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Lenses / Re: What was your first L lens?
« on: June 06, 2014, 08:00:08 PM »
My first was a 70-200mm f/4L IS.

Then came a 35L, which was sold for a 35A

7D M2 would be nice but I hope they offer something like 1Dx with crop sensor.  Same electronics / ergonomics as the 1Dx.  Now that would be VERY NICE.   ;D

For me it would be 7D ergos (add a grip if you need), but same FPS, AF, and electronics as the 1Dx.

My 6D is my quality camera, the 7D2 would satisfy my need for speed!

I'd buy Canon for my primary system:

Canon 5D3
Canon 24L
Sigma 35A
Canon 70-200/2.8L II
Canon 500/4L II

My personal photography setup:

Sony A7s
Metabones EF Adapter
Zeiss 35/2.8
Fuji X100S

If I recall, the main selling point of the 7D when it was released was it's superior redesigned AF system and FPS over the XXD. Here was a solution to those in the prosumer segment that couldn't afford a 1D series to afford a better AF system and were complaining about the old 9 point AF system. It was definitely a more action/sports/wildlife kinda camera. Right now, I would say Canon's AF offerings are on-par - so really is a 7d mark II even needed?

5D3 AF would be a huge increase.  Likewise 3-4 extra FPS would be game changing for those who need the speed.

I'd also be happy if Canon pulled a move like Sony did with the A7s and dropped the sensor resolution, but gave amazing low light ability.  The ability to take a useful shot at 6400+ ISO would greatly enable action shooters.  The 500L is a bright, constant f/4, but that still isn't always fast enough and high ISO performance would greatly enhance it's usability to freeze motion.

With my 6D, I notice every day how much slower it is in FPS and AF than my 7D.  The low light performance is stellar though.

Canon General / Re: $10,000
« on: April 25, 2014, 09:39:23 PM »
6D - $1899
Used 7D - $800
70-300mm L - $1599
Rokinon 24mm - $550
Tamron 24-70 - $1299
Sigma 35mm - $899
135mm L - $1089
Benro A2692 - $220
Timbuk2 Medium Snoop Bag - $170

Leftover of $1475.  I might spring for a Fuji X100s in this case if I had the money to burn.  Or save for an RX1r.

Reviews / Re: Why the DxO bashing?
« on: March 10, 2014, 07:15:14 PM »
Oh, and like many others, I think DxO's software is good (probably the best for noise reduction).

I'd argue for automatic distortion correction as well.

Hello everyone,

I have always shot Canon and love my 6D, but I would love to try one of the Sony FF cameras.

I'm booking a trip to Walt Disney World right now, and it's one of my favorite places to shoot.  I rent from LensRentals a lot, and was deciding what to rent.

Options I'm considering are the:
  • Sony RX1r
  • Sony A7r
  • Sony A7

Lenses I was thinking of renting are:
  • Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 ZA
  • Zeiss 24-70mm f/4 ZA

Normally I'm completely happy shooting in the Disney parks with just my 6D, 35mm, and 70-200mm.  As such, I'm thinking the RX1r may be the best fit with it's fast 35mm.  However, I worry that I'll miss having a viewfinder, and that the newer A7's may have a more evolved UI.

So Sony using guys, what would you recommend?


Software & Accessories / Re: FoCal new version is out
« on: February 15, 2014, 10:04:33 PM »
There are two bug fixes I am interested in. One for a crash and the other where it says can't save the configuration. I will download it next week. Apparently you need to get a new license. So did somebody hack the old one?

I strongly doubt it was hacked.  Reasons for this belief are:

1) Mac OS X update process maintains original license info.
2) Reikan says on their page that you can just copy license info out of old Focal version and paste in new one.

Reikan posted: IMPORTANT: Due to a change in the release process, on Windows your settings will be reset which means you will NEED YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS AND TRANSACTION ID to obtain your license.  Please make a note of these from the LMS before you install FoCal 1.9.5.  To me this is stating that they just can't pull the user settings across upgrades.  I.e. no one cracked the algorithm giving unique licenses, they just can't auto "copy/paste" it into the new version.

Just my two cents, and I'm open to correction!

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom for iPad Coming Soon
« on: January 17, 2014, 08:11:02 PM »
I really hope that this is going to be included with Creative Cloud!

Also, the software renting is sometime tax beneficial as it is a 100% write off each year.

Once you've moved away from the traditional neck-strap, it's very hard to go back. But the whole sling-strap and holster industry is still very young and evolving fast. PeakDesign has been one of the bigger Kickstarter successes. Is anyone using the Peak Design Capture system?


The Peak Design CapturePro looks to me to be a sophisticated, evolved, compact design. The DualPlate is an intriguing design compatible with both Manfrotto RC2 and Arca-Swiss. Any reviews I've read are gushing, but appear to have been written by acolytes or affiliates. Any real-world feedback?

The Leash strap system can convert in seconds from a sling strap to a conventional neck strap. The Leash looks a little thin, so I emailed Peak Design who replied almost immediately saying a wider, more comfortable strap suited to the weight of a pro body with 70-200 zoom will be shipping very soon.

I often work long days on my feet carrying a load of gear. The search for a perfect carrying system is a bit like the search for the holy grail. I have a Spider Pro system www.spiderholster.com with the dual holster belt which has been very good but is now worn out and needs replacing.

Recently I had a case of buyers-regret on a full set of CarrySpeed straps; the Extreme, the Pro and the Dual plus extra F1 foldable plates. Initially the system looked full of promise, and I figured I'd get used to the clumsy attachment system and bulky components. What I will say about CarrySpeed is that it is just great if you're only carrying one body/lens so long as that does not include a 70-200 f/2.8. The ability to instantly hitch the camera up tight solves the BR bouncy-bouncy issue. Two straps doesn't work together and the design implementation of the Dual is a mess.

So what to choose? The new kid from Peak Design? More Spiders? BR? And CarrySpeed appear to have been wiped off the face of the map, litigated out of existence by a cashed-up BR for having the audacity to make a sling strap.


I freaking love the capture.  I have the original capture from the Kickstarter campaign, but it has been replaced by the newer version.

I prefer the newer capture as it has a tripod thread on the bottom and is fully ARCA compliant.  The thigh pad is a must if you are rocking a heavy lens though, otherwise it'll dig into your hip like mad.

Normally I'll leave my BR strap attached to my camera and only click it into my capture when I don't want my camera bouncing.  There's some slack in the BR strap, but that's fine.  **I do attach my BR strap to my camera with a split ring on the Canon strap attachment bar.**  Otherwise you couldn't use the BR strap and the capture at the same time.

I wear mine with a holster (gun) belt.  It has the stiffness needed to prevent my pants from coming down.  I prefer Disse Gear belts, but Bullhide Belts, and Orion Leather Company (not marketed as a holster belt) belts work great too.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: The unbreakable is broken.
« on: December 30, 2013, 08:47:45 PM »
So finally payed up and bought a few pelican cases. 1540 I think and the 1740. Sadly the 1740 got shipped to me cracked! I am blown away! I thought this was the unbreakable box. Super nervous now. The cracking happened when there was nothing in it and the cardboard shipping box had very little to no damage on it. Bought this so I can ship my stuff to Jamaica to do a job. Now wondering if I should switch! Any one had this happen to them ? Should I stay with pelican?

I use Pelicans extensively for shooting gear.  I've never seen anything like this happen on a Pelican before.

My immediate thought is that this may be a counterfeit.  There are some counterfeit Pelican products floating around online.

Barring that, it's probably been horrifically abused during its lifespan at some time.  I've seen people drive cars over Pelican cases with no damage.

Personally, I buy HPRC or Underwater Kinetics cases now, as I find they are at least 95% the quality of the Pelicans, but well under half the price.

Software & Accessories / Re: Black-rapid failure!
« on: December 27, 2013, 10:07:27 PM »
My attachment points for my camera strap is a pair of sewn on nylon loops. I either have a neck strap hooked into the loops or when hiking, a pair of short tethers to the shoulder straps of my pack.

For me, attaching something to the tripod mount is not going to work as it will interfere with tripod use or using it on my hiking pole/monopod.

I use a split-ring for this.  Like a keychain ring.  If you get a solid keychain ring it's bomb proof.  It can scratch the abutting material though, but I don't mind some wear marks on my gear.

From Cars 2:
Mater: Oh, for a second there I thought you was trying to fix my dents.
Holley Shiftwell: Yes, I was.
Mater: Well then, no thank you. I don't get them dents buffed, pulled, filled or painted by nobody. They way too valuble.
Holley Shiftwell: Your dents are valuble? Really?
Mater: I come by each one of 'em with my best friend Lightning McQueen. I don't fix these. I wanna remember these dents forever.

... First, my gut instinct tells me that the camera came off because the little tubular thingy that in theory locks the carabiner came unscrewed, and the coat compressed the spring on the carabiner....

I attended a rock climbing class and one of the first warnings the climbing instructor told us was not to trust locking carabiners... they will unlock eventually. He also showed us how to use two carabiners in the yin/yang position for added security.

Eh, I have rock climbed a lot, I've never seen one fail.  It could, but that's a risk I'm willing to take.  In the grand scheme of things, if one wanted to avoid risk he wouldn't rock climb.

The risk in the lock on my locking carabiner failing, and subsequently my carabiner failing is likely way lower than the brakes on my car failing, or getting hit by a car while walking to work.  For me, the extra carabiner is simply too much redundancy.  The carabiners are engineered with an incredible safety factor.

Software & Accessories / Re: My Dell vs iMac
« on: December 16, 2013, 01:12:35 AM »
I'll have a look, but I don't think my Dell has USB 3.0, I'll be surprised if it is.
Thanks I'll read that later.
What is the gamut for the 27" iMac?

All the Apple Displays are 100% sRGB, and ~75% of aRGB, so standard gamut.

Software & Accessories / Re: My Dell vs iMac
« on: December 15, 2013, 04:06:57 PM »
Botts, how can I find out if my Dell has USB 3.0?

So would you say that wide colour gamut displays would be for people doing colour critical work? Many professional photographers use calibrated iMacs/thunderbolt displays with no problems and that does not have a wide colour gamut.

Thank you for the link to the enclosure.

Ruined, if I was to go Mac then I would keep the programs and the Lightroom catalog on the internal 256gb drive which will be fast, and then put a 960GB Crucial M500 drive into a USB 3.0 enclosure like the OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini, I wouldn’t have thought there would be much of a drop in speed in doing this. Anything is faster than my Dell!
I don’t know how accurate this is, but I downloaded a free program which read the speed of my current drive:
Write Speed = 100MB/s Read Speed = 110MB/s
So I would be getting a MASSIVE increase in speed on the iMac. What would you think the speed of the 960GB Crucial M500 would be if put into my Dell?

Typically USB 3.0 ports on non-Apple computers have blue plastic inside the port.  They're also usually marked SuperSpeed or SS.  You could likely also check through "Device Manager" I believe on Windows.  On Mac you'd check under System Information.

With regards to benefit from wide-gamut, it'll depend how you print.  My Canon Pro 9000 MK2 only hits about 40% of aRGB, the Pro 9500 MK2 hits 62%.  If you're having a pro print shop doing your printing it may be useful for you.  For my work, I'm often working in CMYK as I output to press usually.  I'd give this a read before you buy a monitor Understanding ProPhoto RGB.  I don't find I need a wide-gamut display; I used them lots at university in our labs, but personally, I'm achieving good enough for me results with a calibrated iMac and rMBP.  It all comes down to your work and destinations.  If you're a hobbyist, narrow gamut is probably more than enough.

The max theoretical speed your Dell would achieve with any drive is 375MBps.  With regards to your question about putting the SSD in a USB 3.0 external, max theoretical speed would be 625MBps.  With Thunderbolt the max would be 1250MBps.
I'd first try running Lightroom Catalogues off the internal SSD with a USB 3.0 attached hard drive, then if it isn't fast enough invest in the SSD.  I wouldn't invest the capital on the large SSD without trying the other option first.

Software & Accessories / Re: My Dell vs iMac
« on: December 14, 2013, 07:34:14 PM »

Does your Dell have USB 3.0?  If it does, that may be a quicker connection than your motherboards SATA2 port.

SATA2 peaks at 3.0Gbps, USB 3.0 is at 5.0Gbps.

This is why I'd save up vs upgrading the Dell.  Either a new PC, Mac Mini, or iMac, would have way way quicker read/writes, as they have SATA @ 6Gpbs, TB @ 10Gbps, or USB 3.0 @ 5.0Gbps.

With regards to display, the iMac matches the Thunderbolt Display exactly.  The Dell H monitors **NOT HM** have a wider colour gamut if that's needed for your work.

You can make any SSD an external.  You just need a good external enclosure.  I'd stick with this enclosure.. It's got USB 3.0 and eSATA 6Gbps, so it'll rock with any PC or Mac you buy in the future.

Well if I was to go down the route of iMac, which I am now thinking this is not the right time to do so, I would not want to attempt to change the hard drive!

That is part of the problem. The one you are mentioning in the Mac is not impressive to begin with, and it is a pain in the butt to change (plus voids your warranty).

The iMac's SSD is ridiculously good.  One of the best on the market.

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