Does [CR] without a number mean even less plausible than [CR0]?
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Reach; this is only a question of money. Are you willing to pay twice as much for a lens, to get the same reach with a FF, as you would have to with a APS-C?Not only money, but also bulk and weight. If I want to shoot birds at a location I have to walk three days in difficult terrain to reach (with camping gear, food &c on my back), the weight difference between a crop body with 400mm lens vs. FF body and 600mm lens (and heavier tripod) is non-trivial.
I can't get past the fact that the 6D doesn't have a joystick or rear wheelThe 6D does have rear wheel, although (just like the 60D) no joystick.
Also wonder why they'd announce this 6 months before it was availabile....not like its killing me not to have it. Just seems really strange to announce something so far in advance. The 1Dx and 7D firmwares were available almost the same day, right?Not quite. The 7D firmware was announced some two months in advance, and became available on the pre-announced date, not any earlier. The 1DX firmware, however, was available on the next day after announcement.
Assuming money was no object, a 1D X with a 600mm f/4 L II IS and a pair of Mark III TC's is definitely the way to go. I don't think money can currently buy a better set of gear for a nature fan.Money is not the only limitation. I use my 7D a lot in wilderness hikes, and the key limitation there is weight. Added to camping gear, food &c, 7D with 100-400 and one or two smaller lenses and light-weight tripod I end up carrying over 30kg in my back for a week - while I just might be able to cope with a 1DX, there's no way I could take a 600mm f/4.
My real question concerning C or H sensor is how many people on here are actually using a 7D with ef-s lens'? How many people spend that much on a camera, that much more for a 7D II upgrade and then puts $300 glass on it.I use mine a lot with the 17-55 and the 10-22 mm lenses, both of which admittedly did cost more than $300.
Then again not everyone has the opportunity to just go to america to buy a camera ..I frequently buy cameras from USA via mail order, when it's significantly cheaper than buying locally (even after shipping costs and taxes). That's not always the case, though, sometimes there's no difference or local prices can even be cheaper.
I assume 'import taxes' are the same level for lenses as cameras when they are both coming from the same countryNo - at least in Finland (and I'm pretty sure it's EU-wide) lenses have an import duty of 6.5% or so, whereas camera bodies have none (of course VAT applies for both, and it varies from country to country). That doesn't explain all of the difference, though.
2. As far as the extreme conditions associated with boating is concerned you might want to listen to Martin Bailey's podcast on his trip to Antartica. He recommended a waterproof bag - pricey but if you are shooting with Canon pro gear...I don't recall any problems carrying cameras in regular Lowepro bags. Waterproof bags are clumsy to open and close, not worth it in Galapagos.
I would go for a 7D with 70-300L, and a 5D with 16-35L at least. Plus a standard such as the 24-105L, and a maybe second lens for the 7D - but there are few that are weather sealed.Agreed on the 70-300L. You might make do with one wide-angle, depending on your shooting style.
If you want BiF then I'd go for either third party TC's (the 70-300 doesn't work with Canon's) or the 100-400 with a Canon 1.4x TC
(not good with a 2x TC in my opinion).
Not sure myself if a fast fifty is required - but it's small enough to hardly notice.I carried one and hardly used it at all. (It was very useful later on the same trip on Equador mainland, though.)
Unless you are really going to concentrate on underwater photography I would take a few rugged waterproof P&S cameras instead - it would give something for the other two people to shoot with if you are only taking two bodies.I actually missed the "two bodies" part in the original message - probably subconsciously filtered it as impossible. I'd never think of going to Galapagos without at least one body PER PERSON and one spare in case one breaks. If I go there again I'll take two bodies and a waterproof P&S just for myself, and my wife wouldn't be caught dead without at least one DSLR and a P&S of her own.
Travelling to the Galapagos Islands in a few short weeks with the wife and two teenagers, all de facto photo enthusiastsI was there... what, 12 years ago. For photo/wildlife enthusiast, it's wonderful.
We will each have our own camera body, and obviously sharing lensesThat doesn't sound much for four people. I would expect that to lead to serious
for the bodies, and 70-200, 100-400, 16-35 and 24-70 zooms I propose, laptop, external hard drives. & accessories we plan on sharing
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.Absolutely! We didn't have any underwater photo gear then and have regretted it ever since. :-)
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.As I recall, I had hardly any opportunities to use a tripod. If I was going again, I'd leave it at home.
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 meI'm sure my wife would never forgive me if we went there again without at least one long white lens for each of us. :-)