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Canon General / Re: Carry on restrictions on South African Airways
« on: August 14, 2014, 07:27:53 PM »
Although I empathise with "analogphoto" & his position, travelling around Africa on airlines with Camera Bags is a bit Par for the Course, it's not an unusual situation, as pointed out in an earlier post, most "Tourists" go there for the Wildlife & Photography generally goes with that pursuit.

Insurance is a total must, your just risking everything by taking the chance that you will be allowed to comply with the carry on regulations, and that's just simply not the case with SAA, I have been on numerous flights where the Cabin Staff standby at the Door while boarding (or in the waiting room) & simply designate what carry on gear will be tagged & taken to the hold, and call me a cynic if you like (been called much worse), but the Cage full of chickens never gets tagged, the Bag full of Papayas never gets tagged, the Huge Box full of Donuts never gets tagged, it's always the large Camera Bags & the Hard Cases that are likely to have valuable items as carry on, this is what gets tagged and the Cabin Staff generally don't care if your flying Business Class or Economy, wether you are complying and under the regulation weight or not, it's basically a lottery.

Having the Camera style waist coat with a couple large pockets is just good sense in the event you are forced to remove some of the more valuable items for safety, and if your sitting next to "analogphoto" and a long pointy object extending from your clothing pokes him in the ribs (we will assume this is a 70-200f/2.8   ::)) a nicely worded apology and explanation should suffice, it seems to with most reasonable minded people.

In any case, enjoy your trip & take loads of wonderful Images, but while in Africa try to keep in mind a comment made to me by a South African friend that won the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition in 2013, "In Africa, Crime does Pay".

Arranging an extra seat as has been mentioned is a good policy, I always do this for the flights between the airport & the Camps as the smaller Cesna type flights are quite restrictive on Bag weight, generally 18-22Kilos all in, so an extra seat is almost a must in my case, but, the major airlines flying main airport to main airport, generally don't allow you to buy an extra seat in your name, SAA are one of these airlines, you might consider Flying Business Class if it's an option as you get an extra few Kilos of Carry on allowance.

Try to keep within the Regulation carry on requirements for your Class of Seat
Steer clear if possible regards Hard Case Carry Ons (I don't mean "analogphoto")
Get yourself a good large pocket Camera Vest, just in case
Prepare yourself to be calm & smile a lot, may not help but will make you feel better
Absolutely have Full Insurance Cover on your Equipment
Prepare for the worst hope for the best

Always remember, Crime does Pay in Africa, but with suitable precautions it's a remarkably Beautiful place.

Site Information / Re: Small or Large Thumbnails - Poll
« on: August 11, 2014, 08:27:11 PM »
..... As an aside, am I the only one to see threads with pages which wouldn't load?  I had a look at the "we the photographers" thread and about half the pages only came up blank - no content but no 404 either.......
I found the same on the Cars cars cars (and some bikes) thread.
I tried to back up one page to 15, got a white page. Tried clicking through from page one, got as far as page 10, can't see anything between 11 and 15.

Thought this was an issue with my Computer, so I'm finding the same issue as others, Blank Pages across most of the threads I've looked at.

The issue with the Images being left in the "reply" can be solved by someone putting together a small advice page on how to delete the Images from your reply, it's not exactly difficult, most people do this, some don't, perhaps because they are simply not aware you can, delete any part/parts of the Post you are replying to.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony A77II
« on: August 10, 2014, 09:17:32 PM »
So, I'm sorry, but the reviewer in this video is full of crap when he says this kind of AF system has never been done before. MASSIVE LOAD OF BULL SH*T!!

Totally Agree, it's been done.

But jrista, you need to stop holding back, just say what you really mean  :D

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: August 08, 2014, 11:13:36 PM »
There's a separate thread now started by jrista re this size issue.

Must admit initially I wasn't so keen, but now I've sort of become used to it, when you click on the image to get a larger separate page it's sort of a Pain but you do get to see the Images you want to see in a larger form.

In essence I guess it's not much different to 500px etc, you click a thumbnail & view the Image full size.

Progress of a form.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: August 07, 2014, 07:08:03 PM »
To shoot these little buggers is a rather stressful activity. Whenever you have them in focus, they fly off to somewhere else ...

Sounds like My Boys.

But love the Image, almost Disneyesque, Spell check tells me that's either not a word, or I've spelt it wrong.

A different take on the Surf shots Lemmy, but lovely just the same.

Landscape / Re: Yellowstone and Grand Tetons
« on: August 06, 2014, 06:48:33 PM »
Been a while but finally got some time. Here are a few. The Grand Prismatic, The Tetons and in the Yellowstone park.Thanks,

Ray5, That first Image is a stunner, Love this place, trying to get back there this Winter, never been able to do Yellowstone in Winter.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: August 05, 2014, 08:31:54 PM »
I am amazed how many poor images are posted on this thread . ( especially by those who consider themselves experts in their opinion !)

Just noticed this one, very amusing.

Of course Dave you do know that Opinions are a little like arseholes, everybody has one.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: August 04, 2014, 01:43:02 AM »
Thanks for posting Edward. It's always a great pleasure to look at your beautiful images.

Thanks Click, Dylan, been a bit quite lately, moved the Family down to Australia, Bit of a Culture Shock after 28 Years away.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: August 03, 2014, 10:37:29 PM »
Wet Day on the Gold Coast so worked on another cheetah Image.

One of a Family of 3 Cheetah Cubs Tanzania.

200-400f/4 Shot @ 560mm f/5.6 1/200th ISO800

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: July 30, 2014, 09:13:58 PM »
Not quite as dangerous or ferocious as Edward's African big game animals.

Unless you're a cricket!


Excellent Point   :D, I think this Guy going down backwards would cause some concerns as well.

Yosemite in Full Winter

Spirit Bears in BC Canada

Snow Leopard in Northern India

White Lions (Panthera Leo Krugeri) Timbavati Sth Africa (Tried twice, failed twice)

Amur Leopard Tumen River Russia

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.


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