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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Packing list for trip of a lifetime
« on: July 13, 2012, 11:50:47 AM »
Travelling to the Galapagos Islands in a few short weeks with the wife and two teenagers, all de facto photo enthusiasts, and always love to hear how others would pick and pack our gear.  In theory, there is a weight limit of 45 lbs + one 15 lb carry-on per person, which must include ALL our clothes AND gear.

We will each have our own camera body, and obviously sharing lenses, but I am curious to how the forum would change my proposed choices, and we must respect this limit of our weight (in order to get on the plane in Ecuador). Also which travel bags would get most recommended.

The trip will include a week of 2x/day zodiac boat rides with wet shore landings, so water/weatherproofing transport suggestions are encouraged.

For the plane, we use Think Tank International and Retrospective 30 shoulder carry-ons, and that takes up all our allotted carry-on weight (for the bodies, and  70-200, 100-400, 16-35 and 24-70 zooms Ipropose, laptop, external hard drives. & accessories we plan on sharing).

Which travel / day-use bags would provide easiest access for our daily on/off water taxi/shore landings? Not sure the Retrospective is waterproof / comfortable enough for this type of use.

Also, any suggestions/personal experiences on an underwater camera/housing for a small point and shoot possibly? We will have opportunities for snorkeling (sharks / seals are abundant photo ops) and would add a P/S if people like one enough to convince me.  My 'old' P/s (Olympus 8080) has an underwater housing which is too heavy - looking for newer,  lightweight options. Was debating about getting a housing for the 7d and shipping it but cost-prohibitive.

Always fun to hear others' travel experiences/gear selections, so if you have opinions on other essentials, please add those as well, especially opinions on Gorillapod tripods, lightweight tripod/monopod heads etc. 

I am still debating the value (weight) of bringing my Induro GHB2 head (3+ lbs), Manfrotto 055 Carbon Fiber - Q90 - 4 Section tripod (another 3+ lbs) and /or monopod - versus lighter options.

Appreciate your ideas/reminders so I don't forget anything.

See profile for list of body/lens options - I am also CPS member who could 'evaluate' just about any lens for a week, but with trip overlapping with Olympics, selection/availability might not be great. Was thinking about 28-300, so if Neuro (or others) have experience with that, let me know.   I am considering a trial of this lens to help limit my weight, but I love my 70-200 and 100-400, AND if I bring 3 white whales with me, not sure my wife will still want to be seen with me  :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-1D X Availability in North America
« on: July 09, 2012, 08:44:34 PM »
Just got an email from B&H, my 1DX web order 10198871xx (3/14/12 ~2:30pm eastern) has shipped

Has the shipping info been updated?
On 7/4 my info said shipped, but the tracking info only has the Origin scan and nothing else.  Is it actually en route?

UPDATE 7/7 AM:
MY order was in fact picked up from B/H by UPS on 7/4, but they were 'closed' for the holiday so not actually processed until 7/5, and it is now officially en route (Philadelphia) for a Pittsburgh delivery.  Somewhat frustrating that I paid for NEXT Day air and it won't come for 5 days later.  I didn't pay for next 'business' day, and if I did, that should still have been 7/6 not 7/9.  Anyways, what's 5 days when we have been waiting 7 months since announcement....

The wait is finally over...the little black box is here and I will not be, for awhile at least, while enjoying/learning/comparing my bodies before heading off to the Galapagos Islands for a week.  Wonder if my 1Dx will be the first to retrace Darwin's journey ??

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EOS Bodies / Re: B&H 1DX Order Fulfillment Tracking
« on: July 09, 2012, 08:11:23 PM »
Wait a minute Mr. Postman, I forgot to thank you personally for the little black box that showed up on my desk this am.  Sure glad my front office staff who signed for it didn't open my box, and even more glad Neuro wasn't there with HIS truck.

Full comparisons with other bodies soon to follow, but over lunch I shot same centerpiece with 5d3 and 1Dx using same settings , and first thing I noticed, using Av, evaluative metering, single point, single Shot focusing, the 1Dx metered to slightly different/faster shutter speeds across Iso range 100-100,000.
Haven't pixel peeped yet , but trying to achieve same settings was hard. W/o EC, the 1Dx was 1/3-1 stop faster in AV mode.

Also ISo to 6400, 12,800 was very clean in Jpeg ( though I S___ both raw/jpg), I haven't developed yet in LR, though nice to know LR 4.1 opened native raw flawlessly!!

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Portrait / Re: Candid portraits
« on: July 08, 2012, 09:44:36 AM »
The bokeh around the lights in the mirror, intentional or just good luck ;)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-1D X Availability in North America
« on: July 08, 2012, 09:39:00 AM »

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Wow, now even Adorama is in CR threads, I'm glad you guys care that much about peoples opinion about you.

Regarding the CPS decision: I think it's a good thing, otherwise CPS members who were too lazy or just too late to order early could've blocked other peoples cameras. I would've been pissed if I ordered from Adorama on the 14th and then some CPS guy would order in June and still get his camera before me... So Canon really has a pont there

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REALLY??  No benefit for brand loyalty?  What about airline frequent fliers.  Ever get on the plane first or get upgraded to first class simply because you got to the airport first?  Don't think so; platinum members, whether Canon or other programs, often get perks like that. 

I find it surprising that the CPS program did NOT facilitate getting the 1Dx into the hands of their most loyal (? Lazy) supporters, who might be working when pre-sales begin.

NOW, if they announce WHEN the pre-sale will begin, with enough advance notice so everyone can sit at their computers at the same time, then I agree; but without such advance notice as to when pre-sales begin, working pros are at a disadvantage, and in that case loyalty should mean something.

Being a Platinum CPS member did not help me get my order in, in fact it was sheer luck (or some may say my obsessive-compulsive nature) that I checked the CR / B&H site when I did.

 I'd much prefer Canon announce WHEN they will announce the pre-sale start dates! This way I can plan my golf /photography / work around my computer time  ;)

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Portrait / Re: Candid portraits
« on: July 08, 2012, 09:17:51 AM »
Here's one "candid portrait".
Shot with a Canon EOS 450D and a 50mm f/1.4 USM mounted to it.
ISO 100, f/1.8, 1/60sec

Let me know what you think.

Nice composition, thanks for including exif info!  Love it when they are unplanned and spontaneous. I guess indoors and hoping for some bokeh you needed to shoot more wide open (1.8,  but ISO only 100?  I'd thought you be willing to go a little higher to allow quicker shutter speed, but that's what making these candids is all about.  Quickly setting camera, do you remember which mode you had set?

My only 'critique' is post-processing (lack thereof). Skin tones look a little off. But, this thread is NOT the place to get into that?

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Portrait / Re: Candid portraits
« on: July 08, 2012, 09:05:57 AM »
We started experimenting with self-portraits few weeks ago, here are first examples:









Nice images, but not exactly 'candid' portraits.  Every now and again, we debate the meaning of 'candid', but as OP, I am really hoping to keep on-thread by having posters display and discuss settings/strategies used to quickly capture unplanned/unposed moments in time.  My intent with the thread is to see/learn what and HOW others use their cameras to spontaneously and quickly make memories worth sharing. 

I guess using a self-timer is a strategy I hadn't thought about till now, so maybe it actually does meet the criteria. :)

Just hoping all posters remember to describe their settings/situation more in detail so we all can learn to step out of our comfort zone of controlling the lighting/posing, etc.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-1D X Availability in North America
« on: July 07, 2012, 10:43:43 AM »
Just got an email from B&H, my 1DX web order 10198871xx (3/14/12 ~2:30pm eastern) has shipped

Has the shipping info been updated?
On 7/4 my info said shipped, but the tracking info only has the Origin scan and nothing else.  Is it actually en route?

UPDATE 7/7 AM:
MY order was in fact picked up from B/H by UPS on 7/4, but they were 'closed' for the holiday so not actually processed until 7/5, and it is now officially en route (Philadelphia) for a Pittsburgh delivery.  Somewhat frustrating that I paid for NEXT Day air and it won't come for 5 days later.  I didn't pay for next 'business' day, and if I did, that should still have been 7/6 not 7/9.  Anyways, what's 5 days when we have been waiting 7 months since announcement....

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-1D X Availability in North America
« on: July 07, 2012, 09:28:48 AM »
Just got an email from B&H, my 1DX web order 10198871xx (3/14/12 ~2:30pm eastern) has shipped

Has the shipping info been updated?
On 7/4 my info said shipped, but the tracking info only has the Origin scan and nothing else.  Is it actually en route?

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EOS Bodies / Re: B&H 1DX Order Fulfillment Tracking
« on: July 06, 2012, 02:53:50 PM »
I just had a chat with someone at B&H and he said they are still waiting for the shipment that was supposed to show up on Tuesday.

So they charged my CC and purchased a Ups shipping label, with tracking # before receiving stock????
I hope not, I'm really hoping they just received SO MANY that they couldn't process them all on the holiday with a smaller workforce and are just a day behind managing their inventory. Or more likely, they are too busy live chatting with disappointed loyalists  ;)

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EOS Bodies / Re: B&H 1DX Order Fulfillment Tracking
« on: July 06, 2012, 12:42:34 PM »
Online order on 3/14 12:50 EST 1019886xxx

Received email with shipping info on 7/4, with a tracking number, but it wasn't until yesterday 7/5, when the label was processed at UPS with a scheduled 7/6 delivery ( I paid for next day air)
This AM when I checked on status - UPS tracking was updated for scheduled delivery 7/9, and still no scan other than the original, it has not been picked up by UPS yet, ugh....

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: My Canon EOS-1D X Has Arrived!
« on: July 06, 2012, 09:10:43 AM »
Just got my B/H tracking number :), and it didn't get here in time for Jr Nationals, but it is 'in the mail' finally!

Just got an updated shipping notice-delivery now scheduled for 7/9/12  :-\
Really bummed as I paid for next day air... This totally just ruined my plans for the weekend.  Wife is out of town, so was going to do some serious, real-life, side by side testing of 1dX. 1dIV and 5d3.. I will have to postpone comparing until it actually arrives....

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: My Canon EOS-1D X Has Arrived!
« on: July 04, 2012, 04:45:53 PM »


Congrats!!  Can I ask...what was your order number (as in 1019###xx for web orders)?
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1019886xxx

Wow - after reading your post, I must have somehow got my order in slightly ahead of yours - not bad considering I was golfing and put my order in on my iPhone between holes...

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: My Canon EOS-1D X Has Arrived!
« on: July 04, 2012, 01:19:51 PM »
Just got my B/H tracking number :), and it didn't get here in time for Jr Nationals, but it is 'in the mail' finally!

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I use both (as backup to my 1dIV) for indoor sports, and to me the FF DOF & better high ISO performance of the 5D3 overcomes the loss of reach and 'extra' 1+ fps the 7d offers. I shoot with grips on both.  For indoor, low light sports, I choose the 5d3 now for my action shots, and am experimenting with setting up the 7d for videos.  If shooting outdoors in good light and needed more reach, I would have a tougher decision, but since I am mostly indoors, I grab the 5d3 more often.

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