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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

This paragraph should be placed in Magic Lantern's website because that's exactly what confused me the first time I installed ML.  I'm sure it's not just us !

Software & Accessories / Re: Which Software to convert Raw files?
« on: May 27, 2014, 09:12:23 PM »

Have recently moved from DPP to DxO, I try to do as much as possible within DxO but for some tweeks and cleaning PS or equivalent is indispensable.

DPP is a great RAW converter, and the fact it's free is just a bonus IMO.  It also has Canon-specific functions that Adobe Camera RAW does not offer, such as the excellent Canon DLO (Digital Lens Optimizer). 

I do end up using Adobe camera RAW more often, mostly because I use many different Adobe Photoshop plug-in's from Nik, Topaz, etc, but I would use DPP->Photoshop instead of ACR->Photoshop if it didn't take longer time for DPP to "transfer to photoshop."

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7d2 IQ thoughts.
« on: May 26, 2014, 01:29:32 PM »
I would be very happy if the new 7D2 quality would be close to 5d2. Wondering if that is too much to hope for considering the frame size difference?

Being a realist, we would have to ask ourselves, "When was the last time the sensor in a new Canon body exceeded our expectations?"

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: New Nikon D800s... Why?
« on: May 22, 2014, 07:53:57 PM »
The Nikon "S" models with incremental change must be kind of a bumber for those who own the pre-S models which are no longer latest and greatest (D800, D800E, D600, D4, etc).  On the other hand, I would welcome the price drop I expect to see for Nikon D800E on fleeBay.

New means a newer latest and greatest, sure, but if the new offering isn't super impactful:

for every 'look at me with the latest and greatest' enthusiast-in-a-forum shooter, there are likely a higher number of pros rolling their eyes at that mentality.

Do you really expect D800/D800E prices to plummet when those cameras may be 98% as powerful/useful as the new offering? 

I think your point and my point are similar.  I expect those must-have-latest "enthusiast-in-a-forum shooters" WILL indeed put their D800E on eBay, and regardless of what studio pro's do, there will be a lot more D800E's up for sale, and prices will surely drop. 

D800E isn't worth it to me at full/near-full price, but if I can pick up a used one at a very good price without the bidding war driving up auction prices, it's a different story.   8)

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony Alpha a6000
« on: May 22, 2014, 12:28:10 PM »

With the A6000, I think Sony have largely achieved that in a small APSC sensor.

As for the Sony A7 and A7R, I think that holy grail of DSLR-FF quality with light weight, I think it is one generation away from that, i.e. perhaps 1-2 years away.

A friend just bought the A6000 with Zeiss 16-50, and AF-C frame rate and shutter are indeed impressive.  If Sony can implement a version of this AF system (even at reduced fps) on the next generation A7R, they will get me back as a customer.  I really hated the slow, heavy, LOUD shutter of A7R.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: New Nikon D800s... Why?
« on: May 22, 2014, 12:18:10 PM »
The Nikon "S" models with incremental change must be kind of a bumber for those who own the pre-S models which are no longer latest and greatest (D800, D800E, D600, D4, etc).  On the other hand, I would welcome the price drop I expect to see for Nikon D800E on fleeBay.

I decided against the one from china/amazon.  It is a touch short... I'm cheap with the legs... but I think I might get another dolica since it is a devil I already dance with, and then just get a better ball head... so... thanks all.

I think I have the same Dolica, and the funny thing is I have since bought a couple of "affordable" carbon fiber tripods (still WAY more than the Aluminum Dolica).  Guess what, Dolica kicks their ass for solidity and stability!  I ended up taking the nicer ballhead off the carbon fiber tripod and put it on the Dolica, whose weak point was the included ballhead.  The "Weifeng" ballhead that came with one of the CF tripod is quite solid even  ;)

I am going to loose my mind pretty soon.

Yup, that brings back memories of my own past Sigma troubles.  Sending the lens to Sigma service was the right step, but going by my experience with Sigma service, I wouldn't hold my breath for a miracle cure  :-[


The really bad news is that shooting with normal to low contrast it's really poor, so bad I took 23 shots in a row switching between Servo and One shot, I couldn't get ONE shot sharp of my daughter just standing in front of me.

This is acceptable?? ???

Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
« on: May 06, 2014, 12:39:29 PM »

Just keep in mind, if I had to use this lens without adjusting focus in Sigma USB-dock, I would have been extremely unhappy with the performance, and probably would have returned it within the first week of use. In my opinion, it is no point buying this lens without having access to the USB-dock, as it is a very high risk of focus inconsistency before correcting it in the USB dock.

Wow, good to know!  Thanks for this post.

Imagine a company like Sigma deciding to make something like the unprecedented USB dock.  How many consumer complaints, lens returns, and bad publicity it must have taken to force Sigma to market the usb dock, which is meant to accomplish things that should have been done at the factory  :'(

Even with the USB dock, it seems like there are copies out there that have AF that "drifts" over time and are consistent even after the dock adjustments.  Having dealt with Sigma service before, all I would say is buy it from a store that will let you return/refund without too much hassle.

The 50L adds a beauty factor in how it draws a picture.  It just looks pretty, especially for portraits.  Maybe the 50L's slight softness is an advantage for some photos and for some photographers. 

Forums like these tend to attract hard-core photographers whose thought process goes like this:

"Too sharp for portraits?  Non-sense and lazy.  I will capture every single pore and blemish on the face since one can never recover detail that wasn't captured.  I will use multiple large strobes in my studio to perfectly light everything on the skin with the perfectly sharp lens, then I will proceed to spend hours in post-processing to remove the pores, soften the skin tones, beautify blemishes in order to prevent the subject from complaining photo's don't look flattering.  Color differences?  Doesn't matter because I will create and apply X-Rite color profile." 

It's all great and I do that, too, but we often forget that probably the majority of people photo's taken out there do not undergo TLC like this, and many are even straight ooc jpegs  :-[  Oh, the horror..

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Yongnuo shows 1.4/50mm lens for EF
« on: May 05, 2014, 10:31:15 PM »

It does look like a clone, albeit with a plastic mount.
Almost seems like an April fool's joke.

At first I thought Canon must have sold all their B-stock Canon 50 mm f/1.4 lenses to Yongnuo who changed the labels and lens mount to plastic.  Upon side-by-side review, there seems to be more differences.  For example, the front plastic round rim that moves back and forth as lens focuses seems to be different in thickness and the details in the slope leading to front glass.   

One can pick up the Canon for $350 new right now, and this Yongnuo is listed for $300, which wouldn't make any sense for the buyer, EXCEPT if Yongnuo somehow improved on the Canon, i.e. more and round aperture blades for better bokeh, a little sharper wide open...somehow.  Then, it gets pretty interesting IMO. 

YN50Can50 by drjlo1, on Flickr

Software & Accessories / Re: Get Perfect Effects 8 for FREE
« on: May 05, 2014, 09:05:40 PM »
It's there, but it isn't under Filters. Look at Window -> Extensions -> onOne.  Click this.

Thanks.  I never would have found that.  The plug-in appears to run quite slow in CS6 though, much slower than Nik, Topz plug-in's.  It's fun to play around a bit though.  Below with Perfect Effects 8.

EOSE1890E8 by drjlo1, on Flickr

EOS-M / Re: Where is the M-3 with the dual pixel sensor!!!!
« on: May 04, 2014, 09:21:02 PM »
For anybody interested in a 35mm equivalent FOV, there is nothing anywhere in the canon lineup that comes close to touching the quality of the M + 22mm f/2 at any kind of reasonable price point.

Would have to agree with that, not just for price but for overall physical size to carry around.  Even Sony A7R with Sony/Zeiss 55 mm had great quality but was still quite a bit larger to carry around, not to mention the price.   

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