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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: DSRL Camera for travel
« on: August 02, 2014, 08:42:19 PM »
My 3 cents: SL1 with Canon 15-85 IS.

I tried that combo and while I agree it's sweet... it weighs a ton.  That 15-85 is a beast.   :P

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: DSRL Camera for travel
« on: August 02, 2014, 03:59:38 PM »
If i want i lightweight camera for traveling, i would never take a camera with interchangeable lenses.

Sure, but just because your camera takes interchangeable lenses doesn't mean you have to take a bunch of them with you.  I don't know where the OP lives, but right now in the UK you can buy an EOS M kit with 18-55 zoom lens and flash for £199.  There's nothing else on the market for anywhere near that price that approaches it for IQ, and it makes a great travel outfit IMO.

Ditto.  The SL1 is very lightweight and it's still an SLR.  The Tamron 18-270 lens weighed more than the SL1.  All other cameras I tried that were not SLR cameras were too slow to focus, zoom or shoot the picture.  They were a compromise.  If I were going to make that kind of compromise, I would just take the Canon D20 rugged camera like I have in the past.  If I wanted super light weight, I would use the 18-55 STM kit lens and give up the better reach/range of the 18-270.

Keep in mind, in my case, I wasn't going for the ability to put the camera in my pocket, I wanted the best camera I could get while saving weight and also be able to survive in an outdoor environment.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: DSRL Camera for travel
« on: August 02, 2014, 03:53:03 PM »
I just took the SL1 + Tamron 18-270 hiking over 70+ miles.  It worked great.
If you want it to be smaller, use the kit lens or the 40mm pancake or whatever smaller zoom or prime you like.
The batteries are also smaller than the 5D3 batteries.

How do you like the IQ of the Tamron 18-270?  I've been looking at buying an SL1 kit as a lightweight option for some time.  Carrying multiple lenses defeats part of the purpose of a lightweight/small kit, so a good superzoom would be a nice option for long hikes.

The SL1+18-270 is acceptable, pretty good actually.  After all, the whole point is to reach an acceptable compromise.  The IQ is much better than a point and shoot and I can focus and shoot quickly using an SLR.  Everything else I've tried is a more difficult and less useful compromise.  I tried EOS M, G15, D20 Tough Cam, D30 Tough Cam, S95, etc.  They all are basically point and shoots and take forever to focus, etc.  The tough cams I like for their ruggedness but they are slow and don't do RAW.

I also took an EF-S 10-22 for wide shots but I could have lived without it.  FYI - I had to remove the lens hood to avoid a flash shadow on the widest focal length using the popup flash (to save weight).

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Software & Accessories / Re: Camera bag for camping
« on: August 01, 2014, 05:42:29 PM »
yep, but all the moisture in your breath is wet wet wet and it will condense upon any surface within the tent.

Alright, don't take silica gel.  Your kit.

I understand your concern pablo.  Inside the tent overnight is a good point.  The problem with silica or other humidity control devices is that they will be saturated in no time and be of little use.  The environment will overpower them very quickly and then they are just extra weight.

In general, if the camera is in the same environment that everything else is, it's all equal and condensation rarely forms as long as the camera isn't suddenly moving into a much warmer or more humid environment.  The overnight inner tent environment is an exception which is why the camera stays outside of my inner tent under the vestibule if there's a possibility of condensation.  In the dryer climates this isn't much of an issue though.  Also, one can always keep the camera in a ziplock bag overnight inside a humid tent to prevent condensation and not remove it until the tent has been opened and ventilated.

Whatever the case, a good understanding of what causes condensation and how humidity works will serve one well in determining what is needed to prevent moisture problems.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Camera bag for camping
« on: August 01, 2014, 03:02:54 PM »
Whatever bag you use, take plenty of silica gel, or some raw rice.  Condensation gets everywhere when you are camping.

Well, maybe.  That depends heavily on the climate.  For instance, it's rarely humid in parts of the southwest, esp at higher altitudes.  Dry, dry, dry.  That's what I love about it!!   :D

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Software & Accessories / Re: Camera bag for camping
« on: August 01, 2014, 11:24:53 AM »
The Gossamer Gear Mariposa is one of the packs of interest, but I don't see it in the local stores. If you ordered it directly from the manufacturer, how was your interaction with them, and do you think that they will work with a customer to get the right fit (that is, prompt no-fuss exchange of sizes, or just plain refund if it doesn't fit well at any size)? This pack got a very nice review at Section Hiker website, along with several others. Granite Gear looks interesting due to the extreme adjustability, with different shaped and sized shoulder straps, different shaped and sized belts, a framesheet system with different width attachments for shoulder straps and different height torso adjustment at 1" intervals. Well, I will be off to REI and see if anything in the store at the moment happens to fit me well, have main compartment panel access, and have lashing points for attaching a tripod. I could get lucky.

I haven't dealt with Gossamer Gear but their packs are probably what I would get if I went ultralite on packs.  I have purchased an ultralite sleeping bag and duplex tent from Joe Valesko of zpacks.com.  He was very easy to deal with and while I loved and kept the bag, I returned the tent after deciding I didn't want to move away from my current favorite Big Agnes Copper Spur UL1.  It took a little while but I got a full refund from Joe on the tent without any hassle.

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I try to keep it protected but I have to admit I probably push my luck more than I should.  Fortunately, I don't get caught in rain very often.  I also have the OP/TECH covers.

I have considered the Pentax K-3 someday for more reliable weather sealed protection.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Camera bag for camping
« on: July 31, 2014, 11:56:55 AM »
Good to know NancyP.   :)

Personally, I think there are two categories of photography and backpacks.

1.  Serious and extended camping/hiking, etcThis is 90% Trail Priority / 10% Photography (regardless of the purpose of the trip or the amount of photo gear needed) because the person needs to live on the trail and be comfortable, healthy and hydrated for the entire time.  They need to have good appropriate gear/boots/etc for the trip and be in good shape to handle the physical demands.  Photography may be the reason for the trip but failure to properly outfit for the journey is courting disaster.  Taking too much of anything, esp photography equipment, may literally break the hiker, the pack or both.

2.  Light hiking to a major photography project/activityThis is 80% Photography / 20% Hiking and is likely a day trip or overnight journey, ideally in warm weather not too far away from the car and occurring in fairly hospitable locations.  This is what I think photography packs are designed for.  They are made to help carry a lot of photography gear a few miles max with no need for much more than a snack and some water for the person.  They are designed with a lot of padding that I often find overkill since I don't plan to play kickball with the pack but it makes most folks feel better knowing they are carrying an extra 10 lbs of foam padding around all their gear.  I do a LOT of scout camping, summer camps, and outdoor events.  I have found that for what I do, it's easier to take a trunk in a vehicle with plenty of gear, individual lens cases, etc and put what is needed in a simple day pack and walk lighter.  Someday I might get a photography daypack but they seldom hold enough to make it worth the high cost.  You get some photo gear loaded into all the dedicated slots, etc and you have little room available for anything non-photography related.  And it's heavy.  And everyone sees you carrying around a big expensive photo pack.  I look geeky enough already thank you.   8)

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Software & Accessories / Re: Camera bag for camping
« on: July 30, 2014, 05:52:05 PM »
f-stop Satori does have a lot of Molle strapping on it, and some other ways to attach stuff to the outside, but it is true that it doesn't have a bedroll strap setup on the bottom. I have attached the tripod to the pack front midline by threading a pair of home-made stiff plastic loops (two plastic trash bag ties taped together with duct tape) through some loops near the top center of the pack, and then placing two tripod legs in the two stiff plastic loops. Perfect fit. You can mount many lens cases on Molle strapping. You can buy a lot of other gear that is made for putting on Molle strapping, generally from military suppliers. (Molle is the standard attachment system for the US Army, and lots of first responders use it as well).

Ultralight camping gear is not cheap! I will say that the Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1 is a nice freestanding double-wall solo tent with the single annoyance of an end entry instead of a side entry. So I plop my butt just inside the tent, feet outside, take off shoes, and back into the tent. Fine and dandy, but it gets old if I am popping in and out of the tent through the night managing astro-landscape shots. If weather is good, I don't bother with the fly, I like the unobstructed view. It is a great beginner's tent, 5 minute set-up, probably one of the lightest freestanding tents out there.

I have the Big Agnes Copper Spur UL1 for the side entry instead of the Fly Creek end entry.  It's about the same weight but without the end entry which I don't like either.  Totally kills the ergonomics of the tent for me and makes the vestibule virtually worthless.

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CR should come up with some kind of way to host photographers of this caliber from time to time.

Video, Blog, or whatever.  I think it would be cool and really set CR apart from (and above) other rumor sites.

Absolutely agree with that idea.

Maybe the CR "Powers That Be" could impose on our new member, Captain Explorer to contact a few of his favorites and offer them some kind of incentive.   8)

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CR should come up with some kind of way to host photographers of this caliber from time to time.

Video, Blog, or whatever.  I think it would be cool and really set CR apart from (and above) other rumor sites.

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A "softbox" made from "robust ABS plastic"?  Wouldn't that be a hard box?   ;)

Still small though! Unless you like harsh light.

Exactly.  The 'softbox' is barely larger than the bare flash head, and the bounce door is about the same size as the flash head.   Since light softness is proportional to the apparent size of the light source (relative to the subject), I can't see this being more than minimally effective as a diffuser or bouncer.  The only thing that looks like interesting and useful functionality is the gel cassette, which means no cutting/velcro are required. 

I think it's main advantage is the lead-off line:  "A next generation flash modifier worthy of being seen on any camera..."  In this case, function doesn't follow form.
Pretty much what I was thinking too.  Regardless of price, I don't this as much of an improvement over the good 'ole StoFen with a 10 cent Rosco gel taped to the flash underneath.  And the StoFen can literally live on the flash and still store in the case, use no extra room, etc.  (Which is the way mine lives.)

Size = Small = Not much improvement.
Gels = Neat = Not enough incentive.

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Wow, what an interesting thread.

Thanks for jumping in Captain Explorer!  Since you have had the privilege of knowing so many talented folks...

FWIW, I've enjoyed the work of Nevada Wier for years.  Do you know her or have you seen her work?  She does a lot of teaching, workshops and maybe some Canon work.  (She's shot Canon a long time.)  She travels all the time all over the world and is very interesting to listen to.

http://www.nevadawier.com/

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Canon General / Re: When a Woman is Fed Up...
« on: July 27, 2014, 11:22:43 PM »
Now we know what the insides look like, eh?

Looks like they'll be picking up the pieces of that relationship for quite some time....

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Canon General / Re: What's Would You Keep? [The anti-G.A.S. thread]
« on: July 26, 2014, 12:15:35 AM »
This a bit like; We´re gonna chop off all your limbs but 2 (or 3 or 4), which ones will you keep? By the way, in this case eyes, ears, nose and throat counts as limbs ...  ::)
I know, it's a rough one and I won't get into my reasoning behind the thread, but it goes back to what I do for a living which involves constantly planning for (and dealing with) worst-case scenarios.

For me, it's actually impossible to do this in reality, because what I shoot changes constantly and I have no specialty.  I may shoot nothing but macro for months, then shoot sports, wildlife, and real estate all in one day.  So my necessary gear list changes from one shoot to the next.  I really envy people who have a specialty - if you take all of the money I have tied up in gear, I could have the dream set of gear for a single specialty - though I have a lot of great gear, so I'm not going to complain :)

I'm enjoying all of the replies - keep 'em coming.

I was thinking the same thing.  While I'm not a pro, I shoot sports (swimming, running, etc), indoor low light events, camping, outdoors and other misc things that ends up demanding a larger collection of gear.  But I've made it work with less before I had all this stuff so I could do it again.

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