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If you use Final Cut Pro X make sure you've updated to 1.1.2 because older versions won't work. Also I seem to be having big issues with safari, pages not loaded properly, missing images and constant 'server not responding' messages.... funny yosemite, everything was fine before the update but you keep blaming those poor servers.  ::)

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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D MKII
« on: August 24, 2014, 10:25:48 AM »
I'm thinking we'll see a 6D mkii around fall next year. The original will be 3 years old then and thats 'around' the usual age that the prosumer models [xxD] get an update. The 5Dmkiii replaced the Mkii in around 3 and a half years [I think], so I don't think it's unrealistic to expect a 6D update slightly earlier than the 5D2 to 5D3 cycle.

I also think the update will be very modest but with a few careful tweaks, canon can build this camera to pull in the crowd that aren't quite convinced about the current 6D and even give current owners something to upgrade to.

Example:
All specs the same as current 6d except...
Sensor: 22mp dual pixel.
AF: 11 point, all cross type.
FPS: 5.5 fps.
Screen: adjustable touch screen.

Even if they don't improve actual sensor performance [the current 6d sensor is still amazing], a small mp bump or the inclusion of dual pixel technology will still be a nice step up.

How many people were put off by the fact the 6d has one cross type sensor?? Solve this by upgrading them all to cross type but by keeping the amount of points the same, it keeps the camera away from the 'need the best af 5dmk3, 5dmk4, 7dmk2 market' but still provides a huge upgrade to the current 6D.

A small increase in fps will be expected but it will still be one of the slowest shooters in the line up. [the 5dmk4 will probably be rocking around 7 fps] The key point is that you'll be getting 'near 5dmk3 speeds' for a fraction of the price.

Touch screen would be welcome by some, especially if the camera has a dual pixel sensor. This will improve live view af to no end. An adjustable screen would just be another nice feature that it would have over the original.

So for little effort Canon can make a great camera that won't encroach upon other models but is a worthwhile improvement on the original. I think this approach would work even if they didn't do much to update the sensor, as the biggest compliant about the original [af] has been addressed.
 

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Software & Accessories / Re: Apple to Cease work on Aperture
« on: June 29, 2014, 06:02:11 AM »
I do not use Macs, so I am wondering why or how a person would risk losing their images.  Surly they are stored either on a hard drive, or online somewhere (always risky).
In either event, a person should have a backup, since no storage is all that reliable.
It is a bit puzzling as to why Apple would eliminate a highly regarded piece of software, at the very least, they might sell it to another software developer.  The only reason that comes to mind is that Apple sees jpeg images from iphones, tablets, etc as the way forward.  Its certainly true that camera sales are dropping like a rock.

Nobody would loose any images, they are all stored in a 'library' folder. You can view the contents and all your master images are in there, but i'm not denying it would be a total nightmare switching to something else without some software to automate the process.
I agree, it is puzzling to why they are stopping development for it? I mean in the grand scheme of things, they probably don't even notice the development costs and it's always smart to keep your options open right? You raise an interesting point about how they see jpegs/iphone images as the future, this is quite possible. Hopefully the new software will support RAW, otherwise i'm not sure what to do.  ???

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS Sample Images
« on: May 21, 2014, 04:30:01 AM »
A BIG BIG BIG thank you to Mr photo editor, for spending the time to put up these images and give us an early glimpse of this lens. Cheers Buddy!

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Photography Technique / Re: Photographs in the "Blue Hour"
« on: May 05, 2014, 06:20:31 AM »
One from Delamere Forest in England.

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Canon General / Re: The end of the 5D line?
« on: March 31, 2014, 08:59:43 AM »
Hi Renaissance.
I think your letter to Canon complaints department ended up here by mistake!

Cheers Graham.

Best reply ever  ;D

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Software & Accessories / Re: updating to Maverick 10.9?
« on: February 08, 2014, 05:21:05 PM »
I'v not noticed anything major except a weird bug where I managed to get the new pages, keynote and numbers for free. :) Operation doesn't seem any speedier or slower, although I noticed the beach ball kinda replaces the cursor for a spilt second but it doesn't interfere with anything.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Epson R2000, R3000 or 3880 Printer
« on: January 29, 2014, 04:46:53 AM »
Well one 80mm cart for the 3880 is say £40
If you spent £56 on 4 R2000 carts you'd get 68mm of ink [17mm each]
So you get around 12mm extra with the 3880, and save £16 which isn't too bad

As far as I'm aware, the R2000 will use ink for swapping blacks too, same as the R3000 and 3880. It's not that big a deal unless your continuously swapping for matt to gloss paper. I used semi gloss most of the time, so didn't swap too often. I wouldn't worry about the maintenance cart too much, mine never needed swapping out.

There are other advantages to the 3880 too, such as bigger print sizes and grey carts for better black and white prints.

You'll save money, but it's totally dependent on how much you'll be printing.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Epson R2000, R3000 or 3880 Printer
« on: January 29, 2014, 03:51:35 AM »
I had a 3880 [sold it last year] and the ink lasts for ages. I still had on average 50% ink left from the first set of carts when I sold it. The carts are huge and although replacing the whole bunch is fairly costly, you'll find that your using some of the colours more than others, so some colours won't need replacing for a long time. In the long run, it beats a smaller printer for cost efficiency easily.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: nikon 3D scanning
« on: January 29, 2014, 03:34:56 AM »
Could help out the video game industry, development costs are already out of control and will be going even higher with the xbox one and ps4. It costs tonnes of money to make a game nowadays and if a studio puts out a poor selling game or two, it's game over [pun intended].   

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Lighting / Re: No Paul C Buff stuff outside the U.S
« on: January 13, 2014, 12:14:33 PM »
That sucks my Paul C Buff lights were sourced from Australia so they are 220v native
Well I don't know whats going to happen now but it seems like PCB doesn't want the hassle of international partners anymore and is just concentrating on the U.S market for the time being.

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Lighting / Re: No Paul C Buff stuff outside the U.S
« on: January 13, 2014, 10:49:33 AM »
Bummer.  :'(

They have great stuff, especially the Einstein monolight.

Yeah i'v been craving one for awhile, it's fantastic value if your in the states. Any one know of a decent Einstein equivalent in Europe?

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Lighting / No Paul C Buff stuff outside the U.S
« on: January 13, 2014, 05:50:06 AM »
Received an email today from one of Paul C Buffs international suppliers stating that they have stopped stocking the products. Here's an except from the email stating why:

Please see the explanation from Paul C Buff inc, Nashville, USA. below:-

“In order to serve customers located outside of the U.S. and Canada, we pursued
relationships with international companies, allowing them to serve as authorized international dealers. Unfortunately, these relationships have ended as this method of sales was not cost effective and, most importantly, kept us too detached from our customers, prohibiting us from offering the kind of customer support that we strive to provide.

In addition we have have to inform you that from the 31st January 2014 that all future repairs will be handled directly by Paul C Buff inc in the USA with the customer required to pay shipping both ways. Complete details regarding foreign customer product repairs will be posted on the Paul C Buff, Inc. USA website after Jan 1, 2014.”

I'v been on the european website and found that is down too, so it's looks like if you want Paul C Buff stuff outside the U.S then you'll have to order from the U.S site and pay for shipping. Might actually work out cheaper than before though, as the UK prices were pretty crazy!
Anyway, just giving interested people a heads up.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Appeal of Nikon Df
« on: November 07, 2013, 05:56:17 AM »
I kinda like it but I wouldn't buy one, even if canon made one. I'm more interested in the new sony A7 really but even then, I just love the form factor of DSLR's and will probably use them until they stop making them.  :D

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At this point in time i would stay with nikon, as others have pointed out the 5D is pretty dated and a d7000 or 7100 would probably better as you wont have to buy new glass. If you want full frame, try a D700? That's meant to be an excellent camera and you may be able to use some of your lenses on it, not sure though.

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