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I have a friend who uses one to charge an accessory battery that he then uses to recharge his phone.  He says it works pretty well.  Sorry I can't be more specific but he is not reachable for a month or so (trekking in Asia). So perhaps charging the supplemental battery (about the size of a fist) and then using that battery to charge his phone offsets any voltage fluctuation.  But the output resembles a USB charger.  Will that work?

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PowerShot / Re: The New Canon PowerShot G7 X
« on: September 13, 2014, 01:39:57 PM »
Hmmm.  Maybe it is time to upgrade my G6!  Well, when I want something small I've got my M.  And, my wife is VERY happy with her RX1000iii 'cause she really wanted a viewfinder.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: How's the RX-100 Miii? Should I?
« on: September 10, 2014, 01:10:56 AM »
Just got the little guy.  It is pretty slick but small (I know....that's what the appeal was).  Just fooling around and the IQ seems fine.  She wanted the grip so I put the overpriced little grip on it and she is very happy.  Been fooling around with some settings.  Have not tackled Wifi, yet.  Who knows?  I might get jealous watching her whip out this little camera while I am holding my 5Diii with a big lens.

Should I be worried about the metal blades that cover the lens when the camera is turned off?  They seem pretty fragile and I almost want to put a lens cap over them.

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Really depends.  I don't use the camera every day, but when I travel, I'll do about 1000 shots a week.  I don't spray and pray but will do 2 or 3 shots of each photo I am trying to achieve. 

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Metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona

My condolences

Aw....you hurt my feelings  ;)

PDX and the surrounding is very nice including both the mountains and the coast.  My daughter and husband lived there for 3 years.  But, I can be there is about two hours.  And, you know, there are just a few scenic things here in AZ, too.

BTW, Surapon.  The area around Pittsboro and Jordan Lake is very nice.

In fact, I've hardly ever been to a place where there isn't some appeal, photographically speaking. 

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Lenses / Re: Trip to Easter Island & Machu Picchu. Need advice.
« on: September 08, 2014, 06:09:16 PM »
You will have a marvelous trip!  I concur, don't be a slave to your equipment.  Remember the weight and bulk of what you carry. I am almost your age and don't want to carry too much, especially if it is hot or I am at altitude.  I have traveled extensively with what I call my "Travel Triumvirate"......the 24-105+70-200 f/4IS and 17-40.  Before I had my 5diii, I carried the 15-85+10-22+70-200 f/4IS with my 50D.  That is it.......no tripod or super-white or flash or anything, just those 3 items (unless it is a photography trip like to Bosque del Apache).  If I am trekking, I use a backpack (F-Stop Loka).  If I am walking around, I use a messenger type bag (Thinktank Retrospective 7).  I might not get photos that warrant hanging in a museum, but I get quite a few keepers that work for my purposes.  You can do a lot with some cropping and post processing that will make up for leaving your 2.8 at home.....Look at:

http://jpacker.smugmug.com/India-2014/Madurai/

to see what I have done with all existing light even in the evenings.  And your 6D does really well at high ISO settings.

As far as security is concerned, just be smart.  I agree that I would not call attention to yourself with a "front pack."  Besides, that is not an ergonomic way to carry a load.  There will be a gazillion folks at Machu Pichu.  Be sure to get the sunrise shot and the overview shot.  Please let us know about Easter Island.  I'd love to go there some day.


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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: How's the RX-100 Miii? Should I?
« on: September 08, 2014, 05:00:57 PM »
This would have been a killer camera but no Hot Shoe anymore. :'(

We talked about that.  She has NEVER used the hot shoe on her NEX so I don't think it will be a problem.

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Metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona but originally from the Philadelphia area (hey, Distant.Star----I grew up there!  Recently visited and sat through the 12 inning travesty with the Phillies losing to the Cardinals).

BTW, we had 3.5 inches of rain in 6 hours this am!!  Makes me feel like I live in Florida?

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: How's the RX-100 Miii? Should I?
« on: September 08, 2014, 04:45:23 PM »
Should be delivered tomorrow.  After my wife watched many a video review and seeing the size (and hearing how well the little guy does from the perspective of IQ), we went for it.  Suspect I;ll order the grip (or a generic one anyway) and will try it out.

Thanks for all the input.

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Technical Support / Re: Any way to extend a failing shutter's life time?
« on: September 07, 2014, 12:15:48 AM »
IF you want to keep a 60D and IF it will cost $450 to fix the one you have, Canon has a refurb for sale listed at $575.  Maybe get this with a "loyalty" discount or the next sale?

Just sayin'

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: How's the RX-100 Miii? Should I?
« on: September 07, 2014, 12:00:05 AM »
"Not going to wait for the rumored PowerShot with the 1" sensor?" - Neuroanatomist

I looked long and hard at the present Canon lineup.  There are many things to like about the G1x and if the sensor gets bigger (and presumably "better"), this may be a great little option.  I even wanted to get her to try my Eos-M but she is looking for something without interchangeable lenses that will go into a pocket or purse.  And, her trip is coming up within a few weeks.  A friend has a Fuji, but my wife feels that is tooo big for what she wants. 

"You might find and older Mark II for less now too??" - LetTheRightLensIn

I looked into that.  But, she wants a viewfinder and by the time you add the optional (and pricey) viewfinder to the Mkii, it costs as much if not more than the Mkiii.

I know some of you have raved about the IQ of the RX-100.  The Mkii has a bit less reach than the i and ii.  I had her try my camera with a simulated 24-70 experience and she thinks that is fine.  How's the noise on the Mkiii.  The lens is faster but how's the IQ at 3200 or 6400?

I really do appreciate everyone's comments.  I've thought about this for a few days and your input is helping me with this decision.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: How's the RX-100 Miii?
« on: September 06, 2014, 09:06:53 PM »
Thanks, Dylan.  Very close to pulling the trigger, the more I look at reviews.  Hoping to get some feedback (even though this is a Canon forum  ::) ::)

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Third Party Manufacturers / How's the RX-100 Miii? Should I?
« on: September 06, 2014, 04:32:32 PM »
My spouse has a NEX-7 but she wanted something smaller for travel.  I did not want to see her getting a P&S (because of my concerns about IQ) and she wanted a viewfinder.  After looking at the G1x, some of the Fuji line, the Nikon J and the Olympus PEN, she really liked the size of the Sony RX-100iii.  To my hands, it does seem small but she feels it is a good fit for her.  Some nice small cameras would require an add-on viewfinder which does level the "cost playing field" a bit.  Anyone have some first-hand experience with this camera that can share their thoughts?  I do think I understand the limitations but it does seem to take some really nice images.

Thanks.

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Photography Technique / Re: Ballhead or Gimbal?
« on: September 06, 2014, 04:16:03 PM »
I've been very happy with the Lensmaster gimbal.  The heaviest load I have had is a 5d3+300 f/2.8ii+TC2xiii, but I am sure it an support a lot more.  I keep Arca compatible plates on everything.  Look at their videos online.  This is a bit cheaper than Wimberly or other brand names, but seems to me to be very well built.

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Landscape / Re: Within Forests
« on: September 04, 2014, 01:11:36 PM »
A foggy morning in the woods in Peryar, India.......

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