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Software & Accessories / Re: Camera bag for camping
« on: July 21, 2014, 07:34:31 AM »

You can always put camera gear in to a serious hiking backpack but it's hard (if not impossible) to take an expensive photography backpack and use it for serious hiking.

I could not agree more. I've been using a F-stop Loka for a few years now, and while it's a great backpack and probably one of the finest camera backpacks available, I feel a lot more comfortable with my Arcteryx Astral 65 even if I put twice as much weight in it. There is a world of difference, at least to my me and my back. I would say that camera backpack manufacturers have a very long way to go, when it comes to ergonomics.  I'm thinking of adding a Lowepro Toploader AW 50 to my kit, now that I have sold the Loka, to be chucked in with the rest of my hiking kit. It should hold a L-plated 6D with a wide angle zoom nice and snugly.

Generally I agree that trekking/mountaineering-specific packs are the best available in terms of wearing comfort. But the comparison of the F-Stop Loka with the Arc'teryx Altra is not really fair. The Loka is a 37 litre pack with not that much padding on the hip belt and the shoulder straps. It is not meant to carry 30 kilos like the Altra (which is a fabulous pack by the way). If you try a Tilopa BC (48 litres) or a Satori EXP (62 litres) you might get a rather different experience: both packs are very well constructed and padded so that you can carry your 20-30 kilos of photo gear, mountaineering stuff, clothes, food etc. quite comfortably. It's still heavy to lug around 20 kilos though…  ;D

Lenses / Re: What Lenses are missing from Canon's range
« on: July 19, 2014, 05:33:47 AM »
… oh, and I forgot the EF 24-105L II with better IS, coatings and really good sealing 8)

Lenses / Re: What Lenses are missing from Canon's range
« on: July 19, 2014, 05:30:44 AM »
I'd like to see UWA lenses for both FF and APS-C that are
  • fast
  • sharp (even if wide open)
  • and do not suffer from the beastly coma aberration that turns stars into wedge-shaped UFOs like the EF-S 10-22 does.

Software & Accessories / Re: Camera bag for camping
« on: July 17, 2014, 04:02:34 AM »
In general:

This may be a bit above your price range, but this Gura Gear bag is designed expressly for mixed cargo:

The F-stop Mountain series is similar in its configurability and chambering of different types of items:

It seems a small distinction to have separate compartments, but it lets the nasty dirty campy stuff stay in a separate chamber. 

But in specifics, the type of camping you are doing defines your answer.  Car camping is not backcountry camping...

- A

The Uinta looks good too but if you want to strap half a ton of additional gear to your pack and still be quite comfortable, I think there is nothing better than the F-Stop packs out there.

Software & Accessories / Re: Camera bag for camping
« on: July 17, 2014, 03:27:16 AM »
One possible solution for not having to take off the backpack to get to your camera is a clip like Peak Design's Capture Pro (https://peakdesignltd.com/store/?c=clips). Works great if the weather is good  8)

Software & Accessories / Re: Camera bag for camping
« on: July 17, 2014, 03:14:34 AM »
You might want to have a look at F-Stop packs like the Tilopa BC (http://shop.fstopgear.com/us/products/mountain/backpacks/tilopa-bc.html#.U8d29VY_Hoo). They don't come cheap (about 130$ over your budget) but they really deliver in terms of quality and versatility. I use them for skiing and mountaineering, trekking and for camping.

Software & Accessories / Re: Capture One
« on: July 03, 2014, 08:46:08 AM »
While we are at the subject: Does anyone have experiences with both CaptureOne and DXO? How do these two compare?

Animal Kingdom / Re: Unexpected Events
« on: July 02, 2014, 03:05:54 AM »
Wow, good catch and a very nice sequence! I quite often see herons in my neighbourhood but I never saw one catch and devour a fish.

Software & Accessories / Re: Apple to Cease work on Aperture
« on: June 27, 2014, 04:25:30 PM »
They're about to obsolete all the head phones all their customers currently own and use, and the likely path to "continue using what you have" is bulky, cumbersome and expensive.

I must have missed that one. What could they do to my head phoes?

Landscape / Re: Mountains, Lakes and Rivers
« on: June 27, 2014, 07:39:14 AM »
I would like to ask what do you think about brightness of this image. Do you see it as too dark/too bright or OK? Especially in the rocks. I'm asking this because if I look it on my display (MBP retina) it looks OK, but if I look it on my older (cheap) display it looks brighter (actually too bright).


Looks good to me (Macbook Pro), not too bright and not too dark. Very nice shot!

I'm a fan of DPP (and Digital Lens Optimizer), and this new version looks very good so far.  I do hope DPP's slowness in converting RAW to JPEG has become faster as well as how slow it is to "transfer to photoshop" to use some specific Photoshop function/plug-in while in DPP  :'(

DPP 3.14 feels clunky and sometimes cumbersome to work with, but non the less I use it as a first step in my RAW-workflow. I really don't get the point of shutting out the (presumed) majority of DPP users from the improvements of version 4  >:(

Lenses / Re: Canon Working on Faster f/2.8 Ultra Wide Zoom [CR2]
« on: May 16, 2014, 07:50:27 AM »
(Veering a bit off-topic here, sorry) Only done night sky a couple of times and chose f8. What do you get at wider apertures? Is the idea to stop the stars streaking?

Exactly. If you wish to get a nice shot where you can see the Milky Way above a nice bit of landscape you want to to have a fast ultra wide angle lens to minimize exposure times and lessen the need to use high ISOs. And in a perfect world this UWA lens would give you really good corner sharpness and no coma aberration (optical aberration distorting the stars in the corner to oblong splotches).
If the 16-36 f4 would deliver that kind of optical quality/sharpness across the whole frame (FF), I would be willing to give up f2.8  ::)

Software & Accessories / Digital Photo Professional Problem
« on: April 28, 2014, 04:41:53 AM »
Hi all,

I just installed version 3.14.15 of DPP on my MacPro (running OS X 10.9.2 Mavericks). The application works well until the moment I want to process my CR2 files into TIFF. The processing does not work, regardless wether I want to process one (cmd+d) or several (cmd+b) pictures. Earlier versions of DPP worked well under Mavericks. Unfortunately I erased the older version I used before the update to DPP 3.14.15 :-\ 
Has anyone a clue how to solve this problem?


Software & Accessories / Re: Photo Backpak
« on: April 28, 2014, 03:33:39 AM »
Is this what you are looking for? http://www.mindshiftgear.com

Software & Accessories / Re: Chuck a 5dmk iii in a rucksack
« on: April 23, 2014, 02:33:38 AM »
Depending on how much stuff you want to carry in your backpack I would consider something like the f-stop ICU's (http://shop.fstopgear.com/us/products/icu.html) or Gura Gear modules (http://www.guragear.com/uinta/). These will not only protect your gear but also organize it well and enable you to load your rucksack with other stuff (jacket, food etc.) without mixing it with your photo gear. Works very well for me while skiing, mountaineering and hiking.

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