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Lighting / Re: Light Meter Help
« on: August 05, 2013, 01:06:34 AM »
I guess I don't understand why you're moving away from the one you have.  Where or when does the 4F lead you astray or is it just dead and you need to move on?

The L-358 Sekonic is a standard issue one in lots of rental shops, and easy to use.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: ...and now Smugmug.
« on: August 02, 2013, 06:08:14 PM »
Are you uploading 16 bit TIF files?Is it for archiving? IMO Dropbox or some other service would be better for that. Smugmug is a viewing platform more than a storage service. Also uploading thumping great files is very time consuming.
As for printing, the usual workflow is to convert to an 8bit print file and send it to the print provider of choice. Smugmug's print partners are great but if you need local they will still want an 8bit JPG.

Nope, while I could upload 16bit TIFF, the file size is too big.  It's not for archiving, but for ordering.  The way I am trying to position the images is strictly at higher quality bigger prints, so it doesn't match with what I want to present as a final product.  I think I'll be limited to working the orders offline.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: ...and now Smugmug.
« on: August 01, 2013, 04:05:51 PM »
I haven't rolled yet, need to spend some time playing with it.

There are 2 big issues for me:
- Image size (max 50mb) and type (jpeg)
- Dualing identities (lots of historical data under one profile, but not stuff I want to carry forward into new brand)

Next week I start shooting 50mp at 16bit, so I'm looking at quickly needing solutions.  I'm already needing to chase down a local print shop.

Technical Support / Re: Not Windows
« on: July 31, 2013, 03:59:25 PM »
Primary work is done on a pre-"i5/i7" iMac (back when intel was calling the stuff 'core'), keep forgetting to look at the specs when I'm at home.  Catalog and Raw Cache file are on primary drive (most likely a 5400rpm), but the raw files are on a USB HDD, which I've pretty much decided is the real issue. I tried bumping the cache size to 10GB as adobe suggested, with some speed improvements.

Ah, you have a model that you can actually open :D  Yea, I'd go as far as saying just clone your internal drive over to a SSD and carry on.  I've seen 13" Core 2 Macbooks come back from being 'too slow' for users to being fully functional with this minor change.

Technical Support / Re: monopods and telephoto lenses
« on: July 30, 2013, 05:00:47 PM »
The comment from Hillsilly made me think about a tripod collar to help the balance. After looking at reviews I decided to buy the Canon AIIW from Wex in the UK (much much cheaper than Amazon!!). Once I`ve tried it I`ll add my comments about its usefullness.

Ah, this may be the issue - the camera isn't balanced on the monopod.  Use the tripod collar on the lens for your monopod - not the camera body.  Let us know how it goes.

Technical Support / Re: Not Windows
« on: July 30, 2013, 04:57:33 PM »
OP is making their life more difficult, and this tread can quickly devolve into a win/mac/*nix fight.

Please state what you currently have, as laptop and desktop solutions are different.  Chances are an internal SSD upgrade and maybe a RAM upgrade will tide you over.  State where you have your LR library.  FW 800 is much faster than USB2, but more importantly FW is at a lower CPU overhead on a Mac.  If you're working against an external USB2 drive, make sure there isn't a hub between the drive and your computer.

Fusion drives like in the new iMac's are nice, and you can do it with any Mac running 10.8 and that has 2 drives, a SSD and a SATA drive.

Software & Accessories / Re: Importing images method...???
« on: July 29, 2013, 06:44:10 PM »
Copy images, never move.  Make sure your copy is good, and then make sure you have a backup of that location.  Only then, format the card to make it squeaky clean.

Canon General / Re: To canon 5D iii or not to canon 5D iii Advice
« on: July 29, 2013, 06:42:14 PM »
Unless you're going to come into a lot of extra money, get a 5d3 and have fun.  Waiting is an endless game, and the shots you'll be able to enjoy in the mean time are well worth any depreciation in the value of the camera.

EOS-M / Re: EOS-M Annoyances
« on: July 29, 2013, 02:07:39 PM »
My big gripe is the standoff used on the EF to M adapter - it's too short and you can't swap the adapter on and off the body with a tripod plate attached.

Toss in the issue with there being no normal strap attachment point available, I've got a wrist strap attached to the tripod mount.

The Continuous AF kills batteries - disabling that doubled the shots I got out of a charge.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Announces
« on: July 27, 2013, 01:30:51 PM »
See my sig :)  Did you also catch he was in Money recently?

I frequent LR, and seeing things disappear over the last few weeks made me concerned.  To have LA up and going is great.  They would do better to group common lenses like the 24-105 or 24-70 together, rather than have them all list on the lens page.  Yes, their pricing can be higher at times, but when things go on sale - watch out!  I keep the cost of a new refurb in the back of my mind, but would not hesitate to purchase at this point.

I actually have my eyes on a toy that I will share photos of/from once I get it.

Lenses / Re: 200-400 Availability
« on: July 27, 2013, 12:24:44 AM »
My original question had more to do with why these lenses seem to be so slow in reaching the dealers.  I realize that those who have pre-paid, or put down a deposit get the first ones that arrive, but once again it seems like this lens is really just dribbling in because I have not found any dealer, anywhere, who seems to be getting this lens delivered in any numbers at all....that was my question.....I appreciate the responses though.,

The elements in it are huge, and the tolerances are really tight, so my question is what is the keeper rate on them, and what are they doing with the cast offs?

EOS-M / Re: 85mm EF is not recoginzed by my EOS M
« on: July 22, 2013, 01:40:08 PM »
85mm f1.2 mk2 works fine for me...  damn that AF constantly hunts - and kills the battery.

EOS-M / Re: ebay EOS M adapters?
« on: July 22, 2013, 01:35:42 PM »
I want a taller tripod post for the mount.  I've got the Canon version attached to an Arca plate and can't swap the EF adapter on or off the body with it attached.

EOS Bodies / Re: Upgrading from the Rebel XSi: Perpetual indecision
« on: July 19, 2013, 11:45:29 PM »
Pick up a refurb T3i or T4i and save your money for the moment.  Going FF means you need to replace your kit 18-55.  Yes, the 7D is amazing for sports, and rumor of the mk2 is always around, and the 70D will be a hit if they can get it to do everything as stated.  A t3i/t4i is not going to lose much value, and make sure you look at their Canon Loyalty Program.

Do you mean the 9000?  I need to get more ink for mine - this 13x19 size is addicting, and pricy

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