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Technical Support / Re: Optimal processing platform of still images
« on: December 05, 2014, 09:06:37 AM »
BTW - Little Secret on Intel CPU Sales - Microcenter usually has killer prices but I think you have to buy them In-Store.  If you have a MicroCenter nearby, buy the CPU there and save quite a bit!
http://www.microcenter.com/product/434176/Core_i7-4790K_40GHz_LGA_1150_Boxed_Processor

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If you're doing events, then I'd say you want 2.8 for your 24-70. At the ultra wide end I'd think not so much. Sounds like money isn't really a problem. And you're not talking about size and compactness as issues. Go with the fastest for mid range.

Yeah, that's the conventional wisdom.  I agree.  Thanks for the input.  I'm going to try out the 16-35 f/4 before I sell it because I love that FL zoom range.  I'll keep the 24-70/2.8 as much as it would have been nice to get back $1K and keep the f/4 instead.  Sigh.  Again, as others have lamented, Canon needs to release a 16-35/2.8-III that matches the IQ of the 24-70/2.8 and the 70-200/2.8.  Then life would be much simpler!   :) 
Canon also needs to release a vII of the popular 24-105 f/4 IS to match the IQ of the 24-70 vII.  (I have used the 24-105 + 16-35 together for a long time with great results.)

Regardless of what Canon can improve, I feel fortunate and grateful that after all these years I have grown a nice range of zoom lenses.  See the gaps (in teal)?

Fun/Versatile
15mm FishEye   (Love it!)
24-105 f/4L   (Love it!)
24-105 f/4L IS vII    (Still waiting Canon!!)

Essential for Events
16-35 f/2.8L vIII    (Still waiting Canon!!)
16-35 f/2.8L vI   (Love it!)
24-70 f/2.8L vII   (Growing to Love it!)  Here's a party I recently shot with it... http://rustythegeek.zenfolio.com/ford50
70-200 f/2.8L IS vII   (Love it!)

Essential for Sports/Reach
70-300 f/4.5-6L   (Growing to Love it!)
100-400 f/4.5-5.6L vII  (Not sure if I need it or not.  I don't use the 70-300 enough already.)

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Technical Support / Re: Optimal processing platform of still images
« on: December 05, 2014, 08:22:17 AM »
Great!  Most of that looks superb!  You put together a nice system.  Wish I could copy and paste the text.  It would save a lot of time...

- The case is pretty close to what I have.  I almost bought that one myself.  I still prefer the Antec 300 v1...
- I've always been pretty particular about power supplies.  Now I use Corsair power supplies for anything important.
- Why no Hard Drive?  I would at least use one HD for internal backups and spare space in a crunch.

The motherboard is usually my toughest decision.  What led you to that particular motherboard?  (If you don't mind me asking?)  I might go with something a little better/different on the motherboard.  This is the one I put in my Photo PC (and then I got a Samsung M.2 SSD as well).  Don't let the "Republic of Gamers" throw you off, it's a great board, even if it has the fancy lights...

ASUS MAXIMUS VII HERO LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813132125&cm_re=asus_maximus-_-13-132-125-_-Product

You have put together a fine system.  I hope you enjoy it and it runs fast, smooth and long!!   8)

I'm no expert with PC parts. I talked with couple friends(wedding pro) they all gave me quite similar specs. These guys have 8 pc stations with very close specs, except, must bigger SSD drives.

I already have 3 USB3 external HDs as backup. I use the external drives to store edited RAW and JPEG files.

The SSD drive will be used as temporary storage in PC for PP. Once the editing is done, both raw & jpeg files will be exported to USB3 external HDs - permanent storage.
 

No sweat!  Putting together a PC from scratch is pretty personal.  And as it evolves, you are the one that will take pride in it, curse it, love it and otherwise enjoy it when you're not wanting to throw it under a bus.  You know, like all computers!   :D

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Wow.  Such great potential.  Too bad it all seems to hinge on one guy.  I hope he's merely super busy and things pick up soon.  I definitely understand the super busy part.  Sometimes, something has to give.  At least the ML community didn't donate a 5D3 or something!   :o

You know, owning the SL1 and 70D both reinforced for me the point that reading reviews and actually using something are totally different.  I blew off the 70D when it was released and figured it was a minor "60Dv2" kind of deal.  After using it I found the 70D to be a great upgrade and essentially what the 60D should have been.

I owned about 4 or 5 40D cameras as I bought them, used them and sold them to friends who wanted a good DSLR for themselves.  All of those friends still use and love their 40D cameras.  I skipped the 50D for good reason.  The 60D wasn't bad but I was never that impressed and I shot about 24K images with it.  The 70D, OTOH, did impress me after only a short time and I will eventually own another I'm sure.  The 70D, to me, is the next xxD Canon camera that I would buy and sell over and over to friends like I did with the 40D.  The bang for buck and versatility of the 70D really impresses me.  At this point, if I went broke and had to sell everything to live and keep just one camera, it would likely be the 70D.

Oh, and if I did have to sell everything to live, based on this thread topic, I'd be sure to ask the CR members for a donation!!   ;D


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Technical Support / Re: Optimal processing platform of still images
« on: December 04, 2014, 08:50:47 PM »
Great!  Most of that looks superb!  You put together a nice system.  Wish I could copy and paste the text.  It would save a lot of time...

- The case is pretty close to what I have.  I almost bought that one myself.  I still prefer the Antec 300 v1...
- I've always been pretty particular about power supplies.  Now I use Corsair power supplies for anything important.
- Why no Hard Drive?  I would at least use one HD for internal backups and spare space in a crunch.

The motherboard is usually my toughest decision.  What led you to that particular motherboard?  (If you don't mind me asking?)  I might go with something a little better/different on the motherboard.  This is the one I put in my Photo PC (and then I got a Samsung M.2 SSD as well).  Don't let the "Republic of Gamers" throw you off, it's a great board, even if it has the fancy lights...

ASUS MAXIMUS VII HERO LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813132125&cm_re=asus_maximus-_-13-132-125-_-Product

You have put together a fine system.  I hope you enjoy it and it runs fast, smooth and long!!   8)

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Technical Support / Re: Optimal processing platform of still images
« on: December 04, 2014, 01:39:52 PM »
helpful, I understand your frustration.  It seems like no one these days in the computer realm can get their collective act together.  Everything has something to pull your hair about.

With regard to Lightroom taking forever, I get it.  But if you want lightning fast image review/selection along with basic editing, try Photo MechanicYou'll totally freak out at how fast it is.  Then, after everything is sorted, import into Lightroom with what is left.

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Technical Support / Re: Optimal processing platform of still images
« on: December 04, 2014, 01:26:33 PM »

Again, IMHO depends on what you need to achieve. Just, image processing starts with proper image quality :) If you mate an high-quality monitor with a so-so graphic card, you can't achieve high quality results, believe me - the whole graphic "pipeline" needs to support the quality you need.

To select/build a proper image processing system you need to start with defining what quality level you need, then build the system around it. IMHO investing in extremely fast and large SSD disks, or very large RAID arrays is less important than image quality. Sure, you need SSDs and RAID too - but you're not running a high frequency trading application or database. For an image processing workstation I wouldn't go to the extreme PCIe SSD disks - a 6Gb/s SATA will be probably fast enough -  but I would start from a good pro graphic card and monitor.

I agree with you. If you use a simple graphic card everything is slow and ugly. My feeling says me, that the critical Question for the Graphic-card is: how large may the TIFFs become? I guess, that the size of the Video-RAM should be two-fold the size of the TIFF. :)

Greetings Andy

Keep in mind I'm not talking about the old slow onboard graphics chipsets from years ago.  The recent Intel graphics is much improved.

I'm not against a dedicated graphics card, I just don't think it needs to cost more than $100 for most photography editing.  The graphics drivers can be a big source of stability problems.  I would suggest at least starting out with the Intel graphics with the latest drivers and then see if a dedicated graphics card makes a significant difference.

In my case, when I recently upgraded my Photo PC to a new ASUS motherboard 3 months ago, I removed the nVidia graphics card I was using and everything is fine running Intel Graphics 4600 with the DELL U2410 IPS monitor I have.

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Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EOS 7D Mark II by DigitalRev
« on: December 04, 2014, 12:10:16 PM »
Kind of a strange review by DigitalRev.  He basically maintains a theme throughout the video that the 7D is still good enough and the Mark II is overpriced and not worth the trouble to upgrade.  Weird.  Not exactly a great way to sell cameras but whatever, man!

FWIW, I skipped the original 7D because I thought IT was overpriced and unnecessary.  I think the 7D Mark II was worth the wait and for what I need it for, I'm glad I have it.  I think for most folks, the 70D would suffice and be more versatile and worthwhile.
Digitalrev has kinda lost that vibe & feel of their past videos, perhaps due to Alamby not working their anymore. Kai's past upbeat vibe and enthusiasm seems to be slightly lacking in recent videos.

No kidding!  That's putting it mildly!

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 5.7 - Is it working for you?
« on: December 04, 2014, 12:06:49 PM »
I just tried to "repair" my installation. I'm able to import images again and the 7D mark II files are working. The only oddity is that I can't seem to import files from my desktop but it works fine if I import from other folders on my computer.

Anyways, it's working again and I'm happy. Thanks for the advice Rusty; I'll keep that in mind before I try updating next time.

What error do you get when you try to import from the Desktop?  Could you import from there before?  Maybe it's a permissions issue.

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So what CR Admin is saying is that it's the number of posts not the quality that counts??? While many of the top contributors have really valuable input, it's easy for anyone to just say "nice picture" or something equally unmeaty to boost their post counts and enter exclusive circles. Really??
Yes.  ;D
Agree. :->

That's how it works, but I really have not seen a issue with those with hundreds of posts trying to build up their numbers.  Its not a problem in any event, the moderators read a lot of posts and know who is who among frequent posters.
I'll reach...
neuro's post count...
someday!!   ;D ;D ;D
Bwaaa Ha Ha Haaaa!!   :D

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Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EOS 7D Mark II by DigitalRev
« on: December 04, 2014, 11:02:56 AM »
Kind of a strange review by DigitalRev.  He basically maintains a theme throughout the video that the 7D is still good enough and the Mark II is overpriced and not worth the trouble to upgrade.  Weird.  Not exactly a great way to sell cameras but whatever, man!

FWIW, I skipped the original 7D because I thought IT was overpriced and unnecessary.  I think the 7D Mark II was worth the wait and for what I need it for, I'm glad I have it.  I think for most folks, the 70D would suffice and be more versatile and worthwhile.

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Technical Support / Re: Optimal processing platform of still images
« on: December 04, 2014, 10:50:38 AM »
...... the integrated Intel HD graphics will not support 10-Bit Color Output. ......
What? What?
I thought DisplayPort was all about 10 bit color and DisplayPort is readily available with Intel on board graphics as is support for multiple monitors, the chosen processor must support on board graphics as well as the chipset on the board.
Please don't bust my bubble, at least not if it doesn't deserve it.

DisplayPort is simply another digital connector.  Similar to DVI and HDMI.  The connector doesn't define the specs of the monitor or graphics card.  It simply helps get the signal from one to the other.   :)

Keep in mind, we aren't talking about BBP (like 8, 16, 32 BBP), we are talking about Color Channels.  Read the link that LDS provided, it explains it pretty well.

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Reviews / Re: Are Gitzo's really overrated?!
« on: December 04, 2014, 10:41:18 AM »
I removed my post because after fact checking, I was mistaken.

Man, don't you hate that!  Start a post, do a lot of looking and research to support your important point only to find that you were wrong all along.  Fold up tent... go home!  (Click, browser window closed....)   :-\ 

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Technical Support / Re: Optimal processing platform of still images
« on: December 04, 2014, 10:19:50 AM »
Some folks will disagree on this but for photo editing, the graphics card doesn't need to be high end.  Photo editing doesn't require a lot of graphics processing.  In fact, if the motherboard is new (made in the last year)

You forget that a professional video card is more than pure GPU power. It's also about other features like 10+ bit color support (otherwise your high-end monitor can be wasted, see http://www.imagescience.com.au/kb/questions/152/10+Bit+Output+Support), per monitor LUTs (if hw calibration is not available), better built components and drivers - which means more stable output. It is true you don't need the monstrous GPU 3D capabilities of some cards, but still you need a card designed with quality in mind - not volume pricing.

Always build a balanced system for the task you need - don't let a component becomes a bottleneck or cripple the system design  ;)

LDS, thanks, you appear to be pretty sharp on this topic!  And I like the link you provided.  Good info!  You are correct, the integrated Intel HD graphics will not support 10-Bit Color Output.  But neither will most graphics adapters.  What you referenced is on the extreme high end, esp for the monitor.  If the OP wants to spend $2K-$3K on the monitor and then another $1K+ on a dedicated workstation level graphics adapter, then 10-Bit Color support will be within reach.  But is that needed?

I totally agree about a balanced system and evening out performance by removing bottlenecks but I think trying to achieve 10-Bit Color Output is skewing the overall system pretty heavily toward the graphics side of the build, don't you think?  And assuming 10-Bit was eventually achieved, what would the result look like?  Would it be worth it compared to a good IPS High Color Gamut monitor properly calibrated on the Intel 4600 Graphics adapter?

If the OP wants to spend an extra thousand or two, I think there would be more value in investing in a good RAID volume, more external backup, extra RAM and plenty of SSD space and software products not already in place to add to productivity.

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One person was selling a scribbled note to raise money for a new 5D MK III.

Another person over at the Magic Lantern forum got a 70d donated by the community to port ML, and since he received it he's never been seen again :-p

Seriously?  Or are you joking?   :-\

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