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Post Processing / Re: simple before and after architecture photo
« on: January 13, 2015, 09:50:00 AM »
As I look at this again, I'm thinking this was a blessing.  It's much easier to add punch to a correctly exposed flat image than to try and remove unwanted shadowing and blown highlights from a harsh sunlight drenched image at a bad time of day.  Am I right?  So in this case, you were able to fudge the better light/color somewhat without the drawbacks associated with bright sun.  Who knows, maybe this will be your go-to method from now on?  :D

Post Processing / Re: simple before and after architecture photo
« on: January 13, 2015, 09:25:06 AM »
Oh man, it's that jepabst guy again!    ::)   What a show off!  LOL!   :D

Kidding of course!  I always enjoy seeing your stuff.  Great job on this!  I like the result.  Sometimes you gotta work a little magic!  I don't do photoshop much (if ever) but I do use LR all the time.  Other than the sky replacement, how much work was this?  Was it as simple as doing a few global tweaks of the blacks, highlights, contrast, WB, etc or did you have to do a lot more that isn't easy to guess?

While you're at it, why not put some real work into this and photoshop a tiny copy of that image of you that your wife took on the street shooting the wedding shot?  Or that great ultrawide shot you took of the large wedding party?  I see some good spots for this on the grass at the bottom of the image.  You know, just to make it interesting!   ;D

You know, kind of an 'Easter Egg' in the pabst image to make people ask questions.  Maybe it will go viral!

Very nice images.  The site appears to have been quite a lot of work.  Great job and good luck with it!  :)

Canon General / Re: Canon Date codes gone? Why?
« on: January 13, 2015, 09:02:07 AM »
I can see this hurting resale values down the road.

Why? Lenses are valued on condition not age.

For resale value I think its irrelevant. Does anyone (serious) buy a used lens without seeing an original reciept from the seller?

Are you serious or did you forget the sarcasm tag? I have sold several lenses and never had the original receipt.

Very recently I sold an 11 year old 16-35 f2.8 that has had a 'professional' use its entire life, I paid $1,250 for it new and sold it for $900, it had the original box, caps and hood, as well as the unused soft case, all packaging and the instruction booklet. Nobody that asked about it asked for the date code, they were only interested in the condition.

As far as I can see date codes have never been anything but a hobbyists conversation piece, they served no real purpose, Canon could trace much more detailed info from the serial number if they wanted to. If any reason for omitting them was needed I would cite cost, it cost something to put it there.

Totally agree PBD.  At this point in my photography "career" I have bought and sold a lot of gear.  Everything you say is true.  Condition is paramount and having the box to pack it "like new" does help.  Like almost everything used, a receipt rarely will impact the sale.  Sure it's a nice thing to offer but having it will rarely affect the sale or the value.

And good point on the date codes.  They are discussed to death but rarely will affect the outcome of a used gear purchase.  It's not like your 11 year old lens would have sold better if it had only been 8 years old.  And I have that same 16-35 lens!  I still use it and love it.  I bought mine from a National Geographic Photographer who took it all over the world in her film days.  She sold it to me in 2010.  I never asked for or expected a receipt.  And she didn't believe in keeping boxes either.  But it's a sweet lens!   :)

Canon General / Re: Canon Date codes gone? Why?
« on: January 13, 2015, 08:53:45 AM »
Hi Rusty.
I would suggest contrary to your theory, a good resale market actually helps new sales, the second hand purchaser cannot necessarily afford to splurge for a new lens, and if I can't sell my lens for a decent price I cannot afford to purchase my new upgrade. I believe this hold true for many high value items.
Obligatory automotive comparison follows.  ;D
Take cars, without a second hand car market many manufacturers would not have made it this far, considering the problem of establishing brand loyalty with an item that is not part of a system, so no system lock in, it is considered crucial for a brand to have a good resale value, on a par with good service?

Cheers, Graham.

Excellent points Graham and I totally agree.  Well put!  Going with your thought process, with larger purchases like cars, homes and in our case, expensive camera gear, there are people who buy used and people who buy new.  The used stuff must go somewhere and without a market, the new stuff would move a lot slower.  No one is going to pile up 20 years worth of used cars in their driveway or 20 years worth of expensive used lenses in their closet!

Lenses / Re: New EF-S 18-300 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Around the Corner? [CR1]
« on: January 12, 2015, 07:30:15 PM »
So we get back to the question I think is most relevant... is this new Canon lens better than the new Tamron?  I haven't purchased the 16-300 from Tamron yet and according to Dustin's fine reviews, it sounds like I should wait a bit.  Although I still wouldn't mind gaining the extra 2mm on the wide end, FWIW.

I wasn't as impressed with Tamron's older 28-300 Full Frame lens and Dustin thinks the new one is MUCH improved so that will likely be a sure buy very soon.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS 70D w/18-135 IS STM $999
« on: January 12, 2015, 07:24:06 PM »
I have been thinking of getting this camera.  I read somewhere that it has same sensor as 7d mark II and while it can't take as many rapid fire shots in a row it has the same autofocus technology (dual pixel) as the more expensive camera. Basically it is a cheap man's version of the 7d mark 2.  I know there's other differences like plastic body etc. but functionally wouldn't it operate pretty much the same  and get the same image quality as the more expensive version except for the weaker frames per second category?

FWIW, I haven't read anywhere that the 70D has the same sensor as the 7D Mk II.  In general, since I have owned and used both the 7D-2 and the 70D, I can tell you that they are completely different cameras.  And they are both excellent and well worth owning.

Don't hesitate to buy the 70D.  This is a great deal.  You'll love the 70D.  At this price, just buy it.  It has a lot of features the 7D lacks such as articulating LCD, WiFi, Remote Shooting, etc.  I was very happy with the 70D and I may get another one someday.

Software & Accessories / Re: how to backup photos in the field?
« on: January 12, 2015, 07:01:34 PM »
How about a camera with 2 cards in it?   Instant back-up.

How about a laptop that you can edit the photos on?

While these are possible, I think the OP wants to be able to back up his CF media without having to buy a $3000 camera or carry something big and heavy like a laptop.  And I have a 5D3 and I rarely use both cards because of the write performance impact.  Plus, if you lose the camera or the camera corrupts the data, you lose the backups too.

So while your suggestion is an option, I don't think it quite fills the OP's need.

dhr90, based on the situation that you describe, save a little money and just get a refurbished Lenovo Thinkpad T420 or T430.  The T420 is a little older but probably one of the best laptops Lenovo ever made.  The T430 (slightly more expensive due to being a bit newer) will lose you the classic style IBM keyboard but gain you integrated USB3 and one gen newer CPU/graphics.  But you could add USB3 to the T420 with an inexpensive PCIe card.  Add a mSATA 240GB SSD drive and then you will have a spot for a large internal secondary SATA hard drive.  Don't worry so much about which generation the i5 CPU is.  In your situation, it won't make much of a difference for the amount of money it will cost.  You could get a high quality enterprise level laptop and SSD drive for less than $1000 easily.  And both have DisplayPort digital external monitor connectors and support a variety of docks if you want to make it easy to use it at the table with the better display, mouse, etc.  If you want more info on this, feel free to PM me.  I set these up for folks all the time at a fraction of the cost of new ones.

And if you want a true powerhouse, get a W520.  It has a 15" IPS high resolution display with i7 CPU and supports up to 32GB of DDR3 RAM with 4 modules + USB3.  After the same 240GB mSATA SSD drive you will probably still slightly less than $1000.


Lenses / Re: wide angle needed
« on: January 12, 2015, 06:03:41 PM »
EF 16-35mm f/4L IS sounds like what you're looking for.   The TS-E 17mm if you want the movements and will have time for tripod and setup.

Ditto.  And while I concur that the TS-E 17 is a fine lens, also consider the discontinued but still available used EF 15mm FishEye.  (Not instead of but in addition to the 16-35 L lens.)  It's a super wide/fun lens on Full Frame.  I think we are all making the bold assumption that you are shooting with a Full Frame camera based on your signature line.  But I think everyone agrees that it will be hard to beat the 16-35 f/4L as the primary ultrawide lens to fill your needs.

Lenses / Re: New EF-S 18-300 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Around the Corner? [CR1]
« on: January 12, 2015, 05:12:59 PM »
I agree with jefflinde.  I'm not a "Pro" per se but I shoot a LOT of images and like many on this forum, I probably spend more than a "Pro" on gear.  So it's not about money.  The best tool for the job is what is needed at the time.  That isn't always a Canon L lens.

I shoot many types of images at different types of events and venues.  Sometimes, a superzoom like this is ideal and more than adequate for my needs, esp when I am at a dusty hot summer camp during the day and I am walking 10 - 20 miles all over the place all day long in the heat and the images are intended primarily for the web.

So for those who would dismiss this or other superzoom lenses, keep in mind that sometimes it's not always about the absolute best IQ, sometimes other factors will dictate what compromises are acceptable.  And sometimes it pays to have a less expensive but versatile lens on a less expensive DSLR body to get decent images but be able to better absorb a loss in a high risk situation.  Or not remove a lens repeatedly in a dirty environment.

Plus, I would rather be able to use a high quality DSLR camera with an All-In-One lens and shoot Full Frame or APS-C images in RAW than use a small sensor bridge camera in JPG that is an even bigger compromise in all aspects of the system.

Lenses / Re: New EF-S 18-300 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Around the Corner? [CR1]
« on: January 12, 2015, 04:20:08 PM »
I think the bigger and more appropriate question is...

Will this Canon lens compete with and surpass the ever popular Tamron 16-300 SuperZoom


Rather than start yet another which laptop thread, I thought it might be better to revive this one. How important is a graphics card for use with lightroom, maybe elements in the future and potentially a small amount of video editing? The cards below are the two I am looking at.

I've narrowed my choice down to two laptops, the PCSPECIALIST Ultranote II or CosmosII (both I have specced with a full HD IPS screen.
One has an Intel HD Graphics Media Accelerator 4600 graphics card, which I believe is built in graphics rather than separate?
The second has a choice of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 840M 2.0GB DDR3 Video RAM - DirectX11, or the 850M.
Otherwise the specs are identical between the two choices, but the second laptop will be more than £150 extra.

I've had a play with some Macbook Pro's, and whilst very nice, any with a retina screen and even approach the spec I desire completely smash my budget and are utterly unaffordable for me  :(

Finally, has anyone had experience of PCSPECIALIST? Slightly wary of it as I haven't heard of it before, but they seem to be well received on the internet, and one of their machines is available from Curry's so should be legit (without the IPS screen or SSD and at a greatly increased price).

While there will be a variety of opinions, my IT experience wants to make these points....

-  If you are on a budget, why are you trying to purchase a laptop for image/video editing?  You can get a lot more bang for your buck and true performance with a desktop PC and high quality display.  Trying to edit images/video on a laptop is ALWAYS a compromise and ALWAYS more expensive to get the compromise.
-  With regard to the video systems you reference, it's a laptop.  They are all in the same league as far as performance.  And the video card performance is a moot point when editing images, it's just not the most important factor.  RAM, CPU, even Drive Speed is more important.  And since these are all laptop mobile chipsets, they are all going to be fairly limited on color space, etc so it's a really a moot point.  I would be more concerned with stability and driver compatibility.  And with that in mind, the Intel chipset will likely be the most trouble free with regard to drivers and maturity.  (At least that is usually the case.)  And I would definitely avoid an AMD CPU/Chipset which is what might be coming with the Nvidia graphics.

Get all the RAM you can without killing your budget (16GB should be enough) and at least a 240GB SSD for the OS, apps and scratch/working disk area.  This applies to both a desktop or a laptop.

Software & Accessories / Re: how to backup photos in the field?
« on: January 12, 2015, 03:30:03 PM »
Personality, I use my iPad.
I can spend one to four days at a race track, shooting speeding motorcycles. I would save my cards to the iPad in the evening, but I also had the option of saving during the lunch breaks.
With the 7D, I would save roughly 800 pictures every evening in jpg format. but I know that if you shoot RAW, the iPad will save and restitute in RAW format to your computer when you return home.

How long does it take to transfer the images?  How many?  How large?  How much of an impact does it make on the battery?  And how do you connect the media cards to the iPad?

Software & Accessories / Re: how to backup photos in the field?
« on: January 12, 2015, 02:17:50 PM »
I think I have another RAVPower product (just a battery device) but it seems to work well.

I might pick up one of these (because it's so inexpensive and has good reviews) for various uses in my IT work.  It might also provide a good WiFi "hub" for all kinds of needs including different camera remote WiFi connections, etc.


I'm still not sure if this will be a good solution for in the field image backups but it might be a handy device to have to several other uses.  For less than $50 I guess itmight be worth playing with it to find out.  :-)

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