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I just managed to catch the next injury through lack of technique, a (light) buritis on my elbow. The cause was me leaning with my elbow on frozen ground too long too often while photographing wildlife. I underestimated this though I generally know about the danger and dampen my knees.

Since is the second time I run into something like this I wonder what's next, i.e. how to prevent what I don't know yet. Are there any other common injuries caused by lack of technique and how to avoid them? I'll start the list. For jokes please feel free to start another thread, I'm serious about this.

1. Buritis on knees and elbows - don't knee or lean on hard ground w/o protection:

2. Tenosynovitis when trying to hold too much camera weight improperly (fingers, wrist w/o camera strap) - always balance the weight with both arms or use a monopod:

3. ...?

Dear Marsu 42!

Many tipps have been given. Problems to be added: Occular accomodation problems after starring into the OVF for a long time.
My personal experience (out of my profession) to your problems:
- Try to keep warm (use an foldable isolating mattress, fingerfree gloves. Fetch joint warmer (there are some models that are really thin and you can wear them under your trousers, pullovers without feeling uncomfortable.... There are some troursers or sweaters existing (look at sports shops) thath have an included strengthening in the joint areas.)
- Use a camera holder for front positioninig, you can click in your backpach straps. So the weight is distributed on the backpackstraps.
- Also do not use the original neckholder for a long time, no sling strap. Better buy a carrying system that works like a climbing belt for the chest (Brustgurt).

EOS Bodies / Canon EOS Rebel Kiss X70 Specs
« on: February 11, 2014, 04:43:27 PM »
Canon EOS Kiss X70 Specifications:

    18MP APS-C sensor
    DIGIC 4

    3 fps

Looks like recycling of older sensors....

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5DIII - too grainy or not?
« on: February 09, 2014, 08:34:28 AM »
If I understand , you recommend to shoot at higher ISO (640) to gain less noise in the shadows.

That's what it's for - higher iso *reduces* noise vs. low iso underexposed, or we wouldn't need high iso at all. Btw if shadow noise is your problem in a high-dynamic range moving scene, you should try Magic Lantern's dual_iso module which is designed just for this purpose.

Someone in the CR forum told me to shoot @ 160 not @100 ist, 320,... and so on. And the pics at Iso 160 are really better than @100.

The 160x isos have marginally higher dynamic range than full iso stops, but in your case 100->160 the same thing as above applies - use the iso to properly expose the picture unless it's >12800 (5d3) or >6400 (6d) or >3200 (rest) because these isos are just digitally pushed.

A Canon professional trainer told me, that the 7D has best performing iso - 160 for normal, or multiplicated by 160 (320,...). @ this ISO steps the picture quality will be best. But the 7D´s IQ  gets worse over 1600...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5DIII - too grainy or not?
« on: February 09, 2014, 04:29:01 AM »
I had an similar problem with my 7D. Someone in the CR forum told me to shoot @ 160 not @100 ist, 320,... and so on. And the pics at Iso 160 are really better than @100. And i recogniced, if the shot is not 100% sharp, the picture is much more grainy than if it is really sharp.

Photography Technique / Re: The Cheapo Camera bag to fool the bad guys.
« on: February 07, 2014, 01:45:21 PM »
Secured my Camera last year in Mexico by carrying in an baby bag (normally filled eg.  with nappies) that fits exatly for the 7D with Grip, Tokina 12-24mm and the 28-70 mm 2.8. Material waterproof outside, inside neopren to keep drinks warm.

In Africa and Russia, the Cam was secured in an red first-aid bag, you normally carry if you climb up mountains to rescue persons. I own an big and an small one, that fits on the waist-belt. We travelled in an big group, so some thought, I am the paramedic of this group. (and it worked, 3 groupmembers got their cams "lost". My bag was ignored.) The same trick worked some decades ago, when we smuggled our cams on board of our "rhino"s.

Canon non-EF Lenses (TS-E, FD, etc.) / Re: Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro
« on: February 07, 2014, 04:32:56 AM »
These Pics reminds me to use this lens again. When I bought it, around 2001 or so, I was a little bit frustrated. I thought it could be used like an normal macro lens (like my 100mm2.8 or ma 180mm 3.5). But it was a little bit more difficult... So I had to buy a lot more equipment. A micro-adjustment glider (Einstellschlitten), a adjustable flash-holder for 2 flashes, and an 2 headed flash-system (all from Novoflex uniset, auto-duo-flash,...) ... A lot of money, but I was not satisfied, because the flash was not bright enough to bring enough light into the picture at a 3-5x magnification. Especially, when the insects were not resting long enough, or the wind was moving the objects... So it was hard work to get sharp pictures on the film (Eos 1V and Eos 3).
Using the 7D and 60D was more satisfying, but there was much vignetting. But now, the 6D will be a game-changer in this topic. Thanks for reminding to use it again. I just opened the dusty box with the since 2011 resting MPE65 and all of the macro-equipment inside.

One question please: I think the Novoflex uniset will be able to carry an light flash. If not, which external flashholder to buy? and which "flash softbox?
I think an omnibouncer on the flash will bring to hard light on the objects.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II in Q2? [CR1]
« on: January 31, 2014, 08:35:51 AM »
Some days ago, I saw a lot of photographers with a lot more equipment carrying around in Kitzbühel in Austria. We´ve been there (not to see Arnie  :P) but to support our local new slalom-star from Garmisch. (And he won  ;D )
 I saw - like last year - more than one photographer-group using an big SLR-body without a naming on it and an built-in vertical grip. This might be an Nikon body, because of the round OVF... 2 Laptops, many boxes,... one person shooting and three looking on their laptops...

I my opinion they tested something. The lenses or the body......

But in my opinion too, it looks like seome people want to keep this topic boiling....

Software & Accessories / Re: Ultra-Light Travel Tripod Suggestions
« on: January 28, 2014, 03:52:45 PM »
MeFOTO Roadtrip: Hmmmm. This tripod looks the same like one of the Sirui Series ... Could this be?   

Software & Accessories / Re: Ultra-Light Travel Tripod Suggestions
« on: January 28, 2014, 03:47:27 PM »
I recommend the Sirui TX-2204 with the E-20 ball head. Arca-swiss comatible. carbon.
Own it for a few month, using it nearly every day in the last weeks.
Going skiing or ski tours in South Tyrol an the Swiss Alps, every pound you do not have to carry is an good one...
The Tripod is about 144cm extended, with the 7d and grip or the 5D3 in eye height (I am 178cm tall). High enough. And the Head and the tripod is only about 1,7 kg. The head is very good. Keeps the 5D3+Grip+300mm 2.8 + 1,4x in every position.

It looks very similar to the system made by f stop gear ;)
The price of the medium ICU is the same like the ICU  from F-Stop.

I hope F-Stop will create an bigger backpack with an side-access to the Camera with an mounted lens.


Dpreview will release its review in the next day(s).

Used it on saturday @ indoor shooting. Outdoor @ good light-> superb! But indoor, the alpha 7 with the kit lens had some problems with the AF. It took very long to get sharp. I will try it with an better zeiss-lens next week again.

EOS Bodies / Re: The Next DSLR Will Be Entry Level [CR3]
« on: January 17, 2014, 04:15:58 PM »
Pay attention dude, we were talking about video. 

Were we, dude?  Only video?

No, most people in that position will get an iphone to save money, get almost as good a camera, and better video.

No, it seems we were talking about cameras and video.  The iPhone camera is in no way 'almost as good' as a T3.

As for less noise in video, if your evidence for that is a post by Ken Rockwell, perhaps you can also provide some evidence for the honesty of politicians by citing Richard Nixon's memiors. 

You should apply for a job at Canon. 

The point is, there isn't a profitable niche in IQ BETWEEN the iPhone (or comparable) and 100D @~$400. 

Clearly you should not, dude.  If Canon does release a body that comes in under the 100D in the lineup, it will be because they are pretty damn sure there's a profitable market for it.  But I'm sure that you know Canon's customer base better far better than they do, it's not like they sell many cameras or anything like that.  ::)

I'm going to try thinking like Canon's financial and marketing departments... here goes.  Let's say that a reasonably priced ($250 or less) P&S camera has roughly the same quality (at the wide end of its zoom) as modern smartphones (not just the iPhone).  Maybe not always true, but bear with me.  Since the P&S market is declining, P&S cameras are probably seen as comparable to the phone you already have.  If Canon is good at making money, which is already proven to be true, the smartest thing they could possibly do with this declining P&S market is release a dSLR that's close to a high-end P&S price.  Well, they already did that with the 100D, so what's the next step?  Make a cheaper version that still makes the people who wouldn't pick up a P&S "because their iPhone's camera is almost as good" think that it's worth buying.  Those of us who are already in the Canon ecosystem complain about Canon releasing a cheaper 100D instead of upgrading something we want.  Canon doesn't care, because when the consumer with a smartphone looks a little higher than what they'd spend on a P&S and sees a dSLR, they'll think "it looks professional, so it must take better pictures", and they buy it.  Canon has just performed a little upsell, and gotten more money from that consumer than they would have spent on a P&S.


The same thing happens in many electronic branches every day. Just think of e.g graphic cards,... A new name, new design, one new feature.... and many of us want to own it....
Canon´s market specialist know exactly, which product will have a high potential to become an cash cow.
And if the time is right to serve an special market, they will release something that satisfies those customers

EOS Bodies / Re: A New Rebel for CP+? [CR1]
« on: January 14, 2014, 04:46:30 PM »
Meh.  :-\

But its ok if its a full frame rebel.  ;D

a full frame rebel? Yessss, Sir! A 6DII would be great....
More AF points and a a little bit faster AF-performance would be great!
I was thinking more like a 'response' to the Sony A7R.

High resolution, loads of dynamic range, all stuffed into a small and affordable package.. Maybe same size as the Rebel SL1.

But we can forget that . ;D

Mr. Ricku, I would order the Alpha 7B in the next minute, if there would exist more lenses.
The 7B and the 7R were the first Cams, where an "wow"-effect came over my lips for an long time (did not use an 1dx ever) . Using them on an workshop just with the standard kit-lens, produced shots that were marvellous.

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