Bought a Canon 2S iS - now what?

Discussion in 'Paddling Photography' started by ztar, Oct 12, 2005.

  1. ztar

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    Thanks to all the members of this forum for the informative discussions of cameras. Based on what I read here and much research, I opted for the Canon 2S iS.

    So far, I'm overwhelmed by all the options (and the quality I can wring out of it -- compared to the HP215 I was using before).

    With my HP215 on the kayak, my attitude was rather cavalier. The new Canon likely deserves/needs more cautious treatment. Now that I have the camera, what would members of this forum recommend re precautions I should take (aside from skooting under low-hanging docks around Granville Island <GRIN>).

    Thanks
     
  2. DarrenM

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  3. ztar

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    That sounds prudent.

    My next query may sound simple, but I never "worried" when I was using my HP215; what "tricks" do you more experienced kayakers and photographers have regarding keeping the camera both handy and dry and safe?

    As you can see, I'm a bit paranoid with my new baby.
     
  4. Mark_Schilling

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    After shelling out my lifes savings for the S2is, I couldn't afford a Pelican case so I've customized (with foam) a waterproof Lock-n-Lock container to store the camera, spare batteries, memory cards and a few filters. While in the kayak, I keep it in a variety of places depending on how much there is to photograph (ie doing a crossing vs paddling a shoreline) and what the conditions are like. If seas are lumpy, I'll keep it in the lock-n-lock in the day hatch, and grab it when I need it. In calmer seas but rainy weather, I'll usually keep it handy in my knee tube - so I can grab it quite quickly by popping the spray deck. In good weather, I'll hang it around my neck with just an old ever-ready case (from an old 35mm SLR) to protect if from the odd paddle drip etc. Of course, I paddle very gingerly when it's in this position, but I get lots of good shots as it's quick and easy to snap a few shots.

    None of these are ideal - I'm really hoping that Canon will eventually make one of their wonderful waterproof housings for it, although they have not indicated so far that anything is in the works for such a thing.
     
  5. DarrenM

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    Yup that housing kicks butt. I just tie my camera to the deck and let it drag in the water :wink:
     
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    Wow, ztar! That's a lot of camera: http://www.steves-digicams.com/2005_reviews/s2is.html

    I use an old Olympus 2 Megapixel unit, and keep it in a MicroCase from Pelican, on the deck, so it's handy. If it craters, I figure that will be an excuse to upgrade.

    But, I don't think I'd feel very secure with a camera as large as the S2 iS in a MicroCase. At 4.45 x 3.07 x 2.97 in, I suspect I'd go for a larger Pelican case and lash it to my deck.

    I'll be eager to see your photos!
     
  8. ztar

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    That was my "hope" with my HP215: that it would go for a swim so I'd have an excuse to upgrade. However, there were three factors that prompted me to go for an earlier upgrade: (1) my daughter kept complaining, "Dad, is that all you ever take: landscape shots!?", (2) I was tired of saying, "Now, you see that dot way over there? Well that's a seal/heron/racoon.", and (3) a few guys on this forum seemed very high on the 2sis and the 1sis predecessor -- they made a compelling case, as did the pics on the beautiful trip reports here on WCPaddler.
     
  9. Dave_Barrie

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    LOL - you will be very happy with it. Hopefully Canon will catch up and produce the waterproof housing that we have for our S1's - in the meantime an Otter Box, Pelican Case or Underwater Kinetics Dry Box will keep it safe.....while it's in the box :p
     
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    I have not been paying attention to the gear you guys use to get all the great photos -- are you all pretty pleased with your S1's? For most of what I do, an S1 would suffice, I believe, and at about $200 cheaper than the S2, I might be tempted. And, what housing are you using? Thanks a heap.
     
  11. DarrenM

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    I love my s1
    this is the housing
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    Yeah - what prisoner 4-119-02 said
     
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    I had no idea that I was camping with a convicted felon... All those episodes of Oz I watched might have come in handy. :wink:
     
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    I'm wanted for assault and battery of my hull... 8O
     
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    Well that truly is a victimless crime, so I, for one, forgive you... :wink:
     
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