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3-Week-Trip : second camera ?

 
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May 31, 2014 02:52 |  #1

Hi!

I'm going on a 3-week trip to the US in September (Washington, Richmond, Chicago & Iowa) and this time I'd like to do some timelpases. Problem is I own one DSLR and you're stuck there not being able to get other shots while recording the timelapse. That's why I'm looking at a solution for a second camera.

1. A second DSLR. It would also be useful to have one with a wide angle lens and the second one with a more versatile lens. We wouldn't have to change lens every five minute during the day while visiting and walking down the streets. Problem is, my dream DSLR right now is a 6D. Rather heavy and expensive. I have other expenses at the moment to prepare this trip and I don't think I can spend €1500 on a camera right now. I could buy another one (second-hand, less expensive) that I could sell when coming home. But would someone buy a DSLR that had already two owners?
My biggest problem in having a second DSLR on this trip is weight. My backpack is heavy enough and a second camera means a second sturdy tripod for evening and night shots.

2. A GoPro. It's light, small, we could use it to make videos while driving and I could sell it when we're back from our vacation (or keep it...). Is the quality of the image still good if I zoom (Ken Burns effect, etc.)? How do I know the picture is good since there's no screen? How do you even frame it without a screen? They sell external monitor, would that be a solution?

3. An iPhone. The quality ain't that bad, we have an app that handles timelapses and we would have it with us anyway. Problem is space. If we use it for videos during the day, is there enough space on it at the end of the day for one or several timelapses?

What would you do? Any other pros and cons for each?


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May 31, 2014 05:59 |  #2

I think I would look into something in the G series cameras, perhaps a refurbished G12 (http://shop.usa.canon.​com …powershot-g12-refurbished (external link)). The logistics would need some work, as it would need to be shipped to some point where you could then pick it up. Perhaps you know someone at your first stop in the States?




  
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May 31, 2014 06:13 |  #3

virginie24jb wrote in post #16941775 (external link)
A second DSLR.
But would someone buy a DSLR that had already two owners?

I don't see issue on buy used body.

virginie24jb wrote in post #16941775 (external link)
GoPro.
How do I know the picture is good since there's no screen? How do you even frame it without a screen? They sell external monitor, would that be a solution?

GoPro App (external link)

virginie24jb wrote in post #16941775 (external link)
An iPhone.
Problem is space.

For free space you can use some external hosting service on the Net or a notebook, both don't seem practical to me.

I think a better solution could be a Panasonic m43 mirrorless camera or use directly a small camcorder (Panasonic,Sony or Canon).




  
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May 31, 2014 06:36 |  #4

I would find a used Rebel in your case. They are small, cheap and work with your lenses. They also can take wonderful pics.


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May 31, 2014 11:44 |  #5

I use a G9 as my backup camera. I love the convenience of that small camera. Fits in my front pocket or my wife's purse. Takes great outdoor shots.

I use it when I don't want to lug my 60D around all the time.




  
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May 31, 2014 11:59 |  #6

anything that takes magic lantern can do timelapses without external tools.

I've used the 5Dc to do star trails and the 6D to shoot. Whatever you do, I'de try sticking with the same format so your lens FOV stays the same. Processing workflow is also easier.

you can buy another 650d or 60d, ect.


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May 31, 2014 12:46 as a reply to  @ Charlie's post |  #7

A G15 is an excellent choice offering video and reasonable qualities for still images. It also does timelapse with a sub mini tipped plug, timer remote. (Canon doesn't offer a timer remote anymore in a sub mini jack so aftermarket versions ranging from $20-$60 are available. They do offer a regular remote release.) The G16 should also have similar features with wifi and improved 1080p video capabilities.

An example of one timer remote from Amazon US:
http://www.amazon.com …ywords=canon+ti​mer+remote (external link)

I don't shoot lots of video though have a variety of 720p and some 1080P and it does pretty well for a P&S. I've been thinking of getting a stabilizer because a smooth shot is tough for me to hold steady while walking. The IS does well but within reason.

I carry the 5D-III and the G-15 is great for times I don't want to slug the SLR around. For recent casual shoots, I've been using the G15 and G9.




  
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May 31, 2014 13:20 |  #8

virginie24jb wrote in post #16941775 (external link)
Hi!

I'm going on a 3-week trip to the US in September (Washington, Richmond, Chicago & Iowa) and this time I'd like to do some timelpases. Problem is I own one DSLR and you're stuck there not being able to get other shots while recording the timelapse. That's why I'm looking at a solution for a second camera.

1. A second DSLR. It would also be useful to have one with a wide angle lens and the second one with a more versatile lens. We wouldn't have to change lens every five minute during the day while visiting and walking down the streets. Problem is, my dream DSLR right now is a 6D. Rather heavy and expensive. I have other expenses at the moment to prepare this trip and I don't think I can spend €1500 on a camera right now. I could buy another one (second-hand, less expensive) that I could sell when coming home. But would someone buy a DSLR that had already two owners?
My biggest problem in having a second DSLR on this trip is weight. My backpack is heavy enough and a second camera means a second sturdy tripod for evening and night shots.

2. A GoPro. It's light, small, we could use it to make videos while driving and I could sell it when we're back from our vacation (or keep it...). Is the quality of the image still good if I zoom (Ken Burns effect, etc.)? How do I know the picture is good since there's no screen? How do you even frame it without a screen? They sell external monitor, would that be a solution?

3. An iPhone. The quality ain't that bad, we have an app that handles timelapses and we would have it with us anyway. Problem is space. If we use it for videos during the day, is there enough space on it at the end of the day for one or several timelapses?

What would you do? Any other pros and cons for each?

If you want I come with you,with my DSLR ;)


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May 31, 2014 16:31 |  #9

Luck-Photos wrote in post #16942462 (external link)
If you want I come with you,with my DSLR ;)

Nice try! :lol:

ra40 wrote:
A G15 is an excellent choice

Indeed, a lot of people seem to give the same advice: a Canon powershot. I didn't even know what it was. Is it really that good?
In terms of focal length, it is equivalent to the APS-C, right?

This is the remote (external link) I have. Any chance it would work with a G15? I think it could.


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May 31, 2014 16:40 |  #10

alessandro2009 wrote in post #16941917 (external link)
GoPro App (external link)

Thank you! I knew something like that had to exist. It's so practical nowadays with our iPhones, iPads and other tablets. Ah, technology! :)

alessandro2009 wrote in post #16941917 (external link)
For free space you can use some external hosting service on the Net or a notebook, both don't seem practical to me.

Obviously the photos and videos would be uploaded on our laptop every evening (as well as saved on an external hard drive) and deleted from the phone. I was thinking about a single day: is there enough space to film and record timelapses during a day (when you have other apps and some music on it).


http://www.virginie-bitterlin.com (external link)
http://www.visiting-washington.com (external link)
500∞ (external link) - Flickr (external link)
Canon 6D, Canon T4i/650D, Canon 24-105, 18-135 IS STM, 50 f/1.8, Canon 70-200 f/4, Samyang 14mm f/2.8, Samyang 24mm f/1.4

  
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