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Software & Accessories / Re: i folded and bought CC :(
« on: December 18, 2014, 02:56:20 PM »
I just had another thought. Though the only thing I know about MathWorks' subscription model is what has been revealed in this thread, it just occurred to me that allowing someone to continue using software that they once subscribed to has major pitfalls for the publisher. For instance, it wouldn't take long for people to figure out that they could game the system by subscribing for a single month, paying their $9.99, then canceling. They could then go on using two versions (both Ps and Lr) that they had just rented until such time that they wanted to "upgrade." They'd then resubscribe, get the newer versions, then cancel again. This tactic would cost Adobe millions.

Technically Mathworks and similar companies don't offer a subscription model, but rather a software maintenance service (SMS) model. They sell you a perpetual license to use the software for a sizable fee (similar to buying a new copy of PS or LR) that includes 1 year of free software maintenance, then prompt you to pay a much reduced fee (e.g. 20%) each year after that to renew your SMS. So it's like buying a full update every 5th year, but giving you all the updates in between and giving them a steady revenue stream. Lots of technical software I use works this way.

As said up the thread, the big benefit for users is that they can keep current on all the releases as long as they want, but stop paying at any time and just keep using their last version as long as their hardware supports it. They can restart their SMS later, but they effectively have to pay a catch-up fee equivalent to the time they skipped (or just buy a new full license with 1 year SMS if that's cheaper). So there's no way for the publisher to get screwed by people churning their subscription as you postulated.

Also, I'm not saying there are not people who benefit from the Adobe subscription model. As others have said, if you're a media professional who always has to stay up to date on versions, or if you're just starting out and haven't already bought these professional-grade software packages, it's a huge bargain. No doubt about that. It's those of us in between who have already invested in these tools and want a way to upgrade only if and when we really need to and have the means to, but want to have perpetual access to our catalogs and editing tools REGARDLESS of what Adobe does in the future, that have a problem with the CC model.

Business of Photography/Videography / Re: Update on SmugMug
« on: December 17, 2014, 04:34:20 PM »
I rate them as adequate. Biggest problem I have is the place seems to be run by children, very juvenile.

The latest problem is image view tracking. Used to be you could see all image views except yours. Now they've thrown your own views into the results and tout it as some kind of benefit. I think their intent is to move you to Google Analytics.

Still seems to be about as good as is available given the options.

I agree. I'm generally happy with their (updated) site building tools, LR plugin and image rendering, but I literally cringe every time I get one of their immature emails, like "Cha-ching! Who loves ya, baby?" when someone buys prints. "Smugmug Pro" is almost a contradiction in terms. They should call it "Smugmug Buds" or something. Sad.

A little surprising to me that manufacturers of these big teles don't provide an OEM A/S-compatible foot, or even groove standard feed and then include a flush-mounted tripod screw bushing to cover all bases. Seems like a disconnect there.

Anyway, I'm using a Markins PL-55 plate for my 100-400 mk1 and I like it a lot. It's tough, thin, just a bit longer than the tripod collar foot, and has a no-slip back lip. That plate is generic so would probably work for the mk2 as well.

Software & Accessories / Re: i folded and bought CC :(
« on: December 17, 2014, 10:26:07 AM »
and at least Adobe has offered their package at a reasonable price (finally !).

not if you do video work too

Once upon a time you used to be able to even do something like upgrade InDesign once every three gens and Premiere Pro package (including PS) once every three gens and then add in a stand alone PS upgrade along the way if needed. Or forget the InDesign and just upgrade PP every once in a while and PS extra as needed.

I believe that is the root of the problem they are trying to resolve.  It is that behavior that is driving all these guys to adopt the subscription model.

And with the rental model, you can pay them for years, thousands of dollars and then if you quit you have nothing, nada, to show for all that money spent. You don't get to keep anything even if you did it for years and spent thousands.
What they need to do is what MathWorks does which is that once you stop paying, the SW keeps working with the features it has and the support stops.  That way they get their subscription and the user still has something when they quit.

Exactly my problem with the CC model. I strongly prefer the perpetual license plus paid software maintenance to keep current, like Mathworks uses. Offer the initial license at a reasonable price, offer a software maintenance subscription plan that pays for their ongoing development and keeps users current on features, but let users "get off the train" and keep using what they have. If you want to "get back on the train" you pay a reinstatement/catch-up fee then resume maintenance. Or buy another perpetual license and start over.

If I have a down year, financially, or don't like the direction they're taking the product, I don't want to have to pay ransom to keep using the software I've been paying for all along. That's too much risk for me. I'm staying with CS6 and stand-alone LR for just this reason, so they're not getting any more money from me whereas I'd be willing to pay for a maintenance plan.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon EOS 6D Firmware 1.1.6 Released
« on: December 16, 2014, 09:25:21 AM »
Is there a way to back up and restore AF micro-adjust settings? I'm tempted to apply this update for the rare occasions I try AF tracking, but don't want to have to re-do all my AFMA settings, which are by-lens right now (I'm on 1.1.3). Of course I could mount all my lenses and write down the settings, but I'm lazy :)

Lenses / Re: please help to understand the lens issue
« on: December 13, 2014, 01:23:03 PM »
Here's a video illustrating the issue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uI15shZyn9Q

Fortunately mine (~4-5 years old) does not exhibit this issue. Looks annoying and certainly something I'd have fixed (and would avoid in a used lens purchase).

EOS Bodies / Re: Thinking about upgrading to a 6D from a 60D. Thoughts?
« on: December 11, 2014, 11:52:47 AM »
I had two 60d's and I sold one and a few lenses to get a 6d.  After using my 6d and 60d for a wedding I sold my 60d the next day.  It's not a bad camera but once I had the low-light capabilities of the 6d along with a few good 1.4 primes the 60d just didn't even compare.  I sold my 60d and saved up for a 2nd 6d and I'm glad I did.  If I shot sports I'd do the 7d II but low light stuff and portraits is what I do so the 6d rocks for that.  I thought I'd keep the 60d for macro and other random stuff because of the flip out screen but every time I'd consider using it, the iso capabilities of the 6d told my brain otherwise.  Now when people ask me what camera to buy because they want to upgrade from a point/shoot I tell them to get a 60d because they're so cheap and still a good camera.


I had the same experience with a 50D after getting the 6D. It just isn't getting used and I should have sold it a long time ago. I'm now seriously considering a second 6D, since a good used/refurb/gray-market copy can be had for $1300, and new US for $1600. I occasionally lust after a 5DM3 for the heftier body, joystick and AF, but IQ is a wash (or slight down-grade in some areas) and I really do use the GPS and WiFi often, so just can't get my head around the extra expense.

If you're used to the 60D ergonomics you should really enjoy the 6D. Good luck.

Software & Accessories / Re: Canon 6D Accessories??
« on: December 07, 2014, 06:12:18 PM »
If you can, look at someone's Canon 6D with a screen protector on it. Personally, I've yet to see a screen protector that didn't detract significantly from the image quality of the screen

On the 6d, they have a huge impact because the lcd isn't that bright, and the glass/plastic in front takes away brilliance for sure. But it's not as distracting as a big scratch on the lcd or the €200 repair bill to have it replaced...

As I mentioned in my post above, the GGS glass filters have 0 impact on visibility in my experience, used indoors or out. I've used (and removed) lots of plastic protectors from tablets, phones, Palm Pilots (blast from the past) so I know why screen protectors are often despised, but the GGS glass is really on par with or better than the OEM LCD cover. I say cover, because the actual LCD panel is behind the plastic back screen, so if you do scratch the screen on the back it's a simple DIY repair for under $20 with a hair drier and suction cup and wouldn't require a trip to Canon. YouTube videos abound on doing this repair on all models of Canon cameras.

Software & Accessories / Re: Canon 6D Accessories??
« on: December 07, 2014, 06:05:51 PM »
Hi Tim.
Definitely go with a screen protector, I like the GGS glass variety, not had a problem with viewing, reflections etc.

Cheers, Graham.

I agree. I've had the GGS glass protectors on my 6D for over a year, both back LCD and top, and they've been great. They look great, provide a very clear view of the LCD, are easy to clean, and since they only adhere to the edges of the LCD cover you don't get any of the birefringence (rainbow) optical artifacts or bubbles of the full-face glue variety. Great peace of mind for $8-10.

I put the cover right over the existing plastic covers, but some hard-core users actually remove the OEM plastic cover and replace it with the GGS glass (using a hair drier to soften the perimeter glue). I don't mind the GGS sticking out a bit and didn't want to savage my 6D while it was under warranty, but that's an option down the road if the OEM cover is ever scratched up or damaged. Easy DIY repair either way.

Enjoy your new toy! I still smile every time I head out with mine.

Reviews / Re: Are Gitzo's really overrated?!
« on: December 03, 2014, 10:34:56 PM »
That said I did pick up a little MeFoto (=Benro) Roadtrip

I looked at that...picked one up in a shop, loosened one set of leg locks, and the bottom leg section slid right out and fell to the floor.  I reassembled it, and left the shop quite happy that I'd already purchased the RRS TQC-14 as a travel tripod to supplement my TVC-33.

I recall you mentioning that in an older post, but this one has been pretty solid so far. Time will tell, but my bank account wasn't ready to spend on a TQC-14 this soon after buying a TVC-34L, macro rail with lens mount and leveling base (ouch, ouch, ouch) so it was a calculated risk.

Reviews / Re: Are Gitzo's really overrated?!
« on: December 03, 2014, 03:56:28 PM »
I've never personally had a tripod fail outright, but I've upgraded through the years from Slik, to Bogen/Manfrotto, to Gitzo and now to RRS. Each iteration has brought a little more stability and a lot more usability for the extra money. The 3-series RRS I'm now using as my main tripod is built like a precision instrument and will probably outlast me (or at least my field tromping days). It's a true joy to use and definitely worth it to me.

That said I did pick up a little MeFoto (=Benro) Roadtrip and I have to say that's a pretty decent travel tripod for the money. Time will tell how it holds up, but hopefully I'll never need parts for it based on the anecdotes from earlier in this thread :o

Software & Accessories / Re: BG-E16 an ergonomic disaster?
« on: November 17, 2014, 07:54:12 PM »
You'll get used to the ergonomics. I have the grip on my 5d Mk III and the new 7d Mk II.  They both feel very much the same and the newly added 7d II was very easy.  It took me a little while when I got the grip on the 5d III, but now it's all just second nature.

Same with the 6D's BG-E13. At first I thought it was unworkably thick, but I've adapted and now I like it better than the old-style grips with the swing-out battery door.

How did you go with the Selphy?
Did it work OK?

It worked well and people were very happy with the results. The only significant issue was print speed, as expected. We got fairly far behind generating prints when things got busy about halfway into the event, and people were waiting 20min for prints by the end. Some even left without picking up prints which is a problem (we left them at the zoo venue for later pickup, but many probably just went to the web and abandoned the prints).

In terms of set-up, I had a volunteer assistant sitting at the laptop picking the best of 2-3 prints per group and running the printer, and I just kept shooting in the next room with my 6D wirelessly tethered to Lightroom on the laptop (via the Canon WFT driver and EOS Utility running in the background). JPegs showed up on the laptop within a few seconds, and that worked smoothly all night without me having to think about it.

In all, we printed 120 photos in just over 2 hours, so doing the math you can see the printer ran full out for the entire time. We're considering setting up 2 printers on the same laptop and queuing up 2-3 prints and then switching over in Lightroom for our next event (photos with Santa). I can see the utility of buying a bigger/faster printer if you did this all the time (or for print sales), but this works well enough at $80 a pop and $.30/print.

Lenses / Re: 100-400 V1
« on: November 13, 2014, 01:14:39 PM »
Good advice all around. I'm in the same boat, having purchased a 100-400 V1 over a year ago and being quite pleased with the IQ when I nail long-lens technique. I'm enticed by the better IS and MTF curves of the new model, but don't plan to switch unless something goes wrong with this one. If I did upgrade I'd be looking at a different focal length range, like the new 150-600's from Tamron and Sigma. It will be interesting to see how the new 100-400 plus 1.4 converter fares against those....

Lenses / Re: Introducing the Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: November 09, 2014, 08:15:18 AM »
What are current satisfied 100-400 owners thinking?
I don't really see any faults with mine (not to be confused with knowing there's room to improve) so I'm in two minds lol. I was actually more tempted to get the Siggy 150-600, because my main big gun Sigma 120-300 is a little average on the 2x TC side, but the 100-400 is my trusty workhorse.

Ofcourse the gearhead in me wants it cos I love super sharp lenses (yet to be proven but I have no doubts given recent releases) but I concede I don't think it would really change my gear capability at all, compared to getting say a native 600mm in the Sigma. Again I don't mean to imply the two are really comparable at all, except on price.
I pretty much concur with you - I'm interested in the mark II, but not that interested.  I'm happy with my 100-400 and am in no big rush to replace it.  For me, replacing the 17-40 with the 16-35 f4 would be a higher priority and I'm also thinking about a couple of primes.  If I suddenly had a large surplus of £££s, then yeah, it'd be on my shopping list...

My thoughts exactly. Short term I have other lenses I'm more anxious to upgrade (like the 17-40), and I'd like to see how the Sigma tests out compares to a 100-400 mark II with 1.4 (or without). I'd certainly like more effective IS so I can shoot slower than 1/160 hand-held, but I'd like another 200mm even more for the money.

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