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Software & Accessories / iMac As Display / Calibration
« on: September 15, 2012, 10:46:03 AM »
So I'm thinking of getting the next iMac when it comes out. I've seen some post on here of people that use it for a monitor. I guess a few questions.

#1 - I'm currently using an eMachine monitor that I got for like $90 running on a Hackintosh I built. Overall everything works pretty well for what it is but I do realize I need something better 1 - for speed and 2 - for more calibrated coloring. The iMac for around $1200 seems like the best route to go. It'll be 3-4 times faster than my current system and I would assume the display will be much better. The alternative would be to build either a regular windows computer or another hackintosh and buy a nice external monitor. I wouldn't want to spend quite as much if I went this route as it's more work on my part and it has its faults (system not monitor). All that to say, would the iMac be equal to or better than what I could get otherwise for say $900-$1000?

#2 - If I do go with an iMac, I've read that the display panels are high quality but the profile they're setup with is not accurate so I will need to calibrate the display. I have two options here. Either 1 - Buy a calibrator in the $150 to $200 range or 2 - rent the colormunki from lensrentals. I guess this comes down to, can I get something in the $150 to $200 price range that will get me pretty close color wise or do I need something higher end like the colormunki. If I did rent the colormunki, how often do I need to calibrate my monitor? Would once a year be enough or how often are we talking? I like that the colormunki can also calibrate printers as well since I have a Canon iP4920 that tends to not match what I see on the screen. Thanks for your input.

I have a macbook pro (late 2011) with 16 GB ram, 2.4 GHz quad-core Core i7, 15" high resolution screen...

I have this hooked up to a Dell U27 Ultrasharp Monitor 27" (2560 x 1440) IPS , factory-tuned AdobeRGB and sRGB modes. running over a display port cable hooked to the Thunderbolt connection of the macbook.

I am trying to find a way to run dual monitors off my macbook...but this might not be possible, unless I get a couple of the Apple branded 27" thunderbolt displays to replace the Dell U2711. The apple and dell monitors share the same IPS screen...same manufacturer.


Yeah that's one thing that stinks about the macbook pro. It has a fast enough CPU but being limited to only one external monitor unless it's an Apple one stinks. I'm waiting for the new iMac to come out instead.

Lighting / Re: Direct Flash - How to make it useful?
« on: September 15, 2012, 09:58:44 AM »
I've also struggled with this. I think metering and exposure are critical to getting good shots with on-camera flash. Whenever possible, I think on-camera flash works best when used to fill in shadows and not as the primary light source. The only exception is when you can bounce the light off nearby surfaces and diffuse the light.

With regard to flash toys, I don't think there is a silver bullet. All of the various manipulators seem to have their pluses and minuses. I've used cards, diffusers, bouncers, etc. Like most photographers, I have a flash toy graveyard.

+1 on that. the first thing to go in my graveyard was a particular piece of tupperware that works good as a bare bulb converter.  it is  marketed with true but incomplete information and i now use another more convinient and less expensive solution.

Are you talking about the gary fong for what you got rid of or those really tiny translucent pieces of plastic that you put over the head to diffuse it? What'd you go with?

Black Rapid RS-7

The only downside of the RS series of straps is that you generally need to keep a hand on your camera so that it doesn't swing around while you're walking. The RS straps work great while you're shooting, but not so great for long walks. I tend to put my camera in a Lowe Pro while I'm walking. But while shooting, the RS straps do a great job of keeping the strap out of the way.
See that's what scares me. I can see if you're in one spot but you're wanting to take shots with two cameras then it's great to be able to switch back and forth quickly. But for me, I'd mostly be using it in weddings where I'm running around like crazy and don't want to have to always be holding the camera with my hand. If it's adjustable to chest level though then I would think that would give less room for it swing though and there's likely to be less items at that height that you could run into as well.

I hate the Canon ones. They're fine on something like a rebel but a heavier body and a heavy lens makes for a very sore neck. I have two of these They have a clip to disconnect it but it's very secure and I've never had issues with them. The padding is much more comfortable than the Canon's. I've heard the neck strap they give you when I sign up for the Canon CPS  is pretty nice so I might go back to that if I do that. Regarding the blackrapid, those have always scared me, the thought of me swinging around quickly and having the lens smash into something. Are the strap lengths able to be shortend to have it more at chest level so there's not so much room to swing? The main issue I have with neck straps is it's a real pain trying to shoot with two cameras at once and in this respect, I could see the other working better.

EOS Bodies / Re: 6D and crop feature
« on: September 14, 2012, 10:12:32 AM »
Won't happen.

That' "brilliant" piece of tech to crop in camera like that is patented by Nikon..

The joys of our patent system. Take something that pretty much anybody could of thought up without stealing it from the original company, patent it and now you can sue anybody else that copies what you do. GENIUS!!!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: What to charge for wedding photography?
« on: September 14, 2012, 07:41:44 AM »
Forgot to mention, we don't do prints at all. That's one area I don't like and will eventually have to get into but want to avoid it as much as possible. I also don't like editing photos but I recognize that through that is where you learn to do better shooting because you realize the mistakes you made shooting the photo that you're now trying to edit.

The new stabilized Tamron is something I'll be watching out for in the test venues, I'm hoping it will perform well enough for MY needs, and at a low enough price that I can sell my fabulous Canon v2 L lens and dump the 5D2 it sits on and use the cash for something else.

I like the IQ of the older non-stabilized Tamron but it's kinda poor in the AF department, certainly no threat to Canon or Nikon's lenses of similar spec. MF is not the easiest with the short throw but easier than with the sticky-feeling Nikon focus ring.  Canon's lens, just works like it should and is wicked sharp.

the 90mm f/2.8 macro, also stabilized

I don't need stabilized macros. I have a big heavy tripod instead.  ;)

Don't think I'll be looking at the 70-200 the canon 2.8 mark ii is just too good for it to come anywhere close but the 90mm macro seems interesting. If they could price it somewhere around $500-$600 then I'd be interested. I'm just about confident that they'll try to price it closer to the Canon 100L IS though which is funny to me that they seem to price their macros so close to Canon's which at that point it doesn't make any sense to go away from something you know will work to something you're taking more risk on.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 60d flash prob..
« on: September 14, 2012, 07:24:03 AM »
Hey guys I have a lovely Canon EOS 60D
but have for som time i haven`t could open the on camera flash!! (approximately 2 week ago)
About 2 months ago I updated the firmware to 1.1.0

when I try to go into the "Build in flash menu" it says that the menu can`t be shown because an externel flash it mounted..

Ftr. I have a flash.. Canon Speedlite EX580II and ther isn`t any problems with that.

Pleas help.. Thank you :)
Canon EOS 60D
Yeah my 50D has the same issue. Haven't really bothered to fix it though since I only use an external flash 99% of the time. Neuro's correct though.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: What to charge for wedding photography?
« on: September 14, 2012, 07:22:34 AM »
Just thought I'd give my experience with doing weddings. We started out with doing weddings with friends or people we know. Instead of really charging for them I basically had them cover the cost of equipment rentals (around $250). We've had a couple that we went a little over that and made a little profit. We've now shifted up to around $750. There was a mix up with this last wedding so we ended up doing it for $600 by accident but it's all good. We got some great pictures and it's really going to improve our portfolio a lot. For us starting out, that's the biggest thing I'm looking for is what's going to improve our portfolio. We're finally to the place where I feel we have enough work to get in the $1250-$1500 range which is pretty much where I think we need to be for the amount time it takes. We currently are telling clients if they put down a deposit before the end of the year it's the $750 but it's going up next year. I know we under price ourselves but I'm not doing this as a permanent rate and we've really been able to bless some people out that wouldn't have been able to afford anything or (shutter) some of those people that really shouldn't be doing a wedding with the gear they've got. Anyways, so that's our take.

Regarding people mentioning not getting the 5D Mark ii, I understand where they're coming from and I'm already wanting to try out the mark iii at a wedding next year but honestly I was blown away by the increase in quality going full frame. I shoot at ISO 800 on my 50D but on the 5D most inside stuff is shot around ISO 3200 which really gives me a lot more freedom. Not only that but I rented the Sigma 85 1.4 and found it to be way too long on the crop body but on the full frame it's more manageable. My thought is either rent nicer gear for the time being or invest in glass.  The Mark ii can be an excellent deal for what it is if you can find a good deal. I got mine for $2400 with the 24-105.  The Mark iii has been coming down in price and you'd be better off putting that money towards some nice glass for the time being.I actually haven't even tried it but the 35 1.4 springs to mind as it would work very well on your current crop bodies, it's on my list of lenses to rent, and once you go full frame it'll be awesome there as well. I use the 35 2.0 currently and it does well on a crop body so I'm sure the 1.4 is that much better. I know you didn't ask about equipment but since others chimed in, I thought I'd give my opinion on their opinions  :P

Sorry for the poor quality (was taken off of our Facebook account), but this is an example of a shot I don't feel would have been that great if it wasn't for being on a full frame and having a nice prime. You're work is an excellent example of not needing high end equipment to get some nice creative shots but that's inherent in your work and so nicer glass/ff will give you even more creative freedom

EOS Bodies / Re: 6D and crop feature
« on: September 13, 2012, 09:08:29 PM »
In camera cropping would be usefull if it came with a boost in FPS
Good point. Hadn't thought about that. But then again I never shoot anything but raw. Speed is definitely not a huge concern to me.

EOS Bodies / Re: 6D and crop feature
« on: September 13, 2012, 05:52:19 PM »
I saw that the Nikon D600 has a crop feature where you can move down to 10MP and get the extra reach offered by an APS-C camera.

Is it possible the 6D could be a 7D replacement that matches or exceeds the current 7D in crop mode, but also provides for a full frame mode?

I would like to stay with APS-C primarily as I do a lot of sports and wildlife photography but I would love to have FF where speed and reach or not required.

Is this too much to ask? There are some great deals on the 7D right now but I feel reluctant to pull the trigger, mainly because it's low light performance isn't that much greater than a Rebel. If I didn't have a Rebel, then buying the current 7D would be a no brainer, but as I have a Rebel there is still a significant premium to upgrade to the 7D when you factor in the low resale value of the Rebel.

It seems the only real advantages of the current 7D over the latest Rebel is the FPS and the focus system, but even there the latest Rebel has closed the gap.

I think the main reason Nikon is doing that if I understand correctly is their system can use DX lenses (the equivalent of EF-S) while Canon can't use EF-S on its full frame cameras. This could be totally wrong but I think I'm right here. It makes sense on Nikon since with a crop lens all your going to see is black or very heavy vignetting in the other area so it's a value added feature where as on Canon it just complicates things and if you really wanted that then they could offer a feature to crop the picture in camera but not while being shot. I'm curious how you know how the shot is going to be framed in that case as well through an optical view finder.

I've noticed several people mention the 6D having 2 card slots. I think this is DEFINITELY a feature that will be missing. It's an easy way to differentiate between it and the Mark iii plus if it's really trying to get the entry level ff market then most people upgrading will only be used to one slot while those that are using it for a 2nd body will realize that's the cost of saving some money or if it's really important to them then they'll go get a 5d mark iii.

$2100 is low enough to pressure Canon to release the 6D more quickly, but not enough to drop the price on the 5D2.  I'm on the fence right now without a camera, looking for the best FF I can get for under $1500.  The pipe dream of a $1500 D600 is gone, so I'm hoping (but not expecting) that a discontinued/refurbished 5D2 or D700 will pop up around that price by Black Friday/Christmastime.  However, the D700 sold out so quickly at $2000 that I think it'll be a long wait.  I may just have to return to the old 5D.
If you're willing to get a kit and sell the 24-105 for around $800 then you can have something pretty close to that. I got a 5D mark ii for $2400 with the 24-105. I said was going to sell the lens to my wife and then I just ended up keeping it :)

Software & Accessories / Re: Canon Direct Instock Alert Tool
« on: September 11, 2012, 10:13:56 AM »
Just thought I'd give another update. The Canon 70-200 IS L II Refurbished came back in stock last night. Once again my script sent me the email 1 minute earlier. What's even more interesting is I had the product setup for an alert on my other email account as well for Canon. The first one came at 2:45 but the other account didn't get the email until 3:01. Yikes! Canon's server sure must be slow for it to take that long. Either that or they must have a huge number of people using the notify tool.

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