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Lenses / Re: Advice - what to take to Europe
« on: January 23, 2015, 08:49:01 AM »
I'm Currently in my 3rd month out of 5 traveling I did South America Rio to Lima and everything in between now in the US doing Miami to San Francisco for 3 months.

I took 5DMKIII 24-105mm f4 L 16-35mm f2.8 L, 70-300mm L and 50mm 1.8 I would leave the 1.8 at home barely used it.

Also took iPad mini 128gb(write small jpgs to ad and send put them on the pad via sd to lightning connector) it's been a brilliant alternative to my 11" MBA but in heinsight wish I had brought it, a 1tb hyperdrive for transferring and back up, and a 2tb hdd usb3 so when I'm in the hotel lobby I can make a second back up and erase cards.

I took 6 cards 3x32gb 1x16gb and 1x8gb CF Cards 1x32gb 2x16gb SD cards in a little memory card water/dust proof case and 2 battery's. Along with that I also brought a cpl and 10 stop nd and a goby gorilla pod. Worked awesome for me so far.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS Rebel 750D Spec List [CR1]
« on: January 21, 2015, 07:30:52 PM »
I don't know why because a camera is small it has to be low down in the spec department.

Many a time I wish I could have FF in a size like the xxxd as the ergonomics are a million times better than any mirror less even the new A7II, like I love the SL1 but they crippled it same with the 6D with af and poor fps, so I don't see why a high end camera in a xxxD body would be a bad thing imo I would rather have the mirror at sl1 size than an a6000 or A7 etc and I have a Sony nex5 which I like but is too small and lenses poor compared to canon selection.

I'm currently traveling America for 3 months after 2months in South America and a camera like this would have been perfect instead I've carried over 6kg of my 5Dmkiii with lenses over 20,000 miles because I don't like the EVFs of the A7 the lenses are poor and think the 70ds 20mp sensor isn't great and the 18mp of the sl1 is awful and the 5ds perfect apart from weight is the best canon has for travel. Something that's 80-90% of the 5D in a smaller body would be brilliant. I know the mirror makes it impossible but a GOOD crop sensor is a good compromise but canon hasn't produced a good app sensor in years. I had the 7D and hated the base ISO performance and nikons 24mp Sony sensor seems to do quite well and much better dynamic range. So that would be a super camera.

So could this be an answer to higher end mirror less in a classic slr design?

Also it's strange if it were 24mp it would be Canons highest mp camera... At entry level...

Lenses / Re: Travel gear thoughts...
« on: October 23, 2014, 07:06:11 AM »
IQ of the 100D isn't up to standard for me… that 18mp sensor is awful. Otherwise it would be a good alternative.

Spoilt with FF.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: LP-E6N Backwards Compatible
« on: October 22, 2014, 06:22:02 AM »
I have the pro cube.

Its a fantastic device. But if your charging 1 or 2 batteries the 2.1A USB doesn't work on the back. The USB only works on its own when not charging any batteries. Annoying when you want an all in one charger. The hot swappable tops are good too if you have multiple camera systems or have rechargeable AA. The swappable plug system is also very useful when traveling.

To solve this problem with USB I bought the Duo traveler to charge my iPad, iPhone and RavPower 14.000mAh battery while I'm traveling. It also has the hot swappable plug system but they aren't comparable with each other which is annoying, so if your traveling across different countries you have to double up on both. (I'm traveling South America and North America for 5 months and having to take Type A, C and I type plug converters from my native Type G in the UK.


Lenses / Re: Travel gear thoughts...
« on: October 20, 2014, 04:39:43 AM »
I also have bought the pro cube recharge dock from Hahnel, It recharges two Canon batteries and has a 2.1A USB charger on the back.
That's one good looking charger!  I travel with a handful of chargers - camera charger(s), AA/AAA/18650 charger, phone charger, laptop charger, GPS charger.  And then you have all the associated cables.  I'm sure there are better ways to do things.  If you ever get your blog up, I'd be keen to hear how you managed with everything.  There aren't that many sites or blogs that deal with the mechanics of travel photography - memory cards, storage, backups, editing on the road etc.  Yet these seem to be regular topics for discussion on this site.

Yes your not wrong took me a long time to find the right products for my needs and test solutions that aren't your normal photographic practice! Will certainly link it when I finally write it! lol

Lenses / Re: Travel gear thoughts...
« on: October 15, 2014, 04:21:07 AM »
Check out my thread…


Im traveling for 5 months across south and north america and this is my kit after a huge amount of consideration, very similar to yours. (but i would rather take the 5DMKIII than a 70D and 6D)

Top right 14,000mah rav power battery, 1tb Hyperdrive, iPad Mini 128gb, 70-300mm L, 5DMKIII 24-105mm and 16-35mm.

I was originally going to kick out my Canon gear for the Sony A7 but after handling it and the lack of lenses I decided no. I am also going into the amazon for a wildlife shoot so the 70-300mm was the minimum I wanted to take. So I really wanted to shave some weight somewhere else.

I was going to take my 11" macbook air but with the charger and an external hard drive it weighed 2kg. The iPad mini retina is a 128gb only weights 333g and will edit a full 5DMKIII raw file with photoshop express with really good results. The hyperdrive is also iPad compatible and you can connect it via wifi for media and file sharing.

The whole above kit is 4kg. Weight is a big concern for me as I have to carry everything I need for the whole 5 month trip.

My strategy is to carry 4x32gb CF cards, 1 32gb and 2 16gb SD cards. I will write small raw or large jpeg to the SD and RAW to the CF. I will back up all my CF to the hyperdrive for redundancy and keep them in separate bags, then copy all the contents of the SD to the iPad via Lightning to SD reader, for viewing and a little editing on the go.

I plan on writing a blog and editing the odd image to add to it and put on social media. Also the iPad will be used for image review. I was sceptical that the iPad could do all the above but it works very very well really impressed with it.

Might get the new version of lightroom for the iPad as it now allows you to import your images from the camera role.

I also have my iPhone which I am going to use for GPS tracking with the app Geotagphoto, I also have bought the pro cube recharge dock from Hahnel, It recharges two Canon batteries and has a 2.1A USB charger on the back.

I have lots of other little gadgets check out my thread for more info. Hope this helps.


EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 6D Mark II to Move Upmarket? [CR1]
« on: October 14, 2014, 09:09:40 AM »
So basically making entry level FF in the canon camp less accessible… Yet you can buy FF mirrorless cameras for less than £1000… Should be coming down not up.

Landscape / Re: Fall colours
« on: October 14, 2014, 05:10:35 AM »
Not everything has turned here yet, few from this weekend.

Ullswater looking towards Poole Bridge by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Red Squirrel by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Ullswater autumnal light by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Ullswater autumnal sunset by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: October 13, 2014, 10:05:26 AM »
Shot this little fellow yesterday! He seemed to want his pic taken as I was shooting in the undergrowth and got tapped on the shoulder by a nut he dropped out the tree!

Red Squirrel by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Landscape / Re: Mountains, Lakes and Rivers
« on: October 12, 2014, 03:53:55 PM »

Canon General / Re: More Canon Lens Mentions [CR2]
« on: October 10, 2014, 09:22:01 AM »
Why would they make two F4s?

Still need for a 2.8 for the event shooters. I still think the current F28 is pretty good tho...

EOS Bodies / Re: High Megapixel Camera to Come in Two Variants? [CR1]
« on: October 10, 2014, 05:44:07 AM »
I think the 7D MKII has 5DMKIII syndrome.

On paper it doesn't look brilliant and re-using current tech, but it seems from everything I've seen and the High ISO samples that this camera is an exceptional performer. It blows away the 7D, 70D and the D7100. It looks like it will be the APC king for the time being.

I think the thing is that the current cameras are very capable atm and if you know what your doing you get fantastic results. I understand people will say well you shouldn't have to and I agree with that to some point.

I feel a lot of people have the grass is greener syndrome and there is new tech therefore that makes your current tech invalid. Its just not the case.

Something is coming and it will be kick ass. My current camera turn around is 3-4 years and I usually adopt about a year in to make sure that problems have been ironed out. Therefore for me I don't feel worried.

I dont understand why all these DR complaints are all coming out now. The D800 was released before the 5DMKIII and the D810 doesn't bring anything worlds apart. That is their answer 21/2 years later?

The 5DMKIII hasn't hit 3 years yet, and anyone complaining now… the situation hasn't changed. So why is it now that DR is suddenly such a big deal, there was loads of troll threads early on then people realised how good the 5DMKIII is and it all calmed down infact you and people going the opposite way moving to the 5D from the D800.

So just chill, time will tell. The only reason it feels so long is because your glued to the computer reading these complaints from niche users.

Photography Technique / Re: Travel set up
« on: October 09, 2014, 11:18:38 AM »
Finally decided on my kit.

5DMKIII + 24-105mm F4 L
70-300mm F4-5.6 L
16-35mm F2.8 L
50mm 1.8

Circ Polar, 10 stop grad, gorilla pod

iPad mini ret 128gb + 1tb Hyperdrive.

Power - Hahnel ProCube - charges two batteries at a time and has a 5v USB on the back very compact brilliant for travel. Also has a car adapter.

RavPower 14000MaH battery charger

Hahnel Dual power USB charger

3 weeks 3 days to go  ;D

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
« on: October 09, 2014, 11:16:03 AM »
Ive just bought one to go traveling south america with. Really is a fantastic little lens!

Red Panda, Lake District Wildlife Park, Bassenthwaite, Keswick by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

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