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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?

http://peakdesignltd.com/capture/
https://peakdesignltd.com/leash-cuff/

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.

-pw

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  I have the original capture from the Kickstarter campaign, but it has been replaced by the newer version.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

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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.

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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:
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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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.

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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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Software & Accessories / Re: My Dell vs iMac
« on: December 14, 2013, 02:45:13 PM »
Regardless of if you go MAC or PC I think the 1TB Fusion drive is a huge mistake, you should get the Crucial M500 960GB SSD.  M500 is 10x faster, the Fusion drive will bottleneck your system.
The 960GB SSD would be the quickest option, but you're screwed when you pass 960GB in total space used.

The 256GB + USB 3.0 externals would give you the ability to keep your libraries on the fast internal SSD, and keep your ever ballooning photo library on far cheaper external drives.  You'd still see a major performance increase.

That said, down the road, if you ever wanted to, or SSD costs decreased enough, you could buy and put that 960GB SSD into an external and get the same benefits as having it internal.  Thunderbolt could easily handle an SSD with up to ~900MB/s read/write speeds.

Will probably get the x-rite i1 Display Pro soon, the cheapest I have found is £159 on Amazon.
Could someone tell me if there is any difference between the dell u2413 and u2713h? Is it just the screen size which is different?

The resolution difference between the 2413 and 2713 is substantial.
1920x1200 (24) vs 2560x1440 (27)

Aspect ratios are slightly different at 16:10 (24), and 16:9 (27).

Other specs are almost identical.

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Software & Accessories / Re: My Dell vs iMac
« on: December 13, 2013, 07:06:07 PM »

Did you build your own Fusion Drive?  It seems like you must have opened your iMac as that config isn't available as a BTO.  I would caution others against this route, as:
a) It is currently untested, and slightly unstable. At the Apple Store we had some serious grief maintaining even Apple supported implementations of Fusion Drive.
b) You have to cut the adhesive holding the display in place.
c) Totally voids any semblance of AppleCare you ever had.

Yes I did.
A. My drive is untested and unstable? or all fusion drives? 
B. Uh? Nope.
C. My iMac totally voided any semblance of AppleCare I ever had all by itself when it reached the age of 12 months.  They should teach you guys this stuff.

A. All Fusion Drives, at least when compared to a standard HDD or SSD setup.  They have certainly gotten better, but we're eagerly awaiting 10.9.1 updates.

B&C -> I had assumed you were running a late 2012 or newer iMac. Which would have had AppleCare still and had the adhesives. 

If you have a "thick" unibody iMac, then you don't have to worry about adhesive, but you do have to get the glass clean, which is probably worse.  I hated working on unibody iMacs for that reason alone.

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Software & Accessories / Re: My Dell vs iMac
« on: December 13, 2013, 12:26:36 PM »
Opinion is very much divided on this topic, some people love PC’s some love Mac’s, some people hate PC’s some hate Mac’s…

I definitely think the first thing I need to do is calibrate my monitor, the i1 Display Pro seems to be the one to go for. This can then be used with future monitors whatever they may be.

RLPhoto, your current setup is VERY impressive, but that is DEFINITELY overkill for my needs. Yes if was rich, why not haha
I am only really in the early stages of setting up my photography business, so in terms of massive Hard Drives, well I do not see the point of them for me. So if I went down the route of iMac, a Fusion drive makes sense and if I want to go SSD in the future I’ll buy external storage. As said before, keeping things like the Lightroom catalog on the SSD/Flash part will speed things up.

I'd definitely take a look at the Apple Refurb page.

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Software & Accessories / Re: My Dell vs iMac
« on: December 13, 2013, 01:25:16 AM »
I  decided to buy Adobe 5 with the last sale.
It arrived yesterday so I started loading it on an IMac I bought a few years back.

I found out that Adobe 5 will not work with Snow Leopard, bad thing right. Lion came out just a few weeks after I bought this machine.

No problem, I go to Apple's website to see about upgrading. Uploading past Lion, Mountain Lion to Maverick cost exactly $0. It is free. Microsoft you will pay for each and every upgrade so no savings there in a few years.

I started loading the new system at 8:00 my time. In less than 1 hour the new system was downloaded from online and I had it installed and running. In the last three hours since I started uploading the new system I have already uploaded 1600 files over a wireless connection in to Lightroom 5 and have been editing them. No fuss, no fight and no problems.

Lightroom is opening in less than a second. The machine is restarting in just a few seconds. It is an i5, 2.7 ghz and 4GB and has enough power you will not notice Lightroom. It is limited by its wireless connection to the other computers only.

You can buy a Dell, but how I spent my day at work today was troubleshooting problems on my $2500 Dell Laptop that is only a few months old.
Yup.
This is one of the justifications to the Apple premium. 
That said, if you can command a Windows machine with expertise, and don't mind the time, this may be mitigated.

I am about to get an iMac for my LR editing so I had a look at how to configure it. Fast HDD and lots of memory will be of benefit. However, the upgrade from i5 to i7 might not be worth it. It seems LR doesn't benefit from the hyper threading, google it, I read it at a couple of different sources. Thos is gopd news as I then can use that money to max out the the graphics memory.
Just verified, it is 100% using multi-threading, it's tough to separate multi-threading from hyper-threading though.  It **looks** like an Adobe employee once said that their software will use hyper threading when it thinks it will be faster, but keeps it off otherwise. I have only seen it use around 450-500% CPU on my iMac though, so that could be 100% on four physical cores, with the other background stuff running on the hyper threaded cores.
Good luck!

That is true. Actually your biggest speed benefit will have little to do with your processor and only some about memory.
If you are like many of us you have an extensive library which limits your ability to store your photos on the same machine that you use. IMO you need  the fastest hard drive and the fastest connections you can get. The transfer of data is the biggest bottle neck.

The exception would be if you only have enough pictures that you can work on your hard drive. Sometimes I can do that, but more often I find myself pulling files off an external.
This is the key.  Your limitations will be drive speed for LR use.  PS and video work will tax CPU/GPU, but Aperture/LR are really glorified database software for most of their work, so read/write speed is the crucial part.
Keeping your catalogs on SSD and your masters on an external is a great compromise!

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Software & Accessories / Re: My Dell vs iMac
« on: December 13, 2013, 12:14:47 AM »
So it has come down to these 4 options:

Option 1 – Keep current Dell PC
                 Buy a Dell 27” (£535)
                 Buy an i1 Display Pro (£160)
                 Upgrade parts another time
                 = £695

Option 2 – Start again, build a new computer
                  Sell current Dell PC
                  = ?

Option 3 – Sell current Dell PC
                 Buy a Mac Mini (Depending on spec from £860 to £1280)
                 Buy a Dell 27” (£535)
                 Buy an i1 Display Pro (£160)
                 = From £1555 - £1975

Option 4 – Sell current Dell PC
                  Buy an iMac Depending on spec from £1760 to £2100)
                  Buy an i1 Display Pro (£160)
                  = From £1920 to £2260

In my opinion, if you choose option 3, I'd go with the most basic model you can, just add the SSD.  The beauty of that system, is you can choose to not pay the "early adopter fee" and use mainstream parts, vs "enthusiast" parts.  You just sell it every 2-3 years, and upgrade to the new mainstream.

One thing that hasn't been brought up yet is the great Apple Refurbished options!! As an Apple tech, I can assure you that the refurbs are if anything, less likely to fail than standard hardware.  Refurbs will always have a new display, new HDD, new enclosure, and where applicable, new battery. Click here for the UK refurb page.

One final comment on everyone suggesting the Dell Ultrasharps, when you consider everything, the ultrasharp vs the Apple Thunderbolt Display get pretty close in cost.  The ATD also has decent speakers, FW800, Gigabit ethernet, and 3 USB 2.0 ports.

Apple Thunderbolt display is £899 from Apple. Dell 27 Ultrasharp is £535 from Amazon. That's a £364 difference. The wide gamut dell is currently £790 incl. VAT.  The Apple is £899 with VAT.

You're closer to getting 2 Dells to 1 Apple (£171 difference). Or you could spend some of the difference on some decent speakers (not rubbish built into your monitor). Or a new lens. Or anything else...

Now lets look at specs... Apple display max brightness is 330cd/m2 Dell 350cd/m2 (both far brighter than you'd actually really want them to be). Apple 16.7 million colours Dell 1.07 billion colours (admittedly you need a pro graphics card to take advantage of this at present - but if you're looking at future proofing 10bit>8bit). Dell 4x USB 3.0 ports Apple 3x USB 2.0 ports. The Dell also has a 9 in one card reader. Although the Apple does have a FW800 port (which frankly aint of much use)...

And the really important bits... Adobe rgb colour space coverage - Dell 99% Apple 76%. So for colour critical work like photo editing the Dell is a far better monitor for just over half the price.

So again... With Apple you pay more and get less.

You sure?  I just checked on Dell.ca, admittedly different pricing than Dell UK, but this is what I found:

27" Dell UltraSharp U2713HM -> $699 CAD.  Covers 99% of sRGB. Covers 79.73% aRGB.
Apple Thunderbolt Display -> $799 CAD refurbed, $999 CAD new.  >99% sRGB coverage.  Covers 76.1% aRGB.  Functionally identical to Dell.

You may be thinking the U2711 (replaced with U2713H), which is $1,049 CAD.

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Canon General / Re: Photography Ruins your Memory...
« on: December 11, 2013, 09:46:15 PM »
One reason I shoot stills and not video as a  tourist.

+1, my tourist photography supports my memory and enhances it, while people doing video seem to see nothing of the original scenery because they have a camera in front of them most of the time.

I'm sure I would have forgotten far fewer nice moments in my life if digital photography had evolved earlier, allowing me to snap "markers" for free - often I don't shoot the "big picture", but small parts that have an emotional value for me and then trigger the memory of the wider circumstance.

I need to get better at the emotional value parts.  I've started actively trying to think about what I want to shoot more now, and actually shoot less.  This has really helped with remembering things.  I've also started to try and experience things twice; with my camera in the bag the first time around.  I used to be in the 1500-2500 shots in a 4 day trip range, now I'm in the 300-500 range (including bracketing).

I.e. the first time I rode the new Cars in Disneyland, I chose to keep the camera in the bag, and experience it all, then photograph it the next time I rode.

Quote from: the Article
"Research has suggested that the sheer volume and lack of organisation of digital photos for personal memories discourages many people from accessing and reminiscing about them. In order to remember, we have to access and interact with the photos, rather than just amass them," said Dr Henkel.

I always make an Aperture Photo Book after the vacation, I find this way I have an incentive to look back on my photos and share them with others in a format much more appealing than the slideshow.

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Canon General / Re: Useless or absurd accessories
« on: December 11, 2013, 09:42:19 PM »
Dear Friends.
I would like you to read my new post, That might help your solve the problem, when you fly, and not stupid as me.---No, Not absurd accessory as the photo.---ha, ha, ha
Enjoy
Surapon

http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php/topic,18537.msg346175.html#new

That's a great story.  I'll have to keep that in mind next time I fly with my Giottos Rocket! I was thinking of upgrading to  this blower though as it may be easier on sensors.

Also, I learned you are an architect today!  With an impressive body of work as well, and in very tough fields like detention centres.  Those and court houses have to be some of the toughest buildings to design.  Kudos.

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Canon General / Re: Why Wedding Photographers’ Prices are “Wack”?
« on: December 11, 2013, 03:56:18 PM »
My brother and I both got married about 20 years ago before the internet or digital photography had been invented. He hired a professional photographer who probably used a Nikon or Canon.  I had less money so my father and I shared the photographic duties using a Praktica BC-1.

My wedding pictures are more memorable and technically better than my brother's. You don't always get what you pay for.

Don't tell me how much your equipment cost or how many year's experience you have. If you want $4000 then show me pictures I'd pay $4000 to own.

And don't complain about people who want $400 photos. That's like Rolls Royce whinging about people who want Toyotas. There are lots of price points in the market. If a customer isn't offering what you're worth then politely decline. Don't waste your breath arguing unless you think you can upsell them.

Exactly.  Never hesitate to ask a photographer for a bigger example of their portfolio.

If he's got 8 photos online as his portfolio, you don't know if those are the only good 8 photos he's taken, or the best 8 photos of hundreds. 

Find a photographer with a good body of work, that is in your style, in your price range.

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Canon General / Re: Why Wedding Photographers’ Prices are “Wack”?
« on: December 11, 2013, 02:38:21 PM »
I have read that article before, it was a good read.

I would like to attempt to do a study on wedding photography price regionally.  Here in Edmonton, AB it seems that $2,750 is about where pricing starts for a photographer who has IMO a quality portfolio.  The median income in Edmonton is $56,338 annually.  The average price for a single family detached home is $376k, and the average condo is $222k.

It would be interesting to determine how much of an impact the external labor and housing markets have on photography pricing.

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