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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.

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. 


Metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona

My condolences 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. 

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 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:

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.

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.

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?

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.

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'

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.

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  ::) ::)

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.


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.

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

Portrait / Re: Didjeridoo Player
« on: August 29, 2014, 05:02:23 PM »
I think the composition works well, here. 

Lenses / Re: Another standard zoom advice topic
« on: August 29, 2014, 04:59:45 PM »
I agree with others.  For the price, the 24-105 is great.  What IQ limitations might exist are minimal and are easily "fixed" in post.  It is my most used lens.

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