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PowerShot / Re: What Else is Coming for Photokina? [CR2]
« on: August 19, 2014, 12:41:31 PM »
Hoping for a Pro Series that uses Lucia Ex for closer "hard proofing" before sending orders to the large format shops.

I asked the guys at CES - the Pro series was coming on three years and due for an update.  And neither the Pro group or Large Format group wanted to claim ownership of the 5000 series.

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For me my favorite is the hp zbook 15 with the dreamcolor display but its $2800 without a ssd drive which woukd drive the cost another $3-500 for a 512gb. ....

HP provided a nice presentation of their z-books for in-field editing during the CPUG Supermeet at NAB this year.  I did some research and yeah, better than the Mac offerings for color precision.   I do not need more for in-the-field proofing.  In my studio, I use a pair of NEC PA (27" and 24") fully calibrated and fed by a FirePro W5000 for 10-bit/channel workflow.

Since I am shopping for a new in-the-field unit, features I consider important are memory card transfer speed (USB3 or better), weight, ruggedness, size for carry, and at least something good for viewing.  Still, I tend to shy away from Macbooks although I currently have a 13" 2009 Aluminum (which usually runs out of power before I can transfer 32 Gb due to USB 2)  And before that a real (before Dell) Alienware m9750 dual-everything that was impractical in the field.

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I am looking for an update on the Pro-1 series..  My understanding (from CES Show visit) is that the group is on a three-year cycle so an announcement would be timely.  #1 feature I want - Lucia Ex capability - so I can come closer to hard-proofing images before sending to a large format print company.

One other item - neither group - the Pro-1 or Large Format group - is looking to own the 5000 series printer.  Its like two updates behind and does not fit either group's vision.   Seems this announcement just adds fuel that Large format does not embrace that size.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Capture One
« on: July 03, 2014, 12:33:21 PM »

I strongly prefer using Capture One over LR for import.  The tools, once you figure them out, are just stronger and the results much more to my liking, especially the hightlight/shadow/histogram graph tools for images with a large range.

That said, once I have saved to TIFF / ProPhotoRGB, I immediately re-import in Lightroom for the better catalog and support for NIK plugins.    Any further development will be done from within LR/NIK, or if special surgery is needed, Photoshop.

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Lenses / Re: 300 2.8 IS Mk1 v Mk2
« on: June 23, 2014, 09:23:06 PM »
Congrats on pulling the trigger.

Just to throw my thoughts...   The 300mm f/2.8 IS II USM is just a thoroughbred sports photo machine.   I have used it all day at various auto races with not much wear on my arm.  And yeah, with the TC 2.0x III, you'll get 600mm f/5.6 images that look great!   I have no regrets.   

The only hazard is I am now looking at the 200-400 or 600/4 :)     

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CF or CFast.  As long as it is reliable.  Working as a software developer, I dont trust SD.  As a photographer, certainly not to hold my photos even for the day. 

USB 3.0.  Nice.  I normally drop the Card in a USB 3.0 standalone reader and transfer. 

Announcement timing -  Perhaps they have held back the 7DII until they were closer to having the full frame sensor version ready.   

For me, I really want to move to two full-frame bodies for sports work.  Having a full and a crop as I do now confuses my lens lineup for sports.  Even with the 7DII - unless it is spectacular - I am more likely to pursue a 1DX as it meets my needs.  If its coming rapidly, I could hold up a bit.  Only a 7DII better than a 1DX gets me looking again at crop.   And crop does not help me with landscape when I have a full.  So yeah, a phenomenal new sensor in a 7DII frustrates me as I want to see it in full frame almost immediately.
 

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Curved so its easier to roll up your shots and send them to processing.

:)

Actually, see a bunch of curved panels.  Curved sensors for correction... hmm,, it would seem hard to make that accurate.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Few EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: June 11, 2014, 05:32:19 PM »
HEY.. its june 12th tomorrow.. first official day of WORLD CUP... do you think we are going to see any pictures or mini reviews/ first impressions this week of the 7d2?

I an sure everyone who got their hands on a 7d2 signed some legal documents to not disclose anything.

Everyone be on the lookout for 1DX-type bodies with EF-S lenses!

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Few EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: June 11, 2014, 04:30:58 PM »
Not too displeased - and having a 1D top plate does not mean it would have a permanent battery/grip.

I think it comes down to intended market.   Sports/wildlife shooters could use a high quality crop alternative to the 1DX.  Being ruggedized with sealed buttons with a similar interface to the 1DX might be a selling point to that market.

As to Wi-Fi / GPS, could be a "bump" on the body.   Neither feature band requires much antenna, but you dont want to put an antenna inside a "metal Faraday cage".   

If rumors true, I see the 7D style we know staying in the domain of the xxD line.

For me, I might consider it, but now that I own a supertele, I really want two FF's - the other running the 70-200 to make sense along the track.   But if the IQ is high, maybe I would run the supertele on the 7D II.

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Awhile back I might have been more excited.   I have the 7D and 5Dm3 pair - however current needs really have me looking for a second FF.

Most of my work these days is Landscape and Motorsports.   Yes, an odd mix but I enjoy the different work and thought processes. 

For Motorsports - now that I got the 300/2.8 II which works great with the 1.4 and 2.0 TC's, what I really want at the track is one FF with the 300 and one with the 70/200.  Having a Crop Body just doesnt work for me.  But I could really use a 1DX in this case.  If the sensor was a significant jump, maybe I would use a 7DII for the long shots.  But for the next year, I have wondered if just getting a 6D as second body would be the better pairing.

For Landscape, I am almost always 5Dm3.  Only when I need the extra reach, maybe wildlife, do I use the 7D.  At present it comes along primarily as backup.  What I am really looking for is the next FF high MP camera.

In neither case does the 7Dm2 enter the discussion, except as a reason to get an updated crop body.

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: May 01, 2014, 03:22:49 PM »
Yep,  that is what I am saying and seeing; and it makes no sense.
That is bizarre!  Does it happen on your 7D?  Also, do you have a grip on the 5DIII?

I'd have to check the 7D.  Good point.

No grip on the 5Dm3 - yet.

I will run some controlled tests this weekend - see if I can get some real data.

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: April 30, 2014, 11:34:31 AM »
But here is a question.... Exposure Compensation creep on a 5Dm3 with the 300.    I set everything up, running sometimes in Av or Tv modes - and after a handful of shots I see the exposure comp go up by a few stops.  And its not just reporting - the shots go over.  I found myself really having to monitor and reset back to zero.  My other lenses do not cause the 5D to exhibit this behavior.

Any ideas?
Congrats on the new lens and that is an odd thing, but I'm not sure I understand what's happening.  Are you saying that the exposure compensation setting is going up by itself?  I don't think that's possible - maybe you're bumping it because of the way you're holding the lens, which might also explain why it doesn't happen with other, smaller lenses.  Maybe I'm not understanding your question, though.

+1

Doesn't make sense.

Yep,  that is what I am saying and seeing; and it makes no sense.   

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: April 29, 2014, 03:52:19 PM »
Recently got the 300 f/2.8L IS II USM and loving it.   Given the battleship construction; weight relative to what it is; and sports-centric modes and features, I have no regrets making a capital investment in this lens.   This thing is a thoroughbred!

I use it primarily for motorsports of all types and tracks.  Sometimes it can be too close (NHRA top fuel dragsters tend to be long in the frame) and I got to run back to the 70-200..  But for pure adrenaline-infused shots, its the go-to.

I also use it with the TC-III 1.4 and 2.0.  I find very little IQ loss with the 2.0 - it is well matched and makes a fine wildlife lens.   I did try stacking with the 12mm extension tube - then it goes soft.

But here is a question.... Exposure Compensation creep on a 5Dm3 with the 300.    I set everything up, running sometimes in Av or Tv modes - and after a handful of shots I see the exposure comp go up by a few stops.  And its not just reporting - the shots go over.  I found myself really having to monitor and reset back to zero.  My other lenses do not cause the 5D to exhibit this behavior.

Any ideas?


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Lenses / Re: Canon SuperTelephoto Hood Construction
« on: March 20, 2014, 08:53:00 PM »

Thank-you for the responses.

Based on the last reply, I have opened up a ticket with Canon Professional Services.  Maybe I can get a small sample (broken lens hood in their repair shop perhaps?)

I'll reply once I know, and if I do a go ahead, may post a pic of the result.

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Lenses / Canon SuperTelephoto Hood Construction
« on: March 20, 2014, 02:23:37 AM »

I am considering having my 300mm f/2.8 II lens hood laser-engraved with logo / company name (self-promotion).

(yeah, I know I can throw a sticker/vinyl on it, but the logo / info is monochromatic, so it may look very classy).

Looking for information on material underneath white coating?  Any issues with a laser?

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