LCD protector, glare shade, Las Vegas

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by cameragal, Aug 2, 2006.

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    cameragal Guest

    Hi,

    I am wanting to purchase a LCD protector for a Canon 20D. I have found
    several brands on the internet. Can somebody give me advice on which
    one,brand, etc to get? Also, I will be traveling to Las Vegas soon.
    Are there any recomendations on photo spots?

    thanks in advance

    Rene
     
    cameragal, Aug 2, 2006
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    Bill Guest

    If all you want is some protection for the display, go to a chain store
    like Best Buy and look at their selection of covers for PDAs and
    portable games. The thin film plastic can easily be cut to fit and
    they're cheap and effective.
    My advice...see all the sites you want to visit first, then gamble and
    drink the second half of the vacation AFTER you're done touring around.
    There's nothing worse than a hangover and someone dragging you out in
    the heat to walk around all day.

    :)
    Aside from the casinos like the Luxor pyramid, Caesars, etc., the top of
    the Stratosphere tower at about 100 stories, the Grand Canyon, the
    Hoover Dam and lake Mead are worth visiting.

    If you go to the dam, take the "hard hat tour" which is about $30. You
    get to go inside the dam and see the inner workings, as well as a trip
    right to the bottom at the rivers edge - well worth it. You can take
    your camera with you too and snap away. When I was there in 2001 I was
    still using film, and I realized I only had two rolls with me for the
    tour - I was pissed about that.

    Ever since then, I've always been better prepared with lots of film or
    room on my memory cards because you never know what you'll want to
    shoot.

    The old strip called Fremont Street is worth a look too. The overhead
    light show at night is cool, and the little casinos pay off a lot better
    because they don't have the same draw as the big strip.

    Keep your wallet in a tight or closed pocket though - very skilled
    pick-pockets love the Fremont area.

    Have fun!
     
    Bill, Aug 2, 2006
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    G.T. Guest

    Also Red Rock Canyon due west of town. This is closest place to town for
    nature and landscape shots.

    Greg
     
    G.T., Aug 2, 2006
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    Tom Williams Guest


    I had heard they discontinued the "hard hat tour" of Hoover Dam due to
    concerns after 9/11. Not sure if that's true however.

    Tom
     
    Tom Williams, Aug 2, 2006
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    Bill Guest

    When I was there in 2001 they had metal detectors and x-ray scanners as
    well as gamma detectors, and that was before 9/11.

    I just did a search and found this:

    http://www.usbr.gov/lc/hooverdam/service/DiscoveryTour.html

    "The Power Plant Generators: Take the large elevators 500 feet down into
    the wall of Black Canyon, walk through the 250-foot long tunnel drilled
    out of rock, and view the 650-foot long Nevada wing of the power plant
    and its eight huge generators."

    Last Reviewed: 4/18/06

    It sounds like they cut the full "hard hat tour" but still allow you to
    visit the generator room with a guide. Sounds like it would still be
    worth it, and the view from the observation deck is impressive anyway.
     
    Bill, Aug 2, 2006
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    Harry Krause Guest



    Thanks. At the moment, Hoover Dam is #1 on my list of Vegas-area
    attractions I will visit when I'm out there.
     
    Harry Krause, Aug 2, 2006
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    donharper Guest

    Hi Rene;

    I use a hoodman screen protector on my digial slr's.
    I move in and out of venues like churches, reception halls, into bright
    daylight and this is the best device I've found to allow me to see the
    screen in bright daylight. It flips open with side shades.

    It's also very protective of the screen itself.

    Delkin is also now making a very similar device.

    Hope this helps.

    Don Harper
    The Edge Photography Studio
    Lessburg, Va. 20176

    http://www.theedgephotography.com


    Regarding Las Vegas there are so many sites, the fountains at the
    Biligiao, the Venetian, helicopter tours of the city and Grand Canyon,
    nearby Hoover Dam the Red rocks park just outside of Vegas. I could go
    on and on.

    Enjoy.
     
    donharper, Aug 3, 2006
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    cjcampbell Guest

    Las Vegas has to be one of the most photogenic spots on earth. It is
    not so much what to photograph, but when.

    The light of day is very harsh. Best time to photograph is during the
    blue hour, but you would have to be there for months to get everything
    you want.

    The Bellagio fountains are not that good of a photo opportunity.
    Neither is the pirate ship fight at Treasure Island. Photograph the
    pirate ships in between shows when you can get close for an
    unobstructed view. Better are the Eiffel Tower and the Venetian. Oddly,
    it is difficult to make the Luxor an interesting picture, but you can
    do some interesting things with the Sphinx at night.

    I would also recommend Red Rock Canyon, Hoover Dam, etc. Hoover Dam
    looks best from a distance.

    Chartering a flight over the city is also good -- you can get great
    perspectives of the Strip and Hoover Dam.
     
    cjcampbell, Aug 3, 2006
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    wilt Guest

    The protector does not necessarily allow you to see the screen in
    bright amient light, even if it shields it from the direct rays of the
    sun!
     
    wilt, Aug 3, 2006
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    Bill Guest

    I agree...that's one of the areas where Canon really needs to improve.

    If Nikon can do it, why can't Canon? My Rebel XT is barely readable in
    the shade, nevermind direct sunlight. However, my friends Nikon cameras
    have better LCD displays that are readable in sunlight.
     
    Bill, Aug 3, 2006
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    BlindBoy Guest

    Long time listener, first time caller...

    I just (literally...6 hours ago) got back from Vegas with my D200. On
    the way to Red Rock there is a little turn off for the Calico Basin.
    Very pretty stuff. Also, some nice shots at Mount Charlston. Great
    landscapes, and some very long views of the strip and downtown areas.
    It's about an hour drive from the strip to the top part of the
    mountain. Oh, and make sure you have petrol. None is available once
    you get off the 95 freeway!

    Good Luck!
     
    BlindBoy, Aug 9, 2006
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