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    Waiting To receive MY First MFD Camera

    I just purchased a mamiya AFD11 and 80mm 2.8 lense and Aptus 22 Back. I hope to receive it in a few days. I purchased it from Capture Integration. They are very Helpful and Know their business, I will get back to you after I play around with it. I hope to learn more about how to use it and get the Excellent IQ I look forward to. Rollsman

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    Congratulations - share some images soon!
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    Thank you. I will as soon as I get it and toy around with it

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    Good on you! Just don’t try using the A22 at 200 and 400 without the anticipation of noise. It’s a back for good light and slow-ish shutter speeds (but not looong exposure).

    Within these limitations, it performs better than any other digital solution I have used. Newer (and more expensive) backs do better of course.

    Try Capture One with your outfit—they work well together; tethering is great!

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    Thank you. I will be using it for portraits and some group shots( with flash) so ISO 100 works for me. I have never used Capture one. I use LR 2.7
    I dont know how difficult it is to use Capture one and to get which one? On sale at CI 199.00 Whats the difference between that and LR 2? I am NEW to MFD. Thank you

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    Having not used LR, I cannot make useful comparisons. But C1 has become my most-used graphics program. I used to use Camera Raw and Photoshop together, but now only use Photoshop occasionally to ‘fix-up’ something that is too complex for C1. PS’s masking is superior, for instance.

    I think you may have missed the C1 sale, but it’s still worthwhile downloading the 30-day demo.

    Highlights:

    Everything in C1 happens in one window, rather than moving through ‘rooms’ as in LR. Panels can sit on the left or right, hidden easily for a full-screen view. Thumbnails are easy to show/hide.

    Colour control is superb in my view, particularly with single colours and there is also a flesh tone tool.

    The Layers feature works well with some limitations, but is fast.

    Grey-scale and ‘toning’ tools are effective. I like the sharpening and the noise reduction.

    And tethering is rock-solid; it would be great for group portraits to set colour balance and check for closed eyes.

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    I am NOT that Savvy with Post processing so is C1 reasonably easy to use?
    If so I will get free trial and see. I appreciate your help. thanks, rollsman

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    I just ordered my first MFD and downloaded the C1 it is pretty easy to use, I haven't played around with it much but figured since it's a free trial why not.

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    Hi Paul, I will wait to get my MFD this week and try the Free trial. I hope its easy enough to use. LR is easy for me but I will give it a shot. Thank you

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    Re: Waiting To receive MY First MFD Camera

    The current version of C1 will blow away LR v2. If C1 workflow isn't to your liking after trying it, I strongly suggest upgrading your version of LR to v3.5 and Camera RAW to v6.5, both of which are available on the Adobe website.

    I believe you also have the option of using Leaf Capture. You'd have to ask your dealer which version of Leaf Capture you can use with that back.

    I also think you may have to use either C1 or Leaf Capture to shoot tethered to a computer.

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    The Aptus 22 doesn't tether in C1, neither can C1 be used with it without buying a license. Unless of course you have an Aptus II....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Rubinstein View Post
    The Aptus 22 doesn't tether in C1 …
    [cough]


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    Re: Waiting To receive MY First MFD Camera

    Here’s a not-stunning pic I took this evening on the way to a local supermarket. M645/70mm f2.8 at about f5.6 (manual lens) with the Aptus 22, handheld at 1/125 and iso 50.



    And a screenshot from C1 at 100%.


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    Thank you and VERY Sharp. I ordered a Leaf Aptus 22 back and Mamiya 645 AFD11. I usually dont shoot tethered so that wont be a problem. I believe the camera will have the Leaf software. How good is it? Is there much of a difference between that and C1? I thank you all for your help and recommendations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rollsman44 View Post
    Thank you and VERY Sharp.
    Better on a tripod.

    Quote Originally Posted by rollsman44 View Post
    I believe the camera will have the Leaf software. How good is it? Is there much of a difference between that and C1?
    I have only used the Leaf software tethered and in preview mode (you need a USB dongle to do that with a pre-II Aptus) before I bought C1; it is much more basic than C1, at least my version is (11.2.4).

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    I checked out the tutorials on C1 and looks to be fairly easy. I tried to order it just now from Capture Int. for the Discount price which was only available on Black Fri. I was away at that time and did not know about it until now. I hope they extend the courtesy to me as I purchased my MFD system from them a few days ago. Thanks again for your input. rollsman

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    Quote Originally Posted by rollsman44 View Post
    I checked out the tutorials on C1 and looks to be fairly easy. I tried to order it just now from Capture Int. for the Discount price which was only available on Black Fri. I was away at that time and did not know about it until now. I hope they extend the courtesy to me as I purchased my MFD system from them a few days ago. Thanks again for your input. rollsman
    Yes of course. We will take care of you. Call your sales person monday.

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    Thank you Doug, Greatly appreciated. I was dealing with Jim Reed. Have a great day, Dennis

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    Quote Originally Posted by dougpetersonci View Post
    Yes of course. We will take care of you. Call your sales person monday.
    Good one, Doug! Wish I resided in the US!

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    Something else you can do is use the Leaf software to tether and dump the files to a "hot" folder, say, on your desktop... then have Lightroom "watch" that folder as an auto-import folder.

    You shoot.... leaf software dumps the file from your camera into the "hot" folder... it then it opens right up in Lightroom since lightroom was "watching" the folder for any new incoming files.

    Sounds complex at first, but it's pretty seamless once you get it running the first time.

    I STRONGLY urge you to upgrade to the latest lightroom if you decide to stay with adobe... image quality, sharpening, and noise reduction are all top notch in the newer version. In some ways, I find it easier than C1, but C1 definitely has the special sauce when it comes to digital backs. My prob is that I've used adobe products for so long that I can get my files to look better out of LR, generally, with less effort than with C1 due to my personal long history with adobe products.

    C1 is on my target list for this Christmas break though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shelby Lewis View Post
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    I STRONGLY urge you to upgrade to the latest lightroom if you decide to stay with adobe... image quality, sharpening, and noise reduction are all top notch in the newer version. In some ways, I find it easier than C1, but C1 definitely has the special sauce when it comes to digital backs. My prob is that I've used adobe products for so long that I can get my files to look better out of LR, generally, with less effort than with C1 due to my personal long history with adobe products.
    +1 on the secret sauce in C1 for MFDB!

    For me, I use a hybrid flow for the Nikon and Panasonic, Lightroom, and the P30+ C1 for most of the image processing usually including final output. I spit out the jpegs, and then add them to my non DB files, select in one of the myriad of ways possible in LR, then do some final processing.

    Generally, I like the early part of the C1 flow better than LR, but for that last little polish to avoid opening Photoshop for a pimple or simple clone, I like LR better. That said, C1 seems to get it a bit more right with every release.

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    Thank you all for the valuable info. rollsman

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    Quote Originally Posted by mediumcool View Post
    [cough]

    Woops, sorry, I was going with what my dealer had mentioned once about why a certain studio was not using C1 for tethering. My apologies.
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    I was very appreciative of Doug from CI for his suggestions and his help.
    I did contact someone fron Leaf about getting an OLDER version to work with my Antiquated Power Mac( G5) sysyem. I hope he can locate an older version so I can use my system. I did not realize that I needed certain requirements to use a GOOD software with the Leas Aptus 22 back. Is there a Reasonable system ( hardware or software that I can purchase that will allow me to use C1 software? I appreciate any suggestions and NOT break the bank in trying to accomplish this. rollsman

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    Quote Originally Posted by rollsman44 View Post
    I was very appreciative of Doug from CI for his suggestions and his help.
    I did contact someone fron Leaf about getting an OLDER version to work with my Antiquated Power Mac( G5) sysyem. I hope he can locate an older version so I can use my system. I did not realize that I needed certain requirements to use a GOOD software with the Leas Aptus 22 back. Is there a Reasonable system ( hardware or software that I can purchase that will allow me to use C1 software? I appreciate any suggestions and NOT break the bank in trying to accomplish this. rollsman

    I am sure an older version of Leaf Capture that is more G-5 friendly can be arranged, however you're on the right path with regard to looking toward Capture One instead.

    I just recently sold my Intel 2 Duo-based iMac for $850, and it ran Capture One quite well. Other than perhaps utilizing a powered firewire hub for solid tethering, just make sure - whether it's a few years old iMac/MacBook Pro - that you have at least 4GB RAM, 7200 RPM HD with plenty of space, and this will suffice (though a souped up Mac Pro would be ideal, but of course several times the cost).

    And just to clarify - for file compatibility and tethered support, Capture One Pro would be required for an original Aptus (Aptus or Aptus-S). Live Preview is also supported, but not with the Mamiya AFD-II (nor the AFD-III/DF I believe). However, Live Preview is supported if used on a view camera, for example.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Hendrix View Post
    I just recently sold my Intel 2 Duo-based iMac for $850, and it ran Capture One quite well. Other than perhaps utilizing a powered firewire hub for solid tethering, just make sure - whether it's a few years old iMac/MacBook Pro - that you have at least 4GB RAM, 7200 RPM HD with plenty of space, and this will suffice (though a souped up Mac Pro would be ideal, but of course several times the cost).

    Steve Hendrix
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    Used Macs have become much cheaper over recent years, and older iMacs, minis and MacBooks/MacBook Pros can be found quite inexpensively. I run C1 on a 13" MBP C2D2.4 (8GB) and a C2D3.06 iMac (also 8GB); it’s reasonably fast on both.

    I also ran Leaf Capture on a 6-year-old MBP (Core Duo 1.83) with 10.4.11 with good results for a while. I’ll be selling that unit soon for between $200 and $300 (not spruiking, just showing the price range possible).

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