Hello All LL'ers
I know Michael is a series P45 shooter and I would like to know if anyone out there has done extensive shooting at 400 ASA on a P45? I have a P25 and can't really shoot past 200.
I like the A75 at 400 but the recuring software issues are not cool. I plan on switching to Intel machines and do not want to use Leaf 10 and don't see a solution to Leaf 10 in the pipe line. As JR says his 8.4 is great and it was quick. But there is no debating the speed of C1 with intel based macs.
Thanks in Advance for any responses.
I think all of the talk we see about cameras/backs comes down to personal preference.
We call it workflow, but in reality it's almost a lifestyle decision as shooting and post processing digital can become so overpowering that if your not careful it can take your life away.
Me, I am loathe to learn new software, regardless of brand or ease. Every minute I spend learning, upgrading, deactivating, is a minute I lose doing things that are much more productive and pleasurable.
I'm unique in that I live in two cities and have computers spread all over the place, so I try to keep my shooting and processing computers portable and simple.
I use the A-22 and the A-65 tethered to V-8 running 17" PB G4's and process in PSCS 1 or the first CS.
My rationale is V8 is fast and runs on proven powerbooks, with no firewire issues or beta testing. Both powerbooks are identical clones of each other and with Leaf software and pscs1 I don't have to call to activate/de activate the software, I don't have to learn new features and everything I use I am familiar with.
Speed and stability is a real concern with the way I work and even though my G4 powerbooks are now ancient in computer terms, they are the most efficient machines I have ever used and don't have the glitches of firewwire power and running emulation of some software. Everything is native, tested and proven.
Given that, I recently processed 40 images in the latest version of lc 10 and had no crashes or any real problems, other than lc10 is just not as fast as processing in photoshop.
Yes, C1 is fast on the new Intel machines, but the Macbook pros have firewire issues shooting tethered and using a Phase tethered requires a battery. Just one more thing to charge, one more thing to remember and one more thing to eat away time.
This past weekend I had an opportunity to briefly shoot a Hasselblad 39 and a Phase P30 next to my new A-65.
Without getting into the details of the shooting or the feel of the backs vs. cameras when I came back to my studio I decided to look at the files to compare.
To see the p-30 file I have to update my version of C-1. try to activate it to a second computer and when I went on the hasselblad site to download flexcolor the software section is blank.
To me this is a real liability to proprietary file formats and the fact I can't just drop a file into photoshop quickly to compare makes me realize that if even if I was so inclined to change brands, I open up the door for one more step, one more download and one more set of possible issues.
Also to get even close to the same processing speed I have with pscs and the leaf file, I will have to go to two new powerbooks, more ram, more drives, more time to downlaod and configure the machines.
Personally, I think Leaf was smart to early on make an open source file, way before the term dng was ever mentioned. It works in pscs, CS2 and RD, V8, LC10.
That gives me 5 options and in the case of V8 and LC10 options I can download for free to any computer.
As I've said before as photographers our life, our business is making photographs, not leaning software, not buying, updating computers.