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Technical Support / Re: How do you store and archive your images?
« on: February 16, 2013, 07:19:46 AM »
Here's how it goes for me, first insert a CF card
  • LR4 imports to a working copy disk converting to DNG. Backup is made to a different disk
  • To eject card I run a script which does a rsync to a 15TB (5x3TB) on a Synology 1511+ NAS with 2 disk redundancy (up to two disks can crash and recover)
  • Then it asks whether to erase and eject card (3 copies of photos at this point) which I say yes
  • Once a night everything is backed up to a Synology 'side car' with 1 disk redundancy  12TB (4x3TB)
  • Once a week everything is rsync backed up to a Drobo FS 5x2TB with 1 disk redundancy
  • Once a month everything is rsync backed up to a briefcase of disks which reside offsite at my workplace
  • An extra backup set exists on portable hard drive (3x1TB) which I take with me when traveling
  • When traveling all shots are copies to a dual disk redudancy mini RAID enclosure

Cloud storage would be nice but its too expensive, and I have about 1.5TB of pictures at this point and growing. This also stores all of my other data, most of my life is on those disks.

Cloud storage has gotten a lot cheaper, ASUS now offers 500GB for just $50.00/yr

Technical Support / Re: How do you store and archive your images?
« on: February 16, 2013, 06:48:42 AM »
I use several redundant methonds.

First, primary storage where I do all my editing from, 2x 512GB Solid State Hard Drive
Second a 2TB NAS in RAID 1+0 configuration
Third a 1TB external HDD
Fourth, M-Disc's (archival quality DVD storage) (

Finally a use a simple script that runs as a scheduled batch job that utilises RoboCopy to copy the Change Delta's to the alternate media (except to the M-Disc's, only to the HDD's)

Lenses / 24 TS-E mk1 vs mk2
« on: January 04, 2013, 12:03:08 PM »
Does anybody think it is worth while to upgrade?  Are the shot *that* much better?

PowerShot / Re: G1X Firmware???
« on: October 21, 2012, 03:39:17 PM »
I don't think there has been a firmware update for the G1 X so far.

I was wondering if P&S's even have updatable firmware, because I cannot locate any menu option telling me what version I am currently running.

PowerShot / G1X Firmware???
« on: October 21, 2012, 03:22:56 PM »
I just bought my first P&S, something to be light weight instead of always lugging around 2 stone's of equipment.  Anyway, I went with the G1X; I can't seem to find anywhere to update the firmware.  Is there a way to update the firmware?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Once you go "L" you'll never go back....
« on: October 04, 2012, 04:49:44 AM »
Ok...This is more of a rant than here goes!

NEVER EVER...EVER...EVER have an amateur, shooting with a different camera brand and very poor quality lenses shoot a wedding with you  ( you had sympathy for this person and wanted to help them grow as a photographer and allowed them to assist you, photographing)

Holy smokes!!!  I'm using L glass plus a 5D MK II  and in order to get the quality of their picture to something half decent and that looks like a hint of my pictures, talk about POST POST POST...Geesh!

They were using a Pentax K-X and a Tamron AF-70-300.  Now before everyone jumps on my case, I did provide a canon 40D with Canon Lenses ( NON-L) for him to use, however, it was sooo different than his own camera, he couldn't figure it out within the few hours he was there.

This is not a rip on the photographer, he actually has a great eye for composition....he just needs a better system....sorry..

Short of great canon (non-L primes) 85 1.8, heck the 50 mm 1.8 Mark 1....I don't know I'll ever buy poor quality lenses...

sorry....more of a

Have a good night.

Having owned both the 100 macro's, I would say the both are just as good for IQ...then again you did mention primes.  No, I would not trade the bulk and weight of carrying around my L Series lenses for a lighter weighter version.  I've been shooting with L series since I got my first SLR (the venerable 1V) and nothing beets them.

EOS Bodies / Re: Help!!!
« on: October 03, 2012, 11:45:39 AM »
Try MLantern forums. If no help there, Canon service it is.

I attached the battery grip and viola, it turned on.  Older Canon firmware was installed, so I updated that and everything is now well!

EOS Bodies / Re: Help!!!
« on: October 03, 2012, 10:30:23 AM »
Did you try removing and reinserting the battery and memory card?

Did you try removing both batteries (LP-E6 and the date/time battery), letting it sit for a couple minutes, then re-inserting?

Yep, to no avail.  This is the last time I ever use open-source for anything.  At least the cost of a replacement 5D2 just dropped :)

EOS Bodies / Re: Help!!!
« on: October 03, 2012, 08:51:52 AM »
Sorry, but I believe there is no hope...

Try a different cf card, maybe, but, I believe that you now have problems...

I'm afraid you're right, I have a very expensive paper weight and a big trip tomorrow with no camera!

EOS Bodies / Re: Help!!!
« on: October 03, 2012, 08:27:28 AM »
Did you try removing and reinserting the battery and memory card?

Yes, with a fresh memory card.  The camera is bricked.  When I turn it on the red LED that indicates indicates it's reading the CF does not even illuminate.

EOS Bodies / Help!!!
« on: October 03, 2012, 06:30:18 AM »
I tried to install Magic Lantern (2.12) on my 5D2, now the camera is bricked.  I am headed out of the country tomorrow evening so I need to unbrick my camera ASAP, any help would be appreciated.  Thanks...

Lenses / Minimum Aperture
« on: September 28, 2012, 08:44:48 AM »
What goes into making the minumum aperture?  I mean whay does my 70-200 go down to f/32 but my 50 only goes to f/16?  Why can't the 24-70 go that extra stop down from f/22 to f/32?

EOS Bodies / Re: What does the "D" in all camera bodies mean?
« on: September 25, 2012, 03:35:48 AM »
Nikon is doing the same, only putting the 'D' up front  ::)

Except that the D30/D60 have already been used.  I still have my D30, I occasionally dust it off to see far we have come.

Lenses / Re: Which canon macro lense 60mm, 100mm, 100mmIS, 180mm
« on: September 25, 2012, 03:33:30 AM »
I currently have the 100 f2.8 non IS.  Next month I plan to upgrade to the IS version.  I've found that framing an object in the centre of the frame is very difficult.

The 100 f2.8 non IS takes wonderful pictures as a walk-around 100mm fixed length telephoto I must add, it's light wweight and tack sharp

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5d Mki or 60d (landscapes)
« on: September 09, 2012, 06:38:30 AM »
You won't regret going FF, especially for landscapes.  My vote is for the used 5D.

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