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Photography Technique / Re: Travel set up
« on: September 10, 2014, 08:46:41 AM »
I think gregorywood and I are on the same page.  I just read the whole thread and a lot has been said so I won't repeat.  But I am definitely in the 'make it lighter and simpler' camp of opinions.

Do you really think that during this trip of a lifetime that you (a fit 26 yr old sport nut) will want to spend time editing pictures alone by yourself on a Macbook Air?  Unless you have multiple reasons to take a computer, I would probably leave all that at home.  Maybe take the iPad mini or even just your smartphone to get online, social media, email and view pictures with the group and shoot small JPGs on the SD card for that purpose.

I know this is a Canon site but have you considered the Pentax K-3?  Very rugged and weather sealed.  Yes, it's APS-C but having less worry and more simplicity would be nice.  Also, I have taken the SL1 on the trail with a couple lenses (EF 10-22 and Tamron 18-270) and lots of batteries and memory for about 10 days and it went fine but it didn't rain much.

Finally, it sounds like you are an experienced hiker so I guess you're set but I hope your multi-pack solution is workable and comfortable.  If you hadn't said how much you hike, I would have assumed that the photography was taking priority over the hiking and that would mean a miserable trip IMHO.

I would also follow some photo posts as your trip unfolds.  Have a great time and please let us know what your final kit includes after you finally decide!

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India/Asia added!   :)  Been on the road.  Travelling.  I'm glad everyone is enjoying the thread!

Great Job, Dear Rusty----How about Russia, Egypt And Africa ?
Have a great day, Sir.
Surapon

Oki-Doki - Just got back in town.   :D   I added Russia and Africa.  (Egypt is on the African continent so...)

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India/Asia added!   :)  Been on the road.  Travelling.  I'm glad everyone is enjoying the thread!

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It's funny that you forgot Canada considering the site is owned by a Canadian  :P

I am from Houston, TX and I see what you are saying WSmith. It is very difficult to find scenic landscapes. However, the cityscapes are quite nice, I haven't exploited it yet tho'.

It seems a few are from various places in Texas. We can definitely have a Texas meetup of sorts.

Yes!  I thought the same thing about CR having Canadian roots.  LOL!  FYI, I making a quick trip down to Victoria as we speak.   ;)

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im in Quebec , Canada not far from the city of Montreal . you left out Canada in your poll. i feel so alone  :'(  lol

Canada!  I thought of that right after I posted the poll.  D' Oh!   :-[

I added Canada and changed UK/Europe to just Europe.   ;)

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reply to this thread with the city that you reside in

I'm from Berlin - the big Berlin in Germany as my Fritz-style English writing attempts suggest.

Btw interesting voting option there: "UK / Europe" ... last time I looked, the UK is part of Europe, though it may not be in the EU for long and get a bit smaller when Scotland leaves next week. I 've just read the new name will be "RUK" as in "Rest of UK" :->

Yeah, I guess I was thinking in terms of the UK being an island.  But you're right!  And yeah, there's that Scotland thing too! 

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From time to time, I notice that a fellow CR member is located in my city.  So I figured, why not see how many more there are?

If you wish, reply to this thread with the city that you reside in.  (And perhaps country if not in the U.S.)

For the record, I'm from the Dallas/Fort Worth area in (Arlington) in Texas.  U S A

Heck, who knows, maybe a small meetup would be in the works for some of us.   :D

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Lenses / Re: Input on building a prime lens kit
« on: September 08, 2014, 09:46:30 AM »
It sounds like you're pretty close to your prime nirvana already.  Add one lens based on the advice above (RLPhoto, Neuro) and you're golden!

I think everyone that is a serious photography freak eventually starts down the path of "I want a great prime kit" with their FF camera.  It's kind of like buying a boat.  So go ahead and buy the extra primes, shoot and enjoy them, build your skills and eventually you'll probably get it out of your system.

I don't mean this in an insulting or bad way, it is just an honest observation.  I did the same thing.  But once you get past it, you will either become a dedicated and life long prime shooter, or you'll decide that the new zooms that Canon has released in the past few years are so good that it's not worth the trouble keeping up with all the extra gear.

The middle ground is if you divide up your shooting between thoughtful art shooting and busy event shooting.  Primes are wonderful for those times when it's "just you and your craft".  But unless you have a solid method and workflow set up for certain events to carry and use the extra primes, or you shoot portraits/babies a lot, I think the primes will eventually gather dust.

Personally, I tend toward the wide end.  I have the 24L-II, 28/1.8, 50/1.8, 50/1.4, 50 Macro.  I used to have the 135/2 and the 35L.  I have loved all these lenses but I honestly don't use them that often anymore.  It's just easier to use the zooms and the pictures are still phenomenal.  I still use the 28/1.8 for low light campfire shots, etc.  And for some reason, I've never found a groove for the ever popular standard 50mm FL.

In general, the 16-35L, 24-70L and 24-105L stay on my cameras 90% of the time and work great for my needs.  For swimming it's often the 70-200L or the 70-300L and maybe the 24-105L up close.

I'm looking forward to seeing what you decide!   :)

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I'll update this in the next day or two with more detailed specs and a picture or two.  (Hint, it looks like a svelte black laptop.)  Feel free to contact me with questions.  And there have been several threads on CR discussing laptops for photography.

After a glass of wine or two, I have finally decided to sell my W520 Thinkpad.  So you should buy it right away before I sober up!   :o

Keep in mind that IT and computers are my business.  I shoot pictures for fun.  I read the CR forum for fun.  The W520 is a beast.  There are a multitude of reasons to have one as a photographer.  The primary reason is the 1920x1080 HD+ IPS High Color Gamut Display.  After that, you should consider the multiple drive options.  It can be docked.  It has a discrete graphic adapter built in that can drive multiple external displays.  And all Thinkpad keyboards are the best in the industry, bar none.

Another advantage is buying it from ME.  No really, I'm serious.  If you wish, I'll work with you and configure it however you like.  Heck, if I like you and you play your cards right (you know, like you BUY IT) I might even offer to support you remotely for a short time.   8)

Anyway, this is a limited time offer for CR members only!  (Limited time because I'll eventually sell it.)

The basic specs are...

Lenovo Thinkpad W520 model 4276-39U laptop w/ i7-2720QM 2.20 Ghz CPU, 15.6" HD+ IPS screen. (1920 x 1080)

It has been upgraded with the following:
256 GB internal mSATA SSD Card in place of stock hard drive with Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
2.5" SATA Drive Bay still empty!  (Allowing a large secondary hard drive to be installed up to 2TB.)
16 GB RAM with 2 memory bays still free (allowing 16GB more RAM = 32 GB TOTAL RAM if desired)
It also has Bluetooth 3.0 integrated, web cam, fingerprint reader, WiFi, DVD/RW, and all the other stuff you would expect.  I'll customize it to the moon if you like but I already souped it up where it matters.  (For great photography performance, etc.)

Here are some great reviews of the W520.  It's not a normal laptop by any means.  It's a workstation replacement designed for engineering companies and specialty industries like graphics and photography.
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/779647-REG/Lenovo_427639U_ThinkPad_W520_4276_39U_15_6.html
http://www.notebookreview.com/notebookreview/lenovo-thinkpad-w520-review/
http://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-Lenovo-ThinkPad-W520-Notebook.53220.0.html
http://www.storagereview.com/lenovo_thinkpad_w520_review
http://blogs.technet.com/b/keithcombs/archive/2011/03/28/lenovo-thinkpad-w520-mini-review.aspx
http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=1104301


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Sold to a nice local buyer.  I'm looking forward to selling something to a CR member soon though!    ;)

Canon 24mm f/1.4L - II EF USM AutoFocus Lens - $1350 - Arlington, Texas

I'm about to list it on eBayI dropped the price for the last time here and on CL.  Price is now less negotiable.

This lens is in Mint/Like New condition and it retails for $1750 new.  Please don't waste my time with low-ball offers.  Lens is offered as-is but I stand behind it as a solid A+ lens that is in pristine condition.  I ship with UPS or FedEx for better tracking and I pack extremely well.  I also have over 700 feedback (100%) on eBay as "rl01" since 1999.  I've been selling stuff online for a long time.  http://feedback.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewFeedback2&userid=rl01&ftab=AllFeedback&myworld=true&rt=nc

This listing is for a Canon 24mm f/1.4L - II EF USM AutoFocus Lens.  Serial number 2097890.  The lens hasn't been used much and I have finally decided to part with it. The lens comes with box, hood, lens pouch, lens cap, warranty card, etc.  (Everything it comes with new that has never left the box.  I leave everything including the hood and cap in the box and use my own caps, etc instead.)  The lens is in perfect condition and a 10/10.   It is superb in low light and extremely sharp.  It focuses fast and has beautiful bokeh.

Note:  I also have a pristine Hoya HD UV Filter (pictured) that has lived on the lens since I bought it.  It costs over $100+ new but I'll include it for only an additional $50 if desired.

You will LOVE THIS LENS. Great for everything, esp low light indoor and event photography. It's superb for outdoor landscapes and night sky photography.  The Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 L II USM Lens is, without question, Canon's best-performing (optically and physically) and best-built autofocus 24mm lens. If you want the best Canon 24mm AF lens, look no longer. This is it.  I don't think a bad review exists out there. I did the work for you...

http://www.canonrumors.com/reviews/review-canon-ef-24-f1-4l-ii/
http://www.fredmiranda.com/reviews/showproduct.php?product=369
http://www.amazon.com/Canon-24mm-1-4L-Wide-Angle/dp/B001GNCWCE
http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EF-24mm-f-1.4-L-II-USM-Lens-Review.aspx
http://www.dpreview.com/products/canon/lenses/canon_24_1p4_ii
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/590449-USA/Canon_2750B002_EF_24mm_f_1_4L_II.html

Product Description:
Canon's newest fixed length L-series lens, the EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM, incorporates the newest in Canon lens technology for spectacular sharpness and impressive performance at all settings. It features two high-precision, large-diameter aspherical lenses for sharpness across the sensor, even in peripheral areas of full-frame sensors. Lens elements have a newly-designed anti-reflective SWC (Sub Wavelength Coating) that departs from conventional coatings by using an extremely fine structure that minimizes ghosting and flaring across the lens surface, regardless of the angle with which light enters or exits. It also features two UD lens elements to minimize chromatic aberrations, incorporates rear-focusing, ultrasonic, quiet and high-speed AF with full-time manual override. A circular aperture provides beautiful out-of-focus detail and offers legendary dust- and water-resistant L-series construction using only lead-free glass.

Specifications:
Filter Size: 77mm
F-Stop Range: 1.4-22
Minimum Focus Distance: 3.0 in./77mm
Magnification: 1:6.25
Angle Of View: 84 Degrees
Groups/Elements: 13 elements in 10 groups
Length x Diameter: 3.3" x 3.1" / 83.5 x 77.4mm
Weight: 22.9 oz./ 650g

Included Items: Front and Rear E-77U 77mm Lens Cap & Lens Dust Cap E, EW-83K Lens Hood, Lens Pouch LP1214.

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I shoot in the annual 30K range at various events, campouts, swim meets, etc.  Shooting swimming eats a lot of frames.  I usually shoot several different bodies depending on the subject or activity.

For example, my 60D had about 26K frames on it in June 2011.  I've probably got at least that many, probably more on the 5D3 as well.  I've tried to slow down the frames a bit but in general, I just shoot what I feel is necessary at the time.  Then I process them, upload them, move on.  Cameras are just tools and the more you do, the more you use them.  That's why I have them.  Not using them fully would simply be a waste.

It is refreshing however to shoot only a hundred or so frames at smaller activities!

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Hmm.  I used to work harder with using a gray card and/or other device to peg a custom WB at the venue.  Hmm.  Maybe I'll start doing that again.  It's not that hard, I just got out of the habit.  (You know, LAZY!)

The gray card doesn't solve everything though.  If you introduce flash or other light of your own, a gray card won't help you when the WB is off too much from the ambient light color.  I get this a lot in swim venues and other gyms.  The mercury vapor lights above are bright and directional enough to show up in all the pictures but if any other light is present like strong daylight from windows, fill flash or whatever, the people end up with green or yellow caps and capes.  It's pretty hard to avoid if the people are located below one of those light sources.   :(

I have used an Expodisc alternative before.  But you could make a pretty good DIY Expodisc with a white coffee filter!
https://www.flickr.com/groups/diyphotographynet/discuss/72157603931692288/

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I feel taking too many shots affects my composition and overall quality. I get fewer keepers when shooting more, than when I think twice before taking a shot.
I am sure it depends on the person involved.

I would tend to agree but only to a point.  I shoot more than some, less than others.  My bigger concern, esp with flash, is the distraction I cause the event itself with flash or shutter noise.  But when I restrict myself too much, I find I miss good shots.  It's a balancing act for sure!

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Which is why I still use my 28 f/1.8 prime quite a bit for campfire shots, etc.  In your case, maybe that 40mm f/2.8 pancake will suffice.  (Didn't I see that in your list?)

I have some quicker primes, like a 50/1.4 and the 100L macro, but I'm leery to sign up for a fixed FL in such a dynamic environment. 

- A

I understand your point.  I totally agree.  Keep in mind however that a wider prime like my fast 28mm will capture a lot and I can always crop a bit.  (Plus, I can human zoom IN.  It's harder to human zoom OUT esp in tight spaces.)

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Something else to consider that is NON-Photography related.

NO ONE-ON-ONE WITH KIDS.  In other words, never be alone with a kid.  Always have another adult(s) or a group of other kids around you or within eye-sight.

This is a core standard YPT (Youth Protection Training) rule that protects both the adult and the child.

It would be a good idea to watch this YPT training video.  It explains good standard practices no matter where you are.  School, church, scouts, public places, etc.
http://www.scouting.org/Training/youthprotection.aspx

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