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Software & Accessories / Re: DNGs on external HD only?
« on: February 25, 2013, 07:22:06 PM »
Dear CR fellas,
Does anyone know if it's possible to have the original files (DNGs) on an external HD only and still have labeling/keywording and all that stuff working? The idea is to have the desktop with selected JPEGs only.
Thanks in advance!

yes this is how i do it
i have a 2.5" working drive with all my LR stuff and then back that up to another desktop HD and a LACIE 5Big RAID Server

Thanks, wickidwombat! :)

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Software & Accessories / DNGs on external HD only?
« on: February 25, 2013, 03:13:44 PM »
Dear CR fellas,
Does anyone know if it's possible to have the original files (DNGs) on an external HD only and still have labeling/keywording and all that stuff working? The idea is to have the desktop with selected JPEGs only.
Thanks in advance!

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EOS-M / Re: The Next EOS M? [CR1]
« on: February 25, 2013, 02:05:19 PM »
(...)
1. I want to skip purchase of another DSLR
2. I want to skip purhcasing any further APS-C cameras
3. I want to move right on to a compact, hi-performance FF mirrorless ILC with
* excellent sensor
* fast contrast+in-sensor-plane Phase-AF
* hi-end EVF
* full ergonomic controls [i.e. 2 wheels! ] 
* at max. 1/3 of the cost of a Leica M system - so basically at the price of Sony RX-1 
(...)

My wishlist is very similar, with the difference that I don't care about sensor size as long as image quality is good. Both the Olympus OM-D EM-5 and the Fuji X-Pro1/X-E1 look nice to me, and rumor has it that newer models will be available by the end of the year, when I'll think it through.

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Lenses / Re: Best lens for baby portraits?
« on: February 25, 2013, 11:27:56 AM »
Lots of good advice here, but I understand the OP wants to rent, not buy, a lens; hence my recommendation for the 50mm f/1.2L.
I'd only buy a fast prime after getting a good all-around zoom (for the 60D, the 17-55mm f/2.8, for instance), although many people would disagree and vote for a prime lens-only kit.
Tell us what you decided for and show us some pics!
Daniel

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Lenses / Re: Best lens for baby portraits?
« on: February 25, 2013, 09:53:27 AM »
On a crop body I would buy the 50mm f/1.4 (I did) and rent the 50mm f/1.2L. I would also consider the new Sigma 35mm f/1.4, which I might even buy later on, even though I just love my 17-55mm f/2.8.
Congratulations, and happy shooting!
Daniel

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Lenses / Re: 650D lenses
« on: February 23, 2013, 10:43:42 AM »
Start saving your pennies for either the efs 17-55 2.8 IS or the efs 15-85. Buy lenses (preferably used) for your current camera and don't concern yourself with a future "what if".
+1
I've struggled for some time to decide which lens to buy. I bought a 60D with the 18-135 lens which, despite its versatility, is neither sharp nor fast. About a year ago I bought a 50/1.4 for portraits and low-light, but I've found it to be not wide enough for casual shooting. About two weeks ago, after considering going FF, I've decided to follow such advice and get the 17-55/2.8. It's a wonderful lens, that stays on my camera 95% of the time now; only very rarely I need shallower DoF than it can give. (When I first started it was always about razor-thin DoF, but nowadays I prefer both eyes in focus...)
I guess the most important thing is to decide what your needs are. If you need the best low-light capabilities ever, then you should go FF. In my case, I wanted to go FF (it happens eventually after spending too much time here...) but had no need for it, and couldn't justify the expense; I sticked to what I had, for it's more than enough for a little landscape shooting now and then, and for taking pics of family. By the end of the year my kid will be walking around the house, and only then I'll buy another camera for having better AF (70D or 7D mark 2, will see).
The grass will always be greener... Be happy with what you need/can afford.
Make a decision based on your needs and buy good glass, and take good pics now. Don't spend two years using inferior glass because you might go FF some day, like I did.
Happy shooting! :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Too early to sell 60D?
« on: February 21, 2013, 05:12:55 PM »
(...) I am sick of the ISO performance of the 60D (...)
Have you tried Topaz DeNoise 5? It makes ISO 1600 very good, and ISO 3200 good even for relatively large prints.

As for selling it now or not, well, I'm keeping mine and will probably buy a 7D mark 2 as soon as the price drops a little, and only then I'll consider selling my 60D.

Check these out:









It seems that there is some pattern of price drop after a few years (earlier for Rebel cameras?) followed by a  period of relative stability.



Maybe the drop has already happened for the 60D. Not sure. I'm keeping mine (and Topaz DeNoise...). :)

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Here are some pics from RX1. 35mm. Shooting distance was around 3'- 4' from camera to subject(s).
http://albums.phanfare.com/isolated/fPRlYszx/1/5948895

Great pics!
I'll try shooting only at 35 mm equiv with my 60D and see how it works for me.
Thanks!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Spec List [CR2]
« on: February 20, 2013, 07:49:17 PM »
How harmful would it be for them to pay a small team of photo nerds to surf the web all day and find out what buyers want?
(Heck, I'd do it for free if they let me try some prototypes every now and then.)

Hey Canon, I want a 1DXs - a 45mp full frame camera with 1DX performance.  Will happily pay up to $1500.  Don't forget to make it EF-S compatable in crop sensor mode.

And how's that Eos-Me going with built in EVF and zippy AF?  I assume we've got some new lenses coming out soon?

PS - Where can I send my invoice for market research work? :)

I guess I'm learning it the hard way...  ;D

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There we go:

http://fujifilm.jp/personal/digitalcamera/x/fujifilm_x20/sample_images/

Thanks for sharing ;)

@ISO800, x20 looks good to me. Look forward to see x100s performs at ISO3200 & 6400 in low light. :o

What about the fixed 35 mm equiv focal length? I'm not sure about it. What do you think?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Spec List [CR2]
« on: February 20, 2013, 07:29:39 PM »
How harmful would it be for them to pay a small team of photo nerds to surf the web all day and find out what buyers want?
Because people posting in forums are not necessarily buyers, or at least there is hardly any connection between internet opinion and sales, the latest example is the underwhelming but popular 6d.

What happens if you ask buyers about what they want you can as well file for bankruptcy right away like when Homer's brother let him design a car: http://simpsons.wikia.com/wiki/The_Homer

 :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Spec List [CR2]
« on: February 20, 2013, 07:26:39 PM »
Where did you get this rumor from - CR :-> ? I think the decisive Canon people are in Japan and a small circle of execs (like the CEO in a recent interview) and maybe some tech people, and I would be very surprised if any information from places like this would reach them - most likely they rely on their internal marketing studies and some direct feedback from cps professionals and beta testers.

How harmful would it be for them to pay a small team of photo nerds to surf the web all day and find out what buyers want?
(Heck, I'd do it for free if they let me try some prototypes every now and then.)

Very harmful.

The data would not be simply useless, it would be misleading garbage.

Market research is a science. Canon has decades of hard data based on its sales figures. In addition, everyone who fills out a warranty card goes into a data base that Canon can mine for additional information. They scour competitors annual reports and sales figures, just as the competitors scour theirs.

The data is supplemented with surveys that adhere to strict standards to assure that they are polling a representative sample of customers. Those surveys are no doubt conducted on every continent to study trends in each region. They also likely use focus groups of key customer subsets to flesh out the data. They use field testers to try products out in the real world and give them feedback.

A basic rule of any polling is that you never, never use subjects that self-select. They are notoriously unreliable and not representative of the larger universe. Just one tiny example shows how fruitless it would be: there is zero ability to match up the data on this website with actual buying patterns. There is nothing that could assure Canon that the whining, trolling and fantasizing that goes on on internet forums has any relationship whatsoever to sales.

At most, they may employ robots to search the internet for key words and associations. The best you can hope for, is that if Canon finds a spike in the internet on some word string, like: "5DIII, Weak Focus, Low Light " they might investigate it further to see if there is a trend or problem developing.

But, it is crazy to think Canon or any other manufacturer is going to waste valuable resources trolling internet forums.

It does make sense, indeed.
Thanks for the great answer!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Spec List [CR2]
« on: February 20, 2013, 05:40:51 PM »
Where did you get this rumor from - CR :-> ? I think the decisive Canon people are in Japan and a small circle of execs (like the CEO in a recent interview) and maybe some tech people, and I would be very surprised if any information from places like this would reach them - most likely they rely on their internal marketing studies and some direct feedback from cps professionals and beta testers.

How harmful would it be for them to pay a small team of photo nerds to surf the web all day and find out what buyers want?
(Heck, I'd do it for free if they let me try some prototypes every now and then.)

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EOS Bodies / Re: 2013 Predictions for Canon EOS Products
« on: February 20, 2013, 05:33:38 PM »
I know that this is a bit off topic but I couldn't help to notice an X-Pro2 and a X-E2 down the Fuji line for this year! Are you serious? The E-X1 haven't even had one year since its launch and now there is an X-E2??? Makes you wonder the reliability of these predictions.

I noticed it, too!
Can't wait to see these two from Fuji and the Olympus OM-D EM-7!

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EOS Bodies / Re: 2013 Predictions for Canon EOS Products
« on: February 20, 2013, 05:29:39 PM »
Anyone know what Canon camera is in this below linked picture?  Never seen one with the red piece by the hotshoe.   

http://500px.com/photo/26318243

Update:Even more suspicious is the Canon logo has been removed, this has a pop-up flash and looks to be in new condition.  Can't place the lens either the more I look at this - size wise looks like the 85mm 1.2 but the bulge appears different by the camera mount from the current 85,1.2???

Lens is the 50L. Camera looks like a 7D.  If it was a new body, it would have the locking mode dial. The 7D has a separate piece of plastic where that red piece is, would be one click with the PS magic wand and a color change.

That's what it looks like to me as well. As for the red panel, could also be paint or tape. Perhaps a test body?

I don't want to falsely accuse someone, but does anyone else think there is something weird going on with this picture? The monk's left hand isn't supporting the camera and doesn't appear to be anywhere near the camera actually. I can't imagine why anyone would Photoshop the camera in and maybe it's just my imagination, but something doesn't look right.

You are ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. It is a cut-paste job. This jumped out at me the moment I saw the photo.

Well, it's a pretty decent job, I would say.

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