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Software & Accessories / Re: Best bag for hiking with a camera?
« on: August 16, 2013, 06:45:52 AM »
I have a sling bag (Lowepro Slingshot 202) and I loved it so much...until I went on a 8 hour hike. The single strap really became a pain. I still use the bag for short trips when I need quick access but otherwise it stays in the closet.

I use a Flipside Sport 15L (Bestbuy exclusive I think, got mine for ~$70 on sale) most of the time (has a pouch for a water bladder, holds all the gear at the bottom plus a mini tripod/filters/charger/other small camera crap, have overcome my disdane of back opening bags and was fine on splash mountain/water rides in Disneyland with the AW cover on) but I am looking for a deal on either the Photo Sport Pro 30L or Photo Sport 200 so I can carry around some food/other stuff when going on long hikes and have quicker access and food/other stuff storage (main desire).

You mentioned breathable, if all of the Lowepro sport series is like my flipside sport, they are great on my wookie like hiking style. I hope this helps.

Software & Accessories / Re: Any suggestion about back pack?
« on: July 09, 2013, 05:35:53 AM »
The Kata 3in1 also looks promising. So let me do some more search. Thank you again to all of you (and those who might chime in after this post).
Update if you get one of the Kata 3n1s (or an alternative). Still thinking about one, my backpack-style and sling are good but I am still looking for one pack to rule them all!

Software & Accessories / Re: Any suggestion about back pack?
« on: July 08, 2013, 05:04:54 AM »
I had a similar issue (SWMBO wants me to carry her gear too) and although I have not the route of two cameras and lenses in one pack I was looking at some of the stuff from Kata. Ive read the make good stuff that is on par with Lowepro. Check out some of their 3n1 stuff. I am not sure how the top compartment is but it looks like it opens up into the bottom and that 2 cameras can go in the bottom.

If the Lowepro fastpack or Case Logic kilowatt are like the Lowepro slingpack I have, no chance in putting a camera in the top part unless it is a Rebel with small lens attached

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D Spec List [CR3]
« on: July 01, 2013, 04:45:12 AM »
I think I may have a tough decision coming up between the 70D and the 6D... well and truely overdue to replace my 450D but I couldn't bring myself to buy something with the retro 18MPixel sensor and spend my cash on glass instead.

Same prob I have from a 500D... 6D AF has me scared, plus havign to buy some FF lenses, though the IQ is more than enough, but unless this is truly a new sensor, I dont think the high ISO performance will be enough to choose the 70D. So as usual it will be FF IQ versus Crop quality but with more options, better AF, etc (for my price range).

Same here, although the 6D AF is roughly what I am used to (only use center point now). Ill get both probably as I want one camera that does it all but I need 2 so SWMBO can use the other and dont want to spend the value of a kidney on a hobby for my girl and I. It is just a matter of what I want first: low light or action and speed

EOS Bodies / Re: POLL: What will be the 70d's price tag?
« on: July 01, 2013, 04:30:33 AM »
I voted for $1200 but if it is at that I will wait a few months for a) manufacturing bugs to be worked out (we all know there will be some, there always are) and b) the price to drop around the holiday season.

If it has AFMA Ill get both the 70D and 6D to cover all my needs, and SWMBO will use whatever I am not using. If no AFMA then I am not sure what I will do

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D Spec List
« on: June 27, 2013, 03:05:08 PM »
Only left wondering what the memory is (SD expected) and if is has AFMA (my only question left)

Software & Accessories / Re: Cheap tripod
« on: June 14, 2013, 04:54:01 AM »
I agree with the others that a cheap tripod is what you get for less than $100. I went a more creative route:
Transit tripod (I got a closeout for $15, basically the same thing from another good brand, these are ment to be solid and house a laser level that will not move all day)
adapter (only game here, check out the user picture on amazon of someone using this with a gimbal head on a transit tripod)
decent low cost ballhead (got a "used" one of these off ebay for 1/3 price, a scratch in the plate was the only thing wrong, the actual head looked and felt new and Swiss-Arca like plate too!)
about $120 ($55 for me)

In the end I have a solid tripod that is not the most portable but is much better than the sub $100 tripods that I tried. My ballhead is the weak link but my lenses do not weigh too much and I use a tripod a couple dozen days a year so I did not want to spend that much. Food for thought for you

Lenses / Re: Telezoom lens (70-300L vs 70-200 vs 100-400)- Advice
« on: May 19, 2013, 04:57:19 AM »
I got the 70-300L (not using the others and a good Canon direct refurb deal) because of: 1)in my price rage, 2)more reach than the 70-200IS, 3)awesome user reports from those who have it. I moved form the EF-S 55-250mm so it was awesome, but along side my 15-85 it is so much better. 100% still look useable for my anal-retentive amateur style. If you dont care about constant apature in telephoto try it. Im happy and my old man with his Nikon 70-200/2.8 was kind of jealous (my opinion through PP review, not his) that it was so sharp. Rent it and see I say.

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
« on: May 09, 2013, 04:49:27 AM »
I am not sure what you are moving on from. If you are like me, this is night and day compared to the 55-250mm (expected). I avoided telling my better half how much it was, she finally used it and was blow away. She assumed it was over a thousand (double what she would ever spend) and was alright with that after using it and finding the range to be awesome and the AF fast and accurate. I am also stoked that a 100% crop is now useable.

If you are worried about the lack of mentioning the warranty, you have 2 weeks to return after delivery and I am pretty sure that all refurbs have a 90 day warranty. If you are coming from a non-red ring (like me) you will be happy.

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
« on: May 06, 2013, 04:19:08 AM »
Although I dont have any images that I feel are worthy to post yet, I must say that I am so glad I bought this lens. I was originally going to get he 70-200IS but noticed this lens. A little more money but a lot more reach (got it on a Canon refurb sale). I brought it out to a family gathering for the first use and my father (Nikon user for life) just upgraded to a D600 and wanted to know what I had im my bag. I showed him my first red ring. He played with it for a while and set the rig back in my bag. If he has a complaint it will be heard so his silence was kind of a shock to me. Once I got home and looked at the pictures I took of seal pups I was amazed that 100% still looked nice rather than 50% looking ok (prior tele-zoom was 55-250mm). Damn fine lens

Site Information / Re: Love or Hate Canon Rumors Forum
« on: April 05, 2013, 06:43:06 AM »
I have to agree with you. Myself as a self taught picture taker has learened a lot from here. There was one point that you listed in the negative column that has bugged me for a while:

2) A handful of obsessive individuals who hijack nearly every thread and repeat the same points over and over again, arguing over obscure issues that have nothing to do with the original subject.

Dylyan777, if you read this, I get it, you have an awesome setup but quit hijacking every thread to say that people should have what you have. Your setup is what I want but we are not all prepared to drop $10k+ for family pictures like you (you admitted this on a thread once). Some of us just have fun and this is a hobby, without the need to drop $2k+ on every piece in our stable.

I like it here and have learned a lot. I just avoid all of the new camera threads for a few months, I'll wait until people calm down about not getting at 1DX for the price/body of a 6D.

Lighting / Re: First external flash? Lots of beginner's questions!
« on: March 25, 2013, 02:41:49 AM »
If you want to spend less, Canon is having a refurb sale and the 430exII is $203 right now. It will work as a slave to your on camera flash. If you are worried about the quality of Canon refurbs, myself and many other people will attest to the quality (I have a refurb 430exII, lens and camera, all are both are great, no problems). I'm glad I got mine, it was a way for me to experiment and start learning about real flashes.

EOS Bodies / Re: Recommend Cheap Second Body
« on: February 08, 2013, 04:40:56 AM »
Whatever rebel tickles your fancy when Canon has the next refurb sale.  I picked up a T3i for ~350 after tax

Software & Accessories / Re: Oddest kit purchase?
« on: January 05, 2013, 05:31:20 AM »
going to hell for this but a page out of the bible as an on camera flash modifier.  it started when I was at a friends house and he was hollowing out a bible for a flask and the flash (before I had a real flash) was just too harsh.  the extremely thin page was just what was needed

Canon General / Re: Record Spending Into Camera Gear - HIGHEST
« on: December 31, 2012, 05:01:39 AM »
Im on the low side from what Ive seen:
T3i (refurb)
15-85mm (refurb)
55-250mm (craigslist)
430exII (refurb)
2 camera bags and a lens case
a few filters
a ball head
a transit level tripod adapter

The only thing Im still waiting on is 70-300L, ∑85mm, a 6d and maybe the 7d/60d replacement but that will be in 2013 or beyond.  This is a hobby for me but I do get the some cash/perks every now and again.  Quick math says $2300 + tax, a year ago I would have thought that was crazy (still surprised it is that much) but I have had a lot of fun with it

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