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Software & Accessories / Re: laptop for tethered shooting?
« on: July 24, 2014, 07:15:23 PM »
The controls do get small, though, everything is small, as Adobe does not seem to have put any effort into supporting High DPI displays yet.

Lightroom 5 fully supports HiDPI Retina displays, and on Windows it has a 200% UI font scaling option. Most of the CC products are in the same state. Windows rendering isn't as good as OS X Retina, because it has a number of issues with HiDPI scaling that Adobe are working closely with Microsoft to address. It will be a while before we get feature parity.

A 200% scale would be too large, though...at least, on anything less than a true 4k screen. Windows supports multiple scaling (i.e. 125%, 150%, 200%, and even higher than that for future high DPI displays), and Windows 8.1 is now actually capable of scaling dynamically depending on the display for multi-headed systems. Adobe should really integrate properly with Windows so that if, for example, I wanted to pull off a loupe onto a second screen that has a different DPI, it would use the Windows 8.1 scaling, rather than use some fixed built-in scaling that is independent of the OS.

If your trying to force the OS to conform to the Adobe-custom DPI approach, that's the wrong solution. Your forever going to be working against the Microsoft grain. Reference and use the OS DPI/scaling factor, and properly adjust the DPI used to render windows that are pulled off onto different screens, so that we Windows users can comfortably use multiple screens with different DPIs as we please.

At the moment, I believe Windows supports the following scales:

96dpi/100%
120dpi/125%
144dpi/150%
192dpi/200%
240dpi/250%
288dpi/300%
384dpi/400%
480dpi/500%

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Software & Accessories / Re: laptop for tethered shooting?
« on: July 24, 2014, 05:35:54 PM »
I just upgraded to 8.1, and shortly after reading Microsoft's support files about problems I was having with IE 11, I went back to windows 7.  I'll give 8.2 a try to see if it fixes the issues.  I like to put links to web sites on the desktop by dragging from IE, that does not work.  Dragging them to the favorites bar in IS 11 also doesn't work.

That feature is something I use a lot.  Microsoft says they are aware of the issue, but that's all.

I have IE 11, and I just tried doing both, dragging to desktop and dragging to bookmarks bar. Both worked.

The only thing I know of that would prevent that is if the IE instance was running under a different account. That can happen if you run it as administrator. In which case, windows security mechanisms are kicking in, and you WANT that. Otherwise you'd have a security hole that people could exploit.

Make sure IE is running under the same account as your logging in as, and you shouldn't have problems dragging pages to the desktop or the bookmarks bar.

Oh, and just as an FYI, to drag links, you have to drag the page icon off the address bar. It's just to the left of the page address itself. As far as I know, there is no other way to drag links...but dragging the page icon always seems to work for me. That also seems to work for most other browsers as well. It works in Chrome/Opera, as well as FireFox.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: DXO uh-oh?
« on: July 24, 2014, 05:13:54 PM »
As DXO has given a near perfect score to the D810, they may have painted themselves into a corner. Their proprietary scale doesn't give DXO much room to heap hyperbolic praise on the next Nikon release.

http://nikonrumors.com/2014/07/24/nikon-d810-sensor-new-dxomark-leader.aspx/

This really isn't a surprise. DxO and Nikon are inseparably joined at the hip. Plus, all this really means, particularly the new 14.8 stops Print DR number, is that Nikon is cooking their RAW files EVEN MORE. Nikon/Sony's biggest "cheat" is the fact that they clip to black point, instead of offsetting to black point. Nikon cameras just throw away a lot of low-level signal information. The Sony Exmor sensor gives them more room to do that, for sure, but they are still throwing away information.

Canon, on the other hand, does not clip, they offset. So ALL the noise in the deep shadows of Canon's signal is still there (it's always there, in every sensor). Canon could probably achieve better results by using a more significant offset...and at times, as they have improved their sensor tech and increased their bit depth, they have changed their bias offset. It used to be 128 to 256 back in the 10-bit days, it was 512 to 1024 in the 12 bit days. I think it's 1024 or 2048 with 14-bit cameras.

The kicker is that RAW editors don't have to honor Canon's bias offset. The entire RAW signal is stored in Canon's files, and the offset is calibrated with a border of masked pixels. Who knows if editors like Lightroom, or DXO, or Aperture actually adhere to Canon's recommended offset. Even if they do, there is still negative signal information that can be pulled up, and the full noise signal is there. With Nikon RAW images...all that negative (deep noise) signal is simply discarded.

I use DeepSkyStacker and PixInsight to calibrate Canon RAW files for integration into a "stack". I use a 200-frame master bias image to subtract the bias signal from each light frame before integrating it. When the bias is removed from Canon RAW files, the dynamic range jumps by almost two stops...which puts it in the same range as Nikon files...

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: DXO uh-oh?
« on: July 24, 2014, 05:13:41 PM »
No, their Biased Scores (abbreviated BS) are 'open ended' - they don't top out at 100.   They planned well...their BS can go on steaming and stinking with no end in sight...

LOL

Their scale goes up to 11...

You mean their scale goes up to ∞! ∞ is to 11 as 11 is to 10 in this case. :P MOAR!!

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Software & Accessories / Re: laptop for tethered shooting?
« on: July 24, 2014, 04:08:34 PM »
...Adobe does not seem to have put any effort into supporting High DPI displays yet. I don't know why, they are rapidly becoming ubiquitous, and with 4k on the way, they will be well behind the times if they don't do something about it soon.

I was thinking the same thing. While the display on the M3800 is touch, I'm not sure if a stylus will be practical/possible (plus, I'll be downgrading to Win7, and I'm not sure how 7's support is for touch).

To your point about the trend toward 4K, it would surprise me if Adobe didn't get with the scaling program soon. If I can get anywhere near the lifespan out of the new Dell as I have with this HP, then 3200x1800 might be a good bet, counting on Adobe to catch up in the next year or two.

Thanks for the input!

Maybe I spring for the 3200x1800 display now, knowing I can add more RAM any time in the future. Adding more pixels, not so much...  :P

I'd warn you away from Windows 7 if going high DPI. Windows 7 has the bare minimum support for it possible. Windows 8.1 Update 1 has VASTLY superior High DPI scaling and support. There is also little reason to not use Widnows 8.1 these days. You boot into the desktop by default, which is nearly identical to Windows 7 with a few minor tweaks here and there. The only major difference is the start menu has been replaced with the start screen, however you can get third-party utilities that restore the start menu as well.

Windows 8 boots in seconds, and overall uses far less memory and is generally much faster than Windows 7. It is also far more resource efficient, which increases battery life in a laptop compared to Windows 7. There is very, very little reason to downgrade, and so many reasons to stay with Windows 8. If you go with a 3200x1800, Win 8.1 is definitely the better option.

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Software & Accessories / Re: laptop for tethered shooting?
« on: July 24, 2014, 01:07:56 PM »
...It's about as good as my Dell XPS 15, which has a 15.6" 3200x1800 screen...
...The text on my XPS 15 is actually slightly larger than it is on my 2560x1600 desktop, and it's BRILLIANT.

Jrista, I'm curious about your experience with Lightroom with a 3200x1800 display and scaling. I've heard that for screens of that density on a laptop it was nearly unusable (didn't support scaling or didn't do it well).

I'm about to order a replacement business laptop (my faithful HP mobile workstation is finally reaching the point -- after 7 years -- where it's having a hard time keeping up with processing requirements these days). The new machine will be a Dell Precision M3800 Mobile Workstation (I think it's just a "business" version of the XPS). Trying to decide if I want to "future-proof" by choosing the 3200x1800 IGZO display over the 1920x1080 for another $120 or to spend the difference on more RAM -- and I know Lightroom loves RAM.  :P Both displays are IPS and have the Ultrasharp moniker, so I'm expecting them to be pretty darn good.

With your experience using Lightroom on the 3200x1800 XPS, would you say it's worth it, or would you double your RAM?

Thanks!


To the OP, theft is one of those things that just makes my blood boil. We work hard for what we have, and then someone decides they can just take it. In a period of about 11 months, I had two cars stolen, three stereos, a tank of gas (from the loaner truck I was using after the car was stolen) and a large toolbox of plumbing tools right out of my condo laundry room. I know that sinking feeling well. Needless to say, I've moved FAR away from that place to a quiet neighborhood on the outskirts. Good luck with your decision on replacing your Mac...

If you use a stylus, then it's not a big deal. Windows 8.1 and styluses work extremely well together, and using the small controls is not a big problem. It isn't even that bad with a mouse, but I've found the stylus is a bit better. The controls do get small, though, everything is small, as Adobe does not seem to have put any effort into supporting High DPI displays yet. I don't know why, they are rapidly becoming ubiquitous, and with 4k on the way, they will be well behind the times if they don't do something about it soon.

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EOS Bodies / Re: High Megapixel EOS on the Way as Mentioned by Canon
« on: July 23, 2014, 06:06:25 PM »
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Unless those 4-5% are each buying multiple lenses. I mean, personally, I have purchased five different lenses than the 18-55mm lens that came with my original 450D kit. I know I'm not even remotely close to a "lens collector", as many people are.

Another thing I'd bet is, Canon only accounts for new lenses other than the kit bought. I am quite certain that more than 5% of DSLR buyers also buy other lenses, but I think there is a very significant market for used lenses. I'd be willing to bet that at least 30% of Canon DSLR owners buy another lens, and the majority of them buy one used.

I'm willing to bet that you underestimate how many kits get sold.

Go somewhere like Paris in summer, near the Eiffel Tower and do a visual survey. Most cameras (by a huge margin) will have a kit lens on them.

I'm also willing to bet that Canon are able to look at returned warranty cards and correlate that data.

I'm not sure what your reading, but that's in line with what I am saying. I'm saying that 70% or more of people never use anything but the kit lens. I'm saying that 30% of people probably have at least one other lens, and that the 4-5% (which, out of 70 million DSLRs sold in, what, the last decade, is still 3.5 MILLION PEOPLE) are buying most of the additional new lenses from Canon.

If 70% of Canon DSLR owners don't buy another lens, that means nearly 50 million people are running around with kit lenses. So of course the primary lens your going to see attached to Canon DSLRs is kit lenses.

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EOS Bodies / Re: High Megapixel EOS on the Way as Mentioned by Canon
« on: July 23, 2014, 05:47:35 PM »
Perhaps we're talking at cross purposes?  The statement that, "...easily 4-5% never buy another lens," is what I doubt.   The converse is that 95-96% do by additional lenses...that seems rather unlikely.

Yeah, I agree, hard to imagine that 95-96% of people buy additional NEW lenses. I think that as many as 30% of Canon DSLR owners probably buy at least one other lens, many of which would be used. I find it plausible that only 4-5% of Canon DSLR owners buy many new lenses from Canon, as that could easily account for the 30M lens differential between 70M DSLRs sold and 100M lenses sold.

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EOS Bodies / Re: High Megapixel EOS on the Way as Mentioned by Canon
« on: July 23, 2014, 05:45:37 PM »
Used Market - I was wondering if those #'s were in there at all.  Yeah person to person sales wouldn't be able to be tracked, but, used sales from Canon direct (refurbs) and from major distributors like B&H could quite easily be tracked so do those sales get factored in to this equation, or does it only count for NEW lenses?

I am pretty sure Canon only tracks new lens sales. I think it would be perceived as misleading if they were counting secondary sales of lenses they had already manufactured.

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EOS Bodies / Re: High Megapixel EOS on the Way as Mentioned by Canon
« on: July 23, 2014, 04:08:36 PM »

Because, there are survey results 4-5% of customers who bought the kit lens is that it does not use only kit lens.


Would indeed be interesting to see an accurate translation of this. Do 5% never buy another lens? If so that is an amazing stst

I could believe that easily 4-5% never buy another lens.  I know people with DSLRs that bought a kit and are just fine with their kit zoom.  They take pictures only once in a while such as on a trip or at some big event.  It just depends on how much they get into photography.

I sincerely doubt it means 4-5% don't buy lens(es) beyond the kit.  The lens + body sales milestones (100M lenses, 70M bodies) aren't consistent with that interpretation.

Unless those 4-5% are each buying multiple lenses. I mean, personally, I have purchased five different lenses than the 18-55mm lens that came with my original 450D kit. I know I'm not even remotely close to a "lens collector", as many people are.

Another thing I'd bet is, Canon only accounts for new lenses other than the kit bought. I am quite certain that more than 5% of DSLR buyers also buy other lenses, but I think there is a very significant market for used lenses. I'd be willing to bet that at least 30% of Canon DSLR owners buy another lens, and the majority of them buy one used.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 23, 2014, 04:04:31 PM »
I do like Barn Owls, taken a little while ago.

Beautiful shot. I've only seen a couple Barn Owls from a distance...never had the pleasure of photographing them, though.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 23, 2014, 12:25:41 PM »
The enemies of cougars and wolves are ranchers and dairy farmers. The typical hunter, at least in MO, is after good meat, or a large perfect rack for making a taxidermy head to show off on the living room wall. We do have rare cougar sightings in southern MO Ozarks land. I am sure that the MO Conservation Department folks would appreciate a few extra cougars to help with the feral pig problem. Deer - there's enough deer for cat and man, with plenty left over. I would like to spot a cougar or black bear in MO.

The worst thing is that there is still a lot of government sanctioned killing of wolves, coyotes, beavers, you name it. Wisconsin, for example, started a program to wipe out beavers due to lobbying from the trout fishing industry. The claim was maid that beavers and trout were "evolutionarily incompatible". Turns out, the beavers were ESSENTIAL for the health of the small tributaries in wisconsin wetlands that contained all the trout in the first place. Beavers were nearly wiped out, and the wetlands and tributaries dried up. No, of course, the scramble is on to reintroduce beavers and restore what government and man destroyed in their "infinite wisdom".

Similar problems have occurred with coyote capture and killing in many states, there have been obvious problems with the removal of wildcats from many regions. That's what bugs me the most...when man gets it in his head that he knows better, and government takes unilateral action to destroy the natural order and wipe out species, only to the destruction of natural habitats (usually to the detriment of humanity in the process) and even resulting in the opposite outcome they thought they were going to get.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 23, 2014, 11:25:58 AM »

You know what else keeps deer populations in check? Wolves and mountain lions. Those same hunting groups lobby to kill large predators for trophies. Wolves are almost extinct in the US now, outside of Yellowstone, Glacier and a couple other small, protected pockets due to hunting.


Thumbs up on this post.

Ditto. It's so sad, the near total loss of certain species of NATURAL wildlife in this country. Significant parts of our prairies used to be very much akin to the Serengeti, with massive herds of Bison, wild cats and wolves, Pronghorn and other ungulates...now, it's all just a pale shadow of a shadow of what it once was...

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EOS Bodies / Re: High Megapixel EOS on the Way as Mentioned by Canon
« on: July 23, 2014, 11:23:15 AM »
This sort of machine translated verbal diarrhoea could mean anything; anyone speak Japanese?

Aye, this was my thought. I'm honestly not sure if the interviewee is saying there will be a high resolution sensor, or won't be a high resolution sensor. It sounded more like he was saying the peripheral resolution of wide angle lenses has been improved, thus finally being able to take advantage of "existing" (??) higher resolution sensors. It seemed only an afterthought that he was "looking forward to the advent of a higher resolution EOS.", but that is not a confirmation that one is coming.

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Landscape / Re: Waterscapes
« on: July 22, 2014, 11:04:58 PM »
Wonderful photos the last few pages, guys. Truly. The Cumbria photos are really amazing, what a vista.

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