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agreed :D
Too damn high

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought a phenomenon was something amazing and hard to explain, rather than simply being a software bug or a hardware shortcoming.
" a phenomenon (Greek: φαινόμενoν, from the Greek word 'phainomenon', from the verb 'phanein', to show, shine, appear, to be manifest (or manifest itself)),[1] plural phenomena, is any observable occurrence."

Maybe someone should start a thread where we can compile a list of working 3. party batteries (and any possible tips or tricks concerning their usage))

I bought the cheapest ones a few years ago, and they seemed alright. Was just wondering if these cheap ones with electrical contacts actually work:)

Close-up filters are fun to play with, but the cheap ones are really terrible IQ wise, and the proper ones are so relatively expensive that I chose to get some cheap tubes and save for a decent macro/portrait lens. (Sold my Sigma 70-300APO super macro seeing as it was much worse than the cheapest +10 filter on my old nifty fifty.
Still, the cheap filters are fun to play with and always fits in a pocket, whereas (as already stated) the tubes takes a little more care and patience to use.
I have only tried the cheapest filters and they are so soft that I only really found them usable for playful abstract stuff (which CAN have its merit :D actually sold a print of the attached close-up filter experiment for the same price as the print+the filter :D )

handheld Rebel 350D + 50mm 1.8 @1.8 + cheap closeup filter + 10 and a dying flower in the street

Street & City / Re: Your best street shots of any kind.
« on: April 25, 2013, 10:32:34 AM »
@eneade & Yoni_blau
Really nice shots to my taste!
Miles above the rest :)

Software & Accessories / Lightroom 4 performance
« on: April 24, 2013, 06:41:34 AM »
(If a similar thread evaded my search, please point it out ad I will move this post)
Like so many others here, I am learning more and more about Lightroom as I grow as a photographer. I love the ability to both manage my vastly growing collection plus do most of the PP that I need on a weekly basis.
As I upgraded to bigger file sizes (Full raw from 5Dmk3) as well as started using more advanced (and possibly much heavier) PP in Lightroom I am however experiencing some MASSIVE performance issues.

Granted, Lr was never superfast, but I never took the endless Lr complaints seriously until recently. Sometimes I will wait through a 10sec "lag-spike" not sure if Lr is actually working or just taking  a deserved break. The reason that I am writing this lengthy post is that I a very curious to find out if this is a Lr issue or if something is off with my system.
A week ago, someone (my new nemesis it would appear) sat on my just month old Thinkpad W530 and whereas no obvious damage happened I can't help but worry. During the last week, I have seen the aforementioned 10sec spikes for the first time, but I have also been playing with some HEAVY PP (spamming multiple dense presets, experimenting with artistic ideas)
Being a philosophy major, I am always cautious to mistake causality with coincidence and seeing as the lag-spikes are irregular, for now, I don't have a problem that can be replicated, should I choose to send in my laptop for good measure.
So I guess I am interested to hear what kind of performance issues you guys might have had with Lr on a reasonable fast machine and how you solved them.
Also, I was wondering if some Lr-based benchmark exists (similar to premiere pro, where some users have created a benchmark-project that you can download and time to compare your system speed to others)

My machine is an i7 3720QM 2.6 - 32GB DDR3 - 2x 256GB SATA6 SSD - quadro K2000M 2GB Running win pro x64 and Lr 4.4.
I am using the built-in x-rite color calibrator

I have read that one might see a performance increase from making a new catalog per project. My current catalog is around 40.000 pics (around half offline) How big a factor is this?
I am using custom camera calibration (using the VSCO film-ones quite often) plus pulling many if not all sliders (learning by doing) Could this in itself be enough to cause the spikes? (I use spot tools VERY rarely, but I crop alot)
My windows is pretty well kept the pc is rather new and I tune it once in a while (sfc /scannow etc)
When I export/render, the cpu is very busy, but when I get the spikes and unresponsive behavior in Lr, the cpu is often fairly idle.. so what gives?
Is there something I am missing?

edit: seeing as I have 2 separate SSD's in my machine, any advice on optimal placement of folders? (ACR cache (set to 20GB), catalog, preview files (I always generate 1:1) and actual photos (I keep my projects on internal SSD while working on them)
Edit2: Tried replacing my preference-file as suggested in other forums - no change.
Disabling the "detail" pane however, seems to have an enormous effect on performance. Does anyone know of a way to disable a pane globally ?
(In the future I will deal with sharpness and noise just before exporting, but for all my pics that already have these changes, this of course is not an option)

Portrait / Re: Pretty bad...
« on: April 23, 2013, 05:25:38 AM »

... The bride really, really, really did not want to get her picture taken with the groom after the ceremony. 

Might  be completely out of context, but if I was a divorce lawyer, I would be circling this couple.

Portrait / Re: Pretty bad...
« on: April 22, 2013, 11:30:19 AM »
hahaha having a hard time getting past the name and general appearance of the couple.. I know it's not a nice thing to say and I am sure they are swell people, but without any further information of "proof" I can only relate to this story as comic relief :)
On the topic of handing over originals, I think it's something most of us learn the hard way.. Recently shot a wedding for my brother in-law and complied with his request to give him all the pictures seeing as I didn't really have time to PP as many as he'd like.. Boy did I regret that... :)

I am about to "invest" in a new smartphone, and one of only reasons for going with a smartphone instead of a "phone-phone" is the aspect of using it to control my 5D mk3.
I am interested in both tethered and wireless options, but I am only finding sparse information pertaining to the options available to the different platforms ie. IOS, Android and windows phone 8
Any advice?
I am especially interested in finding out more about windows phone capabilities as I really like the Nokia Lumia (when actually using it as a phone) and find the apple to expensive :)
In the end, Android may be the way to go...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Low level formatting of CF Card
« on: April 21, 2013, 09:37:32 AM »
Seems weird that there is no option for "low-level format" for CF cards in-camera if it really benefits performance.
Anyone got a link to a conclusive test showing actual improvements on format vs LL format?
Also, what utility do you guys use to do said low lvl formats?

the upcoming comet which is supposedly going to be gigantic and bright in the sky
Sorry to off-topic, but which comet are you referring to?
Been wanting to get into astro photographs for a while, and that sounds like a good reason for a trip to the darkness :)

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom 5 Public Beta Available
« on: April 16, 2013, 08:20:33 AM »
I've imported a few RAW images and it seem like the rendering performance is much faster than V4. Switching from the Library to Develop module and zooming to 100% seems to give a nearly instant rendering.
That sounds like enough of a reason for me to upgrade sooner than later :)
Anyone had any problems with running/uninstalling the beta alongside Lr4?

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