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I was pointing to his web site that touted a career as a C programmer but he had no clue what the missing DLL meant.

In all honesty, non-computer people make this mistake all the time.  The perception that a C programmer is an IT guy is like saying that a automotive engineer/designer knows how to diagnose or repair a car.  Much like auto designers don't want to get their hands dirty, programmers don't want to diagnose, fix or maintain operating systems, networks or printers.

So the fact that this guy is a C programmer actually explains a lot to me as to why he can't fix his own computer.  Give him some software code and ask him to debug it and he may be brilliant.  In fact, he probably knows more about DLLs than others.  Knowing why a particular DLL doesn't work with the OS is another matter entirely.  Tell him to figure out why windows blows chunks (errors out) every time he tries to run a particular application and he is lost.

It's not that surprising to me.   ::)

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Welcome to the CR forum...

I'm an IT guy.  I've seen all kinds of problems with all kinds of software.  In most cases like this, re-installing to software in question will fix the problem.  Or, you might be able to use system restore to back up to before the change that caused this.  Also, a backup from last night would fix it.  Or you could have malware that clobbered something related.  In other words, problems happen, be prepared.

You are correct, it's not DELL's problem.  But it's really not Canon's either.  You are the captain of your own ship and should be somewhat prepared to fix it while out at sea.  Or have the number of the coast guard (a good IT guy).

Good luck.  Let us know if you were able to recover.  Have a good day.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Black Rapid Backpack Strap
« on: September 25, 2014, 02:03:35 PM »
Cotton Carrier vest (backpack compatible) - I love this item. CC also has a backpack strap attachment that allows you to mount the camera to the backpack strap, but I would think that is more for compacts. The vest allows me to carry a DSLR with 180mm f/3.5L or 400 f/5.6L mounted, its weight near my center of gravity, the camera not flopping around, both of my hands free for hiking poles, scrambling, etc. Now G-d forbid I should trip and fall on my chest - but there are risks with any highly accessible carrying system.

Yeah, I prefer the CC system with the weight near my chest.  And I have a CC vest but it's a bit 'overkill' for me, having all that extra vest/gear/weight to keep up with.  And I don't totally love the 90 degree rotation required to put the camera on and off.  If I plan to carry a large/heavy body and lens, the CC system is great.  But since I try to carry something smaller and lighter like the SL1, I rigged up my own custom super magnet harness off the back pack straps with built in strain relief that didn't weigh as much and was somewhat simpler.  I even use the same super magnet idea for hanging/attaching my trekking poles to my pack.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Black Rapid Backpack Strap
« on: September 25, 2014, 01:04:49 PM »
I can relate.  I am always on the lookout for a better way to carry a decent DSLR while hiking.

The BR strap thing you link to seems to me to allow too much swinging.  When I hike, I try to minimize that and keep things closer to me.  I walk around with a smaller daypack quite often and having a regular strap like the BR strap under the daypack straps is not a problem at all.  (But that is totally different than more serious heavy expedition pack hiking.)

IMHO, this new BR strap attached to the daypack straps product is sort of an answer to a problem that doesn't exist.  (At least not for me.)  But everyone is different.

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Site Information / Re: Canon Rumors Site & iOS 8 Issues
« on: September 24, 2014, 07:25:40 PM »
maybe your iphone is already in an iBendable state  ;D

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2767465/On-bend-er-Just-days-iPhone-6-Plus-launched-come-reports-bends-leave-pocket-long.html

While I'm not a fan of Apple the company, I've always felt that Apple's hardware was pretty impressive.    The iPhone 6 (and 6+) are a huge departure from the normally great Apple hardware status quo.  Steve is likely rolling in his grave.  How embarassing.   :-\

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: POLL: What's more important, gps or wifi?
« on: September 23, 2014, 09:54:48 AM »
I shoot photo!
And although these gimmicks might be quite useful for a lot of people in some to many occasions they're not for me.
Give me best IQ, AF and other photo related functions for my money and a camera that isn't sucking out life of the battery with such things.
I know others think different but that's me.

I agree and relate to this statement as a photographer.  K.I.S.S. principle is a good one.

But I'm also an IT guy so I see a lot of uses and potential for WiFi.  Wireless tethering, remote control, etc.  So I answered #2 on the poll.  (I can figure out the location based on my own notes.)

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Lenses / Re: Do you keep all your boxes?
« on: September 21, 2014, 09:31:59 PM »
Heck yes.  This stuff is expensive.  And if I sell it online and have to ship it, it needs to be protected.  Why would anyone throw away a specially made container for something delicate that costs thousands of dollars?

I also prefer to buy my used vehicles from engineers.  Why?  Because they are OCD about maintenance and vehicle care.  Most photographers are typically OCD about the care of their gear.  If a seller has all the boxes, everything is organized and they have that look in their eye like they might not sell to me if they think I will hurt their "babies", I know I am buying from the right person.  In most cases, unless it's a sweet deal and looks okay, I prefer to buy my used lenses with boxes.

Since I think I am one of these OCD gear perfectionists myself, I figure I relate to them pretty well and I understand why others like me will keep the box to a $2000 lens.  It's not like it's that hard.  All my gear boxes (for most anything that cost me over $100 and may be sold someday) are kept on shelves in the attic under some plastic.  Not a big deal.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7DII No Wifi
« on: September 15, 2014, 06:00:43 PM »
+1

I'm with Khalai on this.  No WiFi because of the magnesium is ridiculous.  There are several ways to make it work which happen all the time in other devices.

The real reason there is no WiFi is to push the user into buying the expensive Wireless File Transmitter.  It's a money grab pure and simple.

What I think is sad is that the 7D2 is aimed at sports shooters, but I guess only sports shooters that can afford to have multiple shooters at a mid level event each with a 7D2 (7D2 Time Sync feature) but not sports shooters that would work a more high level organized event like the Olympics where they use WiFi to stream the pictures in real time so they can be culled, edited and uploaded in minutes to the world.  Bummer!    ???  Those folks are pushed into the 1DX I guess.   ::)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Mirrorless vs DSLR Camera
« on: September 12, 2014, 09:42:01 AM »
I gotta say that I'm with RLPhoto on this.  I just received the EOS M and while it's nice, it's honestly more of a toy than a useful tool.  My S95 is even easier to use.  Definitely my SL1 is easier to use.  In other words, there are other options that simply work better.  Granted the EOS M, while not junk, is not as well done as the Sony (et al) ML offerings but it's still a very convoluted and limited market.

If ML ever becomes as prolific and adoptable as the SLR, that is still many years away.  For many of the reasons RLPhoto already mentioned.  Just making a camera smaller/lighter with decent IQ does not make it a camera to rely on for universal professional use.  There is so much more to the equation not the least of which is trust in the company that stands behind it for years/decades to come.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Mirrorless vs DSLR Camera
« on: September 12, 2014, 09:24:51 AM »
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. :)

Just because you change the body, whatever technology that body uses to capture the image, the physics of the lens optics doesn't change.  (At least given the materials we are currently using:  glass, plastic, metal, etc.)

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Photography Technique / Re: Travel set up
« on: September 10, 2014, 04:05:22 PM »
Wow!  Thanks for sharing.  Personally, I think you could probably reduce things a bit on all fronts and still have a wonderful time and get great photos as well.

Less Stuff = Less Fatigue and Less Worry

I'm not saying to scale back to a P&S camera and a loin cloth but I bet you wouldn't miss taking one or two less lenses, a few less clothes, etc.  Just a thought...

For a clothesline, consider this...  (Take a few extra lightweight clips though.)
http://www.seatosummit.com/products/display/3
http://andwhatsinthebag.wordpress.com/2012/04/18/magic-beads-the-sea-to-summit-clothesline/

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Photography Technique / Re: Travel set up
« on: September 10, 2014, 10:56:51 AM »
Based on your backpacks, I assume there won't be any camping?  It's just hiking from place to place and staying/eating at hostel type places?  (Because even in that scenario, I don't know where you'll pack most of the non-photo stuff.  Those bags look pretty small to live out of for 2 months.)  Please enlighten me.  I may do a trip like this someday and I'd like to know what I'm missing about the logistics.  I guess I'm imagining that you'll take two T-Shirts, shorts, socks and a tiny pack towel.  Small shaving kit.  Done.  That's about all that would fit in the top of that pack other than some kind of water bladder, correct?

And I'm an IT guy.  I get the need for some kind of computer on a long trip.  But I've found that I tend to use mine less and less when I travel and I don't miss it if I leave it at home.  The 11" MBAir is probably a great compromise.  I wonder what kind of online access you will have while there and what it will cost?

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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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