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Software & Accessories / Re: Comfortable strap?
« on: February 03, 2014, 10:16:53 AM »
I like the simplicity of the Bossstrap.  It was so simple that I decided to make my own for about 1/3 the price.  Since I hate corporate logos on stuff, building it myself allowed me to choose the colours I wanted in addition to saving money.

+1  Ditto!

So do I!  Unfortunately, they stopped selling the original with the claw clip on the end.  So I bought an extra.  I still have my BR straps but I use this BosStrap more because of the simplicity.

Please share more on how you are making yours.  Material, buckles, etc.  Thanks.

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-  It's good to see you are carrying most of the weight on your shoulders/hips.  Now if you would just dump those camera neck straps, you'll save yourself the eventual neck surgery you're going to need otherwise.


Rusty;

What is your favorite approach to use in place of the neck straps?  I'm always looking for something better.


I use Black Rapid, Op/Tech or BosStrap methods that transfer the weight to my shoulders hanging across my chest to the side over my hip.  The camera hugs my hip and stays out of the way.  I also will hang an extra camera from a carabiner over my belt on the other side sometimes when I need another body/lens combo.

I carry a DSLR all over the place all day when on scout trips, campouts, summer camps, whatever.  It works great.

I had neck surgery a few years ago and my wife had a neck fusion.  We try to watch out for our necks after all that.  Plus, I can't stand having a camera sticking out in front of me swinging/bouncing around and banging in to things.  It's always in the way.

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Photography Technique / Re: Focusing
« on: February 02, 2014, 04:05:27 PM »
+1 Ditto.  Only problem is when you hand the camera to someone else.

Otherwise, I got used to shooting this way years ago.  I do quite a bit of low light photography where once I get a focus point sharp, I can shoot several pictures at approx that same distance without losing the focus.  In low light you often run into problems with slow focus hunting so shooting without AF happening with every shot is helpful.

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Photography Technique / Re: The Cheapo Camera bag to fool the bad guys.
« on: February 02, 2014, 03:55:38 PM »
I'm still puzzled why you put the big wide reflective red lines on your lens hoods surapon.  Why the big red lines that scream L Lens!! ??   ???

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Photography Technique / Re: The Cheapo Camera bag to fool the bad guys.
« on: February 02, 2014, 03:20:02 PM »
OK.  I'll bite.  (But only because it's surapon's appeal for ideas!)

I keep mentioning that I put black gaffer tape on my L lenses to protect and to obscure them.  And I also talk about using a basic cheap daypack to carry my lenses.  So here's what I use...

Note the "battle damage" the top edge of the lens has.  This lens has been all over the world from the previous owner.  (She is a National Geographic photographer and Canon Explorer of Light and she sold this lens to little 'ole me!)  I removed the black gaffer tape I attached that covers those nicks and scratches.  I left the rest of the tape in place over the red L ring, etc.  I have a similar "tape job" on all of my lenses.  They are protected and they look generic.  The tape comes off easily with nothing left behind on the lens.


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I've been considering getting a true padded belt system sometime.  This is interesting to look over and analyze.  Surapon, you should put all this on a scale and tell us how much it all weighs.  I don't see a place for a water bottle!  You gotta stay hydrated dude!

A few comments...

-  Love the fax machine!

-  I want surapon with me on my next 10 Day Expedition Hike to Philmont Scout Ranch.  (http://www.philmontscoutranch.org)  He's a true marathon man!  It's coming up in the first half of July.  I guarantee some great pictures with our scouts in some beautiful country surapon!  It's located in New Mexico.  Let me know when your flight will arrive here in DFW and I'll pick you up.   ;D

-  It's good to see you are carrying most of the weight on your shoulders/hips.  Now if you would just dump those camera neck straps, you'll save yourself the eventual neck surgery you're going to need otherwise.

I think everyone here on CR will agree that surapon is one of our favorite members.  He has some of the most interesting posts!  You never fail to amaze, amuse and impress me surapon!!  You 'da man!

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Software & Accessories / Re: First accessory after first DSLR kit
« on: February 01, 2014, 05:41:35 PM »
It depends on what and where you shoot!

+1

It's difficult to give you an answer

Welcome to CR  :)

+1

However, I have to agree that Lightroom would be a good initial purchase to establish a workflow and help get your shots organized and be as good as they can be.

Also, get a good camera strap and ditch the one that came with the camera.  Your back and neck will thank you.  There are many alternatives.  My favorites are Rapid Strap, OP/Tech and BosStrap.

Next, consider a flash unit.  If you don't want to spend hundreds yet, just get a handy SunPak RD2000 with the Sto-Fen diffuser and a set of eneloop batteries.

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Gaffer Tape.   :)

Maybe on your lenses - not mine! :P

Um.... why not?   ???  I've used gaffer tape on my lenses for years.  Never had a problem.  I didn't say duct (duck?) tape, I said gaffer tape.  Are you sure you know what I'm talking about?

It doesn't come off too easily, it offers better grip, it protects from scratches and it helps disguise/cover big white expensive looking lenses with red rings.  Not sure where the downside is...

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I love LowePro.  I love all kinds of photo stuff.  Problem is, so do thieves.

So I invest in lens cases from LowePro.  Maybe a belt.  But I use standard basic (but fairly light and comfortable) day packs and then put the photo stuff inside them.

When seen on me, on the floor, in my car or whatever, it looks like a basic daypack full of books, lunch or other misc junk.  Not a fancy photo backpack that screams STEAL ME!

And often, it's lighter too.


And they usually are more comfortable to carry....

And... you might be able to fit some lunch in it too, if you're lucky!  (Just try getting anything else in a photo backpack.)

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I'd like to add that SuperDuper! is a favorite piece of 'ware that I use for backups and cloning. Hasn't failed me in 5 years.

+1

Super Duper is the greatest, hands down!  It really smokes most other backup software for Mac.  Easy and it just works.  I wish all backup software worked as well as SuperDuper!   :)

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Sorry so late in seeing this but I have set up a lot of laptops over the years.

It's hard to beat the Lenovo.  The Lenovo will run rings around the ASUS in performance, display quality, ruggedness and just overall build quality.  The Lenovo is very well supported with frequent driver updates and good quality utilities.  The Lenovo will likely still be running when you finally decide to upgrade someday for whatever other reason.

The ASUS is a retail level product.  The Lenovo is an Enterprise level product.  Apples and Oranges.  Think of the ASUS as a Canon Rebel or *maybe* a xxD series body.  The Lenovo is a 1D series body, hands down.

Get the Lenovo.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Best Headlamp I've Found
« on: February 01, 2014, 04:50:10 PM »
Headlights are really cool.  And useful.  And they create a huge bulge in your pocket.  That's great if you're around your wife or girlfriend, but otherwise it's just awkward.

Esp when I'm hiking, I try to save weight and bulk when possible.  (So I can carry more unnecessary camera gear of course.)

Try this tiny little baby...

Petzl e+lite
http://www.amazon.com/Petzl-E02-P2-Headlamp-Integrated/dp/B001SARHV6

It only weighs about 3 oz.  It has RED and WHITE lights, it's comfortable on your forehead, it swivels and the switch can lock when not in use.  It's not going to be seen from the moon during the daytime, but what it lacks in blinding sheer paint peeling intensity, it makes up for in versatility and light weight.

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I love LowePro.  I love all kinds of photo stuff.  Problem is, so do thieves.

So I invest in lens cases from LowePro.  Maybe a belt.  But I use standard basic (but fairly light and comfortable) day packs and then put the photo stuff inside them.

When seen on me, on the floor, in my car or whatever, it looks like a basic daypack full of books, lunch or other misc junk.  Not a fancy photo backpack that screams STEAL ME!

And often, it's lighter too.

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Gaffer Tape.   :)

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I use 2 1.5 TB portable WD drives which I swap over intermittently to back up all my data.

I take one drive and leave it at work and swap them over regularly so no drive back up is ever too old.

I've found a free programme called SyncToy (a MS product) to be perfect to keep it all under control. And it's dead simple.

Any system that works and the user understands is ideal.  Just make sure that you fully understand what is happening and you know how to recoverPerform a recovery to be sure the product works as it says.  (Many products don't work like they should!)  Many folks never test their recovery and find out too late it's flawed!  Ouch!

Something to remember about Sync type scenarios.  Depending on the sync schedule (frequency), the sync copy will eventually end up inheriting the changes of the master.  That's fine if intended, not so fine if unintended.  In wayno's case, he has another disconnected copy offsite that might save him if the unintended changes are caught before the swap.  Just understand that a sync copy isn't quite the same as a backup, it's a delayed redundant copy.  Sort of a like a slow mirror.  So in the case of accidental changes, deletions or viruses, it's not much good because all the mistakes are copied too.

Don't get me wrong, a sync is great if it's used correctly and is fully understood.  I do manual syncs only after I finish some work I am happy to have copies of.  (And I know there is another true backup copy to go back to later if necessary.)

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