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Software & Accessories / Re: The 10 Essentials for Your Camera Bag
« on: November 05, 2013, 07:47:08 PM »
BTW, be careful with DEET.  It does not get along with some types of plastic or fabric.
I would say most type of plastic along with many painted surfaces.  It's a fact of life in Florida that you have to wear DEET a lot, but my SLRs have suffered along with car interiors, watch crystals (just a cheap Timex), and other stuff.  The lemon eucalyptus stuff from Repel is the only one that seems to work.  It only lasts about 2 hours and doesn't do well in nasty swarms, but it works in moderately infested areas and importantly, repels ticks as well.  So far I've yet to find anything that works against deer flies, but I'm going to try to fly paper patches on my hat.  The rangers told me their solution is to "stay in the truck."  Not very helpful...

I'm outdoors a LOT with our Scout Troop.  I have had good luck with Picaridin based repellents.  I keep a small pump spray unit in a small ziplock bag along with a paper towel to wipe off my hands as best I can.

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I take issue with anything that has these strong magnets. Kills mechanical watches, hard drives, laptops, and probably other stuff you carry in your camera bag.

I like the design but not the use of magnets. Same adapter but with some other way to attach the filters and I'd buy it.


HDD are generally pretty difficult to kill with magnets. You need it either seriously close (in contact with the disk, in which case it's dead from the scraping anyway) or seriously powerful. There's a reason de-gaussers that will kill a HDD are floor/desk standing. See:

http://www.datadev.com/degausser-model1100.html (not it need to be in contact with the disc)
http://www.semshred.com/nsa_degaussers
http://www.semshred.com/magnetic_media_degaussers

So unless you have an old floppy disk, I find it unlikely the permanent magnets on these things will hard your HDD. They aren't _that_ strong. I can't really think of anything else (well, _maybe_ your magnetic watch if it's strong enough to bend/damage the winder or gears) that'd I'd have in a camera bag that it'd hurt.

 
There are a lot of things that strong magnets affect, implants, hearing aids, etc.  The FDA is planning to ban ones in oys since kids swallow them, and get serious problems.
 
Strong magnets are not something to take casually, there should be a very good reason for using them.  I can't imagine a knowledgable photographer who works with the public taking a risk that he would hurt someone with a implant.

Kids also swallow memory cards, coins, pins, clips, magnets in mobile phone covers/purses/wallets/camera bags/laptop bags etc and get serious problems, yet knowledgable photogrpahers, who work with the public, still carry/use them ... I do not think the two little magnets in the magmod will cause any serious problems to the public.


The problem with kids swallowing super strong magnets is real.  But it was mostly the Bucky Balls that caused most of the trouble.  Read this... http://www.cnn.com/2012/11/02/tech/web/apparently-this-matters-buckyballs/

I haven't read much yet about kids swallowing large silicone flash modifiers, with or without embedded magnets.  Hopefully that trend doesn't start unless they start making them in yummy candy colors.

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Looks great ... I'm in

+1  Ditto!  Love it!  Schweet!   8)

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Software & Accessories / Re: Another Stupid Question about Format CF.
« on: November 05, 2013, 07:17:32 PM »
FYI, the North Rim is now closed for the winter.  The South Rim remains open year round.  Be ready for the weather.....it is in the 20's overnight at the South Rim this week.  Daytime temperatures can climb into the 50's if you have a break but it is in the 40's today.  Remember the old adages about keeping your batteries warm and avoiding the changes in humidity going from outside to in and then outside again.

The canyon is a truly magical place.  If you get any snow, the panorama changes entirely.  And the lighting changes as the sun shifts all day long.  Have a great trip.

Thanks you, Sir, Mr. JPAZ.
I will prepare for this one in the Life time trip, But Next Trip after this., Will be  the Early Morning Sun Rise and The Evening Sun Set at Grand canyon too------Dream, Dream and Dream---Yes, Sir, I will have Complete with All Lenses from  8 MM Fish Eyes, to 800 mm ( 400 X 2X)---But my Dear 600 mm L . too big to get on the Airplane.
Nice to talk to you , Sir.
Surapon

Mr. surapon, please be careful and have fun.  That's truly a trip of a lifetime!  Don't forget....

-  Drink plenty of water
-  Be aware of your surroundings/environment/weather conditions
Leave all the camera gear behind one day and just Enjoy the Experience and The Beauty of your Wife & Life!
(She'll thank you for giving her a day of your undivided attention.)

So glad to hear that you can go see such a beautiful place and enjoy your hobby too!

Rusty


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Software & Accessories / Re: Bottleneck when opening images of CF card?
« on: November 05, 2013, 07:04:16 PM »
OK, IT guy here.  Sorry for the long post but I hope this advice helps.

(trimmed)

Finally, don't use this nice fast photo pc to do everything.  If you install a bunch of stuff like QuickBooks,  Office, HP Printer software, huge antivirus security packages, etc, you will kill the performance.  Just use it for photography.  If you don't use it to surf porn, play online games or do your online banking, don't install antivirus or just install the perfectly fine Microsoft Antivirus.  Seriously, you'll thank me later.

Thanks RustyTheGeek, that's a very fine, generous post. Home PC builders should bookmark this one.

Your final comment is an area that is too often overlooked. My photo PC's do just that...all that's installed are the required Adobe CC components, PhotoMechanic, Firefox, Microsoft Security Essentials and a handful of required utilities.

All the Office, MYOB, iTunes and basically unnecessary entertaining stuff is on a separate modestly powered machine, in this case an entry-level Mac Mini running OSX Mavericks and Windows 7 installed via VM Ware.

-pw

Thanks for the kind words pwp.  Yes, these days hardware is cheap.  People sometimes don't realize the benefits of having more than one physical system.  Esp if they have kids!!  Another option is running a separate VM system.  I've been doing this for over 20 years and it still amazes me how poorly written most software is.  It's actually much worse than it was even 10 years ago.  Lazy or overworked programmers and unrealistic deadlines and/or not much talent.  It's sad but this is just the poor state of affairs most software companies are in these days.  Look at how long it  has taken to get a version of Windows out in the past 10 years and then look what we ended up with!  And Adobe regularly releases buggy code.

Most of the time it pays to keep things as simple as possible.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Bottleneck when opening images of CF card?
« on: November 05, 2013, 11:31:49 AM »
OK, IT guy here.  Sorry for the long post but I hope this advice helps.

I've read everything up to now and it all makes sense and I agree.  So far, the info, comments, opinions, corrections, etc all add up and make sense.  No need to repeat it all again.

My primary advice is that you take your time.  Build it, install Win7Pro x64 OS (great OS choice at this time) to a decent SSD like maybe an Intel 520 series or Samsung 840 Pro series and then systematically install all the updates and find the most up to date drivers.  Get a solid motherboard from ASUS, Intel or several other reputable companies.  Don't buy cheapo motherboard+CPU deals.  Buying the motherboard is usually my hardest decision.  Make sure the BIOS is fully updated.  Make sure the USB3 firmware is fully updated.  Put your catalog and/or photoshop cache files on the SSD.  Store the actual image files on a secondary large RAID protected volume.  Don't buy cheapo RAM.  Stay with Crucial, Micron, Kingston, PNY, G.Skill, Patriot, etc.  The reputable motherboard manufacturers usually have lists of RAM they certify to work that they tested.

Once all that is done, do an image backup and start benchmark/stress testing the system with file transfers, benchmark utilities, etc.  Make sure you are getting the performance of the CPU, RAM, Drives, Motherboard, Video, etc that you paid for.

Oh, and get a high quality power supply.  Get a large tower case.  (Antec 300 is a good choice.)  You'll be adding drives, believe me.  Get something that is at least 750W.  Real watts, not cheapo watts.  Something like a good Corsair unit.  If you paid less than $100 for the power supply, it probably isn't good enough.  Newegg has great informative IT geek reviews and will likely help you get a good unit for your needs.

Put this system and the display on a UPS with AVR.  My Costco regularly carries the CyberPower 1350AVR for around $100.  It's a great unit and it's on Newegg for around $145.  Just get one with AVR.  Direct power from the wall (the grid) isn't nice to your sensitive electronics.  I have a good UPS on everything in my home that is electronic and worth more than $100.  You know, like that $3500 plasma tv!  It's not a guarantee against calamity but it's better than nothing.

Don't go overboard on the video card for a photo pc.  Most of the performance benefit will be gained from the SSD, CPU, RAM, USB3, then video, etc.  Spend the video money on a nice high end IPS display and calibration tool.  Maybe get dual displays but one large high end IPS panel is better than two cheapo LCD panels.  Put in plenty of storage in RAID 1 configurations for working data storage and individual internal and external drives for backups.

The hard part isn't just the hardware, it's setting up the software, getting an effective sync/backup system in place and then keeping up with it.  You can't have too much backup.  Consider an offsite solution as well, online or physically carrying external drives to another location or both.  Online is good for data but not for recovering the system so you need a local image backup of at least the system drive.

Finally, don't use this nice fast photo pc to do everything.  If you install a bunch of stuff like QuickBooks,  Office, HP Printer software, huge antivirus security packages, etc, you will kill the performance.  Just use it for photography.  If you don't use it to surf porn, play online games or do your online banking, don't install antivirus or just install the perfectly fine Microsoft Antivirus.  Seriously, you'll thank me later.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Off Brand: Nikon Announces the Df
« on: November 05, 2013, 10:15:19 AM »
I skimmed this thread and honestly, my heads hurts a little.  I can already see this thread going off into all kinds of rants.  Frankly, I love the retro stuff.  I'll likely never sell my little AE-1 kit either.  And I would love to have my 5D3 or 6D crammed inside of my AE-1.  Or maybe a rangefinder.  It would be sooo cool.

But that isn't going to happen and some of you may remember my own little rant a year ago about wanting a simple non-video low-res DSLR dedicated to photography.  And now, here it is from Nikon for an insane price.  And as much as I would love to see this from Canon, I have to admit that the Nikon is pretty silly mostly because of the insane price.

So my revised wish would be to have a 6D or 60D crammed into the old retro AE-1 Program body and priced around the same price or less of a 6D or 60D if it were APS-C.  That would be fun.  That's all.  Fun.  For those with disposable income that want a nostalgic fun camera.  Don't beat me up about whether adding video costs more or not, recovering R&D budgets, market segments, etc.

It would just be fun to see and I might even buy one if it used my current lenses and flash.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Another Stupid Question about Format CF.
« on: November 05, 2013, 09:54:39 AM »
I gotta say, you have an interesting mix of cards there!   :D

Dude!  You still have microdrives!  Do those even still work?!  (You realize that microdrives are actually tiny mechanical hard drives, not flash memory, right?  Don't bang them around and don't go over 10,000 feet to use them.)

Sorry, I'm an IT guy and those things were SO COOL back in the day!  I was showing one of those to my class way back when I used to teach IT in '97!!  I had to do a Google search to realize that I guess they are actually still made and available!  Really???  :o 

Here is a link to a great summary of their use in cameras.
http://www.steves-digicams.com/accessories/flash-cards-storage-devices/microdrive-storage-devices.html

OK, so I know this comment didn't answer your question.  Sorry.

Sharing media between cameras will not hurt the media itself.  It's just a memory device and will simple store the data written to it.  The card itself doesn't care how its formatted or what kind of data it holds.

The problem arises in keeping track of the pictures themselves and the logistics of time date stamps, filenames/numbers, etc.  Different cameras typically store their files in different folders but Canon cameras will usually all use a DCIM folder with a subfolder or many subfolders depending on how you set the camera.  The folder name can be changed in the camera settings if you want to share media between cameras to make it a little easier.  However, the camera will still look at the highest file number on the card in the appropriate folder and start numbering from there.  Every time you change the card, the camera will start numbering the pictures based on the highest number it sees already on the card.  This will cause problems later when you offload images to your computer if you are combining all the pictures from that event into a single folder and run across duplicate filenames.  It will also cause them to be out of the sequence shot if you were sorting the files on the filename and not the time/date stamps.

Here is an explanation of what happens on CPS...
http://cpn.canon-europe.com/content/education/infobank/storage_and_archiving/file_numbering_and_naming.do

I'm not an expert on this but for me, the bigger challenge is keeping cards organized so no mistakes happen in the field and so I don't pull my hair out when I get home.  If I am gone on a trip for several days and I arrive home with thousands of pictures from 3 cameras on multiple cards over several days on separate subjects, I am careful to organize the images on my computer when I offload them from the cards.  Swapping the cards between cameras will complicate this, esp since their time/date stamps will be slightly off.  And each camera will have different exposures, settings, lenses, etc so the post image work will be easier if I know ahead of time which camera took each image.

This is my system...

- Separate cards for each camera.  (For my own OCD sanity, not because they wouldn't function correctly.)
- All cards are formatted in camera before leaving on the trip.  All cards' image contents are double checked before formatting to ensure all pictures already on them are "OLD" and already exist in two places on my computer.  I don't format cards right after I offload their contents to the computer because until I need the card again it serves as a redundant copy of the images for a few days/weeks in case something tragic happens to my computer.
- All of my CF cards have a small piece of green or blue painters' tape hanging slightly off their outside edge that I use to fold over the leading edge after it is full when I switch to another card in the field.  This prevents me from re-using a full card.  Re-using the card isn't a problem for the files already on the card but if I think it's a card that I forgot to format at home, I could lose a LOT of pictures in an instant.  I did that years ago and started this system then.  Re-using a card also wastes time since it will require more card switching when I realize it.

Protecting yourself from tragedy involves using some logic and common sense.  When you are travelling, keep your full cards separated from your empty cards in separate places, luggage, etc.  If sometone steals your camera bag, you'll lose your kit but you may still have a lot of your pictures if they weren't stored together with everything else.  If you are on a long trip (more than a couple days), either take a computer or take a backup drive designed to save files off of you media cards.  This way you can get a backup right away in case something bad happens.  Anything can go wrong.  Your images are extremely vulnerable to theft or loss when you are out of your home, office, etc.  Photographers in groups will sometimes swap cards or drives to make sure their images are "offsite" in another place in case they are robbed, have a fire, whatever.When flying, obviously don't check your gear, carry it on the plane.  Maybe take your media cards that are backed up on your computer or other device and mail them to yourself before the plane trip home.  It all depends on how important those images are to you or your livelihood.

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: October 30, 2013, 11:40:59 PM »
DIF
1/1250th s
ISO 3200
f/5.6
360mm

Love this one.  Amazing that at 1/1250th the wings still blur, eh?  Thanks for posting the camera settings.  That makes it that much more interesting to us camera geeks!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: EOS 5D Mark III Firmware 1.2.3 Available
« on: October 30, 2013, 05:24:40 PM »
It never ceases to amaze me how many people are never satisfied with what Canon does.  If the 5D3 falls short of their expectations, why buy it in the first place?

The 5d3 fanboys get a little antsy in the pantsy when someone mentions a 1Dx.  Don't worry, there's an easy fix, just mention how much you love the 6D and their chest puffs out again.

I love the 6D!  (And I own both.)  Oh, wait!  PUUFFF!  Too late.   :o

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I wanted to get some views on the forum about whether there is much benefit in keeping original packaging - mainly with a view to influencing resale value. 

For lenses, these are unlikely to get sold, as they have a much longer period from purchase to replacement, but that is generally less true for bodies.  As a result, my thinking is that there may be some benefit in keeping the original boxes from bodies, but not from lenses.

Any thoughts?
I keep everything including sale receipt - lenses + bodies, even PS cameras. Resale value is higher when you have all these.

Ditto.  I keep boxes for all kinds of things.  Stereos, cameras, etc.  In general, if it's worth more than $100 and I think I'll be selling it someday, I keep the box protected/covered in the attic.

I look at it this way.  When I buy used, (and I buy used a lot), the seller having all the paperwork, packing, box, manuals, etc tells me that they are like me and are hopefully discriminating, responsible and they take good care of their toys.  I rarely buy a $1000+ used lens from someone who hasn't saved the box unless it's one hell of a deal.  (Most sellers are not good packers either.)  OTOH, buying from someone without the box might just indicate that the item sits in a pile of clothes on the floor or on top of a dresser somewhere gathering dust.  Who knows?  I just know that in my experience with a lot of people over my life, people with personalities that keep boxes typically take better care of their stuff than the people that toss boxes.  The box tossing type folks I knew in my youth were the same ones that spent a lot of time pawning their stuff to pay the rent.  (No offense intended to anyone.)

Keeping the box indicates the seller planned to sell something?  Come on.  Everything gets sold someday.  There's no question most of my stuff will get sold someday, even if it's at my estate sale.  Passing it on to the next owner in good condition with the same box and protection I received it in just makes good sense and it does increase the resale price.  At the very least, it sets my boxed item apart/above the competing items that are being sold at the time.  It sends the message to the buyer that I take care of my stuff and I want it to be sold with the same care so the next buyer can continue to take good care of it.

So like most folks on this forum, keep the boxes and use them when you are ready to sell to increase the price and likelihood you will sell it.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: "Downgrading" for a very specific reason
« on: October 25, 2013, 11:35:52 AM »
Yup, you're not imagining the difference.  This topic has been touched on in numerous, often vociferous debates here in the past. It's likely the tighter bandwidth of the CFA on the older sensors.
I don't know how much the in-camera processing differs, as far as generating raw files is concerned, but even using the same PP workflow I prefer "the look" from Canon images from the Digic 3 or older generations.  I sold off most of my newest Canon gear when switching to PentNikon but I retained my favorite Canon croppers; 40D, 450Ds and even 1000Ds.  I still prefer the older 350D in some ways, it also has "that look" that's very similar to the 5DC.  You can also find this difference, to a less extent, even in PnS cameras like the G-series.  G3 is one of my favorite old compacts for IQ.  Combined with the different low-iso noise character, those old cameras produced very pleasing results with minimal tweaks in post.  HI iso is no comparison, modern wins.

too bad Ankorwatt/Mikael isn't here to have his, "I told you so" moment. ;)

Couldn't agree with you more! Also, funny you should mention the 350D. I recently bought a used 450D for my mother who needed a light DSLR. Took it for a spin before handing it over, just to make sure everything was OK. When I loaded the RAW files in Lightroom I felt like ".yeah....these files...look....REALLY good!" Straight out of cam, normal light, normal ISO range, kit zoom... for a short second I thought to myself. ....man if only my 5D3 could look this good! Plus the other perfomance of course ;D  But still...that was a 250 dollar used camera.

Ditto!  I still have a lot of love for the 30D Digic 3 images I took and also the 40D.  My favorite body that I still occasionally use today is the 5D.  I've never gotten quite as close or connected with the 60D I own.  In fact, I may buy another 40D someday.  I really loved shooting the 30D and 40D.  Great cameras, great images.

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Guys, come on!!!
The 5D without mark is an excellent camera. Sure, newer cameras have more megapixels, but the 13MP do deliver excellent image quality. (Don't judge it on the display, though, 'cos this is horrible. Judge it on PC screen.) Dynamic Range is very good as well.
I regularly do prints in 50x70cm and they come out very nicely.

High ISO is still better than on any APS-C, for sure. No banding until ISO 1600, perhaps a bit at ISO H (=3200).

Prepare for a decent amount of sensor cleaning, however.

I'm confident the 5D it will become your first body and the 60D your spare second one. ;-)


I agree with all of this.

I have never owned or even used the 7D - so, maybe that would produce better images - and more often - not sure.

But I have used practically all the other Rebels and xxD Canons (including the 60D) and I very much still prefer the images from my old 5Dc (which I still use as a backup to the 5DIII).

The Sl-1, however, is growing on me as an alternate.


Stop reading and BUY IT BEFORE ITS GONE.  Go out and shoot.  Enjoy the FF!!

I tell aspiring photographers ALL THE TIME that a used 5D is a GREAT WAY to enjoy learning/enjoying FF photography for a steal.  The 5D3 was the best thing to happen to the 5D used market.  Now if you are a professional and need better performance, get the 6D for outstanding IQ, battery life and low light performance.  But to get into FF cheaply, the 5D simple can't be beat!!  And you'll learn to be a better photographer working within its limitations.

I've taken THOUSANDS of beautiful images with my 5Dc.  I'll never get rid of it.  Even now I would buy another 5D in great condition.  Wonderful, beautiful, warm images.  Yes, you need to work a bit harder on proper exposure but like above, I have lifted some amazing things out of poorly exposed images with Lightroom, etc.  And the 5Dc will blow away every crop sensor out there, at least up to the 60D that I have.  Before I got my 5D3, (I skipped the 5D2), I would ALWAYS use the 5D over the 60D unless I needed frame rate/reach for sports.

Think of the 5D as the "AE-1 Program" body of the DSLR world.  Like the AE-1 Program of the film days, the 5D has an enormous loyal following of talented photographers that would pick one up anytime and love using it again.

Want more proof?  Check this out... http://www.flickr.com/groups/5d/

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Ditto to everything above.  Use it, love it, didn't take long to get used to it.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark iii questions (mostly AF)
« on: October 25, 2013, 11:03:11 AM »
I own both.  One advantage that both bodies offer is an advanced sensor that will allow you to almost use a f/4 lens like a f/2.8 in low light.  I bought a 5D3 and was disappointed with the poor low light AF performance that I bought it for.  I then purchased and gravitated to the 6D because of its better low light AF.  After the firmware update on the 5D3 in April, the AF functions better and I gravitate toward it.  This is partially due to the fact that the small SunPak RD2000 flash that I use a lot doesn't work well on the 6D.  (TTL issues with the 6D)  But both bodies work great now.  Eventually a firmware update will be out for the RD2000.  I also shoot swimming pictures and the terrible indoor natatorium light plus need for shutter speed make me glad I have the 5D3 now.  I'm wondering if a 70D would fill that need well enough to allow me to have a 6D + 70D combo and sell the 5D3.  It's easy to buy this stuff and enjoy it but it's hard to sell.  It's a great time to be a photographer with regard to great gear choices.  You really can't go wrong.

My simple advice is this:  If your primary use is wedding/events as you say, get one or two 6D bodies and don't look back.  Invest in good lenses.  In your line of work, there is a big advantage in carrying two bodies for greater versatility.  If you think you will shoot anything sports or that needs faster FPS/AF, get a 5D3 or get one of each like I did.  As many others say, you won't regret having a 5D3 but I will add that you will likely not regret a 6D either regardless of the naysayers.  Esp with all the deals now.  Get a 6D+24-105 Kit and enjoy.  That is the best deal going by far.  The 5D3 will always be there when you're ready.

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