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...not Flickr, Facebook, Google+. Everything I have found wants people to sign in to become a community and share lots of info or whatever. We are a photo club and there is no one site/community that everyone is willing to join and people don't want to sign into a site to either upload and see other members' images. Some members get confused about sign-ins and especially uploading.

We have used/tried Facebook, GoogleDrive/Google+/Picasa. I am starting to look at WordPress templates, hoping there is a plug-in or theme there that does this.

Please let me know if there is a template or system that can do this. I can't build it in Dreamweaver, etc. Just don't have those skills.

An example of use: six club members go to a 4th of July parade and they want to show other members the images - to be viewed on the web. (For this last [viewing]step Google and Facebook require membership and sign-in.)

The best operating model would be uploading images as attachments: upload by e-mail message. Control would came from the careful distribution of the e-mail addresses. Every member of the club performs e-mal tasks and management. The alternatives make someone a images Secretary who aggregates everyone's input and does the uploading.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Loss of viewfinder flash of red light
« on: July 06, 2014, 05:00:37 AM »
I was shooting our local 4th of July arade which went through dusk I realized that the [lame]viewfinder illumination wasn't working in my 5DMk3

The choice to make a black-box focus-target indicator on the focus screen was throwing me big time in the ever-darker street. Worse, I was getting NO flash of red and a sense of which target was activated. The first thing I can't do anything about. The second: I know the 7D people pt up with it. Had never had or handled one, ever.

Has anyone had their "viewfinder illumination" die? Looks like a trip to Irvine.

Boy I hope they put in a different system on the 5D-whatever-is-past-Mk3.

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Software & Accessories / Re: EU version 3 flaky - for me so far
« on: July 03, 2014, 03:32:41 AM »
Graham,
Nope, Hawaii.
Canon labeled the new software EU to stand, i believe, for "EOS Utility".
I did more comparisons after writing my post and got similar behavior from a second 5D3 and with both a Canon and Sigma lens mounted.

During install of the v3 software we download from canonUSA, a newer version of v2 gets installed, too. I asked, they can coexist. So I  tried v2 and it was more stable. The same cables that will connect and control v2 wont work with v3.

YMMV

Jonathan7007

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Dynamic Range Question
« on: July 01, 2014, 08:07:03 PM »
I didn't find the image as fixed objectionable. It may not be a style you like. There were some good ideas in people's responses. Clarity down a bit, for example. "Natural" ain't all it's cracked up to be... <grin>

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Software & Accessories / EU version 3 flaky - for me so far
« on: July 01, 2014, 07:54:37 PM »
All,
I have a shoot I'd like to perform tethered so tried out the new version with one of my 5DMk3 bodies. After three cords of ever-shorter length the program just disappears off the screen either on its own or in response to  some sort of input. I called Canon and they say they have not had lots of calls about the software; for this gentlemean in Virginia it was his first call on the subject.

So this is just a data point. I am just starting to get a handle on what is wrong.

I did tell them I was bummed that I had to run two versions and if needing to swap the body on the tripod for one of my 1DsMk3 bodies the client (and I) would probably get annoyed backing out of one package and starting another.

My tethering setup is the same as before the upgrade: same Lenovo w520, same cables (that worked before).

I did notice that a frame taken with the Sigma 35mm f1.4 did not auto focus when fired from the button image in the control rectangle in the software. Now I have to try with a Canon lens on the body.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 1Ds MkIII
« on: April 18, 2014, 07:33:06 PM »
Good advice in the above posts.

I decided to have both 5DMk3 and 1DsMk3 body choice in my kit. It was an experiment at first. I loved the files at low ISO like 100 or 200. I, too, noticed how good it was with faces, skin tones.

I don't like the coarse view screen, especially if not tethered and the client wants to see what was captured. I admit there are times I feel I can't tell if I have what I want on that screen... we're really spoiled with the 5D3's great display.

So the "pro" arguments that keeps these in the kit are: the benefit this body delivers anywhere I can go with a low ISO or want a more waterproof body. Stronger mechanics and body construction. (I love the sound of the shutter!) If I was still doing studio product work (and didn't invest in a medium format) this would be a great choice.

Minor con: although I tether with EOS Utility I also try to use the Android dSLR Controller program when appropriate and the older control software in the 1Ds precludes use of some of the features of that viewer/controller. But most work OK.

Another pro (?) (admittedly anecdotal): I was shooting an event with a 580EX attached on a bracket through the off-camera cord on one of my 5DMk3 bodies. Lens was the 24-70v2. I asked the camera to use the flash-delivered focus-assist. But I was having a hard time seeing and confirming I had focus. Some of this is the lame focus confirmation, and some seemed to be uncertainty rabbing focus on the part of the body.

Much internal screaming.

I had a momentary break and swapped out the body in the rig for a 1DsMk3. Everything else the same but no focus assist, right? Wow, focus was popping immediately where I asked it to go. Yes, I sometimes rolled the focus point to a different sector when I had to but that momentary delay was less than many of the earlier pauses while I tried to be sure the body-lens combo had actually focused.

Event was in the usual slightly dark room. Grey ceiling way way above me so depth-of-field resulting from my bounce was not helping me much (or at all..) (White card hovering above flash front lens.)  But there was enough light for the 1Ds focus to seem faster and more sure of itself.

Just wanted to contribute to what is a personal decision about mix of bodies. Can't cost-justify one or more 1Dx bodies.  I didn't find these 1Ds's at one-half the cost of a 5DMk3, wish I had, but it seemed that the reliable ones cost about 2100 last year. Maybe another year has reduced the cost. I also live way out somewhere making returns, back-and-forth a real hassle.

YMMV

jonathan7007

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Mackguyver,
I was going to PM but maybe this will help others. I totally agree with Rusty, although less from knowledge that the ASUS wouldn't hold up. I have used a Lenovo w520 since October 2011. Lightroom, Photoshop, and all the other things we do with whatever we lug around (I have a "production" desktop, too, which is like the laptop, general purpose machine.) This machine has emerged as the best -- reasonably current -- spot on the Lenovo "W" workstation continuum. The howls about the w530 and now the compromises in the w540 are a little beyond the usual "forum-as-accumulation-of-complainers" characterization. I suggest you buy a used w520.

The w520 is a Sandy Bridge configuration with user-chosen i7. get a four-core version. These chassis accept a lot of customization, like mSATA drives in a PCIe slot stashed inside -- user reachable and changeable. The optical bay can accept various after-market caddies and I now have a Hitachi 750 there with a Samsung 830 256DSSD in the "regular bay. Oh, and a mSATA that used to be my boot drive. So, three drives.

There is a configuration with a color calibrator installed in the palm rest. I didn't hear a lot of enthusiastic praise for that, but some used it successfully. (I like my Munki.) The "FD" screen is bright and a wider gamut. TN but more colorful than usual. Jury still out on the new IPS in the w540. The keyboard is excellent on the w520. There are more process light indicators on the body than is now the case. The w540 significantly changed the buttons around the trackpad.

Perhaps some time searching through this forum will help with the decision. People way more expert than I started to call the w520 the "sweet spot" when the details on the w540 emerged. Look especially at a long thread called "w540 Wish List". There are users from companies large and small that offer a VEY broad perspective on this line and its changes. "gusat", a regular, thoughtful, contributor from Switerland was part of IBM then Lenovo development (as an advisor). The search mechanism will suggest threads for whatever string you type.
http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/W-Series-ThinkPad-Laptops/bd-p/W_ThinkPads
If the link doesn't show PLEASE pm me before you buy the w540.
Here's a December new w540 user's experience and related comments -- might be happy, I didn't finish the thread.
http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/W-Series-ThinkPad-Laptops/Received-my-W540-today-First-impressions/m-p/1365799#M42584

I tether with this on assignments. I have brought it up to 24Gig RAM.

Important:, there is a dedicated graphics board in most w520's. There were two configurations, known as 1000 and 2000, nVidia chipset, because many of the w520 buyers were CAD/CAM people as well as photographers and designers. I bought the 1000 variant, and it's a good boost for Photoshop, and screen display tethering, etc.

There is a downside. The Lenovo-supplied and -approved power brick is just that: a brick! 170Watts (power a small town) because if you have the bigger graphics card set to run and you are rendering giant CAD/CAM environments it will stay ahead of the draw. Most of us also keep a very small 90Watter around for recharging more slowly when idle. The 90 from my previous Lenovo fit and works. Also an active and useful discussion on the forum.

I haven't been on the forum for a little while, so I urge you to go there and see what the building amount of user-evidence about the w540 is saying.

Good luck with the new machine, whatever you choose.

I have appreciated all the good advice and experience you have contributed here, by the way. And images!

jonathan7007

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Software & Accessories / Re: Changing over to Arca Swiss HELP!!!
« on: February 20, 2014, 02:40:42 AM »
The OP may not be able to take advantage of this but Hejnar makes two cool products that helped me switch to Arca-Swiss clamping and camera attachment. I had two Manfrotto heads (322RC handle-controlled ball and 410 geared unit) that I liked enough to want to keep. Hejnar makes a kit specific to each of these heads to allow the replacement of the Manfrotto clamping system with a Hejnar Arca-swiss clamp.

Hejnar responds quickly to questions.

His longer rails are thick and stronger than Sunway gear.

I wish he produced a Canon 5DMk3 L-bracket, but I did buy some different rails and "feet" for more generic gear attachment. Worth a look from anyone using Arca-Swiss system parts. I believe I will buy the Kirk 5D3 L-bracket. I use a RSS, bought used, on my 1DsMk3. I love the Arca-Swiss system and the flexibility offered by this first L-bracket in my kit.

jonathan7007

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I remember the image. This is the camera and lens an alligator carried off (in Florida?) which was later recovered. Someone motivated to get it all correct can look it up to get the details right. Perhaps the poster wanted people to know that a body like the advertised unit made it through something traumatic...and I don't know to which body that toothy one took a shine.

However, "making it through" might be too optimistic by half.

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Lenses / Re: New Wide Angles Lenses in 2013 [CR2]
« on: February 14, 2014, 01:56:41 PM »
I have a Sigma 12-24 v1 that is sharp (even at wide apertures) and is 99% free of barrel. A friend who shoots architecture recommended it a while back (he has a good copy too) and mine was great! I use it to compliment the 17TSE doing interiors.

However, I believe that the focus action now has a little extra friction between 5 feet and infinity. Just noticed this and the behavior I noticed was that the motor couldn't throw the lens out to a faraway object from the closest distances. I bring this up to point out that Sigma told me they do not have all the parts for the v1 model and couldn't guarantee they could fix it. Mine is so valuable to me I decided not to send it in and take any chances it would suffer from having this "fixed".  Manual focus will work at its widest settings, anyway.

I noticed this on a 1-series body with the higher battery voltage, BTW, but need to test it on a different body, but this thread is about Canon's offerings and alternatives.

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM
« on: February 09, 2014, 02:57:26 AM »
I noticed the "IS" in the thread title after clicking in. There seem to be examples from the "plain" 300L, too. I have the non-IS version and have never handled the heavier IS-equipped unit. I like my non-IS model a lot. Paid $700 used and it is very sharp wide open. Good to have something light like this. I don't have access to a sample from this computer.

I once tried rodeo with the 2x-v2 on my 5Dmk3. Of course the body said, "no." But the plain 300's AF is good enough for that action. The handling of this lens is great.

Canon tells me that last November (2013) the lens went "out of service" or reached "end of life" status, meaning no fixes or any service work. Too bad. I don't know if the IS version has been so designated. I don't have much need for this for client work right now but will keep it.

I loved several of the soccer pictures in this thread.


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Lighting / Re: Cheetah Light CL-180 vs Canon 600ex-rt
« on: January 31, 2014, 07:17:56 PM »
Is full loss of *all* flashes an intended design trait of the 600RT system when one is thermally "challenged"? (I use Odins with 580's and 550 but have always followed the 600 series capabilities so I'd know what I was missing.)

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Lenses / My 24-70v2 a bit wonky?
« on: January 31, 2014, 04:59:53 PM »
All:
Before I send this off to the mothership... Do you 24-70 owners also see a LOT of curve to horizontal lines?

Lately my 24-70 2.8Lv2 has not seemed as sharp and looking at recent ocean horizons there is a lot of curvature seen before the Lightroom 5 correction kicks in or is invoked. I try to avoid getting too obsessed with sharpness at a pixel-peeping level, and I should open up a frame or two from the first months I had this lens. Other than some back focus (-4 correction) it was wonderful. Did I just get jaded and want more?

I am going to ask CPS for a loaner before this goes in and in the day overlap with both lenses here I will do some kind of res test on both. Funny joke is that are no brick walls here in my rural Hawaii area so it's hard to find the right flat big target in the natural world. Yeah, I know those of you living in the northern states on the mainland or Norway are rolling your eyes right now... sorry for complaining.

Anyway, I wonder if this took a knock and whacked something inside. Did a search on CR forums (fora?) and didn't find any other discussions of barrel/pincushion expectations. ...just seems more pronounced...

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I have been happy with my w520 purchased new in late 2011. These should be available at a good price used. I have not been comparing thi unit to current alternatives because I anticipate keeping it for a while. Haswell has not brought any processing speed upgrade to the table, and although the Sandy Bridge is a little less powerful than Ivy Bridge (w530) the other problems made the 530 unappealing as an upgrade at the time it came out. 

The w520 is -- judging by user complaints -- better than the w530. Read though the forum for this family on the lenovo website. Read those comments. (Yes, I know a forum "collects" the users having problems and overstates the fequency... judge for yourself after reading.) Sad.

I do love the keyboard. I skipped the color calibrator. Maybe not ready for the w520 model based on comments at the tme. I like the color on the FHD (? right letters) high-res screen.

The "w" series offers a LOT of customization. I am up to 24Gig RAM. There is a PCIe slot so that got an mSATA right away for boot drive. I now have a 750 Hitachi spinning HD in the old optical bay (inexpensive third-party caddies are easy to find) and a 256 SSD in the internal HD bay. Three drives. Good unit.

Many of the users of this computer are engineering professionals. I specified the nidia KK1000 discrete graphics board. There is a "2000" variant that must be better for Photoshop. If you have more detailed questions than what is appropriate here please PM me.

Oh, and I use this for tethered shooting as well as mobile editing. Plan to keep this for a long time.

jonathan7007


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Lighting / Re: Paul C Buff Baby Boomer Arm, Matthews Cheater Adapter
« on: January 17, 2014, 05:06:39 AM »
Your post made me visualize my use for this solid arm, and I think this is what you do: shift the axis of your beauty dish a foot or so to the side of the lightstand, making it a LOT easier to shoot around the stand with the light positioned to be right on the lens axis and slightly above lens height. Yes, a boom of any kind is overkill here.
Excellent! Still might need that weight on the bottom of the stand...

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