solve is how to CPL the Lee system.  One of Lee's ways is with a 105mm CPL mounted on the filter holder.  There are multiple threads here discussing that method and vignetting with wider lenses.  I haven't sprung for the 105 CPL yet, but likely will soon.   (It allows independent rotation of the Lee filters and the CPL, which is necessary.  I have been putting the CPL between the lens and the Lee holder - that really doesn't work well at all). 

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