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Software & Accessories / Re: Batch process to fix missing EXIF data?
« on: June 03, 2014, 02:21:38 AM »
I use ExifToolGUI (  http://u88.n24.queensu.ca/~bogdan/ )  to run ExifTool in a nice GUI environment. It is quite efficient for mass editing of EXIF data.

ExifTool and its GUIs were previously discussed.  From my perspective, when processing a thousand images per day it eats up time to go back and forth between multiple programs.  That also introduces a greater likelihood of generating errors while editing the files and then having to correct them.  My time is not cheap to expend long-term and is worth far less than the $ to buy Lightroom and donate a bit to support LensTagger.  Which is why the OP asked about a quick batch workflow, not just EXIF editing software.

On the plus side, I liked this particular ExifTool GUI the best and it would probably be my choice if I didn't have concerns of workflow efficiency.  It's probably a great choice for a lot of other readers here.

Ideally someone needs to write a plugin that works in both Photoshop and Lightroom.  Perhaps I can talk some college CS majors into doing that as a project.  If it ever happens, I'll post back about it here.  For now, folks who have suggestions about any shortcomings of the ExifTool code can post about it here.
Seriouly, people that have suggestions about shortcomings if ExifTool SHOULD NOT post about it here, but should use the  ExifTool forums that exist for precisely this reason.

Technical Support / Re: Fix for a large CP Filter Stuck on Lens
« on: June 01, 2014, 02:55:10 PM »
You can also try a thick rubber band around the filter..... that helped me get a stuck 77mm polarizing filter off.

Okay, as I said, I followed the instructions above...

Well, I've had a little play with the programmable bulb and intervalometer and I'm impressed... it all works as you'd want it to, so that's some very useful functionality added to the camera.

Unless you access the ML menu, then it behaves exactly the same as you'd expect a 5d3 to - apart from it takes slightly longer to wake up when switched on. All menus, etc are the ones Canon put on the body when you bought it/updated the firmware.

This confused me at first - I was pressing buttons on the back of the body looking for the Magic Lantern menus!  ;D

A quick google later, I find you have to put it in live view mode, then press the delete button to access the Magic Lantern menus. You're presented with a list of modules, all of which are deactivated.. scroll through them with the rear control wheel and use the set button to activate the ones you want (I haven't bothered with the video ones, or the game  ;) ). Switch it off, then back on and the modules you've activated are working. Access the ML menus, and then set up the features you want.  You'll be using the control dials, the Set button and the Quick Control button to set the values and it seems straightforward and intuitive enough once you know which controls to use - as I said, I've only played with the programmable bulb and intervalometer, but they're the main things I'm interested in.

Like cayenne, I've been umming and ahing about Magic Lantern... finally took the plunge on ny 5d3 following the instructions above. Simple! Then once installed, you switch on live view, then press the delete button to bring up the ML menu and select which modules you want to activate.

I'm looking at trying some nightscapes and maybe star trails, so the programmable bulb timer and intervalometer will be invaluable. :)

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: New Nikon D800s... Why?
« on: May 22, 2014, 09:03:54 AM »
It may also be that Nikon wants to consolidate the current D800 and D800E into one camera.  It really did not make sense for Nikon to have both the 800 and 800E and perhaps by coming out with a "new" D800S instead of producing two separate but almost identical bodies is cheaper and a better business decision.

Very few people who currently have the D800 or D800 will be buying this new D800S unless they were already planning on getting another one.  It just does not seem to be a good upgrade worth the money.  Now if someone wants to move from a crop to a FF camera, going directly to the D800S makes sense.

ONe of the biggest differences is the incorporation of Wi-Fi which is of interest to some photographers but not to others.  It will be interesting to see how well the WiFi works pushing out 41mb data files.  Thats a lotta data!
The article explicitly states no new built in wifi, but the addition of GPS.

New Nikon D800s... Why (in a forum named EOS Bodies)?

Thank you.  :)

Just checked one of the main dealers in Ireland..Wait for it.....

Euro1399 yes thats $1920

In B&H
$1199 = Euro874

I could book a return flight to New York buy the lens and it would be cheaper. Outragous!

In the same shop the 16-35 2.8 is 100 euros more than the f4 version.

Make sure that you understand sales tax in the USA.

Sales tax is NEVER included in any advertised price. It is included when you get to the cash register.

In New York City, buying the 16-35/f4L IS over the counter will cost you over $1300.
That's still only approx 2/3 of what we're going to be paying this side of the pond. It was a similar situation with the Sigma 50mm Art - which I decided against buying - if it had gone on sale in the UK at an equivalent price to that in the US, I'd have bought one.

Also, some states do refund sales tax to foreign visitors... (edit) only Louisiana and Texas, and that appears to have complications...

EOS Bodies / Re: Just discovered on swiss canon web page EOS 1200D
« on: May 01, 2014, 12:50:25 PM »
Yeh but the Swiss one is made of chocolate  ;)
Is it white chocolate?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: New User looking for advice..
« on: April 29, 2014, 02:51:08 PM »
The EF 100 f2.8 Macro (not the L version) is an excellent lens.  For taking pictures of models, in a controlled environment with a tripod, the image stabilisation will not be necessary, so you can save a bit of money there.

Reviews / Re: Canons venerable EF100-400L reviewed for wildlife
« on: April 25, 2014, 03:19:41 PM »
Thanks, I enjoyed the review and images. The 100-400 is still a very good lensl and as you point out, easily fits into a rucksack for hiking.

PowerShot / Re: Hong Kong Teaser Announcement
« on: April 25, 2014, 11:59:46 AM »
 :'( It's not white!

Photography Technique / Re: photographing Lyrid meteor shower -advice?
« on: April 25, 2014, 09:02:28 AM »
Good luck on getting some nice shots of this shower.  They can be tricky. 

When I think about photographing a meteor shower, only one word comes to my mind -- Triffids.   ;D


Advice for photographing meteor showers?

2. Carry a garden sprayer loaded with weed killer!

Photography Technique / Re: photographing Lyrid meteor shower -advice?
« on: April 24, 2014, 03:03:15 PM »
 ;D That's better than I managed!

Advice for photographing meteor showers?

1. Arrange for meteors to fall when there is not 100% cloud coverage, complete with heavy rain... 

Oh well, my lens arrives tomorrow, so it least I'll have a chance to play with it before the next shower is due!

Photography Technique / Re: What's this?
« on: April 22, 2014, 05:23:29 PM »
Hello, I was recently taking some images of the night sky when I noticed a really bright star (not sure about that) It was the brightest thing in the sky (except for the passing airplanes) and in the image, I found 2 thin/small streaks on each side of that bright object, could anyone help in identifying what it is? :-\

It does look like Galileo's pictures of Saturn (though these are by Huygens - oop!):

Photography Technique / Re: What's this?
« on: April 22, 2014, 05:06:11 PM »
Most likely, it's Jupiter.  Here's a shot I took with Jupiter being the brightest object in the sky:

Moonlit Bridge by yorgasor, on Flickr

I wasn't sure what it was, but I mentioned it to my dad, he went to an astronomy site, plugged in the day and time and location, and Jupiter was indeed in that rough area according to the chart produced.

Now that is a GORGEOUS photo!  Well done!!!

Another vote for Stellarium (http://www.stellarium.org/) is a freeware astronomy program that is great for identifying what is happening in the night sky.  As well as real-time, it can also be used to check the sky in the past or the future for interesting events.  Freeware, available for window, mac, linux.  There is also a version available for android available for a minimal cost.  Not sure if there's one for ios.

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