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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,


Animal Kingdom / Re: Show us your Hooters (Owls)
« on: July 22, 2014, 02:32:31 PM »
Both photos are great!
Very cute for the first one.
I had to giggle at the second one, just so adorable.

Software & Accessories / Re: laptop for tethered shooting?
« on: July 20, 2014, 08:12:49 PM »
Do you have to turn off back button focus settings with CamRanger? I'm intrigued for macro shooting.

No need for that.  If you read the CamRanger website, the section on "live view" indicates that you can select the focus point of the scene from the iPAD.  Fine focus can be done, too, with the iPAD.
CamRanger is a real versatile aid/tool for macro photography.

Look at my photo posted on http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=20914.msg413371#msg413371, reply 25.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: HUMIDITY ALERT!
« on: July 20, 2014, 06:38:05 PM »
Any UV system generates ozone, with accelerates decomposition of rubber or many polymers.  The attack is worse than the drying of the gasket material.  Don't use UV, chlorox ect., to prevent fungal growth.
Most household moisture level is well over 50-60 percent, and fungal is still minimal.
I bought some plastic boxes, like the one you can get at big box store, the orange, grey/blue hardware stores, and the big blue discount grocery super store, so I can organize my gear and external disk drives.  I am sort of having second thought of the idea.  Coupled up in the sealed boxes, the air gets stale and things can grow inside with little moisture.  So, I keep the lid skewed, just to get circulation.
Someone on another thread got a drawer set for gear storage.  I think that is a wonderful idea.  Keeps dust out, moisture level at comfort range, and cool.  Rather inexpensive, to boot.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: HUMIDITY ALERT!
« on: July 20, 2014, 11:10:28 AM »
One question or concern:
If the environment is too dry where you store your gear, will it over-dry the seals, specifically, the O-rings, foam shock absorbers, etc., so they'll crack or disintegrate too soon?  There must be a range of humidity where fungal growth is inhibited without the gaskets getting too dried, thus too much desiccant can't be good.

Software & Accessories / Re: laptop for tethered shooting?
« on: July 20, 2014, 10:58:53 AM »
I like my iPAD, retina, 256 gB RAM.  It holds over 1500 photos, with space to spare with large .jpg from 5D3.  YMMV., with programs installed.
For remote tethering, I use CamRanger connected with WiFi., a bit slow because of the communication between camera and CamRanger.  (Read about other features a out CamRanger from their website).  Nice about the setup is that I can show my subjects the photos I shoot, and I get feedback from them.
I use PhotoGene to quickly do minor .jpg adjustment.  Haven't tried to import nor edit RAW with iPAD.
This combination has allowed me to travel abroad and do some portraits works.
MacBook Pro do have more computing power, but really cost too much just used for tethering.
Really regret that your laptop got stolen.
Best of luck.

Lovely images!
Hope the harrowing experience with the night hike won't stop you from future excursions!  Just bring a red filtered flash light (torch) to help you see, without spoiling the night vision too much.
Your M with a couple lenses should be good gear for photos.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
« on: July 13, 2014, 12:08:57 PM »
You certainly live in a place with lots of exotic birds, not to mention a great collection of gear.
Please keep us fascinated by your beautiful photos!

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 12, 2014, 09:30:29 PM »
This little chick posed for me!

Abstract / Re: Beautiful bokeh! Let me see yours!
« on: July 12, 2014, 03:27:06 PM »
My offering.

Street & City / Re: London - A different take
« on: July 12, 2014, 07:46:21 AM »

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