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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: T3i to 7dii or new lens
« on: December 03, 2014, 06:57:43 PM »
I am mostly a macro photographer but will become an occasional sports photographer for my son.  I really overlooked the 70D as an option.  Would this be enough since I am not spending all my time with action photography?  Also, the 70D lets me set some money aside for a possible future lens. Thanks for all the advice so far.

I used the 70D for sports myself.  It has decent AF and 7 fps.  Not to mention the extra reach of a crop sensor.  So yes, it is a great mid range sports camera.  But it also has advanced features like AFMA, superior Video AF, handy articulating screen and WiFi for remote control, etc.  Very versatile!  Eventually I will probably buy another one.   :)

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Lenses / Re: Lens Fungus - Advice Needed
« on: December 03, 2014, 03:48:58 PM »
LOL... Maybe get some kind of anti-fungus humidifier additive.  You know, sort of like spraying Lysol inside the lens but cleaner and more micronized.  I'm not endorsing doing it, I'm just thinking out loud...  ???

It wouldn't remove the fungus already there but it might stop it from getting worse or prevent the fungus from growing in all the other 'infected' lenses you shared with that promiscuous camera that's making the rounds on all your unsuspecting lenses!   ;D

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: T3i to 7dii or new lens
« on: December 03, 2014, 03:32:52 PM »
+1  -  Because I don't want to go against the flow here...

The advice above is great.  I would also prefer to upgrade the body and get a new lens.  More fun!  More toys!   :D

However, what about the 70D?  That is a GREAT mid range body and a good upgrade to the T3i too.

I just purchased a Canon Refurb 70D a few days ago during the Black Friday sales.  I'm selling it for $829 if you're interested.  Feel free to PM me if you like.  http://dallas.craigslist.org/mdf/pho/4786864945.html

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 5.7 - Is it working for you?
« on: December 03, 2014, 01:54:42 PM »
It's a bit sad that adobe only state that it corrects numerous "bugs introduced in earlier versions", but don't say which. Or do they in some place?

Adobe fixes much more than they state in the changelog, I guess only reported bugs from the public/forums make it into this list. Most prominently (and visibly) they keep changing the sdk and algorithm for auto-tone in each new minor LR revision.

And they BREAK much more than they state in the changelog!!  LOL!  Wait... that's not funny is it?   :o

So far however, the poll results look promising!!  No one has voted with a problem.  Yippee!   Hope I didn't jinx it!!  Fingers crossed...  :D

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 5.7 - Is it working for you?
« on: December 03, 2014, 01:53:03 PM »
I needed the upgrade for the 7DMkII raw files.   It works just as well as it did under 5.6.

Show-off!   ;D  Just kidding.  Same reason here, I needed 7D2 support.  Now we're both show-offs!  LOL!   :o

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 5.7 - Is it working for you?
« on: December 03, 2014, 01:51:21 PM »
One of the things that I noticed recently (with 5.6?, I'm not sure) was that after all these years the lens profiles finally started working correctly and changing automatically when the lens used changed on each image.

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Technical Support / Re: Optimal processing platform of still images
« on: December 03, 2014, 01:17:50 PM »
Most professional retouchers (people who do nothing but retouching for a living) use Apple Macs of one sort or another. The freelance retoucher/digital artist I use has an iMac. Another one I know, who works for a commercial photographer, uses a Mac Pro. Eizo monitors are common, but the freelancer I use works with the iMac's built-in, and I've never had a client or magazine complain.


Sorry c.d.embrey, but your statement above is analogous to saying that a carpenter does better work because he drives a Ford truck instead of a Chevy.  Or an import Toyota instead of a domestic Chrysler.  Or uses Makita power tools instead of Milwaukee.  I could go on and on...

Mr Geek, Lets start again from your original post.

Once again! Poor reading comprehension! My statement is analogous to saying that "All the carpenters that I KNOW (or know of) drive Ford trucks." It makes no value judgement about carpenters, based on the make of truck they drive. It says nothing about who makes the best truck, nor does it make disparaging remarks about Chevrolet, Dodge or Toyota trucks.

All the disparaging remarks have been made by you. And yes, you do go on-and-on :) Have a nice day.

Honestly, I'm just trying to help the OP.  I've not tried to be disparaging.  I simply used the truck analogy to make a point.  I didn't expect it to be over analyzed and I wasn't trying to offend.  I also haven't commented repeatedly on reading comprehension or other unrelated or unhelpful points.  Let's please just shake hands and let it go now.

And yes, I do tend to go on-and-on in an attempt to be thorough.  Sometimes to a fault.  Have a good day.   :)

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Software & Accessories / Re: advice asked on EOS for a microscope
« on: December 03, 2014, 12:53:11 PM »
Saw this... (They confirm EOS M is a disappointment for this.)
http://www.lmscope.com/produkt22/Canon_eos_m_en.shtml

Here is a link to an article saying that PhaseOne supports EOS M Tethering but I'm not sure how...
http://tethertalk.com/2013/01/14/tethering-canon-eos-6d-eos-m-with-capture-one-7-0-2/

And here is a link discussing how PhaseOne doesn't work...  :(
http://forum.otelescope.com/post/eos-m-how-has-capture-one-done-it-7132230

And here is a large list of software the supports tethering in general...
http://www.tethertools.com/plugging-in/software/

Magic Lantern might come to the rescue...
http://www.diyphotography.net/hackin-canon-eos-m-firmare-port-on-the-way-from-magic-lantern/

I could swear (because I like to swear) that I saw something on YouTube about tethering the EOS M.  Oh well.  Please keep us posted on what you discover.  This is something that everyone wants.  Good luck!


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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / MagMod - MagSphere looks interesting!
« on: December 03, 2014, 12:31:21 PM »
This looks interesting.  I took the plunge with a $79 pledge for one of each.  (I already own the basic MagMod kit.)

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/spencerboerup/magsphere-and-magbounce-flash-diffusers-by-magmod

I'm particularly interested in the sphere where they say it costs less than a stop of light power.  I already own/use the GF Sphere but it definitely cuts the light power more.

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Lenses / Re: Lens Fungus - Advice Needed
« on: December 03, 2014, 12:11:33 PM »
This is a post not about how to rid yourself of existing lens fungus, but more about why we still have the problem of lens fungus. 

With all of the advancements in anti-microbial materials and technology developed to maintain interior environments, why can't we (collectively) come up with some kind of insert that can go inside the body of the lens and outgas an anti-fungal or fungus-averse gas or otherwise make the interior of the lens body unfavorable for microbial development/colonization?  It seems like it should be possible - we have drop-in filters for some lenses, a very similar cartridge-type system could be employed, if the material was a consumable... otherwise things like Ag+ (silver ion) are commonly used in modern sports apparel/equipment to help mitigate some of the body odors caused by microbes.  Seems like it shouldn't be a big brainstorm/leap to incorporate similar technology into the lens body. 

The issue is that the lens body "breathes"... therefore you cannot realistically keep out both the spores and the food source/water that they need to continue propagation... at least not without significant filtering at the "breathing" points of the lens. 

Anyone out there with sound scientific reasoning why an antimicrobial treatment wouldn't work?

Oh, I'm overflowing with sound scientific reasoning!!   (At least to me anyway!)  :D

I'm with you mnclayshooter, and I agree.  How hard could it be to simply have a long lasting anti-microbial coating or something else to hamper the fungus long term?  It's not like these lenses are cheap.  A few more dollars for some kind of feature, whatever it has to be, to prevent fungus without affecting IQ would be welcome in my book.

One way might be to just make the lens out of pure silver.  There!  Done!  I wonder how that would affect the price and weight?   And would we have to send the lens in occasionally to have it polished?  ;D

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Technical Support / Re: Optimal processing platform of still images
« on: December 03, 2014, 12:02:26 PM »
This means, that you must have a OS, that is capable to adress more than 16GB RAM (Windows 8 64 bit or Wondows 7 64 bit Enterprise) and a Mainboard with 8 RAM-slots. Greetings Andy

You have a nice system there Andy.  However, the Enterprise version isn't necc for the RAM addressing, just 64 bit.  In fact, most consumers can't get the Enterprise version.  The Enterprise version of Windows is just the consumer Ultimate version but licensed for enterprise.  All versions of Windows work the same for home users.  Unless they need domain support, Home Premium is fine.  I prefer Pro because it does have better user tools and remote desktop support but otherwise, it doesn't matter.  I'm guessing that you might be an Action Pack subscriber if you're using Enterprise...  :D

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PowerShot / Re: Canon g7x and iPad Air
« on: December 03, 2014, 11:48:49 AM »
Unfortunately, I'm not an iPad owner so I can't actively diagnose the problem.  However, if it was me, I would try doing the same thing on another iPad to at least determine if the problem is just that iPad.  Depending on how the second iPad is set up, you could determine if it was the iOS version or something else.  Good luck!  Let us know what you discover or if you fix it.

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Lenses / Re: Lens Fungus - Advice Needed
« on: December 03, 2014, 11:31:35 AM »
Just make the lens storage container a few degrees warmer than the surrounding air to reduce the humidity.  Don't bake the stuff, just keep it a little warmer.  Desiccants are not zero maintenance, they can become saturated and must be "reset".

Are there suitable battery-operated solutions for that, or would AC power be required?   I store my gear in my walk-in closet (the 'his' of the his-and-hers pair in our bedroom).  There's space, but no outlets.  Desiccant cartridges don't need power in use, and while most the ones I use can be regenerated, they're basically disposable cartridges (desiccant in a Petri dish bottom with a mesh filter cover).  I'm in the cases frequently enough to check the indicator color.  In my largest case, I recently switched to an EvaDry 333, which can be regenerated by plugging it in overnight.

Everything I've ever seen has required power.  And like you, I'm into and move my stuff enough that this has never been a problem for me.  (Plus I live in North Texas which is more humid than West Texas where I used to live but not near as humid as some parts of the country that have bigger fungus problems.)

I think you've found a good compromise neuro.  I like it!  Assuming you have several of these plug-in desiccant units, I figure you simply swap them out on a regular basis.

Or, you could retrofit your pelican cases with pass through waterproof electrical connectors.  (Bit of work though...)
Ideas for the concept, not links to anything I've used myself...
http://www.fuertecases.com/wireseal_install.html  (A call to these guys might provide some ideas too.)
http://www.downwindmarine.com/Hella-Plugs-amp-Sockets-Plastic-Waterproof-p-91001847.html
http://sell.lulusoso.com/selling-leads/1601298/3pins-Power-Panel-Mount-Waterproof-Connector.html

This is an example of a simple Dehumidifier Rod used in gun safeshttp://www.amazon.com/Lockdown-Dehumidifier-Rod/dp/B00NW2Y914
A hole would need to be drilled unless you just wanted to have the cord hang out under the lid.  When I'm storing my stuff, I don't usually lock down the locks anyway.  (You don't want to hurt the seal material.)

In my large main safe, I have power and data network cable run into the safe.  I put a small NAS unit in the safe to hold image backups and data from all of our computers on the network.  This unit creates heat which keeps things warm in the safe, hence acts as a dehumidifier in the process.

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Software & Accessories / Lightroom 5.7 - Is it working for you?
« on: December 03, 2014, 10:48:54 AM »
Hi everyone,

As an IT guy, I look at software differently than end users.  While I am an end user, I am also sensitive to the way the software interacts with the system.  Like a car nut, I don't just care about how nice the paint job and interior are, I care about what's under the hood.

With that in mind, I never upgrade Adobe Lightroom (or any Adobe software) until it has been out at least a couple weeks or a month.  So I'm asking if anyone has had problems running version 5.7 on Windows 7 x64.

I created a poll above so others on the fence about updating might get an idea of what the outcome will be before they commit.

I also did a quick Google search about this and a new post has just appeared that echoes my thoughts and opinions about Adobe software in general.  I have thought that Adobe software, from an IT standpoint, sucks for many years.  A decade or more ago, Adobe was primarily a Apple software company.  Whatever they did to branch into Windows programming, they did wrong and they never changed.  Say what you want about Apple and Steve Jobs but I never faulted him for insisting that Adobe Flash would not be used in iOS.  That was a good call and a triumph for the closed system computer model of Apple.  Unfortunately, after all these years, the industry hasn't followed suit and we still have to deal with Adobe Flash, Shockwave, etc on every system.  What a nightmare.

Anyway, if you want to know more about this line of thinking on Adobe, read the article below.

https://photographylife.com/adobes-software-bloating-performance-issues-and-bugs

I just did a full image backup of my System Drive and Lightroom catalogs in preparation for the 5.7 update.  I would like to start processing my 7D-II RAW files.  I hope I don't regret the update!  I'll let you know soon.   ;)

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Lenses / Re: Lens Fungus - Advice Needed
« on: December 03, 2014, 10:10:24 AM »
One way to prevent the spread of fungi is to use ultra violet light "C". Filters are used to kill microbes in aquarium, with a lamp that emits UV light "C". But careful not to expose your skin or eyes in this light that damages the DNA of the cells is can cause cancer in the body parts that were exposed to this light.



Folks, again, it doesn't have to be complicated.  UV light can be hazardous and we aren't purifying water here.  Just make the lens storage container a few degrees warmer than the surrounding air to reduce the humidity.  Don't bake the stuff, just keep it a little warmer.  Desiccants are not zero maintenance, they can become saturated and must be "reset".  Or, move the equipment to a room that has a good AC unit that maintains a low enough humidity level.

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