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danielbrown

Member Since 24 Jun 2007
Offline Last Active Apr 21 2009 09:59 PM
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In Topic: Lightroom 2.0 has some issues, Please help!

07 August 2008 - 07:27 AM

While there shouldn't be (and generally isn't) a huge shift in code between beta and "GM" (Golden Master) versions of the app, there are occasions when, at the last minute, one chunk of code which is "safer" gets swapped out for one that's "optimized".

With that said, I'm hardly "in" on what happened here. I showed off Lightroom 1.4 at the Bonaire Digital Shootout in June, and have dabbled in (but not hammered on) LR 2.0 since then.

A glance through the Adobe Support forums for Lightroom 2.0 under the topic of performance:

http://www.adobeforu.../webx/.59b604cf

Shows several complaints, and several people wondering what the other people are talking about. There are some optimization tricks that seem to help, but my hunch is that people are using the retouching tools in LR 2.0 the same way they would in Photoshop and they are VERY different animals.

I'm sure they'll patch it quickly as the Lr team can be a bit more nimble and flexible than the Photoshop team. Hang tight.

As for Lightroom versus Aperture, I've no opinion either way since I no longer work for Adobe (though that may change...) My impressions of the two applications come from:

1. The fact that Lightroom is "cross-platform" and based on the number of responses from people on Windows machines, once can imagine that to be appealing.

2. The impressions I've received from talking to about 200 people who have used both intensively and prefer Lightroom over Aperture (rather vocally in some cases.)

In the end, it's personal preference; use what pisses you off the least 'cause, sooner or later, every piece of software is gonna do it.

Danielsan-->
"Wish I could take enough pictures worth keeping to slow Lightroom down"
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In Topic: Canon D40

12 July 2008 - 08:10 PM

Hi to everybody,

up to now I took my underwater photos with a full featured Sony DSC F717, Ikelite housing, DS51. Now I bought a Canon D40 and I wish to buy the stuff to bring it in the water. Looking at some posts, I have the impression that a good solution for me could be to buy a canon 60mm macro and a Tokina 10-17 fisheye. Housing Ikelite with a DS125.

My I have some comments or hints about this stuff or alternative suggestions?

Thanks in advance
Ettore


Ettore,

Don't let the good-natured teasing put you off. Whether you call your camera a 40D or a D40, you made a nice choice. (I'm saying that because I just bought one as well.)

I've had a 20D and, well, I just couldn't justify buying a housing for a camera that old (with a viewfinder that small). The 5D was CONSIDERABLY more expensive (though complaining about price in underwater photography is a bit ironic when you explain to "normal" friends and family how much you spent "just" to take pictures under water.)

Thanks to the gang at Backscatter (www.backscatter.com), I was able to "test dive" a 40D in a Sea&Sea housing at the Bonaire Digital Shootout this year and, I gotta tell you, that was a nice ride. I'm fortunate to have friends who loan me bigger rigs (1DS Mark III's in Seacam housings) and it's always tough to drive another car after a fully-loaded Mercedes, but this Sea&Sea does it for me nicely.

I considered a clear housing if, for no other reason than you can see when it's flooding much more quickly. But if you take care of your gear, and treat o-rings well, that shouldn't be a problem.

I guess make that another vote for Sea and Sea.

Daniel Brown
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