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Software & Accessories / Re: how do you transfer your images?
« on: December 30, 2013, 06:13:08 PM »

and i also copy/backup my photos to 4 different hard drives, in 3 different psychical locations. So if my house burns i still have my photos  ;)

yea I gotta think about that part.  my NAS is quite effective, but I don't have data center redundancy...sounds like another thread "Do you use an online backup solution?"

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Software & Accessories / Re: how do you transfer your images?
« on: December 30, 2013, 05:09:11 PM »
Yea i switched to the card reader method... After relying on the camera USB for years I got tired of the slow download speed and using a portable rotating hard drive for backup on the go. U can blame me for resurrecting the two year old thread too :-).    It's an interesting topic!

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Software & Accessories / Re: Need a Good Card Reader
« on: December 30, 2013, 03:31:57 PM »
I got the Hoodman RAW Steel via Amazon a month ago and am pretty pleased with it.  A little pricey, but I had the Lexar reader and it failed me.  Just decided to quit working one day (PC & Mac).


Which Lexar reader failed on you.?   The new little cfr1?

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Software & Accessories / Re: how do you transfer your images?
« on: December 30, 2013, 03:03:30 PM »
Sounds good everyone.  FYI Ive transitioned to the card reader method Recently.   connector fatigue isn't really an issue IMHO.. It's the multiple card backup advantage.... When  you're traveling especially the  cards are a whole lot easier to manage than a portable hard drive which I've also done...

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Software & Accessories / how do you transfer your images?
« on: December 30, 2013, 09:59:16 AM »
especially for those who don't regularly download multiple cards -- do you prefer an external reader or directly from the camera and why?  either solution has pins that can fatigue from regular use. the camera's USB port appears much  more prone to this, imho, and the CF cards especially are pretty robust, mechanically. So for the external reader guy, you must either enjoy faster ingestion rates than the camera can support, or you believe removing the card from the camera is less prone to failure than plugging in the USB cord directly into the camera.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Need a Good Card Reader
« on: December 29, 2013, 05:44:15 PM »
Yes this is two years old.... But here's a comment.   The USB cable  has pins too and the on-camera assembly is not as mechanically robust IMHO compared to the CF card socket  which has a very nice guided insertion.      I suspect the latter will sustain a greater number of insertions before failure.   That said I pulled 70k ish frames out of my 40d using only the cable without any issues. 

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Lowepro bags/backpack sale
« on: December 28, 2013, 09:53:16 AM »
No kidding  that's a bargain.  The 400 aw was 173 out of pocket for me,  after applying Adorama credit from previous purchase! I noticed they were out of stock and figured the price would go up when new stock arrived and sure enough...

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Lowepro bags/backpack sale
« on: December 27, 2013, 09:15:25 PM »
sales is over.   Who all got one?   I ordered on the 23rd and they were back ordered  but they honored the price.   Now they are $100 more

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC Availability
« on: December 20, 2013, 12:05:30 PM »
My concern is the slow AF at 600mm as he was comparing to the 100-400mm.

+1 they can have market-disruptive IQ/price ratio but if the AF is sub standard it just really lets the air out of that baloon. It just seems that Tammy and Sig just have not been able to nail the AF system, at least at the price point they target.  Canon  must either have some secret hidden sauce that the after market can't get to, or the after market doesn't  have very good reverse engineers

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Lighting / Re: anyone use the RRS flash bracket?
« on: December 18, 2013, 07:37:48 PM »
Not really ...only that rrs promotes that config and the flexibility would be nice.  My Newton is attached to the bottom and that works. I  can see that a bottom mount would be immune to bracket size

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC Availability
« on: December 18, 2013, 12:03:41 PM »
I believe it will be a personal decision whether that moment is worth paying 12,700$ for the 600/4 L or if a fair rate of misses are well worth what you save with the 1,070$ Tamron.

no way.  personal decision!  tell me it isn't so.  I expect lens mfgs to make those decisions for us.  JUST KIDDING!  of course its a personal decision captain obvious.   The personal decision I'd like to have is an AF system in the after market that at least approaches the 80% point.  Right now they just haven't made it to prime time, imho.    Don't get me wrong I'm sure Tammy will sell alot of those for $1K, but if it misses too many moments, some folks will wish for a $2,000K Tammy. 

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC Availability
« on: December 18, 2013, 09:54:46 AM »

Even if the IQ is acceptable, I worry about AF performance.  Either the aftermarket just doesn't have good reverse engineers, or Canon has hidden some things that can't be duplicated.    If Tammy could really nail the AF, for advanced AF cameras like the 5D3 and 1DX, I think many would accept small compromizes in edge sharpness, maybe a little contrast, and and even  bit of CA that could be corrected in post.  Its just that when you are out in the wild with a 600, the last thing you want is an AF system that misses some x percent of the time, as you probably won't get that moment back.     

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Lighting / Re: anyone use the RRS flash bracket?
« on: December 17, 2013, 06:50:16 PM »
The other disadvantage of the RRS setup as you outline it is if you mount it on the lens collar then to change lenses you'd need to change the flash and brackets too. I wouldn't do that, I'd want the flash and bracket paired to the camera and change lenses at will. But it very much depends on your working style. Obviously for long lens shooters, especially the people using fill flash for wildlife on 300mm plus superteles and advanced macro setups, the RRS setup is the Rolls Royce of brackets, for event work, I think, not so much.

Well, if the shoot demands switching from foot to non-foot lenses, then by all means mount the bracket to the body.  thats what I do with my Netwton, which is quite agnostic as to what lens is mounted, save of course the clearance issue which does not impact me and my 70-200.    And nothing prevents one from using the RRS attached to the L plate, which would allow said lens changes as well.  thats cuz no matter which solution you choose, something has to attach to the existing RRS/kirk L plate, and something has to attach to that. 

The  motion going from landscape to portrait is still quite similar it seems to me as well.  No matter which  solution you choose, i.e.  Newton, RRS, or ProMedia, your left hand has to grab something and guide it into the new location while your right hand remains on the camera body rotating it CCW into the portrait mode. 

So I guess I don't (yet) see the motivation to avoid the RRS in this situation.  Is the motion awkward / not natural or it cannot be completed quickly?     

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Lighting / Re: anyone use the RRS flash bracket?
« on: December 17, 2013, 03:53:17 PM »

I do have a small collection of RRS stuff, though nothing like Neuro's. I have the 192 and the double clamp set, I wouldn't want that all hanging off camera for the sake of attaching a flash bracket though. There is no doubt that RRS make some very high quality products, but their all inclusive modular approach sometimes almost seems like an exercise in how complicated or convoluted can we make this solution!

thats good to know, on the 192 nodal slide.  Really, I probably "asked for it" because my request to RRS was to recommend a solution that avoided duplicate part count, i.e. the same rail for both flash and panos.  doesn't sound like a very good idea in retrospect. 

as an observer who has never used this thing, the elegance of the RRS solution appears to lie in the collared lens foot  mount.  its the simplest of all the available solutions out there, as far as I know.  There are no complex moving parts, pivots , joints, inserts, extending arms, folding hardware, or the tools and set screws  to support all of that. You use the lens collar itself  to accomplish camera rotation, just as you would on a tripod,  so nothing attached to the camera actually moves.  Brilliant if you ask me, although as I say I have no experience with it.  I would have loved that one on my last shoot of a corporate executive speech, where I had flourescent lighting, white ceilings and walls, and a 70-200.   My Newton Bracket did very well;   Its just fails at test (4) and also lacks mechanical security when in the rotated position.   

Its for non-collared lenses that the RRS solution gets more complex.  But in this case it just needs a MP rail to attach the bracket to the L plate.  still no collapsing, or other moving parts  -- the whole assembly is still attached rigidly to the camera and  rotates with the camera--  you simply slide the flash mount along the rail of the bracket circle and rely on the indents for security.

Neuro I'd  be most grateful for real world insights as to the accuracy of my theoretical assessment which is presently based soley on photos and vidoes :D

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Lighting / Re: anyone use the RRS flash bracket?
« on: December 17, 2013, 01:22:36 PM »
Pro Media Gear make a beautifully designed and manufactured top quality product that fulfills all four criteria.


looks like it requires its own L bracket though?  so it wouldn't attach to my RRS L or a Kirk L then.  AT first look, my reaction was "holy high partcount, batman!" , But I don't have it in my hands.  the operation does look smooth and the video shows that it does the trick and does it well.   Did you evaluate any of the RRS solutions? 

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