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Does anyone want a Fujifilm S1 bridge camera. I just bought it for £219 and it's actually in excellent condition, but my main annoyance is that after every burst it spends seconds storing the shots to the card. I have the fastest cards. I can't be doing with that. 

 

i chose it over others because of its 50x zoom and iso 12800 and weather resistant body. And wifi remote use. There aren't any available anywhere. Just one on amazon uk for £300..

 

I didn't want to leave Panasonic because their functionality is superb. But they made a fz82 with no articulated screen the bastards. It is perfect except that. And every other addition has gone large sensor, less zoom, twice the weight, like little tanks. Only looking because my fz150 has dust on the sensor, and can't be opened up. Thought maybe time to find something else with better low light and zoom. 

 

edit: i sent it back, which is the easiest option. :facepalm:

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Anyone having utter shit with Lightroom Classic CC at the moment? By utter shit I mean just getting dead slow to respond to edits. I can be trying to use sliders on an adjustment brush and its taking a good 5 seconds to respond. 

 

Stats - MBP running 10.13.5 (High Sierra) 2.53Ghz i5 8GB with all apps installed to a SSD and I've also moved my catalogue files to the SSD to (with no performance improvement). I've also tried using a shared catalogue on CC cloud storage on my work MBP which is running same OS, i7 with 16gb and 3.2Ghz and an SSD clock speed. Still runs like a dog. Lightroom GPU acceleration is off on both Macs.

 

The only way I've managed to get any improvement is to roll back Lightroom Classic CC to version 7.1 (latest release is 7.3.1) on both Macs

 

I've even started toying with the idea of building a PC just for a Lightroom rig; though I've read over the past few days that the sluggish performance with Lightroom is not unique to Macs. Anyone else having similar issues? or know any work arounds?

 

 

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21 hours ago, idiwa said:

Anyone having utter shit with Lightroom Classic CC at the moment? By utter shit I mean just getting dead slow to respond to edits. I can be trying to use sliders on an adjustment brush and its taking a good 5 seconds to respond. 

 

Stats - MBP running 10.13.5 (High Sierra) 2.53Ghz i5 8GB with all apps installed to a SSD and I've also moved my catalogue files to the SSD to (with no performance improvement). I've also tried using a shared catalogue on CC cloud storage on my work MBP which is running same OS, i7 with 16gb and 3.2Ghz and an SSD clock speed. Still runs like a dog. Lightroom GPU acceleration is off on both Macs.

 

The only way I've managed to get any improvement is to roll back Lightroom Classic CC to version 7.1 (latest release is 7.3.1) on both Macs

 

I've even started toying with the idea of building a PC just for a Lightroom rig; though I've read over the past few days that the sluggish performance with Lightroom is not unique to Macs. Anyone else having similar issues? or know any work arounds?

 

 

 

I'm running it on PC. An 8 core i7-7820X, 128GB of DDR4 with a 1080Ti and several TB's of SSD storage.

 

Can confirm it runs like absolute fucking shit. Not quite 5 seconds to respond but not far off it, everything is so sluggish - it's like wading through treacle. Even by Adobe's very low standards it's appalling. Glad it's not just me then. 

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I switched to using Lightroom CC a while back now for the cloud storage and intergration between desktop, mobile and browser apps.

 

Had zero issues* running CC on my 2015 11" Macbook Air with i5 and 4GB of ram. I suspected Adobe are putting more development into CC than Classic these days.

 

 

 

*I'm mostly working with film scans and 16MP m4/3 RAW files, your experience may very with larger files.

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On 25/07/2018 at 17:44, petrolgirls said:

 

I'm running it on PC. An 8 core i7-7820X, 128GB of DDR4 with a 1080Ti and several TB's of SSD storage.

 

Can confirm it runs like absolute fucking shit. Not quite 5 seconds to respond but not far off it, everything is so sluggish - it's like wading through treacle. Even by Adobe's very low standards it's appalling. Glad it's not just me then. 

 

Thanks man @petrolgirls and sorry for not replying to this sooner. Yeah I imagine you'll have a beast of a machine for your postproduction work. Good to know that even uber machines are running crap but also worrying that its this bad.

 

On 30/07/2018 at 09:51, Ste_S said:

I switched to using Lightroom CC a while back now for the cloud storage and intergration between desktop, mobile and browser apps.

 

Had zero issues* running CC on my 2015 11" Macbook Air with i5 and 4GB of ram. I suspected Adobe are putting more development into CC than Classic these days.

 

 

 

*I'm mostly working with film scans and 16MP m4/3 RAW files, your experience may very with larger files.

 

I've experimented with Lightroom CC and It's pretty decent on my phone (although I wish there was some way on painting back in an erased mask :( ) The biggest pisser I have with Lightroom CC on desktop over Classic is that its not using virtual copies, it creates physical copies. 

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I’ve never owned a dslr m, or been seriously into photography. However since my daughter was born I’d like to learn the craft and take some memorable pics of her growing up (plus nature pics & landscape). 

 

A photographer her friend says to get the canon m50 for the first year or two  

 

anyone here think otherwise?

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TL;DR - I’d recommend investing into a more established system like Canon/Nikon mirrored or m43/Fuji/Sony mirrorless. 

 

I’ve not used Canon mirrorless, but it doesn’t seem to be a very mature system in terms of what lenses are available - in particular, not many fast primes (fixed focal length lenses with a low f/ number, which lets you create that blurred-background look and get decent shutter speeds in poor light), which are great for photographing babies and kids. You can use regular Canon lenses on the EOS-M with an adapter, but at that point you may as well have just got the mirrored one.

 

The mirrorless options from Sony, Fuji and the micro 4/3rds System (AKA m43, Olympus and Panasonic’s joint venture) have a lot more options, lens wise, as do the conventional mirrored DSLRs from Canon/Nikon. 

 

The only mirrorless mount I have direct experience of is m43, which I’ve used for about 7 years, off and on. I like it a lot - the size advantage over other mounts is very real, and there are heaps of fast primes and cheap and cheerful lenses, with a well developed second-hand market. The Olympus 45mm f/1.8 is a fantastic cheap baby lens, and there are cheap options for shorter focal lengths too. You can pick if you want DSLR style bodies, or more compact rangefinder style bodies (like my Pen-F). 

 

Oh, and welcome to the money pit. 

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On 07/08/2018 at 23:14, joemul said:

I’ve never owned a dslr m, or been seriously into photography. However since my daughter was born I’d like to learn the craft and take some memorable pics of her growing up (plus nature pics & landscape). 

 

A photographer her friend says to get the canon m50 for the first year or two  

 

anyone here think otherwise?

 

To be honest, use the camera on your phone. A lot. You''ll always have it with you, stills quality is fine for the internets and A4 prints, and it'll take better video than the entry level digital cameras.

Learn to anticipate when your kids do 'things'. Learn about composition and lighting.

 

If after having it used it for a while you find it limiting, and know why you find it limiting, then look for something else. Keep in mind though that you won't always have it with you. I know a lot of people who have bought DSLRs to take photos of their kids, but end up taking the majority of photos with their phone as it's to hand.

 

If however you're #buyer and want something shiny, then knock yourself out ;)

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Cheers Ste. Good advice there.

 

Last (daft) question - where or how is the best way to get quality prints from iPhone. Boots? Freeprints? Some service i've not heard of?

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I've always used the Jessops online service for my photo books. Their software is the most friendly, you can download it, sort teh style and look of the book, plenty of choice, then upload the whole thing in one hit to jessops. 

 

I've used snapfish a few times, but i think the website is a bit trick to navigate. 

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22 hours ago, joemul said:

Cheers Ste. Good advice there.

 

Last (daft) question - where or how is the best way to get quality prints from iPhone. Boots? Freeprints? Some service i've not heard of?

 

A decent lab will do C-Type prints - where lasers burn the image onto light sensitive paper and they tend to pretty nice. 

 

Otherwise, home ink jet printers are pretty good, at least for colour. I do a lot of my own printing on a cheap Canon ink jet and quality for colour prints is pretty good as long as you use decent paper. I like Jessops (!) Satin 240gsm paper, does colour nicely and prints true B&W.

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Can anyone give me advice on the best way to print the following picture.

 

It's a collage of 4 photos and I want it to look the way I've mocked it up below, with the black border being the actual wooden photo frame when it's finished. I was looking at one of these photobox print options: https://www.photobox.co.uk/shop/wall-decor/timeless-framed-prints but not sure if there's a better website than photobox out there?

 

I would like to have the white spacing between the photos, so I presume I would have to submit my final picture with white spacing between all four images. Or would it be better to get 4 individual prints and a seperate frame and put them together myself?

 

I've never printed anything before so not sure the best course of action. How would you Rllmukers go about this?

 

42491461710_ef1eb0cdcf_k.jpgSeasons by Malcolm Johnson, on Flickr

 

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19 hours ago, Malc said:

I would like to have the white spacing between the photos, so I presume I would have to submit my final picture with white spacing between all four images. Or would it be better to get 4 individual prints and a seperate frame and put them together myself?

 

It depends on the final effect you want ?

However if you want want white spacing between the four, I'd get four individual prints and put them into a frame with four windows in the mount.

 

As another alternative I'd probably do it differently altogether and have four separate frames hanging together

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On 24/07/2018 at 20:12, idiwa said:

Anyone having utter shit with Lightroom Classic CC at the moment? By utter shit I mean just getting dead slow to respond to edits. I can be trying to use sliders on an adjustment brush and its taking a good 5 seconds to respond. 

 

 

 

Runs really well on my 2012 macbook pro ( pre retina )

System and catalogue file on SSD all RAWS on normal HDD ( the one that came with the laptop )

Tend to do a lot of editing in Lightroom and via Photoshop.

 

Using 24mp files from fuji xt2.

Catalogue is HUGE with about 600gb of images.

 

 

Have you got enough free space on your storage disk? If not enough some apps will struggle. I'd imagine Lightroom needs a good chunk of empty disk space.

 

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4 hours ago, Totoro said:

 

 

Runs really well on my 2012 macbook pro ( pre retina )

System and catalogue file on SSD all RAWS on normal HDD ( the one that came with the laptop )

Tend to do a lot of editing in Lightroom and via Photoshop.

 

Using 24mp files from fuji xt2.

Catalogue is HUGE with about 600gb of images.

 

 

Have you got enough free space on your storage disk? If not enough some apps will struggle. I'd imagine Lightroom needs a good chunk of empty disk space.

 

 

Its a 250GB SSD with over 130GB free and the HDD is 1TB, and you've also got @petrolgirls uber beast having issues too. I noticed there was an update a few days ago. Its installed I've just not bothered to look into it. TBH Lightroom' performance issues has really killed my enthusiasm for photography. 

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1 hour ago, idiwa said:

 

Its a 250GB SSD with over 130GB free and the HDD is 1TB, and you've also got @petrolgirls uber beast having issues too. I noticed there was an update a few days ago. Its installed I've just not bothered to look into it. TBH Lightroom' performance issues has really killed my enthusiasm for photography. 

 

I tried CC again, it runs better and has curves now which is nice but I forgot how much I hate Adobes curves, add and manipulate some points in the shadows and your highlights go haywire unless you clamp points all along your curves which is just rubbish. Anyway, I've now got Flame on my workstation and the latest version has full telecine style colour controls so I'm happy as a pig in shit. 

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Managed to get myself a Canon 5D with a 24-105mm and a 50mm for a decent price to get back into photography after doing it in college about 15 years ago. I have been watching YouTube videos to remind myself but I am after a good book to flick through. Any good recommendations?

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The Photographer's Eye by Michael Freeman is great on composition, and good for inspiration.

 

Sounds like you might already know the technical stuff - if not, just subscribe to Practical Photography for a year and you'll get decent articles on everything, they do a semi-regular seralized skills course (and are generally quite a good read, or at least were last time I subscribed).

 

Alternatively, a lot of people like Understanding Exposure for the tech basics, but the author pissed me off, personally.

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So Leica are opening up their full-frame mirrorless L-Mount system to Panasonic and Sigma. So that would be the fourth major mirrorless full-frame system, along with Sony's E mount, Nikon's Z mount, and Canon's RF mount. That's essentially Sony going from being alone in this space to having three competing systems in about the space of a month. All these systems currently seem to be focusing on the high end, I'll be there when the prices start to come down...

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Much hand-wringing in the m43 community about this, although Panny announcing a 10-25 f/1.7 m43 lens at the same time has soothed a few nerves.

 

For me as an m43 user, it doesn't change anything - I'm with the system for the balance of quality and portability, and favour the smaller bodies and lenses. These new formats sound tempting on paper, but the lenses are all gigantic - I'm not sure what you're really saving over mirrored bodies other than the reduction in body size. If someone could do an FF system with lenses the size of the old Nikkor AF-D lenses, I'd potentially be on board, but I'm guessing they wouldn't cut it with modern dense sensors, or cope with the required AF speeds.

EDIT: Holy shit, didn't realise Sigma were making an L mount body with a FF Foveon sensor. Now *that's* interesting. I used to have a Sigma DP2, and when the conditions are right Foveon is absolutely incredible.

 

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I'm looking at buying some nd(big stopper)  filters and would appreciate your thoughts on it. I shoot occasionally and mostly always landscapes. Currently I have 4 lenses 2 of those have a 52 mm diameter so that would mean I would most likely need three adapters to fit a filter holder. I've been looking at Lee and it can get quite expensive. Is it worth going for Lee and just biting the bullet or is there a cheeper alternative that will do me for the occasional use? 

 

Thanks 

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On 25/09/2018 at 21:11, Alexlotl said:

Much hand-wringing in the m43 community about this, although Panny announcing a 10-25 f/1.7 m43 lens at the same time has soothed a few nerves.

 

For me as an m43 user, it doesn't change anything - I'm with the system for the balance of quality and portability, and favour the smaller bodies and lenses. These new formats sound tempting on paper, but the lenses are all gigantic - I'm not sure what you're really saving over mirrored bodies other than the reduction in body size. If someone could do an FF system with lenses the size of the old Nikkor AF-D lenses, I'd potentially be on board, but I'm guessing they wouldn't cut it with modern dense sensors, or cope with the required AF speeds.

EDIT: Holy shit, didn't realise Sigma were making an L mount body with a FF Foveon sensor. Now *that's* interesting. I used to have a Sigma DP2, and when the conditions are right Foveon is absolutely incredible.

 

 

Pretty much. I use the original Olympus e-m5 and it's a great camera for not much money second hand. 

More than happy with the lens choices and a body upgrade path should I ever feel the need too.

 

On 25/09/2018 at 16:22, Liamness said:

So Leica are opening up their full-frame mirrorless L-Mount system to Panasonic and Sigma. So that would be the fourth major mirrorless full-frame system, along with Sony's E mount, Nikon's Z mount, and Canon's RF mount. That's essentially Sony going from being alone in this space to having three competing systems in about the space of a month. All these systems currently seem to be focusing on the high end, I'll be there when the prices start to come down...

 

As each iteration of a mobile phone gobbles up more of the ground previously occupied by camera companies they're probably making the shift towards high end only to be able to survive.

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Yeah, I'm thinking the same. Phone cameras have pretty much destroyed the compact market. Four thirds / APS-C cameras still hold a significant advantage over them... but increasingly they can do with sensors and software what used to require physics and glass. TBH I was hoping to get a full-frame rangefinder style camera at some point anyway. You can only get so much depth of field control with smaller sensors at short focal lengths... and I've had a film camera of that style (with a fixed lens) that was pretty portable. Hoping someone comes out with a digital equivalent that I can actually afford. I'm pretty happy with my current system, and would probably keep it around in any case, but that's what I'm pining for.

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13 hours ago, Liamness said:

Yeah, I'm thinking the same. Phone cameras have pretty much destroyed the compact market. Four thirds / APS-C cameras still hold a significant advantage over them... but increasingly they can do with sensors and software what used to require physics and glass. TBH I was hoping to get a full-frame rangefinder style camera at some point anyway. You can only get so much depth of field control with smaller sensors at short focal lengths... and I've had a film camera of that style (with a fixed lens) that was pretty portable. Hoping someone comes out with a digital equivalent that I can actually afford. I'm pretty happy with my current system, and would probably keep it around in any case, but that's what I'm pining for.

 

This was an interesting look at the shortcomings of Apple’s Portrait Mode on the new iPhone.

 

 

To be fair, It’s impressive stuff, albeit with obvious shortcomings, and for the casual photographer who doesn’t really care about the technical aspects of photography, it’ll be a cool new effect to (over)use.

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