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Color accuracy is more of a function of proper calibration.  IPS panels do not fade when you view the image from a angle, I do not see it as making a huge difference as long as you view straight on.

First, get a good hardware calibrator, second, make sure your room lighting is proper.  The calibrator will allow you to calibrate screen brightness as well as colors.  You will likely see more difference after calibrating than spending $$$ on a new monitor that is not calibrated.

So plan on a calibrator in any event.

This. Calibrate your monitor.

Also quirky thought of the day. While we sit and view our lovely images on nicely calibrated wide gamut monitors most people who will be viewing your pictures will likely be doing so on iPhones and other (probably) non-calibrated screens. So, what do you make the image look good for? You or your viewers??

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom 6 Coming March 9
« on: February 20, 2015, 09:34:55 AM »
So I take it that LR6 will not support the use of LUTs?
(What options are available if one would like a raw-editor that support 3D-LUTs? I know Rawtherapee has an option, but I couldn't get it to work too well when I tested it)

And a side-note, since this thread is already full of talk about the subscription model; aren't those of you, who favor the monthly subscription model, afraid that adobe will slow down development, since they know you're paying the same amount each month regardless of how often they update the software? Adobe isn't really pushed to make the 'next' version far superior than the 'current', when they know you're already steady customers, are they? Isn't that a real risk? (Lazy development)

I've only had the subscription pack since late November and so far it's been pretty good. Now I get version 6 in a few weeks. Awesome. I assume they'll do lots of little updates to it before 7 so the answer is no I don't really care how long they take for the next big update. I hope they take their time and get it right rather than realeasing garbage every two weeks (reminds me of apples recent iOS updates).

I'm more concerned they'll put the price up than the frequency of updates.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art Lens Next? [CR2]
« on: February 20, 2015, 02:20:45 AM »
I don't own a Canon 135mm L for one reason - no IS. The Sigma 135mm Art will certainly have IS, as will their 85mm.

Please can we stop the 24-70mm f/2 nonsense. It was based on a photoshopped image.

I use my 135L for indoor sports... around 1/400 of a second give or take.  Usually around that speed... you don't need IS... or at least is becomes less important.  This is versus shooting at f/2.8 and the same iso speed, where I would shoot at 1/200 of a second... so that extra stop can make all the difference.

Yeah exactly if you need IS you might as well be using any other tele  lens as it's a static subject and you can use whatever shutter speed. Maybe Chapman is not shooting pics of people? The 135L is a great lens for people. Of course I'd still take IS in the lens to make it more useable but it's not really made for that.

Canon General / Re: Lost half of my Canon DSLR
« on: February 18, 2015, 07:16:02 PM »
Sorry to hear that Dylan. Hope the cops find the guy and you get your gear back. Take care.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art Lens Next? [CR2]
« on: February 17, 2015, 07:17:50 PM »
The tammy 24-70 VC was so good I haven't found a need for another 24-70. My only complaint would be the build quality isn't as reassuring as a sigma A lens. If sigma can get past the AF issues, Make a 24-70 more soild than the tammy for the same price, It will sell really well.

Every one is clamoring for 85mm's! The Bower 85mm, the zeiss 85mm otus and planar versions, the new 85mm 1.8G from nikkor... The 135mm Focal length needs some attention and has a need for IS. I'd love nothing more than sigma to make it with IS and/or F/1.8 if possible.

+1. Exactly what I think. I could totally go a Sigma 24-70 2.8 OS for under a grand. An f/2 version would be at least double that or more, no thanks. The Tammy version looks interesting but I'd rather have Sigma A build quality and sexy looks! (it matters to me!)

Bring on the 85 and 135. I've been thinking about the current Sigma 85 for a while but it's pricey. Rather pay a bit more for the Art version. That has to be the most wanted Sigma lens right now.

Photography Technique / Re: What is your keeper rate?
« on: February 17, 2015, 02:47:38 AM »
+1 privatebydesign, mb66energy, Zv - and possibly others!

Since I pretty much keep everything (disk space is cheap, though backups can be painful), that definition of "keeper rate" is not very useful? Then there is "technically ok" but could still be flawed in many other ways.

My best go on 500px, with some extras at Flickr. I have 140 photos at the former, from 10s of thousands of original shots still on disk. What's the "keeper" here?

At the moment I switched from storing nearly everything on the disk to the following procedure:
  10   create a new directory on the external disk named DIGI_ROLLS like   YYYY-MM-DD_some-description
  20   copying files from a camera to an external disk
  30   batch renaming these files to insert a unique ID from IMG_1234.cr2 to IMG_EOSM_001234.cr2
  40   if a second camera's files have to be transferred GOTO 10
  50   copy the directory to my PC
  60   check file numbers / directory size
  70   delete files on memory cards after checking roughly creation date, file count

The idea behind that procedure is the following:
  - it is now easier for me to make an "image file deletion" party - everything is on disk.
  - backup is much smaller
  - if the DIGI_ROLLS drive is full I can buy another one
  - if the DIGI_ROLLS drive fails in 2 months or 3 years and there was no need to use it to
    restore files I deletet accidentally ... so what ?

Know I need time for photography and the right light ... waiting for spring.

Don't wait, just get out there and shoot. I fell into the "I'll wait ...." trap and I ended up shooting nothing for months. Better to just get out and practice. Even if you get junk you'll have learned something.

Photography Technique / Re: What is your keeper rate?
« on: February 16, 2015, 11:16:20 AM »
Out of a current 60,000 images on the laptop I have half a dozen that are 'the best', so 1 in 10,000.
You've been shooting longer than most of use (or at least me), so personally I consider my best work to be more of a best so far - I'm still working to take a truly spectacular photo :)

Well part of my problem is that I am incredibly self critical, which is one of the reasons I am not overly successful, I have a tendency to tell the clients the bad bits, and it gives me this confrontational reputation here! I have to consciously point out the good rather than be overwhelmed by the bad. I was even trained in positive reinforcement training techniques, but come on, if it is crap it is crap  ;D

But aside from that, my feeling for the images changes over time, much like somebody said on the birding composition thread.

Here is an image I know I like, I don't now why and I come back to it regularly and re edit it. Many would think it is a throwaway, and I can see why, but i don't, something in it just keeps drawing me back. Composition wise it does break many 'rules', in fact the only one I can find it really follows is the most basic horizon at 1/3-2/3. I have several versions with and without dog etc but this one is the one I like.

But yes, I agree with you, however long or prolifically you might shoot, my best is only my best so far  :)

Can I just say that I quite like this image for its randomness. You're right there is something about it. The dog makes me smile! It's like it was sitting on the chair and just suddenly decided to walk away.

Photography Technique / Re: What is your keeper rate?
« on: February 16, 2015, 11:10:31 AM »
Keeper rate varies a lot and some days I feel like trashing the entire shoot because it's garbage. If we are talking purely technical (focus, lighting, and exposure is correct) then the ratio of keepers is higher.

I keep almost every image I shoot and delete very few. I'll import to LR then flag the decent looking ones until I have a manageable amount like about 30 or 40. Then I just remove the rest. I then start processing some of the selects and when am done I look at the ones I processed in survey view. I'll whittle those down to the best to export and share.

In a typical shoot of about 200 images I expect at least 10 to be worthy of showing to people. From that 10 I'm aiming for at least one or two really good ones for my portfolio.

Software & Accessories / Re: EOS Remote now with full tablet support!
« on: February 14, 2015, 11:10:04 AM »
Sorry, but "iPad support" is different from "tablet support".

It's a long time I'm using EOS Utilities to remote control my camera from a tablet...

Their words not mine sorry. The app states "tablet support" I just assumed it meant all tablets.

I haven't tried with video but for stills you just need to press the blue camera logo in the top right of your screen and it will stop Live view but still allow you to shoot remotely.

It's also possible to start and stop video using the little RC-6 remote control btw.

I don't know if it will be possible to use video without Live view since you need to be in Live view mode to enable video.

Software & Accessories / EOS Remote now with full tablet support!
« on: February 13, 2015, 09:57:27 AM »
Looks like Canon updated their EOS Remote app which now supports tablets. Before it was just the crappy phone version zoomed to fit but this version is the real deal. I tried it out and it looks good on the iPad. Still not as good as it could be.

I don't know why the exposure settings can't just be touched. You have to press the slider icon to get into the menu. Seriously Canon? I mean why not just make it work like the touchscreen on the EOS M or 70D?

It's getting there, I guess we'll see with the next version! Least we have the tablet support! Woo hoo! Gonna be using this next week for a photoshoot.

EOS-M / Re: Official: Canon EOS M3 and It's Not Coming To North America
« on: February 12, 2015, 10:46:31 PM »
Won't the menus and such when purchased from japan be in Japanese? Is there a way to change them to English?

I don't think there is a way to change the language for JP model.  Most Japanese model electronics doesn't have English menu.  That's why I don't buy Japanese model electronics even thought the Japanese model is cheaper nowadays(because of the exchange rate).  The only Japanese model electronic we have is Sony RX100 because that's for my wife.

Sorry, that's not true. I've owned at least 7 different Canon bodies, all Japanese versions, and they change between Japanese and English fine. They only difference in language they have is that it is only 2 languages as opposed to the European and American releases which feature over a dozen different languages. But at least for the time I've been here, the Japanese version does have the ability to change to English.

I will say that in my early days in Japan, some of the equipment I bought such as the Japanese Sony HDCam and the Japanese HTC Hermes did not have the built in ability to switch language, and I had to find hacks and workarounds to do it. But I've never had a problem with finding English menus on my Canon cameras.

English menus won't be a problem on the Japanese M3. If you need a language other than English or Japanese though, your best bet is to get the European version I think.

If the M3 is like the M, you shouldn't have any problem getting an English-language menu. A friend of mine and I each bought a gray-market EOS-M a few months ago when it was on an eBay fire sale. We each bought from the same company on the same day. Mine came with an English language menu up and running. Hers came with the Japanese menu. We put our two cameras next to one another so we could figure out where the language setting was on her camera. Once we did that, it was very easy to change the menu on her camera from Japanese to English. If both of our cameras had been set to Japanese, we would've probably just gone online to find photos of the menu options. That said, I do seem to recall that there were not as many language options on her model as there was on mine but we each had the language we needed.

I've bought all my gear in Japan as I live here and Canon has always had an English language option for cameras (AFAIK). You just need to navigate to the wrench icon and find the right place. Just download the English manual to figure out where it is.

FYI - You can spot the language option easily by the following kanji 日本語 (Japanese). The first two characters are really easy to spot in a menu.

Lenses / Re: $2,000 14-24 f2.8, vs $1,800 16-35 f2.8 IS, vs $3,000 11-24 f4
« on: February 12, 2015, 09:26:04 AM »
Zv, you can't go wrong with the 16-35 f/4 IS.  It's an incredible lens and it really is a big brother of then M11-22 IS.  The biggest difference is the 9 (vs. 7) aperture blades.  Also, it balances really well on FF bodies and feels lighter than it looks.

You're right I should just pull the trigger and stop procrastinating like I did with the 6D. If I sell my 17-40 it's only about another ¥60,000 more. But I promised myself not to buy anymore gear this year and just use what I have. Bah! Screw that!

Lenses / Re: $2,000 14-24 f2.8, vs $1,800 16-35 f2.8 IS, vs $3,000 11-24 f4
« on: February 12, 2015, 04:24:21 AM »
16-35 f/4 IS is most appealing to me right now. Everything about it sounds perfect. Will most likely get this lens at some point (next bonus pay perhaps!). I've learned just how useful IS can be on a UWA lens from using the EF-M 11-22 and I want that in FF flavor! Only, it will be even better!  ;D

The 17-40L has treated me well though and I just love the size and weight - perfectly balanced on a 6D. But if I hardly use it what's the point? Most of the wide stuff I do now is when light levels get low. And the light weight of the lens is offset by having to carry a tripod anyway!

I would love to have the 11-24 one day but it's more of a specialized lens that probably needs the higher res cameras to make it really shine and make it worthwhile. 

I just realized I have no new generation Canon lenses. What the heck am I doing?? Missing all the fun!

EOS-M / Re: EOS M with Magic Lantern, shutter cannot release
« on: February 10, 2015, 10:28:16 AM »
I had this same issue using ML and the 11-22 lens. I thought I broke my M at the time but now I know it's a card issue. I just ended up uninstalling ML in the end.

A slow low capacity card solves one problem but creates another two.

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