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Personally if someone showed up and wanted to run an executable on my computer, they'd be shown the door.  That said if your clients are ok with the idea go for it, but I'd make sure first.


Please understand that the exe in this case is just a package.  It's not installing software, it simply launches the slideshow.  I understand your point however and running executables from outside should always be a red flag action.

FWIW, an exe is how I run my slideshows as well.  I create the exe in the best quality format, copy to the desktop of the presentation computer from a usb stick and I run it from the internal drive of the presentation computer (NOT from the USB stick).  If you create a playable DVD, the pictures are converted and lose a lot of resolution.  Yuck!

ProShow is nice, but tends to crash (when preparing slideshow). Also if you create too big slideshow (too many photos / too large files), you won't be able to open your presentation project file. Maybe they fixed some of these bugs, I haven't used it for past year.

I use ProShow about 3 or 4 times a year for rather large (200+) slideshows and I haven't had the issues you mention about locking up, etc in years.  It is a newer version though.  That said, I don't consider myself a slideshow master regardless of how many shows I've done and I agree with the previous posts, ProShow and P2E are excellent.  I gave up on all the others that I tried or used before such as PowerPoint.

Keep in mind however, most software I've ever used that is media or photo related tends to be flaky and unstable by nature.  (This includes all Adobe, Powerpoint, etc.)  They are all very sensitive to memory issues, etc.  Having a clean stable OS with no driver problems, plenty of RAM and frequent reboots tends to help.  This includes macs.  I actually had more 'spinning pinwheels' when I had my mac years ago than I have now with Windows 7 on an i7.

EOS Bodies / Re: A Bit of EOS 7D Replacement Info [CR2]
« on: August 12, 2014, 09:29:06 AM »
Another pet peeve about the 5D3, they put a slow-ass SD slot in it instead of UHS-1 like they did for the 6D even though the technology was available and mature.  And when you have media in the SD slot, it slows the much faster CF rate down to a crawl.  Totally ridiculous!  Grrrr.

Haven't had that problem - under what circumstances does the CF card slow down when there's an SD card in the camera?

I boot Magic Lantern off an SD card; but write all images to the CF card.


There were quite a few write ups about it after the 5D3 came out but here is one that covers it well enough.  In your case, perhaps if you have the camera configured to NOT write images to the SD card, it doesn't degrade the speed of the CF.


EOS Bodies / Re: A Bit of EOS 7D Replacement Info [CR2]
« on: August 12, 2014, 09:22:43 AM »
Touch screen? Now that would be an unfortunate omission. The beautifully evolved touch screen on my little travel camera, the 100D/SL1 woke me up to the power and practicality of a good touch screen. My go-to video camera, the 100% awesome Panasonic GH4 uses a touch screen that has forever changed the way I work (with video).

I thought a touch screen on my DSLR would be a waste of time.  Then I used it on the SL1 this summer and while it's not a revolutionary game changer for me, it's a nice feature I found myself using more and more, esp when viewing photos on the screen with others.  Zooming in and moving the picture around while zoomed is a HUGE time saver with a touch screen.  I'm glad the implementation was done well.

I found it useful enough that I would rather have it than not have it.  Oh and BTW, I had a touch screen protective layer on my SL1 and the touch screen still worked fine.   :)

EOS Bodies / Re: A Bit of EOS 7D Replacement Info [CR2]
« on: August 11, 2014, 07:12:17 PM »
If the 7D ends up with more than 24MP and the next 5D is also high MP then it'll be a really tough choice. If they're both low MP... I don't like thinking about that option.

I really wish everything had Wifi (and hopefully a built in flash RT commander).

After experiencing Canon's lack of vision in exploiting the potential of WiFi, I would much, much, much rather they include a built-in flash RT commander like the SHOULD HAVE DONE WITH THE 6D.  Heck, for that matter, they should have done it with the 5D3.  It's not like the flash RT designs weren't already in the pipe when the 5D3 was being finished.

Another pet peeve about the 5D3, they put a slow-ass SD slot in it instead of UHS-1 like they did for the 6D even though the technology was available and mature.  And when you have media in the SD slot, it slows the much faster CF rate down to a crawl.  Totally ridiculous!  Grrrr.

EOS Bodies / Re: A Bit of EOS 7D Replacement Info [CR2]
« on: August 11, 2014, 04:55:55 PM »
Yep Famateur, you pretty much nailed it.  I thought later that my post could have been interpreted as negative but it's actually neutral.  It's just a fact and you elaborated on that fact well.

That being said, there are some things that really irritate me, like the 5D3 not having a removable focus screen.  6D and 1DX do, but the 5D3 doesn't.  Same with Canon not having built-in intervalometers.  There's actually quite a list of things that Canon does (or omits) that don't really affect profit either way but yet they do it anyway.  It's very frustrating when good money is spent on a high dollar camera that isn't entry level.

EOS Bodies / Re: A Bit of EOS 7D Replacement Info [CR2]
« on: August 11, 2014, 03:47:41 PM »
what has wifi to do with higher megapixels and framerate?

give it 802.11ac.  :)

If WiFi means polycarbonate top plate like 6D, they probably sacrificed it for the sake of ultimate build. Also, if you would ever need WiFi, you can always buy Canon WiFi module (for extraorbitant price that is :P).

There is NO technical reason to not include WiFi, regardless of toughness or type of material.  You can put WiFi in anything.  This is purely a question of how to manipulate the market and target user to get maximum profit.  That's what it's ALWAYS ABOUT.  Anyone who thinks that Canon is sweating the small stuff because they love photographers and care about building a perfect camera to help photographers be more creative is being naive.

It's ALWAYS ABOUT THE MONEY, it always has been and it always will be!

The bottom line is that Canon would rather charge $4000 for a body (that might be a 1D class build) without WiFi and another $600 for the WiFi module for all those professionals out there that absolutely must have it at any price.  (Sorry for the snark but it irritates me that Canon often chooses the ultra-expensive route.)  Me, I'll use the Eye-Fi card unless Canon does something to sabotage that idea like they have done recently with firmware updates to stop 3rd party batteries.  (Don't get me started!  >:( )

I predict I'll be getting a 70D soon.  I just need a better sensor and frame rate than my 60D.  I don't need a 1D wanna-be body with a price to match.

EOS Bodies / Re: A Bit of EOS 7D Replacement Info [CR2]
« on: August 11, 2014, 03:38:25 PM »
Having recently bought a 12mp G1X with Wi-Fi, its a klutz.  Canon should leave off Wi-Fi until they can get it right.

Canon Wi-Fi requires that the Canon site be up and working just to do a direct transfer to your computer.  Their iMAGE site has been repeatedly down, last weekend until Thursday I was not able to use my Wi-?Fi to transfer images.  It took me until Friday to get it to work again, I had to re-register with the site because they changed the login, then erase all my wifi settings from the camera, then reload the 230 MB files and go thru the setup process again, which is slow and goofy.  Now its working again, but for how long??

In the meantime, I bought a eye-Fi card and put it in my 5D3.  Easy setup, and it works great.  Then I popped it in my 1GX just to see what happens, and it works with no setup to card or camera.

I'd much prefer it to the Goofy Canon WiFi which is unreliable.

Gotta say I agree.  I have the 6D, I'm an IT guy.  I have a lot of experience with lots of WiFi.  The 6D has pretty bare minimum functionality and it's difficult to work with on the camera.  I guess they decide on some features last minute from the marketing dept and then barely even test/use them.  That's what it feels like sometimes, anyway.   :o

My experience as well.  But I will add that the 70D is a significant step up in IQ over the 7D.

Which is why my 60D (same sensor as the 7D) doesn't see much use any more for swimming pictures after I got my 5D3.  And why I've decided to not buy a less expensive 7D now even though it's a great camera.  I'm going to wait to see what the 7D2 has to offer and how stupid the price is.  Then I'll probably just get a 70D anyway.   :P

I think there are valid points to using APS-C for small birds in daylight or prime lighting conditions. But for me, the true test of a camera is how it does in unfavorable conditions. The FF will perform admirably in these lowlight periods and capture moments in relatively clean detail.

I gots to say, this has been my experience as well which is why my FF bodies get 90% use while the 60D stays home now.  But I would LOVE it if the 7D2 sensor is so good that this becomes a moot point.  LOVE it.

Wow!  I just want to say that my inner engineer geek and photographer geek are really having a blast reading this thread!  I know enough to follow the concepts but I also know when my understanding isn't solid yet.  When I have more time I'm going to read it through at least once or twice more!  This thread is why I stick with the CR forum!  The in-depth information I'm seeing and back & forth discussion are riveting.

Thanks so much for putting so much effort and time into this (and many other threads).  I'm sure some are reading this and saying, "Who Cares?" but not me.  I'm seriously geeking out here.   :P

My comments on the thread so far are...

-  While I understand what neuro and jrista are saying about DR, I agree with MichaelHodges in that DR carries more significance.  At least for me it does for some of the same reasons he states.  I bristled a bit when I read jrista's DR opinions.  Of course, I'm not shooting wildlife as often as I'm shooting boy life (scouts running around, etc) but the same factors apply, except I probably won't be killed!

-  I've read things in the past about lens resolution vs. sensor resolution and while some of the discussions seemed to have a lot of evidence and facts to back up the theory, my gut has never believed it.  Good glass is good glass and if it was good enough to produce a beautiful image on film in the '90's, it should still be good enough to produce a beautiful image on a sensor in 2010.  The light, the glass and the sensor don't know when the lens was made, they just do their thing.  If the glass is clean, aligned correctly and focused properly, the image should be sharp.  If a newer technology lens uses better glass, coatings and IS so there is less light corruption then the picture should improve from those upgrades but not because the resolution of the sensor "matches" the resolution of the lens.  This idea has never sat well with me.

jrista, the techniques you are using on the the moon to get sharper images, etc are impressive.  I'm really enjoying reading about some of the tricks and gear you are using to do it.  I've always struggled with explaining to newbies why it is hard to photograph the moon with the gear they have when they can see the moon clearly with their eyes.  I've explained a lot of the obvious stuff but you take it to whole other level!  Wow!!

I think this thread has a lot of DR!   So much that my head is starting to hurt!  :D

Post Processing / Re: My Basic & Practical Back-Up Strategy
« on: August 09, 2014, 08:02:33 PM »
My mind is numb now. I am totally confused. Can someone please explain what's the difference between a backup and a clone? When I back up my laptop using time machine onto a external drive, the information on that drive is much smaller than what's on my laptop. Is the information compressed? Does it have everything? i.e if my laptop were to crash and loose everything, can a restore ALL information, pictures, documents from the backup?
Clone, to me sounds like an exact copy, is it uncompressed?
Is one better/safer as a backup than the other?

Good questions.  Lots of terminology that can sound confusing.

Forget terminology for a sec.  There are several ways to back up data.  In essence there are two methods - file based backups and image based backups.  An image based backup, whatever it's called, is typically a single compressed file that contains the entire drive including partition information, boot sector information, etc and can be used to recover a blank hard drive back to a bootable state.  File based backups usually only contain the files that the backup was configured to back up.  Often there are multiple versions of the file in case an older version is needed.  They are usually much smaller since they only contain chosen data files.  Another type of file backup is sync based backups like DropBox, etc.

I hope this helps clear things up a bit.  A 'clone' is usually an exact copy of something and often refers to a drive image that can be used to create a 'clone' (exact copy) of a drive that contains the entire operating system, etc.  Once the recovered drive is booted up, since it is an identical 'clone' of the original system, it will be just as it was at the time of the 'snapshot' 'cloning' of the drive.

It's important to understand how your backup works so you know what is protected, for how long and how to get it back if necessary.

Lastly, I think RAID Arrays may have been mentioned.  These are not backups, they are just more than one drive used to host a volume of data that acts like one logical drive but is actually made up of multiple physical drives in case one drive dies, the logical volume is maintained.  The data files are not protected from damage, only the existence of them is.  If one is corrupted or deleted, it's still gone unless it can be recovered from a backup.  That's why RAID isn't called backup, it's called Fault Tolerance.

I am returning my yoga 2 pro i7 for a i7 surface 3 pro. The lenovo is nice but the screen is too small for that resolution. Try to run a non scaling app and forget about it, doubt you could even click the menu's with a pen.
The screen on it is nice for me to look at, but reviews say its not so great of a screen for real work.
The surface pro 3 is way more expensive and probably a lot over expensive but its working great for me and I can use apps that dont scale well and still see them. I would get it over a mackbook air but even if I had a mackbook air I would run windows on it as i hate osX (I have a few macs but they run windows =) sacrilegious I know.

I agree.  I've set up several Yoga 2 Pros for clients but I decided to pass on it for the same reasons that you state.  A buddy got a Surface 3 Pro last week and I'm going to see how he likes it, etc.  Then I might get one later.  It looks promising.  The keyboard is better than I expected as well.

Software & Accessories / Re: Camera bag for camping
« on: August 09, 2014, 04:28:35 PM »
Nice list NancyP.  Good luck!  Keep us posted on what you discover.

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