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EOS Bodies / Re: A Bit of EOS 7D Replacement Info [CR2]
« on: August 11, 2014, 03:38:25 PM »
Having recently bought a 12mp G1X with Wi-Fi, its a klutz.  Canon should leave off Wi-Fi until they can get it right.

Canon Wi-Fi requires that the Canon site be up and working just to do a direct transfer to your computer.  Their iMAGE site has been repeatedly down, last weekend until Thursday I was not able to use my Wi-?Fi to transfer images.  It took me until Friday to get it to work again, I had to re-register with the site because they changed the login, then erase all my wifi settings from the camera, then reload the 230 MB files and go thru the setup process again, which is slow and goofy.  Now its working again, but for how long??

In the meantime, I bought a eye-Fi card and put it in my 5D3.  Easy setup, and it works great.  Then I popped it in my 1GX just to see what happens, and it works with no setup to card or camera.

I'd much prefer it to the Goofy Canon WiFi which is unreliable.

Gotta say I agree.  I have the 6D, I'm an IT guy.  I have a lot of experience with lots of WiFi.  The 6D has pretty bare minimum functionality and it's difficult to work with on the camera.  I guess they decide on some features last minute from the marketing dept and then barely even test/use them.  That's what it feels like sometimes, anyway.   :o

My experience as well.  But I will add that the 70D is a significant step up in IQ over the 7D.

Which is why my 60D (same sensor as the 7D) doesn't see much use any more for swimming pictures after I got my 5D3.  And why I've decided to not buy a less expensive 7D now even though it's a great camera.  I'm going to wait to see what the 7D2 has to offer and how stupid the price is.  Then I'll probably just get a 70D anyway.   :P

I think there are valid points to using APS-C for small birds in daylight or prime lighting conditions. But for me, the true test of a camera is how it does in unfavorable conditions. The FF will perform admirably in these lowlight periods and capture moments in relatively clean detail.

I gots to say, this has been my experience as well which is why my FF bodies get 90% use while the 60D stays home now.  But I would LOVE it if the 7D2 sensor is so good that this becomes a moot point.  LOVE it.

Wow!  I just want to say that my inner engineer geek and photographer geek are really having a blast reading this thread!  I know enough to follow the concepts but I also know when my understanding isn't solid yet.  When I have more time I'm going to read it through at least once or twice more!  This thread is why I stick with the CR forum!  The in-depth information I'm seeing and back & forth discussion are riveting.

Thanks so much for putting so much effort and time into this (and many other threads).  I'm sure some are reading this and saying, "Who Cares?" but not me.  I'm seriously geeking out here.   :P

My comments on the thread so far are...

-  While I understand what neuro and jrista are saying about DR, I agree with MichaelHodges in that DR carries more significance.  At least for me it does for some of the same reasons he states.  I bristled a bit when I read jrista's DR opinions.  Of course, I'm not shooting wildlife as often as I'm shooting boy life (scouts running around, etc) but the same factors apply, except I probably won't be killed!

-  I've read things in the past about lens resolution vs. sensor resolution and while some of the discussions seemed to have a lot of evidence and facts to back up the theory, my gut has never believed it.  Good glass is good glass and if it was good enough to produce a beautiful image on film in the '90's, it should still be good enough to produce a beautiful image on a sensor in 2010.  The light, the glass and the sensor don't know when the lens was made, they just do their thing.  If the glass is clean, aligned correctly and focused properly, the image should be sharp.  If a newer technology lens uses better glass, coatings and IS so there is less light corruption then the picture should improve from those upgrades but not because the resolution of the sensor "matches" the resolution of the lens.  This idea has never sat well with me.

jrista, the techniques you are using on the the moon to get sharper images, etc are impressive.  I'm really enjoying reading about some of the tricks and gear you are using to do it.  I've always struggled with explaining to newbies why it is hard to photograph the moon with the gear they have when they can see the moon clearly with their eyes.  I've explained a lot of the obvious stuff but you take it to whole other level!  Wow!!

I think this thread has a lot of DR!   So much that my head is starting to hurt!  :D

Post Processing / Re: My Basic & Practical Back-Up Strategy
« on: August 09, 2014, 08:02:33 PM »
My mind is numb now. I am totally confused. Can someone please explain what's the difference between a backup and a clone? When I back up my laptop using time machine onto a external drive, the information on that drive is much smaller than what's on my laptop. Is the information compressed? Does it have everything? i.e if my laptop were to crash and loose everything, can a restore ALL information, pictures, documents from the backup?
Clone, to me sounds like an exact copy, is it uncompressed?
Is one better/safer as a backup than the other?

Good questions.  Lots of terminology that can sound confusing.

Forget terminology for a sec.  There are several ways to back up data.  In essence there are two methods - file based backups and image based backups.  An image based backup, whatever it's called, is typically a single compressed file that contains the entire drive including partition information, boot sector information, etc and can be used to recover a blank hard drive back to a bootable state.  File based backups usually only contain the files that the backup was configured to back up.  Often there are multiple versions of the file in case an older version is needed.  They are usually much smaller since they only contain chosen data files.  Another type of file backup is sync based backups like DropBox, etc.

I hope this helps clear things up a bit.  A 'clone' is usually an exact copy of something and often refers to a drive image that can be used to create a 'clone' (exact copy) of a drive that contains the entire operating system, etc.  Once the recovered drive is booted up, since it is an identical 'clone' of the original system, it will be just as it was at the time of the 'snapshot' 'cloning' of the drive.

It's important to understand how your backup works so you know what is protected, for how long and how to get it back if necessary.

Lastly, I think RAID Arrays may have been mentioned.  These are not backups, they are just more than one drive used to host a volume of data that acts like one logical drive but is actually made up of multiple physical drives in case one drive dies, the logical volume is maintained.  The data files are not protected from damage, only the existence of them is.  If one is corrupted or deleted, it's still gone unless it can be recovered from a backup.  That's why RAID isn't called backup, it's called Fault Tolerance.

I am returning my yoga 2 pro i7 for a i7 surface 3 pro. The lenovo is nice but the screen is too small for that resolution. Try to run a non scaling app and forget about it, doubt you could even click the menu's with a pen.
The screen on it is nice for me to look at, but reviews say its not so great of a screen for real work.
The surface pro 3 is way more expensive and probably a lot over expensive but its working great for me and I can use apps that dont scale well and still see them. I would get it over a mackbook air but even if I had a mackbook air I would run windows on it as i hate osX (I have a few macs but they run windows =) sacrilegious I know.

I agree.  I've set up several Yoga 2 Pros for clients but I decided to pass on it for the same reasons that you state.  A buddy got a Surface 3 Pro last week and I'm going to see how he likes it, etc.  Then I might get one later.  It looks promising.  The keyboard is better than I expected as well.

Software & Accessories / Re: Camera bag for camping
« on: August 09, 2014, 04:28:35 PM »
Nice list NancyP.  Good luck!  Keep us posted on what you discover.

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.

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