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Technical Support / Re: A Film Look
« on: March 13, 2013, 03:00:24 AM »
Nice write up ITshooter

On another note, the problem I am facing atm, is that at my current location (Israel) am I quite sure that alot of the stuff they sell here is bought from china anyways, so I could end up with counterfits even if bying in the local photo store...

well, the cheap ones I saw were from hong kong indeed :)
I am usually happy with the stuff I get from china, but then again, they could just as well be very well functioning counterfits

I'd be a little careful buying filters on ebay.  They are so easy to counterfit that there are tons of them being sold.
I see. That is frustrating as the prices of filters at my current location is as insane (almost) as memory cards.
I had good experiences with ebay in general seeing as most sellers provide full refunds if/when I complain that the product didn't live up to my expectations.
I guess it is very hard to determine with filters though..

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Adobe RGB or sRGB please?
« on: March 10, 2013, 02:33:45 PM »

 In a nutshell, you'll need about $1500 to purchase a high-end monitor like the NEC PA210W (I mention this one again because it is well regarded and there aren't too many options out there), which runs about $1000, and a color-correction device like the Colormunki, used to profile both the monitor and print output.

I was wondering if the LCD of my w530 can be trusted when calibrated with the built in calibrator, or if the stated specs are "for show"?
"15.6" (396mm) FHD (1920x1080), anti-glare, LED backlight, 270 nits, 16:9 aspect ratio, 500:1 contrast ratio, 95% Gamutcolor, calibration sensor: huey™PRO Colorimeter by X-Rite® "

Third Party Manufacturers / Hoya uv filters - product differentiation
« on: March 10, 2013, 12:11:26 PM »
After reading this test:
I have decided to pick up some hoya UV filters for myself ( and a few friends using crap filters)
The "Hoya 72 mm Pro1 Digital MC UV-0" seems nice, but I can't really figure out the meaning/significance of the "UV-0" designation.
My question is essentially if these two auctions are the same as they seem to be the best deals I can find:


They have a very nice deal (relatively) on Lexar Pro 400x 32GB (~50 euro).

Meh, turned out to be a "typo" (or so they said)... they were really SD and not CF :(
Guess the best deal is something like [size=78%]http://www.ebay.com/itm/SanDisk-Extreme-Pro-32GB-Compact-Flash-cf-Card-600X-90MB-s-UDMA6-32G-GENUINE-/281074150591?pt=Digital_Camera_Memory_Cards&hash=item4171532cbf[/size]
I have bought quite a few cards from china so far and they always seem to be genuine quality, but I guess you can never know

I am currently in Geneve, filming the 2013 car expo and I passed by a local photo store to pick up a few extra cards. They have a very nice deal (relatively) on Lexar Pro 400x 32GB (~50 euro). For some reason, this card is not on the list of http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/camera_wb_multi_page.asp?cid=6007-12452 as far as I can tell. Any reason to stay away from it? If it performs similar to the other Lexar/Sandisk 400x it it is fine for my current use, anyone got experience with that particular card?


Here is a quick snapshot from the first few days of ownership.
A little processed and with the various "enhancements" that are enabled on the camera out-of-the-box.
I think the af was on the center point, so I guess it might need a bit of AFMA, but overall, I am quite happy with the amount of detail (coming from Aps-c, micro4/3 and P&S)

Full size jpg @ https://www.dropbox.com/s/j6s5ihacmse84pb/YOTA1768.jpg?m

Thanks, I will get a hold of a better test chart (this one was printed at home on an old laser printer and came out a bit dodgy I guess) and also with proper lighting.
This is how sharp they should be:

Are these pictures straight out of the camera ?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / How sharp should pics from 5D3 +24-105 be?
« on: March 03, 2013, 05:45:55 AM »
Sorry for posting this again, but I figured that this is the right place for the question rather than in "technical support".
I finally took the plunge and got a 5Dmk3 kit and suffice to say, I am LOVING it. The handling is amazing (on a side note, on my second day of ownership, I learned the hard way that there is a difference between a splash of water, a bit of dust and then the cursed sand of the desert wind  alas, a grain of sand got under the focusing ring of the 24-105 which now makes a grinding sound that even gets picked up by an off-camera mic  )Anyways, apart from this unfortunate occurrence, I need to make sure that I got an ok copy today, seeing as the 14 days of "no questions asked in case of a malfunction-return policy" ends tomorrow. I am no pixel peeper, and I am not the type to buy a box of lenses and only keep the best one. That said, given the substantial size of this investment (for me at least) I'd like to make sure that neither camera nor lens has any obvious faults.So, if anyone would lend me they eyes, it would be greatly appreciated.The "test" shots are with the proper test settings I think (neutral, no NR, tripod, tethered, no monkey business and straight out-of-camera)
different apertures at 105mm

http://500px.com/RuneAbro (different apertures at 24mm)


(might take another 20min before they're all uploaded there :)

I apologize for the messy links, trying to tidy it up :)

EOS Bodies / Re: What if the rumored 5Dx is actually a 4D?
« on: February 20, 2013, 04:33:35 PM »
When reading the above comments regarding mRAW, I was wondering how in-camera downscaling (assuming that mRAW is just that) and downscaling in post compares in terms of IQ. Comparable?

Landscape / Re: Spiral Arm of the Milky Way above the Texas Desert
« on: February 20, 2013, 09:26:05 AM »
Btw, any reason to use the 2010 map rather than http://www.blue-marble.de/nightlights/2012 ?

Landscape / Re: Don't just shoot; look and really see.
« on: February 20, 2013, 09:22:48 AM »

To the OP: thanks for posting those literally awesome pictures.
...if you're a city or suburban bred person, just look. When one hasn't seen it before, it is a revelatory experience like few others you may have in your lifetime.

I grew up in the LA area and then on Long Island - near NYC - and then settled in the suburbs around Detroit. I had never thought much about the night sky at all, except that it was a little better to sleep with less light coming through my widow than during the day.

I remember, when I was about 26 years old, going with an old girlfriend to visit her artist friend who lived in the woods, waaaaay off the beaten track, in the vast empty Michigan Upper Peninsula, in a couple of small sandwiched together mobile homes with the adjoining walls broken down to form a sort of fiberglass and plastic hillbilly castle. We all three sat on the steps leading up to his doorway one chilly November night, and I, certainly not expecting much, had a near religious experience when I looked up to see what seemed to be literally millions of visible stars. I was shocked, astounded. I just silently sat there, open mouthed, and stared for over an hour and a half without uttering a sound. Wow!

I repeated that same experience when out working in the deserts of California, Arizona and Utah. Shooting cars at sunup and sundown brought me to places where light pollution was almost non-existent. Sometimes, when setting up for a dawn shot, we would work on the cars and camera positions until just after the end of "nautical" dusk and then stay the night in vehicles or in sleeping bags until the just-before-dawn call time. My whole crew would typically barbeque some food, drink beer and then smell the occasional burning cigar or wafting bouquet of an assistant's trusty blunt break up the nearly perfect lack of anything from the city . After scaring the new guys with tales of scorpions and rattlers under the tarps and hearing an occasional coyote or other small critter break the otherwise eerie silence, we would all look into the sky and see the miracle of the universe right there before us, in the real world 3-D that makes those plastic glasses and Imax screens seem puny and uninteresting. I kind of wished that someone of us could play some mournful tune on an old harmonica, just to compliment what I felt were the faint voices in the desert wind of the ghosts of all those lonely cowboys of the American West who really had lived under the stars and loved it so much that they stayed living there, in the insufferable deserts and on the desolate prairies, as long as "progress" allowed.

Sometimes, pictures are not enough. Sometimes, you should just put down the camera, to not just record the world, but to live in it. The brilliantly adorned night sky, as countless generations of our long past forbears in song, story and legend saw it, is one excuse to sometimes do just that.
Great shots, great story, I am officially inspired :)
Thanks for the advice and techniques, will give it a shot next week as I am heading into the Negev desert to do some location research for a video shoot.
Guess I better get started on that diy slider :)

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Spec List [CR2]
« on: February 20, 2013, 05:35:53 AM »
[size=78%]You know I have been feeling kind of strange every since I replaced that nasty window on my microwave with a clear pane of glass. This may explain a lot.[/size]
Hmm, this reminded me, that recently, when I turn on our microwave oven, the kitchen transistor radio craps out... This event coincides with the oven timer moving at a factor 5 speed...
No structural defects are visible, but I seem to recall something about a hole turning into an antenna at a certain size? Better get a new microwave (or maybe a 5D between the two... or maybe a fully shielded FM radio?)
Sry bout the off topic..
This thread has made me nervous for some odd reason :)

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