TR: North Lake to North Lake Loop ~ October 2017

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Re: TR: North Lake to North Lake Loop ~ October 2017

Post by maverick » Thu Oct 26, 2017 9:13 pm

What does "not full frame" mean?
A full frame sensor, is the same size as 35mm film is, 36x24mm, a crop sensor is 22x14mmm, a micro four thirds is 18x13.5mm, and an iPhone is 4.5x3.4mm.

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Re: TR: North Lake to North Lake Loop ~ October 2017

Post by longri » Thu Oct 26, 2017 11:38 pm

maverick wrote:
What does "not full frame" mean?
A full frame sensor, is the same size as 35mm film is, 36x24mm, a crop sensor is 22x14mmm, a micro four thirds is 18x13.5mm, and an iPhone is 4.5x3.4mm.
That's the size of the sensor in the iPhone 5. More recent versions have a 1/3 inch diagonal sensor, which is 6.0x4.8mm.

My Canon ELPH has a 1/2.3 inch diagonal sensor, or 6.2x4.6mm (which doesn't actually add up to a 1/2.3 inch diagonal). The sensor is small but the camera weighs 5oz and practically gets lost in my pocket (3.6x2.2x0.8 inches).

I killed my camera four times. The first time it fell onto a hard surface, but when I cracked the case at home I discovered a plug-in connector had simply come loose. The second time I was using it in the rain, but I cracked the case again and dried it out with a hotel hair dryer. The third time was about a week later, again in the rain, and again the hair dryer saved it -- more or less. It did a few odd things after that. Then the fourth time I had it in my shorts pocket after I'd been swimming in the ocean and didn't realize how much sand was in the pocket. Sand and P&S cameras translates into lens lockup death. I tried to fix it but failed. So after shopping for a newer model and finding the latest offerings were not really improvements over my old camera, I bought another of the exact same model, nearly new, on ebay. We'll see how long it lasts.

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Re: TR: North Lake to North Lake Loop ~ October 2017

Post by dbogey » Fri Oct 27, 2017 10:39 am

You still carrying that camera :) Look at the sony rx100 iv or v. When you and I were hiking I used the rx100 i (original version) and was extremely happy with it. I have a pouch from zpacks that connects to my front shoulder strap. If i want to be more careful I have a padded case also. the RX100 takes great pics and video and is lightweight and tough. Was at the Onion Valley trailhead and dropped it while with my daughter. The camera still works!!!

Bluewater wrote:@Cameron, I was surprised by the mild temps. I've been caught too cold on a 'shoulder season' trip in the past so I brought most of my early spring 10 degree setup and was able to vent and stay comfortable the first night when it got down to 28, but after that it was in the mid 30's and I was completely overheating. Better safe than sorry.

@Rockyroad, thanks brother! I hope you were able to get out comfortably this season.

@longri, those ultra-runners are in incredible shape and although I joked sometimes I have a ton of respect for them. I can jog downhill on some of those declines (it's sometimes easier at certain angles) but I can't imagine running that whole route. I read about the French runner who just set the new supported JMT record. 2 days, 19 hours and some minutes. If I'm doing the math right that's over 70 miles per day with 7,000' incline and another 7,000' of decline each day. All the while averaging just under 3 mph 24 hours a day. Insane!

I've become less and less happy with my pictures lately. It's been time (for a while now) to upgrade to a real DSLR but I have been resisting the weight penalty. I use an old 6.7 oz Canon S95 with triple exposure bracketing, then just uploading the photos to Google Photos (via the old Picasa 3 app). Google automatically recognizes most of the triple exposure brackets and creates the final HD photos, but it also cranks up the saturation along the way. It's so easy this way that I just use their version(s) instead of actually manually combining and editing with the HD software programs I have used in the past.

If you, or anyone else reading this, has a suggestion for the lightest possible option for a camera with a full size sensor I would be very grateful!
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Re: TR: North Lake to North Lake Loop ~ October 2017

Post by Bluewater » Wed Nov 01, 2017 1:06 am

Thank you for the camera recommendations everyone. I appreciate the input from so many years of experience. I've got some research to do, which can be part of the fun when upgrading.

I agree that using one of the manual HD software programs (already have two installed) would solve the post editing issues. I've been more focused on training lately but that too shall pass:)

Thanks for posting your photos longri. I also use a Canon Elph (300 HS) when going super lightweight. It's only 4.1 ozs and fits in a homemade cuben small/slim shoulder pouch I made to fit, and the photos aren't bad! The difficulty in capturing the foreground in sunset photos (like your third pxt) is one of the reasons I started using the triple exposure bracketing.

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