The perfect vacation camera?

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Sandman, Mar 11, 2014.

  1. Sandman

    Eric Stevens Guest

    Speaking from hindsight, one thing you should include is the ability
    to tag your photographs with GPS coordinates. Otherwise, a few years
    down the track you are going to find yourself looking at photographs
    and being uncertain as to whether they were taken (for example and in
    my case) Warnemunde or Lubeck.
     
    Eric Stevens, Mar 11, 2014
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    Sandman Guest

    Part of this is of course ignorance, but also due to the fact that most of
    northern Europe on world maps look a lot larger than it actually is. This
    is due to how the spherical world is projected on a 2D surface. This way,
    Sweden and Scandinavia looks huge (not to mention greenland).
     
    Sandman, Mar 11, 2014
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    Sandman Guest

    I have GPS for my Nikon, and if I only take a couple of iPhone pics at each
    location, iPhoto and Aperture can batch-change the GPS of all untagged
    shots.
     
    Sandman, Mar 11, 2014
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    PeterN Guest

    the 79-200 is not enough for bird photofraphy. At a minimum you need the
    1.7 teleconverter. But, your choice of lenses depends upon what you want
    to shoot, Blue cypress lake is about 1/2 hr from Orlando. Lots of birds
    now, but you need to go on a charter tour. You can call Middleton Fish
    Camp, and make arrangements for a pontoon boat tour. They are pretty
    good about getting you where the birds are. But, al depends on the
    weather and conditions.
     
    PeterN, Mar 11, 2014
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    Sandman Guest

    Huh? I won't be going to Florida to do "bird photofraphy", Peter. I'll be
    there with my family and will be visiting Disney World and Tampa. I'm not
    very interested in bird photography anyway.

    Plus, as I've said many times, using a D800 - you do NOT need a
    teleconverter. You have 36MP of data and can crop like a crazy person
    without loosing stuff. A TC will only make your lens slower. The Nikkor
    70-200/2.8 is really excellent for wildlife photography, but if you need
    more reach, you get a bigger lens, not a TC. At least not on a D800. Get a
    300/2.8 or a 400/2.8, or if you really want a zoom lens, get a 200-400/4
     
    Sandman, Mar 11, 2014
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    Sandman Guest

    Yeah, I know, it's pretty crazy how people think of history. :)
     
    Sandman, Mar 11, 2014
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    Savageduck Guest

    That is quite a drive depending on the route taken. Hell! Just making
    it across the Florida panhandle seems endless.
    Agreed. That was why I suggested not heading West when they have
    limited time. There is plenty to see and do in the South & East
    Day trip??
    When I lived in Upstate NY, and was a lot younger we took day trips up
    to Canada for breakfast and that sort of thing, and it was a lot of
    fun. However, on that trip to Florida in 1974, which was a road trip of
    sorts to visit friends in Melbourne, we also drove to New Orleans and
    that was certainly not in anyway close to being possible as a day trip.
     
    Savageduck, Mar 11, 2014
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    Sandman Guest

    ....of America? Hell, we won't even venture to Miami or Ft Lauderdale since
    it's too long a drive for a family vacation. Google Maps say Orlando ->
    Tampa is roughly a two hour drive.
    Some time in the future I'll take a friend, or my son, to go on a road trip
    across America. That would be really cool. And what a photo diary!
     
    Sandman, Mar 11, 2014
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    Savageduck Guest

    As a nation the USA is very much in its adolescence, and is in constant
    flux. The oldest Euro-colonial structures are at best 300 years old. In
    the modern American mind anything pre-columbian is old beyond
    comprehension, stuff dating to the War of Independence, is heritage.
    Civil War era buildings and locations are history, anything else older
    than 50 years is in dire need of redevelopment.

    To find older North American structures look to the Mayans, and Aztecs,
    and even those are not the age of those found in the Greek, Roman, &
    Mediterranean regions. For antiquities in North America you have to
    look to the Clovis culture, Anasaz, Ancient Pueblo and the
    Mississippean Mound builders.
     
    Savageduck, Mar 11, 2014
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    PeterN Guest

    If you go to the Tampa Area, my favorite restaurant there is the
    Colombia. The food is outstanding, and the people are dynamic. It is not
    a place for a quiet dinner, but a lot of fun. I've hear the Kennedy
    Space Center is a neat place to visit.
     
    PeterN, Mar 11, 2014
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    Tony Cooper Guest

    I really don't care about what you brand of equipment you use. Not
    just you, but anyone else here. I look at results, but I'm not
    concerned with what was used to take the image.
    Wonderful. I'm sure you two will be very happy.

    I guess that rocking of the world didn't create any seismic effect
    here.
    Well, you are wrong. I feel no need to Google your choice of cameras.
    You make frequent references to your gear, and how much it costs, but
    that's unimportant to me. I really don't pay any attention. I hope
    that doesn't hurt your feelings. Perhaps someone else here is paying
    more attention and is as impressed as you would like me to be.
     
    Tony Cooper, Mar 11, 2014
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    Bowser Guest

    Although Florida does boast the oldest city in the US, there are parts
    of the US with much older and richer history. And we have a 400+ year
    old archelolgical site (Jamestown). No, we'll never match that 1,000
    year old village, but rest assured our history is quite rich.
     
    Bowser, Mar 11, 2014
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    PeterN Guest

    I have no idea what type of vacation you seek. You asked for information
    on lenses, so suggestions were made. I regularly use my D800, and I
    agree that you can do extreme crops as I have demonstrated here several
    times. But, there are limits. You might not want to try the same things
    I like to do. And indeed just as I cannot tell you what lens to bring on
    your vacation, It would be just as hare for you to say what lens I need,
    when you don't really know what I want to do. Now, having said that, I
    find two of my lenses make excellent all purpose lenses. My 28 - 300,
    and my 16-35. At Disney if I could only use one lens, it would be the
    16-35. A different choice would be dependent on personal taste. It would
    be right for you, while my choice is right for me. It certainly is not a
    topic for debate.
    BTW I do not want to know when you are going where. If by come
    coincidence we would be at the same place at the same time, you might
    accuse me of following you around.
     
    PeterN, Mar 11, 2014
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    PeterN Guest

    In reality it can take a lot longer. Tony will confirm that the traffic
    on that main road is horrible.
     
    PeterN, Mar 11, 2014
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    Eric Stevens Guest

    There are a few odd things, such as the Newport Tower.
    http://www.unexplainedearth.com/newport.php Although it is beloved by
    crackpots there are legitimate grounds for thinking it may date back
    to the 14th century. I will leave it to you to decide whether or not
    it is a native American construction.
    There is also possible evidence of early contact with vikings.

    My favourite is the inscription at Peterborough, Ontario.

    http://unmyst3.blogspot.co.nz/2011/05/peterborough-mysterious-petroglyph_24.html

    http://www.faculty.ucr.edu/~legneref/bronze/bronze5.htm

    The fact thyat the late Barry Fell claimed to have made a translation
    of one of the inscriptions on the stone as being written in Tifinag is
    often regarded as the kiss of death to the legitimacy of that claim.
    However no less a scholar than David H. Kelley tends to agree with
    him. Kelley describes it as 'proto-Tifinag' and dates it to 100 to 700
    BC.
     
    Eric Stevens, Mar 11, 2014
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    Eric Stevens Guest

    That's all right then. You have got that under control.
     
    Eric Stevens, Mar 11, 2014
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    PeterN Guest

    On 3/11/2014 7:25 PM, Bowser wrote:

    You will in 600 years. ;-p
     
    PeterN, Mar 11, 2014
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    Tony Cooper Guest

    The land mass now known as the United States of America, is the same
    age as the land mass now known as "Sweden". Only the make-up of the
    population and the ruling government have changed here. If you want
    to see the history of this country as it was when Västerås was
    founded, you have to travel to some of the Pueblo cave dwellings in
    Arizona and New Mexico.

    Things changed when the immigrants - some from Sweden - came and
    killed off most of the indigenous population. (Of course, the members
    of that group killed off the group that preceded them.) The history
    of the current population group started here in the late 1400s. It was
    quite a while before any drifted down to Florida, though.

    The oldest city still extant in Florida was founded in 1565 by Pedro
    Menéndez de Avilés, a Spanish admiral. Castillo de San Marcos, the
    fort built there in 1672 to defend the city of St Augustine, is a
    museum today.
    Those places are interesting. On one visit to my brother, we spent a
    day at Den Gamle By, which seems to be the same as Vallby
    Friluftsmuseum in concept.
    He's probably aware that Rome is old. You'd be surprised how that
    kind of information travels.
     
    Tony Cooper, Mar 11, 2014
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    Tony Cooper Guest

    About right, but drive time is highly dependant on traffic conditions.
    Leaving from the Disney area and going to Tampa misses most of the
    Orlando traffic, but Tampa can be a snarl. Where I-4 and I-75 meet
    when you're coming into Tampa is called "Malfunction Junction", and if
    your destination is Busch Gardens in Tampa, it'll be on your way.

    Europe is much more sensible than we are, and provide trains for
    people. If Americans travel, they travel by airplane or car, so our
    highways get very congested.
     
    Tony Cooper, Mar 12, 2014
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    Savageduck Guest

    Definitely not native American. I suspect the attribution to Benedict
    Arnold's grandfather sometime in the 17th Century is closer to the
    truth.
    There is always the "Vinland" settlement to provide evidence of a
    pre-columbian discovery of North America by Norse voyagers.
    < http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vinland >
     
    Savageduck, Mar 12, 2014
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