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  1. davebmck

    Laptop computer

    I've been away from this site for a while. Where is the best area to post some questions about a laptop for photography post processing?
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    Best P&S

    I'm always wishing I had my camera with me on my frequent business trips, but it's not practical to bring my DLSR gear with me. So I want to get a nice P&S that I can throw in my carry on bag. I'm partial to Canon and I've been looking at the G11, but wondered if some of you had an opinion on...
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    Book Recommendation for the Zone System

    Can anyone recommend a good book on the Zone System?
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    Lightroom 2 corrupting files?

    Just got back from a camping trip this weekend and was reviewing some of my shots. The first pass through the pictures, I selected the pictures I wanted to reject. Once I rejected those photos I was looking through the photos again and noticed several pictures had banding and odd patterns...
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    Replacement for 18-200mm

    I'm going to order my 5Dmk2 this week and I need to replace my two cropped sensor only lenses. For my Sigma 10-20mm I have selected the Canon EF 17-40 f/4 L, but I'm having a little more difficulty finding a good substitute for my Sigma 18-200. This is my walk around lens and I really like the...
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    Pearstone Hood

    I was looking at the Canon ET-65B hood and it goes for $44.50. I also saw a Pearstone model that sells for $20.00. Does anyone have any experience with the Pearstone hoods? Are they decent quality?
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    Teleconverter AF modification

    I have a Canon 1.4 teleconverter under the christmas tree and I have read there is a modification you can make by taping some of the contacts to allow autofocus on lenses with larger minimum apertures than f/4. Can anyone direct me to information on how to do that?
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    Lightroom 2 Camera Profiles

    Is anyone using the Camera Profiles in LR2? Do you feel these give better results than the default profiles? I downloaded and installed them last night, and they sure make a difference to the picture, especially with the reds and oranges. It makes me wonder which is more accurate.
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    Card to Card Memory Card Reader/Writer

    Is there such a thing as a card reader/writer that will read from one memory card and write to another memory card. I'm thinking it would be a good way to download my pictures every day while on vacation. It would save me from having to lug my computer around me.
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    Print vs. Screen images

    I haven't done a lot of printing of my digital images so I don't have a lot of experience in this area. I am talking about matching the printed colors and brightness to the screen images. In prints I have made on my HP printer, the colors seem a bit "muddier" than the screen image. I just...
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    Red eye tool in Camera Raw

    There is a red eye tool in Camera Raw that appears to be exactly the tool as in Photoshop CS3. However, when I try to use it, nothing changes and I get a sound like when a dialog box pops up but nothing is displayed. Does anyone know what I might be doing wrong? I can take the same image to...
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    Unknown Spider

    My wife and I live in a heavily wooded area in NC and we found this spider in our yard today. It was about 1 inch long. Neither of us have seen one like it before and we haven't been able to identify it although we have a number of field guides. It seemed out of place. It was just moving...
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    FS Canon 100-400 F4.5/5.6L IS USM Lens - New

    Brand new Canon EF 100-400 F4.5/5.6L IS USM Lens, never used. Still in original box with case and hood. All original paperwork including warranty card. Asking $1150. Shipping will be charged at actual cost.
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    What is xmp

    I did a search on this and didn't find anything, so I will ask here. When I look through my file folders where my raw and jpg files are stored I see that some files have the same name with an xmp extension. Some do not have the mating file. The questions is, what is this file and do I need to...
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    Suggestions for a super wide angle zoom

    I'm going on vacation in about a month and I'm thinking of buying a super wide angle zoom. Something like a 10-20mm. Do any of you have suggestions for well regarded one?
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    Photoshop Elements 6 The Missing Manual

    I have a new copy of Photoshop Elements 6 The Missing Manual, by Barbara Brundage. I paid $26.39 for it and will sell it for $13 plus actual shipping costs.
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    Nikonos Underwater Photography System

    Nikonos V Underwater Camera Body with 35mm, F2.5 Lens. Nikonos SB-105 UW Strobe (New, never used) Strobe bracket & TTL Sync Cord - Nikonos V to SB-105 Nikonos Close-up Photography Kit Extension Tube for Macro w/ 1:2, 1:1 & 2:1 Frames Carry Case Original manuals for camera, strobe and...
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    Monopod and IS

    I know you're supposed to turn off IS (OS, VR, ect.) when you mount to a tripod, but what about a monopod? Seems like there are more degrees of freedom with a monopod and the IS would help for those. What's the general practice?
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    Sigma 170-500mm f/5-6.3 DG APO concerns

    I bought this lens this weekend to use on my Rebel XTi. I want to use this lens mostly for photographing wildlife. I took about 60 shots with it this weekend to see what kind of pictures I can get out of it. The problem I am having is that I can’t seem to get good sharp images at anywhere near...
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