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Something that is worth mentioning, your health!!!
A lot of people get very sick when hiking in Nepal, but the biggest risk is altitude sickness, it can be life-threatening.
There is an excellent book on this, see

I know that this a forum about photography, but the risk of altitude sickness, is something that can not be stressed enough. It can happen to anybody, and in general, for some peculiar reason, the most fit people get it!

Anyway, as said before, it it will be a fantastic trip



if you go high up in the mountains, there are a few (obvious) things to note:
1) There is limited mains power (220V), so recharging batteries can be problematic
2) Because of low temperatures, battery life is shortened
3) the light can be very bright, even at iso 100, 1/8000 and F18 I had over exposed images, so take ND and circa Pol filter, if you can afford, take a big stopper.
4) Nepali people are extremely friendly and will be very interested in your gear, so take time to explain
5) If you can find it, take an old fashioned Polaroid camera and give the pictures to the local people, they will be extremely gratefull
6) Nepali will treat you with great respect, please return the favour
7) The average Nepali wage is very low, a school teacher earns about 800$/year

Hope this helps a bit,

I have been to Nepal many times and it has become a second home, I am sure that you will have the time of your life!


Lenses / Re: 35mm f2 IS for city photography at night?
« on: February 17, 2014, 05:47:15 PM »
I have a good keeper rate at 1/15 s, the IS does it's job.


it most likely will not work, but it would be great to have an EVF for the EOS M?

What do you think?

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: January 26, 2014, 11:46:35 PM »
close to water

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: January 26, 2014, 07:29:28 PM »
Bird approaching me, while I have sun in my back

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: EOS-1D X Firmware Version 2.0.3 Released
« on: January 09, 2014, 08:45:00 PM »
After I installed the new frimaware, I quickly went to my local bird spot. It was at sunset and the light was dropping fast.
Auto iso with exposure compensation  works as it should. I have been waiting for this and it finally is here.
Furthermore, I notice a lot better AF in low light, I ended up shooting at 8000 iso, and AF is a lot better then before


this is an extremely difficult subject.

Best explanation that I have found can be read on:

indeed, I use two Ezyboxes and I am happy with them. They are easy to carry as they fit in a small bag pack and they do the job.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: November 15, 2013, 07:35:34 PM »

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D-X underexposure
« on: November 15, 2013, 06:49:51 AM »
Hi, it took me sometime to find this as well:
Custom menu settings , second tab, AE Microadjustment, see manual page ~329.

After you have set it, it will be confirmed in the "info settings" on the lcd, so press the info several times until you look at the window that starts with WB shift,
Then look at
third row down is says AE +/_  "value you have set it at"

Hope this helps


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D-X underexposure
« on: November 14, 2013, 04:23:14 PM »
you can adjust the metering system inside the menu.  this feature is exclusive to 1d series but Nikon offers it from the D7000
sad huh?

Thanks, I was not aware of this.

I have changed my setting to +5/8

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D-X underexposure
« on: November 14, 2013, 01:41:14 AM »

yes, I do experience similar underexposures, but it in my case it depends on the lens e.g

24-70 2.8 L mkI -2/3 EV
70-200 2.8 L mkII 0 EV
Macro 100 mkII +1/3 EV
85 F1.2  -4/3 EV
35 f2.0 mk II 0 EV

of course these are rough averages

Most were shot in  AV mode, around F5.6, evaluative metering.

It would be great if we would have something similar to afma, so an exposure correction by lens ???????

Software & Accessories / Re: Will the new MAC Pro support 10 bit colour?
« on: November 10, 2013, 06:34:59 AM »
Thanks for all the good advice.

I am a bit worried about the fan, I will go and check it out before I buy one.

Indeed it is CG276 (that was a typo).

Still in doubt if a top end NEC (PA271) is not a better option then the Eizo CG276.

Software & Accessories / Will the new MAC Pro support 10 bit colour?
« on: November 06, 2013, 05:35:40 AM »
The new Mac Pro will have dual AMD Firepro Graphics cards.
Does this open up the possibility of supporting 10 bit colour or is the MAC OSX Mavericks operating system still the bottleneck?

I ask this because I intend to spend $$$$ on an Eizo CG267 and a new Mac pro once it will be out in December

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