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I know some people hate the software subscription model, and I'm normally one of them when asked to pay huge sums of money.

But for someone who doesn't have CS3 and didn't have access to the old deal, this one changes my opinion.

$10/month for LR5 and Photoshop CC is something I couldn't pass up. Hopefully at the year interval they keep the price, I guess we'll see.

Best part is they let you install and use the apps on 2 computers at the same time, irregardless of OS, so my MAC home and my PC laptop both get to play!



Technical Support / Err 02 with 16GB X2 PRO Eye-Fi Card - Canon T4i
« on: November 10, 2013, 02:49:23 PM »
I'm a big fan of the Eye-fi memory cards. The flow is perfect for the kind of shooting I do. Yes, they aren't the fastest at transferring, and yes there are signal strength issues, but still for me they are ideal.

However, there is one issue which I'm seeing more and more often. When doing long shoots (50-100 shots within say 15 minutes) I start getting Err 02 errors, and images still in the buffer are lost. It's extremely annoying.

It's been hard for me to replicate the error beyond just shooting alot and waiting for it to crop up.

I was wondering if anyone here has experienced the same error? If so what was your solution?

Thanks, TTYL

Lenses / What lens do recommend?
« on: October 22, 2013, 07:52:33 PM »
I'm expecting my first child in the near future and I was wondering what the group thinks I should do for those first shots in the hospital.

I only have a crop body. I have the 50 1.8, and a Sigma 18-50 2.8.

I've never been too enthused about my 50 1.8; on crop I find it isn't wide enough or isn't telephoto enough for the kind of shots I like, and its minimum focus distance isn't that great.

I don't have much money and have been eyeing the 28 1.8 or 35 2 (around $300-400), which would you recommend? I'm interested in the shallow dof shots that I've seen all around.

Is there something else in the <$400 used range I should consider? The 85 1.8 is so tempting, but I feel it'll be too narrow on crop (the room isn't that big)?

Thanks for any advice!


Pricewatch Deals / Rokinon 8mm on sale at Adorama
« on: May 15, 2013, 10:15:47 AM »

Here's a question that's been bugging me.

Why does AFMA fix anything? As I understand modern phase detect focus systems, focus is a closed loop sort of thing The camera tells the lens to change it's focus, and when the camera body sees things are in focus (the phase detect sensors say focus has been achieved) it stops moving the focus on the lens.

How can this "go wrong" in a way that AFMA can fix it? The way I see it is the only way things can go wrong is if the sensor is physically in the wrong spot, meaning an "in focus" in the phase detect sensor doesn't correspond to in focus at the sensor.

Where the lens is shouldn't matter?

So what am I missing?


Lenses / EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 Upgrade?
« on: March 07, 2013, 03:03:28 PM »
Hello all,

I'm a "serious" amateur with not much money. :)

I'm starting to branch out into some easy working gigs (family portraits, pet photos, baby photos), nothing too pro, mostly just a taste to see if it's something I want to dive into more seriously (I THINK I'd really love to do wedding photography, but that's a little beyond my skill at the moment).

I have a 650D/T4i, a VAST upgrade to the 1000D/XS I shot for years with. Since it basically has the same sensor as the 7D it takes what I consider to be very nice pictures.

I long ago upgraded from the kit 18-55mm to the 18-135mm. I found the difference dramatic. My T4i came with the kit 18-135mm STM lens, which is rated even better then the original 18-135mm IS, but frankly image quality wise I don't see a vast difference (it is shaper at wider apertures, but not by a huge amount).

That said, the 18-135mm STM is still a kit lens, and while it is an amazing single lens solution for travel, I do wonder if it's "good enough" for outdoors portait type shoots, especially if people starting paying me money.

So, with all that said, I've looked into things and ALOT of people recommend that a good "next step" is the EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6. It's not L glass obviously, but it is supposedly quite an upgrade from kit glass.

Would I notice much of a difference? I know there are other a couple other common options, but they are all quite a bit more expensive:

EF-S 15-85 f/3.5-5.6
EF-S 17-55 f/2.8

The 15-85mm is about $200 more then the 17-85.
The 17-55mm is WAY more, obvious since it's much faster, constant aperture. Alot of people say that lens is a L without the L designation.

According to DXOMARK there isn't much difference between my 18-135 and the 17-85 or 15-85. But alot of people say that DXOMARK isn't very close to real life. The 17-55 DOES score much better, but it's out of my price range, plus I don't like being limited to 55mm on the long end.

So, any advice? Is the 17-85 worth the upgrade? Should I stick with my 18-135 and save up for better glass?

Thanks for any advice!

Software & Accessories / Geotagging Software Recommendations?
« on: February 25, 2013, 03:25:23 PM »
Hello everyone,

I have been using GPSPhotoLinker on MacOS to geotag my photos using the gpx files produced by my GPS logger.

I'm now looking for options to do this on Linux (Ubuntu) and/or Windows.

Does anyone have any recommendations? I'd much prefer a Linux solution that costs either free or very little. A windows solution would be OK, but I do most of my flow in Linux.

Thanks, TTYL

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