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Software & Accessories / Re: How do you get rid of (de)banding noise?
« on: October 06, 2012, 04:01:42 AM »
Thanks guys for taking the time to write an answer. But it seems that I did not make clear what my problem is. To get rid of banding and other noise in my 7D RAW's I use NIK Dfine 2.0. But in some cases the debanding algorithm seems to introduce some really annoying artifacts of its own (see the picture in the original post –> the encircled "spikes"). This seems to occur especially where starkly contrasting edges are involved, like a snow covered mountain ridge against a (fairly) blue sky.
My question now is how to prevent or to get rid of these NIK-introduced artifacts?

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Software & Accessories / How do you get rid of debanding artifacts?
« on: October 05, 2012, 03:29:43 AM »
This might sound stupid but maybe someone can help me out: I shoot with a 7D and in RAW and even in broad daylight the pictures suffer from quite a lot of banding. I use NIK Dfine 2.0 in Photoshop CS6 to clean up noise and banding. The debanding produces strange spiky artifacts around edges though (see pictures below). Does anyone know how to avoid those or how to get rid of them?


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I own a Satori EXP and a Loka and a Bach Big Cheese for Mountaineering. The carrying comfort of the Satori is very good, the shoulder straps and the hip belt are very well padded – you can carry quite a lot of stuff (i.e. a heavy load) comfortably for the whole day. Although the padding of the back panel could be a bit better, I tend to get a little sweatier than with the Bach. Other packs like a Deuter or Bach (or any other brand like Mammut, Arc'teryx, Osprey, Black Diamond, etc.) are probably more comfortable to carry but the photo-functionality suffers greatly. If photography is an important part of your endeavor I would go with the F-Stop pack.

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Landscape / Re: Best lens for landscapes for a trip to the mountains?
« on: September 24, 2012, 07:55:07 AM »
I would consider the EF-S 15-85 as a general walk-around lens. It is light, has a very usable zoom range and delivers decent image quality. If you want to go really wide, take the EF-S 10-22 with you. I own both (as well as the 70-200 f4 IS) and use them for my landscape pics.

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Software & Accessories / Re: DPP for MAC too slow?
« on: September 06, 2012, 05:15:50 AM »
It is slooow. Slow for viewing, rating and developing. Using DLO makes me wanting screw my head off and throw away for an idea using it all.
Finally I found a very stupid and very "workaroundy" but working way to add WATERMARKS on photos using only DPP! Yes, finally watermarks with Digital Photo Professional by Canon.  But this is so stupid way, that I shame to write about it :)

Let's hear it anyway!

Jeeez. But this is so stupid... It works for me with version 3.11.31

OK. You need to have a jpg, or CR2 :) with your watermark. You need to put it into same folder, where your CR2 file is. You open a CR2 file and choose "Start Compositing Tool" from Tools menu. Having your photo seleced, you select the watermark  image for foreground and depending on the photo and watermark background colors you choose an appropriate Composite method. For example below I've chosen "Add". You can finally choose the correct watermark image placement with the arrows below.

Good thing is, that the Compositing Tool preserves CR2 settings made before, so DLO for instance. If someone doesn't use Lightroom, Photoshop or sth like that, but likes DLO results, I think the described process is the best for them to obtain a watermark on their images.

The watermark used here is just an example, I know it could look better :)

But this so stupid.... :D

I wouldn't call that procedure stupid but easy and practical  ;) Thanks for sharing!

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Software & Accessories / Re: DPP for MAC too slow?
« on: September 03, 2012, 09:33:55 AM »
It is slooow. Slow for viewing, rating and developing. Using DLO makes me wanting screw my head off and throw away for an idea using it all.
Finally I found a very stupid and very "workaroundy" but working way to add WATERMARKS on photos using only DPP! Yes, finally watermarks with Digital Photo Professional by Canon.  But this is so stupid way, that I shame to write about it :)

Let's hear it anyway!

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I would say that my photos have improved considerably every time I could buy better lenses. As for bodies, the steps from my first DSLR to my actual camera (400D > 40D > 7D) have resulted in better pics too, although it is more difficult to put the finger on what exactly in the picture is better because of the better camera. But higher resolution, better AF, a little less noise and better over-all handling have had a positive impact on my shooting.

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Software & Accessories / Re: DPP for MAC too slow?
« on: August 29, 2012, 08:00:41 AM »
I can't give you an authoritative answer on that but my guess is that the Canon guys who wrote DPP for Mac never put very much effort into it. I use a quad core Mac Pro 1,1 (2.66 GHz Intel Xeon 5100 series processors) with 16GB RAM to run DPP and it is always very slow. Alright, the Mac is fairly dated but the Xeons are still rather good performers. Maybe altering the quality and size settings of the viewer can speed DPP up a tiny bit but not viewing the picture you want to work on defies the purpose of using DPP at all.  ???
I have not found a workaround for this yet but I always keep handy some books so I can read while waiting for DPP (or Photoshop) to get the work done…

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Software & Accessories / Re: Aperture and noise reduction options ?
« on: August 24, 2012, 07:35:35 AM »
You could try NIK Dfine 2 ( http://www.niksoftware.com/dfine/usa/entry.php ) as a plugin to Aperture where you should be able to use it on your RAW files. I use it in PS5 to clean up my TIFF's (produced by Canon's DPP) and I like the level of control and (mostly) the results.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Specs? [CR1]
« on: August 20, 2012, 03:21:16 AM »
Sounds good to me...   I'll believe the "noticeably lower noise than the current 18MP," when I see the RAW files, and not a moment sooner.   ::)

I'll believe the "noticeably lower noise than the current 18MP" waay waay more than I'd believe the "Available this year".

(or at least, i'll believe that the "noticeably lower noise than the current 18MP" will appear on marketing brochures)

I tend to agree that the marketing brouchers will be the place where "noticably lower noise" will be the most noticable. But if Canon manages to deliver such a camera, it will sell like hot cakes. Together with the 5DIII it would make a perfect pair…

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon GPS Options
« on: August 17, 2012, 02:32:51 AM »
Unless you have either a 1DX or a 5DIII the GP-E2 won't do anything for you that a third party GPS logger would not do for a lot less money. Although if you shoot with one of these two cameras, there are some features that make the GP-E2 an option to consider (hot shoe connectivity, automatic time synchronization, addition of compass data to the GPS data).

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Lenses / Re: What lenses do you own?
« on: August 15, 2012, 12:01:15 PM »
Lenses I use (on a 7D):
- EF-S 15-85 (+) very handy zoom range, decent optical quality (–) plasticky build quality (lens creep drives me nuts)
- EF-S 10-22 (+) rather spectacular zoom range, good optical quality
- EF 100 I (+) spectacularly good optical quality, tack sharp
- EF 70-200 f4 L IS (+) light, very well built, superb optical quality, quite nice bokeh
- EF 70-300 L IS (+) ultra versatile, very well built, superb optical quality, zoom lock (–) compared to my other lenses a bit heavy (but not really a problem)

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While they're at it for the 1DX and the 5DIII, I would appreciate a fix for the 7D as well. Normally it's not a problem causing me much trouble but I would definitely prefer the red focus point indicators in all shooting modes.

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You may want to have a look into the Millar series by fstop (http://fstopgear.com/en/product/millar). Their Mountain series are perfect (access to gear from the back panel) but way out of your targeted price…

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