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46  DAM Stuff / Loss and Recovery / Re: LAPTOP DRIVES ARE UNRELIABLE! on: September 19, 2006, 07:22:26 PM
I can chime in about this $14.95 gizmo that peter mentioned.

I bought one and have been using it mostly with 3.5" drives. It works *sometimes* but often the drives simply refuse to mount. I thought it would be great for several large 3.5" backups I have that I don't update that often (my 3rd backup) rather than buying more cases. For me anyway, it doesn't cut the mustard.

I also have the 2.5" MacAlly enclosure that peter mentioned ( and like it. Having two firewire ports (which most 2.5" cases don't) I can ingest from my card reader and simultaneously make a backup to the drive (photo mechanic), eliminating the separate backup step. It is also smaller than the nice OWC cases.
47  Software Discussions / RAW File Converters / Re: Horrid red fringing in ACR on: September 19, 2006, 07:08:29 PM
Thanks for the advice to turn off sharpening. That's exactly the sort of tip I was hoping for. Its also just good to know its a known problem.  I was using the default 25. On one of the worst offending images, setting it to 0 made the problem about 75% better. I guess I should try a demo of Capture One, but of course what I'm most hoping for is a solution that will let me stay in DNG (and not buy more software).

48  Software Discussions / RAW File Converters / Horrid red fringing in ACR on: September 19, 2006, 06:59:07 AM
When I use ACR to process images from my 20D that have very high contrast edges (say, sun reflecting on otherwise dark water) I get horrid red fringing. Its so bad the files are really unusable. I've played with the red fringing slider in ACR and haven't been able to solve the issue. I browsed the long thread on DPP vs. ACR with interest and didn't find any menion of this specific problem. If I process the same file in DPP, there is no fringing. Now, I've only used DPP for a few test files because otherwise it seems like a huge pain and I am otherwise happy with ACR. I should also note that I am not a very skilled user of either. 

I recently converted my CR2s to DNG and am otherwise very happy with the DNG workflow--the "pretty good print" makes many things I do very much easier and more streamlined, for example. I haven't tossed the CR2s and cant imagine doing so if I can't make a usable conversion of some (many) files.

I'm looking for tips on how to use ACR differently or perhaps a workaround with some other converter that supports DNGs, etc. Thanks,
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