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Lenses / Re: 400 f/2.8L II IS on sunny days and white jerseys
« on: October 20, 2014, 03:15:44 PM »
You know what?  While i hate to see equipment struggle like this it's hard to determine the issue on a forum.  If you would mail me your lens for a few weeks, i would be glad to test it out and give you a detailed report afterwards.  =) 

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Reviews / Re: Are Gitzo's really overrated?!
« on: October 06, 2014, 01:30:56 PM »
They are overrated in the same way profoto lights are in the lighting arena, hassy's are in the MF arena, and the Nikon D800 is in our arena...  There are always going to be other manufacturers that can do the same thing cheaper, better, and have better customer support, and to those who do not need them, they are extremely over-rated.  I've come to the conclusion that in photography, there is no holy grail set-up... nothing you buy will make you a better photographer.  It can make your job easier and be more reliable, but in the end, it cannot do it's own thing and take it's own pictures.  If it's the gear (and the only gear that will help you do what you need and nothing else will do), then no, it's not overrated.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Why haven't you left canon?
« on: October 01, 2014, 03:08:46 PM »
Shhhh!  Dont tell anyone, but the real reason i haven't left canon is while not in use, my Canon 5d mark 3 turns into a robot and is keeping me, my wife and children under lock and key... we cant escape... Even my brave dogs are prettified of 5d3 robot machine, or "killer" for short.  Killer has threatened to stalk me for all my days if I ever dare switch so for my safety and those in my family, we are Canon for life.  But Shhhh!  keep it on the down-low

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: One is the loneliest number...
« on: October 01, 2014, 01:39:24 PM »
I usually have 2 cameras... one primary, one backup... 

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I wont lie... i am intrigued by the movie utility... what exactly does it do?

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: My new toy, Best of monopod in my Idea.
« on: September 29, 2014, 05:33:09 PM »
Video.  I have the fluid head but I haven't used it yet.  I'm fond of it... but I WANTED to love it... I think longer feet without the ball would make me happy, but I did use the ball to get the shaft perpendicular to the ground, so I'm complaining for very little reason.

I picked up a manfrotto with the feet... the 5d mkiii plus a lens unstable if the monopod is extended... but if I keep the neck strap around my neck... I minimize the risk of it falling due to being unbalanced. 

I tightened the ball and it isn't bad, but I feel as though I am lubing it up on the ball to keep it firm, but smooth.

It is heavy... but nothing a trip  or two to three gym can't solve.


Do you have the one i have, or the video version with the semi pivoting feet?  Mines pretty stable as long as it's in controlled environments...  and that's with my 5d3 and 24-105...  When using the 70-200, i have the collar so it's more balanced

Gotcha... i think my feet extend about 12-15 inches in each direction.  I've got 2 ball heads i use for it... one's a pistol grip, and ones a reg manfrotto ball head (photo head, not video)...  have no complaints...  i have had issues when i tried using it outdoors once (and forgot to pack my tripod), but really i woulda been shocked if it worked properly also...

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: My new toy, Best of monopod in my Idea.
« on: September 29, 2014, 05:16:21 PM »
I picked up a manfrotto with the feet... the 5d mkiii plus a lens unstable if the monopod is extended... but if I keep the neck strap around my neck... I minimize the risk of it falling due to being unbalanced. 

I tightened the ball and it isn't bad, but I feel as though I am lubing it up on the ball to keep it firm, but smooth.

It is heavy... but nothing a trip  or two to three gym can't solve.

Do you have the one i have, or the video version with the semi pivoting feet?  Mines pretty stable as long as it's in controlled environments...  and that's with my 5d3 and 24-105...  When using the 70-200, i have the collar so it's more balanced

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: My new toy, Best of monopod in my Idea.
« on: September 29, 2014, 04:21:36 PM »
Oh my that looks scary unstable standing alone like that!!!!  :o

Anyways you seemed to have been away for a while, glad to see you back posting your DIY specials! always a fun read  :)

Regards

While I do not have this monopod, i've got a http://www.adorama.com/BG682B.html...  Similar concept with removable feet or legs... I've had this monopod parked in the middle of a wedding ceremony on the center isle (after the precession during all the talking)... let it sit there with camera attached recording video of everything...  not one waiver or vibration...  now outside with any wind, heck no... but otherwise as long as it's balanced, it's pretty stable. 

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Reviews / Re: Tony Northrup - D810 vs. 5D Mk3
« on: September 19, 2014, 03:27:44 PM »
Kinda funny... most my clients complain the 5d 3 images i make have TOO MUCH detail hence most my battle is softening their skin and pores, etc... if the D810 has more detail, that would give me even more work...  naw... i'm good... okay, carry on with your arguments, let me go heat up the popcorn. 

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: POLL: What's more important, gps or wifi?
« on: September 19, 2014, 10:35:01 AM »
Since i shoot in studio a good chunk of the time, GPS means little to me... wifi, if implemented successfully, would cut my time transferring photos, hopefully... 

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma at Photokina 2014
« on: September 19, 2014, 12:46:51 AM »
To me and my past experiences with lens, the zoomed extending part is a deal breaker...  Too many issues in the past with lenses that extend when zooming...  I loved the 70-300L, but even with that, the extending part is a deal breaker. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: High ISO Samples from the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 16, 2014, 12:34:17 PM »
That's great and all, but how will people REALLY get to know the full possibilities of this camera without photos with their lens caps on?  I mean seriously!

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Software & Accessories / Re: pelican case 1200 for 5D mk III?
« on: September 10, 2014, 02:09:29 PM »
... the tabs are easy to open unlike the knuckle busting tabs of the past.

I found the 'new' Peli latches to be only a bit less knucklebusting than the older version.  Storm latches are easy on the fingers.  Also, when traveling and getting up early to go out shooting, my sleeping wife prefers the silent action of the Storm latches to the *SNAP* of the Peli latches.

To me, the snap is more reassuring that everything is in place, secured, ready to go... I'm sure in a few years once arthritis catches up with me (runs in the family) i'll be thinking differently =)

 :)

The Storm latches open silently, but they click closed (unless press the release while closing them – you have the option of silent closing if you prefer).

 8)  Once upon a time I used to have a storm case... before they got bought out by pelican and kinda became one in the same...  Didn't love it, didn't hate it... it served it's purpose and served it well.  I remember when i got it, reading the instructions it had about the O-ring and this and that (after having a huge pelican case for my 4x5 camera) and thinking 'dear lord this is a high maintenance case'.  It didn't really end out to be that at all and was a good case...  Now the pelicans have something similar, but different...  so nothing against the cases...  cant go wrong with either one of them, unless you have arthritis issues =) 

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Software & Accessories / Re: pelican case 1200 for 5D mk III?
« on: September 10, 2014, 12:27:36 PM »
... the tabs are easy to open unlike the knuckle busting tabs of the past.

I found the 'new' Peli latches to be only a bit less knucklebusting than the older version.  Storm latches are easy on the fingers.  Also, when traveling and getting up early to go out shooting, my sleeping wife prefers the silent action of the Storm latches to the *SNAP* of the Peli latches.

To me, the snap is more reassuring that everything is in place, secured, ready to go... I'm sure in a few years once arthritis catches up with me (runs in the family) i'll be thinking differently =)

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Software & Accessories / Re: pelican case 1200 for 5D mk III?
« on: September 10, 2014, 11:09:37 AM »
My 2 cents... i got the pelican 1510... got a handle and wheels when traveling indoors, around airports, and other smooth areas...  small enough to be carried (and used as a carryon)...  I would definately opt for the padded dividers... not sure why, but when i had the foam, i just couldn't configure it to get the most gear in there, but once i switched to dividers, i was able to get more lenses and accessories in there.  Plus it doubles as a stool/seat during photo shoots and the tabs are easy to open unlike the knuckle busting tabs of the past. 

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