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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.

Lenses / Re: Need advice on indoor low light lens choices.
« on: September 06, 2012, 10:20:39 PM »
How did your Disney photos turn out?

Here are a few. Just with the 24-105mm

Lenses / Re: Need advice on indoor low light lens choices.
« on: September 06, 2012, 06:18:23 PM »
How did your Disney photos turn out?

Great everyone was right the 24-105 was on 90% of the time. I will have to post one.

Lenses / Re: Need advice on indoor low light lens choices.
« on: September 06, 2012, 06:16:53 PM »
Keep your current excellent glass and get a 600 EX-RT and learn to use it properly.
Badly used flash is appalling, used skilfully you'd barely know it was's the photographers friend.
Skilfully bounce flash should look indistinguishable from natural light.


My local dealer is offering to take back my 70-200 f4 and sell me the 2.8 is ii version for $1899. Does anyone think thats worth it or should I still get the 600ex speedlite instead? It seems so heavy but thats a great deal.

Lenses / Re: Need advice on indoor low light lens choices.
« on: September 06, 2012, 02:43:22 PM »
Just for fun I added a poll to see what the major coconscious is. If I missed it please just not the lens.

Lenses / Re: Need advice on indoor low light lens choices.
« on: September 06, 2012, 02:37:35 PM »
One stop faster (f/2.8 vs f/4) is not going to make a big difference.  Even a f/1.4 lens might be marginal.  I usually use my 35mm f/1.4 in low light and crank up the ISO to 3200 or 6400.
At some point, a external flash is going to be needed.


So your saying that to return my 70-200 f4is for the 2.8 version will not give me the performance that I am looking for and a flash will most likely have to be used. Last year I had the 17-55 2.8 with iso 3200 on a 60d still was only 1/30 and really too slow. So I figured 1/60 @ iso 6400 would be better but that was with what the equivalent of the 24-70 ii is. I am just trying to figure out if I will need fill flash to keep a more tolerable iso say 2000 then a flash will be needed whether f1.4,2.8,4.0. Did I get that right. I also don't like really shallow DOF since the goal is to have the kids, present, etc in focus but then will my 430 ex ii be good or the 600 since it has more power and is made for my focus sensor? Sorry for all the questions but I really value everyone's opinion's. I think I will post a pic from last year so I can give a visual example for more accurate advise.

Lenses / Re: Need advice on indoor low light lens choices.
« on: September 06, 2012, 09:41:23 AM »
It depends on size of indoor. If it's not enough room, then 24-70 (I or II), if you have enough place in there - 70-200 F2.8 (II in case of IS)

I checked with my 24-105 this morning and it seems as though the 24-70 range for me will be my more used indoor simply because of room. I am debating on returning the f4 70-200 for the 2.8 but not really sure the added weight is worth the extra $1k and to only gain a stop still will require fill flash to me. I do not find myself using the 50mm simply because with kids it can be hard sometimes not being able to zoom in or out plus the more light the less my twins are in focus so thats why I am having a hard time finding the best way to approach most shooting environments knowing I cannot get them all. I did great birthday portraits with it at 2.8 but there was plenty of ambient light in the room. Basically what is everyones go to suggestion for christmas morning? Should i get the 600ex and go that route?

Lenses / Need advice on indoor low light lens choices.
« on: September 06, 2012, 12:30:51 AM »
I have the following.
Canon 5d3
50 1.4
70-200 f4 is

I just bought the 70-200 f4 is for medium telephoto but still want something for better low light shooting. I ran a program to see my most used focal length and came up with 40,50,85,105.

I was looking at the following lenses for the upcoming holidays. Any suggestions?

24-70 mk ii
35 1.4
135mm f2

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 1DX VS 5D MKIII Cameras
« on: September 04, 2012, 10:51:15 PM »
I shoot a lot of travel photography and size/weight wise I would never want a battery grip I cant detach. Too much to lug around plus I attract more than enough attention with the 5diii already. Plus 22mp=more cropping ability. I was surprised the 1dx was 18mp but I guess its purpose built for speed. 5diii is a good all rouner imo

I agree. I feel like all the gear I carry is enough and to spend $3k more for slightly better metering and a little better exposure is a trade I am willing to make you cannot make the 1dx lighter. You can choose to not add the grip and it's easier to lug around crowded areas.

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