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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.  :-)

Software & Accessories / Re: how to backup photos in the field?
« on: January 12, 2015, 01:43:58 PM »
Does Nexto support incremental backup? I am not referring to the sync operation but to the initial card copy function.

If by incremental you mean that it only backs up the new images since the last backup, then yes, I believe that is the default.  It's a been a while since I needed that particular feature however.  I usually just do a single backup at the end of the day from all my cards.  It puts them in a dated folder on the drive automatically.

Sports / Re: Critique My "Running" Photos?
« on: January 12, 2015, 01:18:19 PM »
Good luck, and keep shooting and critiquing your own work.  Also study other photographs you like and try to figure out what you like about them.

I enjoy doing this all the time.  Looking and analyzing other images and trying to determine how they did the lighting or what framing, etc they used to show the image the way they intended.  How would I have done it or how could I do it myself in the future?

Software & Accessories / Re: how to backup photos in the field?
« on: January 12, 2015, 01:13:52 PM »
Theere is a very nice and cheap solution to that.
This device can be controlled by any smartphone and transfer files from an SD card to a USB connected portable hard drive.
It doubles up as a back up battery/charging device for your smartphone as well.
I bought one a couple weeks ago.

This is interesting.  I wonder how well it works?  Battery life, speed, etc.  Here's a link to one on the US Amazon site...  http://www.amazon.com/RAVPower-FileHub-Wireless-External-File-Server/dp/B00AQUMZRA

 There is also a growing product niche of wireless NAS devices available to help out all the poor Apple iPad/iPhone/iTouch users out there that can't connect anything directly to their devices.

Of course, all of these solutions are still more trouble and require carrying multiple items all of which must be powered on, etc to do what the NEXTO will do with a couple simple steps.  But it's good to see the various alternatives!

Software & Accessories / Re: how to backup photos in the field?
« on: January 12, 2015, 01:05:24 PM »
G'Day folks.

Did I miss something, cos buying 3 or 4 extra New CF cards, is actually cheaper than those "in-field espresso machines". I mean HDD / Card transfer docks.

< A little trivia >
CF Cards are Pin-for-Pin comparable with Pata HDDs and cables.  :o
I have installed my computer's OS onto one. Has not missed a beat in 11years.

Please explain how you copy the contents from one media to the other?  Having extra CF cards is always good advice but how do you end up with two copies of the data in the field?  I always suggest people use smaller media and change it once or twice a day to distribute out the images in case a card fails, the camera is lost/stolen or whatever.  But this is not a backup, it is just spreading out the images over multiple media.

And I'm glad you have had such good luck with running your OS from a CF card but I wouldn't recommend it.  CF cards are not designed for that kind of write wear and I would expect them to fail.  They are expensive for the small capacity they offer.  CF read/write performance is also slow compared to SSD drives.  CF media also does not contain the appropriate firmware to handle the amount of read/writes an OS requires.  Pretty much in all respects a CF card is a poor choice to run a computer from.  Especially these days with such affordable SSD drives available.

Software & Accessories / Re: how to backup photos in the field?
« on: January 12, 2015, 12:09:28 PM »
Hey...this is a funny thread :)....
I have a hyperdrive and I like it for storage. It is basically useless as a viewer...but at least you can interact with the screen and be comfortable that your images are actually saved. Some other hardrive type devices give no feed back.
Rusty is correct about the battery life.... I got some spares batteries and an auxhillary charger on eBay...but they are all lame.  Also..if you try to plug in the hyperdrive and operate it from a wall outlet it will not let you start it up...it just stays in charge mode...but I found a way around that ....
Like I go on photoshoots and then want to back up in my motel room at the end of the day etc. I found that if you fire up the unit off of one of the batteries and then plug it in while it is up and running it will operate with wall power supply or at least with the battery being charged...so you can have confidence in downloading a large card that the unit will not kick out in the middle of a download due to the battery dying.  The battery is really not  strong enough to operate the unit. I would hope that the developers are aware of this and can find the Hyperdrive current and past customers a better solution.
But it is good enough to have some safety if you are out shooting something important.

Wow.  This is pretty much what I experienced with the Hyperdrive, et al.  Because of this, I was/am perplexed how it remains so popular.  The NEXTO battery (at least with the extra battery connected) has never let me down.  It just runs and runs.  And it powers off automatically about 30 seconds after it is done with the copy process.  And when you fire it up the next time, it gives you a confirmation that the copy completed successfully.  Like I said, its primary function is BACKUP.

Honestly, I've considered a couple of times upgrading mine to a newer version with an SSD drive or installing a SSD in the one I currently own.  I'm really curious to know how much faster it would transfer to a SSD drive and how much more battery life I might get with a non-mechanical drive.  Wanna buy my older 2725 used in the box?   ;)

Canon General / Re: Canon Date codes gone? Why?
« on: January 12, 2015, 11:43:01 AM »
On the other hand, even used lenses get the new owners more committed to the Canon system, so used sales do benefit the company in the long run. I have a mix of new (2/3) and used or refurbished (1/3) EF/EF-S lenses.

I totally agree.  It's a bit of a Catch-22 for Canon.  Having a solid and high quality new & used market of lenses and all other Canon gear gets a larger following and encourages brand loyalty even if it means less new sales.  And I could be wrong but it seems like there are more Canon users than Nikon users overall.  Seems like a lot of the beginners tend to buy Rebels.  Just my observation.

Software & Accessories / Re: how to backup photos in the field?
« on: January 12, 2015, 11:36:04 AM »
There are portal devices like Hyperdrive...

Are these portals to another dimension?

http://www.hypershop.com/HyperDrive/UDMA-2/   ;D ;D

The Hyperdrive was one of the products I tried back in mid 2011.  I was initially excited but then I found that the battery life was a bit limited and it took a while to transfer the files.  Plus, it required a lot of user interaction to initiate the backup.  I didn't want a small computer/viewer.  I wanted a backup device.  If I wanted a computer/viewer, I would either use my laptop, a netbook or a tablet.  IMHO, most of the backup devices in this small niche category try to be too many things and miss the mark on their primary function, media backup.

The only way to know for sure is to do what I did.  Buy at least two if not three or four products and try them all to see which one is the best one for you.  The Hyperdrive has a lot of fans and over the past 3 years perhaps they improved it a bit.

I for one would love to hear what you learn, experience and finally decide!   Good luck!!  :)

Software & Accessories / Re: how to backup photos in the field?
« on: January 12, 2015, 11:30:21 AM »
There are portal devices like Hyperdrive...

Are these portals to another dimension?

Why not?  What better way to get effective and fast offsite backup to the cloud!?   ;D

Software & Accessories / Re: how to backup photos in the field?
« on: January 12, 2015, 11:29:29 AM »
I tried several products a few years ago.  Just about all the devices I returned because they were not reliable, they were too much trouble to use in the field or the battery life was too short.  The only one that was reliable, fast and simple was the NEXTO product.  I have a slightly older version (2725) of the 2730.  I also got the little extended battery.  It came with a nice leather case which also will hold the extra battery on the side.  I think the 2901 is the current model which is faster and uses USB 3 to connect to a computer.  These aren't cheap but they work well and they are reliable.  They are simple to use which is key.  They require almost no user interaction.  Turn it on, put in the media and it copies.  Done.  You can almost use it unseen in your pocket.  And it's fast.  The battery lasts for a long time.  You can also connect other devices to it in the field and transfer either way so it's flexible to share images with another drive or device in the field.

I think the key to this device's effectiveness is that it's not trying to be a hybrid multi-purpose device.  It's not trying to be a viewer for instance.  It's focusing on being a simple and effective BACKUP DEVICE.  If you want it to be super tough and more resistant to shocks, get one with and SSD drive.


I still have mine and I am still using it after about 3 years.  Besides backups on week long trips, I also use mine to collect images from other people at events or trips so I can post them in one place for everyone.  Much easier than having to fire up a laptop, mess with usb readers, etc.  I just pop in their media and talk with them while it copies.  Then it beeps and I pull out the media and hand it back to them.  Done.

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