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EOS Bodies / Re: Focus problems with the Canon 7DII?
« on: November 10, 2014, 08:53:01 PM »
In my limited experience, that "remove food from face" function can't keep up with human faces of under 4 years of age.

You have to add the NyQuil filter... That really seems to slow down the action and get everything clean and tack sharp

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Need Best Monitor for Photo Edits
« on: November 08, 2014, 02:58:37 PM »

Don't be afraid buying the most expensive one that fits your need - a good screen should last more years than any decent computer, and you will be staring at it all the time. Make it worth it.


It's crazy that people will spend thousands and tens of thousands on camera gear and then want to limit the monitor budget to like $250. Some spend $1200 just to get a slightly higher res lens or this or that and then get the cheapest monitor they can. So you get all these technically perfect images but then don't have anything to see them on in good fashion.

It is not crazy at all.  Most people are extremely foolish in this regard. 

I used to see it in the home stereo world where they would have all their money in Amps and components but nothing in speakers.  In the car stereo world, they would have great head unit and speakers, decent amps but lousy cabling and power. 

$3000 suit, $150 Johnson Murphy shoes...

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Need Best Monitor for Photo Edits
« on: November 08, 2014, 02:50:38 PM »
Unfortunately the lack of 30 bit support in Mac OS puts that out of my reach. I don't mind Windows 7, I have both a Mac and a PC hooked up to my NEC PA271w, but I can't say I've ever wanted to migrate my photo editing to that platform.

My understanding is that even in Windows 7 running in 30 bit requires a lot of compromises in the OS. I've considered putting a 30 bit card in the PC and switching back and forth to see if there is a considerable difference but why torture myself. In any event, I generally find that the seemingly superior image quality of any new display wears off in about a week or two as my brain adjusts to the new normal. Just like a new TV or stereo speakers.

Apple, despite their many flaws and indifference to the needs of their professional users, still works best for me.  It can be a bit of love/hate relationship but divorce is out of the question.

What compromise?

Not all programs will use it, but I have yet to have an issue with having to make a change to my system running 30-bit and some software I run is 10+ years old.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Need Best Monitor for Photo Edits
« on: November 08, 2014, 10:39:55 AM »
I'm curious to hear reports from folks owning and using the new 5K Retina iMac.  You can almost fit images on it at 100% photo resolution.  Also, what, if anything, are you doing for calibration in your workflow?

Yeah but you throw away 80% of the color.  The 5K Retina is an sRGB monitor. 

Which image would your prefer to work on...

a 4K image with 1.07 Billion colors so you can see the actual pixels you shot.

a 5K image with 27 Million colors and a replacement pallete that hides 80% of your shading and toning in the images.

Meh.  What is a little over a BILLION color difference. 

For me, I am running Windows 7, 64-bit, with an AMD FirePro V5900 which I picked up for like $140 bucks, and a ASUS ProArt Wide Gamut HD monitor

Sometime down the road, there may even be 12-bit color monitors and cards, and when they come out, I will simply swap the card, replace the monitor and VOILA! 

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Need Best Monitor for Photo Edits
« on: November 08, 2014, 07:18:03 AM »
If you want the best, NEC or Eizo

Next level down, I really like the Asus ART series.  1+ billion colors,  will run 2550x1600 or what ever the exact resolution is and has great viewing little glare, and one of the few monitors that really goes through decent calibration out of the factory and gives you a report with your monitor of its results.

Cannot recommend Dell or HP. 

I have owned or worked with a dozen of each in their better monitors and with Dells ran into a TON of dead pixels over time, and with HP just some washiness with their image

I went through no less than 4 of the Dell U2410s like 6 years ago and after a month or two dead pixels would develop.  I go so sick and tired resolving with techs over India as well as by the 2nd replacement, they were sending Refurbs, not new, and that really pissed me off.  If I have something die in warranty, I do not want a cheaper refurb. 

I started really watching my serial numbers because I was convinced I was going to get one of my old monitors back.  I finally got a refund, but had to pursue it as a claim with AmericanExpress and charge protection

Your mileage may vary

EOS Bodies / Re: Focus problems with the Canon 7DII?
« on: November 07, 2014, 05:24:18 AM »
I think most has been posted, but I would have shot single focus point on this type of shot, especially so close at f/2.8

Your lens may have some AFMA needed which can contribute slightly, but the biggest is your AF mode.

I have shot some fashion where I was using all point on my 5D MK III and one series I was disappointed with the face. I was shooting natural light in so so light so was shooting f/2.8 - F/4 and higher ISO.  When looking at the photos and focus points, the dress she was wearing was a little poofy, part of that was closed to the camera and when I zoomed in, those sections were sharp. 

As someone pointed out, in your photo, if you are shooting f/2.8 close up and you have a face and a fork as focus points and the fork is inches forward, face will be soft unless you use a longer lens to get deeper DOF.

EOS Bodies / Re: do you hope for sony sensors in the 5D MK 4?
« on: November 07, 2014, 05:11:16 AM »
The language I use tends to be very precise

I'm sure you believe that's the case.  Metacognition is not everyone's strong suit.

Not to mention people tune out pompous pedantic people

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: YN 600EX-RT - my review
« on: November 06, 2014, 05:51:40 PM »
Biggest things I want to know:

1)  How is the hot shoe fit?  I have head the Yongnuo is a little smaller and moves slightly and have heard sometimes this cause fire issues (iether the 600-EX-RT or the E3-RT

2)  How is the connection stability between the YN-E3-RT and the 600s.  The other complaint I have heard is that the E3-RT seems to drop connection over time and if you turn on and off the -E3-RT it will resync.

3)  Chinese Menus.  I have seen some who have shown the menus and fonts getting all screwy - half chinese or english overlayed.

Technical Support / Re: Question about " FORMAT" of the memory cards.
« on: November 06, 2014, 05:39:16 PM »
To be on the safe side, I have always formatted cards in the camera I intend to use.  File format should not change, but something that may be a wives tale, but I have always been told to do / done.

It is not that hard, even when I am shooting multiple cameras, I generally have my second card already planned and easily at hand with that camera.  Takes a few seconds to format a card.

I also keep used cards completely in a separate case from my blank ones to avoid loosing images as well as have those cards always flipped over so the back side shows.  Even when you are not thinking these little things help

EOS Bodies / Re: do you hope for sony sensors in the 5D MK 4?
« on: November 06, 2014, 05:34:42 PM »
Will Sony even still be in Camera business.  Sony is bleeding cash and has no clear direction.


Remember all those Sony Vaio laptops... Sold off.

TVs... Sony selling that off too...

See a trend???

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II - DXOMark Review
« on: November 06, 2014, 05:32:36 AM »
so the G7X is one point better in DXO score.

time canon buys sony sensors for it´s DSLR´s.

Shame on you for thinking that the DxO formula has any relevance... Remember according to dX0 the D4 is a piece of crap camera and you are better off D600 or D610

So if you are looking for a top of a line Nikon, would you rather have a D4, D4s, D3x or D600.

DxO says the D600 is Superior.  'Nuff said

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Roger Cicala cracks open 7D II!
« on: November 04, 2014, 11:46:50 AM »
Very disappointed.  Why not give it a dunk or a was.

Shame on Lens Rentals cutting corners and doing the bare minimum

Lenses / Re: A Couple of Real World EOS 7D Mark II High ISO Samples
« on: November 04, 2014, 09:50:13 AM »
The video and photos looked really good for High ISO AND crop censor

I am really not sure what the dilema is.

1)  Your 7D is collecting dust
2)  While the 5d MK III has better low light, it is not a sports camera and its AF is not as good as the 1Dx or the

The combo gives you more tool.  If you are pushing low light, you may want to use the 5d MK III but you may find the trade off of AF to noise is worth the 7d MK II - only you will be able to decide which fits better.

In decent light, you may find yourself choosing the 7D MK II because of its performance

You may want some reach.  Never hurts.

What do you think of the 120 - 300?  I have been on the fence on this lens.

Seriously.  I think the swap is a no-brainer.  You still may prefer the 5D MK III to the 7D MK II but will you really use the 7D as a backup, and if you had to use it, would you really be happier if you had the MK II. 

The swap is probably a net outlay of $1000 - $1100 which is not too bad for the AF and improved low light.

The grass is always greener on the other side, and it is still greener on the other side after you changed the sides:

There is not everything better with another camera system or manufacturer; Sony also has its problems.


I think Sony makes some very nice products.  I have had a hard time buying most of them because I find them over priced.  When Sony was ruling the TVs I still had a hard time paying for some of their sets when I would look them side by side to a Toshiba or Mitsubishi that was $400 less and I liked the picture better.

Problem for companies like Sony is what Alvin Tofler referred to as "Future Shock"  Tech is accelerating.  If you are a large company like Sony, you have to keep up compared to a company that is specialized.  Sony can lead in key areas, but they have already been dicing up the company because they can't accelerate in all areas at same time.

I don't think Sony has enough to thrive and survive in the Camera arena outside of niche adopters.  I do think they make a great sensor and perhaps their calling is innovating the sensor area for other bodies. 

Who knows.  Remember, Betamax technically was superior to VHS but lost out because of their licensing/control.  I can see Sonys camera being the same, superior low light and DR but not enough adopters, lenses. 

As the DSLr market tightens, I think Sony will have a hard time being profitable in this market

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