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Technical Support / Re: Happy ending...
« on: December 14, 2014, 11:24:23 AM »
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. 

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Technical Support / Re: Happy ending...
« on: December 14, 2014, 11:14:55 AM »
Hi Dylan.
I have a Color Munki Display on my Christmas wish list, hopefully this will help with my photos.

Cheers, Graham.

I heard positive things about Color Munki

I bought this LG: http://www.lg.com/us/commercial/lcd-computer-monitors/lg-27MB85Z-B

It came with calibration hardware + software. It also has 3 pre-calibrated presets from manufacture - Gamma 2, 2.2 and 2.4. I'm current using Gamma2.2 preset. I only adjust the brightness and reduce to 50 seem to be a magic number for me.


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Technical Support / Re: Happy ending...
« on: December 14, 2014, 11:02:32 AM »
Yeah, I figured that out quickly after getting a printer and then the prints looked nothing like the monitor.

Even a calibrated 1920 x 1080 would be an improvement over not having a calibrated monitor.

I'm waiting for the 4k or 5k monitors to come down to an affordable price point, or at least <$2k and without tech glitches.
After playing with my 2560x1440 27" monitor, I now start believing in bigger and higher resolution ones. 4K 30" IPS could be my next purchase.

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Technical Support / Happy ending...
« on: December 14, 2014, 02:31:40 AM »
To make long story short, l had been using non-calibrated, non IPS, lower resolution(1920x1080 27") monitor as PP monitor. Everything looks great on the monitor. However when it comes to printing, well, I've always blamed on the local Walgreen for not using the best printer - my photos ALWAYS came out too yellow, orange, red too bright or too dark. So much frustration, it comes to the point that I wanted to quit printing.

Two weeks ago, my wife asked me to print some photos that I took at her company party. The photos will be used as Christmas cards. The original request came from her company VP. She picked out 10 photos and asked me to print them in 5x7. The due date for this project is Dec 16th. She clearly wanted these photos to look good.

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.

It's priceless to see the photos I edited in LR came out from the printer just like the way I wanted in the monitor - not 100% exact yet, I would say 95%plus. I almost cry when I saw the results.

I thought I would share a happy story with everyone here.

For those who just started/new in photography, learn from my mistake. CALIBRATE your monitor before doing anything. It was day & night different for me.

Dylan

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Technical Support / Re: What kind of photo printer do you use?
« on: December 13, 2014, 11:54:02 PM »
Love the look of matte. Is there other paper companies offer same quality as Canon?

Have you tried the Canon offerings?

Canon has "Pro Premium Matte" (smooth finish) and "Museum Etching" matte (textured surface, and quite a bit thicker).

Museum Etching also defaults to a much wider non-printable border if you use Canon print drivers (printer or the nifty Print Studio Pro plug-in).

Red River has lots of different papers, including a couple of matte finishes. They also offer a sampler box :) Their San Gabriel semi-gloss is a very nice balance between a glossy and matte paper.

There are lots of other options in a wide price range from numerous other vendors.

If you have a Canon printer, it would be best to start with either Canon branded paper or paper that Canon provides ICC profiles for. Next best would be Red River or any other vendor that has downloadable ICC profiles for the paper you want to use in your printer.

Printing at home can quickly become a slippery slope.

Thanks for the info
Ordered one bundle red river Polar 5x7 matte. Hope it will works out.


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Technical Support / Re: What kind of photo printer do you use?
« on: December 13, 2014, 11:35:07 AM »
Just picked up one pack of Canon Pro Platium PT-101 4x6" (50sheets) at local Fry's. I was looking for 5x7" Canon Pro Platium matte, but don't seem to carry.

Anyone know where I can get a pack of 5x7" Canon Pro Platium matte?
I don't think they make it in matte (see here).  It seems us matte-lovers are in the minority these days, but the Platinum glossy papers produce such excellent results, making me forgive the matte finish.  I'm still looking for a matte I like at home, but I'd recommend Red River at the reasonable end and Moab and Hahnemühle at the high end.

Thanks mackguyver .

Love the look of matte. Is there other paper companies offer same quality as Canon?
Dylan, one of the cool things about Canon is they don't restrict you to using their paper if you want to use "canned" ICC profiles.  Here's a link to their site so you can see what all papers are supported:
http://usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/standard_display/3rd_party_papers

To get close to the Platinum Pro paper, you'll want a paper that is 80lbs and 0.3mm thick with a high brightness and neutral white color.  Like I said, I'm still looking for a great matte paper, but others might have some suggestions.

Thanks for the link and paper info mackguyver.

Spent 3hrs last night with my new PC. Dam, the beast is fast. From shutdown to on is less than a mins. I'm blazzzing through the RAW files in lightroom. Gave the wife my 3yrs laptop.

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Technical Support / Re: Optimal processing platform of still images
« on: December 13, 2014, 02:45:16 AM »
Eldar,
Same situation. My current laptop is about 2.5yrs old. It's not the best one for PP raw photos.

I've added this one in my BH account. Still searching for 30"plus monitor to go with it.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1039465-REG/hp_f1l64ut_aba_f1l64ut_z420_series_workstation.html

I've decided with custom build. Here is my spec:

Arrived today. Love the speed  :)

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Technical Support / Re: What kind of photo printer do you use?
« on: December 12, 2014, 06:30:05 PM »
Just picked up one pack of Canon Pro Platium PT-101 4x6" (50sheets) at local Fry's. I was looking for 5x7" Canon Pro Platium matte, but don't seem to carry.

Anyone know where I can get a pack of 5x7" Canon Pro Platium matte?
I don't think they make it in matte (see here).  It seems us matte-lovers are in the minority these days, but the Platinum glossy papers produce such excellent results, making me forgive the matte finish.  I'm still looking for a matte I like at home, but I'd recommend Red River at the reasonable end and Moab and Hahnemühle at the high end.

Thanks mackguyver .

Love the look of matte. Is there other paper companies offer same quality as Canon?

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Technical Support / Re: What kind of photo printer do you use?
« on: December 12, 2014, 04:06:40 PM »
That's easy because I work at a pro photo lab! I realize this answer will be biased because I have a vested interest in continuing my livelihood, but printing photos at home is a complete waste of money IMO. The cost of inks (especially pigment inks) and photo grade papers makes it more expensive to print at home than at a lab. Plus all modern labs (including relatively small ones like mine) have online ordering available.

Each person's financial situation and personal circumstances are different, so I wouldn't make the blanket statement that printing at home is a waste of money (for everyone).

I live about 10 miles from the nearest printing service (a Walgreens) and 20 miles from my usual lab (Costco). If I just want a single (or a few) 4x6 / 5x7 / 8x10s to pop in the mail to a friend, or a 12x18 to frame and hang on my wall, it's much quicker, more convenient and more cost-effective to do it at home than to job it out. And with my Pro-100 and good quality papers, there's no compromise in quality.

I also use the Pro-100 to print envelopes and greeting cards, and I spend less than $200 per year on ink (I buy the 8-packs that now go for $100 per set). Now, if I have a large print run (like my current order of 200 prints of our Christmas photo card, which Costco is churning out as I write this), there's no way I'd do that on an inkjet.

Dylan, I've got the Pro-100, but as others have said, it's not great for much more than 8x10s.  I got mine practically for free from Adorama and then picked about 200lbs of paper during Canon's Buy One get 9 Free sale (seriously).  It's a nice printer and I have sold many small prints from it, but you really need Canon's best papers (Platinum) to get the most out of it.

I'd have to disagree. My Pro-100 produces excellent 12x18s on Canon 13x19 papers ... works very nicely with the pre-fab 18x24 mats and frames I buy at Aaron Brothers.

+1....Also, I like to be able to view the print colors immediately.

Just picked up one pack of Canon Pro Platium PT-101 4x6" (50sheets) at local Fry's. I was looking for 5x7" Canon Pro Platium matte, but don't seem to carry.

Anyone know where I can get a pack of 5x7" Canon Pro Platium matte?

http://shop.usa.canon.com/shop/SearchDisplay?categoryId=&storeId=10051&catalogId=10051&langId=-1&sType=SimpleSearch&resultCatEntryType=2&showResultsPage=true&searchSource=Q&pageView=&beginIndex=0&pageSize=18&searchTerm=platinum


It doesn't look like it comes in that size

I don't see 5x7" Canon Pro Platium matte

Ops...I didn't see your last statement until now

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Technical Support / Re: What kind of photo printer do you use?
« on: December 12, 2014, 03:52:25 PM »
That's easy because I work at a pro photo lab! I realize this answer will be biased because I have a vested interest in continuing my livelihood, but printing photos at home is a complete waste of money IMO. The cost of inks (especially pigment inks) and photo grade papers makes it more expensive to print at home than at a lab. Plus all modern labs (including relatively small ones like mine) have online ordering available.

Each person's financial situation and personal circumstances are different, so I wouldn't make the blanket statement that printing at home is a waste of money (for everyone).

I live about 10 miles from the nearest printing service (a Walgreens) and 20 miles from my usual lab (Costco). If I just want a single (or a few) 4x6 / 5x7 / 8x10s to pop in the mail to a friend, or a 12x18 to frame and hang on my wall, it's much quicker, more convenient and more cost-effective to do it at home than to job it out. And with my Pro-100 and good quality papers, there's no compromise in quality.

I also use the Pro-100 to print envelopes and greeting cards, and I spend less than $200 per year on ink (I buy the 8-packs that now go for $100 per set). Now, if I have a large print run (like my current order of 200 prints of our Christmas photo card, which Costco is churning out as I write this), there's no way I'd do that on an inkjet.

Dylan, I've got the Pro-100, but as others have said, it's not great for much more than 8x10s.  I got mine practically for free from Adorama and then picked about 200lbs of paper during Canon's Buy One get 9 Free sale (seriously).  It's a nice printer and I have sold many small prints from it, but you really need Canon's best papers (Platinum) to get the most out of it.

I'd have to disagree. My Pro-100 produces excellent 12x18s on Canon 13x19 papers ... works very nicely with the pre-fab 18x24 mats and frames I buy at Aaron Brothers.

+1....Also, I like to be able to view the print colors immediately.

Just picked up one pack of Canon Pro Platium PT-101 4x6" (50sheets) at local Fry's. I was looking for 5x7" Canon Pro Platium matte, but don't seem to carry.

Anyone know where I can get a pack of 5x7" Canon Pro Platium matte?

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Technical Support / Re: What kind of photo printer do you use?
« on: December 12, 2014, 10:11:33 AM »

Found a CL seller with brand new Pro100 + papers for $100. I plan to pick it up by noon. Or should I wait for holiday special?

If you look online with the rebate from an authorized seller, can get for $148 (with paper and after rebate).
The CL seller probably has a new printer that has the UPC removed so they got a rebate.  $100 is less than $148 but can you get a warranty?

I did pick it up for $100. Just like you said, seller bought it as a bundle. The UPC has been removed for rebate. He showed me the original receipt but didn't make a copy for me.

Anyways, the printer is huge and quite heavy. I didn't have time to hook it up yet. Will do it this weekend.

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Technical Support / Re: What kind of photo printer do you use?
« on: December 11, 2014, 12:39:25 PM »
Dylan, I've got the Pro-100, but as others have said, it's not great for much more than 8x10s.  I got mine practically for free from Adorama and then picked about 200lbs of paper during Canon's Buy One get 9 Free sale (seriously).  It's a nice printer and I have sold many small prints from it, but you really need Canon's best papers (Platinum) to get the most out of it.

For my commercial work, I use Bay Photo and Aspen Creek.  I love both and typically use Aspen Creek for matte prints (my preference) and Bay Photo for crazy huge prints and custom sizes.  So far Bay has been able to print and ship some pretty unusual custom stuff for me without much trouble and their service is excellent.  Like some others, I'll use Costco for quick stuff or cheaper prints.

The key to all printing (home or lab) is a decent monitor that is calibrated.  Without that, the results are sure to disappoint.

I saw couple brand new Pro-100 on local CL. I might end up with one for 4x6 and 5x7 print.

I will take CR members advices about using online service to make family photo books.

Thanks again guys.

Found a CL seller with brand new Pro100 + papers for $100. I plan to pick it up by noon. Or should I wait for holiday special?

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Technical Support / Re: What kind of photo printer do you use?
« on: December 11, 2014, 12:02:46 AM »
Dylan, I've got the Pro-100, but as others have said, it's not great for much more than 8x10s.  I got mine practically for free from Adorama and then picked about 200lbs of paper during Canon's Buy One get 9 Free sale (seriously).  It's a nice printer and I have sold many small prints from it, but you really need Canon's best papers (Platinum) to get the most out of it.

For my commercial work, I use Bay Photo and Aspen Creek.  I love both and typically use Aspen Creek for matte prints (my preference) and Bay Photo for crazy huge prints and custom sizes.  So far Bay has been able to print and ship some pretty unusual custom stuff for me without much trouble and their service is excellent.  Like some others, I'll use Costco for quick stuff or cheaper prints.

The key to all printing (home or lab) is a decent monitor that is calibrated.  Without that, the results are sure to disappoint.

I saw couple brand new Pro-100 on local CL. I might end up with one for 4x6 and 5x7 print.

I will take CR members advices about using online service to make family photo books.

Thanks again guys.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Question for 1DX owners
« on: December 10, 2014, 11:51:04 PM »
Thanks for the replies guys. I've put the 1dx on order, should get it next week.

Cheers ... J.R.

Congrats JR

1dx will give you a much better handling with your big lenses: 85L II, 70-200, and of course future 200mm f2 IS  ;)

Keep in mind....it might take you sometime to get use to 18MP(larger pixel). Once you passed that state, I doubt you would pickup your 5D III.

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