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So, looks like OpticsPro 9.5 integrates pretty nicely with Lightroom. Does it's features (optics corrections, noise reduction tools, etc) make it well worth the price and generally superior to Lightroom?

http://www.mikepasini.com/corners/2014/05/21-dxo-opticspro-95/index.htm

Unfortunately it looks like for 5d3 support I'd need to go with the Elite, which at $200 is definitely a savings over the regular, but do I want to pay that much extra over the Standard...?

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Third Party Manufacturers / Flourine lens coat vs no coat
« on: May 19, 2014, 05:33:19 PM »
Nikon has a nifty video out showing the how awesome their flourine lens coat is. I'm going to guess that Canon, etc lens coat does something pretty much the same.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZsRx_OKTzo

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Third Party Manufacturers / New55 Film kickstarter
« on: April 14, 2014, 04:55:06 PM »
New55 project, working to creates a 4x5 Polaroid replacement (for 545 holder) has it's kickstarter up (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bobcrowley/new55-film). If anyone feels nostalgic, or wants to try and help out the few people still shooting 4x5 please pledge.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Looking for a Pentax 645N
« on: March 07, 2014, 07:52:07 PM »
So, since there's no real buy/sell forum, I'm putting a shout out here that I'm looking to buy a Pentax 645N. Preferably with 120 back & lens. Right now things are a bit pricey on ebay (along with the potential risk) and Keh.com doesn't have really much in the way of bodies & B&H has them, but at even a small premium over Ebay I'm still hoping to find something cheaper. Anyone?

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Canon General / Photographer Olympics anyone?
« on: February 13, 2014, 12:41:24 PM »
So Alex Garcia from Chicago Tribune has some suggestions for a Photographer's Olympics. Given his background, seems more like Photojournalists Olympics, but I think it's a great start. Any other suggested events?

http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/assignment-chicago/2014/02/a-photographer-olympics.html

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Third Party Manufacturers / Sony raw files lossy compressed
« on: February 12, 2014, 06:46:52 PM »
Lloyd Chambers has an very interesting post up describing the Sony A7 & A7R & other Sony camera raw file format. Apparently it uses "11 + 7-bit lossy compression scheme". Lossy compression. Seriously Sony. You don't have "14-bit raw recording" when you use a lossy compression scheme.

http://diglloyd.com/blog/2014/20140212_2-SonyA7-RawDigger-posterization.html

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So, if nobody saw it yet, the Photoshop CC+Lightroom 5 CC got extended again out to Feb 28 for those who currently have a CS3 or later product. Hopefully this means that the program isn't doing all that great with hobbyists or similar who, such as myself, just doesn't want to rely on always paying Adobe in perpetuity to use a piece of software.

Or, if you were on the fence, you can still decided to buy in and get that $9.99/mo.

http://blogs.adobe.com/photoshopdotcom/2013/12/photoshop-photography-program-extended-to-feb-28-for-photoshop-cs3-cs6-customers.html

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Animal Kingdom / The early bird gets the fish
« on: December 17, 2013, 12:31:16 PM »
So I was up early this morning and decided to get some shots with my rented EF 100-400L on my 5D3. These were processed quickly via in-camera RAW processing before resizing on my work computer and posted. I still like them though :)

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Sports / Morning Surfing
« on: December 17, 2013, 12:26:40 PM »
So I was up early this morning and decided to get some shots with my rented EF 100-400L on my 5D3. These were processed quickly via in-camera RAW processing before resizing on my work computer and posted. I still like them though :)

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Landscape / Sunrise!
« on: December 17, 2013, 12:22:28 PM »
So I was up early this morning and decided to get some shots with my rented EF 100-400L on my 5D3. These were processed quickly via in-camera RAW processing before resizing on my work computer and posted. I still like them though :)

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Lenses / Lens(es) for photographing artwork for reproduction
« on: November 27, 2013, 05:40:23 PM »
First, assume that copyright/contracts/permission/etc taken care of for the gallery & artist, so all legal and above board.

The actual question:
So, I'm going to be taking some photographs of some artwork, primarily paintings/2d work for now, for the purpose of creating digital prints of the artwork. I've got a 5d2/5d3 (planning on using 5d3), pretty good quality Benro tripod & ballhead, shutter release, and know about mirror lockup & such. I'll have to get a good level, and then either eyeball it (probably bad idea) or bring a few things to try and cobble together something so that I'll be able to make sure the camera is square on to the artwork, and the plane of the sensor is properly at the plane of the art. I do have a couple of speedlites I was going to use on stands with either umbrellas or large foam-core boards at 45-degree angles on the sides as seems to be the general recommendation.

So, what lens? From my list, I was thinking the 40mm f/2.8 pancake as it's quite sharp and won't suffer much from perspective distortion. Plus I can keep it fairly wide open, f/4 or f/5.6 and have a very sharp image. Alternatively I could use the 85 1.8 @f/4 or so, but that feels a bit long for most things, and I'd have to have quite a bit of room.

I'm happy to rent a lens for a few days, but which one? The 24mm TS-E is too wide I feel, and would end up with some perspective distortion at the edges. 50 1.2 would be desirable over the 1.4 for renting, but I don't know well enough about it's performance and 40mm vs 50mm? I dunno how different in perspective it is if it'd be worth it. One of the Zeiss 50mm? Canon 45mm TS-E? 90mm TS-E? Canon 50mm f/2.5 Macro?

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Portrait / And yet again...great talent trumps any amount of equipment
« on: November 12, 2013, 07:42:37 PM »
And so, yet again, I am humbled and recognize that I don't have nearly the artistic talent that many have. And that my Gear Acquisition Syndrome should be toned back a bit. Just...wow.

http://www.viralnova.com/kyle-thompson-photography/
http://www.kylethompsonphotography.com/
https://www.facebook.com/KyleThompsonPhotography

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Software & Accessories / Lightroom or Aperture for friend
« on: November 04, 2013, 07:31:32 PM »
So, I've got a friend that I'm helping to merge a couple of large stores of photos, and then I'm going to try and get her out of using iPhoto (ugh...) and onto a real photo management system like Aperture or Lightroom. Personally I use Lightroom, have been since LR2. Other than it being a cross-platform license if she goes back to using Windows, what's LR got that Aperture doesn't, or vice-versa? What are people's experiences? I figure I'll have to spend at least a couple of hours familiarizing her with the basic usages of the software and how to manage photos with it, but which one would probably be easier to pick up & use for someone who is not primarily a photographer and mostly needs a better quality (and less slow) photo management/editing application? She's got >65K photos, and her iPhoto is just crawling and slow.

I believe she has a Canon T2 or T3, and mostly shoots JPG but occasionally RAW. Or is there something that'd be even better for her?

Also to note, she's only looking to buy a perpetual license right now, so the Adobe CC w/Photoshop is not really of interest to her.

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Looks pretty interesting. I'm so tempted, but I really gotta start actually using my speedlites more before I start investing in something like this. Hopefully he's got a bounce & lightbox coming for it.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/spencerboerup/magmod-magnetic-speedlite-modifiers-for-hot-shoe-f

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Canon General / The truth behind our gear
« on: October 22, 2013, 06:23:26 PM »


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