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The Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro has a great IPS screen (bright, glossy, outrageous resolution) and the new Surface Pro 3 is also spectacular IPS (also bright, glossy, high resolution).

Appreciate the suggestion but the yoga pro 2 has inaccurate yellow issues and the surface is great but I woukd struggle with LR on a 12" screen. I wanted a true 15" workstation class machine. Just curious if anyone has been down my road.

I understand.  Although for the record, the Yoga 2 Pro is actually 13".  And the yellow tint issue was more of an initial problem with the first round of units last year.  Plus, a firmware update addressed it eventually as well.

Still, I can appreciate the need for the larger screen and I agree.


Lots of stuff to digest on this thread.  I have to admit that I eventually started skimming a bit.

Fortunately, I think the general consensus supports what I have always thought about this subject.

At the end of the day, the fact that I don't have to put forth the effort to crop images in post when I use a APS-C sensor camera is well worth owning that body, IMHO.  After all, when shooting hundreds of swimming pictures, I already have enough work to do with the lighting issues.

The Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro has a great IPS screen (bright, glossy, outrageous resolution) and the new Surface Pro 3 is also spectacular IPS (also bright, glossy, high resolution).

See the matte makes the shadows and dark areas harder to see without looking really close. I feel the mbpr is easier to see. Also when looking the mbpr screen is pure white and the w540 is a slight bit yellow. This is post calibration.

I've read about this on many different displays.  Not just laptops, etc.  It is usually (eventually) corrected with a firmware update.

Post Processing / Re: My Basic & Practical Back-Up Strategy
« on: August 09, 2014, 11:30:20 AM »
Anyone else remember using a hole punch to make single-sided floppy disks into double-sided floppy disks (back when they were actually big and floppy)?

I do.   I recently found one of those floppy floppies in an old box of stuff.  Too bad I no longer have that fancy dual floppy Columbia PC clone.

Ditto!  I think I still have a 5 1/4" floppy drive around somewhere.  I have a couple of Seagate MFM/RLL 20MB full height hard drives upstairs to show people for fun.  (Along with a ton of other artifacts that many folks these days probably wouldn't ever see.)

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!!   :)

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