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Technical Support / Re: Japan - Hawaii Travel: gear advice
« on: Today at 08:28:05 AM »
It is really sad that the Japanese has this kind of behavior.  They have the most ethical society in Asia.  I just can't believe it.
This behavior is true in China proper, though in HK it is much less so unless the products are imported from China.  We would not purchase Chinese foodstuff, even here in the US for fear of unapproved foodstuffs or additives (I'm Chinese living in US for 40+ years.
For what's worth, I sincerely hope that what StraightShooter wrote of Japanese food is not true!

As for purchasing camera gear is concerned, I would be hesitant to buy there.  The cost is much higher there despite that the cameras and lenses are Japanese.  (HK prices are just as high for camera, last Dec., I tried an EOS M in HK and it was nearly US$100 more there than B&H.)  It is quite a bit lower in mainland US.  I can't say about used gear, though, I have not checked that market as I had done so with new equipment.


Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: August 20, 2014, 11:22:19 PM »

Technical Support / Re: Japan - Hawaii Travel: gear advice
« on: August 15, 2014, 11:05:33 PM »
Japan has so many different architectures, landscapes, people and the places you're visiting are so diverse that if I was visiting as a tourist, I would basically shoot till I drop.  But, that's for me.
Memory cards are not terribly expensive, so you may consider getting a couple more.  As I wrote earlier, it is and expensive country to visit, and airline tickets are quite expensive, make the best of your trip.  If I dare say, it may be your tenth anniversary before you go again (don't get upset at me), so take as many photos as you can.
As a honeymooner, shooting one another is not quite romantic.  Maybe, consider a lightweight tripod and a remote shutter release to get both of you in the scene.  I guess I'm contradicting my earlier suggestion, I just am very fond of the country that I like to shoot as much as I can.

Landscape / Re: Flowers and other Flora
« on: August 15, 2014, 02:54:10 PM »
I'd like to contribute my two.

Technical Support / Re: Japan - Hawaii Travel: gear advice
« on: August 15, 2014, 10:26:28 AM »
Have a great honeymoon!
Enjoy your time in japan, it's really my favorite place to visit, though a bit expensive.
I would highly recommend trying the street food there, the food hygiene is truly excellent, I may say that it is even better than Singapore's.
I traveled to HongKong many times and from there to various countries in Asia.  I have never encountered issues regarding my photographic gear, from 40D to 5DII to 5DIII, lenses 24-70, 70-200II and 100 f/2.8.  Just the normal X-ray inspection.  Never been stopped for proof of ownership or purchase.  Regarding Li batteries, I carried extra in my gear bag, and the charger went in the checkin luggages.  And no issues with them, too.
These are before the time they require powering up electronics.  I'll see what it would be like this November/December when we go to HK/NZ.
Lastly but not least, enjoy the main reason you're going on the trip.  Focus ( literally and figuratively ) on your new wife!!!  This is your memory and life for the rest of your life.

Landscape / Re: Rural Landscapes
« on: August 13, 2014, 12:43:15 PM »
One to offer.

Site Information / Re: Small or Large Thumbnails - Poll
« on: August 11, 2014, 10:26:47 PM »
Thank you CR Admin.  Your decision to revert back to a larger image is appreciated.   I think most of the readers here agree it may be slower, but well worth the slight increase of time just to look at some extraordinary images.
If we can all do a bit more to delete links of included images in our replies, we can further reduce clutter and download time.

Site Information / Re: Small or Large Thumbnails - Poll
« on: August 09, 2014, 08:57:23 AM »
I like larger images displayed.  Clicking to enlarge and going back to the original thread is not streamlined.  Doing so does not improving viewing speed on fast or slow connection which I have at home.

Limiting number of photos summited is fine,  posters can always send in a second or more posts with another set of photos.

Lastly, I like the idea that replies suppress attached photos.  Maybe, that's where much smaller images would be included.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: August 06, 2014, 09:05:33 AM »
Excellent Sea Eagle image!
I visited Hokkaido a couple years ago and I know those eagles are shy and mostly are on iced lakes so they are not close to use anything but super zooms to photograph.  The 200-400 + 1.4X seems to be a great asset for the purpose.
I used my 70-200LII and it just didn't have the reach.
Anyway, a wonderful photo.

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: August 02, 2014, 08:31:23 AM »
I'm joining the chorus and say: WOW, most impressive!

Canon General / Re: When a Woman is Fed Up...
« on: July 27, 2014, 11:24:33 PM »
Man, I really feel for the poor fellow!

Canon General / Re: Carry on restrictions on South African Airways
« on: July 27, 2014, 05:35:40 PM »
One trick I used is to remove my camera mounted with my 70-200 f/2.8 II and BR sling from my bag and carry it on myself separately and let them weigh my gear bag. 
Flying from the US is not so straight with weight, but flying in a foreign country is.  In 2011, I encountered my first flight weight restrictions when I flew from New Zealand to HongKong, but it was with some other passengers.  It was similar in HongKong as well with weight restrictions, though not as rigorous. You may also want to make an impression that the bag is relatively light, just in case it is a random weight inspection.
Good luck and have a safe and memorable trip.

Photography Technique / Re: Getting photos home from overseas
« on: July 26, 2014, 08:55:08 AM »
+1 on Hyperdrives.
The Hyperdrive is equipped with battery for portable use and comes with different formats of memory card slots, of course, CF and SD formats.  And it can display the image (not in high resolution) being transferred, though, it slows down quite a bit, not to mention the battery is discharged faster.
Get a pair of Hyperdrive shells and purchase four 1tB reliable bare drives to fit in the shells (you'll need to bring the supplied screwdriver for the installation).  Write to both sets so you have duplicates.  When the first drives are full, use your 2nd HDDs to continue.  You have back ups that way, and storage space, too.

Software & Accessories / Re: laptop for tethered shooting?
« on: July 24, 2014, 11:03:31 PM »

Small Rant to Microsoft:

While I'm at it, if I had a second wish it would be: Store the operating system and programs on one partition and all my files on another by default so re-imaging is quick and easy, without affecting my files/data. I do this manually any time I get a new machine, but I still have to go through and change the default locations of things like My Documents, My Pictures, et cetera. Why mingle all my data on the same logical drive as the OS and programs? If something borks my registry or otherwise pollutes my operating system, I want to just re-image and move on with life.

Whew! Sorry about that, guys/gals. Just had to get that out of my system.  :-X

I agree with what you say/rant!
I manage computers in my department and I separate users' files in a different partition as well.  On top of users files, I create "Desktop", "Favorites", "Documents", etc., in the secondary partition.  This makes for an easy backup.  With this, my boot partition with fully loaded programs can be imaged and re-installed without significant work, and also, my data partition is not (generally) touched.

I feel like I work for software companies and receive no salary from them, what with their constant updates and patches; I have to attend to those or wait for these to download and install.  Some of the installed updates require a reboot, and if you ignore them, it does it for you, making you loose your work.
If I deliver a piece of work that requires constant fixing, my boss would fire me.  Why are computer users subjected to such a cycle of abuse?

I apologize for diverting away from the main subject of tethering.  So, back to the feature theme.

Software & Accessories / Re: laptop for tethered shooting?
« on: July 24, 2014, 10:56:39 AM »


Only quirk I find lacking is that iPAD won't provide EXIF that you can see easily.
I'm looking for an iPAD application that can display EXIF, perhaps someone here can suggest several we can try out.

For those using an iPad to shoot tethered via WiFi what are the downsides? Is it perfect 100% of the time there must be some problems?

thanks again,


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