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Lenses / Re: How to clean lenses ?
« on: August 22, 2013, 06:08:44 PM »
Rocket Blower + Lenspen are an awesome combo. I use the blower to remove dust, the brush on the pen to get anything else off and the pens' carbon dust to clean the lens.

exactly what i do. it's the best solution in my mind.
i have the kit of three lenspens. normal lens one, filter one and small viewfinder one.
vital to use rocket blower first to avoid rubbing small damaging particles of stuff around with the lens pen. as long as you make sure you do this the lenspens are perfect.

Software & Accessories / Re: B+W Filter - No Green Hologram
« on: August 22, 2013, 07:51:24 AM »
I wonder if they changed it because they discovered the B+W green ones were being counterfeited (on counterfeit filters)?  Hope not.

More likely, Schneider just wants to promote the overall brand.  For those who don't know, they've got a large selection of rectangular Schott glass grad ND filters they sell in their MPTV line.

I think your first guess is actually the correct one.
Here's the wording from the doc:

"In order to ensure maximum safety from product fakes of B+W filters to the end user and the photo trade the function of the previous safety label was extended.

The hologram label itself is secure against manipulations. An unnoticed removing or reapplying is not possible. The adhesion as well as the structure of the material are done in a way that the label is self-destructive when trying to remove it. The safety color is located between two material layers. Consequently, a separation effect occurs and a manipulation is immediately apparent. Furthermore, the numeric coding is also placed securely between the material layers.

Furthermore, it is planned to enable the enduser to check the authentication via an online platform."

Plus this bit written next to a picture of the new hologram label:

"The new safety hologram with a size of 10 x15mm with glittering safety color similar to a banknote are positioned on the side of the B+W filter box. Depending on the viewing angle the color is changing, and the authentication number is clearly evident."

Software & Accessories / Re: B+W Filter - No Green Hologram
« on: August 22, 2013, 06:42:09 AM »
OK I got an email back from Schneider/B+W. Everythings cool 8)

They confirmed that they've recently changed the hologram from the square green one to this new silver one on the side of their boxes. They even attached a PDF doc explaining the change and new hologram spec. Looks like they have plans to at some point make the characters that show on the lower part of it to be traceable online to confirm authenticity.

Anyway there you go. Hopefully this thread and info will help others out who have the same concerns as I did.

Software & Accessories / Re: B+W Filter - No Green Hologram
« on: August 21, 2013, 03:12:56 PM »
now I'm home from work I've managed to check the filter out more and all seems good as per normal B+W quality. I've fitted it to my new 70-200 f/2.8L IS II lens. I've got an 82mm version of the nano xs-pro mounted to my 24-70 f/2.8L II as well. Really great low profile filters with front threads. Very easy to clean too. Will probably make them my default filter for new lenses. If I wasn't so fearful of damaging my front elements I'd of course prefer to go filter-less. Nice to have the extra 'sealing' on the front of these L lenses too.

Software & Accessories / Re: B+W Filter - No Green Hologram
« on: August 21, 2013, 01:50:50 PM »
I got it from Amazon France but it was imported from Germany.


was it actually Amazon selling it or a Amazon Marketplace seller?

Software & Accessories / Re: B+W Filter - No Green Hologram
« on: August 21, 2013, 01:24:58 PM »
I've received my new 82mm MRC Nano XS-PRO UV Filter yesterday and the box has the Schneider Kreuznach hologram too :

ah yep that's the same as mine.
oh well I guess this must just be a slight change in packaging/hologram then.
put my mind more at rest now. thanks.
where did you get your filter from out of interest?

Software & Accessories / Re: B+W Filter - No Green Hologram
« on: August 21, 2013, 10:56:52 AM »
I would email Schneider/B+W. I vaguely remember that they had some information about the holograms on their web site.

yeah i've emailed them through the Schneider Kreuznach website. I'm in the UK and the UK site for B+W (www.bpluswfilters.co.uk) has changed now as a new distributor has been chosen in the UK so it just points to the distributors site.

Software & Accessories / Re: B+W Filter - No Green Hologram
« on: August 21, 2013, 09:12:28 AM »
The name Schneider says it all, I wouldn't be concerned.  Enjoy your filter.

blimey if it was that simple it'd make the job rather easy to counterfeit these filters  :o

Software & Accessories / Re: B+W Filter - No Green Hologram
« on: August 21, 2013, 07:23:59 AM »
I got one sold by Amazon US that has no hologram too.
But I used B+W before and you cannot fake the quality.
So I think as long as you find its quality, keep it.

interesting. did the box have a silver logo on the side like mine or just no hologram at all?

Software & Accessories / Re: B+W Filter - No Green Hologram
« on: August 21, 2013, 07:06:51 AM »
Did you order it from a reputable dealer?

I got it from Fotosense here in the UK. Not used them before myself but I believe they are ok.
Maybe B+W have started to use a new hologram(?) not seen any mention of this anywhere though.

Software & Accessories / B+W Filter - No Green Hologram
« on: August 21, 2013, 05:10:48 AM »
I've just received a new 77mm MRC Nano XS-PRO UV Filter and the box doesn't have the usual B+W/Genuine Product green hologram. Instead it has a silver hologram on the left side of the box which says Schneider Kreuznach on it and underneath that it says 9FFQ3T.

Should I be concerned?  :-\ I know Schneider is B+W but all my other filters have the green B+W hologram and I haven't seen anything online about this changing. It might be my imagination but the black box doesn't look quite so black as well...but I'm at work at the moment so can't check if this is the same as my other XS-PRO ones. The filter itself seems to look about right.

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: August 17, 2013, 01:15:29 PM »
Yay!..just upgraded my 70-200 f/4 IS to the 70-200 f/2.8L IS II today!  ;D
Been lusting after it for a while. Nothing wrong at all with the f/4 IS, in fact IQ is pretty close but I just really wanted to have the f2.8 for the obvious reasons. Perfectly compliments my 24-70 f/2.8L II too.
Lovely to have that nice bright view through the viewfinder too, something I always missed with the f/4.
Boy is it heavy though  :o I knew it would be of course but still made my eyes widen when I first picked it up and attached it to my 5D MK III. I'm sure I'll get used to it soon. If I didn't need the money I'd probably keep the f/4 IS lens for those times when I need to 'go light'. But alas I need to sell it to help towards paying off my new lens.

I got it here in the UK with £200 cashback from Canons latest promotion thats now running.

Hi I wonder if anyone can help with this strange 'bug'?

I have Lightroom 4 which is showing as version 4.4 with Camera Raw 7.4.
I've created some external editor presets depending on the type of file I want to 'Edit In' to Photoshop.
They are all basically set to PSD's, 16bit, 300ppi and then either color space set to ProPhoto RGB (lightroom default), AdobeRGB (1998) or sRGB.

When I Edit In a lightroom adjusted raw file (CR2) to Photoshop using my Presets that I've mentioned above all work correctly and open up the file with the correct settings and color space EXCEPT the preset that is set to open as color space sRGB. This instead opens to AdobeRGB  :o

Now I've actually got a little further with this problem in that I've worked out that it seems to because of the Workflow options in the Camera Raw version of my Photoshop CS6 which happens to be version 8.1.
So If I open a CR2 file straight from Photoshop it pops up the Camera Raw window and at the bottom where it shows the workflow settings if I click on that and change it to sRGB for the color space if I then go back to lightroom and Edit In a file to Photoshop with my sRGB preset it now works and opens up with the sRGB color space.

Anyone know why this is happening? I wouldn't have thought that the Workflow settings in Camera Raw of Photoshop would have any influence on my Edit In preset settings in lightroom.

This hasn't always happened as far as I'm aware. Maybe it's started from an update to Photoshop and its Camera Raw version ??

Anyone shed any light on this for me?
Your comment about sending a edited CR2 file from Lightroom to Photoshop doesn't seem correct to me.
As far as I am aware, you cannot edit a RAW CR2 image in Lightroom.  Lightroom saves edit settings in a database. And renders a copy in a different format for various uses. 
If you want to move a edited image from Lightroom to Photoshop, it is done by:
1. Rendering a modified Lightroom copy in tif/psd format for Photoshop to edit.
2.  Rendering a unedited copy in tif/psd format for Photoshop to edit
Opening  the original CR2 file in Photoshop where it will take on your Photoshop presets. 
You make the choice when you select "edit in Photoshop" from Lightroom.
So, if you are using the third option and asking to edit the unchanged CR2 file in Photoshop, your Photoshop settings will be applied, since there is nothing from Lightroom in the CR2 file.
The premise of Lightroom is to NEVER change a raw file.
Assuming you know all the above, and have selected to edit a copy in PSD format in Photoshop using sRGB, I gather that Photoshop is overriding the color space.  There is a check box in the preferences "Prefer Adobe Camera Raw for Supported Raw Files"  that might cause Camera Raw to override and settings from Lightroom.

yep you've missunderstood me...or maybe I should have been clearer.
i mean when I've made the adjustments in LR and then Edit In to photoshop with one of my Presets as I explained above...settings being PSD, 16 bit, 300ppi and then a colour space....sRGB for example being the one that gets lost/overridden as LR passes the copy and opens it as PSD in photoshop.

if you look at the link I put in my previous post above it explains it well from someone else who has identified the issue. i've also got Julieanne Kost on the case too. She's passed it on to the Adobe Internal Tech team.

i've already tried turning "Prefer Adobe Camera Raw for Supported Raw Files" option off and it makes no difference. thanks though.

Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 5
« on: August 10, 2013, 05:03:24 PM »

great, thanks for that info.
when you uninstall the old version (4.4 in my case) do you have to manually delete the old catalog and previews then or does it ask to do this when uninstalling?

Why delete your old catalog when you can open it in LR5 and not lose all the work you've done?  You might get prompted about updating process versions but that is easy enough to cope with if you feel the need to rework existing images.


i'm talking about deleting your old LR4 catalog only once LR5 upgrades your old catalog in to its own new one. so you'll lose no work. at which point you can then get rid of LR4 and work solely in LR5. if that be your desire.

Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 5
« on: August 09, 2013, 09:17:25 AM »
anyone able to explain why LR5 installs seperately from LR4?
Have all the new versions of LR done this? I've only used LR4 and still am. Not moved to 5 yet.

I've been using LR since v1, and all major version upgrades (2,3,4,...) have installed separately, and copied and upgraded the catalog from the previous version. When upgrading the catalog, though, the "process version" is not changed so your adjustments and sliders stay put so and don't need to rework all your images unless you want to take advantage of the new controls.

The upside of this is that you can keep working with the old while getting used to the new, as long as you realize you're working with two independent catalogs when it comes to importing new images. You can then uninstall the old version and delete the catalog and previews when you're ready to move on.

great, thanks for that info.
when you uninstall the old version (4.4 in my case) do you have to manually delete the old catalog and previews then or does it ask to do this when uninstalling?

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