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Lenses / Re: Looking for travel zoom
« on: July 14, 2012, 11:02:59 PM »
Thanks I am bringing the 5d mark iii with 24-105, 50mm 1.4 and 270 exii. Just considering the 28mm is or 40mm pancake. Otherwise going with just that. I find the reach would be nice but my Sony nex and 55-210 will cover that. Just considering the 28mm as a cheaper alternative to the 35l not sure I will need it here.

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PowerShot / Re: Canon G1x or Sony RX100 for vacation and light duty
« on: July 14, 2012, 10:57:49 PM »
Thanks I ended up with the Sony nex f3. It's fast and came with 18-55 and 55-210 combo for $899. Even included an extra battery. I know it's not pocketable but takes decent pics and the wife will use it which is the most important.

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Thanks everyone. I ended up with a fastpack350 the newer one. I will be able to carry all my gear and my notebook for the plane ride.

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Lenses / Re: Recommendations for vacation lenses and gear
« on: June 26, 2012, 10:50:26 PM »
canon 70-200mm great len  you will love it
Which version?

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Which evo do you use?

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Lenses / Re: Recommendations for vacation lenses and gear
« on: June 22, 2012, 10:49:00 PM »
I probably would just go with the new 24-70 if it was out but not sure if that would cut it but then I truly would not need any lens. It would be a decent low light lens 2.8 with the iso capability of that camera would be nice.

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Lenses / Re: Recommendations for vacation lenses and gear
« on: June 22, 2012, 10:46:43 PM »
Yeah I think I am ready
I have 3 x 16gb sandisk extreme iii sd cards and 3 x 16gb CF Sandisk Extreme iii cards
2 batteries total
body, 24-105, 50mm, 270 ex ii (smaller and lighter for fill flash) don't see a need for the 430.
Still need to find a comfortable bag for all that and I am anal about making sure it's safe.
Also little stuff like hoods and UV filters
Finally bringing a Crumpler strap for comfort. Can't wait to try that out.

Finally was going to preorder the Sony RX100 to attach to my belt for candids to take quick like rides or days I want to leave the dslr home. I agree the pics of the kids are more important. Thanks. I will dump those pics daily to my laptop and back that up to an external nightly. I do IT so that's hardly trouble. I am pretty sure 96gb a day of storage should cover it. I do want to get the 70-200f4is for home when the kids are running around and was tempted to get it for the trip but everyone here is right it's too much to carry. I wish I knew that the upcoming mirrorless would release in time because I would have brought just that. Again any times on a bag that would have easy side quick access would be appreciated.

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PowerShot / Re: Canon G1x or Sony RX100 for vacation and light duty
« on: June 21, 2012, 10:53:29 PM »
Torn over the hotshoe?  You want portable then you want to carry a Speedlite to mount on the camera?  Get the Sony.

That makes sense. I guess if it's portable a speedlite does not help. Also it will actually fit in my pocket and aid for rides and candids. I just did not want to work with another system but hey thats what I have to do.

I have lowered my gear for my vacation.
At this point
5d3
24-105
50 or 40mm
270 exii
batteries and sd/CF cards
Considering Tamrac Evo 6 or lowepro Fastpack 350
While I want the 70-200. It is too much for a vacation I think. As it  is I don't even want to think about that heat and all that gear around my neck and back.

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PowerShot / Canon G1x or Sony RX100 for vacation and light duty
« on: June 21, 2012, 09:33:26 PM »
I have a Canon 5d Mk iii and am looking for a sidekick for quick outings and vacations. I have come to the Canon G1x but it's size is a little big or the Sony RX100 which looks promising. I want dslr like IQ and semi small package otherwise it's no better than a CSC. Anyone have any input would be greatly appreciated. I am leaning toward the Sony since it's actually pocketable and has a macro mode. I do like how the G1x has been said to have low end rebel quality and has a hot shoe. I am torn. Help.

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Lenses / Re: Recommendations for vacation lenses and gear
« on: June 21, 2012, 07:39:46 AM »

    • Use a Blackrapid strap - having your hands free and the camera at you side/lower back makes it less obtrusive, but still very quickly accessible

    Keep in mind for Disneyland, the parks can get very congested and you might not want your gear on your side.  Been to lots of Disney on both coasts and Disneyland has always been the most crowded--often difficult to walk.

    Focus on efficiently, minimum gear, and being streamlined.   [/list]

    Yeah great advice. I am looking at my 24-105 and my 50mm for low light. Now to find a good bag. Just got it back from Canon yesterday for the light leak tape job and my 50mm had front focus issues they had to fix.

    I think I may get the g1x to carry at my side or preorder the Sony rx100. Leaning towards the Sony since it is pocketable. That's it. I do hope to enjoy the trip.

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    Lenses / Re: Recommendations for vacation lenses and gear
    « on: June 18, 2012, 07:24:12 PM »
    To be honest, this isn't about gear choice... it's about philosophy.  You and your wife need to sit down and discuss 1) what you want to achieve with the pictures from this trip; 2), what quality if images will be 'good enough' for the intended use; and 3) what her tolerance will be for you lugging the gear, changing lenses, and having the camera in front of your face for much of the time.
    Once you've made those decisions, then picking gear becomes straightforward, the gear determines the bag, etc.

    This is good advice.
    Depending on how much time and attention you give your gear, you may miss certain experiences altogether.
    I too was excited to capture as many shots as I could when we visited Disney last spring; however only 250 photos made it to our coffee table book, from approx. 750 keepers from well over 1250 frames.
    I had one lens on my SLR and a Powershot.
    I spent less time messing with my camera and a lot more time with the kids.

    Was this a trip to Disneyland? Did you go to the zoo or seaworld? Also what lens and powershot worked for you. For me my current kit works fine but there are many times even at home I want more reach so I figured the 70-200 F4 IS will do just that but having a hard time justifying the money now which is why I am asking also I want would have to lug all that on and off of a plane. I would of course only bring the 70 to the needed attractions.

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    Technical Support / Re: Best file stroage when travelling
    « on: June 17, 2012, 11:24:42 PM »
    Hi all, time to upgrade the laptop. I used an old dell laptop and external hard drive and time has come to change. Any ideas on a decent but tough laptop? Im not bothered about digital manipulation, if it run CS6 etc when away, all i want is somewhereto store my big files from my 1DS3  for access back home and a quick view whilst away. Must be able to manage sun/sea/snow/rain and a photographer who is shall we say, is a little clumsy and not to carefull with his camera gear. A further consideration is a possible move to a mac in the not to distant future. Got a chance of a decent deal on a new one. Must be the recession, lots of deals if you haggle.

    Thanks everyone.

    Mick

    I would get something like the tosh a protege r835 series. (13.3" screen) or r845 is 14". They will weigh in 3-4 lbs and are made of a honeycomb structure for durability. They have core i3 or i5's so running cs6 will not be an issue. Last one I bought had a 640gb hd so plenty of room. The battery is 6-8 hrs and you can add a 9 cell for 50% more life. Point is they can be found for 7-800. A lot cheaper than Mac and since your tough on them then I would be conservative and just do a hardware refresh as needed. They also have spill resistant keyboards.

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    I've had my G1X since the first came out and have since sold my 60D 15-85 ++.  For my needs, I have found the the IQ to as good (or better) than the 60D with 15-85.  These were shot as JPEGs ...











    Nice pics thanks for posting. Do you have Any people shots?

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    Lenses / Re: Recommendations for vacation lenses and gear
    « on: June 16, 2012, 10:44:41 PM »
    I hear you.  I'm fortunate in that my wife has become reasonably tolerant of my bringing gear on family outings and trips (case in point, an all-ages outdoor jazz concert last evening, I brought the gripped 5DII, 35L, and 70-200/2.8 IS II, and the S100).

    Some tips:

    • Use a Blackrapid strap - having your hands free and the camera at you side/lower back makes it less obtrusive, but still very quickly accessible
    • Insure your gear - that's not just about protection from theft, it's also piece of mind. Knowing my cameras and lenses are covered means I am comfortable treating them like the tools they are, so I can pay attention to family instead of gear.
    • Don't chimp - bring lots of memory cards, use high speed continuous shooting. When you take a shot, AF and fire a 2-3 shot burst, then AF again and fire another short burst, then let the camera hang from the strap.  More work to triage images later, but that's when you'll have time, and the pair of bursts means a keeper is very likely.

    The 70-200/4 IS would be great for Sea World, pretty good for the Safari Park (if you have time to drive up to Escondido), and ok for the Zoo. The main 'problem' with an f/4 lens at the zoo is it's usually not wide enough to fully blur out the net/wire of the enclosure - try to get the lens as close as possible to the wires.

    Thanks. I think I will grab the 70-200 since I could see using it for more than just the vacation. If I desire the 70-200 2.8 mk ii after I can always sell mine and get it then when the weight will not matter. I would rather the 24-70 mk ii to be my first 2.8 zoom though after I finally could cover 24-200mm. Then I can start upgrading. Anyway. My wife wants me to bring it but just not playing with it everywhere we go. I need to learn to balance it. I think if I set up my c1-3 modes correctly and only shoot the photo's I need rather than several pre photo's to judge for iso, shutter, f stop etc. I think that gets old bc I would have taken at least 5-10 shots before we take ours. I think that's what gets old. I am attending a photography session next weekend which will hopefully give me some additional tips on technique. Also I think I will bring a small bridge like the g1x or sony sx100 so I can have some days without it and have fun and at least know I am carrying something reasonable vs a low end powershot. I am excited though because the 5d mark iii will grab some nice images which I do plan on a photo book and want a nice one in front of the Castle at Disney to blow up to 24 x 36 or something large for above the couch in the front room. To give you like a quick glimpse of the atmosphere at Disney. I hope really to capture that the most. One last question. Do you think it would be worth it on my off photography days to walk around with that 40mm pancake since its cheap and light? And where would I get this insurance your talking about? Any suggestions?

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    Lenses / Re: Recommendations for vacation lenses and gear
    « on: June 16, 2012, 07:37:16 PM »
    Ok, so this is the third, maybe fourth, thread you've started on this topic.  To be honest (and perhaps a little blunt), this isn't about gear choice...it's about philosophy.  You and your wife need to sit down and discuss 1) what you want to achieve with the pictures from this trip (momentos for a 4x6" album that will remind you of the trip as in 'ahh that gorilla was pretty cool', a coffee table book or 16x20" prints for the family room, precious memories of a once-in-a-lifetime trip, etc.); 2), what quality if images will be 'good enough' for the intended use; and 3) what her tolerance will be for you lugging the gear, changing lenses, and having the camera in front of your face for much of the time.

    Once you've made those decisions, then picking gear becomes straightforward, the gear determines the bag, etc.

    Just my 2ยข.

    I understand. I just am worried I will not be back there for many years and do not want to miss out. If my wife had it her way I would go without a camera. She hates that I fiddle with settings and mount lenses etc. while on vacation. Asking her is not an option or I would and then I understand your point.

    Baseline photography needs are:

    Disney (24-105 Day) 50mm for night 270exii

    san diego zoo and seaworld I know the 24-105 will cover my family shots but I wanted to be able to get some of the rare animals like the Panda's and etc that they do not have by me. I guess I don't have to get them but it would be nice.

    We are also visiting family we never see but I figure the 24-105 or my 50mm would cover it.

    As far as the beach and rides I guess I can get by with the wifes PS 320hs but I was thinking G1x or Sony RX100 for size to have when I just want to pull a quick candid. If I left out the zoom then I would have no problem with bag choices because I could get a lowepro 102aw and be content or many other similar bags like the tamrac evo 6 also. The concern is the zoom potential and larger bag it would require. I am flying but we will have a rental car the whole trip.

    Sorry but my last slr was the 60d and I had lens coverage for all those needs. Now that I went FF I am having a harder time making good lens choices for places I have never been.

    Finally thank you for taking the time to try and help me. I truly appreciate it. I am not just posting for nothing but these choices are expensive and I do not want to make them lightly.

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