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The difference in prices for the BH-40 have to do with the type or size of clamp. The B2-40 and B2 AS II are similar with ...




IMO, panning above the ball limits the horizon being dead center.
However, if you use a leveling base and panning head, then you can pan with the camera pointed up or down with the ball, and your panning axis will still be vertical.
Of course, if you use a full panning kit with horizontal and vertical rails, and a vertical panning clamp, then there is no limitation whatsoever.


That's the "more dollars" part I mentioned.


Sure.
What I am mainly trying to say though, is that leveling heads are more versatile than panning clamps for panoramas.


Oh I agree that is a much nicer solution for pano's. So he could go with the BH-40 LR II but add 2 to 3 hundred for the leveling base putting the cost around $600 to $700.  And while were spending his money, then he could also add a Nodal rail at another $100 to $200 to avoid parallax.

That is the way I would go, except I would get the BH-55 and different legs too.

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nice PC-LR

and what do you think of tripod ? do you think they all same

I have not looked into those tripod legs, but the two brands are top of the line.

Remember to consider what your using the tripod for, will you need extra height for hills or rocky areas? Are you going to be able to take it as carry on or will you need to check your 1 grand+ tripod? For the height, remember to add the BH and camera and subtract from your height to your eyes - that might make a difference if you need it to be shorter to get it on a plane. United Airlines max is 22 inches in length and the TVC-24L's minimum without the head is 23.3" - and I have heard they've become real jerks about it.

Look at package deals from RRS and maybe give them a call. I have heard they are very helpful.

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The difference in prices for the BH-40 have to do with the type or size of clamp. The B2-40 and B2 AS II are similar with the B2 AS II having a spirit level and is 60mm vs 50mm.

The PC-LR is a pano clamp.

If your planning on doing any landscape pano's, this would be a good choice. The rotation markings can be seen clearly in the picture on RRS. Instead of rotating at the ball head, you rotate at the clamp. For instance, if your on a rocky shore and you level your camera by positioning the ball head, it will no longer be perpendicular to the horizon. As you rotate the BH for the pano, the perspective will change and you will need to re-level the camera for each shot. With a rotating clamp, it will be perpendicular horizon once the camera is leveled with the ball head.

The photo on the right is a good example of this, the legs are not level but the BH is used to make the camera/clamp level. Then you can rotate the clamp/camera without affecting the perspective as much. There is another issue with pano's having to do with rotation and parallax, but that discussion is for another time and many more dollars.

If it was my cash, I would get the PC-LR because I like pano's.





IMO, panning above the ball limits the horizon being dead center.
However, if you use a leveling base and panning head, then you can pan with the camera pointed up or down with the ball, and your panning axis will still be vertical.
Of course, if you use a full panning kit with horizontal and vertical rails, and a vertical panning clamp, then there is no limitation whatsoever.


That's the "more dollars" part I mentioned.

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The difference in prices for the BH-40 have to do with the type or size of clamp. The B2-40 and B2 AS II are similar with the B2 AS II having a spirit level and is 60mm vs 50mm.

The PC-LR is a pano clamp.

If your planning on doing any landscape pano's, this would be a good choice. The rotation markings can be seen clearly in the picture on RRS. Instead of rotating at the ball head, you rotate at the clamp. For instance, if your on a rocky shore and you level your camera by positioning the ball head, it will no longer be perpendicular to the horizon. As you rotate the BH for the pano, the perspective will change and you will need to re-level the camera for each shot. With a rotating clamp, it will be perpendicular horizon once the camera is leveled with the ball head.

The photo on the right is a good example of this, the legs are not level but the BH is used to make the camera/clamp level. Then you can rotate the clamp/camera without affecting the perspective as much. There is another issue with pano's having to do with rotation and parallax, but that discussion is for another time and many more dollars.

If it was my cash, I would get the PC-LR because I like pano's.


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I noticed for instance, that Canon Luster paper only comes in 13"x19" and LTR - 8.5"x11". LTR seems like an odd size considering frames are 8x10. Is there a reason for this?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX dust behind superimposed screen
« on: July 05, 2014, 10:38:31 PM »
I had a speck like that, it worked it's way out after a few weeks.

Thank you for the response, Neuro. Perhaps it's just a natural occurrence then?

I'll try to tell the little voice in the back of my mind to shut up and ignore it. Hopefully mine will work their way out too over a few weeks of usage.

Honestly, dust specs on a DSLR screen are normal. If you haven't any now you will have eventually, it's inevitable. Just ignore it, or you may start noticing the 'floaters' in your eyes too !  ;)

Dammit, now I'm seeing those too. >:( :'(

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Software & Accessories / Re: Neutral Density Filters
« on: July 05, 2014, 07:03:02 PM »
I've used 2filter.com for several Lee purchases. They are very prompt at shipping stuff out and unlike some other stores, they are not gouging customers because of high demand and low availability for Lee products. One of the best things about them is that they have great customer service and backup their products. You can call them and they will discuss anything you want to know about in filters.

Also, the best way to order from them is on the phone, and that's because their website is a COMPLETE DISASTER! There is probably not enough demand in the filter market for them to higher a pro website builder - but they really need one.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon Pixma Pro-100 $34 at Adorama
« on: July 02, 2014, 10:22:28 PM »
Bought this from adorama on monday. Good news- came today. Bad news - canon box not sent. Everything was dumped in a large brown box. No original canon box. Therefore no UPC. No rebate for this one. Anyone else run into this? Or am i the random one who gets screwed? Everything seemed to be there but i am more than a little concerned it didnt get damaged in shipping. This thing is a beast.

That's just wrong. Not only is it open box, it's no box at all. They need to replace this at their cost for shipping.

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Technical Support / Re: Canon 5DmkII problem
« on: July 02, 2014, 01:34:01 PM »
What memory card brand and spec are you using? Are you formatting them in the camera?

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L USM For Sale
« on: July 01, 2014, 06:46:16 PM »
If I were a rich man, my Sherpa would already be on her way to get it. ;D

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Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod centre column - yes or no
« on: July 01, 2014, 04:31:51 PM »
For those of you with the 055 series tripods from Manfrotto, there is a fairly cheap "short center column" you can get for them that saves weight and allows the tripod to go much lower, yet still gives you a extra 6 inches or so if you ever need it.  I highly recommend it.


I actually have one of these that I forgot to sell along with my 055-MF3 tripod several years ago (see http://www.amazon.com/Manfrotto-055XCCSB-Black-Centre-Column/dp/B001VEJOXI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1404228674&sr=8-1&keywords=manfrotto+short+center+column).

It's free for the postage if anyone wants it.


Sent you a PM

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i need good head .... the one i try it is good ? for my camera safety ?

I would go with just about any other manufacture for a BH than Manfrotto, Gitzo or Bogen which are the same company. They use a quick release that is unique to their three brands.  If some day you want to add an "L" bracket to your equipment you will be stuck using a generic bracket that will not fit your camera well. If you add another tripod to your bag in the future, you will have to either always switch the QR plate off you camera(s) or just go with Manfrotto again.

There is an adapter and QR clamps that you can buy to convert from Manfrotto type QR to Arca-Swiss but that will add $50-100 to the cost for the tripod and even more if you bought more plates for telephoto lenses. That's what I did. I had a Manfrotto QR plate on three telephoto lenses plus my camera and then wanted an "L" bracket. So in addition to the cost of the "L" bracket (not cheap) I had to buy the adapter, a new clamp (not cheap) and three plates for my lenses.

As for safety, the Manfrotto design is less safe in my opinion. It is harder to get the camera in and secure and must be put into the clamp in the correct direction. I also had a screw come lose inside the mechanism which led to failure and my camera fell. Luckily I had just put it in and was able to catch it on the way down. This is a known defect to Manfrotto BH's and I don't know if they ever have or ever will fix it. I fixed it with blue Loctite to the hex head screw that holds the locking mechanism together. The answer from the company was less than stellar and others have reported this in reviews of Manfrotto BH's.

A QR plate is attached to the base of your camera and allows you to quickly remove your camera. There are for the most part two standards, Arca-Swiss and Manfrotto's. Though even Manfrotto uses several types within its products.

An "L" bracket allows you to switch the camera from landscape mode to portrait mode fast and keeps the camera in the same perspective. It is very useful in studio, landscape and panorama photography.

If you go with Manfrotto and stay with photography, someday you will say to yourself, "why didn't I listen to this guy and get an Arca-Swiss compatible ball head".

Sorry this is so long again, but if you don't understand because of language barrier and or just being new to photography, understand this one piece of advice: Get an Arca-Swiss compatible ball head. and you won't regret it later.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon Pixma Pro-100 $34 at Adorama
« on: June 27, 2014, 11:03:13 PM »
So I don't have a photo printer, is this a good printer? Reviews seem very favorable and I know the ink is the real cost, which is why I only have a black and white laser printer.


Update: I pulled the plug as this deal seems very good and I found 99% of the reviews to be very favorable. Free shipping and no taxes makes this a hard deal to beat.

Question about the rebate, on the receipt it shows $0.00 for the paper on the receipt emailed to me. Will that matter? I did grab a screen shot of the original receipt that shows $39.43 price and $0.00 total for the paper.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon Pixma Pro-100 $34 at Adorama
« on: June 27, 2014, 10:59:58 PM »
I got a second one last year $79 after the $300 rebate and free 13x19 paper.  I mainly got it for the ink as I already have a Pro-100 that I am using.  I might get another (3rd) Pro-100 for again, just the ink and paper.  What to do with the two spare machines?

It does print very well and the glossy on the Pro Platinum paper is the best I have ever seen.  I was lucky to pick up a 8 free packs of Pro Platinum 8.5x11 size when purchasing one pack direct from Canon last year too.  Not sure why they had the fire sale on the paper.  But I have more paper than ink at this point. :-)

Regards,
Jason S.

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They'll give printers away to sell ink.

Can't remember the last time (or ever) they sold large format printers for super low prices.  I'd say that your argument is invalid.

The fact that they've not done it before with this format printer hardly makes the observation invalid. Printer companies have frequently given printers away counting on future ink sales where margins are huge.

Anyway, I just ordered one through B&H, essentially the same deal. The $300 rebate is not precisely "cash back." You get a $300 valued American Express card to use -- apparently no way to get cash per se.

The B&H guy told me best results have been reported with the Pro Platinum paper.

Under whats included on Adorama and B&H, it says "Introductory Ink Cartridges" and on Amazon is says "Setup Ink Tanks", so are you getting your monies worth for these cartridges?

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While researching your tripod purchase, keep in mind that the legs and BH (Ball Head) are usually purchased separately to meet your needs. Stay away from any BH whose QR (quick release) is not Arca-Swiss compatible.

Manfrotto makes really good tripods, but their BH's are not Arca-Swiss as they use their own proprietary system.

For travel, carbon fiber is a great and expensive choice. CF also helps with vibration control, so its not just about it's being light weight for travel.


 so if i buy this one Manfrotto MT055CXPRO4 055 Carbon

which head you recommend ?


In my case I have a Manfrotto, and that's how I learned the hard way about Arca-Swiss quick release VS the Manfrotto system. I started to look for a change when I needed to use an L-Bracket. That pretty much requires an A-S QR. I was looking at RRS BH's and they are pretty expensive. Some others have been mentioned in the remarks above. Since you want to travel with it, take a look at RRS BH-30 and BH-40 http://www.reallyrightstuff.com/ they are very expensive though. A lot of people like Markins http://www.markins.com/4.0/html_en/main.php, Kirk http://www.kirkphoto.com/Ball-Heads.html and Acratech http://www.acratech.net/. There are others, and you can find plenty of info on them here when searching for tripods.

If I had the cash and could splurge on both travel and local use I would get a RRS BH-30 for travel and BH-55 for local work. For the leggs, I would look at either RRS or Gitzo carbon fiber and they both have travel versions but I'm sure if they would be tall enough for you.

RRS has some great info on buying a tripod here: http://www.reallyrightstuff.com/s.nl/sc.27/category.24/.f and they also have sizing charts in the tripod section which are worth taking a look at.

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