Freddy wants to know if he’s going to get rainbows and unicorns if he spends five times as much on his next monolight flash. There are reasons to hand over the platinum card, but they may not be what you think.
Next up, Molly’s friend is selling a used dSLR and some of the potential buyers are asking about it’s shutter actuation count. Is that really something to think about?
Paul C. Buff
Profoto B2 on Amazon
Elinchrom Deep Octa on Amazon
Photek Softlighter II on Amazon
Camera Shutter Count
Camera Shutter Life Expectancy Database
Is it a good idea to build a camera system based on the plan to use adapters with your next body purchase or should you try to stay native when possible? Are we at the point where we’re lens mount agnostic? Not quite, but Bill & Dan have thoughts.
Next we tackle the question of whether it’s worth using SSD drives in your network backup system. Speed, capacity, and price all factor in.
Sony LA-EA4 A-Mount to E-Mount FF Lens Adapter with TMT
Sony Alpha A6300 Camera Body
Metabones Canon EF Lens to Sony E-Mount Camera Speed Booster ULTRA
Drobo Gen 3 USB 3 4 Bay Drive Enclosure
Seagate 4TB Internal Drive
Samsung 850EVO SSD
It’s a display question bonanza. We’ve got questions from two guys named Nick today from opposite sides of the world. Nick in Australia has a old semi-broken 27″ iMac that he would love to use as a secondary display for his MacBook Pro, but needs some help making that happen.
And Nick from New York has just built a shiny new photo editing computer for himself and now needs to decide on a new under-$1000 monitor to go with it. Don’t worry, we’ve got some ideas for him.
Some things mentioned in this episode include:
The Ins and Outs of Your iMac’s Target Display Mode
How to Boot a Mac from External Drive
Target Disk Mode
Samsung 850 EVO Internal SSD on Amazon
SanDisk Extreme 64GB USB 3.0 Thumbdrive on Amazon
Apple Thunderbolt to Firewire Adapter on Amazon
Apple 15″ Retina MacBook Pro on Amazon
Dell 24″ P2415Q on Amazon
X-Rite i1 Display Pro on Amazon
Samsung 28″ UHD Monitor on Amazon
First up is a discussion about Plug-ins – what’s out there, what we’ve used, what we like, and some general theory.
Then we get into another talk about sensor size and resolution. A little bit of theory and history, and the big questions – is bigger really better? Why would you choose one over another?
Alien Skin Exposure
Google Nik Plugins
Nikon D810 on Amazon
Pentax 645z on Amazon
Our first question this week is about the double-edged sword of tethering your camera to a computer during a shoot and how it might create as many problems as it solves.
Then we tackle what kind of lighting kit to build if you want to use it for both stills and video, and you only have a budget of a thousand bucks.
Some of the items mention in this episode include:
15ft USB to MiniUSB Cable for Tethering
Pyle Laptop Projector Stand, Heavy Duty Tripod
Color Rendering Index
TLCI Rendering by Alan Roberts
Lowell Tota Light
Westcott Flex Daylight LED
First up is a question about third party lenses. Is it really worth spending all that money on the name brand? What should you be thinking about before making a decision?
Next up is a question about online backup. How does it really work? We also touch on backup strategy in general, which is always an important discussion.
Some of the items mentioned in this episode include:
Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon Cameras
Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 Apo Planar T* ZE Manual Focus Lens (Canon EOS-Mount)
Tamron SP 24-70mm Di VC USD Canon Mount AFA007C-700 (Model A007E)
BackBlaze online backup
Crashplan online backup
4TB Seagate USB 3 External Hard Drive