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Canon General / Re: So much redundancy...
« on: February 11, 2014, 10:32:13 AM »
This is all a "tough problem to have."  But, I, also, have the 70200 f/4 IS and the 70-200 II 2.8.  While it is redundant, I keep both because:

- the 2.8 is as great as all say but it is relatively big and heavy, so,
- the f/4 is part of my trek and travel kit

So the bottom line is that what you own depends on what you do and how you use the lenses.

Photography Technique / Re: Photography fail moments !!!
« on: February 09, 2014, 10:36:08 PM »
Oh, and I printed a picture on the wrong side of the photopaper...

I did that once, too.  B&W from Tri-Ex.  Due to my overall ineptitude with darkroom exposure technique, the "print" actually showed a very interesting shadowy image from the back side of the paper.  I framed the mistake and told everyone I did a special technique on purpose, and some folks really liked the image!

I'll never tell (oops - guess I just did)!

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 5D Mark III & Third Party Batteries
« on: February 07, 2014, 11:43:14 AM »
I've used non-OEM batteries in my g6, XTi, and 50d without issue.  But, I am reluctant to do the same in my 5diii.  First of all, I get way more shots per charge than the older bodies achieved.  The "shots per battery" ratio is better so this reduces the amortized cost (although it is still higher than the off brand).  Second of all, I am often in remote places where replacement batteries are just about impossible to obtain (OEM or non-OEM). 

But in the same vein, that's also why I am reluctant to get a non-Canon lens.  I don't know what the camera - lens communication and function could do in the future, but I am pretty sure Canon will see to it that their lenses work with their cameras.  It's the same logic, eve if this is a "monopoly" of sorts.

Photography Technique / Re: Photography fail moments !!!
« on: February 07, 2014, 12:13:19 AM »

The auto mode is only there to help you in the beginning if you're new to photography and started with digital so you can check the exposure settings the camera chooses, see in practice how all those numbers relate to each other and if they get smaller or bigger when it gets darker....

Nah. The AUTO mode is there for when you ask someone to take a photo of you...."Just push the button part way down 'til you hear the beep..."

Photography Technique / Re: Photography fail moments !!!
« on: February 06, 2014, 03:07:03 PM »
I've had more moments than I'll admit to, but, my latest was a video whoops.  I shot ten minutes of a performance of folk dancers while holding the camera in Portrait orientation.  Looked good on the LCD playback, anyway. 

I guess I can just turn the TV sideways to view it.


Landscape / Re: Sunset landscape
« on: February 01, 2014, 08:27:29 PM »
From Inle Lake in Myanmar

Canon General / Re: Upcoming trip, any can't miss spots?
« on: January 29, 2014, 08:35:51 PM »
I'll be carrying my gear in a ThinkTank Retrospective, so at least thats fairly inconspicuous.

+1 on the Retrospective.  Just back from almost 1 month in India.  I carried my 5diii, 24-105, 70-200 f/4 IS and 17-40 (my "minimal" travel kit) without issue in that bag comfortably.

My trip was not specifically for photography but taking pics is a big part of what I enjoy when I travel.  Your kit sounds reasonable based on what you are trying to achieve but, personally, will be heavier than what I bring. 

Have a great trip and, by the way, great "people" shots in the souk / bazaar in Istanbul!  And, if your schedule permits, northern Greece has a region call Zagoria with mountains and forests and quaint stone villages with fabulous arched bridges over the creeks.

Software & Accessories / Re: how do you transfer your images?
« on: December 30, 2013, 11:05:46 AM »
While the pins can be damaged, so can a USB plug on the camera.  An external reader is faster and I, also, keep my images on the card until I have them in my PC and backed up.  Plus, I often use multiple cards in the field os putting them back into the camera just to transfer at a slower speed makes no sense for me.

Lenses / Re: Patent: 16-120mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
« on: December 29, 2013, 11:50:48 AM »
Could be a good walk around for the camera that Canon USA seems to have disinherited

Photography Technique / Re: Perspective correction
« on: December 29, 2013, 11:47:55 AM »
Thanks for that link, Neuro.  It is a useful way to "fix" what sliders and the tone curve can't do in LR. And, the nondestructive nature of the layer is always a good idea. Then, if you save a TIFF of the final, you still have the original RAW.

Software & Accessories / Re: Which F-stop backpack to choose?
« on: December 29, 2013, 08:21:18 AM »
Using 2 ICUs makes access to some of the compartments tough.  With the medium, there's some room left that I access from the top.  I can put some layers of clothing, snacks, etc above the ICU.  I have even put my Thinktank holster in that space that is left for transportation (only 2 carry on limit in airplane) then move things around to trek once I arrive (I often hang the holster from the shoulder straps in front of me).

Software & Accessories / Re: Which F-stop backpack to choose?
« on: December 29, 2013, 01:32:23 AM »
I've got a Loka and both a small and medium ICU.  I was able to put a 100-400, 70-200 f/4 is, a 2xiii, Samyang 14, a backup portable drive, a 5diii with a 24-105 in and still had room left.  It took some creative thinking in terms of the dividers.

On another trip, I had a 70-200 f/4 is, a 300 f/2.8, a 2xiii, a 1.4xiii, my 24-105, a backup hdd, and the 5diii packed by keeping the camera body in the bag above the medium ICU.  I would think you could do this with the Loka, given the gear you describe.  F-stop is pretty good (and accurate) in their assessment of your equipment and which ICU you might want.  Email them.  I have never had an issue with the Loka in an overhead bin in the usual aircraft and have been able to get it under the seat in front of me in smaller commuter aircraft.  Can't comment on the other bag.

Photography Technique / Re: Perspective correction
« on: December 29, 2013, 01:06:09 AM »
Very nice video.  I've used the corrections in LR5 and perspective crop in PS, but not the technique you so wonderfully described in the video (for a new attempt at that genre, I thought it turned out pretty well).  I could not quite make out some of the narration, so, could you comment on how this tool might affect the printed image quality at say 8.5 x 11 prints?

And thanks, again.

Asia / Re: Asia ( American/Asian) Member
« on: December 28, 2013, 11:33:38 AM »
We all come from someplace and all of us have ancestors who come from someplace.  We should each embrace our heritage but, the USA holds a unique position on the planet.  That is (except for the Native American people) everyone here is essentially from somewhere else.

Surapon, you are an interesting and enthusiastic guy, but I'd classify you just as American, just like the Smith family, the Casey family, the Anweke family, the the Patel family, the Cohen family, the Al-Mani family and so on. 

My best wishes to you and your family. 

Canon General / Re: Types of Photographers (Seinfeld Edition)
« on: December 27, 2013, 10:10:31 PM »
Still have a David White sextant and sight reduction tables (H.O. 229) I used in the Pacific and Indian Oceans when I was a young man with a full head of black hair.  During a tedious Pacific crossing, I became somewhat proficient with an abacus, nothing's faster for adding and subtracting.  ..... I used to wield a mean three-arm protractor in my naviguessing days.  Now you just get lat and long with a Garmin. 

Ah.  A comrade!  Some vaguely remember the days before GPS.  I also remember using a LORAN!

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