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Lenses / Re: In praise of the 40mm f/2.8 STM
« on: November 22, 2014, 07:51:02 PM »
Bought this lens for my wife's SL1 but I end up borrowing it a lot of the time.

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Black & White / Re: Black and White Landscapes!
« on: November 11, 2014, 04:04:53 PM »
CA Central Coast

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 10, 2014, 11:51:33 PM »
Moonstone Beach

I especially like the first shot. Beautiful light.

Thank you Click, definitely the golden hour, had to cool the WB a little it was so much. 

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 10, 2014, 09:31:08 PM »
Moonstone Beach

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Software & Accessories / Re: Ballhead for Gitzo 2542L
« on: October 28, 2014, 08:31:33 PM »
Thank you for all the great recommendations. The Uniqball is a new one to me and looks interesting.

I have the 2540F, with the RRS BH-40 head. Which works well. I have a BH-55 also, but I use that on a larger RRS TVC-34. I don´t really see the point of having a lighter tripod, just to weight it down with a heavy head.

Yes, this makes sense. The reason I was thinking about the BH-55 is the price difference is really not that much different than the BH-40 and I would not have to upgrade in the future (other than legs) if I did go bigger. Along with everyone seems to love this head. But if it might be unstable it defeats the purpose. I did buy the 2 series to save some weight for hiking but I do have a lighter weight ballhead (Sirui K30) currently I could swap out. Just trying to avoid buying twice and get the best quality I can. Down the line I can see the value of having two different setups and might buy a 3 series too. All the advice is great and thanks again (currently using RRS L Bracket)
If you are considering a future upgrade of your tripod to something bigger, like a Gitzo 3-series or RRS 3-series, the  BH-55 may well make sense and be a good choice. I have been very happy with that head. But I can use my 2540F, which is quite close to your 2542L, and the BH-40 with a 1DX/70-200 f2.8L IS II combo, with absolutely no problem. By weighing down the tripod, using the built in hook, I am sure I could also go further, but then I would normally prefer gimbal heads.

Thanks Eldar, I think I have decided on RRS and good to know the BH-40 is more than enough for my current needs. Just need to decided about future upgrades. Since I am only a couple hours away from RRS seems like a good excuse for a road trip to get my hands on them. Really appreciate everyones input, so many great choices.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Ballhead for Gitzo 2542L
« on: October 27, 2014, 04:03:24 PM »
Thank you for all the great recommendations. The Uniqball is a new one to me and looks interesting.

I have the 2540F, with the RRS BH-40 head. Which works well. I have a BH-55 also, but I use that on a larger RRS TVC-34. I don´t really see the point of having a lighter tripod, just to weight it down with a heavy head.

Yes, this makes sense. The reason I was thinking about the BH-55 is the price difference is really not that much different than the BH-40 and I would not have to upgrade in the future (other than legs) if I did go bigger. Along with everyone seems to love this head. But if it might be unstable it defeats the purpose. I did buy the 2 series to save some weight for hiking but I do have a lighter weight ballhead (Sirui K30) currently I could swap out. Just trying to avoid buying twice and get the best quality I can. Down the line I can see the value of having two different setups and might buy a 3 series too. All the advice is great and thanks again (currently using RRS L Bracket)

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Software & Accessories / Ballhead for Gitzo 2542L
« on: October 26, 2014, 05:04:12 PM »
Going to replace ballhead and would like to get RRS BH-55 but thinking the size/weight might make a 2 series top heavy. Any thoughts if this is too big of head for these legs?

If 55 is too big, any other recommendations between BH-40, Kirk, Markins Q20, Acratech that would fit these legs better? Right now biggest lens is 70-300L and not sure if I would go much bigger (maybe 400 5.6) and if I did I would probably have to go to gitzo 3 series anyway.

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HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Post your HDR images:
« on: October 22, 2014, 03:58:33 PM »
Bodie

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Black & White / Re: Black & White
« on: October 20, 2014, 09:42:10 PM »
Bodie Classroom with a reflection of the town in window

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Landscape / Re: Fall colours
« on: October 19, 2014, 04:13:47 PM »
Bishop Creek

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Software & Accessories / Re: Need help putting together a ND Filter Kit
« on: October 05, 2014, 12:46:58 PM »

For sunsets over the ocean, get a Singh-Ray reverse ND grad.

I have been looking for the same and probably only want to invest in one reverse, at least to start. Also new to grad ND so would you go with 2 or 3 stops if you only bought one, mostly used for sunsets over water. (will probably also buy 2 stop hard/soft).

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Black Rapid Backpack Strap
« on: September 25, 2014, 09:39:24 PM »
I know at times I sound like a Peak Design shareholder which I'm not, but I am an unashamed advocate.
https://peakdesign.com/


I have also been using the Peak Capture Pro on a backpack for hiking for a few months. Really like how stable the camera is while scrambling up and down hills, even with a 70-300 L on it.

https://peakdesign.com/store/image/cache/data/Capture%20v2/capturepro-480x480.jpg

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Software & Accessories / Re: How do you carry your tripod around?
« on: September 16, 2014, 08:21:11 PM »
I have been using the Lowepro Flipside Sport 15 and really like it. Light weight, plenty of room for 6D, 70-300L, 16-35, speed light and more. Dedicated tripod straps, water reservoir pocket and rain cover. Also like being able to change lenses without fully removing.

http://store.lowepro.com/flipside-sport-15l-aw

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Abstract / Re: Lets See Some of Your Double Exposures!
« on: July 22, 2014, 04:14:49 PM »
Self portrait

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Landscape / Re: Fireworks pics, let's see 'em!
« on: July 05, 2014, 10:47:06 PM »
Just hanging with friends

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