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Post Options Post Options   Quote majique Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 March 2007 at 04:39
Peli cases are indestructable. They DO float, and don't break. i dropped my P&S in a pelicase off a 20ft cliff, which then bounced into the pond below. when i managed to climb down and get it 15 mins later the insides were dry as a bone.
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote MostlyHarmless Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 March 2007 at 01:44
Originally posted by Cope Cope wrote:

Ever since 9/11, knives and tools are not allowed in many public auditoriums in the USA, and certainly not on airlines. I used to keep a small Swiss Army knife in my camera bag, but now it goes in my pocket (until they start strip searches at auditoriums).

Leatherman makes a multitool without a knife: http://www.leatherman.com/products/tools/Knifeless-Fuse/default.asp

I've no personal experience with it, however. I do carry around one of these on my keychain:
http://www.swisstechtools.com/productdetail.aspx?PID=NLlBjkwLR0MA

Having both full size and small screwdrivers is great and the pliers are surprisingly useful for a tiny little tool.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote drjbg179 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 March 2007 at 06:00
I saw an auction on Ebay for an add on silicone shutter button for the 7D. I think it was selling for about $13.00 US. I realized I had a whole package of them in my workroom which I bought for $2.99 US. They're little 3/8" clear rubbery bumpers made for dampening cabinet doors or for applying to the bottom of something to prevent scratching a fragile surface or keep it from slipping. Some are flat at the top, some are dome shaped. Mine are dome shaped. I stuck one on the shutter button on my 7D and wouldn't ya know it; it's the coolest darn shutter button ever to grace a camera. It actually feels like I have more "control" and better accessibilty to the button with my finger, especially with the HS1 hand strap applied. Anyway, I'm getting just as much of a kick out of my 30 cent addition than I would be with a $300 lens. Maybe others will find it a neat little improvement also.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote majique Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 April 2007 at 20:34
Originally posted by 2manycamera 2manycamera wrote:

I have a "new" favorite accessory. For anyone using a tele with a tripod collar, look at "The Pod" im yellow. I've had the original red pod for several years and it works great on a camera body but just too large for a lens. the company added the yellow for p&s cameras, it's half the size and fits perfectly on the tripod cloor of my 300/4. I can grip it in my hand for hand held shots, or balance the lens on a convenient fence post for a VERY stable stand. $15 US!

There is also a blue version, same price and size as the yellow, but with an off-set connector for those whose tripod collars are real close to the camera body. Check it out at: www.thepod.ca


The company that makes the pod is having a sale on ebay right now. looks like they accidentally made the red sized pod with a yellow bottom so they are selling them for $9.99 US. picked mine up today.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote stroberaver Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 April 2007 at 21:35
Originally posted by tmoreau tmoreau wrote:

Wont help with camera batteries, but works great for a spare set of AA's for my flash. I actually cut one down to just (4) aa's to make it smaller.

http://www.toolsaviation.com

Those are EXACTLY what I'm looking for to hold the two sets of 4 AA cells I have for my flashgun!

But they don't sell directly to the UK, judging by their website. :( Has anyone seen these or anything like them available in the UK?

(EDIT) Not to worry, found something similar!

Edited by stroberaver - 06 April 2007 at 21:43
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Post Options Post Options   Quote PhotoTraveler Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 April 2007 at 04:56
In my bag, I carry with me.

1) Pen and Paper, to write down stuff when needed, it happens
2) Lens cleaning cloth of some form
3) Mag lite, flashlights are always handy
4) Spare caps for everything. Just in case one doesn't come back
5) Polarizer
6) Spare batteries and CF of course


Then things that are often with me.

7) Map (of where I am, trail and such)
8) Compass, to figure out where the moon or sun will be (helps to write down sun/moon ups and downs before hand.
9) Snack and bottle of water
10) iPod
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote Maggy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 April 2007 at 12:38
String "monopod". Use the type of strings used to set up a tent with a slider to adjust the size of the loop. Put a foot in the loop. Attatch a metal plate with a hole for the rope and a hole for a camera screw to the other end. Screw on camera base plate. As long as the string is stretched to the limit, the camera is almost as stable as on a tripod. But you can still point your lens in any direction except moving the body up and down.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote aarif Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 April 2007 at 15:04
I usually carry

1-A lens pen (sensorklear) with a blower

2-extra batteries and CF cards (charger only if the trip is more then one day)

3-cleaning cloth and wet-wipes for cameras that can be used to clean the lens too

4-shutter release cord

5-lighter
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A 1 meter (3 feet) cord.

Just in case.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote keith_h Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 June 2007 at 13:17
I've got a small spirit level since a hot shoe level was going to cost way too much. About $2-00 compared to $60-00.

And all the small stuff is in ziplock bags too. This is to ensure nothing small falls out by mistake and to protect from sand and moisture. I did get hit with a kite while changing filters once and because the bag was open everything got covered in wet sand. Now the bag is open only long enough to get something out or put something back and as much stuff as possible is bagged.

Anytime I find a gel sachet, into the camera bag it goes.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Mick Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 June 2007 at 01:53
Originally posted by 2manycamera 2manycamera wrote:

My 1st thought on a favorite cheap accessory is the Giotto air rocket. Looks like a fat missile and shoots out a strong blast of air. Works great on the sensorand fronts of lenses w/o touching.


Also my favourite piece of 'recent kit addition'. Mindblowing.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote kombizz Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 June 2007 at 16:47
I think another small thing or gadget to have would be small flashgun in case a person needs it at night photography.
I was born and brought up in Iran, a beautiful country full of history.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Eclipse Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 July 2007 at 21:11
I once had to send a brand-new body for repair fro AF trouble, and it turned out that part of the problem was a tiny bit of (factory induced) grit/grease in the motor drive pin socket for the lens. After that, whenever I took that body anywhere, I took a wooden toothpick to clean the drive pin socket out. It worked fine on the one or two occasions it was needed! My Minolta bodies have never had this problem- I think the design of that other body must have left the area a bit vulnerable for some reason- I don't know why but I rather suspect it may have 'leaked' a bit of grease from time to time, and of course any dust would then stick to it.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote twb119 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 July 2007 at 09:20
I keep two plastic garbage bags in my camera pack, one for me (cut a hole in bottom for your head to fit through) and one for my camera pack.
They take up very little room, very cheap, and after used for rain just pack two new ones in.
It rains a lot in south Florida :)
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