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Where are you based so I can visit and be a fly on the wall!!  Great job.  It looks like it was a lot of fun.  And I agree, the music is great too.  I played it couple of times for the tune as well as the video.   :)

EOS-M / Re: Portfolio of my favorite Eos M pics of the last year...
« on: January 07, 2015, 07:47:33 PM »
Nice!  Love the fun quirky style.  Cat in window is my favorite.

On most of those shots, it appears that the saturation and black levels are pumped a bit.  Is that how you achieved the higher contrast/depth and saturation of the colors?  Deep blue skies, etc.  Thanks!

Video & Movie / Watch Airbus Risk $1.5 Billion in a Wild Airplane Stunt
« on: January 07, 2015, 06:35:22 PM »
This is pretty cool, esp for you aviation buffs out there.  AFAIK, we have several pilots on this forum.  Enjoy!

Photography Technique / Re: Travel set up
« on: January 07, 2015, 04:59:16 PM »
Just curious, how did this trip turn out?  Can you share a few shots?   :)

Lenses / Re: Where are the new Canon 50mm and 85mm lenses?
« on: January 07, 2015, 04:35:27 PM »
As long as Canon keeps selling the 50 f/1.4 and 85 f/1.8 like they have been, I think we'll be in for a long wait.  Those lens productions must be almost pure profit at this point and while they aren't the world's best lenses, they are good enough for a great many people.  The 24, 28, and 35 lenses were rather poor in comparison and not good sellers from what I understand, so the economics to replace them made sense.  Sigma certainly hears the voices of discontent, however...

This is pretty much what I think as well.  The 50/1.4 and 85/1.8 are great as they are so the improvement will be harder to sell at a higher price point.  Canon knows that the ROI for a prime lens factors heavily into pro shooters' decisions and many already own the existing 50 and 85.  Canon must find or somehow create a demand for the replacement versions and that was a lot easier with lackluster 24, 28 and 35 version 1 lenses.  And while they're at it, Canon doesn't want to create an EF lens that is so good that the L versions become less of an upgrade at their even higher price point!

I assume zooms probably sell much better at a higher price point so they get all the love first.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Difference in image from APS-C to FF
« on: January 07, 2015, 01:53:27 PM »
Great post NancyP!

I started back into photography in 2009 with a used 30D from a friend.  I soon upgraded to a 40D for a variety of reasons not the least of which was better weather sealing and rear LCD.  In fact, I bought four 40D cameras, all used, over the next year or so and sold each of them to good friends that were looking for a great DSLR and trusted my judgement.  They all still have and use them.  I also purchased a used 5D during that time and used a 40D + 5D combo for quite a while.  Eventually I got the 60D new about a year after it was released and kept that until I got the 70D about 6 months ago.  I feel like the 70D is a nice improvement over the 60D.  I bought the 5D3 (intentionally skipping the 5D2) about 2 years ago and use it most of the time.  I bought a 6D a month or two after the 5D3 because the low light AF on the 5D3 was lacking but was eventually improved with a firmware update.

As of now, I have sold the 6D, 60D and the 70D due to a cheap 7D2 upgrade opportunity.  But I miss a few features the 70D had like WiFi, Remote Shooting, flip screen, etc.  It's a great all purpose camera.  I also miss having two FF bodies when shooting important events because having a 24-70 and 70-200 dual body combo is very effective for that purpose.  Mixing FF and Crop can be a bit frustrating due to FL overlap and the crop body being too long indoors, etc.  So I'm considering getting another 6D at some point.  (Or simply keep the one I'm trying to sell that I got for such a low price on Black Friday.)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Difference in image from APS-C to FF
« on: January 07, 2015, 01:16:56 PM »
thank you for all the advice.  i think i will stay put with what i have.  i don't think my current skills will use up 10% of my 70D's capabilities and i mainly shoot wildlife and people so the extra reach is a good thing.

thanks again for the input and the comparison images.

What lenses do you have currently?  Any lenses you are considering buying?  Glad to see that the forum helped you.  Welcome to CR!!   :)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Difference in image from APS-C to FF
« on: January 07, 2015, 11:41:06 AM »
IMO, both cameras have their place.  I own a 5D3 and a 7D-II. (which replaced a 70D I liked very much.)

I use the 5D3 with 16-35, 24-70, 24-105, 70-200, 15mm FishEye along with several other lenses for most of my shooting which is walk around, journalistic, events, candids, portraits, etc.  General Purpose shooting.  I like to shoot wider most of the time.  With FF I get the FL of the lens and it is more versatile.

However, when I shoot sports, swimming, etc I prefer a crop body because I have the extra reach I need without an extender and both the 70D (8 fps) and the 7D-II (10 fps) are much faster.  And the 7D-II has more advanced AF as well.  The main reason I upgraded to the 7D-II was because of its new "DeFlicker" feature and the fact that I got a great deal on it so it didn't cost much after I sold the 70D.  I was otherwise happy with the 70D.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Difference in image from APS-C to FF
« on: January 07, 2015, 11:23:17 AM »
If you happy with 70D, continue with it till you get unhappy.

+1.  Learn and fully exploit what you have now.  The 70D is a great camera.  Buy some more glass first.  FF isn't going anywhere.  If you absolutely must get FF now, you could probably find a nice 5D classic for peanuts and learn with it first for less expense.  (Unless money isn't an issue, then the 6D would be a great starter FF body.)

The #1 thing you will experience comparing FF vs. Crop is the effect of the 1.6x crop factor difference.  Esp with ultra wide lenses.  If you prefer to shoot wide, FF will be a huge upgrade for you and will give you more creativity.  If you prefer to shoot long, not so much since all your EF lenses will become shorter on FF.

Small FYI Reminder:  EF-S lenses can't be used on FF!

In some infamous southern European cities there might be really organized crime cutting away your camera or purse strap from your shoulder, but otherwise it's personal stupidity to get something stolen. If you behave like a clueless tourist, hang your $10k+ gear in front of your belly with that "Canon digital 1dx" strap and then place your "pro" dslr case on the bench next to you while getting some Currywurst or admire the sights - well, the joke's on you.

The best example of people "pick pocketing" was when I took a boat from the train station to the Venice (IT) grand canal - it was crowded, not much room to move and as people moved to get off, a woman looked down into her hand bag and noticed that her purse had been removed.

As for camera equipment:

The videos, esp the 2nd much shorter video, are good to see to help a tourist stay alert.  The best advice is don't be gullible, let strangers get close to you or advertise/carry a lot of expensive stuff in plain sight.  And with regard to the video of the lens being stolen right off the camera, a bit of black gaffer tape would help to slow down/confuse a lens thief.  And also in the 2nd video, what's to stop all those thieves from simply mugging the guy and taking everything?  Don't walk alone in isolated areas with a bunch of tempting stuff all over your person.  Keep a low profile!

Personally, I put a high voltage device in my backpack with a proximity trigger.  If the bag gets more than 20 feet away from me, it goes off shocking the crap out of the thief causing them to loose all control and wet themselves.  Sometimes I let them flop around on the ground for quite a while as everyone enjoys the show.  (For those of you that are appalled... bummer!  And... I'm kidding.)  But there are real devices available that will sound an alarm if a proximity distance is exceeded.  The problem is that once any distance is achieved, the bag is gone anyway.  Most thieves just don't care and will simply keep running.

Your 6D setup is perfect for europe. I took nearly the same setup a year ago and was glad I did.

I agree.  I'm a big fan of the ultrawide zoom.  The 16-35 is about my favorite lens.  For walk around, it's also hard to beat the 24-105 or the 24-70.  Personally, I carry the following...

5D3 or 6D w/ 16-35-f/2.8 or f/4 (Depending on low light or sharpness need)
Small Flash with diffuser (SunPak SD2000 or 270EX II)
24-70-f/2.8 or 24-105 (Depending on primary need, reach or low light)
15mm f/2.8 FishEye (super cool fun lens, esp for interior shots and "all over around" shots w/ people in the foreground
CPL Filter, extra batteries, extra mem cards.

I have a small pouch I use for the batteries + mem cards for my pocket.
The 2 lenses not on the camera fit nicely stacked in a LowePro Lens Case 2 with a foam divider.

I put everything including a rain jacket, and other travel items in a simple inexpensive day pack and I carry the camera on a simple BosStrap shoulder type hip side carry sling strap.

If I need a fast prime lens, I take the 50-f/1.4, 50-f/1.8 or the 28-f/1.8.  (This could be easily substituted in the Lens Case 2 with the FishEye if the FishEye isn't your thing.)

This whole arrangement is fast and light and will easily go through security checkpoints, subways, crowds, etc and it doesn't scream photographer or expensive gear.  If I want to be even less conspicuous, I wear the jacket over everything including the camera on the side and the backpack and it stays dry or is simply covered up.

As for the EOS M, meh...  it's a bit heavy and bulky.  Not sure why you need it.  If I take a backup camera, it is usually a little S120.  That way, if I end up going to a formal function or something and I still want a camera, I'm covered.  I can also easily hand the S120 to a friend, wife or whoever and they can use it easily.  It weighs nothing and is very small but still takes decent snapshots and shoots RAW so in Post I can later see how much noise the little sensor added.  LOL!   ;)

A fireproof gun safe is the ideal thing.  Provides protection and security.  I'm in and out of it frequently so it vents, plus I keep canisters of silica gel in there to keep the humidity low.  If you keep an eye out, you can find a decent one on sale for a reasonable price.

I was going to suggest this but since the OP has a husband that wishes to build the solution, this didn't really fit the request.  If you choose a gun safe, go with these guys...  Their safes are the real deal and the fireproof option they use is similar to what is used in professional ovens/kilns.  It actually works instead of just vaporizing like other low quality safes do that use sheetrock as a heat barrier.  I bought one of their mid size safes, installed it in a 'weather safe room' in the center of our house and we got rid of our safety deposit box.  We love it.  I think I spent about $2700 after the purchase, freight and installer left.  We keep important papers, data backups, guns and all our skeletons in it.  Nice.   ;)

When you look at gun safes, you will also see humidity rods as an accessory.  These are simple low wattage lamps in a tube.  They raise the internal temp a few degrees to prevent humidity.  They don't cost much and could be used in any case you get.

There are many ways to look at this.  DIY as your husband has offered, vault/safe type enclosure for security or fire protection, or simple pelican as you are currently doing it.  I suspect most of us are doing what you are already doing.

I would give it a lot of thought with respect to how you want to access the gear.  If you want it to be simple and easy to take on the run, you probably want to pack your bags and then store them ready to go.  If you are more the 'pack for the shoot' or a studio kind of person, an organized cabinet with a place for each item is the way to go.  IMHO, the first scenario is more convenient if you do most of your photography away from home.  The second option would work better for a studio.  (Think like a mechanic in a shop where all the work happens a few feet from the organized toolbox.)  Having all the gear live in it's defined 'spot' is somewhat OCD but it makes it easier to find and more importantly, easy to know if it's missing.  But doing the whole 'pack-unpack' thing every time you go out or return tends to get old after a while.

Depending on your gear, another option might even be to create or designate a small closet, pantry or other small part of the house as your photography gear room.  Then put in shelves, drawers, etc to further organize your gear and expand as necessary.  Maybe also a metal 'bread rack' shelf where you could hang/lay things for easy access.  It could then be locked and secured easily and even perhaps camouflaged so a thief didn't see it or couldn't access it easily.  Depending on how it was done you could even store a few other items there that you would like to hide/protect like documents, data backups, Jimmy Hoffa, whatever.   ;)

Regardless of the choice of box, consider your climate in that area.  If you have lots of humidity, you should put something simple in the cabinet to raise the temp slightly above ambient to lower humidity.  (Only a few degrees.)  Otherwise, your home AC system is probably sufficient.

Photography Technique / Re: Portrait camera/studio
« on: January 05, 2015, 07:01:28 PM »
Very neat!

A 1080p video player for 300 dollars, Canon is partying it up like it's 2008. I could see this device being reasonable if it had an output for UHD(8.3MP), but HD(2.1MP) is being phased out. Hopefully a firmware update can fix this.

I see this as another Canon device created for the consumer that doesn't know any better.  If it takes off great, but it didn't cost much to make while having a high profit margin.

If this was made for the prosumer/pro market, it would have more features but probably cost three times more.  The wireless file transfer devices for DSLRs is a prime example.

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