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Software & Accessories / Re: how to backup photos in the field?
« on: January 12, 2015, 03:30:03 PM »
Personality, I use my iPad.
I can spend one to four days at a race track, shooting speeding motorcycles. I would save my cards to the iPad in the evening, but I also had the option of saving during the lunch breaks.
With the 7D, I would save roughly 800 pictures every evening in jpg format. but I know that if you shoot RAW, the iPad will save and restitute in RAW format to your computer when you return home.

How long does it take to transfer the images?  How many?  How large?  How much of an impact does it make on the battery?  And how do you connect the media cards to the iPad?

Software & Accessories / Re: how to backup photos in the field?
« on: January 12, 2015, 02:17:50 PM »
I think I have another RAVPower product (just a battery device) but it seems to work well.

I might pick up one of these (because it's so inexpensive and has good reviews) for various uses in my IT work.  It might also provide a good WiFi "hub" for all kinds of needs including different camera remote WiFi connections, etc.

I'm still not sure if this will be a good solution for in the field image backups but it might be a handy device to have to several other uses.  For less than $50 I guess itmight be worth playing with it to find out.  :-)

Software & Accessories / Re: how to backup photos in the field?
« on: January 12, 2015, 01:43:58 PM »
Does Nexto support incremental backup? I am not referring to the sync operation but to the initial card copy function.

If by incremental you mean that it only backs up the new images since the last backup, then yes, I believe that is the default.  It's a been a while since I needed that particular feature however.  I usually just do a single backup at the end of the day from all my cards.  It puts them in a dated folder on the drive automatically.

Sports / Re: Critique My "Running" Photos?
« on: January 12, 2015, 01:18:19 PM »
Good luck, and keep shooting and critiquing your own work.  Also study other photographs you like and try to figure out what you like about them.

I enjoy doing this all the time.  Looking and analyzing other images and trying to determine how they did the lighting or what framing, etc they used to show the image the way they intended.  How would I have done it or how could I do it myself in the future?

Software & Accessories / Re: how to backup photos in the field?
« on: January 12, 2015, 01:13:52 PM »
Theere is a very nice and cheap solution to that.
This device can be controlled by any smartphone and transfer files from an SD card to a USB connected portable hard drive.
It doubles up as a back up battery/charging device for your smartphone as well.
I bought one a couple weeks ago.

This is interesting.  I wonder how well it works?  Battery life, speed, etc.  Here's a link to one on the US Amazon site...

 There is also a growing product niche of wireless NAS devices available to help out all the poor Apple iPad/iPhone/iTouch users out there that can't connect anything directly to their devices.

Of course, all of these solutions are still more trouble and require carrying multiple items all of which must be powered on, etc to do what the NEXTO will do with a couple simple steps.  But it's good to see the various alternatives!

Software & Accessories / Re: how to backup photos in the field?
« on: January 12, 2015, 01:05:24 PM »
G'Day folks.

Did I miss something, cos buying 3 or 4 extra New CF cards, is actually cheaper than those "in-field espresso machines". I mean HDD / Card transfer docks.

< A little trivia >
CF Cards are Pin-for-Pin comparable with Pata HDDs and cables.  :o
I have installed my computer's OS onto one. Has not missed a beat in 11years.

Please explain how you copy the contents from one media to the other?  Having extra CF cards is always good advice but how do you end up with two copies of the data in the field?  I always suggest people use smaller media and change it once or twice a day to distribute out the images in case a card fails, the camera is lost/stolen or whatever.  But this is not a backup, it is just spreading out the images over multiple media.

And I'm glad you have had such good luck with running your OS from a CF card but I wouldn't recommend it.  CF cards are not designed for that kind of write wear and I would expect them to fail.  They are expensive for the small capacity they offer.  CF read/write performance is also slow compared to SSD drives.  CF media also does not contain the appropriate firmware to handle the amount of read/writes an OS requires.  Pretty much in all respects a CF card is a poor choice to run a computer from.  Especially these days with such affordable SSD drives available.

Software & Accessories / Re: how to backup photos in the field?
« on: January 12, 2015, 12:09:28 PM »
Hey...this is a funny thread :)....
I have a hyperdrive and I like it for storage. It is basically useless as a viewer...but at least you can interact with the screen and be comfortable that your images are actually saved. Some other hardrive type devices give no feed back.
Rusty is correct about the battery life.... I got some spares batteries and an auxhillary charger on eBay...but they are all lame.  Also..if you try to plug in the hyperdrive and operate it from a wall outlet it will not let you start it just stays in charge mode...but I found a way around that ....
Like I go on photoshoots and then want to back up in my motel room at the end of the day etc. I found that if you fire up the unit off of one of the batteries and then plug it in while it is up and running it will operate with wall power supply or at least with the battery being you can have confidence in downloading a large card that the unit will not kick out in the middle of a download due to the battery dying.  The battery is really not  strong enough to operate the unit. I would hope that the developers are aware of this and can find the Hyperdrive current and past customers a better solution.
But it is good enough to have some safety if you are out shooting something important.

Wow.  This is pretty much what I experienced with the Hyperdrive, et al.  Because of this, I was/am perplexed how it remains so popular.  The NEXTO battery (at least with the extra battery connected) has never let me down.  It just runs and runs.  And it powers off automatically about 30 seconds after it is done with the copy process.  And when you fire it up the next time, it gives you a confirmation that the copy completed successfully.  Like I said, its primary function is BACKUP.

Honestly, I've considered a couple of times upgrading mine to a newer version with an SSD drive or installing a SSD in the one I currently own.  I'm really curious to know how much faster it would transfer to a SSD drive and how much more battery life I might get with a non-mechanical drive.  Wanna buy my older 2725 used in the box?   ;)

Canon General / Re: Canon Date codes gone? Why?
« on: January 12, 2015, 11:43:01 AM »
On the other hand, even used lenses get the new owners more committed to the Canon system, so used sales do benefit the company in the long run. I have a mix of new (2/3) and used or refurbished (1/3) EF/EF-S lenses.

I totally agree.  It's a bit of a Catch-22 for Canon.  Having a solid and high quality new & used market of lenses and all other Canon gear gets a larger following and encourages brand loyalty even if it means less new sales.  And I could be wrong but it seems like there are more Canon users than Nikon users overall.  Seems like a lot of the beginners tend to buy Rebels.  Just my observation.

Software & Accessories / Re: how to backup photos in the field?
« on: January 12, 2015, 11:36:04 AM »
There are portal devices like Hyperdrive...

Are these portals to another dimension?
Funny...   ;D ;D

The Hyperdrive was one of the products I tried back in mid 2011.  I was initially excited but then I found that the battery life was a bit limited and it took a while to transfer the files.  Plus, it required a lot of user interaction to initiate the backup.  I didn't want a small computer/viewer.  I wanted a backup device.  If I wanted a computer/viewer, I would either use my laptop, a netbook or a tablet.  IMHO, most of the backup devices in this small niche category try to be too many things and miss the mark on their primary function, media backup.

The only way to know for sure is to do what I did.  Buy at least two if not three or four products and try them all to see which one is the best one for you.  The Hyperdrive has a lot of fans and over the past 3 years perhaps they improved it a bit.

I for one would love to hear what you learn, experience and finally decide!   Good luck!!  :)

Software & Accessories / Re: how to backup photos in the field?
« on: January 12, 2015, 11:30:21 AM »
There are portal devices like Hyperdrive...

Are these portals to another dimension?

Why not?  What better way to get effective and fast offsite backup to the cloud!?   ;D

Software & Accessories / Re: how to backup photos in the field?
« on: January 12, 2015, 11:29:29 AM »
I tried several products a few years ago.  Just about all the devices I returned because they were not reliable, they were too much trouble to use in the field or the battery life was too short.  The only one that was reliable, fast and simple was the NEXTO product.  I have a slightly older version (2725) of the 2730.  I also got the little extended battery.  It came with a nice leather case which also will hold the extra battery on the side.  I think the 2901 is the current model which is faster and uses USB 3 to connect to a computer.  These aren't cheap but they work well and they are reliable.  They are simple to use which is key.  They require almost no user interaction.  Turn it on, put in the media and it copies.  Done.  You can almost use it unseen in your pocket.  And it's fast.  The battery lasts for a long time.  You can also connect other devices to it in the field and transfer either way so it's flexible to share images with another drive or device in the field.

I think the key to this device's effectiveness is that it's not trying to be a hybrid multi-purpose device.  It's not trying to be a viewer for instance.  It's focusing on being a simple and effective BACKUP DEVICE.  If you want it to be super tough and more resistant to shocks, get one with and SSD drive.

I still have mine and I am still using it after about 3 years.  Besides backups on week long trips, I also use mine to collect images from other people at events or trips so I can post them in one place for everyone.  Much easier than having to fire up a laptop, mess with usb readers, etc.  I just pop in their media and talk with them while it copies.  Then it beeps and I pull out the media and hand it back to them.  Done.

Sports / Re: Critique My "Running" Photos?
« on: January 12, 2015, 11:01:11 AM »
Muchos appreciated.  I think I'll go with RAW next time and better choose the location.  I got all tied up speaking with people not realizing that runners would be coming off of the trail as quickly as they did and got all frantic.  Was able to capture everyone, but definitely could have better scouted out the area.  Also, I guess that a cloudy or foggy day would be much better vs. sun.
Next time will be better.

That has happened to me as well.  These things are always a bit stressful when you feel like you are trying to provide good images for others.  I try to do as much prep as I can with regard to the location.  I either go a few days early and scout the route/venue at the same time of day as the event or I arrive extra early the day of.  Either way, it's a "Plan your work, Work your plan." kind of thing.  This way, you can relax and just enjoy the shoot.  Get insurance shots and then go for the more interesting ones.  Always have a flash because fill flash is your friend outdoors.  (Unless the subjects are too far away.)  And if sunny, try to avoid direct sun and shoot folks as they are under shade, preferably with some fill flash.  Everyone has an opinion about RAW vs JPG but I shoot RAW on everything.  I just figure, why not?  That way, the inevitable best shot of the day that happens to be off on exposure has the best chance of recovery in post.

Canon General / Re: Canon Date codes gone? Why?
« on: January 12, 2015, 09:14:20 AM »
I was under the impression that Canon simply changed their method and started integrating the date code into the serial number.  I don't think anyone is 100% sure and Canon hasn't released an official key or explanation.  Keep in mind that Canon doesn't care about maintaining a system to support resale values.  If anything, they would prefer everyone buy new.  This may be the reason for keeping the date code "secret" in the first place.  Good resale values doesn't help Canon make profit, it helps the buyer save money and in a way is probably considered competition.

Here is a good web site for understanding what is known about the date codes.

Sports / Re: Critique My "Running" Photos?
« on: January 12, 2015, 08:58:14 AM »
Great work!  There is nothing wrong with your image in general and I agree with the previous posts about those improvements.  I think yorgasor's edit is a good example of what I would have done.  IMO, you did great.  Shooting sports or anything else in the heat of the moment is tough and we are blessed with the ability to adjust things later in post.  yorgasor took down the brightness/highlights just a bit which is what I prefer, a face that is a bit warmer without the shimmer and moving the runner over the side a bit.  But that is personal taste!

Since I shoot outside a lot, I learned a long time ago to buy some warm high quality thin gloves and even a second pair of fingerless gloves to go over those if needed.  Obviously it's worth it if you are out for longer than 30 minutes.

If you (or anyone else!) care to look at similar run photos I shot, go here...
I am by no means a pro and I don't shoot "sports" shots that often.  You'll see where I tried to mix candid personal shots of the people with the action shots of the runners and then shots of the awards ceremony afterwards.  (Yeah, I got a little carried away with the cute little girls at the end.)  I shot everything with a 5D3+24-70f/2.8 and a 6D+70-200f/2.8 combo.  The running shots where taken sitting from a stool just before the finish line.  Since these runs were all on asphalt streets through neighborhoods and commercial buildings, there wasn't really a good spot along the route with a great background.  I hate that stupid sign pole in several shots.  Couldn't be avoided.  Grrr.

Before the 2013 run, I posted a request here for advice.  There were a lot of good suggestions.
One thing I took away that I never forgot was to try and catch runners as they are leaping, not landing in their pace.  In other words, catch them while their body is going up and in mid air.  This way, their face, chest, clothes, hair, etc are all uplifted or more natural, not sagging and being pulled down from landing on the ground with their other foot.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Difference in image from APS-C to FF
« on: January 10, 2015, 02:01:30 PM »
My only follow-up question is, do I wait to see what Canon's rebates will be in Feb?

I'm no expert on rebates.  However, others will probably correct me but rebates are usually over after New Years.  This year, they extended them through January.  Who knows what Canon will do after that but I suspect the rebates will be over.  I think that this year there is enough stuff coming in 2015 that Canon is trying to help the various authorized dealers clear some inventory for another month past the normal Nov-Dec rebate/sales time window.

If you aren't already looking at, I would give that a shot.  Gordon does a great job of doing deal alerts, and wrangling a few deals for his subscribers.  If anyone can predict rebate stuff, it might be him.

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