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So it looks like ASUS usesrs mostly love their machine. I'll have to check the price for extended warranties. May be it could stiil be more economjcal to go that way... I've continued looking around and haven't found that many other interesting options.


Look at this review on that series. Good portions of the rgb color space are missing.
http://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-Asus-N550JV-CN201H-Notebook.98311.0.html

Plus the trackpad is not good.



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Thanks,

The W540 appears not to be available in Canada and would probably bust my budget by quite a bit if ordered with that high resolution screen... Yet, the W530 still looks like an appealing option if I can convince the banker.

I am a lenovo partner. I had the w530. The screen was a tn panel and over saturated if you ask me. I found the macbook 15" base model better under bootcamp. The 100% rgb ips display is much better. The w540 is nice but will be expensive. Can you deal with a 14"? The lenovo t440s with 1080p ips display is a good screen. It comes as antiglare and would be more affordable. Weighs 3.8lbs. Upgradeable hard drive and ram. The sony flip series while flimsy have good screens.

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Software & Accessories / Instructions for loading magic lantern on 5d3.
« on: January 17, 2014, 10:56:55 PM »
I tried to download and put the files at the root of an sd card and when it booted no magic. What am I doing wrong?

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Lighting / Looking for a macro ring light for 100mm L
« on: January 17, 2014, 10:53:05 PM »
Anyone have an inexpensive suggestion?

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Portrait / Re: Happy Holidays Photos!
« on: January 05, 2014, 09:25:48 PM »

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Portrait / Re: Happy Holidays Photos!
« on: January 05, 2014, 09:18:06 PM »

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / A little pick me up about the sony alpha 7
« on: December 06, 2013, 12:12:14 AM »
I just got the sony alpha 7 with kit lens. I was hoping to replace my wife's nex 6 with this since it will hold her 16-50 collapsable zoom and be a FF travel camera for me. Not the case so far.

Cons:
Iq worse with apsc e mount lenses
Auto-mode wife would use starts the shutter usually 2/focal length.
Phase detect is poor or does not come on during low light.
The two main dials sit in front and back of shutter release making this camera akward to hold.
The grip is tall but way too shallow.
Lack of speedlites and lens choices
Finally the awb and standard picture style make the reds look orange.

Sooooo I grabbed my 5d and all I can say is ergonimics and good glass make the weight and size worth it. Like anything other manufacturers will follow but this needs time to evolve. Now I see the light on Canon's choice for the Sl1 and 6d since they are smaller and lighter but are more functional. I do own a sony nex 6 but again the lens selection is low and as said many times on this forum good Glass is important than just a sensor alone. Just my 2 cents.

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I posted about this subject recently and I've yet to pull the trigger....torn between 13 and 15 inch mrpro.

My experience for what it's worth on this subject.

Have two Lads, so that's 3 MacBook Pro's, bought 2 x 15" last year with Retina, 1TB (almost) SSD, 8GB RAM, bought 1 x 13", same deal.

I tried the 13" for my go away Photography needs (have an older 15" MacBook Pro that I used to use), found the 13" screen size just wasn't up to what was comfortable, clearly a better fit for weight etc, but the screen size just didn't do it for me, but the Retina display is a total Joy.

Couldn't convince either of my Boys to give up a 15" (ungrateful little People), so just ordered the new MacBook Pro 15" with the Haswell chip.

One of my Lads runs Windows (Games that only run on windows, poor deluded child), with Boot Camp, this 15" MacBook Pro has been back to Apple service 4 times with serious issues, the other 15" that only runs OSX (The smarter of the two), no issues, all bought same time, make your own conclusions don't want to get into a Windows/Apple discussion, about as useless as a Nikon/Canon discussion. My Lad ended up clearing the hard drive of the problematic Mac, returning it to OSX only, and taking My older 15" MacBook Pro and setting it up for Windows only, seems to work well when each Computer is only running OSX or Windows.

I used to run a 17" MacBook Pro, still have it in a cupboard, love the screen size, but don't believe I'de ever go back to the size & weight of the 17" when I feel the 15" just seems the perfect fit.

I see the Op mentions only running SSD 256GB, believe me you will find this just isn't enough HD space, I used to config with 500GB SSD (Almost), but now config with 1TB (Almost), and my new Order I've gone with the 1TB Pcle Flash Storage, another thing if you can pull on the cost, is increase to 16GB SDRAM, unfortunately by the time you push the new MacBook Pro specs to the limits, you now have a USD$3,650 Computer, but it's going to be a screamer, until the new one comes out, next year.

Ok so I stuck with the 256gb for 2 reasons cost and kept the integrated graphics. Finally windows on a retina screen with good battery life. If I had went for the 512 I would have been running the gt 750 all the time and the there comes the heat again. I can say I have done a few boot camp windows installs on all the retina macbooks 13-15 and all the processor variables and once up and running never had an issue but I do it so little tweaks and approaches may not be the norm for others.

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Ok i calibrated the new 15" macbook pro haswell and it moved up to 100% rgb from 99% on my 2013 model. The contrast was 871:1 which is a slight improvement. Definitely a much brighter panel.

What did you use to calibrate it?
Spyder 4 pro
With their software.

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I ask this in all seriousness...not try to start a flamewar...

Why would you install Windows? Is there a video game you play that isn't available on OS X? Follow on question...why Windows 8.1?

No games. I hate osx but there just is not any quality 100% rgb ips laptops out right now that i can find. Any suggestions and i would be glad to return it. 8.1 because it works great for me and is the best version of windows to handle the hi dpi scaling not as good as mavericks but good enough.

Since you hate OSX, you should take a look at Sony Viao Pro 13", the Samsung ATIV Book 8 or 9, and possibly the Asus N550JV or Zenbooks.  Some can be configured to have high pixel density touch screen IPS LED monitors with the current Haswell processors, SSD, with integrate or dedicated graphics.

But if you must really insist on a Mac, be wary as the new entry level 15" Macbook Pro Retina DOES NOT HAVE DEDICATED GRAPHICS.  Primary difference between the top spec 13" MBP Retina vs the entry level MBP Retina are in the screen size/resolution, processor, size and weight.  The integrated Iris Pro graphics in both machines show negligible difference in performance.

As for heat, I have a 2011 15" MBP with a 2 GHZ quard core i7 and replaced it with the top spec 15" MBP Retina with the 2.6 GHZ core i7 haswell.  According to my SystemPal app, the CPUs in both computers still exceed 190 degrees F while conducting the same tasks (extensive photoshop, final cut rendering, and running Win 7 via Parallels).  The fans in the MBP Retina are noticeably quieter than my old model but they stay on for the same amount of time.

Ok here is why.
Sony vaio pro 13 and duo 13 have good screens but major wifi issues and cost on the larger specked ones is the same as the 13" pro or base 15 mbpr. At least the mac retains the resale for when a windows machine surfaces with my needs.
Asus ux51 small rgb color space and same high cost
Samsung ativ 9 and yoga 2 both have a. Yellow and green issue
Asus zenbook ux301 is not out but is an option
Otherwise I have not been able to find a decent screen and form factor in the $1500-$1900 range. I do hope sony's vaio flip 13 has the wifi fixed since it seems like an option and the sony's have good rgb screens.

Yeah the 15" still has heat but better battery life. Still struggling with wifi connectivity so may swap it for the 13 till something better gets released toward thee nd of the year or early next.

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I use the 13inch (2013) . Retina model and I really like it ... coz it is portable enough to carry anywhere and good enough to edit ... I have no problem with the 13 inch screen size.
The reason for choosing 13 inch MBP was:
A few years ago I had a 17 inch Alienware but the size always got in the way of being able to edit anywhere I liked ... Also when I do plan on sitting for a few hours of editing, I always fire up the iMac ... but for the times when I did not want to sit that long for editing or when I wanted watch a movie on my home theater and have a light weight (and capable) laptop next to me to edit a few photos, (especially during the times when I find a boring part of the movie/tv show or during adverts), but the big 17 inch screen "got in the way" for such activity, so I sold it and got a 14 inch Alienware. But it was still a bit heavy to carry around anywhere (especially during vacations or on the road) ... so I sold it and got a 13 inch MBP in 2012, so I could watch movies/TV shows on my big screen in the living room and pick up the 13 inch MBP do a few quick edits when there are adverts or boring scenes. I sold it last month for the 2013 Retina model ... it is a lot lighter and the battery life is awesome plus its size is perfect for traveling ...   Since I keep all my photos and lightroom catalogs in several 1TB portable USB 3 external hard disks, its easy to plug it into the iMac and continue on with longer editing sessions.

Yeah thats a good idea maybe ill consider swapping it for the 13" and spending the extra on a 500gb ssd ext so i could swap the catalog between my workstation and this. Thats exactly what I do some edits between commercials or what he wife is watching.

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I ask this in all seriousness...not try to start a flamewar...

Why would you install Windows? Is there a video game you play that isn't available on OS X? Follow on question...why Windows 8.1?

No games. I hate osx but there just is not any quality 100% rgb ips laptops out right now that i can find. Any suggestions and i would be glad to return it. 8.1 because it works great for me and is the best version of windows to handle the hi dpi scaling not as good as mavericks but good enough.

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Ok i calibrated the new 15" macbook pro haswell and it moved up to 100% rgb from 99% on my 2013 model. The contrast was 871:1 which is a slight improvement. Definitely a much brighter panel.

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Thanks Everyone.

I did end up with the 15" model. I just could not justify going down to the 13". The display is much brighter and it definitely feels snappier than my 2013 early 15" basically I get better battery, lower heat, and faster ssd storage. Installed windows 8.1 in a few hours and works great. Hope to calibrate tom and see if the panel has finally hit or exceeded 100% rgb and what contrast ratio I have.

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I can tell you that I took my 13" MBA on a trip and it worked fine for minor edits with regard to speed, but its screen was way too small for LR to be comfortable for me.  Get as much memory and as large a HD as you can.  Next time out, I'm going to try my 15" MBP.

I was just asking since everyone keeps talking about 11 and 13" airs if they have regrets not getting a 15" or bigger. The 13" allows for more storage but the frustrating part is the jump from 256gb hd to 512gb on the 15" is $600 and yeah you get dedicated graphics but I have that now with my early 2013 retina. I wanted less heat  and more battery since I run windows exclusively. Unfortunately there is not much with windows and accurate displays in the 4.5lb category. Maybe the new dell m3800 will surprise us but who knows.

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