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P/S2 is a legacy wired mouse or keyboard connection.

We're going to build one.   :D  I have a friend who is a bit of a geek and has been through it.  He's offered to help spec out the components and get stuff together.  In the weeks ahead, I hope to have it all together.

Thanks for all the input.

Cool. It's easy to get caught up in the "upgrade" mode and spend more money...

Lots of info over on Seven Forums- check it out.

A fast processor and SSD can get to the Windows splash screen faster than you can get into BIOS if there are issues with your build (even if you enable the features that are there to slow things down enough to get to BIOS). That said:

(1) Consider a motherboard with a legacy PS/2 port

(2) There may be a specific USB port that gets power first, read the MOBO manual

Wow!  Obviously there are many of you out there with a ton of knowledge about operating systems.  I fell way behind the curve over the years.

In reading everything that has been posted on this thread, I have come to the conclusion that the first thing I need to do is address my computer needs soon.  Probably should be doing something about it now.

I am not about to take on a computer build myself due to lack of knowledge and will buy a pre-built, likely from Dell or HP.  It appears I can purchase a pretty high capacity machine for the price of a small lens.  The best processor with lots of memory.  I'll just go for their maximum available build.  i7 processor, 16mb memory, etc..  The remaining question for me is which operating system.  Dell still offers Win7 along with Win8.

I have heard many advise against Win8.  What is the problem people have with it?  Which should I be going with?

You guys are the experts.  I can use your help with this.

You could always go for a Xeon processor :)

Storebought stuff is fine as long as you do not venture too far out of the mainstream. Then, you have to know what you are looking for.

Options add up quick.

You may get a fast processor, but a small or slow L1 cache.

Slow (RPM or SATA) HDD.

The really inexpensive computers are set up to meet a price point. These machines are more than good enough for surfing the web and email, but may not do so well for photo processing.

Business class hardware from Dell or HP is in another league, and you could configure it pretty much how you want it, if you want to go that route.

Future add-ons (not replacement upgrades) for many pre-configured major OEM machines will be difficult to impossible. That is one major difference between getting your own motherboard and building a system vs buying one at a consumer price point. The extra stuff on OEM motherboards does not get installed, neither do the connectors. There won't be any extra wires or headroom in the power supply, either.

If you choose to buy a system and want the SSD+HDD setup, make sure you order it that way. You can upgrade the SSD or HDD components yourself later, but configuring the SSD+HDD system on your own from just a single HDD or single SSD is challenging.

A discrete graphics card can make a difference. Check the Adobe site for compatible cards.

Watch the software licensing and feature level. If the license is keyed to a single HDD or motherboard, you cannot upgrade without obtaining a new license. You may want to read up on the different licenses and product levels at the Microsoft website.

W8 operates differently on a touchscreen enabled computer vs a non-touch laptop.

W8 is different, that's about it. I like it on a touch enabled device, I do not have it on a non-touch device.

You may want to head to a store to see if any non-touch W8 devices are available to mess with. I wouldn't consider W8 a dealbreaker, it just takes a bit to familiarize yourself with it. The computer OEM's had to offer a choice to preserve sales.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: October 13, 2014, 08:49:14 PM »
Using a Nikon 105 DC and a Kenko 20mm tube

You can go from Vista to 7 without a clean install.

There is a lot of bellyaching about 8/8.1, but there is nothing wrong with it. W8 is pretty slick if you give it a chance.

Compatibility mode addresses many software issues.

Putting the OS on a SSD and everything else on a HDD (one or multiples), including the user files, CORRECTLY, can be done in W7. The MS approved method requires a clean install. There are tricks to do it later.There are registry mods. For those that do not like to venture into the bowels of the OS, buying a machine configured this way is the easiest way.

If the multiple drives and user file locations are not set up properly, an in place upgrade to 8 from 7 is a problem.

I have many program files on a drive other than C: and it works just fine, no issues with any Windows updates.

Yes, some old/ancient software or peripherals may not work. Drivers can be an issue if the manufacturer does not support the latest OS.

The camera is old and cheap now: Canon 1D (MK I)- easy to find these for about $300 or less (mine is a well cared for survivor). The lens is not old or "cheap": Canon 100L Macro.

Pretty good for 4.2mp :) Yeah, focus isn't on the eyes of the bee. Operator error.

This is pretty much straight out of the camera. I have noticed that the 1D files respond very well to a little bit of sharpening, at least with Canon's DPP. The 1D RAW files are not coded correctly, so 3rd party software will not recognize them unless you change the file extension, and then the RAW files are not read by DPP...

I could dig out some pictures taken with a Power Shot G2 that I purchased new for like $800 at the time- certainly not cheap then. I still have it. The 1D was like 10X that back then, and less than 1/2 of that today...

EOS Bodies / Re: Multilayer Sensors are Coming From Canon [CR2]
« on: October 09, 2014, 05:45:47 AM »
The file sizes from a Sigma DP2 Merrill are much larger than even a Canon 5DIII, and the Sigma DP2 is "15 MP".

The X3F files (RAW) are about 45 MB each at full resolution. Nothing but the Sigma software reads them, as far as I know.

They also take a bit of time to even open up on a computer once the Sigma ProPhoto software kicks in. I don't have a USB3 reader or the fastest SD card though.

Writing the image files in-camera to the SD card also takes a while. It is certainly 2 or 3 seconds from pressing the shutter to being able to review the image on the camera screen, which is an eternity compared to current Canon cameras. It is entirely comparable to the Canon 1Ds MK 1 though.

For color, ISO 100 or 200 is pretty much it. Monochrome is something else.

Battery life is abysmal on the DP2 Merrill cameras. Upside is the batteries are inexpensive.

I have not used the "pro" Sigma Foveon cameras.

Canon would have an enormous amount of work to make the Sigma DP2/DP3 process acceptably close to even 5DII operational standards, exclusive of high ISO (5DII high ISO- 1DX high ISO would be amazing).

When you get a keeper with a Merrill, it's a good one though. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Multilayer Sensors are Coming From Canon [CR2]
« on: October 08, 2014, 05:41:30 PM »
I suppose that "multi layer" doesn't necessarily mean Foveon, but I'd really like to see a "mainstream" Foveon sensor in a Canon dSLR body.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Why haven't you left canon?
« on: September 27, 2014, 07:29:51 AM »

I am still more than satisfied with the images I capture using Canon equipment, and that includes using a new to me 1D.

I can't think of any compelling reasons to switch.

As compelling as the Sony A7 series seems to be, I am not impressed with the longevity of Sony consumer products. I may rent one next year and an adapter, but I do not see buying one.

I rented a Nikon lens with a defocus control and found it to be very interesting, but not a reason to switch because I can use it on my Canon :)

There are lots of other lenses that I can stick on my Canon with an adapter. Much cheaper than buying a new body.

Much harder to stick a TS-E or MP-E 65 on something else.

I remember taking lots of film pictures with a once new EOS 620 and marvelling at 3x5 and then 4x6 prints. Enlargements, even 8x10, never seemed to be very good (I never did the darkroom thing).

I can print way bigger than that now, from home, on almost any consumer grade inkjet printer.

I would need to improve my technical skills and creative views quite a bit to exceed the capabilities of the gear I have now.

I am kind of tired of the forum background noise that is demanding better stuff from Canon. While their needs may be genuine, their photographic styles or needs sure appear to be small (if not tiny) market segments.

The best way to get Canon to change is to stop buying their stuff.

Edit: Part of me would like to see a significant increase in megapixel count, but I know it will not be cheap and those megapixels will have added computer/storage costs.

My guess is that Mt. Spokane either has 20K to spend on a deluxe full frame birding rig (1DX, 500 or 600mm f/4 L IS II, 1.4x and 2x TC III), or that he doesn't do focal length limited work.

There are numerous discussions about the fallacy of "1.6x" in real world use.

Yes, there is a narrow window of opportunity where the "1.6x" will give you more detail than "cropping into" a 5DIII image. Very good lighting, low ISO, well focused, possible tripod use, high shutter speeds define this narrow window.

For most people, in everyday use, there is no "reach" advantage obtained from a 1.6 crop camera. Actual pixel size also changes this "reach" factor. 

"CR Geek" Neuro put up some images where "1.6x" FOV cropped 5DIII images lost nothing to native 7D images back when the 5DIII was new. I recall similar discussions about the "pixel less" 1DX vs 5DIII.

There are other similar discussions out on the WWW.

I owned a 7D and it was a great camera in good lighting. Once I picked up a 5DII, I never used it again and then sold the 7D.

Yes, there are features that Canon puts in one body and not the other. I liked the 7D spot focus feature. A 5DII does not have the AF system of a 7D.

But I do think that "focal length limited" is not what it used to be.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: One is the loneliest number...
« on: September 19, 2014, 05:26:55 AM »

This means hiking for great distances at times, so I am wondering if a second body (extra weight) is a must for someone investing his tie and energy in getting to a location in the middle of nowhere to shoot some nice pictures?

What is "great distances"?

For some, that is a 20 minute walk.

For others, that is a two day excursion.

I have carted two bodies on 4 hour outings (water and restrooms available- so I'm not carting that stuff), and it does get to be a bit much, but having 2 cameras means not switching lenses so much. Any more than that, and I would need to get a backpack of sorts.

An alternative is to cart one body and lens and shoot with what you have.

EOS Bodies / Re: How can we improve on 5D3 to 5D4?
« on: September 16, 2014, 08:13:25 AM »

- viewfinder that doesn't require your nose to be chopped off

That one is available now, as a 1DX :)

Macro / Re: Flower macros
« on: September 16, 2014, 07:14:46 AM »
Backlit rose petals.

Photography Technique / Re: Ballhead or Gimbal?
« on: September 06, 2014, 12:38:35 PM »

I am looking for videos to show how a leveling base works, what does it exactly do? I am guessing to level the tripod without having to making minor changes to the legs....

Yes, the leveling base allows you to level the part where the ballhead or whatever attaches to without fiddling with the legs.

Significantly speeds up setup.

Photography Technique / Re: Ballhead or Gimbal?
« on: September 06, 2014, 06:56:05 AM »
Custom Brackets makes a gimbal:

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