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EOS Bodies / Re: How do reds come out in your 5d3 ?
« on: August 13, 2014, 01:21:15 PM »
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I don't have a solution, but I do know the problem well.

1. I simply spend a lot of time in post tweaking things until they're acceptable, if I can get them there. Frankly, at this point I'm leery of red flowers. Thanks, McG, that's a great tip about watching the red in histogram and going against the grain, so to speak.

2. I don't think the OP could have picked a worse lens -- in my experience the 85 1.2 LII is as bad as it gets. (It's a spectacular lens for what it does best, but it's the worst with this red issue.)

3. You could try a Fuji sensor. Working with the colors I get from my X100S has been a pleasure I seldom find with the 5D3. (And I shoot only RAW all the time.)

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PowerShot / Re: SX 50 example
« on: August 11, 2014, 08:54:03 PM »
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Looks like a lot of fun. Maybe I'll get the 60 when it shows up.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 85 1.8 to replace 50 1.4?
« on: August 11, 2014, 12:47:24 PM »
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For me, 35, 85 (or 100) and 135 are essentials. Since you've got the 100, don't worry about the 85. I suggest doing whatever is necessary to add the Canon 135mm f/2.0L; it's stunning.

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EOS Bodies / Re: No weekend rumors ever??
« on: August 10, 2014, 09:19:35 PM »
Doesn't anyone else find it odd that the rumors pop up non-stop M-F and then never, ever S-S?

I think that alone kinda gives tell to why so few rumors have any truth in them.

More than "odd" is your whole premise. It's bizarre.

Weekend or weekday would seem to have no more correlation to truth than oatmeal or alcohol. And I have to wonder if one of those substances isn't involved here somehow.

I've seen rumors posted both on weekdays as well as weekends, but I've never seen rumors popping up "non-stop" at any time. What is being suggested is clearly not true, but at least have the courtesy to provide some facts. I'd be curious how many rumors over the past three years were posted on each day of the week. Enlighten me, please.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Another Nikon full-frame
« on: August 10, 2014, 12:21:18 PM »
i have the feeling you buy one and when you have read through the manual they announce a new camera.  ::)

So, the obvious solution is to not read the manual!

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Canon General / Re: Who's on Instagram?
« on: August 08, 2014, 07:04:13 PM »
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The idea of participating in anything where I would have "followers" creeps me out. There's just not enough Kool-Aid to go around, I guess!


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Post Processing / Re: B&W Process
« on: August 08, 2014, 06:47:18 PM »
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Interesting, I never thought about Gimp. It was the first program I used for photos, and I still use it today for some things. I'll have to explore the B&W possibilities.


If you are not afraid to experiment a bit, and/or you have a limited budget, let me recommend "Gimp".  It is open source software that aims to provide Photoshop like functionality.   Photoshop lovers hate it, but I won't enter that religious war, it does what it does.
Anyway, it offers you a channel mixer option, where you can create a B&W image from a single RGB channel, or any custom combination of channels you want (i.e. 80% R + 15% G + 5% B).  You can even use negative values, which in some cases it makes sense (e.g., negative blue if you want to darken that bright purple shirt that your model was wearing without affecting the skin tone).

If you go down this route, you might also want to install the "g'mic" plugin and play with its channel mixer.  That one allows you to mix in different colorspaces (CMYK, HSV, Lab, RGB and YCbCr).

Happy hacking.

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Post Processing / Re: B&W Process
« on: August 08, 2014, 02:18:27 PM »
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Thanks for the good words on DxO Filmpacks. I've had other people say it works well.

Do they ever lower their price for sales or such?

Also, how might you think it compares to Nik Analog Efex? I've played a little bit with this, but not B&W.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 11-24 f/2.8L Coming [CR1]
« on: August 07, 2014, 03:51:12 PM »
The lens rebates end at the end of August, so MAP enforcement will also end, and prices will return to the typical pre-rebate levels, which were generally lower than the current after-rebate prices.  So while the source may be accurate on this, it's sort of like predicting that the sun will rise in the east...   ;)

Yeah, but that sunrise thing is supposed to happen TOMORROW !!!

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Post Processing / B&W Process
« on: August 06, 2014, 05:42:15 PM »
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Okay, I'll start with a question.

What provides the best results for B&W processing?

Doing it in LR is straightforward and gives adequate results.

I've never been able to get what I wanted out of Silver Efex Pro, and I don't know why. It seems by far the most sophisticated.

Lastly, I've recently tried Color Efex Pro B&W conversion. So, far this is giving me the best results. It seems more straightforward than Silver Efex and the effects are more obvious.

So, that's my experience so far.

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Site Information / Re: Post Precessing Section
« on: August 06, 2014, 02:56:36 PM »
Could it be spelled correctly please?

If the spelling is changed, all my study of precession will be for naught. It's not an easy concept, don't you know!

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Photography Technique / Re: Non-competitive Bay Area photo clubs?
« on: August 05, 2014, 10:21:27 PM »
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You might want to look at the "meetup" system. I've never used it, but may be worth a look...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meetup_%28website%29

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Creative Cloud 2014 - Jumped yet?
« on: August 05, 2014, 08:07:57 PM »
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Well said.



There have always been imaging professionals across the planet who have plenty of spare time for a good grumble about various software delivery systems, when that time could be much better spent creating content.

I may be out of step with the prevailing viewpoints across the web with regard to the rental system for Adobe CC, but personally I like it. It's simple, always current and gives access to a raft of programs which all talk nicely to each other. This is especially relevant when using Premier Pro. The very necessary associated programs are  totally integrated. It's a great overall package, and no-one else is doing anything quite like it. Maybe some competition would be healthy, but it would be a brave start-up and even braver financial backers to take on Adobe at their own game. Adobe CC represents the unchallenged status quo right now, but as sure as the sun will come up tomorrow morning, it won't be this way for ever. In the meantime and almost certainly for a long time, it's CC for me.

-pw

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EOS Bodies / Re: Mirrorless vs DSLR Camera
« on: August 03, 2014, 09:28:34 PM »
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Allegory?

Surely, it's the tiniest and most arcane and obscure allegory ever created.



....... Do you always have new Ferrari model.......
I think this is a poor allegory.
If I was to ever be in the Ferrari ownership demographic, certainly I'd always want the latest.
Contrarily, Sony and Apple too are completely safe from any and all concerns regarding dispersal of any funds earned from me, and, sorry Ferrari, you'll only ever earn my money in my dreams.
Canon, you already have too much from me, I promise there'll be more.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Fun Arias rant on APS-C vs. FF
« on: July 29, 2014, 05:34:59 PM »
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I like ZA, but this isn't his best work. In a few months, he'll look back at this and be embarrassed.

Despite the pointer, I think it's pretty pointless.

One relevant point is the Fuji APS-C sensor (I'm using one in the X100S) is incomparably better than Canon's APS-C sensors.

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