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There are two issues - releases to fix an issue, and releases to add confusion/options.

The D600/D610 & D800/D810 jumps really hurts early adopters, and devalued the prior body since it has 'known issues'.  It will cause folks to wait for the second release of a camera before purchasing.

The addition of the Df and the D750 really adds confusion to what a FF Nikon is, or isn't.  Add in the D800E and you have 7 FF Nikon cameras in how short of a time period?  You almost need a cheat sheet of the frame rates if it does video, or what the frame rate in burst mode is.

I feel bad for the sales staff whom have to help those at the used counter debate between the features between the models.  Retail is already hard enough.

I'm really at a loss as to why they'd do the dual models, the stock issues and the miss orders should by themselves communicate that a single model is a better idea.  Imagine having one well reviewed and one poorly reviewed, how do you keep them separate?

Even the focus/zoom positions are switched between the lenses.  I'm at a loss as to why I'd want more than 200mm and not want/need the higher build quality.

Lenses / Re: Input on building a prime lens kit
« on: September 08, 2014, 10:26:13 PM »
How many shots with your 50/1.4 are wide open or within a stop?

I would recommend anyone rent a few lenses before purchasing a number of prime lenses.  The 50L and 85L are both amazing, but have specific uses, and you feel horrible when they sit neglected (I did).  With the crazy high ISO, the need to shoot wide open in low light is no longer the case - given your f4 zooms, I'd recommend looking at the latest in f2.8 24-70mm (Canon mk2 or Tamron with VC)  zooms, or the new f4 16-35mm.  Find out what holes are in your lineup, and then figure out if a prime is the best way to fill it.

I get the fun of having just 2 zoom options (and nothing that would be considered medium or long) on my other kit, and walking around changing lenses every few shots isn't what I call fun.

Photography Technique / Re: Tethered Shooting with 5D III & Microsoft Pro 3
« on: September 02, 2014, 06:04:18 PM »
Give CaptureOne Pro a shot - it's not the library manager that LR is, but the work flow is really nice for tethered shooting.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: I had a Blowout... On a Hasselblad.
« on: September 02, 2014, 05:37:27 PM »
By the way, but I was surprised how small the lens is. Considering the fact that the MF sensors are so much larger than the 35mm ones, I would have expected the lens to have a lot more glass. Is that not the case?

The lenses are bigger, more noticeably with the zooms.  The 80/2.8 is the smallest of the lenses by far.  The two zooms are huge, with a 95mm filter size, same for the 24/28/35mm primes.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: I had a Blowout... On a Hasselblad.
« on: September 02, 2014, 04:33:11 PM »
OUCH!  Painful in so many ways!

BTW - welcome to the H club.  The cookies are pricy, but are damn tasty.

Software & Accessories / Re: Optimizing your monitor for print production...
« on: September 01, 2014, 09:46:03 PM »
1 - rent

2 - download your local Costco ICC profiles for their printers -

3 - read - it'll tell you how to apply them in photoshop

4 - print more :)

Reviews / Re: Pentax 645z Review
« on: August 26, 2014, 04:48:23 PM »
No LS lenses is what killed this system for me.
Take a Pentax 67 LS lens (like the SMC Pentax-6x7 165mm F4) and shoot with it via adapter & sync cable.  Remember, that shutter speed can be eh, but a faster strobe will make up for it. 

That poor focal plane shutter has more distance to cover, plus being a much wider shutter compared to 35mm.

I'm going to get one on rent and do a side by side with my H4D-50 - the only other 50mp chip out there - and do some side by sides.  Roger is the worst enabler.

Software & Accessories / Re: Insurance is an accessory right? :P
« on: August 25, 2014, 07:21:35 PM »
For those of you using your homeowners to cover your camera gear, I would recommend some caution.  I have heard of several photographers whose insurance company have challenged their claims as commercial use.  The companies point to having a website as advertisement of your business, etc.  I ended up purchasing commercial insurance so I'm covered no matter what.

I feel the need to emphasize this more and more - if you insure your gear as part of your home owners policy, any claim is treated like a major claim against the home and can substantially increase your rates.  Having a policy specific to high value gear makes sure that if something happens, you're going to be covered.

Night = expensive  ...

There is no way around it, it's expensive glass or crazy high ISO, as stadiums really aren't illuminated for photography.  If you're getting paid, then you know you need to invest in the gear.  If you're not getting paid, consider what you are getting as 'best possible under the circumstances'.  The 1.4x mk3 may give you the tidbit more reach you need, but you may get that from a crop body as well - it sounds like you're doing this with just one camera, which really doesn't allow the full range of options.  An option is to leave your 6D with a 70-200, and pick up a used 1D mk4 and pair it with a 70-200 (with the option of adding a 1.4x tele on top of that).

Even a used v1 of the 400/2.8 may be the best tool for you if you're always shooing across a soccer field - it all depends on what you're shooting and whom you are shooting for.

Photography Technique / Re: Is RAW worth it?
« on: August 25, 2014, 12:21:00 AM »

Storage is cheap, computers are powerful, and you can't always go back and reshoot.  If after a shoot, you cull your shots down to what you like.  Decide if you want to batch them all to jpg and call it done.  You can convert to jpg at any time, but can never go back to RAW.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Mindshift - Does it fit?
« on: August 21, 2014, 04:17:20 PM »
Thanks.  I appreciate that is really useful information.  So you'd think the 5d3 (with a wrist strap and plate - not an L just a bottom plate) and the 70-200 should fit? Do you carry the 70-300 upright or on it's side? The 70-200 is just a bit longer.  Do you think there'd be room for the 17-40 besides?
The 70-300 is less than 6" tall and the interior is 7" deep.  The 70-200F4 L IS is almost 7", and while it may fit, it'll be tight.

There are specific design issues that I think should prevent the BounceLite from being in most bags. 

Let's start by saying the inventor hasn't learned from Gary Fong, that space in a bag is precious, and if you notice, all of the Fong Domes are collapsible now - this thing is rigid plastic and a huge waste of space. 

Next, the price point - £80 is still over $120 USD, which is a high price for a Kickstarter where there are existing options in the market place, at a much cheaper point.  If you're looking for softer light, you have to move off camera due to size of the modifier, and you can get a Westcott Apollo kit for the same price.

Oh, Iglu71, the UK isn't a top marketplace for cameras, so the majority of backers are paying an extra £12 of shipping, no matter what price level they commit to.  Insults seem to be your method of standing up for someone you're related to, but I hate to tell you Neuro is one of the highest respected folks here at CR.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 1dx vs Nikon d810
« on: August 12, 2014, 09:43:29 PM »
Focus is off, based on my eye and comparing the two iris details - the 1Dx is spot on and sharp, while the D810 gets muddy.  Unless you strap your subject to a backboard and shoot from a tripod, reproducing the shots can be 'fun'.

Post Processing / Re: My Basic & Practical Back-Up Strategy
« on: August 09, 2014, 08:52:18 PM »
Damn you Mack, I feel old now...

Anyone else remember using a hole punch to make single-sided floppy disks into double-sided floppy disks (back when they were actually big and floppy)?

That only worked on 5 1/4" floppy disks - the 8" floppy disks were truely one sided.  Cassette tapes for program loading?  Commodore 64/128 or Leading Edge Model D with an 8086 chip running DOS 2.11.  Ah click of death - what a painful way to die...  I actually used to carry around the parallel ZIP drive back when I was working tech support, Windows 98 fit on a single disk.  Remember SyQuest also had their 'EZ Drive'?

To add more knowledge, a "clone" type backup is more inline with the included backup tools in Windows7/8 and Mac (Time Machine).  File based backup is like what Carbonite/Backblaze/iDrive offer - where you select your directories and they back them up.

File backup is better for photos and documents, while Image backup is better for programs and personal settings.  Thankfully you can stack your backup options - especially when you have multiple drives.  Use a clone or image based backup for your c:\ drive, while your photos out on e:\ are backed up using a file based technology.

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