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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: HUMIDITY ALERT!
« on: July 22, 2014, 08:40:21 AM »
You can find electronic dry cabinets fairly cheap. Set it to about 45% RH and forget about it.
The one I have is inaudible and power consumption is supposed to be around the 4W mark.

I prefer this to having to constantly check and replace silica packs.

My lenses still get out for some sunlight and fresh air from time to time though.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Portrait of your "Best friend"
« on: July 08, 2014, 06:03:19 PM »
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Look similar to Op/Tech Reporter/Backpack System Connectors.
One side has a male quick connect, and the other a female. Not sure how short you can adjust the webbing though.

There is a simpler way, for years I have glued two lens back-caps together back-to-back to achieve exactly the same thing.

You can buy them ready made, but they're expensive for what they are.

Would you know if Red Whips are strong enough to hold up a flash? There are times when I'd like to put flashes in places where I can't use a light stand and no flat surface for the flash to stand on but plenty of bars/branches/whatever to hang from.

I use cheap versions of the GorillaPod for that. Just search online for flexible tripods and you can find them for the price of a pint.

Apart from lens caps, lens hoods, and tripod collars, these make my gear more productive for less than £3 each:
Cheap shutter release cable
AA battery cases
Obligatory Lenspen & dust blower
USB host cable for DSLR Controller Android app

I also leave these in my camera bag so it doesn't matter what type of USB cable I have for charging phones or transferring files:
Mini female to micro male adapter
Micro female to mini male adapter

Lenses / Re: General purpose zoom for honeymoon
« on: February 25, 2014, 09:40:13 AM »
G1X MkII, this is what it is made for.

I'd use my honeymoon as an excuse to buy a Fujifilm X-E1 kit with 18-55mm f/2.8-4 since they're under £700.

I'd use my honeymoon for anything but photography.............

Good point.

Lenses / Re: General purpose zoom for honeymoon
« on: February 25, 2014, 09:34:56 AM »
G1X MkII, this is what it is made for.

I'd use my honeymoon as an excuse to buy a Fujifilm X-E1 kit with 18-55mm f/2.8-4 since they're under £700.

I think you're being misled by dividers and perhaps the photos using big lenses.

 I was wrong about the TakeOff being "a little bit smaller", it's quite a lot smaller. According to the interior dimensions of the bags mentioned in this thread, these are the approximate volumes in litres.

Airport Accelerator = 27.3
Vertex 300 AW       = 26.6
Pro Runner x450    = 23.1
Expedition 8           = 23.1
Airport TakeOff       = 20.2
Manfrotto Pro 50    = 17.7
Flipside 400 AW     = 17.2

Have you looked at ThinkTank's Airport series? If I didn't already have the LowePro Vertex, I'd probably get one of these.

This is the biggest backpack. It has a rain cover and locking zippers:

This one's a little bit smaller, but has the benefit of being a rolling bag as well as a backpack. I'm not sure if it has a rain cover, but the zippers can be locked.

That's a lot of equipment to take on as hand luggage. As already mentioned, be aware of carry-on restrictions for the airline you're flying with.

If you need all that gear for work, I'd probably want to put everything in a decent flight case and put it in the hold, otherwise I'd think about whether you really need all that for your trip. I used to travel with a similar sized kit, but now I don't even take half of it.

Anyway, if you do need to take it all with you, I've managed to fit the following in a Lowepro Vertex 200 AW as hand luggage:

5D & 7D bodies
5 or 6 lenses with hoods, one of them a 70-200 f2.8
Off-flash cable and shutter release cables
Teleconverter & extension tubes
1 flash
5 77mm filters, a few step up rings, and also a UV on each lens
Small laptop
There are attachment points for tripods and modular pouches. I can't recall if I used them or if I had another bag with me to put the tripod in the hold.

The Vertex 200 suited my needs just fine. Quality wise, I'd say it's on par with my ThinkTank bags, and there are plenty of pockets and dividers. The harness/straps are well padded and pretty comfy, but you will notice all that weight when you're walking to your terminal!

ThinkTank's bigger bags will likely be as good or better than LowePro, but something like this may also be of interest:

Software & Accessories / Re: Ultra-Light Travel Tripod, Sirui?
« on: January 27, 2014, 05:47:46 AM »
How tall are you?

Good point. The Sirui T-1205X is very short, even with the centre column extended.

Software & Accessories / Re: Ultra-Light Travel Tripod, Sirui?
« on: January 27, 2014, 03:30:38 AM »
I have had the T-1005X aluminium version for a couple of years, and use it frequently. I find I take a tripod with me a lot more than I used to, because even the aluminium version is light enough and the case is pretty decent too.

For me, the CF version wasn't substantially lighter to justify the extra cost. 1.0kg vs 0.8kg according to Sirui.

I paired it with a Manfrotto 494RC2 ballhead, just because I already have RC2 plates for my other tripod.

Works fine with a 5D3 and Sigma 35mm 1.4, which weigh more than your 6D and 24-105.
I have used it with the 5D3 and 70-200 IS II, and although that's probably not recommended, it's better than nothing if you need it.

EOS Bodies / Re: Change from T3i to 70d, or invest in a new lens?
« on: December 24, 2013, 07:06:37 AM »
I would personally get some new glass rather than a new body. I don't see much point in getting the EF-S 15-85mm since you already have the 18-55 and 55-250. For the same price as a 70D body on Amazon, you could get:

Tokina 11-16mm, Canon 50mm f/1.8 and Canon 85mm f/1.8
Samyang 14mm, Canon 50mm f/1.8 and Canon 100mm non-L macro
Samyang 14mm, Canon 40mm pancake and Canon 85mm f/1.8, with a little left for a spare battery/memory card

All the above lenses are faster than the 2 zooms you have, and generally get good reviews. If you are considering moving to full frame in the future, the Tokina is the only one of these lenses not designed for full frame. It did kind of work as a 16mm prime on my 5D, but the corner quality was poor so I swapped it for the Samyang.

EOS Bodies / Re: Whats up with the....
« on: September 13, 2013, 11:41:55 AM »
My guess would be the weather sealing. Probably a rubber o-ring or gasket creating a slightly spongy feeling.

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