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Software & Accessories / Re: iMac As Display / Calibration
« on: December 04, 2012, 01:02:56 PM »
So I ended up going with another hackintosh. After reading how hard it is to open up the new iMacs and the fact that the 21" doesn't even have a ram slot, I feel more comfortable going this route. I may still get one eventually but for now this is much cheaper. I upgraded the cpu and motherboard for $250 and it's a faster processor than the iMac has. I also went ahead and bought a 128 GB Samsung SSD and setup a Fusion Drive last night. This has been the easiest hackintosh I've had to build. Very happy with it. Just thought I'd share in case any one is in the same position.

Software & Accessories / Re: iPad mini connectivity with 7d
« on: November 24, 2012, 09:27:40 PM »
I thought those cables could only connect to a USB host (like a PC) or is it something a bit different to the standard one?
I believe this is a specific cable by apple that is designed for this. This might eventually justify me getting an iPad as if this works well then I could use at weddings during the formals to ensure everyone's looking and in focus. It's very hard to gauge on a 3" screen. I'd be interested to hear how well this works in live shooting environment as I wouldn't want to be waiting forever for the picture to load up on the iPad.

Software & Accessories / Re: PixStics - Discussion
« on: November 19, 2012, 12:53:36 PM »
Just released a new version of Pixstics. You can get all the details on it here:

Software & Accessories / Re: PixStics - Release Log
« on: November 19, 2012, 12:52:25 PM »
I've just updated PixStics. The main new feature is I now have lens recommendations included based off of the data set given. A special thanks to Bryan Carnathan for providing the lens data and great reviews. Below is a complete list of what this update includes:
Bug fix - Files without focal length could result in data not being properly grouped
Improvement - Lens recommendations added based on lenses in group. Provides links to lens specs and review from Bryan Carnathan's as well a link to buy the lens.
Improvement - Ratings now properly show rejected images and group images with a rating of 0 with unrated images
Improvement - File processing updated to show "Graph building please wait..." while data is being processed and chart built

If you'd like to check out the new version, it's available at the same url

As before, please keep discussion to this thread:

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8
« on: November 17, 2012, 06:20:57 PM »
I love this lens.  It's small, fast, focuses much faster than the 1.2 and it is a great value.  What's not to love?

I prefer the 100mm F/2.

I am thinking about both.... why the 100/2 over the 85/1.8 ?

Does anyone have comparison shots?

More Compression, smaller noses.

Might also be the fact that the 100 has visibly better image quality than the 85. Look at TDP's ISOs and you'll see what I'm talking about.

Lighting / Re: YN622C trigger experiences?
« on: November 17, 2012, 06:19:22 PM »
I have a pair of these. I haven't used it in a wedding yet. They were waiting in my mail box the day I last had a wedding :(. But from some use while I was in France with my niece and nephew I'm pretty happy with them. I plan to do a review on them at some point but it might be a while. The one thing that does bug me and perhaps it's just the ones I got is one of the very nice bonuses of this over other triggers is the focus assist light. I normally use the center AF point and for some reason the beam is off center so really doesn't assist like it should. I may end up taking it apart. My best guess is the led needs to be pushed around to center it up better. Other than that it's works as advertised at least as far as I've used it so far as I've used it.

Technical Support / Re: Best Methods For Long Term File Storage ??
« on: November 14, 2012, 11:42:29 PM »
For those that use Glacier, have you actually had to pull any data off? Reason I ask is their retrieval charge is astronomical if you don't spread it out correctly. Without some special software to this, I think this ones dead in the water for me now :(

Technical Support / Re: Best Methods For Long Term File Storage ??
« on: November 14, 2012, 08:21:10 PM »
You do have a point but that outage was with EC2 not glacier. I'm not sure what the promised durability for EC2 is but glacier is very high due to the fact that it's stored in multiple facilities and multiple hard drives within that facility. I have not had faith to offer retaining data to my clients but Amazon's Glacier looks promising and relatively affordable. I'll of course keep a local hard drive with the data on it. But as you say, that's not enough. With Glacier, I can feel secure that even if my house burns down I'm ok. And I don't have to worry about trying to put data in other locations other than on Glacier.

Lenses / Re: 40 2.8 with extension tubes
« on: November 13, 2012, 06:53:47 AM »
Bosman, not sure which 70-200 you should with, but the 70-200 works pretty darn well for macro shots as well. You're like me in that you like it wider, but sometimes I like tighter as well and for that scenario, the 70-200 works well. One nice thing with it being a zoom is you can actually use the zoom ring more like a focus ring to get it about where you want it and do fine adjustments with the focus ring. It's a little weird but it works pretty well.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Pricing
« on: November 12, 2012, 12:59:24 PM »
I agree that the price is fantastic, but how many folks here are confident enough in terms of Sigma's AF speed and accuracy to purchase this pre-order?  I ask this in all seriousness, I'm curious to see especially the responses of folks who own the newer Sigma lenses.  I sold all of mine 3 years ago after not enjoying hit/miss rate very much.
Won't be pre-ordering, but will definitely be renting it for a wedding sometime next year for sure. I rented the 85 1.4 and was pretty impressed by it. It's hard to tell how much of the keeper rate was due to my own technique and what was the lenses fault but overall I thought it did pretty good as long there wasn't a huge change in the subjects position.

Lenses / Re: 40 2.8 with extension tubes
« on: November 12, 2012, 12:56:37 PM »
Sorry Bosman, I haven't been on here the past couple weeks so I just saw your post. Thankfully Neuro stepped in. Yeah I'm still a little up in the air about this lens for general photography. No doubt about it, it's a nice lens but perhaps it's just not my style for most shots. But for macro, now that's a totally different story.
It's not a macro replacement for sure, but for my level right now it's a great alternative. I'll probably get the 100 IS L eventually but I'm thinking one of the 70-200 models is more important at this stage. So until then, this will be my go to for macro (in combination with the 70-200 IS II with extension tubes as well.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L IS [CR1]
« on: October 29, 2012, 01:55:13 PM »

MPs are not really connected, but pixel size is, and in general, more MP means smaller pixels.  A given amount of shake means a specific amount of movement in terms of arc-seconds.  With smaller pixels, a given amount of movement covers more pixels on the sensor, which translates to more blur.  So, smaller pixels means you need an even faster shutter speed to compensate for camera shake.  1/FL is a film rule.  Even 1/1.6xFL is not enough on a high MP, small pixel sensor.

Thanks for that explanation neuro. I'd always noticed on my crop bodies the 1/1.6 photos were still a little blurry. I just always assumed that maybe I have more shaky hands than other photographers. But your explanation makes me feel better about me being more normal :)

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: 6D Need To Change Something..
« on: October 28, 2012, 04:54:23 PM »

The 6D needed to have a multi-selector. Instead it went with the awkward ergos of the 6D. Ehhh.....

This is actually a signficiant thing turning me off of the 6D.  The multi-selector from the 60D is just awful.

Agreed, although honestly since it's replacing the 5D mark II, and it has the same thing of the center focus point being the primary one you'll use, it's lessened somewhat. Still very annoying. But hey at least they didn't remove AFMA. So I guess they learned from their mistake on the AFMA but it's going to take a little longer for the multiselector pitfall to be realized :)

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Pricing
« on: October 28, 2012, 04:32:24 PM »
Oh man.... why do the 35mm with AF have to be so expensive :( I dont like the Sigma 30mm since i also use FF analog sometimes. Then the only cheap alternative is Samyang but its MF and im worried im too dumb for that  :'(

Can somebody explain to me why the 35mm price is so high? Is it really THAT complicated to build a 35mm lens? Does adding AF really cost 300$ more (compared wiv samyang) ?
Well when you combine the 1.4 aperture with the fact that it's a moderately wide lens on full frame, then it makes sense. I believe there are more things you have to correct for the wider you go from 50mm than you do going tighter than 50mm. I think I'd also argue that most of the 50mm designs are simpler without any special elements until you get up to the highest level ones. If you try to make a cheap lens by not using aspherical and other glass to correct then nobody's going to buy it as most people prefer zooms and one of the main benefits of a prime is at least as good of quality (most of the time better) with a larger aperture. If the prime lacks in image quality, is it really better than the zoom then which is a lot more convenient? I'm pretty excited about the 35mm. I've used the 85 and it's a great lens in my opinion. If this hits in the $600-$900 region and can beat the quality of the Canon 35 1.4 then I'll definitely consider buying it.

just noticed the Sigma 50 1.4 has an aspherical element.  That helps explain it's better quality than the two lower Canon's. Then again, it's close to a $500 lens and it only has 8 elements vs the 85's 11 and the Canon 35's 11 (I'd assume the Sigma will have similar). A price increase of $200-$400 for the increased complexity isn't unreasonable. Especially considering Canon's 35 1.4 II will probably cost somewhere close to the $2000 range.

So I have a Canon IP4920 printer. It came with a program called Easy Print or something like that for printing inkjet printable DVD-Rs. The problem I continually run into is the colors never match what's on the screen. The one today was so far off that I ended up making it black and white because it was so bad. I looked in to see if the program allowed me to set any sort of printer profiles and it doesn't. I tried using Photoshop again today but as always I had tons of issues with it and ended up getting ink all over the DVD tray. What does everybody use for their DVD covers. We used to write out in sharpie and so obviously what we have now is a step up but it's very frustrating and time consuming the current way we're doing it. Thanks.

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