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I try to keep it protected but I have to admit I probably push my luck more than I should.  Fortunately, I don't get caught in rain very often.  I also have the OP/TECH covers.

I have considered the Pentax K-3 someday for more reliable weather sealed protection.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Camera bag for camping
« on: July 31, 2014, 11:56:55 AM »
Good to know NancyP.   :)

Personally, I think there are two categories of photography and backpacks.

1.  Serious and extended camping/hiking, etcThis is 90% Trail Priority / 10% Photography (regardless of the purpose of the trip or the amount of photo gear needed) because the person needs to live on the trail and be comfortable, healthy and hydrated for the entire time.  They need to have good appropriate gear/boots/etc for the trip and be in good shape to handle the physical demands.  Photography may be the reason for the trip but failure to properly outfit for the journey is courting disaster.  Taking too much of anything, esp photography equipment, may literally break the hiker, the pack or both.

2.  Light hiking to a major photography project/activityThis is 80% Photography / 20% Hiking and is likely a day trip or overnight journey, ideally in warm weather not too far away from the car and occurring in fairly hospitable locations.  This is what I think photography packs are designed for.  They are made to help carry a lot of photography gear a few miles max with no need for much more than a snack and some water for the person.  They are designed with a lot of padding that I often find overkill since I don't plan to play kickball with the pack but it makes most folks feel better knowing they are carrying an extra 10 lbs of foam padding around all their gear.  I do a LOT of scout camping, summer camps, and outdoor events.  I have found that for what I do, it's easier to take a trunk in a vehicle with plenty of gear, individual lens cases, etc and put what is needed in a simple day pack and walk lighter.  Someday I might get a photography daypack but they seldom hold enough to make it worth the high cost.  You get some photo gear loaded into all the dedicated slots, etc and you have little room available for anything non-photography related.  And it's heavy.  And everyone sees you carrying around a big expensive photo pack.  I look geeky enough already thank you.   8)

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Software & Accessories / Re: Camera bag for camping
« on: July 30, 2014, 05:52:05 PM »
f-stop Satori does have a lot of Molle strapping on it, and some other ways to attach stuff to the outside, but it is true that it doesn't have a bedroll strap setup on the bottom. I have attached the tripod to the pack front midline by threading a pair of home-made stiff plastic loops (two plastic trash bag ties taped together with duct tape) through some loops near the top center of the pack, and then placing two tripod legs in the two stiff plastic loops. Perfect fit. You can mount many lens cases on Molle strapping. You can buy a lot of other gear that is made for putting on Molle strapping, generally from military suppliers. (Molle is the standard attachment system for the US Army, and lots of first responders use it as well).

Ultralight camping gear is not cheap! I will say that the Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1 is a nice freestanding double-wall solo tent with the single annoyance of an end entry instead of a side entry. So I plop my butt just inside the tent, feet outside, take off shoes, and back into the tent. Fine and dandy, but it gets old if I am popping in and out of the tent through the night managing astro-landscape shots. If weather is good, I don't bother with the fly, I like the unobstructed view. It is a great beginner's tent, 5 minute set-up, probably one of the lightest freestanding tents out there.

I have the Big Agnes Copper Spur UL1 for the side entry instead of the Fly Creek end entry.  It's about the same weight but without the end entry which I don't like either.  Totally kills the ergonomics of the tent for me and makes the vestibule virtually worthless.

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CR should come up with some kind of way to host photographers of this caliber from time to time.

Video, Blog, or whatever.  I think it would be cool and really set CR apart from (and above) other rumor sites.

Absolutely agree with that idea.

Maybe the CR "Powers That Be" could impose on our new member, Captain Explorer to contact a few of his favorites and offer them some kind of incentive.   8)

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CR should come up with some kind of way to host photographers of this caliber from time to time.

Video, Blog, or whatever.  I think it would be cool and really set CR apart from (and above) other rumor sites.

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A "softbox" made from "robust ABS plastic"?  Wouldn't that be a hard box?   ;)

Still small though! Unless you like harsh light.

Exactly.  The 'softbox' is barely larger than the bare flash head, and the bounce door is about the same size as the flash head.   Since light softness is proportional to the apparent size of the light source (relative to the subject), I can't see this being more than minimally effective as a diffuser or bouncer.  The only thing that looks like interesting and useful functionality is the gel cassette, which means no cutting/velcro are required. 

I think it's main advantage is the lead-off line:  "A next generation flash modifier worthy of being seen on any camera..."  In this case, function doesn't follow form.
Pretty much what I was thinking too.  Regardless of price, I don't this as much of an improvement over the good 'ole StoFen with a 10 cent Rosco gel taped to the flash underneath.  And the StoFen can literally live on the flash and still store in the case, use no extra room, etc.  (Which is the way mine lives.)

Size = Small = Not much improvement.
Gels = Neat = Not enough incentive.

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Wow, what an interesting thread.

Thanks for jumping in Captain Explorer!  Since you have had the privilege of knowing so many talented folks...

FWIW, I've enjoyed the work of Nevada Wier for years.  Do you know her or have you seen her work?  She does a lot of teaching, workshops and maybe some Canon work.  (She's shot Canon a long time.)  She travels all the time all over the world and is very interesting to listen to.

http://www.nevadawier.com/

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Canon General / Re: When a Woman is Fed Up...
« on: July 27, 2014, 11:22:43 PM »
Now we know what the insides look like, eh?

Looks like they'll be picking up the pieces of that relationship for quite some time....

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Canon General / Re: What's Would You Keep? [The anti-G.A.S. thread]
« on: July 26, 2014, 12:15:35 AM »
This a bit like; We´re gonna chop off all your limbs but 2 (or 3 or 4), which ones will you keep? By the way, in this case eyes, ears, nose and throat counts as limbs ...  ::)
I know, it's a rough one and I won't get into my reasoning behind the thread, but it goes back to what I do for a living which involves constantly planning for (and dealing with) worst-case scenarios.

For me, it's actually impossible to do this in reality, because what I shoot changes constantly and I have no specialty.  I may shoot nothing but macro for months, then shoot sports, wildlife, and real estate all in one day.  So my necessary gear list changes from one shoot to the next.  I really envy people who have a specialty - if you take all of the money I have tied up in gear, I could have the dream set of gear for a single specialty - though I have a lot of great gear, so I'm not going to complain :)

I'm enjoying all of the replies - keep 'em coming.

I was thinking the same thing.  While I'm not a pro, I shoot sports (swimming, running, etc), indoor low light events, camping, outdoors and other misc things that ends up demanding a larger collection of gear.  But I've made it work with less before I had all this stuff so I could do it again.

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Canon General / Re: What's Would You Keep? [The anti-G.A.S. thread]
« on: July 26, 2014, 12:07:48 AM »
5Dc - All my 600rt's - 24-105L + 50mm f/1.8'

That's pretty much all I would need.

I like your style RL!  I think we're on the same wavelength... if one were paring down, it would likely be due to finances so the most expensive stuff like $2K lenses and new bodies would go first.

That would indeed leave me with my 5Dc, etc.  And I could live with that.

My kit would be similar to yours....

5Dc, 24-105L, 580EX-II, 16-35Lv1 and 15mm Fisheye.  If I were lucky, I might be able to keep the 70-200 f/4 IS L too!  I also wouldn't mind still having my trusty 28 f/1.8 Prime for low light and that could be instead of the FishEye if necc.  This is essentially the gear that I felt super great working up to and using years ago and I'd do it again in a heartbeat.  :-)

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Lenses / Re: What do you do with lens cases?
« on: July 25, 2014, 06:46:52 PM »
I keep the canon cases tucked away in the original lens box.  They are valuable when it comes time to resell a lens, having them increases the resale value by more than what the pouch is worth.

Me, too.

Me three.  I prefer the LowePro individual lens cases and I use them with one or more lenses per case sometimes hanging from a belt by a carabiner, sometimes stuffed in an inexpensive day pack.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: DSRL Camera for travel
« on: July 24, 2014, 08:19:38 PM »
I just took the SL1 + Tamron 18-270 hiking over 70+ miles.  It worked great.

If you want it to be smaller, use the kit lens or the 40mm pancake or whatever smaller zoom or prime you like.

The batteries are also smaller than the 5D3 batteries.

Let us know what you decide!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: HUMIDITY ALERT!
« on: July 24, 2014, 08:09:14 PM »
Anyone who's ever changed a litter box knows that cat litter is an excellent source of dust, and I'm not convinced that a few layers of paper towels will adequately seal in all that dust.  The silica or CaSO4 used in commercially available desiccant cartridges are crystalline and essentially dust free.

LOL!!  We literally just changed brands of cat litter that we've used for years for this exact reason!

And if the new brand doesn't cut down on the dust, it will be time for mandatory cat diapers!

:o  ???  ;D

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No problem winglet.  I think I understand your point, you're keeping it simple.

Here is an example of my point...

Encrypted Drive X - (~100 GB) - Private files, documents, etc.  No media, photos, etc.  In my setup, this drive is on my server and it's not even physically in the same computer as my photography and media stuff.  This stuff is encrypted before it goes anywhere, backups, online, etc.

Non-Encrypted Drives M, N, O, P Q, etc... - (~ 2TB x 5 = 10TB) - Photography for over 5+ years,. Lightroom Catalogs, Music, Video, non-sensitive stuff, etc.  These are all RAID 1 drives and are backed up on external drives, online, etc.

As you can see, I have very little need to encrypt all the photography and media files.  It's a needless step and honestly, puts encryption on stuff I really don't want it.  It makes good sense to encrypt the other private stuff because it is important and possibly sensitive.  I'm not talking about picking and choosing files, I simply have one drive that is encrypted and all the other drives that are not.  Even though it is called file level encryption, it can be managed on a drive by drive basis, at least in the Windows world.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D MK I Still Relevant?
« on: July 24, 2014, 07:31:02 PM »
I used a 5D + 40D combo for years and loved it.  They use the same battery too.  Go for it.  Nothing to lose.  I also now own a 6D and a 5D3 but I miss shooting the old 5D.  It IS a simpler camera and it takes great pictures.  I still own my 5D and plan to use it again soon to teach some classes with.  And someday I might even buy another 40D because I loved that camera too!

In summary, I think you'll be glad you bought a 5D.  The 6D has almost the same quantity of fancy features as the 5D3 so if you sold the 5D3 for that reason, it's obvious that the 5D is more your speed.

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