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Thanks for the link!

I was never the type for one-click "instant art" with creative presets, but on the other hand it doesn't hurt to click through them with this software type to get some inspiration. And I have to admit many people seem to respond very favorably to grainy b/w artwork, so it certainly is worth getting this one for free.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 2 5d3's or 1d x
« on: September 20, 2013, 04:37:07 AM »
to have 2 5d3's so I will have a backup.

Do you do mission critical shootings all the time like weddings where you need a 1:1 instant backup, not once in a while where you could rent or borrow another eos camera? This type of gear isn't very prone to failure anyway, you know :-p

My main want is stop better iso performance, customizable ae adjustments, more accurate metering.

Sure, seeing you enjoy juggling with gear and have the cashflow to back your preference, just get the 1dx!

You then will have the absolute top of the line gear which surely will be fun, I'd like to play around with it too. My point is: This will help you to realize what gear can do and cannot do, i.e. what you need to learn for yourself (unless you wait for the 1dx2 :-)) and might make you enjoy photography even more, even if someone shout ever put a 550d + 50/1.8 in your hand.

So far events and portraits are all I have done. Also landscapes and macro.

So what *didn't* you do :-> ?

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: 3000 mAh AA battery for Flash ?
« on: September 20, 2013, 04:15:10 AM »
Now, My Photographer friends from  the Local Camera club in my home town want me to try the Made in China  AA Battery = 3,000 mAh  8 pieces = $ 12 US Dollars

LOL, why not try the new 3500 mAh imports from Afghanistan :-> ?

* they are unlikely to really contain that much charge, will you measure it?
* they are likely to loose max charge quickly after some cycles
* they will loose charge each day, so you have to actively keep them charged taking turns

There is a reason so many people use LD-NiMH like eneloop - and if you need more power, get an external power pack for your flash(es).

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 4.1 Running SLOW!
« on: September 20, 2013, 02:21:50 AM »
My LR 4.4 is soooo sloowwww on import, that the program has become useless to me
I have about 50,000 images Any suggestions?

Get LR5 which is speed-optimized - and I just split up my 60k image catalog into 2x 30k, big improvement, watch out in task manager (Windows) for lr using virtual memory ("commit size") which slows down lr to a crawl.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D Mark II
« on: September 20, 2013, 02:18:16 AM »
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•Crippled feature -> button allocation vs. 5d3
how do you think canon can fix the button layout with firmware?  lol

rotfl :-) ... it's about *allocation* of functions to buttons like set or dof preview which leaves out some very obvious and potentially useful options for no apparent reason.

As for *min* shutter speed please refer to neuro's explanation - yes, it might be designed for portraits and x-sync, but it further nails down the 6d as a non-action shooting camera because here you often need higher min (<- note this part :-)) speeds like 1/500 or 1/1000 ... I set these on my 60d with Magic Lantern.

Last not least, the difference between "broken by design" that can be "fixed" and just a missing feature certainly is subjective, I consider the firmware/software issued I mentioned as at least changeable with no big work on Canon's part.

And only after that the 6D will get updated. In the summer of 2015 the earliest, IMO.

... and then it might again start being hideously overpriced and you have to wait 3/4 of a year for a reasonable price just like the 6d now seems to have settled @1500€ with the 70 €1200€ ... so now is a good time to get a 6d, that's why I did it.

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Lenses / Re: Effective iq for same dof on ff vs. crop @ same shutter speed?
« on: September 19, 2013, 08:55:55 PM »
If you mean 1:1 macro, the 1.6x effect on DoF doesn't apply.

I meant macro as in "very close up" like in the "macro" focus limiter range of the 100L - I very seldom really shoot at max. mag 1:1, too short working distance and too long exposure times for handheld or anything that moves. But for "just" close up macro the shallow dof is also a problem, so I was wondering if the same effect as in other shooting distances apply (i.e. higher iso capability gets nullified by the need for smaller apertures).

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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D Mark II
« on: September 19, 2013, 08:49:12 PM »
The PowerShot S100 got a firmware update to fix minor issues.  Just sayin'...   ;)

Ok, I wouldn't know about that - so I'll modify my statement to only include feature upgrades or fixes that could be counted as feature upgrades (like other min. shutter speeds for the 6d) :-o

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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D Mark II
« on: September 19, 2013, 08:29:34 PM »
http://www.canonrumors.com/2013/03/canon-eos-6d-firmware-by-june-cr1/

You seem to be new around here, a [CR1] is a wild guess - and the 6d receiving the af servo indicator even though the 5d3 hasn't gotten it? Now, now ....

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Lenses / Re: Effective iq for same dof on ff vs. crop @ same shutter speed?
« on: September 19, 2013, 08:14:13 PM »
Seems that APS-C is even more advantageous for those who want to keep more objects within the depth of field.

Until someone comes up with a better explanation than the above, I admit I'd have at least expected ff to be equivalent to crop @same dof ... but as also mentioned crop really falls apart @iso3200+ and then it's no match, so you might be safer pushing the dof limit with ff than with crop in dim light.

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Technical Support / Re: How to fix a physically broken sd card?
« on: September 19, 2013, 08:11:08 PM »
One of the gold contacts going to come lose and break off leaving you unable to get photos off of it?

That's what surprised me when my sd card disintegrated - the actual chip/contact module seems to be bomb proof, quite contrary to the hollow "large" sd-type casing. That's why I had the idea to fix it...

Plus they do eventually wear out and start losing data/capacity if you write to enough.

Afaik only the premium sd cards have wear leveling, and they should have enough reserves before loosing data - but I didn't really research that.



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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D Mark II
« on: September 19, 2013, 08:07:39 PM »
what a silly response.......

I think this is uncalled for, if you don't mind me saying so...

EOS M has had fixes as have many other 'non premium' models...

Yes, but only because the af was practically broken on delivery - I was talking of feature upgrades to stable products or fixes of smaller issues

I think you will find that the  5D mkiii is not their premium FF either!!

It is for most people, the 1d line is another league alltogether

There was a firmware update scheduled for June for the 6D which has been delayed.

Yeah, right, and pigs can fly :->

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Lenses / Re: Effective iq for same dof on ff vs. crop @ same shutter speed?
« on: September 19, 2013, 08:03:37 PM »
In other words, if you switch to a larger sensor, feel free to stop down the lens by 1.3 stops and boost the ISO by 1.3 stops should you want to retain the larger DoF you had with crop.

... and since the advantage of ff vs. crop is said to be about 2 ev (max) you're agreeing that if you need a deep dof using a ff is not even on par with crop, but a disadvantage?

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Lighting / Re: Cheap manual flash to use for fill lighting...
« on: September 19, 2013, 07:58:34 PM »
Not at all, I just shot these for this thread, I'll do some more once it has gone dark.

You're actually shooting clay heads :-> ... did you make them for practice? This is a great idea, I also wanted to do that but never came around to it, that's why I have to keep asking friends of mine to pose for paramount, loop & rembrandt lighting :-p

Fourth image is 1/250 all else the same, we now have eve more contrast as the face image left is another 1 1/2 stops under the face image right.

Hmmm, this is not my recent experience - in your shot, you've got a nice window with daylight and you're shooting at rather shallow dof with f2.8.

The day before yesterday I shot in a dimly lit room in the evening with a medium window - and I needed a larger dof and a fast shutter speed because I was doing a portrait of a friend of mine with her dog on her arm. I used the ambient from the window (I didn't measure it) as shadow fill for a flash from the other side as key light - and I was @iso1600 to see any noticeable ambient effect.

I calculate: darker ambient than in your example =  maybe -2 ev ... smaller aperture = another -1 to -1.5 ev. ...and that's for a "flash type" shot, a more natural "ambient style" shot would even need a higher iso setting.

I'm definitely not through trying to mix ambient & flash indoors, so I'm open to other experiences :-) but I think the combination of deeper dof + dim ambient in non-studio situations makes quite a difference.

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Lenses / Re: Effective iq for same dof on ff vs. crop @ same shutter speed?
« on: September 19, 2013, 06:53:32 PM »
Diaphragm opening to match the DOF is also 1.5 stops.

This is the same for all apertures & distances? Is it different for macro with an even thinner dof?

Another issue is finding a standard zoom lens for good quality full frame. Canon 24-70 F2.8 II is a dream, but the price is a nightmare.

The Tamron looks fine to me, the Canon crop f2.8 zoom in that range is also rather expensive and not even sealed - so that's not my problem with ff.

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Technical Support / Re: How to fix a physically broken sd card?
« on: September 19, 2013, 06:49:59 PM »
At those prices, trying to fix a busted old one is simply stupid.  IMHO, of course.   8)

€30 is €30 ... and the point is that it isn't busted, it's just the plastic casing, the actual sd card chip carrier is fine. Would you junk your car because the windshield wiper is broken? But then again I was never the "just throw it away" type :-p

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