Started by BanjoTom, September 21, 2014, 08:53:13 PM
Quote from: Ferdinand on September 23, 2014, 09:38:37 AMA couple of after-thoughts.I certainly recommend an extra battery. I couldn't imagine not having a spare for any camera I own. I tend to go with OEM. Many years ago I did use third-party, but I felt like they didn't last as long.
Quote from: lenmerkel on September 24, 2014, 06:50:48 AMAs you're moving 'up' to a DSLR (congratulations ), you might also consider upgrading your camera bag. I did see you mentioned you already have one, but once you taste the DSLR drug, you'll likely be acquiring one or two additional lenses, other accessories etc, and your existing bag may not be up to it.I used to own a pretty good shoulder-carried camera bag, but frankly, often got tired of trying to keep it in place on my shoulder while simultaneously balancing to get a steady shot with my camera. I do a lot of hiking, and often need all my wits about me just avoiding slipping down a gravely or rocky hillside!Several years ago I switched to a LowePro SlingShot and it's been my favorite bag ever since. I love the fact that the weight is distributed evenly on my back when moving, without me being consciously aware that it's there (i.e. no shoulder strap balancing act and the feeling that I'm 'lopsided'). Then, when I want to get my camera out, or maybe change lenses, the bag quickly swivels in front of me at chest height, and I have access to what I need without having to stop. The SlingShots also have a waterproof cover in the base that you can quickly pull out and cover the whole bag with, in case of sudden downpours. I've used that often! Showers are 'quite common' in my native UK, in my wife's native Beautiful BC, and even here in Northern California where we live right now.N.B. I'm not affiliated with LowePro in any way. I just love a great product that performs well and does the job (a bit like IMatch . . . . . )
Quote from: BanjoTom on September 22, 2014, 02:57:27 PMI'm certainly not a pro shooter, but for years I've used my cameras a good deal for folklife/ethnographic documentation of people, objects, and events that represent or help to communicate traditional aspects of American culture. That is, of course, a very general sort of usage . . . Think of it as social or journalistic photography.
Quote from: Erik on September 24, 2014, 09:21:13 PM... I have to laugh at the showers being common in Northern California...
Quote from: lenmerkel on September 25, 2014, 03:01:16 AMQuote from: Erik on September 24, 2014, 09:21:13 PM... I have to laugh at the showers being common in Northern California... Agreed, it's bone dry here in the Folsom area. Folsom Lake is looking very sad.However, I can say we've had some wet winters in the 18 years we've lived here, and that waterproof cover for the LowePro did come in handy several times. A good bag is definitely high on my priority list.Incidentally, there must be something about IMatch users in Northern California. I too am a Pentax shooter, and use DxO for raw processing. I like my K10D for the same reasons you mentioned: great weather sealing and in-body shake reduction. Considering an upgrade to K3 now as prices have dropped somewhat since the launch. Recent rumors in the DPReview gossip columns suggest a FF Pentax is finally on the way. Personally, I'm not sold on the hype that FF has to be better than APS-C, plus I don't want the extra bulk & weight, and the cost of replacing APS-C format lenses with FF equivalents (ouch$$).