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For sure. Don't even need to improve that much from 1DX and I'll drop $10k easily. 2 stops on ISO performance, 2 stops on DR, 2 stops on MP. Sold.

Technical Support / Re: Optimal processing platform of still images
« on: December 04, 2014, 02:05:42 AM »
This means, that you must have a OS, that is capable to adress more than 16GB RAM (Windows 8 64 bit or Wondows 7 64 bit Enterprise) and a Mainboard with 8 RAM-slots. Greetings Andy

You have a nice system there Andy.  However, the Enterprise version isn't necc for the RAM addressing, just 64 bit.  In fact, most consumers can't get the Enterprise version.  The Enterprise version of Windows is just the consumer Ultimate version but licensed for enterprise.  All versions of Windows work the same for home users.  Unless they need domain support, Home Premium is fine.  I prefer Pro because it does have better user tools and remote desktop support but otherwise, it doesn't matter.  I'm guessing that you might be an Action Pack subscriber if you're using Enterprise...  :D

Rusty, the system I use is the one I explained here "My current PC is:" My argument was, if you want to  handle big PS files you should have as much RAM as you can get with at this time available (and affordable) consumer-technology. This is a 2011-3 system with 64 GB RAM. But you are right. Windows 7 64 bit Professional is just the right Version, not Enterprise.

Greetings Andy
Do you guys really feel like you need all of that RAM. I have 16 GB and I rarely ever have to hit a scratch disk and my files can be pretty big. My PS efficiency score rarely drops below 100% and my scan files are far bigger than standard DSLR files. The more ram thing was definitely true when RAM sticks were measure in MB's but 64GB sounds like an awful lot. Just curious .

Depending on intended use, 16GB is likely fine.  I put in 32GB but I bought that RAM about 3 years ago when it wasn't as expensive.  RAM is a bit high right now.

My typical day (Win7):

Chrome with 40-80 tabs open (I use tabs instead of bookmarks), typically takes ~2GB of memory total.

When running LR + PS CC, bare minimum I'm hitting already total ~10GB consumption if I check the task manager.

When editing and opening photos, add layers and such, it's soon 12-14GB total, and around this point the Windows starts asking if it can shut down some programs to free up some memory.

So I'd definitely like to increase up to 32GB.

Technical Support / Re: Optimal processing platform of still images
« on: December 03, 2014, 12:33:32 AM »
As for graphics cards and displays, yes you can have multiple displays attached to one video card with no problems.  The calibration would be per display because the calibration is display driven from a physical calibration sensor attached to the panel with the calibration software using the sensor input to tune the graphics card to make the adjustments digitally.

I have Spyder3Pro, and if I calibrate second monitor, the first one will change too. If I calibrate the first again, the second one will change. So some reason I cannot calibrate both, but it'll apply the latest calibration for both monitors. Running from same GPU card. I was reading somewhere that 2 cards are required. I didn't bother, so I just calibrated the main monitor, and anything on colors I use on that.

Technical Support / Re: Optimal processing platform of still images
« on: December 03, 2014, 12:29:38 AM »
Not sure why many people are recommending such medium level systems when OP said no money limit.

My current PC:
-Dell 30 IPS
-500GB SSD for temporary photo storage (editing phase)
-128GB SSD for Boot/OS
-3TB internal drives for various crap
-4x3TB external drives for long term storage (after edit done), each photo goes to 2 drives

When running PS CC and LR, with plenty of stuff on the layers, the PC starts complaining about memory and asks if it's ok to start shutting down services. So for heavy use, I'd say go minimum 32GB (4x8GB) or 64GB if you have the money and 8 slots on the MB.

So I'd say above list, with updated CPU (4xxx/5xxx series) and 32GB+ memory.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Lexar 64gb 1066x card on sale
« on: December 01, 2014, 05:31:00 PM »
I did speed test against my cheap crap old cards.

Intervalometer pressing shutter down for 30 seconds. All settings equal, same scene and everything. Canon 5D3 with high-fps (6fps).

Lexar took 137 pictures in 30 seconds.

Of the cards I tested, the best non-Lexar took 40 pictures. The slowest one took 31.

All 3 bodies I've had grips. Just makes it feel more sturdy, plus when shooting some 8h sport events I don't need to worry about battery life.

On XTi, I had cheap 3rd party, and never had any problems.

On 7D, I had Canon grip and the grip surface material on bottom started peeling off quite soon. Tried to glue it back but it never held. No functional problems ever.

On 5D3, Canon grip and no problems.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Lexar 64gb 1066x card on sale
« on: November 30, 2014, 05:00:40 PM »
The robbery comes in when people think they need cards this fast - and expensive!

Why do you say that?

Maybe he don't know people shoot sports too?

If I use any other of my cards, I keep hitting the buffer limit if I'm not careful with my bursts. With these cards, I can shoot virtually as fast as I want and I never hit the limit.

Lenses / Re: Community thoughts on Canon 15mm f2.8 fisheye lens
« on: November 30, 2014, 03:20:02 AM »
I just got one, but haven't used it yet. I also have the Rokinon 14mm. Using with 5D3, I guess I should try those out and sell the one I don't like.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Lexar 64gb 1066x card on sale
« on: November 29, 2014, 04:02:31 PM »
These are amazing cards. I was doing buffer testing on 5D3, and I almost cannot fill the buffer when shooting full raw at max fps.

If your 300mm is only slightly better than the 70-200 w/ TC, I'm happy to buy the lens from you.

My edit screen is Dell 30" 2600x1680 (or something around there). No hurry to get 4k display yet.

Lenses / Re: I *HATE* UPS.
« on: November 29, 2014, 01:44:57 AM »
Long long time ago I had awesome experience with UPS. I was expecting a package, but I was also leaving for a trip the same day when it was supposed to arrive. I really really wanted to get the package before the trip, but the usual UPS time at my building was after I already had to leave for airport.

So the morning when it said it's out for delivery, I called the local office. I explained the situation, so they checked their machine, gave the truck ID number and rough scheduled route it was driving. They also let the driver know about that.

I jumped in my car, drove along the route and quite soon found the correct truck. When it made it's next stop, I drove next to it and told I was here for my package their office had called about. He handed me the package, I thanked and drove off to airport.

Happy ending.

Lenses / Re: I *HATE* UPS.
« on: November 28, 2014, 08:52:16 PM »
First, the delivery guy didn't know what is inside the package.
Second, why didn't you sit somewhere by the door so we could see you. A lot of company did not turn off the light even if they're off.
Third, this is a holiday, the schedule is tight so nobody wants to look for a door bell, wait for someone to come (and most of the time nobody will come on a Friday after Thanksgiving).
Last but not least, it is the seller responsibility for not requesting direct signature on delivery. If the seller didn't think the product is important enough to request for it then what make you think the delivery guy will treasure your package.

This +1

I know I'm always nervous when I have something that magnitude coming, like 5D3 or 70-200 2.8 IS II. Most of the time they don't ring my doorbell, sometimes they do.

But that's quite low blaming the delivery guy when he's probably doing his best to make the rounds during his shift. Think the other way, if he'd stop to ring the bell at each door and wait if someone comes, he'd deliver maybe 20% less packages. Would you be happy if your lens didn't come today because of the other customers slowing him down, and instead you'd get your lens on Monday?

Same thing with e.g. restaurant workers or grocery store people. Most of them work harder than I do, so I don't understand why people are mean to them just because they have such jobs. You never know their situation either, maybe student making few extra bucks after school, or single mom working 3 jobs. Little smile and kindness can go long way, being angry and bitter won't help anyone.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Uneven Battery Usage in 580EXII
« on: November 23, 2014, 02:57:15 PM »
The batteries are in series and get used equally, but there are some possibilities.
1.  A bad battery.  Remove the bad one.  This would be a 99% + probability
2.  Bad battery charger not fully charging batteries.
3.  Current leakage in the battery compartment or related bus bars of the flash that affects only one battery.  Look for any contaminants.
4.  Excessive heat in the flash right next to one cell that is causing a problem with it.
That's all that immediately comes to mind.

I agree with the #1.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Heat from a speed light ...
« on: November 23, 2014, 02:56:14 PM »
Please be aware that the flash produces enough heat to burn fabrics.

They can, but if you shoot like this be aware that your precious 600ex might not be around for long. Consecutive Full power flashing kills the flash tube, next to burning through your trousers :-o ... personally, I'm probably buying a cheap clone for these situations (full power with power pack) and protect my original Canons.

One shoot I was blasting my 580-II at high-to-full power. After some time, heard a nice bang from the flash. The tube exploded inside the flash. Switched another flash to finish the shoot, and back home I studied the internet. It wasn't that difficult to replace, so I ordered the whole head unit from Canon, I think it came around $75 to fix.

Some of the gels I've used with the flashes have obvious deformation from heat.

Just a tool, like any other tool. Use it as supposed, you'll be fine. If you push it to the limit, it might break or damage something around.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS-1D X Body $4799
« on: September 28, 2014, 04:17:06 PM »
background sound the shark theme from Jaws. ;D

1Dx II with high mega pixel "dual resolution" sensor....

36-40 ish "full resolution" and 6 or 8 fps raw.

some sort of binning or photosite consolidation to 16 mpx for high speed at 15+++

New AF sensor w/ AF at the highest frame rates,

DPAF capability but much faster than 7dII etc.

Perhaps backside illumination so each photosite is larger (see samsung)

Still at the 6-7k price range.

I have it on good authority that I am completely wrong :)

Thanks, I'll take one.

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