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Software & Accessories / Re: The 10 Essentials for Your Camera Bag
« on: November 06, 2013, 12:28:47 PM »
Half the stuff already mention plus a few strong, releasable cable ties.
I actually have those rattling around in the bottom of most of my bags, so I guess that's #11

You might want to consider toilet paper.   Not photography related, but some comforts of home can't be beaten!
Good idea, as the Zeiss wipes can be a little small ;)

A basic Silva-type protractor compass is very handy when you're trying to work out timings and angles for the sun when you're shooting outdoors, and it doesn't take up much space.
Good one, though I never get lost - LOL ;D

7. a few Polarizers (B+W)
8. a few ND filters (B+W, Lee and SingRay)
9. a few ND grad filters (Lee)
10. Gerber tool
11. small water-level
12. Datacolor Spyder Cube
I take polarizers with me over 90% of the time, and grads most times.  I have a Gerber tool in my car, and take a snake bite and first aid kit me most of the time I'm outdoors.  I have lost many of those levels, but fortunately my 5DIII makes them obsolete, except for critical applications.  I still have one for my 5DII, though.

Also, do you find yourself using the Spyder Cube much?  I've often considered getting one for my studio, but don't know if I would use it enough.

Please throw away the snake bite kit.  Snake Bite kits are outdated and will cause more harm than good.  There are many sources for information about this but they all agree that trying to remove the snake venom is a pointless waste of time and is not advised.  Call 911, treat the bite like a puncture wound, keep it below heart level, sit down, lower your heart rate and get to a hospital ASAP.

What would be better to keep with you when you are outdoors often and away from a hospital would be a Eppi-Pen in case you or someone else is stung and goes into anaphylactic shock.  Or at the very least keep Benadryl handy.

Software & Accessories / Re: The 10 Essentials for Your Camera Bag
« on: November 05, 2013, 11:16:50 PM »
You might want to consider toilet paper.   Not photography related, but some comforts of home can't be beaten!


Comforts of home are comfy wet wipes!  Those are in the fanny pack along with tissues, etc.  The fanny pack contents are a whole other list.   ;)

I use a 30" Dell Ultrasharp but I used the cheaper 24" version for years and years. They're pretty cheap now.

Way to go RL!  We think alike.  I've used my U2410 for years and still love it.  It can be purchased here now for a 1/3 of what I paid when I got mine at a discount years ago.

Wonderful high quality monitor that is built like a tank and renders beautiful consistent images.

U2410 - "Refurbished" for $230 - A Steal!

Software & Accessories / Re: The 10 Essentials for Your Camera Bag
« on: November 05, 2013, 08:09:44 PM »
What are your 10 Camera Bag Essentials you carry to every shoot (well at least when you take a camera bag)?

I don't carry any of this stuff.  Just my camera and some condoms.   ;D
If I don't carry a bag, I don't carry much if any of that stuff, either.  Also, if the condom is for waterproofing, you must have a some pretty small lens ;)

OMG, if you saw all the crap I carry with me, it would blow your mind.  But most of it stays in a trunk in the car.  In reality, I carry quite a bit of "trail necessities" in a North Face Fanny Pack.  All the misc hiking necessities like 1st Aid kit, compass, head light, bright flashlight, etc etc etc etc.  Then I have a few things like mem cards, batteries, etc in my cargo pants.  Finally, I have a basic cheap daypack (won't draw attention to me carrying camera gear) with a couple lens cases with extra lenses, lens cloths, filters/polarizers, misc tools, rain gear, baseball cap and large Tilly wide brim sun hat, etc.  The only thing that causes me to carry an actual top loader camera case is when I carry the 70-200 f/2.8 monster lens which takes up an enormous amount of room.  Fortunately, I don't walk around with that lens too much on campouts or summer camps.  Finally, I always have a Nalgene full of water tucked somewhere, either hanging or in a side pocket of the daypack.

Something else that stays with me all the time... Large carabiners and a bungee cord.  These are used to hang my daypack and/or camera from a high place, a tree, under an overhang, whatever when I stop for a while.  It keeps it away from all the scouts running around, it won't get knocked over, spilled on or otherwise damaged.  I cover it to keep it dry if necc.  It's always within eyesight and since I'm at private scout camps, I don't have to worry much about theft since it's usually just us anyway.  In public places I have to be a bit more creative or careful.

Garbage compactor bags are a good idea but another good idea is TyVek.  If you can get a good sized piece, wash it a few times to soften it, it's super durable and comfortable + easy to fold and pack and it's super light.

Software & Accessories / Re: Portable Storage Backup?
« on: November 05, 2013, 07:52:55 PM »
I use one similar to this one from NEXTO.  Never failed me. Simple and works fast.  Don't make it too complicated.  All the ones with tiny displays are a waste of time & money.  The displays are terrible and you'll likely never use it anyway.  It's a backup device, not a viewer.  If you want a viewer, take a netbook or something.


Software & Accessories / Re: The 10 Essentials for Your Camera Bag
« on: November 05, 2013, 07:48:07 PM »
While my needs vary by shoot, sometimes taking a flash, rain cover, snake bite kit, GPS, or other things, there are a handful of items I always take with me.  In the outdoor world, you frequently hear about the 10 Essentials - here's my list of 10 Camera Bag Essentials in no particular order:

  • Canon RC-1 wireless remote control - I use this all the time for just about any shot taken on a tripod
  • Giotto Rocket - I use it a couple of time a year, mainly shooting at the beach
  • LensPen DSLR Kit - hardly ever use it, but feel like I need to have it along just in case
  • B+W 82mm Polarizer & stepdown rings - used pretty frequently
  • Spare battery - used when needed, but not often as I have battery grips
  • Spare memory cards - only used when I forget to bring a card in the camera :o
  • Repel Lemon Eucalyptus Bug Spray - a necessity of living in Florida.  It's not as good as DEET, but in Florida, you have bugs year round and even architectural shoots and such can be buggy, so I always carry a little bottle of this with me.  I use it and Deep Woods Off! Sportsman's Formula a lot
  • Filter wrenches - fortunately I haven't had to use them too often
  • Zeiss lens wipes -  have used them mainly to keep blood off my gear from minor cuts
  • Garbage compactor bag - bought after reading about it in a Ralph Clevenger book.  They are tough as nails and great for macro groundwork, covering gear in the rain, etc.  I've carried one for at least 4 years now, but have only used it once...

What are your 10 Camera Bag Essentials you carry to every shoot (well at least when you take a camera bag)?

I don't carry any of this stuff.  Just my camera and some condoms.   ;D

Software & Accessories / Re: The 10 Essentials for Your Camera Bag
« on: November 05, 2013, 07:47:08 PM »
BTW, be careful with DEET.  It does not get along with some types of plastic or fabric.
I would say most type of plastic along with many painted surfaces.  It's a fact of life in Florida that you have to wear DEET a lot, but my SLRs have suffered along with car interiors, watch crystals (just a cheap Timex), and other stuff.  The lemon eucalyptus stuff from Repel is the only one that seems to work.  It only lasts about 2 hours and doesn't do well in nasty swarms, but it works in moderately infested areas and importantly, repels ticks as well.  So far I've yet to find anything that works against deer flies, but I'm going to try to fly paper patches on my hat.  The rangers told me their solution is to "stay in the truck."  Not very helpful...

I'm outdoors a LOT with our Scout Troop.  I have had good luck with Picaridin based repellents.  I keep a small pump spray unit in a small ziplock bag along with a paper towel to wipe off my hands as best I can.

I take issue with anything that has these strong magnets. Kills mechanical watches, hard drives, laptops, and probably other stuff you carry in your camera bag.

I like the design but not the use of magnets. Same adapter but with some other way to attach the filters and I'd buy it.

HDD are generally pretty difficult to kill with magnets. You need it either seriously close (in contact with the disk, in which case it's dead from the scraping anyway) or seriously powerful. There's a reason de-gaussers that will kill a HDD are floor/desk standing. See:

http://www.datadev.com/degausser-model1100.html (not it need to be in contact with the disc)

So unless you have an old floppy disk, I find it unlikely the permanent magnets on these things will hard your HDD. They aren't _that_ strong. I can't really think of anything else (well, _maybe_ your magnetic watch if it's strong enough to bend/damage the winder or gears) that'd I'd have in a camera bag that it'd hurt.

There are a lot of things that strong magnets affect, implants, hearing aids, etc.  The FDA is planning to ban ones in oys since kids swallow them, and get serious problems.
Strong magnets are not something to take casually, there should be a very good reason for using them.  I can't imagine a knowledgable photographer who works with the public taking a risk that he would hurt someone with a implant.
Kids also swallow memory cards, coins, pins, clips, magnets in mobile phone covers/purses/wallets/camera bags/laptop bags etc and get serious problems, yet knowledgable photogrpahers, who work with the public, still carry/use them ... I do not think the two little magnets in the magmod will cause any serious problems to the public.

The problem with kids swallowing super strong magnets is real.  But it was mostly the Bucky Balls that caused most of the trouble.  Read this... http://www.cnn.com/2012/11/02/tech/web/apparently-this-matters-buckyballs/

I haven't read much yet about kids swallowing large silicone flash modifiers, with or without embedded magnets.  Hopefully that trend doesn't start unless they start making them in yummy candy colors.

Looks great ... I'm in

+1  Ditto!  Love it!  Schweet!   8)

Software & Accessories / Re: Another Stupid Question about Format CF.
« on: November 05, 2013, 07:17:32 PM »
FYI, the North Rim is now closed for the winter.  The South Rim remains open year round.  Be ready for the weather.....it is in the 20's overnight at the South Rim this week.  Daytime temperatures can climb into the 50's if you have a break but it is in the 40's today.  Remember the old adages about keeping your batteries warm and avoiding the changes in humidity going from outside to in and then outside again.

The canyon is a truly magical place.  If you get any snow, the panorama changes entirely.  And the lighting changes as the sun shifts all day long.  Have a great trip.

Thanks you, Sir, Mr. JPAZ.
I will prepare for this one in the Life time trip, But Next Trip after this., Will be  the Early Morning Sun Rise and The Evening Sun Set at Grand canyon too------Dream, Dream and Dream---Yes, Sir, I will have Complete with All Lenses from  8 MM Fish Eyes, to 800 mm ( 400 X 2X)---But my Dear 600 mm L . too big to get on the Airplane.
Nice to talk to you , Sir.

Mr. surapon, please be careful and have fun.  That's truly a trip of a lifetime!  Don't forget....

-  Drink plenty of water
-  Be aware of your surroundings/environment/weather conditions
Leave all the camera gear behind one day and just Enjoy the Experience and The Beauty of your Wife & Life!
(She'll thank you for giving her a day of your undivided attention.)

So glad to hear that you can go see such a beautiful place and enjoy your hobby too!


Software & Accessories / Re: Bottleneck when opening images of CF card?
« on: November 05, 2013, 07:04:16 PM »
OK, IT guy here.  Sorry for the long post but I hope this advice helps.


Finally, don't use this nice fast photo pc to do everything.  If you install a bunch of stuff like QuickBooks,  Office, HP Printer software, huge antivirus security packages, etc, you will kill the performance.  Just use it for photography.  If you don't use it to surf porn, play online games or do your online banking, don't install antivirus or just install the perfectly fine Microsoft Antivirus.  Seriously, you'll thank me later.

Thanks RustyTheGeek, that's a very fine, generous post. Home PC builders should bookmark this one.

Your final comment is an area that is too often overlooked. My photo PC's do just that...all that's installed are the required Adobe CC components, PhotoMechanic, Firefox, Microsoft Security Essentials and a handful of required utilities.

All the Office, MYOB, iTunes and basically unnecessary entertaining stuff is on a separate modestly powered machine, in this case an entry-level Mac Mini running OSX Mavericks and Windows 7 installed via VM Ware.


Thanks for the kind words pwp.  Yes, these days hardware is cheap.  People sometimes don't realize the benefits of having more than one physical system.  Esp if they have kids!!  Another option is running a separate VM system.  I've been doing this for over 20 years and it still amazes me how poorly written most software is.  It's actually much worse than it was even 10 years ago.  Lazy or overworked programmers and unrealistic deadlines and/or not much talent.  It's sad but this is just the poor state of affairs most software companies are in these days.  Look at how long it  has taken to get a version of Windows out in the past 10 years and then look what we ended up with!  And Adobe regularly releases buggy code.

Most of the time it pays to keep things as simple as possible.

Software & Accessories / Re: Bottleneck when opening images of CF card?
« on: November 05, 2013, 11:31:49 AM »
OK, IT guy here.  Sorry for the long post but I hope this advice helps.

I've read everything up to now and it all makes sense and I agree.  So far, the info, comments, opinions, corrections, etc all add up and make sense.  No need to repeat it all again.

My primary advice is that you take your time.  Build it, install Win7Pro x64 OS (great OS choice at this time) to a decent SSD like maybe an Intel 520 series or Samsung 840 Pro series and then systematically install all the updates and find the most up to date drivers.  Get a solid motherboard from ASUS, Intel or several other reputable companies.  Don't buy cheapo motherboard+CPU deals.  Buying the motherboard is usually my hardest decision.  Make sure the BIOS is fully updated.  Make sure the USB3 firmware is fully updated.  Put your catalog and/or photoshop cache files on the SSD.  Store the actual image files on a secondary large RAID protected volume.  Don't buy cheapo RAM.  Stay with Crucial, Micron, Kingston, PNY, G.Skill, Patriot, etc.  The reputable motherboard manufacturers usually have lists of RAM they certify to work that they tested.

Once all that is done, do an image backup and start benchmark/stress testing the system with file transfers, benchmark utilities, etc.  Make sure you are getting the performance of the CPU, RAM, Drives, Motherboard, Video, etc that you paid for.

Oh, and get a high quality power supply.  Get a large tower case.  (Antec 300 is a good choice.)  You'll be adding drives, believe me.  Get something that is at least 750W.  Real watts, not cheapo watts.  Something like a good Corsair unit.  If you paid less than $100 for the power supply, it probably isn't good enough.  Newegg has great informative IT geek reviews and will likely help you get a good unit for your needs.

Put this system and the display on a UPS with AVR.  My Costco regularly carries the CyberPower 1350AVR for around $100.  It's a great unit and it's on Newegg for around $145.  Just get one with AVR.  Direct power from the wall (the grid) isn't nice to your sensitive electronics.  I have a good UPS on everything in my home that is electronic and worth more than $100.  You know, like that $3500 plasma tv!  It's not a guarantee against calamity but it's better than nothing.

Don't go overboard on the video card for a photo pc.  Most of the performance benefit will be gained from the SSD, CPU, RAM, USB3, then video, etc.  Spend the video money on a nice high end IPS display and calibration tool.  Maybe get dual displays but one large high end IPS panel is better than two cheapo LCD panels.  Put in plenty of storage in RAID 1 configurations for working data storage and individual internal and external drives for backups.

The hard part isn't just the hardware, it's setting up the software, getting an effective sync/backup system in place and then keeping up with it.  You can't have too much backup.  Consider an offsite solution as well, online or physically carrying external drives to another location or both.  Online is good for data but not for recovering the system so you need a local image backup of at least the system drive.

Finally, don't use this nice fast photo pc to do everything.  If you install a bunch of stuff like QuickBooks,  Office, HP Printer software, huge antivirus security packages, etc, you will kill the performance.  Just use it for photography.  If you don't use it to surf porn, play online games or do your online banking, don't install antivirus or just install the perfectly fine Microsoft Antivirus.  Seriously, you'll thank me later.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Off Brand: Nikon Announces the Df
« on: November 05, 2013, 10:15:19 AM »
I skimmed this thread and honestly, my heads hurts a little.  I can already see this thread going off into all kinds of rants.  Frankly, I love the retro stuff.  I'll likely never sell my little AE-1 kit either.  And I would love to have my 5D3 or 6D crammed inside of my AE-1.  Or maybe a rangefinder.  It would be sooo cool.

But that isn't going to happen and some of you may remember my own little rant a year ago about wanting a simple non-video low-res DSLR dedicated to photography.  And now, here it is from Nikon for an insane price.  And as much as I would love to see this from Canon, I have to admit that the Nikon is pretty silly mostly because of the insane price.

So my revised wish would be to have a 6D or 60D crammed into the old retro AE-1 Program body and priced around the same price or less of a 6D or 60D if it were APS-C.  That would be fun.  That's all.  Fun.  For those with disposable income that want a nostalgic fun camera.  Don't beat me up about whether adding video costs more or not, recovering R&D budgets, market segments, etc.

It would just be fun to see and I might even buy one if it used my current lenses and flash.

Software & Accessories / Re: Another Stupid Question about Format CF.
« on: November 05, 2013, 09:54:39 AM »
I gotta say, you have an interesting mix of cards there!   :D

Dude!  You still have microdrives!  Do those even still work?!  (You realize that microdrives are actually tiny mechanical hard drives, not flash memory, right?  Don't bang them around and don't go over 10,000 feet to use them.)

Sorry, I'm an IT guy and those things were SO COOL back in the day!  I was showing one of those to my class way back when I used to teach IT in '97!!  I had to do a Google search to realize that I guess they are actually still made and available!  Really???  :o 

Here is a link to a great summary of their use in cameras.

OK, so I know this comment didn't answer your question.  Sorry.

Sharing media between cameras will not hurt the media itself.  It's just a memory device and will simple store the data written to it.  The card itself doesn't care how its formatted or what kind of data it holds.

The problem arises in keeping track of the pictures themselves and the logistics of time date stamps, filenames/numbers, etc.  Different cameras typically store their files in different folders but Canon cameras will usually all use a DCIM folder with a subfolder or many subfolders depending on how you set the camera.  The folder name can be changed in the camera settings if you want to share media between cameras to make it a little easier.  However, the camera will still look at the highest file number on the card in the appropriate folder and start numbering from there.  Every time you change the card, the camera will start numbering the pictures based on the highest number it sees already on the card.  This will cause problems later when you offload images to your computer if you are combining all the pictures from that event into a single folder and run across duplicate filenames.  It will also cause them to be out of the sequence shot if you were sorting the files on the filename and not the time/date stamps.

Here is an explanation of what happens on CPS...

I'm not an expert on this but for me, the bigger challenge is keeping cards organized so no mistakes happen in the field and so I don't pull my hair out when I get home.  If I am gone on a trip for several days and I arrive home with thousands of pictures from 3 cameras on multiple cards over several days on separate subjects, I am careful to organize the images on my computer when I offload them from the cards.  Swapping the cards between cameras will complicate this, esp since their time/date stamps will be slightly off.  And each camera will have different exposures, settings, lenses, etc so the post image work will be easier if I know ahead of time which camera took each image.

This is my system...

- Separate cards for each camera.  (For my own OCD sanity, not because they wouldn't function correctly.)
- All cards are formatted in camera before leaving on the trip.  All cards' image contents are double checked before formatting to ensure all pictures already on them are "OLD" and already exist in two places on my computer.  I don't format cards right after I offload their contents to the computer because until I need the card again it serves as a redundant copy of the images for a few days/weeks in case something tragic happens to my computer.
- All of my CF cards have a small piece of green or blue painters' tape hanging slightly off their outside edge that I use to fold over the leading edge after it is full when I switch to another card in the field.  This prevents me from re-using a full card.  Re-using the card isn't a problem for the files already on the card but if I think it's a card that I forgot to format at home, I could lose a LOT of pictures in an instant.  I did that years ago and started this system then.  Re-using a card also wastes time since it will require more card switching when I realize it.

Protecting yourself from tragedy involves using some logic and common sense.  When you are travelling, keep your full cards separated from your empty cards in separate places, luggage, etc.  If sometone steals your camera bag, you'll lose your kit but you may still have a lot of your pictures if they weren't stored together with everything else.  If you are on a long trip (more than a couple days), either take a computer or take a backup drive designed to save files off of you media cards.  This way you can get a backup right away in case something bad happens.  Anything can go wrong.  Your images are extremely vulnerable to theft or loss when you are out of your home, office, etc.  Photographers in groups will sometimes swap cards or drives to make sure their images are "offsite" in another place in case they are robbed, have a fire, whatever.When flying, obviously don't check your gear, carry it on the plane.  Maybe take your media cards that are backed up on your computer or other device and mail them to yourself before the plane trip home.  It all depends on how important those images are to you or your livelihood.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: October 30, 2013, 11:40:59 PM »
1/1250th s
ISO 3200

Love this one.  Amazing that at 1/1250th the wings still blur, eh?  Thanks for posting the camera settings.  That makes it that much more interesting to us camera geeks!

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