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Thanks the Dell's are expensive but at least I will look for a 8 bit or greater ips. May just have to spring the money. Waiting to see what October launches we'll see.

Software & Accessories / Re: Are Ultrabooks Fast enough?
« on: September 09, 2012, 11:43:23 PM »
I do all my post-processing with my MacBook Pro, 16gb RAM, and 512gb SSD.  It's super fast for anything that I throw at it.  The key is getting at least 8gb RAM and the SSD.  The SSD makes a world of difference.

I am sure your Mac runs great but I find on all these forums everyone immediately goes the Mac Route. I think ultrabooks like the Asus UX31A with it's 1080p ips antiglare screen prove that windows still has it's place. Also a lot of people who post these are looking at cost and I am sorry but you can get way more for your money on the windows side of the fence plus a much larger selection. Blu-ray Drives are another plus in laptops/desktops that are not on the Mac Camp. Don't get me wrong I have IPADS,IPHONES but when it comes to computers in general I find Windows allows me to do more frequent hardware refreshes and it's cheaper.

I have an i7-2500k, 8GB RAM, a pair of Asus VH242H displays, an i1 Display Pro calibrator, and a Wacom tablet.  It is fine for looking at photos but editing a 25MB .dng with lots of brushstrokes in LR4.1 can run it into the ground. 

A faster processor and 12 or 16GB of RAM would be a better idea, as would one good monitor; The panels I have are remarkably inconsistent for brightness and color temperature.

The calibrator and the tablet are swell once you figure them out, applying adjustment brushes is much easier with the tablet.

The only other thing I'd change on this setup would be a faster drive array.  I have for storing photos a RAID5 array of older mechanical drives on a proper 3Ware card but a bundle of SSDs would sure give it a kick in the pants.  Win7 runs on its own Velociraptor, which is enough.



I was thinking of I7 3770k, 16GB 1600mhz ram, 240GB Samsung 830 SSD, Nvidia gtx550 and 23" HP IPS Monitor of course calibrated. My concern is the monitor quality. As far as true storage. I have a full Domain Controller running a dedicated Raid card. So storage is really not an issue. With the cost of SSD's going down and rotational drives so high I cannot see an os drive being anything other than that. Just looking for a quality monitor suggestion with accurate colors under $500. Otherwise the above setup would surely handle 5d3 Raw workflows thru PS and LR4. Also render HD Video. I am not a pro but want to make my edits accurate in case I do go that route.

Thank you KKCF. I'll check out Sales Force too.

I think the best would be to keep all the data locally...
I just don't really like to upload 1000s of people's info.

A friend of mine is keep saying that MS Dynamics CRM is the way.
What are the experiences on that one?
Anyone knows good CRM review sites that can be trusted?

Dynamics CRM is great if you had a local server to host it. For your needs you would be looking to the cloud version. Like salesforce if you can get your contacts in a .csv (Excel) file then you can import most of the data. Another option is if you have office professional and up with Access. There are light crm database templates you could start with to see where your needs are and that would be local. Also you could import that data to most larger crm's listed previous. Either way for the cost and features I would try Salesforce. It integrates well with outlook.

Software & Accessories / Re: Are Ultrabooks Fast enough?
« on: September 08, 2012, 11:37:26 PM »
I've tried Windows 8, and hate it.  I will be running Windows 7 on whatever I get.  Hopefully, the Win 7 models will drop in price in October.
I understand but given the chance win 8 could prove to be useful with the tile apps. Eitherway all the remaining good gear is coming around then and you can always install win 7 on it.

Software & Accessories / Re: Are Ultrabooks Fast enough?
« on: September 08, 2012, 11:14:31 PM »
Yeah it will cover your needs just fine but by the time you load it up it will still be expensive compared to lighter notebooks. I would hold off till October when windows 8 launches and you'll see a surge of more options. Look at the says ux31 the new one has 1080p ipS panel and costs $1k.

Thanks so far. I will look that up.

Sorry I am an amateur and have heard that topic a lot lately and was wondering what and how are they achieved?

I currently have a hp envy 17-3d with the 1080p tn panel and it is good but was curious what reasonable desktop setups were being used most importantly monitors that do not cost $1k +. It must be windows sorry but I get all the software free. Also if you use a laptop which model?


Software & Accessories / Re: Tethering to IPads
« on: September 07, 2012, 11:42:42 PM »
The new microsoft surface will allow windows 8 to run LR4. Which is sweetness. 8)

Remember the surface will be their arm processor edition and early next year there will be similar tablets powered by intel processors running full versions of wiN 8. These will have a reasonable amount of power to do light editing in LR or PS.

I have used, act, gold mine, sales force, dynamics online. As a Microsoft dynamics reseller it honestly is too much for your needs I am sure and cost prohibitive. I would suggest sales force They have contact manager with mobile access for $5 month or a little more in depth Group edition if you want to integrate incoming web leads or have better reporting. Either way do the 14 day trial and put a few test clients in there and see how you like it. When it's time talk to a sales rep and negotiate. I used to pay $199 yr for it and thats reasonable. Feel free to pm me if you need anymore help

Lenses / Re: Need advice on indoor low light lens choices.
« on: September 07, 2012, 11:26:44 PM »
i agree with the notion that a 600EX would get you the most functionality for your dollar with the parameters you stated. replacing the 24-105 or the 70-200 would be nice (both replacements suggested would show improvements but it would be nominal) but the cost to do so would be far greater.

if you simply had to get an additional lens i think the 35mm F1.4L would offer the most benefit to your existing kit. that lens is simply an All-Star in canons line up. can be tricky to use with moving subjects wide open, but well worth it if you have the patience to learn to use it.

back to a speedlight....

+100 to the idea of properly using bounced light for low light situations. i would even suggest that you get a radio trigger system to plug into the speedlight so that you can use the flash off the camera. i attach AB CSRBs to my flashes and trigger them remotely with the CSTs. this would allow you to place the flash anywhere in the room (bounce off the ceiling) and effectively raise the light level of the room in a more natural way.

600EX + CSRB/CST combo would run you @ 725.00 and increase the functionality of ALL your existing lenses (and any future lenses you purchased). keep in mind you would also need to buy a hot shoe adapter (15.00) to attach to the bottom of the speed light so you can plug in the CSRB.

Thanks for the speed light advice. I will plan on looking at that setup. Would mind pm'ing me the parts your suggesting. I think I am going to evaluate the 35mm after Christmas. I still have the 50 and will work with flash. My only problem is the temptation to spend the extra $850 for the 70-200 2.8 is ii and return my f4is. I don't want the weight but I can't help but wonder if I will upgrade later and if that will make better use of my af system. Any thoughts this is regardless of the speed light I am pretty sure I am getting.

Peter, just took a brief tour through your portfolio.
Lots of very nice shots in there. To me they look "random by subject".
Some are really, really good (to my taste) others a little more average.
You have good intuition on framing (unsure if while shooting or later at the computer)

For the next 4 weeks, choose a subject. Portraits could work, landscape could work, animals could...

Try to shoot no more than 12 shots a day (the equivalent of one roll of medium format film, but you could alow yourself 36 shots).
Try not to review while shooting. No changes in post (at least for the frame).
Go through "your day" in the evening.
Identify those shots you really like.
Find out, what sets them apart from the others.
Concentrate of improving the difference.
Plan your next day to change not more than one or two things (Try to "see differently" - I am not shure to what degree your mobility is limited, but maybe you can e.g. change the hight of your view point).
Review your progress after a week. If you are satisfied with yourself, go for the next subject.
The technical stuff is also important, but I personally learnt most when moving to medium format and needed to carefully watch my budget. On a 5D3 currently I swamp myself in pictures, which does not make for a steep learning curve as you spend a lot of time with reviewing.
I am curious to follow you development.
All the best


I wish I had the time and patience to do that but instead I spend so much time reviewing pictures that it really slows you down. Also when your month is up find time to keep shooting that is the best way to stay consistent. I find if I put the camera down for a few weeks to a month it's a little harder when you grab it for a shot.

Lenses / Re: Canon 70-200 f2.8L (non-IS) vs Canon 70-200 f4L IS
« on: September 07, 2012, 07:25:26 AM »
I came across the same dilemma and I went for the f4 is because I need the stabilization on such a long lens. I assume you are using this handheld otherwise if you needed the extra stop it would not matter. Also from my research the f4 is is sharper and less ca and vingetting. I am currently looking at the 2.8 is ii even though my budget will not allow because I would like the extra stop handheld for low light. The f4 is is also very light.

Lenses / Re: Need advice on indoor low light lens choices.
« on: September 06, 2012, 10:30:27 PM »
Here is an example with the exif as a .jpeg

It was a canon 60d with 320 ex  flash and17-55 2.8 is. I was in manual. I also found another with the christmas tree same setup with 1/20 f2.8 iso 800. So I guess I already have a better arsenal but just need to know if getting the 70-200 2.8 vs my f4 is better than a newer 600ex speedlite.

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