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Software & Accessories / Re: Photo Editing Laptop Recommendations
« on: January 14, 2015, 01:58:28 PM »
I recently purchased a Lenovo Thinkpad W540, i7-4700MQ, 16 GB RAM, 1 TB drive, with a 15.5" IPS 2880x1620 non-glare display.  Also came with a built-in xRite color sensor.  The display and sensor was a big selling point for me and it works great.

I have had issues with the Intel 7260 single-band wifi card.  Might want to try a different one.

Be careful.  Do some research first.  If it's not a Lenovo approved card, the BIOS will not allow it to work.  Your best best is to get it replaced under warranty first or switch to a different WiFi module that Lenovo sells for that laptop.

For a WiFi card?  Interesting.  I didn't realize that laptop manufacturers put that kind of control on upgrades.  I assume they do this to force you to buy their recommended parts instead of cheaper ones?

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Software & Accessories / Re: Photo Editing Laptop Recommendations
« on: January 13, 2015, 04:55:37 PM »
Thanks for the replies.

Regarding Apple vs. Windows PC, I am open to looking at a Mac, just don't have any experience with them.  Would I need to purchase new copies of my software (MS Office, LR5, PSE13)?

I'm less inclined to purchase a desktop, even though I know you can get more computer for the money.  I travel often for business and don't spend much time at home.

All I had to do was call support and they gave me a link to download a mac version from adobe . It was a 45min  fight with Microsoft but they gave it to me. I just wish I would have changed 10 years earlier.
May not be that easy now, that was several years ago. Good luck

I don't know if Adobe still allows a platform swap now that they moved to the cloud.  But they might.

As far as switching to Mac - why?  If you love the OS, then by all means.  But otherwise, why move to a new platform you're unfamiliar with, that will also cost more for the equipment.  Photoshop, Lightroom and anything else are going to perform the same, regardless of the OS.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Photo Editing Laptop Recommendations
« on: January 13, 2015, 12:02:55 PM »
The laptop computer I use for most of my photo editing is nearing the end of its useful life.  It's over 5-years old now and starting to act erratically.  I recently reformatted the hard drive and re installed everything and its working better, but I am planning to replace it this year.

I'm looking for recommendations, my budget is roughly $3K.  I only have experience with Windows PC's, so I will probably be looking in that direction instead of a Mac.

Does it have to be a laptop?  For that budget you could have a top of the line desktop and IPS monitor.  You could do it for much less too, if you'd like

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I just got my kid an office-grade desktop (SSD, i7, 32GB RAM) and Windows 8.1 takes a LOT of getting used to; it's frustrating because I can set up a Win7 box so an XP user can find everything in 20 minutes.

Agreed, but the key word there is office grade.  Windows still dominates the work place, and will most likely continue to do so.  So unless Microsoft gives up on the new interface style, or decides to maintain two styles, one for personal/tablets and one for professional use, you're going to have to learn it sooner or later.

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I dislike how Windows 8 looks, unless that has some big advantages I've missed, they're the same price so I'm happy to be converted to the newer OS.

I stuck with Win 7 for my desktop for similar reasons.  There are some minor advantages to 8, but in my opinion they're not significant.  The biggest reason I considered 8 was that the base version can go over 16 gigs of RAM, but that's not going to be an issue on your laptop.  Win 8 can start up a bit faster, but I find Win 7 with an SSD to be plenty fast enough.  Win 8 claims to have minor performance gains, but I can't imagine it's significant, otherwise there'd be a lot more hoopla over it.


I intend to add another 8GB of RAM in a year or so, prices will hopefully have fallen, and it spreads the cost out.

If you're putting your own RAM in it shouldn't be that expensive.  But you can get by with 8 for awhile (but make sure you have the 240 gb for scratch).

As for SSD, I'm going to and fro between 120GB and 240GB, again for price.

I would save until I could afford the 240.  I just can't imagine dealing with a 120.  Just your OS, programs, and some music, photos, and a few movies can fill that up pretty quick.  And that doesn't leave any room for Scratch or work in progress.

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Rather than start yet another which laptop thread, I thought it might be better to revive this one. How important is a graphics card for use with lightroom, maybe elements in the future and potentially a small amount of video editing? The cards below are the two I am looking at.

I have almost no experience with video, but for stills it doesn't matter - assuming you have a modern CPU with integrated GPU.  I use the integrated GPU (Intel 4770k) in my desktop and it runs Photoshop CS6 and Lightroom smooth as butter.  Based on the research I did at the time I built my PC, unless you get a really high end video card, it doesn't make a difference for stills editing.  Even then, the difference was that the high end GPU would run such and such a filter 0.2 seconds faster than the integrated card.  That kind of stuff doesn't bother me, so long as it can edit large documents smoothly without stutter and quickly select through photos.

And +1 to everything Rusty said above about the desktop vs. laptop.  If you have no choice but to choose a laptop, then deal with what you can get.  But as far as value, a laptop can't come close to competing with a desktop.  And a desktop is much easier to upgrade down the line.   I have to use my laptop, and I make it work.  But when I have a lot of editing to do I wait until I'm at my desktop.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D HDR problem
« on: January 08, 2015, 04:24:51 PM »
Also, you can take some solace in knowing that Canon's top dog, the 1D X doesn't even have the HDR feature :)

I'd also guess that the majority of 1Dx owners would prefer the control of doing it in post over in-camera.  Then again, I'd like to think that 6D and 5d owners feel the same.

Wanting it in RAW makes it even more a mystery to me.  If you shoot RAW then obviously you post process.  If you PP, why wouldn't you want to do your HDR in post?

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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D HDR problem
« on: January 08, 2015, 03:50:55 PM »
AdjustedInCamera: No, AEB is not it.  Am I the only one to experience this?  I am glad I never deleted the RAW files shot in the HDR mode.


Can you post a link to a RAW HDR shot?  I don't see how that's even possible.  RAW is RAW - unprocessed, and HDR is, by definition, a processed shot from multiple pictures.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Bag for tripod?
« on: January 08, 2015, 12:17:50 PM »
Most of the pictures I do are to accompany articles in fly fishing magazines, so they're either 'grip and grins' (portraits), salmon or trout flies (macro) or 'scenics' (landscape shots with someone fishing in them).

'Scenics' are tricky, a weird mix of sports photography and landscape photography, because you're often having to shoot at 1/500 or 1/1000 to freeze a flyline during casting but you're also having to get a lot of depth of field to make the landscape look sharp.

The fishers I'm shooting aren't commercial models, just people fishing, and I need to follow them around, often over difficult terrain.
 
I have always used the maker's bag with my Manfrotto 190. It's not padded but seems surprisingly tough and it means I can sling the bagged, collapsed tripod crossways over my back and forget it when I need to 'run and gun' and then have it to hand when I need maximum stability. This works well for me. The bag didn't cost much.

If you're shooting at 1/500 - 1/1000, why are you using a tripod?

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Software & Accessories / Re: Bag for tripod?
« on: January 07, 2015, 06:15:09 PM »
I have a Manfrotto light stand bag:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004TL3W6K/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Which I got for my lightstands and modifiers.  But I usually cram my tripod in there as well just to free up my hands.  It's surprisingly good quality.  It's the "unpadded" version, but I can't imagine needing more protection than it has for something as durable as stands and a tripod.  I can fit my 190 stand with head, two lightstands with umbrella holders, and a couple umbrellas in there no problem.  It's a bit tighter with my 055 tripod, but would fit just the tripod fine.

Not sure if the price will drop again, I want to say I paid under $30 for it.  Like I said, it's well built for the price, but I'm with Mack - even spending that much on an accessory was pushing it for me.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D & 1.4X -or- 7D Mk II?
« on: December 16, 2014, 11:03:59 AM »
The 1.4XTC lowers aperture by a stop and slightly degrades the image. So, the advantage of FF having better iso noise is lost by having to use a 1.4x higher f number. My choice, therefore, would be the 7D II.

This. 

Plus the AF degradation.  Plus the sheer silliness of considering putting a 1.4x on a 50mm. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: All I Want For Christmas...
« on: December 15, 2014, 05:24:18 PM »
And since I'm on a rant here, to those who think they somehow sound erudite by using the term "price point," stop it -- unless you're discussing a marketing plan or strategy. The price you're going to pay for an item is only a "price point" to the marketing organization. To you, the buyer, it's just the price.

To whom are you referring to? Nobody in the entire thread, except you, used the word price point, unless they since edited it.  Though I see no issue with someone using the term to describe the general price that a product would be sold for.  It may not be strictly correct, but I find it less offensive than unnecessarily working in words like erudite.

"Erudite - having or showing great knowledge or learning."

This is our word of the day.

I'm well aware of what it means, I just found its use amusing in a rant about what I would consider a common term, and turning it into an attempt to look educated.

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EOS Bodies / Re: All I Want For Christmas...
« on: December 15, 2014, 04:54:09 PM »
And since I'm on a rant here, to those who think they somehow sound erudite by using the term "price point," stop it -- unless you're discussing a marketing plan or strategy. The price you're going to pay for an item is only a "price point" to the marketing organization. To you, the buyer, it's just the price.

To whom are you referring to? Nobody in the entire thread, except you, used the word price point, unless they since edited it.  Though I see no issue with someone using the term to describe the general price that a product would be sold for.  It may not be strictly correct, but I find it less offensive than unnecessarily working in words like erudite.

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EOS Bodies / Re: All I Want For Christmas...
« on: December 15, 2014, 02:48:00 PM »
+1. I am waiting for the same type of canon product. A new FF camera well-featured with a good performing AF. A merge of 70D and 6D called 6D mk II maybe... For a lower price than the 5D III which is too expensive for most of the non-pro photographers.

So really this isn't so much about features, it's simply that we want things cheaper.  A well featured FF with good AF is called a 5d3.  It's really not a merge of the 70D and 6D, it's the same camera it was before they stripped the AF system out of it and put a 6D label on it.


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And then you have the whole subset of camera owners that don't spend their day on internet chat forums discussing their cameras and which cameras they're going to buy.   Many of these people simply go out and buy something when it fancies them, without spending a year discussing it beforehand.

Yeah ... what's up with them?   ;)

I don't claim to understand them, I just know that they're there.  Watching.

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