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Lenses / Re: Recommendation For Long Lenses
« on: January 18, 2012, 08:33:00 AM »
You will be better off with no lens in the 200-500 range, but with different cameras that can make up the difference.

If you have a second person, have them take the 7D with 70-200+/- TC, Mk4 with 500+/-TC, and the 5Dm2 with 8-15 and a fast portrait prime.  If you only want two camera, the 70-200 would work on the 5Dm2 as well.

Software & Accessories / Re: iphone app to control your camera
« on: January 17, 2012, 09:15:23 AM »
If you add the WFT to the 5Dm2, and then get one of those small USB bluetooth adapters, I would like to see some bluetooth software to wirelessly control the camera.

Actually, I wonder if the Bluetooth link would be close to the usb cable when using a computer?

I might have to try this, since I am going to get the WFT one of these days.

Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod case for airplane carry-on
« on: January 17, 2012, 05:35:24 AM »

Here is a picture that I found, but it is what I am trying to avoid.  I like the tube idea, or trying to modify my current backpack to add more protection from the abuse it will get from traveling.

I'm thinking that a pack like this will work for my tripod, clothes, supplies, tent?, food, and water bottles(on outside).

Here is the 'official' tripod backpack for twice the price.

But, I will need to get a good lightweight ballhead if I am going to travel/hike/backpack with this tripod and camera.

I am also hoping that this TLB-300 pack will be airline approved, I think it will fit under the seat in front, while my Pelican case with the camera and computer will go overhead.  If I am walking around with the camera and tripod in the packback in a city like London, Paris, or Sydney, it would be light enough, be able to carry other lenses, and allow me quick access to a tripod.  If I go back country hiking, I can fit enough gear on it for a few days.

Lenses / Re: EF 24-70 f/2.8L II [CR2]
« on: January 15, 2012, 10:58:45 PM »
Let's just make the perfect lens.  18mm-105mm f/2.8 (f/2 ? ;) ).  Internal zoom, IS, and ultrasonic focus.

Canon General / Re: Patents: 24mm f/2.8, 50mm f/1.2, 300mm f/4
« on: January 15, 2012, 09:39:40 PM »
Wow, a follow up to the 50/1.2L so soon?

Are they updating it or just protecting the current model from outside competition?

Or you can use both the 5D2 & Cinema cameras to get two angles or two focal lengths...  Or just as a back-up.

Remember, there aren't child labor laws if they are your own kids...  He will need to work since you spent his college fund on the camera and lenses though.

A 500 f/2.8?  Can you attach a 2x or 1.4x extender and still use autofocus on the 5Dm2?  That would be interesting.

PowerShot Cameras / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X Brief Hands On
« on: January 10, 2012, 06:26:22 PM »
I think you could live without a viewfinder on a point & shoot.  As long as the screen is visible during the day, it shouldn't be a problem, I don't really need it to swivel as well.  I would rather have it be a little smaller (shorter and thinner).


Canon EOS 5D Mark II is 30% (35.3 mm) wider and 41% (33 mm) taller than Canon PowerShot G1 X.
Canon EOS 5D Mark II is 16% (10.3 mm) thicker than Canon PowerShot G1 X.
Canon EOS 5D Mark II [938 g] weights 76% (404 grams) more than Canon PowerShot G1 X [534 g] (*inc. batteries and memory card).
Canon PowerShot S100 is 15% (17.8 mm) narrower and 26% (20.7 mm) shorter than Canon PowerShot G1 X.
Canon PowerShot S100 is 59% (38 mm) thinner than Canon PowerShot G1 X.
Canon PowerShot S100 [198 g] weights 63% (336 grams) less than Canon PowerShot G1 X [534 g] (*inc. batteries and memory card).

Canon PowerShot S100 dimensions: 98.9x59.8x26.7 mm (camera body only)
Canon EOS 5D Mark II dimensions: 152x113.5x75 mm (camera body only)
Canon PowerShot G1 X dimensions: 116.7x80.5x64.7 mm (camera body only)

PowerShot Cameras / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X Announced
« on: January 09, 2012, 02:45:14 PM »
Well, I'm a little disappointed.  It's bigger than the G12, which was already at the upper limit of acceptable size for me.  And I expected the GPS and high-frame-rate video features from the S100, which aren't there.  OK, maybe that sensor can't do the high-rate video, but surely they could find room for the S100's GPS in there.

Personally, I'd have preferred a smaller body with a sensor midway between what they did and the G11/G12 (something like Nikon's 1 inch sensor). 

But I do understand their thinking - it's a spec war, now about sensor size instead of megapixels.

On the plus side, the big sensor is nice to have, and they kept the flippy screen (love those!) and made it bigger and with more pixels on it.

I have a G11; I'm tempted to see if I can get a real bargain on a G12 as they're closed out, and then wait for the G2X in another 18 months.

I think I'll wait for the reviews and then decide.

GPS should be standard in every camera...but battery life and having it function indoors can be problematic.

But, I would have liked to see them create an Elph version of this camera.  Keep the sensor and lens, but remove the optical viewfinder and flip screen to reduce size.

If I ever go traveling again, I will have to seriously consider getting a smaller camera than my 5Dm2.  And there are the concerts and other events where DSLRs aren't allowed that this type of camera would be better than my iPhone.

PowerShot Cameras / Re: *UPDATE* Canon PowerShot G1X Revealed
« on: January 05, 2012, 10:44:56 AM »
It sounds like a great camera for travelers and lightweight packers.  If my iPhone can't take good enough photos in certain situations, this would be a good choice for when I can't bring the 5Dm2.

Street & City / Re: My First Long exposure - city
« on: January 05, 2012, 01:13:23 AM »
Practice some more before you print any.  It is a guessing game at the setting sometimes.

To frame a photo, take a sample photo at a high ISO setting, lowest f stop to make sure things are where you want them.

I use the lowest f stop and focus manually at infinity, or you can use a flashlight and auto focus then switch it to manual before taking the shot.

If you don't have a shutter release for bulb pictures, you can use the timer to give you two or ten seconds to remove your hand from the camera.

And you can use liveview (top left button on the back) to flip the mirror up, but for a city shot it shouldn't matter.

Software & Accessories / Re: Is it worth updating 5D2 to 2.1.1 firmware?
« on: January 02, 2012, 11:31:17 AM »
I updated my camera and it still works.

It was easier than I thought once I emptied a CF card.

Software & Accessories / Tripod case for airplane carry-on
« on: January 02, 2012, 02:17:29 AM »
I have a Gitzo GT3541LS tripod, and I am having a tough time figuring out how to travel with it.

I have a Pelican case for both my computer and camera that I can carry on to the plane (two small Pelican cases merged into one bigger one due to the carry on restriction), but now I am looking for another Pelican case that could fit a tripod, clothes, and bathroom bag...and possibly a small tent.  My backpack does this, but only because I was able to strap the tripod in the thin bag to the outside of the backpack.

The Pelican 1514 case was just about 2 inches too short to hold the tripod without the head on it.
Sacrificing one section might be 'extreme' (and would save a little weight), but it might fit.  I would then use the existing camera case (pelican 1450) to carry the 300 f/4, clothes and nylon part of the tent.  That might work...

The other possibility is to get this case:
and carry the tripod and small ball head, tent poles, clothes, and nylon tent in there.

The third option is the non-airplane best solution.  If I got the Pelican 1700, it would be the right size for truck and car trips, and allow me to keep the Whimberly head on the tripod.

Or maybe there is some other backpack that it might fit in that I could use to go hiking/camping?

I have been know to wear multiple layers of clothes through security to save weight.  The TSA loves me...

Software & Accessories / Re: Airtravel experts
« on: January 01, 2012, 03:03:59 AM »
I got the Pelican 1514 case (Case Cruzer one) for my birthday and with my 17" Macbook Pro, 5Dm2, 16-35mm, 85mm, flash, 25mm extension tube, and 300 f/4 +1.4x it all weighs 32 lbs.

I still am having problems finding a case for my tripod that I could carry on.  They don't seem to have a 23"x14"x5.75" case (a larger version of my 1490 case).  The Pelican 1700 would be great, but I can't carry it on.

Easy to roll around, I wouldn't want to have to carry it from one side of Heathrow to the other.

I took the Tube and Eurostar to Paris, and I would recommend the trains to get around Europe over the airlines.  Except from Barcelona to London.  That flight was faster, easier, and cheaper.

Lenses / Re: Ultrawide | Prime or zoom?
« on: December 30, 2011, 11:57:57 AM »
I have the 16-35mm on my 5Dm2, and I like the quality and ability to frame the shot.  I have taken some great shots with it. 

However, I am looking at getting the 17mm TS-E next week.  But, I don't think that is the lens for everybody to be walking around with.

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