August 02, 2014, 01:07:00 AM

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: DSRL Camera for travel
« Last post by Rocky on Today at 01:04:32 AM »
the eos m kit is dirt cheap and the 22mm is an awesome f2
the 18-55 kit lens is very respectable too
I bough the M system with 22mm and the 18-55mm for travel. Now my camera bag  is 3ibs instead of 7 lbs.
1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« Last post by nineyards on Today at 01:03:32 AM »
Fog Bound

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« Last post by Menace on Today at 01:01:24 AM »
Northern gannet, Bempton, E Yorkshire in England.

Great shot Keith. Nicely done.


Lovely shot.
Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« Last post by RichD50 on Today at 12:56:06 AM »
"Harris Hawk" @ Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ
MARCH, 2013

Canon 40D + canon 100-400 zoom
Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Last post by nineyards on Today at 12:55:13 AM »
Boreal Chickadee

Animal Kingdom / Re: Yard Bird
« Last post by nineyards on Today at 12:52:34 AM »
My Father in-law's back yard Sannich BC on Vanvouver Island

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« Last post by nineyards on Today at 12:46:34 AM »
Shot in Edmonton's river valley

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon Mail in Rebate Program
« Last post by Mt Spokane Photography on Today at 12:44:15 AM »
Mine for the Pixma Pro-10 was rejected because the dealer is an "invalid retailer" - B&H! B&H must be one of, if not, largest Canon dealers in the world! Go figure that one. I have to call cust svc to lodge a dispute.

That's not good.  Its issues like that with the rebate companies, only much worse that caused Canon to drop the mail-in rebate process a few years ago.
Landscape / Re: Moonlit Landscapes
« Last post by nineyards on Today at 12:42:13 AM »
As seen from Big Lake Alberta
Software & Accessories / Re: Camera bag for camping
« Last post by Lloyd on Today at 12:12:25 AM »
The Gossamer Gear Mariposa is one of the packs of interest, but I don't see it in the local stores. If you ordered it directly from the manufacturer, how was your interaction with them, and do you think that they will work with a customer to get the right fit (that is, prompt no-fuss exchange of sizes, or just plain refund if it doesn't fit well at any size)? This pack got a very nice review at Section Hiker website, along with several others.

I did not have to return it and I live in Austin, where they are located, so this was not a concern for me.  I regularly receive emails from them and they seem to be very responsive.  I have a curved back and the stays are basically an aluminum rod in a U shape with the closed end at the top.  I could easily bend them into a favorable shape for my spine and they have remained intact.

Thanks much for the info, I was planning to get an Osprey Volt due to the low weight and ergonomics but the option of using a Think Tank belt makes this one a worthy option. Question: which TT belt do you use, the Steroid or just the Pro is enough for the well being of your hips?

I use the pro because it is what I had before I bought the Mariposa.  I think the pro would work better than the Steroid because the Steroid has its loops focused in the rear so after you insert it through the sleeve in the back there would not be any loops exposed.  I don't know if the padded and looped area is greater on the larger sized Pro belts.  If it is, I would go for the largest belt in your size range so as to have a larger exposed loop area. Also, if the belt is let out to its max it is hard to get any leverage on it to cinch it as there is not much strap to grab. However, you don't want it so big that you are not able to be able to cinch it due to the padded area getting in the way.

I have attached a few photos of my belts and pack.  As the sleeve in the Mariposa has velcro in it to keep the belt in place, I wrapped double sided velcro around the back of the think tank belt to keep it in place.  I also have a photo of the Mariposa belt and the think tank belt next to each other.  You will note that the think tank belt is not as wide, but it is better padded.  The fact that the think tank belt is narrower makes the use of the velcro more important. I also put the OpTech quick connectors on my pack shoulder straps so I can hang the camera on the straps if am in an area where I am taking a lot of photos and am not bothered by it bouncing around.
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