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1  Cameras and Photo Gear / Accessories & Other Gear / Card readers on: July 22, 2011, 07:25:01 pm
I currently own a SanDisk card reader which I use to transfer my image files from my Canon 40D to my computer for processing.  I know that in part my transfer speed is based upon the USB format (1.0, 2.0, 3.0, etc.), but wonder if there is anything regarding the actual card reader that can impact transfer speed.

I ask because I now have a Canon 7D and SanDisk UDMA cards and while I cannot change my USB type connection I am willing to change to a faster card reader if such a thing exists. 

So.... am I solely at the mercy of my USB standard for transfer speed or can I increase said speed with a new and better card reader?

Thanks in advance.
2  Learn / Lighting / Mixing strobes/flashes on: June 02, 2011, 06:57:47 pm
I have a great Canon 580EX II flash and for it I have purchased some basic equipment in the way of a stand, umbrellas, etc. so that I can do some lighted pictures on the go, in the field, etc.

The other day I came across an old Promaster flash I purchased about 8-years ago.  I was considering buying the stand, umbrella, etc. for this flash so that I could have two lights for those in the field moments, but I'm confused about this set-up.

Is it generally ok to mix strobes/flashs from different manufactuers?  I will be using them in manual mode only so I'm not worried about any connectivity issues, but I don't know if there is any reason why it's better to stick with a single brand.

I know it sounds a bit dumb to ask, but that's why we have forums on the Internet!

Thanks anyone.
3  General Category / Open Discussion / Re: New Camera or Lens(s) on: May 11, 2011, 03:46:35 pm
Eric,

For the most part I have been very happy with my 40D, purchased in December of 2007.  While I don't shoot much in the way of action shots (like sports) I have found the ability to auto-focus quickly to be very helpful with my bird and insect photography, which is the bulk of my work.

In addition to the faster auto-focus system on the 7D, I'm also fond of the auto-focus zones which I believe would make the process of getting focus on smaller/more distant subjects even easier than the current single-point system in the 40D (50D, 60D, etc.).

I would much rather splurge on glass over a new camera body, but at this point the few lenses I can think of that I'd like are all pretty reasonably price: much cheaper than a new camera.  Ergo, if I know money will be an issue I think I'd rather strike while I can afford to do such and grab a body that will take me out for another four or five years.

Thanks much for your thoughtful consideration to my question.
4  General Category / Open Discussion / New Camera or Lens(s) on: May 02, 2011, 05:05:19 pm
I recognize that in the not-too-distant future I will be seeing my income drop markedly.  And I further recognize that purchasing new camera equipment will become difficult, if not impossible, for at least four or five years.

I currently own a Canon 40D along with some nice glass which covers my needs well.  This includes the 50mm f/1.4, the 70-200mm f/4, 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 and 100mm macro.  At this point I can't say there is any glass I really feel the need or urge to own.  And while I may like to add some more lighting options to my kit I don't consider their costs to be prohibitive in my future.

My question is thus:  do I spend the bucks I have available right now to move up to the 7D OR do I bank my cash and save it for potential glass options in the foreseeable future?

I'm inclined to make the move to the 7D as I'm very confident some of my photographic habits would be enhanced via the prowess the 7D brings to the table over my 40D (in particular the better metering, the higher res sensor (good for my macro work) AND the much superior auto-focus capabilities).

I don't, however, wish to ignore the possibilities or more glass in the future as my needs/wants/desires may change.

Any opinion is appreciated.
5  General Category / Your Photos / Re: photo blog on: May 02, 2011, 04:56:37 pm
That is pretty cool. I like the fact it's shot on a wood table (or whatever).  The wood gives a nice warm tone to the picture.
6  Cameras and Photo Gear / Accessories & Other Gear / Re: I'm new on: April 10, 2011, 08:52:13 pm
Hello there!

(sorry so late... been off the grid, so to speak, for a bit)
7  General Category / Your Photos / Re: photo blog on: April 10, 2011, 08:51:26 pm
Sorry to be late to the party, but I hope it went well.

I really liked "Unique".  The texture and colours... and, of course, the symmetry.
8  Cameras and Photo Gear / Nikon / Re: Nikon D7000 portrait photography portable studio on: April 10, 2011, 08:48:22 pm
At this time I only have my Canon flash with some cheap wireless electronics, a 9-foot stand, Manfrotto connector and a couple of umbrellas.  This off-camera lighting stuff is hard.
9  Learn / Post Processing Photos / Re: onOne's "Perfect Resize 7" software on: April 10, 2011, 08:42:10 pm
photog:  no problem!  I wish I could report my luck, but I haven't yet had a chance to make use of it, but confidence remains high!
10  Learn / Post Processing Photos / Re: onOne's "Perfect Resize 7" software on: March 13, 2011, 08:56:56 pm
Sounds like a good endorsement. 

I had heard about this product from a photographer from whom I have purchased a few prints.  He makes use of it for some of his wildlife photography.  I hope to do the same with some of my insect photos.
11  General Category / Open Discussion / Re: Printing Issue from Lightroom on: March 13, 2011, 08:50:29 pm
Thanks Eric.

I've been reading more and more about printing in Lr, but haven't had much opportunity of late to practice what's being preached.

I didn't know the forum wasn't open to any and all.  That might explain things a bit.
12  Learn / Post Processing Photos / Re: onOne's "Perfect Resize 7" software on: March 09, 2011, 09:26:45 pm
Thank you for the reply.  Unfortunately I do not have Photoshop, but only Photoshop Elements and without looking I do not believe it plugs in to this version of Photoshop.

But hey!  Adobe is offering CS5 for $299 to current Elements users so maybe this should be the impetus to pull the trigger, so to speak.
13  Learn / Post Processing Photos / onOne's "Perfect Resize 7" software on: March 05, 2011, 10:48:57 pm
I just picked up onOne's Perfect Resize 7 (which I believe used to be called Genuine Fractals) for the purpose of upsizing some of my images for the purpose of printing. Kind of obvious, eh?

Anyway....

While I haven't yet read any pertinent documentation the website indicates the software can be installed to work with Photoshop, Lightroom (which I have) and Aperture, or as a stand-alone product.

If anyone out there has this software could you indicate in which manner you installed the software (stand-alone or as part of one of the other software titles) and why?

Thank you.
14  General Category / Open Discussion / Re: Printing Issue from Lightroom on: February 28, 2011, 09:59:24 pm
(sigh)
15  Learn / Photography Basics / Re: Start Here... on: February 28, 2011, 09:58:45 pm
Funny.  My local camera store guy and I were playing around with a grey card, our camera's histograms and a flash-based portable lighting kit just this weekend in terms of working out a proper metered exposure.

Must be something in the water.
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