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bio website pfarrell.com
location outside Washington DC
age 63
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seen Sep 13 at 23:03

Programming since punched cards


Apr
15
comment What to do when all the display elements are stuck on on my Canon XT LCD and viewfinder displays?
Good luck. While the XT was a great camera, its unlikely to be worth fixing. If it stays broken, and your budget is low, look at used T3i bodies.
Apr
14
comment What are the most important features to look for in a low budget hotshoe flash and why?
Right, it must be able to be manually controlled. The OP needs to decide if he needs TTL
Apr
12
comment Is there a feasible workaround for Leica M Monochrom DNG files with Apple aperture?
No interest in starting a LR vs Aper discussion. I too prefer the Aperture workflow. I just prefer the LR features a tiny bit more. Lens correction is a great ability -- maybe not as important with Leica lenses.
Apr
11
comment Is there a feasible workaround for Leica M Monochrom DNG files with Apple aperture?
Have you considered switching to Lightroom? It sells for only about $80. Scott Borne has a set of postings about switching, moving your library, etc. I followed them with good luck. I liked Aperture's workflow better, but got tired of Apple's slow release schedule.
Apr
9
comment Canon Lens EF 50mm 1:1.8 II or EFS 18-55mm IS II for EOS 650D
My daughter has the 50mm F1.4 and the 40mm F2.8 on her T4i. She much prefers the 40mm for indoor shots. As others have said, the 50mm on a APS-C is too long for many indoor shots. While its two stops slower than the 50mm F1.4, that is not as big an issue as we expected (we because I bought both lenses).
Apr
8
comment Incorporating haze into landscapes
The easiest, and cheapest, way to improve landscapes is to follow the "different times of day" advice. Shoot near dawn or dusk. It will make a huge difference.
Apr
1
comment Lightroom Tethering and EOS Utility: How to get LR to accept sub-folders in auto-import?
Not only is LR's own tether inflexible, its slow. I've found that it does some processing (don't know what) after 4 or so shots, and it then blocks further shots. DPP lets you shoot as fast as you like.
Mar
30
comment Can't connect Canon 6D to my computer via USB cable
Right, a Canon DSLR is not a disk drive to either Mac or Windows computers. Don't know why Canon decided to do it that way. The solution is to use DPP (the EOS utility)
Mar
30
comment Why isn't my camera's internal light meter adjusting for my external flash?
Specifically, its the nature of the particular brand and model of flash that Chuck bought.
Mar
29
comment Should I invest in E Mount lenses?
Nit: while Nikon has not changed the F lens, many old F-mount lenses (specifically the pre-AI ones) will not physically mount on many modern Nikon bodies. The coupling prong will not clear the pentaprism.
Mar
28
comment What is a reasonable formula for depreciation of photography equipment?
Zack Arias has a nice video on starting your professional photo business. He says first, get an accountant. youtube.com/watch?v=9l00Ey3n37E The depreciation rules are set by the IRS, and don't have much to do with real world.
Mar
27
comment How do I best use a pop-up flash for indoor birthday parties?
They are fairly high, but light travels fast. With a high ceiling, you have a longer throw, so you'll need to keep the power up.
Mar
26
comment Is it worth to buy Canon 650D with 18-55 IS?
@ital, the one box rule is no longer true. I bought a Canon T4i and it was cheaper with the kit 18-55 than body-only. It came in two boxes. I sold the 18-55 unopened, new in box.
Mar
24
comment Zoom ring clicks after dropping my Canon 18-55mm IS II kit lens; what to do?
Wow, one of the few things cheaper in AU than here. $95 is the standard price on the east coast in the US. However the fundamental point holds, $50 for a quote is without doing any work. Since the lens sells for roughly $100 new, they are unrepairable. Just like a toaster.
Mar
23
comment Zoom ring clicks after dropping my Canon 18-55mm IS II kit lens; what to do?
Any lens repair will start at about $95 just to have the technician look at it. You are already at the replacement price. Any parts and labor to fix it are above that. Its simply not worth considering fixing it. You might also look at the 40mm F2.8 STM, its a nice all around lens for an APS-C camera
Mar
17
comment How do I plan a successful set of travel photographs?
Listen to #4, the time of day that you shoot is critical. Sadly, most normal people are traveling in the middle of the day, when the lighting is terrible. Get up before dawn and shoot. Also shoot in the last hour of light before sunset. It makes a huge different.
Mar
17
comment What characteristics make a digital sensor good?
You left out a critical metric: cost. Except for the D4 and 1Dx, every other camera cares about the cost of the sensor. No matter if it can out-resolve the Hubble, you have to be able to afford it.
Mar
14
comment which brand ecosystem is more open for hacking?
Wow, that's pretty cool
Mar
11
comment What lens should I bring for photographing the Himalayas?
Batteries hate the cold. Bring spares and keep them inside your parka.
Mar
10
comment How do photographers manage multiple lenses?
These instructions work for Canon DSLRs as well. And with practice, it is easy.