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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Alaska Master Thread
« on: May 05, 2013, 03:09:56 AM »
U will see a lot of wildlife from the bus but its usually pretty far from the bus as all the buses make the animals stay far from the road. Also you are seeing thru the windows of a bus. And when it rains the glass gets foggy. Not trying to discourage you just saying what happened when I went.

Is Denali takkeh so awesome that it's worth it to go through all this trouble? Weather so iffy you might not even see the mountain, 13 hour bus rides, crazy expensive plane rides...

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Alaska Master Thread
« on: May 05, 2013, 03:06:41 AM »
What do you think about the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Micro Four Third from borrowlenses.com? Can you recommend which lens to rent with it?

The OM-D is a great option, it's the best M4/3 camera on the market today. As far as lenses, for Alaska you'd want at least a wide-angle zoom for landscapes and a fast telephoto for wildlife. If you're willing to spend the money, for WA I'd recommend the Olympus 12-60mm f/2.8-4 ED or the Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8, and for tele the Olympus 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 ED SWD or the Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8.

Or you could go the cheaper and more convenient way and get an all-in-one lens at the expense of quality and speed. The Olympus ED 14-150mm f/4.0 -5.6 would be a good option.

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Tech Talk / Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« on: May 05, 2013, 02:53:28 AM »
So will these new STM lenses actually focus quicker and smoother than others, making it easier to capture video, or is it more for noise reduction?

All three - faster, smoother, and quieter.

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Alaska Master Thread
« on: May 05, 2013, 02:48:31 AM »
Do you know anything about underwater camera rentals?

Lensrentals and Borrowlenses will rent you underwater point & shoots. Borrowlenses also rents underwater SLR housings, but they're quite expensive.

What do you plan on shooting? Usually GoPro or P&S is good enough. But if you have the need for a real housing you'd probably also need a lighting system, weights, and who knows what else.

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Alaska Master Thread
« on: May 05, 2013, 02:17:50 AM »
does anyone do camera rentals?

I've used http://www.lensrentals.com/, http://www.csirentals.com/, and http://www.adoramarentals.com/ for cameras, lenses, and lighting gear and was very happy. Usually not too cheap, though.

ETA: http://www.borrowlenses.com/ is also supposed to be quite good, but I've never personally used them.

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Alaska Master Thread
« on: May 05, 2013, 02:11:14 AM »
What about the kenai fjords tour? Glaciers, whales, and puffins! :-)

Are you talking about any particular tour/operator?

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Alaska Master Thread
« on: May 05, 2013, 02:09:34 AM »
Wow, this really gives a sense of the sheer size of Alaska:

http://www.birds-eye-view.alaska.edu/ch2/story2-3.htm

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Alaska Master Thread
« on: May 05, 2013, 02:06:19 AM »
We are going a couple weeks after you. We're going for about a week and that seems pretty short, 3/4 days seems like  very little time unless you don't plan on sleeping.
I found this company that takes you ice climbing on exit glacier in tiny groups. We really want to do it although it isn't cheap but it's probably a once in a lifetime thing. It looks amazing and has amazing reviews: http://www.exitglacierguides.com
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While this tour does not require climbing experience, the physical ability to be outside hiking, climbing, and pushing your athletic abilities is a must

Definitely not a good idea for this out of shape city lump.

I can sleep when I get home.

I wish my wife thought so too :D.

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Alaska Master Thread
« on: May 05, 2013, 01:57:59 AM »
Not the best idea to do Denali same day as flight. Instead go to Talkeetna which is 2 hours closer to the airport IIRC and do a flight over Denali which is way cooler then going to the park. I did 2 days in Talkeetna and 2 in Denali.

I found the cruise in the Gulf of Alaka cooler then the Prince william sound. We did both and they both had many glaciers but the Gulf of Alaska was a bit nicer, plus we saw a pod of killer whales.

Who did you use for the cruise and Denali flight? How much were they?

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Alaska Master Thread
« on: May 05, 2013, 01:53:53 AM »
1. You aren't going to drive from Seward to Denali and see anything in one day. The drive is very far.
2. In Seward: Do a fishing charter during the silver salmon derby. But, make sure you verify that the fish are still in schools and haven't broken up to start running yet, or you won't catch nothing and should be by the river heads on the shore instead. (half day fishing is like 150 pp)
3. I fee like the glacier cruises in that area mostly leave from Whittier, which is like a decent drive from Seward. There may be some from Seward also, I dunno. A decent glacier cruise will run you like 100 pp also.
4. Hiking near Seward. A cannot miss is the Exit Glacier hike. Pretty strenuous up to the top, but the views of the Harding Ice Field are amazing, and you can walk right up to (onto?) it. Bring a sweatshirt in your backpack on the way up even if its 100 degrees because it is cooooold up by the icefield.
5. Don't forget to include for the RV docking fees at the campgrounds you'll be docking at. I don't know anything about RV's. But, I do know there is a really great campgrounds on the road by the Exit Glacier (10 min out of Seward) which IIRC is free for tenters, and  a moose walked right though the night I stayed there.
6. There is a guy who makes hand made knives on the road down to Seward. His shop is called IRBI. He's cool, stop by and shmooze with him.

I have lots more info about the area, but my trip (3 yeshiva guys) was probly a bit different than what you want to do.

Thanks - great info.

1. :(. Next time...

2. Don't think my wife will go for a fishing cruise. Most I could imaging doing is fishing off the shore somewhere for an hour or two just for the kicks.

3. Yes, we're looking into Whittier too. But so far though Seward seems to be more convenience for kayaking, which for us is a higher priority than a cruise.

4. Sounds very interesting, I'll look into that. Do you have any pics to share?

5. Fees in the Seward area seem to be around $15-20, so not a very big expense.

6. Sound interesting, I'll look him up.

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Alaska Master Thread
« on: May 05, 2013, 01:13:52 AM »
Where are you renting an RV from? How much is it?

So far this place looks best. Pricing out at around $1050 for a premium class C incl. tax and unlimited mileage.

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General Discussion / Re: Host A DansDeals Seminar?
« on: May 05, 2013, 01:07:20 AM »
Today is the BIG day Dan looking forward !!

+100. Would be nice to finally meet you in person :).

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Alaska Master Thread
« on: May 05, 2013, 01:05:40 AM »
I hope to go to Alaska 6/30-7/4. Anyone have any tips/ideas?

So far my (very tentitive) itinerary is fly into ANC, rent an RV (far cheaper than car+hotel and much more convenient), and drive down to Seward. Want to do sea kayaking (looking at some of the guided day trips), hiking, maybe ATVing, etc. Thinking of doing Denali on the last day (flight will prob be 10ish - is it doable?).

Any tips on kayaking? Which trip/outfitter? Where is the best place (in the Seward area) to see calving glaciers? Whales?

Suggestions on hikes etc.?

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Tech Talk / Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« on: May 04, 2013, 10:36:25 PM »
How about a "P&S but I plan on getting an SLR or Mirrorless in the near future" option?

Good idea, done.

My reason for suggesting it was that as you post more and more lessons there will be many different discussions going on and it might be hard to follow.
OTOH, breaking it up might make it too fragmented, as I imagine most of the topics are all intertwined.

Hence my "perhaps" in the suggestion, I'm not really sure which will be better...

Good point. I think for now I'll keep everything here. I'll see how it goes after a couple of lessons, if it gets too confusing I'll break it up by section.

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Tech Talk / Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« on: May 04, 2013, 10:33:36 PM »
also poll doesnt allow for 2 entries. i have the t2i for around the neck, and s95 on the belt...

Anyone else having this issue? It seems to be working fine from my end.

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