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Not sure if a belt setup is an option - you let go of the camera, but if you're good with your placement you can feel it slide into the Spider Holster.  I hate their plates (hand size when used with the vertical grip) so I use the CarrySpeed F1 folding plate.  Only thing it isn't is a L bracket.

Upside is the cameras are lower than when on a strap, walking around is easy.  Downside is you can't hike it up high if you're sitting around.


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Lenses / Re: Canon 85L II AF speed on 5D III???
« on: May 01, 2013, 12:07:07 PM »
My 85L mk2 isn't any faster from what I can tell (7D as a reference).  But damn is it dreamy.



My only wish is that as part of the power off of the attached camera, it should do a focus retract.  The thing does a sensor cleaning, so why not retract and save me the process??

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EOS Bodies / Re: dual digic 4s vs single digic 5
« on: May 01, 2013, 12:50:34 AM »
Doesn't matter as much since the 70d isn't out, we can't be sure of what it will or won't do.  There will be a space for the 70d and there will be a 7d2 based on rumors.  Depending on what you use it for, it may work out for you - but personally I sold my 7D and my EF-S lens to feed my 5d mk3 fund.

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you said your fault and fixing for free... and you still moan?

Yep, if "free" is 3 months, I'd gladly purchase the part and get on with my life.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Screen calibration frustration!
« on: April 28, 2013, 06:54:01 PM »
Zv - have you tried it on an external monitor plugged into your laptop?  I hate to say but you may get better results when using a better LCD.

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Personally, I use a hähnel Giga T Pro II - timer release that can work wired or wirelessly.
+1

And it works really well.  It's a bit overkill if you're just using it as a wired cable release, but if you're going to setup and do time lapses, or you want to be in the frame, the hähnel works amazing.  The other option you may want if you use battery/vertical grip (and haven't purchased one yet) is there is 1-2 vendors who do one built into the grip.  These are for programming multiple shots.

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Costco and a number of other places all have ICC profiles you can download, so WYSIWYG.

http://www.drycreekphoto.com/icc/

I picked up a Canon Pixma 9000 mk2 cheap due to rebates, kind of hard to beat immediate.

What do you use for library management?  Half the fun is the software used to kick the printer.
http://www.creativelive.com/courses/lightroom-101-lightroom-professor-jared-platt

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Given what you're shooting and the environment you're shooting in, I might consider the new Blackmagic 4k option as well.  July isn't that soon, but you get LANC for camera control.

How far down are you diving?

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Lenses / Re: $1000 budget, need lens recommendation for Canon t1i
« on: April 12, 2013, 11:50:01 PM »
Thanks for all the great recommendations.  The body can't be upgraded and he shoots photos of high level government meetings where you can't be any more distracting than the sound of the shutter, so no flash.  Portraits will be a small percentage of the shots.  I do like the idea of the Tamron f2.8 and the 55-250 canon with the 430ex ii flash.  It is a firm budget, and the office owns whatever we buy plus any order over $1000 will be rejected.  That doesn't leave much $$$ left over, but just these lenses will be a big upgrade.

This leaves a lot more questions.  Neuro's got a good list (as always), but the long and short of it is $1k doesn't give you great light light without flash.  Period, no question.  People move, size of rooms change, light in government buildings really sucks.

What's the end use of the photos?  You may be better getting something from the last six months that's got a wide prime attached to it.

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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?

I'll sum it up for everyone, just do it.  Pick your vendor and do it.  Don't ask, just do it.

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Is it wrong I want to purchase if for no other reason than North Korea being ).( may cause supply issues?

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Software & Accessories / Re: Bag while I am a "tourist"
« on: April 08, 2013, 11:58:33 PM »
Bag topics really need to mention if they're gripped or not.  If you're not gripped, you have lots more options.  Body with lens, second lens and flash fit well in the Niko Messenger from Chrome.  I've been looking at the Ari Marcopoulus from Incase but I don't think my gripped body is going to fit.

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Lenses / Re: Lenses for carpets photography
« on: April 08, 2013, 08:17:27 PM »
Forget replacing any of your current gear for now, you need to setup a rig that can mimic what a scanner does for paper.  What this entails is building an elevated gangway that can be rolled over the carpet when it's placed on the floor.  The underside of the gangway would need a few identical daylight balanced bulbs to illuminate the area, with a camera port in the center.  Use black fabric or foam board to seal off the front and back so that you're constantly shooting with light just from the bulbs on the underside of the gangway.  Setup the camera to shoot tethered to a computer so you can review as you go.  Get a ColorChecker to make sure you're absolute on the tones being conveyed by the photograph (designers will love you).  Roll the gangway over the carpet, shooting as you go.  If you have taped out the center line of the rig, and have the space, you can be shooting one carpet, as assistants roll up the previous one, and lay out the next one.  To get a 'full carpet' photo, most software can do a panorama stitch of multiple photos, just make sure you have alignment marks that can be used colored blocks that would be cropped out of the final photo.

Most of your shots will be at ISO100 and F8, with your shutter speed calculated off of how bright you setup the underside.  The kit lenses are fine for this - check out most mall photo booths, they use the most basic kit with a proper flash.  For your setup, I'd recommend the daylight bulbs just so it's a constant light source that shouldn't change over time.  2000 carpets every 3 months, you want a process that's straight forward and always the same.

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Pricewatch Deals / Canon 5d mk3 body-only @ Newegg for $2,900
« on: April 07, 2013, 04:26:36 PM »
Free shipping, no tax, etc

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Lenses / Re: What shall i get next ?
« on: April 02, 2013, 06:51:52 PM »
Neuro, are you getting jaded from the 100 similar posts each week, or is it each day?  Too bad schools don't teach people how to use the search function ;)

Who, me??  :P

I must have been thinking of someone else ... like me :)

You two don't get enough credit for keeping information flowing in the forums.

OP - since you have 2 bodies, a wide zoom and a telephoto zoom, get a mid-range zoom - Canon 24-105f4 / Tam 24-70f2.8 VC / Canon 24-70f2.8 II based on price points.  Grab a 430exII or a Nissan Di622 mk2 for a mid-level flash.  Going straight for a 600-RT is a little overkill, since they really need to be used in groups.

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