Your Ear Please. And the one thing that I hate about my EOS 5D Mark IV « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Your Ear Please. And the one thing that I hate about my EOS 5D Mark IV

What’s Up?

Feeling much better. Hoping for a low white blood cell count report this afternoon so that I can head south. Otherwise, very busy getting ready for 9 1/2 weeks away from home…

Gear Questions and Advice

Too many folks attending BAA IPTs and dozens of the folks whom I see in the field, and on BPN, are–out of ignorance–using the wrong gear, especially when it comes to tripods and more especially, tripod heads… Please know that I am always glad to answer your gear questions via e-mail.

The Streak: 333!

Todayโ€™s blog post marks a totally insane, irrational, illogical, preposterous, absurd, completely ridiculous, unfathomable, silly, incomprehensible, what’s wrong with this guy?, makes-no-sense, 333 days in a row with a new educational blog post. There should be no end in sight until my big South America trip next fall. Or not… As always-โ€“and folks have been doing a really great job recentlyโ€“-please remember to use our B&H links for your major gear purchases. For best results use one of our many product-specific links; after clicking on one of those you can continue shopping with all subsequent purchases invisibly tracked to BAA. Your doing so is always greatly appreciated. Please remember: web orders only. And please remember also that if you are shopping for items that we carry in the new BAA Online Store (as noted in red at the close of this post below) we would appreciate your business.

Your Ear Please

First off, let me say that I appreciate every single person who subscribes to the BAA Blog and every single person who clicks to visit. I exalt those who use my B&H links, visit the BAA Online Store, take advantage of the Used Gear Page, and leave a comment. All of you–and those who attend IPTs–combine to make my part time job on the blog profitable enough to avoid having to become a greeter at WalMart. So big time thanks and hugs to all of you.

Each time that I have made a big international trip–heck, as I type this on the afternoon of Sunday October 9, 2016, I do not even know for sure that I am heading to South America for nine weeks on Wednesday the 12th–I have prepared a combination of re-cycled and brand new blog posts usually scheduled every other day. When I have done that, log visitation numbers have fallen off 30-40%. For this really big trip, my longest ever by far, I decided to try to publish a brand new blog post every day while I am away. If I go ๐Ÿ™‚

Right now–after a colossal effort–I have 48 blog posts in the queue. Those will get me to the day after Thanksgiving, November 25. That leaves 24 more blog posts to be completed to cover the day I get home, December 18. As I will be on line quite a bit in South America (again, if I go), those should be a piece of cake. Wish me luck.

What I ask of each of you is to visit the blog as you usually do, as if I were here. When I do get online, I will respond to your relevant comments as time permits. Much appreciated.

My Trip

Here is the somewhat tentative schedule:

12 OCT fly MCO to MIA to SCL.DEP MCO at 6:00pm, ARR Santiago at 7:35am the next morning, 13 OCT.
13 OCT: Condor Photography day trip.
14 OCT: Inca Tern and Peruvian Pelican day trip.
15 OCT: fly SCL to MPL, Stanley in the Falklands. Continue that same day via a FIGAS flight to The Rookery on Saunders Island to begin the OCT land-based Falklands IPT.
18 OCT: fly FIGAS to Bleaker Island.
21 OCT: Fly to Stanley.
22 OCT: Rockhopper day trip. Board the Sea Spirit for the CES expedition to the Falklands and South Georgia.

I should have decent internet access from 12 OCT through 22 OCT.

6 NOV: get off the Sea Spirit in Ushuaia, Argentina.

I will have no internet access from the afternoon of 22 OCT to the afternoon of 6 NOV.

6 NOV thru 11 NOV: on holiday in Ushuaia. With excellent internet access.

11 NOV: Fly to Lima Peru. Photograph on the coast and in the jungles until 30 NOV. I will have internet access at most locations on the coast and sporadic internet access at the jungle lodges.

30 NOV: fly back to SCL.

1 DEC: Condor Photography day trip.
2 DEC: Inca Tern and Peruvian Pelican day trip.
3 DEC: fly SCL to MPL, Stanley in the Falklands to begin the two-week Falklands land-based IPT. Overnight in Stanley.
4 DEC: Volunteer Point day trip for King Penguins.
5 DEC: Fly via FIGAS to The Neck on Saunders Island.
9 DEC: Fly via FIGAS to Seal Lion Island.
12 DEC: Fly via FIGAS to the Rookery on Bleaker Island.
15 DEC: Fly via FIGAS back to Stanley.
16 DEC: Rockhopper day trip.
17 DEC: Fly back to SCL. ARR Santiago at 10:20pm.
18 DEC: Fly SCL to MIA to MCO. ARR Orlando same day at 10:59pm.

I should have decent internet access off and on from DEC 1-18. At this point I am not sure how I am getting home late on SUN 18 DEC.

Right now, at 8:15pm on SUN 9 OCT, I feel as if I am coming down with a cold. So I am gonna get some rest. You gotta love it.

The one thing that I hate about my EOS 5D Mark IV

Actually, it is not the 5D IV, it is the Canon BG-E20 Battery Grip for EOS 5D Mark IV. First off, it is different from all previous Canon battery grips. For no reason that I can figure. The batteries are offset with one higher than the other. It is difficult for me to insert the batteries into the pack. Once they are in, they usually fall out easily even though there is some sort of snap lock. Since I have a problem inserting the batteries into the battery pack, it is often impossible for me to insert the battery pack into the battery grip.

Canon, simple stuff like this should not be made so difficult. BTW, did I read the instructions? Whaddya you think? But heck, I never had to read the instructions before.

Please Remember to use my Affiliate Links and to Visit the New BAA Online Store ๐Ÿ™‚

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28 comments to Your Ear Please. And the one thing that I hate about my EOS 5D Mark IV

  • avatar Kerry Morris

    hi Artie, Keep getting better and better and have a wonderful time on these trips. I will visit the blog and look forward to seeing lots of photos and hearing lots of stories about the trips.

  • avatar Guido Bee

    Be well, and get back healthy and in one piece. \
    Sounds like a great trip.

  • avatar Holly

    Enjoy your blog and have a great trip

  • avatar Scott Borowy

    Hi Artie,

    I read up on the battery magazine tweak, which supposedly puts the batteries in, “direct contact with the grip vs. batteries making contact with the carrier and the carrier with the grip.” I am also disappointed to hear about the omission of the AA battery magazine as a result of the redesign.

    It is absolutely wonderful having six-to-12 charged Eneloop Batteries for my 7DII ready and waiting to exchange. Thankfully I have two LP-E6Ns for the 7DII that will work in the 5d Mk IV, but this design tweak seems like a money grab.

    Did you ever use the AA magazine? I don’t remember seeing one travel with you to Nickerson.

    Safe travels and I’ll be making some holiday purchases via your links. WalMart should not be the home of such talent.


    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Not sure what you mean by the AA magazine???

      Thanks for your kind words. Hey, try to make San Diego will ya?

      later and love, a

      • avatar Scott Borowy

        The AA magazine is another battery insert that comes with the 7DII grip that holds six AA batteries instead of the two Canon brand packs.

        I’ll see what I can do about San Diego, I’d love to get back out in the field with you and others.

        Great job on the white blood cell count reduction!


  • avatar David Peake

    Heres hoping for a good report from the Dr. Looking forward to meeting you in person on Thursday evening in Santiago.

  • avatar Allen Ahner

    9 1/2 weeks of international travel after surgery. That’s a tall order and I trust you will come through it all as if it never happened.
    Question: I use LR for import and catalog. I often zoom in to 3:1 or 2:1 for check sharpness. Needless to say images get grainy and I’m not sure of the sharpness zoomed in that tight. Am I too tight? What’s the max I should have to be satisfied with? You’re the best one I know to answer this one!
    Thanks….and smooth sailing on this trip of yours!
    Al A

  • Safe travels, I look forward to seeing what you find on your journey.

  • avatar David Policansky

    Bon voyage, Artie. I look forward to seeing you in Santiago. Please take it easy and if (when) you do overdo it, take the next day off. I hope you can or did vote before you leave.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      See you soon shipmate (I hope)!

      No comment on voting; I am apolitical.

      later and love, artie

  • avatar James Saxon

    Wishing you a clean bill of health, safe travels and good image making opportunities. Your health will improve daily. Take care and enjoy the trip.

  • avatar Alicia Riddle

    Here’s hoping you get a clean bill of health, start your extended trip, and feel better every day.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Hi Alicia,

      Many thanks and me too. You make an excellent (though unspoken) point. I am feeling good but surely look better to feeling great soon ๐Ÿ™‚


  • avatar Krishna Prasad

    All the best Artie. Have a safe travel. Looking forward to see awesome images from the trip.

  • avatar Bill Dix

    Best of luck, Artie. Hope you’re able to go, and that you have a safe and productive trip. Looking forward to the images including that iconic Inca Tern.

  • avatar Jamie Strickland

    I couldn’t agree more on your 5DIV grip comment. The first time I inserted my batteries, I could not insert the grip into the camera. It took a bit of messing around with it to understand how the batteries “snap” into position. The little icons are very small and almost impossible to see!

    My first observation with the grip was how flimsy and cheap it felt in-hand.

    Now that I understand how batteries mount, it surely works fine, but with the thinner, flimsier plastic, I worry how it will hold-up in the higher heat of summer as well as continuous operation.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART



      ps: come on an IPT so that you can teach me how to use those snap clips…

  • avatar Juan Tolentino

    Artie, I hope everything is OK and that you get the green light from the doctor to go on your trip. I’m planning to read your blog everyday while you are away. God bless.

  • Sounds like a fabulous trip…safest of travels…can’t wait to see the images, especially the jungle images from Peru!