Steven NY

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  1. Two weeks from today I'm on my way to Tanzania, ending up in the Northern Serengeti. I think I've got my camera equipment covered. Two bodies - Canon 70D & 80D - 3 lenses - extra cards - remote trigger - mounting mic, etc. Going to put it all in my new Incase backpack and see how much the whole thing weighs. I'm wondering about polarizing filters. I always have a UV-Skylight filter on, primarily for protection. I occasionally use polarizing filters, when there is much glare or a fantastic sky I'd like to enhance. I think I would have a problem with the filters as my three zoom lenses - Sigma 10-20, Sigma 18-300, Sigma 150-600 all use lens hoods which make it difficult to turn the filter. It may be too much trouble to have to fiddle with it while on site. On the other hand, I imagine some of the landscapes I'll see will be incredible and perhaps worthy of a filter. Any thoughts on this?
  2. I will be going to Tanzania for a week in mid-September. I am really psyched about my first safari. I have a Canon 70D and will be buying a new 80D. I have a Sigma 15-600 and a Sigma 18-300. I think I am pretty well covered there. I will also bring a bunch of 64Gb and/or 32Gb cards. I do not know what to do about backup. I have read countless posts about the need to back-up each day. However, with the weight restrictions I am concerned about keeping my stuff limited. I will carry a small duffle for clothes and sundries and a backpack for the photo gear and electric stuff. I do not own and will not bring a laptop. So, what do I use for backup? I need something reliable and I need to know the backup is complete. Without connecting to a laptop, how can I be sure? I see a Canon wireless backup which can also be used for connecting to hdmi for viewing. It is around $250 and I can get it in a package with my 80D. It weighs over a pound, so that is adding to the weight. I am so concerned about the 33 pound weight limit (I'll be taking 3 bush flights during my trip) that I am leaving my Sigma 10-20 (great for wide shots at the crater and night sky shots), and a small tabletop tripod (again for right sky shots) at home. I'd love to bring them, but I am paranoid about any hassles with weight. I may go over the 33 pounds by a few, so I do not want to be put in an uncomfortable situation. Any suggestions for backup equipment and a good backup protocol? Thanks - Steven
  3. Tomorrow's the day.
  4. Leaving on Sunday. 3 more days.
  5. Thanks. I knew there was a reasonable explanation for that third prong.
  6. I'll be staying in Lemala Ngorongoro an Lemala Mara. I expect the great migration to be going pretty strong while I'm in the Northern Serengeti.
  7. 9 days until I leave for Tanzania. Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, Northern Serengeti, then Amsterdam for a day of rest and whatever until I return to NYC. Becoming more excited each day.
  8. I'm going to Tanzania in 9 days. I bought a Conair Travel Smart adapter. You can plug in two chargers and a USB at the same time. It seems odd that one of the three prongs for use in GB and Africa has a plastic prong. I'm not sure what function that would serve. I'll report back as to how well this worked for me.
  9. Thanks for the responses. I'll have to see how much all my study weighs, and how well it all fits into my new backpack. I looked at You Tube and found several very informative videos on filters. I think I'll put them on my list as something I could leave behind if needed. It may be too much trouble changing them on safari and I'm likely to get very little use out of them anyway. Thanks.
  10. I am going on Safari to Tanzania on 9/18. Over the past 4 months I have looked at countless web sites of tour operators and camp lodges. I've seen dozens upon dozens of videos. When I get back I will hopefully produce a masterpiece of stills and videos. There is one video I am trying to find and I don't remember where I saw it. I've been searching high and low for days. Perhaps you've seen it. I think it was for a camp or lodge, rather than a tour operator; however, I cannot be 100% sure. It was beautifully produced and the background music is what got to me the most. It starts out with a really lovely chorus of voices, very sweet and hypnotic. Then, at some point the drums come in - great rhythm and driving beat. It closes on the voices. There is really good video of the game and the stills are presented in rapid fire synched to the drum beat. I'm looking for it again as it will be a model of what I'd like to do. Anyone have any idea what I'm looking for? Thanks. Steven
  11. I checked them out. They are very informative. Worth the time to view them.
  12. I am one month away from my Tanzania Safari, booked three months ago. Lake Manyara - Ngorongoro Crater - Northern Serengeti. I am really psyched. Got just about all off my camera equipment together - will have to weigh it. Still ordering some safari appropriate clothing. Getting my vaccinations next week. I just got an email from Yellow Zebra Safari - the tour outfit which put together my trip. It was a photo of a lion and it said KEEP CALM! Your Safari is One Month Away. I'm trying my best to relax. Steven
  13. I'm going to the Northern Serengeti - Mara area in Late September. Do you think the migration will still be happening then?
  14. I just bought the Peak Design Sling. It seems really good. Eventually, there will be a problem as neither my tripod or monopod use an Area connector. I'm not taking either, so it doesn't matter. I'll be able to keep one of the camera at my side like a sling. It will be definite improvement over the straps which come with the camera.
  15. I'm around 5 weeks from my Tanzania adventure. I am fairly certain I will always be in a vehicle with a pop-top. I will be actively shooting with a Canon 70D & 80D, a Sigma 150-600 & a Sigma 18-300. I have a bean bag. I will also have a pair of binoculars around my neck. I generally keep my camera slung over my shoulder and only put it around my neck when shooting. I do not want my camera sliding off my shoulder. I may have a shirt with epaulets. I doubt the larger lens will ever be hung from my neck, as it would be too heavy. It will be supported on a bean bag and still slung over my neck. I'd hate to accidentally send it over the side of the car. Here's the question: It seems that I will have a lot on my neck and it may become uncomfortable over time. However, I think it is a necessity. Does anyone use a different type of camera harness or holster or strap, which may be useful. What do all of you do with that much equipment? Thanks Steven
  16. Are you suggesting that I use the cloth to drape over the camera, or just to wipe it off ?
  17. I took a look at the Peak Design strap. It looks great. It is similar to the Black rapid, but doesn't attach at the bottom.
  18. I bought a plastic covering which is designed to go over the camera and you put your hand up through the back. They come 2 for $5. It is flimsy and I originally bought them for using in a light rain. I assume it would serve the same purpose as a dust barrier.
  19. I will be buying a bean bag for my Mid-September Tanzania safari. Most of the vehicles have them, but I do not want to take a chance. I will be shooting with a Canon 80D and a Sigma 150-600 (c) lens. I'm not sure about how small of a bag I can get away with. The Vest man has a Mini which looks like it might be good. I've seen hundreds of photos of photographers using bean bags. Doesn't laying the barrel of the lens on the bag inhibit the use of the focusing ring? Doesn't it also inhibit zooming? If I'm right, than the solution is to place the lens bracket on the bean bag, which would leave the barrel off the bag. Does that suggest using a smaller bag?
  20. The video prepared by Andy Biggs was exactly what I wanted to see. Answered my question perfectly. He has good info on his site. Thanks for the link.
  21. Thanks for your responses. I will be shooting from a pop-top. I think I'll bring one small to medium bag. I'm looking at Kinises, Tamrac Sabi Gura or the Vest Man. I also like something called "the Grizzly." The medium looks good to me. It looks like my theory that the bean bag could affect focus and zoom, was correct. I'm surprised I've never seen or heard anything else about it. Since deciding to go on Safari I've watched dozens of videos and read blog after blog.
  22. That was very well done. Great job.
  23. I bought the WD Wireless Pro and returned it the next day. I found it, and most importantly the software, to be very clunky. It was hard to set up and I had trouble finding the drive on my computer. I am going to get the Canon Connection Station which will come as a $100 add on when I buy the 80D. It will show RAW files and I had the instruction manual and it seems to be less complicated.
  24. I bought a 2T Western Digital Passport Pro, which will backup my cards while in Africa. Seems to be the best solution. Gonna test it out within the next few days. Thanks for everyone's help.
  25. Thanks for the advice. I'm staying with the 80D, because I have the 70D as the other camera and I really like it. The 80D has a number of improvements. Even if I get a camera with two card slots, which would serve as a good automatic backup, it would still leave images from my other camera to figure out something else. Yes, obviously the backup in the field is a protection against loss of the images, more than anything else. Still a worthwhile endeavor. I am looking at a Western Digital 2T wireless drive, which may very well serve the purpose. I want to take the 10-20. Given the crop differential it is a 16 to 32. My 18-300 starts at 27. So, I am missing from 16 to 27 if I do not take the wide Sigma. I doubt the difference is that dramatic; however, I do think it would be worthwhile in the Crater and for night sky. I'll see how everything fits together in a new backpack and then look at the duffel and clothing/sundries bag. I may be a few pounds over, but I've heard from a number of people that Coastal Airlines is not too crazy if you're only a few pounds over, and they are friendly and understanding towards photographers. I could always keep a lens or the drive in a pocket and enter the plane with one of the cameras slung around my neck. Planning for this trip is a bit more complicated than going to Vegas for a week. ;-)

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