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I had a student plan for £15.88 a month, at the end of 12 months it automatically went up to about £22 a month.

Well, that's a nice icebreaker with Adobe Customer Service.

Technical Support / Re: 5D3 Focus Screen Replacement - Alignment
« on: June 20, 2014, 04:17:13 AM »
I've never sent my 5D3 for service before because since 1 Jan 2013, Canon charges you for sensor cleaning (warranty or not), and I've never had any problem anyway.

Recently, there's some dots visible through the viewfinder. They does not affect the images, but are very annoying. I checked. It's not on the eye-piece, but inside and I'm not comfortable touching anything inside, so I sent in for service.

A few days later, a Canon technician called and said that they've cleaned the dots, and they will be replacing the focusing screen because there's a scratch. But I have to wait another week for the parts.

I decided to collect the body since my  family reunion weekend was coming up and sent-it again when the parts arrived, and I did.

Technical Support / Re: 5D3 Focus Screen Replacement - Alignment
« on: June 20, 2014, 03:05:29 AM »
I just got mine replaced by Canon 3 days ago for free.  :)

Under warranty?

My 2yrs warranty expired last April.

Does warranty cover focusing screen?

Technical Support / Re: 5D3 Focus Screen Replacement - Alignment
« on: June 20, 2014, 01:10:47 AM »
I just got mine replaced by Canon 3 days ago for free.  :)

9.99 USD means something about 13 EUR (60% more) here in Europe. Talk about fair pricing :(

I'm paying MYR29.99 (no additional local tax). That's about USD9.28 at today's rate.

Software & Accessories / Adobe CC (2014) now online
« on: June 18, 2014, 07:34:02 PM »
Photoshop CC (2014)

Smart Object improvements
Maintain the links to external files by automatically packaging them in a single directory. You can also convert your existing embedded Smart Objects to linked Smart Objects.

Improved Layer Comps
Save time now that you can change the visibility, position, or appearance of one layer in a Layer Comp and then sync that change to all the others. Plus, easily see the attributes of each Layer Comp, and toggle a Layer Comp within a Smart Object.

Blur Gallery motion effects
Use Path Blur to add blur along any path and Spin Blur to create circular or elliptical blurs. The Mercury Graphics Engine makes all Blur Gallery interactions fast and fluid.

Focus Mask
Let Photoshop help you start a mask by automatically selecting the in-focus areas of your image. Focus Mask works great with potraits and other images that have shallow depth of field, and the Mercury Graphics Engine delivers fast performance.

Improvements to Content-Aware technology
New technology in Content-Aware Fill, Move, and Patch smoothly blends areas containing gradients, like skies, so you can create seamless, realistic results like never before.

Smarter Smart Guides
Forget trying to align multiple shapes or objects at exact distances from one another on canvas. Now you can quickly see the distance in pixels between objects so you can lay out content with precision.

Desktop fonts from Typekit
Choose the fonts you need from the Typekit library, sync them to your desktop, and get immediate access to them in your Photoshop font menu. Photoshop will even automatically replace missing fonts in your documents.

Font Search
Search for fonts by name, and see instant previews of each font to zero in on the perfect one.

Expanded 3D printing capabilities
Now you can see exactly where and how Photoshop repaired your 3D meshes so it's easy to refine your designs in third-party 3D modeling apps. Get more accurate renderings of your models prior to printing thanks to WYSIWYG previews. And get support for more 3D printers and service providers.

Adobe Generator enhancements
Simplify the process of naming Generator assets and get greater flexibility in organizing the output from Generator by setting document-wide defaults, and by specifying subfolders for exported assets. Generator also offers new APIs so developers can create even more powerful plug-ins.

Adobe Camera Raw 8 enhancements
Heal images, fix perspective distortions, and create vignettes with greater precision. Plus, access an interactive histogram, before/after previews, and more.

Improved Windows 8.1 stylus support
Get to work quickly and comfortably with your stylus on Windows 8.1 devices, and enjoy smoother brush strokes thanks to higher-frequency sampling.

Expanded Mercury Graphics Engine support
Upsample images up to 15 times faster (depending on file size and video card configuration) now that the Mercury Graphics Engine delivers an OpenCL performance boost. The engine powers new Blur Gallery motion effects and the Focus Mask feature, too.

Experimental features
A new preference setting allows you to test drive and help shape new Photoshop features before they’re officially released.

Intelligent upsampling, even faster
Enlarge a low-res image so it looks great in print, or start with a larger image and blow it up to poster or billboard size. Upsampling preserves detail and sharpness without introducing noise, and now you get even more immediate results thanks to an OpenCL boost from the Mercury Graphics Engine.

Workflow Enhancements
Work faster and smarter thanks to new feature enhancements throughout your workflows. Now you have access to an expanded Color Panel; you can access your most recently used brushes, sync your workspaces, keyboard shortcuts, and menu customizations with Sync Settings; and more.

And so much more
Also includes: support for very large PNG files; the ability to export 3D LUTs; support for new video formats including Sony RAW and Canon RAW; and more. See full release notes

Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: June 17, 2014, 11:47:49 PM »
Hi dilbert.
Please could you show us a picture of yours to show us how it should be done, or if you don't have one perhaps a detailed explanation of the technique and processing needed to achieve no blown highlights. Whilst you at doing that the rest of us can take our pictures wih blown highlights and at least have something to show!

Cheers Graham.

I can't believe how many of these images have blown highlights.

This is one of the first ever sunset pictures that I took with a DSLR. Unfortunately it gets converted to sRGB for the web ...

Dull and lifeless.

The French will be so glad to hear you describe their capital city in that way.

This has nothing to do with where an image was taken, it's the depiction of it. That shot has no soul.

A photographer cannot capture what isn't there, so if there is no soul in that photograph then there is no soul in Paris.

Wow, that's really pathetic. Is that the best you have?

Well why don't you show me how it is done? After all, you've been shooting for 40 years so after that much time behind a camera, every click of your button must be gold.

Doesn't matter how long someone shoots, no one ever makes great photography with every click. Check your PMs.

CANON RUMORS - I came for the rumors, I stayed for the dramas..  ;D

So let’s say 5 years from now something happens in my life and I'm no longer actively into photography.  Family illness, work, family obligations, whatever. . .But I no longer have access to my file system?  The edits I've made?  The catalog that I've spent the last 10 years or building will no longer be backwards compatible with CS4.  The only way I can access all the work I’ve done is to keep paying Adobe.  At that point I don't need new features, I'm fine with an old version, but I need something that can read my file system and my edits.  All I have to speak for my photography the last 5 years are anything I exported, and folders and folders full of unedited, unorganized RAW images.

I don't understand this. What would block your access to your file system? More importantly, what would block your access to your files. They are right there on your computer, they haven't gone anywhere.

Are you saying that because they have been edited in CC 5 or something like that, you figure that you can't open them with an old CS4? Well, that's always a risk, whether you've got a subscription service or buying a license.

If you're talking PSD files, make sure the maximize compatibility box is checked so the files are backward compatible.

If you are talking DNG, that's an open format available to anyone. In fact, that's why Adobe developed DNG.

If it's a RAW file, well, that has nothing at all to do with Adobe, that's a risk because the camera manufacturers insist on having their own proprietary formats and until they adopt a universal standard, there is no guarantee that any program will always be able to open a RAW file.

Now, it would be pretty crappy and shortsighted of Canon to not make available software that can always open any of their proprietary RAW formats. But, that's something to take up with Canon, not Adobe.

And, by the way, why would anyone completely drop a software program without first saving their files in a universal format?

And, even if you did that, what would prevent you from signing up to the then-current version of Creative Cloud just long enough to switch over your files to a universal format?

What am I missing here?

Ahhh... Now your nickname make sense...  ;D

I'm sorry... I can't help it...  :-\

 :o Impressed!

I've been using Adobe cc for photographers for a while now.  Its $10 a month and is great.

+1.  As long as it stays at ~$10/mo, I'll remain very glad I made the move to CC.


Technical Support / Re: 6D + EOS app.. image review.. I Need Help!
« on: May 28, 2014, 05:11:56 AM »
I don't know if you've found the solution or not, but you might wanna try RawDroid & Photo Mate R2

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
« on: May 07, 2014, 07:05:28 AM »
Some shots from my new used 50/1.2L from the weekend's Firefighter's Day Celebration Rehearsal:

5D3_4356 by Sparda (AMT), on Flickr

5D3_4359 by Sparda (AMT), on Flickr

Firefighter's Pledge by Sparda (AMT), on Flickr

5D3_4410 by Sparda (AMT), on Flickr

Lenses / Re: Canon's f/1.2's: What is really going on?
« on: April 30, 2014, 04:42:54 AM »
Wait a second, did someone just compare camera lenses to car pistons?!?!

Yep, that is the kind of "reasoning" we have to try to dispel sometimes.

Not the best analogy maybe, but if you try to read what I said rather than trying to take one sentence out of context, you might understand.  THERE IS METAL TO METAL CONTACT.  Your reasoning is, there is not enough metal to metal contact to cause any "appreciable" wear.  I say, there is certainly metal to metal contact that causes wear, when people rush to change if they are changing wheels on an F1 racecar.  Oops, there's another car analogy!  My whole point was, the mount is far from indestructible, and care should be taken when changing lenses.  If you are just wanting to argue, go ahead, but you have to admit, I have a point.

Hold on, let me post under another name to egg this on...oh wait, I'm above that.   ;D

If you really must worry about your lenses, worry about scratches, oxidation and discoloration, mould growth, wear and tear on the focus and zoom mechanisms.  The lens mount is the least of all problems to worry about. Just dont carelessly ram it on the camera and you should be fine for 20 years.

I worry about those things too.  And the 1D4 I rented, showed signs of people ramming the lens on the camera, and even missing the mount entirely.  In the past, I've witnessed people just piling cameras/lenses mounted on tripods, on top of each other into the back of an SUV, as if they were garden shovels!  They were in a hurry to get on the road, and nothing was more important than that, apparently.  The clanking sound was the equivalent to a human being flogged.  Maybe I am too sensitive to it, but I don't like the idea of people being careless, and not appreciating that what they have, cost something, and took a lot of effort to design and manufacture.  And that someday, some poor soul will very likely be buying it, either from them, or someone else (at a yard sale even)...and will say "this one's seen some action!  What a shame...".  To some people, scratching a D700 and its lens, against 8 other cameras/lenses/tripods/heads (total retail had to be $10,000 +) does not even register, I guess.  I just have no respect at all for people like that.

This is now way off the 50 f/1.2 topic, I apologize for my part in it!

For your own sake, avoid watching DigitalRev's youtube videos at all cost.  :o

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
« on: April 26, 2014, 11:19:57 AM »
I finally purchased this lens today, used (2yrs) for USD1,130 (converted from my local currency).
It will probably be my new favorite lens.

5D3_0779 by Sparda (AMT), on Flickr

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