This has been a very interesting thread. I never knew they had any laws in Australia.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Have a great weekend, many thanks again.You are very welcome.
The Gossamer Gear Mariposa is one of the packs of interest, but I don't see it in the local stores. If you ordered it directly from the manufacturer, how was your interaction with them, and do you think that they will work with a customer to get the right fit (that is, prompt no-fuss exchange of sizes, or just plain refund if it doesn't fit well at any size)? This pack got a very nice review at Section Hiker website, along with several others.
Thanks much for the info, I was planning to get an Osprey Volt due to the low weight and ergonomics but the option of using a Think Tank belt makes this one a worthy option. Question: which TT belt do you use, the Steroid or just the Pro is enough for the well being of your hips?
I have been using a Gossamer Gear Mariposa backpack which is an older version of the newer http://gossamergear.com/packs/backpacks/mariposa-ultralight-backpack-all-bundle-dyneema.html that has a removable hip belt. When bringing photography equipment, I replace the hip belt with a Think tank belt and attach my Think Tank holsters, lens bags and accessory bags as needed to the exposed side portions of the belt. This gives me an ultralight backpack with the ability to add photo gear as needed and the camera and lenses are readily accessible in the side holsters.
Interesting! What about when it rains?