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Site Information / Re: Small or Large Thumbnails - Poll
« on: August 09, 2014, 11:10:20 AM »
I think it would be a courteous thing to remove images from replies, in the image galleries. It causes unnecessary repetition and wastes screen real estate. Can this be enforced in some way? Does anyone see any advantage to this?
I agree with this wholeheartedly!!!

I am beta testing the new Selling Forum...I like the smaller thumbnails and "ten-count" for  the images in that forum, but the larger thumbs for the rest of the forums....but I am guessing that it is not possible to allow that??

Ditto.  I think the selling forum is a great place to have the smaller thumbnails.  I prefer larger images on the other threads BUT I'm willing to accept a slightly smaller image in the spirit of helping those less fortunate.  Perhaps the original thumbnail could be larger and then the full size image available after clicking.

I understand that having different settings in different threads is likely not possible so I think a happy medium is necessary regardless of what we've all come to enjoy up to now.  However, I don't want to lose folks or see the experience diminished too much as a result.  It's a tough line to find.  I hope everyone is able to be flexible.

I think you are asking for something that isn't really attainable and you have used some of the best options available and learned this for yourself.  I'll just confirm what you already know but don't want to admit.  Laptop displays, even the best ones, are compromises compared to a high quality monitor designed for graphics or photography use.  I use Lenovo Thinkpads all the time and I have a W520.  The thinkpad IPS displays even allow some limited calibration.  But as good as they are, they'll never be as good as my DELL U2410 Ultrasharp IPS screen.  (And there are many other screens that are as good or better.)

IMHO, Apple Retina screens are designed to impress people with gloss, high saturation and high contrast.  (This makes them 'pop'.)  These aspects make them less accurate for true rendition and undesirable for use in serious editing.  I much prefer an IPS matte screen that is accurate over a glossy screen with glare that isn't.

If I were you, I would keep the thinkpad with the IPS screen and invest in a good external IPS monitor.  The DELL U2410 can be obtained for a steal for around $200!!  Connect it with a Displayport cable and you're all set.  Heck, the thinkpad could be mounted on a dock and you wouldn't have to connect a single cable.

Post Processing / Re: My Basic & Practical Back-Up Strategy
« on: August 08, 2014, 11:28:11 PM »
Zip, Jaz, Superdisk (120mb floppy disk from 3M), Doublespace v Drivespace lawsuit (Microsoft DOS 6.2/.21/.22)

Damn you Mack, I feel old now...
LOL, and remember the click of death with Zipdisks?  That did it for me, but I loved them up till that point.  Also, my first PC used analog cassette tapes to transfer data :)


EOS Bodies / Re: 6D+7Dii Vs 5D mkiii
« on: August 08, 2014, 09:42:35 AM »
Great post jeffa4444!  I think I learned something about my 6D I didn't know!  The ground glass prism thing is weird.  I'll watch for it.

Canon General / Re: Which Lens to Take
« on: August 08, 2014, 09:38:58 AM »
I will be bringing at least 4 batteries i have the battery grip for my 5d mk3 and will hopefully keep enough charge in them to last the trip.
I would leave the grip at home an just bring the batteries. Your back will appreciate the reduced weight after a couple of days.  ;)

Ditto!  And it sounds like this isn't your first rodeo but I would have a comfortable side sling strap for when in camp and not hiking.  The cotton carrier is overkill when it's not needed.  It might become a nuisance.  But of course, whatever works for you is best.  Have a great trip!!

EOS Bodies / Re: 6D+7Dii Vs 5D mkiii
« on: August 08, 2014, 01:14:31 AM »

I think we hijacked this thread from OP.

I think you're right Dylan!  Sorry Sabaki!   :-X

Post Processing / Re: My Basic & Practical Back-Up Strategy
« on: August 08, 2014, 12:42:40 AM »
I'm considering Synology eventually Halfrack.

I only use RAID 1 for the reasons you mention.  I don't need higher RAID.

Love the blast from the past!  Good old iomega external drives in Parallel and SCSI flavors!  I also had JAZ drives, internal and external.  (Probably still do somewhere around here!)  Also, don't forget about the old OnTrack hard drive emulation software when the BIOS wouldn't recognize hard drives larger than 137 GB!  Wasn't that fun?

I have a couple of safes, both fire rated.  My larger safe is where I keep important papers, guns, silver, etc plus a backup drive on a network cable.

I recommend these Sturdy Gun Safes hand built in California.  Truly designed to withstand a long fire.

EOS Bodies / Re: 6D+7Dii Vs 5D mkiii
« on: August 08, 2014, 12:25:04 AM »
I don't plan to buy an expensive tele-prime.

RustyTheGeek ,
Prior my 400mm f2.8 IS II, I shoot a lot with 70-200 f2.8 IS II with 5D III. Cropping was fun. Now, with 1dx + 400mm f2.8 IS II, shooting indoor swimming is fun ;)

I'm not a DR guy. I'm more like high ISO shooter. I do wish 1dx II will have good improvement in high ISO.

Dylan777, you've got me beat!!  I usually don't sweat the price tags much.  But all my shooting is for my own pleasure and volunteer work for the teams and other organizations.  As much as I've spent over the years, I'm practically a pro with all the gear I have.  But unfortunately, I'm not planning to go as far as you've gone.  Wow.  1DX + 400mm f/2.8 IS II.  Amazing.  Just those two items cost close to what all my gear costs together and I've spent quite a bit over the years!  My hat's off to you!   8)  (Of course I realize you could be renting but somehow I doubt it!)  Have fun dude!!

EOS Bodies / Re: 6D+7Dii Vs 5D mkiii
« on: August 07, 2014, 10:45:31 PM »
My 5yrs old does indoor swimming. My shutter speed is usually around 1/800 to 1000. I just don't see how 70d or 7D II can handle that, even 5D III. Next best thing is 1dx shooting at f2.8.

Photo below was taken with 1dx @ at 1/2000 f5.6, ISO25000. Right before the sun goes down.

I am curious:
1. Why can't the 5DIII take pictures of an indoor swimmer?
2. Is there any reason you're shooting at 1/800? I have seen images of professional swimmers at 1/250 with good freezing of motion and slight motion of limbs. I suppose even slower speeds can be used for kids.
2. Could you have taken the egret image at f/2.8, giving you two stops more light? At this distance, the DoF with a 400/2.8 would have been sufficient. Or were you limited by maximum aperture (using 2x TC, perhaps)?

I currently do shoot my 5D3 in various configurations with various lenses at various speeds and apertures.  I shoot at different natatoriums.  Some have better light than others.  I usually shoot at around 1/200 - 1/320 to get a bit of motion.  I typically shoot Tv and lock in ISO 3200 or 2000 depending on light and the camera goes from 2.8 to 6.3 depending on the lens, the light and the zoom range.  I'm usually at the side of the pool and I typically use a 70-200 f/2.8 with a 1.4 TC or a 70-300L, sometimes also with a 1.4 TC (at the brighter locations where I can get away with it).  The mercury vapor lights cycle at 60Hz and the light output and color change constantly making the pictures dark and light along with yellow and green.  Lots of post work!!

If the 70D or the upcoming 7D2 allowed me more reach and better sensor tech, I might be able to ditch the TC and still be able to get up close without sacrificing IQ.  I already have a 60D and of course it's not as good as the 5D3 IQ.

I don't plan to buy an expensive tele-prime.

EOS Bodies / Re: 6D+7Dii Vs 5D mkiii
« on: August 07, 2014, 09:18:52 PM »
As I've already said, cost may determine some of this.  There are several price scenarios.  The dual camera combo will be the most expensive and a new 7D2 will likely cost close to what the 5D3 costs.  The 7D2 will be brand new at the apex of its price curve while the 5D3 has settled into a lower norm.  Once the 7D2 arrives, the 5D3 might even be a bit cheaper, esp used.

I would definitely wait until the 7D2 arrives before spending $1000's of dollars.  Personally, I'm slightly tempted to get either a 70D or 7D2 for faster fps and low light performance for swimming pictures but it's not urgent.  It would just be cool.  Maybe the November sales will convince me to buy something.  Maybe not.

Keep us posted on your decision!!   :)

EOS Bodies / Re: 6D+7Dii Vs 5D mkiii
« on: August 07, 2014, 08:14:36 PM »
Yeah, I know what you mean Dylan.  Fingers crossed that Canon blows us away.  Fingers crossed!   ;)

Post Processing / Re: My Basic & Practical Back-Up Strategy
« on: August 07, 2014, 07:53:45 PM »
And you probably delete a lot more than I do.

Yes, I triage pretty large part due to having a camera that shoots 12 fps bursts.  I tend to delete anything that's not a true 'keeper'.

Yes, I'll BET!  12 fps burst groups that probably contain multiple large RAW ~25 MB files.  I can imagine... bzzzt!  bzzzt! Avg 300MB each group perhaps, depending on how many frames fired off?  Wow.

EOS Bodies / Re: 6D+7Dii Vs 5D mkiii
« on: August 07, 2014, 07:46:46 PM »
I rather have one advance body then multiple bodies with lack of capabilities.

Dylan - with all due respect, I think all the bodies we are comparing would qualify as 'advanced bodies', would you not agree?  With the bodies mentioned, I don't see a lot of missing capabilities.  You can't make a crop into a FF or vice versa.  I think that's the whole point of the discussion.  Go with a single FF sensor camera with one set of features or two different size sensor cameras with complimentary features for their respective designs.
Yes, they both have their own unique.

6D(high ISO, slow) + 7D(better AF system, good speed) = 5D III

The point I'm trying to say is 5D III is more capable body and can be used in many situations, where 6D + 7D might be limit to it or harder to get the shots.

I understand.  We're in the same ball park here but since he's considering the 7D2 - I certainly hope that it will outperform the 5D3 in several key areas where it is designed and marketed to.  Don't get the wrong idea, I use my 5D3 for sports and it's great... but not as great for that purpose as the 7D2 better be for what it will probably cost and the amount of time that has passed since the 5D3 and 1DX were released.

Post Processing / Re: My Basic & Practical Back-Up Strategy
« on: August 07, 2014, 06:39:25 PM »
My backup needs are comparatively minor.  I have <300 GB of RAW images, not that much by today's standards.  I got a deal on LaCie 1 TB Rugged drives (bus-powered, FW800 and USB3), so I bought a stack of them.  Backup my internal 960 GB SSD to a pair of them, and just the RAW images to another pair.  One of each set is at home, the other at work.

Sounds good!

<300 GB... ahhh, that would be sooo sweet.  With everything I've done over the last 5 years I am starting on my 3rd 2TB RAID1 volume.  (Yes, that's 4TB full + beginning another 2TB.)  And yeah, I could do some cleaning.  And you probably delete a lot more than I do.

Canon General / Re: Which Lens to Take
« on: August 07, 2014, 06:26:01 PM »
I know some people who do large format photography when hiking. They have "long hike" kit and "short hike" kit. The lens choices are radically different - the "perfect" 1.0 kg lens versus the "darn good" 150 gram lens. The 150 gram lens (with its own shutter!) will win every time on a long hike.

BATTERIES - BATTERIES - BATTERIES: length of trip? opportunities for charging? ambient temperature? (Most people in ordinary USA winter weather wear an extra battery in a pocket under their jacket) If you use a lot of "live view" or video, you will eat batteries like crazy.

Shakedown hikes are important in fine tuning the kit, as is a realistic assessment of the type of shots you want. For a Canon APS-C camera and landscape use on a USA hike (non-extreme weather conditions), I would suggest the 15-85 f/3.5-5.6 IS or 17-55 f/2.8 IS, filters, lightweight tripod. A one-lens solution will mean that you just have to pull the camera out of a pouch on your chest and shoot - no changing lenses on the go in the field - ease of use trumps almost everything else. Assuming that you are hiking with a group, you will need to keep up with them, which may mean dropping out for a minute or five, taking the photo, then catching up with them.

I would contact the group leader / tour operator and see what advice they have. And ask advice of people who have done that particular trek. See if anyone on Luminous Landscape can give you advice re: durability of equipment, issues with batteries, most useful lenses, etc at that location and at that time of year.

Well said NancyP.  We need to go hiking sometime!  Those two lenses you list are great lenses, albeit a bit heavy.   :P  But on a crop camera they will approximate the 24-105L and 24-70L, esp on the wide end.  I'll go for ease of use every time over extra work and weight in this situation.   ;)

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