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Interesting and understandable that the wire services want to control their own workflow including the network transport. However, to call it state of the art is quite a reach. The Olympic network is state of the art.

◾54 Terabit backbone
◾2,000 Ethernet switches
◾50,000 Ethernet ports
◾2,500 wireless access points
◾36 HD channels
◾1,500 IPTV screens
◾6,500 VoIP phones

The network needs to support the following venues and individuals:
◾11 competition venues
◾2 data centers
◾2 operation centers
◾3 Olympic villages
◾2 media centers
◾2 celebration centers
◾Approximately 50,000 network users not including fans in attendance including 5,500 athletes, 14,000 media and 25,000 volunteers

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Kirk PZ 148 plate for the 5d Mark III
« on: January 06, 2014, 10:50:11 AM »
I am also using the Kirk L-bracket as opposed to the PZ-148 but the bottom plate looks the same on both. I do not have the 50 1.2 or 35 1.4 but I can tell you my 85 1.2 causes the camera to tilt forward when on a flat surface. My 16-35 II is closer in weight but still longer and it tips forward as well. Your two lenses are slightly lighter and shorter so maybe you have a chance of maintaining balance.

Per Neuro's advice, if your 5D3 won't stay upright without a bracket and those lenses, then it won't stay up with the bracket attached.

Lenses / Re: 70-200 f/2.8L IS II AFMA Settings
« on: October 26, 2013, 01:57:47 PM »
Mine is adjusted as follows:

70mm: -8
200mm: -3

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe site hacked
« on: October 04, 2013, 12:37:36 PM »
They've decided to remove all encryption and store customer data on open servers.  That way, hackers will not be tempted, as there'll be nothing to hack.   :P

Thanks Neuro, you have given me peace of mind going forward with Adobe, maybe I will give them my bank accounts now too  :P

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe site hacked
« on: October 04, 2013, 11:47:34 AM »
Beyond the standard form letter apology I received, I would like to know what measures Adobe has taken (obviously they won't get too specific and tip their hand for the next hacker) to prevent this from happening again.

Software & Accessories / Re: How big do you print?
« on: September 26, 2013, 10:25:04 PM »
Generally I print anywhere from 8x10 up to 20x30 and 24x36 depending on the image, who it is for, etc. I have an Epson SP 7890 so I have a lot of flexibility. Largest was a Grand Canyon stitch my daughter shot that I did on canvas at 60"x20 for her.

EOS Bodies / Re: Improving 5D MK lll skin tone
« on: September 25, 2013, 11:06:08 PM »
Have you tried using a colorchecker Passport by X-Rite?

Ack, Private beat me by a few seconds, but it does an excellent job for color control.

Landscape / Re: Antelope Canyon, AZ Recommendations?
« on: September 18, 2013, 05:32:50 PM »

When I was out in Page, AZ last fall, Lower Antelope Canyon didn't seem to give me any choices on guides as it appears to be operated by a single Navajo group. Once inside the gates, when they open in the morning, you pay your fee and they provided a guide. The guide I had was very knowledgeable and polite and I had him dedicated to me for my 2+ hours.

Upper Antelope Canyon and some of the other smaller slot canyons seem to have options for tour guides. I used Adventurous Antelope Canyon Tours and had a guide all to myself for half the day for Upper Antelope and Rattlesnake canyons. He happened to be a pretty good photographer as well and we had a great time shooting.

Make sure you do the Photographer Tours. Those are small group/solo excursions. Regular tours are full of tourists and to be avoided at all costs and they usually ban tripods on the non-photographer tours. The Canyons are amazing and I recommend your widest angle lens  and your remote shutter release as well as your tripod.

Software & Accessories / Re: Big(ger) Bag Recommendations Needed
« on: September 17, 2013, 05:30:01 PM »
I currently use the Gura Gear Bata 32L. You are right, it isn't cheap but it is more than spacious for what you need to carry. The construction is outstanding, very light weight but strong. The interior is customizable with the strong Velcro dividers. It holds my tripod well using the outside strapping and pocket. The lower back/waist support and the shoulder strapping are comfortable even with a full load when adjusted properly. It also has plenty of zippered pockets to carry my filters, chargers, cords, etc. I spent four days hiking with it Arizona last year and was very pleased with it. It also fits in airline overhead compartments.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: RAW or JPEG
« on: September 08, 2013, 05:17:03 PM »
RAW 100% of the time.

Landscape / Re: Post Your National Park Photos
« on: March 04, 2013, 02:38:16 PM »
A couple from last year while in Arizona at Monument Valley and Canyon De Chelly.

Abstract / Re: What is this?
« on: February 22, 2013, 10:42:47 AM »
Still no confirmation/acknowledgement from the OP if Neuro's answer was correct?

Technical Support / Re: How do you store and archive your images?
« on: February 17, 2013, 09:51:11 AM »
I currently use RAID 1 (mirroring) on 2x2TB Drives in my primary computer just for image storage. I have SSD's for my OS and primary Apps and non-redundant HDD's for non-critical files.

I keep an active 3 TB External connected for nightly scripted backup of the RAID 1 files.

I keep another 3 TB External at work that I bring home once a month to backup and store as my off-site.

I replace all my drives every 2-3 years to reduce the risk of aging drive failures.

In the event I have any failure in either drive in the RAID 1 array, the other is still fully functional. I perform an immediate backup to the external, grab a spare 2TB spare, and swap the problem drive out and allow it to automatically rebuild the mirror image on the new drive.

Perhaps at some point I may consider cloud storage but have found that my current system has served me well and survived a hard drive failure once already. If I am able to increase client level work (more paid work), then I will probably make the move to cloud storage as my off-site method.

Site Information / Re: Really good price on 1DX?
« on: January 23, 2013, 12:12:51 AM »
They seem suspicious but I have no experience with them. Take a look at this thread I found

This one belongs in the "too good to be true" category.

Canon General / Re: How do you store your gear?
« on: January 05, 2013, 02:20:13 PM »
I keep my two bodies, lenses, flashes, etc in my backpack (Gura Gear Bataflae 32L ). Keeps dust and debris off of all of it. Tripod in its padded case as well.

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