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Software & Accessories / Re: Spyder3Pro vs. Spyder3Elite: Your thoughts
« on: December 06, 2011, 04:56:25 PM »
I use the Elite and very pleased with it. Not sure about the other versions but the Elite license agreement allows installing and calibrating unlimited number of desktop computers and additionally up to five laptops. So I did everything I own plus some. :)

Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm f1.4 EX DG HSM....are they any good?
« on: December 06, 2011, 04:51:29 PM »
I've had two of the Sigma 50 1.4 and almost sent the second back as well. But then I tried shooting it without the B+H MRC UV and it focused just fine. So been using it ever since with no filter. The hit rate is not as good as my 100 L, but it hits in the low 90%s for me. Getting some very nice shots with it and glad I kept the second one. Very little focus shift on mine and that was the first thing I checked since it's all you see on the net about this lens.

Software & Accessories / Re: Let's talk about RAW software
« on: December 06, 2011, 10:59:38 AM »
Capture One Pro here. Excellent workflow and even better IQ. I've said many times here the difference in IQ between CO and DPP is larger than kit lens to L. Amazing results in very little time. One of the acid tests for me is rendering 24K gold properly and CO nails it immediately, DPP makes it look like brass no matter how many hours I spend messing with it and color profiles.

Full disclosure: My thought when doing evals was the software from the company that has a medium format camera and lens lineup was probably the place to start. So I did and was impressed enough to buy and never bothered testing others (other than DPP).  I don't have much time to fiddle with my hobby so I wanted a software aimed at the time=$ crowd and recognized it immediately in CO.

That said, I am also an Adobe Premier Pro (video) user and swear by it even though I'm not a fan of the quirky UI and workflow. Adobe would have been next on the eval list, but after trying CO my thoughts were Adobe might equal CO in IQ but not surpass it and no way the workflow would be as good based on my experiences with Premier Pro, so no reason to go there.

No opinion on the others since I have no experience with them (except that DPP is horrendous). But given their respective successes in the market it's probably safe to say they are all good products. So hopefully the value of this thread is for those either shooting JPG or using DPP and looking for ideas how to raise the bar. I doubt seriously there is compelling reason to change from one "good" RAW processor to another.

[edit]  If you don't have color calibration for your monitors, I'd say there is much more value dealing with that first and then moving into improved RAW processing. As much as CO improved my setup, it would be a virtual waste without first getting the monitors calibrated.

Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom or Aperture?
« on: December 05, 2011, 10:41:30 AM »
I stopped using capture one 18 months ago... it became too buggy... kept crashing during shoots and looked unproffesional... then the tethering ability in lightroom 3 filled my needs.

Capture one was brilliant when it worked though!

Haven't had any crashes out of v6 (PC) but can't speak to earlier versions, but I don't use tether in case that was the issue for you. Seems I read that v6 was a major rewrite for them so maybe I got in at the right time...definitely brilliant and not buggy.

Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom or Aperture?
« on: December 02, 2011, 04:47:45 PM »
Capture One Pro here (Mac, PC). They also have a lite version that is surprisingly not dumbed down very much from the Pro version and is reasonably priced. Only a few key truly 'pro' features are missing, and most of those are associated with their Phase One medium format camera line.

CO has all top shelf tools in it imo, not a single dud in the entire bunch. Some of the very best camera specific color profiles, NR, sharpening tools, color correction, masking, spot removal, etc.  But it isn't for "pixel manufacturing"...if you want that get PhotoShop.

Going from DPP to Capture One was like going from kit lens to L lens all over again, in fact I think it was more of a difference than the lens were.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: APS-C Image Quality (7d vs nex7)
« on: November 18, 2011, 11:34:56 AM »
Converted in Capture One 6

what we know is that the 7D needs the user to apply some intelligence and discernment in his choice of conversion software

I have to agree RAW + Capture One 6 is like switching to L lens all over again. Simply amazing the improvement.

Software & Accessories / Re: Off Camera Microphones
« on: November 03, 2011, 01:16:26 PM »
The Rode shotgun sounds good. I also have a KSM9 and a KSM44 (performance and studio mics) with high end studio pre amps so know what "sounds good" means.

FWIW, the VideoMic and the NTG2 sound virtually identical. The NTG2 is sturdier and has XLR out.

EOS Bodies / Re: New Video Camera Information? [CR1]
« on: September 22, 2011, 01:11:57 PM »
I sure hope they do a digital crop anti-shake in this cam. Given the sensor it seems they should be able to and maintain full res. Between that and an IS lens maybe it can perform anti-shake on par with a CX550 (which uses both) which is to say truly amazing.

EOS Bodies / Re: Nikon unveils V1 and J1 Mirrorless Cameras
« on: September 21, 2011, 11:04:46 AM »
The video OS looks abysmal judging from Nikon's own clips...looks like NEX wins that battle hands down. Plus NEX has APS-C and option for 'real' lens. Hopefully Canon ignores the Nikon formula and goes squarely after Sony.

Canon General / Re: Abandoned at the Alter, Again
« on: September 15, 2011, 02:12:06 PM »
...but let's all try to get a grip and realize that our pictures are not going to magically get better with this new technology...

I agree. Between stellar glass and stellar RAW processing on the desktop a decent body should be able to get a lot of mileage. Only substantial gains in low light/noise performance interest me much (as long as I remain rationale and don't fall into GAS).

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Sends out a Mirrorless Camera Survey
« on: September 15, 2011, 01:49:44 PM »
I'm curious what the 3rd page would have said if the user said they were interested in mirrorless cameras.

a) I already bought a NEX3
b) I already bought a NEX5
c) I already bought a NEX5N
d) I already bought a NEX7


In all seriousness though, I'd love to see a Canon equivalent so I don't have to make one of the choices above. But to be honest I'm probably going to do a NEX5N very soon.

EOS Bodies / Re: New EF Mount Video Camera in October? [CR1]
« on: September 02, 2011, 12:53:16 PM »
I really hope this rumor is true and that Canon did it right to compete with the Sony VG-20. This means EF mount, superb low light, in cam anti-shake (software based), quality codec, manual controls, full time autofocus, good microphones with option for fully controllable outboard mics and no line skipping. I'll wait for October to see what Canon offers in hopes it can use my existing glass and it can take a competent still.

Canon General / Re: So... Sony just dropped their Juggernaut!
« on: August 24, 2011, 04:40:37 PM »
The video and the video autofocus on the a77 look pretty good to me. The stills didn't impress me and the 5D2 looked much better in comparison (but then it should have been compared to a 7D or 60D to be fair). But I'd take a hard look at a77 as a video DSLR based on those clips if Canon fails to bring comparable performance. Sadly, I'm guessing in the video autofocus dept, Canon is probably not going to even come close. Sony claims they had to do the translucent mirror technology to make it work and there are no rumors of Canon doing that. I'll wait to see what 5D3 offers, but I suspect it will be not much different than 5D2 in terms of video autofocus. I sincerely hope I'm wrong about this.

Gotta hand it to Sony for tackling what is "the biggest fly in the ointment" for the average DSLR video shooter (as opposed to indie shooter) in getting a good autofocus system. Sony also tackled "the biggest fly in the ointment" for the average camcorder shooter in creating what is imo hands down the best IS system for a camcorder on the market in the CX550. I've had that camcorder a year now and still utterly amazed I can get 10X zoom handheld that is pretty close to tripod and 1X walk-around that looks not that much different than dolly. Obviously not the same as tripod and dolly but simply amazing just how close you can get.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III, 1D Mark V & 1Ds Mark IV Tidbits
« on: August 05, 2011, 01:32:09 PM »
...a FF 35mm with 40 mp it is a non sense, only good for tourists

Why is that as long as they manage to control noise?
noise  seems to be all your life,  and IQ  at native ISO you have heard about it ?  a 1Ds is a pro camera not for tourists

Noise is the primary thing that needs to be controlled (at the sensor level) to achieve high native ISO...thus IQ...

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III, 1D Mark V & 1Ds Mark IV Tidbits
« on: August 05, 2011, 01:01:16 PM »
...a FF 35mm with 40 mp it is a non sense, only good for tourists

Why is that as long as they manage to control noise?

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