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Sports / Re: F1 Photography Advice
« on: November 19, 2013, 12:26:38 PM »
Some great advice in this thread, as well as some great shots taken by people modestly labeling themselves as amateurs :)

I took my 5D3, 24-105, and 70-300L to this year's USGP, but honestly I didn't take many images at all. Since this was the first F1 race I attending, I wanted to enjoy the event instead watching bits and pieces of the race through a viewfinder.

A few observations from COTA:

- I scoped out all the general admissions area, and you're either too far away from the track and/or shooting through the fence to get a good shot.
- At the sections of the track (Turns 7, 8, 11) that offers good vantage point that aren't obstructed by the fence, a 300mm lens isn't nearly long enough.
- If the fence if brightly lit, and you're several hundreds of feet away from it, the AF will focus on the fence no matter what. That was the situation from the general admissions area, half way up the hill in Turn 1, which is where I watched the race from. A good work around was opening up the aperture, manually focusing near the apex of the turn, and shooting the cars as they passed through that point. An even better work around is to just put the camera down and enjoy the race :) I saw lots of spectators so fixated on shooting that they had no idea what was going on during the race.
- As others suggested, do most of the shooting during practice and qualifying. Slaving away through a viewfinder is no way to enjoy the spectacle of F1 racing.

As an American, a Texan, and an Austinite, it's great to hear all the positive comments from the drivers regarding COTA, but I still think Spa is the best track on earth. Does anyone have pics from Spa they want to share :)? If I can only attend one other F1 race, I want to go to Spa!

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Sports / Re: F1 Photography Advice
« on: November 19, 2013, 11:58:23 AM »
One thing that is both a plus and a minus (you may know this already):  2014 sees all new smaller V6 engines and chassis, with state of the art turbo charging that is all combined with electric motor assist/batteries (I don't like this part)...but it's possible the cars might be a bit quieter than the current V8's.  Obviously they won't be as quiet as normal "turbo" cars can be.


I just got back from the USGP, and I feel very fortunate that I got to hear the 2.4L naturally aspirated V-8s screaming away at 18,000 rpm one last time. While I appreciate the technology involved with next's year's turbo V-6s, the sound is much more subdued. Mercedes recently posted a sound clip of the 2014 V-6 running a simulated lap at Monza on the dyno:

2014: A lap with the new Mercedes-Benz V6! Small | Large


Still a nice sound, but not nearly as visceral at the naturally aspirated V-8s.

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Lenses / Re: I'm done part II - here are all of the lenses I've sold
« on: November 08, 2013, 09:08:11 PM »
My sold list is quite short:

Canon 10-22: Great lens, but replaced it with a 17-40L after going full-frame
Canon 28-135: Complete POS lens. Replaced it with a 24-105L
Canon 35mm: Some kinda cheap prime that never got much use
Canon 70-200 f/4: By far my favorite "sold" lens. Tack sharp with outstanding color and contrast. Replaced it with a 70-300L after going full frame for some extra reach.

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Canon's timing is impeccable. I need a new monitor for internet porn.
Buying a $40000 monitor to watch internet p0rn has to be the height of desperation ... I hope you are aware that you can have plenty of the real thing for $40000 ;D

Yeah, but once I use up that $40K, I'd have no monitor to showoff to my basement-dwelling tech geek friends ;D That kind of logic might explain why basement-dwelling tech geeks have to resort to internet porn in the first place ;D

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Canon's timing is impeccable. I need a new monitor for internet porn.

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Can poor people (like me :)) who use Alien Bees/White Lightnings also benefit from the MC2, or will they only work with Einsteins?


Only Einsteins.  For AB/WL, you'd need a FlexTT5 tranceiver and an AC9.


It would be badass if you could have the benefits of the MC2 built-in to the FlexTT5, but then Speedlite users would complain that they're paying for something they don't need. Kinda like the "I don't need video on an SLR" whiners ;D. At least Pocket Wizard gives you the option of adding on studio light power control to its existing receivers with the MC2. Pretty cool!

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My jaw is still on the floor. What an incredible product. Too bad I can't afford a set of these puppies :(

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IMHO, the market is screaming for a radio triggering system that provides TTL functionality for Speedites, but allows remotely controlling the power (albiet manually, of course) of a studio light.

My PocketWizard setup can do that - TTL for the Canon flashes, remote power adjustment for my Einstein 640 via a PowerMC2 (or semi-auto, with power tracking where it automatically compensates when I change aperture or ISO). 

Can poor people (like me :)) who use Alien Bees/White Lightnings also benefit from the MC2, or will they only work with Einsteins?

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So if I understand correctly, the biggest advantage of the Yongnuo system over the Phottix Mitros is that it allows mixing and matching with the Canon RT system? Any idea how much these doohickeys will cost? I love everything about the Canon RT system except the price!

IMHO, the market is screaming for a radio triggering system that provides TTL functionality for Speedites, but allows remotely controlling the power (albiet manually, of course) of a studio light. 

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Off Brand: Nikon Announces the Df
« on: November 05, 2013, 04:36:37 PM »
If I were a Nikon afficionado, for the same price, why would I buy a Df over a D800?

Exactly what I was wondering. For $250 more, I'd rather buy a D800. Small, mirrorless bodies still aren't for me, but if I was in the market for one of these gizmos, I can't see any reason to buy a Df over a Sony A7R. With the Sony, you get a far better sensor, and more importantly, you can adapt it to work with Canon glass.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Bottleneck when opening images of CF card?
« on: November 05, 2013, 12:29:40 AM »
Ok, so, you seem to have a mis-understanding of what RAID 0+1 (or 1+0, aka RAID10) is. It's doing a strip (RAID0) across mirrors (RAID1), or mirrors across strips. As opposed to having a separate RAID0 then a separate RAID1.

You're right. I read up some more about RAID configurations, and I have lots more research to do. RAID6 is completely over my head. I think I'll just stick with a standard HDD for storage and back up to an external drive :)

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Software & Accessories / Re: Bottleneck when opening images of CF card?
« on: November 04, 2013, 08:47:15 PM »

I wouldn't be storing on an SSD... far too expensive and unnecessary. On my two current home-built PC's I have the OS (Win7) and programs on a modest sized 180Gb Intel SSD, and local storage on a 2Tb HDD, then archive network storage on a five-HDD Synology NAS. BTW, I wouldn't go with Win 8. It's a dog in the tradition of Vista and the dreaded ME. Win 7 is the new XP.

-pw

That's a slick setup, even more so since it can be setup as a cloud.

And yes, I will gladly pass on Windows 8. My wife's new laptop has it, and I hate it. I thought Microsoft got its act together after the Vista debacle, and Windows 7 was a refreshing improvement, and then it comes out with a rubbish OS like Windows 8. No thanks.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Bottleneck when opening images of CF card?
« on: November 04, 2013, 08:37:45 PM »
Thanks for the great advice, fellas.

What do you mean by "opening" 200 RAWs at once?


Yeah, that's what I meant :)

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SSDs versus HDDs for faster photo editing?  I have experimented with keeping photos on an SSD, or keeping just my Lightroom catalog and previews on an SSD, and in my workflow (mostly Lightroom with a bit of Photoshop), I have not seen any performance boosts that would warrant major investment into SSD.  The bottleneck with importing or exporting is usually with Lightroom itself: the disk and the CPU don't even come close to 100% utilization for these time-intensive tasks.

Good to know!

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Also, I would strongly recommend against raid0, unless you have a great and reliable backup system that you can't wait to try out.

My plan, as others have suggested, was loading the OS and major software programs onto a small SSD. Then, I planned on utilizing a RAID 0 on a standard HDD for storage, and having a separate RAID 1 HDD to back up the two RAID 0 HDDs. If there is no real benefit in system performance from the RAID 0 setup, I will gladly forgo the added complexity of the RAID 0+1 arrangement. Instead, I'd probably just opt for a RAID 1 setup, and back that up onto another external HDD so I'd have triple redundancy of my images. 

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Software & Accessories / Bottleneck when opening images of CF card?
« on: November 04, 2013, 05:07:46 PM »
I'm planning out my next custom PC build, and want to narrow down potential bottlenecks. More specifically, when reading images directly off the CF card using a card reader, I'd like them to open up as quickly as possible. I'd imagine that this is determined by the read speed of the CF card itself, and the transfer rate of the USB interface. Opening up 200 or so RAW files at once seriously slows down my current system, so I'd like to cut down the wait time as much as possible.

Dumb question #1: Does the amount of RAM factor into this equation at all?

Dumb question #2: Since the images aren't being copied into the hard drive in this scenario, does the HDD write speed matter for this specific issue? My guess would be no.

I'm debating whether or not it's worth it to go with solid state drives for storage, or go with a standard HDD in a RAID 0 configuration to boost read/write speed. A 1 TB solid state drive still costs $600, and while they're blazing fast, that's still a lot of money.   

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I don't understand what the big stink is about. Sony now offers a camera that allows taking advantage of Exmor sensor technology while using Canon glass. Even though I won't be buying an A7R, as a Canon user, shouldn't this be good news?

If a bunch of Canon users start snatching up A7R bodies, perhaps it will put more pressure on Canon to improve their sensors. Again, as a Canon user, shouldn't this increased competition be good news?

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