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Lenses / Re: EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Availability
« on: April 16, 2013, 08:20:08 PM »
Must admit to also being a little confused by this lens. It has a built in 1.4X but that means you can't take it off and use it on something else. Seems quite big, and not only in weight but actual size too - may be an issue when you have to travel by air to the events you cover.

So for sports you have a 70-200 f/2.8 ii on one camera, plus a 300 and/or 400 f2.8 ii with a 1.4x iii (if needed) on another.

Interesting. I hope they give a copy to TDP guy so he can do a full review and compare it to the 300 and 400 f/2.8 ii with and without extender.

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Lenses / Re: Lightweight lens for backpacking and bicycle touring
« on: April 16, 2013, 09:15:14 AM »
i'd get a mirrorless comapct system..

+1 at least for compact. I think it is a nice idea to take a DSLR on such a trip but is it really practical? I think not, and you will find, packing and unpacking your camera, lens of choice for that moment, charger etc a pain and time consuming.

I would buy a nice small Sony (Nex7, RX100 or such), Fuji (forget their names) or such like and enjoy the trip more. Seriously.

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I am aware that SSD will significantly increase the start up times and read/write times but I have a specific question regarding the the performance of Adobe CS6, Lightroom 4.4, Final Cut Pro etc, with an SSD:
I currently have a Mac Book Pro Mid 2010 (OSX 10.8.3) with 16 GB DDR 3 RAM, 750GB HDD, 2.9 GHz intel Core i7 processor, and all of the above programs work perfectly, I have no issue at all, but what I want to know is will upgrading to an SSD will have a significant performance improvement after those programs have been launched?

It is a little like a DSLR, there are many components that make it better.

I am no fan of anything "Apple" and I recommend the high end Lenovo or Dell machines for heavy image, engineering apps and HD video etc.

That aside, it will give you a boost upgrading to an SSD if all the components are correctly in place and aligned. The CPU plays a major part, the video card again is extremely important, your RAM and the type of RAM etc. Plus a lot of people forget the bus, if you connect an SSD to a SATA 2 bus then performance will be limited. I think 3 (GB/s) is the latest (not sure though), so no matter what the SSD claims is the read/write speed if your laptop cannot handle those speeds you just won't get them

My laptop currently has two SSDs in it and could have four, but for me the main advantage with SSD (apart from the speed) is how quiet they are. Really makes a difference to your day if you work somewhere very quiet.

So would I recommend an SSD, definitely. Do I recommend upgrading a current laptop from a 750GB spin drive with all the headaches that that entails? That is the major question imho. Personally, I probably would wait until you want to upgrade your entire laptop. But if you are comfortable technically moving from a 750GB spin to a SSD then why not.
Thanks for your reply ... unfortunately it does not answer my question. My question is very specific, i.e. "will upgrading to an SSD have a significant performance improvement specifically for CS6, LR 4.4 & Final Cut Pro, after they have been launched?
I also use a Dell Alienware Mx14 (2012 version Core i7) which has a dedicated graphic card, yet the MacBook Pro outperforms but my question, about SSD replacment, remains the same for either systems.

Your Alienware is nice but it is not the top end Dell or Lenovo I was talking about, they are different beasts entirely. Anyway, my answer does answer your question. Which bit are you unclear of? I say, in extremely brief summary of what I wrote before, that it depends on numerous factors not just the SSD.

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Software & Accessories / Re: NOT happy with Lexar at this time!!!
« on: April 11, 2013, 01:01:37 AM »
Yep. Even the 350 pounds I paid for a 512mb (yes you read that right!) Lexar failed after a few months.
I bought two 1gb Lexar some time later and they failed.
Bought around 20+ Sandisk without issue

Local pro shop told me the only returns he gets are lexars

Other pros I know have had similar issues over the yrs and no longer buy Lexar

But people on here say they've no issue

I think once you experience a serious loss, and not just pics of the cat, you find it impossible to trust that manufacturer again.

True, but you also need to look at the cause of the issue if you can, because many have never had even one failure, so to have two like that must be pretty rare in the big scheme of things.

Plus if you were (God forbid) unlucky enough to have one of each major brand fail, you would be pretty stuck.

I do think it important to buy a card which is appropriate for the camera it will be used in. I believe (might be wrong) but the 5D Mark II has read/write speeds of around 50ish MB/s which really does make the Lexar 1000X overkill, and maybe something to do with that caused the problem.

Who knows, but I do feel for the OP. Good luck with SanDisk.

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Software & Accessories / Re: NOT happy with Lexar at this time!!!
« on: April 11, 2013, 12:05:48 AM »
Which SanDisk cards are you using? I ask because the Lexar's are much faster, and even perhaps overkill in a 5D Mark ii as from memory it cannot read/write at those speeds anyway.

How were they transported and where to?




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Software & Accessories / Re: NOT happy with Lexar at this time!!!
« on: April 10, 2013, 11:24:06 PM »
There have been quite a few threads on this recently.

I have 2X Lexar 16GB 1000x cards and so far no problem. No problems with the SanDisks I have too.

Let's hope that is not about to change.

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I am aware that SSD will significantly increase the start up times and read/write times but I have a specific question regarding the the performance of Adobe CS6, Lightroom 4.4, Final Cut Pro etc, with an SSD:
I currently have a Mac Book Pro Mid 2010 (OSX 10.8.3) with 16 GB DDR 3 RAM, 750GB HDD, 2.9 GHz intel Core i7 processor, and all of the above programs work perfectly, I have no issue at all, but what I want to know is will upgrading to an SSD will have a significant performance improvement after those programs have been launched?

It is a little like a DSLR, there are many components that make it better.

I am no fan of anything "Apple" and I recommend the high end Lenovo or Dell machines for heavy image, engineering apps and HD video etc.

That aside, it will give you a boost upgrading to an SSD if all the components are correctly in place and aligned. The CPU plays a major part, the video card again is extremely important, your RAM and the type of RAM etc. Plus a lot of people forget the bus, if you connect an SSD to a SATA 2 bus then performance will be limited. I think 3 (GB/s) is the latest (not sure though), so no matter what the SSD claims is the read/write speed if your laptop cannot handle those speeds you just won't get them

My laptop currently has two SSDs in it and could have four, but for me the main advantage with SSD (apart from the speed) is how quiet they are. Really makes a difference to your day if you work somewhere very quiet.

So would I recommend an SSD, definitely. Do I recommend upgrading a current laptop from a 750GB spin drive with all the headaches that that entails? That is the major question imho. Personally, I probably would wait until you want to upgrade your entire laptop. But if you are comfortable technically moving from a 750GB spin to a SSD then why not.

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This is good news indeed. I have 500GB in my laptop and the two are nearly always full, and I still carry an external with me to events. In fact I actually back up through three different externals so the one I carry with me is always nearly empty (ish).

Having 2 TB inside the machine would be very welcome indeed.


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Canon General / Re: tips for Barcelona?
« on: April 05, 2013, 08:50:39 PM »
I do not like to say things like this but it is reality. Watch out for pick pockets.

Spain is one of the worst places for this.

Enjoy, but be careful.

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Canon General / Re: Ever borrow from CPS
« on: April 05, 2013, 08:31:49 PM »
Everyone seems to be agreed that CPS is great, which it is. I am just amazed at how many differences there are.

Do you guys in the US have a limit to the number of free borrows "eval" bodies/lenses you have?

From what some of you are saying it seems as if you do not.


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Canon General / Re: Ever borrow from CPS
« on: April 05, 2013, 01:45:59 AM »
I have, and I was just very, very careful!

What I will say is that you need to be quite careful with the replies you will get, as each country's CPS is very different in terms of what they do and offer. So what may be valid for one, may not be for another.

For example where I am there are no tiers, and you are limited to the number of items you can borrow per year. This is why you have to choose very carefully what you do want to borrow.

I did not change any insurance plan, and for the body I probably wouldn't even bother. The 1D X is pretty study.

But, you are likely to fall in love with the 1D X so it may be better to buy it, and borrow the long super expensive lenses instead.  ;)
Have fun.

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Lenses / Re: New or Refurbished Lens?
« on: April 05, 2013, 01:41:03 AM »
I might be the only one in this post will never buy refur. For couple hundred less, I would go for new.

+1 I agree with you. If the savings were greater then maybe, but I would much prefer new.

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Site Information / Re: Love or Hate Canon Rumors Forum
« on: April 05, 2013, 01:27:26 AM »
Do you consider your wife as a perfect "woman" in the world?

That must surely depend whether she is a member of CR or not, and she knows who you are!!  ;)

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Site Information / Re: Love or Hate Canon Rumors Forum
« on: April 05, 2013, 12:19:29 AM »
Interesting thread and I agree with most of your points.

I do feel the website owners can make the site more mobile friendly, and I am not talking Taptalk (or whatever it is called). I am sure vbulletin or other forum software have got good mobile options. Even just adding larger or better navigation would help mobile users, especially those on smartphones (rather than tablets).

One thing I am not a big fan of is people that promote their own websites. I humbly believe that is what their signatures are for if they so desire to use them, and that is great. But threads that are about X and then suggest you to visit the site to learn more, or see the picture they are talking about, I feel is just advertising even if it can be interesting. With posts like that they should embed the picture into the post rather than trying to get humans and search engines to visit their site.

In the whole there seems to be a lot of nice people on these forums, I even considered contacting CR guy when he came to Vietnam, Thailand etc to see if he fancied a beer or two, but sometimes anonymity is useful and so did not bother.

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Canon XA20 and XA25
« on: April 04, 2013, 06:21:50 PM »
Does anyone know what percent of revenue and profit canon gets from various camera and video product categories?

I have no idea RGF, and fail to see what that has to do with the XA20 and XA25. An interesting question though.

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