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EOS Bodies / Re: How can we improve on 5D3 to 5D4?
« on: September 16, 2014, 06:41:05 AM »
+1 I really don't want a high MP camera, shooting a wedding at 1500 shots is 48gbs on the 5DMKIII and 100gbs on the D800, then after processing add that again just ridiculous.

24mp is more than enough for anything unless you are cropping hugely.

Reviews / Re: Tony Northrup - Canon 7D MK2 Preview
« on: September 16, 2014, 06:13:38 AM »
He gave it a good preview. Predicts it as the action and sports camera to buy, will be hard to beat.

Disappointed with the lack of new sensor tech tho… like the rest of us. Otherwise awesome camera.

EOS Bodies / Re: How can we improve on 5D3 to 5D4?
« on: September 16, 2014, 05:07:42 AM »
I would like to see a weight saving, not the physical size but 950g with a bat and card currently. Around 800g would be nice, i don't find it a problem but when your shooting all day with say the 70-200mm MKII its a 2.5kg camera.

I like the MP count but a small bump to 24 would be nice, standard stuff like uprated ISO maybe native 51,000 where 12,800 and 25,600 are more useable. Sort banding issues and maybe a little DR but to me its not its DR capability just the banding when you recover.

7-8FPS would put this camera in a really nice segment so it can be used as both sports camera and a run and gun event camera.

Might be interesting too see a crop mode, when your really in a pinch that uses a 1.6x version of the sensor. Not necessary but would be useful on the odd occasion.

TBH I love the 5DMKIII it will be very difficult to update it for stills.

Video theres a lot they could do, but I'm not a video shooter. If they added the AF functions of the 70D/7DMKII I would be more inclined to use it.

Im going traveling for 5 months, I intend to geotag my images. I just wish the GP-E2 wasn't so big bulky and ridiculous. otherwise I would buy one. I think I am going to either buy a some kind of GPS watch or use my phone, but battery life apparently isn't great when using GPS via iPhone. Also a pain that apps such as geotag photo only sends the gpx file via dropbox or email, when your in the middle of nowhere with no internet how are you supposed to get the GPX to your laptop?

EOS Bodies / Re: How does the reveal of the final 7D2 specs make you feel?
« on: September 12, 2014, 08:05:14 AM »
I think the fact not one person has ticked the "I'm over-the-moon with the spec list.  This is beyond my expectations."

Speaks volumes

The answer to the 5DmkIII has arrived

EOS Bodies / Re: Mirrorless vs DSLR Camera
« on: September 11, 2014, 06:54:09 PM »
They're also a lot lighter, so could be easier to carry around all day as a few extra batteries they need don't weight all that much either. :>

After I surveyed the weight/price of certain mirrorless lenses such as the Sony FE 70-200 f/4 OSS and Fujifilm 50-140 f/2.8, I decided I'll stick to passe SLR technology. These lenses are not any lighter than Canon EF 70-200 f/4 IS. :)

The sony 70-200mm G doesn't perform as well either and is more expensive.

Photography Technique / Re: Travel set up
« on: September 10, 2014, 11:56:45 AM »
There is being minimalist and being comfortable I don't mind, but the trip isn't just roughing it. Loads of nice restaurants, nights out etc etc and want to have a good mix of the two. Its not a hard core trip. I understand the minimalist approach but there is always a good compromise somewhere  :)

At the same time my hiking clothes are great but I don't want to look like a walker all the time and its not suitable for the whole trip nice to have a little bit of your home comfort too.

Photography Technique / Re: Travel set up
« on: September 10, 2014, 11:27:58 AM »
The only camping is on the inca trail, and you get a sherpa that carries all the tents and equipment. The bag does have a sleeping bag attachment at the bottom and has lots of loupes you can attach carabiners to and hang things like shoes etc.

The trip is a group trip of 12-15 people and mostly hostel accommodation.

Well the camera equipment will be in one bag, the day pack mostly apart from hiking. Leaving the 45l completely free for everything else which will be left at the hostels so I don't have to carry it. I will then swap out items depending on the needs for each days itinerary. The compartments in the 45l are removable too and fold flat and can be used as a full sized hiking bag. It is designed as a camping bag so you can attach your tent and sleeping bag at the bottom. 45l is more than enough room I am taking a multitude of clothing, my walking gear is all designed to be layered up, so I have base layers, mid layers flees and rain coat. Means instead of a big coat you can either add layers or reduce depending to your temperature, similar to skiing.

A lot of my walking tshirts are breathable and are very thin and compact meaning they take up no room so taking 5 of these, mid layers are made from wool so clean themselves so I'm only taking two, fantastic things. I then have a zip flees. Then I'm taking a pair of walking trousers which zip off at the knee for shorts. I am taking casual stuff too, two paris of shorts a pair of jeans and 3-4 t shirts and a hoody. 2 pairs of shoes one walking waterproof trainer sort of hybrid to keep weight down but keep my feet dry and a pair of casual shoes. 10 pairs of underpants and 6 pairs of sock and 2 sets of walking socks.

Then I have medical and toiletries bag. All will be in packing cubes so can be condensed and so I can figure out which one is which. But I have all of this down to a fine art, no liquids apart from toothpaste, solid shampoo to cut down weight and lasts 50 days. I will wash my clothes on the way as there are lots of stops its also cheap, so can keep things down to a minimum.

There is a good post about it below if you want to read more about traveling packing tips. This girl runs her business by traveling and carries a lot more than I am, she is also is much smaller!! Im a pretty well built nearly 6ft guy and she's about 5ft5 and half my weight. But she is a lady so taking a lot of things maybe us boys wouldn't need :P

Great read

The laptop I understand the concerns, but if you are going away for a week to a month I would say fair enough, because you can sort them out when you get back. But if you are traveling for an extend period of time like me you start to miss the use of your own things, using a internet cafe might be fine but means you can't do it when you want. Also I think I will probably get through at least 5000 images in the SA trip, that narrows down to only taking 100 pics a day… as the trip is 51 days and organising 5000 in one go will be a horrendous experience. Hostels all have wifi access whether its good or not is another question. Enough to post a picture and blog post I would say.

I am meeting my parents in LA tho so I could do the 2 months without the laptop and get them to bring it with them, would save some weight. I just like to review my images properly especially when some of these places will have miraculous scenery.

Photography Technique / Re: Travel set up
« on: September 10, 2014, 09:51:40 AM »
I was planning on writing a blog in my down time.

I won't be editing a huge amount on the trip just one or two here or there. A large aspect of the trip is traveling by bus/plane so time to do it then.

Main reason is I don't think I can go 5 months without seeing the images I'm taking at a half decent size. Don't know about you! lol and the MBA has much better base for this although only 11" I find it the best all round machine, and I can organise as I go, I can catch up with friends and family Skype etc

Yes the bag I have bought is a specific trekking bag designed to be carry photographic gear one of the only ones. I have agonised over the bags as you usually get great photography packs with crap support or great support and poor photographic handling. Took a great amount of time and trial, error and money to find the right ones lol!

I picked this one in the end Rover Pro 45L AW

It will be my hiking bag when needed, and be my luggage bag to put things in the hold during flights etc It also has two pull out camera compartments which can be folded down when not in use, or carry other items.

It has very good supportive straps with an aluminium frame with hip support and a trampoline style rear system for cool air to pass.

I have also bought the Photo Hatchback 22l AW as my day pack its a rear loading camera bag.

This will be for my carry on but also a day pack when I only need a few bits and pieces in the day, it is really compact but holds a lot of gear also has a removable camera compartment allowing it to be a full sized bag.

Between the two I think I have covered most bases.

The trip really isnt all about the photography, I can't wait to sample the culture, food and meet new people, it. But Photography it is a big aspect and I just want to make sure my decisions are the best ones available to me and the forum is always full of great knowledge and solutions I won't have thought about!

Really appreciate everyones input.

I will most certainly start a thread of my journey, documenting my journey. Only 7 weeks to go :D!

Photography Technique / Re: Benefits of IS in fast shutter speeds
« on: September 10, 2014, 06:05:00 AM »
IS will not benefit fast action. It may actually blur your images by trying to stabilise it, so turn it off. IS is useful for camera shake, if your shooting fast action at high SP then its no benefit, but is useful when panning or when the light gets low. IS is useful for stabilising the viewfinder tho, so you can track subjects easier at large focal lengths.

IS does nothing with moving subjects its primarily objective is to reduce camera shake. Mode 2 on some lenses aids panning.

Photography Technique / Re: Travel set up
« on: September 10, 2014, 05:24:27 AM »
Thanks for the responses!

Maybe worth adding a little more info.

In terms of the weight and hiking, I'm a 26 year old sport nut so I am on the fitter side, I also live in Cumbria, which is one of the wettest places in the UK so have plenty of weather gear and has many high peeks I frequent with my camera gear so training side I'm quite happy with. I'm also good with altitude and have been 10,000ft+ quite a few times so hopefully should be ok but yes we have a 5 day acclimatisation period in Cuzco.

All my gear is insured because of my commercial work, but I also have a stipulation of £3000 worth of world wide cover which this kit just about fits into, just slightly over. Brazil and Argentina I've read are probably more dangerous, but at the same time you can think that about anywhere and you don't know what situ you will be in, I will only be in brazil a week and Buenos Aires a couple of days.

The tele is a must as I am going to a nature reserve for 6 days and one of my passions is wildlife photography and where better to shoot than the Amazon.

I am in a group of 12-15 people all guided for the entirety of SA so I suppose that adds a little more security, but the bags I have chosen are well designed in terms of access and my day pack which is where my camera gear will mostly be can only be opened from the rear as in the part that is in contact with your back. Both have pull out camera compartments which even if the bag is slashed will be very difficult to remove without me noticing.

I do intend to travel wisely and won't put myself in any unnecessary danger, I will only be carrying my bags between locations and every hostel i stay in has safes/lockers I can deposit the gear I won't be using and try to cut down on eventualities.

I have an iPad mini and have tried the offload technique and it just doesn't do it for me as described above the hassle isn't worth it for the time. It is also not powerful enough to edit anything quick, I tried a 5DMKIII raw file in PS touch and express which is reduced to 10mp during transfer? and it was like watching paint dry. The wifi card reader HDDs are also an option I have looked at but they are £500 for a 2tb version and don't think they are very good value at all. I already have the MBA 2TB HDD and a small card reader and would rather spend the £500 on the trip.

Im not really a fan of the EOS M and by putting full size lenses on it sort of makes the size pointless would rather have a proper system you can rely on, I have the sony Nex5N (which is miles better IMO) and although I love it, using the screen all the time is a complete pain I like the view finder. I have thought about buying the 100D or the 700D as I have the 17-55mm F2.8 and the 70-300mm would give me some more reach but as said I really don't like the 18mp sensor and that is my main reason not to buy. Which is why I was looking at the Sony options as their IQ is similar if not better than the 5DMKIII but 1/3 the weight.

In terms of redundancy like I said earlier I plan on shooting to both cards keeping the SD card separately and swapping out for duplicate and also dropping all the pictures onto the laptop and the HDD, which I will keep separately in different bags so thats 3 types of redundancy so hopefully that will be enough.

To make my point more clear, I don't think that 3kg of gear is that heavy but its just add it to everything else and its the only area I can think to cut the weight. I imagine my bag with all my clothes and supplies will weigh somewhere near 10-15kg and my day pack 5-6kg so 20ish KG in total.

I need to get it all together and give it a go really, but just because I can carry it doesn't mean I will want to carry it! lol and if the smaller sony cameras are a viable option I wouldn't have a problem swapping the 5DMKIII out.

EOS Bodies / Re: This news is exciting!
« on: September 09, 2014, 11:51:41 AM »
Cant underestimate how many people will be disappointed if the 7DMKII is a quicker better built 70D. With a small update, I'm not in the market for one but I had the MK1 and that 18mp sensor is awful where it counts 100-400ISO. Its unfair to customers.

Especially seen as tho this wait has been stretched out so long! If the tech was there why not just implement it? I know Canon needs to sell cameras which is why they have left a big gap. It just means the 70D will become cheaper and a more attractive package?

People continue to buy entry level and mid range cameras with probably less intensive research than the pro bodies. But they can't continue to kid themselves and rip off old technology for much longer surely. Seen as tho we are still on the same iteration sensor tech 5 years later almost to the day since the 7D was released, just makes you wonder what they are thinking! Or hoping everything is false and they will bring something out that really is an improvement.

Theres a difference in bringing features across the product line which is great, but when the higher end stuff has a  complete lack of evidence of R&D where does the innovation come from. The only thing we have really seen is the improvement of video AF, which is great for video people but what about people who shoot stills…

Im not really ranting, just disappointed I suppose. IMO the only cameras worth having are the FF and they are out of reach for a lot of people.

Photography Technique / Re: Travel set up
« on: September 09, 2014, 10:59:45 AM »
I think the first option is probably the best, the areas I'm traveling are quite touristy so should be ok hopefully.

Anyone who shoots a 5DMKIII have an A6000 or A7 with aforementioned lenses?

Thanks I forgot to mention the Gorillapod SLR Zoom is on order :)

Ive heard mix reviews for these being sufficient for the 5DMKIII, is the pro a better option? the Zoom weighs a lot less and from the images I've seen it looks like it would take a 5DMKIII ok and its well within the weight limit of 3kg, even with the 70-300mm L its 1kg off capacity.

Photography Technique / Re: Travel set up
« on: September 09, 2014, 09:28:17 AM »
Thanks for the advice tayassu.

I do have the 16-35mm F2.8 MKII but again its another 640g to carry and the hood is an absolute pain to carry around. bringing the total weight for the camera alone to 3.6kg add the laptop and accessories another 1.5kg 5kg before I have packed any clothes and essentials.

This is my query because the 5DMKIII is 940g and the smaller Sony A systems the whole lot is less than 1500g with equal IQ and more discrete. Its a difficult one.

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