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So far, from what I've read of the comments here, I am probably convinced about keeping the 24-70 f/2.8-II.  Rats!  You guys are really no help at all!  :(  You were supposed to say that I could sell the 24-70 f/2.8-II with no regrets because the f/4 is almost as good.  But Oh NOOOO!  You just had to all say the f/2.8 really is that much better, didn't you?!  Man!  You just wait until you ask me if you should sell something!!!

A little background on my current 16-35L/2.8v1... I bought it used from a wonderful lady photographer who travels all over the world (still!) and has made some beautiful images in some very remote areas.  It kind of feels like a "lucky lens".  So even if I go the 16-35 f/4L, I would probably keep my existing 2.8-I.  I also like that it shares the 77mm filter with the 24-105, 24-70f/4 and 70-200/2.8L.  The 24-70f/2.8-II just has to be different with the 82mm, doesn't it??

Anyway, I've never faulted the 24-105 or had a problem with it.  I like that lens and it stays.  But I seriously think you guys are right.  It does make more sense to have the 24-70f/2.8-II with the 16-35f/4.  As much as it costs more, it's the right call.

And for those of you that mentioned a desire for a future 16-35-f/2.8vIII, I AM RIGHT THERE WITH 'YA !!!  That's why I skipped the v-II.  I'm waiting for the III !!  Come on Canon!!  Get with it and bring out a 16-35 f/2.8 vIII !!!  (And while you're at it, sneak in a 24-105 vII as well !)

Thanks for everyone's input, and thanks again for costing me yet more money on photo gear.  Aaaargh!   ;)

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 5.7 - Is it working for you?
« on: December 03, 2014, 11:26:43 PM »
EOS Rebel, did you perform a backup before you installed?  Is LR 5.6 still functional (side by side with 5.7)?  Did you backup your catalog first?

This is why I have a few rules about updating Adobe software...

1.  Backup the entire drive so I can restore if necc.
2.  Never do the Lightroom upgrade if I have important work to finish (deadlines).
3.  Wait for at least a couple weeks or a month to see if others have nightmares.

At this point, I would probably un-install LR, reboot and try installing 5.7 again.  Good luck!

(FYI - so far I'm lucky, my install seems to have worked and my 7DII RAW files seem to have imported ok.)

Rusty

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Good one neuro!  You've got game tonight dude!   :D

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Technical Support / Re: Optimal processing platform of still images
« on: December 03, 2014, 07:00:57 PM »
This means, that you must have a OS, that is capable to adress more than 16GB RAM (Windows 8 64 bit or Wondows 7 64 bit Enterprise) and a Mainboard with 8 RAM-slots. Greetings Andy

You have a nice system there Andy.  However, the Enterprise version isn't necc for the RAM addressing, just 64 bit.  In fact, most consumers can't get the Enterprise version.  The Enterprise version of Windows is just the consumer Ultimate version but licensed for enterprise.  All versions of Windows work the same for home users.  Unless they need domain support, Home Premium is fine.  I prefer Pro because it does have better user tools and remote desktop support but otherwise, it doesn't matter.  I'm guessing that you might be an Action Pack subscriber if you're using Enterprise...  :D

Rusty, the system I use is the one I explained here "My current PC is:" My argument was, if you want to  handle big PS files you should have as much RAM as you can get with at this time available (and affordable) consumer-technology. This is a 2011-3 system with 64 GB RAM. But you are right. Windows 7 64 bit Professional is just the right Version, not Enterprise.

Greetings Andy
Do you guys really feel like you need all of that RAM. I have 16 GB and I rarely ever have to hit a scratch disk and my files can be pretty big. My PS efficiency score rarely drops below 100% and my scan files are far bigger than standard DSLR files. The more ram thing was definitely true when RAM sticks were measure in MB's but 64GB sounds like an awful lot. Just curious .

Depending on intended use, 16GB is likely fine.  I put in 32GB but I bought that RAM about 3 years ago when it wasn't as expensive.  RAM is a bit high right now.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: T3i to 7dii or new lens
« on: December 03, 2014, 06:57:43 PM »
I am mostly a macro photographer but will become an occasional sports photographer for my son.  I really overlooked the 70D as an option.  Would this be enough since I am not spending all my time with action photography?  Also, the 70D lets me set some money aside for a possible future lens. Thanks for all the advice so far.

I used the 70D for sports myself.  It has decent AF and 7 fps.  Not to mention the extra reach of a crop sensor.  So yes, it is a great mid range sports camera.  But it also has advanced features like AFMA, superior Video AF, handy articulating screen and WiFi for remote control, etc.  Very versatile!  Eventually I will probably buy another one.   :)

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Lenses / Re: Lens Fungus - Advice Needed
« on: December 03, 2014, 03:48:58 PM »
LOL... Maybe get some kind of anti-fungus humidifier additive.  You know, sort of like spraying Lysol inside the lens but cleaner and more micronized.  I'm not endorsing doing it, I'm just thinking out loud...  ???

It wouldn't remove the fungus already there but it might stop it from getting worse or prevent the fungus from growing in all the other 'infected' lenses you shared with that promiscuous camera that's making the rounds on all your unsuspecting lenses!   ;D

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: T3i to 7dii or new lens
« on: December 03, 2014, 03:32:52 PM »
+1  -  Because I don't want to go against the flow here...

The advice above is great.  I would also prefer to upgrade the body and get a new lens.  More fun!  More toys!   :D

However, what about the 70D?  That is a GREAT mid range body and a good upgrade to the T3i too.

I just purchased a Canon Refurb 70D a few days ago during the Black Friday sales.  I'm selling it for $829 if you're interested.  Feel free to PM me if you like.  http://dallas.craigslist.org/mdf/pho/4786864945.html

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 5.7 - Is it working for you?
« on: December 03, 2014, 01:54:42 PM »
It's a bit sad that adobe only state that it corrects numerous "bugs introduced in earlier versions", but don't say which. Or do they in some place?

Adobe fixes much more than they state in the changelog, I guess only reported bugs from the public/forums make it into this list. Most prominently (and visibly) they keep changing the sdk and algorithm for auto-tone in each new minor LR revision.

And they BREAK much more than they state in the changelog!!  LOL!  Wait... that's not funny is it?   :o

So far however, the poll results look promising!!  No one has voted with a problem.  Yippee!   Hope I didn't jinx it!!  Fingers crossed...  :D

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 5.7 - Is it working for you?
« on: December 03, 2014, 01:53:03 PM »
I needed the upgrade for the 7DMkII raw files.   It works just as well as it did under 5.6.

Show-off!   ;D  Just kidding.  Same reason here, I needed 7D2 support.  Now we're both show-offs!  LOL!   :o

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 5.7 - Is it working for you?
« on: December 03, 2014, 01:51:21 PM »
One of the things that I noticed recently (with 5.6?, I'm not sure) was that after all these years the lens profiles finally started working correctly and changing automatically when the lens used changed on each image.

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Technical Support / Re: Optimal processing platform of still images
« on: December 03, 2014, 01:17:50 PM »
Most professional retouchers (people who do nothing but retouching for a living) use Apple Macs of one sort or another. The freelance retoucher/digital artist I use has an iMac. Another one I know, who works for a commercial photographer, uses a Mac Pro. Eizo monitors are common, but the freelancer I use works with the iMac's built-in, and I've never had a client or magazine complain.


Sorry c.d.embrey, but your statement above is analogous to saying that a carpenter does better work because he drives a Ford truck instead of a Chevy.  Or an import Toyota instead of a domestic Chrysler.  Or uses Makita power tools instead of Milwaukee.  I could go on and on...

Mr Geek, Lets start again from your original post.

Once again! Poor reading comprehension! My statement is analogous to saying that "All the carpenters that I KNOW (or know of) drive Ford trucks." It makes no value judgement about carpenters, based on the make of truck they drive. It says nothing about who makes the best truck, nor does it make disparaging remarks about Chevrolet, Dodge or Toyota trucks.

All the disparaging remarks have been made by you. And yes, you do go on-and-on :) Have a nice day.

Honestly, I'm just trying to help the OP.  I've not tried to be disparaging.  I simply used the truck analogy to make a point.  I didn't expect it to be over analyzed and I wasn't trying to offend.  I also haven't commented repeatedly on reading comprehension or other unrelated or unhelpful points.  Let's please just shake hands and let it go now.

And yes, I do tend to go on-and-on in an attempt to be thorough.  Sometimes to a fault.  Have a good day.   :)

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Software & Accessories / Re: advice asked on EOS for a microscope
« on: December 03, 2014, 12:53:11 PM »
Saw this... (They confirm EOS M is a disappointment for this.)
http://www.lmscope.com/produkt22/Canon_eos_m_en.shtml

Here is a link to an article saying that PhaseOne supports EOS M Tethering but I'm not sure how...
http://tethertalk.com/2013/01/14/tethering-canon-eos-6d-eos-m-with-capture-one-7-0-2/

And here is a link discussing how PhaseOne doesn't work...  :(
http://forum.otelescope.com/post/eos-m-how-has-capture-one-done-it-7132230

And here is a large list of software the supports tethering in general...
http://www.tethertools.com/plugging-in/software/

Magic Lantern might come to the rescue...
http://www.diyphotography.net/hackin-canon-eos-m-firmare-port-on-the-way-from-magic-lantern/

I could swear (because I like to swear) that I saw something on YouTube about tethering the EOS M.  Oh well.  Please keep us posted on what you discover.  This is something that everyone wants.  Good luck!


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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / MagMod - MagSphere looks interesting!
« on: December 03, 2014, 12:31:21 PM »
This looks interesting.  I took the plunge with a $79 pledge for one of each.  (I already own the basic MagMod kit.)

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/spencerboerup/magsphere-and-magbounce-flash-diffusers-by-magmod

I'm particularly interested in the sphere where they say it costs less than a stop of light power.  I already own/use the GF Sphere but it definitely cuts the light power more.

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Lenses / Re: Lens Fungus - Advice Needed
« on: December 03, 2014, 12:11:33 PM »
This is a post not about how to rid yourself of existing lens fungus, but more about why we still have the problem of lens fungus. 

With all of the advancements in anti-microbial materials and technology developed to maintain interior environments, why can't we (collectively) come up with some kind of insert that can go inside the body of the lens and outgas an anti-fungal or fungus-averse gas or otherwise make the interior of the lens body unfavorable for microbial development/colonization?  It seems like it should be possible - we have drop-in filters for some lenses, a very similar cartridge-type system could be employed, if the material was a consumable... otherwise things like Ag+ (silver ion) are commonly used in modern sports apparel/equipment to help mitigate some of the body odors caused by microbes.  Seems like it shouldn't be a big brainstorm/leap to incorporate similar technology into the lens body. 

The issue is that the lens body "breathes"... therefore you cannot realistically keep out both the spores and the food source/water that they need to continue propagation... at least not without significant filtering at the "breathing" points of the lens. 

Anyone out there with sound scientific reasoning why an antimicrobial treatment wouldn't work?

Oh, I'm overflowing with sound scientific reasoning!!   (At least to me anyway!)  :D

I'm with you mnclayshooter, and I agree.  How hard could it be to simply have a long lasting anti-microbial coating or something else to hamper the fungus long term?  It's not like these lenses are cheap.  A few more dollars for some kind of feature, whatever it has to be, to prevent fungus without affecting IQ would be welcome in my book.

One way might be to just make the lens out of pure silver.  There!  Done!  I wonder how that would affect the price and weight?   And would we have to send the lens in occasionally to have it polished?  ;D

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Technical Support / Re: Optimal processing platform of still images
« on: December 03, 2014, 12:02:26 PM »
This means, that you must have a OS, that is capable to adress more than 16GB RAM (Windows 8 64 bit or Wondows 7 64 bit Enterprise) and a Mainboard with 8 RAM-slots. Greetings Andy

You have a nice system there Andy.  However, the Enterprise version isn't necc for the RAM addressing, just 64 bit.  In fact, most consumers can't get the Enterprise version.  The Enterprise version of Windows is just the consumer Ultimate version but licensed for enterprise.  All versions of Windows work the same for home users.  Unless they need domain support, Home Premium is fine.  I prefer Pro because it does have better user tools and remote desktop support but otherwise, it doesn't matter.  I'm guessing that you might be an Action Pack subscriber if you're using Enterprise...  :D

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