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« on: August 12, 2013, 04:22:26 PM »

Lenses / Re: 200-400 Availability
« on: August 12, 2013, 03:01:26 AM »
There are no cast offs.  These are not machine assembled lenses, they are hand assembled, and if the lens does not meet specs, parts are replaced until it does.
Sorry, I mean the castoff elements, not whole lenses :D  Canon can make as many of the metal or electronic parts as we'd all want, but it's those lens elements that take forever, and there is no bondo to fix a 'minor' imperfection.  That's where I wonder what the keeper rate is like for the larger pieces of glass.

Lighting / Re: Rogue Flashbender
« on: August 12, 2013, 01:27:03 AM »
Both work but I'm playing more with the large one.

Got mine as a factory second - works great but you have to get both pieces.


Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 5 versus Photoshop Elements 11
« on: August 11, 2013, 10:20:38 PM »
The tools are different, but related.  Lightroom will do a lot of what you will need, but some times you need Photoshop, and Elements can be purchased where as the full size product is subscription only.

Both have free trials, download them and give them a go.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: MF question
« on: August 10, 2013, 10:20:04 PM »
You can currently use a number of current Canon lenses on a Alpa technical camera with a Phase One MF back.  They're fully manual, and a dealer I talked with was talking up the TS-E 17mm and 24mm lenses.  I think any fully manual lens can be done, just no focus by wire - 50/1.2 or 85 1.2, etc - since there is no power to the lens.

Macro already exists, but nothing like the MP-E, and there is a severe limit in lens length.  Hasselblad does a 300mm, but it's more like a 200mm in DSLR terms, and Schneider does a 240mm for the Phase One platform.  So no one has a really a long lens like a 400mm or 600mm.

The big hold up in Canon doing a MF style setup even if limited to EF lenses is the shutter speed.  MF shutters are huge, generally slow, and lots of MF lenses have shutters in them.

But on the other hand, Phase One has complete control of 645 at this point, so while it's an 'open standard' they are the only one making a back anymore.  They also will need to come up with a new form factor for the post IQ260/IQ280 world, as the 645DF+ platform seems to be holding back what they can do.

Canon General / Re: Photographer logo?
« on: August 06, 2013, 01:38:56 PM »
Seriously? This is Sal Cincotta?

No, he is not. Just stated that he got "inspired" by his logo or whatever.
Not inspired, that is the line between readable and not readable.  The script works based on the letters in his name, but for some names, script fonts can become illegible.

Canon General / Re: Photographer logo?
« on: August 05, 2013, 12:40:53 PM »
The key thing to remind folks is that while a creative logo can stand out, unless it is easily entered into google to find you, it's more or less worthless.  Lots of script/signature logos can be too hard to translate.  My line is Sal Cincotta's - and that he does it in white against a black background means I can't post it here and have it show up...


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.  http://www.soundersfcfan.com

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.

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