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I keep a couple of zip-lock bags in my shoulder bag.  They're easly to use, cheap and disposable.

EOS Bodies / Re: How excited are you about the new 7D II?
« on: September 16, 2014, 12:40:30 AM »
I'd like to think that Canon has a plan......but this announcement makes me wonder.  I'd personally rather buy
two 7DmkI bodies or even a 6D for the money.  Most of the new announced features are things I don't need and would never use - like anything GPS or video related.  Even the 70D is a better fit for me in general.  The new
lenses are also ho-hummers.  The 24-105 is "nice", but a discounted 25-105 L is "nicer" and not that much more.
The pancake is a big "so what" as an EF-S lens and the 400 at nearly 7 grand - might be good for pros with
expense accounts or folks with more money to spend of photo gear that I want to.  In general, I think Canon
pitched four balls and I'll walk.

I guess I'd have to admit I'm no expert when it comes to tripods - I bought my first one (and last one) over
40 years ago and still use it on a semi-regular basis.  Although Leitz quit selling the Tilt-all several years ago,
it is still available in the original design and a quite reasonable price.  It is made of high quality aircraft aluminum,
is not too heavy, has reliable legs and an infinitely adjustable head. 

The Zeiss 85mmf1.4 is an excellent lens for Canon users who aren't dependent upon auto-focus. 
If Canon could produce an EF lens and market it for between $1200-1500 (lower the better) if
would be hard to resist.  Meanwhile, Carl has been well used and appreciated.

EOS Bodies / Re: Are you planning to purchase a 7D2
« on: August 28, 2014, 12:53:04 AM »
Who knows?  If anything I'll wait until the thing is actually available and decided then.  Have noticed though that
Canon is pretty proud of it's cameras, and for me it had better be a price performer, not only against the current
7D but against some of the new Sony and Fuji offerings.  Crop sensor isn't a problem, but if it's priced mid-way
between the 6D and the 5DmkII, I'd have to consider either of those before jumping.  If Canon comes in at the
$1300-$1500 price point, a 70D starts looking pretty good, especially since the price of the 70D should fall a bit
with the new "advanced" 7DMkII.

Lenses / Re: Tanzania with minimal gear
« on: August 27, 2014, 01:35:09 AM »
I'd take a completely different tack since you emphasize "minimal" gear.  Suggest a Rebel T5i with the 70-200f4.0is,
(good image quality, light and rugged). Add a 40mm pancake and if you feel you need "back-up" add a Rebel T5.
This whole package is not much more than the 70-300 by itself and you won't feel terrible if it's "missing" during the trip.  Don't forget an ND filter, a polarizer, and extra batteries.  Have a great trip.

Lenses / Re: advice for new lens´╝čplease
« on: August 21, 2014, 01:40:40 PM »
Take your 35mm and your 135mm and have a nice trip.  Save your money for another trip, but if you
have to buy a new lens, get the 85mm f1.8 as a mid-point focal length.  Get a small, lightweight bag
that will just fit that combo and carry a good travel guide. 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon mirrorless: Status?
« on: August 18, 2014, 06:54:13 PM »
How about a mirrorless full frame camera stuck in an AE1 type body?  No autofocus, full manual controls and good
battery life.  Oh, wait - that's a Fuji XT1 in manual mode.

EOS Bodies / Re: Medium Format Announcement a \
« on: August 14, 2014, 12:32:27 PM »
I think there's a better chance of finding an honest politician than a Canon medium format offering.
Can they do it, sure.  Will they do it, why?

EOS Bodies / Re: Plan B
« on: August 14, 2014, 12:29:56 PM »
Plan B - buy more Fuji fast glass and a second Fuji body.

Reviews / Re: NIKON Releasing a Medium format DSLR 50MP
« on: August 03, 2014, 12:34:35 PM »
Face it, either Nikon or Canon (or Fuji or Samsung) could build a medium format system if the marketing case could be made for a profitable venture.  Technology is advancing at a rate that a 4x6 or 6x6 or 6x7 sensor is not only possible but potentially "affordable".  These sensors could easily reach 75, 100 or 150 megapixels at the same
density of current "full frame" sensors.   Then again, could anything larger than the current 24x36 sensor be
considered "medium format"?  The Leica S is not "standard" sized, I'm not sure about the Pentax 645 or the
various backs for Mamiya, Contax and Hasselblad, but it would appear that any "medium format" standards are
at best in question.  But no matter, the camera design and build is the easy part - what about the family of lenses?
And when that is done, even in a timely fashion, will it be significantly better than the then available full frame
offerings.  Any camera company executive looking at today's marketplace would have a tough decision to move
forward on a completely new system - medium format or not.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Printer for Posters
« on: July 27, 2014, 02:42:42 PM »
Seems each of the big 3 photo printer makers have similar 17", 24", 36-42", and 60-64" models, all similarly
priced.  Once you get to 24" however, it becomes much more a problem of software than hardware.  Check for
postscript compatibility, what, if any RIP is included or will you have to buy Postershop or something similar to
fully utilize the printer.  Software can cost more than the hardware, so be careful.  You can buy a lot of prints
for the 5 grand, so unless you plan to sell your work to help finance  the next ones, investing the time, learning curve, and space for a large format printer may not be the best decision.

I'd recommend the Pixma Pro 100 - easily within your budget, whatever it is.  This printer produces excellent
13X19 prints, has an eight cartridge head for wider color gamut and is no more expensive at the ink level than
any of the others.  Canon will soon replace this printer - so it's on closeout at almost every store.  Canon has
also run promotions, buy a camera, get a printer type stuff, regularly for the last year.  Look at Craigslist under
"canon large format" and you'll find several for $150 or less - usually in the original still sealed package with the
UPC removed for rebate purposes.  I've bought several - the last one an Adorama deal for $34.00 after rebate, including a $40 package of 13X19 glossy photo paper.

Lenses / Re: 3 week trip to Finland & Germany, what lenses to take?
« on: July 27, 2014, 01:00:21 AM »
Another vote for just the 24/105 and 50 combination.  Very few attractions in Europe that would require
longer focal lengths unless you're just too tired to move in (or out).  It's a vacation, not a photo assignment,
so place a premium on portability and weight.

Lenses / Re: Help me to decide: 35 vs 50mm
« on: July 27, 2014, 12:56:04 AM »
Either one is perfectly fine for street shooting.  I'd decide based on what I'd want next after I realize how much
I liked the prime lens.  I've traveled the world with two lenses, a 35mm and an 85mm and never regretted not
having something else.  If you're a little more "stand back", consider the 50mm and 135mm combo.  Remember
that for a long time the 50mm lens was shipped with the camera as the "standard" lens and not without reason.

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