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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 6D True High ISO King?
« on: August 21, 2014, 03:01:40 PM »
Clarkvision.com did an analysis here. Any thoughts? http://www.clarkvision.com/articles/evaluation-canon-6d/


One of the reasons why I own it. Okay, main reason. The camera is amazing for animals in fading light.

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Landscape / Re: Rural Landscapes
« on: August 21, 2014, 01:43:26 PM »
Montana.



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Another thing I do not like is the flat keys that have no feel along the edges.  The importance of a good keyboard should not be overlooked.

IMHO, the keyboard is the least important aspect of a laptop.  This is easily solved by plugging in a USB keyboard of your choice.

While having a laptop is choosing which compromises you can live with, carrying a 2nd keyboard defeats the purpose of a laptop.  You bought the wrong laptop.

I don't consider any laptop keyboards proper writing tools, so I don't use any of them unless I have to.  I do carry a separate heavy-duty keyboard when I travel in case i need to do serious work (as well as a mouse).

Laptop keyboards have always been a compromise, IMHO.

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I'd suggest that you not rely on review sites where reviewers all have a bias, and look at actual products.  Even then, when you take them out of the store lighting, the screens will be a different color, so that is not reliable either.

Those screen tests are very reliable.  If you want an actual IPS laptop screen for editing, the choices are slim.


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Another thing I do not like is the flat keys that have no feel along the edges.  The importance of a good keyboard should not be overlooked.

IMHO, the keyboard is the least important aspect of a laptop.  This is easily solved by plugging in a USB keyboard of your choice.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom vs. Capture One
« on: August 18, 2014, 03:47:04 PM »
shooting with a 6D, i do not like LR5's emulation of my camera sensor's RAW data. DPP4 does it much better. have not tried C1 yet, but maybe will check it out.

Try Camera Standard as the default profile. 

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom vs. Capture One
« on: August 16, 2014, 04:00:38 PM »
When I upgraded to LR5, I had issues with the "out of camera" look. This was especially true for 6D files.

I kid you not when massive amounts of color information was missing. The images looked pale. They were sharp, but something was wrong. I was getting better results in DPP and other RAW programs.

To fix this, I needed to choose "Camera Standard" in the develop module, not Adobe Standard (which my copies of LR always defaulted to). It never used to be this way for me, but it is now.

I'll post a couple examples later. Perhaps this is why C-1 may look better to some people now.

I'm a huge LR fan, so encountering this was frustrating.

You can default Lightroom to any look you like, and can make it specific to camera model, serial number, or camera / lens combination.  It will apply the processing as it opens the images depending on your settings. 

The biggest issue with Lightroom is that users often just try to learn as they go, and miss some of the features.  Its really worth the trouble to purchase a book and work entirely through it.


Right. I've been using it since Version 1. But this was the first time the Adobe Standard just really messed up the image. Before it was variations on a theme. This just ruined the color information.

An interesting bug that popped up in LR5.

I love Lightroom and use it for everything. I find the IQ to be outstanding and well suited to nature photography. I prefer "the look" to DPP, which IMHO smooths out to many details.

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The Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro has a great IPS screen (bright, glossy, outrageous resolution) and the new Surface Pro 3 is also spectacular IPS (also bright, glossy, high resolution).


Both screens do not measure up to the Acer V5. There are serious color issues, among others.

http://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-Lenovo-Yoga-2-Pro-Convertible.107620.0.html

The SP3 is better, but still not up to Acer V5 black levels and color accuracy.

Be careful of whiz bang proclamations and gadgets when the most important thing is color accuracy, black levels, and viewing angles. A 13 inch monitor is probably too small for photo work, and even then adding beyond 1920x1080 def is meaningless if the foundation of screen IQ is dubious.

http://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-Acer-Aspire-V5-573G-54208G50aii-Notebook.99264.0.html

"We really have to emphasize the excellent contrast ratio of 1,301:1 that is enabled by the low black value of the IPS panel. "

"The Acer's coverage of the available color spaces is on a very high level. With more than 90% of the sRGB color space, "

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom vs. Capture One
« on: August 16, 2014, 10:52:53 AM »
When I upgraded to LR5, I had issues with the "out of camera" look. This was especially true for 6D files.

I kid you not when massive amounts of color information was missing. The images looked pale. They were sharp, but something was wrong. I was getting better results in DPP and other RAW programs.

To fix this, I needed to choose "Camera Standard" in the develop module, not Adobe Standard (which my copies of LR always defaulted to). It never used to be this way for me, but it is now.

I'll post a couple examples later. Perhaps this is why C-1 may look better to some people now.

I'm a huge LR fan, so encountering this was frustrating.

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Canon General / Re: A Rundown of EOS 7D Mark II Information
« on: August 15, 2014, 11:31:14 PM »
Lots of talk about features and nick-knacks and specs.

Show me the sensor. The rest doesn't matter to me if the sensor is weak.

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Laptop Editing - Best Setup
« on: August 15, 2014, 10:27:26 AM »
As a non-Mac user who searched a long time for a self-contained photo editing laptop (IE no reliance on hooking up to external monitor), I admit it was a difficult road as others alluded to.

99% of laptops come with unacceptable TN panels, which make it very difficult to edit photos properly. You may as well blindfold yourself and edit in Lightroom, because you'll be shocked when you see your photos on a stable IPS screen afterwards, whether it's an iTouch, iPad, or home monitor.

I see a lot of talk about CPU's, ram, double disk drives, and 17 inch screens. None of that matters if the LCD screen is crap. And trust me when I say all TN panels are just that. It doesn't matter what the resolution is, the upgrade path, whatever. It's still like looking through muddy water, and when you turn your head an inch you're getting different colors and contrast.

 In terms of value, this is the best rated IPS panel outside of the $2000 retina display:

http://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-Acer-Aspire-V5-573G-54208G50aii-Notebook.99264.0.html

"The Acer's coverage of the available color spaces is on a very high level. "

"We really have to emphasize the excellent contrast ratio of 1,301:1 that is enabled by the low black value of the IPS panel. "

I have searched high and low for a good photo editing laptop. The screen on this is glorious, and will destroy your 24 inch TN monitor. you'll want to toss it in the garbage. You'll want to stop using any other TN panel laptop, regardless of specs.

It's not a perfect laptop. The build is slim. There's flex. But they sure got the screen right.

Here's a side by side comparison of TN versus IPS:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2O63oBOvJU

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Laptop Editing - Best Setup
« on: August 14, 2014, 11:43:42 AM »
Moving from (an admitedly quite good) TN to IPS was a revelation. It is much more pleasant to edit on that screen. Downside, I had to retouch a lot of older photos where color casts were revealed by the better display on my new machine.


Yes.  I would not worry about CPU's. Most can all handle Lightroom. The focus should be on what you look at most: the screen. 

The problem with owning a souped-up TN panel laptop and relying on an external monitor is that you'll never get the colors right unless you're using the external, which defeats the entire purpose of having a laptop.

You can get a good IPS panel on a laptop. It takes a bit of work, but Acer and Asus seem to be working magic here.  I'd prefer to have the IPS consistency from my laptop to my 24 inch IPS.  There are no surprises that way.

 And if  I want to watch movies and edit on the road, I don't need an external monitor for acceptable IQ, making the laptop what it was a supposed to be: a self contained workstation.
 

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Laptop Editing - Best Setup
« on: August 14, 2014, 11:42:01 AM »
***** ThinkPad W540 Mobile Workstation is a very good choice. ***** ThinkPad is IBM.
It come with built-in Optional X-Rite Integrated Color Calibrator & FHD or 3K Display With IPS Technology. And did I mention NVIDIA Quadro card not the gamming GTX thing.


Notebookcheck.net:

http://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-Lenovo-ThinkPad-W540-Workstation.112318.0.html

The panel is however not very accurate out of the box and professional editing is hardly possible with DeltaE2000 values over 10, an uneven RGB balance and an inaccurate gamma curve. T


Not all IPS panels are created equal. The Acer is the best I've seen on a laptop that's not a Macbook Pro.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Fun Arias rant on APS-C vs. FF
« on: August 14, 2014, 09:53:28 AM »


It's precisely this sort of unconditional sweeping statement - which has been demonstrated more times than tongue can tell to be nonsense - that sticks in some folks' craw.


A bit dramatic, isn't it?

Also, comparing a first generation FF to newer crops doesn't make much sense. Of course technology is going to improve. But it also improves on FF, too, not just crop. Why not compare the 70D to the 6D? I have both sitting right here. There's no comparison.

The poster was correct when he said that crops don't compare to FF in terms of noise and low light handling. Anyone can create an outlier buy comparing extremes or cherry picking, or ignoring parallel sensor improvements in both formats over time.




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Let's see a 5D do better than this: 10,000 ISO with my 70D. Straight out of Capture One 7 Pro, default NR and no PP NR.

And check the Exif in the image - there's hardly any light on that scene...


Plastic knobs should be smooth, not rough and grainy.  I'd say the 70D didn't get the job done. And I think using a crop at ISO 10,000 is masochistic. Sure, you can take pictures that way, but why?


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Of particular significance is that neither the 7D nor (especially) the 70D throw out the high ISO banding/pattern noise that bedevilled the 5D/5D Mk II - so right there, you've got a significant high ISO performance improvement.


I owned the 7D and the 5D II, side by side. There is no comparison on lowlight performance. And, my 7D did have banding issues. The 70D is much better than the 7D (which I now own).

I don't know. Some of these arguments here feel like people defending what they bought, rather than any objective discussion.  This feels like one of those.
 

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Laptop Editing - Best Setup
« on: August 13, 2014, 08:24:27 PM »
This was the best 17.2" screen I could find that covers essentially all of sRGB color space. 


Except with TN panels, you can never actually see the correct colors and contrast due to color shift.

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Laptop Editing - Best Setup
« on: August 13, 2014, 07:40:25 PM »
Any good laptop for photo work should start and end with an IPS screen, IMHO.  Everything after that is a bonus.

But not all IPS panels are the same. Don't be fooled by "ultra high res displays" with poor color gamut and poor black levels.

This is the best IPS laptop I have found outside of the Macbook Pro:

http://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-Acer-Aspire-V5-573G-54208G50aii-Notebook.99264.0.html

Acer 15.6" Aspire Laptop 4GB 500GB | V5-573P-6896

The screen is well-reviewed and glorious.  I'm running the glossy version with Lightroom 5.  I added 8gb of ram (maxing it out at 12gb), and slapped in a Crucial 240gb Msata for the OS, and a 1tb platter drive for data.

Really, at this point TN panels should be gone. It's like looking through several layers of filth.

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