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Camera Overview 2016

Camera Overview 2016

Our current equipment (2016): 2 DSLR Canon-Cameras (EOS 70D, EOS 600D), GoPro Hero 3+ silver, plus several lenses, filters tripod and telescope hand support for the GoPro. We also make the quick shot with our smart phones (iPhone 5, iPhone 6plus). The GoPro is handy for videos or timelaps photography. Not only the volume but also the weight (ca. 12 kg) of the complete set up makes us think about changing to DSLM cameras.
Camerabags on biketourCamerabags on biketour

Camerabags on biketour

The cameras find a space in our handle bar bags. The black Ortlieb is a little big bigger than the red Vaude bag. All accessories are stored in the rackpack bag (Ortlieb, size M, 31 litres). All bags are absolutely waterproof of course. To protect the cameras and the accessories, we cut fixing pieces out of a gymnastic mat, which you can get for aprox. 15 €. This serves the prupose perfectly and is much cheaper than the inlays made for photo bags. Only downside of the rackpack is the fact that you cannot carry it as a backpack. You need to carry the heavy bag with one shoulder strap or the hand straps. But there are other systems on the market, i.e. the Ortlieb duffle bag, which comes with a backpack carry-system.
LensesLenses

Lenses

Our current choice of lenses (2016) constist of three zoom lenses and two fixed focal lengths. From left to right: Telephoto zoom lens 100-400 mm, 1:4,5-5,6 L IS / Zoom lens EF-S 18-135 mm, 1:3,5-5,6 IS / Zoom lens 16-35 mm, 1:4 L IS. Picutre 2: Macro EF 100 mm, 1:2,8 L IS / Samyang Fish Eye 2,8, 12 mm AS NCS. Apart from the fisheye all other lenses are made by Canon. Every time we go on a journey, we struggle about leaving as much as possible at home. For our Italy tour we did not bring the 18-135 mm zoom, which we regretted, because this one is a good allrounder for travelling, despite not being an exceptional fast lens. Of course all lenses have a fitting hood as well.
TripodTripod

Tripod

The togopod travel tripod combined with the Tiltall BH-07 head servs well for us. Although it reaches it limits when used with the weight of the telephoto lens. Another argument to change to light weight DSLM-cameras. If you use DSLR cameras with relatively heavy lenses wou are better off with a propper tripod. The Gorilla pod is more suitable for lighter camera equipment.
FiltersFilters

Filters

  • Apart from round grey filters and polarisation filters we use the rectangular filters from Lee. The advantage of this system is, that you can put up to three filters into the adapter.
    Panorama photographyPanorama photography

    Panorama photography

    Ideal supplement for the fisheye lens ist the KISS panoramic tripod head for panorama photos. Of course you need a tripod as well.
  • Thanks to Mr. Hopf from pt4pano who gave us valuable advice regarding a reasonable choice. We create the panoramic pictures with the PT-GUI software.
  • Canon Eos 600d, Eos 70d, GoPro 3 silver

    Canon Eos 600d, Eos 70d, GoPro 3 silver

  • Our first DSLR was the Canon EOS 600D. It is relativly small for a digital camera and gives excellent results. But if two cyclists both love photography, one camera is not enough. So we got the Canon EOS 70D, which, of course has some additional features.
  • We are happy with both cameras and the matching lenses. But – and this is the only downside of the DSLRs, the cameras including all accessories are heavy when travelling by bike. And the volume of all camera gear occupies an additional gig bag. It seems a bit weird to invest in titanium cutlery and mugs to save weight and then carry over 10 kg photo equipment with you.
  • We like the clips of cyclists on Youtube and other platforms. So we added the GoPro Hero 3+ silver. The quality is surprisingly good but it takes a while and some practice to handle the camera without too much shaking. And you need a lot of film material to cut an interesting clip out of it. Respect to all of you out there who have done so. We are still experimenting. We will present the results in due course.