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Street & City / Re: Runniing Man
« on: May 12, 2014, 05:45:37 PM »
Unless, of course, they are running after me!


To add to what others have said, June is the dryest and hottest month in the region.  Even at altitude, the sun can be tough.  Lot's of sun protection, a hat with a very large brim and (can't emphasize this enough) lot's of fluids are a necessity.  Oh, and DON'T reach under any rocks unless ylu really want to get a closeup with a long critter that has a rattling tail.

Seriously, I live here.  It is incredibly beautiful.  You will love the trip.  Just be careful

Street & City / Re: Runniing Man
« on: May 09, 2014, 12:21:06 PM »
Very nice.

Software & Accessories / Re: Gimbal Head: Wimberley Vs Jobu
« on: May 09, 2014, 02:27:56 AM »
Don't mean to hijack this thread but I've been reading it daily with interest.  I've been seriously looking at Gimbal heads since my attempts at shooting the "red moon"  eclipse using my 300 + 2x on a ball head (some success but really challenging handling the setup in the dark when I loosened the ball screw to track the moon).  I have read everyone's comments and looked very seriously at the Wimberly, the Jobu lineup, the Custom Bracket and a variety of other brands.  I looked closely at the cheaper varieties like Optech (or even cheaper off-name knock-offs) and some more expensive heads like the Benro, the Surui or the Induro.  I've though long and hard about a side mount like the Sidekick or the RRS.  In the end I felt a flat platform mount would serve me better changing lenses or equipment in the field.  I don't plan to use the Gimbal that often but don't want to get something I'll regret just to save a few dollars.

Just pulled the trigger on the Lensmaster RH-2.  I hope it is what I need. 

Bye-bye, remaining balance on the Amex gift cards from the Canon rebate a few months ago (does that mean the Gimbal is "free?").

Lenses / Re: so finally
« on: May 09, 2014, 02:15:52 AM »
Congrats!  Use this setup with joy 'cause you will love the images you can create with this camera and glass.

Software & Accessories / Re: 3 Legged Thing Tripod - Opinions?
« on: April 27, 2014, 12:54:45 PM »
There are an amazing number of combinations when discussing tripod heads and legs.  Everyone will have good and bad experiences with almost any brand.  Then there is the budget issue.......

Admittedly, I don't use my tripod frequently but am pretty happy with Redged CF legs and a Sirui ball-head.  I also have a CF Sirui monopod.  I have used these now with the 5diii + 300 f/2.8 ii + TC 2xiii.  If I upgrade, my next step would be a Gimbal head for this setup because it is sometimes tough setting the lens on a distant object with a ballhead.  But, the $ was reasonable and the weight of he legs / had is fine for travel.

Guess he was on his smoko break, or not?

Given my proclivity for "street" shots, I like it.

Software & Accessories / Re: Advice requested re travel tripods
« on: April 26, 2014, 11:20:37 AM »

I have flown all over the world with a tripod as carry on, alone, on the outside of a bag, and inside a backpack. Never had an issue, well once in Japan they measured it but it was well under the regulation 100cm in length. That includes into and out of the USA, where TSA are prone to overreach at any opportunity. I think you might have just got an over enthusiastic agent, how did you get the tripod to Italy?

There is very little uniformity.  I've been on flights with hiking poles and / or tripod put into checked bag (by their request) while others have tennis rackets, walking sticks and the like in the cabin.  The reason given?  The "spiked feet" !!

At least I know better than to try to bring a Rocket Blower on board (still impessed with that tale of woe, Surapon).

Lenses / Re: EF 400L f/5.6 vs. Tamron 150-600
« on: April 25, 2014, 08:57:14 PM »
Never handled the Tammy but when I was in Denali last year, my 100-400 was often too short.  I did use it some with a 1.4x but now plan to return with the 300 and 2x someday.  If I were in your shoes, I'd really consider the Tammy and bring the 70-200 with TC as well.  My only reservation is that I was shooting the 100-400 at relatively high ISO's because of the lighting and the Tammy won't be any better.

Another alternative is to rent something long.  A member of our group had a 600 mm on a crop body (with a monopod) and got some spectacular shots.

Funny, but I moved from twist locks on my hiking poles because they loosened or failed when I needed them most (can anyone say "face plant?") and am now very happy with flip lock CF hiking poles.  They are just more certain and secure.

At the same time I moved from flip locks to twist locks on my tripod and monopod.  I know it sounds paradoxical, but it is so much faster and easier to use in cold or bad weather or with gloves on.  I guess the difference is that I set my hiking poles once and use them for the day while I use the camera equipment with frequent changes in position and length.  I am nervous and re-check the twist locks frequently with my gear on top, but the only tripod reealted disaster I've ever had is when I actually tripped over one of the legs, not because the leg slipped.

Street & City / Re: Trying to capture the cold of a Boston Winter
« on: April 25, 2014, 01:17:49 PM »
I prefer going to Italian restaurant on foot directly to Italy. Takes me 5 min just over the border. ;)

Wish that were an option on a frequent basis..... ::)

Street & City / Re: Trying to capture the cold of a Boston Winter
« on: April 25, 2014, 12:56:01 AM »
One of my favorite cities on the planet!  But no trip is complete with a visit to the North End and......(Insert name of your favorite Italian restaurant here).......

Software & Accessories / Re: Lots of CF or Tablet+OTA cable?
« on: April 21, 2014, 05:05:19 PM »
I travel with multiple 8 and 16 GB CF cards -the "belt".  Fortunately, my camera makes SD backups simultaneously (I keep a 64 GB SD in that slot)-the "suspenders" but I also have a portable HDD (with ists own reader so the camera does not need to be attached) and if I am really worried, I back up the CF to the HDD when I get some down time -the "duct tape."   ::)

The fact is the CF cards take up a whole lot less room and all one needs to do is swap out for fresh one either daily or when the card is full.  I used multiple CF even before I had 2 slots in a camera.  Backing up to a tablet takes time and the camera is not useable while hooked to a drive or tablet backing up.  The only thing that m\needs to be charged is the camera battery so extra charged batteries and some CF cards is all I need to keep my photos on a trek.

Software & Accessories / Re: Gimbal Head: Wimberley Vs Jobu
« on: April 21, 2014, 04:51:27 PM »
Mr. Morris raves about the Mongoose product.  Anyone have any experience with these heads?

From a walk through Kochin in India.

iso 500 f/9 on 24-105 at 85mm

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