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Canon General / Re: Canon Cinema EOS C300 Mark II Will be 4K [CR2]
« on: January 23, 2015, 05:04:39 PM »
Not sure where the C300 II will fit in the current lineup. The C500 already does 4K. So why not just lower the price of the C500 and introduce a C500 mark II with better specs, (DR, FPS, Global shutter, low-light performance etc)? Unless they plan to make it a crippled version of C500 that take away many features except 4K recording.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Price Drops on the Canon Cinema EOS C100
« on: January 23, 2015, 04:46:26 PM »
I feel that Sony A7s + Shogun is a safer investment than the C100, not only because you get the 4K, XLR inputs, a great monitor, Pro res codec, etc, but the system is changeable. So if I get a different camera like the C500 down the road, I can still use the Shogun to record raw 4K.
I do like the color science of Canon, so I hope I can afford a canon 4K camera in the future. But its hard to justify getting a Canon when other competitors offer so much for less, and they are getting better every year. By the time the C500 becomes affordable, Sony or Panasonic may offer something way better for less.

Lenses / Re: 50L & 85L II wide open, outdoor shooting?
« on: August 16, 2013, 03:32:12 PM »
I mostly use my Heliopan 3 stop ND filter when I am doing video. I also use it outdoors with studio strobes to bring down my shutter speed to sync level when I am using wide aperture. I often use ISO 50 when I need to cut an extra stop of light. I understand its below the native ISO of the sensor, but I was wondering, has anyone noticed any adverse effect of using ISO 50?


So I guess your gonna buy a 6D then? $1233 at digitalmonster. I have been very tempted.

Price looks too good to be true. Smells like bait and switch company. I wouldn't trust buying anything from them.

Pricewatch Deals / Blackmagic Cinema Camera EF - $1,995
« on: August 02, 2013, 04:36:02 AM »
The price of the Blackmagic Cinema Camera has been reduced to $1995.
At this price, its so tempting. Who's getting one??

I use the Carry Speed dual strap. I love the off center mounting plate and extra strap to securely hang a 70-200mm lens. The extra strap can also be used to hook to your pants' belt loop so it doesn't swing around.

EOS-M / Re: My Eos M at work...
« on: July 09, 2013, 02:25:17 PM »
I really like the group shot and interior shots. Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to my EOS M arriving tomorrow :).

Custom built PC

Asus P9x79 pro motherboard
Intel 3930k processor
Gskill 64GB DDR3 1600 RAM
nvidia 680 4GB video card
Samsung 840 pro 256.GB SSD
Samsung 840 pro 512GB SSD (scratch drive)
2X WD 4TB black HDD
2X WD 3TB red in NAS drive
Windows 8 pro
NEC PA241W and Dell 2713 monitor.

Photoshop works smooth most of the time. If i have too many images open at the same time, it slows down a bit.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Weddings
« on: May 01, 2013, 08:15:12 AM »
Love the photos. Which lens did you use for most of these?

Pricewatch Deals / Re: EF 24-105 f/4L IS for $770 Shipped
« on: April 17, 2013, 07:42:13 PM »
now its $739.99

Lenses / Re: canon 24L 1.4 ii lemon
« on: April 02, 2013, 10:16:13 AM »
My copy focuses fine on the 5D IIs, but its pretty much useless on my wife's T4i. Very inconsistent, with heavy backfocusing. I think the lower end DSLRs like the T4i are not optimized to be used with such wide aperture lens. I haven't tested any other copies. Would've been nice if it worked well with the t4i because its such a great "normal" lens on a crop sensor.

Canon General / Re: Announcements Coming Tonight
« on: March 21, 2013, 11:20:50 AM »
Slightly off topic; the T4i with 18-55mm lens kit is on eBay daily deal special for $579 with 4% eBay bucks. Since the T5i is not much of an upgrade, I'd jump on this deal if I was on the market for a rebel.

I would recommend a custom built PC. You can really pack some serious hardware for $3.5K. As a matter of fact, I just completed building my first custom PC a couple of weeks ago and loving it! My build is listed below. It came out to about $3.5K (not including monitors). I really shopped around for parts and it took me about 2 weeks to get all the parts I needed. For example, I bought the 3930K CPU for $450 (brand new) and the GPU for $520 (brand new) both from eBay.

 Thermaltake Chaser MK-1 Full Tower Case : $140
 Thermaltake Grand 850W Gold PSU: $150
 EVGA GTX Classified 680 4GB GPU: $520
 Asus P9X79 Pro Motherboard: $320
 Cooler Master 212 Evo CPU Cooler: $30
 2x Western Digital Black 4TB HDD: $600
 Samsung 256GB 840 Pro SSD (Main/OS): $240
 Samsung 512GB 840 Pro SSD (Scratch drive): 520
 G.Skill 64GB DDR3 1600MHz Memory: $320
 Intel i7 3930K 3.2 GHz Hexa Core CPU: $450
 LG 14X Blu-ray Writer: $55
 USB 3.0 5-in-1 Memory Card Reader: $30
Keyboard & Mouse: $80
Windows 8 Pro: $85


Worst Monitors I have owned.  I am going on my 4th monitor in 5 months because of dead/dying pixels and other issues. 

Specs are nice - but product is crap.  Your luck may vary, but I don't even bother putting the box in the attic any more... I just leave it right besides the desk. 

Maybe Dell can offer a new service and include a future dated RMA with every purchase.

Sounds like you have been buying the Dell office grade cheapies. They're patently not suitable for working with images or performance gaming. In a recent similar CR thread I mentioned we have five Dells in the studio, U3011, U2711 and three older UltraSharp spec 24 inch panels.

They have all been faultless workhorses. I will buy more Dells when required. My first Dell, a 24 inch Ultrasharp from around 2007 is still working perfectly. It calibrates fine with the EyeOne. Very stable. Go figure. People just seem to love flaming Dell. That said, I wouldn't buy anything from them other than their premium monitors. It's not that their other hardware is bad, it's just not suitable.


Thanks pwp!

I had ordered the 2173H on Tuesday and it is on the way to be delivered Monday. I had lost some sleep last night wondering whether it would be a crash and burn for the $ 1,000 I paid for it.

Why did you pay $1000? You could've bought it from from ecost or nextwarehouse (which is where I bought mine), you could've gotten it for $727. With $8 extra, you could also opt for free return shipping if you dont like it. With the money saved, you could've bought the xrite i1 display pro for hardware calibration, which you will eventually need for proper calibration.

I have done a mini review of Dell U2713H vs NEC PA241W-BK on I'll just copy and paste it below. I don't find myself using the wide-gamut feature much because I mostly print photo books from and they only accept sRGB color profile. I just bought the wide gamut version just incase I need it in the future.

Review from

I have used the NEC MultiSync PA241W-BK for a couple of years and now decided to upgrade to a slightly bigger monitor with Adobe RGB color gamut and LED backlighting. Here's what I found:


- Less aggressive AG coating. The NEC had very matte looking screen where images looked grainy and text weren't that sharp. Dell's semi-gloss AG is much smoother and images look great.

- LED backlighting. Gives slightly higher contrast and better image quality.

- Price. Cheaper than comparable sized NEC (PA271W-BK)


-Backlight bleeding. I have read that it happens on the U2713HM model and was hoping it would not be present in this model. However, the backlight bleeding is there and is quite noticeable throughout the screen, especially in the corners. The NEC handled this much better.

- USB 3.0 buggy. I'm using Windows 8 in a custom built PC, and connecting this monitor to the USB 3.0 port on my computer causes it to crash. I've once got it working after assigning windows default driver for my USB 3.0 port, but it would still cause my system to crash if I turn the monitor off while the computer is on. It works good when connected to USB 2.0 port, but you loose the speed.

- Touch adjustment button is often irresponsive. The main 'Menu' touch screen button often fails to bring up the menu. Most of the times it works in the first touch or two, but at times I have even had to press it up to 10 times to bring up the menu. Wish it had a more responsive, solid button.

- Dell Utility manager doesn't detect the monitor. Not sure why the latest Utility manager doesn't detect it. Maybe its because I'm using windows 8. I'm not sure. I will keep checking for an update to the software.

Overall, this monitor is average for the price. It has some issues that needs to be worked out. Just a quick note: I have Rev A01 of this model. Also, shop around! I've purchased this from a retailer for 25% less than the MSRP.

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