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Canon General / Re: Carry on restrictions on South African Airways
« on: July 27, 2014, 08:49:49 PM »
SAA's carry on restrictions are 18lbs per bag. I have a LowePro fast pack 350(4lbs) and pelican 1510 (14 lbs)

This is what happened to me last year on a SAA flight, flying Business Class, Niarobi to JoBurg.

2 of us Flying BC, 2 Carry on Bags, a Battaflea weighing around 8Kgs, and a Carry On Wheeled Pelican, also around 8 Kgs.

At the door the Cabin Staff were taking bags indiscriminately from Passengers, tagging them and sending them to the Hold, they made no allowance for Business class or Commercial Class, they simply didn't care, and arguments to the value of the equipment fell on completely deaf ears, again, they didn't care, they were rude and quite honestly some of the worse Cabin Staff I've encountered.

In particular in my case they targeted the Pelican Case, which was tagged and disappeared, they said to the Hold.

And of course from the entire flight my Pelican Case, with around $20k in Camera gear, was one of 3 bags missing, all Pelican Cases, all containing Camera gear.

In my case I had some very good friends that were able to go to top management in SAA to complain, my Bag eventually surfaced in Nairobi, it had been tagged at the door, then removed from the flight, make your own conclusions.

I sat in JoBurg for 3 days waiting for the Bag to get to me.

My situation I've since found is not unusual, In Africa some Cabin Staff do target Camera gear, some ground staff do target camera gear, the only advice is if your inside the carry on allowance, refuse to board if they want to take your gear off you (this can make them re think as they would have to remove your bags from the hold & that will delay the flight), and ensure full Insurance Cover.

I've travelled in Africa for the past 10 Years and this is the only time I have had this sort of issue, but it has put me off SAA, of course there's not a lot of reliable airlines in Africa to choose from.

One thing to remember, if they quote your over weight by 3 or 4 Kgs, open your bag, remove a Camera & Lens, hang it around your neck, or shove lenses in your pockets to get you under, then they generally give way.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: July 20, 2014, 06:44:55 PM »
Nice Sunset Lemmy, cute Dylan, love the look on their faces when they catch the bubbles, "Where did it go ??"

I have and continue to use several Pelican Cases for transporting my Underwater Video & Camera Gear, tough & reliable, but one drawback, heavy, so your using a load of your Weight Limit on the Case.

For my Carry on Gear I now use the HPRC 2550W, The locking system is much better than the Pelican, it's 20% lighter +/-, the draw handle is lighter but much more sensibly designed than the over sized carry on wheeled version of the Pelican, all round a better (I've found) carry on wheeled Hard Case.

Be aware that in some Countries Hard Cases are a thief magnet, most thieves realise a Hard case will contain something valuable, so ensure Insurance.

I've found in places like Botswana where there is a serious attempt by Government to stamp out Poaching, any Hard Case is subjected to inspection & is often deemed "check in" baggage no matter the contents.


Software & Accessories / Re: Rain protection for 5D3 and lens
« on: July 14, 2014, 10:17:44 PM »
Tried a few, some big, some small, the big ones such as from Lens Coat, are just that, Big & over complicated in form.

The best I've used are the "Storm Jackets" from Vortex Media, simple, light weight, do the job, used them from Africa to Antarctica, never had an issue.


Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Photoshop & LR CC deal
« on: July 12, 2014, 08:00:05 PM »
Currently Adobe are holding their pricing firm, my subscription was just renewed same price, I expect this might last for another year, but it's inevitable the subscription pricing will increase, Market Dynamics will ensure this.

But @ 10-15 bucks a month ??, I can't see how anyone can go wrong, seems exceptionally fair pricing to me, and that's from someone that 18 months ago stated I'de be dragged kicking & screaming into paying Adobe's subscription model pricing, then Adobe offered the $10/month deal, things change, love it.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: July 12, 2014, 07:50:21 PM »

Ha ha - not the 400!  well not on a mono pod anyway. He is pretty small for his age so can just about handle the above rig.

P.s he is always keen to show my photographer friends how he uses the back button focus!

Lovely Menace, but it's a double edged Sword, started both my Lads on Photography around the same time, 8-10 years old, my eldest went Video & now uses a Sony 3ccd 200 Video Camera with a Gates Underwater Housing, my younger Lad sticks to Stills, uses a 6D with a Seacam Underwater Housing, best to start saving for their increasing interests about, now.

But it's great fun to see what you started develop into a full fledged passion in your children.

Now if I could only get my wife interested.....then the next major upgrade wouldn't need quite so much.....stealth.

Taken with Magic Lantern Focus stacking, 5D MarkII and Sigma 150(non-IS). It is quick to do a stack, probably good for insects.

That is an incredibly good Image, well done, honestly one of the best I've seen on CR, completely wowed me.

12 images, using 430EXII in softbox plus reflector for lighting.  6D, EF100 f/2.8L lens.

Lovely Image, really I need to try this, great thread, some lovely Images.

Canon General / Re: What's Would You Keep? [The anti-G.A.S. thread]
« on: July 11, 2014, 12:43:29 AM »
Sad topic :-\

I rather see "Your next lenses to purchase?"  ;D

Agree totally, you'd need to prize every piece of my current over abundance of gear from my Cold Dead Hands, I need it all, and tomorrow I'll want more.

Macro / Re: first attempt at stacking macro shots :: )
« on: July 10, 2014, 08:25:23 PM »
I know one photographer who puts his insects in the fridge just long enough for their metabolism to slow down to a point where they are almost asleep - and then shoots them.
Then you should kick them squarely in the nuts and give their macro lens to a charity shop. It is extremely poor practice to harm your subject in this way. it amounts to nothing more than animal cruelty.

I sort of noticed the funny side of Menace's comment, you know the bit where someone freezes the subject to the point they are slow to move, then shoots them ?? shoots them ?? see the funny side at all ?? No ? must be an Aussie Kiwi thing.

On the other side, your resolution was sort of humorous as well, Kicking People in the Nuts & stealing their Gear is clearly seen as no biggy, while freezing an Ant to slow it down before taking it's Photograph, is Nut Kickable    :o, also very Funny, Love CR in the morning.

But I do like your defence of Insects & all things small, should be more of it, perhaps without the Nut Kicking though   ;).

Some nice Images here, I do a lot of Macro Underwater Imaging, but generally not Focus stacked, this thread has me thinking to try it next time underwater, no chance of semi freezing the subjects as well so my Nuts should be safe   ;D

Dear "J,"

I suppose I should not be surprised that you chose to announce the end of our relationship in such a public and cowardly way. You were never one for subtlety and discretion.

And, so typical of you to blame all the failures on me. As though you contributed nothing to the breakup. But, then, I guess since you contributed so little to the relationship, I should not be surprised.

The truth is, I've known for a long time this wasn't working. If I could have ended things myself, I would have. But as you know, for me this was an arranged marriage. You picked me and I had no say in the matter. For the honor of my family (and honor is something my culture values very highly) I could not leave you.

At first, your clumsy attempts to satisfy me were amusing and not without a certain boyish charm. But, honestly, it quickly became apparent that you were never going to improve. In fact, I soon realized that you actually thought you were good. I know this is hurtful to say, but since you are the one that began this public conversation, I think honesty is justified.

Never once were you able to bring me to my full potential. No, let me be more candid, never, ever did I come remotely close to achieving the heights I was intended for. You would fiddle with my dials and move my joystick, but it was so mechanical and uninspired that I could hardly bear it. Honestly, most of the time I wished you would just stick to the green box and let me do it myself.

And the trips...well, what can I say? Sure, I enjoyed them, but it was as though you thought that simply going someplace new would solve all our problems. All it did was make me long for the relationships that I saw others enjoying. How I wished that could have been us. But you...all you ever did was worry about whether someone else had a newer, prettier model hanging on his shoulder. 

You were so obsessed with showing me off that you didn't see how many of your fellow travelers lovingly treated their lowly Rebels with respect and appreciation and how they were rewarded in ways that you and I could never achieve together.

Yes, I saw the world. But, really, I would have traded it in a instant for a quiet little town in the Midwest, with someone who understood me and what I was meant to do.

Now, dear D810, believe me, I wish you no ill. In fact, I actually feel sorry for you. I know people say you are nothing more than an overinflated mass of silicon, but I know better. We are both from established families and, like me, you have not had any say in this relationship.

I would like to wish you a long and happy relationship, but I suspect that won't be the case. In the end, you will be blamed for everything. Just remember this. It is not you...it's him.

Brilliant, just Brilliant

Regardless of the fact that it's a response to someone with a severe case of attention span deficit, just so well written, love it.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: July 09, 2014, 05:40:28 PM »
Golden Mane

400mm, f2.8, 1/1000, ISO400.

A CR page with my 2 most favourite Animals, Leopards & Lions, well shot Menace, Male Lions most favoured position, lying down.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: July 08, 2014, 11:20:29 PM »
Snow leopard
200-400mm f4L IS 1.4x @383mm
1/500s, f5.6, ISO3200

Lovely Eldar, such a Beautiful animal.

To see this animal in the wild & be fortunate enough to Photograph it is a Bucket List item for me, times running out though, for both of us.

New GoPro, I do a lot of underwater Photography, currently with the 5DMK III & Sony a7r, both Housed set ups, but rarely go underwater these days without the GoPro as well, for Sharks the GoPro is almost essential as on a 2 metre extension it's almost the only way now to get close Images of Sharks, Sharks have fortunately for them, learnt to keep their distance from Humans, may be too late.

The new GoPro not only takes excellent video, it's small, you can use it in almost any environment, and takes a pretty good still Image as well.

When my son was learning underwater photography I set him up with a Canon G11 in a "FIX" Housing (Canon also make a Housing for the "G" range), this isn't the cheapest way but you do end up with a much better Camera that can be Housed reasonably priced.


My experience with the Olympus/Sony type Cameras that don't require a Housing is that they don't last well, inevitably the "O" rings degrade, people forget to shut the battery compartment properly etc, and you have a drowned camera that's not going to be resuscitated, sea water id deadly on electronics, this from personal experience, I've drowned 2 x 5DMK II's over the years, not pleasant.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Anyone own both Canon and Nikon
« on: July 07, 2014, 06:50:59 PM »
RGF, couple more comments.

Like Mt Spokane I also purchased the Nikkon 24-70f/2.8 Lens, along with the 14-24f/2.8, 14f/1.4 & 24f/1.4

The 24-70f/2.8 was, for the price, heavy & results were disappointing, having owned & used the Canon Mk 1 24-70f/2.8, now the Mk II 24-70f/2.8, the Nikkon is far from an equal to either of these two Canon Lenses.

The 14-24f/2.8 though is sublime, but is that one Lens worth taking on a second system ??

If your wanting more resolution to work with, try buying a RRS Panorama Kit, take 4 to 8 Images of the Landscape (they generally don't move too much), put the Images together with some good Stitching Software, and you've got yourself an Image with way more resolution than anything short of an IQ180.

If Landscape is the thing you want a 2nd system for in particular, and your looking to try a few systems before buying, look at the Pentax 645z, new CMOS Sensor @ 51MP, some excellent Glass in the Range your looking for, yes it's more expensive, but not Phase One expensive, this is where I'm currently sitting, waiting to get my hands on the 645z and try it out, see how it compares to a 5DMK III and 6 stitched Images.

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