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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: POLL: What's more important, gps or wifi?
« on: September 19, 2014, 01:41:28 PM »
Hi Marsu.
I would like to say don't need either, but it have tried that many times to tag images using a GPX tag, both apple and droid, different time zones on devices (read forgot to sync), daylight savings different (read forgot to sync).
Trouble is even when I didn't forget to sync the locations came out wrong, I guess it was something to do with operator error with the software.

Cheers, Graham.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: One is the loneliest number...
« on: September 19, 2014, 04:07:13 AM »
Hi Folks.
I carry 2 cameras frequently, but I would carry the minimum too, as BL says use the space to carry spare clothing, except I would not limit it to underwear, I would try to carry a change of clothes, a bag for the wet clothing to keep it from dry stuff, a survival blanket and survival rations. Water is a given!
I have based this on the experience of falling on my arse in a stream on the Cumbrian Fells, there's cold then there's fell water, bbbrrrrrrr!!! You may think you are not far from humanity but weather changes quickly very often and a sprained ankle is inconvenient in town, it's a life threat in the fells!

I'm sure you will really enjoy the vistas, and the likely hood of a camera failure is slim as is the chance you will need the survival gear, go out and enjoy!

Cheers, Graham.


Save 2 cameras for events and sports.

If you're backpacking great distances, bring as little as you possibly can get away with - 1 body with an UWA zoom, CF tripod, and lots and lots of batteries.  If you have a small backup that can share with your kit, bring that too if you can afford the weight. 

Use that extra space for more dry socks and underwear, seriously  ;D

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Canon General / Re: Canon Developing New-Concept Photo-Storage Device
« on: September 18, 2014, 07:48:36 PM »
Hi, in that case we are in complete agreement. Slower than molasses in February. I like this notion, always gets a smile when I hear or see it.

Cheers, Graham.

Hi dgatwood.
I agree with everything you said here, with the clarification it is Near field, not Touching field  :o so you could put the camera and reader within a few inches to maybe a couple of feet whilst downloading.  :)

Yes, I realize they don't literally have to be touching, but with standard (nondirectional) antennas, the typical range of NFC is only about four inches (10 cm).  The longest-range versions that I'm aware of only reach about twice that distance.  That's a short enough range to preclude, for example, the obvious use case—putting this device in your pocket and hanging the camera around your neck and having the devices synchronize with each other transparently over NFC.

Edit: Also, the speed is probably dependent on distance, so that maximum speed is likely measured at an inch or two away.  Even if it managed to barely pick up a signal from pocket-to-chest distance, it would be slower than molasses in February.

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Landscape / Re: Post your light painting landscapes
« on: September 17, 2014, 08:15:20 PM »
Hi Cali.
Very nice, bet the models love those sparks dropping on them!  :o
Thanks for sharing.

Cheers, Graham.

You did say you'd define it 'loosely,' so does steel wool count?  :P  ;D

This past weekend in Morro Bay, California:

Earlier this year in Utah:


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Software & Accessories / Re: Blackrapid strap slips
« on: September 17, 2014, 02:43:33 PM »
Hi tolusina.
Unfortunately the fastener is not like that. It is a quick release buckle, if you visit the Black Rapid site and view the video for the sport strap you will see the offending adjuster.

Cheers, Graham.

Did you thread the strap like this?
(shameless plug for UPstrap)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Pablo Escobar, Canon Shooter
« on: September 17, 2014, 10:13:04 AM »
Hi sagittariansrock.
Thanks for the tea break chuckle!

Cheers, Graham.

The interesting question is: If you've really got so much money to spend, what would you buy? Leica?

What do you mean? The company or a camera?

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Canon General / Re: Canon Developing New-Concept Photo-Storage Device
« on: September 17, 2014, 10:03:06 AM »
Hi dgatwood.
I agree with everything you said here, with the clarification it is Near field, not Touching field  :o so you could put the camera and reader within a few inches to maybe a couple of feet whilst downloading.  :)
We already carry a laptop with preloaded movies, an HDMI lead, a four way extension mains lead and all the charging leads for phones, tablets, cameras, etc when we travel so to reiterate what you said, why would you......

Cheers, Graham. 

I suspect they'd use NFC for device detection and initial credential negotiation, followed by a data connection over a faster medium such as Wi-Fi Direct, similar to the way some cell phones configure themselves for use with some Wi-Fi access points.

After all, even a small JPEG from a point-and-shoot camera is going to be a meg or two, and nobody is going to just stand there holding a device to their camera for twenty seconds or more just to copy a single photo.

With that said, why would anyone buy this when they probably already have a set-top device like an Apple TV or Roku?  If Canon had any clue, they'd be focusing on trying to make their experience more seamless with existing ecosystems instead of trying to convince people to replace an already locked-in movie viewing ecosystem with an incompatible Canon offering just to get slightly easier (maybe) access to their photos.

Okay, I take that back.  I can see one potential situation where it might be nice—showing photos to your family in a hotel room.  But most folks have a laptop for that, and if they don't, there's the problem that half the hotel TVs out there have to be tricked into letting you access the HDMI ports.  And besides, if you have to carry an HDMI cable anyway, why not just use the camera itself for photo viewing?

So... I guess I reiterate my original question: Why would anyone buy this?

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Technical Support / Re: 5D III OR 6D or 7DII
« on: September 17, 2014, 04:18:00 AM »
Hi Folks.
If you don't have Lightroom, or maybe even if you do have a look at this utility,
I use it following it being recommended here I think, it will display the info in graph form so you can easily see the ranges you use most, (of just about everything, not just focal length) which may be more use than querying above a certain number?
I have just copied the bit from google, for the info, best of all it is only small < 700kb when I downloaded it a couple of versions ago.
Downside? Windows only!

ExposurePlot
www.vandel.nl/
From this site you can download Wega2 the digital image viewer and ExposurePlot the focal length, ISO, aperture and shutterspeed analyzer for jpg files.
‎Exposureplot - ‎Wega2 - ‎SaveIt - ‎CaptureLens


Cheers, Graham.

If you have Lightroom (and some other programs), you can set a filter to see what focal length your entire library of photos is at; see what percentage of your photos are greater than 250mm focal length to get an idea how many you'd need to crop on full frame to get the same picture.  You can do the same with ISO to see how many you need ISO higher than 1600-3200.


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Hi Guy.
It occurs to me that getting the printer to reply to a print request with something like,
"Print? Nah not today I'm hacked off!" Might have only taken a couple of weeks which would have proved the hack and prevented what seems like a waste of 3 1/2 months of his life, it loads and doesn't run and has poor colour representation!
If he had said he enjoyed it and was looking forwards to finishing the project it would not seem to be a waste but he states something like he was fed up with it, = waste!
Tuppence worth?

Cheers, Graham.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Blackrapid strap slips
« on: September 16, 2014, 08:20:32 PM »
Hi jd.
If yours slips I would second Neuro's contact them.
I have the Black Rapid Double, I did a two day air festival with two gripped bodies with a Sigma 150-500 on one and a 70-200 2.8II with 2xIII on the other.  They didn't even move when I had to do the 1.5 mile round trip fast walk to the car for the spare CF cards.
I think in double configuration that the coupler strap might help stop slippage, but I have used it in a single configuration for a couple of 1 hour walks and a ten hour day at the Goodwood Revival Sunday just gone, again no movement. I do have the funny little plastic strap clips that came with it in place.
I have had problems in the past with this type of lift to adjust buckle moving on another camera bag, it can be caused by it being lifted out of line by other gear, or perhaps something like a prominent shoulder blade?  I solved the problem by folding the spare webbing end up in to a block and then tying it off with string, when I was satisfied with the positioning and fit I replaced the string with zip cable ties like this,
http://www.kustompcs.co.uk/acatalog/24806.jpg
Buy the smallest you can find and put them in boiling water before you fit them, fold them to fit round the straps and as they cool down they will firm up again and retain their new shape better cut the excess off FLUSH with the block with a knife, as opposed to the usual scissors or side cutters which leave that small sharp tail that will ruin things!

Cheers, Graham.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Upgrade Path Dilemma
« on: September 15, 2014, 04:32:48 AM »
Hi dsut.
On the first point, there are some fantastic dual harnesses out there, some at ridiculously low prices! No excuse to disrespect two expensive bits of gear by allowing them to collide!  :o

On the second point, is a complete failure having to power off and back on between each shot? If so it happened to me on a very low mileage coddled and loved 40D early in my digital "amateur career". I will not be more than a reasonable walk from my backup (old) body, if the event involves park and ride "long difficult to return to vehicle" and is a rare occurrence I carry two bodies.

As for unlucky it could just be a D'oh moment that leads you to grab the second body rather than miss a shot! :-[

Cheers, Graham.

The benefit of not having to swap lenses is often outweighed (pun intended) by the nuisance and discomfort of having two cameras dangling around your neck clacking together.


And you would have to be extremely unlucky (or clumsy) to need a 'backup' body - touch wood I have yet to have a complete camera failure in 25 years of shooting, including some pretty hostile environments (e.g. skiing, climbing, canyoning, kayaking, deserts and jungles, between -28C/-20F and +51C/+123 F).

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Hi Mt Spokane.
I guess my solar panel may have been defective, but I was alerted to the fact that it was pulsing by the electrical interference it created on the car radio, a rhythmic click, click with about a 1 second cycle, faster in bright light, slower if it was duller, which ceased when the solar panel (one that plugs in to the cigarette lighter socket) was unplugged.
The tongue test was just a down and dirty attempt at confirmation of a problem which may not have been accurate! I guess I just assumed that was a normal condition, oops!

Cheers, Graham.

Solar panels do not output pulsed voltage.  Using a tongue to test it is likely a result of the known properties of a solar panel.  When you draw more current than the rated value, the voltage collapses, and then recovers to its full value.  If the overload is still there, it will collapse again.  This may make it appear to be pulsed, but its really because the panel is being abused.  This may also happen if a 12v charger pulls more power than the panel rating.  A proper panel avoids this issue.

Plan to pay $$$, and it will likely take a fulld day to recharge a battery unless you have a high capacity solar panel.

http://www.voltaicsystems.com/shop-gear?dslr=37&or_batteries_only=42&or_solar_backpacks=39&or_solar_bags=40&or_solar_kits=41&or_standalone_chargers=38&order=name&smartphones=32

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Hi Jim.
I think you will find many if not all of the solar panel battery chargers deliver pulsed 12v, for sure the one I have does, I stuck my tongue on the contact! :o
Your camera battery in car charger is expecting to "see" 12v continuous so any solar panel would need to be smoothed by feeding a (small) battery to then feed your charger.
I don't know of any solar monkey type device with its own battery that has any more than 5v USB output, but I am aware I don't know all the products! ;D
We do have a laptop power brick that does up to 18v but whether it would be viable to charge the camera battery from it I don't know! (Time to charge, current draw, other unknown factors). It is mains rechargeable but might be able to charge a camera battery several times from one mains charge? It would require an interface adaptor from laptop to cigarette socket or cut wires and make it so you could remove and replace plugs sockets etc.

I can find it out and give details if you are interested.

Cheers, Graham.

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Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: September 12, 2014, 09:40:48 AM »
Hi distant star.
Very nice, you sure you didn't fiddle the sliders  ;D seriously that is a stunning sky, wish we got them like that, or when we do that I'd notice they are out there instead of watching the goggle box.

Cheers, Graham.

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One of the most intense I've ever seen. Cape May-Lewes Ferry arriving at Cape May, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014.


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Landscape / Re: Moon photos
« on: September 12, 2014, 09:35:24 AM »
Hi bwud.
I really like that, nice composition, thanks for sharing.

Cheers, Graham.

Recent supermoon. Kinda.

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