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I have the 15" Retina display MB Pro. I am using it for editing in the field and generally I am very happy with it. At home I have the 27" iMac. There are very few instances where I end up reediting images that have been through Lightroom on the MB Pro. The Retina display is excellent. The Air is lighter, but not that much more. The difference is less than my RRS BH-55 ball head ...

Depending on the newness of your iMac, I'd seriously get a thunderbolt cable to use display sharing.  That way you can use the iMac as a 27" Cinema Display for your rMBP.

MBP all the way. THe air has integrated graphics whereas the MPB has dedicated switching graphics.
Only in 15"!!!

Went out for lunch with some co-workers today, I stopped by the camera shop to try build in ND + grad filters --- well the last 2 x100s were sold :-\

You just made me sad I forgot about the built-in ND filters when I had the X100s rented.  :(

Thanks for the info on Pro2 eml58.

I see M9 at local camera store for many-many times, but never want hand-on it. It just one of those things I don't want to touch ::)

Believe it or not, my wife knows when to use Av and Tv on the RX1 now :o

She took some great photos from the kids. Yup, the only missing accessory for her was a "pink" case for RX1.

Does she shoot it with either optical or digital viewfinder, or just the screen?

EOS Bodies / Re: 6D Mark II
« on: September 24, 2013, 06:34:39 PM »
I think the assumption that a 6D poaching 5D3 sales is a bad thing may be misplaced.

To make this assumption, you'd have to know the profit margin of each, and total adoption rates.

If the 6D was for all intents and purposes a 5D3 for example, and retailed for $1,500, you may sell 3-4x as many as you would with a crippled 6D and 5D3.  This would likely make up for the difference in profit margin.

This may not be in the Canon culture, but everyone thought that about Apple as well with the iPad mini.  Now the iPad mini way outsells the iPad, and likely increased total revenue and profits for Apple.  Maybe Canon should do the same.

I think Canon could also have the entire video community adopt their cameras if they simply stole what MagicLantern has working and built it in to factory firmware.

EOS Bodies / Re: 6D Mark II
« on: September 24, 2013, 06:17:27 PM »

I have to agree with Lichtgestalt.

I think Auto ISO is for the lazy people or people that don't know anything about photography or video. Even with "today's" cameras... how do you let a camera's logic decide how much noise is acceptable in your pictures or video?

In my humble opinion, its like auto-white balance, you know you're a novice if you're still using auto-white balance.

Really?  I don't think I've turned off AWB since I got my 6D!

If you shoot RAW, I don't see the value of taking the time to set AWB.  Just do it as a batch in post!

Lenses / Re: 40mm Panckake or 35mm 1.4L For walking street
« on: September 23, 2013, 05:13:46 PM »
Im tryna find a prime lens for my 7D to walk the streets with. Im currently using my 5DMKIII with the 50mm 1.4 and i love it. Which lens out of the 2 would match the quality and look of that FF combo??

Any thought or suggestions would be great.. Thanks

I just sold my 40STM and 50/1.4 to subsidize a Sigma 35/1.4 purchase.

I've shot a ton with the L, and a lot with the Sigma 35/1.4, and for my money Sigma is the choice today.

I found the 40STM too tight, and obviously the 50mm even tighter.

I used the 35L, 40STM and 50/1.4 on a 7D and a 6D, on both bodies, and I prefer the 35mm on both crop and FF.

RX1 > X100s? Or is the rangefinder part that is drawing you to spend you monies?

The design and look of x100s. I don't care much about rangefinder.

Lately, I'm getting lazzy dragging my 5D + L lenses around. My wife and I took a lot photo of our kids. 80 to 90% from RX1 due to compact size of camera. With 2 kids(2&5yrs), I don't have time to edit raw. JPEG file from x100s looks really really good for everyday photos.

I rented the X100s for a week and absolutely loved it.  I'd own it, but finances dictated it was a Sigma 35/1.4 for the 6D or the X100s.  The Sigma 35/1.4 was just a better purchase for me at the time.

The JPEGs out of the X100s are beautiful and colourful, the camera is also easy to shoot and quite fast.  I also really liked its strobe exposures.

Third Party Manufacturers / Reikan FoCal with Sigma Dock
« on: September 22, 2013, 05:34:32 PM »
Hello everyone,

I just ordered a Sigma 35/1.4 and USB dock.

Has anyone developed a workflow for using Reikan FoCal with the Sigma dock?  It seems like they'd be a fit made in heaven for each other.

This obviously isn't as important for the prime 35mm as it would be for one of the Sigma zooms, but a workflow would be useful nonetheless.

If no one has tried this before I'll try and figure it out myself!

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: New iPhone: Final Nail in the Coffin
« on: September 14, 2013, 03:54:33 PM »
I think it would be safe to say that flash gels might go extinct if the auto balancing flash takes off.

Could you imagine if you could develop a flash with super bright Red/Green/Blue bulbs and could do any light colour you want without gel?

That would be awesome.

Software & Accessories / Re: External HDD for backups
« on: August 17, 2013, 01:04:30 AM »
Hi all,

I'm currently backing up all my photos and other work on a second (and third) physical drive in my PC, but I've decided that I'd also like to back everything up on an external drive. I'm not interested in the passport-sized 2.5"drives, as I've had a couple of them in the past, and they've both recently died for some reason. I'd prefer a 3.5"sized drive that also needs plugging in to the mains. As for size, something around 2TB is ideal, but if anybody can suggest a bigger one that is better, great!

As for brands, I'm not that particular, although I had one of the LaCie Porsche drives about 8 years ago, and it died the second time I used it. If their quality has improved much in the last few years, I'd happily consider them too.

As for interface with the computer, it'll have to be USB2. I don't have USB3 ports on my computer, and I don't have Firewire either.

What would you guys suggest as a solution for this?


My list of must haves:
  • USB 3.0 (future speed advantage if you don't have it now)
  • Minimum 3TB (it's a minuscule price to upgrade to 4TB even, nothing is worse than outgrowing your backup and having to buy a new drive and subsequently throwing out your previous 2TB drive.)
  • Seagate, WD, Hitachi, or G-Drive (sometimes Lacie's are great, but you never know what drive you're getting inside it.

Software & Accessories / Re: Flash for FoCal - Anyone try it?
« on: August 17, 2013, 12:50:15 AM »
Well, back to the old drawing board.  Thanks for the replies. 


My solution was: go to Home Depot, buy two 500w halogen construction lamps that came with a stand, light FoCal target.  All is good.

Cost me under $30 on sale.

I was looking to pick up a Mac Air because I want something light and convenient for viewing and editing photos in the field...but then I noticed the Retina display on the MacBook Pro, the resolution is so much greater than the Air...and more power.

It would be mainly for viewing and editing photos in Aperture and Nik....and surfing the web.

Any thoughts from owners of either would be appreciated.
I'd go with neuro's solution probably, a MBA and a 27" Cinema Display.

The MBA is pretty speedy, and the Cinema Display is epic.  I'd also consider a 21.5" iMac and a base model MBA.

Disclosure: I'm an Apple Certified Support Pro, and an Apple certified Aperture Pro, but I'd seriously give the Lightroom 5 beta a try.  I find I'm editing my photos in it then adding the JPEGs to Aperture.  For more difficult images I'll use DXO. *embarassed*

I can't give up the nice syncing and faces/places features Aperture has, but I prefer the look of my RAWs developed in LR5 or DXO.


EDIT: For some shots, I do need to be further away and then crop around the main object
Does that change anything?

You're going to lose resolution, so your cropped images will have far fewer pixels.

Also, keep in mind that Aperture and some other software will not process SRAW.

Your best bet since you will crop some shots is to shoot in full-RAW.  Once you process then convert it to an 80% or so JPEG and delete the RAW if the photos are for one time use.

I may even shoot JPEG+RAW in your circumstance for a while, and see how often you even need the RAW if you are short on HD space.

Canon General / Re: Desired fantasy gear
« on: May 29, 2013, 11:57:05 AM »
If I can blue sky whatever I want, with no regards to engineering difficulty, I would like to see a:

24-70-ish f/1.8 for FF.
200mm f/2.8L IS.
135mm f/1.8 with IS.
400mm f/4 not DO, IS.
Fuji like OVF overlay.
Invisible IR LED for AF illumination.

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