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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: LP-E6N Backwards Compatible
« on: Today at 06:22:02 AM »
I have the pro cube.

Its a fantastic device. But if your charging 1 or 2 batteries the 2.1A USB doesn't work on the back. The USB only works on its own when not charging any batteries. Annoying when you want an all in one charger. The hot swappable tops are good too if you have multiple camera systems or have rechargeable AA. The swappable plug system is also very useful when traveling.

To solve this problem with USB I bought the Duo traveler to charge my iPad, iPhone and RavPower 14.000mAh battery while I'm traveling. It also has the hot swappable plug system but they aren't comparable with each other which is annoying, so if your traveling across different countries you have to double up on both. (I'm traveling South America and North America for 5 months and having to take Type A, C and I type plug converters from my native Type G in the UK.


Lenses / Re: Travel gear thoughts...
« on: October 20, 2014, 04:39:43 AM »
I also have bought the pro cube recharge dock from Hahnel, It recharges two Canon batteries and has a 2.1A USB charger on the back.
That's one good looking charger!  I travel with a handful of chargers - camera charger(s), AA/AAA/18650 charger, phone charger, laptop charger, GPS charger.  And then you have all the associated cables.  I'm sure there are better ways to do things.  If you ever get your blog up, I'd be keen to hear how you managed with everything.  There aren't that many sites or blogs that deal with the mechanics of travel photography - memory cards, storage, backups, editing on the road etc.  Yet these seem to be regular topics for discussion on this site.

Yes your not wrong took me a long time to find the right products for my needs and test solutions that aren't your normal photographic practice! Will certainly link it when I finally write it! lol

Lenses / Re: Travel gear thoughts...
« on: October 15, 2014, 04:21:07 AM »
Check out my thread…


Im traveling for 5 months across south and north america and this is my kit after a huge amount of consideration, very similar to yours. (but i would rather take the 5DMKIII than a 70D and 6D)

Top right 14,000mah rav power battery, 1tb Hyperdrive, iPad Mini 128gb, 70-300mm L, 5DMKIII 24-105mm and 16-35mm.

I was originally going to kick out my Canon gear for the Sony A7 but after handling it and the lack of lenses I decided no. I am also going into the amazon for a wildlife shoot so the 70-300mm was the minimum I wanted to take. So I really wanted to shave some weight somewhere else.

I was going to take my 11" macbook air but with the charger and an external hard drive it weighed 2kg. The iPad mini retina is a 128gb only weights 333g and will edit a full 5DMKIII raw file with photoshop express with really good results. The hyperdrive is also iPad compatible and you can connect it via wifi for media and file sharing.

The whole above kit is 4kg. Weight is a big concern for me as I have to carry everything I need for the whole 5 month trip.

My strategy is to carry 4x32gb CF cards, 1 32gb and 2 16gb SD cards. I will write small raw or large jpeg to the SD and RAW to the CF. I will back up all my CF to the hyperdrive for redundancy and keep them in separate bags, then copy all the contents of the SD to the iPad via Lightning to SD reader, for viewing and a little editing on the go.

I plan on writing a blog and editing the odd image to add to it and put on social media. Also the iPad will be used for image review. I was sceptical that the iPad could do all the above but it works very very well really impressed with it.

Might get the new version of lightroom for the iPad as it now allows you to import your images from the camera role.

I also have my iPhone which I am going to use for GPS tracking with the app Geotagphoto, I also have bought the pro cube recharge dock from Hahnel, It recharges two Canon batteries and has a 2.1A USB charger on the back.

I have lots of other little gadgets check out my thread for more info. Hope this helps.


EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 6D Mark II to Move Upmarket? [CR1]
« on: October 14, 2014, 09:09:40 AM »
So basically making entry level FF in the canon camp less accessible… Yet you can buy FF mirrorless cameras for less than £1000… Should be coming down not up.

Landscape / Re: Fall colours
« on: October 14, 2014, 05:10:35 AM »
Not everything has turned here yet, few from this weekend.

Ullswater looking towards Poole Bridge by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Red Squirrel by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Ullswater autumnal light by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Ullswater autumnal sunset by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: October 13, 2014, 10:05:26 AM »
Shot this little fellow yesterday! He seemed to want his pic taken as I was shooting in the undergrowth and got tapped on the shoulder by a nut he dropped out the tree!

Red Squirrel by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Landscape / Re: Mountains, Lakes and Rivers
« on: October 12, 2014, 03:53:55 PM »

Canon General / Re: More Canon Lens Mentions [CR2]
« on: October 10, 2014, 09:22:01 AM »
Why would they make two F4s?

Still need for a 2.8 for the event shooters. I still think the current F28 is pretty good tho...

EOS Bodies / Re: High Megapixel Camera to Come in Two Variants? [CR1]
« on: October 10, 2014, 05:44:07 AM »
I think the 7D MKII has 5DMKIII syndrome.

On paper it doesn't look brilliant and re-using current tech, but it seems from everything I've seen and the High ISO samples that this camera is an exceptional performer. It blows away the 7D, 70D and the D7100. It looks like it will be the APC king for the time being.

I think the thing is that the current cameras are very capable atm and if you know what your doing you get fantastic results. I understand people will say well you shouldn't have to and I agree with that to some point.

I feel a lot of people have the grass is greener syndrome and there is new tech therefore that makes your current tech invalid. Its just not the case.

Something is coming and it will be kick ass. My current camera turn around is 3-4 years and I usually adopt about a year in to make sure that problems have been ironed out. Therefore for me I don't feel worried.

I dont understand why all these DR complaints are all coming out now. The D800 was released before the 5DMKIII and the D810 doesn't bring anything worlds apart. That is their answer 21/2 years later?

The 5DMKIII hasn't hit 3 years yet, and anyone complaining now… the situation hasn't changed. So why is it now that DR is suddenly such a big deal, there was loads of troll threads early on then people realised how good the 5DMKIII is and it all calmed down infact you and people going the opposite way moving to the 5D from the D800.

So just chill, time will tell. The only reason it feels so long is because your glued to the computer reading these complaints from niche users.

Photography Technique / Re: Travel set up
« on: October 09, 2014, 11:18:38 AM »
Finally decided on my kit.

5DMKIII + 24-105mm F4 L
70-300mm F4-5.6 L
16-35mm F2.8 L
50mm 1.8

Circ Polar, 10 stop grad, gorilla pod

iPad mini ret 128gb + 1tb Hyperdrive.

Power - Hahnel ProCube - charges two batteries at a time and has a 5v USB on the back very compact brilliant for travel. Also has a car adapter.

RavPower 14000MaH battery charger

Hahnel Dual power USB charger

3 weeks 3 days to go  ;D

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
« on: October 09, 2014, 11:16:03 AM »
Ive just bought one to go traveling south america with. Really is a fantastic little lens!

Red Panda, Lake District Wildlife Park, Bassenthwaite, Keswick by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

EOS Bodies / Re: Poll: Would you buy a high MP Canon EOS 5DIV?
« on: October 08, 2014, 07:47:43 AM »
The 5DMKIII price announcement was a shocker and tainted the camera for a long time. People really were angry especially with the D800 announcement being cheaper and a more advanced sensor. Although I still think the 5DMKIII is a better camera.

Didn't stop me from being excited but I certainly waited a year for the price to drop. A lot of early adopters were pretty annoyed that the price dropped a lot in the first 12 months.

Another few - the 70-200mm MKII and the 24-70mm MKII, I waited 3 years for the 70-200mm to come to a decent price. Although the 24-70 is now reduced I still don't think its quite worth the money especially when the competition and the previous gen is 50% cheaper.

Don't get me wrong they are probably the best zoom lenses available, but the price hike was a lot!

Signs of a turn around? 16-35mm F4 IS being pretty reasonably priced. Price reductions in the US which seem to have been completely ignored in Europe. Meaning the UK £ and US $ prices are the same yet the pound is 60p to the dollar so were still paying 1/3 more for the same gear meaning UK retailers going bust because of huge savings on imports with the likes of Digitalrev and Slrhut and still giving 1 year warranties.

Hopefully Canon has turned slightly with its price strategy.

Software & Accessories / Re: Storage & backup - advice needed please
« on: October 07, 2014, 06:39:19 AM »
Quick fix - buy two 4tb drives, or two 5tb and remove one 2tb so you populate the 4 bays. Have one 4TB as your main storage drive, use the second as a time machine back up. Put the other 2 2tb drives in a raid 0 and use that as back up number two internally.

If you need to, buy another 4tb and run weekly backups and keep it off site for safety.

Get a 256gb SSD and run your apps off that.

Thats the simple way of doing it.

Second is to buy a raid array which are expensive, either a 6 or 8 bay fill it with 2 3 or 4tb drives and have it constantly running. Don't underestimate the importance of an offsite back up, if you have a disaster such as flooding, roof leak, fire etc thats all your files gone even tho you have made two back ups it doesn't make you completely safe as its in the same place. You can buy fire and water proof arrays now, but again very expensive.

Depends how much you have to spend and how much you shoot. I keep telling people that good storage is a necessity although I get lots of stick for it. Don't underestimate it, and make sure you give yourself enough room to expand in a 3 year period then you don't have to worry about a huge cost upfront then again in a few years time. Adding drives as you need isn't a good strategy IMO. It is expensive to do it correctly, especially if you are shooting important events its up to you to ensure they are not lost.

Another issue is when you upgrade cameras. My 5DMKIII produces 23mb Raw files, edit one and the PSD will come out about 10 times the size around 250mb. Shoot a wedding or event at 1500 images which is around 35gb, store those incase they come back and want more. Edit 300 of them at 250mb so 75gbs, total of 110gbs. Do this once a week you will rack up 5.3tbs per year. We all know as photographers you can't live off one event a week so it quickly racks up. Then if you upgrade to a higher MP camera aka the rumoured 50mp camera double that again! So worth baring in mind, many people really underestimate their storage needs, future proofing isn't a bad idea.

For me physical is better than cloud as in the UK where I am the internet is not fast enough to move the size of files I produce. Cloud storage can be cheap from £20 a month for 1tb.

I have a mac pro I have the main 4 bays filled with 4tb drives, and have one 256gb SSD running off the PCI express port. I also have a 2tb drive in the spare DVD drive slot running from a spare Sata 3 on the motherboard. So 6 drives in total, I then have an external 16tb raid array and another that is offsite.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Zoo Pics 3
« on: October 06, 2014, 01:53:21 PM »
Thank you! :)

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