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Software & Accessories / Re: Topaz DeNoise or other plugin
« on: February 11, 2013, 05:58:48 AM »
Might look at DFine and Nik Software's pack too.  I am getting some decent results with it.  I really like their B&W conversion plugin Silver Efex.  Only has a 14 day trial though.

Software & Accessories / Re: Which iMac
« on: February 04, 2013, 06:37:09 AM »
Sometimes I just want to add fuel to the already raging fire!  ;D

See this is what I don't get. Recently my friend needed a workstation for solidworks and stuff like that, and we built something very similar to what you spec here.  But when his wife, who is in film production, wanted a new computer, a new iMac was pretty much the best solution for her for the stuff she likes to do at home, and for what she wants from a machine as far as non-functional aspects (appearance, form factor, etc.)

So I am at a loss as to why you think the solution you've listed is the appropriate choice for everybody just because it is the appropriate choice for you. Do you think everyone is exactly like you?  Do you truly believe those two machines are equivalent in every way that matters except price?

Software & Accessories / Re: Which iMac
« on: February 01, 2013, 09:18:47 AM »
To my knowledge, Mac Pros are workstations and workstations cater to businesses. Because of this, the tower was built with an IT support staff in mind. In other words, the computer is very modifiable. Your main limiting factor is going to be the power supply and the connections on the motherboard. As long as you don't put a graphics card in that will exceed the psu, you should be fine. Without seeing a unit personally, I would imagine that you can upgrade RAM, hdd/ssd, optical drives, graphics cards (to an extent) adding soundcards and other pci cards and possibly the heatsink on the processor.

Where I work, we are given HP workstations that feature xeon processors, cuda graphics, etc. There are no compromises made when it comes to business and spending a couple extra grand can mean thousands saved in time over the life of the computer. If this computer is for business, I would go the route your gf feels most comfortable with regardless the cost (within reason of course). But when choosing an Apple machine, I would wait to see what apple will be unveiling with the new Mac Pro tower (coming out later this year). I cannot speak to how serviceable the new model will be though.

Right now is not a great time to buy a Mac Pro. The unit has not been refreshed significantly in years, and the rumors are something new is coming in the next few months.

A couple of other notes, there are only a few video cards that work in the Mac Pro, and none of them are that exciting.

I don't believe you can modify the processor heat sink.  The stock cooling configuration, however, is thought out very well.

On the flipside, some believe that the new release will not be a Mac Pro at all, but rather a thunderbolt box that allows expansion of an iMac into something with Mac Pro capabilities.  This is based on parsing Tim Cook's comment wherein he does not say a new Mac Pro is coming but rather that something that people who are waiting for a Mac Pro will like.  This would be consistent with Apple's movement towards eliminating optical drives and favoring SSDs.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Single raw real estate photos
« on: January 29, 2013, 09:23:04 AM »
THey mean straight out of camera

Camranger will allow you to set up the time lapse using the ipad, then the ipad is not required to actually perform the shooting.

$300 though.  I have bought one, but have not been home to try it out yet.

Lenses / Re: 100-400L Version II ain't comin' either!
« on: January 28, 2013, 07:19:46 AM »
So do their numeric ratings on used individual lenses reflect the units' cosmetic and mechanical condition, or its optical performance or a combination of both?

Lenses / Re: Dust Donut - Add Weather Sealing to Any Lens
« on: January 19, 2013, 04:22:58 AM »
. The lenses are the pre-1999 white EF lenses (some of which are still current and relatively popular): the 200/1.8L, 300/2.8L, 300/4L, 300/4L IS, 400/2.8L, 400/5.6L, 500/4.5L, 600/4L, 35-350/3.5-5.6L, 70-200/2.8L,and 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS.

Thanks Neuro.  You constantly provide some of the most useful information on these forums. I have two of the lenses on this list, but had been planning to forego this product because I thought it was useless in my case.

Lenses / Re: Focusing on L lenses vs LII
« on: January 17, 2013, 08:39:54 AM »
It is not true.  AFMA works fine with older L lenses as well, not to mention non-L lenses and even non Canon lenses.

I believe it will work properly with any lens that has some form of chip inside to identify itself to the camera.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: I feel like a kid again....
« on: January 13, 2013, 06:59:30 AM »
i think she charged it too, as it was not put in the box as i had put it! :) all is good!

Truly a top notch wife.  Reminds me of mine.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: 70-300mm F4-5.6 IS Refurbished 50% off; $260
« on: December 18, 2012, 08:20:27 AM »
That's the 70 – 200L. What about the 300L?

Pricewatch Deals / Re: 70-300mm F4-5.6 IS Refurbished 50% off; $260
« on: December 17, 2012, 08:37:12 AM »
Where are you seeing the L for $1060?  $1270 is the best I've found.

Lighting / Re: New to off camera flash, any tips/guides for beginners?
« on: December 16, 2012, 08:51:05 AM »
I learned much from this site.

Second this.  I learned a ton of stuff from his tutorials.

That's what I've been doing.



Adobe lists the lens under samyang , but it's all the same

Thanks for the reply...

I should have mentioned I don't have adobe, I"m using Aperture, either need a plug in for that, or standalone.
Open source would be preferable. I've read that UFRaw would do it...but can't seem to find a version of that for 5D3 and this, still looking.



I have the same lens and camera, and I'm using PT lens:

$25 for the license. Gets you a standalone app and a plug-in for either Aperture or Lightroom.  Only nitpick for me is the result is a tiff file that's double the size of the raw.  Time to correct the file on my three-year-old MacBook Pro is about five seconds.

Software & Accessories / Re: Would you use it?
« on: December 15, 2012, 03:50:01 AM »
I think many here would be interested in such a tool. However you have titled your thread in a way that almost no one is going to read it. I suggest you repost with something informative in the title like improved RAW denoising tool any interest or something like that.

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