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Hi all
I am looking for a setup to do tethered shooting for Architecture/Property interior & exterior shoots & was thinking of using the new SP3.
Has anyone any experience with the SP3 for shooting or post production in LR5 and if so could you please share with me the specs of your SP3 and your thoughts on it's suitability including screen colour accuracy.
The SP3 was only released in Australia Monday so its just showing up in stores now.
Any thoughts appreciated.
Michael

The issue is the small screen, its tough to do serious editing on a 12 inch screen.  The screen has good color and contrast which helps.  The 8GB i7 models can easily handle Lightroom 5, but I prefer 16 GB or more.

One of the active CR members uses one, search the forum, since he has already commented.

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Reviews / Re: Consumer Reports: Canon G1X MK2 Best Ever
« on: Today at 12:00:07 PM »
Its pretty rare for them to lose a lawsuit, and most of their reviews are right-on.  I prefer reviews where actual measurements can be made, but sometimes, its just a opinion based on using a product.

I've come to disregard consumer Magazines where the product that advertises in the magazine with big $$ budgets get the top reviews.  Those ratings do not impress me, be it speakers or automobiles.

As for Bose, I have a old set that I really like, I have owned many different vintage speakers, I find them used at garage sales, or occasionally, on Craigslist.   I even buy new ones once in a while.   Often, the the old ones need new surrounds (easy to replace), and sometimes they turn out to be junk.  Most of the Bose Speakers (about 5 or 6 types) sounded poor to me, but the ones I kept, I like. 

Right now, I need to get rid of several sets, they are taking up a lot of room in my shop.  I bought a set of Criterion VI speakers at a estate sale last week for $5.  Turns out that they were from Layfayette Radio many years ago, and worth all of $5.00 :).  They have a good mid and high sound, but no bass.  If they weren't so big, they would go well with a subwoofer.

I used to build my own bass reflex and horn speakers when I was in high school, there is no secret to tuning them for the right frequencies.  I still have the book I used with the formulas, they are probably found on the internet now, but that was 1959.


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Hi all,

I am looking to buy a carbon fiber tripod around and came across this tripod. http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/151376263090?lpid=82. There are many such products in ebay. Not sure if I can go for it or not. Any suggestions?

For something like a tripod, I'm not sure I would pursue a generic model.  Think of the cost of the camera you are trusting the tripod with.  Giottos and manfrotto have value options as well. Give them a look before you buy.

Just my recommendation.
I totally agree. Earlier I got Dolica 65 inch model and most of the times it served my purpose. I observed that it is not easy to carry around & couple of times I observed that it was shaking on long exp shot . I am looking for something easy to carry even in my cabin luggage and also more stable.

Second reason for looking for cheap version is, If I see my photography work, 95% of the cases camera is in my hands. Very few times when I went for nature photography and pano I used tripod.

Do you have any suggestions?

Stable means legs that do not flex, enough weight so that a breeze does not blow it over, and even more importantly, a head that locks down so your lens does not droop.

If you get a tripod with a under hook, you can make any decent one more stable by hanging a weight on the hook, many use a camera bag as the weight.  You can also sandbag the legs to keep one from blowing over.

BUT ...  Be very careful about the head.  Cheap heads usually do not hold a lens stable, and it will droop after you lock the head.  Its really a pain to aim that 70-200 or 100-400 and then see your target move up when you let go of the lens.  You have to figure out how much droop you will get and compensate.  I've done that when I first bought a low cost rig.  If you are on a budget, you can work around inexpensive legs, but splurge on a excellent head, and don't expect to find one packaged in a $400 or $300 combo deal.

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Reviews / Re: Consumer Reports: Canon G1X MK2 Best Ever
« on: Today at 09:59:32 AM »
You can't trust Consumer Reports opinion on cameras. Back in the day, when the majority of Pros were using the Nikon F, Consumer Reports said it was the worst camera.

If you gave Consumer Reports a Canon 1D X to test, they wouldn't like it. They know nothing of photography, and treat cameras like toasters or hair dryers.

Actually, you can trust them, you just need to know who they are rating products for.  A My Nikon F would be a horrible experience for a general consumer, as would a D1X.

It would be really poor advice to recommend that a ordinary Consumer looking for a camera buy a D1 X.  It is for Pros as was the Nikon F.

A Sony RX100 III likewise is not a top camera for a ordinary consumer who expects a 5-1 zoom range.  It does not even cover portrait focal lengths, its pretty much a enthusiast camera.  That does not mean it isn't a fine camera, just that its not the best pick for a general consumer.


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EOS Bodies / Re: The day of the anti-climatic announcement
« on: Today at 09:49:06 AM »
Isn't photokina still around 2 weeks away?

Announcements are made about 1-2 weeks before the week a event opens, Canon wants a day when other major camera makers are not announcing.  I suspect that someone coordinates dates.  Friday is not a common date for announcements, but other announcements have been made on Friday. 

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Lenses / Re: Anyone want to buy the 24-70/4?
« on: Today at 09:42:29 AM »
I was predicting $700 for this lens by Christmas.  Few seem to want the lens.  I was considering buying it for product photography due to its close focusing capabilities, but after reading the reviews, I decided to skip it.

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Lenses / Re: Need some advice - lens calibration
« on: Today at 09:39:03 AM »
A calibration is adjustment of the autofocus.  You can check the autofocus by photographing a flat surface like a brick wall making sure that you are square to the surface.

Put the camera on a tripod and use live view and live autofocus.  The camera with a 35l should be about 5 ft or more from the wall.  If its not sharp, your lens is likely damaged, and needs repair.  When you purchase a used lens, its a good idea to allow for a $350 trip to Canon in your purchase price.

I'd return the lens if you can.  Someone knew of the issue.

My new 35mmL was sharp, but needed a lot of AFMA.  Canon adjusted it under warranty, and it was excellent from then on.

I found myself in a indoor arena photographing a friends Monster Truck.  I only expected to photograph it up close while on display, but he wanted motion shots during the performance.  All I had with me was my 35mmL, so I cropped the images a lot.  They were still sharp enough to print 8X10 and larger.


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Software & Accessories / Re: Anyone interested in a triggertrap?
« on: September 01, 2014, 10:58:11 PM »
I find it interesting, but I already have far too many gadgets

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Software & Accessories / Re: Optimizing your monitor for print production...
« on: September 01, 2014, 07:56:25 PM »
Keith Cooper who sometimes posts here, and who has a web site called Northlight images has a lot of excellent information on color management.  Its free, its expert advice, start there!!

http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/article_pages/what_is_colour.html

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Lenses / Re: Recent L Price Reductions: Thoughts?
« on: September 01, 2014, 11:38:17 AM »
As noted, the US and the Canadian dollar is quite strong against the yen, so the price needed to be dropped to offset gray market sales.  Due to the stronger dollar, companies can purchase camera inventory overseas for less and sell it in the US at deep discounts and still pocked a lot of profit.

The British pound is strong against the yen, but any price changes will be decided by Canon Europe.  The same issue of gray market imports should force the price down.

Those $250 "M" cameras are a good example of the weaker yen plus poor sales.

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Benro had some nice stuff too, and it is name brand.

Here is a review to help you.  I would also agree, this doesn't have to last a lifetime and I have several tripods that I use today for different things.  If you don't spend a ton, and get at least a few good years of satisfied use out of it, when you want and need to upgrade, it won't be a waste.

http://www.dpreview.com/articles/5352974021/travel-tripods-5-carbon-fiber-kits-reviewed

sek

I have two $150 Benro ball heads that were a complete waste of money, pure junk.  They have been sitting in their original boxes for 7 years, used once.  I have two Benro CF tripods that are 7 years old now, and cost $450 each. The quality was reasonable, but not what I'd call $450 worth.   Parts are not nor were ever available as it turns out.  I could never recommend them.

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I have a friend who is a D800E user who wanted to trade me for my 5D MK III.  I told him that he had fine equipment, he needed to spend more time using it.

I feel at home with virtually any camera after learning to use it.  Obviously, I like some more than others, but in the end, its just a tool, and different cameras have their strong and their weak points.

Photo forums sometimes degenerate into fanboys arguing about equipment when they could be helping each other with photography. 

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Hi all,

I am looking to buy a carbon fiber tripod around and came across this tripod. http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/151376263090?lpid=82. There are many such products in ebay. Not sure if I can go for it or not. Any suggestions?

It looks a lot like this one:  $86 not $136. 

http://www.amazon.com/AFAITH-Camera-Monopod-Portable-Compact/dp/B00FTRV7EC/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1409537857&sr=8-2&keywords=Q666C

You generally get what you pay for, but on ebay, you can pay a lot more.

Its a waste of good money, in my opinion.  A good ball head alone goes for at least $300 - and up.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5D 4 & 1DX II @ Photokina?
« on: August 31, 2014, 08:35:40 PM »
I believe that it was said that they would not be announced, but are expected in the first half of 2015.  They will each get their own announcement, so they will probably be months apart.

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Lenses / Re: price chart
« on: August 31, 2014, 03:15:56 PM »
Prices usually drop starting around the first of September, and Canon likes to blow out inventory by the end of their FY (Dec 31).  So, depending on inventory and on sales, look for deals and be ready to pounce.  The super deals often last only 1 day.

Jesse,

Sometimes the deals last less than a day – just hours.

In addition to this site, Canonpricewatch.com is a great site for announcing deals. I've noticed that many of these deals seem to be announced after 11 PM or even after midnight Eastern time in the United States. If you think you want something, order it. Don't wait or it may be gone. If you change your mind in a few hours you may be able to cancel it before it ships or return it within the exchange period. This assumes you buy from reputable dealers such as Amazon, Adorama, or B&H. By the way, that short list of firms is not exhaustive nor should order imply anything.

And ... don't overlook calling and asking for a better price.  If you have done your homework and have a good idea of the lowest legitimate price from a Authorized Dealer, ask for a match from your favorite dealer.  This is a case where e-mails don't work as well as direct phone calls.  If they meet your price, then buy on the spot.

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