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EOS-M / Re: EOS-M EXIF Screwup?
« on: July 22, 2013, 09:09:46 AM »
Examined in Photoshop CS6 things seem to be kosher:

File->"File Info"->"Raw Data" says this against a fresh JPEG:

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      <rdf:Description rdf:about=""
            xmlns:aux="http://ns.adobe.com/exif/1.0/aux/">
         <aux:SerialNumber>03215220xxxx</aux:SerialNumber>
         <aux:LensInfo>18/1 55/1 0/0 0/0</aux:LensInfo>
         <aux:Lens>EF-M18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM</aux:Lens>
         <aux:LensID>4143</aux:LensID>
         <aux:LensSerialNumber>0000008xxx</aux:LensSerialNumber>
         <aux:ImageNumber>0</aux:ImageNumber>
         <aux:ApproximateFocusDistance>144/100</aux:ApproximateFocusDistance>
         <aux:FlashCompensation>0/1</aux:FlashCompensation>
         <aux:Firmware>2.0.2</aux:Firmware>
      </rdf:Description>


And "EXIF Viewer" says:
Quote
Lens Specification = 18-55mm F0-0
Lens Model = EF-M18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
Lens Serial Number = 0000008xxx

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EOS-M / Re: Do memory cards matter?
« on: July 15, 2013, 10:35:41 PM »
I'm not seeing a difference in black-out time between cards for a single shot - just how long the write lamp stays on.

Av, Flexi-Zone-Single, One Shot, RAW: is a consistent 1.8 seconds for me.  Changing to JPEG-L still was 1.8s. Interestingly, changing to Servo dropped recovery to 1.5s.

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EOS-M / Re: Do memory cards matter?
« on: July 15, 2013, 08:56:58 PM »
I set the EOS M to "Sports Mode", RAW, tripod, prefocussed on a door and then shot for ten seconds continuously with three different cards lying around.  The "Burst" shots count is the number of frames before there was a pause in shooting to flush the buffer.

CardSpeedShots in 10s"Burst" shots
Lexar Pro. 32GB 400X SDHCClass 10 UHS-I128
GSkill 32GB SDHCClass 1096
Sandisk 8GB SDHCClass 465

So there is a difference with some cards and some scenarios.

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EOS-M / Re: How do you carry your EOS-M?
« on: July 15, 2013, 08:21:24 AM »
One more bag for consideration:

I picked up a Manfrotto "Amica 10" that seems nicely built.  It has room to carry both the 22mm pancake and one other lens, such as the 18-55, with either mounted. The Italians even added a tag on it saying it fits the EOS-M.

http://www.manfrotto.com/product/0/MB%2BSV-SB-10BB/_/AMICA_10_SHOULDER_BLK._STILE_P#

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EOS-M / Re: Just got my EOS-M! First impressions...
« on: July 12, 2013, 08:12:40 AM »
Very nice for $300.  I ordered an M42 adapter for some vintage glass and I really like the combination's ergonomics. I can cup the camera in my left hand with my fingers on the focus ring leaving my right hand for using the touch screen.  Using the magnifier for focus-peeking is workable in this setup but zebras would sure be nice.

I would echo dtaylor and sjp010 on the rest of my initial impressions.

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HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Post your HDR images:
« on: July 02, 2013, 07:07:33 PM »
So many great pictures!

A humble offering taken in Chicago.

Single Image.  (Lightroom -> Photoshop for perspective correction -> Nik HDR Efex for Tone Mapping -> Lightroom for HSL)

I used NIK for mine too.

I really like the concept of this image..with the clouds and all...and please take this advice as coming from a noob myself, but I might suggest you go back and do a little adjustment, to make the halo-ing around the building a bit less noticable....unless that is what you were going for.

Again, I like the image overall...but the haloing just catches my eye a bit much and think you might benefit from cutting that back a little?

Hoping this is take only as constructive criticism!!
:)

cayenne

Thanks for the feedback Cayenne! The sharpening got a bit over baked - one of those things where it popped out towards the end of processing and I convinced myself it was okay.   I should make another run at it.
That was harder than it should have been.   HDR Efex Pro really wanted to make that edge pop.  I ended up adding about 30 control points in the sky around the building to try to tame it.   And added several local adjustments in LR too.  The fact that the sky is naturally lighter around the building accentuates things. 

It still has a bit of a halo but now I'll claim it's intentional. 

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HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Post your HDR images:
« on: July 02, 2013, 04:17:08 PM »
So many great pictures!

A humble offering taken in Chicago.

Single Image.  (Lightroom -> Photoshop for perspective correction -> Nik HDR Efex for Tone Mapping -> Lightroom for HSL)

I used NIK for mine too.

I really like the concept of this image..with the clouds and all...and please take this advice as coming from a noob myself, but I might suggest you go back and do a little adjustment, to make the halo-ing around the building a bit less noticable....unless that is what you were going for.

Again, I like the image overall...but the haloing just catches my eye a bit much and think you might benefit from cutting that back a little?

Hoping this is take only as constructive criticism!!
:)

cayenne

Thanks for the feedback Cayenne! The sharpening got a bit over baked - one of those things where it popped out towards the end of processing and I convinced myself it was okay.   I should make another run at it.

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HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Post your HDR images:
« on: July 02, 2013, 08:32:22 AM »
So many great pictures!

A humble offering taken in Chicago.

Single Image.  (Lightroom -> Photoshop for perspective correction -> Nik HDR Efex for Tone Mapping -> Lightroom for HSL)

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Technical Support / Re: Help me save this photo!
« on: July 02, 2013, 08:04:47 AM »
About eight minutes for me.  "Spot Healing Brush" for the dust and then "Healing Brush" in "Normal" mode for the lines.   (I wasted a couple minutes creating paths along the lines to be stroked by the spot healing brush, but content aware fill was seeing a pattern to the lines and was creating echos of the other scratches.)

I've been scanning quite a few old family negatives lately and some sets have loads of scratches on them.  I've guessed that it was their negative-cutter that was doing lots of damage as the original prints don't show problems.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D Spec List
« on: June 27, 2013, 09:46:18 PM »
while number of shots in a 1 or 2 second burst will be higher than the 7D I bet the total shots in a 4 or 5 second burst will still be higher on a 7D.

Hmm? Why would 1 or 2 seconds at 7fps be higher than the 7D's 8fps? I can shoot 25 RAW before the buffer fills up on my 7D, meaning the 7D will win for the first 3ish seconds... but after that, the only way the 70D is going to win is if its buffer is deeper.

Oops. My stupid is showing - mentally I had the frame-rates reversed.     Yes the 7D will win at any duration over the 70D.   I bet that the 70D will have a significantly smaller buffer than the 7D and will get painful after only a couple of seconds.   I think this will be a key feature to keep 7Ds still moving into sports shooter hands until the 7Dii comes out.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D Spec List
« on: June 27, 2013, 06:36:34 PM »
Is it just me or does that look like 7D to me?

No, it's not just you  8).

Except for the articulating LCD, this is basically the 7D ... with a new sensor.

One thing I think I can tell from the picture is that it has the 60D's slightly taller flash (vs the 7D) and probably the same 96% coverage pentaprism as the 60D.

My other bets are that the 70D will have a single SD card and not a terribly deep buffer.  I think this will be a key feature to keep 7Ds still moving into sports shooter hands until the 7Dii comes out.

Still, a very nice camera and it gets me excited for the 7Dii.

(Edited over transposed 70D and 7D framerates.)

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Lenses / Re: Nifty 50 or Shorty 40?
« on: June 24, 2013, 06:40:28 PM »
I have both. 

The 50mm 1.8 is faster but feels and sounds horrid in use.   (Although on my vintage Canon-10s I kinda like it as the plastic body with a plastic lens just seems to match.) 

The 40mm feels nice and is fun for a walk-around prime.   I also include it my sports kit for occasions where I'm expecting my 70-200 to be in use constantly but want a small, wider, faster lens lurking in the kit.

For shallow DOF I have a Sigma 30mm f1.4 DC (crop) that I like as well as a couple of old Mamiya/Sekor 55mm f1.4's on adapters.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Hdd/SDD storage for trip
« on: June 16, 2013, 10:58:01 PM »
I used a very geeky option for a recent two week long RV trip: a Raspberry Pi.

Pi $35
Pi Case $6
Travel WiFi Hotspot $20 (I liked it better than the $10 wifi dongle.)
Powered USB HUB $15

SD Card for the Pi's OS - Lying Around
USB Hard Drive - Lying Around
CF/SD to USB card reader - Lying Around

It worked well.  I installed a VNC server on the Pi and then used either my Nexus pad or iPhone to log into the Pi via VNC client to kick off an rsync script to backup the various cards from the cameras.   

I tried gphoto2 to directly read off the camera but liked the external reader better as I could just use rsync to manage incremental copies.

I also used the Pi as a media server to the various devices in the RV which is did well too.

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EOS Bodies / Re: SL1 as a "travel" body
« on: June 16, 2013, 09:59:40 PM »
Recent travel experiences a friend had with an SL1 he rented from one of the forum's sponsors: http://www.addrummimages.com/2013/05/19/new-orleans-and-the-canon-sl1/

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Mounted on a 7D - an Access P-MC "macro" 28-70mm f2.8-4.2 FD mount.  It was $10 or $15 from ebay with a Hoya CPF I was mostly after.  I figure the FD to EOS mount acts like a small extension tube.  Yes, there was some PP involved for saturation.

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