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Software & Accessories / Re: Memory cards
« on: August 30, 2013, 05:41:15 PM »
Long time ago I did test myself, I had cheap-o card (A-data, transcend or something, 66x or such), and my friend bought fancy Lexar 400x. I compared buffer fill time on my 7D (with the old FW), and for the cheap-slow I got 16 or 17 pictures before the buffer was full, and with the Lexar I got 17 or 18.

And the Lexar was ~3x the price, so at the time it was no brainer to get cheap ones. Now with new FW (and I bought 5D3 too) I should think about upgrading.

Software & Accessories / Re: JPEG as a travel alternative
« on: August 30, 2013, 05:36:07 PM »
I missed the actual reason why you'd need to go jpeg instead of raw.

Are you saying you shoot more than 1TB on a trip, so your current hard drives are not big enough?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 2x and 1.4x mk3 extenders
« on: August 24, 2013, 08:24:24 PM »
Why no manual focus? The focus ring is stuck?

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Playful ideas with a Canon !
« on: August 23, 2013, 11:47:33 PM »
My only special item is an old Nikon Macro -lens, which fits just about perfect wrong way on the kenko tube set, making it really good macro (in terms of magnification). I also used 2x extender with that combo, can't remember which was got the most magnification, but I estimated around 10x at most.

Canon General / Re: Yellowstone vacation advice
« on: August 23, 2013, 07:43:34 PM »
I saved $500-600 by not booking in the park.


I booked a cabin from the lodge (~300ft from the Old Faithful), and it was around $100 a night. Anything outside the park were around $150-200 a night, so I saved plenty by being inside the park. Plus saved plenty of time which is even more valuable and rare commodity, plus some extra saving because of less gas for driving.

So I'd seriously recommend to consider calling Xterra (or what was the official agency, don't use other agencies as they'll just go though Xterra and take their extra cut), and check if they have vacancies. It's your vacation and you make your choices, but I just can't imagine being 2 hours away from the park.

Canon General / Re: Yellowstone vacation advice
« on: August 23, 2013, 01:19:16 PM »
I booked a hotel 2 hours from YNP,

Uh oh.....

2 hours as advertised, or 2 hours as someone real experience? The traffic can be quite horrible at times. Not at 3am, but still.... If there's bear/bison/elk/squirrel/anything interesting by the road (during the day), estimate about 2mph average speed for couple miles.

For my trip, initially I booked a hotel ~1 hour away, just to get something as everything inside YNP were fully booked. Then I planned calling in every few days to check if the lodge by the Old Faithful would have cancellations. I think on my second call there was cancellation, and I was able to get the lodge cabin for less than I would have been paying for the lousy inn 1 hour away.

And if that would give you (me) 1 hour more sleep every morning, I'd be happy paying way more for that.

Especially, do you really want to wake up your wife 3am every morning? I know, people should think twice before marrying a photog, I tried to warn my wife but since when she listened to me. But waking up 3am doesn't sound vacation to me. If I go sleep after that, sounds more like my kind of vacation.

LOL...kinda like that computer company, back in the day, that named their company "Wang".


In China:
1- Wang is a very common name
2- First names can be common words or descriptive
3- Locals use an foreign name (generally english) with foreigners to help memorization
4- Poor english or taste make some people just use litteral translation of their chinese name as "foreigner friendly name"

Result: Keep trying a straight face when, in a formal business environment, a man is introduced to you as "Rainbow Wang"

Many stories like that, the other main one being we have 2 wang in my office, one ~1,60m tall and the other one ~1,80m tall. Their are known to all as "small wang" and "big wang"...

My friend told his boss name was "Ochinko". That dude can't travel to Japan.

Canon General / Re: Yellowstone vacation advice
« on: August 23, 2013, 02:32:12 AM »
Does anyone think bringing a 32gb tablet instead of a 700gb laptop is reasonable to save space? Or should I just bring the laptop. I think I mostly want to bring the tablet because I never use it except on vacations in my hotel room. Damn thing is a huge smartphone without the phone or the service, just wifi.

Depends what you're planning to do. If it's nice relaxing vacation, leave your electronics home and enjoy the nature.

My guess is she must know it, and she's doing it intentionally.

For my company, I need more TP.

 is your company bunghole  related?

That's what most people say about the photographer.

My guess is she must know it, and she's doing it intentionally.

For my company, I need more TP.

Canon General / Re: Yellowstone vacation advice
« on: August 22, 2013, 02:20:11 PM »
I was there year ago, and it was quite nice. I didn't have half the gear you have, but still I got plenty of good photos. With your gear, you'll be fine.

I wasn't so much for the birds, so can't comment on those but for most others I think the 600mm is even too much occasionally. How you planning to carry all those around when hiking? Or you just take one or two bodies with one lens each for hike? Only one time I was "short", there was group of goats (or something climbing the mountain side), and my 7D + 70-200 + 2x wasn't nearly good enough for that. 400 w/ 2x would have been better, but 600 w/ 2x (on 1.6x crop) would have been probably about enough.

I saw bears couple times (from car), and I was always carrying the bear pepper spray just in case. I wouldn't be comfortable camping outside.

Lenses / Re: Stabilization for IS lenses?
« on: August 21, 2013, 04:12:54 PM »
I have experienced the IS causing a blurry picture when on a tripod using lenses that do not have tripod sensing.  So in that case I now turn off the IS when using a tripod with those lenses.

Interesting, can you share the images and also setup/settings?

Lenses / Re: Stabilization for IS lenses?
« on: August 21, 2013, 01:55:20 PM »
Good job Neuro! Thanks for doing the tests.

Interestingly the middle version is almost stabilized but not quite, so I guess the IS just kicks in but needs just a bit more time to really work 100%.

Sports / Re: Rodeos and State Fair
« on: August 19, 2013, 11:34:05 PM »
The copyright is too intrusive, especially on the second pic is just really ruins the whole picture. Apart from that, the pics are nice.

The water-detector is typical in cell phones. Every smart phone also has 3-axis accelerometer, but it's up to the software to determine if they measure 24/7, and record it in case of drop/hit. If I was manufacturer, then yes because they don't consume next to nothing on current, and it's great way to indicate abuse.

As for cameras, I have no idea if they have similar feature. It'd be nice if they told how they came to that conclusion.

Long time ago the product my company sold, got returned from the field with a note "it just broke down, send new unit".

The units ran hot always, and they had peltier cooling elements on them. At the time the peltier element was possible to wire wrong way, so it'd heat the device instead of cooling. Unknown to the customer, the inside thermometer was logged, and as I connected to the device with my PC, I read max temperature somewhere around ~90°C (~200F), when it usually ran under 60C (<150F) at max. I emailed the customer if the "it just broke" -unit they had accidentally connected the peltier the wrong way. First they said no, but when I told that we actually read that the unit overheating way beyond what it should be able to do by itself, they confessed that "for short period of time" the peltier was connected wrong.

So no warranty for them.

As for OP, there's chance a kid knocked the camera down from table or something, and it can break even without any visible damage. Without knowing all the facts, it's difficult to judge who's right. For low-end cameras, I wonder if they get lot of spoof warranty attempts, so they might be more strict on those.

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