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Lenses / Re: Ditching the Primes - Advice/Opinions Needed
« on: July 25, 2014, 02:02:35 AM »
I've sold all my 50mm lenses, my 35mmL, and my 85mm f.1,9.  They were great lenses, but with the high ISO capability of the 5D MK III, my 24-70 MK II and 70-200mm MK II and 100-400mm L along with my 16-35mm f/2.8 get almost all the use.

I kept a few primes, 15mm FE, 17mm Tokina f/2.5, 100mmL, and I just could not part with my 135mmL.

Do what works for you, you are young enough to get them later.  Your new baby should come first.

Software & Accessories / Re: DxO upgrade question.
« on: July 24, 2014, 10:41:08 PM »
Hi Mt Spokane.
I just confirmed with the DxO Supported Gear which edition for your camera. It would appear that all crop cameras, which is what I have, are supported by Standard Edition. It is only when making the jump to full frame that Elite Edition is needed.
I do appreciate the heads up though.
I found Standard Edition version 9.0 for £69 instead of £79. Just wanted to know if I can upgrade to 9.5.1 from 9.0 for free as I read that minor upgrades are free but major are at a cost.

Cheers Graham.

Thanks for the correction, I'd thought it was all DSLR's.  I now have FF so I had to use the Elite version.

Macro / Re: Mechanicals
« on: July 24, 2014, 10:38:32 PM »
That's a difficult photo to capture, a flash might have ruined it.  Shiny metal is among the most difficult for me.

Lenses / Re: Buying a used lens from Adorama
« on: July 24, 2014, 05:14:13 PM »

The Warranty card does nothing.  For service, you need a receipt from a authorized dealer (Like Adorama).  You can toss the warranty card.

I know this is the case... but what is the warranty card... a vestige of years gone by?  I had a 1.3mp Olympus p&s and the usb connection went bad, so I called them and they said that my online registration was for marketing purposes alone and I needed the receipt... I was so angry that I never considered another one of their products...

So if you have purchased from an authorised retailer - and why wouldn't you??!! - they should be able to take your zip code and / or email address at the time you placed your order, ID your order and send you a copy invoice.

If they can't, you should've bought from Adorama  :-*

Most reputable online dealers let you retrieve a invoice online.  Local ones keep records and usually can duplicate one.  I almost always buy from either Adorama, or from a small local camera shop in Couer D Alene Idaho.  They employee real photographers, and I like to do my share of keeping a few of the old fashioned shops around.  One small local photo store for Pros just closed shop recently.

I buy a ton of stuff from Amazon, but not Cameras.

Software & Accessories / Re: laptop for tethered shooting?
« on: July 24, 2014, 05:06:27 PM »

I was thinking the same thing. While the display on the M3800 is touch, I'm not sure if a stylus will be practical/possible (plus, I'll be downgrading to Win7, and I'm not sure how 7's support is for touch).

To your point about the trend toward 4K, it would surprise me if Adobe didn't get with the scaling program soon. If I can get anywhere near the lifespan out of the new Dell as I have with this HP, then 3200x1800 might be a good bet, counting on Adobe to catch up in the next year or two.

Thanks for the input!

Maybe I spring for the 3200x1800 display now, knowing I can add more RAM any time in the future. Adding more pixels, not so much...  :P

I'd warn you away from Windows 7 if going high DPI. Windows 7 has the bare minimum support for it possible. Windows 8.1 Update 1 has VASTLY superior High DPI scaling and support. There is also little reason to not use Widnows 8.1 these days. You boot into the desktop by default, which is nearly identical to Windows 7 with a few minor tweaks here and there. The only major difference is the start menu has been replaced with the start screen, however you can get third-party utilities that restore the start menu as well.

Windows 8 boots in seconds, and overall uses far less memory and is generally much faster than Windows 7. It is also far more resource efficient, which increases battery life in a laptop compared to Windows 7. There is very, very little reason to downgrade, and so many reasons to stay with Windows 8. If you go with a 3200x1800, Win 8.1 is definitely the better option.

I just upgraded to 8.1, and shortly after reading Microsoft's support files about problems I was having with IE 11, I went back to windows 7.  I'll give 8.2 a try to see if it fixes the issues.  I like to put links to web sites on the desktop by dragging from IE, that does not work.  Dragging them to the favorites bar in IS 11 also doesn't work.

That feature is something I use a lot.  Microsoft says they are aware of the issue, but that's all.

Other than that, I found Windows 8 to be faster than Win 7, and generally a improvement.  Its the details that get you.  With Windows 9 said to be coming out next year, I wonder what we'll see.

I have a relative who is a manager at Microsoft, and he uses it because he has to, but also uses Start 8 like I did.

Windows 8 would not stop me from buying a Surface 3, I would not be using it as a primary machine. 

Abe's of Maine, Samy's in California, Glazers in Seattle.  There are options, but they may not offer the same price point.

Watch out for Abe's of Main along with Ryther Camera, 42nd St Photo, and Fumfie  The original Abe's of Maine went bankrupt, and the new owner has a really poor reputation.


Software & Accessories / Re: DxO upgrade question.
« on: July 24, 2014, 04:49:33 PM »
What price did you find?  DXO often has sales, it was $199, but has jumped back to $299 until the next sale.

BTW, you must get the Elite Version to work with Raw from DSLR's (just in case you did not know),  The Standard version does not play with DSLR files.

Lenses / Re: Buying a used lens from Adorama
« on: July 24, 2014, 12:03:38 PM »
'White box' is not used or anything like that, it's a 'kit lens' not in the kit anymore. Just be sure the warranty card is with it (which I'm sure Adorama would include!) and you'll be fine. I would think the lens hood would be with it, I bought one that way (of course, I worked at the camera store it came from!). And the bag, front and back caps.

The Warranty card does nothing.  For service, you need a receipt from a authorized dealer (Like Adorama).  You can toss the warranty card.

Lenses / Re: How many years before we see a 50L II
« on: July 24, 2014, 12:00:01 PM »
Canon seems to be focusing on video lenses.  They generally do not need wide apertures, but do need silent AF motors and IS.  I suspect that the only reason for a upgrade would be bragging rights, certainly sales volumes will not pay for the 10's of millions of dollars to design, tool, build, stock, and advertise a replacement.  DSLR and lens sales are sharply down, so that means that Canon will only invest where they see a big profit, ... or for bragging rights.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D the new 6Ti?
« on: July 23, 2014, 11:05:23 PM »
I don't expect a t6i with dual processors either.  There are a lot of things under the hood of a 7D, in fact, almost everything that is different from a T5i.  The several years old 7D will have a new sensor, Canon has already stated that any 7D replacement is going to have new technology.  I always take that with a grain of salt, and a big one.  1/2 stop gain in sensor performance is pretty large.

Lenses / Re: Why not a Canon EF 12mm f/4 or 12-20 f/4.5-5.6 zoom?
« on: July 23, 2014, 11:01:25 PM »
The interview with Canon pertaining to their 16-35mm f/4 indicates that they have a new process for manufacturing lens elements, so it might be something that can now be done and meet photographers expectations for quality.

They can go all out with a high priced lens, or use plastic elements like the 11-18mm ef-s and make them affordable.

Lenses / Re: Buying a used lens from Adorama
« on: July 23, 2014, 10:57:41 PM »
24-105mm can be had for $700 new from good dealers often. Check canonpricewath(dot)com for price changes on that lens. Its getting very difficult to sell the used lens right now for more than $650 on ebay.

I've been checking them out but mainly see unauthorized dealers or lenses marked as grey/import version for anything less than $1049. Although I do see something that says I can contact CPW for info on obtaining the lens that the "street price" of $659.99: http://megmo.me/1z2wom7. I'll contact them but I wasn't sure if that was legitimate or shady. :P

Its real.  Dealers can't advertise equipment below Canon's MSRP, but they can sell for any price they want.

Which QR plates fit a 3/8 screw on the legs? I suppose that some MF ones do, but my clamps are 1/4 in. 

I'm just curious, I might not understand what is happening.

Software & Accessories / Re: Rationale for a maximum tripod load?
« on: July 23, 2014, 10:49:12 PM »
There is no standard or consistent way of rating loads, so we do not know what they are telling us.

There is the Japanese method, calculate the size of screw, and use that size.  The German method is also to carefully calculate the screw size, then they use two  bolts, and their big ones ;)

I hope no one is offended, its just to illustrate that without a standard, you go by the tripod maker's reputation.  Both will get the job done, but one has a huge safety margin.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Tamron 150-600mm availability
« on: July 23, 2014, 05:22:43 PM »
The small and smaller shops are indeed a place to try.  The big stores are not getting enough to fill orders, while a small shop might have one on the shelf.

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