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Technical Support / Re: Optimal processing platform of still images
« on: December 02, 2014, 10:57:03 AM »
......You can also get an M.2 SSD drive to mount directly to the motherboard ....
Well, thanks a pantload for that info Rusty, I was unaware of such things in the consumer market, though they were priced for enterprise use.
More shopping, mods, ick. Just when I was content with my build.
Hey Rusty! Any tips for easy migration to an M.2?

Sure, no problem!  The M.2 drives are SSD drives that are similar to mSATA in that they mount in a slot but M.2 is a newer design and much faster.  Why?  Because they are connected directly into the PCIe bus, not the SATA bus.  Check out this link... http://rog.asus.com/308552014/labels/guides/ssd-guide-pci-express-m-2-msata-and-sata-express-the-differences-explained/  Best part is that the M.2 drives aren't much different in price than other SSDs.  Sweet! 

You could use most any recent backup/hard drive program for migrating the OS.  Acronis, Paragon, Macrium, EaseUS, etc all have free versions or you could spend less than $50 and buy their advanced home offerings and then make a boot CD, boot from the CD and do the drive migration that way.  There are other free open source offerings available as well but they might be a little more difficult to use and not as polished.  If you are currently using a spinning HD and not a SSD, you should probably look at the Paragon Advanced product and make sure you get the SSD Migration piece because it will realign the sectors to work best on SSD.  Keep in mind that if you use an SSD, you NEVER WANT TO DEFRAGMENT.  All that does is prematurely wear out the chips with needless writes.  SSDs by their very nature/design cannot get fragmented like a spinning platter drive can.  Good luck!!

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In my camera club we call the green box "Bigfoot Mode".  When bigfoot walks across the road in front of you, bigfoot mode will get the shot regardless of your crazy settings.  Your kid's first step, people stealing stuff, Large ape like beasts at Walmart: bigfoot mode...

Love it!  I've never heard this before but it's cool.  Not bad advice.  Just no RAW in Bigfoot Mode.   :(

No Raw in Bigfoot Mode?  All my Canons are se to RAW + JPEG and it stays that way in bigfoot mode or any other.  What camera do you have?

Heck, I don't know.  Maybe I'm speaking out of my ass.   :o   I could have sworn when I went to choose RAW a few times in BigFoot Mode, it wasn't available (or the RAWs were missing on the card) but it was a long time ago.  Maybe different camera or I just didn't get it at the time.  Maybe once you choose it in the creative settings it stays.  Sorry, I don't have time to go look right now.  Thanks for the heads up!
Just now tried green box bigfoot mode on 6D, got a CR2 and a jpg.
Oddly, I shot one frame in GBBF, one in P, one in Av, file sizes were all similar.
File names of both CR2 and jpg of those shot in GBBF began with IMG, P and Av files began with _MG.

OK, good to know!  Thanks!  Um... I think the _MG means you have your camera set to a different color space than sRGB.  Like Adobe RGB perhaps.  I've never set that myself but I think I just read it in another thread here on CR so if you're not aware, you might want to check that.  And your test above may indicate that in GBBF mode, the camera always shoots in sRGB.  Hmmm...

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Lenses / 24-105L Lens and 5D3: New vs. Old - Think there is any difference?
« on: December 02, 2014, 10:21:51 AM »
So I purchased the 5D3 + 24-105L Kit for $2699 to sell for a little extra cash.  But since I already own both, I also thought it might be a good chance to refresh what I have with new and sell my used ones instead.  You know, sort of 'reset the clock' so to speak and have all new again for practically no cost.  But we all know what it's like to have something that is familiar/works fine and then replace it with a shiny new one only to find out we wish we had the first one back because the replacement has lower quality or issues that we didn't expect.

Question:  I have owned a 24-105L for about 4 years.  Anyone think that the newest ones coming off the line now might be any better or worse?  Subtle changes good or bad that have crept into the manufacturing process either by accident or on purpose?  Anyone ever notice a difference that has used an older one and a newer one?  (Roger Cicala, are you listening?)  I realize the lens is built to a specific design but I'm just curious if the manufacturing process has perhaps influenced the quality over the years with perhaps a newer/different factory, assembly line, better or worse QA tolerances, etc.

While we're at it, ditto I guess for the 5D3.  Hopefully you guys don't think this is stupid question.  Thanks.

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In my camera club we call the green box "Bigfoot Mode".  When bigfoot walks across the road in front of you, bigfoot mode will get the shot regardless of your crazy settings.  Your kid's first step, people stealing stuff, Large ape like beasts at Walmart: bigfoot mode...

Love it!  I've never heard this before but it's cool.  Not bad advice.  Just no RAW in Bigfoot Mode.   :(

No Raw in Bigfoot Mode?  All my Canons are se to RAW + JPEG and it stays that way in bigfoot mode or any other.  What camera do you have?

Heck, I don't know.  Maybe I'm speaking out of my ass.   :o   I could have sworn when I went to choose RAW a few times in BigFoot Mode, it wasn't available (or the RAWs were missing on the card) but it was a long time ago.  Maybe different camera or I just didn't get it at the time.  Maybe once you choose it in the creative settings it stays.  Sorry, I don't have time to go look right now.  Thanks for the heads up!

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Lenses / Re: Community thoughts on Canon 15mm f2.8 fisheye lens
« on: December 01, 2014, 11:59:27 PM »
Perfect. there it is five times! It did not show up in "preview".. Oh well, sorry for the redundancy!

I've never seen the images show up in the forum post preview.  No worries there.  All I know is that if the images exceed the size limit, the preview doesn't show up at all.  No errors, just no preview at all.

As for the images... well they look fine to me.  At least they look fine given the info you gave... 1/40 shutter at f/8, ISO 320 in falling/fairly dark dusk light.  Plus, you are likely shaking and the stadium you are sitting in is most definitely shaking whether you realize it or not.  You are literally bouncing up and down at least a fraction of an inch as the stadium is moving with all the shifting weight (people) around you.

I would have to see more images with preferably perfect exposure to give the lens the best chance.  Keep in mind that a FishEye lens is a pretty big compromise type of lens design.  It's designed for ultra width, not ideal and superior IQ.  That's why the 8-15L costs $1350 new compared to the (still a bit expensive) EF 15mm at around $500 - $600 used.  It's not the easiest lens in the world to make and get well aligned.  And frankly, I don't even know if you can AFMA it to your camera.  Anyone else know or has tried AFMA on a FishEye lens?

With all that said, the EF 15mm FishEye is usually known for being a pretty sharp and well reviewed lens.

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Thanks for all the comments so far.  Several points have been made that I am glad to hear.  I'm still watching comments and then I'll comment further.  Thanks everyone!!   :D

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I don't miss the f/2.8 UW so much. If I need fast and wide, the 24LII is where it's at and the f/4L has been so sharp and good. I'd keep the 24-70 and sell the 16-35 f/2.8

RLPhoto, you'd keep which 24-70?  f/2.8 or f/4 IS?  Thanks.  Yeah, the 24LII is sweet but I didn't use it enough so I sold it recently.  But it is definitely a sweet lens!!

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Basically, this is a question of whether or not to switch from f/2.8 to f/4 on these lenses.  And gain IS and fancy Macro with the 24-70 f/4 IS in the process.

I own the 24-70 f/2.8 vII and the older 16-35 f/2.8 vI (One of my favorite lenses.)
(BTW, I also own (as a side note) the 24-105 f/4 IS if it matters.)

I also now own a 24-70 f/4 IS and I'm about to own a 16-35 f/4 IS.  (Both purchased a great discounts to sell at a profit.)

I was considering selling my 24-70 f/2.8 vII since it's worth so much in comparison.  And I have read a lot of good reviews on the 16-35 f/4 lens.  (And honestly, I'm getting tired of waiting for a new version of the 16-35 f/2.8 lens.)

So what do you guys think I'll regret in losing the f/2.8 versions other than a stop of light and some loss of bokeh?  I know the 24-70 f/2.8 vII is a dynamite lens but even in low light the f/4 should work pretty well on my 5D3, 6D or 7D-II.  Esp with IS.  Right??  I'm just wondering going forward in 2015 and beyond if I will care about 2.8 or not as the sensor tech continues to improve.

Yes, I do indoor shooting.  No, I don't do much portrait work.  Mostly event photography and low to normal ambient event stuff.  Think wedding reception as a reference even though I don't do wedding receptions per se.  I also have a EF 28/1.8 for dark campfire shots, etc.

Thoughts?  Suggestions?  Regrets?

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Reviews / Re: Lens cap review: (Exploding) Hama 77mm lens caps
« on: December 01, 2014, 01:51:24 PM »
funny I just saw this. here is a link to Lenzbuddy for some new caps.  cyber Monday sale today too. I think you have to like them on facebook to get the discount. I really do like my caps. they are on the front page  :D

http://promo.lenzbuddy.com/facebook-cyber-monday/

Yes, those lens caps are very cool and functional.  Esp for a pro who wants to look organized for clients.  Essential for every OCD GAS individual out there!!   :D

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Technical Support / Re: Optimal processing platform of still images
« on: December 01, 2014, 01:18:42 PM »
Yeah, IMO the motherboard is the hardest part to research and decide on.  There are several good makers out there... ASUS, Tyan, MSI, Gigabyte, and of course Intel.  I went with the board I linked above because my son and I built him his first PC this summer and so I had a month of time with that motherboard and knew it was solid already. 

Another thing the OP should avoid... AMD.  Stick with Intel CPU and Chipset.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Samsung NX-1 Review
« on: December 01, 2014, 01:11:27 PM »
I have often wondered why DSLRs don't do sort of a compromise mirror function where during high fps mode (think 7D Mark II 10 fps) the camera doesn't just lock the mirror up for the second or two it takes to fire off 10-20 frames and then drop the mirror back down.  Seems silly to slap the mirror up and down 10 times a second when the viewfinder is less useful.  But I also get it and understand that a good photographer by habit can see and notice things as the viewfinder "refreshes" even though it's only a fraction of a second between frames.


Because losing a whole second or more of viewfinder time means your very likely to misframe your subject or even clip part of it out of the frame when tracking something moving. You would be surprised at how much we can see change in a fraction of a second.


That's the same reason the real-time view of an OPTICAL viewfinder is so desirable...you really FEEL the lag in an EVF when tracking a subject with continuous shooting. Until the lag time gets into the microseconds range, I personally don't think I could use an EVF for action shooting. It's one of the big things I'm curious about regarding the NX1. They claim 5ms lag, which is low...but, it's not real time, and I wonder how much I'll be able to "feel" that lag.

Totally agree jrista, just like I typically agree with almost all of your posts.  I guess I'm a fan, LOL!  Note that I did mention being able to still see what's going on during the fps action of the mirror.  However, for those times when silence is top priority, it would be nice to have this in an easier way to implement than LiveView.

I think the mirrorless design, in some form, will eventually become a standard in the industry.  And until Canon or Nikon do it in a big way, it will continue to be a niche market.  The pros won't waste time with small little wanna-be systems that can't match the full ecosystem that Canon and Nikon have offered for decades.

But the little niche systems will pave the way so to speak and flesh out the bigger obstacles and failures.  I think this is what Canon and Nikon are waiting for.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Samsung NX-1 Review
« on: December 01, 2014, 12:44:34 PM »
I agree with you AvTvM but I also agree with dgatwood.  His counter points were essentially what I was thinking as well as I read your original post.  I also think that in almost 2015, a slapping mirror is somewhat archaic but unfortunately it is still necessary until ALL of the technology improves (like the EVF, etc).

I have often wondered why DSLRs don't do sort of a compromise mirror function where during high fps mode (think 7D Mark II 10 fps) the camera doesn't just lock the mirror up for the second or two it takes to fire off 10-20 frames and then drop the mirror back down.  Seems silly to slap the mirror up and down 10 times a second when the viewfinder is less useful.  But I also get it and understand that a good photographer by habit can see and notice things as the viewfinder "refreshes" even though it's only a fraction of a second between frames.

At some point in the future however, we will all probably be commenting on how we used to use cameras that had "slapping mirrors".

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Technical Support / Re: Optimal processing platform of still images
« on: December 01, 2014, 11:42:29 AM »
Stick it in any decent motherboard that has at least a few USB 3.0 ports (makes transferring all those heavy raw files quicker).

This has been discussed several times before so be sure and do a search or two on the forum.  I agree with everything Coldhands said above with the exception of the motherboard.  The motherboard will determine whether the system is reliable and solid or flaky and maddening.  Without spending a lot of time debating/explaining the details, if you want to buy a solid motherboard, consider an ASUS motherboard.  I just updated/upgraded my photo PC and I used this board.  (ASUS MAXIMUS VII HERO LGA 1150 Intel Z97)  You can also get an M.2 SSD drive to mount directly to the motherboard and it will have better performance and let you use all your SATA ports for other drives.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813132125

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Lenses / Re: Community thoughts on Canon 15mm f2.8 fisheye lens
« on: December 01, 2014, 11:32:50 AM »
I have had this lens for years and I love it.  It's a blast to shoot.  I mostly use it to get lots of scouts in a frame in a small space.  Whatever I see in LR when I process the photos, I fix with Lens Corrections (CA, etc) or a slight crop (Edge Distortion, etc.).  Perhaps you should consider getting it checked out.  I've never used the Roki/Samy lens so I can't speak to that.

Here are some examples of what can be done with it for events, tight spaces, etc.

 Start with image 31...
 http://rustythegeek.zenfolio.com/alliance-hires

 Start with image 22...
 http://rustythegeek.zenfolio.com/nasa2012

 Start with image 177...
 http://rustythegeek.zenfolio.com/ussfortworth

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Lighting / Re: My DIY.= Make BETTER BEAMER = Better in longer distant
« on: December 01, 2014, 11:20:01 AM »
Great work surapon!  I love the DIY low tech method!  It's fun/relaxing to work with your hands to create something and then it feels very satisfying to know you saved a ton of money too!   :D

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