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Photography Technique / Getting photos home from overseas
« on: July 26, 2014, 02:08:11 AM »
I have a plan coming together for a 50+ day trip to Europe.  Any real-world experience on getting 16GB across the pond daily in a reliable manner? 

My initial conditions are no wish to use an online storage medium and no wish to keep the only copies with me physically.  Also if I can leave my laptop at home and run on my Asus tablet so much the better; I intend to carry what I need rather than drag literal baggage all over.  Finally this is quite likely a once in a lifetime trip, two years worth of vacation time, etc etc so I won't complain about spending a little.

My plan is to write to both cards (in a 1Dx), save everything on a pair of TB-class external drives and then mail  USB sticks home separately more or less daily.  16GB thumbies appear to be affordable on the basis of one pair per day, and I can sell most of them when I get home anyway.

I'm all ears - the flight doesn't leave any time soon.

Jim

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Lenses / 52mm drop in polarizers - interchangeable?
« on: July 06, 2014, 02:55:05 AM »
Hi, anyone know if this one and this one interchange?  The (more or less) local place has the lens I want and the other filter, and as much as the obvious answer is no if they're simply a different colour then I'm not going to fuss.

Jim


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Software & Accessories / LR 5.5 - Rotated watermarks disappear?
« on: June 20, 2014, 10:06:47 PM »
I thought to rotate the watermark for some photos I was going to export, but after rotating it once it disappeared and no end of screwing with settings could make it appear.  Has anyone else had this? 

Adobe would do very well indeed to put some work into that particular part of the program.   >:(

Jim

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I'm surprised there isn't a thread for it here already so here we go.  I traded my (earlier) Sigma 50 f/1.4 for one of these today and for what it cost me I'm impressed.  I know it isn't the 100L I want to get later but it will certainly hold me while I spend the difference on a few more pressing things.  Anyone else have one? 

As an aside sRGB was not kind to the attached image, but this post comes to you from my tablet while I do some work on my desktop.

Jim

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Software & Accessories / External AF assist light?
« on: April 06, 2014, 10:38:10 PM »
There I was shooting bullriding in a cave-dark arena yesterday, and occasionally I had trouble getting AF lock on a 1Dx with a 70-200 f/2.8L II.  Lo and behold Thinkgeek has flashlight-size IR lights for sale, would one of those be any use out to about 100 feet?  I might shop around for something which runs on AAs and has provision for a remote switch, but only if the idea is sound.

Jim

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Canon General / Image Square Calgary - 200-400 on hand!
« on: March 25, 2014, 11:47:11 PM »
Hi, anyone know if they have one there?  I was there last (?) summer and they didn't then, but if they do now it'd be worth extending a trip which will get me close.

Jim

ETA - As of 26 Mar, they do!

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Sports / Meat bombs - AKA Where's an 800 when you need one?
« on: September 09, 2013, 09:22:43 PM »
From earlier today, 1Dx, 300 f/4 + 2X III, cropped a lot:

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Lenses / 16-35 I vs. 17-40
« on: September 01, 2013, 05:10:56 PM »
Any thoughts?  I have a line on a 16-35 I that I can't ignore.  I process everything through LR5.  The 16-35 II is an option but for half the price I don't see how I lose much.

Jim

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So you're in a hotel room and have a dozen devices to plug in, each of which will occupy an entire outlet.  What do you do, particularly when you have to pack whatever you intend to use?  Assume please standard North American sockets.

Jim

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Software & Accessories / Flash for FoCal - Anyone try it?
« on: August 13, 2013, 10:57:07 PM »
I've used FoCal to good effect on short lenses with overhead light, but for the longer ones the idea of using a couple flashes popped (sorry) in my head; Anyone try it yet?  Google didn't turn up anything on the subject.

Jim

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Lighting / 600EX-RT: Fire master manually, slaves wirelessly?
« on: August 12, 2013, 08:21:04 PM »
Hi, anyone try this?  I mean, fire the master in a radio-linked setup via the PC socket with the hope of the flashes firing as if the master was on a body.

Jim

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Is there any reason a gimbal mount couldn't be installed so that the upright is on the right side of the lens?  All the ads I've seen have it on the left.  I suppose that leads to the follow-on question, are they shown on the left for a reason?  It seems they're in the way of all the controls that way.

Jim

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Canada / Vistek - legitimate or no?
« on: August 02, 2013, 09:50:40 PM »
They have some notably good prices on a few things I want; Anyone shop from them?  Do they sell entirely new stuff with warranty or is it refurbs?

Jim

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / 5D3 vs. 1DX for lower-light shoot
« on: July 24, 2013, 11:09:05 PM »
I have a chance to rent one or the other of these for a night-time event this Saturday; I have my 5D2, 24-70 f/2.8L II and 70-200 f/2.8L IS II.  The rental place closest also has a 135 f/2L on offer.

So what to do?  I lean toward the 5D3 for the fact that I can use the batteries I have too; I have enough CF cards that those won't be an issue either. 

If the lighting is similar I should be able to get around 1/80" at f/2.8 (a requirement) at ISO 3200-4000.  That leads to the question:  Is the 5D3 enough or is the 1Dx worth the learning curve?

I'll attach an image from a similarly-lit event for context once I have one processed.

Jim

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Software & Accessories / Feisol UA-180 gimbal mount - any experience?
« on: July 05, 2013, 05:02:38 PM »
Anyone try one of these?  I'm particularly curious about how it compares to a Sidekick or similar.

Jim

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