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Editor Mar 13, 2009 99 comments
We all know that digital image file backup is important. How do you currently back up your image files?
Please comment briefly on your backup strategy.
I have them on the hard drive and will back them up some day.
29% (155 votes)
CDs and DVDs
20% (108 votes)
External hard drive
49% (261 votes)
3% (14 votes)
Total votes: 538
Editor Dec 08, 2010 57 comments
With Auto White Balance and the ability to easily shift White Balance settings in Raw processing, how careful are you in setting White Balance when you shoot?
Please comment briefly on your experience with and/or need for custom White Balance tools and techniques.
I just leave the camera on Auto White Balance because it does a fine job most of the time.
17% (29 votes)
I use an Auto White Balance accessory and Custom set White Balance regularly.
39% (69 votes)
I shoot all my images in Raw format and process for fine control of White Balance then.
44% (77 votes)
Total votes: 175
Editor Apr 18, 2006 25 comments
There are now numerous color management/calibration devices and programs available in a variety of price ranges. While these can be invaluable in achieving better prints and results overall, many photographers are hesitant to use them due to their perceived complexity. What is your experience with calibration setups?
Please comment briefly on your experience with color management and profiling hardware and software.
I am satisfied with my results and don't want to get involved with further complications.
10% (6 votes)
I have used calibration devices and software and they have definitely improved my results.
53% (31 votes)
I have heard these devices and software can help, but have been hesitant to get involved because I am concerned that they are to
37% (22 votes)
Total votes: 59
Editor Nov 15, 2010 39 comments
GPS is showing up in more and more cameras of late. The newest manifestation does not require any add-on devices or hot-shoe plug-ins, but comes integral to the camera body. Would the inclusion of GPS sway you favorably towards one camera or another. all else being fairly equal except a slight bump in price?
Please comment briefly on your experience with GPS devices and integration with software like Google Earth and iPhoto.
Yes, I would enjoy having a GPS function built in and it would sway my decision.
45% (43 votes)
No, I would never use it.
46% (44 votes)
I need to learn more about its capabilities.
8% (8 votes)
Total votes: 95
Editor Aug 18, 2008 51 comments
Tamron has recently announced the development of an 18-270mm zoom for digital cameras with APS-C sensors. This is an amazing 15X range. In the past, this type of zoom ratio was considered quite high. As zoom design and construction has improved, have you found yourself using high ratios zooms, or do you still consider 3X the maximum for your work?
Please comment briefly on your experience with high ratio zoom lenses, specifically above 3X.
a) I tend to be conservative and stick with shorter zoom ratios.
79% (308 votes)
b) My experience is that zoom quality is such these days that I am comfortable working with quite high focal length ratios.
9% (37 votes)
c) I like an “all-in-one” lens and believe that having one lens that covers all the focal length ranges I might use is the best
12% (45 votes)
Total votes: 390
Editor May 20, 2008 77 comments
Memory card technology has grown considerably in the past two years with new architecture allowing for greater capacity and speed. Yet, some photographers are a bit leery about using, for example, 16GB cards and entrust their entire shoot to one card. Do you have similar qualms, or do you feel the convenience of one card far outweighs any such concerns?
Please comment briefly on your experience with higher capacity cards or any concerns you have about memory cards in general.
Yes, I generally shoot with a number of smaller capacity cards to "spread the risk."
87% (408 votes)
No, I think those concerns are overblown and shoot with the highest capacity card my system can handle.
12% (56 votes)
My camera is a bit older and cannot handle the higher capacity cards, so this does not apply to me.
1% (5 votes)
Total votes: 469
Editor Aug 18, 2010 44 comments
Image stabilization is becoming a common feature in new lenses from OEM and "third-party" manufacturers. At times it seems the feature is added to lenses with fairly narrow maximum or variable apertures. While it brings costs down in lens making, do you feel it is a fair tradeoff?
Please comment briefly on your experience with image stabilized lenses.
Yes, if I can get steadier shots in a lens that is not too expensive it is worth it.
55% (63 votes)
No, I'd rather work with a "faster" lens, with or without image stabilization.
39% (45 votes)
I haven't had a chance to work with an image stabilized lens so I'm not sure.
5% (6 votes)
Total votes: 114
Editor Sep 14, 2006 62 comments
The latest products show a trend toward more image stabilization features in new lenses for DSLRs, and camera bodies in digicams. Have you experienced working with an image stabilized device, and do you see the benefits of it?
Please comment briefly on your experience with image stabilized lenses/cameras.
Yes, and I have found that I get a greater percentage of steady shots with it.
75% (165 votes)
No, I just raise ISO or work with a tripod anyway.
10% (22 votes)
I have not yet worked with an image stabilized system.
15% (34 votes)
Total votes: 221
Editor Jun 22, 2010 6 comments
With technology such as "dynamic range optimization", "D-Lighting", in-camera HDR bracketing and other in-camera processing features, the challenges of exposure under contrasty conditions seem to be easing. Have you worked with these in-camera tools, and do you find they ease exposure challenges as much as they claim?
Please comment briefly on your experience with in-camera processing tools for contrasty lighting conditions.
I have worked with these tools and they make exposure much less challenging, esepcially in high contrast conditions, than ever b
40% (8 votes)
I have worked with them and am not convinced that they overcome the "classic" photographic exposure challenges.
30% (6 votes)
I need to know more about them before I make any judgment.
30% (6 votes)
Total votes: 20
Editor Apr 08, 2011 62 comments
With virtually every lens maker--camera brand maker and independent--now offering image stabilization models, how important is that feature to you when you considering your next lens purchase?
Please comment briefly on your experience with IS lenses and whether they have proven to be beneficial to your work.
Very important and I would make a purchasing decision based on the lens having this feature.
64% (74 votes)
Not important. I prefer getting a lens with a faster maximum aperture at all focal lengths.
25% (29 votes)
Does not apply because I have IS built into the camera body I own.
11% (13 votes)
Total votes: 116