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Software & Accessories / Re: new 13" MacBook Pro
« on: February 19, 2013, 01:27:21 PM »
NatGeo photogs use far more older Macs in the field just fine. So do photojournalists in warzones as well.

So if your requirements are more challenging than theirs then you should buy a large, heavy, clunky and yet cheap PC. :)

What's more you can buy a PC to play games!!!!! Macs dont do games that well. :( Bad Mac!!!! Bad!!!

Aloha!  I'd welcome some advice....   I'm advising a friend, an amateur photographer with talent and potential, on what kind of computer setup that would be sufficient for photo editing.  Budget is a factor.  They are considering a new 13" MacBook Pro for about $1425 with these specs:  2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz, 8GB 1600MHz memory, 750GB 5400-rpm hard drive, Intel HD Graphics 4000. 

Given the limited screen real estate of a 13" MacBook, I've advised them that they will need an external monitor if they go that route. 

My question is:  Is the video graphics capacity in this MacBook Pro sufficient for LR and PS photo editing?


Software & Accessories / Re: Which iMac
« on: February 19, 2013, 01:23:29 PM »
After 75 days!

Very late 2012 iMac by alabang, on Flickr

On the brown box it stated it landed in Singapore from China on 01/24/13. It then flew over here and was delivered to the dealer today.

Many thanks to Digital Walker Alabang Town Center for being courteous and helpful despite Apple's manufacturing problems. :D

For $4,000 center to edge sharpness and optical quality should be = 1 and no < 0.9

For that money I' rather buy a Leica lens.

How much?

16-35 or 17-40 with a full frame body like a 5D3 or 1DX. Off camera lights help

Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 40 f/2.8 STM
« on: February 15, 2013, 08:17:23 AM »
Because of the 40/2.8 I have decided to not get the 35/1.4 II anymore.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
« on: February 14, 2013, 12:38:32 AM »
Scotty & Daniel thank you!
Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea) by alabang, on Flickr

The Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea) is breeds in colonies in reed beds or trees close to large lakes or other extensive wetlands. It builds a bulky stick nest.

It feeds in shallow water, spearing fish, frogs, insects and small mammals. It will often wait motionless for prey, or slowly stalk its victim. It tends to keep within reedbeds more than the Grey Heron, and is often inconspicuous, despite its size.

It has a slow flight, with its neck retracted. This is characteristic of herons and bitterns, and distinguishes them from storks, cranes and spoonbills, which extend their necks. The long neck of Purple Heron looks particularly snake-like, with more of an S-shape in flight. The call is a loud croaking "krek".

The Purple Heron is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purple_Heron

Settings: 1/2000 ƒ/5.6 ISO2500 800mm

Taken at Candaba, Philippines

Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 40 f/2.8 STM
« on: February 13, 2013, 11:44:29 PM »
I have a Zeiss 50/1.4 ZE that is faster than the 50/1.8. If I need more speed there is the 1.2 or 1.0 50mm.

A point against the 50/1.8 is the design is from 1990 and it is rumored to be slated for a replacement with a Series 3.

The whole point of the 50/1.8 is not optical quality but price then followed by weight and speed. With the 40/2.8 my shooting style is always stopped down at 4.0 through 8.0.

I am the type of shooter who prefers optical quality of lens speed. I could've gotten any Sigma lens that is cheaper but IQ and ergonomics are far 2nd to the optics Canon has released in the past decade.

Almost every way.

The Plastic Fantastic is over a stop faster and a bit longer and thus can get a shallower depth of field.

The extra stop is nice for low light, too, but the insane high ISO abilities of modern cameras make that advantage of wide apertures much less important.

If I had to choose between the Plastic Fantastic and the Shorty McForty, I'd pick the Shorty McForty in a heartbeat, though. The Plastic Fantastic wouldn't be my go-to lens for wide aperture work, so that one area where it narrowly beats the Shorty McForty is irrelevant to me.


Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 40 f/2.8 STM
« on: February 13, 2013, 01:16:45 PM »
I bought the 40/2.8 for street and social gatherings. Essentially this is my go to lens if I want the lightest possible SLR setup that still has L-like image quality.

Traditional street has you stopping down to f/8 and at a focal length of 35-50mm on full frame. What this baby lack is a depth of field scale so you can easily do zone focusing. I do wish it was a 2.0 like that Voightlander equivalent.

The pancake is the 2nd cheapest lens amongst all Canon lenses. The 50/1.8 is the cheapest lens at $100.

Guys don't be too hard on the reviewer. Like any review it is but one man' opinion and personal criteria. I had the 50/1.8 and I rather have the 40/2.8 due to the optical quality.

I had Cps upgrade my firmware the day I bout it.

I think you make a good point. Not everyone needs or wants optical quality, and some people absolutely require it. I was very impressed with the quality of the images I took with the lens - but I only took photos with this lens when I was in more social environments, leaving it behind on assignment with a few exceptions when I forced myself to use it specifically for the review. 50 1.8 = bokeh and shallow dof 40 2.8 = image quality, both are small, affordable and pocketable. Heck, maybe people should buy both!

Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 40 f/2.8 STM
« on: February 13, 2013, 10:54:39 AM »
Guys don't be too hard on the reviewer. Like any review it is but one man' opinion and personal criteria. I had the 50/1.8 and I rather have the 40/2.8 due to the optical quality.

I had Cps upgrade my firmware the day I bout it.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Fuji X100s
« on: February 13, 2013, 12:38:37 AM »
The RX1 would've been perfect if it was more like a RangeFinder
The X100s would've been perfect if it had the RX1's sensor size


A friend who shoots Nikon has the 14-24 and 16-35. He sold the 14-24 because he found it too wide and not long enough for people shots.

I am more partial to the updated 135L and 400/5.6L

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
« on: February 12, 2013, 10:21:17 AM »

Chestnut Munia, (Lonchura atricapilla) by alabang, on Flickr

The Chestnut Munia, (Lonchura atricapilla) (formerly considered as a subspecies of the Tricoloured Munia Lonchura malacca atricapilla) also known as Black-headed Munia, is a small passerine bird. This estrildid finch is a resident breeding bird in Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Burma, Nepal, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and Hawaii. Known as mayang pula ("red maya", to distinguish it from the predominantly brownish Tree Sparrow which is also called maya) in the Philippines, perhaps because of its brick red patch on the lower back that shows only when it flies. The Black-headed Munia is the former national bird of the Philippines (the Philippine national bird is now the Philippine eagle).

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chestnut_Munia

Settings: 1/640 ƒ/5.6 ISO640 800mm

Taken at Candaba, Philippines

Lenses / Re: Which Gitzo: GT3532LS or GT3542LS?
« on: February 12, 2013, 04:06:12 AM »
Not to say Manfrotto does not have it's uses but it isn't to be used with gear exceeding $4,000.

You are courting trouble if you do.

Went cheap with the Manfrotto and really regretted buying it. I ended up buying a Gitzo that I am superbly happy with.

Three years ago I bought a GT3541LS and it's extraordinarily stable compared to any Manfrotto I've tried. But it's achillies heel is sand and sea water. In fact it's so bad in coastal conditions that they are appalling. I recently did a trip on the Lincolnshire coast shooting grey seals and the tripod needs so many replacement parts in only 9 hours of shooting. It needs three lower tubes and all the locking joints need replacing.
In my opinion, these tripods are useless in extream sea salt and sandy conditions. They literally seize up or fall apart.

I had a Bogen/Manfrotto that shattered on me at 20F - and dropped my Hasselblad 203FE with 110/2 on the ground when I was shooting. Yeah, that was the last of my touching anything Manfotto branded.

Lenses / Re: EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x --- Brief hands-on review
« on: February 10, 2013, 10:49:05 AM »




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