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I'm looking forward to this but I'd REALLY love to see an update to ZoomBrowser; I detest ImageBrowser, I do not want to import photos to just view them. ZB did so many things with ease.


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I did not install ImageBrowser but continue to use ZB
+2 - ZB is awesome & simple.  IB is bloated and horrible.  I ended up buying PhotoMechanic which is essentially ZB on steroids with metadata management, but man is IB awful - one of the worst applications I've ever had the misfortune to use.


I just took a look at a youtube promo. Looks very good. What makes it really better for you compared to Zoom Browser?
I initially bought Photomechanic when the local newspaper hired me to freelance.  It's what they all use to tag & upload images, but alas, I'm still waiting for my first assignment a year after filling out my employment paperwork...

Anyways, it's rather expensive, but what I like about it is that I can rename my files, add IPTC metadata (which it manages very well), GPS coordinates (manually or imported from a GPS device), and more when I download photos.  It downloads and generates thumbnails insanely fast and it's really easy to zip through them and flag the photos that you want to edit.  You can do a number of things to the metadata as well (or XMP sidecars, as I have it set to) such as correcting time (if you forget to set the clock on your camera) and tons of other things.  It then allows you to upload to just about any photo service (I use SmugMug) very quickly.  It does just about everything except edit your photos, but it will open your photos in any editor you like.  I also like that it doesn't make me use some proprietary catalog like LR - I can store them in folders (it will create them) and then I can use PhotoMechanic or Windows to search the metadata to find my files.  The XMP sidecars are great, too, as the metadata ends up in final TIFFs, JPEGs, etc. that are exported from PhotoShop, LR, DxO, etc.

Unless you shoot a lot or are really into metadata management, it's probably not worth the money, but it's a pretty cool program.

Also, I almost forgot to mention the killer feature - if you shoot sports, it does automated caption replacement.  I.e. you can create (or subscribe to services that create) text files that list all of the teams & players in a game.  When you caption the photo, you simply put in "/18/" and PhotoMechanic replaces it with "Peyton Manning Denver Broncos (QB) #19" or whatever you put in the file.  Needless to say that saves a ton of time, especially if you don't know the players.  It can be used for other stuff, too.

For me, I set up my file naming and general metadata before I shoot.  It's easy because I have all of my regular shooting locations & keywords saved.  When I come home, I rename & add the metadata during download.  I import & tag the GPS data from my Garmin, then I zip through the thumbnails and begin editing down my work.  I rate them as 5-star or 3-star and then use the side-by-side comparison tool to narrow them down to all 5-stars.  Once that's done, I caption those photos & add specific key words.  I drag & drop them into DxO, edit them, and then upload the JPEGs through PhotoMechanic to SmugMug.

Thank you mackguyver for sharing your experience. I just downloaded a try-version. Noticed it is a 32-bit version and not 64-bit. I am going to explore it a bit more. It is pricy but not too expensive - single user 150 dollar

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Software & Accessories / Re: Camera bag for bicycling?
« on: June 16, 2014, 10:54:38 AM »
So Viggo....what did you buy and why?

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I'm looking forward to this but I'd REALLY love to see an update to ZoomBrowser; I detest ImageBrowser, I do not want to import photos to just view them. ZB did so many things with ease.


+1
I did not install ImageBrowser but continue to use ZB
+2 - ZB is awesome & simple.  IB is bloated and horrible.  I ended up buying PhotoMechanic which is essentially ZB on steroids with metadata management, but man is IB awful - one of the worst applications I've ever had the misfortune to use.


I just took a look at a youtube promo. Looks very good. What makes it really better for you compared to Zoom Browser?

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I'm looking forward to this but I'd REALLY love to see an update to ZoomBrowser; I detest ImageBrowser, I do not want to import photos to just view them. ZB did so many things with ease.


+1
I did not install ImageBrowser but continue to use ZB

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: June 16, 2014, 10:29:14 AM »




Sea birds in Ireland. All shot with 7D and 300 1:2.8 II


Those are some wonderful photos. I enjoyed watching them. Thanks
And, welcome to CR

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If I had to choose between 35mm and 50 mm, it would be 50 mm. For me 50mm is a great focal length for portraits but also for streetphotography if I don't want to be too much close to people.
I do own the Canon 35mm f/2 IS. The 50mm Art and the Canon is a great combo. Why the 35mm of Canon? Because it is light/small, contains IS and makes a light combination with my 6D

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: June 15, 2014, 09:41:38 AM »
Male peacock on display at mating season- shot yesterday


That's a wonderful shot & composition !




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Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: June 15, 2014, 09:38:57 AM »
An old one with 350D and S17-70

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: June 14, 2014, 11:41:05 AM »
"OK, If I can have the chubby blonde to the right, you can have the fat bearded one to the left ..."

Amur tiger (Nordens Ark)

1DX, 200-400 f4L IS 1.4x @320mm
1/200s, f7.1, ISO1600

That's a great one Eldar. Wonderful.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Brown bear cub on the lookout
« on: June 14, 2014, 10:32:52 AM »
Beautiful series. I especially like the second one with the refection.


Me too.
Wonderful to see them free in nature.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Mea Culpa! - The World Cup in Brazil
« on: June 13, 2014, 06:01:27 PM »
Is there something going on in Brazil?

Sure there is something going on: The Netherlands beat worldchampion 2010 Spain with 5-1 in Brasil. Sorry but as a Dutch I can only say YEAH something went very well on Friday 13th!!!
Congrats to the "Elftal". It was a pleasure to watch. They did a really good job. And they showed, that "the team" is always the important factor.  I hope out German guys will come close to that. ;)
Thanks. And who knows, we may meet again the final.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Mea Culpa! - The World Cup in Brazil
« on: June 13, 2014, 05:12:36 PM »
Is there something going on in Brazil?

Sure there is something going on: The Netherlands beat worldchampion 2010 Spain with 5-1 in Brasil. Sorry but as a Dutch I can only say YEAH something went very well on Friday 13th!!!

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Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
« on: June 11, 2014, 05:42:10 AM »
Yes, but I haven't read a single account of people NOT having issues with this lens. The best I have found is people of "only" had to adjust the focus in FoCal and after that it was "ok".

That is almost standard procedure.....for L-lenses as well

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: June 09, 2014, 02:44:05 PM »

I'm done buying for 2014.

it's only six months to 2015   ;D

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: June 09, 2014, 12:55:54 PM »
The weight is a habit with the 1dx + 200 f2, the results from it makes it lighter ;D

All these three shot today with the 200 wide open.







What a very nice serie!
And what a stunning lens this 200mm f/2


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