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Jan 01, 2013 at 10:57 AM
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Happy New Year Everybody


Jan 01, 2013 at 01:55 PM
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Nice one, bobl; is it yours?

Happy New Year, all! I will spend the rest of the week reorganizing my digital life around the new 27" iMac that appeared on my doorstep yesterday. The transition didn't start out too smoothly, but the initial brain transplant from my 4-year-old MacPro tower is now complete. I should receive the 3rd party memory upgrade and a new Drobo 5D tomorrow or the next day, too.

When it's all up and running I'll give you a fuller report, but right now with only 8GB of RAM and all my D800 files off on external FireWire drives communicating via a FireWire-to-Thunderbolt adapter, the speed of rendering 1:1 in LR4 is noticeably faster but not astoundingly so. That should improve markedly when the working files are resident in the onboard Fusion drive (3TB of rotating disk storage with an adjunct solid state disk of 128GB) and all 32GB of RAM are installed; we'll see about files on the Drobo, which has both an adjunct SSD as well as the purported benefits of fast disk-array access and will be connected natively via Thunderbolt.

I learned yesterday during several AppleCare calls that the new 21.5" iMacs have their RAM soldered to the motherboard and are not upgradable: the memory they're manufactured with is all they will ever have. Thankfully, the new 27" iMacs are still user-upgradable, with four DIMM slots accessible behind a cleverly-designed hatch just above the power cord.



Jan 01, 2013 at 04:11 PM
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No, Steve, I did not create this. Borrowed it from a friend.


Jan 01, 2013 at 04:43 PM
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Steve I have a 27 inch Imac also and with just 16gb of ram it handles my D800 files pretty fast. 32gb should be very nice. This is my first Mac so I had a little learning curve, but even the ram was easy to change out.


Jan 01, 2013 at 05:25 PM
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My meager attempt at airshow photography. But I am learning more hoping they get better.




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Jan 01, 2013 at 05:31 PM
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Happy New Year to all.






Jan 01, 2013 at 05:47 PM
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Hello and Happy New Year to all my MA2A family. Jack has his 10 month birthday today, so I thought I'd post a photo in honor of the occasion.

Be a light unto the world...



And an airplane picture just 'cause I should. (too bad the Brits retired them!)




Jan 01, 2013 at 06:11 PM
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Mrussfoto wrote:
Steve I have a 27 inch Imac also and with just 16gb of ram it handles my D800 files pretty fast. 32gb should be very nice. This is my first Mac so I had a little learning curve, but even the ram was easy to change out.


Thanks for the data point. I moved a couple thousand D800 files over to the Fusion drive in the iMac and played with some of them this morning in LR4. It still takes a good long while to render 1:1 previews, but once they're resident in LR4 displaying them is lightning fast, perhaps half a second to switch from one to the next, loaded and displayed at 1:1. I'm so happy I could cry: even with pre-rendered 1:1 previews, just switching from one image to another on my old MacPro tower was an exercise in frustration. It would take literally 10 seconds just to find out if the new image was in focus or not. I did not relish performing triage on a new shoot with a few hundred images, much less one with thousands.



Jan 01, 2013 at 07:12 PM
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Look at the smarts in that guy's eyes. We had one like that, and he still can look right through you.


Happy New Years Tom







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stevez wrote:
Happy New Year, all! I will spend the rest of the week reorganizing my digital life around the new 27" iMac that appeared on my doorstep yesterday. The transition didn't start out too smoothly, but the initial brain transplant from my 4-year-old MacPro tower is now complete. I should receive the 3rd party memory upgrade and a new Drobo 5D tomorrow or the next day, too.

When it's all up and running I'll give you a fuller report, but right now with only 8GB of RAM and all my D800 files off on external FireWire drives communicating via a FireWire-to-Thunderbolt adapter,
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Sir Steve: Thanks much for your ongoing reports on the new 27" iMac. Later this year I will be upgrading my system and had anticipated going with a Mac Pro tower and a NEC monitor/display. With your long experience with a Mac Pro tower, I'll be paying great attention to your comparisons and conclusions regarding the new iMac. Issues like monitor calibration, rendering speed, and your Drobo arrangement will be of great interest. Count me as very interested



Jan 01, 2013 at 08:00 PM
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MMcGrath wrote:

Happy New Year to all.

http://www.markmcgrathphotography.co.uk/img/s8/v82/p1359210690-5.jpg




Gorgeous shot of the triple 7 Mark.



Jan 01, 2013 at 08:01 PM
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Happy New Year Guys and Gals!

Bob, that sand sculpture is just perfection.

Zim, Can't wait for the in depth report on your new iMac.

I've spent the last several days trying to condense my digital file library, but finally gave up this morning and ordered an additional Drobo 5D. That should allow me backed up capacity for the balance of 2013 at home and HQ. It's a little scary because, due to volume, I've had to discontinue my practice of everything being burned onto DVD's as well as backed up on hard drives. It's just not practical to burn everything to DVD's anymore, I'm already swimming in them an it's only going to get worse.




Jan 01, 2013 at 08:24 PM
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Jim,

I'm doing this for a hobby and can't keep up on the DVD's and one external HD. I can't imagine you're logistics, especially with the D800. I just purchased an second external HD, and will keeping it off site in the safe deposit box. I'm hoping one HD on site, the computer it's self and a second HD off site should be sufficient for my purposes. Plan to swap HD's (offsite with the onsite) once a month to keep each current.

Dan



Jan 01, 2013 at 08:40 PM
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Hi Jeff,

I can tell you that my year old iMac at HQ is noticeably faster than my four year old dual quad MacPro Tower, and thats' before you factor Thunderbolt interface into the equation. I love my 30" Cinema monitor but the funny thing is, when I calibrate my monitors (Cinema, 27" iMac, 17" MacBook Pro) I like the color and tonal qualities of the Adobe 1998 stock setting much more. After quite a bit of attention to color calibration, I've set everything back to Adobe 1998 and am very happy, as are my designer clients.

My dual quad/30" tower set up will most likely be going away in the first quarter of 2013. Probably would have gone away yesterday during my trip to the Apple store, but they had nothing off the shelf, and you have to order the really top shelf performance stuff from Cupertino anyway. Now I'll wait for Zim's thoughtful analysis before I upgrade.







Jan 01, 2013 at 08:42 PM
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I have been running some tests on the 1DX bodies, and my suspicions have been confirmed. Utilizing the highest speed drive setting does aggravate the crud on the sensor problem. Beginning with a spotless sensor if you shoot a burst of high speed images, the upper left corner of the images show progressively more particulate. A similar volume of images shot at a slower drive setting does not accelerate particulate build up on the sensor. I think it's a combination of mirror actuation lubricant and dust being stirred up by the rapid mirror movement.

My findings are going to influence how often I take advantage of the high speed buffer in the X bodies, because it creates a ton of additional Photoshop work and in most cases, I just don't need 14fps.



Jan 01, 2013 at 08:52 PM
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JWilsonphoto wrote:
I have been running some tests on the 1DX bodies, and my suspicions have been confirmed. Utilizing the highest speed drive setting does aggravate the crud on the sensor problem. Beginning with a spotless sensor if you shoot a burst of high speed images, the upper left corner of the images show progressively more particulate. A similar volume of images shot at a slower drive setting does not accelerate particulate build up on the sensor. I think it's a combination of mirror actuation lubricant and dust being stirred up by the rapid mirror movement.

My findings are going to influence
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I was cleaning my bodies the other day and I accidentally looked through my loupe without locking up the mirror and discovered that the mirror had a ton of dust on it. I never notice that looking through the camera but now I'm wondering if the dust isn't promptly migrated onto the sensor as you're surmising, Jim. Without a complete mirror box cleaning (which I haven't been doing all that often) I'll bet that cleaning the sensor is only good for a couple of shots before some crud comes off of the mirror and gets attracted to the sensor.

Rob








Jan 01, 2013 at 09:36 PM
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Happy new year everyone...wishing you all the best pixels in 2013


Happy New Year by Steven Szabo, on Flickr



Jan 01, 2013 at 09:49 PM
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JWilsonphoto wrote:
My findings are going to influence how often I take advantage of the high speed buffer in the X bodies, because it creates a ton of additional Photoshop work and in most cases, I just don't need 14fps.


Have you been able to figure out if there is a specific fps point at which the crud stays away? Makes me wonder as I have my eye on the rumors for the 7D Mk2 and it having 10fps.



Jan 01, 2013 at 10:56 PM
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Been hammering through Petit pics all weekend. Still have not made it to race day yet.








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