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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Black Rapid Backpack Strap
« on: September 25, 2014, 10:34:21 PM »

If I had to take the camera off before removing the backpack, it would defeat the purpose and be awkward. My two cents :)

Fair point, but there are trade offs for each option.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Black Rapid Backpack Strap
« on: September 25, 2014, 09:53:43 PM »
I use this with my 60D with a small lens. http://optechusa.com/reporter-backpack.html It is a cheap light weight option. I wouldn't want a big camera and lens bouncing around my neck, but for a smaller rig it works fine.  For the bigger stuff I replaced my backpack belt for a think tank belt and holsters.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Tamron 150-600mm bird pics
« on: August 20, 2014, 01:47:34 PM »
Some great shots taken here.  I really like the hummer on the bird feeder.  I will contribute this photo of some blue herons nesting not to far from my home taken with my 5Diii:



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Australia / Re: Legal question on photography
« on: August 19, 2014, 05:22:43 PM »
This has been a very interesting thread.  I never knew they had any laws in Australia.

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Lenses / Re: Development Announcement of a New 800mm f/5.6L IS II [CR1]
« on: August 19, 2014, 05:06:04 PM »
I'd hope they would keep any cost increase down to at most 20%...which would mean a price around $16,200.
I have an old 800mm FD lens and would someday like to get a modern version, but at this price I think I will just buy the following and drive closer to the subject.

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Don't disparage Craig's list... where else can you buy camera gear, get a job using it, and find a "date" for the event all on the same site... though the date may cost more than the money you make doing the event.
I would argue to the client that your Craigslist closely held business model allows you to charge more as it probably offers an enhanced product and gives the client the comfort in knowing they have hired two professionals for their special event. 

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Business of Photography/Videography / Re: Who owns the photo?
« on: August 10, 2014, 01:33:51 PM »
Slater will simply appeal as obviously someone has tampered with this jury.  It's obviously rigged as there are 14 members.
Mr. Macaque is a clever monkey, not only with a camera. He has selected two alternate jurors, just in case two of them become ill or just go ape.

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Business of Photography/Videography / Re: Who owns the photo?
« on: August 08, 2014, 04:44:24 PM »
I am going to have to amend my previous post concerning Mr. Macaque’s chances of success.  It seems that he managed to file suit in a favorable venue.  The jury, as pictured below, has been selected and things are looking up for Mr. Macaque.


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Software & Accessories / Re: Camera bag for camping
« on: August 08, 2014, 11:38:42 AM »
Nancy, I just received the following review of the new version of the Mariposa and it appears that they are retaining the large pocket on one side and the two smaller pockets on the other side.  http://southwestultralight.blogspot.com/2014/08/first-look-gossamer-gear-2014-mariposa.html It also notes that the newly designed shoulder straps are more female friendly.  It also has a system for attaching hiking poles that you may be able to adapt to hold your tripod. The full description of the new model can be found at the Gossamer web site at http://gossamergear.com/packs/backpacks/mariposa-ultralight-backpack-all-bundle-568.html  By the way, although I live in the same city as the Gossamer gear folks, I have no interest in the company other than as a consumer.

Take care, Lloyd

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Business of Photography/Videography / Re: Who owns the photo?
« on: August 07, 2014, 07:19:00 PM »
You guys are overanalyzing this.  An elementary legal analysis reveals that justice will likely be on the side of Wikimedia, with Mr. Slater having a small chance and the monkey having no chance at all of gaining rights to the photo.

The Wikimedia Foundation, which operates Wikipedia, the entity which distributed the photo without recognizing Mr. Slater’s claim to a copyright, has revenues of US$48.6 million and cash equivalents of $22.2 million.  It can retain many lawyers.

Mr. Slater, from Coleford, Gloucestershire, is a nature photographer and his revenue is probably less than US$48.6 million.  He can probably retain fewer lawyers.

Mr. Macaque has no revenue or cash equivalents. He throws feces at lawyers.

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Post Processing / Re: My Basic & Practical Back-Up Strategy
« on: August 07, 2014, 06:11:32 PM »
My approach is similar.  I have my photos stored in a Pegasus raid array attached via thunderbolt to my mac and this array is backed up to one of two high capacity portable thunderbolt drives using Carbon Copy Cloner which makes a daily clone of the raid drives on the attached portable drive.  I rotate the portable drives with one on site and the other off site. Unfortunately, my Pegasus has much more capacity that the individual portable drives and as I start to increase the data on the Pegasus, I will either have to do a major house cleaning or have to get larger portable drives or multiple portable drives and divide the backed up data between them. 

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 11-24 f/2.8L Coming [CR1]
« on: August 07, 2014, 05:54:40 PM »
And the REALLY bad news is that it will probably come bundled only with the new 7D replacement for preorders.  So we are looking at an initial kit purchase of close to 7000.00!!!
East Wind, your an optimist :)  The more likely bad news is that it will first appear when bundled with the 1DXII for $17,000 when they both appear 7 years from now.

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I recently obtained a used RRS Multi-Row Pano Elements Package http://www.reallyrightstuff.com/Multi-Row-Pano-Elements-Package.html.  Before this I had the economical Manfrotto 393 gimbal head.  All my cameras have RRS plates, as do my long lenses.  After using the Manfrotto for some time, I replaced the Manfrotto quick release bracket with a RRS lever release clamp.  All it took was removing the Manfrotto bracket from the plate attached to the gimbal and drilling a hole in the plate to fit the RRS clamp hole.  While this made the Manfrotto easier to use, it was still not great for holding my old FD 800mm beast.  It would drift and I really couldn't get it to lock down enough.  Also, when attempting to take shots of the moon, if the moon was high in the sky, I could not get enough elevation using the Manfrotto as its design seemed to restrict its vertical range of motion. (I really can't say if it is worse than any other gimbal in which the lens is properly balanced, but it felt more restricted to me) The main issue with the Manfrotto was its inability to totally lock down the lens. Therefore, I wanted to replace it with either a RRS or a Wimberley.  I liked the reviews of the RRS PG-02 and the way the RRS gimbal broke down and I am a RRS addict, so I decided upon the RRS.

I was originally holding out for the RRS VG-02, but RRS continually said it was still in development.  My understanding that it is basically a PG-02 with damping. http://blog.reallyrightstuff.com/new-rrs-gear-at-nab/ When I saw an okay deal on the RRS pano elements package I jumped on it and have not looked back.  It is very smooth and can be locked down with my 800mm at every angle. Even if not totally locked down, when properly balanced I can swing it around and without locking it down it maintains its position.  It requires the lens to be side mounted which works fine for me. It also offers many pano options that I have yet to explore.  The only significant downside to the RRS is its price.  I also use a RRS leveling base with the unit to make life much easier in getting a level platform to mount the gimbal. 

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Software & Accessories / Re: Camera bag for camping
« on: August 05, 2014, 01:07:35 PM »
Thanks! The 400 f/5.6 rides on the belt, I presume. That's  a great combo, 400 5.6, 10-22, and 60D. I have been using 60D, 15-85 as a one-lens landscape/plant/general nature set up (note that in the Ozarks where I shoot, there aren't many grand vistas), and adding the 400 5.6 if I think I am going to have good birding. I thought the tripod might fit in the long pocket, as shown in the older reviews of the Mariposa, but now the Mariposa Plus is shown on the GG site with 2 short pockets each side. I suppose it might be possible to get the old long pocket substituted in by the manufacturer.
I put the 400 in a Think Tank lens changer pouch or Skin 75 on the belt.  The skin is significantly lighter, but does not offer the protection of the pouch. The larger holsters for your camera will fit the camera with the lens attached in the pouch temporarily, but, as I recall, it protrudes enough that you can't zip it up.  It shouldn't fall out if just walking around or standing, but it is not really a secure place to put it in for a long hike.  I would test it for you, but the 400 I use belongs to a friend.  We loan each other camera lens for such trips.  As it is not my lens, I am more likely to use the pouch instead of the skin due to the pouches superior protection.

My only problem with using the belt system and the pack is when I have to to cross some creek in a wilderness area.  Most of the time I find myself crossing using a downed tree and this can be a bit disconcerting even if you don't have a pack.  But with a pack and camera gear it becomes a real problem that I have not totally solved.  I bring along a large light weight water proof bag for my camera gear in in these circumstances, but the problem is what to do with the bag as you cross the river.  It is best to save room in the pack for such situations.  If you don't have enough room, which is usually the case for me on a trip over several days, then you have to carry the waterproof bag filled with gear separately.  If you attach it to the pack it can swing around and totally screw with your balance.  If you hand hold the bag, you lose a hand to grab onto something to maintain your balance. Usually, I don't hike alone in such situations and I have a friend go first and hand the camera bag over to them, but this only works well for very small crossings.  The only other way is to throw a line across the river and use a carabiner to slid the bag along the line to the person on the other side.  I have not had to do this yet and it comes with its own risks as I am not too confident of the strength of the attachment points for these light weight waterproof bags when carrying 5-6 pounds of  camera gear.  I have also thought about getting small waterproof bags, or even heavy duty zip lock bags, for each lens and the camera that will fit around the lens or camera while it is in the holster/pouch.  However, whether this would survive a fall from a log into a river/creek is questionable and with the pouches/holsters on you become much wider which further complicates maneuvering through a downed tree across a river.  So far, that is why I have stayed with putting the stuff in one bag and getting it across separately. Perhaps if I had better balance I would not be as anal about this.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Camera bag for camping
« on: August 05, 2014, 12:05:32 AM »
Very interesting, Lloyd. What is the maximum weight that you have carried with the ThinkTank belt/ Mariposa combination, in the backpack part and on the belt part?
I looked at my last spreadsheet and with ultralight tent, bag, clothes, cooking gear, food, water, 60D, 10-22mm and 400mm 5.6 it shows around 30lbs.  This is my weight for winter in Texas or for September in the Wind River range in Wyoming. Camera gear totals about 6+ pounds. In reality the whole pack with belt  probably ended up a few pounds more than 30.   The above weight also includes a cheapo 1.6 lb aluminum tripod that folds up to about 15" and fits in the long side pocket. It should be noted that my Mariposa has two small side pockets on top of each other on one side and a long pocket on the other side. I am able to put the tripod and my six moon trekker tent in the long pocket. The ultralight route means some compromises and in my case the tripod was one of them.  If I am going to a place with distant wildlife or observing climbers I may also take my 6 oz lens2scope which turns the 400mm into a spotting scope but taxes the cheapo tripod. I also substitute the 10-22 for my 40mm or 18-55 EFS for regular snapshots.

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