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Software & Accessories / Re: new 13" MacBook Pro
« on: February 04, 2013, 03:33:29 PM »
I've also recommended that they consider a 17" HP laptop, similarly speced, with dedicated 2GB video card, for $250 less... and buy an ipad -- instead of purchasing the 13" MacBook Pro.


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Software & Accessories / new 13" MacBook Pro
« on: February 04, 2013, 03:12:35 PM »
Aloha!  I'd welcome some advice....   I'm advising a friend, an amateur photographer with talent and potential, on what kind of computer setup that would be sufficient for photo editing.  Budget is a factor.  They are considering a new 13" MacBook Pro for about $1425 with these specs:  2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz, 8GB 1600MHz memory, 750GB 5400-rpm hard drive, Intel HD Graphics 4000. 

Given the limited screen real estate of a 13" MacBook, I've advised them that they will need an external monitor if they go that route. 

My question is:  Is the video graphics capacity in this MacBook Pro sufficient for LR and PS photo editing?

Thanks!

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Lenses / Re: Your "precious" lord of the red rings is?
« on: January 07, 2013, 04:17:20 AM »
200mm f/2L and now, the 24-70mm f/2.8L II....

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Thinking of downgrading my 5d3 system
« on: January 06, 2013, 02:13:12 AM »
And, check out the new Sigma 35mm.....

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Thinking of downgrading my 5d3 system
« on: January 06, 2013, 02:11:47 AM »
I don't think that you should make radical changes.  I think that you get the most bang for the buck by selling the 70-200mm f/2.8L II, which has held it's value pretty well, and pick up the MUCH lighter and cheaper, and still sharp-as-a-tack 70-200mm f/4L (non-IS) -- which can be had used for about $450 and new for around $550.  You'd take about $1300 -$1400 out of the deal.  It's a fine lens.  You'd still have one very versatile, fast lens (24-70mm f/2.8 II) for portraits, people, and lower light; I think that's worth keeping.  You don't gain much by moving down to the 6D, I'd keep the 5D Mark III..... 

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I recently picked up a used G1X, very pleased with it.  Keep it handy and get shots that I would otherwise miss by not having my dslr.  Great for it's purpose.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Camera (Body Only) or Camera with Bundle Kit
« on: January 05, 2013, 03:58:38 AM »
Another recommendation would be to purchase Bryan Peterson's "Understand Exposure" and Michael Freeman's "The Photographer's Eye."

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EOS Bodies / Re: Camera (Body Only) or Camera with Bundle Kit
« on: January 05, 2013, 03:55:39 AM »
I would recommend picking up a used 5D Mark II, full frame, for about $1200, then adding the new Tamron 24-70mm (around $1100) or the Canon 24-70mm version I, budget permitting.  If you're not going full frame, then the 60D or 7D with the 17-55mm f/2.8 or the other 24-70mm lenses mentioned above.... 

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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 200 f/2L IS
« on: December 27, 2012, 12:34:05 AM »
My favorite lens, by far....   iso 8000, f/2.0, 1/100 sec with the 1D Mark IV....

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1. Canon 200mm f/2L IS USM (my favorite lens)
2. Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
3. Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L II USM
4. Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
5. Canon 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM (or 200-400)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark III Frustrated Focusing problem
« on: December 10, 2012, 01:57:10 AM »
Sounds to me like you're using too wide an aperture, meaning too shallow a depth of field.  Recommended reading: Byran Peterson's Perfect Exposure.

The best book ever written ;)

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D MARK III lens recommendation
« on: December 10, 2012, 01:45:02 AM »
Thanks...
Bought following...
70-200 f/2.8L, 16-32 f/2.8L II, 100 f/2.8L Macro

need suggestion for extenders... should i go for "2x extender iii" to gain extra zoom for my 70-200 f/2.8L
or is it better to go for 100-400???

Great start for what you want to do.  The 100L doubles as an excellent portrait lens.  You might want to consider the 1.4x iii instead of the 2x iii as the 1.4x iii is a bit sharper.  Might also consider a faster portrait lens at some point (e.g., 50mm L, 85mm L, or Sigma 85mm 1.4).

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Lenses / Re: Best Value "Normal" Lens for 6d?
« on: December 02, 2012, 05:59:47 PM »
For a general use, the best "value" would be the 50mm f/1.4 or the 24-70mm f/2.8L or f/4L.  The zooms would give you some more versatility on the wide end and are not too far apart in price.

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EOS Bodies / Re: canon 1d mark iii 21.1 mp or the 5d mark ii
« on: November 28, 2012, 04:37:12 AM »
l loved my 1Ds Mark III but if you're concerned about low light/high iso shooting I'd recommend the 5D Mark III hands down.

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I was in Alaska taking photos of bears, etc. and I was glad to have the extra reach of the 600mm f/4 IS.   I used the Really Right Stuff gimbal head but I've used the Wimberley before which is a bit smoother, lighter, and I highly recommend it.  I have the 1Dx now but I had the 1D Mark IV and if budget is an issue, I think that the 1D Mark IV is a great body for your purposes -- it's also a 1.3 crop factor.   

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