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It is a POS!  Who cares about a 5K display if it is only sRGB

What is the colour space of the Internet and almost every computer screen? sRGB.
This ^ from the guy so thoroughly dissatisfied with Canon camera's current DR???
You desire (but cannot afford) the ultimate in DR but are also satisfied with limited gamut?

Photography Technique / Re: DoF question
« on: October 14, 2014, 04:07:57 PM »
.... I don't know if GIFs work here.......

Nice gif!


I work in IT ….

…......Install the service pack and run Windows update.  The drivers should be updated before you attempt any application installs.

If you can swing it, get yourself a 250 GB SSD and install Windows 7 on it and all your applications.  You will be surprised how fast Win 7 install on a SSD drive.  Save your HDD as a data drive, ….

I built a PC and helped my nephew build one for himself about a year ago.  Sourced all the parts except for the motherboard, cpu and power supply from newegg.com.  I live about 2 hrs drive from the S.F. bay area and found a good price on a package deal (motherboard, CPU and PS) from a local computer store in Santa Clara:


It's actually fun to build a computer  .  Really.  Just allow yourself about 8 hrs. if its your first build. 
I believe newegg had some DIY videos at one time on YouTube as well as their website......

For those of us not in IT, it's difficult to keep up with the state of the art, well, for me anyway, I suspect for many others as well.
Having not kept up to speed, the most difficult and time consuming part of a new PC build is researching component selection, I spent months.
I reverse showroomed my build, that is, I did a lot of research on line, final purchase was made in a retail store.

I chose ASUS for the motherboard based on features and prior experience with the brand, read a lot of reviews.

I found NewEgg very helpful, many individual product pages have links to the corresponding Manufacturer's product page(s).

I ended up purchasing at MicroCenter as there's one not too far away from my current location in MI.
I've since placed some other orders with NewEgg.
When I lived in the Monterey Bay area of California I built a couple of PCs from Fry's, another from Central Computers in Santa Clara as they specialize in ASUS and only a few other quality motherboard brands. Perhaps Central is who lilmsmaggie is thinking of?

I've been quite satisfied dealing with NewEgg, Fry's, Central and MicroCenter with some qualifications to that statement.

NewEgg's web site has a ton of information which is very very helpful but I found no way to get any sort of human assistance in purchasing decisions at least by phone, I didn't even want to try on-line chat on the matter. Contrast with B&H phone ordering where staff understands your questions and has (or gets) answers.
Fry's are Walmart huge, getting knowledgeable help is hit or miss. Best if you know what you want going in.
Central and Micro Center are much smaller and more personal, generally more knowledgeable than at Fry's. Still helps if you have a good idea what you want going in.
I would buy from any of those four again.

The actual physical build time was maybe two hours on my latest, earlier builds took about an hour with simpler gear.
Minimal tools are needed, a small Phillips, magnetic is good, small needle nose or large tweezers, a cutter of some sort to open packaging and trim ties, good light and maybe a magnifier.
OS install on modern hardware was pretty quick, maybe 20 minutes or so.
Service pack installation should not be needed, just buy Windows & SP1 and the SP is already integrated in.
Drivers come with motherboards and some other components, often there are updated versions on line.
Installation time of other programs varies widely according to program selection.

Instead of a single 250GB SSD I used two, one for the OS and programs, the second for files. I added a   1TB HD for back up, an optical bay mounted slot loader bay for additional and redundant back up.
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Choosing components is the part I found most difficult.

I started with the desire to have a fully color controlled work flow for stills.
I decided on a wide gamut monitor with an integrated calibration solution from NEC. DisplayPort was the video interface that sounded most attractive so that choice narrowed motherboard and processor choices.
I have no interest in shooting video so I went with on board graphics instead of a discrete video card. Modern on board graphics are very capable.

I'm fussy about memory, I'll choose only from the motherboard manufacturer's recommendations and max out from there, same for the processor.

I like excess capacity from the power supply and modular connections to keep the inside of the case tidy, both for aesthetics and air flow.

Choose a case for fans and air flow, drive mounts and then appearance to taste.
Noctua makes exquisitely beautiful fans and coolers though the colors are bland to say the least.
Whatever brand of fans and coolers you choose, if the motherboard supports Pulse Width Modulated (PWM) fans, spend for those.
Stock processor coolers are barely adequate, two steps up is plenty, no need to go nuts.
The final bit of color management is a printer/ink/paper profiler.
Calibrate the monitor when it's well warmed up with minimized ambient light, profile the printer/ink/paper combination to be used, soft proof in Lightroom or whatever using the desired profile and minimized ambient light, what you then see on your screen will match the printer output very closely.




Instead of buying a new PC, you can simply buy a decent SSD, install as an additional drive in your computer and setup dual boot, so you can choose which to load.   Be sure when doing the OS install you disconnect the other drives. I would then have 3 drives in your PC, Vista boot, 8.1 boot then a high capacity drive for data. You can then slowly migrate stuff to the new OS as you wish. 


Adobe cloud is a bargain. 10 bucks a month or 120 per year for LR and PS.  If I bought packaged software it would cost me years of subscriptions anyway, and then I'd miss out on all those free upgrades along the way or I'd need to pay extra each time.


(that said, as others have mentioned, LR is still available without the nasty rental model (note that I refuse to call it CC or cloud, since it's nothing to do with distributed computing, oops I mean 'cloud' computing. They simply went to a rental model. Nothing more and nothing less. Although it's mostly less  ;D .))
While I too like the concept of adding an SSD and installing Windows 7, I suggest you first visit the Microsoft Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor Page, and run the software available there, see if the rest of your current hardware is up to snuff.

Based on my personal experience, I consider 4GB memory an absolute minimum requirement for Windows 7, 8GB or 16GB is desirable, I'm using 32GB so as to future proof this machine as best I can considering the unknow-ability of future developments.
As I write this with little open but the browser and a few programs that start themselves at boot, the system is using 3.38GB of memory.
Shortly after installing Windows 7 SP1, I ran the system update giving it free reign to update everything it saw fit. Memory use went up to 10 or 11GB during that update. Had the system had less memory available it would have fallen to a swap file to make up the difference which would have excruciatingly extended an already length process.

I feel a phone cam sneer coming on, sorry in advance, hokay?
I, for one, welcome the plethora of phone cams and their massive proliferation, everyone has one everywhere, no scene escapes.
And then facebook, instagram, Flickr and the rest become inundated with phone cam output, um, er, ugh.
All this phone cam output makes the output from larger and far more capable cameras look all the more impressive in comparison. 
Thank you phone togs for making photographers look so competent.
Time lapse, done, played, cliched. Less than 1% of the time lapse I've seen in the last year has been worth the click to view it. The links posted above? I want my clicks back.

Instagram, thank you, please keep it up.
Canon, thank you even more, please keep on.

Hi Tolusina.
I'll take your word for that, here are a couple of mine, taken at Goodwood, poor viewing position, poor sky! I went to the Bournmouth Air Festival to see them fly together, great viewing position, much better weather, the Canadian Lancaster was grounded by an engine issue! :(
I'm not terribly happy with the pics, but at least I saw them together. I will confess to finding it difficult to shoot with tears in my eyes, they cause me great emotion, possibly due to my father having been a Normandy veteran (foot slogger not fly boy).

Cheers, Graham.

Here are a few I took at Duxford recently. I felt the skies ruined nearly all my shots of the two Lancasters together. Have kept the shots to try to go back to one day, but I think they are beyond hope  :(

If your Lancaster photos are in focus and reasonably well exposed, please please post them.
I've been hoping some of you 'over there' would get to shoot those two together, their reunion being of historical interest.
Photos of the pair don't need to be art in order to be historic and iconic.

IMG_0684_DxO by Valvebounce25, on Flickr

IMG_0690_DxO by Valvebounce25, on Flickr

IMG_0675_DxO by Valvebounce25, on Flickr

Cheers, Graham.
Thank you Graham.
No, these photos aren't the high quality art as we see from Keith Breazeal regularly, but no matter.
From what I know, those are the last two Lancs flying and rather historic that they got the opportunity to fly together. It's very possible they'll never fly together again.

Photos of these old Birds are a reminder of The Greatest Generation, all that they did, all that they sacrificed.
Treasure these photos, the reminder of the teary eyed moment and all the reasons why you teared.
dhr90, please, your Lanc photos too!!
Thank You for the Diamond Lil photo above, the B-24 my Father flew was the "Chicken Ship".

I have Dad's copy of Stephen E. Ambrose' "The Wild Blue", which is mostly an account of George McGovern's B-24 missions with the 15th Air Force, 455th Bomb Group.
Dad's copy is annotated and footnoted, includes a copy of Dad's flight log. Dad flew with the 454th Bomb Group on many of the same missions that McGovern flew.
Reading Ambrose' account of McGovern's missions is also reading about Dad's.
I've been following this thread closely since its beginning, I sincerely Thank You All for your contributions, wish I had photos to contribute.
Thanks too to all those that have dedicated so much to keeping these birds flying.
For those who don't already know, WWII air crew losses exceeded those of even Infantry. So many did so much from the Home Front to the Battle Fronts, we owe an un-payable debt to all.
The Greatest Generation certainly has my gratitude that they did what they did so that following generations won't have to on that scale, hopefully, never again.

Aside, as emotional as these WWII War Bird photos are for me, I think my favorite photo of the thread is way back several pages, a Mustang And a Warthog together. You really didn't want to be in the other side's tank if either of those approached.
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You All.

If you choose to use a camera, start with a room you can darken, expose with bounce flash to control reflections.
To save post work, set a custom white balance to compensate for any flash color shift due to the flash's bouncing around the room.

Use a mirror flat on your subject or on the surface where your subject will be placed, align the camera such that the center focus point falls in the center of the reflection of the lens, camera is now square in all axes to the subject.

Compose and focus with live view if available. ISO at minimum. I'd start metering in aperture priority, choose an aperture in your lens' sweet spot usually between f6.3 to f11 more or less, let the camera and ETTL flash choose the shutter speed.
Switch off the room lights and shoot.

Chimp that shot, decide if you want or need to set a specific shutter speed and flash power setting.

Regardless of what else you read here on CR and/or elsewhere on the internet, I suspect you'll be best served by a Legal Professional.
What you've described sounds quite innocent, wholesome and innocuous, the way things are today you may experience extreme and unexpected backlash of the sort that costs huge in legal fees, ruins your reputation, ends with incarceration or any combination of those.
Don't mess around gambling with your future serenity, seek a Pro in the field.


Here are a few I took at Duxford recently. I felt the skies ruined nearly all my shots of the two Lancasters together. Have kept the shots to try to go back to one day, but I think they are beyond hope  :(

If your Lancaster photos are in focus and reasonably well exposed, please please post them.
I've been hoping some of you 'over there' would get to shoot those two together, their reunion being of historical interest.
Photos of the pair don't need to be art in order to be historic and iconic.

Reviews / Re: Are Gitzo's really overrated?!
« on: October 06, 2014, 02:32:25 PM »
I have a Gitzo GT2531LVL, Acratech Ultimate GP Ballhead.
Both are beasts, I expect they'll last the rest of my life.
The Gitzo has one design/engineering flaw that was apparent from photos and description, I accepted that going in and have addressed it since. Can't complain about this flaw.
It had a manufacturing defect (in duplicate) that I found unacceptable, the ends of the post weren't square. B & H stood behind it with a replacement, same defect present.
Gitzo support (U.S. and Italy) just didn't care, Italy suggested I buy a Manfrotto leveling base to address the flaw, I found that totally unacceptable, that would have largely defeated the object of a leveling post.
I found a local machinist who was happy to take my money to true the center post aluminum end pieces with a lathe, I now hope to never ever have to part with this now marvelous support.
Gitzo support gave me the impression that they were poorly treated low wage clerks with little (if any) knowledge of what, how and why their products should work.
I did want one spare part to modify, ordered through B & H, shipped from Gitzo/Manfrotto's support contractor in Arizona, part arrived quickly, reasonably priced.
I'll rate Gitzo support one thumb up, two thumbs down.
There's something lacking in factory QC too but I was unable to get through to anyone who might care.
I even rang Gitzo/Manfrotto in the U.K., looking for contacts I couldn't get through U.S. support. Response from the U.K., while very pleasant, had no additional help to offer.


Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon's 2.300$ D750 said to best 5DIII
« on: October 04, 2014, 10:52:25 PM »

Here's one.

Visit http://www.luminous-landscape.com

The principal behind that website used to own and review a lot of Canon equipment. Going back as far as the EOS 1V. The 5DII was his last serious Canon camera.

Now, he not only doesn't own any but Canon products haven't feature on that website in many years now.
A quick search of LL shows that is indeed quite true.
That establishes the LL site as a place for partial and biased journalists which throws doubt on everything they publish.
Really? A photography site with regular gear features that excludes the market leader?
Thank you so much for bringing it to our attention that LL is so biased and dilbert approved.

You can quit any time before you get farther behind.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon's 2.300$ D750 said to best 5DIII
« on: October 04, 2014, 03:20:10 PM »
.....LOL! That's so funny. I'm going to be nice and not say any more because you've said more than I expect you realize about yourself here.........

I assure you, I'm well aware of what I wrote, every word carefully considered and chosen. I find it odd that you find it laughable and worthy of your disrespect.
......Nah, you'd miss me.....

Not in the least, that's a promise.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon's 2.300$ D750 said to best 5DIII
« on: October 04, 2014, 02:26:01 PM »
........ Let me clue you in on something: nature isn't built with photographers in mind.......
Um, nature, the world, everything in it, light, shadows, contrast, tonal gradations, compositional elements, all available instantly in infinite combinations, combinations that continually change with time of day, year, weather, viewer's mood and perspective, another combination available with a single step in any direction, words can never even begin to describe a single instant of our visual input to a blind person yet a click of the shutter can record and archive any instant to share with the sighted.
You are so wrong dilbert, nature is indeed symbiotic with photography, you have no cluing me in to do here, none.
......Flash systems? For 99%+ of my shots I don't use a flash.........

Shadows dilbert, your favorite topic and you and your use of your gear's inability to reproduce detail from shadows; shadows are places where light is reduced or blocked partially or entirely.
I think you could stand to learn some lighting techniques beyond simple, flash is one way shadows can, in a controlled manner, be exposed to light and exposed to your sensor.
You are welcome to wish for exquisite detail in every crag in every distant mountain in a landscape scene, you are welcome to continue to wish.

I'm already committing next year's tax return to buying Sony...

…....Conservative market stability is not something that I desire. My camera and lenses are tools, not investments. A digital camera (like any other technology product) is obsolete the day it is announced........

And there's the crux.
You have no budget for the gear you desire, you're waiting on next year's return.
You have my sympathy, I've been there too.
While there, I learned that I had to accept and work within budget limitations, it served no one, especially myself, to continually protest things I could not change. I longed for a 5DII for so long, the 5DIII was released and longed for, then the 6D arrived along with a budget change, meanwhile I worked a D80.
Perhaps if you'd had a conservative and stable outlook to your purchases, you'd have gotten more enduring satisfaction from those purchases.
In other TL:DR words, step up (buy your desired Exmor now) or step aside (grace us with your absence).

Software & Accessories / Re: Bent tripod leg
« on: October 03, 2014, 08:08:25 PM »
I'd take it apart and find a wooden dowel, maybe two different sizes to push down the tube, first the smaller dowel, then the larger.    If its the lower section, I might even leave the dowel in place since it will likely bend again.
I like the way you're thinking here.
I'm thinking similarly only using a steel pipe as an internal anvil to keep things round, judicious hammering on the bends to straighten.
Leaving a dowel in place as a stiffener sounds brilliant, I'm also thinking steel electrical conduit, copper water pipe or aluminum tubing.
Teen, for a metal forming heat source you're going to need more than a lighter. Consider a basic propane torch from any hardware store, very inexpensive. For more heat, switch out the propane bottle for Mapp gas.
If you see an oxygen/propane or oxygen/Mapp torch, keep walking right past. All I've ever gotten from those is a lighter wallet. They blow through both gasses in a big hurry, they don't begin to approach the heating capability of a real oxygen/acetylene set which really is the next and comparatively expensive step up from a simple propane or Mapp torch.
I like a hose between my torch head and bottle but adding one usually costs more than the torch kit.
Do not use a pocket butane lighter to ignite any torch, it can become a literal bomb in your hand, use a sparker.

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