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Software & Accessories / Re: Bag for tripod?
« on: January 25, 2015, 02:12:33 PM »
My Redged came with a bag and that is nice.  But, I used a pants leg from worn-out jeans with an old carry strap and self-made a carry bag for a set of sticks years back.  Was neither lightweight nor ideal but it worked when I needed it

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Software & Accessories / Re: Camera Bag
« on: January 25, 2015, 02:05:35 PM »
+1 on the Loka.

Email their customer support with your list and they'll get back to you on the feasibility.  While YMMV, F-stop has been pretty up front when I've asked about differing sets of gear and which ICU would work.  My Loka has been through trips on 5 continents and I've yet to have an issue with it as carry on.

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Lenses / Re: POLL: Which of these UWA options would you buy?
« on: January 25, 2015, 01:44:52 PM »
I've got the Rokinon 14 f/2.8 and the EF 17-40.  Been thinking about the 16-35 f/4 and selling the 17-40.  But, the lightweight of the 17-40 and the change in $ to get the newer lens has kept me from jumping.  I don't use the UWA that often and with post-processing, the final image is usually fine. 

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Photography Technique / Re: Monument Valley
« on: January 25, 2015, 01:34:01 PM »
"When" is an important question.  Winters terms can bring freezing temperatures and in the summer it gets hot.  By August, the monsoon season brings spectacular cloud formations against a blue sky, but also the risk of storms and flash floods.  The Lightning can be amazing (but also potentially dangerous).

I'd really consider a guided tour of Monument Valley. You can do it on your own but a guide in their vehicle is easier and they have some local knowledge (things change in terms of wildlife, washes) not in any guidebook.  Last time I visited, I did not do a photo-centric tour but I am sure the various companies can help you.  Plus, this does support the local economy.

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Lenses / Re: Advice - what to take to Europe
« on: January 23, 2015, 01:24:20 PM »
My most recent trip to Paris I carried my 17-40, 24-105 and 70-200.  The 24-105 was on the camera 90% of the time, the 17-40 a few times for narrow streets, and the 70-200 was used once.  This might just be my own style and bias. 

Since then I've had a couple of changes and I thought my new travel kit would be the 17-40, 24-70 f/2.8 ii, and the 70-200 f/4 IS.  I have a Gorillapod SLR Zoom than can hold the 5diii with the 70-200 if needed and did use that for night shots.  But, I am thinking about bringing the Eos M for a crop sensor if I need some "reach" and maybe trimming down to 2 lenses. 

I am very lucky that my wife understands my insanity.  We often wind up with her in a shop looking at antiques while I am around the corner taking some photos.  It works well for us and we both enjoy the trip.  The bottom line is that this should be a great time for both of you.

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It is fun to watch market forces in action.

FWIW, I got mine in Sept 2012 for $2749.99 from a NYC authorized dealer (that we all know and use) on their eBay site.  I've been watching the prices since and knew they'd eventually drop. Basically, it has "cost me" $150 a year to upgrade from a crop body to FF, so I have no complaints. 

Needless to say, I am glad I did not wait to get this camera.  For those of you "on the fence" think about what you would have now instead of waiting for the price to come down another $100.  The import versus US is probably not an issue and is absolutely no issue after the first year warranty is over, but at the time I felt better with a North America warranty.


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Had and sold the 50 1.8 (that should say something).  Then got the 50 1.4 which is now gathering dust since I got the 40.  Any issues with low light or IQ just don't matter when I can slip the 40 into my pocket and take with me no matter what body or other lenses I m using.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM Lens Review
« on: January 17, 2015, 01:43:40 PM »
Seems like they are finally getting the DO technology right.  I do know some folks who get excellent stuff from the Mk 1 but the lighting needs to be just right.  But, my 300 f/2.8 ii with a 1.4 is my option for this focal length (weighs a bit more but already spent that $ so won't be spending more).

Given the weight savings, do want to see a 500 / 600 / 800 DO down the road.

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FWIW, I've traveled many times with the LOKA (even internationally) and never had an issue (yet) with carrying it on.  It does fit into the overhead on all but the smallest commuter planes and then it does fit under the seat in front (sit in the window seat so they won't be as strict if it protrudes a bit in front of you). 

Otherwise, I'll put my most important gear in my Retrospective and then put that into my carry-on duffel so I can include my kindle, earbuds, travel paperwork and other items along with it.  Then, I'll put my remaining camera gear (a lens or two, maybe a TC, etc. in a soft towel or clothing and put it into my carry-on luggage.  In a worst case (pardon the pun) scenario, if needed, I can take the Retrospective out of the duffel to carry as one bag, take the remaining gear from the carry-on luggage out and put it into the duffel, and check the carry-on luggage with no camera gear inside. That way, no baggage handler gets the opportunity to break something.  I've had to do this a couple of times and that was on small turboprop airplanes.   

The unfortunate bottom line is that sometimes you need to be very critical when deciding what to bring.  No offense intended to anybody (and certainly I am often guilty of carrying too much camera gear), but some folks take awfully wonderful shots with a fixed lens Rangefinder or a very minimalist kit.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony closing down?
« on: January 15, 2015, 03:48:56 PM »
FWIW they closed the Sony stores in my area a while back. 

Between myself and my family, we have many Sony Vaio laptops (I am on my second) and despite the price being a bit more than some of the competition, I always thought the product was well worth it.  I was disappointed when they got out of the computer business. 

Now my wife and my kids have 3 different NEX cameras and a RX-100 between them.  Sony also manufactures sensors for other camera makers.  I sure hope they aren't going anywhere.

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EOS-M / Re: Why do I keep my Eos M?
« on: January 09, 2015, 05:48:00 PM »
@ East Wind ( and others):

Does Magic Lantern with its focus system improve the AF time and/or the lag time?

@ Distant.star:

I've been looking at the Fuji X system and wondering if that would be a "better" system for me even though I'd need a set of lenses with the X-mount?

@ Cory:

You might want to look at the Joby Gorilla-pod series for light and small that could go nicely with a small mirrorless setup.  I've used the SLR-Zoom with the Ballhead-x to support my 5Diii and a 70-200 f/4 and that is much smaller and lighter than my Redged  tripod.  So an even smaller Gorilla-pod should work for you.

All:

Appreciate your comments sofar.....

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EOS-M / Why do I keep my Eos M?
« on: January 09, 2015, 10:51:22 AM »
Tried to be a bit provocative in my title but I am looking for opinions.  I do have the 5Diii and it is my go-to for just about everything.  I got the M during the huge price break a while back and that body with the 22mm and the 18-55mm and the adapter has been untouched for about a year.  I have gotten some great photos with the M but the slow focus and the shutter lag (better after the firmware update but still slow) and the lack of a true viewfinder (without some more investment) have made it a rarely used spare.  I've thought about bringing it along to use as a crop-based sensor to get more reach in conjunction with my usual kit, but then never do that.  I have thrown it in my briefcase on a quick business trip but then wind up using my smartphone for a P&S quick snap or two because it is so easy and convenient.  When the grandchildren are active, it is really tough to get a good picture with the M unless I can get them to be still (yeah, right).

None of the above is news or is earth-shattering information for any of us.  I guess I am wondering why I have this camera.  I am starting to think that if I want a smaller body with versatility that I'd have been better off with a M4/3 or a Fuji (if we ignore the price issues and the need for different lens lineup).  I guess I just need some "counseling" here.   No flaming desired but I'd like to hear others thoughts.

JPAZ

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 1D W
« on: December 30, 2014, 03:50:16 PM »
I'll take the 200-600 F4, I'm sure it'll weight less than 2 pounds so I can hand-hold it while using the 1200/5.6 with my other hand.

Sorry but you are mistaken.  It is the 200-600 f/2.8 that weighs 1.9 pounds.  The f/4 weighs 1.6!

 ??? ::) ;)

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Lenses / Re: Buying lenses (or bodies) right after Christmas (poll added!)
« on: December 29, 2014, 04:38:25 PM »
I agree with the others who will not hesitate if it is a product from a reputable dealer with a return policy. 

Also, 1+ on the CPW "street price" deals.  I have saved significantly over the past couple of years with a 300 f/2.8 ii, a 70-200 f/2.8 ii and a 24-70 f/2.8 ii.  All of these products were brand new each from a very well known authorized dealer.  I would not hesitate to use this service again.

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Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: December 27, 2014, 08:07:31 PM »
Seems there are a number of new AF confirm chips coming out of China that are programmable and work with 5D3, will be trying one soon on this lens, will post results if anyone interested...

 would appreciate it if you'd let us know how it works out, should you try one of the chips.

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