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Canon General / Re: Best Backup Strategy?
« on: May 01, 2014, 04:20:30 AM »
I do a serial back-up, always keeping at least 2 copies...

1) I put the images onto my Mac Book Pro HDD, and leave them on the memory card.
2) I put a copy on my network HDD (2TB time capsule;TC). I have 1 TB dedicated to photos. As soon as I do this, i format my CF/SD card and put it back in my card wallet.
3) I transfer the folder to an external 2TB drive (USB 3). I make sure this drive is up-to-date about once a month. At this point, I can free up some room on my MBP HDD (I usually have 150-200 gb dedicated to images on my laptop), having access to the files on the time capsule (TC).
4) When my TC is getting close to, or over the 1TB i want to use for photos on it, I move the older images over to my long term storage, a 2TB USB2 drive...  it is slow, but works great for long term back up.

So, New images I have access to on my MBP for quick easy processing. Images taken in the last ~6 months I have network access to though my TC. All images are backed up on both 2TB external drives, one USB3 for working with and regular back-ups, and one USB2 for long term storage/back-up.

Old photos have 2x redundancy, some of the newer ones have 3x redundancy.

I use one lightroom catalog, and can easily re-locate the masters....  Also, the fact i have previews for most of my images on my MBP, it is easy for me to find and look at old images without having to plus in the external drive.

I will eventually need to get 2 more external drives, as my library gets larger...  I think i am in the 1.7 TB range now. But I am gunning less these days and shooting more (less quantity, more quality, well that's the idea anyway). Then I will have two HDD for dates xx/xx/xx to yy/yy/yy (A and B i guess), and two new ones for the later images. It is not too much hassel. Just every now and again, i up-date the back-ups.  As long as i have at least 2 copies i'm good! :)

I'm not sure if this is the best way, but it works for me, and I have my routine...  :)

Actually... I don't care about 50L v 50 art as much as I care about 50 art v 85L mkii.

So if anyone wants to compare those...

Sounds like apple Vs orange

Orange of course! :P

Lenses / Re: Tamron 150-600 mm with 5dIII: Menu setting critical
« on: April 30, 2014, 07:11:53 AM »
Just received my Tamron 150-600 mm. To my vast disappointment, it would not focus beyond 300 mm unless I manually brought it close to focus.  :(  However, on a whim, I found that under the 5DIII AF menu, "Lens drive when AF impossible" was "OFF". When I turned it "ON", the lens focused just fine! So, save yourself some aggravation and change your settings before you dump the lens in the box and return it!!  :)

Thanks, very useful note...  i guess this is why we should all read the manuals for our cameras! :)


Are here any practical Infos about the lower Distance Sharpness Problem of the 24-70 1:4L IS ?

I am not shure - do i need an 24-70 or not  :o .

I´ve testet the 24-70 2.8L II from a Friend - very nice  ;D - but i would like an IS !

actually : 17-40 4L - 50 1.4 - and 70-200 4L IS

i realy like UWW - so an 12-24 would be a Dream  :P .

Have a nice Day !


I still like my 24-105L....  I see the advantage of the 24-70 f/2.8 II, but if it was a toss up between the 24-70 f/4 and 24-105 f/4, i would go for the latter. Cheaper and longer...  but the spare cash towards something else! :) Just to add confusion already! :P

looks awesome! I've not plucked up the courage to install it on my 5D III....  :/

Software & Accessories / Re: The best tripod ...
« on: April 29, 2014, 11:47:03 AM »
For tripods stability, portability (size&weight), cost and capacity are the main factors to consider and generally you should find you own balance.

I use Sirui T-2005x or T-005x (for APS-C cameras/small lenses) for travel; and Manfrotto 055XB for general use.

For the  tripod heads, I have used both ball head and geared types. Ball heads allow faster positioning but if you are into high-precision positioning (like in the case of macro-photography) you should consider geared heads like:

- Manfrotto: 410 or 405 (I personally use 410 and very happy with it.
- Manfrotto: XPRO-3 (not a real geared head but friction controlled)

I find the quick release of Manfrotto more practical (spesifically faster) than the Arca-Swiss types. Just my 2 cents.

Do you know Berlebach, a german manufacturer of wooden tripods (which is a great and traditional material for tripods since it dampens vibrations very well):


I have the precursor of this one: http://www.berlebach.de/?bereich=details&id=265&sprache=english since years and I am very satisfied.

they look interesting indeed! :) thanks for sharing!

Lenses / Re: Bought the 300mm 2.8 ii and think its huge
« on: April 27, 2014, 12:53:09 PM »
I would love this lens!!!! Though it is a big investment, and from what i hear, a gateway lens for it's bigger brothers!

Lenses / Re: What is the perfect lens for street photography?
« on: April 27, 2014, 12:44:40 PM »
Oooops, I forgot shooting mode and focusing...

I used 1 point expanded autofocus and f1.4-5.6...  aperture depends on the dof i want...  I like wide open though!  ;D

Lenses / Re: A lightwight wildlife lens
« on: April 26, 2014, 12:33:10 PM »
Great,  thanks for the advice...  :)

Lenses / Re: What is the perfect lens for street photography?
« on: April 26, 2014, 03:53:25 AM »
For me, it is wider...  I love my 24L on my 5D mkIII...  I like to get up-close and personal...  :)

Most of these shots are with that combo:

Again, I don't worry about focusing so much, as it is wide the dof is always large enough to get it roughly right! :) Also i feel street photography is not a clinical photography, sometimes the imperfections is what makes the image so enticing...  just my opinion!

On the other hand...  my wife love her 40mm pancake on her 100D! Small and less obtrusive! :)

Lenses / Re: A lightwight wildlife lens
« on: April 26, 2014, 03:47:37 AM »
Thanks...  I had forgotten about that gem!

I will have to take her round a few shops and let her feel them.... 

Lenses / A lightwight wildlife lens
« on: April 26, 2014, 02:58:44 AM »
Hi all,

My wife and I go on wildlife safari a lot, and until now she has been using my 24-105 on her 100D...  she wants a longer lens, but does not want anything too big or heavy, but good IQ (not a big ask eh?)...

I initially thought of the 300 f/4L IS, but it heavier than I thought...  then i thought about the 70-200 F/4L IS...  200 being 320mm on her crop body. It is lighter and smaller...  it also works well with the 1.4x tc.

Any other thoughts/ideas/suggestions?

I already have the 70-200 2.8 IS II, but my wife finds that too heavy and uncomfortable. Unfortunately (?) she has become accustomed to good glass and I am in no position to argue about how much we should spend on it.

Canon General / Re: $10,000
« on: April 25, 2014, 01:56:17 PM »
I guess if I had nothing I would get:

5d III
24-70 II
70-200 II

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D X Troubles (not funny)
« on: April 25, 2014, 02:26:45 AM »

Good one! :)

Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« on: April 14, 2014, 01:55:55 AM »
Nice review, I was interested to see how it did...

I'm still rocking my 50 1.8, and have been in the market for a new lens, but am in no rush and will wait to see what problems arise from it! ;)

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