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Thanks thebowtie,

I'll give it a shot on my Mac when I get a few minutes free. I'm always curious to try new software but I hate running multiple versions of the same thing...
One more thing...
Because it's a "New" and "independent" installation, it not only does not leverage any metadata, you also need to download all the lens profiles you use for this installation if you want to use "Digital Lens Optimization".

However, if you do use it, I find that it works much faster at applying the DLO than the older 3.x versions.

I'm still standing by my speculation that Canon are trying to woo back their fan base by providing a more usable DPP so that you may not want to pay Adobe for theirs any more if what you need is addressed by DPP.

(Then maybe that will allow you to save for the next shiny thing from Canon  ;) )

Can anyone confirm that versions 3 and 4 will play nice together on the same computer? I don't have the time to fiddle around with such nonsense right now, maybe someone else has already tried?
Hi Winglet,
Yes, I can confirm that on my computer (Windows 7x64) both 3.x and 4 work fine side-by-side.
HOWEVER, the metatdata that is stored in/with 3.x-treated RAW files is invisible to 4.0.

To your other point of 'why only recent cameras?' - I speculate the reason is that Canon have sensed the wrath of the photographic community's response to Adobe CC, and probably tried to provide a 'LR-Lite' kind of product for free - which depends on later (64-bit) hardware and latest camera's embedded metadata.
Maybe to get customers to love Canon a bit more - and try to regain some kind of loyalty.
Who really knows?
Just speculating of course.


Completely useless software.  How does one use it?  All I see are tiny thumbnails of my raw images, and I cannot edit them  Help?  A simple tutorial anyone?
Hi tgara
Chances are, you are looking at images that are not created on a 5DII or 1DX, or any of the other qualified cameras that this software is specifically targeted at. From what I see, that's what this software release is specifically targeted at.
My 5DIII raw files work just fine. My 50D ones don't.
Just as advertised.


Animal Kingdom / Re: Brown bear cub on the lookout
« on: June 15, 2014, 08:40:18 AM »

I just wanted to share a few recent images with you from my time here in Finland. I am working as a nature guide/ wildlife photographer, and would love for you all to take a moment to have a look at my Blog I am writing, and if you feel interested, then to follow through to the Autumn!!

I especially love the bear reflected in the water.
What I didn't expect to see was Hugh Jackman (read the caption on the last photo...)
Maybe it's my eyesight!  ;)


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Daylight Savings Time
« on: March 10, 2014, 07:35:05 AM »
I use CUT /GMT « Coordinated Universal Time » no problem.  :)
Same here....

I also use cUT for all my work computers....
I use the GP-E2 GPS accessory on my 5DIII to set the time - it saves some headache...


Technical Support / Re: Lightboxes, umbrellas, stands, etc.........
« on: March 04, 2014, 06:30:25 PM »
I really recommend you buy a copy of Syl Arena's Speedliter's Handbook before buying anything else!

I totally agree. I bought Syl's book for my Kindle. Syl shows lots of low-cost, practical ways to do creative things with just a speedlite or two (or a dozen).

EOS Bodies / Re: Hardware Hack for EOS Cameras Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: February 27, 2014, 09:45:44 PM »
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<p>We received an email stating that a certain company is getting ready to announce a hardware hack for Canon EOS cameras. Only the EOS 5D Mark III was listed, but other EOS cameras are likely.</p>
<p>The hack requires the mainboard inside the camera gets replaced with the modified custom board. It was not mentioned how, or where you’d send your camera to get the modification. I’d think they’d have to give away a few modified cameras to get the trust of the consumer. The reported cost of the mod is $1000 USD.</p>

Oh dear, are we now seeing April 1 product pre-announcements?
Consider this - a new mainboard, the thing that makes the camer work - never mind the warrany/repairability implications.
What about future compatibility for CANON firmware (or even MagicLantern?)


Photography Technique / Re: Perspective Distortion and How to Use it
« on: February 21, 2014, 12:31:00 AM »
I thought I'd go beyond the normal samples to show how this technique is used in real-world shooting.  It's particularly useful in shots like this when the client gives you extremely vague guidance like, "Shoot the Rose Garden and be sure to get shots of the roses and the gazebo."  In cases like that, you want to give the client as many shots a possible.  Personally, I liked this shot which I thought covered the feel of the place the best:

...And which shot did they choose???  The one I shot just for fun since I was there:
I would have gone with the first shot.... It shows the uniqeness of the area, where the first shot, very nice btw, is just a standard rose shot and could be from anywhere.
That was my thought, too, though I have to admit that when printed on a 40"x60" stretched canvas, the rose did look really nice on the light yellow wall in their lobby alongside some of my other shots that were a bit more unique.
Hi macguyver,
Thanks for giving a well-illustrated tutorial on perspective.
I think your last comments - indicating what the client wanted to use the photo for, and where - was also instructive - and maybe that (with the benefit of hindsight) could have driven the creative process more.

Lenses / Re: Effective focal length of some telephotos
« on: November 13, 2013, 01:28:48 AM »
A perfect lens does not have infinite resolution - read about Abbe's law - The wave nature of light dictates that resolution is limited by the size of the Airey disk - see Infinite resolution would require that the f number is 0 - ie the lens has an infinite diameter.

I never said that a perfect lens exists. A perfect lens is an abstraction.

Oh, I just love abstract photography!  ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: German Canon Event
« on: October 02, 2013, 01:53:38 AM »
This comment on that page was intersting:

"i work for zeiss in germany and i have some colleagues from university who now work for canon germany.

i can´t tell you much because i don´t know much about it.. but my canon colleagues say something big is comming in october. kind of a suprise."

Interesting indeed - Zeiss optics married to Canon Autofocusing - yum!

Maybe the "surprise" is on that theme - but that Canon might license its Autofocus to Zeiss to allow Zeiss to make EF-mount Autofocus lenses - or am I just dreaming?

Canon General / Re: I hate photographing my family for posed photos...
« on: September 03, 2013, 08:38:27 AM »
Simple solution! Don't photograph the family that way... Just shoot them in their natural environment doing what they like best... You are more likely to get keepers that way - but then you knew that already :)

I do... all the time... because that is the only way I get natural photos... but it is the group photos that are requested.  I'm like a rap DJ at a hot NY club who is asked to play some Sweet Home Alabama... sure... I love me some Sweet Home Alabama... but will THIS crowd dance to the tune.  Nope.
Maybe there's a different way.
It seems that you get acceptable shots once the subjects are comfortable with your presence as you shoot them one-on-one, or in smaller groups, and that the problem really arises when you have a large group, who probably get restless while you compose and shoot.

Try something that turns the "oh, no, a group photo" into  a "yippee" moment.
Make it fun! (Now I don't know what that will take in your circumstances - to make it fun long enough to keep their attention.
If the young ones are the troublemakers - give them something fun to do as part of the shoot!

Just an idea.


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II in 2014 [CR2]
« on: July 24, 2013, 09:41:00 AM »
Seriously, I think we are saying the same thing. 5DIII targeted to a professional market to fit a specific need. D800
targeted to...whom? I've never been sure.
I think the D800 is targeted at trolls  ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: New AF Technology Coming in July? [CR1]
« on: May 29, 2013, 08:59:26 AM »
I hope this is a classic Canon announcement and it isn't really "new", just so it will be eye control. I doubt it though.

D— — — AF

Digital Eye Control AF?   ;)

DECAF? That's not going to keep you awake long enough to find out what really will be released!

i would like that...  :D

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent - Tilt Shift Lens Related
« on: May 06, 2013, 10:05:08 PM »
Ah, here's my interpretation:
  • New Tilt/Shift lenses will embed metadata about tilt/shift - in real-time
  • Updated firmware could be coming to compatible cameras to display this metadata in LiveView mode or in VF to assist in composition
  • Compatible cameras could be 5DIII, 1Dx, etc. because they have LCD VF overlay as well

Here is a different translation of the basic claims.  Its a translation into English, and you know what that means :)
[Claim 1]
 It is the imaging device provided with a displaying means which can equip with a tilt lens and displays a captured image, 
 An acquisition means which acquires lens information which shows angle of rotation of a circumference of an optic axis in the aforementioned tilt lens, 
 A control means which controls the aforementioned displaying means to superimpose a line rotated from a horizontal direction or vertical direction to the aforementioned imaging device on the aforementioned captured image, and to display it according to angle of rotation of a circumference of an optic axis which lens information acquired by the aforementioned acquisition means shows 
 An imaging device characterized by preparation ******. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: EF 400 f/4 DO IS II
« on: April 15, 2013, 06:20:48 AM »
I have been unable to find "Patent Publication No. 2013-64858".  It doesn't seem to be a US application - US2013064858 relates to a polysaccharide for modulating immune response.  Can you tell me where it was published?
I would say Japan (considering Canon is a Japanese company - they would file all initial Patent applications in Japan, and use world-wide agreements on IP protection whilst they filed patents elsewhere)

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