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Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 23, 2014, 05:10:16 PM »
I browse this website quite often since 2012. I have never seen so many negative comments about Canon these days in comparison with before.
Does Canon really not satisfying its customers lately or is it that there are new members in the forum who like to put down Canon in comparison with other companies?

Perhaps if we all made more effort to learn how to get the best out of the equipment we have rather than griping about theoretical technical specifications and the grass always being greener in the next field, we'd all be happier bunnies and actually achieve more in the real world?

Software & Accessories / Re: Storage & backup - advice needed please
« on: October 08, 2014, 02:38:07 AM »
I don't know how much retouch you do, but I suspect that the edited files have a lot to do with your issue.  I'm regularly in the 2 - 4 gB range with my working files, both for retouch and for architectural work.  Files this size eat up space quickly, and there's no way I'm deleting them.  While I think it's a good idea to scour through your folders and delete old stuff and lousy photos you're never going to use anyway, I find that I actually gain very little from it - other than a cleaner file system.  JPGs are nothing - I could spend hours deleting old files and hardly make a noticeable impact.  Even RAW files seem small compared to TIFF/PSD/PSB.  I actually find I free more space going into old layered files and cleaning those up, deleting superfluous layers or masks, merging layers, and whatnot.  I'm now better about doing that during my editing, but I never used to think about it.

As to storage, have you thought about just using external drives?  There's some very reasonably priced options with USB 3.  And the nice thing is you can physically separate it from your other files, for a much more secure backup.

Good point - even a flattened TIFF is typically around 250 Mb whereas the jpegs I send off to my clients are generally only between 1 Mb and max 20Mb. I don't do a huge amount of retouching but, like you, having spent many hours working on the files there's no way I'm going to delete them! Definitely external drives for backup - I need to fix that but need recommendations on the best solution. Also, how to avoid having to use Dropbox to share files between Mac and PC.

Software & Accessories / Re: Storage & backup - advice needed please
« on: October 07, 2014, 06:59:14 AM »
I just have one question before I like to go into the hardware upgrade.

Did you analyze your data. What do you save (JPEG, RAW, Both), do you still need to keep all the files? These are questions I would ask myself before upgrading the hardware. Because the upgrade only works temporarly, until the next HD bigger HD is full.

You make a very good point!

For the car and real estate contracts, I shoot exclusively RAW, process in LR & PS, then batch export JPEG as required. I could delete the jpegs after uploading to the clients as I could easily re-export as and if needed. I'm contractually obliged to keep copies of all images for at least 6 months, but after that I could in principle also delete the RAW files.

For my personal work however and some social photography (e.g. beauty retouches) I end up with TIFF files in addition to the RAW files. I'd not want to delete the TIFF files as they incorporate a lot of time consuming retouching work or the RAW files as they incorporate the original data and would be needed if I decide to have another go at the retouching at a later date. Again though, you are quite correct that I could delete the jpegs at some point rather than store them indefinitely. There's also a lot of really old stuff, particularly on the LaCie external disc, that I hardly ever look at and I doubt anyone else would be interested in now but I have a natural reluctance to delete anything and it is sometimes interesting to look back and see how my photography has progressed over the years (it's humbling to look at old work that I was happy with at the time but to my eyes now looks very poor indeed).

So, yes - a little housekeeping would undoubtedly hold the fort for a short while. Even given my inherent reluctance to delete anything, I think increasing my storage capacity to 4Tb combined with ongoing good housekeeping as you've suggested would keep me going probably for several years.

Software & Accessories / Re: Storage & backup - advice needed please
« on: October 07, 2014, 06:01:41 AM »
Recently I've had to purchase a Windows laptop because a new client's proprietary software system that I need to upload images to on a regular and frequent basis only works with Internet Explorer.

Um, why not simply run IE on the MacOS with a virtual machine?

I have to admit I didn't think of that :(

In any event though, I've always tried to keep the Mac Pro as 'clean' as possible by using it exclusively for image editing and storage. I have to admit I do also use it occasionally to access various trusted photography related websites but I have never used it for email. A requirement of another (non-photography related) contract is email and Microsoft Office, both of which I have installed on the laptop.

Bottom line - I think I've got myself into a bit of a complicated mess with multiple machines and backup devices - and not sure of the best way to streamline everything without shelling out too much money :(

Software & Accessories / Storage & backup - advice needed please
« on: October 07, 2014, 05:49:16 AM »
Long time no post!

Apologies - I've been busy shooting - in fact so busy that I've almost filled up a 2 terabyte internal hard drive and a 1 terabyte external hard drive and badly need advice from you guys please as to the most reliable and cost effective way of expanding my storage and maintaining adequate backups.

OK, you'll need some background info so I'll do my best to explain in a nutshell my current set-up and workflow.

I'm a freelance photographer (occasional social photographer, but bread and butter work is currently cars and real estate).

My main computer is a Mac Pro, which I bought in 2011. It has 4 hard drive bays but currently has only 3 x 2Tb hard drives installed (a boot disc used purely for the OS and software programmes, a master disc for image storage and a backup disc). I also have 1 Tb of old images on a LaCie 2-big triple external hard drive (2 x 1Tb RAID) but I rarely need to access these and they are kept, I guess, mainly for sentimental reasons.

Recently I've had to purchase a Windows laptop because a new client's proprietary software system that I need to upload images to on a regular and frequent basis only works with Internet Explorer. The laptop is useless for photo editing as the screen is only around 75% of RGB. Therefore I don't store any images on the laptop. All image storage and processing is done on the Mac Pro. I then upload the finished images to Dropbox and from there via the laptop to the client's system.

In my mind at least, I need to expand my storage to around 4Tb with adequate backup facilities.

I work from home and we have Virgin Media 100Mb cable internet and a wireless broadband router installed, shared by 3 x Mac and 1 x Windows laptop.


Instead of buying another internal hard disc for the Mac Pro, I'm thinking that once I have adequate external backup installed I can reuse the 'backup' disc for storage, thus giving me 4 Tb of internal storage which should keep me going for quite a while.


I've considered buying an Apple Time Capsule for wireless backup but the largest unit available appears to be 3 Tb so I've also looked at various NAS storage and backup solutions but I'm getting confused by so many different options!


I'd rather avoid the need to use Dropbox as uploading images to Dropbox is a another time consuming step in the workflow that I'd rather avoid if possible.


No more than a few hundred GB pounds!

So over to you guys - what in your considered opinion is the best storage and backup solution i.e. the most efficient, reliable and cost effective solution in my circumstances and within my budget?

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: February 24, 2014, 04:58:52 AM »
Just a quick snap with my old Canon 10D whilst out walking one evening. The 10D had been languishing in a cupboard totally unloved and unused for the last nine years, so I decided to take it out for a spin. I'd forgotten just how good each of those 6.3 million pixels is. This is still as good a camera as it ever was, just doesn't produce the file sizes out of the camera needed for stock. The 'golden hour' light was only there for a few minutes and I was in the just right place at just the right time. I could go back but will never get this shot again. In hindsight, I wish I'd taken my 5D MkIII. There again, on a subsequent outing at a different location a few days later I slipped and fell and dropped the 10D in the mud no less than three times within the space of a couple of hours!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 10D, 100D or 700D?
« on: December 16, 2013, 08:28:23 AM »
... my wife is fully involved in the decision, that doesn't help much as she doesn't really know herself what she wants.

From a feature standpoint, perhaps.  But ergonomics is a big factor - if you haven't already, maybe learn from Goldilocks...take her to a camera shop to handle several options. That might help narrow down the choices...

Well, I followed your advice and took my wife to a camera shop ... she spent a few seconds looking at a 100D and 700D before losing interest and making a beeline for the CSC section ... she seemed to particularly like a Nikon 1 J2/3 with red body and matching red lens (because it was all red, her favourite colour and 'cute').

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 10D, 100D or 700D?
« on: December 13, 2013, 04:57:25 PM »
Wow, I wasn't expecting so many replies!

Thank you to everyone who has taken time to ponder my dilemma and offer their thoughts and opinions.

There's no clear winner at present, so I'm still pondering on it myself.

Whilst my wife is fully involved in the decision, that doesn't help much as she doesn't really know herself what she wants. I'm inclined to agree though that a second-hand camera is not much of a gift, especially as I've now spotted some rust on the neck strap lugs :(

Regarding the pop-up flash, I've checked and sure enough the 10D does have a pop-up flash. I've either never used it/ realised it was there or the camera has been in the cupboard for so long that I just forgot. Unfortunately though, I've tried it out with the 24-105L lens attached and the pop-up flash is pretty useless as the lens is too long physically and casts a shadow on the image! I could buy a smaller lens for the 10D, but then for similar price I could buy a new body/lens kit. For various reasons then, I think we can rule out the 10D.

Opinions offered vary widely, but I'm beginning to err towards a compact with a decent sensor, the problem being that all of them have pros and cons so it's really difficult to choose!

I have a headache just considering all the options :(

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 10D, 100D or 700D?
« on: December 12, 2013, 06:32:33 AM »
My wife wants a DSLR to replace her IXUS point & shoot, partly because some of her friends have SLRs ... so a sort of "keeping up with the Jones's" ... but mainly for better IQ. Main use will be shooting at parties and sharing the images with her friends on Facebook (although I might just borrow it on occasion as a walk around camera for non-professional use).

I already have a number of spare Canon lenses and was thinking of donating my 24-105L to her and thus limiting the financial outlay to 'body only'. It would also have better IQ than any of the 100D/700D kit lenses.

I was also thinking I might donate my old 10D, which has been sitting in a cupboard unused for the last 8 or 9 years (so no financial outlay at all other than to buy some new batteries, as the originals have died - you might consider this a 'cheapskate' option but the IQ from the 10D is still as superb as it ever was and 6mp should be more than enough resolution for the intended purpose). The only drawbacks might be that the 10D doesn't shoot video and possibly more significant it doesn't have any built-in flash, so I'd have to either donate my old 580EX or buy a new one. The need for an external flash unit would also make the whole rig quite large and cumbersome and not really what might be described as 'cute' (my wife likes 'cute')

I'm thinking that the 100D might be a better option because it's small and 'cute' and has built-in flash and video. It also has cute Kids, Food and Candlelight modes which might appeal.

There again, the 700D doesn't cost significantly more and might be better balanced with the 24-105L lens? It also has a 'cute' and useful vari-angle rear LCD screen. Also, AF has 9 cross-type points versus 1 cross-type point on the 100D, which might be an advantage for shooting in dimly lit party venues?

So, I'll be grateful for your thoughts - on a limited budget for the purpose described above (effectively a high quality 'point and shoot' for my wife and an occasional walk-around camera for myself) which do you think would be the optimal balance between financial outlay and usability?

1. ('cheapskate' option) 10D body, 24-105L, 580EX, a couple of replacement batteries

2. 100D body, 24-105L

3. 700D body, 24-105L

4. some other option (bearing in mind that my wife has her heart set on a DSLR)?


Software & Accessories / Re: Workflow, what do you do?
« on: November 04, 2013, 08:08:49 AM »

Is there a better way?


Yes - Lightroom

Canon General / Re: Consumer DSLRs "dead in 5 years"
« on: October 28, 2013, 07:58:53 AM »
This seems on topic:

I'd be VERY interested to know what you guys think of Mr McGillicuddy's take on it?

Canon General / Re: Consumer DSLRs "dead in 5 years"
« on: October 28, 2013, 07:39:46 AM »
Consumer DSLR sales will never die because the professional market will never change all the way over to mirrorless.  Consumers just want to look professional.  The average consumer is an idiot, they will buy a DSLR because that's what the pros use, they will never take off the kit lens and keep the camera in auto, then upload the photos they take to facebook where the compression will make all cameras look pretty much the same.

So true!

Lighting / Elinchrom PolyStand versus Manfrotto 024B Black Light Boom
« on: September 11, 2013, 04:52:44 AM »
I need a good sturdy boom arm to support an Elinchrom RS600 monobloc head with 70cm softbox.
The Elinchrom PolyStand seems the obvious choice but I'm also considering the Manfrotto 024B Black Light Boom as a cheaper alternative

I'll be grateful for any feedback from anyone who owns and/or has used either of these products, or suggestions as to any viable alternatives.

I pre-ordered a 1Dx last year but the 5D MkIII became available first and I went for it instead and cancelled my 1Dx pre-order (I couldn't afford to buy both). Ever since, I've had the feeling that I missed a once in a lifetime opportunity. I'd swap my 5D MkIII for a 1Dx in a heartbeat, but unfortunately my current financial situation won't now allow it. I prefer the 1D form factor, so if another opportunity should arise, I'd definitely choose a 1D over a 5D. Another lesson I learned was NOT to be an early adopter ... apart from any technical issues, I could have saved myself almost £1000 if I could have waited (subsequent price drop plus Canon cash back).

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