OpTech is ok and nice to have as a backup. Best I have ever used is Lenscoat. Works great, durable, waterproof, access to the controls....
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I plan to use the teleconverter on a 400mm f2.8L IS II and 1DX, 5DIII, etc.
I shoot a lot of sports, so fast and accurate focus is important. You don't often get a second chance. The speed and accuracy is supposed to favor the 1.4x III. I've seen the claims that it's faster, but no numbers to back them up and the 1.4x II works quite well.
For this particular application I am not too concerned about the corners. Sharper corners is better, but not a priority.
To my eyes, looking at the center and mid-frame, this comparison on tdp favors the 1.4x II, but they are close. Unfortunately, they don't have a comparison, using the 400mm. I guess it could be my eyes, or maybe tdp the setup needed a bit of AFMA. That's why I am hoping to find more examples.
$200 is not a lot of money in a relative sense and I'll probably bite on the 1.4x III, but am just trying to make an informed decision, before I commit.
Rotating zoom ring
You'd prefer one that wouldn't rotate?
...it is not linked to my home-owners policy, so if I ever have a claim it won't jack my rates elsewhere. It's a no questions asked policy that covers theft, damage, loss, etc...
I wouldn't be too sure about that. While it's true that the State Farm personal articles policy is 'standalone' (not a rider or endorsement), claims against it are still reported to CLUE, and insurers use that database (and your credit score, etc.) to determine your rates and eligibility.
First, I agree, you should only insure what you absolutely have to.
Many years ago, I was given the advice that you insure yourself only against events that happen very rarely and are too expensive for you to cover. If you can afford to replace your gear, then don't insure it...
The OP mentions having $45,000 worth of gear – that's about what I have, and I'd find it difficult (if not impossible) to replace that amount in the short term.
But a good reminder is that you should consider carefully before filing a claim, at least for US policies covering personal (not business) use. Those are generally linked to homeowners'/renters' policies, claims against them go into the same database (CLUE), and can affect rates and even eligibility for home/rental coverage.
I view my policy as 'catastrophic' coverage. If I drop my 135/2L to the pavement and it shatters, I'll buy a new one. If my 1D X + 600/4L IS II fall off a cliff, or if my house is robbed and all my gear taken, I'll file a claim.
Thanks for all the info at least now I have a better understanding of what's required. Think I'll leave this endeavor for now, don't have any money to spare for gear for at least another 6 month. Damn residence tax came in this month, gonna be poor for a while.
by the time you get the legs finally set perfectly the scene is gone and some slightly undamped whatever is infinitely more damped than a scene totally missed too
They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome… I don't know how many times I have to be taught the same lesson: photographers and non-photographers are like oil and water.
I just returned from 3 weeks on the big island of Hawaii with my wife. We had a great trip, but I once again schlepped way too much photo gear along thinking I'd have the time and quiet to really focus--pun intended. Instead, I should have left the bulky, heavy, expensive, theft-prone camera pack (replete with 2 bodies, 6 lenses, tripod, filters, timers, flash, etc.) at home, and simply taken my 5D3 and 24-105. Nothing else was really used.
In my experience, when I travel alone or with another photog, there always seems to be time to set-up and shoot, but when I'm with one or more non-photographers, all of that "nonsense" takes too long.
Can anyone relate?
You could put a spacer between the camera and whatever foot you like so that the door has room to open.
Really right stuff made a plate for the mark 1 version. I called them about the mark 2 version. They said they wanted to gauge the market before making a plate. If everyone can request it from them they are likely to produce it.