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Photography Technique / Re: APOLLO missions - image inconsistencies
« on: August 18, 2014, 01:39:02 PM »
This website has truly jumped the shark.

You mean the shark-nado;D

Canon General / Re: A Rundown of EOS 7D Mark II Information
« on: August 15, 2014, 09:56:11 AM »
Since we are all having fun predicting...

7D should be less expensive than a 1D BUT - Canon has become greedy the last couple years and they are playing this launch a lot like Apple.  They are trying to get the market in a frenzy by holding back info and tempting everyone with small tidbits of data.  So it will be expensive I'm afraid.  I predict $2799 to $2999.  Half the the price of the 1DX and close but not above the 5D3.  I would love it to be less but from what they are saying, it won't be.  And people will still buy it, esp if it actually works and lives up to the hype by 80% or more.  (Like the 5D3 did.)

I've decided that while WiFi (bigger loss) and Touchscreen would be missed, it wouldn't kill it for me.  But without those, I think Canon should be careful how close to the moon they make the price.

If it has no pop-up flash with a 1D type metal top (meaning no GPS either, sorry) then again, they better not kill us with the price.  I also want RT flash control built in, esp if there is no pop up flash.  It's about time this feature is built-in on every camera Canon makes.

With cinema being such a big deal lately at Canon, I think the 7D2 will be a video powerhouse which will likely make it very expensive, maybe even above $3000.  Which will likely put me out of the running since all I want are the specs we've heard so far, faster fps, solid build and spectacular sensor. 

If the camera magically comes in under $2500, I'll buy it soon.  If not, I'll probably just get a 70D and wait a year or more unless the X-mas deals are incredible.

Software & Accessories / Re: Aluminum vs. Carbon Fiber?
« on: August 14, 2014, 08:13:09 PM »
I would go with aluminum because it costs less and isn't that big of a difference in weight.  You should minimize the initial investment because once you have it, it will probably just sit in a closet anyway.   :D

Software & Accessories / Re: Asus or BenQ
« on: August 13, 2014, 03:52:14 PM »
I haven't seen that particular model from BenQ, but I have a hard time connecting that brand with quality, and reliability. Asus has become better over the years, so I would say that is a safer bet for your money.
BTW have you considered DELL's U2713? It should set you back roughly the same amount of dollars.

Edit: I have the DELL U2713HM (cheaper), which is a slightly older version than U2713H (not so cheap).

I would pick the DELL U2713 models over ASUS or BenQ but the DELL U2711 has a wider color gamut and better AG coating.  And since it's older, it might be less expensive too.

Software & Accessories / Re: Asus or BenQ
« on: August 13, 2014, 12:19:58 PM »
As an IT guy, I've seen ASUS grow as a company and appears to be shooting for Samsung level status.  Benq is a smaller company.  Benq monitors over the years have been value based choices to save money.  That's my opinion and I'm sure Benq makes great monitors that cost more.  But keep in mind that ASUS and Benq are not necessarily shooting for the stars in the photography / graphics design market.  They are shooting for the mass market and the gamers.  They are making monitors that scream fast refresh rates.

While the statement above says nothing about the actual quality of the particular models you are considering, if you are dead set on buying from those brand names, I would go with ASUS.  ASUS has a pretty good reputation in the market for most of their products including LCDs.

Of course, for a high end graphics quality display like you are shopping for, I wouldn't consider either company.  I would stick with the higher end products.  HP, DELL, EIZO, NEC, etc.  One way to get a high quality display without breaking the bank is to buy a refurbished (or not) DELL U2410 IPS display.  It's a bit older but it's a very well respected display that can be obtained for around $200 - $300 now.  When you get it, you'll understand what a true quality display is.  It was about $1200 back when it came out in 2009.  The newer version of it is the U2711 which is around $500 - $700.

Most of the web comparisons are biased but here is a decent list of better options.

381 does it all for you

Do you use animoto?  It looks pretty interesting.  I'm wondering if it would be a good fit for our scout troop (non-profit) for the scouts to use to create videos.

FYI - Hillsilly has touched on a topic I've been meaning to pose for quite a while so I started a similar thread asking about Software, Tips and where to get MUSIC which is always my biggest challenge.

Hopefully the replies to both this thread and the one I just started will help the OP and everyone else.   :)

Another thread just popped up asking about slideshow software.  This reminded me that I've been meaning to ask the CR community...

-  Favorite Authoring Software?  (ProShow, PicturesToExe, etc),
-  Tips on making a great slideshow and most important...
HOW/WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR MUSIC?  The music part has always been my biggest challenge.  I am usually interested in fast paced rock/pop music because my slideshows are about youth summer camps, etc and need to convey energy, fun and excitement.

I use ProShow Gold & Producer and I want to give PicturesToExe another try sometime when I have the time.  Any other winners out there?

Personally if someone showed up and wanted to run an executable on my computer, they'd be shown the door.  That said if your clients are ok with the idea go for it, but I'd make sure first.


Please understand that the exe in this case is just a package.  It's not installing software, it simply launches the slideshow.  I understand your point however and running executables from outside should always be a red flag action.

FWIW, an exe is how I run my slideshows as well.  I create the exe in the best quality format, copy to the desktop of the presentation computer from a usb stick and I run it from the internal drive of the presentation computer (NOT from the USB stick).  If you create a playable DVD, the pictures are converted and lose a lot of resolution.  Yuck!

ProShow is nice, but tends to crash (when preparing slideshow). Also if you create too big slideshow (too many photos / too large files), you won't be able to open your presentation project file. Maybe they fixed some of these bugs, I haven't used it for past year.

I use ProShow about 3 or 4 times a year for rather large (200+) slideshows and I haven't had the issues you mention about locking up, etc in years.  It is a newer version though.  That said, I don't consider myself a slideshow master regardless of how many shows I've done and I agree with the previous posts, ProShow and P2E are excellent.  I gave up on all the others that I tried or used before such as PowerPoint.

Keep in mind however, most software I've ever used that is media or photo related tends to be flaky and unstable by nature.  (This includes all Adobe, Powerpoint, etc.)  They are all very sensitive to memory issues, etc.  Having a clean stable OS with no driver problems, plenty of RAM and frequent reboots tends to help.  This includes macs.  I actually had more 'spinning pinwheels' when I had my mac years ago than I have now with Windows 7 on an i7.

EOS Bodies / Re: A Bit of EOS 7D Replacement Info [CR2]
« on: August 12, 2014, 09:29:06 AM »
Another pet peeve about the 5D3, they put a slow-ass SD slot in it instead of UHS-1 like they did for the 6D even though the technology was available and mature.  And when you have media in the SD slot, it slows the much faster CF rate down to a crawl.  Totally ridiculous!  Grrrr.

Haven't had that problem - under what circumstances does the CF card slow down when there's an SD card in the camera?

I boot Magic Lantern off an SD card; but write all images to the CF card.


There were quite a few write ups about it after the 5D3 came out but here is one that covers it well enough.  In your case, perhaps if you have the camera configured to NOT write images to the SD card, it doesn't degrade the speed of the CF.

EOS Bodies / Re: A Bit of EOS 7D Replacement Info [CR2]
« on: August 12, 2014, 09:22:43 AM »
Touch screen? Now that would be an unfortunate omission. The beautifully evolved touch screen on my little travel camera, the 100D/SL1 woke me up to the power and practicality of a good touch screen. My go-to video camera, the 100% awesome Panasonic GH4 uses a touch screen that has forever changed the way I work (with video).

I thought a touch screen on my DSLR would be a waste of time.  Then I used it on the SL1 this summer and while it's not a revolutionary game changer for me, it's a nice feature I found myself using more and more, esp when viewing photos on the screen with others.  Zooming in and moving the picture around while zoomed is a HUGE time saver with a touch screen.  I'm glad the implementation was done well.

I found it useful enough that I would rather have it than not have it.  Oh and BTW, I had a touch screen protective layer on my SL1 and the touch screen still worked fine.   :)

EOS Bodies / Re: A Bit of EOS 7D Replacement Info [CR2]
« on: August 11, 2014, 07:12:17 PM »
If the 7D ends up with more than 24MP and the next 5D is also high MP then it'll be a really tough choice. If they're both low MP... I don't like thinking about that option.

I really wish everything had Wifi (and hopefully a built in flash RT commander).

After experiencing Canon's lack of vision in exploiting the potential of WiFi, I would much, much, much rather they include a built-in flash RT commander like the SHOULD HAVE DONE WITH THE 6D.  Heck, for that matter, they should have done it with the 5D3.  It's not like the flash RT designs weren't already in the pipe when the 5D3 was being finished.

Another pet peeve about the 5D3, they put a slow-ass SD slot in it instead of UHS-1 like they did for the 6D even though the technology was available and mature.  And when you have media in the SD slot, it slows the much faster CF rate down to a crawl.  Totally ridiculous!  Grrrr.

EOS Bodies / Re: A Bit of EOS 7D Replacement Info [CR2]
« on: August 11, 2014, 04:55:55 PM »
Yep Famateur, you pretty much nailed it.  I thought later that my post could have been interpreted as negative but it's actually neutral.  It's just a fact and you elaborated on that fact well.

That being said, there are some things that really irritate me, like the 5D3 not having a removable focus screen.  6D and 1DX do, but the 5D3 doesn't.  Same with Canon not having built-in intervalometers.  There's actually quite a list of things that Canon does (or omits) that don't really affect profit either way but yet they do it anyway.  It's very frustrating when good money is spent on a high dollar camera that isn't entry level.

EOS Bodies / Re: A Bit of EOS 7D Replacement Info [CR2]
« on: August 11, 2014, 03:47:41 PM »
what has wifi to do with higher megapixels and framerate?

give it 802.11ac.  :)

If WiFi means polycarbonate top plate like 6D, they probably sacrificed it for the sake of ultimate build. Also, if you would ever need WiFi, you can always buy Canon WiFi module (for extraorbitant price that is :P).

There is NO technical reason to not include WiFi, regardless of toughness or type of material.  You can put WiFi in anything.  This is purely a question of how to manipulate the market and target user to get maximum profit.  That's what it's ALWAYS ABOUT.  Anyone who thinks that Canon is sweating the small stuff because they love photographers and care about building a perfect camera to help photographers be more creative is being naive.

It's ALWAYS ABOUT THE MONEY, it always has been and it always will be!

The bottom line is that Canon would rather charge $4000 for a body (that might be a 1D class build) without WiFi and another $600 for the WiFi module for all those professionals out there that absolutely must have it at any price.  (Sorry for the snark but it irritates me that Canon often chooses the ultra-expensive route.)  Me, I'll use the Eye-Fi card unless Canon does something to sabotage that idea like they have done recently with firmware updates to stop 3rd party batteries.  (Don't get me started!  >:( )

I predict I'll be getting a 70D soon.  I just need a better sensor and frame rate than my 60D.  I don't need a 1D wanna-be body with a price to match.

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