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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Laptop Editing - Best Setup
« on: August 27, 2014, 01:55:24 AM »
Using the Nvidia card does make the laptop run hotter, resulting in the fan kicking in faster and louder  :'(

That is when getting a laptop that is made for such high performance pays off. Here in Asia Pacific I am nearly always working in hot temperatures, and when I render HD videos and do other stuff that pushes the laptop, it never overheats and I hardly ever hear any noise from the fans (and I still have not cleaned the fans out yet, which will make them even quieter - though I wonder if that is even possible!). It is this amazing build quality, that makes me recommend the Dell Precision range - especially the M6XX - as they are built like tanks and are imho, the best available on the market.

The application or game is recognized by the nvidia software/profiles, and switch to the recommended GPU, but it stays on that GPU until you exit your application.

For example: You start up your computer and the Windows GUI is always using your onboard (intel) GPU! When you decided to start an application or game, and that's were it wil switch to the recommende/preferred GPU when the program is recognized (profiles). When you exit the application or game optimus switch automatically (there you have it!) back to your onboard GPU. Try to run WEI (Windows Experiance Index) it would allways run on your onboard GPU.

Photoshop CS6 and CC does benefit from the much stronger nvidia GPU against the onboard intel. True you won't notice it when painting or fill a color, but more and more actions or plugin's use complex maths (OpenGL/OpenCL/Cuda) and that is were the nvidia GPU really shines!

I hope this clears it up for you... It does not change dynamically/automatically between your onboard or dedicated GPU while in your application or game.

Good explanation, MXM. Thanks.

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Lenses / Re: 400 f/2.8L II IS: Took the plunge...
« on: August 26, 2014, 08:49:35 PM »
Congratulations, bdunbar79. You are going to love this lens.

It is my favourite piece of glass and is ideal for most sports. It is also works very well with both extenders. Not as portable as your 300 f/2.8 ii but it is imho the best lens for (most) sports you can buy (though I still have not tried the 200-400 1.4X at an event yet).

Enjoy.  :D

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EOS Bodies / Re: Are These The EOS 7D Mark II Specifications?
« on: August 23, 2014, 01:06:19 AM »
I am sorry, I do not have the energy to read all 16 pages!!

The specs sound nice and the 61 AF points all cross type gets me very excited if only because it makes me wonder what the future 1D X ii will have.

Does Servo AF for video shooting mean it will track subjects like the 60D or 6D does, where you can easily switch focussing points or maintain face focus even if subject moves?

Good it has a headphone jack.

Will it be APS-C?

Is the 10fps with the mirror locked up or its maximum standard speed?

Nice to be having new rumours but should they not be CR something, like CR1 or CR 2. If you confirm something later then just adjust the CR rating.

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Laptop Editing - Best Setup
« on: August 16, 2014, 04:33:29 AM »
Optimus doesn't change/switch automatically between your onboard and nvidia gpu. You have to manually set an dedicated GPU for each application (e.g. Photoshop) in nvidia control panel.

Are you sure about that on all systems? I think that is how it used to work.

I personally believe that depending on what card you have and what system you have it does switch automatically.

I know mine does.

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Laptop Editing - Best Setup
« on: August 15, 2014, 09:11:13 AM »
It might be helpful to know that the Dell XPS 15 is the "consumer" version of the Dell Precision M3800 Mobile Workstation from their "business" line. Not sure if that means it will last any longer.

I use Dell Precision, and it is difficult to fault them. Built like tanks and they are among the most powerful laptops you can buy (hence the size). For video editing and high res photo editing I would say go with a Dell Precision. You just need to decide the size, specs and model you want.

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Business of Photography/Videography / Re: Who owns the photo?
« on: August 08, 2014, 12:13:15 AM »
I heard a rumour that when the monkey picked up the camera he changed the settings. It is not clear whether he changed them more than once, nor what the actual settings were before...  ;D

Only that big man in the sky knows whether the monkey did it intentionally, or not.

Quite amazing the stuff some media will cover these days! I am sure the photographer is benefitting from all the exposure anyway.

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Lenses / Re: Soccer and Football IS Mode on 300L
« on: August 04, 2014, 03:14:22 AM »
I shoot a quite a lot of sports such as football (soccer for the Americans) etc. and am always in mode 3, but normally use a 400 f/2.8 ii rather than the 300.

Sports/action photography is exactly what mode 3 was designed for.


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EOS Bodies / Re: The Always Hidden Camera at the World Cup
« on: July 10, 2014, 05:26:17 AM »
There were at least 7-8 so called hidden cameras during Arg-Hol semifinal game. 'Canon' brand name was written on the cover material.

LOL. Of course it has Canon written on them, they are Canon rain covers (they come in three different sizes), and if you were very observant you will have noticed that the writing is sometimes red and sometimes grey. The red ones are the older version, the grey ones the newer.

I have all three.

If you would like one, contact Canon as that is where you buy them from.

Just imagine all the prototypes and new inventions you could hide the next time you are trying to work in torrential rain!!!  ??? ;D ::)

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Anyone own both Canon and Nikon
« on: July 07, 2014, 02:11:24 AM »
designed by a Gibbon on crack cocaine

Haha, good one!

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EOS Bodies / Re: The Always Hidden Camera at the World Cup
« on: July 05, 2014, 12:24:44 AM »


http://img4.hostingpics.net/pics/5379397d2.png


Wow, even the cover is branded.

Those white covers are standard Canon rain coats. They come in three sizes - S, M and L. I have all three and they are excellent quality, and are purchased directly from Canon themselves.

When I shoot a match and there is a risk of rain, I will often put the rain cover on the lens but move it off the body, it only takes a second to cover the body from there and you do not risk losing any shots by doing this.

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Lenses / Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L IS
« on: July 01, 2014, 08:01:26 AM »
Now that Canon has released the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS, how long do you think it will be - if at all - until there is a Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L IS? - a Mark III if you like, although of course Mark I and II do not have IS.


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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: D810!!!
« on: June 28, 2014, 08:56:41 PM »
The only advice that I didn't take from Neuro is to drive nail with 1DX ;D

And yet it is such a fine substitute for a hammer! Perfectly weighted and a joy to use, I often prefer it to over my own hammer, especially as you can stop hammering and take a shot within a moment of something catching your eye. As long as it wasn't the nail you were hammering that caught your eye, in which case you may need to go to hospital pretty sharpish.  ;D But on a serious note, I agree. Neuro has been a tremendous help over the years, and I greatly value his opinion on these forums. He and CR go together like tomatoes and cheese, or ham and cheese, err you get my drift. I best go get breakfast.  :D

BTW I am surprised this thread is still going on. Are we aiming for the longest Nikon thread in the history of CR?! What would have happened if this had been a substantial update to the 800/800E?! I shudder to think.  ;)




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Congrats JD!!

I am now off to google what Natty Lite is...  ;)

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Lenses / Re: 70-200 f2.8ii or i
« on: June 26, 2014, 08:33:16 PM »
I have never used the mark I, but the ii is probably my most used lens along with a couple of big whites.

The latest version of anything is nearly always going to be better, whether it be in weight, weather sealing, AF or some other aspect of what it is you are buying.

If you can afford it, I would definitely go with the Mark ii if you can.

What will you be using it for?

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: D810!!!
« on: June 26, 2014, 01:56:27 AM »
I think this would be a good choice for those who don't own D800/D800E but who wants to jump into full frame from the D7000 and similar crop cameras.

Could be, but that will depend on what happens to the price of the D800 and D800E. If they drop, and depending on how much, then you those same people could be just as satisfied buying one of them and saving the cash for a lens or something else.

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