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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Have you repaired your 50 Art?
« on: December 16, 2014, 06:59:59 PM »
I'm in need for 35mm fast prime. I guess I can cross the ART off my list for now.
Dylan; Before you make your decision, try out the Zeiss 35mm f1.4, with an Ec-S focusing screen in your 1DX. Play with it for a while and I´m sure you will discover that manual focus is less of a problem than you would think!

Eldar,
I have to think about this.

MF is something I always feel out of my comfort zone. Although I haven't try on 1DX with Ec-S, however, I did on A7 series with Canon and Zeiss A-mount lenses(focus peaking mode). The results were not on par. I'm sure is not the gear problem.

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Lenses / Re: Buying Advice: What First Lens for a Full Frame?
« on: December 16, 2014, 05:49:32 PM »
2470 f2.8 ii

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Have you repaired your 50 Art?
« on: December 16, 2014, 05:30:39 PM »
I thought you got your ART fixed  ???

I had one of the first ever available and it was useless, so I traded it in for a another copy which has been nice, but now it too has begun to be unstable. TBH I delete 97% of the shots due to missed focus. I've redone calibration with my new Hard Targets bought from Reikan Focal, and the AF consistency and calibration went without issues. But in real life I simply doesn't hit, and it's front and back at random, at any distance. I calibrated the 4 distances with focal and used the docking to set the values in the lens. Nothing works.

And I calibrated my 200 and it has extremely shallow dof, but it just can't miss, same with the 2470.
Wow...thanks for sharing.

I'm in need for 35mm fast prime. I guess I can cross the ART off my list for now.

EDIT: forgot to ask. Did you update any firmware to the bodies or lenses at all? Couldn't figure out why it works this week, but not other weeks  ??? ??? ???

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Have you repaired your 50 Art?
« on: December 16, 2014, 03:32:34 PM »
I thought you got your ART fixed  ???

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Canon General / Re: Sony A7 + Canon 24-70 f2.8 L II
« on: December 16, 2014, 03:00:56 PM »
Hi,

Does anyone have this combination with the newest Metabones adapter?
I am curious as to how the autofocus performs.

Thanks

Have you ever consider their native FE lenses? It gives you a must better balance and faster AF. With Canon L + adaptor, I just don't see the point of going mirrorless system.

In the past, I had used a7 and a7r with:
1. Canon lenses + adaptor
2. Sony/Zeiss A-mount
3. and of course, native FE 35mm and 55mm

It took all the funs away when not using proper lenses on that mirrorless system.

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I used to own five 600EX-RT(due to Adorama deal). I only used it one time. I'm now down to 3units(sold 2, made little money out of it ;D).

I recently used 3units to photograph my kids as x-mas cards for family members. For my needs, 3 units are more than enough. The Canon ST-E3-RT Speedlite Transmitter works very well.

RLPhoto might have good suggestions how to use them

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Technical Support / Re: Happy ending...
« on: December 16, 2014, 10:07:49 AM »
I calibrated my monitor and it is too damn bright for me.   But i need to do some prints and see if I'm under or overexposing based on its current settings. 

But I'm glad to hear that the setup is working well for you.

Can't believe I'm saying this...I'm printing x-mas photo cards for family members. Loving it  ;D

I took the pro-100 downstairs... So that's step 1... then unboxing... then installing the software... So I'm thinking by June I should by fully operational.  Just in time for Christmas in July.

Speaking of Christmas... this is the photo I went with.  I'm happy with it... but I didn't want to go any shallower than f/2.8/85mm because then one of the girls would be in focus and the other not...

The kids look adorable JD. Will be great for x-mas cards  :)

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Lenses / Re: buying advice: canon 85mm f1.2 II or f1.8?
« on: December 15, 2014, 08:34:46 PM »
If budget is not an issue, go for 85L II. This lens simply shine from f1.2 to f2. The creamy bokeh will make you forget about price tag.

What about AF focus speed? This is not the best lens to shoot sports. If you can maintain the distance between you and subject, AF shouldn't be an issue. Even shooting the couple walking in church. However, do avoid using from close-up to infinity. 

 

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Canon General / Re: Pixma pro 10 or 100?
« on: December 15, 2014, 12:03:30 AM »
I don't have much experience with neither printers. I'm new to printing and currently using Pro-100.

I just did a quick comparison between local Walgreen Vs my Pro-100(same photo). My pro-100 seem to have upper hand. I'm not sure it has to do with paper type.

I'm printing 4x6 and 5x7, quality looks excellent.

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Technical Support / Re: Happy ending...
« on: December 14, 2014, 11:20:12 PM »
I calibrated my monitor and it is too damn bright for me.   But i need to do some prints and see if I'm under or overexposing based on its current settings. 

But I'm glad to hear that the setup is working well for you.

Can't believe I'm saying this...I'm printing x-mas photo cards for family members. Loving it  ;D

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Technical Support / Re: What photo printer do you use?
« on: December 14, 2014, 04:42:32 PM »

I agree with you, this beast is quite heavy. It looks and feel solid.

The table I have it on actually rocks side to side as the printhead moves.  But a good beast....

 :) :)

LOL...same problem. Mine is sitting on the wood floor, until I find a solution for it.

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Technical Support / Re: What photo printer do you use?
« on: December 14, 2014, 03:16:01 PM »
So I just unpacked and installed and set up the WiFi to the Canon Pro-100.  I never thought I'd miss my old i860 so quickly!  Just printed a couple of trial prints, one B&W and one color on generic glossy photo paper from one of the big-box office stores (can you say push an easy button  ;) ) and these first attempts are spectacular.  I used LR to manage the process and even with a non-calibrated monitor and defaults, they are really good prints. 

Now I just have to move some furniture around for this printer (it is very big) and wait for sales on ink and paper...........

I was worried about my purchase but now I am very happy.

I agree with you, this beast is quite heavy. It looks and feel solid.


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Technical Support / Re: Happy ending...
« on: December 14, 2014, 01:44:15 PM »
I have to confess, I am completely confused about calibrating monitors and printers. I should say, that I understand why one needs to do it, it's how to do it in practice that I don't understand. I also don't know what I should buy as there seems to be a number of systems out there.

I have a Canon 6D and several L lenses and recently bought the Canon PIXMA pro 100 printer. I use a 21 inch iMac for most of my post processing. And while I've gotten some pretty good print results without calibrating my monitor, I'm sure I would have a much easier time of getting the colors I wanted--and waste less paper -– if I learned more about monitor and printer calibration and profiles--I really don't understand profiles. I really enjoy printing my own photos -- and it's something that I would like to pursue, especially the large 13" x 19" prints. I also may in the near future upgrade to a 27 inch iMac – although I haven't yet decided between getting the retina and non-retina version. I should also note that my computer is located in a room with a lot of north facing windows (and one west facing window) and so the light changes throughout the day. From what I've read, this is probably one of the worst locations to put a monitor, but moving the computer to another room is not an option and room darkening shades aren't an option either.

I would greatly appreciate it, if any of you could make some suggestions regarding which color calibration system for monitors and printers to get and also for any articles or videos that might explain more about all of this. And finally, what are the pros and cons of the retina iMac for color calibration. As I said, any suggestions or tips will be greatly appreciated.

Best regards,
Vivid
I did little research on Gamma. I found this very helpful: http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/gamma-correction.htm

Like I said, I'm using Gamma 2.2 that came from LG pre-calibrated preset.  In addition to that, I used printer ICC profile  + paper type in LR Print module. I got extremely good results. I would say 95%plus what I see on the monitor is what I'm getting in my recent prints.

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I think it was just updated.  At bedtime last night, it showed out of stock, and my pre-order was not marked shipped.  I checked my charge card account, and it had been charged, so I knew it was in work.  This morning it says shipped, no e-mail yet, and the UPS tracking number does not show progress.
 
I'm hoping it will get here on the West Coast on Monday.  Bad weather, being a factor, that might not happen.  Several UPS shipments were delayed last week, they are obviously so loaded down with shipments that any little issue can cascade into tens of thousands of late deliveries.

Congrats Mt Spokane Photography.

Don't forget to post some real world photos  ;)

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Technical Support / Re: Happy ending...
« on: December 14, 2014, 12:33:12 PM »
To make long story short, l had been using non-calibrated, non IPS, lower resolution(1920x1080 27") monitor as PP monitor.

"Lower" resolution"?! Don't tell that to my 1366x768 and 1280x1024 work monitors :-o

I'm glad to report that after spending nearly $3000 on new PC + higher resolution & pre-calibrated monitor + Canon Pro-100 printer(bought it new on CL for $100), I have completed the job before the due date.

When spending €50 on a calibration device, you don't need the very best monitor, they just provide more gammut and better viewing angles. But +1000 for calibrating your monitor (paying someone or diy), it's the most important thing next to buying a lens for your camera.

I never thought I would jump into higher resolution monitor world, until I see it in action  :)

There is no point for me to buy and use 2560x1440 monitor when my 3yrs old laptop can only support up to 1920x1080. So, it was a complete system upgrade for me. The new BEAST is so fast. I'm blazing through those RAW files in LR. Loving it.

I was trying to tell you that! :-)

It is good to see that you are growing in all the areas this wonderful endeavor photography takes us, having the best camera and lenses is a small part of the process, computers, monitors, printers (if you really get into the printing now you have the 100), software, education, etc. all have their place, a completely unbalanced 'system' where heavy investment in one area but letting that capability slip due to shortfalls in another area is a key point of frustration for so many.

Yes, you did.

I now slowly seeing what you mentioned in the past. Let's just hope this small printing task doesn't lead into more expensive printing gear  ;D

I bought a bundle of Canon Pro Platium 4x6(50sheets) yesterday afternoon. I played with my new system last night. I'm now down to 20pcs left. Looks like Canon just gained another customer in printing department.

Again, it's priceless to hold good prints(correct colors, brightness etc) coming out from your own printer. 

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