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Lenses / Re: Why does 7D II seem COMPARATIVELY soft with certain lenses?
« on: February 20, 2015, 11:40:52 AM »
Won't say more since this really should be another thread but who can argue with a cell phone being the handiest pocket camera and the one that will be available to anyone during a riot.

The question is more, is this going to suffice for more specialty shots such as our birds.  In my mind the 6D is big enough and I chose it over the 5D III at the time for that reason and still am pleased with that choice.  However I now own the 1D IV for when I head to Haida Gwaii.  I will not be using a cell phone for photos.

Jack

Welcome to the 1 series club Jack. Used 1 series cameras are insanely good value when compared to the price of the 'newest', 'bestest' bodies.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom 6 Coming Very Soon
« on: February 20, 2015, 11:27:41 AM »
A "folder", in LR, is really a "catalog", because LR needs to import image into first.
No it isn't.

Note the quotes. I never said it's a file system folder or the like. A "folder" is just a container for "documents" to be kept together for some reason.

In LR, the "documents" are the images, and the "container" is the catalog. What LR got rid of, is the hiearchical structure of "folders within folders", because such a structure is not flexible. You can open a single "folder" (catalog) at a time, exactly like in any file browser you can usually work on a single folder at a time (not many let you work on subfolders also at the same time, because it can be confusing for most users). Then you use the documents attributes to search, access, and organize them the way you like, without having an inflexible hierarchical structure like a file sytem has.

Back in the old days when document were really stored in folders within drawers, many complex "indexing and retrieval" techniques were developed to access them when a seach implied the need to access several documents across different folders and drawers, because a physical storage can't be multidimensional, and storing different copies in different hiearchies is not usually an option because it would require more space, and they could easily get "out of sync".

The first databases adopted the same hierarchical model. Then, one day (in the '70s), a man called Ted Codd, working than for IBM, proposed a radically different model, the "relational" one. In this model data are not linked (and seached) by parent/child strict relations only, but can be linked (and searched) using different relations based on the data "attributes".

For data that don't have a single search/access path, this method is far more flexible and faster. Actually, a file sytem is a hierarchical database. Where you can get lost, that's why most moder OS index it into a far more manageable database to allow for "find" queries based on file attributes like date, type, contents... in theory a far different file system could be designed, Microsfot thought about it - a file system based on the SQL Server engine.

So what.

The image "documents" exist in exactly the same entity in LR and Aperture, both allow you to form your own folder structure or rely on the program to create a year-month-day based folder structure to contain the image "documents".

You can reference those images alone if you either apply specific exif on import or if you apply a year month day search.

Both programs work the same. You can use a more intuitive folder naming strategy that enables simple location outside the proprietary database, or you can throw your lot in with the database and rely on that to keep track of everything thereby letting go of the ability to make any image location unless you know the specific date the camera calender was set to for that image.

I think most people find the more intuitive route more intuitive, but to be sure, you can make both programs work identically from an image "document", folder, database "catalog" point of view. Indeed it doesn't impact either program if you have 10,000 images one in each of 10,000 separate folders, or one folder with all 10,000 images in it. For technical reasons the later is rarely used because document/image extensions get repeated too frequently without further import management.
 

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom 6 Coming Very Soon
« on: February 20, 2015, 10:23:54 AM »
A "folder", in LR, is really a "catalog", because LR needs to import image into first.

No it isn't.

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Lenses / Re: 16-35F4 L IS, Any good?
« on: February 19, 2015, 07:02:08 PM »
Have to agree with everybody so far, it is a superb lens, it has better contrast and colour in the corners than the 17TS-E.

Do a simple test like the one below, take some time to square off your camera to the targets, I stick a small mirror on the glass and line up the reflection. If there is much deviation in corner performance than don't get it.


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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom 6 Coming March 9
« on: February 19, 2015, 06:53:36 PM »
Russ: re TRIM enabler from Cindori - thanks!!

All SSD's bought from OWC don't need TRIM. I have been running several for years without issue.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom 6 Coming Very Soon
« on: February 19, 2015, 03:41:20 PM »
I'm hoping we get user preferred GPS formats in Lr 6. Decimal Degrees are SO much easier to type and read.

Maybe, if you are not trained in writing them, but they are nowhere near as easy to find on a map or chart.

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Lenses / Re: Broke my 16-35mm f/4L IS
« on: February 19, 2015, 03:08:44 PM »
Just in case anyone has a similar accident, I was charged $143.20 for the repair ($179 standard labor charge minus $35.80 CPS Gold 20% discount).  The service notes say "It was found that the zoom assembly was out of position (unit would not zoom all the way). Unit was disassembled and repaired.  Product functions were confirmed."

I made an appointment and took the lens to Canon's Itasca, IL office (open to CPS Gold, Platinum, and Cinema).  The technician had me wait as he examined the lens to see if it was something that could be repaired or adjusted on the spot.  After a few minutes, he came back and said they had to disassemble the lens and examine it further.  I was pleased they tried to see if they could fix the lens while I waited.  They made the repair and the lens was shipped the following day.

Glad it worked out, I told you it wasn't anything to be worried about didn't I? And it came in nicely under my estimate, result!

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom 6 Coming Very Soon
« on: February 19, 2015, 02:20:01 PM »
I just hope the library management is more robust.

I far prefer LRs edits / processing over Aperture, but every photo winds up in Aperture for me anyways because it handles library management far better IMO.

Can you be specific?

The only thing I liked about Aperture was that is shows AF point.

there is a lightroom plug-in for that as was posted back in september

Quote from: doncristobal on September 14, 2014, 11:26:39 AM

Hi, I published a plugin for this recently, maybe you'll find it of interest.
http://www.lightroomfocuspointsplugin.com
It shows focus points for all all (post-2002) Canon DSLR and all Nikon DSLR. Currently needs Lightroom 5.

-Chris
Great plug-in gives AF points in lightroom

I know, I got it back then when it was posted.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom 6 Coming Very Soon
« on: February 19, 2015, 02:18:18 PM »
I would never buy the $9.99 bundle because it's a ripoff for those like me that don't use PS.

Is it? That seems highly subjective. I was on LR 3.5 a year or so ago. It was either pony up 100 bucks up front for a one time purchase... or just pay 10 bucks a month, locked in for one year. Roughly the same price. And if you look at is as having free upgrade insurance and access to photoshop... not sure "ripoff" is terribly accurate.

LR upgrades are $79 every 1.5 to 2 years, or about $4.40 a month.  So, yes, $9.99 a month is a ripoff for those, like me, that don't use PS.  Note that I do use PS Elements, but the last upgrade cycle I skipped from version 3 to version 9, and got version 9 at Costco for about $80 or so.  So, that's $80 every 6 years or another $1.11 a month.  Would you pay $9.99 for something you like less than what you were paying $5.50 for?  I'd call that a rip off.

Fortunately, LR will likely remain on perpetual license, at least for a while if not a long while.

So you consider $4.49 per month for the best imaging editing software on the planet a ripoff? That is idiotic.

Please explain how forcing me to pay for something I'll never use is NOT a ripoff.

You are not and never have been forced to pay anything. But to consider $4.49 per month for the best image editing software on the planet a ripoff is idiotic.

You don't have to pay that extra $4.49 and if you get the functionality you want for $4.49 per month less, all power to you, be happy, but it is not fair to shout that Adobe are ripping you off when clearly they are not. Explain how selling a premium software program with unlimited upgrades included that is priced at less than a 10 year return on monthly payments is a ripoff.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom 6 Coming Very Soon
« on: February 19, 2015, 11:45:11 AM »
I just hope the library management is more robust.

I far prefer LRs edits / processing over Aperture, but every photo winds up in Aperture for me anyways because it handles library management far better IMO.

Can you be specific?

The only thing I liked about Aperture was that is shows AF point.

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Lenses / Re: Which Lens to buy for Portraits
« on: February 19, 2015, 11:42:50 AM »
That is because those that say it don't understand the difference between lenses and perspective. Stand in the same place and crop a 50mm image to the same framing as a 100mm lens and the perspective, 'look', is the same.
Now you get me curious. I have never done the test and never paid attention to it (I admit) but thanks for bringing that out.
I will do my testing to see.
I am curious if, say the compression, being the apparent distance between the tip of the nose and the eye remains the same.

Anyway, I stick to using longer focal length, not below 85mm for corporate portrait and similar on a full frame (environmental and lifestyle are different matter). I don't want to crop anything if I don't have to (this is one of the very few instances when I respect the get it right in camera stuff (which I really hate)). Besides, I prefer respecting those important people personal space.
Usually, I shoot at 85mm for horizontal head and shoulder , for longer (say knee - up - vertical) I prefer 200mm, everything in between: 135mm. But that is personal preference.
The way I see it, 70-200 allows you to have all these in one gear, besides at f4-5.6 70-200 II vs 85 1.2 you won't see much of a difference. Don't get me wrong, I use primes, but you would have to buy all 3 instead of just one.
I have primes because I shoot mainly events and there I really need wide aperture, 2.8 won't cut it for me.

It does.

Lenses do not create 'compression' your position, your perspective, does.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom 6 Coming Very Soon
« on: February 19, 2015, 11:24:05 AM »
I would never buy the $9.99 bundle because it's a ripoff for those like me that don't use PS.

Is it? That seems highly subjective. I was on LR 3.5 a year or so ago. It was either pony up 100 bucks up front for a one time purchase... or just pay 10 bucks a month, locked in for one year. Roughly the same price. And if you look at is as having free upgrade insurance and access to photoshop... not sure "ripoff" is terribly accurate.

LR upgrades are $79 every 1.5 to 2 years, or about $4.40 a month.  So, yes, $9.99 a month is a ripoff for those, like me, that don't use PS.  Note that I do use PS Elements, but the last upgrade cycle I skipped from version 3 to version 9, and got version 9 at Costco for about $80 or so.  So, that's $80 every 6 years or another $1.11 a month.  Would you pay $9.99 for something you like less than what you were paying $5.50 for?  I'd call that a rip off.

Fortunately, LR will likely remain on perpetual license, at least for a while if not a long while.

So you consider $4.49 per month for the best imaging editing software on the planet a ripoff? That is idiotic.

I can understand not wanting it and not wanting to pay for it if you don't use it, but $4.49 for anything a month is not a ripoff. Consider that PS as a standalone was $650, that is over ten years of monthly payments of $4.49 with no upgrades.

Again, I can understand not using it and not paying for it, but it isn't a ripoff.

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Lenses / Re: Which Lens to buy for Portraits
« on: February 19, 2015, 10:52:53 AM »
My Portraits are usually from the waist up or just a headshot. If I wasn't satisfied with my Nikkor 50 I would go for the Sigma 50 1.4 Art.

A friend lent me his 5D MK III, a 24-70 2.8 MK I, a 50 F1.4 and a 70-300 4-5.6 usm for a few months. The IQ of the nikkor was better than the 24-70. So I didn't bother trying the others. I'm going to take some photos with various focal lengths to get a better idea.

At the moment I'm leaning towards the 85 F1.8 or 200 F2. The CANON EF 70-200mm F/4.0L USM looks interesting as well though since it is very affordable. There are just too many lenses to choose from.

For a 650D for interior portraits at f5.6-11? Grow up.

Look at the work of Joel Grimes, 90% of his website was shot with the 24-105, though he now uses the 24-70 f2.8 MkII, almost all of the subjects are shot in a small studio and composited in to the background afterwards.

For your uses I'd be looking at the 24-70 MkII and the 24-105 for zooms, and the 85 f1.8 and 100 L Macro for primes.

There is no lens magic in a corporate portrait at f5.6-11, none, it is all about the lighting.



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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7D Classic Good Enough for Pros?
« on: February 19, 2015, 02:41:50 AM »
I'd rather have a 1D MkIII than a 7D for around the same money for completed and sold listings on eBay.

Much more of a 'pro' camera.

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Canon General / Re: Lost half of my Canon DSLR
« on: February 19, 2015, 02:07:04 AM »
Also, Marsu, as Florida sees more tourists than most states and some of these cases have made headlines, I can see why the news would report that. Many other states have similar laws and have had them far longer than Florida.  The reality is that as more people in Florida have obtained weapons permits (through background checks and training, etc.) the crime has gone down.

Yes I am a Florida resident too, indeed I live in the same county as the most famous 'stand your ground' case, that wasn't. Zimmerman never invoked the stand your ground defense, he used self defense as his defense.

Thanks for clarifying, guys. I do hope you know that I wasn't making a statement against Florida, but simply stating how this law was reported on over here not only in the yellow press. (I certainly won't comment on the the right to carry guns, as this the "political" topic that indeed is bound to cause unrest). Probably this intense new coverage is part of the love-hate relationship, and of course on the top pages as many people are tourists and know Florida.  I always enjoy looking at mackguyver's Florida shots, I've been there three times and recognize a lo :-)

Hey I didn't think you were making a judgement Marsu, but there are a lot of crazy people in Florida  :)

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