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Old 07-10-2016, 09:52 AM   #531
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I also use the eneloop rechargeable batteries for things like my GPS (handheld) and cameras. I with X2 the lithiums. I use them in things were there are wide swings in temp. For example a safe I keep in the trailer. They handle it much better than regular batteries.

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Old 07-14-2016, 07:51 AM   #532
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Here are a few of this year's fireworks from last night.

These were shot into the water. Wait 5 seconds and then you get this ...
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A bunch right over head. Kind of an interesting mess of explosions.
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Beginning of the finale
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Lots of fun. Certainly the nicest fireworks I've ever seen from a private party.

It was a really interesting setup in that we were on lake Michigan with the fireworks beings set off just a few houses down the beach from my sister's place. Her neighbor has been doing this for decades for their little beachfront community. He must had had a 100 mortars of all different sizes lined up for the show.

Being this close, the fireworks exploded either right over us or in the water directly in front of us.


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Old 07-18-2016, 12:13 PM   #533
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A recent thread got me a thinking....

WHAT DO YOU SHOOT WITH?

I hate the "Wow your camera looks expensive must shoot great photos" but I am still curious.. What do you photogs use? Make, model, lens favorites and point and shoot, APS-C,vfull frame or micro 4-3rds?

I am using a Canon SX530HS. It is a "bridge camera." Looks like a DSLR but is really a point and shoot with manual options. It looks like it has a 5x crop factor and its range is 18mm to 600mm (with full digital zoom engaged).

Looking at an APS-c Canon Rebel T6i 18-135mm in the near future.
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Old 07-18-2016, 12:43 PM   #534
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Whatever fits in my pocket. I was looking at the T6i too but not sure I want to carry a big camera again.

Towards the end of my last trip I was using my iphone more than my little camera.
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Old 07-18-2016, 12:45 PM   #535
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I did leave that out.. I do also use my Samsung S7. It is a GREAT camera and even shoots in RAW which is nice for the right shots.

Phones have come a LONG way that is for sure!
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Old 07-18-2016, 03:52 PM   #536
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My current kit consists of;

All Canon hardware
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EX600RT Flash

I'll admit, I've been wanting to get a P&S to slip into my pocket for a long time, that stuff gets heavy to lug around.
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Old 07-18-2016, 05:18 PM   #537
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I do like the wifi capabilities of some of the new cameras.
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Old 07-18-2016, 05:25 PM   #538
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Yes I use it for remote control and like the app for geotagging things when I want to.

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I donít like to carry a lot of weight with me so I prefer point and shoot cameras. If Iím camping or traveling with the RV I usually take my Fuji Finepix S8200. Itís a bridge camera with some great features and has a 40X zoom (24-960mm).

If Iím on a trip that requires me to fly, I take my Canon SX160is for the small size. It too has some nice features and a 16X zoom (28-448mm).

If Iím on a trip where I will be snorkeling I take my cheapie underwater Nikon Coolpix S33. I also take a backup camera when traveling and thatís my SX110is. The SX110 camera just keeps going and going. Iíve worn out 3 digital cameras, an Olympus Stylus, a Samsung HZ30, and a Kodak Easyshare.

Many years ago when my daughter was in sports I used to have a Canon Rebel SLR and one of my favorite lenses was a 70-210mm f2.8 that I used for shooting in gymnasiums. It took me a long time to embrace digital photography.

Funny thing, because of their strong film business, Kodak didnít embrace digital photography either. The irony is, an engineer at Kodak was the one who invented digital photography.
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Photographers: tips, tricks, equipment, etc

Currently, I use two mirrorless systems - Olympus m4/3 and Sony full frame and a variety of lenses. I also have a Sony RX100 pocket cam.

The idea over the last few years was that the Oly and Sony systems would provide substantially different capabilities but I'm finding the lens overlap, overall cost and differences in user interface to be more bother than it's worth. Sure, the differences are there and they each have their strengths, but it's no longer worth it to me to run two systems side-by-side. So, I'm planning to slim down from using both a M4/3 (Oly E-M1) and Sony (A7r and a6000).

The problem is deciding which to keep going ahead with. The m4/3 is excellent for most of my needs -it's relatively smaller than the Sony A7r (but larger than the Sony 6000), most prime lenses are tiny and of high quality (and Zuiko lenses are excellent), the af is very good, and the overall cost is less than the Sony. Also, JPEGs are nice when I don't want to do much in Lightroom.

But, it's not all it's cracked up to be. The problem (for me) is that I prefer the better tonality of the A7R for landscapes when printed, my main photography pursuit, and the dynamic range is noticeably better. Also, I like the low light capabilities of the larger sensor and the much better ability to crop when needed (I know, I know, "real photographers" get it right in the viewfinder and don't need to crop. Moving on...).

Decisions, decisions. After making pictures with the Sony for several years and the Olympus m4/3 for the last year, I'll likely sell my m4/3 kit and some of the Sony and consolidate:

Sony A7rii for landscapes, portraits, high ISO, and generally when printing large. Lenses are 16-35f4, 35f1.8, 55f1.8, 85f2.8, 135f2.8, 70-200 f4.

Sony RX10iii for a traveling camera. This 1" sensor is a bit smaller than the m4/3 but the camera sports a crazy nice Zeiss lens that covers 24-600mm f2.4-4. It's a really nice all-purpose camera. Excellent video.

The only thing missing with this is the better af of the Olympus E-M1 and that may be important as my oldest daughter will be a freshman in high school and is wildly involved with volleyball and basketball.
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