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Pricewatch Deals / Re: 5D mklll (USA) for $2575 via Big Value
« on: November 25, 2013, 03:30:54 PM »
These guys are LIARS.  Ordered this camera, shipped quickly, and then I was told that I MUST be home to sign for the delivery‚Ķ and they do not deliver on Saturday of course.  For years, I have NO problem picking up my deliveries at UPS.  I show up with a Driver's License and it's all set.

They put all kinds of restrictions on the delivery‚Ķ could not have it delivered to a neighbor's house.  Could not have it held at UPS for pickup.  I HAVE to be home and sign personally.

As noted by others, it protects the seller from fraud and theft.

Some high value items need to be picked up or shipped at the actual UPS distribution center -or- handed to a UPS driver. The "UPS Store" isn't good enough. The assumption is the UPS depot employees are employed by UPS and the UPS Store employees are not- another layer of fraud protection.

Canon General / Re: TEN YEARS FROM NOW.
« on: November 25, 2013, 11:44:22 AM »
Hard to say what the future will bring.

However, what I have now can do more than what I imagined 10 years ago.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Dell U3014 Monitor $849.99
« on: November 25, 2013, 11:42:07 AM »
I bought the A03 version a few month back and I love it!  It has a bit of edge bleed in a perfectly black screen, but in normal use is awesome.  If you calibrate it and use a 10-bit pipeline, the colors are amazing.

I like mine, too.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Dell U3014 Monitor $849.99
« on: November 25, 2013, 09:37:15 AM »
I have an early version, probably A01.

Had a few odd issues with it not turning off correctly (LCD "black", but the backlight was still on), but i found a driver update at Dell and it hasn't acted up since.

I haven't experienced the other issues that people are complaining about with A01 and A02 versions, but maybe I'm not looking close enough.

There is an A03 version, but for now, the only way to get that one is to send it back to Dell according to info found on a Dell forum.

I had a second one on order, but after seeing 4k stuff, I'll wait.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Dell U3014 Monitor $849.99
« on: November 24, 2013, 08:30:18 PM »
I think Dell has a 4k monitor in the pipeline, but it will probably cost almost $4k...  ;)

I saw some 4k TV sets and the picture was stunning.

Software & Accessories / Re: PC Monitor for photo editing
« on: November 24, 2013, 07:43:24 PM »
Dell U3014 is now $849.99 new in the box from Amazon and NewEgg... don't know for how long.

Pretty darn good price.

Lenses / Re: Ken Rockwell reviews canon 50mm f/1.0
« on: November 23, 2013, 08:02:44 AM »
Everybody Loves Rockwell

I'm sure he is having a good time watching all the chatter generated from a front page CR posting :)

Lenses / Re: Ken Rockwell reviews canon 50mm f/1.0
« on: November 22, 2013, 09:54:39 AM »
I don't know... seemed like there were some bits of usefulness in the write-up.

That said, I've only seen this lens in pictures and auction listings. I've never used one or even touched one. I haven't looked into renting one, but that could be neat.

I took the sample images as examples of everyday uses for this lens, for those with the means to afford it. I wasn't expecting art-quality images with weeks, months or years of composition time or thought.

And for what they were, the images looked good here on my end. I'm not downloading the full res samples, though.

Here's what the Adobe CC Terms and Conditions say:

After the first 12 months, we will automatically renew your contract based on the current price of the offering."



$10 a month is $120 a year- not too bad.

At $20 a month, still a reasonable price, but now you are approaching or over the cost of buying the software outright every 3 years- closer to 2 years if you keep up with the upgrade options.

Adobe offers some pretty steep educational discounts, so there is some latitude in the pricing structure for their stand alone software.

I think they will have a winner at $10 a month, sold as $120 upfront.

Anyone know what the current "regular retail" price of this package would be?

The current $10/month pricing is valid for only 12 months, then it reverts to "regular price".

For $10 a month, I'd do it, but if the price goes to much more than that, it isn't attractive to me because I have done most of my messing around in Lightroom even though I have CS5.

Portrait / Re: Becoming a wedding photographer.
« on: November 21, 2013, 01:22:38 PM »
I think your idea has merit, providing you can find the target audience.

I've never photographed a wedding, nor do I plan to. Based on attending a couple of them, having a specific block of time set aside for a limited number of pro photographs has no disadvantages from my viewpoint. A couple of people I know with 100's of pictures to choose from for prints did not choose many.

The bridal party could even review them right there on a tablet :)

Wouldn't cost much to find out if it works.

Portrait / Re: Becoming a wedding photographer.
« on: November 21, 2013, 12:39:45 PM »
Sounds like a novel idea, not sure how it would actually work out.

By that, I mean it reduces an entire day of events to a single block of time, an hour in this case, for professional photography. Would people actually want a limited number (10 in this example) of professionally posed group shots and nothing else?

Given the number of guests/relatives taking candids, maybe you will find work with this approach.

I suppose it couldn't hurt to offer an ala-carte hourly pricing rate, as long as the scheduled time is continuous, and keeping with the minimal post-processing theme.

Good luck.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: November 21, 2013, 10:17:34 AM »
I think this fits in with the thread title :)

Lenses / Re: magnification: Lens reversal vs canon 100mm L IS maco
« on: November 17, 2013, 05:43:23 AM »
thanks for the reply.

so is it the lens reversal of a prime lens on max aperture gives more magnification than a dedicated macro lens ?

Aperture has no impact on magnification

I haven't messed around with lens reversal.

From what I understand about lens reversal, you may have to get quite close to the subject to achieve 1:1 magnification. Also, if I recall correctly, a 25mm extension tube will allow 2:1 on a 50mm lens, and this trick does not work well on other focal lengths.

Unless you have a manual lens (100% manual), you will not have any control over aperture settings while reversing lenses, so you will have to pick an aperture before unmounting the lens.

A 100mm macro lens will have less working distance than a 180mm macro lens. If you turn off AF and set the lens to show 1:1, it takes very little movement to be in focus or out of focus. Being short of the 1:1 makes a big difference in magnification, so if you are looking for max magnification, you have to be aware of where 1:1 is.   

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