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  1. Chuck - I'm glad what I posted was of help! The corners of the 16-35 f4 reminds me of reviews I've seen of the 17-35 f2.8. I've probably been spoilt by the 14-24 f2.8, which stays sharp right into the corners, especially after the auto CA correction in LR. I decided not to go with the 16-35. Being restricted to crop modes isn't really what I wanted from relatively expensive glass; on balance for me that's a bigger evil than frequent lens changes and missing an occasional shot due to having the wrong lens mounted.
  2. Thanks, Keith. Yep, I use the crops a lot (36mp really isn't necessary for everything!), and some compositions suit the 5:4 crop better than the 3:2 modes. I too have programmed one of the front buttons to adjust crop modes on the fly - makes it very easy to change without taking your eye from the viewfinder. It's thing like that and the separate rear buttons for AF and AE-lock that make the D800 an incredibly versatile camera.
  3. Thanks again, Keith. That sounds logical, and seems to confirm my original suspicion that using a crop mode was the way to make this lens work. Just a matter of remembering to use it ;-) f8 seemed to clear those corners up a lot as well ...
  4. Well, spare a thought for those of us in Australia. A decade or so ago, one GBP bought nearly three of our dollars. Six months ago, that had fallen by half, to just AUD1.5. The USD:GBP exchange is very stable in comparison! I get Alamy money put into a USD Paypal account, and pull money out when the exchange rate is looking relatively good - but of course that only works if you don't need the money immediately.
  5. Thanks very much, Keith. It sounds as though images are passing QC, where the corner are positioned carefully so as not to sit on anything important, despite the smearing. Is this understanding correct?
  6. Thanks, David. Good idea about applying the lens profile; I've just tried that on my test images and it helps a little but doesn't eliminate the soft area that much. Maybe the copy I tried was a bit rough, but can curvature of field vary from one lens copy to another? I would imagine it's inherent in the lens formula rather than being caused by misaligned elements ... In case anyone's interested, let me see if I can post a sample image: 16mm, f4 (sorry about the ugly subject). http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3747/12768161115_bdb878a117_o.jpg with lens profile applied http://farm4.static
  7. Thanks very much, Gervais and Julie. Just giving this a gentle bump to see if we can collect a few more experiences with this lens on a D800 for Alamy submissions. Anyone else made it work for them? If so, how?
  8. I've just tried out a Nikon 16-35 f4, and found the corners are really, really soft at f4 and f5.6. This is on a D800. I'm just wondering whether this is normal for this lens. I guess I could use it in the 1.2x or 5:4 crop modes to avoid the corners, or always stop down to f8, but that seems a bit restrictive on a decently priced lens. And yes, I do know the old maxim that you had to stop down a stop or two to get reasonable performance, but I guess I've been spoilt with modern lenses that are perfectly fine for Alamy purposes wide open right across the frame. Note this isn't an
  9. I looked at Crashplan before and what I don't like about it is that it's all automatic. I wish I could manually just move the files I want there by myself and not have it sync/resync all the time. Unfortunately, that's not possible. I wish they gave a choice. I don't want every version of every file. I want one version of the files I want backed up. Actually, if you dig down a bit, you can. It's possible to select individual files and/or folders to back up, and to switch off versioning completely. I think there are tutorials on the Crashplan website ...
  10. Here's mine: - three 3GB external HDDs rotated between home and my wife's workplace, with software called Syncback automatically backing everything up to them. - Crashplan, set to upload everything automatically to the cloud automatically. This is NOT intended as something I would update from in the event of, say, a hard drive failure, but it has proved invaluable when individual files get corrupted. Crashplan keeps every version of every file - so if a file gets corrupted, the original is always available. And they are very quick and easy to download. It would also be useful for recent file
  11. Interestingly, earlier today, I saw the table of contents of Peter Krogh (digital asset management guru)'s new book: Organising your photos with Lightroom 5. One of the headings there is "The ideal number of catalogs is 1". So, that would probably add to the consensus. http://thedambook.com/organizing-your-photos-with-lightroom-5/
  12. Another possibility is Google Drive. As that works through a web interface, it should work on any machine that will access the internet. And it's free. Basically, go to Google.com. CLick on the 3 x 3 matrix of dots in the top right (why are web interfaces now using obscure symbols when they used to use words?) and then click on 'Drive'. A red button will appear in the top left corner saying 'create'. Click this and choose the spreadsheet option. This should open a spreadsheet that is saved online rather than to your computer (though saving to your computer is an option, I think). At le
  13. I used to use RAW software from a company called Pixmantec. That was around 2004 or 2005, if I remember correctly. That software would eke out larger pixel dimensions than ACR. So this kind of thing has been happening for a long time.
  14. You should be able to open images into CS2 from LR5 without going via the desktop, though it might entail setting up CS2 as an external editor (takes seconds, only need to do it once). You'll find LR5 a big improvement on LR2 - the RAW processing is much better. Expect a small but very worthwhile learning curve to get used to the new sliders. As for the CC package - if you do the kind of manipulation that Geoff does (wonderful work!), it's probably a no-brainer. However, if as I suspect (and like me) you tend to leave the elements within an image as they were in real life (i.e no compo
  15. Still suitably bleak, a few tuppenny newspaper sales, an equally unrewarding distributor sale and a refund recorded last week....... The sales gods dropped a sale in for $16.34 then the grim reaper came along with a refund for $12.56 for the same image. Leaving me with $3.78. Hard Times Ahead. Regards Craig I had that as well - same numbers. But the $12.56 refund was for the original sale about a month ago - in other words, a sale for $12.56 was replaced by a sale for $16.34. Might this be the case with you, too? I guess $16.34 is slightly better than $12.56 ;-)
  16. But if you buy CC, Adobe keep a record of your card details so that they can debit it every month. With one-off purchases though, that isn't necessary (though they may have done anyway - not sure, but hope not). However, the most secure houses are usually the ones that have been burgled recently; I would hope that Adobe learnt a lesson from the debacle and increased their security considerably. I suspect that if it happens again, CC will quicly find itself with few customers.
  17. I think it may be a lot better to use internet chat than phone if needing to contact Adobe Customer Service. I had to contact them recently when I messed up my login details after I changed my password following the hacking debacle. I got in conversation with somebody (in India I think) very quickly and that was on a weekday evening when the USA would have been fully awake. They sorted the problem straight away as well. I did actually try that, but I just got an error message saying I wasn't authorised to use the system, or something like that - which was the same problem I had when tryin
  18. I bit the bullet, too, mostly out of curiosity about what's in it. Like Ed, I hate the concept of subscription software; very hard to see how it's in the customer's interest as it reduces user choice. I'll probably bow out before the 30 day limit it up and claim a refund - especially after some terribly customer service when I had to wait on hold for around two hours because of a problem with my Adobe account (after paying, it wouldn't let me log in to download the thing!) And I thought mobile phone companies were bad ;-) Am also looking at it from a different angle: here we earn in a
  19. I'm very curious as to what there is in Photoshop CC and not in CS5, that people are finding useful to prepare Alamy images. Note: I'm not thinking about RAW conversion here as Lightroom does that - and it's cheaper than CC. Is there a return on investment in going for the CC while it's still at USD120/year?
  20. I see - thanks. Modern VR can do a great job, can't it! Impressive.
  21. "http://www.artswebwales.com/oriel/bigpic.asp?picID=1504&catID=11 and a detail from this image: http://www.artswebwales.com/oriel/bigpic.asp?picID=1505&catID=11 at 400mm, f6.3 1/30 km" Interesting. Looking at the louvres in the tower in the detail shot, I'd probably (mistakenly) not submit that to Alamy for fear of a QC rejection. Should I change my standards - or am I missing something? Keith - you know what you're doing better than most!
  22. Thanks, Alamy. If there's one thing that would help a lot, it would be this. I'm surprised no-one else has mentioned this - or am I the only one who uses keyboard shortcuts????
  23. Jerphotography: you could try http://www.controlledvocabulary.com/. They get this kind of question all the time. David.
  24. Sheila - the photographer in the case I mentioned was me. My camera puts my copyright in the EXIF on every photo, and IPTC copyright info is added on import to Lightroom. I've just checked the jpg I uploaded to FAA, and all the copyright info is intact there.
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