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Lenses / Re: 70-200mm F 2.8 IS 2 VS 70-200mm F4 IS
« on: November 19, 2013, 02:37:19 PM »
i don't own either, but i've rented the 70-200 2.8 ii multiple times.  all i can say is that when i use that bad boy, almost all of my shots are at 2.8, and god lord they are amazing.  granted, i use it for weddings, so i'm using it in low light/high movement situations, so i need the fastest shutter speed i can get.  i have a 5d3, and i don't mind pushing the ISO up to 6400, but smaller than 2.8 is still usually too slow.

the 2.8 version is my favorite lens that i have ever used.  the sharpness, contrast, colors, bokeh, and focal length make it an incredible lens.  for me personally i wouldn't have much use for the f/4 version, but if the quality is the same as the 2.8, if you don't need 2.8, and price is an issue, then go for the f/4.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Teaser Appears in Korea
« on: November 09, 2013, 12:59:30 AM »
i think that everyone here has it wrong.  canon is clearly entering the blanket market - more specifically, they are entering the white linen market.

i measured them against my blankets, and the ones in the picture appear to be full-sized, but i'm guessing that they will come in different sizes.

my main concern is that these blankets don't have enough megapixles or dynamic range to compete with sony or nikon.  i'm also guessing that a queen-size set will start around $50,000, so it's out of the price range of most "prosumers."  i'll be holding out on the yongnuo linens.


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Who is this product for?

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom or Aperture for friend
« on: November 06, 2013, 04:35:41 PM »
i haven't read the replies,

...LR is objectively the better of the programs in terms of "power use," but I can see the argument for Aperture to some people.

While I don't disagree with you, it's worth noting that the original post stated, "I believe she has a Canon T2 or T3, and mostly shoots JPG but occasionally RAW," and that the need was primarily for photo library management, with occasional editing.  From that standpoint, I'd argue that Aperture is a better choice for a Mac user.

Personally, I use aperture and find it quite powerful…for photo library management.  I use DxO Optics Pro for RAW conversions, and CS6 for serious editing.

I agree with you completely.  I think that Aperture is great, just not as great as LR.  But for some people, Aperture is the better choice.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom or Aperture for friend
« on: November 06, 2013, 03:12:29 PM »
i haven't read the replies, but as a user of both can offer some insight:

I began with Aperture, and used it for years.  I absolutely loved it, and never thought I would switch - then I discovered Lightroom.

Lightroom is hands down the better of the two.  Although Aperture offers some things that Lightroom doesn't, it's not worth choosing over LR in my opinion.

Lightroom's noise reduction and clarity sliders are worth choosing it alone in my opinion, but it depends on what type of shooting you do.  I have a 5d3, and I take full advantage of its high ISO capabilities.  While it shoots amazing pics at ISO 6400, it looks MUCH better with some noise reduction.  When using Aperture, I often times have to use plug-ins to match LR's abilities and that leaves me with massive TIFF's.  Also, the new clarity slider is miles ahead of Aperture's definition slider.  While it can be heavily abused to make photos look like total crap, it's magical for many situations - especially black and white images.

There are tons of other things that LR dominates Aperture in, but those are my favorites.

Now, the reasons for choosing Aperture are simple for some people.  It integrates well with OSX.  You can choose photos for your background without having to export them, and you can stream them on your AppleTV with ease.  It also allows you to paint in any effect you can apply globally - this is something that LR lacks.  However, LR allows you to paint in a group of effects - something that Aperture lacks.

So, to answer your question - if the user is not going to worry about massive amounts of editing and wants to have better integration with their operating system, go with Aperture.  If you want the most options, and the best functions, go with LR.

I know this is personal to many people, but I have to say that LR is objectively the better of the programs in terms of "power use," but I can see the argument for Aperture to some people.

Also, you have to remember that Adobe focuses almost exclusively on image editing, whereas Apple is a computer/phone company first and foremost.  Making image processing programs is a way to lure you into buying a Mac.

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Site Information / Re: new look for CR
« on: October 22, 2013, 01:48:32 PM »
i had the new site showing up last night, but now it's gone!!!

I love the new look, so I'm sad to see the old one back.

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When switching 622s a lot....I needed to clear memory one or twice to restore full function....Going from 7D to 5Dii.  They got confused.  No big deal there.

I'm assuming that you're referring to the 622C wireless triggers, but what do you mean you cleared your memory in order to restore functionality?

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thanks for these sites - they are exactly what i was looking for.  it's great that there are some medium and high-end ones, which is fantastic depending on the clients budget.

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Software & Accessories / Wedding Photographers-Where do you print Albums???
« on: September 25, 2013, 12:25:36 PM »
I was just curious where people print their wedding albums in the US.  I've used the Aperture and Lightroom ones before, which were nice, but I'm looking for something better - any suggestions?  Thanks.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Latest on Magic Lantern?
« on: September 17, 2013, 12:13:49 AM »
You may be able to find your answers on the ML forum and download pages.

yes, but i'm hoping some people here have had some experience with it.  it looks like they updated the ML site, but i'm confused with their forum.

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Software & Accessories / Latest on Magic Lantern?
« on: September 16, 2013, 03:26:11 PM »
I was just curious if anyone is up-to-date with Magic Lantern, more specifically with Magic Lantern on the 5D3?

I remember all the hype that popped up a while back, but I haven't heard much since.  I remember RAW video without audio was working fairly well (albeit on expe$ive memory cards), zoomed video, and other little features, but I have NO IDEA where the software stands now.

So, if anyone out there has the latest ML version and using a 5D3, would you mind telling me what's awesome about it, what stinks, and what is likely in the works?

Thanks,

-Keith

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Canon General / Re: Canon USA Changes the CPS Program
« on: September 12, 2013, 11:11:39 AM »
So - Good News!!!  I think all our anger got to them, because I just received this from CPS:

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I understand you are frustrated with the upcoming changes to the CPS Program and, I would like to address your concerns regarding the CPS Evaluation Loans.  The length of the loan period is being changed to one week, as the email stated however, this will not include the time for shipping as the current loan program does.  This change will allow you to have the loaner equipment in your hands for one week.




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Canon General / Re: Canon USA Changes the CPS Program
« on: September 11, 2013, 04:55:19 PM »
Not a member yet.  But the Gold level sounds pretty good.  The ONLY thing that sucks is the eval period.  24 hours?  You're joking...  I think 3 days would be a minimum.  You're not supposed to be using them to take on vacation or instead of renting them.  So to test and play:  3-day of in-hand use would be fine.  5 days better.


So this is another that gets me - Canon's CPS thing initially stated that they want you to have a decent amount of time with loaners, so you can get a "real feel" for the items, and that's why they let you keep them for 2 weeks.

To me, it sounds like the big wigs at CPS said - "Wait, loaners don't make us money.  Repairs make us money.  So let's reduce the repair discount and essentially eliminate the loaner program.  Also, let's act like we're doing our customers a favor with this new policy and tell them that it means they can get loaners quicker."

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Canon General / Re: Canon USA Changes the CPS Program
« on: September 11, 2013, 04:32:14 PM »
I just sent an email to Canon stating how disgusted I am with their recent policy change, and I encourage others to do the same if they feel the same.

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Canon General / Re: Canon USA Changes the CPS Program
« on: September 11, 2013, 04:07:24 PM »
this is nuts to me.  canon sent me this email the other day listing all the things they are taking away and made it seem like they are doing me a favor.

the only reasons why i got cps gold was for the big repair discount and equipment loans.  so now, they reduce the service discount and essentially eliminate loans?

nikon is sounding better every single day...

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