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A few weeks ago, I bought a Dell UP2414Q 24" 4K display. I had a 27" for a few years but found it actually too large. I'm mid-40s and don't wear glasses (yet) but my eyes every week it seems are headed that way. I digress. I bought the Dell 24" to match my retina macbook pro. It's a perfect match. And 4K on the 24 is basically like 5K on 27. I'm graphic designer as occupation and photographer as hobby. Colour and contrast on the Dell 24 are great. And it's matte finish. No glossy reflections.

All your apps must be really hard to work with though? There are scroll bars and text in the Adobe suite which currently can't be scaled (AFAIK) and they are already too small even on a regular display. At that pixel density they'd be a nightmare!

With Photoshop on Windows (but apparently not on the MAC or not for Lightroom on either) that is true, but I happily deal with it to edit, in realtime, essentially 8MP prints. And it's so awesome to be able to instantly view every photo you have without cost with the detail of an 8MP 24" print.

And text looks so much better too. Like right now, as I type, it's like I'm typing in a magazine or book and it doesn't look all computery at all. It looks like real print.

And images just look natural. They don't look computery. They just look far more organic and natural, more like looking at a giant magnified slide table or something, they don't have that blurry, pixellated so sort of subtly digital computery look so much now. And the 27" 14MP displays must truly be insane, wow.

Imagine an amazing photo coffee table book printed at 240PPI and then one printed at like 80PPI. The looks decent if still a trace soft and the other just looks a mess.

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A few weeks ago, I bought a Dell UP2414Q 24" 4K display. I had a 27" for a few years but found it actually too large. I'm mid-40s and don't wear glasses (yet) but my eyes every week it seems are headed that way. I digress. I bought the Dell 24" to match my retina macbook pro. It's a perfect match. And 4K on the 24 is basically like 5K on 27. I'm graphic designer as occupation and photographer as hobby. Colour and contrast on the Dell 24 are great. And it's matte finish. No glossy reflections.

The new iMac looks great and I'm sure it will be, but...

Best thing? I got the Dell on eBay from a reputable seller with 100% rating, for $495.

With my absolutely top spec new macbook pro, I've spent about the same as I would if I bought the new iMac. It's the best of two worlds. Two monitor desktop plus a laptop. Highly recommended.

Holy cow $495 for the UP2414Q is insane!????!!!!! I've never seen it below $750 and even that was fantastic considering programmable uniformity correct, internal programmable high bit LUT, wide gamut, multiple emulation modes, expensive NON-PWM directly variable current driven LED backlighting. It sold for $1300 list a year ago, less than (although it had $200 off sales even nearly from the start every few weeks).


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And why would I want an sRGB monitor????

Another good point in favor of the Dell. The Dell will have both an internal sRGB emulation mode for when you need that as well as wide gamut.

It's weird that Apple that fully color manages its OS (unlike just about anyone else) is like the only maker to not make any wide gamut displays (AFAIK).

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Actually I bet the Dell 5k will be the one to buy. Unlike the Apple display it will have programmable uniformity compensation and a programmable internal high bit LUT (just like their UP2414Q UHD screen). The Dell 5k will also likely (and hopefully) use the same expensive and fancy variable direct current LED brightness control instead of PWM that the Dell UP2414Q does.

14MP 27" screens will be pretty amazing  ;D.

I think the price will come down a lot if you wait 12 months though. For now I'm glad I got the UP2414Q as it was $900-something and these are, for the Dell at least, starting at $2500. But seeing the way the UP2414Q fell from $1300 to $800 in less than a year I bet the 27" 5k will be down to $1500-1600 by next Christmas.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Announces CN20x50 Cine-Servo Ultra Zoom Lens
« on: October 16, 2014, 04:50:15 PM »
Sounds amazing...but I can only image what this puppy is going to cost.  More than my car, I suspect.

Yeah I bet it's like $100,000.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Variable Diffusion Focusing Screen
« on: October 15, 2014, 06:58:05 PM »
very cool, assuming it is precise and quick enough to really work well which it might not be, but if it actually somehow is....

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 6D Mark II to Move Upmarket? [CR1]
« on: October 14, 2014, 06:13:17 PM »


I many people want to shoot landscapes and architecture?  I don't and none of my friends do.

I don't shoot "landscapes and architecture" either. Neither do my friends. YMMV.

One of my friends doesn't shoot any of the above.... or anything else either  ;D. He still has a 0 shutter count Canon 30D sitting on his shelf.

More seriously, although the above is a true story, I know a lot who shot sports, wildlife, landscapes and people.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 6D Mark II to Move Upmarket? [CR1]
« on: October 14, 2014, 03:01:33 PM »
If they want the FF stuff to sell in the future a lot, they maybe better get some new sensor fab though.
7D2 can away without that, not as sure about the FF stuff, maybe a budget 6D could but an upgraded 6D at more cost and 5 series not so sure.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 6D Mark II to Move Upmarket? [CR1]
« on: October 14, 2014, 03:00:19 PM »
If it means natural and crisp 1080p and 4k video with the basic focusing and exposure aids for video and 6fps decently high MP for the 5D4 without crippling then it sounds all good to me.

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Instead of buying a new PC, you can simply buy a decent SSD, install as an additional drive in your computer and setup dual boot, so you can choose which to load.   Be sure when doing the OS install you disconnect the other drives. I would then have 3 drives in your PC, Vista boot, 8.1 boot then a high capacity drive for data. You can then slowly migrate stuff to the new OS as you wish. 


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 ;D


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Adobe cloud is a bargain. 10 bucks a month or 120 per year for LR and PS.  If I bought packaged software it would cost me years of subscriptions anyway, and then I'd miss out on all those free upgrades along the way or I'd need to pay extra each time.

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 :(

(that said, as others have mentioned, LR is still available without the nasty rental model (note that I refuse to call it CC or cloud, since it's nothing to do with distributed computing, oops I mean 'cloud' computing. They simply went to a rental model. Nothing more and nothing less. Although it's mostly less  ;D.))

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EOS Bodies / Re: \
« on: October 13, 2014, 02:06:20 PM »

The ability to customize focus speed is a nice feature, which they have crippled by not having a touch screen.  Or swivel screen for that matter.

Very odd indeed. They improve one parameter, but then take away the critical touch screen to control it all and force you to stop AF and move a joystick around which shakes the video.  ???  Maybe on a Hollywood level video rig it will resist any shaking but....

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Reviews / Re: Canon EOS 7D MK II Field Review of THE APS-C DSLR KING .
« on: October 13, 2014, 02:02:44 PM »
When Ken Rockwell shoots, he turns Chuck Norris into a pixelated low-res statue with oversaturated colours.

When Chuck Norris kicks Ken Rockwell... Nah, he wouldn't even bother. He's not worth it.

When The Most Interesting Man In The World hikes, with ease and without even breaking a sweat, through 30 miles of rough Amazonian terrain and comes across a glorious sight under the most magnificent sunset that the world has ever seen and pulls out his DSLR.... the landscape asks to take HIS picture instead. And the picture is the better for it.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 7D Mark 2 Rolling Review
« on: October 13, 2014, 01:48:53 PM »
Was on holidays with limited internet when the 7D2 came out.  Does the camera have the option of linking AF points to exposure? 


Nope :(. That was the one main stills shooting non-sensor spec that got left out. Marketing still has that reserved for 1 series only.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 7D Mark 2 Rolling Review
« on: October 13, 2014, 01:46:46 PM »
He always comes across as a paid shill. Hinting that the sensor will be radically better than the one in the 70D, come on. And how it might be close to APS_H,FF for high ISO non-reach limited? Come on. And his 4k talk, come on, some of the other 4k stuff won't make you have to rob a bank and he doesn't even put it in the best terms either. (although it's possible if Canon had put 4k in it they might have raised the price a bit (even though I bet the sales compared to what they get from 1DC would've way more than made up for 1DC lost sales and they'd be pulling in tons more money overall and in that sense would'nt even need to raise the price, so if you shoot zero video I could see those guys rather paying a little bit less). And he doesn't even bring up that they left out crop mode for video on a wildlife camera. Or proffer and excuse for why the 1080p is still soft and waxy and mushy.

And then he says that he didn't even bother to really try to push the AF at all. Just useless shill talk.

The one good thing is that it seems clear that Canon IS well aware of the forums and all the people going on about 4k and general 1080p video quality and wonders about if they will ever go to new sensor fabs and such.

All THAT said though, for sources who do tend to tell it like it is and not come across as corporate shills, they, or at least the one so far and other semi-so, are saying VERY good things about the AF so far (seemingly better than both 1D4 and 5D3 AF, at least for some things) and they do say that the IQ is definitely better than on the original 7D. I'm sure it will be a sports and especially wildlife beast for stills. Nothing else has the combo of the AF, speed and reach (and it has small size too).



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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 7D Mark 2 Rolling Review
« on: October 12, 2014, 11:27:59 PM »
Lastest from Liquidstone/Romy is that it seems to focus at least as well as a 1D4/5D3 for BIF and probably better and he believe it will prove to be the best AF he has ever used.

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