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  1. It might be worth googling this issue. I did a quick search and found this at dpreview. There could be an issue with the 7dmkii and if there is, might be worth getting it back to Canon if it's under warranty!

     

    Edit, I presume you are running the latest Firmware? Canon release an update in 2015 correcting AF problems.

     

    Another forum discussing AF problems with the Canon 7dmkii. Hopefully there maybe some pointers out there as to the best course of action!


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    Has anyone carried out a Mac upgrade involving the installation of an SSD plus an OSX upgrade? I'm going to bump up the performance of my ageing Mac Pro with RAM and the SSD so need a worklfow to follow from the beginning to the happy conclusion!

     

    Many thanks,

    Richard.

    I upgraded a 4GB RAM 500GB disk 2012 MacBook Pro running Yosemite, to 8GB RAM, 1TB hybrid drive, El Capitan.

     

    It was a while ago now, but if I recall correctly I did it one step at a time, using instructions I found on the net.

     

    Step 1 - Opened the unit, upgraded the RAM from 4GB to 8GB. Closed up, checked everything still worked OK.

     

    Step 2 - Used Carbon Copy Cloner to copy my 500GB internal hard-disk onto new external Seagate Momentus 1TB Hybrid drive (in a USB disk caddy) and made bootable with recovery partition. (The hybrid drive is part SSD, part conventional HDD)

     

    Step 3 - Checked I could boot from new external 1TB drive whilst connected to USB port.

     

    Step 4 - Reopened the unit, removed the internal 500GB drive and fitted the 1TB drive.

     

    Step 5 - Proved system booted and ran OK. I seem to recall it took a disconcertingly long time to boot the first time whilst it "gets accustomed to" the new drive. I used the machine like this for a while to be sure everything was OK.

     

    Step 6 - In place upgrade from Yosemite to El Capitan. Again checked everything OK.

     

    Hope that helps.

     

     

    +1. This is more or less the same way I replaced an HDD with a SSD but on an iMac.

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    I wonder if it catches sterling- another reason for keeping away from subscriptions?

    No possibility of disconnecting to work on the images, I suppose.

     

    It happens on standalone versions as well and it applies to all currency not just $'s. CS6 refused to edit images of full bank notes (sterling). 

     

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    If I remember correctly, there are dots/markers on notes that the adobe (and other software) are able to identify and when they do, the warning comes up! Very annoying!

     

    Link for EURion constellation. It was introduced late 1990's to stop photocopying. It is very likely that software may well be using this to identify notes. If you know where the marks are, you can obscure them (careful composition) and the image may well load correctly

     

     

    It only happens on an unedited image - if you edit in GIMP or maybe another software then it is possible, just done it, to open a full face USD in Photoshop and subsequently edit it.

     

     

    Cheers. So are you editing out the marks or just any type of small edit and save then it opens in PS?

     

     

    All i did was open, crop and save - I don't know how it alters the situation. I also changed the numbers but that was in Photoshop. The materials for the notes are real notes and one shot full face on.

     

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    Excellent, thanks. I'll be working on some concept shots soon that will involve money so this will hopefully resolve some headaches!


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    I wonder if it catches sterling- another reason for keeping away from subscriptions?

    No possibility of disconnecting to work on the images, I suppose.

     

    It happens on standalone versions as well and it applies to all currency not just $'s. CS6 refused to edit images of full bank notes (sterling). 

     

    Edit.

    If I remember correctly, there are dots/markers on notes that the adobe (and other software) are able to identify and when they do, the warning comes up! Very annoying!

     

    Link for EURion constellation. It was introduced late 1990's to stop photocopying. It is very likely that software may well be using this to identify notes. If you know where the marks are, you can obscure them (careful composition) and the image may well load correctly

     

     

    It only happens on an unedited image - if you edit in GIMP or maybe another software then it is possible, just done it, to open a full face USD in Photoshop and subsequently edit it.

     

     

    Cheers. So are you editing out the marks or just any type of small edit and save then it opens in PS?


  5. I wonder if it catches sterling- another reason for keeping away from subscriptions?

    No possibility of disconnecting to work on the images, I suppose.

     

    It happens on standalone versions as well and it applies to all currency not just $'s. CS6 refused to edit images of full bank notes (sterling). 

     

    Edit.

    If I remember correctly, there are dots/markers on notes that the adobe (and other software) are able to identify and when they do, the warning comes up! Very annoying!

     

    Link for EURion constellation. It was introduced late 1990's to stop photocopying. It is very likely that software may well be using this to identify notes. If you know where the marks are, you can obscure them (careful composition) and the image may well load correctly


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    It could indeed be the 4K Monitor, because the pixels are so small that everything looks sharp. 

    I recently started a thread about 4K Monitors, to find out about others experiences.

     

    I have one ordered a large 32" Monitor and hope I can still do QA work on it, despite the smaller pixels. 

    If not, I have a dual monitor setup with my old HD Monitor@1920x1200 as second screen, which I could revert to for QA. 

    I came to the same conclusion and wrote it up for my blog: M-dash.com

     

    I am about to replace my 24in 1920x1200 monitors and realised at 4K on 27in I would not see individual pixels unless very close up. So I will go 2560x1440 and will save a fair bit of cash!

     

     

     

    Best way. I've tried the increase to 150-200% on high density pixel screens but it never looks the same as 100% on a standard pixel density screen. It just looks enlarged and not that pleasant. I'd always run a dual screen system in any case so it would be easy enough to have a 4k and a 2560x1440 screen but, I prefer to work on the images and see them the same way the majority of my clients will see them. Maybe in 2-5 years time when everyone is using them but for now, 2560x1440 is enough for work.

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    OK, I do see jaggies everywhere at or above 200% in photoshop.  But that's the case in all images, with or without sharpening.  I'm not sure why I can't see that at 100% in this image, when others can.

    I'll take off any sharpening and see if that goes through QC.

    The reason is that you've said you're using a 4k monitor. Because of the pixel density, you need to view at 200% to get the equivalent of 100% on a standard monitor.

     

    Hope this helps

     

    Ian D

     

     

    +1. Very true. It also applies to Retina screens. I use a 2560x1440 at 27inch and that is the max resolution I'd use at that size. Anything more and the pixel density increases and provides false sharpness.

     

     

     

    OK, I do see jaggies everywhere at or above 200% in photoshop.  But that's the case in all images, with or without sharpening.  I'm not sure why I can't see that at 100% in this image, when others can.

    I'll take off any sharpening and see if that goes through QC.

    The reason is that you've said you're using a 4k monitor. Because of the pixel density, you need to view at 200% to get the equivalent of 100% on a standard monitor.

     

    Hope this helps

     

    Ian D

     

    That would be a frightening prospect for me.  I think images look horrid at 200%.

    If there were underlying jaggies, wouldn't the higher res screen show them up even more?

    I must say, that 32" 4K screen has been a mixed blessing.

     

     

    4k and retina screens are great to work with but not to QC with. I would stick to 2560x1400 resolution up to 27inch. Anything more and you will miss SoLD shots as well as over sharpening. Retina screens also high density pixels screens and cannot be trusted for QC work.


  8. You have more guts than I, Duncan, but it obviously works for you or you wouldn't still be doing it. No camera or lens ruined? Mold? I've had some raindrops on my camera and lens, but only briefly.

     

    Never had any problems with mold etc....no dropped cameras etc (touch wood). I use one of Peak Designs wrist straps that I can quickly attach to the camera before detaching it from the clip system so even if I stumble it isn't going anywhere. Just a case of establishing a system / workflow really.


  9. I carry two cameras no matter what the weather is doing.

     

    I use Peak Designs capture clip system to attach my cameras to the straps of my backpack, one wide the other telephoto. They also sell soft shell covers that fit neatly over the camera. To be honest, the cameras and lenses are weather resistant but this is belt and braces protection as I keep them out on the backpack straps no matter what the weather is doing. Between this and the Osprey Backpack I use.... took a few years of fine tuning to gain instant access to 16-200mm FL while keeping the gear secure and safe(ish)

     

     

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    I've been using one of BenQ's 27inc 2560x1440 IPS panels with a matte screen and the quality is excellent for the price. The iMac screens (glossy) used to do my head in, which is why I used to use my MacBook Pro connected to a 27 inch screen (Mac Pro now due to 4k video).

     

    *SIGH* I have that same, apparently superb, BenQ panel....sitting in a box in my spare room for the last 2 months. Be super careful that your PC will be able to drive the full resolution of anything you buy. I thought I'd checked all the boxes - graphics card capability etc - before buying, but it turns out that despite the thing having HDMI connectors, only a Display port will actually give the full 2560. Which my laptop doesn't have, so I'm now into a complete system upgrade :(

     

    Err.... nope :-) I'm running mine at 2560x1440 via HDMI at the moment. Model number GL2760-t

     

    It maybe something to do with the computer settings. I know when I first set mine up it was via a thunderbolt connector but I damaged the cable so I put the HDMI one back on and it worked just fine. Make sure everything is setup ok. I've just copied the settings from mine to see if it will help.

     

    Picture mode -

     

              Overscan = Off

              Display Mode = Full

     

    System -

              HDMI Auto Switch = On

              System Information = 2560x1440@60fps

     

    Both my Macbook Pro and my Mac Pro both work fine with these settings.

     

    Hope this helps

     

    Edit. Also make sure HDMI is selected in "Input Mode" I'm sure it will be but just in case.


  11. I agree with Duncan here - I am also working on a MacBook Pro with Retina screen. But I would also add that not only is it too sharp to judge image sharpness correctly but it is also too contrasty - it's calibrated but I can't get the contrast down to anywhere near reality (i.e. my matte 27 inch is calibrated to my printer). Similarly my son has a 5k 27 inch iMac and images look amazing but is not for image editing. A good 27 inch monitor with a matte screen is far better for image editing. I use 36MP Nikon and don't find it a problem having to scroll a bit at 100%.

     

    I've been using one of BenQ's 27inc 2560x1440 IPS panels with a matte screen and the quality is excellent for the price. The iMac screens (glossy) used to do my head in, which is why I used to use my MacBook Pro connected to a 27 inch screen (Mac Pro now due to 4k video).

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  12. Only if you are using very large monitors, over 30inch. Or, have a standard monitor to QC work. I say this as a Macbook Pro Retina user. This uses high resolution on a smaller screen which results in near zero pixels visible. This is great to look at but causes problems in determining image sharpness. You can review an image on a Retina screen and it will look good but, when viewing it on a standard screen (of normal pixel density) it will look SoLD. And most agencies will not be using Retina type screens.... so you could end up with unwanted declines!

     

    I use a couple of 27inch monitors that are 2560x1440 and that seems the right pixel density for that size screen. I process images from Sony's 42mp sensor on them and they seem fine to me.

     

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    Other than QC image sharpness though, I love the retina screen for colour accuracy etc (after calibration) so you coul use a 4k screen for working on and a 2nd for QC.

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  13. I pay £8.57 p/m for Photoshop and Lightroom via the cloud but only really need Photoshop. I use C1 9 Pro for processing and it's a standalone app that is updated each year.

     

    For me it's no brainer. It represents 20mins or less of earnings for a full months use! I don't need to worry about it working and they're adding new stuff and improvements all the time. I'm not a fan of the CC system, especially at £18-£50 p/m but £8.57..... good value and it's tax deductible anyway.

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  14. There are that many good cameras now that we can become very critical when something is not perfect, which it never is. I loved my Fuji's but I'd never use them for video but I find it hard to believe that Canon has taken such a big step backwards in terms of video that the 80D video isn't worth showing. Anyway, with video you don't want it too sharp.... it's not like stills. Of course you don't want it soft either but I normally dial down the sharpness setting a lot and then apply it in post if necessary.

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    It's very good. I bought one from Clifton Camera's while they had a pre-order for £899. It's a backup for my A7rii and I've found it rather nice to use. 

     

    It feels very responsive AF wise, the viewfinder is really nice, not as big as the A7rii but it has lovely contrast, very clear, and zero blackout when shooting at 8fps with tracking etc. It's weaknesses aee the A7rii strengths so I've found it to be a useful addition. I've been a little surprised at how much detail this thing can capture (using FE lenses) very good. The high ISO handling is also rather impressive for an APSC camera

     

    Downsides.... handling isn't as good as the A7rii, it would have been nice to have a couple more dials and buttons. I never thought I'd say this but, IBIS. I guess I'd taken it for granted on the A7rii and only really noticed how well it works when using the same lenses on a camera that doesn't have it. 

     

    Ones that I'm not bothered about. Rolling shutter with 4k, A7rii works great and my Osmo is great for run-and-gun style of footage. No problems at all when shooting from a tripod. Overheating - Only a problem if you shoot clips of 20 mins or more ( as stated in the manual). Stock footage is a mile off that limit. Batteries.... turn on Aeroplane mode and that will make the batteries last longer but.... anyone who uses mirrorless knows to expect 300 shots per battery. They also only weigh a few grams and are the same as the ones in the A7rii.

     

    I would never use it as a main camera, I've been spoilt by the A7rii but it's an impressive camera. Very snappy AF and feels nice and solid!

     

    Edit.... Anyone using the Nex6 would like this camera...... just missing that Nex7 dial though..... that would have been nice!


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    Edit. Just as a side note. When I'm shooting clips or for prolonged shoots where you don't want the hassle of changing batteries (footage is battery intensive), I use a Anker battery pack that attaches to the camera via the usb socket. This is like attaching 10-15 batteries at once. Works great for studio work and footage if the camera is on the tripod / magic arm,

    Duncan are you saying the Fuji will take power from the USB? If so I'm just about to order some packs thank you

     

     

    The X-T1 doesn't support charging/power from the USB connector. The X100T does but not the X-T1 or T-10. I've amended the post above to make that clearer.

     

    It's one of the features I like about the Sony cameras, you have the option to switch this on and it means you can run the camera for hours with screen on etc.

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    Same with the A7rii as well...... DSLR would last the same time if you had it on live view all the time I guess. 

     

    I regularly shoot 800+ images on a 5D2 in a three to four hour period all done with live view and barely make a 25% dent in a pair of batteries in a grip. I would love to get a smaller camera but battery life is one major negative for commercial jobs.

     

    The battery grip with the XT-1 is supposed to give you about 700 shots all in but a friend also complains about it not living up to 'spec'.

     

     

    I use the battery grip for the X-T1 and the A7rii when working in the studio. They do take you to a good 600+ shots. The Sony one is better for one reason alone, the two batteries are in the grip whereas the there is one in camera and one in the grip for the X-T1. This means you have to remove the grip to change the battery in the camera for the X-T1. This is a bit of a pain.

     

    The Sony A7rii grip has a quick release tray that comes out of the grip even when attached to a tripod / magic arm etc which means it is only a couple of seconds to change them both. Saves a load of hassle when you've taken the time to get the camera into position.

     

    Edit. Just as a side note. When I'm shooting clips or for prolonged shoots (Sony cameras) where you don't want the hassle of changing batteries (footage is battery intensive), I use a Anker battery pack that attaches to the camera via the usb socket. This is like attaching 10-15 batteries at once. Works great for studio work and footage if the camera is on the tripod / magic arm,

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  18. I can take it out hiking for a day and normally only use one battery, 250-300 shots. I carry a one spare but do have up to 5 for multi day walks. Camera = 400g, battery 50g approx. The difference in weight between a DSLR and the X-T1 means you could probably carry 6-8 batteries and still weigh less. Of course, I always used to carry a spare for the DSLR as well so no change really (other than weight).

     

    Same with the A7rii as well...... DSLR would last the same time if you had it on live view all the time I guess. 


  19. Oh there are some agencies giving a LOT more then $.2K per month. This is something Alamy will have to live and deal with, especially when boosting 70 million images. In effect it means of course that the real great creative/commercial images are uploaded elsewhere and not here where they would be mixed up like in a jumble-sale with all sorts of weird editorial content.

     

    Yeah life is a bitch isn't it. :)

     

    Sorry Christian, I was referring to the volume not the $'s  :) . The dollars would of course be greater than the 2k 


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    My concern would be a large increase in volume of contributors without an equally large increase in volume of sales will end up with a reduced level of income per contributor as there will be more contributors battling over smaller pot of cash. 

     

    But of course, that is not a problem for Alamy (and other libraries). :(

     

     

    Very true...... it's ironic though that the action of bringing in many more contributors with a sales pitch of, "We are good to contributors" would result in a "poorer return" for those contributors if they are not able to lift volume of sales significantly. I can live without the "Niceness" if it means high volume of sales  :P

     

    There are certain agencies out there that are not as good as Alamy, in terms of communication, commission % and some sale prices but, they do give me 2k+ (vol) sales a month. If they hit 3k(vol) I might even let them be a little rude at times, or even obnoxious if they reach 5k(vol) sales  :D . Yeah, it's all about the money & paying those bills  ;)

     

    Edit..... stuck (vol) to make it clearer I was talking about number of sales rather than value. Average value per sale tends to be around the $1.2 - $1.5 net based on stills and footage.

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