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I've used my name for various things in the past, mostly on forums but also online games as my avatar username. Not only that, I have registered 'croubie industries' as a business and used it when I subcontracted myself out for various engineering jobs (in a sort of "Vandalay Industries" way, if you don't know what that is then you're too young. Go rent some Seinfeld DVDs).

But the truth of where it came from? Me and a mate, back in high school (so at least 12-14 years ago), were around at his place late one night sampling some 'herbs' that he'd grown in his garden. We started just babbling crap, made up words that sounded cool, and I particularly liked the sound of 'croubie', we even tried to get it to catch on as a slang word for the herbs, it caught on with a few friends (particularly good when discussing nefarious activities around people we shouldn't, like parents).
Then I got a subcontracting job and needed a business name. Well, I didn't need one, but using my actual name sounded less 'business-like', so I made up 'croubie industries' as a sort of 'vandalay industries', but also having a dig at my bosses (who didn't know my other made-up meaning for the words).
13 years later and it's still around, even if it doesn't have the herbal double-meaning anymore (we all grew out of it, as most kids do).
Meanwhile, the global-octopus of croubie industries has stretched into many areas: photography & accessories, hifi/pa/guitar speakers and amps, computers & parts, and I can't think of what else. It's amazing what you can get when you ring up suppliers and say you're from a business (rather than some poor uni student), trade prices and free samples and all the rest.

"And you want to be my latex salesman."

I love it!  What a great first post!  Let's see... The old "RL Co." I used to use.  "Robert Nelms" was a made up name we used as code on various things we would receive in the mail way back... it's all in good fun!  And many of your "ventures" above I have had a hand in as well, esp things to do with audio, computers, etc.  Thanks dude!!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / What Photo Web Host do you use?
« on: January 25, 2013, 04:06:08 PM »
Wasn't sure which section to post this in but the question is, which online photo host do you use and why?  For instance, I use Zenfolio because I wanted to make sure our Boy Scout and Church Youth images didn't end up being used in anything we couldn't control.  I've been very happy with Zenfolio.

However, I've noticed that aside from SmugMug, there aren't a lot of options if one doesn't want to sign away rights to pictures they host.

Does anyone know if flckr preserves the original owners' rights?  I notice a lot of folks on this forum use flickr as well as the "official" White House photostream.

Hi everyone.  As I reply to some posts, it occurs to me that it would be interesting to get explanations or back stories from many of the user/contributors here on Canon Rumors about why they use/choose the username that they have.  For instance, neuro has explained it before but let's hear it again here all in one place!!  What does TrumpetPower possibly mean?  While we're at it, add some info about the avatar picture you use if you like.

In my case, RustyTheGeek started out many years ago as a domain name people would remember for my IT consulting business when they needed to email me.  Eventually it just made sense to start treating it like a brand, esp since it's never taken when choosing a username on forums, etc.  So there we go!  I still need to get an avatar picture uploaded.  Bad me.

Anyone else care to share?  Even if it seems self explanatory there might be more than meets the eye.   :)

Site Information / Re: Signatures
« on: January 25, 2013, 03:32:36 PM »
I kind of enjoyed reading those admin posts.  I thought it was an interesting way to keep the forum transparent and educate the users on what the moderators have to put up with and the challenges and amount of time/effort is spent running an active forum such as this.  I didn't really see much in the way of stuff that needed to be confidential.  Even the discussions about problem users was kept on a professional and matter of fact level.  If problem users don't want to read about themselves in the admin threads, don't be problem users!

So I guess my point is that perhaps the mods/admins should consider making those threads public again, just restrict write access to the mods/admins.  Nothing says you can't still have a private thread for the really sensitive or security related things.

Just my 2c.   :)

PowerShot / Re: A camera for backpacking into the wilderness...
« on: January 25, 2013, 03:23:22 PM »
Part of the justification for my purchase of the 6D was to have a lighter FF DSLR to perhaps take on hikes.  Time will tell.  But it was a nice justification to have on the list to buy the 6D and we all know how important those justifications are when we are trying to decide about purchasing more camera equipment!!

PowerShot / Re: A camera for backpacking into the wilderness...
« on: January 25, 2013, 03:20:08 PM »
Great post strikerwy!  Man, why didn't I pose this question a year ago?  :D  So much good info and responses!!

Anyway, I think a fundamental consideration with regard to the gear carried is what type of group you are with, what is appropriate and acceptable to impose on that group.  In my case, I am with Boy Scouts and Adult Scouters.  I'm never on a photography trip or surrounded by other photographers.  I have a mixed set of obligations and responsibilities and most of the people around me are either less experienced hikers or tasked with other priorities so my photography is all up to me.  Plus, I need to set a good example for others by making safe and sane choices with my gear and think of the group.  I don't feel comfortable asking for assistance and no one around me really relates to the photography addiction I am afflicted with.  In fact, some probably think I'm nuts.  And a select few are even irritated by it if it ever causes any problems or distractions.  Fortunately I've been doing it for years so most everyone is glad I do it and they are supportive.  But if I ever end up needing help with shedding weight on a hike because I don't feel well, pull a muscle or something, I don't want others judging me based on the fact that I am carrying 10+ extra pounds of needless (to them) camera gear that now they are having to help carry.  Plus, I feel like I am imposing regardless of what the weight consists of.  A group of photographer hikers would understand but a group of "normal" adults focused on surviving the hike themselves and supporting the boys might find it a bit selfish on my part.

This comment post is a bit off topic but my point is that no one should ever hike alone and when you hike with others, it's a team effort and so even if you plan to carry a bunch of photo weight on your own, it still impacts the group because that's weight you can't carry for others to help even out the group load of food, water, etc.  Make sure the group is on board with what you decide to carry if you are carrying extra non-essentials.  Nobody will question a P&S but when you carry a DSLR with a big lens, another lens, batteries, misc other stuff etc then others may start to have an opinion or object, if not to others at least to themselves.  And they have a right to feel that way because all individual choices do impact the group as a whole.

Okay, the Hiking Etiquette PSA is now concluded.   :D

PowerShot / Re: A camera for backpacking into the wilderness...
« on: January 25, 2013, 02:25:23 PM »
I think TrumpetPower is on to something and he has inspired me to use my Shorty-McForty more in the future.  For the past several years, I have used the prime 28/1.8 in the same manner as Trumpet proposes the 40 be used for.  A great go-to lens for good snapshots that is wonderful in low light and plenty wide for most things.  40mm for me is starting to get a bit long.  I prefer 35 and below for a single lens solution but that's just me.  I lean towards the wide (wild) side!   ;)

PowerShot / Re: A camera for backpacking into the wilderness...
« on: January 25, 2013, 01:50:34 PM »
Depending on what pictures you want out of the 5DII, I would lean toward something like the 16-35 or 17-40 as a single lens solution.  Anything longer would be hard to use if you wanted to turn the camera around and get portraits or get big wide vistas.  The 16-35 also has the added benefit of working in lower light.  I have the version 1 of the 16-35 and it works great for me on both FF and Crop.  Next I guess would be the 24-105 but after that, you are looking at higher weight and bulk concerns.  Another idea might be a Tamron zoom with VC.  Those lenses are a bit of a compromise on IQ but they are lighter and provide a more versatile zoom range.  I have a 28-300 Tamron superzoom and it works OK for most daytime pictures that I use for scout slide shows, etc.  I've also used the 18-270 on crop bodies with similar satisfaction.  Those Tamron lenses are not weather sealed in the slightest however so keep that in mind with regard to dust and moisture.

I'm looking forward to hearing how things progress for you on this!

PowerShot / Re: A camera for backpacking into the wilderness...
« on: January 25, 2013, 01:39:03 PM »
Sounds great jrda2!  I think CC also has a smaller item that attaches to the pack shoulder strap now but I haven't used it and it may not work as well for a large DSLR.  Hard to say.  It might be the greatest thing ever.

For me, Photography and Hiking sort of collide.  They are two loves that tend to conflict a bit.  Photography wants IQ and heavy lenses and cameras + tons of extra stuff while Hiking wants light weight, less stuff and simplicity.  It's a hell of a balancing act!!

Only you can decide what your son will handle, tolerate and enjoy but it sounds like you should load him down with all the camera gear!!    :)  And his water+food!    ;)  And the tent!   :o  And all your snacks!!!   ???  Come on, son!!  Buck up!!  It's only another 3 miles to camp!  This is fun!!

Of course I'm kidding but I hope you share some pictures of the excursion.  It does sound like it will be a lot of great fun and memories.  Are you and your son involved with Boy Scouts at all?  Shameless Plug -> Scouts is a great experience for young men!!

PowerShot / Re: A camera for backpacking into the wilderness...
« on: January 25, 2013, 12:49:02 PM »
jabbott, you are obviously living the life!!   :)  And it appears you've got some experience in various types of excursions.

In terms of what the OP is faced with, forgetting photography per se for a moment, what is your opinion concerning what he should do in this situation?  As I mentally add up what he needs to take to make this a nice trip for himself and his son, the weight just keeps going up, up, up with no one to help him carry it!  I don't see much room for the camera stuff.  IMHO, his best option is to just stick with a simple P&S + the necessary batteries, etc.  I prefer the rugged D20 for no worries but I would also say that a G15 or S110 would work great as long as he could keep it clean, dry and not drop it.  Also perhaps the SX50 that is discussed in another thread although he probably doesn't need that much zoom.  I'm trying to avoid the other mini camera "systems" because they cost $1000's of dollars.  I'm attempting to suggest options that require spending less than $500 for another "hiking camera" since he is willing/able to take his 5D2 on other shorter trips anyway.  Most of the small "systems" are fragile too.

And finally, if a small P&S is taken, that leaves more room/weight allowance for some lightweight extension accessories that would make it easy to include both father & son in a lot of great portraits!

Consider both of these items to get the camera out in front of both of them and have a nice landscape shot with them in the foreground... - Tamrac Zipshot,TR406,Compact, Ultra-Light Aluminum Tripod with Ball Head - XShot Pocket Telescopic Camera Extender

PowerShot / Re: A camera for backpacking into the wilderness...
« on: January 25, 2013, 11:11:38 AM »
Sorry to dominate this thread but as I re-read your original post, it occurs to me that this is just you and your son, no other adults, correct?  Since your son isn't carrying a lot of weight, he must be young.  So this means everything revolves around you.  I gotta admit that this is worrisome due to safety concerns.  You are carrying a lot of weight.  How far from civilization will you be?  If you get hurt, turn an ankle or whatever, what is your emergency plan?  Will you be in cell phone range and how will they get to you if you can't walk out?  I don't want your wonderful father-son experience to become a nightmare.  Make sure someone knows your itinerary and you have check-in times.  I realize you are probably experienced enough to already know this but I'd rather say it rather than assume.  You'd be amazed at how little some people plan a trip they think will be all roses and discover the harsh reality of the outdoors later.  Don't be one of them!  Day hikes are completely different from multi-day trips.  COMPLETELY DIFFERENT!!  Different gear, different planning and different mindset!

PowerShot / Re: A camera for backpacking into the wilderness...
« on: January 25, 2013, 10:45:36 AM »
No offence to anyone posting to this thread but I think you are going to find that avid hikers are going to urge you to go minimal while the photographers without much hiking experience are going to offer advice about all the lenses you should take.  I would NOT take more than two lenses and even then I think you are pushing your luck due to the situation you are in, having to carry gear for more than one night for more than just yourself.  Keep in mind that jabbott mentioned that he only carried 20 pounds.  I'm guessing half of that was photo gear and the other half was snacks, water and weather gear.  He obviously had sherpas or porters or whatever you want to call them.  That sounds like a BLAST!!  All the fun, none of the weight!!

I really hope you have a great time but I also hope you do your due diligence and test hike everything ahead of time.  Please let us know what you learn as you prepare, what you finally decide and keep tossing out those questions!!

PowerShot / Re: A camera for backpacking into the wilderness...
« on: January 25, 2013, 10:25:33 AM »
Sorry in advance for the length.  Hopefully you will find some value from the following info, take it or leave it...

Since it appears this thread is leaning toward taking the DSLR and having it out and available the entire time, not just during stops, I experimented with and tested using the Cotton Carrier for hiking with the DSLR.  It works well because of several reasons.  It doesn't swing.  It doesn't bounce.  It doesn't hang out, swing or hit the ground if you lean over.  It also provides the nice counter weight in front.  It isn't attached to your main pack so when you need to remove your main pack, it doesn't go with it.  This is a big issue because if you are removing a 40-70 lb backpack, once you start the process of removing it, it's likely going where you planned to put it, with or without the camera going along for the ride and into the dirt.  It's bad enough forgetting to disconnect the pack chest strap and strangling yourself but if there's a camera involved, then you are really having to deal with unexpected issues and you could possibly pull a muscle or something trying to deal with a heavy pack and protect a camera as you are in the middle of the removal process.

Also, depending on where you are hiking, sudden weather like rain could be an issue and so you should have something handy to cover the DSLR regardless of how you keep it attached.  Ditto for when you are drinking, eating, or whatever.  And if it's hot, you will be sweating and that can drip on the camera.  The Cotton Carrier comes with some kind of cover thing as an option I think.

I'm not timid by any means taking a DSLR into the outdoors.  I pretty much assume, expect and am braced for a potential loss or damage event on every trip.  But I do my best to think ahead and use a system that hopefully prevents most common forms of damage or abuse.

Perhaps consider a hiking/pack umbrella.  They make a few that are very light, flexible and durable that you can attach to your pack straps and will not require your hands.  This allows you to stay dry underneath in light or non-windy rain or snow.  (Horizontal monsoons, not so much!)  I considered and briefly tested this also for taking DSLR pictures on the go.  The umbrella also helps keep you from sweating your a$$ off from wearing rain gear for hours during misty and drizzly conditions while you hike.  The links below show two different products and the youtube video gives a decent idea of what using one would be like.
GoLite Umbrella Review Small | Large

I spent months trying out different methods of using the DSLR and hiking.  IMHO, it's not the weight or even the risk to the equipment that bothers me.  It's the logistics of keeping up with it, packing/unpacking it, making room for it along with the other stuff.  Things like ultralight stools, a pillow and camp shoes are a godsend on a long expedition style hike.  Everything contributes to the list of stuff you have to manage and carry but they are servicing the primary purpose of the activity, hiking and maintaining your body as it endures the challenges you demand of it.  Don't forget, you have to carry enough food and water for whatever duration necessary.  And you also said you are carrying for the family too.  I don't think you will be able to use any kind of ultralight pack.  They are all designed for 35 lbs or less.  You will likely need something like a Kelty RedCloud 90 or 110!  For this reason, I like the P&S rugged cam for totally carefree hiking and then the DSLR to satisfy my IQ needs while stopped.  At that point, take the 40/2.8 or my favorite, the 16-35/2.8.  (The 17-40 would also be great but only f4.)  Maybe a 28/1.8 or other fast but light prime for very low light like campfires.  Consider the LensCoat DSLR Cover for keeping the DSLR protected in the pack and put that in a heavy duty ziplock.

FLASH - You are using a FF body so you will need fill flash.  Yes, you will.  Get a Sunpak RD2000 with the StoFen Diffuser made for it.  Put some foil in the diffuser to direct the light more forward.  Gaffer tape the diffuser to the flash.  Aim the flash up at an angle for better results indoors, in shadows, etc but remove the diffuser in total bright sun.  Use Energizer Lithium AAs for long life and very low weight.  Expect about two days from each pair assuming you run the flash about 1-2 stops down like I do. 

Last thing - Trekking Poles.  Get Aluminum so they bend instead of snap/shatter like carbon fiber does.  Leki has some (Aergon) that you can install their 1/4-20 bolt inside of the hand grip.  Or get a trekmount to fit on any pole which is what I did.  But of course, what will you do with the trekking poles when you want to grab the camera to take pictures?  Again, grabbing the P&S on my left shoulder  strap while still moving on the trail one handed is easier then having to stop the group, remove the poles and lean them somewhere (where they fall over anyway) and use two hands to manage the DSLR.  I actually rigged up two super magnets high up on my pack to hold the trekking poles so I never had to deal with them when I took pictures and no one else had to be bothered helping me.

In conclusion, I would like to implore you to do some "shakedown hikes" where you try out several different methods and ideas before you go on the actual trip.  And I don't mean walk up and down the street.  I mean hike up and down hills in similar conditions/weather and go for at least 3-4 miles.  You need to know how it feels after you are tired and you need to be sure your feet/boots can handle the extra weight, etc.  Anyone can hike for 3 miles no problem.  But once you hit 5 miles, you start to discover where the problems are.  Blisters on feet, wear points on hips or other areas and you start to ever so slightly question why you brought something or other.  You might decide that DSLR in front of you is an annoyance and not worth the trouble.  That's why I have a weatherproof P&S hanging on a supermagnet while on the trail.  No fuss, it can get wet, dropped, used one handed, etc with zero worry or annoyance.

Good luck and have a great time with your family!!  That's JOB 1!

PowerShot / Re: A camera for backpacking into the wilderness...
« on: January 24, 2013, 11:40:12 PM »
I considered the G1X for hiking but when you consider the high price for what it is and then actually pick one up and hold it, you will likely blow off the G1X due to value concerns and the sheer weight of the thing.  And buying any other 4/3 or other system means a LOT of money for this purpose.

I can't get away from the fact that when hiking, you will have to deal with dirt, moisture, humidity, impacts, etc.  To mitigate disaster, you will have to manage/pack/cushion/make space for the camera, lenses, etc more than in other settings.  In short, take the 5D2 + 40mm/2.8 if you must but store/protect them in your pack while hiking.  Don't worry about them.  Keep a P&S like the rugged D20 on your pack shoulder strap within easy reach with a carabiner or something for all the spontaneous shots while you're on the trail with the family and being active.

When stopped for long periods or when you are camped then pull out the DSLR and enjoy the higher quality.  It's up to you how much you take but just remember the proper priority order....  you are backpacking with the family and taking pictures.  You aren't on a paid photo shoot with the family tagging along for fun.  One is secondary to the other.  Don't forget which one is which!

PowerShot / Re: Advice on P&S
« on: January 24, 2013, 07:23:23 PM »
I'd have a look at the SX50 HS (review).  It's a bit over the price stated, but meets the needs - long zoom, decent low light, manual controls, and shoots RAW (if your friend wants to put time into post processing).

Else, consider an S100 - large sensor for a P&S, decent in low light, pocketable (but only 120mm FF-equivalent).

I have considered (and still consider) buying the SX50 for hiking instead of taking a DSLR.  It's nice to hear some endorsements of it.  I need to go play with one at my local store and maybe even pull out my wallet.  I'm glad this thread came up.  Here goes the CR Forum again, costing me money!!   :D

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