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  1. EDIT: Posted longer reply then saw your last post that you picked something up
  2. Great to hear. As Allen mentioned, I am always pleasantly surprised about how people will respond with some information about the situation.
  3. Like DiverDoug1, I have a few different cases depending up what I am carrying and where I am going. Some questions to think about: 1.) Are you traveling to places where it is more difficult to get the gear to? (Carry-on airplanes, puddle jumpers in there, etc.) 2.) Do you dive locally often so you can just load up gear in a car? 3.) Do you carry more or less equipment (or different size equipment) based on where you are going? Some of the questions overlap. But I use a variety of Pelicans, Porter, Bags (ThinkTank and LowePro usually) and other items. With a 4/3 system and some small strobes or lights the items I grab will be different compared to a full dSLR rig. Sometimes, especially if going to places I have been to fairly often before and will get to again, it is nice just to use a small portable setup. That all being said, I often use a Pelican 1510 because it works for carry-on in most places I go to, coupled with a laptop bag.
  4. The language looks a bit loose there to me also a few reasons. Some may be custom/language differences from U.K. and U.S., but since you also see issues, probably not. It may also be that the email was more of a general bullet point concept, subject to a more formal document.
  5. No doubt, have been fortunate through the years overall in small amount of failures, and constantly backing up. Have a variety of RAIDs, mainly use 0, 1 and 5. Issue is which drives nowadays seem to have an overall better reputation. Seems to have been a shift. Yup, have a few of the QX2s, and set up as RAID 5 hooked up via eSATA fairly fast. Was actually also going to try to see which drives they seem to like nowadays.
  6. Hi all Need to pick up a bunch of hard drives for some things coming up. Have purchased any recently and looking through various reviews on sites, seems like things are a bit all over the place in terms of who is making what that is decent. Without pointing out a particular brand, it seems that some that I used to rely on often are now not as reliable or as solid as they may have been. (Though some that I have that have "bad" reviews have been solid.) Of course I take it with a grain of salt based on "reviews." Going to be using them for video primarily in RAID 0/1. Looking for 3.5", 2 TB or larger ideally, though 1.5 TB could work. Not overly concerned with absolute speed (even a good 3G lower RPM is fine), just looking for the current reliable ones that are out there now. Thanks
  7. I have a couple of Drobos, more so as a general holder and something that I can use older hard drives with. Never got great performance/speeds. But just one aspect of back-ups I do. I also have things like the the Mercury Elite Pro Qx2. Supports different RAID configurations. Pretty decent speeds, even on RAID 5. Not necessarily the quietest unit, but not bad. Has a FW port so you can move it further away, especially if just for back-up. After the initial back-up, incremental back-ups aren't bad. Wiebetech also has some nice units. The newer 2 Bay RTXs are REAL quiet. They have various configurations/connections and different RAID Levels. The rebuilds times are pretty good. I usually use Carbon Copy Cloner to do back ups once a day for my drives, schedule for late at night. The first time will take longer, incremental quick.
  8. Obviously a lot of people use Lion and like it. I am not the biggest fan for the reason you mentioned in terms of beach ball and all the rest. I think a clean install may be in order for me also. Seems something got messed up. On my SL partition things are fine and one base reinstall of Lion seems to be better. Got a feeling it could be software issue for me also. Just being kind of lazy in redoing it
  9. Depends. If I am not quite concerned about portability/weight and the rest. The 17" with the slot. Has the connections, good working room even without another monitor, etc. Got a 6G eSata card and a 6G enclosure when I need speed. I have taken this even on trips when I know I am going to be someplace for a bit, a couple of weeks at a time or so. Curse a tad when getting it in and out at the airport. Happy when I get to where I am going. The Retina hits the spot for travel for me. Good screen, real spunky. But a lot of this depends on what you do when at home and when you travel with the computer.
  10. Which transfer speeds/BUS are you talking about? The new internal drives on the laptop are 6G eSATA Something to consider is perhaps selling yours and then getting a refurbed unit from Apple. (Not sure though if that is an option where you are though.) But to give you an example for $1359 in the U.S. refurbed store. Refurbished MacBook Pro 2.2GHz Quad-core Intel i7 Originally released October 2011 15.4-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen display, 1440-by-900 resolution 4GB (2 x 2GB) of 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM 500GB Serial ATA @ 5400 rpm 8x double-layer SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) Intel HD Graphics 3000 and AMD Radeon HD 6750M
  11. On the 2011 and 2012 laptops you can put 16 Gigs in OWC Some interesting numbers Here on benchmarks. I just need to get the chips in to my machine. Will report back and let you know how it goes
  12. How much RAM do you have in the computer? What type of HD (speed and/or SSD) Throwing as much RAM in is probably the easiest and cost effective upgrade if you have not done so. The SSD drive can also help, but RAM is going to be the big one. (Also not sure what apps you are running.) I would not bother upgrading the processor, if that is an option. On the MacBook Pro (non-Retina) only 8 Gigs is officially supported, though place like OWC have tested up to 16 Gigs. (In fact I am upgrading my machine to 16 Gigs and an SSD). The Retina is beautiful, just got done playing with one. Fast, responsive, just great. The base model is nice, but 256 SSD is a non-starter for me. (And at this time, neither the RAM nor HD are upgradable.) The mid-level one would be the least I would consider. It seems to be the sweet spot of size, weight etc in the Mac Line-Up as of now.
  13. Hmmm, have not upgraded all my Adobe sets yet. Might be time. Thanks for making me spend money
  14. No doubt that Apple may have messed up a bit in perception of the new Final Cut X, but they have been releasing updates and adding the features people wanted into it. Whether it is too late or too much damage done, who knows. But this blog post by Larry Jordan indicates Apple is listening.
  15. Two announcements LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., April 12, 2012 – Continually advancing the frontiers of digital high-resolution motion-image capture for film, television, and other industries, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the EOS-1D C digital single-lens reflex (SLR) camera.* Delivering outstanding video performance, the compact, lightweight EOS-1D C provides video recording at 4K (4096 x 2160-pixel) or Full HD (1920 x 1080-pixel) resolution to support high-end motion picture, television production and other advanced imaging applications. LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., April 12, 2012 – Canon Inc. is developing two digital cinematography cameras as part of its acclaimed new Cinema EOS System of professional cinematography products. Designated as the Cinema EOS C500* for use with EF-mount lenses, and the Cinema EOS C500 PL* for use with PL-mount lenses, the cameras will be capable of originating 4K (4096 x 2160-pixel) resolution digital motion imagery with uncompressed RAW output for external recording, in response to growing expectations for higher levels of imaging performance in premium Hollywood films and other production markets requiring the utmost in picture quality.
  16. Hey Alex, as others have mentioned, if the computer has an express slot it is the way to go. That is why I picked up the last generation of the 15" MacBook Pro that had a slot when the next generation came out and went with a 17" for my newest laptop. Obviously not as portable as the smaller models, and a bit of a pain when traveling, but not too bad. Hopefully more Thunderbolt devices become available and there are also rumors that Apple will have USB 3.0 coming out. The MacBook Airs are real nice for traveling BTW.
  17. As mentioned, first get diving down without worrying about cameras and so forth, there is a learning curve and the cards ultimately mean nothing. (More so discovery scuba, basic OW) Think of them as more as a license to learn. And learning happens AFTER the cards and doing dives. There will be jumps where you go "aha" along the way. 25, 50, 100 dives. Do not let the fact that you have a card in your pocket lull you into a false sense of security. And just as important, you may find out that scuba may not be something you are really into, so do not go crazy buying gear until you know you are really liking Scuba. (It is the BEST thing in the world, but some people may not like it )
  18. Aquatica is usually pretty good in my experience with them about questions and help. I shot Jean from Aquatica a note to see if he would be able to jump in here and help you out.
  19. Yup, the dSLRs I shot did not make MTS files, sorry for not being clear on that part. FWIW, as to the MTS, I have used X with a couple of P&S that produce MTS files and it has worked well using import from camera option. Try just to bring the files in (drag/drop or import from folder) then it is a non-starter.
  20. Ah the MTS stream issue. You may want to try things like ClipWrap, which will convert the files. Not sure which version of Final Cut you are using, but in Final Cut X, for instance, you can import MTS files directly using Import from Camera, the catch is that you need to ingest from a card/disc image with the proper folder structure. What I would do (before doing anything else) A.) plug the camera in and the camera will mount as a drive. B.) Use Disk Utility to make a Disc Image (DMG) of the drive (let me know if you need details on this.) C.) Eject the Camera from the Desktop when it is done. D.) Copy the DMG file to a couple of places just to be safe. E.) Open one of the DMG files and see if it can be imported. Final Cut 7 has Log And Transfer which MAY do the same thing as Final Cut X depending on the camera. I have not tried it with your model, but it works, for instance, with 5D Mark II and 7D. You may need an extra plugin or you may have the support.
  21. Canon always has things listed on the refurb section. Often refurbed products in general go through a real strict process that makes them a pretty good deal. Plus the lenses come with a warranty for 90 days I think. Should be able to tell quickly whether you have a good copy or not and probably issues will show up before 90 days.
  22. http://files.photodex.com/docs/manuals/ProShowGold5.pdf Page 319 to 321 looks like the steps
  23. Thanks for the link, will go through it. Very impressive showing for the DSLRs. Cannot wait to see what the next 5D looks like spec wise.
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