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Software & Accessories / Re: Hdd/SDD storage for trip
« on: June 22, 2013, 03:15:13 PM »
I have an Epson storage viewer that I only use when shooting events where I want to show off some raw images to the client before departing at the end, i.e. weddings, parties, and so on. It’s a cute marketing item, but not nearly enough capacity for travel.  When travelling I use several high capacity memory cards that I download/implore through Lightroom to a usb hdd attached to my laptop that stays in the room.  I hadn’t thought of using a netbook while on the go, but I am now intrigued to find a raw viewer for my transformer 101 (my 7-year old will be less than pleased) so afford me the option.
Anyway, I used wd passports until I had failure issues with 2 out of 5; I was able to recover one drive, but the one with spectacular Chicago Bulls game/ Derrick Rose pix on it is still resolutely locked-up for 2 years now.  Not giving up on that particular drive yet ( great shots if I can ever recover them), but I did give up on wd after years of trusting them.
I’d been using Seagate portables until just recently.  Bought 2 online, filled on halfway and then opened the second one about 2 1/1 months later only to discover it doa.  The retailer referred me to Seagate since the was past 30 days.  Seagate hemmed and hawed until finally sending me a refurbished drive at my shipping expense: same excuse, length of time since I bought the drive. Okay. I got the replacement.  I don’t trust it much. I don’t trust Seagate at all anymore.
Silicon Power:  happened upon this drive on sale at amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Silicon-Power-2-5-Inch-Military-SP010TBPHDA80S3B/dp/B005EWTL7C/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1371926915&sr=8-2&keywords=silicon+power
Good solid feel, plain-spoken 3-year warranty, and inexpensive.  So far I am mighty pleased, as it’s worked well so far with no boot or other issues.  Ordered a second one for my upcoming trip.  We’ll see how it goes.
Silicon Power website:
http://www.silicon-power.com/product/product_detail.php?main=19&sub=58&pro=132&currlang=utf8

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Dell XPS 15
CORE i7-2720QM @ 2.20 Ghz
8 gb RAM
NVIDIA GeForce 540M 2gb RAM
Win 8 Pro w/Media Center

I use LR4, CS 5, OnOne PPS7 & NIK Complete; only adjustment brush slows system a bit.  I always look for a gamer config when buying a pc and this always works for last 10 or so years...

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I bought the original, non-vc version of this lens when it was introduced a few years ago after renting it first.  IQ was very near Canon 70-200 f/2.8L IS (I), tough af was slower, and I liked that it was black and more inconspicuous, but it seemed to spend more time in the shop or needing repair/adjustment than in use.  I owned the lens for around 3 years, & there was something wrong with it for some 14 months all total.  After last repair I sold it and put the proceeds toward a used copy of the aforementioned Canon.
I'm hearing very positive things about Tamron qc nowadays, though.  I still use my 28-75, and their new 24-70 vc is on my wish list.  Very nice shots, btw...

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Canon General / Re: Noooooooo....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
« on: June 01, 2013, 03:02:00 PM »
Sad, though all but inevitable.  The preponderance of camera-phones, in conjunction with wi-fi, "guys with cameras", lo-fi print media resolution, s-rgb web requirements, the expense of a "good" camera and accessories, paying a professional staff photographer, and an artificially crunched economy- along with EVERYONE'S desire for something for a lot less, or even nothing, have all converged to this move by a cynical and desperate corporate entity.  Why bother with hi-res "quality" imagery, and pay the price for it, when a quick cellie snapshot will amply illustrate the story printed in the daily paper?  Early on, I did think that maybe I'd make eating  money from my avocation, but I learned quickly that the closed and unwelcoming ever-shrinking fraternity of news photogs was not the way for a guy like me with a full-time job and family responsibilities. I continue on because of my love for the (ultimately) printed image.  On those relatively few occasions that  someone's appreciation of my work has included purchasing a print I have been pleased but ever- cognizant of the "gravy" nature of the event.  I have been associated, though, with a group of professional photographers in Chicago who seemingly all have been Pulitzer- or other award-winning photographers for all the newspapers in Chicagoland over the last 50 years; including the sun-times. I do grieve this milestone for them, their loss in vocational fulfillment, and as, for popular culture, the past is somehow diminished, perceptually, and discarded in favor of the expedient present, and what was once vital is now considered quaint historical oddity.  I was at the Rolling Stones concert last night and there was a (certainly understandably and wise-enough) ban on "professional" cameras, but everyone's -including mine's, cell phones' batteries were dead by the end of the show. Such an event as that translates well using a cell phone to the extent that hi-res "quality" offers little to any profit potential; the benefit is all journalistic documentary; which is also the allure of such photography. Such is "progress" in the modern world as we all adapt or die.  I shoot on for love and documentation, hopefully communication, but, -gad...

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 26, 2013, 02:08:26 AM »
Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago...

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: May 17, 2013, 11:44:47 PM »

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: May 17, 2013, 11:42:44 PM »
These were shot with the loaner 6d kit from cps that persuaded me that I needed this camera.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 6D Review - Real World
« on: May 15, 2013, 07:26:29 AM »
I've owned a 7D since shortly after it debuted and I love it, performance-wise.  Past iso 1000, results are iffy, and depending on the content I may find myself doing lots of pp to realize a decent print.  I've owned a 6D for around two months now and I am thrilled with iq, dr, and high iso shots compared to 7D.  I still love my 7D; they are different tools for different purposes. In good light the 7D is fine for whatever, but when the light's not great the 6D shines.  Additionally, the 6D has superior dr that is always evident. DoF is easier with the 6D due to the ff sensor.  AF, fps, are certainly better with 7D.  With this combination it will take something monumental, I think, for me to move to 7D II whenever it comes.

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Extended includes video and 3d capabilities way beyond ps; at least back when I last used it (CS 3).
Additionally, can we add to this discussion software that also runs on pc, please?  I've used gimp in the past, and just downloaded gimpshop, but it doesn't seem to read my 6- or 7d raw files. I know there are external programs to open & convert to dng, or I could just use Canon sw, but bridge-ps, and LR have spoiled me in that regard...

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe to Stop Making Packaged Software
« on: May 10, 2013, 03:46:46 AM »
I buy photoshop, I pay a price upfront, I own the software, I use it as long as I have computer hardware that will run it.  I join cc, pay a monthly fee, and when I stop paying the monthly fee I no longer "have" the software regardless of my hardware.  Simple math to me.  I will probably upgrade to cs 6 and use it until I find some other "bricks and mortar" style own-it-forever bit of software and try to become more proficient and creative in my photography and even less reliant on software to realize my vision. I don't like being strong-armed...

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Replacement 400d - 650d vs. 6d
« on: April 26, 2013, 03:28:50 AM »
I've had 300D, 400D, 40D, 50D, 7D, and recently bought a 6D.  I really, really like the 7D; it is clearly superior to all the xxD bodies I've owned, and it is a fantastic outdoor camera for sports, nature, wildlife and so on.  On the other hand, the FF 6D outperforms the 7D in IQ, low-light, and iso noise.  The 7D has a superior AF system, but to me that just means it is my go-to for the activities listed above.  For indoor shooting, city- and landscapes, portraits, and other instances where any movement is relatively predictable I expect I'll use the 6D.  You mentioned iso 800 or 1600 (?); try very useable 25000 with the 6D!  I mean seriously.  I'm still learning this body's capabilities, but when I shoot with auto-iso at night the body doesn't hesitate to go there and produce great images that are almost completely useable out of the camera.  If iq is your main concern, there is no contest.  Keep in mind that the newer crop-frames will provide better iq than your 400D, but again, they will not match up to the iq of the 6D.  The 6D's AF system requires a bit more diligent patience but your effort will be rewarded with greater dynamic range and all the other things I've already mentioned.  If you decide to stay with crop frames, you might wait and check out the 70D which rumor has it will be released soon, or even just wait a while longer and check out the 7D II which is supposed to come along later this year.  For a wider angle on a crop frame I would seriously consider a 17-55 f/2.8 IS.  It yields fantastic iq, provides some wide angle.  However, it is a 1000. lens not offered in a kit.  Seems we are back to simply buying the 6D 24-105 kit...

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I have an epson 3800 I use at home for prints to 17".  I do most of my printing on this machine, but I also have access to a print lab that has epson models up to the 7900 series, and I also use those printers depending on the image and print size .  I much prefer to do my own printing; to me it is no different than folks developing and printing their own film so that they maintain control over the finished image. My fashion photog buddy sends all his print work to costco, or simply gives the models a thumb drive of their images to print where- and however they want.  To each their own...

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EOS Bodies / Re: Bogus Canon Rebate Prices at B&H
« on: April 14, 2013, 06:53:50 PM »
Savvy buyers know that the first few hours of the rebate, when prices are still "in flux" is when the best deals happen. Sometimes the prices are even set incorrectly as the retailers don't rebate off the right base amount.

I scooped up the 6D+24-105mm deal this morning for $2199... and I added a 70-300 IS for $199.

After I sell the 70-300 IS for $300 and the 24-105mm for $700 I will have my $1200 6D body :)

...Good for you...

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$2398 on B & H for the 6D + 24-105 + 70-300.  So the question is, is the 70-300 worth $200?  I have plans to buy either the 70-200 F4 IS or 70-300L.  I might just do this deal and re-sell the 70-300 non L.  It'll depend on how Amazon handles it, since I bought the kit for $2329 a week ago.

I've had the 70-300 IS for several years now and it has really good iq on the 50- and 7D for a non-L lens.  I'll have to try it on the 6D and post...

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