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EOS Bodies / Re: Grey Market 5DIII vs. USA Model
« on: August 29, 2014, 02:18:19 AM »
Go to Canon price watch.  They list the best of the gray market sellers.  There are some like Abes of Main that they refuse to list.

Personally, I'd go for the CPW street price deal and get a authorized seller of US models for $200 more.  Canon has been reported to be tightening up on servicing gray market cameras under warranty recently.


"Street price"  right now for an authorized Canon dealer is about $150 more and I'd sleep a whole lot better at night paying this much more.  Some non-authorized dealers are very reputable and I would consider buying from them but some are not.  Beware.

Lenses / Re: Best PRIME lenses to take to NYC?
« on: August 29, 2014, 02:16:20 AM »
I know you did not want to get into the zoom vs. prime discussion, but I'd bring a "walk around" like your 24-70 and something wide and that's all.  If you want street/people shots, you need some versatility.  Even though the primes are great and the "sneaker zoom" of using your primes can be both a challenge and fun, the zoom with a WA in a pocket is really the way to go, IMHO.

Software & Accessories / Re: Camera bag for camping
« on: August 27, 2014, 04:32:30 PM »
I have learned a lot from this thread and appreciate everyone's input.  I am soon leaving for another trip and after thinking about all the options, decided to stick with what I've used in the past.  I have my Loka and my TT holster.  I've searched for a good picture of how I arrange things but can't find the best.  The photo below shows my straps with clips hanging off the shoulder straps that I suspend my holster off of so the camera is always ready for use. I keep the camera strap loosely around my neck for both safety and ability to use the camera quickly).  In this particular photo, the holster is on the waist strap which is another option and which I did for a while while at a rest stop when it was quite hot (Trekking in Mustang in Nepal at about 12K altitude in the midday sun) .  The only downside to suspending the holster in front of you is that it can affect a view of your feet.  So, if the trail is particularly challenging, I'll  swing the holster around to the back of the backpack or put it in the top compartment temporarily.  My lenses are in the ICU of the Loka.  But, there have been times when I've hung my telephoto zoom on the side of the pack in a Lowepro lens case or put it into the mesh holder (for water bottles) if I think I want quicker access.

None of this is perfect,, but it works for me for now.

I had a very tame osprey this morning - I was able to get within about 30 feet in my mobile blind - aka car :):

Very nice!

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Mindshift - Does it fit?
« on: August 21, 2014, 03:26:09 PM »
Thanks.  I appreciate that is really useful information.  So you'd think the 5d3 (with a wrist strap and plate - not an L just a bottom plate) and the 70-200 should fit? Do you carry the 70-300 upright or on it's side? The 70-200 is just a bit longer.  Do you think there'd be room for the 17-40 besides?

Finally got  chance to play a bit more with the 300 f/2.8 ii and the 2xTCiii (I've actually bee spending too much time with my real job).  I was really hoping to get the recent Super Moon but we had amazing storms and clouds obscuring the view.  Finally, the sky cleared after a couple of nights and I shot this.  I was so excited that I forgot my remote and used the 10 second delay, instead.  Some uprez, cropping and convert to B&W with Nik and here it is.  Maybe not the best but I've got about zero experience with any astro-photography so I am pleased.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Mindshift - Does it fit?
« on: August 16, 2014, 07:10:31 PM »
Thanks.  My plan would be to trek with the whole unit but use just the fanny pack for the few days I'll have in the city.  It is either this or my well-used Loka and a TT Holster

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Mindshift - Does it fit?
« on: August 16, 2014, 05:22:06 PM »
VERY funny NancyP.   ;)

But seriously, nobody out there with first had experience with this product?

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L For Sale
« on: August 16, 2014, 11:36:07 AM »
Just added up all the balance remaining on my MIR cards......
Darn!  A little short. 
Guess I'll just have to continue to crop to get that FOV.

Third Party Manufacturers / Mindshift - Does it fit?
« on: August 15, 2014, 05:09:00 PM »
I am being plagued by GAS again  ;) .  I am looking at the Mindshift r180 Professional camera backpack as an option for an upcoming trip.  I've looked at many reviews.  There are no dealers in my area that carry the product so I'd have to order one to see if it works for me.  If any of you have any experience with this bag, I 'd appreciate some insight.  My questions:

 -Can I fit a 5Diii with a 25-105 and a 17-40 plus a 70-200 F/4 IS into the rotating lower bag / fanny pack part?
-Anyone take it aboard an airliner as carry on and how did that work out?

Thanks in advance.


Canon General / Re: Which Lens to Take
« on: August 07, 2014, 11:13:05 PM »
I speak from direct personal experience in the Kumbi, Mustang and also Eastern Bhutan.  I bring my "travel triumvirate" of the 24-105 (used almost all the time), the 17-40 for interiors of temples, and the 70-200 f/4 IS for the occasional reach.  Even with that tele, you'll likely do some cropping when you get home.  Of the 3, the 24-105 was used for about 80% of my shots.  Of course, you need to consider the weight and how much support you will have. 

I also cannot emphasize the need for batteries.  If you are camping, there will be very few opportunities to recharge the battery.  Even if you stay in tea houses or lodges, there might not always be an ample power supply.  I trek with 5 batteries and avoid chimping to prolong the battery life.  The 5Diii powers up so quickly that I turn it off when not shooting. I don't bring a flash. I don't bring backup drives to save weight but carry a whole lot of memory cards.  I delete nothing until I am off the trek.  I do  not bring a tripod but you might consider one of the combo hiking pole/monopods if you feel you need camera legs.  The going can be tough.  You will be at altitude.  Don't expect to cover huge distances each day.  Don't carry anything that is not needed.  If support is an option for your trek, the locals who are quite accustomed to the altitude and weather can be hired to help carry your gear.  This is not meant to be abusive to these folks but I live at about 1200 feet and they live at 9 or 10 thousand feet altitude.  Carrying some of your gear is a great job for them.  Do expect dust and do take appropriate precautions to protect your gear. 

Obviously, this all depends on your shooting style and where you will be.  If I sounded negative in my comments above, I don't mean to.  The Himalaya is an amazing place.  The regions in Mustang are a very desolate high desert with incredible cave monasteries while the Eastern area in Bhutan is plush and green with isolated villages.  The people are stalwart and amazing.  The Tibetan Buddhist culture and temples are fascinating.  The weather is unpredictable.  If I had to sum up my experiences in Nepal and Bhutan in one word it would be, "Magic."  Feel free to PM me if you want any specifics.

EOS-M / Re: Difficulty attaching lenses to my new EOS-M
« on: July 26, 2014, 12:22:42 PM »
I have not noticed any difficulty with my 2 M lenses or my adapter used for EF lenses.  There s really no difference comparing this to any other SLR/DSLR with interchangeable lenses I've experienced.  Can you compare this to any other camera or is this your only detachable lens camera?  If it feels significantly different to you, something is not right.

Photography Technique / Re: Getting photos home from overseas
« on: July 26, 2014, 12:18:58 PM »
If you are really worried, shoot to two cards and back up to a portable HDD each night (while sleeping).  In the worst case scenario, you'll lose some photos (theft, fire, etc.) but have a wonderful trip.  Don't stress over it.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Where do you buy 5D Mark iii?
« on: July 22, 2014, 05:03:38 PM »
It will be fine.  I used the "street price" program for my 300 f/2.8 ii and it came in at a great price from an authorized dealer without a hitch. 

Software & Accessories / Re: Camera bag for camping
« on: July 22, 2014, 01:12:17 AM »
Gotta say something (although it does reiterate some what's been posted thus far).  Much of your decision for this particular trip depends on the trip specifics.  Don't spend hundreds on a pack that won't serve your purpose.  I have Arcterx, Osprey and an F-stop Loka.  I also have a flimsy lightweight day pack.  There are uses for each.  Questions to be answered include how quickly you want to access your gear.  No matter which pack I am using, my camera is in a Thinktank Holster with my lens of choice for that day.  The holster is hung from my pack shoulder straps and not my neck and is secured against my torso with either the backpack hip belt or an independent waist belt (depending on which backpack I am carrying).  The camera strap is around my neck but very loosely as a security blanket with no camera weight on that neck strap unless I take the camera out of the hoster and the holster top is partially zipped protecting the camera but allowing the camera strap to come out.  If the weather turns bad, I put the camera strap completely in TH TT holster and throw the all-weather cover on it.

For additional camera gear, I've had stuff inside the backpack (maybe use the F-stop ICU but have also just wrapped in socks or clothing) but have also hung a Lowepro lens case off the backpack hip or shoulder strap if I want quick access to a second lens.  The goal is always the same: immediate access to my camera in front of me while protecting my stuff from the elements.

Finally, I agree with everyone who says not to skimp on boots (and wear them a lot for many days before going on the trail) and account for water which can get quite heavy and also leak into your camera gear in whatever pack you carry if you don't account for that.

Have a great trip.


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