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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe to Stop Making Packaged Software
« on: May 08, 2013, 08:26:39 AM »
I'm contemplating Capture One for the bulk of my post-processing with Lightroom (with Nik tools) as a backup until Adobe stops supporting its user base too.  I have been a Photoshop user for 18 years.

i was thinking the exact same thing. i have been wanting to get more familiar with Capture One anyway as i hear it has a stellar processor.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Do you trust your camera?
« on: May 06, 2013, 11:56:58 PM »
i cant say that i ever really trusted anything in photography. so many things can go wrong or malfunction or under perform. its why we tend to have backups to almost everything.

i trust myself after i have done all the pre prep that i can. my trust doesn't extend to a machine.

Lenses / Re: Poll: Most Wanted New Lenses of 2013.
« on: May 06, 2013, 09:15:11 PM »
i know that the 45mm TSE and 90mm TSE replacements are probably imminent but i ould have voted for them had they been on the lists.

as this list stands, my vote was for the 50mm 1.2L II.

Software & Accessories / Re: Pixma Pro 9000 II prints are dark
« on: April 08, 2013, 06:09:41 PM »
i have also found that creating my own custom ICC profiles for the papers i use much more reliable than using each manufacturer's canned ICC profiles. the canned profiles will get you close, but if you have exacting expectations then you really need to create your own custom profiles.

i use the Color Monkey by X-rite to do both screen and print ICC profiles. it does a fairly decent job but i have never....NEVER....been fully satisfied with any print that has ever come out of an inkjet printer. there is always something that is just slightly off...but i end up just chalking it up to differences between the two different formats or the random and frequent printer errors that occur.

i absolutely loath desktop printing...its a horrendous task to undertake if you have the highest expectations. trouble is, making a print is ingrained upon my consciousness as "part" of the photographic process. my wife knows when i am doing prints by the stream of expletives coming from my office and she knows to steer clear of me for a few hours.

anyway....good luck. seriously.....

buy the speedring that PCB sells on their website. the connection to modifiers is typically universal (some rare instances where a modifier wont fit that well) so you have to buy the speedring that will mount to whatever light you are using.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Digital Film (for use in old camera's)
« on: April 01, 2013, 02:28:00 PM »
this got me thinking (and it is a good April Fools post!)

the idea of a digital film cartridge is a bit goofy but it could be kind of cool if you applied the way we used to buy film (and why we bought the kind of film we wanted) to digital sensors.

imagine you buy a camera system, but the digital chip component was somehow interchangeable or customizable and could be purchased separately. you could then buy a HDR module or a B&W module or any number of other preferred spec modules. i'm basing this off of the experience you used to have with film where you had to make a creative choice before picking up the camera. maybe you could even deliver the experience via a CF card that you could upload to the firmware or whatever (i certainly don't have the technical understanding of how this would work...just spitballin).

which brings up another idea...what if you could upgrade camera bodies with newer chip technology as it was released through an interchangeable module. how many people would be interested in extending the life of their 1Ds3 if it were capable of just popping out the sensor module and buying an upgrade? interesting idea.

anyway, fun little thread. appreciate the nudge to my imagination! 

Canon General / Re: Think I need a 12 step program
« on: March 30, 2013, 11:10:25 AM »
lol, most of you better hope it ends with camera and lens. if you have a wide open space with high ceilings, lots of outlets and have a strange urge to build a wall with a little curve on the help. the studio acquisitions are about to start...

some of you know what im talking about.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5Dc a good option?
« on: March 30, 2013, 02:22:43 AM »
If I was to buy a 5Dc I may have enough money next year to buy a 5D3 and keep the 5Dc as a backup, also the 5Dc is the cheapest way to get into/practice with full frame.

once you get a 5D3 you wont want to touch the 5DC...even as a backup. The 5D2 can still hang as a backup to the Mrk3. the 5DC, while a wonderful camera for quite some time, is just not anywhere close to being in the 5D3 neighborhood. at least not for weddings.

if you want to go cheap/low risk...the 5DC will work.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
« on: March 30, 2013, 02:09:18 AM »
For those who are inquiring about the differences between Nik and PS/LR...

LR and PS are stand alone photo editors while Nik offers plugins. the plugins from Nik work in conjunction with your PS/LR workflow. i typically do my standard edits in LR and then drag certain select photos into PS where i access my Nik filters to do additional retouching. you can access the Nik filters in LR as well.

Nik is not a stand alone works withing PS/LR/Aperture. Nik does offer (throughout their full suite) an infinite number of creative possibilities within a fairly easy to use and intuitive UI.

i can't recommend it enough especially at its current price point.

Lighting / Re: Elinchroms and High Speed Sync
« on: March 27, 2013, 08:19:40 AM »

 any chance you can post some shots demonstrating the capability of your setup? would be much appreciated!

Lighting / Re: Elinchroms and High Speed Sync
« on: March 26, 2013, 07:20:07 PM »
Out of curiosity...if you're using studio strobes, why do you care what your shutter speed is? Whenever I'm using strobes, I just set the shutter to 1/125 and forget about it. The strobes so overpower everything else -- that's the point of using them, after all -- that ambient exposure is irrelevant. And the flash duration is all that's necessary to stop motion.



it would be so you could use strobes outside and still dial down ambient sunlight. it offers some dramatic lighting scenarios but you need a high speed sync to combat daylight. even 2000 w/s strobes benefit from some high speed sync to create more dramatic lighting scenarios.

Software & Accessories / Re: Nik Software worth it?
« on: March 25, 2013, 05:28:43 PM »
i got the whole suite before they added the HDR app and it was 600.00 then. now with the added HDR app (which im not overly impressed with) all that software for 150.00 bucks is a tremendous value. Silver Efex and Color Efex alone are worth more than 150.00 for the value they bring to the table.

this was a shock to me when i saw the email in my inbox today. absolutely get this deal!

Lenses / Re: Need your opinions on selling my 50L and 24/70L
« on: March 24, 2013, 11:36:25 PM »
i would say yes go for it. whatever feelings of loss you may have from your 50 will be more than made up when you grab the 85L.

if you really miss it that much you could always grab the 50 1.4 in the interim.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5Dc a good option?
« on: March 24, 2013, 11:31:47 PM »
Correct me if I'm wrong, but a ff option does bring out more vignetting which isn't the biggest problem in the world, but it can turn a good ef lens on a aps-c  into a pain to edit on a ff.

correcting vignetting is a 1 click piece of cake in post...if you even find it unpleasant. for wedding work it can often add to the look of the shot.

The 5dc... some people love it and it is cheap, but I think there is a real challenge in getting really nice photos from that body.

in good light the camera is still really good. in really low light (like what you would find at a ceremony and reception of a wedding) it is almost unusable compared to 5D2. i can't tell you how utterly frustrating it was to try to pull shots off with my 5Dc w/out flash during ceremonies. if you aren't equipped with 1.8 or faster glass you are in store for some serious frustration.....i've been there.

if you really just can't afford the 5D2 then rent it for this wedding. i can't see anyone who shoots weddings and is familiar with both those cameras advising you to go with the classic over the 2.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5Dc a good option?
« on: March 24, 2013, 02:23:06 PM »
the 5Dc is severely hampered in low light situations. the usable ISO caps around 1600 but. the Mrk2 you can push to 3200 or slightly more if absolutely necessary.

i own both and shoot weddings. during ceremonies i try not to use the 5Dc at all...the Mrk2 is just so much better in those situations. in daylight i use both simultaneously. at receptions i favor the Mrk2 but with my flash and room strobe the 5Dc does fine.

at this point in camera evolution i would not waste any money at all on a 5Dc. 

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