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 I use only Lithium batteries in my speedlights.  The DOT regulations and the TSA say you can fly with Lithium AA batteries and other lithium batteries but they require you carry them as “carry on” baggage and not “Checkd Baggage."  Here are the regulations. http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/safe-travel-batteries-and-devices 

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Lenses / Re: Buying Advice: What First Lens for a Full Frame?
« on: December 17, 2014, 10:04:08 AM »
If you want prime:

EF 35mm f/2 IS USM and/or the EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

If you want zoom:

EF 24-70 f/4 IS USM (if you are living in Canada it's on sale at $799 - about $600 off from regular price)
or
EF 24-105 f/4 IS USM

If you don't want "L" lenses, the you could consider the new 24-105 STM but I am not sure if it's available already for purchase.
I agree with Triggyman except i do not reccomend the 24-105 STM

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Lenses / Re: Lens as a gift. Non Photographer buying... :)
« on: November 25, 2014, 02:47:44 PM »
No offense to other posters but if you get a camera, avoid the 60D, get the 70D.  I own the 60D, 70D and 7D2 and the 60D sensor wasn't that great.  (Same sensor as the 7D.)  70D sensor is much better.  In fact, the entire camera works better including the handy touch screen, faster fps, better AF, etc.
   No offense to the above poster.  Using that logic if price isn't a consideration why not get her the 5D3 and a 70-200mm f2.8 L version 2 to go with it. The 5D3 has a better sensor, better AF, higher resolution, less noise and it's full frame.  It is all depending upon how much bang you want for your buck or in this case buck$.  You can get two 60D's for the price of one 70D. Saying the 60D sensor "wasn't that great" is to say anything "better" makes everything else "Not that Great."  Hasselblad has a fix for that comparison for around $25k.  It makes every canon sensor "Not that Great."

Twostones.  Dude.  Chill.  The 70D is $300 more than the 60D and it's the current model.  Black Friday sales will likely produce a better price on both models.  I simply gave my opinion based on my actual use.  It's up to the OP to decide what's best.  I'm not sure why you mention $5000+ (or $25K) worth of extreme out of range stuff on my choice of 3 words to describe a sensor.  My point is simply that if one is going to spend $700, why not spend $300 more and get a more up to date camera that works better?  And BTW, the 70D was also suggested by many others.  No need to freak out, it's not that big of a deal.

70D = $999  http://www.amazon.com/Canon-Digital-Camera-Body-Only/dp/B00DMS0GTC
60D = $699  http://tinyurl.com/m8fj9zb

   Chill Rusty.  I'm not freaking out.  The 60d can be had refurbished for $406 from Canon direct.  It is a step up from a rebel. The 70D refurbished is $909 from Canon direct.  I am talking bang for buck here.  The 70D is twice the cost plus $100 more than one 60D with the, as you describe, "wasn't that great" sensor.  I prefer to use my math when making comparisons.  Why spend full retail when you can get the same as new 60D with warranty for much less. I just went further using your logic and your comparison.  You should reread my first sentence that says, "No offense to the above poster." After all what you and I are doing here is making a recommendation to another person.  In addition I would ask her what she would like as a gift.  By letting her choose you can determine her needs and give her time to do research.  We all know making “Her” happy is the goal here.  Now go have a Snickers.  :)

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Lenses / Re: Lens as a gift. Non Photographer buying... :)
« on: November 25, 2014, 01:57:04 PM »
No offense to other posters but if you get a camera, avoid the 60D, get the 70D.  I own the 60D, 70D and 7D2 and the 60D sensor wasn't that great.  (Same sensor as the 7D.)  70D sensor is much better.  In fact, the entire camera works better including the handy touch screen, faster fps, better AF, etc.
   No offense to the above poster.  Using that logic if price isn't a consideration why not get her the 5D3 and a 70-200mm f2.8 L version 2 to go with it. The 5D3 has a better sensor, better AF, higher resolution, less noise and it's full frame.  It is all depending upon how much bang you want for your buck or in this case buck$.  You can get two 60D's for the price of one 70D. Saying the 60D sensor "wasn't that great" is to say anything "better" makes everything else "Not that Great."  Hasselblad has a fix for that comparison for around $25k.  It makes every canon sensor "Not that Great."

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Lenses / Re: Lens as a gift. Non Photographer buying... :)
« on: November 25, 2014, 12:57:53 PM »
The Canon 60D refurbished is selling for $406.99 at Canon Direct.  It would be a step up from the older Rebel she is using.  It has a better view finder than the Rebels and has the articulating screen.  It is a larger body that supports the larger lenses very well.  At the current price you can also get a refurbished lens of your choice like a fast prime or the 100mm "L" Macro.  The 100mm Macro "L" is selling for $709.99 refurbished.  A refurbished Canon and lens combined would be $1100.  That is money well spent. Both are fantastic products.  I have both and they are a great combo for macro shots in the garden as well as portraits.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Must have Android apps?
« on: November 17, 2014, 01:46:16 PM »
“Google Sky Map” is good if you enjoy photographing the Milky Way, star clusters or the planets and it is free.  Also free is “Canon Lenses.”  It shows all the Canon lenses complete with vital specifications, price and several reviews.  If you are a film shooter and developer, “Black and white film development DB Full” is free and has a built in timer for all agitation and development times using all the available films, developers and chemistry. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Upgrade current body or wait?
« on: November 17, 2014, 01:31:59 PM »
Just a different view.  Upgrading would be a good idea in the next few months but don’t rule out the crop sensor camera’s like the 60D that can be had refurbished for around $500.  I bought mine refurbished for $431.  The 7D can be had new for $999 right now.  Landscapes do not always need a full frame body.  The 6D is a nice camera but with only the center focus point being cross type it can be limiting for some applications although it would be good for landscapes.  Have your cash handy.  Expect a “Black Friday” sale of some sort. Good glass may also become a sale item.

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Lenses / Re: The next three new lenses? 50, 100 macro, 70-300
« on: November 12, 2014, 09:49:36 AM »
I have been waiting for the 50mm F1.4 replacement. The 50mm F1.4 is still an excellent lens, just fragile with the front extending on focus. Replacing it with a new version with better build and “IS” like they did with the 24mm and the 35mm would be a seller.   I have both the 24mm F2.8 IS USM and the 35mm F2.0 IS USM and they are fantastic lenses.  I hope they make the 50mm replacement with “IS” available before Christmas and follow it with an 85mm "IS" replacement. 

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Once I turn it on, I leave it on, unless changing lenses or cards.  When I am finished shooting for the day, then I will turn it off.  I see no need to put wear on the switch when the "wake up" feature works very well.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Recommend first slr
« on: November 08, 2014, 06:04:13 PM »
If you are starting out in Digital photography I would not buy a Rebel series camera.  A Canon 60D refurbished body can be had very cheap at times and gives you a larger and more solid platform with larger controls.  I bought a Canon 60D from Canon for $431 a few months ago.  They were selling for $450 just a week ago. The alloy frame and moderate weather sealing will keep the dust out better than a Rebel series body.  My next advice is to avoid the kit lenses and jump into a prime lens.  Kit lenses are only good for one thing, to teach you to not buy a kit lens again.  If you want a zoom then save up for an “L” grade Canon Zoom.  The 50mm 1.4 or the 35mm 2.0 with IS are good first choices for a Canon prime.  If you buy good glass from the beginning you will have it forever.  Kit lenses are a dime a dozen on EBay from people who learned the hard way about lens speed and quality.  Remember, the quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten.  Good equipment will keep your satisfaction high and a camera in your hand instead of in a closet.

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Software & Accessories / Re: What accessories for 7d Mkii?
« on: October 30, 2014, 06:13:24 PM »
The 7D Mark 2 is made for outdoors yet it will get hot in the sun.  To keep it cool and to keep snow and rain off of lenses you might want to invest in the Canon DSLR rain cover or the Vortex media SLR Storm jacket camera cover.  They can be handy in bad weather and keep the black camera and lenses cool in the hot sun.  I still wish for a 7D Mark 2 in Canon white. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/572341-REG/Vortex_Media_SJ_M_Y_SLR_Storm_Jacket_Camera.html
 http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/763639-REG/Canon_4734B001_ERC_E4S_EOS_DSLR_Rain.html

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Software & Accessories / Re: What accessories for 7d Mkii?
« on: October 29, 2014, 03:21:24 AM »
I recommend getting the Canon battery grip and the Canon EOS E1 Hand strap that mounts on the battery grip and right strap mount on the camera.  Then get a quick release plate and a Black Rapid shoulder strap for hands free carry.  You will then have the best of both worlds for carry and shooting comfort and secure handling.  The Original Canon E1 hand strap can be found on EBay.  I think Canon has discontinued making it.  I use it on two of my bodies.

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Pricewatch Deals / 7D Mark 2 owners manual
« on: September 17, 2014, 09:23:50 AM »
I emailed Canon and asked why the owner’s manual was not available for download on the Canon site.  For your information here is their reply:   Thank you for contacting Canon product support regarding our new EOS 7D Mark II.  I'm afraid the finalized copy of the manual is not yet available. I sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. It will be posted shortly before the camera ships, so you should be able to browse the manual a little while before the cameras start appearing in stores. We certainly do understand the importance of having this resource available online, and we will post it as soon as we get a finalized version.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 15, 2014, 02:25:48 PM »
It would be nice if Canon would make the manual for the 7D2 available for download so we can examine its functions.   

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EOS Bodies / Re: more images of the 7D mark II
« on: September 13, 2014, 09:36:47 AM »
I imagine Wi-Fi will be available in a “Battery Grip” for those that want it.  It will be interesting to see any new controls that may be on the grip like a separate window for Wi-Fi information?

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